When teeth are lost, it isn’t long before vital minerals and nutrients start getting diverted to other parts of the body. Your body stops getting signals about the need to strengthen that area of the jawbone and bone resorption begins. Over time, the jaw begins to change its shape and often shortens the appearance of the profile under the nose. Dental implants restore the important signaling by using a titanium rod in place of a tooth root, attached to a false tooth. Not only are dental implants cosmetically appealing, they restore strength to the jaw and assist with effective chewing.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular requests from our clients because it is fast, efficient and the financial investment is reasonable. Patients choose professional whitening through their dentist when they want the biggest bang for their buck and the most comfortable experience. Drug store whiteners work more slowly because they are a weaker concentration and they often come with the side effect of sore teeth afterward. With a dentist’s clinical products and rehydrating gels patients get real results with more comfort.
Teeth that are discolouring from the inside out are not effectively treated with traditional whitening techniques. In order to whiten the tooth, it must be treated at the source. Your dentist does this by drilling a small hole into the tooth in order to access the core. There, a bleaching agent is injected into the core of the tooth with a small syringe and the solution is left inside the tooth for a few days before the tooth can be cleaned and rinsed before being sealed. Typically, this treatment is utilized when the teeth in question have already had a root canal performed.
Inlays and Onlays
If you have had a large filling placed into one of your teeth and your dentist thinks that there is a risk of breakage due to a lack of tooth structure, he or she may recommend an inlay or onlay. Inlays are made to fit the deep crevices of the tooth, while onlays restore one or more peaks as well. These are made in a lab to fit perfectly onto the existing tooth and filling. This improves the appearance of the tooth and prevents future breakage.
Bonding is ideal for making small changes to the shape, colour and texture of teeth. It is mouldable, buildable and can be painted over the prepared tooth in a manner that makes it blend in with the teeth on either side.
For more complex changes to the teeth, veneers may be more appropriate. Veneers can be likened to press-on nails, since they are thin coverings that are bonded to the natural tooth. Prior to installing your veneer, your dentist will provide you with a temporary one to assess the shape, colour and appearance. Once you are satisfied with your veneer, your dentist will etch away approximately 1mm of your tooth’s surface before installing the ‘permanent’ veneer. Although a veneer has a long lifecycle, it is not truly permanent. You can expect your veneer to last an average of ten years. Veneers can be installed on one or many teeth but are mounted to the side of the teeth that presents outward when you smile.
If you’ve lost a tooth, your dentist may suggest a bridge rather than an implant if the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy. Bridges are a form of dental prosthetic in which a false tooth is made to attach to one or both neighbouring teeth. Bridges improve the appearance of the dental arch and blend in well with the natural teeth.
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Following a root canal, your dentist may suggest a crown to re-establish the strength of the tooth if a significant amount of tooth material is lost during the procedure. In this case, your natural tooth would be filed down and shaped to match the shape of the inside of the false tooth. The false tooth will cover the entirety of the exposed tooth and is held in place with dental cement. Crowns are strong and durable and are made to blend seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Chronic headaches, neck stiffness and jaw and temple pain could be a sign of bruxism – the habit of gnashing the teeth together in your sleep. Botox® is a powerful toxin that can be used in small amounts to disable the muscles of one area of the body. When it is injected into the muscles of the jaw, the result can be relief from this chronic and painful tension. It is a safe and effective way to reduce symptoms of nighttime grinding so that you can get back to life without headaches.
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