Bleaching at our practice
In-office bleaching is the most efficient whitening method. Within a single hour your teeth can be whitened several shades. In this method teeth are bleached by applying a high concentration gel under dental supervision. It is also possible to bleach only individual (e.g. devitalized) teeth or only part of certain teeth. Following the treatment teeth usually become sensitive to heat or cold, this however goes away in a few weeks. In case of oversensitivity a special gel can be used to relieve the problem.
At-home or night bleaching is performed with the help of a customized 2mm transparent whitening tray.You will have to visit the dentist twice, first an impression is made of your teeth, and second the tray is tried in and delivered to the mouth. This customization allows for maximum contact between the whitening gel, which is applied to the mouthpiece tray, and the teeth. The treatment is applied for 1-2 weeks. Sensitivity may occur in this case as well but it goes away also in a few weeks.
Why choose aesthetic filling?
In our days aesthetics receives more and more emphasis. Most patients do not want to smile showing grey amalgam fillings. Modern composite filling materials equal the durability and mechanical resistance of amalgam.
What are white fillings made of?
Composite fillings are usually synthetic resin based. They also contain silica particles and a light sensitive catalyst speeding up bonding. You may receive detailed information about the materials to be used in our office.
Is there any other solution than filling?
There is another solution called "inlay” or “onlay”. Inlays are custom made in a dental lab based on impression, just like crowns, than bonded into position in the dentist’s office. Inlays do not need removing more tooth structure than a filling. The advantage is that they provide a more permanent solution although they are more expensive.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Why would you need root canal treatment?
Pulp infection may have several reasons:
- periodontal disease,
- trauma etc.
Untreated inflammation may spread to the surrounding tissues damaging them. This may cause an abscess.
What happens during a root canal treatment?
The aim of the treatment is to remove the inflamed tissues from the tooth to relieve symptoms and to fill the root canal with a special filling material. In most cases 2-3 visits are necessary to complete the therapy. At the first appointment, the infected pulp is removed and a temporary filling is put in place. The final filling is usually received at the second or third visit.
What happens if you do not receive root canal treatment?
The infection prevails and may cause general problems and diseases. Although the aim is to keep as many teeth as possible, in case of inflammation the alternative can be the removal of the tooth.
What happens to the tooth after root canal treatment?
It functions just as well as your other healthy teeth, although to avoid later problems it may be a good idea to receive a crown to prevent the tooth from breaking in the future. This tooth will not require any special home care other than normal cleaning. It is worth however to have regular dental check-ups!
What materials are used for crowns?
Several materials can be used but most often they are porcelain-fused-to-metal. The metal is usually some kind of tissue friendly base metal alloy that does not contain nickel but can be gold alloy as well. There are also metal-free crowns. For these full ceramic restorations a special zirconium oxide is used and they fully restore both aesthetic and chewing functions.
Do I get temporary crown until the next appointment?
During the first office visit your dentist will make a temporary crown which is not as resistant to chewing forces as the permanent one but it will be sufficient both functionally and aesthetically until the latter gets ready.
How long is the treatment?
It requires at least two visits. In the first appointment the tooth will be prepared, an impression made, the shade selected and the temporary crown made; while at the second visit the permanent crown is cemented in place. In certain cases more appointments may be necessary.
What can I do at home to extend the lifespan of the crown?
Typically, crowns can last between 5-10 years. Proper home care and regular dental check-ups can prevent their early wear. Plaque and tartar can build up on ceramic crowns just like on your own tooth, so it is important to take care thourough to prevent decay and periodontal diseases.
What is a post crown?
When a tooth has received root canal treatment, to protect the rest of the tooth, it may be necessary to remove part of the root canal filling and place a post inside the tooth which forms a peg on top of the tooth and acts as a seat for the crown. When the post is cemented in, the crown can be prepared ensuring a long term, stable result due to the enforcement by post.
BRIDGES AND PARTIAL DENTURES
How to replace missing teeth?
It depends on the number and location of the gaps and the condition of the remaining teeth. The options are bridges, removable partial dentures, or implants.
Is it always possible to have a bridge?
If there are enough teeth left in proper condition to support the abutments of the bridge, then there is nothing against getting a bridge.
What is a partial denture?
This is a type of removable false teeth which replaces the missing teeth with a plate with artificial teeth attached. They can be made of plastic resin or a combination of metal and plastic resin. Typically, they are fixed to the remaining teeth with metal clasps, but there are also types with hidden push buttons.
What materials are used for bridges?
Several materials can be used but most often they are porcelain-fused-to-metal. The metal is usually some kind of tissue friendly base metal alloy that does not contain nickel but can be gold alloy as well. There are also metal-free bridges, for which a special zirconium oxide is used and they fully restore both aesthetic and chewing functions, however they cannot be used to replace too long gaps.
How to take care of my bridge?
Typically, bridges can last between 5-10 years. Proper home care and regular dental check-ups can prevent their early wear. Plaque and tartar can build up on ceramic surfaces just like on your own teeth, so it is important to take care to prevent decay and periodontal diseases.
Under the bridge where the tooth is missing special cleaning is required using dental floss and mouthwash.
Why would I need a dental bridge?
The main reason you would need to get a dental bridge is that even one missing tooth may compromise proper chewing and speaking ability and both adjoining and opposite teeth can be damaged. Teeth tend to shift out of position or lean in toward gaps, spoiling the distribution of chewing forces or enabling food particles get stuck. Replacing missing teeth is also important for your appearance.
How long is the treatment?
In case of bridges it usually requires 2-3 visits, in case of dentures more appointments may be necessary.
How do I take care of my partial denture?
To clean your dentures, always remove them from your mouth. Rinse them under running water using a tooth brush. Do not use toothpastes because they are too abrasive for the polished surface. Use denture cleansing tablets regularly.
Why should you wear dentures?
Replacing missing teeth is beneficial from aesthetic and functional aspects as well. A full denture replaces your natural teeth providing also support for your lips and cheeks.
How long should I wear my dentures?
During the first few days you should wear them most of the time, except if it causes mucosal damage. In this case you should immediately contact your dentist!
What are dentures made of?
The denture base plate can be made of synthetic plastic resin or metal. False teeth are usually made of acrylic but can be made of porcelain as well.
What is the difference between permanent dentures and immediate dentures?
Permanent dentures can be made on the completely healed mucosa of the alveolar processes, thus it is practical to wait a few weeks after the extraction of the teeth. The immediate dentures you will get as soon as your teeth are extracted. Their advantage is that you will never need to appear in public without teeth. After extraction however bones and gums change, so immediate dentures shortly require relining.
Should I use a denture adhesive?
Denture adhesive can provide additional retention for well-fitting dentures. Denture adhesives are not the solution for ill-fitting dentures.
Will I be able to eat with my dentures?
Eating will take a little practice. Start with soft foods cut into small pieces. Chew slowly using both sides of your mouth at the same time to prevent the dentures from tipping. As you become accustomed to chewing, add other foods until you return to your normal diet. This may take a few days.
Will dentures affect my speech?
Pronouncing certain words may require practice. Reading out loud or practicing in front of a mirror will help.
How do I take care of my dentures?
Dentures are very delicate and may easily crack or break if dropped. Therefore it is a good idea to clean them over the basin. When they are not worn, dentures should be placed in water not to allow them to dry out or they may break. Dentures should be cleaned after each meal using a traditional toothbrush and water.
When do I need new dentures?
Over time, dentures may become loose because bone ridges shrink. This can be remedied by relining or rebasing or making new dentures. With regular dental check-ups and proper home care the lifespan of your dentures can be extended.
Is dental implant procedure painful?
The patient gets anesthesia to control the pain during the procedure. Following the surgery you may experience slight pain and swelling. The discomfort of the first days will go in a week and after the removal of the stitches our patients are usually free of any symptoms.
How can I keep the implant roots clean?
Implants go with either fixed or removable dentures. In case of fixed dentures the bride or crown must be cleaned just like your natural teeth, while removable dentures should be cleaned like traditional dentures. The abutment posts can be cleaned with special tools. The tools and method to be applied should be select together with your denstist in the office.
When will my teeth for the implants be ready?
In most cases, the bone cells around the implant need about three months to heal and fuse with the implant roots, when an imprint can be made. In some cases, when also bone grafting is envolved this may take half a year. During this period the implant roots are hidden under the gum. Afterwards a so-called “healing screw” is inserted in the implant, the role of which is to help develope the final shape of the gum. Getting the new teeth ready takes the same time as in case of other replacement teeth.
What is the lifespan of the implants?
Of course, it varies from patient to patient but basically at least 10-15 years. There are several factors influencing lifespan, like oral higieny, age, and other general health conditions.
What causes gum disease?
Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. Plaque is formed by colonizing bacteria, developing in improperly cleaned surfaces of the teeth. Some of the bacteria are harmless, some of them however causes gum disease. It can be prevented by proper home care and in-office cleaning!
How is gum disease treated?
Gum disease can never be healed but regular scale removal and home care can arrest its progress and can make the infection asymptomatic.
Does smoking influence gum disease?
Smoking aggravates existing inflammation. Because of the lack of oxygen in blood vessels, the inflamed gum heals slower, thus tooth loss occurs earlier.
What happens if the gum disease is untreated?
Unfortunatly inflammation often aggravates in a painless way, so sometimes it is detected too late. The most common symptom is bleeding when brushed or bad breath. Should you experience any of these, contact your dentist!
We provide guarantee for:
In case of damage of the denture or damage of the teeth casused by denture – under the circumstances of normal wear and maintenance of the teeth and the denture – we provide repair and remake at the same quality for free.
The guarantee is not provided in case of:
MANUFACTURERS – MATERIALS
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