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How Can I Fix a Chipped Tooth?

Chipped or injured teeth are typically considered a dental emergency. We offer many cosmetic services, and have years of experience in cosmetic dentistry. If you have a chipped tooth, you may wonder how quick you can get the tooth fixed. Luckily, there are a few different treatment options to retore your tooth back to normal.

We encourage anyone who has chipped their tooth to contact our office right away. We offer a flexible schedule, and can get you in as soon as possible. In the meantime, we recommend patients can take over the counter pain medication to alleviate any pain. Eat soft foods, and avoid biting down on the damaged tooth.

How Can We Repair a Chipped Tooth?

Depending on the severity of the damage will determine what treatment option is best. If the chip is small a single visit to our office may only be needed. If the tooth is badly damaged, additional treatment and multiple visits to our office may be required.

Bonding or Filling

We can apply a tooth-colored composite resin to help repair your tooth. Bonding is a simple procedure and requires no local anesthesia. To prepare the tooth we file down the area and apply an adhesive. The resin is then applied on top to restore your tooth. Bonding is the color of your natural teeth, and can be formed to match the shape of your surrounding teeth. An ultraviolet light is used to cure or harden the bonding material.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers can restore teeth that are chipped or broken. Veneers are a thin shell of composite material or porcelain that is placed over your tooth. They are customized to match the color and shape of your teeth, and look natural. The veneers are placed on your teeth using a cement material.

Dental Crown

If your tooth is severely damaged a dental crown may be necessary. We will prepare the tooth by filing away the area so the crown fits snug over your tooth. Crowns protect weak teeth from breaking down further, and look natural in the mouth. Crowns can be customized to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. Typically, crowns are placed after a root canal. If your tooth is damaged down to the pulp area, and there is an infection, a root canal may be necessary to save your tooth.

Looking for a Cosmetic Dentist?

If you are interested in finding a cosmetic dentist that provides quality and affordable dental care you can trust, contact us today. Chips in your teeth can be serious, and we encourage you to be seen right away if you have an injury to your tooth.

To schedule your consultation please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

What Should I Know About Teeth Whitening?

Professional whitening is effective at removing years of stains and discoloration from the teeth. Whether you’re looking to boost your confidence or are going to be attending a wedding, reunion or another big event, a bright and white smile is sure to improve your appearance. Expert whitening is performed in our office or provided to you using a professional-grade take-home kit. Whitening results can last for months to one or more years, and maintaining your results is key to ensuring that you’ll always have a gorgeous smile.

Why Should I Whiten My Teeth?

There are many factors that come into play when it comes to the whiteness and brightness of your smile. If you’re a smoker, drink a lot of coffee, tea or cola or you’re taking certain medications, you’ll notice that your teeth aren’t as white as they used to be. Likewise, just the act of aging can have a serious impact on the way that your smile looks. By professionally whitening your teeth, you can expect dramatic results that help to increase your self-esteem and confidence.

How Often Should Teeth Whitening Be Done?

It is best to avoid whitening your teeth too often. Over-whitening your teeth can lead to issues with hypersensitivity or even cause the teeth to look translucent. It is often recommended that you only whiten your teeth, whether at home or professionally, once a year. This prevents issues involving sensitivity and helps in creating a natural-looking smile. The benefit of utilizing professional whitening is that results typically last for about one year. This simply means that you won’t feel the need to touch-up or go with another whitening system because of how drastic the change is when using a professional whitening option.

How Can I Maintain My Results?

The best way to prevent the need for touch-ups is to avoid future staining and discoloration of the teeth. If you’re a smoker, now is the best time to quit and a great way to extend the length of your results. Try to avoid drinking too many dark liquids, like coffee and cola, and opt for water instead. You may want to consider using a whitening toothpaste so help clear away stains and discoloration before they are able to get worse. Be sure to speak with the experts about whitening and always discuss when the last time you whitened your teeth actually was before retreatment.

To schedule your consultation please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Fissure Sealing In Children

Fissure Sealing In Children

It’s a preventive procedure, which is aimed primarily at preserving teeth in children Fissure sealing is a preventive procedure, which is aimed primarily at preserving the teeth in children. The term “fissure” refers to small depressions in the upper part of primary teeth. These areas are most susceptible to caries in patients in childhood. Accordingly, the treatment of fissures in children helps to preserve in the future the teeth that are formed on the basis of milk.

Reasons for the appointment of fissure sealing

We recommend sealing fissures as soon as possible. After all, children’s teeth are much more susceptible to caries than teeth in adults. Pathogens enter the tooth through fissures. If they are temporarily sealed, the path to the bacteria will be closed, and the teeth will not decay. Under such a “filling,” the tooth quietly develops, saturated with calcium and fluorine. The doctor, examining the baby’s mouth, notes how loose the tooth structure is. If the enamel looks dangerously thin, then tightening with sealing is not recommended.

Types of fissures

Currently, a classification of fissures according to their structure has been developed. Researchers note in children the following types of fissures in the form of:

  • Cone
  • Gutters
  • Polyp
  • Drops

Gutter fissures are the least problematic type. The mineralization in them is usually good. Such a fissure looks open, so the food remains in it almost do not linger. Cone-shaped fissures present a risk for tooth decay. Mineralization in this case is slower, and food residues remain inside the fissure. Drop-shaped fissures are a fairly complex type. Mineralization in this case is usually carried out by the pulp. Such fissures need to be sealed, as they contribute to the retention of food debris and tooth decay. Poly-shaped fissures are of the same type, but have an even greater complexity of the structure.

Types of fissures

Fissures usually do not appear on the incisors, but on the chewing teeth, which are difficult to rinse and clean. Therefore, sealing fissures is an ideal method of caring for children’s teeth.

Types of fissure sealing

Sealing involves the use of fluid materials called sealants. Such substances easily penetrate deep into the fissure, but do not have adhesion properties. For this reason, the tooth must be prepared before sealing.

The sealing itself occurs in two types, namely:

  • Non-invasive
  • Invasive

Non-invasive sealing is used in cases where therapeutic agents can be dispensed with. This happens when the teeth do not have a complex structure and the doctor can examine the fissure for possible caries without resorting to dental tools. In a similar situation, the chemical preparation of the tooth is used. Invasive sealing is activated if the fissures are deep enough and it is impossible to seal them in the usual way, since it is impossible to conduct a visual inspection. Then the specialist is forced to resort to the help of dental equipment, expanding the fissure.