Fillings are used to treat cavities and to fix tooth decay. In the past, metal was used; however, metal does not match the color of natural teeth, and it not very visually pleasing. Today, white, non-metal fillings are used. These natural white fillings are sometimes referred to as composite fillings. They are used instead of metal fillings when treating cavities or decayed teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings are more natural-looking than the regular metallic fillings. Metallic fillings can turn black with age, and are easy to see inside your mouth. White fillings, however, match the color of your teeth, and give your teeth a natural look. White-tooth colored fillings are much healthier for you than metal fillings.
Unlike metallic fillings, white fillings do not contain mercury. Mercury from the metallic fillings may be hazardous to your health. White fillings strengthen the cured tooth. Layers of silicon dioxide, which is a plastic mixture filled with glass, are used to fill and stabilize the tooth.
Silicon dioxide does not conduct extreme hot and cold temperature like metallic fillings. Therefore, your teeth will not be as sensitive after treatment, unlike metallic fillings. Tooth-colored fillings bond to the teeth.
Dental implants are substitutes for the roots of missing teeth and act as an anchor for a replacement tooth or crown, or even an entire set of replacement teeth.
There are two categories of dental implants: endosteal and subperiosteal.
Endosteal implants are used when the jawbone has a normal amount of width and height. There are two types of endosteal implants: root form and plate form. Root form implants are screw-type implants inserted directly into the jawbone, under the gums. If there is not enough jawbone width and height to place a root form implant, a plate form implant is used instead. A plate form implant is long and flat, and is placed on top of the jawbone, under the gums. Implanting either root or plate form implants is a surgical procedure and requires anesthesia.
Subperiosteal implants are used where there is very little jawbone width or height. Subperiosteal implants rest on top of your jawbone, under your gum (like plate form implants). However, subperiosteal implants requires the creation of a custom-made implant. An impression of your teeth must first be made to create this custom-made implant. The impression can be taken either via a surgical procedure or a CAT scan and computer modeling. Either way, implanting the custom-made implant is a surgical procedure, and requires anesthesia.
There are many shapes, sizes, and brands of implants available. Only a qualified implant dentist can determine which implant is the right one for you.
An implant isn’t something you can see. It is simply an artificial root. The artificial tooth or crown which is attached to the implant is what will be noticeable, and the naturalness of those depends largely upon the skill of the cosmetic dentist. With a good cosmetic dentist, your new teeth will blend in almost perfectly with your existing ones.
The type of dental implant used (root, plate, or subperiosteal) is determined solely by the structure and health of your jawbone. A root form implant is the simplest, least invasive procedure. A subperiosteal implant is more intricate and requires the most surgery. Regardless, the end result should be the same: a solid, structurally sound artificial root which holds either a false tooth or a crown as well as a real root holds a real tooth.
Instant Orthodontics is a procedure which uses veneers and crowns to close gaps and correct overlapping teeth for a beautiful, even, white smile. Instant orthodontics is a replacement for traditional orthodontics. Instead of wearing braces for years, the same results can be accomplished in a little as a month!
Veneers — usually called either ceramic veneers or porcelain veneers — are thin shells of ceramic material which are permanently bonded to the front surface of teeth. They can be applied to multiple teeth on both the top and bottom arches.
They are very natural-looking when placed correctly. They have the same durability as a natural tooth, and can be colored to match the shade of the real teeth surrounding them. The exactness of the color matching is based largely upon the skill of your cosmetic dentist. Be sure and ask questions beforehand regarding your dentist’s experience with veneer placement and color matching. It’s often best to ask for references and photos of the dentist’s previous work.
The average duration of the Instant Orthodontic process is four dental appointments over the course of about a month.
In the first, initial appointment, your cosmetic dentist will discuss what procedures are best for your specific situation.
In the second appointment, the procedure is started. Most Instant Orthodontic procedures involve the placement of veneers onto the damaged teeth. First, the real teeth are lightly buffed down. This prepares them for the slight additional thickness of the veneer. Approximately half a millimeter of tooth is removed. Often, a local anesthetic is used during this buffing procedure. A mold is then taken of the teeth. The mold is sent to a laboratory, and used to create the permanent veneers.
In the third appointment, about one month after the first, the laboratory-created permanent veneers are bonded to the teeth. First, the dentist uses water or glycerin to place the veneers onto the teeth. This non-permanent attachment is to check the veneers’ fit, shade, and color. The color of the veneers can be adjusted based upon the shade of dental cement used. However, the color cannot be altered after the veneers are cemented. Once the correct color is determined, the veneer is ready to be attached permanently with dental cement. The cement is sandwiched between the veneer and the tooth, then a special light beam is applied. This light hardens the cement and permanently affixes the veneers.
Placing veneers is a meticulous and delicate procedure. Each veneer must be fitted individually. As a result, this appointment can be lengthy.
It is very important to have a qualified cosmetic dentist when undergoing this procedure. In the wrong hands, your veneers can end up looking too large, too small, or oddly colored when compared to the rest of your teeth. In the right hands, your veneers will be so natural looking they will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.