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Materials Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

18/Dec/2017

Cosmetic dentistry is the name for any type of dental work that improves the patient’s overall dental aesthetic appearance. It can include treatments such as bonding, tooth implants, dental crowns and bridges, resin composite or porcelain veneers, gum grafts and/or the removal of the gum tissue or tooth structure. Braces and tooth whitening are also considered cosmetic dental procedures.

Over the years, advancements in cosmetic dentistry materials have given more options than ever for patients seeking a smile makeover. Porcelain and zirconium have lasting strength, and are both excellent at reflecting light, allowing for the most natural cosmetic restorations available. Because each patient’s teeth are different, other materials such as gold, palladium, or resin composite could be the best choice. Your cosmetic dentist will guide you in making a choice.

Dental crowns and bridges can be made of metal, including palladium or gold alloys, or base-metal nickel or chromium alloys. Metal provides the longest-lasting of the crown and bridge materials with regard to wearing down. They are not known to break or chip, and they do not affect the opposing teeth over time. Their metallic color is their greatest drawback, and they are most suitable for back teeth, where they can be hidden.
Porcelain can be fused to different metals, allowing for a very natural look for crown or bridge cosmetic dentistry treatments. They can chip over time, and discoloration can occur at the gum line if any metal other than zirconium has been used. Dental composite resin crowns and bridges are a popular choice, but can also chip over time. All-porcelain and all-ceramic dental crowns and bridges look the most like your natural teeth, and are the most natural-appearing of the available cosmetic dentistry materials.

Veneers can be made from composite resin materials or from porcelain. Porcelain appears more natural than resin materials, and resists stains better over time. Resin veneers tend to be thinner than porcelain veneers, and will require less shaving of the natural tooth before application.

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18/Dec/2017

When the structure of a tooth is compromised, you may need more than a filling. Often, your dentist will restore the stability, appearance, and function of the tooth with a dental crown. Also referred to as a cap, a dental crown will fit securely over the remaining tooth structure, covering the entire area above the gum line.

What types of crowns are available?
All-ceramic crowns are generally good for any teeth visible when you smile so that no one will notice your restoration. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns are employed in areas where the crown will be visible but more strength is needed. Gold crowns are often chosen for back molars, which must withstand strong chewing forces. Usually, your dentist will determine the type of crown to place based on location and chewing pressure.

What is the process for getting a crown?
If you need a crown, your dentist will first remove the damaged tissue and reshape the tooth. Then, the doctor will take an impression of the tooth for the dental lab that will fabricate your new crown. At this first appointment, your dentist will also create temporary that you will wear until the permanent restoration arrives from the lab. Once the dental office receives the final product, you will return for permanent placement.

How long will my crown last?
Although it’s a nice idea, your crown won’t last forever. With good home care and regular dental visits, the restoration should last 10 to 15 years.

Do I have to have a root canal if I need a crown?
Not necessarily. You will only need root canal therapy if the pulp has been damaged and caused an infection to build up inside the tooth. When you have a root canal, however, you will need a crown to stabilize and protect that tooth after the procedure.

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18/Dec/2017

One of the most common birth defects found in infants, a cleft lip or cleft palate malformation occurs when the developing facial structures don’t close properly. In these cases, there is an opening in the upper lift, roof of the mouth, or in both places. Roughly one out of every 700 babies is born with cleft palate issues.

Problems with cleft lips and cleft palates can happen on their own or in relation to other conditions. Although no exact cause has been identified, most doctors believe cleft lip and cleft palates result from genetic factors or exposure to harmful substances, like illegal drugs or certain viruses, in utero. Many times, the exact cause of the cleft problem is never identified.

Because a cleft lip and/or cleft palate can interfere with a child’s ability to eat, speak, and even breathe, parents and doctors must form a treatment plan almost immediately. Surgery on a cleft lip can be performed on babies as young as 10 weeks old. Usually, cleft palate repair happens later, between six and 18 months of age. Follow up treatment and surgeries may occur for many years.

Through out this time, the patient may require special services to address speech, dental, psychological, and other issues. Finding a good dentist to join your child’s time is critical. For example, a child with a cleft lip needs regular checkups, but he or she may also need early evaluation because cleft malformations can generate missing, crooked, or partially formed teeth. As well, an orthodontist can evaluate facial growth and development, particularly the jaw area.

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18/Dec/2017

If you have friends or family members who require Special Needs dentistry, it’s important to find a dentist who can provide comprehensive, compassionate dental care. For example, patients with Alzheimer’s disease may forget about regular home care or get upset if someone new tries to perform a dental exam. Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s, and any illnesses that relate to movement can make brushing and flossing difficult, increasing the risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Conditions like autism or Down’s syndrome can make appointments stressful for the patient and the caregiver.

Patient limitations may require that you find a dental office willing to modify traditional treatment and accommodate the specific needs of your loved one. The following tips may help you find the right dentist:

Start the process by asking for referrals from co-workers and friends who have a dentist they like and trust.

Schedule a time to meet the team, interview the dentist, and explain the situation. You may choose multiple candidates so that you have several options to consider.

Work with the dentist to creatively develop a personalized treatment plan based on the patient’s needs and ability to tolerate the prescribed therapy.

Prepare your loved one in advance by reminding the patient of the upcoming visit. Use positive words or phrases and don’t mention anything that might cause fear or concern.

Before treatment, ask that the dentist and staff take extra time to explain the procedures and sooth any concerns your loved one may have.

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18/Dec/2017

A preventative dental care regime should be part of a healthy lifestyle. Ensuring your teeth and gums are in tip top condition will enable you to smile with confidence and eat the foods you enjoy. Read the following do’s and don’ts for practical advice on maintaining a gorgeous smile.

  • Do brush and floss frequently. A daily dental care regime will remove plaque bacteria from your mouth before any lasting damage can occur. Brush at least twice a day and floss once a day.
  • Do use proper brushing techniques. It’s best to pick a soft bristled toothbrush, and make sure you brush all tooth surfaces. If you need any help in improving your technique, ask your dentist in Weymouth, MA for advice.
  • Do change your toothbrush regularly. Dentists recommend you change your brush every two or three months, or as soon as the bristles begin to look worn.
  • Do use fluoride toothpaste. This mineral helps to harden tooth enamel, reducing the risk of decay.
  • Do attend regular checkups with your dentist in Reno. These appointments are vital for prompt detection of any diseases that may not yet cause any symptoms. Early treatment will save you time and money, and should help preserve your teeth for longer.
  • Do keep sugary foods for an occasional treat. Eating too many cookies or drinking sodas increases the risk of bacteria building up in your mouth. Instead, choose healthy snacks such as carrots, apples or cheddar cheese.
  • Don’t ignore toothache. Any type of pain is a sign that something is wrong, and you should book an appointment with your dental office as soon as possible.
  • Don’t put up with a less than attractive smile. Cosmetic dentistry doesn’t have to cost a fortune, as even simple procedures such as cosmetic bonding and tooth whitening can transform the look of your teeth.

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18/Dec/2017

Most people understand the basics of dental care, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. However it’s all too easy to believe “facts” passed on by well-meaning friends, but not knowing the truth could damage your smile. We’ve debunked a few of the most common myths listed below.

Myth: I shouldn’t brush my teeth so often if my gums begin to bleed.
Truth: Bleeding gums are often the first sign of periodontal disease. Periodontal or gum disease is often due to poor oral hygiene, so you should be brushing and flossing more frequently, and more thoroughly than before.

Myth: Wisdom teeth should be extracted even if they don’t cause me problems.
Truth: Wisdom teeth will only be removed by your dentist in Weymouth, MA if they are already creating oral health issues, or are likely to cause problems in the future.

Myth: You don’t need to take care of baby teeth as they fall out anyway.
Truth: It’s vital baby or milk teeth are not lost too early. These teeth hold open the correct amount of space for the adult teeth to erupt normally and they help your child learn to eat and speak properly.

Myth: My teeth are white so they must be healthy.
Truth: White teeth are not necessarily healthy as they can still have tooth decay or may be affected by gum disease. Regular checkups with your dentist in Weymouth, MA will help ensure your teeth are as healthy as they look.

Myth: Eating chocolate causes tooth decay.
Truth: Tooth decay occurs if you eat lots of sugary or carbohydrate rich foods that stick to your teeth for long periods of time. These foods feed bacteria in your mouth, increasing acidity levels and weakening tooth enamel. In fact chocolate isn’t as bad as some other sticky chewy candies as it is more easily washed away by saliva.


18/Dec/2017

Getting married is a major life event and most couples get caught up in organizing details such as the reception, cake and rings. It’s all too easy to forget the importance of a nice smile, but your wedding will be captured in photos displayed for decades. Most couples want to look their very best on this special day, and the following hints will help your smile look amazing.

Book a Professional Cleaning
Book a professional cleaning with your dentist in Reno. A professional cleaning instantly brightens up your smile through removing hardened plaque and some surface stains. Make sure you book one visit three or four months before the wedding, just in case any issues such as cavities or fillings need to be addressed. Book another shortly before your special day to ensure your smile has added sparkle.

Make Sure Restorative Work Is up to Date
Don’t put off restoring or renewing restorations such as crowns or fillings. Leaky crowns and fillings can lead to decay and toothache and will affect your oral health. Toothache on your wedding day has the potential to wreck this special occasion.

Consider Tooth Whitening Treatments
It is increasingly common for brides and grooms to boost their smile with tooth whitening treatments. Ask your dentist in Reno about all the possible options which include in-office whitening, or bleaching at home using custom-made whitening trays. Make sure you whiten well ahead of the big day so your teeth have time to settle down. You can always carry out a quick touchup immediately before you wed.

Avoid Dark Foods and Beverages
Protect your sparkling white smile through avoiding highly colored foods and drinks in the weeks leading up to the wedding.

Last but not least, make sure you relax and enjoy your wedding day as it’s the start of a whole new life with your love.

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18/Dec/2017

Gum disease (gingivitis) is a common condition that can cause inflammation and pain. As it progresses gingivitis can make it difficult to eat and even talk. It’s important to be aware how it is caused. This should help you to avoid this condition altogether, or to at least catch it at an early stage when it is easily treatable.

What Causes Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is normally caused by poor oral hygiene that allows plaque to build up in the mouth. However other factors that can increase the risk of this disease include:

  • Conditions that affect the immune system such as diabetes, HIV and cancer
  • Hormonal changes, particularly those associated with puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause
  • Certain medications that cause a lack of saliva or gum tissue overgrowth
  • Smoking as this interferes with gum healing
  • Failing to brush and floss frequently enough, or failing to use proper techniques
  • Gingivitis can be partially due to genetics

What Are the Symptoms of Gingivitis?
Common symptoms include bleeding, swollen or tender gums, but some people will experience very few, if any signs. Other indications are receding gums and persistent bad breath. As the disease progresses you may notice deep pockets beginning to form around your teeth, or that your teeth are moving position or feel loose. This can affect the way they bite together. Your dentist in Weymouth, MA can quickly detect any signs of gingivitis, even if your teeth and gums appear to be healthy.

How Is Gingivitis Treated?
Treatment depends on the progression of the disease and your general health. It might be as simple as having a professional tooth cleaning combined with better dental care at home. More complex treatments include deep cleanings for controlling bacterial growth and even surgery to replace gum or bone tissue.

What Happens If I Don’t Get Treatment?
If you don’t see your dentist in Weymouth for treatment, gingivitis will progress into periodontitis. This can cause serious damage to your gums, to the ligaments holding teeth in position, and could lead to loss of bone around your teeth.


18/Dec/2017

A healthy, white smile has long been associated with youthfulness. As we age, our smile ages with us and this can add unwanted years to appearance. Stained and discolored teeth, and chips and cracks can all be very unflattering.

Aging can affect your smile in the following ways:

  • Collagen loss, combined with decreased muscle tone can allow wrinkles to form around your mouth.
  • Gravity can lead to facial features beginning to collapse, and you may notice fewer teeth are visible whenever you smile or talk.
  • Teeth naturally discolor as we age, but food and drink choices can increase the rate of staining.
  • Over time the edges of teeth can become damaged and worn down, especially if you grind your teeth.

One of the easiest and most effective methods of restoring your smile is to have dental veneers fitted by your dentist in Reno. A dental veneer is made from a very thin piece of porcelain and is bonded onto the front surface of your tooth. Veneers can hide discolored or misshapen teeth, and can correct minor misalignments. They can help close up or minimize gaps in between teeth and can also mend chips and cracks. Your dentist can evaluate the appearance of your teeth and will create a personalized treatment plan. Your veneers will be designed to complement your skin tone, facial appearance, the shape of your teeth and your age.

Dental veneers are stain resistant so your smile will be permanently brighter and whiter. The porcelains used to make the veneers are extremely natural looking and it’s unlikely anyone will notice you have them. Well-designed dental veneers can subtly rejuvenate your appearance without being immediately obvious to others. Your dentist in Reno can fabricate your veneers so they are the correct proportion and size for your mouth, potentially knocking years off your appearance.

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18/Dec/2017

Choosing to make flossing a daily part of your regular oral hygiene routine will help your natural teeth last longer. Twice-daily brushing is important, but a toothbrush cannot get in between each tooth. Flossing is essential as the contact points in between teeth account for one third of all your tooth surfaces. Daily flossing helps to remove food debris and plaque, decreasing the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease (advanced gum disease).

Flossing Helps Keep Gums Healthy
While some people will lose teeth due to tooth decay, far more will be lost to gum disease which can develop if plaque is allowed to remain on the teeth. Plaque is made up of bacteria that produce toxins, infecting the gum tissue, causing inflammation and disease. It’s essential plaque is removed on a daily basis. Flossing right down to and just below the gum line helps remove plaque and stimulates the gum tissue so it remains healthy.
Some people with mild gum disease will find their gums bleed when flossed or brushed and may avoid flossing thinking it will make the bleeding worse. In fact the opposite is true, and flossing can help improve the health of your gums through removing plaque, and reducing toxins and inflammation in your gums. Flossing may help improve gum health in as little as a few weeks.

Choosing the Right Floss
Choosing the right floss makes this task a lot easier, and there are lots of different types on the market. You can opt for unwaxed or waxed floss, and it is available in different widths. You may need to buy several different types before you find a brand you’re happy to use each day.

If you find flossing too difficult then ask your dentist about alternative methods to use. It’s possible to buy soft picks and interdental brushes to clean in between your teeth. These can be helpful for people with limited dexterity as they are very easy to use and come in a variety of different sizes.

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