People choose esthetic dental procedures/surgery for various reasons - to
repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an
injury, or just improve their overall appearance. Whatever the reason,
the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made
of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are
typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a
restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has
become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed,
crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent
tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Little or no anesthesia is needed. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Invisalign is a breakthrough technology used in orthodontics to
straighten teeth. These appliances are the modern alternative to
conventional metal braces. Aligners are clear and custom-molded,
replacing the uncomfortable wires and brackets of the past. Invisalign
makes orthodontic care practically invisible to others. The best thing
about it is the aligners are removable, allowing you to eat and brush
your teeth with ease.
More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Mini dental implants are providing dentists and patients with exciting
and flexible treatment options. These narrow implants have had FDA
approval for almost 10 years. They are easier to place than wider
implants, usually resulting in minimal or no pain after placement. They
also generally require no waiting periods (bone integration) and can be
used by patients the same day that they are placed.
Using methods developed from traditional orthodontics, Dr. Morrison can
move and straighten your teeth in less than half the time previously
thought. The method is known as 6 Month Smiles. With a combination of
ceramic brackets, and tooth colored wires and bands, the teeth can be
moved quickly and comfortably.
Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is
the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and
other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting
the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp,
leading to similar problems.
Some cases of acute periodontal (gum) disease that do not respond to
more conventional treatment and self-care such as flossing may require a
special kind of cleaning called scaling and root planing.
Sealants are liquid coatings that harden on to the chewing surfaces of
teeth and are showing a great deal of effectiveness in preventing
cavities - even on teeth where decay has begun.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before,
thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient
who has a tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but
quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such
common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and
costly dental restoration.
Your initial oral examination includes a
visual examination, charting, periodontal disease screening, and an
initial diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
ClearCorrect invisible, removable, and
comfortable aligners will give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve
always wanted. And best of all, no one can tell you’re wearing them.
ClearCorrect is great for adults and teenagers.
Simple toothaches can often be relieved
by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a
toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged
between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between
your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can
actually harm your gum tissue.
Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
It is possible to give an injection of local anesthesia which a patient will hardly feel.
The truth of the matter is that I have taken courses on mini dental (narrow body) implants from oral surgeons, so there are oral surgeons who do place them. It is also true, however, that most do not, and there seem to be none that I know of in the upstate New York area.
Periodontal, orthodontic, root canal, oral surgery, and diagnostic care have all had a transformative quality elevation with the acquisition of the Gendex cone beam computerized technology system.
Why do dentists recommend that patients come in two times every year to get their teeth cleaned and checked?