A beautiful smile is like a business card.
With the years passing, the natural white of the teeth changes because we smoke or drink coffee wine or other liquids that are coloured. Moreover the cavities, the plaque change the natural colour of the teeth into a yellowish one that is pretty unattractive
Many people need the dental cosmetic services to improve the look of their teeth, and that is more than teeth whitening, it is giving them a natural shape, faceting, dental crown or orthodontic appliances to put the teeth in the correct position
Is the whitening treatment efficient for everybody?
No, it is not. In some cases, it is not efficient; sometimes even several treatment sessions do not lead to the expected result. The people who have a more yellowish or brownish colour of the teeth should think about the solution of ceramic facets.
What is a dental facet?
The facets are very smooth surfaces of ceramic or porcelain very resistant that can be applied to the surface of the tooth, previously polished. The ceramic facets are the best method to treat bad teeth and of covering cracks in the tooth.
Why should you choose dental facets?
You should consider the following factors:
- Your objective
- The colour of your teeth- the vast majority of facets are very thing and semi-opaque which means you can see their colour underneath. For such cases an internal whitening is recommended before applying the facets which are designed to offer a natural colour. Your lifestyle, nocturnal or diurnal bruxism can increase the changes of cracks in the facets.
- A very important factor is choosing the doctor or technician that is going to make these facets. You need to choose a professional since you need good and beautiful teeth for a long time.
We recommend you ask for detailed plan of treatment that includes the costs as well.
What is a dental crown?
The dental crown is a prosthetic device that covers the visible part of the tooth. To fix a crown on a tooth, the tooth need to be healthy, to be treated, to have obtured canals and to have a screw fixed inside.
When do we need a dental crown?
The dental crown needs to be a good replacement of the tooth that he covers, as must take on all of its functions (chewing, being resistant and aesthetic and having a phonetic function). The crown is the best choice to protect a fractured tooth or decayed, to replace an older crown, a tooth whose canal has been treated or to improve the aspect of a tooth.
What material do we need for a dental crown?
Nowadays there are several material fits for dental crowns
- Ceramic crown - it is made entirely out of ceramic without metal or zirconium structure. This is used for frontal teeth. It involves using an advance technology, of special ceramic material that is more expensive, but it ensures an exquisite result.
- Ceramic crown with zirconium structure- it has a structure made out if zirconium oxide on which ceramic is applied. The advantages are the resistance and stability. However the costs for this one are very high because of zirconium. They are the best choice for dental lateral bridges, because of their resistance and their nice look.
- The metal and ceramic crown has a sub-structure made out of cobalt, chrome or out of noble metals like gold, silver, palladium covered in ceramic. It is recommended for anterior and posterior teeth since they are very solid. They are not superior to the ceramic crowns, but they are better than acrylic crowns.
When do we need to replace a crown?
Their durability depends on several factors:
- The teeth structure
- The resistance of the dental remaining
- Oral hygiene
They can resist up to 8-10 years of use, than they need to be replaced afterwards as gums have tendency to retract.
How many sessions are needed to fix a crown?
It depends equally on the work of the technician and of the doctor. It takes 2-4 sessions which imply:
- Preparing the tooth through polishing and placing a temporary crown
- Making the moorage
- Trying the new tooth structure and ceramic part
- Temporary cementing
- Final cementing
Why does the gum beneath the crown becomes blue?
It depends on three factors:
- The crown is too long and puts pressure on the gum
- The metal structure
- Is tooth is devitalized we can see its colour through the gum
Do I need to worry about what I eat?
Ceramics is highly resistant compared to the dental texture. If you have crown you can eat anything. However when exposed to shock, they can break. They cannot last a lifetime either. You need to check them periodically in the dental office in order to make them stronger.
Treatments needn’t be considered as lifetime resistant. Care and regular control are needed in order to prolonge their resistance.
The ceramic inlay
What is inlay?
It is a reconstruction piece bigger that a dental obturation that is used in cases where a tooth or close teeth were affected by a cavity or a fracture. Is is applied especially on molars and premolars. The inlay is made in the dental technical laboratory using different technologies.
Why choose an inlay and not an obturation ?
This type of indirect obturation has some advantages unlike a classic obturation:
- It is highly resistant in time
- It has an identical colour to the tooth
- You can reconstruct the shape of the tooth when a fracture occurs
- It need no adjusting time
- A very good recovery process of the occlusion
- Shaping perfectly the tooth not allowing food to enter the spaces between teeth
Is this procedure painful?
In case there is a very affected tooth, anaesthetics will be used, but the inlay operation is very similar to the obturation process.
What is the best material?
The best material is ceramics as it is beautiful, resistant and there is no plaque accumulation. These inlays can be done out of materials that resemble ceramics, but they are not that good. However they are preferred to normal obturation.
Are there any side effects?
Yes, there can be de-cementations of inlay, fracturing or cavities, inflammation of the nerves. For the 5 % of patients with side effects, the inlay can be redone.
How long does an inlay resist?
There can resist between 5-10 years.
During a dental procedure, can I request anaesthesia?
Yes but it depends on several factors:
- The general health of the patient
- Type of dental procedure
- The presence of an anaesthesiologist
Smoking and its side effects
Smoking is a high risk factor in loosing teeth. The smokers have a higher risk of periodontal disease, of losing bone structure, of inflammation on salivary glands or gums. It is a risk factor for oral or lung cancer. If you smoke you should quite before starting treatments for implants, they risk not to integrate into the gums.