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Dental Implants: Your Smile Savers

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Have you ever had a bad dream of having to show up in school or at work missing a front tooth? Waking up, do you remember how painfully embarrassing it was?

Losing a tooth (or teeth) can be a devastating blow — emotionally and professionally. It can easily damage one’s self-esteem in immeasurable proportions.

For most cases of missing tooth, dental implants are frequently the best treatment options. Denture wearers often complain of their dentures slipping or clicking or even getting loose. Dental implants won’t exhibit ‘funny’ sounds that would give away hints of wearing ‘false’ teeth.

A dental implant is a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, implants are fused in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. Implants are used to secure crowns, bridges or dentures in a variety of ways.

With dental implants:
  • Patients can eat anything without chewing difficulties.
  • Patients can smile without worrying about their teeth.
  • Patients can talk and laugh confidently without the fear of missing teeth being noticed, or dentures clicking, slipping or falling out.
  • Dental implants look and function like natural teeth, and the patient’s facial structure remains natural.
  • With proper care, dental implants have the potential of lasting a lifetime.
Am I a Candidate for Dental Implants?

Anyone who has lost a tooth and is in good general and oral health is a good implant candidate. To support the implant, adequate bone in the jaw is needed. The best candidate has healthy gum tissues that are free of gum diseases.

Be sure to let your dental specialist know everything about your medical conditions as well as the medications (prescribed, OTCs and herbal drugs) you’re taking. Together, you and your dentist can work out the perfect treatment for you.

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Teeth Whitening FAQs

Is Dentcare clinic Teeth Whitening for everyone?

The Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening System provides dramatic results for anyone who wants to whiten their teeth. This includes people with teeth that have been stained by substances such as coffee, tea, soda, smoking, etc. It will also lighten staining caused by tetracycline antibiotics, fluoride, or discoloration due to hereditary factors.

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Should I consider Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening?

Studies have shown that people with whiter teeth look younger and that there is a correlation between high self-esteem and a bright, confident smile.

How white will my teeth get?

After whitening with the Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening System, teeth shades brighten an average of five to 14 shades on the Teeth Shade Card. Even though individual results will vary based on how discolored the teeth were originally, the end result will be brighter, shiny teeth. Remember, everyone’s teeth are different and your teeth will only go as white as your teeth will go. Everyone’s teeth have a stopping point.

How long will the whitening last?

This varies from person to person and depends on your diet and lifestyle, but the effects usually last for one to three years with proper maintenance. Periodic touch-up treatments are recommended for customers who frequently consume products such as coffee, dark soda, tea, red wine, tomatoes sauce or other staining products such as tobacco.

Is Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening safe?

Yes, our products are made in Da vinici USA laboratories and are FDA compliant. Scientific research has shown that the active ingredients in the Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening Gels are safe and effective for cosmetic teeth whitening. The DaVinci Teeth Whitening Gel does not change or damage the structure of the teeth; it merely lifts and removes the stains, making your teeth brighter.

How long does a whitening session take?

One whitening session takes 20 minutes to complete. Depending on the level of discoloration of your teeth you may choose a 2nd and 3rd 20 minute session. Start to finish your whitening session will take 20 – 60 minutes. It takes no longer than the time it would for you to have a haircut or a facial – it is that simple!

What is the difference between Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening and other professional teeth whitening performed in dental offices?

The Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening System uses the same technology; however, our process has been simplified using our cosmetic whitening gel specially developed for the use with the LED light. Designed with the comfort and safety of the customer in mind; our process is safe, gentle, virtually painless, and produces superior results over other teeth whitening options

Does it hurt?

Most clients experience no sensitivity during or after the session. A very small percentage of clients may feel some sensitivity on the teeth or soft tissues, especially if they consume very cold or hot foods or drinks within two hours after the treatment.

Therefore it is recommended that clients avoid consuming extremely hot or cold food or beverages for the first two hours following the treatment. Any sensitivity is usually gone within 24 hours or for immediate relief to use our re-mineralizing and de-sensitizing gel.

Will Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening work on crowns, fillings, veneers, and bridges (composite materials)?

Dentcare Clinic’s teeth whitening will remove staining from composite materials but will not whiten the composite materials beyond the original color of the material used. It works well if your natural teeth are darker than the composite materials original color. Teeth whitening is a good option if you plan to replace the crown or filling after your whitening treatment. It will not damage or hurt the composite material.

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Teeth Whitening in Dubai

teeth whiteningWhat is Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening is a simple cosmetic dentistry procedure routinely used to lighten the color of your teeth.

Is teeth whitening necessary?

The porcelain like enamel on the surface of your teeth is a mix of microscopic crystalline rods. Enamel is the hardest substance in the body and it safeguards your teeth from the effects of gnashing, chewing, acid attack caused by sugar etc. However acids from food and drink and continuous movement of teeth causes damage to enamel due to wear and tear. Another visible effect is yellowing of teeth and appearance of millions of micro cracks in the enamel. If left untreated these micro cracks gradually enlarge resulting more and more spaces between the individual crystalline enamel rods. Over time stains and debris fill these gaps leading to lackluster look.

Tooth Discoloration and types of stains

There are two types of tooth discoloration:
1 – Extrinsic Staining
2 – Intrinsic Staining

Extrinsic stains, as the name suggests, appear on the outer side of the teeth. Common causes are usage of dark colored beverages, tobacco and regular wear and tear. By brushing daily and prophylactic dental cleaning, extrinsic stains can be removed. In case of stubborn stains, additional efforts like teeth bleaching needs to be done. If not treated, persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into dentin and become ingrained.

Intrinsic stains are the stains that appear in the interior of teeth. Intrinsic stains are caused due to aging, trauma, exposure to minerals like tetracycline during the tooth formation and/or excessive ingestion of fluoride. Intrinsic stains were thought to be very hard to be removed through bleaching. However, at Dentcare Clinic, we use advanced technologies in the cosmetic industry to make the process easy and effective.

Causes of tooth staining

There are number of reasons for tooth staining. Some of the common ones are given below:

Age: There is direct relation between color of teeth and age. Over the years, teeth start discoloring as a result of wear and tear and accumulation of stains. These days, most of the teenagers are facing immediate discoloration which left untreated might be harder to cleanse in the later stages.

Translucency and thinness: Every tooth shows some translucency due to the age. Every tooth shows some translucency. Those that are opaque and thick have an advantage: they appear lighter in color, show brighter and are responsive to bleaching. The front teeth which are thinner and thicker have less of the pigment that is necessary for bleaching. According to cosmetic dentists, transparency is the only condition that cannot be corrected by any form of teeth whitening.

Eating habits: Continuous consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, oranges, carrots and food & beverages which are rich in color can cause staining of the teeth. Acidic foods such as citrus fruits can also contribute to enamel erosion.

Smoking habits: Smoking is not only dangerous for your body, but also to your dental health. Nicotine leaves brownish substance in the tooth surface which leads to intrinsic staining.

Drugs / chemicals: Tooth damages are also caused by many drugs (prescribed & illegal). Usage of tetracycline during tooth formation causes brown/dark grey ribbon stains which are hard to remove.

Grinding & Trauma: Teeth grinding causes a lot of stress on the teeth leading to micro cracks with in the teeth. Cracks are also caused by any serious injuries which eventually lead to accumulation of stains and junks.

How does Teeth Whitening Work?

Our teeth whitening processes completely removes the stains and debris from the affected part. A number of the cracks quickly re-mineralized by saliva and whereas other area stuffed up once more with organic junk.

At our clinic, we use the best gels that contain food grade hydrogen peroxide which is highly rated in cosmetic industry. It penetrates into the enamel to get to the discolored molecules down to the dentin layer – the layer under the enamel. The whitening works through the breakdown of the food grade hydrogen peroxide with the assistance of our cool blue LED light into a water and a free radical oxygen molecule.

This highly reactive oxygen molecule reacts with the discolored molecules in the teeth, breaking the bonds that hold them together and breaking the discolored molecule into pieces and washes it out without hurting any part of the tooth. This process is called oxidization. The oxygen molecules spread, whitening the entire tooth. As a result, the client is left with a brighter, whiter smile.

If you are looking for teeth whitening, schedule an appointment with our dentists

Teeth Whitening Procedure

If you want whiter teeth and a beautiful smile, Dentcare Clinic is your best teeth whitening solution. It is the fastest, safest, and most convenient way to brighten your teeth and improve your smile. A bright, beautiful smile can be yours in as little as 20 minutes. Our revolutionary teeth whitening technology is the most effective system used in professional teeth whitening.

Dentcare Clinic LED Teeth Whitening is a simple three step process, using the LED light in combination with our all natural, plant and mineral based whitening gel to safely remove years of staining caused by tobacco, foods, beverages, braces, medication, and discoloration due to age. The most comprehensive treatment can be completed in one visit. Dentcare Clinic Teeth Whitening will not damage any existing dental work and will remove stains from crowns, fillings, veneers, and bridges.

How we do the procedure at our Teeth Whitening Spa?

SmileStep One

One of our dentists will do a quick check up on your teeth to ensure there are no hindering factors for the whitening such as gum disease, inflammations, sores, teeth decay in your smile zone area.

If there are any issues with your teeth or gums we will alert you what course of action is needed prior to whitening your teeth.
If no issues we go to step two

Step Two

We will take your initial tooth shade color using our professional tooth shade guide and show you using a mirror what your shade is.

Step Three

Whitening gel is applied to teeth, upper and lower arch then an LED Light is positioned to the mouth to accelerate whitening then you rinse and see your results.

It’s That Simple

Results can last up to one to two years depending on your lifestyle and eating and drinking habits.

Now you can now choose Dentcare International Center ahead of others for the best teeth whitening in Dubai

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What is the Difference Between Crowns, Bridges, Implants & Veneers?

One of the first steps to getting your oral health back on track is determining what treatment you may need. Learn about the differences between dental crowns, bridges, implants and veneers, and how each can help you get your beautiful smile back.
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What is a dental crown?

Purpose: Cover & restore a damaged tooth without extraction

A dental crown, also known as a “cap” is used to restore teeth without actually removing or implanting any teeth. The crown is placed over an existing damaged tooth and is cemented in place.

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Dental Implant Head And Bridge

A dentist / dental technician placing the fixed partial denture ( the dental bridge) on the implants.

What is a dental bridge?

Purpose: Replace one or more missing teeth by anchoring to existing teeth

While a crown is used to cover an existing tooth, a dental bridge is used to fill in the missing space caused by one or more lost teeth. A bridge is made up of one or more false teeth with one crown on either end of the bridge. The crowns are placed over existing teeth on either side of the gap in your smile, functioning as anchors for the bridge.

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What is a dental implant?

Purpose: Replace a tooth with a fully functional implant embedded in your jaw

Dental implants are installed securely into your jaw bone and are modern dentistry’s best answer to replacing teeth. The implant itself is fused with your bone, and a natural-looking crown makes up the visible tooth portion. Multiple implants can also be combined in a bridge.

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What is a dental veneer?

Purpose: Add a luminous white coating to your teeth

A dental veneer is a thin coating of white, gleaming porcelain which is used to cover the surface of a tooth. Unlike crowns, bridges and implants, veneers are primarily aesthetic, and are less commonly used for dental health problems.

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What is the difference between a crown, bridge, implant and veneer?

Here is an overview of the differences between each dental solution:

Dental Crowns

  • Restore a damaged tooth by covering it with a porcelain cap
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Bridge

  • Used to replace one or more missing teeth
  • Can be fitted with dental crowns or implants
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Implant

  • A fully functional tooth replacement that is embedded into the jaw
  • Can be installed with a bridge to replace multiple missing teeth
  • For cosmetic and restorative purposes

Dental Veneer

  • A coating used to reshape or brighten teeth that are misshapen or discolored
  • Primarily used for cosmetic purposes, but can be restorative
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Bridge Or Implant: Which Is Best For You?

A dental bridge or implant are two options your dentist may suggest to you to replace a missing tooth, and each option has its advantages. Before you make a decision, read on to learn the differences between the two and discover which one may be best for you.

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DENTAL BRIDGES AND IMPLANTS

Dental bridges and implants are constructed differently. A bridge is made of a false tooth suspended between two crowns that the dentist cements onto prepared natural teeth on either side. An implant is a false tooth that’s attached to a titanium post the periodontist or oral surgeon has inserted in the jaw bone. The false teeth and crowns in bridges and the false teeth in implants are matched to the color of the surrounding teeth, but, even so, a bridge may be slightly more noticeable. Unlike an implant, the false tooth of a bridge isn’t embedded in the gum.

RESTORING A SMILE

The location of the missing tooth is important when deciding between a bridge or implant as a replacement. If you choose a bridge to replace a tooth toward the back of the mouth, it won’t be visible when you smile. However, if the bridge is to replace a missing tooth at the front of your mouth, the effect may not look natural. The American Dental Association recommends implants for restoring a natural, attractive smile that looks like it’s always has been that way.

OTHER ADVANTAGES OF IMPLANTS

Implants also help prevent the jaw bone from deteriorating, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. When teeth fall out or are extracted, the jaw bone shrinks over time and changes the face’s appearance and smile. An implant is embedded in the jaw bone, and using the new tooth to bite and chew stimulates the bone, helping to prevent it from shrinking. However, the false tooth in a dental bridge doesn’t contact the jaw bone, so there may be bone loss.

TIME AND COST CONSIDERATIONS

When choosing between a bridge or implant, time and cost may be important to you. Your dentist can provide a bridge over two visits within a few weeks, but if you opt for an implant the waiting time is longer — it takes three to six months for the jaw bone to grow around the titanium post of the implant. On the other hand, a dental bridge may be better for your budget.

MAINTENANCE

Both bridges and implants should be cared for similarly, so they’re comparable in that regard. For example, brush them twice a day with toothpaste to keep them stain-free.

Needs vary from patient to patient when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. Your dentist can help you decide the best option for you. Whether you choose a bridge or implant, you can restore your happy, confident smile.

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4 Ways to Improve Your Smile

Full Mouth Dental Implants: 4 Ways We Improve Your Smile

If you’re missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest a couple of different solutions. Inexpensive bridges and dentures are options that will help you leave behind the discomfort or embarrassment of missing teeth. Another recommendation your dentist may make is full mouth dental implants. Though pricey, implants offer distinct advantages over other treatments, especially when compared to dentures. Understanding these benefits can help you make an educated decision and get back your bright smile full of healthy teeth.

4 Ways to Improve Your Smile1. A PERMANENT SOLUTION

Unlike dentures, which are designed to be removed each day, or bridges and crowns that will require regular maintenance and replacement, dental implants are a permanent solution to missing teeth. Full mouth dental implants are placed by a periodontist, who attaches implants (they look like small screws) directly into the jaw bone. Crowns are then attached to the implants for a secure, natural-looking fit and result. A full set of implants is custom-created for your mouth and can be placed as one bar of teeth to fill in your smile when you are missing more than a couple of teeth. Because they’re permanent, you’ll never have to use adhesive or remove your implants.

2. COMFORT AND STABILITY

Another reason to opt for dental implants is for their stability and comfort. Dentures attach using a framework and metal clasps to teeth and usually fit nicely to the teeth they are attached too. Implants, on the other hand, are securely attached to the jaw bone, so you won’t have to worry about stability. The comfort level of implants makes it a natural choice for a full set of teeth or as a long-term solution to damaged, diseased or missing teeth.

3. BETTER BONES

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) points out that when it comes to bone and dental health, full mouth dental implants are vastly superior to dentures. The AAP warns that dentures can cause bone deterioration, which can lead to the collapsed mouth or recessed jaw bone sometimes indicative of a denture’s-wearer. In contrast, dental implants actually integrate into the jawbone, preserving bone health and the overall look of your smile.

4. EASIER MAINTENANCE

Dental implants could be described as “set it and forget it.” Because they attach permanently to the bone, you don’t need to remove them for cleaning, and it’s unlikely that you’ll need maintenance and repairs down the road. Instead, you can care for them as you would your natural teeth, which means brushing at least twice a day with a silica toothpaste, daily flossing and regular checkups with your dentist.

Because implants function so much like your own smile, you can relax knowing that your teeth are intact. Talk to your periodontist about your options to decide if full mouth dental implants are the right choice for you. While it’s true that dental implants are typically more expensive than dentures, the comfort and confidence they offer can be truly priceless.

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Porcelain Veneers FAQs

  • What is a veneer?

    A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain made to fit over the front surface of a tooth, like a false fingernail fits over a nail. Sometimes a natural-colour ‘composite’ material is used instead of porcelain.

  • When would I need a veneer?

    Veneers can improve the colour, shape and position of your teeth. A precise shade of porcelain can be chosen to give the right colour to improve a single discoloured tooth or to lighten your front teeth. A veneer can make a chipped tooth look whole again. The porcelain covers the whole of the front of the tooth, with a thicker section replacing the broken part. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps, when orthodontics (braces) are not suitable. If one tooth is slightly out of position, a veneer can sometimes be fitted to bring it into line with the others.

  • What are the advantages of veneers?

    Veneers make teeth look natural and healthy. Because they are very thin and are held in place by a special, strong adhesive, very little preparation of the tooth is needed. Some types of veneers don’t need any preparation at all.

  • How are teeth prepared for a veneer?veneers before after

    teeth veneersSome of the shiny, outer enamel surface of the tooth may be removed, to make sure that the veneer can be bonded permanently in place later. The amount of enamel removed is tiny and will be the same as the thickness of the veneer to be fitted, so that the tooth stays the same size. A local anaesthetic (injection) may be used to make sure that there is no discomfort, but often this is not needed. Once the tooth has been prepared, the dental team will take an ‘impression’ (mould). This will be given to the dental technician, along with any other information needed to make the veneer. The colour of the surrounding teeth is matched on a shade guide to make sure that the veneer will look entirely natural.

  • How long will it take?

    A veneer takes at least two visits. The first is to prepare the tooth and match the shade, and the second is to fit it. Before bonding it in place, your dentist will show you the veneer on your tooth to make sure you are happy with it. Bonding a veneer in place is done with a special adhesive, which holds it firmly on the tooth.

  • Will I need a temporary veneer between visits?

    Because the preparation of the tooth is so slight you will probably not need a temporary veneer. The tooth will look very much the same after preparation, but will feel slightly less smooth.

  • What happens after the veneer is fitted?

    Only minor adjustments can be made to the veneer after it is fitted. It is usually best to wait a little while to get used to it before any changes are made. Your dental team will probably want to check and polish it a week or so after it is fitted, and make sure that you are happy with it.

  • How much will it cost?

    The costs for this treatment can vary from practice to practice so it is important to discuss charges and treatment options with your dental team before starting treatment.

  • How long will a veneer last?

    Veneers should last for many years; but they can chip or break, just like your own teeth can. Your dental team will tell you how long each veneer should last. Small chips can be repaired, or a new veneer fitted if necessary.

  • What about alternatives?

    A natural-coloured filling material can be used for minor repairs to front teeth. This is excellent when the tooth can support a filling, but may not work so well for broken tooth corners. There will always be a join between the tooth and the filling material.
    Crowns are used for teeth which need to be strengthened – either because they have broken, have been weakened by a very large filling, or have had root canal treatment.

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Getting a Brighter Smile

Whitening: 5 Things to Know About Getting a Brighter Smile

Brighter Smile
Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy. Still, if you might feel like your smile is lacking some sparkle or is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. When the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked people what they’d most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. The American Association of Orthodontists also found that nearly 90% of patients requested tooth whitening.

Thinking about teeth whitening? Get the facts first. Here are five of the most commonly asked questions about the process.

Why Did My Teeth Change Color?

Over time, your teeth can go from white to not-so-bright for a number of reasons:

Food and Drink

Coffee, tea and red wine are some major staining culprits. What do they have in common? Intense color pigments called chromogens that attach to the white, outer part of your tooth (enamel).

Tobacco Use

Two chemicals found in tobacco create stubborn stains: Tar and nicotine. Tar is naturally dark. Nicotine is colorless until it’s mixed with oxygen. Then, it turns into a yellowish, surface-staining substance.

Age

Below the hard, white outer shell of your teeth (enamel) is a softer area called dentin. Over time, the outer enamel layer gets thinner with brushing and more of the yellowish dentin shows through.

Trauma

If you’ve been hit in the mouth, your tooth may change color because it reacts to an injury by laying down more dentin, which is a darker layer under the enamel.

Medications

Tooth darkening can be a side effect of certain antihistamines, antipsychotics and high blood pressure medications. Young children who are exposed to antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline when their teeth are forming (either in the womb or as a baby) may have discoloration of their adult teeth later in life. Chemotherapy and head and neck radiation can also darken teeth.
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How Does Teeth Whitening Work?

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which makes the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter.

Does Whitening Work on All Teeth?

No, which is why it’s important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth, as whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellow teeth will probably bleach well, brown teeth may not respond as well and teeth with gray tones may not bleach at all. Whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also won’t be effective if your tooth discoloration is caused by medications or a tooth injury.

What Are My Whitening Options?

Talk to your dentist before starting. If you are a candidate, there are three ways to put the shine back in your smile:

Whitening Toothpastes

All toothpastes help remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives that scrub the teeth. Look for the ADA Seal for safe whitening toothpastes that have special chemical or polishing agents to provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these types of ADA Accepted products do not change the color of teeth because they can only remove stains on the surface.

 

In-Office Bleaching

This procedure is called chairside bleaching and usually requires only one office visit. The dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect your gums. Bleach is then applied to the teeth. A special light or laser might be used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.

At-Home Bleaching

Peroxide-containing whiteners actually bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel and are placed in a tray that fits on your teeth. You may also use a whitening strip that sticks to your teeth. The concentration of the bleaching agent is lower than what your dentist would use in the office.

Are There Any Side Effects from Teeth Whitening?

Some people who use teeth whiteners may experience tooth sensitivity. That happens when the peroxide in the whitener gets through the enamel to the soft layer of dentin and irritates the nerve of your tooth. In most cases the sensitivity is temporary. You can delay treatment, then try again.
Overuse of whiteners can also damage the tooth enamel or gums, so be sure to follow directions and talk to your dentist.

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Dental Implants

Dental Implant

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Dental Implant

A dental implant looks and feels like a real tooth, but it is actually a titanium model made to look like a real tooth.

It is inserted into your jaw and held in place with an artificial root. The titanium is biocompatible with your jaw bone, which means that it fuses (This is what we call the osseointegration phase).

These implants act to stabilize the jaw, which helps to prevent bone loss and keep the jaw’s shape.

Implants, unlike dentures, never come out of your mouth – which allows your mouth to get used to them, so they are more comfortable. Eating and talking will be easier because there isn’t any messy cement or pesky wires, which will naturally eliminate gagging, poor alignment, and the dreaded sore spots.

What Are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

Dental Implant

There are many advantages to dental implants, including:

  • Improved appearance. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. And because they are designed to fuse with bone, they become permanent.
  • Improved speech. With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble or slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip.
  • Improved comfort. Because they become part of you, implants eliminate the discomfort of removable dentures.
  • Easier eating. Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Dental implants function like your own teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods with confidence and without pain.
  • Improved self-esteem. Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself.
  • Improved oral health. Dental implants don’t require reducing other teeth, as a tooth-supported bridge does. Because nearby teeth are not altered to support the implant, more of your own teeth are left intact, improving long-term oral health. Individual implants also allow easier access between teeth, improving oral hygiene.
  • Durability. Implants are very durable and will last many years. With good care, many implants last a lifetime.
  • Convenience. Removable dentures are just that; removable. Dental implants eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of removing dentures, as well as the need for messy adhesives to keep them in place.

How Successful Are Dental Implants?

Success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care (see below), implants can last a lifetime.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.

VENEER CONSULTATION

Communication with Dentcare dentists and asking about veneers is the first step in determining if veneers are the right option for you, or if there are alternate solutions available. Also you can ask about what you want corrected is critical for a successful result. Spend time clearly identifying what cosmetic improvements you want to accomplish.

You’ll often hear people say that celebrities have veneers and this may seem like the best way to replicate picture-perfect teeth, but each mouth is different and veneers need to be carefully researched.

Your dentist will most likely begin with a smile analysis to determine what steps are necessary
to achieve the smile you desire. In addition, your dentist may create a diagnostic mock-up
that will allow you to “try on” veneers and other procedures to see if the final result is actually what you’re looking for.

Your dentist may also show you a photo of how your new smile will look. This is called cosmetic imaging.

Deciding that porcelain veneers will create the look you want is only one step in the process. There is much more to learn before proceeding further.

THE HOWS AND WHYS OF PORCELAIN VENEERS

Porcelain laminate veneers consist of a compilation of several thin ceramic layers which replace original tooth enamel, and an adhesive layer. To apply a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed, usually less than a millimeter. This is essential as it creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth and most accurately restore natural tooth function while creating an even better appearance than the original tooth.

The bond between original tooth and porcelain veneer is critical as it not only provides the esthetic perfection desired, but also a strong bond which is essential for correct veneer function. Light-sensitive resin is placed between the original tooth and the veneer and then hardened using a special curing light.

Porcelain veneers are a very successful option in many situations where the original tooth has developed poor color, shape, and contours. It is also a good choice for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised and there are minor bite-related problems. For some people, superficial stains do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching. In these situations, a porcelain veneer may be the best option.

THE BENEFITS OF VENEERS

Since veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth. Unlike natural teeth, custom-made veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.

With veneers—as opposed to crowns—your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.

For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.

Dentists may also recommend veneers to quickly fix minor twists, overlaps, and small gaps.

POTENTIAL VENEER DOWNSIDES

Because a portion of the original tooth enamel is reduced, a veneer is not considered a reversible treatment. Although adjustments and even new veneers can be made, you can never reliably return to the original condition of the tooth.

Creating porcelain veneers requires some laboratory time, so expect at least a week before they’re ready to be applied.

After the porcelain veneers are attached you will probably have some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures due to the removal of that thin layer of enamel. This typically disappears within a few days. In a healthy mouth properly treated with porcelain veneers—and where destructive forces are minimized or eliminated—a patient should be able to use porcelain veneers like his or her own teeth. Although they’re very strong, veneers are also brittle. You should avoid the same excessive stresses you would avoid with non-veneered teeth: don’t bite your fingernails, chew ice, or open beer bottles with your veneers!

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