Archive for August, 2014
Did you know that dental cavities can be avoided by keeping the fluoride level in your mouth low? However, when cavities have already struck, they can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, and a variety of other noticeable problems. Fortunately, when your teeth are not as attractive as they used to be, cosmetic dentistry is able to help. There are several cosmetic dental procedures available, and each one will give you a more attractive smile.
1. Dental implants. This form of cosmetic dental surgery is a permanent way to replace missing teeth, which is why 500,000 new people are getting dental implants each year. Dental implants are smal
Around the world, almost 100% of adults have dental cavities. Also called dental caries or tooth decay, 92% of adults aged 20 to 64 years old have experienced this condition in their permanent teeth. Fortunately, this condition can be prevented by good oral hygiene and treated by a dentist. However, if not caught in time, dental decay can have a number of ill effects: one of the most common is discoloration, which can typically be treated with at home teeth whitening, or even severe damage that can cause the patient to lose their tooth or teeth. As such, this condition requires a different type of treatment: a cosmetic dental surgery called dental implants.
Medical research shows that 178 million people in t
What is a cosmetic dentist? Cosmetic dentists are qualified individuals who administer cosmetic dental treatments, which are procedures that are designed to improve the appearance of your smile. Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental treatment options available, and each one is beneficial in its own way.
1. Veneers. Veneers are thin sheets of porcelain material, and they are adhered to the front surfaces of teeth to cover a wide variety of noticeable flaws. Chips, stains, and minor fractures, for instance, can all be concealed using porcelain veneers. Although veneers are not permanent, they typically last for 5-10 years before they need to be replaced.
2. Teeth whitening. An estimated $1.4 billion is spent on teeth whitening each year in the United States, and for good reason, too. Profession
In this country alone, almost 40 million people grind their teeth, and mostly at night. The technical term for teeth grinding is “bruxism,” and if left untreated, it can lead to TMJ disorder, headaches, and trauma to the soft tissues of your mouth (your tongue and the insides of your cheeks). But perhaps the biggest danger is the damage that can happen to your enamel.
Your enamel is the hard, outer layer of the crowns of your teeth. It protects the layer directly below it, a porous calcified material called dentin, which in turn protects the pulp, the living center of your tooth. While enamel is the hardest substance in your body (and dentin itself is harder and denser than bone), it can be damaged. The damage we hear about most is from the bacterial byproducts (acids, mostly) that can accumulat
Most people have a general idea of what to look for in potential cosmetic dentists, but have you asked your dentist about their lab?
Most dental offices don’t make veneers, dental implants and dentures in their offices. Generally, they make casts and send them off to a lab, which makes your new teeth. It’s a little-known fact that the dental lab your dental appliances come from is just as important as the dentist.
The level of quality can vary dramatically from lab to lab. High-quality labs will employ highly-experienced technicians who work very closely with your dentist to create the best product for your teeth. Some labs are equipped with advanced computer design software