Many people are unhappy with their smiles but don’t know much about the options available to them. Modern cosmetic dentistry makes it possible to fix even the saddest smile. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry but don’t know what each procedure entails, take a look at the following common smile concerns and their solutions:Concern: Chipped, Crooked or Discoloured Teeth Solution 1: Bonding
A bonding procedure involves applying a composite resin to the surface of a tooth. This resin comes in various shades of white to match or improve the colour of your teeth. Your Edmonton dentist can also use this resin to lengthen teeth, reshape them, or fill in small gaps between your teeth.
Bonding procedures are inexpensive compared to other cosmetic dentistry procedures. They are also painless. In most cases, your dentist can perform these procedures in a single visit.
One downside to bonding procedures is that the resin tends to stain more easily than other materials and is prone to chipping. However, with regular brushing you can avoid stains and your dentist can repair any chips in a single visit.Solution 2: Porcelain or Composite Veneers Veneers are thin porcelain or composite shells that bond to the front of your existing teeth. They are more expensive than bonding procedures, but have several advantages. Veneers are very hard and durable which prevents you from needing to repair them. They also mimic the translucency and sheen of real teeth and makes them appear more natural and healthy. Concern: A Single Slightly Damaged or Decayed Tooth Solution: Crowns
If one of your teeth is slightly damaged or decayed, your dentist at Azarko Dental can cover it with an artificial, porcelain tooth called a crown. Before placing a crown, your dentist removes the damaged area of your existing tooth. The remaining healthy area of the tooth acts as an anchor for the crown. Your dentist makes an impression of the anchor tooth and then uses it to create a replacement tooth that fits perfectly over it. He then bonds the replacement tooth onto the anchor.
Crowns help restore your teeth to normal, healthy conditions. They also allow you to chew your food comfortably, and help normalize your bite and jaw position.Concern: A Single Missing Tooth Solution 1: Dental Implants
If you are missing a tooth, your dentist can fill it in with a dental implant. A dental implant is similar to a crown in that your dentist creates a custom replacement tooth.
The difference between an implant and a crown is that instead of using a healthy tooth root to anchor the replacement tooth, the dentist surgically implants an artificial anchor into your jawbone to stabilize it. Implants are a strong, durable way to fill in the gaps in your smile. They look natural and act just like natural teeth.Solution 2: Bridges
Another method of filling in missing teeth is a bridge. A bridge is a row of three or more artificial teeth constructed together as one unit. This unit bridges the gap left by your missing tooth. Your dentist places a bridge much like he or she would a crown. The teeth on either side of the gap are filed down to act as anchors for the bridge. Your dentist then places the crown over the anchor teeth, which fills in the gap.Concern: Consecutive Missing Teeth Solution: Partial Dentures
If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, your dentist may suggest a partial denture. A partial denture is a device created to look and feel like your natural teeth and gums. Partial dentures connect to a metal frame stabilized by your healthy teeth. Partial dentures are removable and need regular cleaning to remove bacteria.Contact Azarko Dental for Edmonton dentures in West Edmonton at 780-483-7079 or South Edmonton at 780-988-8190. Concern: Teeth Are Straight and Well-Shaped, but Discolored Solution: Professional In-Office Whitening
If you are happy with the shape, orientation, and size of your teeth but you want them to be a brighter shade of white, your dentist may suggest professional in-office whitening. In-office whitening involves using hydrogen peroxide gel to bleach the dentin and the enamel of your teeth. The dentin is the core of the tooth, and the enamel is the hard outer surface. By bleaching both of these areas, your dentist can remove both surface stains and stubborn set-in stains.
Some whitening procedures speed up this bleaching process by aiming ultra-violet light at the target area. This causes the hydrogen peroxide gel to react more quickly, giving you better results in less time.
Contact your Edmonton dentist at Azarko Dental Group if you feel one of these services could help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Your dentist will determine whether you are a candidate for each procedure. Call Azarko Dental in Edmonton today!