Posts for: June, 2017
What physical feature grabs most people's attention? According to research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, people notice your smile before they focus on anything else about you. If you are concerned about how your teeth appear when you smile and laugh in public, look into cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Jason Dyson, at Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, TX, offers aesthetic dental services which can enhance your smile, improve how confident you feel and change how others perceive you in social and professional situations.
Cosmetic dentistry has increased in popularity
Over the past thirty years or so, the demand for excellent cosmetic dental services has increased, so much so that cosmetic dentistry is a specialty of its own. Plus, many dentists, such as Dr. Dyson, have invested time and resources into continuing their education to ensure their aesthetic skills are as up-to-date as possible.
What cosmetic services does Dr. Dyson offer?
Dr. Dyson offers cosmetic dentistry consultations, which helps the patient and doctor determine what services would improve the shape, color, alignment and size of an individual's teeth. Dr. Dyson does a comprehensive dental exam first, however, to ensure a patient's smile is healthy. In other words, he checks that your teeth are free of tooth decay and gum disease. Then, he recommends services which address your smile goals.
For instance, does the patient wish to brighten his or her tooth enamel? Does he or she want some chips repaired, or a smile gap filled? From the simplest of concerns to the most complex, cosmetic dentistry in Cedar Park can enhance your smile and appearance.
Offered aesthetic treatments at Parmer Oaks Dental Care include:
- Professional teeth whitening, either at-home or in the office
- Composite resin bonding to repair small flaws, such as hairline cracks, surface pitting, chips and gaps
- Porcelain veneers, shells of fine ceramic which permanently disguise larger defects, such as deep stains, fractures and crowding
- Tooth-colored fillings, a natural-looking and durable alternative to metal fillings
- Dental implants, the most stable and realistic tooth replacement option available today
How do you want your smile to change?
With the help of Dr. Dyson and his team, you can enhance your smile and get a great boost to your self-confidence. For a cosmetic dentistry consultation, contact Parmer Oaks Dental Care in Cedar Park, TX, at (512) 528-8900.
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”
You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.
It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.
We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.
It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.
We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.
Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery.”