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Wichita Cosmetic Dentist-Veneers

Veneers is one of the dental treatment offered by Wichita Cosmetic Dentist for those with teeth are permanently stained or discolored, who have small gaps between the front teeth, or whose teeth are poorly shaped or misaligned. Made from acrylic, composite resins, or porcelain, veneers are custom-made shells that adhere to the surface of teeth in much the same way that false fingernails adhere to the nails. They are more expensive than bonding and are generally used for more severe problems, so long as the supporting tooth structure is healthy and free of decay.

Like the composite resins used for tooth bonding, veneers are affixed directly to the tooth, usually without any need for anesthesia. Two separate visits are necessary. The first appointment involves preparing the tooth for the veneer by removing a small amount of enamel. An impression of the tooth is made and sent to a dental laboratory, where a veneer will be produced to match the tooth's shape and color. The patient returns to the office once this veneer is ready. A mild etching solution (such as phosphoric or hydrofluoric acid) is applied to the front of the tooth to roughen its surface and facilitate adhesion. Then the veneer is placed on the tooth, held in position with composite resins, and hardened with a bonding light. With the help of special video cameras and computers, it is now possible to have a veneer made and fitted all in a single sitting—without the need for additional appointments or tooth impressions. Nonetheless, for Wichita Cosmetic Dentist —and patients—the trade-offs involved are not worth the convenience: not only are there still certain problems with the fit of these computer-fabricated veneers, but also the cost can be exorbitant.

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Wichita Cosmetic Dentist -Bonding

Wichita Cosmetic Dentist provides bonding which involves any of a number of procedures in which tooth-colored, putty like materials (called composite resins) are applied to the teeth to repair chips, cracks, and gaps. Often done to improve appearance, this procedure is also a way to repair and protect broken teeth. In people with gum disease, for example, composite resins may be applied to the tooth roots, which are sometimes exposed as the gums recede. These roots are covered by dentin, a softer material than the enamel that covers the rest of the tooth and thus are particularly susceptible to decay, as well as unusually sensitive to extremes of temperature. Composite resins can also be used to fill small cavities in decayed teeth. This is particularly desirable in front teeth, since the resins, being tooth-colored, are much less conspicuous than other fillings. Composite resins are less durable than fillings and inlays made of silver amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, and other metals), gold, or porcelain, however, and tend to stain.

Bonding is usually a simple procedure offered by the Cosmetic Dentist that can be accomplished in a single visit and rarely requires anesthesia or drilling. The Wichita Cosmetic Dentist first treats the tooth's surface with a special acidic "etching" solution to promote adhesion. Resins are then blended to match the tooth's natural color, applied to the teeth, and contoured into shape. The resins are then dried and hardened under a bonding light for 20 to 60 seconds, after which they are smoothed and polished. Some dentists prefer to do the polishing as part of a second, follow- up appointment.

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Things to Know Dental Implants Wichita

As a patient that is considering Dental Implants Wichita, you may already be edentulous, missing a tooth, or multiple teeth, or have recently been informed of a need for extractions. A number of factors will affect whether or not you can have dental implants, the first of these factors is bone support around the potential implant site. A person has to have adequate bone width, length and height to be able to support an implant. When a person's bone is deficient in any of these components, this does not necessarily prevent implant placement. Bone can be restored utilizing bone grafts to repair the deficiency in the bone so that the width, length and height of bone can be increased prior to implant placement. Other limitations that affect implant placement include systemic factors such as uncontrolled diabetes, severe immuno-compromise and smoking. These factors can adversely affect how well the implant heals, and therefore can produce a risk for implant failure for a potential implant candidate.

The location of other teeth in the arch will also affect whether or not Dental Implants Wichita will be an option. If the space left by a missing tooth is too narrow, and does not allow enough room to place an implant in, other treatment options would have to be considered including closing or increasing the space with orthodontics and only placing an implant when there is enough room for it, or fabricating a bridge instead to replace the missing tooth. Other concerns that can affect implant placement can also include proximity to vital structures such as nerves, and maxillary sinus which could be adversely affected when implants impinge on them. Procedures that move the position of the sinus might have to be performed before implants are placed. In addition, reducing the length of implants and favoring shorter implants in order to avoid vital structures and other modifications might be deemed necessary when the available bone is close to vital structures.


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