We are proud to provide a number of services in our dental practice:
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- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Restorative Dentistry
- Deep Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Implants
- Implant-retained Dentures
- Sedation Dentistry
- Fillings And Restorations
Cosmetic dentistry is a large branch of dentistry that deals with elective procedures intended to improve the overall aesthetics of your mouth, teeth, and smile. While many of the procedures that could fall under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry are covered by most insurance plans, (natural-colored fillings, bonding, crowns, etc.) many of the procedures may not be, and ultimately coverage is determined by your insurance plan.
Common cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, bonding, dental implants, veneers, crowns, fillings, bridges, Invisalign (clear braces – no wires!), and “instant” orthodontics.
It is important to note not all dentists who perform procedures that fall under cosmetic dentistry, are specially-trained cosmetic dentists. Many procedures fall under different categories of dentistry, and many doctors elect to offer certain treatments over others.
Restorative dentistry refers to the study, treatment, diagnosis, and integrated management of your teeth, the structures that support them, and the ability to treat any dentitions, so they can be functional and aesthetically acceptable again. Put simply, restorative dentistry is the restoration, or, repair of teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. Once your dentist has given you an initial evaluation and has reviewed your medical history, he or she will be able to set up a proper diagnosis and with full treatment options.
Teeth Whitening Treatments
Teeth whitening is one of the most common forms of cosmetic dental treatments. People are always looking to achieve a whiter smile, and at the moment, there are several different options to choose from. The most common form of in-office whitening is a “chairside” tooth whitening system, which uses a prescription-strength gel, applied to your teeth, under the supervision of a licensed dentist. This treatment consists of three, fifteen-minute long sessions, and may vary, depending on your own individual needs. Generally, after just one hour, you can expect your teeth to be several shades whiter.
How do I know I am going to get the whitening results that I want, and what happens if I don’t?
No two mouths are the same, and that rings true for teeth, also! Not all teeth whiten at the same speed, which means your teeth may not be as white as you would like after one hour of treatment. Take-home whitening treatments are usually offered, allowing you to continue the process in the convenience of your own home, in order for you to get the results you desire. If a patient’s case requires it, an additional in-office treatment can be fulfilled.
Veneers are thin layers of a ceramic material resembling enamel that are permanently bonded to your existing teeth, in order to correct minor chips, stains, or alignment issues. Veneers look as close to natural teeth as most dental procedures can get, and are very durable due the type of material used. Veneers are custom-made to match your surrounding teeth in size, shape, and color. Veneers can be used on your top or bottom teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a relatively quick way to achieve a new smile without having to do whitening treatments, orthodontic procedures or spending countless hours in the dentist’s chair. You can treat porcelain veneers just like you would natural teeth, as they are resistant to stains from coffee, red wine, and nicotine. With regular brushing, flossing and bi-annual check-ups, your veneers should last for many years.
What can be fixed with porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers can be used to fix many of the same types of dental problems as dental bonding, however veneers can fix more severe issues, and are much stronger. Veneers can be used to cover stains and spots, chips and cracks, crooked or worn teeth, small gaps, and crowded teeth, in a relatively short period of time, without the use of orthodontic intervention.
How long does it take to get porcelain veneers?
The total procedure can take multiple appointments, usually over the course of a month. Follow up visits are typically required to ensure that your veneers are comfortable, bonded well, and are placed correctly, so that they blend naturally with the rest of your teeth.
A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a tooth that has a healthy root, but externally, is too decayed to support a filling. There may be decay present, a crack in the tooth, or too much of the structure broken off to support any type of filling. This decay could come from poor dental hygiene, or, an accident that caused structural damage to one or more teeth. A dental crown can cover a damaged tooth, making it fully functional.
There are many different types of crowns : porcelain, zirconium, gold, and porcelain-fused-to-gold, are the most popular options.
Porcelain crowns are the most natural looking, are durable, and provide a hard chewing surface. However, they are not as strong as gold.
Gold crowns are extremely durable, however, they may not provide you with the best “look,” since it can be obvious that it is not your real tooth. Therefore, gold crowns are typically used towards the back of the mouth where they cannot be easily seen.
Porcelain-fused crowns look just like porcelain crowns, however they are more durable because of their metal lining. These crowns are strong, but as the years pass, and gums begin to recede, the metal lining may begin to show as a dark strip along the gum line.
Of the different types of crowns, which one of best?
This depends on where the crown is being placed. If the tooth is in the front, or fairly visible when you smile, it is best to get porcelain, for aesthetic reasons.
If the crown is going on a back tooth, and cost is a heavy factor, a gold crown would be the best choice, because of its durability over time.
A dental implant is an artificial root with a crown on top, often used in restorative dentistry to resemble a tooth or group of teeth. Just about all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, meaning they appear similar to the tooth with its actual root, and are placed within the bone.
Dental implants can be used to support a number of prostheses, including crowns, dentures, or implant-supported bridges or dentures.
Implant dentistry is not a recognized specialty amongst the many areas of dentistry. All doctors that are placing implants should have extensive training in both surgical and prosthetic phases. You should always ask you doctor what his training is, and ask to see before and after photos of previous treatments that he/she has completed. If your doctor has studied implant dentistry in any serious fashion, then he/she should have some documented cases.
Will my implant look like a natural tooth?
Dental implants and the teeth dentists make to go on top of them (crowns) may function like regular teeth in most cases, but there are times when a perfectly natural tooth result is extremely hard, almost impossible to achieve. Getting perfectly natural results may be limited to the doctor’s skills or the patient’s desire to do what it takes to achieve a natural looking smile. Implant cases that involve front teeth can often require multiple treatments with long healing intervals. Most patients are happy to meet somewhere in the middle, and are ultimately happy with their results, however this may be something most would like to know ahead of time.
Do I have enough bone, and enough room for a dental implant?
This is a good question to ask your doctor, because it allows he/she to explain how they are thinking about the treatment in more detail. This is a fundamental question that the doctor should already have asked themselves, and in turn, should be able to explain to you. In order for your dentist to fully understand you own unique situation, a no-charge implant consultation will be required and a panoramic x-ray taken, in order for the doctor to fully treatment plan your particular case.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedatives during dental procedures and treatments. These sedatives are used to calm and relax your mind and body.
There are several different degrees of sedation: Minimal, which just tends to relax the body and relieve the patient of any anxiety. The patient can still respond to physical and verbal stimulation and is fully conscious; Moderate, which puts the patient in an even more relaxed state, and the patient can still respond to concentrated stimulation. Deep sedation, where the patient is unable to respond to any stimuli and many appear to be unconscious.
Dentists must be certified and properly trained to administer and perform oral conscious sedation. However, dentists that are certified typically offer conscious sedation for most dental procedures ranging from simple cleanings to dental veneers.
What are the pros of using sedation?
There are many reasons to consider sedation as an option for your next dental treatment, Here are a few of the main reasons:
One of the most common reasons patients insist on conscious sedation is that it can quickly and safely calm heightened anxieties or nerves that may be associated with the sheer smell, sight, and sounds that come from a dental office. For many, sedation has completely changed the way they feel about good dental health all together.
Sedation can help patients relax, which tends to help achieve profound anesthesia, allowing extra comfort.
More treatments can be accomplished in a simple visit with sleep dentistry, so procedures that would normally take two or three visits can now be completed in a single visit.
While certain types of sedation are administered via an IV (intravenously), most dentists use an oral medication so there are no IVs or needles involved in the process.
For many people, aches and pains are associated with a trip to the dentist. With sedation, patients can have relief of jaw and mouth pain, from having to keep their mouth open wide for long periods of time, as well as neck and back pain that can occur from sitting in a dental chair.
Are their any health risks associated with sedatives?
Sedatives have been around for hundreds of years, and have been used in millions of treatments. Additionally, training and certification is required to administer any type of sedative, conscious or unconscious.
Natural Looking Fillings
Fillings are used to fill-in and treat cavities. Natural-looking, metal-free, fillings, also known as composite fillings, are a safe alternative to metal fillings.
Natural-looking fillings consist of white dental bonding, and dentists can match the composite material to your natural tooth color, so the fillings will be smooth and virtually unnoticeable. Natural-looking fillings are bonded directly to your tooth. These composite fillings can make your teeth stronger, and because they do not conduct heat and cold as easily as metal fillings, your teeth should be less sensitive. They can provide a solid chewing surface for your back teeth, and a smooth, healthy finish to any of your front teeth.
If you suspect you may have a cavity, i.e. you have constant tooth pain, aching, sensitivity to hot and cold, don’t delay in having it looked at and treated. If left untreated, cavities can not only cause severe pain, but can also lead to infections, tooth loss, gum disease and tooth and bone loss.
If I currently have metal fillings, can I have them replaced?
If you have metal fillings, you can have them replaced with natural-looking, white, composite fillings.
Am I a good candidate for Natural-looking fillings?
If you have a cavity, or would like a metal filling replaced, then yes, you may qualify for a metal-free one, although some dentists do not offer this choice. However, if there is extensive decay in your tooth, you may need a crown, in which case, you would not be a candidate for any type of filling.
Invisalign is literally a clear way to achieving a straighter, more aligned smile without the use of metal braces, which has been one of the only available options in the past. Invisalign works by gradually moving your teeth into proper alignment with a series of clear, custom-made, almost invisible, removable aligners.
Invisalign treatments consist of a series of aligners you switch out every two to four weeks. Each aligner is custom-made, and precisely measured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into the proper placement, giving you a perfect smile that fits you, without the use of retainers, or highly-noticeable metal braces.
Another benefit Invisalign offers is that it’s completely removable. You can remove the aligners out when you eat, brush, floss, and for special occasions. They allow you to keep your teeth clean, and eliminate the staining that brackets from metal braces may cause.
Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?
Not everyone is a perfect candidate for Invisalign, or even a candidate at all. More severe alignment issues can only be resolved with traditional orthodontics. Others may need to use a combination of Invisalign and metal braces. Every case is different, and if you are thinking of Invisalign as an option, feel free to contact us for a free, no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
How Long does treatment take?
Treatment time varies from case to case, and with so many variables such as the degree of misalignment, it can take upto a year to achieve the smile that fits you.
If you have ANY questions about any of the procedures we offer, and, you’re currently a patient of record, please contact the office for your no-cost, no-obligation consultation to learn more! Just call: (503) 305-3542. Or, send an email to: help@WellnessSpringsDentalSalem.com!