Cosmetic dentistry

Q: Whai is cosmetic dentistry?

- Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of dentistry that enhances, improves, or changes the cosmetic and aesthetic appearance of your teeth and smile

Q: What cosmetic Dental procedures can improve my smile ?

Here is list of cosmetic dental procedures that can improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile:

- Replacing discoloured fillings in front teeth

- Whitening teeth to a lighter/white colour

- Straightening crooked teeth with Invisalign Orthodontics

- Recontouring of your teeth

- Closing spaces between teeth

- Resin or porcelain veneers to change the shape and alignment of teeth

- Using tooth-coloured fillings on back teeth instead of silver fillings

- Resin or porcelain inlays for back teeth

- Periodontal cosmetic surgery to even-out crooked gum tissue

- Restoration of worn and short teeth to their proper shape

- Replacing missing teeth with bridges or implants

- Replacing defective or unsightly old crowns

- Filling in tooth-brush abrasion notches

- Remove stained fracture lines from enamel

- Restore chipped teeth

- Making teeth shorter or longer


Q: what are porcelain veneers?

- Porcelain veneers or facings are a cosmetic dentistry procedure. They require more than one visit, as porcelain veneers are fabricated in a laboratory.

A laminate, just like a cap (or crown) is not reversible, since part of the enamel is removed during the bonding procedure in order to attach the porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers have a much longer life expectancy and colour stability than bonding.




Dental implants:

Q:what are dental implants?

- It’s a substitute for tooth root that serves as the natural tooth. They are made of titanium which is biocompatible .

Q: why are dental implants better than bridges , partials, and dentures?

- They can last a life time unlike bridges, partials, and dentures. They prevent bone resorption so they preserve the natural appearance of the smile. The r is no damade to the adjacent healthy teeth unlike bridges that require reduction of the adjacent healthy teeth, or loosend by hooks of removable partials.

Q: Is the surgical procedure painful?

- most patients report that the discomfort is far less than expected. And although everyone is different with regard to pain tolerance most patients are very comfortable simply taking pain killers.


Crown and bridge:

Q: what are dental crowns ?

- they completely encase a damaged tooth within a custom design , custom fit cap that fits perfectly over the damaged tooth. The crown therefore restors full function of the tooth that may have been cracked , or had excessive decay  or had root canal therapy.

Q:what are the types of dental crowns?

- There are many types of crowns:

1. All ceramic porcelain crowns

2. Porcelain fused to metal

3. Gold crowns

4. Metal crowns

5. Zirconium crowns

Q: What is a dental bridge ?

- It is a device that replaces a missing tooth by placing an artificial tooth between to adjacent healthy teeth. They require that the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth be shaped (reduced) to accept the bridge.

Q: what are alternatives to dental bridges?

- A: Dental implants are the new standard for placing missing teeth nowadays.


Teeth whitening:

Q: how long will the treatment take?

- the process only take 30 – 45 minutes. this includes tree applications to allow foe maximum gel application and light exposure.

Q: How many shades whiter can I expect my teeth to get?

- The whitening degree varies from patient to another. But in general teeth may whiten from 6 to 12 shades on the whitening shade guide. The results depend on the amount of discoloration the teeth are originally.

Q: How long will the treatment last ?

- This will vary from patient to another depending on the type of food and drink the have daily, and on dental hygiene habits. The effects generally lasts from one to two years.

Useful link: http://www.deardoctor.com/articles/teeth-whitening-questions-answered/


Pediatric Dentistry (kids Dentistry)

Q. Why are baby teeth important?

- Provide space for permanent teeth.

- Guide permanent teeth into correct position.

- Permit normal development of jaws, bones and muscles.

- Affect speech development.

- Allow proper nutrition.


Q. What do I do in a dental emergency? 

Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek:

- Apply ice on injured areas to control swelling.

- In case of bleeding, apply cotton or gauge.

- In case bleeding cannot be controlled, then visit the doctor.

If permanent tooth has been knocked out:

- If you can find the tooth, handle from crown not root.

- Rinse the tooth with water only. Do not scrub with soap!

- Transport tooth in a cup of saliva or milk.

- Visit the dentist immediately, time is crucial.

- Child physician should check for other injuries.

 If baby tooth has been knocked out:

- Contact dentist immediately.

- Put tooth in a cup of milk.

- Make sure there aren’t any bad injuries. 


Q. Is thumb sucking bad for my child’s teeth? 

• Sucking is a natural reflex in infants, children use there thumb or pacifier to suck on.

• Thumb and pacifier sucking should not persist after eruption of permanent teeth (age 6) because it can cause problems with tooth alignment and jaw growth. How intensely the child sucks will also determine whether or not dental problems might result.

• Children should cease thumb sucking and pacifiers between ages 2 to 4.



Q. How can I prevent baby bottle tooth decay (ECC)? 

• It’s one of the most serious forms of decay among young children. It’s caused by frequent exposure of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar (milk including breast milk, formula, fruit juice, and other sweetened liquids.)

• Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night while drinking can cause serious rapid tooth decay because sweet liquids pool around the child’s front teeth, giving bacteria a chance to produce acids that attack teeth.

• If you must give the baby a bottle, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep gradually, then dilute the bottle’s contents over a period of 2-3 weeks with wet cloth after.


Q. How do I prevent cavities? 

• Tooth brushing twice daily, at morning and at night. 

• Reduction of amount of sweets, sticky foods, and sweetened beverages at once or twice a day only.

• Visit dentist every 6 months to detect early cavities.

Periodontics ( Gum therapy) 

Q: what is periodontal treatment?

- it involves  full mouth scaling , root planning , and polishing  this will take one or more vistis depenting on the amount of calculus in the patients mouth.

Q: How many times a year should  periodontal treatement be done?

- It should be done every six monthes to 1 year to maintain good oral health.

Q: what are the symptoms of periodontal disease?

• Gums that bleed when u brush your teeth

• Bad breath

• Loose or separating teeth

• A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite



Endodontics :

Q: Does the Root canal treatment hurt ?

- with the use of anesthetics root canal treatment  involves little or no pain.

                     Often there is pain before the treatment, and the root canal treatment  relives the pain.

Q: will there be pain after the treatment?

- cleaning and shaping and filling of the root canals causes inflammation. It is common to experience minor soreness for a few days after the treatment.  The dentist will prescribe you some medications.

Q: Are there any alternatives to root canal treatments?

- Extraction is always an alternative. We replace the natural tooth with artificial one but it will require dental procedures on healthy adjacent teeth and its more costly ( bridge work).

                     Also dental implants are another option.





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