The popularity of cosmetic dentistry is rising by the day, with more people looking for options to restore their looks and smiles. Based on research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults regard a smile as an essential social asset, with 74% believing that an unattractive smile can inhibit their career success.
Good for you, you don’t have to worry about your dental orientation or smile because today’s cosmetic dental treatment comes with a restorative component.
If you’re researching the best dental treatment options in southern Delaware, you’re at the right place. Below are 3 of our most profound dental treatment options that will make you look and smile better.
- Dental Implants
Dental implants are replacements of tooth roots to create a strong foundation for permanent and removable teeth meant to match your natural teeth.
Our dental implant procedures improve appearance, speech, comfort, eating ability, oral health and durable teeth, and boost the patients’ self-esteem. Dental implants eliminate messy adhesives’ inconvenience to keep teeth in place and do away with removing the uncomfortable experience of dentures.
How Successful Are Dental Implants?
The success rates of dental implants vary based on the jaw location in which the implants are based. Generally, your dental implant will have an up to 98% success rate. Implants can last a lifetime when well taken care of.
What Does The Dental Implant Process Involve?
A dental implant process starts with the creation of an individualized treatment plan. The treatment plan addresses a patient’s specific needs to provide coordinated care for the implant option that best suits them.
Tooth root implant follows. The root is usually a small titanium post placed into the bone socket of the missing tooth. As the jawbone continues to heal, it grows around the metal post, securing it in the jaw. Healing takes 6 to 12 weeks.
After the implant bonds to the jawbone, an abutment (a small connector post) is usually attached to the post to hold the new tooth. We typically make impressions of our patients’ teeth to create a model of their bite. This will capture all your teeth, type, and arrangement.
- Gum Contouring
If you’re dissatisfied with your gums’ appearance and shape, gum contouring could be right for you. We help patients who find their gums too large, receded, or too small by either cutting excessive tissue that gives them a “gummy smile” or restoring receded gum tissue.
We will fully medicate you during this procedure to reduce the likelihood of you feeling pain.
Gum Shaping Vs. Gum Contouring
These two terms are interchangeably used. Contouring is commonly used to describe using a scalpel to resize gums, while gum shaping is when a scalpel is used. The approach and objectives of these two procedures are very similar; it’s only the tools that differ.
Is Gum Contouring A Purely Cosmetic Procedure?
Gum contouring for cosmetic reasons vs. contouring for medical reasons will depend on your current gum condition.
If your visit our Delaware dental clinic to get a solution to gum disease, we will examine you first to determine whether you have the condition, discuss your options for treatment and carry out a procedure to eliminate the disease. You may need a gum contouring procedure to restore receded gums after this. Such a procedure would be necessary to save your teeth and jawbone from a receding jaw. Similarly, a cosmetic contouring procedure may be required for your cosmetic needs if you have too small or too big gum.
- Teeth Whitening
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you consult a dentist before using bleach on your teeth. Our dental care office will create the best teeth whitening options for you and oversee the treatment plan to ensure that you avoid complications.
Our professional teeth whitening procedure takes about one hour. This involves applying a tooth whitening gel with 25-40% hydrogen peroxide, followed by aiming a special heating lamp at the teeth for three intervals of 20 minutes each. The gel is reapplied between each of these intervals.
A laser too can activate the whitening process. We place a protective barrier to keep your tongue, gums, and lips from the whitening gel when doing this. When done, we will give you whitening trays molded for your teeth to enable you follow-up at home with recommended bleaching solutions.
Need help enhancing your looks and elevating your smile? Talk to our skilled team of cosmetic dentists today!