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Posts for: April, 2015
A wise man once said, “No man is an island.” Something similar could be said about our teeth — their health and vitality are intricately linked with a person’s general health. Missing teeth in particular can set off a chain reaction that leads to bone loss, an issue for both your health and appearance.
Bone is composed of living cells that go through normal cycles of growth and resorption (the dissolving of mineral composition in the bone). In our early years, there’s more growth than resorption as our skeletal structure develops; in adulthood the cycle tends to equalize between the two phases. In our later years, the cycle tends more toward resorption.
The action of biting and chewing actually helps keep the cycle on track as the generated forces stimulate bone growth. When teeth are missing, though, the bone no longer receives this stimulation and will resorb at a higher rate. This is especially a concern for people who’ve suffered a complete loss of their teeth.
This bone loss may in turn trigger a number of related problems. The jaws may no longer close properly, leading to painful stress in the joints. Nutrition suffers as food choices become limited due to the lack of teeth and bite problems. And, a person’s appearance may change as well — the bone loss shortens the look of the face and causes the person to appear much older than they are.
Because of these potential problems, we should do everything we can to preserve and prolong natural teeth. But if preservation isn’t an option, then some form of restoration should be pursued. Dental implants in particular may actually prevent and even reverse bone loss. Bone has an affinity with titanium (which is what the implant is made from) and will attach and grow around it over time. This not only anchors the implant, it also increases bone mass where it may have been prematurely lost.
Caring for and preserving your natural teeth is one of the best things you can do for the health of your jawbone. If you lose your teeth, though, there are ways to restore them and protect bone health — and your smile — at the same time.
If you would like more information on the effects of tooth loss, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “New Teeth in One Day.”
Find out how getting cosmetic dentistry in Waukesha could improve your smile.
One of the main responsibilities of a general dentist is to handle and maintain the health of your teeth and gums; however, a cosmetic dentist is mainly focused on the appearance of your smile and how your teeth and gums affect it.
Luckily dental technology has certainly come a long way and now your Waukesha cosmetic dentist can offer everything from a significantly whiter smile to full makeovers that transform damaged, incomplete smiles. Through the use of durable, man-made materials, we are able to create a smile that both lasts and looks natural.
What are the different kinds of cosmetic dentistry options?
There are a multitude of different cosmetic dentistry procedures available in Waukesha:
Cosmetic bonding: This treatment apply a tooth-colored resin to certain tooth surfaces to improve on chips, cracks, breaks, stains and even gaps between teeth.
Tooth reshaping: This procedure, which is sometimes referred to as cosmetic contouring, can make minor changes to the shape of your tooth by shaving down small amounts of enamel. This treatment is often used in conjunction with cosmetic bonding.
Teeth Whitening: This procedure is meant to whiter smiles up to eight shades brighter in only one whitening session. However, we also offer take-home whitening products as well, so patients can enjoy a brighter smile from the comfort of their own home.
Dental Veneers: For those looking to hide more severe discolorations or flaws, these thin shells of porcelain are applied to the front of your teeth to give you a whiter, straighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dental Crowns: For those with severely weakened or damaged teeth due to trauma, infection or decay, a dental crown can not only restore the strength and resilience of the tooth but also improve the overall appearance of the tooth. By just placing this tooth-shaped cap over the entire tooth we can offer additional protection against further damage.
Smile makeovers: For those with severe and extensive damage, these patients may need several cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve the health and appearance of their smile. With a thorough exam and assessment, we can pinpoint the treatments you will need to get the smile you want.
If you are interested in finding out what cosmetic dentistry in Waukesha could do for you, then it’s time to schedule an appointment at Complete Family Dentistry. Let us help you achieve the perfect smile.
For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.
Here, then, are a few basic cosmetic dentistry questions you should ask yourself and us to get you moving in the right direction.
Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with basic hygiene or whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those needs.
Are my expectations realistic? That will first depend on what we find with your smile analysis. It will, however, also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake, or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.
Will I be able to have an idea beforehand how the changes will look? We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and color of the permanent crown before it’s completed.
What will it cost? This will depend on the treatment plan we develop. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants or orthodontics are major investments. You should also consider the costs to your time — some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.
If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for a Change.”