5 Ways a Dentist Near Me Can Fix My Smile
1. Same day dental crowns
People often present at our dentist Indooroopilly with chipped and damaged teeth. There are many ways this damage can occur. People often chip their teeth during sports injuries, while chewing hard foods or using their teeth as tools, or when they happen to bite down on something firm such as an unpopped popcorn kernel. The damage can be acute or through a process of attrition or decay.
Whatever the cause of the chipped or damaged tooth, a dental crown is likely to be an appropriate solution. A dental crown is a covering that is made for and placed on an existing tooth. It is applied to teeth that have a damaged outward appearance, or reduced functionality; for example, less effective biting or chewing.
Crowns also play an important role in that they can preserve your natural tooth. The other common cause of damaged teeth that we haven’t mentioned yet is tooth decay. As you may know, tooth decay can eat away at the structure of the tooth, reducing its mineral content. By applying a crown, after the decay has been removed, you can often preserve the natural tooth.
The dental crown procedure differs from dentist to dentist. Usually, the Indooroopilly dentist will first have to prepare the problematic tooth. The crown needs a nice smooth and evenly shaped surface to grip onto and be fixed to.
At some dentists, you may have to have a mould or X-ray taken of your mouth. This may then need to be sent to another specialist who then prepares the crown. This process can take days or weeks and can sometimes be frustrating for the patient, who has to live for longer with a damaged tooth and come in on a second occasion.
At River City Dental, the best dentist Taringa or dentist Pullenvale offers same day crowns.By going to a dentist Fig Tree Pocket that offers same day crowns, you are able to have your crown sorted in one simple appointment.
Same day crowns are achieved using CEREC, which takes a digital scan of your mouth and then 3D prints your ceramic restoration, with crucial input from your dentist along the way. This is not only more cost-effective, but it also means it is unnecessary to take messy impressions.
Whether a dentist offers same day crowns may reflect their willingness to invest in quality, modern technology to ensure the smoothest and easiest possible experience for their clients. Same day crowns are the ultimate in customer convenience at your Indooroopilly dentist.
2. Orthodontic treatment
The cause of your misaligned teeth, also known as malocclusion, may or may not be relevant to the most appropriate treatment method, as assessed by your Chelmer dentist. Issues can result from excessive thumb sucking in childhood, jaw injuries, wisdom teeth eruption, or even a cleft lip, just to name a handful of potential causes.
Misaligned or crooked teeth can affect a person’s self-esteem. However, their potential negative impacts on mental health are not their only adverse consequence. There are a number of other problems that can arise from having teeth that are not aligned properly – whether this misalignment relates to teeth crowding, teeth being spaced too far apart, or bite issues including crossbite, overbite, open bite, and under bite.
Firstly, misaligned teeth can make it harder to clean the teeth. For example, if a tooth sits behind another tooth, it can be harder to reach its surface with the brush. Furthermore, the sections where the teeth overlap can form new, exposed ridges (the side of the teeth) that are vulnerable to decay. This is especially the case around the gumline, and hence it is common for misaligned teeth to coincide with gum disease, which may result from the immune response to bacteria and subsequent gum inflammation and bleeding.
Secondly, misaligned teeth can make it harder to eat. You may have to close your jaw in a way that is not quite natural to achieve a proper chewing action, and this can result in jaw pain. Your teeth may rub together in certain ways, which is exacerbated if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding), and this can expose and irritate the more sensitive interior of the tooth. Another potential consequence includes speech difficulties.
Fortunately, your Indooroopilly dentist or Pullenvale dentist can offer a range of orthodontic solutions. Perhaps the best-known orthodontic solution is braces, which may or may not be appropriate depending on your circumstances. A referral will be given to a specialist orthodontist for children assessed as requiring braces. However, many adults with relatively minor dental misalignment may prefer to use clear aligners.
Clear aligners, such as Suresmile aligners, allow a person to straighten their teeth without visually compromising their smile in the meantime. By wearing clear aligners throughout the day and at night, and moving through a series of different clear aligners as your teeth become straighter, many people can achieve their dream smile. Another major benefit of Suresmile aligners, which are offered by River City Dental, is that they can be removed while you eat, or during certain social situations.
3. Dental implants and dental bridges
As with misaligned teeth, missing teeth can have a significant impact on self-confidence. However, they also carry a number of other risks that are less immediately obvious. Risks of missing teeth include:
- Loss of bone. Loss of teeth can result in a loss of bone in the jaw, which can affect the outward appearance of the jaw and cheeks. This can even result in the loss of additional teeth because the loss of bone can affect the periodontium of surrounding teeth.
- Heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease, due to the cleaning difficulties that a missing tooth creates and the exposed gum.
- Shifting teeth. Teeth keep each other in place and if one is missing, existing pressures in the mouth can result in teeth shifting, potentially resulting in misalignment, and making it harder to have a replacement tooth put in.
- Bite issues. When a tooth is lost, you can no longer bite as well at the front of your mouth, or chew as well at the back. Eating can then force food down into the gaps, which can be unpleasant and make it harder to chew, and potentially result in bad breath when food is caught.
For the above reasons, your dentist Indooroopilly recommends that if you lose a tooth, it is promptly replaced using a dental treatment option that suits your circumstances. The correct treatment for you will depend on your age, budget, and overall health. For example, if you have certain health issues, you may not be eligible for dental implants.
Dental implants work in conjunction with dental crowns. A dental implant itself is the screw-shaped mechanism, often made of titanium, that is surgically implanted into the jaw. Once the implant is in place, it acts as an anchor for the crown on top. Brisbane dental implants are not an overnight solution, but they are the ideal long-term solution for many, restoring function to the bite and bringing appearance more into line with your personal expectations.
Not every dentist can perform dental implants. It takes an experienced dentist with suitable training and qualifications, such as Dr John Bacalakis at River City Dental in Brisbane’s western suburbs.
Another option for replacing missing teeth is dental bridges. Dental bridges bridge the gap between existing teeth. They are a series of crowns that are interconnected and attached to the surrounding teeth. As with dental crownswhen the tooth is not missing, these surrounding teeth will need to be prepared before a crown is applied to them.
If multiple teeth are missing in a row, a dental bridge may sometimes be installed over a series of dental implants. As noted, the correct treatment solution for your missing teeth will depend on your circumstances and a suitably qualified and well-reviewed dentist is the ideal candidate to perform this important dental task.
4. Teeth whitening
Are you looking for teeth whitening in Brisbane? Your Indooroopilly dentist, emergency dentist, Taringa dentist, Pullenvale dentist, Fig Tree Pocket dentist, or Chelmer dentist is likely to offer tooth whitening solutions that will have your teeth brighter and whiter in one short visit.
Teeth can become stained for a number of reasons, and it is common for our teeth to lose their whiteness as we age. Consuming staining or acidic beverages and foods can be one of the lead culprits for discoloured teeth. Smoking accelerates tooth discolouration at an alarming rate and discoloured teeth can be something faced even by smokers who have quit.
At River City Dental, we offer Philips Zoom! Teeth whitening. This whitens your teeth over the course of an appointment which is commonly 90 minutes in length. Your Indooroopilly dentist will apply a dentally suitable peroxide gel that will bleach your teeth to their desired colour. This gel is applied to the teeth and thenactivated with a special light .
It is important to note that for some people, bleach can aggravate the gums and lead to tooth sensitivity. This is one reason why it is best to go through your dentist, rather than attempting any store-brought solutions. Not only are these weaker and less effective, but some of them might also pose risks to your gum health.
It is also important to note that teeth whitening is not a permanent solution, and a resumption of old habits such as excessive coffee consumption can result in tooth discolouration re-occurring. Tooth whitening is most effective when undertaken periodically to maintain the bright, white appearance of your teeth.
5. Dental veneers
Let’s face it. Many of us are most concerned with the appearance of the teeth at the front of our mouth, those that are on show when we smile. Dental veneers are a common solution to improve the appearance of these forward-facing teeth which we display when we’re smiling, laughing or talking.
Dental veneers are commonly made of porcelain. They are applied to the exterior of your tooth by a professional dentist, covering the defect on the existing natural tooth. They can be helpful to correct problems including:
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Discoloured teeth (e.g., yellow, grey)
- Misaligned teeth
- An excessively gummy smile
- Overly small teeth
- Irregularly shaped teeth
- Slightly chipped teeth
With proper care, veneers can last for many years. Once bonded, they are permanent in nature and not removable. They are considerably less vulnerable to stains than tooth enamel and they give your teeth a ‘fresh start’ by restoring their whiteness. Some preparation of your natural teeth may be required to allow veneers to fit so that they can be used to achieve your dream smile.
Are there other treatment options at a dentist near me?
The answer is a resounding yes. The best dentists near you, such as River City Dental, will offer a wide range of dental treatment options for the Brisbane and Indooroopilly community. Their services include dental fillings, EMS teeth cleaning, emergency dentist treatments, root canal treatment, children’s dentistry, and wisdom teeth removal.
Doing research online can help to provide an overview of available services. However, it can still be hard for the non-professional to gauge which treatment may be best for them. Your dentist Indooroopilly will be able to provide you with a thorough overview of your options. They can walk you through all available and suitable treatments, making recommendations on the basis of your goals.
To make the first step towards your dream smile, contact providers of cosmetic dentistry Brisbane today by calling (07) 3667 9595 oremailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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