Dental implants are shaped similar to the root of a tooth and are made of titanium alloy that the jaw bone is very compatible with
and actually integrates to it. Various types of components screw
onto the implant to support dentures, crowns, and bridges. After
remarkable advances in dentistry in recent years, dental implants
have become a treatment of choice for people missing one, a few,
or all of their teeth, and for those with failing teeth or severe
Advantages of Dental Implants:
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, a few teeth, or all the teeth on one or both arches of the mouth.
Implant supported teeth are the closest possible to natural teeth, they look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.
Dental implants allow you to eat all the foods you like, just as with natural teeth.
Unlike bridges or dentures, dental implants are placed into and fused with the bone in your jaws.
This not only provides stability but prevents bone loss and atrophy that normally results from missing teeth.
Dental implants provide long-term solutions to your dental problems, often lasting a lifetime.
Porcelain veneers are very thin, durable, custom-made pieces of ceramic that bond directly to front and top surface of teeth. Each piece of veneer is individually sculpted to match a specific tooth of a specific patient to a point that it is virtually impossible to distinguish between a veneer and a natural tooth.
Porcelain veneers have become increasingly popular due to their versatility and simplicity and are an ideal choice for improving and/or restoring your smile in cases where the original tooth has developed poor coloring, shape and/or contour. With veneers as an alternative, there is no reason for you to live with stained, poorly shaped, cracked teeth or have gaps between your teeth.
When to Use Porcelain Veneers
To create a uniform, white, beautiful smile and cosmetically improve teeth appearance in the following situations:
Considerations When Using Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers tend to be brittle due to their very thin construction and therefore patients are advised to avoid same excessive stresses as they would exert on non-veneered teeth. Patient must also avoid biting fingernails, candy, ice, and/or opening bottles with veneered teeth. Additionally, porcelain veneers should not be used as an instant orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth, especially for younger patients with healthy teeth.
Examination and Consulation
Dr. Moini will carefully examine your teeth to determine whether porcelain veneers are the appropriate treatment option for your teeth. He will present the advantages and disadvantages of porcelain veneers, as well as other alternative options. As part of this process, he will conduct a smile analysis to determine the steps necessary to construct an ideal smile for you and will create a diagnostic porcelain-veneer mockup of on your teeth to visualize and illustrate the final result, ensuring your total satisfaction with the final product.
Tooth Color Fillings
Traditionally, silver amalgam â€”a mixture of silver-tin-copper and mercuryâ€”has been used to fill teeth. Today, composite fillings, also known as â€œtooth color fillings,â€ are the preferred filling material. Tooth-color fillings are metal-free, natural-looking filling material made from durable plastic mixed with glass, offering an alternative to porcelain veneer. Tooth-color filling can be used as a restorative solution to treat chipped, cracked, discolored, misaligned or decayed teeth.
Advantages of tooth color fillings
Aesthetic is the main advantage of tooth-color fillings, as they can be blended to different shades thus matching the actual tooth color. Tooth-color fillings bond to teeth to support the remaining teeth structure and help to prevent breakage while insulating teeth from excessive thermal changes.
Disadvantages of tooth color fillings
On the downside, composite fillings are not as strong as the traditional silver amalgam fillings and can break and wear out relatively easily particularly in surfaces subject to heavy-biting force. Another disadvantage of tooth-color fillings is that they can be stained by food and beverages such as tea, coffee, and/or wine. As with many restorative dental treatments, tooth-color fillings are not permanent and may have to be eventually replaced.
Porcelain crowns are natural-looking covers that fit over the teeth and conceal severely cracked, discolored, injured, or chipped tooth. Porcelain crowns are a viable option when damage to oneâ€™s teeth is extensive and teeth are ostensibly beyond repair. Porcelain crowns are an excellent option for recreating the form and function of a damaged tooth. They are also an option for people who are heavy clenchers and teeth grinders.
Typical situations application of porcelain crown include extreme tooth decay, broken tooth, large filling or, when there is not much of a tooth structure remaining. In these situations, use of porcelain crown can be a highly effective means for repairing severe dental problems and restoring oneâ€™s smile. A key benefit of using porcelain crowns is that there will be no more â€œgray holesâ€ near the gum. Another benefit of porcelain crown is that it is biocompatible thus reducing the risk of allergic reactions.
WHEN TO USE PORCELAIN CROWN
EXAMINATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS
After careful clinical examination of your teeth, Dr. Moini will present the pros and cons, prognosis and longevity, and cost and benefits of porcelain crowned tooth. He will then select the right crown after considering different materials, selecting the one that will provide the most comfortable chewing and appearance for you.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Porcelain Crowns:
Porcelain crowns are very popular for due to their longevity and ability to match shading of adjacent natural teeth. After bonding porcelain crowns on teeth, chewing hard food, ice, candy, or other hard objects should be avoided to prevent crown damage. It is also important to avoid biting finger nails and grinding teeth, which could significantly reduce porcelain crownâ€™s lifespan. Habitual clenching and grinding could damage the porcelain crown. Therefore, it is recommended to wear an intraoral splint at night to protect the crown when sleeping. Brush twice a day and floss, or use an interdental cleaner once a day to remove plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria.
Teeth discoloration occurs due to natural ageing process or consumption of teeth-staining substances such as coffee, tea, cola, tobacco, or wine. Consumption of certain antibiotics, tetracycline, or excessive fluoride during teeth formative years can also cause teeth. Teeth whitening is a simple, safe, inexpensive and non-invasive treatment aimed at lightening upper or upper and lower teeth, depending on how much shows when you talk or smile. Using the latest teeth-whitening technology, we can provide you with a beautiful smile in the office or at home.
Teeth whitening is a simple, safe, inexpensive and non-invasive treatment aimed at lightening upper or upper and lower teeth, depending on how much shows when you talk or smile. Using the latest teeth-whitening technology, we can provide you with a beautiful smile in the office or at home.
- Extrinsic Stains These are externally formed stains that reside on the surface of teeth due to consumption of dark color beverages, food and tobacco, and wear and tear. Superficial extrinsic stains can be removed with regular prophylactic dental cleaning and brushing. Stubborn extrinsic stains can be removed by teeth whitening material. Persistent extrinsic stains however can penetrate into the dentin and become permanently engrained if not treated in early stages.
- Intrinsic Stains These are formed in the interior of teeth, often result from trauma, ageing, exposure to minerals such as tetracycline during teeth formative period, or excessive ingestion of fluoride. In the past, it was thought that intrinsic stains were too resistant to be corrected by whitening material. Today, cosmetic dentistry experts believe that even deep-set intrinsic stains can be removed with supervised take-home whitening, which is preserved for months or even a year.
Tooth Whitening Alternatives
- In-office WhiteningThe main benefit of in-office whitening is achieving dramatic improvement in teeth color very quickly. This is accomplished through careful, controlled use of a relatively high concentration of peroxide gel applied to the front surface of teeth by a dentist or a trained dental assistant.
- At-Home WhiteningAt-home whitening option involves using a professionally-dispensed, take-home whitening kits to produce the best results over a longer time period. Take-home kits incorporate lower concentration of peroxide gel which is applied to teeth using custom-made bleaching trays. The try must remain on teeth for an hour or longer. Lower concentration allows for the peroxide gel to remain on teeth for a longer period of time, safely.
- Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening MaterialOver-the-counter whitening material involves using consumer-grade whitening kits. This option is the least expensive and most convenient whitening option but has many limitations. For example, it comes in the form of one-size-fits-all trays, whitening strips, or paint-on applicators and uses the lowest concentration of whitening gel and, in many cases, it may only whiten a few front teeth, as opposed to custom-made trays that can whiten the entire smile.