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Cosmetic Dental Treatments

March 12th, 2019 by

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Dentistry is not just a case of filling and extraction of teeth, as it was for many years. Today a lot of people are turning to cosmetic dentistry, or ‘ aesthetic dentistry, for improving the appearance of their teeth, much as they would use cosmetic surgery or even a new hairstyle. Cosmetic dentistry is used to straighten, lighten, reshape and repair teeth. Cosmetic treatments include fillings, tooth-coloured, implants, veneers, crowns, bridges, teeth whitening.

What is a veneer?

Veneers are thin slices of porcelain. These are made to fit over the visible surface of front teeth. Like a false fingernail that fits over a nail.

veneers

Why should l have a veneer?

Veneer is an ideal option for treating discoloured or unsightly teeth, closing gaps between front teeth, or repairing chips and cracks.

How are veneers made?

From the tooth, a small amount of enamel is removed, normally the same thickness as the veneer are. An impression taken by the dentist is sent to a dental laboratory for making the veneer. Then veneer is bonded to the tooth to form a strong and natural- looking repair.

Can l have white fillings?

For over 150 years silvery-grey material called ‘amalgam’ is used for filling. This is considered as one of the strongest and longest-lasting materials available for fillings. However, a lot of people find it unattractive and some are concerned about possible health risks. Today there is an alternative to the amalgam fillings known as white fillings. The new dental material is a perfect match for the shade of a tooth. In many cases, it is impossible to notice that the tooth has a filling. Sometimes white filling material is used to cover unsightly marks on teeth, similarly to veneers.

dental crowns

How is a crown made?

The usual procedure for fitting a crown includes shaping the tooth using local anesthesia and then a rubber-like material is used for taking an impression. This impression is sent to the dental laboratory along with the details of the shade to be used, and the technician makes the crown.

What happens to my teeth while the crown is being made?

Until your crown is being made, a temporary crown is used to protect the prepared tooth. This temporary crown can be easily removed just before fitting the permanent crown. In maximum cases, the temporary crown is placed for approximately two weeks.

What is a crown made of?

Variety of different materials like porcelain or porcelain bonded to gold are used to make a crown. New materials are continuously being introduced. It is best to talk to your dentist to know which crown will be best for you.

My tooth is badly broken- what can I do?

When a tooth is badly broken or damaged, the dentist may use ‘crown’ or ‘ cap’ on it to restore is appearance and strength.

How can my dentist fill a gap in my teeth?

In the event that a tooth is missing, or needs extraction, there are a few different ways to fill the gap that is left.
It is very important to replace any missing teeth to maintain the balance between your jaw bites.
If you have more than one missing tooth, that means remaining teeth are under a lot of pressure which can cause broken fillings or jaw problems.
A partial denture is the easiest way for the replacement of missing teeth.
In any case, a few people find partial dentures are not comfortable and in the end choose to consider other alternatives.

dental bridges

What is a bridge?

For people who are not comfortable with dentures or only have one or two teeth missing Bridges are ideal. Conventional bridges are made by drilling the teeth on both sides to the gap and attaching a false tooth in the middle. They are fixed similarly as crowns. These brides are usually made of precious metal bonded to porcelain.

What if I don’t want my remaining teeth to be drilled?

Adhesive bridges are another alternative to bridging a gap and the tooth that needs lesser removing. These bridges are made of a false tooth with metal ‘wings’ on both sides. These wings are made to bond with the teeth on both the side, with very little drilling required. Rather, the teeth are roughened then the bridge is fitted by using a very strong composite also known as resin.

Can implants be used to replace missing teeth?

Implant is the best alternative to denture or bridgework, but they are more costly. An implant is the titanium rod, which is surgically placed into the jawbone and act as an anchor for supporting dentures or crowns.

A complete denture or partial denture can be attached to the number of implants.

Can l lighten the colour of my teeth?

Tooth whitening is the most effective way of lightening the natural colour of your teeth without removing any of the teeth surfaces. It does not make a complete colour change, but it does lighten the existing shade of your teeth.

What does tooth whitening involve?

Most common form of tooth whitening is ‘professional bleaching’. With the use of a specially made tray which fits into your mouth like a gum-shield, your dentist will apply the whitening product to your teeth. The ‘active ingredient’ in the product is hydrogen peroxide or car amide peroxide. As the active ingredient it breaks down, oxygen reacts with enamel on the teeth and the teeth colour is made brighter.

Once your dentist starts the treatment you will be given the trays to take home and continue the treatment, or you may need further appointments at your dentist. This treatment is usually completed within 3 to 4 weeks. It depends on how long you keep the trays in your mouth each time, and how much whiter you want your teeth to be.

What other procedures are there?

There is now laser whitening or ‘ power whitening’ During this treatment a light or laser is shone on the teeth in order to activate the chemical. The light speeds up the chemical reaction of the whitening product and helps achieve the shade more quickly. Laser teeth whitening can make teeth up to five or six shades brighter. This procedure normally takes an hour.

What is an incorrect bite?

Incorrect bite occurs when the teeth in the jaw are not properly fitted or teeth are misaligned with the rest of the face or when you have unreplaced missing teeth.

What can happen if it is not treated?

Face can ‘ collapse’ if an incorrect bite is not treated. This can be a reason for the face to sag. The chin to stick out and the smile is drooped. It can even lead to headaches, neck pain and other pains in the body.

How can it be treated?

There are many treatments, including crowns, bonding, and braces (orthodontics). Ask your dentist which treatment is best for you. Ask an estimated cost of treatment and a written treatment plan before you start the treatment.

Can my crooked or twisted teeth be straightened?

Teeth can be straightened with braces (orthodontics). This is normally done during the teenage years. When the teeth are in the period of growth. However, many adults also take the treatment to straighten their crooked and misaligned teeth or to improve the appearance of their teeth. The procedure takes a lot of time in adults and is, therefore, it is more costly.

For cosmetic reasons, clear or plastic braces are also used. Which are nearly impossible to notice. In case you are thinking for orthodontic treatment, first go to your dentist and get his advice Your dentist can discuss your treatment option and if necessary he can also refer you to the best orthodontist.

Are there any alternatives to orthodontics?

Cosmetic contouring is used to improve the appearance of teeth. It is ideal if you have irregular-shaped or crooked/crowded teeth.
However, in contouring, a minimum amount of enamel is deprived. It ends up enhancing the shape and appearance of your gums. These treatments are not recommended for young children.

Tooth-Jewellery

What is tooth jewelry?

Tooth jewellery includes sticking small jewels onto the teeth using dental cement. It should be strictly done by a dentist so that if needed they can remove it easily. Another caution is that it should be kept clean since there is a higher chance of plaque development which leads to cavities.

Cosmetic Dentistry

February 22nd, 2019 by

SCULPTING A NEW SMILE

Do you remember the last time you smiled for a picture? Did you flash your white teeth or did you hide your teeth?

Today, many people benefit from Cosmetic Dentistry. A wide range of procedures are available that can improve your smile.

Gone are the days when you had to settle with chipped, stained and crooked teeth. A revelation in dentistry ensures that cosmetically enhanced teeth now look more natural and last longer than they did in the past. By skillfully blending the modern techniques, your dentist can “sculpt” a more attractive smile for you.

A confident smile is a powerful way for you to communicate. An improved smile will help you to make a great impression both personally and professionally.

Try answering any of the following questions. If the answer is “ yes” then you need to get a cosmetic evaluation done by your dentist.

  • Do you lack confidence when smiling?
  • Do you wish you had a smile as pretty as the celebrities?
  • Do you wish your teeth were whiter?
  • Do you have any discoloured or stained teeth or fillings?
  • Are any of your teeth Overlapping or crooked?
  • Do you have any gaps between teeth?
  • Do you have any uneven shape teeth due to chips, fractures or rough edges?
  • Do your teeth seem out of proportion because they are uneven in length or shape?
  • Are you dissatisfied with the way your gums look?
  • Are your gums red, swollen, receding or bleeding?

COSMETIC OPTIONS

A variety of treatment options can help to improve the smile. The popular cosmetic options include:

cosmetic dentistry bleaching

BLEACHING: As the name implies, teeth bleaching- or teeth whitening, is a process of lightening the existing shade of the teeth. It also erases the stains that come from coffee, tea, red wine or tobacco usage. The effects can last for many years depending on how you maintain them. The process is simple, effective and causes few side effects.
A word of caution: Avoid over the counter bleaching systems without dentist prescription. Consult your Dentist for more information.

BONDING: Over time, little things can damage your smile-a chip, a crack, discoloration, noticeable fillings in your front teeth, small gaps between teeth, that are uneven or fractured teeth. But still, there is a simple, pain-free and, long-lasting dental procedure that can restore the beauty of your smile. Bonding is a procedure involves placing a tooth-coloured composite material.

Indications For Bonding :

  • Close small gaps between front teeth.
  • Repair chip and cracks.
  • Conceal discolouration.
  • Protect exposed roots caused by gum recession.
  • Restore decayed teeth.
  • Seal and protect children’s teeth from cavities.
  • So, if there is a minor imperfection in your smile, ask your Dentist about tooth bonding. Usually the Procedures can be completed in a single sitting.

cosmetic dentistry crowns

CROWNS: Crowns, also called “ tooth caps”, are coverings that fit over the damaged teeth and restore each tooth to its normal shape and size, while both strengthening and improving its appearance. A crown could be made of natural looking porcelain/ceramic metals, acrylic or composite resins or a combination of any of these.

Indication for placing crowns:

  • To restore fractured teeth.
  • To protect weak teeth from fracturing.
  • To support a large cavity filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • To conceal badly shaped or discoloured teeth.
  • To strengthen teeth following a root canal.
  • To disguise extensive damage caused by decay.
  • To attach a bridge.
  • To cover a dental implant.

cosmetic dentistry- veneer

Veneers: Veneers are thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth and can be an excellent cosmetic solution for crooked, chipped, discoloured or worn teeth.

Indication for placing Veneers:

  • Repair damaged teeth.
  • Correct gaps.
  • Conceal discolouration.
  • Corrects the shape and size of your mouth.

They resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, red wine, cigarette smoke, and even chewing tobacco. Veneers can last over a decade with regular care and maintenance. Plus, they look completely natural.

A New Smile- Your Key To Success

Cosmetic Dentistry is devoted to the improvement of smiles. During the consultation, your dentist evaluates your mouth, and recommends the best type of treatment for you, and thus crafting a more beautiful smile. It all begins with a smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a composite resin ( white filling)?

A composite resin is a tooth filling substance. It is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass ( silicon dioxide). Widely composites are used to restore decayed areas of the tooth. But they are also helpful for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

How is a composite placed?

The dentist prepares the solution and places the composite in layers. A special kind of light will be used to harden each layer. The dentist then shapes the composite to fit the tooth and finally polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.

How long does it take to place a composite?

Typically the procedure takes 10-20 minutes longer to place a composite than a silver filling. This duration depends on the size and location of the cavity- the larger the size, the longer it will take.

What are the advantages of composites?

Aesthetics are the main advantage since dentists can blend shades to create a colour nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. It also helps the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.

Need more advice?

10 out of 8 people in India requires smile improvement. If you are one among them don’t hesitate to take your first step to consult the dentist. The patients who opt the treatment are extremely happy after-effect says, Dr. Ankita Gada. For impartial advice visit the nearest Sabka dentist clinic for more help.

All about Cosmetic Dentistry

December 8th, 2016 by

Art, it is a word with many meanings. The music of a symphony, the work of painters and sculptors all are examples of culture and artistry. We believe that dentistry is also an art form What is more beautiful than the lovely smile celebrated by artists down through the ages. At Sabka dentist, we have created a dental practice dedicated to making your smile as beautiful as possible. Through the use of computer imaging, we can let you see what we can do to make your smile more attractive. All porcelain crowns, ceramic veneers, and tooth whitening can all help change your smile to one that makes you look more attractive and confident.
• Porcelain Veneers
• Bonding
• Tooth Colored Fillings & Inlays
• All Ceramic Crowns

Porcelain Veneers:
Porcelain veneers are routinely used to cover teeth which are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers, often alternatively termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth in order to cosmetically improve their appearance. Typically veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.

Bonding:
Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile. Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth — spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice. Bonding for teeth involves the use of composite resin tooth-colored filling material. This material can be used on the anterior (front) teeth or posterior (back) teeth. The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding is because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure.

Tooth-colored fillings and inlays:
Tooth-colored fillings and inlays replace the gold and silver of the past with natural looking materials. In the 1970’s, “white fillings” came into common use. These “tooth-colored fillings” were made of a plastic dental resin filled with microscopic filler particles and were called composites. When dental composites were first introduced, they could only be used in the front teeth, because they weren’t strong enough to withstand the chewing pressure of the back teeth.
The composites of today have been vastly improved over the ones developed nearly forty years ago. They are strong, durable, and attractive.

All Ceramic Crowns:
It might come as a surprise, but “all-ceramic” crowns or “caps” have been around for most of the past century. These restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium. They have always been a highly desirable cosmetic solution for front teeth even without the availability of modern bonding. Incorporating bonding with all-ceramic crowns can have the strength and beauty of unblemished natural teeth. Today teeth that have too much damage to be corrected with fillings or veneers can still be made white and natural with all ceramic crowns.

Cosmetic bonding treatments

December 7th, 2016 by

Bonding Treatment is a cosmetic procedure that uses a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair teeth that are decayed, chipped, broken or discolored. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Unlike veneers, bonding can be done in a single visit. Veneers are another way to repair some teeth. They are made in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit.
What It’s Used For
Bonding is one of the easiest and least costly cosmetic dental treatments. The resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the other teeth. Most often, bonding is used to make a discolored or chipped tooth look better. It also can be used to:
• Close spaces between teeth
• Make teeth look longer
• Change the shape or color of teeth
Sometimes, bonding also is used to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when gums recede.

Preparation:
The tooth needs only a small amount of preparation for bonding. Anesthesia often is not necessary.

How It’s Done:
Your dentist will use a shade guide to select a color that will most closely match the color of the tooth. He or she will shape the tooth with a drill (handpiece) if necessary, then etch the surface of the tooth with an acid to roughen it. The tooth will be washed and coated with a conditioning liquid. These steps help the bonding material to stick.
Your dentist will then apply the resin in layers. Each layer will be completely hardened (cured) by an ultraviolet light or laser before the next one is applied. Different colors also can be layered to more closely match your natural tooth shade.
Once the bonding material is hard, your dentist will further trim and shape it. Then he or she will polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth.
The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour. If you’re having more than one tooth done, you may need a longer appointment or several visits.

Follow-Up:
Tea, coffee, cigarette smoke and other substances can stain the resin used in bonding. Be especially careful to avoid eating or drinking anything that can stain for the first 48 hours after bonding is applied. In addition, brush your teeth often. Get teeth cleaning done regularly.

Risks:
The composite resin used in bonding isn’t nearly as strong as a natural tooth. Biting your fingernails or chewing on ice or a pen can chip the material. Bonding usually lasts several years before it needs to be repaired. How long it actually lasts depends on how much bonding was done and your habits.

Getting a cosmetic dentistry treatment?

November 10th, 2016 by

Everyone would like to have a perfect smile. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones who never needed braces. Still, the rough-and-tumble of life can result in chips. Habits such as smoking or drinking coffee also stain teeth.

Until fairly recently, the average person couldn’t do much about how teeth looked. In the past two decades, however, dental materials and techniques have greatly improved. Now, most people can have almost model-perfect teeth using materials that resist color changes and are almost as strong as the originals.

There’s never been a better time to brighten your smile or fix imperfections. Demand for cosmetic dental procedures is greater than ever. That’s partly because baby boomers with money to spend are looking for ways to feel and look younger.

However, you should keep a few things in mind while making your decision:

  • It can be expensive.
  • Materials aren’t indestructible. Crowns, inlays and veneers are stronger and more durable than they used to be, but they won’t last forever. They may crack or chip or the cement may weaken. They may have to be redone within 10 to 15 years.
  • It’s important to be realistic. Cosmetic dentists are enhancers. They can manipulate, shape and polish materials to create dazzling smiles. What they can’t do is change the shape of your mouth or your overall appearance. In order for tooth restorations to truly look natural, they have to work for you. Cosmetic dentistry can improve your appearance; it won’t completely transform it.

One of the benefits of cosmetic dentistry is that the final results are easy to predict, if only cosmetic problems are being fixed. Whether you decide to have a gap filled, a chip repaired or a stain concealed, you’re unlikely to have unpleasant surprises later. But if the work is more extensive, such as a full mouth reconstruction, then results are not as predictable.

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure

November 4th, 2016 by

Cosmetic dentistry includes the following treatments :

1. Porcelain Veneers
2. Bonding
3. Tooth Colored Fillings & Inlays
4. All Ceramic Crowns

All porcelain crowns, ceramic veneers, and tooth whitening can help change your smile to one that makes you look more attractive and confident.Let’s look into details of all.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are routinely used to cover teeth which are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned. Porcelain veneers, often alternatively termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the front side of teeth in order to cosmetically improve their appearance. Typically veneers are difficult to stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.

Bonding

Composite bonding can work wonders for your smile. Using materials that match the shade, translucency and the texture of your teeth, gaps between teeth can be closed, spots and discolorations can be eliminated, and your self-confidence can be enhanced through the improved appearance of your smile. Composite bonding is excellent for small defects in the teeth — spots, chips, or gaps between teeth. For smile alterations involving an entire tooth or multiple teeth, porcelain is the material of choice. Bonding for teeth involves the use of composite resin tooth-colored filling material. This material can be used on the anterior (front) teeth or posterior (back) teeth. The procedure is sometimes referred to as bonding is because an adhesive agent is used to actually bond the resin to the tooth structure.

Tooth-colored fillings and inlays

Tooth-colored fillings and inlays replace the gold and silver of the past with natural looking materials. In the 1970’s, “white fillings” came into common use. These “tooth-colored fillings” were made of a plastic dental resin filled with microscopic filler particles and were called composites. When dental composites were first introduced, they could only be used in the front teeth, because they weren’t strong enough to withstand the chewing pressure of the back teeth.

The composites of today have been vastly improved over the ones developed nearly forty years ago. They are strong, durable, and attractive.

All Ceramic Crowns

It might come as a surprise, but “all-ceramic” crowns or “caps” have been around for most of the past century. These restorations have no metal and are totally made of ceramic glass sometimes strengthened with a translucent material such as zirconium. They have always been a highly desirable cosmetic solution for front teeth even without the availability of modern bonding. Incorporating bonding with all-ceramic crowns can have the strength and beauty of unblemished natural teeth. Today teeth that have too much damage to be corrected with fillings or veneers can still be made white and natural with all ceramic crowns.