Posts for: April, 2018
People have been trying to cosmetically improve their smiles since ancient times. Luckily, dental technology has advanced since the days of using stones and shells as replacement teeth. Consider the various types of modern cosmetic dentistry procedures offered at Atwal Dental Care in North Syracuse, NY, and make time to consult a dentist about your smile.
Veneer and Crown Installation
Patients who go to their dentist specifically requesting a Hollywood quality smile often choose veneers as their complete cosmetic solution. Veneers cover your existing front teeth, giving your smile a rejuvenated, bright, well-aligned look. In some cases, all your smile may need is one or two dental crowns to look new again. You have the choice to get same day crowns at Atwal Dental Care, which requires just one visit.
You don’t always have to get veneers to solve your smile problems. Depending on the current shape, size, appearance, and quality of your natural teeth, you may just need a bit of cosmetic contouring. If you’re a good candidate for this cosmetic dentistry procedure, your North Syracuse, NY, dentist will use an electronic dental tool to carefully smooth out the enamel and edges of each tooth that shows when you smile.
It happens gradually over time, then one day you look in the mirror and your teeth are yellow. Your dentist can get rid of yellow stains on your teeth with a professional bleaching solution. You can either take a kit home to do it yourself, or allow your dentist to perform the procedure in the office, which is much quicker.
Though dental implants are considered a restorative treatment after tooth loss, they are also a cosmetic solution. Many patients don’t want to live with smile gaps or wear dentures, which can be uncomfortable. Implants are a long-lasting, reliable way to replace one or more missing teeth. They don’t come out, they don’t shift, and they look just like your other natural teeth.
Get More Advice from a Dentist
After an exam, you and your dentist can explore the various cosmetic dentistry procedures that can give you a renewed smile. Contact Dr. Inderpreet Atwal at his office in North Syracuse, NY, by calling (315) 452-1020 today.
In an instant, an accident could leave you or a loved one with a missing tooth. Thankfully, we can restore it with a dental implant that looks and functions like a real tooth—and the sooner the better.
But if the patient is a teenager or younger, sooner may have to be later. Because their jaws are still developing, an implant placed now could eventually look as if it's sinking into the gums as the jaw continues to grow and the implant doesn't move. It's best to wait until full jaw maturity around early adulthood and in the meantime use a temporary replacement.
But that wait could pose a problem with bone health. As living tissue, bone cells have a life cycle where they form, function and then dissolve (resorption) with new cells taking their place. This cycle continues at a healthy rate thanks to stimulation from forces generated by the teeth during chewing that travel through the roots to the bone.
When a tooth goes missing, however, so does this stimulation. Without it the bone's growth cycle can slow to an unhealthy rate, ultimately reducing bone volume. Because implants require a certain amount of bone for proper placement and support, this could make it difficult if not impossible to install one.
We can help prevent this by placing a bone graft immediately after the removal of a tooth within the tooth's "socket." The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to form and grow upon. The graft will eventually resorb leaving the newly formed bone in its place.
We can also fine-tune and slow the graft's resorption rate. This may be preferable for a younger patient with years to go before their permanent restoration. In the meantime, you can still proceed with other dental treatments including orthodontics.
By carefully monitoring a young patient's bone health and other aspects of their dental care, we can keep on course for an eventual permanent restoration. With the advances in implantology, the final smile result will be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on dental care for trauma injuries, 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 Implants for Teenagers: Factors Influencing Treatment Planning in Adolescents.”
While tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease destroy more teeth than any other causes, both of these diseases are largely preventable with proper oral hygiene and dental treatment. It’s more than possible, then, to enjoy a lifetime of healthy, disease-free teeth.
But even with healthy teeth, the effects of aging will cause tooth wear over time. And although we can’t prevent the aging process from occurring altogether, there are steps we can take not to accelerate the process.
Most tissues, including bone and teeth, have a growth cycle in which older cells are broken down (known as catabolism), removed and replaced by newer cells (anabolism). As we develop during childhood, the growth phase exceeds breakdown; when we reach adulthood, the two phases come into equilibrium. But as we age, breakdown will gradually overtake growth. This aging effect results in, among other outcomes, tooth wear.
“Normal” wear appears to be greatest — and most visible — along the biting surfaces of the teeth. The forces generated when we bite or chew causes enamel to erode over time. Unfortunately, you can accelerate this process through bad oral habits: clenching or grinding teeth, often times at night while you sleep, as well as habitually chewing on hard objects like nails or pencils.
Normal forces generated when we bite or chew are actually beneficial for dental health — they help stimulate bone growth. But when they exceed their normal range as when we clench or grind our teeth, they can increase tooth wear and cause other problems such as diminished function or changes in appearance, such as a shortened facial height.
To slow the rate of wear, it’s important to modify any behaviors that may be contributing to it. In many cases an occlusal night guard worn while you sleep helps prevent teeth clenching. You may also need assistance with stress management, a major trigger for these kinds of habits, through biofeedback therapy or counseling.
If you’ve already encountered excessive wear, bonding techniques using colored composite resin, veneers or crowns that attach directly to the teeth can restore lost function and rejuvenate the appearance and color of your teeth. We can perform a “smile analysis” to determine if one of these techniques is right for you to help you regain a more youthful and attractive smile.
If you would like more information on aging and tooth wear, 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 “How and Why Teeth Wear.”