Porcelain crowns are a popular treatment option for restoring damaged or decayed teeth, as they can replicate the original tooth in function and appearance, and are ideal for cases of severe enamel erosion or trauma. They can also be designed to look even better than the original tooth, and are often thicker than veneers, making them a great option when thickness is needed. Inlays and onlays are more conservative options for restoring teeth, covering one or more cusps, and can be imperceptible from natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are a very succesful cosmetic dental option used to enhance the natural look of teeth and provide strength and resilience similar to natural tooth enamel, often used for minor position alterations or to improve tooth shape, size, and color. They are successful in improving poor color, shape, and contours, as well as for treating fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, and minor bite-related issues. Additionally, veneers are an excellent solution for superficial stains that do not respond well to tooth whitening or bleaching.
Dental implants are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person's ability to chew and enhance their appearance. One of the biggest advantages of an implant is that it restores full chewing power. Most patients can't tell the difference between their natural teeth and the implant tooth. They can eat with it completely normally, and they can brush and floss normally as well.
Invisalign® and Sure Smile are clear alignment systems used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional metal braces. These systems straighten teeth using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners. These aligners gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the teeth alignment, bite and smile. Periodic check-ups with your dentist are required so your progress can be evaluated and monitored. This sequence will continue until you have achieved our new smile. Clear aligners are worn at all times with the exception of eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. They are designed with aesthetics in mind which make the aligners almost invisible. Treatment time can vary from individual to individual, depending upon your specific condition and degree of misalignment.
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A composite filling is a tooth-colored non-metal mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
The Cosmetic Dental Center Of Baltimore creates it's natural tooth colored fillings with no amalgams, no metal fillings and no mercury.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that involves minimal tooth enamel removal and can usually be done in one office visit without anesthesia.
Although the material used in dental bonding is somewhat stain resistant, it does not resist stains as well as other restorative procedures like crowns or veneers, and the bonding material can chip or break off the tooth over time.
The bonding process involves roughening the tooth surface, applying a conditioning liquid, applying a tooth-colored resin, and hardening it with an ultraviolet light or laser. After the material is hardened, your dentist will further trim, shape, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete.
Botox has been primarily used as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and lines on the face. However, the botulinum toxin that Botox is derived from actually has a long history of medically therapeutic uses. Largely due to its minimally invasive nature, the use of Botox in dentistry is expanding to treat dental conditions like high lip lines, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Bruxism, dentures no longer fitting due to shifting jaw muscles, and more.
Most children and adults should see their dentist for a regular cleaning and check up every six months. People at a greater risk for oral diseases should have dental check ups more than twice a year. Tobacco and alcohol use, diabetes, pregnancy, periodontal and gum disease, poor oral hygiene and certain medical conditions are some of the many factors that your dentist takes into consideration when deciding how often you need your dental cleaning and
Going to your regular check ups will help to keep your gums and teeth healthy as well as detect any early problems such as gum disease, oral cancer and cavities. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist on a regular basis.
Teeth cleanings, also known as prophylaxis (prophy for short) is a procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine tooth brushing. It is often done by a dental hygienist. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.
The Cosmetic Dental Center of Baltimore provides maintenance, periodontal and child cleanings.
Virtually all public health authorities and medical associations worldwide recommend that children and adults receive a minimum (and maximum) level of fluoride. Children need fluoride to protect their permanent teeth as they are being formed. Adults also need fluoride to protect their teeth from decay.
Several people, especially those at higher risk of tooth decay, benefit from fluoride treatment.
This includes individuals who have:
• Unhealthy snacking habits
• Poor dental hygiene
• No (or little) access to a dentist
• Diets that are high in sugars/carbohydrates
• Bridges, crowns, braces, and other restoration procedures
• A history of tooth decay (cavities)
A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Grooves in these teeth are so narrow that a toothbrush cannot fit into the spaces to remove plaque. Dental sealants prevent dental decay in the grooves. Sealants can provide 100% protection from dental decay or "cavities" on the chewing surface. Research has shown that when placed over very minimal dental decay, the decay will no longer progress.
The Perio Protect® Periodontal treatment is a comprehensive, non-invasive approach to the treatment of gum disease in which traditional dental cleanings are combined with Perio Protect® Trays. This treatment method provides an alternative to traditional gum surgeries and helps decrease the patient's discomfort while combating gum disease. The Perio Protect® Periodontal Tray is a vacuum sealed tray able to deliver medication directly into the periodontal pockets that cannot be reached using traditional dental implements (i.e. toothbrushes, dental floss, or professional dental instruments.)
Since implementing the Perio Protect® Tray system in our office, we have seen a reduction in the need for gum surgery, even in patients with advanced gingivitis and periodontitis. Patients who are searching for a minimally invasive periodontal disease treatment can easily and effectively reduce and eliminate oral bacteria buildups.