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Dental Crowns

Advantages of Porcelain Crowns

Porcelain crowns have some uses in cosmetic dentistry. Dentists use them to encase a tooth or dental implant and bond them permanently with dental cement for a secure, strong fit. Dental crowns are a good option for treating broken or cracked teeth or those with large cavities that require root canals. Dentists also use dental crowns to correct minor cosmetic issues such as unevenly shaped teeth or discoloration. Past materials used to make crowns include silver, gold, platinum, and tin, but today porcelain is the top and most common choice due to its durability and resemblance to natural tooth appearance.

Porcelain crown advantages

Although metal crowns are still a viable option for treatments in dental offices, porcelain crowns have several advantages over metal alloy crowns. These advantages include:

  • Improved appearance – Porcelain crowns are tooth colored, smooth and blend in almost invisibly with natural teeth. Their more natural appearance is extremely helpful for patients who require dental work in the front of their mouth when any other type of crown would be easy to see.
  • Natural feeling – Along with being visually appealing, porcelain dental crowns also feel more natural than other options. The dentist can custom design porcelain crowns to fit the shape and appearance of a patient’s natural teeth. The durability and feel of porcelain crowns resemble that of natural teeth, which helps them blend perfectly with natural teeth in all aspects.
  • Durable and strong – Although many patients may not realize it, porcelain crowns are nearly as strong as natural tooth enamel, which is one of the hardest materials on the human body. Porcelain crowns withstand years of wear, and unlike porcelain veneers, crowns are sturdy enough to repair broken teeth or replace missing teeth as part of a dental implant or bridge.

Porcelain crowns have countless advantages over their metal alternatives in both feel, form, and function and are one of the best choices for repairing certain dental issues. Patients no longer need to feel embarrassed by their smile due to metal crowns, decay or missing teeth when a dental professional uses porcelain crowns as a dental treatment.

If you have minor cosmetic dental issues such as discoloration or misshapen teeth or more severe issues such as cracked or missing teeth, it’s time to consult a dentist about restoring your smile with porcelain crowns. The professionals at Dupont Dental are happy to work with you to find the best solution to your dental issues so you can share your smile confidentially again.

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Understanding Dental Bridges

When a patient is missing one or more teeth, a dentist can fill the gap with a dental bridge. A dental bridge consists of two or more crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap left by missing teeth. These teeth on either side, called abutment teeth, flank the false tooth or teeth placement between them called a pontic or pontics. Materials used to make pontics include porcelain, alloys, gold or a combination of those materials. The support for dental bridges comes from implants or natural teeth, depending on the patient’s oral situation.

Dental bridge benefits

Although dental implants are one of the most popular tooth replacement options today, they don’t work for everyone, and this is where dental bridges become a viable option. The benefits of dental bridges include:

  • Smile Restoration
  • Ability to chew and speak properly
  • Maintain face shape and structure
  • Help distribute bite force properly by filling in gaps from missing teeth
  • Keep remaining teeth in their proper position

Types of dental bridges

The type of dental bridge a patient receives depends on where they’re missing teeth in their mouth. Dentists use two main types of dental bridges including:

Traditional bridge – The dentist creates a crown for the tooth or implant on each side of missing tooth and places the fake tooth/pontic between them. This is the most common bridge used, and dentists use ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.

Cantilever bridge – When there are adjacent teeth only on a single side of a gap, the dentist can use a cantilever bridge. However, these bridges are less common today and don’t work well in the back of the mouth because of the force they place on other teeth.

Expectations with dental bridges

With proper care including good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, a dental bridge can last 5-15 years or longer. When the dentist replaces missing teeth with a dental bridge, it can make eating easier as patients don’t have to deal with gaps in their teeth and can properly chew their food. A dental bridge can improve speech in those who have endured missing teeth, especially when the bridge helps keep anterior teeth in their proper position.

Caring for a dental bridge

As previously mentioned, patients need to practice proper oral hygiene to keep the teeth and gums healthy and improve the success of the dental bridge. After receiving a dental bridge, the dentist or hygienist can show the patient how to brush and floss correctly around the device and how to detect any issues. When a patient is getting used to a new bridge, they may want to chew softer food and cut it up into manageable pieces until they’ve acclimated to the change. Maintaining regularly scheduled dental visits with professional cleanings and exams is the best way to care for a dental bridge and the entire mouth.

If you’re missing teeth, it’s important to consult a dentist and find a proper replacement as soon as possible to prevent teeth from shifting and avoid bone loss. Contact Dupont Dental today to find out more information about our restorative and cosmetic dentistry services.

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dental bonding benefits

Applications of Dental Bonding

For someone who wants a healthy and attractive smile, numerous cosmetic dental treatments can help. An especially effective and relatively easy dental treatment is dental bonding. Dental bonding uses special composite resins to improve the look of a person’s smile greatly, and the dentist can perform the treatment in one painless visit.

Understanding dental bonding

Also referred to as composite bonding or tooth bonding, dental bonding occurs when the dentist uses a special ceramic/composite resin on a patient’s tooth or teeth. The dentist paints the tooth-colored material on the teeth, and the patient can achieve a flawless looking smile.

Repairing minor tooth damage

Dentists commonly use dental bonding to repair minor tooth damage such as small cavities, cracks or chips. Dental bonding is a highly effective treatment for these minor cosmetic issues.

Treating tooth discoloration

When teeth whitening can’t provide suitable results on its own, the dentist can use dental bonding to treat tooth discoloration. The dental bonding material conceals stains on the teeth and can give a patient a clean, bright, beautiful smile.

Ideal candidates for dental bonding

Dental bonding works best for patients who have minor cosmetic dentistry issues that affect their smile. Patients with major dental issues such as missing or broken teeth require more involved cosmetic dentistry and restoration treatments to improve their smile. It’s important that patients have realistic expectations about the results of dental bonding.

Procedure for dental bonding

During dental bonding, the dentist cleans the tooth and then preps it for the composite/ceramic bonding material by scuffing the tooth surface slightly. The rougher surface helps the dental material adhere better. Before applying the bonding material, the dentist has ensured that it matches the color of the tooth receiving treatment. After the dentist paints the bonding material on the tooth, it’s allowed to dry and then receives a buff and polish, so it blends invisibly with the natural tooth.

Additional Options

Dental bonding isn’t an effective solution for all cosmetic dentistry issues, but it can work well for those with minor issues. When dental bonding isn’t enough to correct aesthetic issues, patients have a choice of porcelain veneers, dental crowns, fillings, inlays or onlays. For stains that are on the surface of teeth, in-office teeth whitening treatments can be highly effective and safe.

To learn more about dental bonding and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, contact our professional dental staff at Dupont Dental. Through our various cosmetic and restorative dental options, you can achieve a smile you’re proud to share.

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Tips for Whiter Teeth

Stains and discoloration on teeth can happen when people age, but many other causes have nothing to do with age, such as food, drinks, medications and even mouthwashes. Visiting the dentist for an in-office teeth whitening treatment is a safe, effective way to remove surface stains and brighten your smile, but there are also steps you can take at home to prevent discoloration and maintain a healthy mouth.

Foods for whiter teeth

Eating crunchy foods including apples, carrots, pears and celery trigger saliva production that helps wash away food debris from your teeth. You can also chew sugarless gum to trigger saliva, and it’s also a tooth-cleaning action. Saliva neutralizes the acid in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and cavities that discolor your teeth and damage oral health.

Whitening dental work

When you have existing veneers, fillings, crowns, bridges or bonding, store-bought tooth whitening products will not whiten the artificial teeth, which means they’ll be obvious against your whitened natural teeth. Whitening your entire smile when you have these types of dental treatments requires a visit to the dentist to investigate options for new dental work including bonding and veneers.

Preventing stains and discoloration

Avoiding and preventing stains and discoloration in the first place, is the best way to keep teeth white and healthy. Over time, the outer layer of tooth enamel wears away revealing the yellower dentin underneath. Whitening teeth too often can make them appear blue or translucent, so it’s important to know what substances can cause stains including tea, coffee, dark soda, fruit juices, red wine, blackberries, blueberries, and beets. Brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking staining foods and if that’s not possible, rinse with water. Sports drinks are another oral health offender as they can erode tooth enamel with frequent, long-term use. If you consume sports drinks, don’t sip them for extended periods of time, and rinse with water when you’ve finished the drink.

Avoid tobacco use

Smoking and other tobacco products are horrible for your teeth and cause brown stains that may be impossible to remove with just brushing. The longer you use tobacco, the deeper the stains and smoking and tobacco use cause gingivitis, bad breath and increase the risk of many types of cancer. Do your oral and overall health a huge favor by looking into ways to quit smoking and other tobacco use.

Medication stains

Although medications are often necessary for maintaining a person’s health, they can lead to teeth stains and discoloration. Certain antibiotics, blood pressure medications, iron, antihistamines and excessive fluoride can cause tooth stains. Some antibacterial mouthwashes with particular ingredients can cause tooth stains, so consult with your dentist if he or she prescribes these. When bleaching isn’t enough to remove stains, dental bonding can help brighten teeth.

Daily oral care and dental visits

Maintaining good oral hygiene every day is a simple, easy way to prevent stains and discoloration while maintaining a healthy mouth. To further protect your shiny teeth, you can brush after every snack and meal as this prevents yellow teeth and stains, especially along the gum line. Traditional toothbrushes work, but sonic or electric toothbrush can provide superior cleaning and removal of surface stains and plaque from teeth. Visiting your dentist for regular checkups is also important, and the abrasion and polishing methods they use during professional cleanings helps remove many common tooth stains caused by food and drink.

For safe, fast and effective teeth cleaning, visit Dupont Dental for our in-office teeth whitening treatments.

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Porcelain Veneers

Advantages of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a popular option for dental patients who want a subtle change or a complete smile makeover. Advances in cosmetic dentistry enable every patient to get the beautiful smile they’ve always wanted, and porcelain veneers represent a significant advance in cosmetic dentistry. Porcelain veneers repair uneven, unsightly, decayed or discolored teeth by covering them with a paper-thin porcelain material to produce stunning, natural-looking results.

Porcelain veneers correct various dental problems

Although there are different forms of veneers, porcelain veneers are a top choice because of their thinness and natural tooth appearance. Porcelain veneers can improve your smile and correct various dental problems including:

  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth

The dentist bonds porcelain veneers permanently to your teeth and with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, they can last a lifetime. Made from durable translucent material and attached with a strong adhesive, porcelain veneers function and look like your natural teeth.

Porcelain veneer considerations

For the proper placement and success of porcelain veneers, you need good oral health and that means addressing any decay or other dental issues before proceeding with a cosmetic dentistry treatment. To place porcelain veneers, your dentist has to alter your natural teeth to fit them, and they’re not reversible. However, porcelain veneers are worth investigating for many patients because they offer numerous benefits including:

  • Cover nearly any imperfection such as chips, stains, and gaps
  • Long-lasting
  • Stain-resistant
  • Don’t change color with time
  • Natural appearance
  • Scratch resistant and durable

If you’re considering porcelain veneers, discuss the process with your dental professional. Before placing porcelain veneers, your dentist performs a thorough dental exam and explains the steps involved with veneers. There are several stages involved with porcelain veneers that include preparing your teeth, creating custom veneers and finally placing the veneers. The dental lab creates porcelain veneers that expertly match your other teeth to obtain a natural, beautiful appearance. Your dentist gives you advice on the long-term care of your porcelain veneers, and if teeth grinding is an issue, your dentist may recommend a night guard for you to prevent damaging the veneers.

The most important decision about porcelain veneers you have to make is choosing an experienced dentist to place them for great, lasting results. Dupont Dental offers several cosmetic dentistry services including porcelain veneers to restore, improve and maintain your beautiful smile. Contact us today to learn how we can give you the healthy, smile you’ve always wanted.

 

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Improve your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

These days it seems like every media personality, Hollywood star, and musician has a beautiful, flawless smile full of perfectly straight, ideally proportioned and stunningly white teeth. They smile for the camera, and their entire face seems to glow as the endless flashes from cameras amplify their bright smile.

You may think that obtaining such a smile is beyond your reach, but with today’s cosmetic dentistry, you can achieve the perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Not even celebrities are born with perfect smiles, and they’ve undoubtedly undergone one or more cosmetic procedures to obtain their perfect smiles. You don’t have to be a celebrity to have a gorgeous smile you just need to consult with your dentist about the cosmetic dentistry options that can give you a smile you’re always happy to share.

Dental “miracles.”

Cosmetic dentistry can seem like a miracle to those patients who have been embarrassed by their smiles for years. The first step toward achieving the ideal smile is having an open and honest conversation with your dentist about what areas of your smile you want to improve. The dentist can then give you treatment and procedure options specific to your unique oral structure and teeth condition, and you can begin the process of your miraculous smile transformation.

Common cosmetic dental issues and their solutions

If you have teeth that are misshapen, cracked, discolored, missing, or the wrong size, cosmetic dentistry offers various treatments that can solve those issues.

  • Veneers – correct the alignment, shape, contours and color of your teeth
  • Teeth Whitening – brightens stained, discolored or dull teeth
  • Porcelain crowns – corrects and repairs teeth that are too small or damage
  • Bonding – repairs small chips in teeth
  • Invisalign – proper teeth alignment issues
  • Dental Implants – can replace one or more missing teeth

Sometimes improving your smile is as simple as a professional dental cleaning and thorough dental exam. If you’re experiencing any pain, discomfort, or sensitivity in your teeth, your dentist can work with you to find a solution. With today’s tooth-colored composite fillings, even a cavity can’t keep you from having a beautiful smile.

Cosmetic dentistry continues to evolve with innovative techniques, materials, and treatments designed to fit any patient’s needs. Through one procedure or a combination of procedures, your dentist can help restore and improve your smile to the level of a Hollywood celebrity. Start loving your smile today by contacting Dupont Dental and asking about our cosmetic dentistry options.

 

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Beautiful woman smiling with new dental implants

Understanding Dental Implants

When comparing dental implants to dentures, implants have several advantages over conventional dentures or bridges. Dental implants are a revolutionary tooth replacement option that can last a lifetime with proper care.

During dental implant placement, your dentist implants a titanium rod into the gums, and this rod bonds with the jawbone in place of the missing tooth root. The rod of the implant receives a dental crown, implant-supported dentures, or implant supported bridge to replace your missing teeth. By replacing the tooth root, dental implants prevent the bone deterioration that can occur with traditional dentures or bridges and lead to health issues and compromised facial features. Dentures and bridges may require replacement after a period time, whereas dental implants generally do not.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants offer various benefits, including a restored smile, which has a positive impact on your self-esteem and self-confidence. Implants have advantages over other tooth replacement options, including:

  • Permanence – Dentures, bridges, and other restorative procedures can need additional restorations or replacements over time, but dental implants are a permanent solution that last a lifetime with proper care.
  • Natural appearance and functions – The titanium rods used in dental implants are compatible with your body so they fuse with the jawbone as a natural tooth root would. The rods fit snug in the gums, which helps secure the natural-looking crown, bridge or dentures supported by the dental implants and enables normal speaking, biting, and chewing.
  • Durability – Dental implants prevent the recession of the bone and gums that can occur with other tooth replacement options. With the strong, durable support of the dental implant anchored in your jawbone, you can enjoy normal eating and speaking without worry of dentures slipping or bridges suffering damage.
  • Minimal maintenance – Caring for your dental implants is as easy as caring for natural teeth. With normal oral hygiene including brushing, flossing and exams, dental implants last a lifetime with minimal maintenance.
  • Highly effective and multi-purpose – For patients in good health with sufficient gums, bone structure to support dental implants, they’re highly effective and successful. Dental implants can replace a single tooth, a row of teeth or an entire mouth of teeth and can serve as durable support for dentures or bridges.

Investing in dental implants

Dental implants have a success rate of 95-98% when patients practice proper maintenance and care. Proper oral hygiene, including daily flossing, brushing and regular dental visits are essential for dental implant success as is quitting any tobacco use. Dental implants present a higher initial investment than other tooth replacement procedures, but their benefits over dentures and bridges including longevity, lower maintenance and a smile you’re proud of, making the financial expense well worth it.

If you’re tired of dealing with uncomfortable or ill-fitting dentures or a bridge and need a way to replace one or several missing teeth to restore your confident smile, contact Dupont Dental and inquire about our restorative dental services.

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Closing Gap Between Front Teeth

If Madonna Wanted To Close The Gap In Her Teeth, This Is What We’d Tell Her

For the record, we think Madonna looks perfect just the way she is, but if she insisted on closing the gap, we’d obviously obey, happily…

Sometimes when adult teeth come in, the two front teeth don’t come together completely, which leaves a noticeable gap. This space or gap between the teeth is called diastema and with today’s advanced dental techniques and materials, repairing this condition is easy and usually only requires a couple visits to the dentist.

Options for repairing the space between two teeth

The proper treatment for a space between the two front teeth depends on the size of the gap. If you have a gap between your two front teeth, it’s important to discuss the options for closing it, which can include:

Bonding can replace the space between two front teeth

Bonding is the easiest method of closing the space as the dentist applies tooth-colored resin material to the teeth. The shading of the material carefully matches the color of the teeth, giving a natural appearance to the smile. While bonding is one of the less expensive methods to close the gap, it’s also more vulnerable to breaking or chipping than other methods.

Porcelain veneers are AWESOME for closing the gap between the two front teeth

Porcelain veneers are the most durable, natural-feeling and natural-looking option for closing the gap between two front teeth. These custom-designed porcelain shells are wafer thin and reflect light like natural teeth. Veneers require minimal disruption to your existing teeth, but it can give your teeth a more flattering look with a new size or shape.

Porcelain crowns can close the gap and more

For teeth that are misshapen or badly turned, porcelain crowns are the best option for closing the space between front teeth. Closing the gap with porcelain crowns requires reshaping the existing tooth so the custom-designed crown fits properly. A crown covers the sides and the top of the tooth and protects the portion underneath. Crowns give a natural appearance similar to veneers and are more durable than bonding.

If the gap between your front teeth is wide, the dentist may need to involve other front teeth in the treatment so everything stays in proportion. Trying to treat only the front two teeth when the gap is wide can give the appearance of very wide front teeth, which doesn’t achieve the results of an appealing, improved smile.

The only way to know the best treatment for dealing with diastema is by having a dental exam and consultation. The dentist can assess your specific dental dilemma and give you the best options for closing the gap between your front teeth. After you’ve agreed on a treatment, you’re one step closer to achieving your dream smile. Learn about Dupont Dental’s various cosmetic dentistry options by contacting our offices today.

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