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Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures To Help Attain That Perfect Smile

Jun 20, 2008
Advances in cosmetic dentistry over the last 20 years has enabled dentists to provide life like and natural tooth replacement.

Cosmetic dentistry always begins with optimizing the periodontal tissues and returning the patient's mouth to normal.

Newer dental materials allow for the fabrication of lifelike teeth without metal substrates. This type of restoration produces translucency and color similar to natural enamel and, therefore, a tooth that looks real. Many times teeth can be reshaped and restored to eliminate crooked and rotated teeth.

Porcelain fillings can replace the silver amalgam filling and thereby eliminate any concerns regarding mercury toxicity.

Many tooth whitening procedures are available. We prefer the tray system using the Opalescence whitening gel. The results are predictable and with few side effects.

Oral surgery is the dental specialty which treats diseases of the maxillofacial and oral tissue. This includes traumatic injury, removal of neoplasms, repair of anomalies and dental surgery.

Probably the most common operation for oral surgeons is the removal of third molars. In our office we routinely remove these teeth using a combination of general anesthesia and local anesthesia. All procedures are fully monitored and appropriate emergency equipment is always available. Prior to any procedure, we require a consult with the surgeon to discuss the risks and benefits of the surgery and anesthesia.

Dental implants have revolutionized the replacement of missing teeth. We always suggest this treatment as an alternative to standard dental prosthetics.

Occasionally, dentists will ask the oral surgeon to biopsy abnormal tissue. This tissue is always submitted to a pathologist for microscopic diagnosis.

Occasionally, the oral surgeon treats minor traumatic injuries while more extensive trauma is reserved for the hospital.

Orthognathic surgery corrects skeletal anomalies resulting in severe malocclusion. The treatment is always a multi-specialty problem requiring the orthodontist and surgeon to work together.

Some offices are unique in having a Board Certified MD Anesthesiologist on staff. This facilitates the treatment of many dental patients who otherwise would have to be seen in a hospital setting.

The dental phobic patient has a fear of dentistry. This fear, either real or imagined, prevents the patient from being able to seek care. Usually we see these patients during an emergency and realize that they have gone years between regular visits. The most gratifying aspect of this care is that we can treat this patient under general anesthesia. During the treatment, the patient is asleep with no recall as to the procedures. In a short period of time we can repair years of neglect.

The pediatric patient presents a management problem which can be addressed with general anesthesia. In most cases, all of the required work is accomplished while the patient is asleep. As the child grows up, they have no recollection of any bad dental experiences and can be treated with standard modalities.

Having the ability to sedate these patients can make their dental experience less stressful and therefore a safer procedure.

All pediatric, phobic and medically compromised patients are seen for a consultation prior to any procedures. At this appointment, medical and dental problems are reviewed and a plan for both the anesthetic and dental needs discussed.
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