Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
Cosmetic dentistry procedures help to restore a brighter, whiter smile. New technology and better methods have lowered the cost of many of these treatments. Three options you might want to consider are tooth reshaping, dental bridges, and tooth whitening.
Tooth Reshaping If you have all of your teeth, but if some are longer than the others, you are a candidate for tooth reshaping, also known as contouring. This procedure literally alters the lengths of your teeth. It is not very time consuming, and it if relatively simple.
Tooth matter is either added or removed until all of the teeth extend to the desired length and are in alignment with one another. Contouring is considered a very safe cosmetic dentistry procedure because the dentist only needs to remove (or add) a thin layer of enamel from your teeth. It takes only one or two dental visits to complete.
Tooth Whitening is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that restores the natural color of teeth.
So many things we ingest can stain our teeth. Things like coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, certain medications, and smoking can all turn teeth yellow or brown.
Many stores now carry do-it-yourself kits for tooth whitening. However, nothing beats professional tooth whitening procedures performed by a dentist who has access to superior whitening agents.
The results you get will be much better, and the results will also last much longer than the over-the-counter kits ever can.
There are many types of cosmetic tooth whitening. There is laser whitening, air abrasion, acid, and chemical whitening. Our office uses a bleaching gel during the appointment, and then sends you home for two or three weeks to apply certain whitening agents we give you each night.
Over the years, cosmetic dentistry procedures have become so sophisticated that the costs are now within the reach of the average American. Tools and materials are so much better than they were in the past.
If you lose a tooth, you need to replace it right away. One cosmetic dentistry procedure that can do this is an implant or a dental bridge. If you do not replace the tooth, your other teeth will start shifting and you will end up with alignment problems.
A bridge is made from an artificial tooth called a pontic that has a crown on either side of it. So the dentist can install your bridge, he or she has remove enamel from the two teeth next to your missing tooth. After the appropriate amount of enamel has been removed, the dentist will craft a mold of your teeth and send it to a dental lab.
During the time it takes for the lab to manufacture your dental bridge you will wear a temporary one. When the lab sends back your custom bridge, you will return to your dentist’s office, and the new permanent bridge will be cemented in place.
This is the best form of tooth replacement because it replaces both the natural tooth root and the crown of the tooth.
Labels: cosmetic tooth whitening, dental bridges, Dental Implants, tooth reshaping
After you have received dental implants, we strongly recommend that you follow these very important guidelines in order to ensure their long-term success.
Control any minor bleeding you experience with moderate pressure using gauze pads or a clean, moist tea bag wrapped in a gauze pad.
Limit yourself to calm activities for 3-5 days to keep your blood pressure stable and to minimize bleeding.
If you normally wear a removable denture or partial denture, follow any additional instructions we give you about wearing it during the healing process.
Don't use tobacco products for a minimum of 24 hours. Avoid tobacco as much as possible for several months. Tobacco is the leading cause of dental implant failure because it slows healing and increases the chance that your body will reject the implants.
When to call us
Call us immediately if you experience increased or heavy bleeding, if you have pain or swelling that increases and continues beyond two or three days, or you experience a reaction to the medication.
Call us also if your dental implants gradually show through the gums. We will need to check them at once.
Chewing and eating
Avoid chewing until all numbness has worn off. If we have placed a temporary restoration, avoid chewing for one half-hour in order to allow the temporary cement to set.
For the first 24 hours, drink plenty of liquids and eat soft, nutritious foods. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
After the first 24 hours, you can return to your usual diet. However, you should continue to chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Do not eat hot or spicy foods until your gums are healed. We'll evaluate your situation to determine how soon you can chew on the dental implant.
Brushing and flossing
For the first 14 days, gently wipe the dental implant site with gauze or a cotton swab. After that, brush the area gently with a soft toothbrush.
Avoid flossing the area for four weeks. We will evaluate the healing and adjust your brushing and flossing timetable as necessary.
In the meantime, though, brush and floss your other teeth normally.
If we have recommended a mouth rinse, use it as directed.
Medication and discomfort
If any antibiotics or other medicines were prescribed, you should continue to take them for the prescribed period of time. Do not stop taking them even if all symptoms and signs of infection are gone.
To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off completely, or as specifically instructed. It's normal to experience some discomfort for several days after surgery.
To reduce discomfort or swelling for the first 24 hours following surgery, use ice packs, 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off.
To reduce discomfort after the first 24 hours, apply moist heat.
To further reduce discomfort after the first 24 hours, you can rinse your mouth very gently three times a day with warm salt water. Use about one teaspoon of salt per glass of warm water.
Labels: Dental Implants
When all of the teeth in a dental arch are lost, implant dentures can prove an excellent way of replacing them. These small titanium posts are biofriendly devices that go into the jawbone itself, replacing the roots of missing teeth. They can be used to support porcelain crowns, removable dentures, or a full-arch dental bridge.
Something has to be done when you lose teeth, because there are many problems associated with the loss of tooth roots. Bone loss is the most severe of these. Loose and uncomfortable dentures are another. Last, a compromised appearance that will make you self-conscious is a third.
The human jawbone requires the stimulation of chewing in order to maintain its strength and shape. Without tooth roots, the bone mass begins to deteriorate, and the jawbone begins to shrink and recede.
This bone recession continues to occur over time. If you wear dentures, they will become looser and more uncomfortable. The lower jawbone can actually shrink so much that nerves close to the surface of the bone make it painful to bite down.
This will alter the appearance of your face. As your jawbone shrinks, the space between your chin and nose decreases. This flattens your lips and creates wrinkles around your mouth.
Implant dentures can be used to support a full arch to resolve these problems.
To make a conclusive diagnosis as to whether or not implant dentures are right for you, we first conduct a thorough dental examination. This examination begins by reviewing your medical history in order to determine if there are any pre-existing conditions that can interfere with healing.
Next, we perform a visual examination on your mouth to check the health of your teeth and gums. In order to determine the health of your jawbone, we take panographic x-rays, and, sometimes, possibly CT (computerized tomography) scans. We will also take impressions of your teeth and bite registrations in order to create an accurate model of your mouth.
After we have thoroughly studied these results, we will be able to diagnose discuss which implant treatment options may be best for you.
Implant dentures effectively replace missing teeth. The implant is placed firmly in the jawbone, and it holds the dentures in your mouth. This makes it feel much like your natural teeth when you talk and chew.
An implant also supports the denture by holding your jaws in their correct positions and helping you maintain a more youthful look. In addition, the artificial teeth are custom-crafted to match or enhance your smile. A dental implant is a great way to stabilize your jawbone, keep it healthy, and maintain a stable bite and beautiful smile.
Labels: Dental Implants, implant dentures
When you lose teeth, you have problems, and you have options. In fact, you have more than one option when it comes to replacing those missing teeth. Partial dentures are one of these options. Partial dentures are held in your mouth by clasps or special attachments. Depending on the type of partial you get, your supporting teeth need only minimal preparation.
One advantage to partial dentures is they are completely removable. This makes them easier to clean and lets you sleep without them. Nevertheless, there are also some problems that go along with them.
In order to make a truly intelligent decision about which option is best for you, you need to talk to a Houston cosmetic dentist here at the Medical Center Dental Group. We can help guide in making the right choices for alternative forms of tooth replacements which include the following:
• A bridge
• Dental Implants
• Delaying treatment until you have more money
Let’s talk about delaying treatment first.Almost every patient procrastinates to some degree about tooth replacement. This is understandable. Even the most affordable cosmetic tooth replacements—partial dentures—cost money. Money can be hard to come by at times and people often ask us if it will hurt them to wait just a bit longer until they can afford to pay for dental care.
We tell them it will hurt them both medically and financially in the long run.
This is because missing teeth require immediate action. All teeth work in relationship to one another When one or more teeth are lost, surrounding teeth begin to shift. This can cause a variety of dental problems, including bite and alignment problems.
Also, the jawbone starts to shrink now that tooth roots are gone. The longer you wait, the more jaw mass you lose, and the harder and more complicated cosmetic dental treatment becomes. It also becomes more expensive.
If you delay treatment, missing teeth will alter your cheek and lips and your appearance will wrinkle and age prematurely. Speaking and eating properly can also become strained and difficult. All of this adds up to bigger bucks when you do decide to get professional help.Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are often preferred as alternatives to partial dentures. A dental bridge behaves more like natural teeth. It is fixed in the mouth and is stable and secure. Like dentures, a bridge replaces missing teeth with false teeth. However, these false teeth are stronger and are held in place by anchors placed over neighboring teeth.
We have to be careful not to remove too much surface mass from neighboring teeth because we do not want to make otherwise healthy teeth subject to tooth decay. Otherwise, bridges are a better and more resilient to partial dentures any day of the week.Dental Implants
Dental implants are the best alternative to partial dentures. Not only are they the strongest, but they also prevent bone loss. Dental implants go into the jawbone like tooth roots and therefore are constantly stimulating the jaw with vibrations that keeps it vibrant and healthy.
Labels: alternatives to partials, cosmetic removable partial dentures, Dental Implants
When you are missing one or more teeth, you have several options.
You can choose to do nothing and delay treatment.
You can choose to get a dental bridge.
You can choose to get dental implants.
Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages to dental bridges and the alternatives to dental bridges.
Most people immediately assume they are giving themselves a financial advantage by delaying treatment. After all, not seeking treatment means not having to pay a dental bill.
However, this is only going to cause you more problems. Your health will suffer, and in the long run, your pocketbook will suffer as well. Leaving your teeth as they are will cause them to shift. Over time, your bite will change. This will cause some teeth to become loose, and you will eventually lose them as well.
Choosing a dental bridge
A dental bridge is an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth and restore stability to your mouth. A bridge is a natural replacement that is attached securely to the supporting teeth. They are dependable, easy to care for, and they look great.
This is why many Houston dentists recommend dental bridges. A bridge fills the space between existing and restores your natural bite and smile.
The disadvantage to a bridge is it has to be anchored to natural teeth and will wear on the enamel, damaging them in the process.
Trying a partial denture
A partial denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. A partial will work well if several teeth are missing in the mouth because it will in the spaces and keep surrounding teeth in alignment.
The disadvantage to a partial as an alternative to a dental bridge is that dentures of any kind are not as strong as natural teeth and make less than ideal replacements.
Some dentures also make annoying sounds when you eat, and all have to be removed and cleaned at times. Of course, the more you are willing to invest in high quality dentures, particularly fixed partials, the better your chance at getting something workable in terms of a tooth replacement.
Still, dental implants are the best alternative to dental bridges if you have enough remaining bone mass to implant them.
Dental implants really are the best form of tooth replacement. They are designed to be permanent and completely assume the function of natural teeth. An implant with a crown can also replace a tooth, and it does not require us to work on the teeth next to the space. Implants stop bone loss and require surgery. Treatment time is somewhat longer, but the outcome is cosmetic and often indistinguishable from natural teeth.
Labels: cosmetic dental implants, Dental Implants, dentures
Dental Implant Prices
A lot of people never think about getting dental implants because they believe the prices are simply too expensive. While they are by no means cheap, dental implant prices are still within the grasp average citizens. Many insurance programs will partially cover costs. However, if yours does not, f Cosmetic Dentistry Center of Houston has financial assistance services for which you may qualify.
We make it a policy to neither establish nor advertise fixed prices as some cosmetic dental offices do. This is a highly variable service, the cost of which is determined by many different factors. Some tooth replacements are very simple and cost less—particularly if there is only a single implant or two. Other procedures can be more complicated and therefore more expensive. Full mouth reconstructions, for instance, might involve helping a person who has suffered from severe bone loss throughout significant portions of the mandibles. Helping such a patient may require combining selectively placed dental implants with porcelain bridges. This has taken up to 18 months to complete for some patients. It is difficult to establish a set price for this type of work, because the number of dental implants, the amount of bridgework, and any treatments like LANAP that we may have to perform for periodontal disease will have an impact on the final cost.
The only way that we can fairly calculate dental implant prices is to treat each case on a highly individual basis. Every patient has to have a complete dental exam consisting of photography (normally performed by our high-tech intraoral camera), x-rays, and close visual examination by the dentist. Every finding is discussed with the patient and all questions are answered. Options are reviewed, including the time it will take to perform the various treatments.
If the dentist recommends dental implants, prices will be agreed upon and a payment method established prior before any work is done. There will be no surprises or hidden costs. If finances prohibit the patient from moving forward at the present time, there are also other options to consider. We have a number of cosmetic tooth procedures that we can administer as either temporary or long-term solutions. However, for patients with serious restorative needs, dental implants are often the key to a final, satisfactory resolution. The added strength that even a few dental implants bring to the mandibles makes the investment worthwhile from a health and wellness perspective, and no one can deny the magnificence of brand new teeth that sometimes look even better than the originals they replaced.
If you need dental implants but are afraid of the prices you might be charged, please call us and see what we can do to help you satisfy your desires. We sincerely want the best for each and every patient, and we will do the best we can to develop a win-win financial plan for all parties concerned.
Labels: dental implant prices, Dental Implants, full mouth reconstruction
Two years ago we treated a woman named Susanna, who was in her early sixties. Over forty years ago, she had lost all but 6 of her lower front teeth. At that time, a removable upper denture seemed her most workable and convenient option. True, she did not like having to take it out and clean it in front of her husband and children, and she was embarrassed at times by the sounds it made when she chewed certain foods.
After she retired, however she decided to look into implant dentistry. She called our office and asked if we could help with some kind of payment plan. We told her it is routine for a good majority of our patients to pay for dental implants over a period of time. Susanna was more than happy to come in upon hearing this news, excited to hear that an alternative to dentures had finally presented itself within reach.
It is unfortunate that so many people like Susanna assume that implant dentistry is beyond their budget, and that they must settle for a lifetime of removable dentures. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is true that this treatment is certainly much more expensive than other forms of tooth replacement, implant dentistry does not have to be paid for all at once. A full list of financial options can be explored by visiting this link on our main website. Any number of these can be within the realm of possibility for a gainfully employed or comfortably retired person to qualify for. She had very good credit and a comfortable income from her savings and retirement plans, and her credit immediately qualified her for one of our plans.
Susanna was a unique case in that she had lived without her natural teeth for over 40 years. However, she had not experienced the severe bone loss that often ensues after teeth remain missing for a period of time. In most cases like hers, there is seldom enough bone mass to place more than a few implants. The remainder of a full-mouth reconstruction has to be done with fixed bridgework attached to implants that are used as anchor points. In fact, we were a bit shocked at this remarkable condition after looking at the x-rays of her mouth. Susanna simply told us that she took good care of herself by eating healthy and taking daily supplements.
We never complain when a patient is this proactive in self-care. Over the next 18 months, we placed a total of 15 dental implants in Susannas upper jaw. In the few gaps between these implants, we placed porcelain cosmetic dental bridges to completely rebuild her smile.
Susanna reports today that she loves the new freedom she has to eat anything she wants (although she still eats only healthy foods). She also remarked that it is a genuine pleasure to finally be able to brush her upper teeth—something she has not been able to do since her early twenties. Again, it makes us feel good as dentists to hear a patient so passionate about dental hygiene. For more information, visit the following articles on our main website:Dental Implant Procedures Dentures Dental Implants Dental Tooth Implants Dental Implant Surgery
Labels: cosmetic dental implants, cosmetic dental procedures, dental imlplants, dental implant, dental implant procedures, Dental Implants, implant dentistry
What can I expect to pay for four implants in my top gum please. I require to just get an idea of whether it is affordable?
Thanks for your question – it is what everyone wants to know. The problem is that the costs vary widely, according to the different situations that different people present with. The only way that you can get a good answer for YOUR situation is to make an appointment to come in and have a comprehensive exam and x-rays to find out what is possible for you.
After teeth are removed, the gums change drastically as healing occurs. This is something that can be seen to happen over the first few weeks following the surgery. What you cannot see is what has happened to the underlying bone. The function of the bone is to hold teeth, so when the teeth are lost, there is a progressive loss of bone that continues for the rest of your life. The bone gets shorter and thinner -- shorter and thinner – until sometimes there is only a fraction of the bony support left. This is why partials or dentures become loose over time. That bony foundation changes as time passes, and it is different for everyone. Some people have drastic changes, some have slower changes, but everyone has some changes to their bone after losing their teeth.
Our problem is that we need that residual bone to hold the implants. We have different sizes of implants, narrow and wider, shorter and longer, and it is our challenge to design a scheme that works for you. Some cases are easier than others. With a large amount of bone, we can design a very strong restoration for you, with very thin bone, it is much tougher to get a solid foundation. Some people can create enough strong foundation to achieve fixed bridge work, that requires strength, others just do not have enough foundation, even with implants, and different types of restorative options apply to them.
So, with all the variables of your health, bony status, health and condition of your teeth, etc., it is really impossible for us to give you costs without seeing you. It is just more complicated than that. Please come in and have an exam and discussion appropriate to your personal situation. You will learn what your options are, and you will learn what advantages or disadvantages you have. Dental implants are exciting. They provide many more options of care in dentistry, and patients benefit from the use of implants. Come let us teach you about what is best for you.
Chuck Campbell, DDS
Labels: cosmetic dental implants, dental implant, dental implant procedures, Dental Implants
Implant dentistry normally occurs in two phase. Dental implant surgery is the first phase, followed 3-6 months later by the restorative phase. Dentists work hard to keep pain to a minimum during dental implant surgery. Most apply a local anesthetic during single implantations, and use general anesthetic on an outpatient level for several implants that are placed at a time. Most patients who have undergone dental implant surgery report that it is less painful than a tooth extraction. For someone who has lost a tooth to an accident or had to have a tooth pulled, it is much better to endure a little discomfort and gain a tooth back than to go without one period.
Because dental implant surgery is a very advanced procedure that requires a great deal of care and planning in the beginning, the dentist begins taking x-rays of the jaw bone. This will tell him or her immediately if there is enough bone mass to support a titanium implant. If there is, the dentist will then make a scale model of the patient’s existing teeth to determine the correct size and best placement options for the implants. If there has already been bone deterioration, or the gums are diseased, the dentist will have to perform LANAP on the gums first, or place a bone tissue graft on the jaw itself.
The actual implant is a simple structure made out of a Titanium-based alloy called Tivolloy. It is non-corrosive and has a bottom shaped like a screw. The dentist will twist this implant into the jawbone until it seats while the patient is anesthetized to a reasonable level of comfort. This implant will ultimately become the equivalent of a new tooth root as the bone grows around. This process of bone adaptation is called osseointegration and can last anywhere from three months to six months in time. During this period, a series of post-operative treatment steps will have to be rigorously observed to maintain proper hygiene around the implant area. Sometimes the dentist will place a temporary crown over the implant after surgery to prevent infection and minimize the risk of complication.
We cannot emphasize enough the importance of this healing period to the ultimate success of dental implant surgery.
Once osseointegration is complete, the next step in dental implantation follows. This step is known as the restorative phase and involves covering the Titanium implant placed during surgery with another, smaller screw called an abutment. This abutment is in turn covered with a porcelain crown that forms the surface of a brand new, artificial tooth that works and looks just like a natural one.
The Cosmetic Dentistry Center is unique among dental facilities in that we routinely perform dental implant surgery and the restorative phase of implant dentistry here in the same office. The convenience and comfort of working with the same dentist during the entire process is something that many people normally hesitant to seek out dental surgery find very comfortable and convenient.
More information on this subject can be obtained in any of the following articles:
Titanium Dental Implants
Dental Tooth Implants
Dentures Dental Implants
Dental Implant Procedures
Postoperative Instructions for Dental Implants
We work with clients throughout the Houston area, including executives and busy professionals from outlying areas like League City, Katy, Richmond/Rosenberg, Cypress, The Woodlands, and Baytown. Call us now toll free at 888-790-0309 to schedule an appointment.
Labels: cosmetic dental implants, Dental Implants, implant dentistry, titanium dental implants, tivolloy
A man named Ron, who had a number of missing teeth, came to us when he realized that tooth decay in his remaining teeth would probably cause him further tooth loss. He had no idea why so many of his teeth had failed, and he did not want to lose any more of them. He asked about a procedure he had heard about called a full mouth reconstruction. He wanted to know if it could offer a medical solution to his failing teeth as well as a cosmetic solution to his missing teeth. He also wanted to know if it would be a painful procedure. He told us that by the sound of the term, full mouth reconstruction, he could only imagine the amount of surgery and pain such a process might involve.
We quickly put his fears of pain and surgery to rest. We explained that a full mouth reconstruction was not the same as reconstructive surgery. Rebuilding bone, tissue, or muscle after a major accident is not the same as rebuilding a smile. Rather, a full mouth reconstruction involves strategic use of dental inlays, bonding, or crowns to replace missing teeth and to prevent teeth that are in the process of decaying from failing completely. In cosmetic dentistry, this procedure does not involve drilling or filling teeth with silver-mercury amalgams. All reconstructive work is done with materials that can be sculpted or molded to the existing teeth so that the original color, or whiter appearance if so desired, can result.
Cosmetic dental implants, for example, can be used to teeth that are missing from the upper and lower jaws. Cosmetic dental implants are made from a titanium base that acts like a tooth root. Once the bone adapts around the tooth, a porcelain crown is placed over it, providing an excellent mimic for the translucent whiteness of natural tooth enamel.
But what caused Ron to have such massive tooth loss in the first place? The answer lay in a seemingly unrelated medical problem. Ron had suffered for 10 years from a condition known as sleep apnea. For those same ten years, he had ground his teeth unconsciously in his sleep, and never noticed that cavities were forming in the cracks that resulted. The decay seemed to hit him all at once, and many teeth were lost in a short amount of time. While this was a very sad and severe case, the good news for Ron was that a full mouth reconstruction could still be performed that would restore his smile with an even better look than he had had before. After all, improvement of this sort is what Cosmetic Dentistry is all about.
To systematically accomplish this for Ron, we placed arches in the upper and lower arches of his mouth. We then used these implants, along with healthy natural teeth that remained, as anchor points for fixed porcelain bridges and crowns. Although the procedure took almost 7 months to complete, the Ron says it was well worth the time and money, because he looks and feels almost 20 years younger as a result of his full mouth reconstruction.
Labels: Bruxism, cosmetic dental bonding, cosmetic dental bridges, cosmetic dental crowns, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Implants, full mouth reconstruction
What is cosmetic dentistry?
Cosmetic dentistry is a ranged of highly advanced, specialized dental services that blend advanced medical knowledge with personalized aesthetics. Our ultimate goal is to restore the confidence and optimism of each patient with a brand new smile that looks as good, if not even better, than the original.
What are some basic elements of cosmetic dentistry?
Some of our services include, sophisticate, natural-looking tooth whitening, replacement of outdated and actually unhealthy mercury fillings, and veneer reshaping of individual teeth to correct overlaps, gaps, and crooked services.
How individualized are your services to each patient?
Our services are extremely personalized. They have to be, because every smile is unique. Our dentists take the time to listen carefully to the wants and needs of each patient in order to get a sense of the personality and lifestyle of the individual. The dentist will then take careful facial measurements of the patient that will allow new features that are proportional to the bone structure, age, and gender to be molded into the teeth.
To what extent do cosmetic dentistry services utilize advanced technology?
Modern technology is a very important component of our work. One of the most important pieces of technology we use is intra-oral camera. This camera examines the teeth and produces a high-resolution, full color image on a monitor. We can examine every detail of a group of teeth or gum line and we can make a more accurate diagnosis and plan for corrective treatment. We can then create an image of what the outcome will look like, show it to the patient, and ensure both comfort and satisfaction prior to beginning any work.
Do you replace old fillings?
Yes, and we strongly recommend that anyone with old or failing silver-mercury fillings come to the Cosmetic Dentistry Center to have these fillings removed and replaced with more modern, natural-looking, and stronger porcelain inlays and composite resins. Mercury is not a healthy substance for the human body, so when old fillings fail, it is advisable and remove it with substances that are much better for the body, will hold up better to the test of time, and truly look better in a smile because they blend in with the color and structure of teeth themselves.
Do you do teeth replacement?
Yes. Tooth replacement is a cornerstone element of cosmetic dentistry. It is our firm belief, and something of an understood mission statement at our center, that no human being should ever have to live with missing teach. The replacement of missing teeth and the restoration of a natural, healthy-looking smile restores not only beauty to the face, but self-confidence to the heart and increased physical comfort to the mouth with a more even and contiguous bite.
What methods do you use to replace missing teeth?
Our website itemizes many of the advanced methods we use to reconstruct a smile to its original—if not better than original—state. Some of these options include bridges, retained dentures, and implants, to name just a few.
Labels: bridges, cosmetic dentistry, Dental Implants, porcelain inlays, porcelain veneers, retained dentures, tooth whitening
Ask the Dental Experts
Monday, December 15, 2008
Is it possible to eat normally with a full frontal bridge, for example biting into an apple? Can one be put in place with minimum shaping of the teeth or will they be permanently disfigured? If implants are an option, can it be performed with local anesthesia only. I''m not to comfortable with being put out. Thanks
An anterior bridge(front) can be very strong but of course not as strong as your natural teeth. It also depends how many of your front are missing.. When preparing the teeth for a bridge they do have to be shaped so that the dental lab has enough to room to place the metal and then stack the porcelain so that the bridge looks natural and not bulky. The more teeth that are missing the weaker the bridge will be. If you want implants, you can do the procedure under local anesthetic, however you want to make sure that the implants will be esthetically pleasing and not have alot of metal showing.
I hope this has helped you in deciding what to do, if you have any further questions,please don''t hesitate to call us at:1-888-790-0309.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
I am 32 years old and I have been fighting Periodontitis since I was 18 year old. I have been through multipal surgeries and bone grafts. I am not a tobacco user. I also have deep cleanings done 4 times a year and I still have very deep pockets, some are as deep as 8mm. Doctors believe that my case is genetic since my dad lost his teeth in his late 30''s and very early 40''s. I have been reading up on this Laser Therapy and would like to know if I would be a good candidate for it? Also, how much does it cost? How many treatment does it normaly take?
Thanks for your inquiry. Apparantly, you are very knowledgable about periodontal disease
. You would most likely be a candidate for laser periodontal therapy. Anyone with periodontal disease can be treated with the Periolase
The first thing that you need to do is to find a dentist that has one. I have provided a link to their web site. I want to emphasize to you that there are many dentists that have lasers, but the Periolase MVP-7 is the only one that is FDA approved to treat periodontal disease. I also want you to remeber that even though your periodontal disease can be treated, you need to remeber that your genetic makeup will how an effect on your treatment outcome.
Dale J. Brant, DDS
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Hello,I have a receding gum line but only over one tooth. It''s very embarrassing since it''s one of my front teeth. Could this be gum disease? What can I do to prevent this. I noticed that It gets a bit sore only for about 3 days every other month. Any advice?
Hello Amanda! I think it would be a great idea if you came to our office so we could see exactly what is going on with your tooth. Have you had your teeth cleaned lately? The recession could be from periodontal(gum) disease or it could be from your occlusion. Is your lower tooth hitting your upper tooth. Do you think you fractured your tooth?
Please call us at 1-888-790-0309 for an appointment.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I have very small teeth and was thinkingof getting something done about because im very concious when i smile or laugh but my friend suggested that i might have too much gum and i could get it removed, could that be the problem and if so is there a precedure i can get?
Cosmetic dentistry involves not only the teeth, but the soft tissues. A part of cosmetic restoration often involves reshaping or treating the gum tissue. You should have a comprehensive exam that looks at any possible periodontal issues as well as the cosmetics of the level of the soft tissue. It can dramatically change the look of the smile.
Chuck Campbell, DDS
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
hey i was wondering if you could answer the questions i have about my teeth. First of all i have had braces for about 2 years now but the gum on my bottom teeth seems to be receding. Sometimes theres blood after i brush my teeth but its rare. Is my gum receding because i brush too hard or do i need help... how can i recover the gum line or is it not possible?
First of all, I think you should wait until your braces come off because you have had alot of tooth movement , which may be causing some of your recession. Once you have your braces removed, I would suggest that you go to a periodontist (gum specialist) for an evaluation. He may have to do some form of tissue grafting to cover up the recession. which will help restore your gumline.
I hope this has helped you and if you have any further questions, please don''t hesitate to call us at:1-888-790-0309
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
How much does the surgery cost?
Thanks for your inquiry. It is extremely difficult to tell you how much gum surgery can cost. We first havre to determine what your needs are. You may have periodontal disease
in addition to needing to have excess gum tissue removed. The first step wouled be to have a complete dental evaluation. That way you and your dentist will know what your needs are and then what will be needed to treat your problems. I hope this helps.
Dale J. Brant, DDS
Monday, November 10, 2008
i have what its called a gummy smile along with several embarissing gaps...its invisaling right for me
You need a comprehensive examination with orthodontic treatment in mind. Invisalign is a terrific tool, but it has some limitations. The "gumminess" of your smile can lead to different types of treatment, depending upon the severity.
Chuck Campbell, DDS
Labels: cosmetic dentistry, Dental Implants, Gum Disease, Veneers