Cosmetic dentistry includes any treatment designed to improve the overall appearance of your teeth and smile.
Cosmetic procedures are an investment in yourself, so that you feel confident and comfortable with how your teeth look.
Some of the methods used in cosmetic dentistry include: Veneers, Crowns, Teeth Whitening & Gum Contouring.
Cosmetic dentistry can provide some of the following benefits:
Enhance and beautify your smile
Gives your face a more youthful appearance
Straighten crowded teeth to make them appear more natural and uniform
Idealize the position of your teeth to improve your bite so that is easier to chew and talk.
Clear aligner therapy is an orthodontic treatment in which the patient wears a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move the teeth to improve bite function and/or esthetic appearance. This treatment is intended to provide the end benefits of traditional “wired” orthodontic treatment, such as straight teeth and improved bite function, as well as the following benefits that are only available when going wireless:
• The aligners are clear, so people may not even notice you wearing them.
• There are no cuts or abrasions from wires or brackets, so clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces.
• The aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush and floss with freedom.
Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, similar in shape to screws. When dental implants are placed in your jawbone (A), they bond with your natural bone. They become a sturdy base for supporting one or more artificial teeth, called crowns.
A connector – known as an abutment (B) – is placed on top of the dental implant to hold and support your crowns. The crowns are custom-made to match your natural teeth and fit your mouth (C).
Modern dental implants have been used successfully for over 30 years. They are the strongest devices available to support replacement teeth – and even better, they allow these new teeth to feel, look and function naturally. **https://www.aaid-implant.org/dental-implants/what-are-dental-implants/.
Dr. Prasher has extensive training in dental implant surgical placement and restoring with the abutment and crown. We use Zimmer and Straumann brands for our implant technology.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop and appear in your mouth. They usually come in between the ages of 17 and 25, a time of life that has been called the "Age of Wisdom."
Wisdom teeth may not need to be extracted if they grow in completely and are functional, painless, cavity-free, disease-free and in a hygienic environment with healthy gum tissue. They do, however, require regular, professional cleaning, annual check-ups and periodic X-rays to monitor for any changes.
When a tooth doesn't fully grow in, it's "impacted"–usually unable to break through the gums because there isn't enough room.
An impacted wisdom tooth can damage neighboring teeth or become infected. Because it's in an area that’s hard to clean, it can also invite bacteria that lead to gum disease. Oral bacteria can also travel through your bloodstream and lead to infections and illnesses that affect your heart, kidneys and other organs. In some cases, a cyst or tumor can form around the base of the impacted tooth, which can lead to more serious problems as it hollows out the jaw and damages surrounding nerves, teeth and other parts of your mouth and face.
Generally, wisdom teeth should be surgically removed when there are:
Infections and/or periodontal (gum) disease
Cavities that can’t be restored
Cysts, tumors or other pathologies
Damage to neighboring teeth