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Cosmetic Dental Questions

How can I get the yellow out of my teeth?

The first step is to get a cleaning using a “prophy jet” with a baking soda spray and tooth polishing as the last step. This will help your dentist evaluate the type and amount of real discoloration present in your teeth. Then, a two-step in-office bleaching technique using heat/lamp or the new laser approach is combined with the usual “matrix home bleach” for the safest, quickest way to whiter teeth. Subsequent follow-up is recommended to maintain your new tooth color.

How long does bleaching last?

Each person is different. It depends on many factors including your diet, the original color of your teeth, and each person’s ability just to absorb the bleaching products.

I smoked for years — can my teeth be whiter?

Yes. External bleaching may or may not help. If not, the teeth can be covered with a light composite resin bonding or beautiful “stick on” porcelain laminates. However, continued heavy smoking will unfortunately shorten the longevity of any treatment result.

My old fillings in the front have turned dark. Can they be bleached?

Bonding and composite resin fillings do not bleach. Usually, polishing may help but if not, you can have the surface of the fittings redone. Otherwise, it’s time to replace with newer bonding or porcelain laminates for longer lasting results. Remember, only replace these fillings after bleaching in order to match the new improved color of your own natural tooth.

What is Bonding?

Advances in dental materials have given us a new approach to broken, strained, or discolored front teeth. In a relatively simple procedure, a composite resin or porcelain material is added directly to the roughened enamel surface of the tooth. Often no anesthetic is required. Bonding can be used to close gaps or spaces between teeth or to make crowded teeth appear straight. Cosmetic dentistry can have an impact on a person’s smile that is like magic.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are biocompatible substitutes for lost natural teeth. They are devices for attaching artificial replacement teeth firmly to the bone. Implants can be used to support a single crown, or as anchors for fixed bridges, fixed or removable partials. or complete dentures.

Am I a good candidate for Dental Implants?

Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo normal dental treatment and maintain good oral hygiene can have dental implants. Since general health conditions or structures of the mouth may prevent the use of an implant individual evaluation is necessary.

Am I too old for implants?

Age is not the determining factor for having dental implants placed. We have placed implants on patients in the mid-eighties. If you are in relatively good general health then you are a candidate for dental implants. Many patients in their 70’s and 80’s suffer needlessly from loose dentures. When they finally have their implants placed to support their dentures, they are very happy that they had it done.

How long do Implants last?

Statistics indicate that they may last in excess of 30 years. Once successfully integrated with the surrounding bone, implants have long-term potential as natural teeth, if properly taken care of.

How will I benefit from Dental Implants?

The benefits of implant treatment include appearance, the enhanced ability to chew and enjoy your food, and often protection of your remaining teeth and jawbone. Dental implants offer many benefits never before available for the treatment of missing teeth. In short, dental implants will look, feel and function like your real teeth.