The Miracle Of Modern Cosmetic Dentistry

The Miracle Of Modern Cosmetic Dentistry

Modern dental science has revolutionized cosmetic dentistry over the last 50 years. With permanent dental implants to replace missing or broken teeth and sophisticated oral surgery techniques, we are able to create complete facial reconstructions on a scale that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. As an example, our Chicago dental office recently saw a patient who we had treated when she was a young woman. She had been involved in a massive car accident and had horrible injuries: she lost all her front teeth, bone, and part of her nose and tongue. She had seven fractures of the upper and lower jaws. Her comprehensive treatment involved extensive bone grafts and multiple implants. She’s since married happily, has four children, and she credits her...

Composite dental veneers to help patient suffering from enamel dysplasia

Composite dental veneers to help patient suffering from enamel dysplasia

Cosmetic dentistry can help our patients at Vesta Dental Associates to restore and reveal the smile they have always wanted. In this patient case, Dr. Buglione provided composite dental veneers to help a young patient who had been suffering from a genetic condition call enamel dysplasia. Enamel hypoplasia is defined as an incomplete or defective formation of the organic enamel matrix of the teeth in the embryonic stage of the tooth. The cosmetic veneers helped to provide a bright white smile that has made our patient very happy and she no longer has to feel shy or hesitant to smile. See the before/after photos here   About the Author Dr. Michael Buglione is an experienced and award winning family, cosmetic and sedation dentist based in Vestal, NY. Connect...

Dental Treatment Options to Cure a Gap in Your Smile

Dental Treatment Options to Cure a Gap in Your Smile

Gaps between the teeth can be annoying, embarrassing and a stain on an otherwise-perfect smile. Gaps may form between the teeth because of a mismatch between the size of the teeth and the jaw bones, tooth loss due to trauma or gum disease or even from bad habits, like thumb sucking as a child. Fortunately, modern dentistry has two primary techniques for fixing a gap-laden smile without braces. Repairing Gaps with Bonding Dental bonding is a process that reshapes a tooth by adding material to it. The material can be applied to a single tooth or to multiple teeth to eliminate gaps, fix chips and cracks, whiten the teeth, protect the roots and prevent further damage. During the procedure, the dentist selects a shade of bonding material that matches the tooth’s...

Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

Am I a good candidate for dental veneers?

Dental veneers are a popular and effective solution for many kinds of problems affecting the teeth. You may be considering veneers to brighten and whiten discolored or stained teeth, transform crooked or chipped teeth or make your smile look more balanced. Veneers are a great treatment for these and other issues. People who are good candidates for dental veneers have generally good dental health. The thin porcelain shells can be used to correct a variety of minor to moderate issues, like small stains, chips or spaces between the teeth. Dental veneers may not be the best treatment option for people with gum disease, including gingivitis, severe misalignment, tooth decay or major cracks because the veneers must be adhered to healthy teeth. People who clench or grind...

Am I a good candidate for a smile makeover?

A smile makeover can completely transform your smile, boost your confidence and even improve your oral health. If you are considering a smile makeover, ask yourself these questions: Do you smile with your mouth closed in pictures? Does your smile make you feel self-conscious? Is your laughter inhibited by your smile? Would you feel more self-assured and confident if your smile was straighter, whiter or more balanced? Are you dedicated to keeping your new smile healthy? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, a smile makeover may be the treatment plan for you. People who suffer from chipped, broken, cracked, missing, stained, misaligned or uneven teeth are great candidates for the procedure. A complete smile makeover can address all these issues and...

What are my dental treatment options for broken teeth repair?

What are my dental treatment options for broken teeth repair?

The enamel that blankets teeth is one of the body’s most mineralized and hard tissues, but its strength can be challenged by falling, biting down on a hard object or other trauma. Luckily, chipped or broken teeth can be repaired by a variety of techniques and treatments. Your Alexandria dentist can recommend the best treatment for your broken teeth based on your dental history, aesthetic preferences and the degree of the chip or break. Dental bondings or fillings are often used to repair small breaks or chips. Fillings are visible in the mouth, so they are more commonly used on teeth that cannot be seen through a smile. Bondings are a great solution for small chips on front teeth because the bonding material is made of a composite resin the color of teeth....