As much as you love your smile, do you have imperfections in colour, alignment or shape that you’d like to have corrected? Did you know that your dentist can help correct these esthetic imperfections, even if they don’t impact the function of your teeth and jaw? Dentistry that is focused primarily on the appearance of the teeth, rather than their function, is called cosmetic dentistry – and there are a range of services offered in this vein.
Dental Veneers at Uptown Fort McMurray Dental
At Fort McMurray Dental, we’re pleased to offer cosmetic dentistry options for you and your family. If you’re thinking about dental veneers in Fort McMurray, contact us and our staff would be happy to answer your questions.
What Are Veneers?
Veneers are very thin shells of either composite resin or porcelain that are attached to the front of your natural teeth. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, these will need to be treated before you get veneers.
At your initial appointment, we will take a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth to create space for the new veneers. Then we will take a mold to create your new custom veneers and, if necessary, place some temporary veneers to protect the treated surfaces. At your next appointment, we will adhere your new veneers and you’ll walk out with your beautiful new smile!
Composite resin veneers can be done in 1 visit. Your dentist will choose a resin colour to match your natural tooth colour and then gently apply thin layers of the composite resin, hardening each layer with a bright light. Once all the layers are applied, we will shape and polish the tooth so that it looks natural and feels smooth.
Crown and Bridges in Fort McMurray
A bridge and crown work together as a prosthetic device that is cemented directly onto existing teeth or dental implants by a qualified dentist or prosthodontist. These anchor points hold a false tooth between them, “bridging” the gap where a tooth has been lost. Crowns are mostly designed to cover a damaged tooth or act as a cover for a dental implant. They are often cemented onto implants to resemble the same look and feel of the spot where the top of a nature tooth once was.
Bridges and crowns can actually work to strengthen a damaged tooth as well as improve the appearance and shape of a tooth. Leaving a tooth or implant without this finishing can often lead to problems with alignment, bite, digestion and more. Small changes in teeth can cause the remaining teeth to easily shift over and crowns and bridges will help to prevent this from occurring in the future.
When a root canal is required due to a diseased or damaged tooth structure, a crown is often applied. Once the root canal is performed, all the pulp and nerve tissue will have been removed and filled with a substance called gutta percha. This prevents debris from entering the inner tooth, but an entry point will have been created to access the core. In most cases, dentists choose to install a crown over the tooth in order to close the entry point as well as to provide strength and structure to the compromised tooth. In most cases dental professionals recommend crowns for these purposes:
• Attaching a bridge
• Protecting weak teeth from cracking
• Full replacement of a large filling that is causing trouble
• For restoration on cracked teeth
• To cover up severely discolored or improperly formed teeth.
• To finish off a root canal procedure.
Crowns and bridges can be designed to last a lifetime, but they’d do sometimes require adjustment as well as practicing good oral hygiene. Be sure to maintain regular dental visits and work at preventing damage to your crown or bridge by avoiding chewing hard objects or hard food with these teeth.
Although crowns and bridges are not susceptible to decay from bacteria, it is still important to continue to employ a steady oral hygiene regimen. Bacteria can become trapped between the prosthetic and the gum, which can lead to gum irritation and disease without regular cleaning.
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If you are unsatisfied with the shade of your smile, ask your dentist about tooth whitening options. Whitening treatments tend to be fast, affordable and effective to lighten the shade of yellowing or otherwise discoloured teeth. If your tooth has discoloured to a gray shade, however, it may require internal bleaching to correct. Your dentist accomplishes this by drilling a small hole into the tooth, filling it with bleaching solution, and leaving it there for 1-2 days before flushing and sealing the tooth. Before investing in over-the-counter products, talk to your dentist about what is the best approach for your particular needs and circumstances.
If you have questions about these or other services offered by our general dentist, contact our clinic today.