Porcelain Veneers & Alternative Treatments

What are Porcelain Veneers? Why are They so Popular?
What are Porcelain Veneers? Porcelains Veneers are thin, cosmetic restorations which sit on top of front teeth to correct imperfections in your smile. They have several major functions: Giving you perfectly shaped teethStraightening out slightly crooked teethA permanent white smile!In fact, Porcelain Veneers are the benchmark of smile makeover and cosmetic dentistry. If your goal is to have a perfectly white and straight smile, chances are Porcelain Veneers are the right solution for you. Why are Porcelain Veneers so Popular with Cosmetic Dentists? There are lots that Porcelain Veneers can do. By placing Porcelain Veneers on your front teeth, you can change the shape and color of your front teeth. They can correct stains, cracks and damaged front teeth which are visible when you smile. Sometimes you can even straighten slightly crooked teeth by placing multiple Porcelain Veneers on your front teeth. It's true, you can make your te…

Best Teeth Whitening Options

Best Teeth Whitening Options
If you’ve been considering whitening your teeth, then you probably are aware of the countless options which are available out there. However, if you want the absolute best results, then your options are narrowed down to:  Professional in-office teeth whitening Take-home whitening traysWhitening strips These whitening techniques all apply a high concentration of Carbamide Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide onto your teeth surfaces. The peroxide breaks down the stains and helps whiten your teeth.  Professional In-office Teeth Whitening This is teeth whitening which you can only receive from your dentist. Naturally, this is the quickest and most effective whitening treatment which exists. The whitening gel brand that your dentist uses is very important. Popular, effective brands include Zoom, Kor, Ivori and Boost to name a few. 
Before you qualify for an in-office tooth whitening, you need to undergo a full exam and cleaning. If you are a candidate, your whitening t…

How Often Do You Need a Dental Cleaning

How Often Do You Need a Dental Cleaning? Why Do We Need Dental Cleanings?  We need professional dental cleanings because brushing and flossing alone does not remove all the plaque and tartar from our teeth. Of course, there is that small percentage of population that clean their teeth so well they don’t every need regular dental cleanings. These are the rare few who haven’t seen a dentist in 10+ years but still have perfectly straight and healthy teeth. For the rest of us, getting our regular dental cleanings is very important to the long-term health of our teeth and gums. Your dentist, or dental hygienist, is much better equipped to clean your teeth, especially the areas underneath your gums. Keep in mind that once food particles harden on your teeth surfaces, known as tartar or calculus, these particles can no longer be removed with regular brushing and flossing. Only a professional dental cleaning can remove tartar from your teeth. Additionally, your dentist will examine your teeth…

Immediate Dental Implant Placement in the Anterior Aesthetic Zone

Immediate Dental Implant Placement in the Anterior Aesthetic Zone Today we are going to inspect how to place dental implants if you need to remove several of your front teeth. Losing your front teeth can be more difficult than losing back teeth since they are more visible. As a result, most patients desire to have their treatment completed in as little time as possible.
Immediate Dental Implant Placement Immediate implant placement means placing the implants at the same time as removing the bad teeth. When planned accordingly, immediate dental implant placement provides the opportunity to cut treatment times in half. Plus, it spares the patient an additional surgery, since everything is done in one visit.
Case Analysis 60-some year old white male patient with a healthy medical history.
Problem Severe bone loss affecting the lower front four teeth (teeth #23, 24, 25 and 26). There is significant mobility and substantial bone loss affecting all the four teeth. Teeth show between 70 to 85% …

Do I Need to Remove My Wisdom Teeth?

Do I Need to Remove My Wisdom Teeth? What are wisdom teeth? Wisdom tooth, or third molar, is the tooth which is located furthest back in each corner of your mouth. Some people have one wisdom tooth in each corner of their mouth for a total of four. Others are lucky and have no wisdom teeth at all. If you have wisdom teeth, you need to decide whether to keep or remove these teeth. The sooner you decide on what to do with your third molars, the less discomfort you will experience.
When is the best age to remove wisdom teeth? It’s best to decide if you can keep or remove your wisdom teeth before they have a chance to cause pain. Typically, wisdom teeth start to force their way out during late teens and early twenties. This means that it is ideal to remove your third molars when you are about 15 to 17 years old. Here are the benefits of removing wisdom teeth at a younger age: 
Less episodes of painWisdom teeth are not fully formed as of yet, so they come out easierYour bone is softer and it…

When do I Need a Root Canal

When do I Need a Root Canal? What is a root canal?  Simply put, a root canal is a filling for your tooth nerve. Once your tooth nerve is damaged, you must either perform a root canal treatment or extract the tooth. A filling is not going to get the job done any longer because fillings do not address the tooth nerve.

When do I need a root canal?  You need a root canal whenever your tooth nerve is damaged. This can happen due to cavities, trauma, fracture or a large dental restoration. Unfortunately, tooth nerve damage is irreversible. Once your tooth nerve is damaged, your tooth will start hurting. You now need to perform a root canal treatment, which is removing the tooth nerve.
Cavities  New or old cavities progress deeper into your tooth. Cavities start on the outer surface of teeth and work their way inside. Once the cavity bugs have reached the tooth nerve, the tooth is now infected. This can no longer be fixed with a filling and you will require a root canal treatment instead.

How Long Does it Take To Complete a Dental Implant?

How Long Does it Take To Complete A Dental Implant? 
To answer this question, you first need to understand the parts that construct a dental implant.
Most dental implants have three separate parts:
(1) Implant Fixture This is the screw which is placed into your jawbone. The implant fixture is the part most commonly referred to as the “implant” itself even though it’s only one of three parts. Once you receive the fixture, you have no actual tooth to show for since the fixture is placed underneath your gums.
(2) Implant Abutment The implant abutment is the intermediate part which connects the fixture to your crown.
(3) Implant Crown The implant crown is the final piece of the implant which you will receive. This is the actual tooth that you’ve been waiting for. So while you probably only care about the actual implant crown, you must receive the fixture and abutment first.

Now that you understand the parts to a dental implant, let’s examine how long it takes to receive your actual implan…

Are Dental Implants Painful

Are Dental Implants Painful?
Luckily for those that need them, dental implants are not painful at all. Let me expand on that: The pain associated with dental work is generated through nerve endings located inside your teeth. Simply put, your teeth are what’s responsible for dental pain. Dental implants deal with your jawbone and not your teeth. Since your jawbone does not have the same sensitive nerve endings as teeth do, implant placement is not painful. To better understand this, let’s examine what causes toothache.

Dental pain is generated when a tooth is infected as a result of a cavity or fracture. The nerve ending inside your tooth detects this infection and sends a signal to your brain. This signal is what triggers toothache. When it comes to dental implants, we are not dealing with teeth nerves but jawbone. Since your jawbone is not equipped with similar nerve endings as teeth, there is minimal pain involved with dental implant placement.

What hurts in dentistry is getting a r…

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me

Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?
Porcelain Veneers are thin dental coverings which are placed on top of front teeth to make your teeth look more beautiful.Porcelain Veneers are very useful in dentistry since they let dentists do so much with your smile. Since Porcelain Veneers are very thin, typically the size of a thick contact lens, they do minimal damage to your teeth. They are made from durable porcelain, which is very resilient and can stand your bite forces. Porcelain Veneers match your teeth shape and are nearly impossible to distinguish from natural teeth. Plus, they don’t stain or change color over time, so they look as good as new even ten years down the line. Your Porcelain Veneers are custom designed with the goal of restoring your ideal smile based upon your idea of the perfect smile. They are the most common cosmetic treatment offered by cosmetic dentists, aside from teeth whitening and Invisalign©. To learn more about Porcelain Veneers, click here. Now, let’s find out…

Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Should I Consider Sedation Dentistry?
If you are reading this article then it’s probably safe to say that going to the dentist is not your favorite activity. If this is the case, then you may want to consider being put to sleep as an option. Sedation “sleep” dentistry, is a fancy word for using a combination of drugs and gases to achieve different levels of “sleepiness”. The lowest level of sedation is achieved with sedative pills or Nitrous Oxide gas which puts you at ease and takes the edge off. The next level of sedation uses oral conscious sedation or IV sedation and makes you very drowsy, although you still breath on your own at this level of sedation. The highest level of sedation uses general anesthesia which requires an anesthesiologist and completely knocks you out. Before you read the rest of the article, please come up with a number between 1 to 10 describing how scared of the dentist you are, with 1 being not afraid at all and 10 being deadly afraid. Great, now let’s find o…