1. What is the best option for a cracked tooth?
The best restoration for a cracked tooth is usually a porcelain dental crown. Your Vail dentist will numb the affected area and remove the damaged material to preserve the strong base of your tooth, then cap it by bonding a crown into place. Porcelain dental crowns are colored to match your surrounding teeth, making them indistinguishable from your surrounding teeth.
2. What is cosmetic bonding?
Cosmetic bonding is a technique for improving the appearance of teeth. A special resin is applied and sculpted to cover imperfections such as chips or stains, and can also be used to change the shape of the teeth, closing gaps, and hiding crookedness. Your Vail dentist will score the surface of your tooth to aid bonding then apply the mixture. Once sculpted to the desired specifications a special light is used to harden the material.
3. What are the advantages of dental implants?
Dental Implants are just about the best solution for keeping dentures firmly secured in their desired position, and they do not require messy gels that can leave foul tastes. Your Vail dentist will mount two small implants into your mouth and then connect them with a small bar. This bar locks together with a corresponding piece on the denture plate to make sure your dentures never dislodges unintentionally.
4. Am I a candidate for Invisalign®?
Most likely, yes. Generally, Invisalign isn’t recommended for children since they may experience problems wearing them regularly, but the only other disqualification is if your condition requires special orthodontic headgear to correct jaw alignment. These types of headgear attach to brackets on the teeth and therefore are not compatible with the clear plastic retainers that Invisalign uses.
5. What are the warning signs of gum disease?
Gums are usually a healthy shade of pink. Any time there is discoloration, such as being extra red or blotchy in appearance, there might be an infection. Also any swollenness, pain, sensitivity, or bleeding is a definite signal, so contact a dentist right away for an appointment. Furthermore the beginning stages of periodontal (gum) disease can have no symptoms, so it is important to have regular appointments every 6 months so your dentist can give a thorough examination and cleaning.