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Cosmetic Dentistry: Bonding vs. Veneers

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

cosmetic dentist chicagoFor many patients, the process of maintaining healthy teeth and gums becomes part of their daily regimen. Brushing and flossing daily are as important as eating and sleeping. But even the most diligent of patients may suffer from stubborn dental stains, a chipped or misaligned tooth, or have unwanted gaps between teeth. A consultation with your cosmetic dentist will present different options to resolve many dental imperfections.

Dental stains can detract from your appearance. When stains are sporadic, your cosmetic dentist may wish to start with dental bonding for a solution. A composite resin material that is designed to blend with the natural shade of the tooth or teeth to be treated is applied to teeth that have been prepped. The tooth is generally roughened slightly and an etch is applied to help the bond to stay secure.

The dentist will apply a very thin amount of bond to the areas needing covering. A laser or curing light is employed to harden the bond before the next layer is applied. Upon completion, the bond is smoothed and polished. When applied by your cosmetic dentist, the artistry they demonstrate makes this repair virtually impossible to detect.

When a tooth has a small chip or to correct a dental imperfection that is fairly minor, dental bonding provides the most economical means to repair the problem. But for many patients, the problems may be more extensive or impact too many areas to make dental bonding practical.

In this case, dental veneers may be the ideal solution. With dental veneers, the cosmetic dentist will fabricate wafer thin covers that will eventually be permanently cemented to the front of teeth requiring treatment.

Whether you need to close gaps between teeth, make misaligned teeth appear straight, make worn dental enamel appear restored, cover gum recession, or eliminate stubborn intrinsic dental stain, dental veneers are ideal.

Veneers are most often made from porcelain, which is a stain resistant material that is made to not only enhance the appearance of the patient, but by cementing them to the front of teeth, the teeth themselves have added strength.

Caring for dental bonding and veneers is the same as untreated teeth with one small exception. Biting into hard materials may damage this cosmetic dentistry, so brush and floss daily and bite with care and your cosmetic dentistry will look natural for many years.

Contact our cosmetic dentistry team at Ora Dental Studio to learn more about which smile solution is best for you.

Protect and Strengthen Teeth with Dental Crowns

Friday, April 11th, 2014

dental crowns chicagoDental crowns provide the best solution to repair teeth suffering from excessive dental decay, broken teeth, and to complete treatment following a root canal. Crowns allow the patient to save teeth that may have otherwise been lost without the ability to “cap” the injured tooth.

When a tooth has incurred dental decay, the process of drilling out the decay and filling with a restorative material can weaken the tooth. The tooth can generally support an initial filling, but if the tooth is subjected to additional trauma or decay, the result may be a break. 

Crowns allow the patient to save teeth that may have otherwise been lost without the ability to “cap” the injured tooth.

If this does occur, the best option is to save the base of the tooth and cover it with a restoration that looks and will function identically to the tooth it repairs. At this point, the original tooth is covered with a material that is strong enough to support chewing and speaking while protecting the core of the biological tooth.

The result is a functional tooth that looks just like the surrounding teeth making this repair virtually undetectable.

When the root of a tooth becomes infected through decay or trauma, the goal is to do whatever is possible to save the tooth. Quite often, endodontic therapy will do just that. This procedure involves drilling an access point to the roots of the tooth to remove the contents of the root canals. When completed, the tooth may be treated further in an effort to heal infection to prevent an abscess from occurring.

Once the dentist is confident the infection has been sufficiently treated, the tooth must be sealed. In the case of anterior teeth, it may be possible to seal the tooth with composite resin. However, when dealing with posterior teeth, the usual solution is to complete treatment with a dental crown.

The nerve and tissues have been removed from the tooth, so the likelihood of retreatment for that tooth is minimal so sealing the tooth with the permanent restoration of a crown is the optimum final step.

Once a dental crown has been placed, caring for the restoration is much like caring for your natural teeth. Your dentist will demonstrate the best way to floss around a dental crown, but brushing like usual with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel is recommended.

Your crown will provide many years of protection and in many cases can last a lifetime, contact our office at 312-328-9000 to learn more about dental crowns today.

Improve Your Chances for a Successful Dental Implant Recovery

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

dental implants ChicagoWhile many might not think of receiving dental implants as major surgery, any time an individual is subjected to the trauma of any surgical procedure, there will be a period of recovery that will be easier to manage if the patient has been proactive prior to this lengthy process.

The patient must be aware and understanding of the fact that the dental implants process can take up to a year from start to completion. There is a commitment required from the patient to follow all the instructions given by the implant dentist for the desired outcome including:

  1. Observing the daily dental regimen including brushing and flossing to keep the implant area clean and as free from bacteria as possible to prevent infection, the leading cause of implant failure.
  2. Discontinue tobacco use. Another leading cause of implant breakdown is due to smoking; however, any type of tobacco is discouraged.
  3. Limit the foods and beverages that are high in sugar content as consumption of excessive sugar can promote plaque build-up which is a hazard for all teeth leading to dental decay.
  4. Eat a healthy diet both leading up to and after implant placement as good overall health is advantageous to recovery.
  5. For the first three or four days following implant placement, eat a softer diet in an effort to maintain oral comfort. If needed, take the analgesics recommended or prescribed by your implant dentist to minimize discomfort.
  6. Drink plenty of fluids to keep hydrated, but try to stick to water wherever possible.
  7. Avoid rigorous exercise for a few days following surgery to keep swelling to a minimum. If stiches were placed, bleeding can occur. Avoid aggressive rinsing so clotting will not be dislodged, which can delay healing.
  8. Keep scheduled follow-up appointments to make sure the process is staying on track.

If gum disease is the reason tooth loss occurred, your implant dentist may take x-rays to make sure there is sufficient bone to support a successful implant. There are solutions to lack of bone that can be performed so implant surgery is still an option.

Once the implant area has healed and the implant itself has successfully adhered to bone, the final restoration can be placed providing a solution to tooth loss that rivals the function and aesthetics of your biological teeth.

Contact our dedicated implant team at Ora Dental Studio for more information about successful implant surgery today.