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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure.

Tooth Colored Fillings (White Fillings)

Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. This quality is particularly useful in closing gaps between teeth; repairing chipped teeth and making teeth appear to be more straight or even.

What Are The Advantages Of Tooth Colored Fillings (White Fillings)?

  1. They closely match natural tooth color and appearance.
  2. They bond to tooth structure chemically and thus do not require the placement of slots, grooves or pins in healthy tooth structure to mechanically retain them.
  3. The bonding of white fillings to the tooth restore 85% – 95% of the original strength of the tooth.
  4. They completely harden in seconds instead of days required by some other materials.
  5. Tooth sensitivity, if any, due to composite resin use is minimal and brief.
    They may be used on front and back teeth without compromising esthetics.
    If damaged they can be repaired.

Smile Mke Over What Impact Does Your Smile Have On Your Life?

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you want to change your smile to more appealing look?.

What Is A Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover involves one or more cosmetic, dental or facial rejuvenation procedures to improve aesthetics of your smile. A smile makeover to one person could mean something completely different to another, and it is a very individual choice.

How Can A Smile Makeover Improve My Smile ?

Whatever the reasons for your dissatisfaction with your smile, there are many different ways in which you can improve your smile using modern cosmetic dentistry

  • Crooked teeth can be straightened with invislign bracesor conventional orthodontics. They can also be covered with porcelien veeners for a faster solution, often referred to as “instant orthodontics”. In this situation, the main disadvantage is that your teeth need to be prepared for veneers.
  • Chipped, broken teeth can be repaired – the treatment will depend on the extent of damage, but the options include cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.
  • Missing teeth can be replaced – gaps between your teeth can cause functional problems as well as being unsightly. Often, a smile makeover involves the replacement of existing restorations or gaps between teeth. Solutions include dental implants, a dental bridge or a denture.
  • Gaaps between your teeth can be closed to give your smile a more even look. This can be achieved instantly with porcelain veneers such as lumeeners or veeners. Orthodontics can also be used to move the teeth and close the gaps between them. Invisalign invisible braces lingual braces and fixed orthodontics are just a few options for moving your teeth to close gaps.
  • If you have a gummy smile, this can easily be remedied by surgical or laser gum contouring.
  • If you are not satisfied with the colour of your teeth, or if you have badly stained teeth, they can be treated with prophyflex cleaning or professional teeth whitening.
  • If you have deep smile lines, frown lines or lips that have lost their fullness, these can all be improved using a combination of botox and dermal filler treatments.The end result of a smile makeover for many people is a smile to be proud of, one that is straight, white and perfectly aligned.

Veneers

Dental veneers also called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-coloured materials which are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve the appearance. These shells are bond to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

They can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers are better stain resistant than resin veneers as well as better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require less removale of the tooth surface before placement.

What Types Of Problems Do Dental Veneers Fix?

  • Discolored teeth — either because of stains from tetracycline or other drugs, as a result of root canal treatment, excessive fluoride or other causes; or the presence of large resin fillings that may discoloured the tooth
  • Teeth which are worn down
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth (for example, having craters or bulges in them)
  • Gaps between teeth (to close the space between these teeth)

What Are The Advantages Of Dental Veneers?

  • Providing a natural tooth appearance.
  • Porcelain are well tolerated by gum tissues.
  • Porcelain veneers resist stains .
  • We can select the color of a porcelain veneer such that it makes darker teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to change a tooth’s colour and shape; veneers generally do not require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, still offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Dental Veneers?

The disadadvantages dental veneers include:

  • Irreversible procedure.
  • Veneers are more costly compared to composite resin bonding.
  • Veneers are usually does not repairable when they chip or crack
  • Because some amount of enamel has been removed, your tooth may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • Veneers may not exactly match the colour of your other teeth. Also, we cannot altered the veneer’s colour once it placed. So If you have plan for whitening your teeth, you need to do so before getting veneers.
  • Unlikely, veneers can dislodged and fall off. To minimize its chances, do not bite your nails; or chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects; or otherwise will put excessive pressure on your teeth.
  • Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, therefore make necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.
  • For individuals with unhealthy teeth, veeners are notr a good choice (for example, those with decay or active gum disease), weak teeth (as a result of decay, fracture, large dental fillings), or for those who having inadequate amount of existing enamel on the tooth surface.
  • Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are not good candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities may cause the veneers to crack or chip.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

There are many reasons why you might get your teeth whitened. Everyone is different; and just as our hair and skin colour vary, so does our teeth. Very few people have brilliant-white teeth, and as we get older our teeth can also become more discoloured.

food and drinks such as tea, coffee, red wine and blackcurrant and even smoking can also stained surface of your teeth.

Colour of your teeth can also be effected by calculus and tartar. Some people may have under the surface staining , which can be caused by certain antibiotics or tiny cracks in the teeth which usually take up stains.

Procedure For Teeth Whitening:

In-office bleaching. This procedure is also called chairside bleaching which usually requires only one office visit. To protect the oral soft tissues ,the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield. Then bleaching agent is applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used. Lasers are used during tooth whitening procedures to enhance the action of the whitening agent.
At-home bleaching. Peroxide-containing whiteners are used to bleach the tooth enamel. They typically come in a gel which are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. There are some potential side effects, such as increased sensitivity or gum irritation. if you have any concerns speak with your dentist.
Whitening toothpastes. All toothpastes help to remove surface stain through the action of mild abrasives. “Whitening” toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special polishing or chemical agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not change the colour of your teeth because they are prepared only to remove stains on the surface.

Broken Tooth

Considerations

A permanent tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be reimplanted. In most cases, only permanent, adult teeth are reimplanted into the mouth.

Baby teeth are usually left out.

Causes

Tooth accidents are commonly caused by:

  • Accidental falls
  • Sports-related trauma
  • Fighting
  • Car accidents
  • Biting on hard food

First Aid

You can take the tooth to the dentist by following one of these tips:

  • Try to place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out, so it is level with other teeth. Bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to help keep it in place. Be careful not to swallow the tooth.
  • If the above step cannot be done, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva.
    The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
  • A tooth-saving storage device (Save-a-Tooth, EMT Tooth Saver) may be available at your dentist’s office. Such a kit contains a travel case and fluid solution. Consider buying one for your home first aid kit.

Also follow these steps:

  1. Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums for pain.
  2. Apply direct pressure using gauze to control bleeding.
  3. Seek your dentist right away.

If your tooth is badly broken, your nerve endings may be exposed. You will need immediate dental help to avoid infection and pain.

You may not need an emergency visit for a simple chip or broken tooth. You should still have it fixed to avoid sharp edges that can cut the lips or tongue.

DO NOT

  1. Do NOT handle the roots of the tooth. Handle only the chewing edge — the crown portion of the tooth.
  2. Do NOT scrape the root of the tooth to remove dirt.
  3. Do NOT brush or clean the tooth with alcohol or peroxide.