General Dental Care
Dental care the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of conditions, disorders and diseases affecting the, teeth, gums, tongue, lips and jaws. The professional practitioners of dentistry are commonly referred to as dentists. General dentists provide services related to the general maintenance of oral hygiene and oral health.
Prevention plays an important role in dentistry and this is why it is important to have regular dental check ups – at least once every six months. Regular checkups and oral health maintenance prevent the development of serious dental problems that can require costly treatment. If you remain vigilant and visit your dentist regularly, you can enjoy exceptional dental health.
General Dentistry: Common Procedures
During a dental examination the dentist will use specific instruments, tooth related tests, radiographs and clinical expertise to diagnose potential or existent disease states and pathologies. The general dentist’s primary focus is on the oral cavity, head and neck. An individualized treatment plan is developed to prevent or treat oral diseases. If the cocern is an aesthetic one your dentist will work with you to identify and achieve your aesthetic goals.
1- Dental Fillings:
Tooth decay, tooth wear and trauma are major causes of damage to a tooth. Dental fillings are used to repair damage to the structure of a tooth or teeth. After the removal of a problematic tooth structure, the tooth is restored with one of several filling materials: Amalgam and composite resin (white filling material) are the commonly used filling materials. Your dentist will advise you on which material to use and its advantages.
Chipped or cracked teeth are typically repaired through bonding. An enamel-like composite material is applied to the surface of a tooth, sculpted into shape, contoured and polished, making the crack or chip invisible.
Orthodontic treatment can be used to straighten crooked teeth and malocclusions which involved the teeth and jaws. Orthodontics is both a functional and cosmetic treatment, and has become an increasingly popular field of dentistry.
4- Root Canal Therapy:
Root canal therapy removes infected pulp tissue within the root chamber of the tooth. The root of the tooth is filled with an antibacterial filling, and a crown is placed over the tooth to protect it.
5- Dental Crowns:
Dental crowns provide an aesthetic and protective solution to teeth that have undergone root canal therapy and that are extensively restored due to decay or trauma. Dental crowns can be made of metal or metal fused to porcelain. Today zirconium crowns are being used for their strength and excellent aesthetics.
Dental implants are an excellent long term solution to missing teeth. Implants are an excellent example of dental technology. Implants are technique sensitive and must be carried out by a specialist in the field.
7- Periodontal Treatment:
Treatment of gum disease includes include tooth scaling and polishing followed by oral hygiene instruction. Advanced gum/periodontal disease requires deep scaling and root planning which may need to be carried out under local anesthesia
What is a Smile Makeover
A Smile Makeover, comprises cosmetic and restorative procedures that will enhance your smile and meet your esthetic goals. Procedures may include teeth whitening, bonding, veneers, dental crowns, dental implants, orthodontics, oral maxillofacial surgery and periodontal surgery to re-contour the gums.
Oral Health Evaluation
Prior to the treatment plan your oral health must be evaluated. If your evaluation reveals that you have oral conditions such as a misaligned bite (malocclusion) or gum disease, it is important for you to undergo orthodontic and periodontal treatment before your Smile Makeover.
Smile Makeover- The Process
When planning a Smile Makeover all aspects of the patient’s facial appearance are considered. These include the skin tone, hair color, teeth, gums, and lips to develop a customized smile. The resulting improvements are as follows:
- Tooth Color
Silver or amalgam dental fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth-colored composite restorations and laser teeth whitening can improve the color of stained teeth. Tooth color and shading are important considerations during the evaluation of and preparation for various procedures, including porcelain veneers and dental implants.
- Straight Teeth
Crooked, overlapping, or gaps between teeth can be straightened when necessary through orthodontics and improved with porcelain veneers.
- All your teeth
Missing teeth can be replaced by dental implants or partial dentures
Maintaining Your Smile Makeoveraining Your Smile Makeover
Cosmetic procedures carried out for the smile makeover need to be maintained. Teeth whitening may be done after two years (depending on the patients lifestyle and habits)to maintain the color of the teeth. Porcelain veneers may chip or break off and may need to be replaced. Permanent bonding may stain and require replacement. Dental crowns may need to be replaced after10 – 15 years.
Preview of your Smile Makeover
Before and after photos of other patients who have had Smile Makeovers offer samples of the results you may expect to see. The photos may also give you an idea of the quality of work performed by your cosmetic dentist.
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and fill it with plaster to form an exact model of your teeth. The plaster can then be reshaped by trimming away excess areas or enlarging areas that require more volume. Dentists use study models to show you every aspect of the changes you can expect to see with your makeover. Dental lab technicians also use study models as guides for fabricating makeover materials like crowns or veneers.