What You Can Expect From Our Dental Services
What is in a smile? We believe that a smile is a natural human expression showing what is in your heart and mind, but this can be easily derailed. The power of your smile relies on your overall oral health, which is the goal at our practice. We approach dental health in many ways to keep your teeth healthy.
The Importance of Teeth Whitening
You might think that tooth whitening is a procedure that some partake in purely for vanity. The truth is that tooth whitening serves many purposes that you might not be aware of. For example, teeth whitening can boost the confidence of someone who feels self-conscious about his or her smile.
People also tend to judge people by the health of their smile. It is not uncommon to believe that someone with a nice smile is successful, confident, and more attractive. This means that a simple dental whitening could help your professional life, not to mention your romantic life. Keep in mind that you might not even need dental whitening; you might just need teeth cleaning. Teeth cleaning removes surface stains that have not penetrated the enamel and stained the dentin. Our specialist will be able to tell you what you need.
Still, it is important to stay away from things that might lead to stains like cigarettes, coffee, and certain dried fruits. Dark teas should be avoided as well. One trick that might help is rinsing your mouth out after consuming something that might stain your teeth, though this will not work for smokers.
The Denture Procedure
Most people do not believe they will need dentures, but the truth is that the need for dentures is increasing according to most surveys. Our specialists focus on prevention rather than the actual procedure. We know that patients would prefer to keep their own teeth.
One key thing that we like to instill in our patients is the importance of a routine dental checkup. Less than half of Americans visit their dentist, which means that the risk of losing a tooth is higher for them. We do not want this to happen to our patients, so we stress the importance of preventative care.
We also spend a lot of time educating you about signs of a potential problem that might lead to tooth loss, like periodontal disease. You might experience swollen gums, bleeding gums, lose teeth, tooth aches, or have trouble eating hard or chewy foods.
Do not worry; our denture specialists will be able to accommodate your needs should these dental fixtures be necessary. Keep in mind that the gums and bones do need to heal after removing any affected teeth. This means that you may have to wait about eight or even 12 weeks before your new denture can be set. You could use what is called the immediate denture, though this dental fixture will have to be adjusted as your gums heal and shrink.
It should be noted that the immediate option should only be temporary.
Enhance Your Smile With Veneers
Most people think of veneers as nothing more than tooth-colored shells used to improve the appearance of a smile. It is okay to think this because that is what veneers do, but that is not their only function. These wafer-thin dental shells can do much more. The shells are bonded to your teeth and fitted perfectly to effectively replicate the surface of your teeth.
There are two types of these dental shells. One is the porcelain veneer and the other is the resin veneer. Porcelain is usually desired by some patients because they resist stains, and they can reflect light in a natural way. This makes the tooth seem slightly more realistic. The only thing that some people do not like is that a considerable amount of the tooth must be removed. Resin may not reflect light like porcelain, but the specialist will not have to remove so much of the tooth.
You might think that these dental shells are only used to whiten teeth, but that serves one of its functions. The veneer can also be used to repair worn down teeth or a tooth that has been chipped or fractured. These dental shells can also help deal with teeth that are slightly misaligned or uneven. This should create a healthier-looking smile and also prevent food from getting lodged between large gaps.
Another problem that could be fixed is an irregularly shaped tooth. You might not think this is possible, but a tooth could have some irregularities, like bulges or craters. Bulges are not that big of deal, though they are aesthetically awkward, but craters could create an area where bacteria can easily hide.
You can talk to one of our specialists to get a better understanding of our services regarding these helpful dental shells.
Understanding Dental Implants
As mentioned above, our goal is to provide routine care so that you do not need a dental implant. This is why we recommend a dental checkup at least once a year. A checkup will help keep your teeth healthy and your natural teeth where they belong. Still, this might not always be possible, so we do have to be prepared.
A dental implant is sometimes preferred when it comes to replacing a tooth as opposed to a denture. This is mostly because a denture can become lose whereas implants are cemented in place. The implant is a titanium post that gets surgically implanted deep in your jawbone. The dentist uses this post to keep the tooth replacement in place.
There are a few things that we will have to consider before continuing with the dental implant. For one, we will evaluate the health of your gums and jawbone. You may need a bone graft should we find that your jawbone is simply too weak to support the implant. We also need to see if the jawbone is a little too close to the nasal cavities. You may need to go through a sinus lift if we see that your nasal cavities are too close to the bone that needs to be operated on. Talk to us about this entire procedure to get a better understanding.
A Closer Look at our Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is usually defined as dentistry that improves the aesthetics of the teeth. This usually alludes to the idea that cosmetic dentistry has nothing to do with the function of the tooth or the gums.
The truth is, this type of dentistry can affect a person in several ways. Of course, you already know why it is important to correct misaligned teeth as they inadvertently give bacteria a place to hide, which can cause cavities.
Still, it should be noted that this type of dentistry also prevents tooth loss. A chip or crack means that the tooth is weak. Another accident or hard food could actually break the tooth completely, meaning the person might lose that tooth. There is a lot that this type of dentistry can offer you that you might not have known before. The key is to be open to the kind of improvements that we offer, and be ready to smile because you are worth it.