What should I look for in a dentist?
- Experience & Credibility
- Quick Response
- Positive Reputation
- Affordable Rates
- Treatment Options
How much are dental implants?
The procedure and price can vary from patient to patient with some needing additional work such as an extraction. Some patients need a single tooth replaced while others need implants for multiple teeth. If you have dental insurance, it is important to understand what is covered in order to calculate your out-of-pocket cost. When doing your research, be sure you are getting prices for the implant, abutment, and crown.
Are Dental Implants permanent?
Dental implants are the most permanent form of teeth replacement available. Other solutions such as dentures or partial dentures need to be replaced fairly often, about every 5 years. Dental implants are a more long-term solution that with proper maintenance can last more than 25 years.
How do dental implants work?
Dental implants are surgically placed into the bone of the jaw with screw-like posts to serve as an artificial tooth root. An abutment, which is a permanent connector, is placed on top. It can support one or more teeth. A lifelike porcelain crown is placed on top, allowing it to look and feel like a natural tooth.
Dental implants or veneers?
Dental implants are tooth replacements that are embedded into the jaw for cosmetic or restorative purposes. Veneers are coatings made of porcelain or resin that cover the front of your teeth. If you are missing teeth, implants will most likely be the best solution. If your reasons for wanting implants or veneers are purely cosmetic, veneers may be the best option.
Should I get dental implants?
If you are considering dental implants, take our dental implant questionnaire to see if they would be the best option for you.
What is the average cost of veneers?
The cost of veneers will vary depending on a client’s individual needs. Veneers are an investment that helps patients achieve a healthier smile and a happier life. If you are considering the cost of veneers, it is important to consider what a beautiful smile can do for your confidence.
Several factors affect the final price of veneers:
- Veneers are meant to last years so it is important to get ones that are made with high quality materials.
- An experienced cosmetic dentist will work with you and your unique needs.
- Veneers are customized to fit your teeth.
What are veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or resin made to look like real teeth. They cover the front of your teeth to improve your mouth’s overall appearance.
Should I get veneers?
One of the first things others notice about you is your smile. Anyone who is unhappy with the overall appearance of their teeth is a good candidate for veneers. If you are dealing with chipped, stained, or misshapen teeth, they can help you gain more confidence in your appearance and smile.
What are the advantages of professional teeth whitening?
If you are debating whether to do at-home teeth whitening or have professional teeth whitening, there are several advantages to having the work done by a professional dentist. Tooth whitening gel can dehydrate your teeth and cause dental issues such as teeth sensitivity. A dentist can also determine whether your teeth are ready for the treatment. All in all, professional teeth whitening is more effective, faster, and safer.
Is professional teeth whitening for everyone?
The most common cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth whitening and most people are good candidates. However, in some instances where patients have a complicated dental situation such as cracked teeth or gum disease, the procedure may not be recommended.
Is teeth whitening safe?
There have been many studies about professional teeth whitening that prove it is a safe procedure. However, we always recommend teeth whitening be done by a professional dentist to get sage results.
Will teeth whitening cause teeth sensitivity?
Many patients reference tooth sensitivity after having their teeth whitening. However, that goes away in about a day or two after the treatment. Some over-the-counter at-home whitening kits can cause permanent sensitivity, so it is important to always consult your dentist before using any of these products.
How long does teeth whitening last?
Depending on the treatment and the patient’s lifestyle choices after the procedure, teeth whitening can last from 6 months to years. Avoiding staining agents like coffee or smoking will help maintain your white smile. Fortunately, you can also schedule touch-up treatments to quickly get back your results.
Do I need a mouth guard for teeth grinding?
Does stress have you grinding your teeth at night? Do you wake up with a constant headache or sore jaw? You might need a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding.
Why is grinding your teeth harmful?
In some cases, teeth grinding can result in loosening or loss of teeth. The grinding may wear teeth down to stumps. When this happens, you might need root canals, implants, or even dentures.
How do I stop grinding my teeth?
The best solution to stop this habit is by wearing a mouthguard for teeth grinding. There are multiple kinds of mouthguards, but using the wrong type might lead to further damage. Stock mouthguards don’t stay in place, which can cause trouble sleeping. While boil-and-bite mouthguards might fit better, they become frail and flimsy with daily use. The best mouthguard is one that is made with your unique measurements. If you think you have been struggling with grinding your teeth, your dentist will be able to assess the damage and fit you for a mouthguard that could prevent further damage.
What are removable partial dentures?
Unlike dental implants, removable partial dentures do not require the grinding down of the adjacent teeth. However, they are not anywhere near as comfortable or stable. Removable partial dentures are known to affect eating and the ability to speak properly.
Removable partial dentures tend to be cheaper than dental implants, however, removable partial dentures do not look as natural as dental implants. What’s more, the bone under removable partial dentures has a tendency to deteriorate over time. This bone loss is often severe enough to change the appearance and shape of your face and smile.