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Archive for August, 2013

Dental Implants: What will happen without treatment?

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Tooth loss can have devastating effects on your smile, but the effects of tooth loss go far beyond your appearance. This issue has long-term consequences for your oral health as well.

Common treatments to replace missing teeth include partials, dental bridges or full dentures (in the case of edentulous patients). Dental implants offer more advanced technology and a more structurally complete tooth replacement, and this treatment option is becoming increasingly popular.

When you do seek appliances to replace your missing teeth, the characteristics of the chosen treatment method will influence its longevity. Patients should discuss their options, including the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment, thoroughly with a dentist before coming to a final decision.

An important distinction between dental implants and the alternative tooth replacement methods is the replacement of the absent tooth structure. In fact, dental implants are essentially artificial tooth roots made of titanium that are able to fuse with the bone over time.

If you choose not to replace the missing teeth at all, your oral health will suffer, as will your smile’s aesthetics. Not only is a gap in the smile quite noticeable and distracting, it also provides an opportunity for the other teeth to shift out of their proper positions to fill in that space. If that happens, the teeth may no longer fit together properly and the chewing mechanism can become less efficient.

Another concern related to tooth loss is jawbone resorption. The tooth’s root plays an important role in the smile’s well-being even though it is obscured by gum and bone tissue. The root helps to hold the jaw in place. When it is missing, the jawbone wears away.

Even opting for a bridge or dentures can lead to negative outcomes years down the road. Because those appliances do not have structures that replicate the absent root, the jawbone will continue to erode and the appliances will ultimately fail. Dental implants, in comparison, continue to anchor the jaw, providing stability.

Dental implants can help prevent many of the unpleasant aftermath of tooth loss. If you need to replace an absent tooth or teeth, discuss dental implants with your dentist at Ora Dental Studio to see if this option is right for you.

Enjoy a Brighter Smile with Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

Dingy teeth can detract from your smile, and an unattractive smile can hold people back both personally and professionally.

Stains caused by foods, beverages or even medications can discolor your teeth, and the aging process makes them yellow as the underlying dentin is exposed. Teeth whitening can help patients overcome these issues.

Whether you’re getting ready for a big upcoming event, like a wedding or reunion, or you just want to make a better first impression in general, teeth whitening can help. 

Whether you’re getting ready for a big upcoming event, like a wedding or reunion, or you just want to make a better first impression in general, teeth whitening can help.

Most teeth whitening treatments begin with some type of bleaching gel that contains a peroxide that eradicates stains from the tooth’s surface. Patients have several over-the-counter options for teeth whitening, but these products tend to be less effective than those provided by a cosmetic dentist. The bleaching gels in professional-grade treatments tend to be stronger.

One particularly effective and efficient teeth whitening treatment is Zoom!, an in-office system that gives patients a noticeably whiter smile (by as many as eight shades) in as little as one hour. Zoom! is able to brighten the smile in such a short time frame because it activates the bleaching gel with a laser, enabling the gel to achieve its effects more quickly. Zoom! is both convenient and comfortable for patients.

To extend the lifespan of your Zoom! whitening treatment, you should limit consumption of foods and beverages that may stain the teeth. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine will also improve the smile’s appearance.

Additionally, many patients who initially undergo Zoom! treatments in the dentist’s office also opt for at-home touch ups using a Zoom! whitening pen or custom-designed trays that can hold the bleaching gel.

Your smile is one of your most important assets, so don’t let teeth that are not-so-pearly-white be a drag on your self-confidence. Explore Zoom! teeth whitening to give your smile’s appearance—and your self-esteem—a noticeable boost in a minimum amount of time. Ask a member of our dental team for more information about this innovative tooth whitening system by calling 312-328-9007 today.

How can I maintain my smile during the retirement years?

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Aging has a number of effects on a person’s smile, and most of them are not positive. In fact, a flash of the pearly whites can actually reveal a person’s true chronological age.

Many patients come to the cosmetic dentist with concerns about reversing aging’s effects on the smile and to restore a more youthful appearance.

A number of cosmetic dentistry treatments can assist in such efforts.

One significant consequence of aging is yellowing teeth. This occurs because the enamel grows thinner as we get older, and the yellow dentin beneath is exposed.

Fortunately, this dingy yellow shade can be brightened and whitened in as little as an hour thanks to an in-office tooth whitening system known as Zoom! As with other tooth whitening treatments, Zoom! starts with a bleaching gel that contains peroxide that eliminates discoloration from under the tooth’s surface. Zoom! is able to accomplish its goals more quickly because the bleaching gel is activated by a laser. Patients leave the office in as little as an hour with a smile that is 8-10 shades whiter.

Wear and tear on the teeth can age the smile as well. Other cosmetic dentistry treatments can remedy problems like chips or cracks. Porcelain veneers or Lumineers, which are so thin that they don’t require any prep work on the teeth, can be used to conceal these types of problems.

Absent teeth and the resulting gaps in the smile can age the appearance too. Dental implants offer a lifelike solution for tooth loss, and the prosthetic tooth or teeth can be designed to look nearly identical to the biological teeth.

Patients who had orthodontic treatment as teens may notice that their teeth shift back to their original positions as they get older, and another intervention is warranted. When the misalignment is minor, patients may be able to achieve the appearance of a straight smile using veneers, which are sometimes called “instant orthodontics.”

For more severe cases of crooked teeth, Invisalign can help patients reposition the teeth without making them endure the unattractive brackets and wires necessary for conventional orthodontic treatment.

Don’t feel that you have to accept a smile that looks older than you would like it to. Explore what Ora Dental Studio and it’s cosmetic dentistry team has to offer, and you may be able to shave years from your appearance.