If you are among the many people whose happiness is incomplete just because you worry about your improper teeth affecting your smile and affecting your life. You can always go for smile makeover. Many options in cosmetic dentistry make it possible to change almost every kind of smile. Advancing technologies give you opportunity to even choose your treatment plan among more than one of them. So if incomplete smile is only reason in your life which is limiting your happiness, you dont have to worry from today. Contact us.
Cosmetic dentistry procedure are always expensive, that is true but new technologies in this field have made it much affordable today. There are more than one treatment options today, if you cannot afford one type of treatment option you can go for less expensive one, after discussing about it with your dentist. So contact your dentist before you decide.
Silver amalgam fillings were used to restore teeth for many years. These are metallic black in color, Which is easily detected inside the mouth. Sometimes when you have bigger filling it gives an unpleasant look inside your mouth. Tooth colored composite resins are available these days, which are safe, strong and extremely natural in appearance. Due to their ability to bond to the surface of the tooth, restoration has much strength and less leakage. Also cost in same as that of metal fillings. So isn’t it wise to have tooth colored fillings? Bonding: Bonding is simple method to restore chipped, gaped or stained tooth by using various types of composite resins. It can be done in a single appointment that too takes less than an hour. Result is extremely natural looking teeth and beautiful smile.
Veneers are solutions for badly stained, crooked, gapped and chipped teeth. Since veneers can be placed in 2 to 3 appointments. It is faster solution for crooked,gapped teeth than that of orthodontics. Veneers are made of porcelian that is placed on the top of front surface of tooth, which easily hide cracks, chip or discoloration. Crown is type of covering or a cap made of porcelian(most often) which covers and strengthen damaged or broken teeth. It can also be used to cover discolored and gapped teeth.
Bridge is a most convenient way to replace missing tooth/teeth. Bridge consists of replacement tooth/teeth and two crowns on either side of missing tooth/teeth. Made of porcelian fused to metal, it has good strength, good appearance and more importantly comfortable feel in the mouth.
Dental implants are substitute teeth roots resembling screws. These screws are usually made of titanium or its alloy, which are inert to human tissues. These screws work as post and crowns are fitted onto it giving a natural look. when there are no teeth present in mouth or missing teeth has no teeth present on either side of missing space, one can go for implant to make restoration of teeth possible. Even if bridging is possible for you and if you prefer implants more than a bridge then you can go for it. Sometimes when dentures stay lose on the mouth no matter what steps are taken, implants can be used as retention supports for dentures also. On the first step, diagnosis is done according to the bone present , age and other factors. When it is found favourable for implant, procedure is carried out in various steps. Roughly we can say that on the first appoinment screw type of thing is implanted onto the jawbone under anesthesia. Leave it for healing for 3-6 months. Check ups will be there in between to decide weather it is progressing or not. Once the implant is ready, it acts as firm tooth root substitute, where dentist can place a fabricated crown on it. Once the process is complete, patients do not have to come to the dentist frequently. One has to visit his/her dentist only for the routine check-ups. You can enjoy dental implants more than any other replacements.
If you feel your teeth are dull in color, stained or yellowish you can go for teeth whitening. There are two methods to it:
1) Home Bleaching and
2) Office Bleaching
Home tooth whitening is a convenient way to brighten your smile. In this method, special removal tray with bleaching gel is used in contact with the teeth, which is used overnight by the patient. It is easy and effective. One has to repeate the process unless desired result is achived .
This is a process for those who don’t have much time for home bleaching. This method involves a bleaching gel and activating lights which does its work in an hour. You can go home with a whole new bright smile. You can talk to the dentist for the better option suitable for you.
It is suggested that a child should be taken for orthodontic consultation by age seven. The orthodontist evaluates the alignment, bite and relationship between upper and lower jaw. According to the need, dentist start orthodontic treatment to guide bone growth, treat join disorder, correct teeth alignment. Most of the orthodontic treatments satrt at the age of 13. So if you feel your child’s teeth is poorly aligned you can visit to the dentist when a child is 13-14. With the development of adult orthodontics having braces is possible for adults also. So consult for yourself, its never too late.
Almost all types of crooked teeth are fixed by orthodontic treatment. Depending upon jaw and bone conditions, spacing and crowding of teeth are also corrected by orthodontics. Crowded teeth if left untreated can cause poor oral hygine, gingivitis and periodontitis. Spacing can cause food accumulation and weakens the strength of teeth also. Sometimes incorrect bite can cause headaches and TMJ problems so these are also corrected by orthodontic treatment. Overall orthodontic treatment improves your appearance and side by side corrects your bite, chewing function etc. to give you a balanced smile.
Regular oral examinations by the dentist, cleaning of teeth, fluoride application are the procedures done for prevention of oral and dental diseases. Proper tooth brushing techniques(as guided by dentists) should be used, flossing after meals and fluoride application for children help greatly in reducing dental problems.
If you have bleeding gums; swollen gingiva accumulated plaque and stains are visible on tooth surface, you should get your scaling done. Regular scaling should be done in the interval of six months.Scaling is defined as a procedure of removal of soft deposits (plaque),hard deposits (claculus) and stains from the tooth surface. Micro-organisms are also removed along with plaque and claculus which helps you in maintaining healthy and firm gums and teeth. Polishing makes tooth surface smoother, which makes it more difficult for plaque and debris to accumulate on it. It’s good to do polishing of teeth after every scaling.
Early form of gum disease is known as gingivitis, which is caused by plaque, a sticky flim of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth. These bacteria forms toxins that can cause gum damage, which is known as gingivitis. At this stage gum appears red, swollen and bleed easily. In more advanced stages of gum disease there is severe infection of the surrounding, supporting tissues of the tooth, at this stage this is called as periodontitis. Patients with periodontitis most often have bad breath. Teeth with periodontitis are mostly loose in the mouth and may fall out after sometime. Thus prevention for gingivititis, periodontitis and bad breathe is regular scaling and polishing, though periodontitis sometime require periodontal treatments such as flap surgery with root planing curettage etc.
Sticky food we eat gets stuck on the tooth surface which when reacted by bacteria inside our mouth forms certain acids which are actually responsible for brach or lesion on the surface of tooth known as dental cavity. Patient can also detect cavity by himself/herself. If you find a black spot sometimes on surface only and sometimes on deep surface with soft consistency of your tooth surface, causing sensitivity while having cold and / or hot drinks or food, you should consult your dentist to confirm the cavity and grt it filled . If carious tooth is not filled on time, it slowly gets spread to more vulnerable pulp and root structure which make it possible to get it filled. In such case, a more lengthly and costly treatment of RCT(Root Canal Treatment) will remain as the only option.
Temporary or permanent teeth, both should be filled when they have caries. Temporary teeth though they fall after sometime but they have particular timing of shading off. It is necessary for them to stay it’s full period because extracting them before time create a free space for long time which causes remaining teeth to remove and compromise the space of upcoming permanent tooth causing malalignment . That is why you should not neglect your child’s teeth even if they are temporary. They are as important as permanent teeth.
Root canal treatment (RCT)is required when the pulp or nerve of a tooth gets affected by dental decay, sometimes have trauma. Once pulp is affected there is pressure on the nerve endings which generates pain. Pain is more at night or when lying down and also triggered by hot or cold food. Decay invades the pulp space which travel through canal and settle at the end of the root causing swelling or abscess on the site. Pulp damage is also seen in tooth fractures involving pulp, large fillings and trauma. Treatment involves cleaning the canal space by removing affected pulp, washing it thoroughly and filling it with inert material that seals the space. This is known as root canal treatment.
When your tooth becomes non-restorable, non-useful and sometimes harmful to the mouth, extraction should be carried out. Generally speaking extraction is for those teeth which are deeply carious and non restorable where even RCT is not possible. Teeth which are greatly mobile and causing abscess in the mouth, badly broken etc. are ideal for extraction. Anesthesia used in dental extraction and other dental procedure is local anesthesia. This anesthesia is injected into the gum tissue near the area to be treated or deep inside near the nerve which produces a numbing effect that wears off after the procedure. Most dental patients find that the use of local anesthesia allows them to experience dental treatment comfortably.
After certain time of extraction, adjacent teeth start tilting affecting space of missing tooth making it difficult to replace afterwards. Missing teeth affects in chewing also, because stress will be more on present teeth causing them to become weak. Also speech and anesthetics will be affected by missing teeth thus it is important to replace them on time. Replacement of teeth can be done by following methods:Bridge, Implant, Dentures etc. Bridging and implants are already discussed in the cosmetic part(FAQ).
A denture is a removable replacement for missing tooth/teeth. It is made of acrylic resins, sometimes in combination of various metals. A partial denture replaces some teeth of the patient where as a complete denture replaces all teeth. Denture can also be fabricated more aesthetically and at the same time functions of denture can also be good which help in chewing, speaking and the most of all, building confidence.
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