If you're like most people, decades of excess caffeine and sugar have changed the color of your teeth. You may have teeth that are chipped or damaged, or just don’t look the way you want them to. Luckily, these issues can be addressed through cosmetic dentistry. A healthy and sparkling smile can give us confidence and strengthen our self-esteem, which is why Dr. Mills offers cosmetic procedures.
Dr. Mills has the training and experience required to perform cosmetic procedures that can help provide you with the smile you’ve always wanted. Over the next three blogs, he'll discuss a number of available options, the situations where they are most appropriate, and what they involve.
Crowns cover the entire surface of a tooth, enhancing the tooth's stability, appearance, and shape. They can be constructed from one of many different types of materials, and there are various reasons why a patient may need one. They include:
▪ Reconstructing a chipped tooth
▪ Topping a dental implant
▪ Safeguarding a fragile tooth from tooth decay
▪ Protecting a cracked tooth
So, how is a crown installed? First, Dr. Mills will perform an X-ray on a tooth he suspects to be at risk for decay or disease. He will then prepare the tooth in order to better fit the crown. Afterward, an impression of the tooth (which serves as a model for the crown) will be created and sent to a dental laboratory, where the permanent crown will be made. The patient will then receive a temporary crown while waiting for the permanent one.
With the right care and hygiene, a crown can last for many years.
Historic evidence shows that dental implants date back to 600 AD, and it’s thought that the Mayans implanted fake teeth by driving tooth-shaped seashells into the jaw. Lucky for us, technology has advanced substantially since then, and modern-day dental implants are made from titanium and fused to the jawbone through a process called osseointegration.
Dental implants are an optimal fix for a patient who's missing one or many teeth. The process requires some time to finish, as the implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and need to heal before a crown is placed over top. Once completed, the crown and implant flawlessly mimic the appearance of a natural tooth.
Our series on cosmetic dentistry will return in the next blog post, so be sure to check back soon. While you wait, you can follow us on social media, and click here if you need to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills.