Losing a tooth or teeth makes eating and speaking a little bit difficult and uncomfortable.
Aside from these obvious effects of tooth loss, there are also the non-obvious effects, such as bone loss. When you lose a tooth and you take too long to take it to a dentist, the surrounding bone that used to support your tooth could also lose its form and density. If you have more than one tooth missing, your facial structure will eventually change as the distance between the chin and the nose decreases.
Typically, the first tooth that you lose is a back tooth. Back teeth develop early during childhood and are more prone to decay. When this happens, the best thing for you to do is to go and visit a dentist as soon as possible. However, before going there, you may want to learn a few things.
What is a flipper for teeth?
A flipper is a temporary replacement for a permanent tooth after it has been extracted. It is usually prepared before the extraction, and once it’s ready, can simply be inserted into the mouth for immediate use. Flippers are used instead of a permanent implant at first because implants need to be prepared for a period of time which sometimes takes months. According to research, it is unhealthy to go on without a tooth replacement for a long time as it could already alter the bone that surrounds the teeth as well as the jawbone.
Flippers are removable dentures made of resin and work almost just like a retainer. The contours of a flipper follow that of the roof of the mouth and the same is true if you need it for the bottom teeth. This dental appliance can be made of porcelain or plastic, which is the cheaper option. Once you get your flipper, your dentist may ask you to eat only soft food for the first week so you can gradually adjust to using it.
Keep in mind that flippers are just supposed to be temporary.
You need to have a dental implant eventually as flippers do not have a very long shelf life – the material is not as durable as dentures, and the fit may become loose over a relatively short period of wearing them.
On the other hand, for kids who lost a tooth, only a flipper is advisable as a tooth replacement. Children need to wait until the jawbone has stopped growing at around 17 or 18 years old. Dental implants can then be performed.
If you have lost a tooth or you think you are about to lose one, you need to have it checked by your dentist immediately. Visit your trusted Prescott, AZ dentist to know the right solution for your specific needs.
Written by Horizon DDS, April 06th, 2017 | Comments Off on What is a Flipper for Teeth and Do You Need It?
Dental imperfections such as gaps between teeth, chipping, fracture and discoloration are a huge concern. Most people believe they make a smile look less than presentable. These problems that seem “merely” cosmetic can also negatively affect the health of your teeth and gums. For instance, gaps and cracks can make the affected tooth more vulnerable to decay and infection. It is thus important for such cosmetic dental issues to be addressed with the right treatment.
Fortunately, most cases of chipped tooth and discoloration can be fixed with an easy and affordable dental procedure: bonding. Understanding what it is and whether it is right for you can help you achieve a better smile at the minimum cost and fuss.
Dental bonding refers to the use of a composite resin over the teeth to close gaps, repair chipping and fractures, cover up stains, and fix other types of aesthetic damage. The resin is made of a material that will be molded according to the exact shape and size required. It is also polished to match the shade and appearance of your natural or surrounding teeth. The resin is bonded to the tooth (hence its name) and then hardened using ultraviolet light for a more secure hold.
Why Choose Dental Bonding?
Many patients and dentists prefer dental bonding over other options such as dental fillings or veneers. This is because of the speed and affordable price of the procedure. A single tooth bonding session can be completed in less than an hour. Veneers, on the other hand, require a meticulous process that involves fitting, customized molding, and manufacturing in a laboratory that is often in a location different from the clinic where the procedure will be done. While other options require multiple clinic visits, dental bonding can be completed in just a single session.
The resulting natural-looking appearance is another major factor that makes dental bonding a popular choice. Since the resin resembles clay or putty, it can be molded, trimmed, smoothened and polished in a more precise manner. The result is a shape and sheen that closely resembles the look of the rest of your teeth.
Does Dental Bonding Last?
The appearance and hold of dental bonding can be retained for several years with proper care and maintenance. To prevent stains and discoloration, avoid smoking and drinking tea, soda, coffee and other dark beverages. Invest in regular professional cleaning and use a whitening toothpaste. Lastly, remember that dental bonding resin is weaker than natural teeth. Avoid bad habits such as biting on fingernails or using your teeth to open bottle caps.
Dental bonding is not recommended for everyone. Talk to your Prescott, AZ dentist to see if you’re a candidate and discuss the best options for you.
Written by Horizon DDS, December 09th, 2016 | Comments Off on Dental Bonding | Is It Right For You?
A Chino Valley Dentist Provides an Overview of Dental Veneer Process
Typically, it takes about two appointments for a dentist to finish the dental veneer process. Why does it take that long? Here’s a breakdown of the whole process from Dr. Mark Costes in Chino Valley, AZ.
Prepping the tooth
Before installing the veneer shells, your dentist will need to trim enamel off the front portion of your tooth. The amount to be trimmed is equivalent to the thickness of the veneer. That can vary from one patient to another, but typically, that can range between 0.5 to 0.7 millimeters. In some instances, your dentist may need to trim off more if a thicker veneer is to be used.
In some cases, the use of an anesthetic is not necessary. However, you may ask for one if you have teeth and surrounding tissues which are sensitive to cold sensations or if the veneer will extend below the gum line.
Choosing a color for the veneer
After trimming the enamel off your tooth, your dentist will use a shade guide to find the color of porcelain which matches the color of your tooth. In some cases, your dentist may choose and use different colors for the different areas of the veneer.
Taking an impression
After selecting the right color for your veneer, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This impression is important in the veneer fabrication process.
Typically, dentists take impressions using a putty or thick paste that is loaded on a dental tray. Afterwards, you will need to bite on this tray for a few minutes. The resulting impression will then be sent to a dental laboratory which will fabricate the veneer.
Another way that dentists take an impression is through the use of a dental milling machine which is fitted with a camera. This camera takes an image of your mouth while the machine grinds veneer from a block of synthetic porcelain.
Once your veneer has been fabricated, your dentist will need to check a few important things first before bonding the veneer permanently.
First, he has to check whether the veneer fits properly on your tooth. In some cases, he may need to trim portions off it until he is satisfied. He may also modify the shape of the veneer until it looks right.
Finally, your dentist will use a trial paste to temporarily attach the dental veneer onto your tooth. This allows him to evaluate if the color of the veneer matches your other teeth and helps him find the right color of cement to use.
Once you and your dentist have agreed that the shape and color of the dental veneer is right, the veneer can be permanently bonded onto your teeth.
First, your dentist will clean your tooth by washing and polishing its surface. After that, he will etch the surface of your tooth using an acid etching gel. This creates a texture which allows the cement to bond to your tooth.
After this, the gel will be washed from your tooth. Once your tooth is dried, the dentist will apply a layer of bonding agent on your tooth and cement on the veneer. The veneer will then be attached to your tooth and will be cured into place using a special lamp.
The dentist will then clean off the excess cement and evaluate the veneer.
If your wondering if dental veneers are right for you, contact the dental professionals at Horizon Dental Group. With plenty of knowledge and experience, you are surely in good hands.
Written by Horizon DDS, June 13th, 2016 | Comments Off on An Overview of the Dental Veneer Process
The dental veneer process requires a series of steps that must be done carefully and correctly in order to produce the desired results.
If you’re considering getting a porcelain veneer (or a dental laminate), the following information can give you an idea of dental veneer process:
Trimming The Enamel
The enamel on the front side of the tooth has to be trimmed in the same thickness as the veneer that will be placed on it; this ensures that the tooth’s overall thickness won’t amount to more than the original. Generally, about 1.5 mm or so of enamel will be removed.
If there are any decayed areas, there will be more trimming done in order to remove them.
The preparation’s outline will be provided a shape wherein the area where the tooth and the veneer will meet won’t be seen.
As a rule of thumb, an anesthetic is provided for this procedure to protect the patient against sensitivity issues.
Finding the Right Shade
Your dentist will use a shade guide to find out the color of the porcelain veneer that matches the teeth found on either side of the affected tooth.
Obtaining the Impression of Your Teeth and Gums
There are two ways in which dentists can make a copy of your mouth which will be used to create your dental veneers.
An impression putty is a thick paste applied to a tray, which is then fitted over your teeth and allowed to sit for a few minutes. The resulting impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the porcelain veneer will be made — this takes about two weeks.
A dental milling machine, on the other hand, comes with a camera that takes an optical impression of the tooth. The milling machine will then use the captured image to grind the veneer out of a ceramic block.
For Those Who Require it: Placing a Temporary Veneer
Because manufacturing the veneer in a dental laboratory can take one or two weeks, some patients will need a temporary veneer to protect the tooth. The trimming of the enamel can cause the tooth to become more sensitive to hot and cold food or drinks, as well as cause it to feel rough. A temporary solution would be to slip a plastic-filled mold over the tooth.
Evaluating the tooth before bonding the veneer
Once the veneer is available, the dentist will check how well it fits onto your tooth. The veneer will be trimmed, rounded, squared off or shortened as needed until it looks right on the tooth. The color of the translucent veneer can also be tuned (with the help of the bonding cement) until it comes in the right shade for you.
Bonding the veneer onto the tooth
After cleaning the veneer and washing and polishing the surface of the tooth, cementing the veneer can begin. The dentist will etch the tooth’s surface using an acid etching gel for 15 to 20 seconds to create a rough enamel surface (which is exactly what the cement of the veneer will bond to).
After the etching gel is washed off and the tooth is dried, a clear bonding agent is then applied to the tooth, cement is placed inside the veneer, and the veneer is set into place. A curing light will then be used to set the cement.
The dentist will scrape off any excess cement, check the veneer’s contours, and trim or polish it as needed. Then your bite will be assessed to determine if the veneer affected it in any way.
Paying a follow-up visit
You will need to see your Prescott Valley dentist about a week after the dental veneer process so he can evaluate how your teeth and gums respond to the new veneer. Any adjustments that need to be made or sensitivity issues that arise should then be brought to the dentist’s attention.
Written by Horizon DDS, May 10th, 2016 | Comments Off on Understanding the Dental Veneer Process