You family dentist is probably able to offer you a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments that can help you improve the look of every aspect of your smile, including your bite, teeth or your gums. These cosmetic treatments are extremely safe and carry few risks.
Some of the most popular and commonly-requested cosmetic dentistry services your family dentist can offer might include the following:
Teeth whitening – Also known as teeth bleaching, this refers to the lightening of the natural enamel surface of a tooth. Professional teeth whitening can lighten your teeth several shades over just a few treatments utilizing a light-activated bleaching agent applied to your teeth with custom-fit trays. These trays ensure that the bleaching product is evenly and directly applied to each tooth, giving you attractive, consistent results.
Dental veneers – Made of thin wafers of composite resin or porcelain, dental veneers are affixed directly to the surface of a tooth and can change the color, shape, length and alignment of a natural tooth. Your family dentist will remove a small layer of your natural tooth’s enamel in order to accommodate the depth of the dental veneer, allowing the veneer to sit flat and look completely natural.
Bonding – Using dental composite material, your family dentist can manually reshape a tooth, correcting chips and imperfections. This bonding material is shaped and then hardened and polished to mimic natural tooth material.
Dental crowns and dental bridges – In order to protect a damaged tooth, your family dentist may provide you with a dental crown. As well, dental crowns are used to anchor a dental bridge used to fill the gap where a missing tooth used to be. A bridge allows your teeth to stay in their correct places and to not begin collapsing into the area left by the missing tooth.
Your family dentist probably offers these common cosmetic dentistry procedures or even more. Schedule an appointment to see how your smile can be improved.Read More »
Would you like to have a root canal treatment? Probably not! Most people would prefer to avoid that particular dental therapy altogether. Even though root canal therapies can be life-changing for those who have suffered with an infected tooth, it’s not something any dental patient ever put on a “smile goals” list. If you’d like to go your whole life and never need a root canal procedure to save you from pain, here are some simple tips to avoid this type of treatment.
Good oral hygiene habits will save you from a root canal treatment. Some people think that if they’re brushing before bedtime, they’re taking good care of their teeth. While it’s true that going to bed with a clean mouth is an important part of oral care, it’s only a small fraction of the hygiene routine that can give you a lifetime of healthy teeth.
Brush at least twice a day, or following each meal. If you can’t brush, you must rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Swish the water around and then spit it out. This helps remove a layer of saliva packed with food debris and bacteria from your mouth. Floss once a day, preferably at night before bed. Follow flossing with a mouthrinse to reach the tiniest places beneath the gumline and between teeth that brushing can’t reach.
Eat a wide variety of nutritious foods to ensure that your bones and teeth are healthy. Get enough calcium so that your body won’t begin to take calcium from other areas, weakening your teeth and jaw. Drink plenty of water and sleep so that you stay hydrated and well-rested. Avoid sugary drinks and rinse your mouth after consuming sports drinks, sodas, tea or coffee.
Stop smoking. Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your mouth and for your entire body. Speak to your dentist for help in quitting.
Be sure to see your dentist for regular checkups and professional cleanings. Your dentist will have even more tips about how to keep your mouth healthy and to avoid ever needing a root canal treatment.
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What are dental crowns?
- Dental crowns are a protective covering that completely encases a damaged tooth. Dental crowns are designed specifically for your particular tooth in fit, form and function. They are a form of restorative therapy designed to return full use to a tooth that has become extremely damaged through acute decay, trauma or a root canal therapy.
How do dental crowns restore a tooth?
- Dental crowns are custom fit in a laboratory or in the dentist’s office to completely cover a damaged tooth. They can improve not only the tooth’s appearance but also its alignment and shape. Damaged teeth that were previously malformed can be improved with the use of a dental crown.
What are dental bridges?
- Dental bridges literally make a bridge between two anchoring teeth, filling a gap created by a missing tooth that has been extracted, has fallen out naturally or is the end result of serious decay or trauma to the face. Dental crowns protect the bordering anchor teeth, securing the bridge firmly and allowing it to function as your missing natural tooth.
Are dental caps and dental crowns the same thing?
- Yes, a dental cap is exactly the same thing as a dental crown; it is just a different name.
What types of materials are used to make dental crowns?
- Dental crowns are made from various materials, such as porcelain/ceramic, gold, metal alloy or porcelain fused to metal. Ceramic or porcelain crowns will most closely match the color and translucent qualities of a natural tooth.
Is a dental bridge right for me?
- If you are missing one or more teeth, and your adjoining teeth are stable and healthy, a dental bridge is for you. Even patients with missing teeth that have only one adjacent tooth can have a dental bridge designed to fill their needs.
Talk to Weston Florida general dentist Dr. Thanos today if you have further questions about dental crowns and dental bridges.Read More »
As we age, we change. Not only do our bodies age on the outside, but our bones do too. Changes in our health, age and weight can lead to changes in our face and mouth, causing dentures to be ill-fitting and in need of adjustment. Caring for your dentures improperly can also lead to problems with fit or damage to the dentures themselves. During the lifetime of your dentures, your prosthodontist will probably have to make several routine repairs and adjustments.
You can reduce the need for repair by maintaining a proper diet. Be sure that you’re getting the nutrition you require to keep your bones healthy and strong. Keep the soft tissues of your mouth hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Get enough rest so that your body can heal and thrive. Take your dentures out of your mouth as required each night to allow your gum tissues to heal and to rebuild good circulation.
Clean your dentures properly each night before you store them away. Brush and rinse them as you would your natural teeth. Brushing prevents plaque buildup and the development of stains and odor. Only use soft brushes specifically designed for dentures or you could damage the dentures.
Brush and rinse your dentures following meals. Be careful not to drop them when you’re cleaning them. Never use harsh abrasives or bleach. Mild dishwashing liquid can be used and is preferable to toothpaste.
When your dentures are out of your mouth, they must be stored in water or a denture cleaner/soaking solution. If you allow them to dry out, they will distort or crack. Never place them in hot liquids.
Taking good care of your body and dentures can help your dentures last for years, possibly longer than anyone had anticipated. Reduce your time in with the prosthodontist and enjoy your dentures for a lifetime of natural, attractive smiles.
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