Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Different types of full dentures are available for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. Full dentures are sometimes also referred to as complete dentures and can be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. A dentist can recommend the type of full dentures most suitable for you. At Jackson County Dental, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe are your Seymour dentists for full dentures.
Replacing missing teeth with dentures has several benefits. Not only can dentures help restore your smile, they also help restore normal biting and chewing functions. Additionally, dentures provide support for sagging facial muscles so the natural shape of the face is restored. Dentures can also improve speech by correcting placement of the tongue when speaking. If you are missing a full row or arch of teeth, full dentures can be used to replace those teeth all at once.
There are three main types of full dentures: immediate, conventional, and implant-supported overdentures. Depending on your situation and needs, you might temporarily start with one type of full denture and switch to another type later. Dr. Lane or Dr. Severe, your Seymour dentists, can discuss the different types of full dentures with you and fit you for the right type.
Immediate Full Dentures: This type of denture is typically only worn temporary until it is time to switch to conventional full dentures. Immediate full dentures are often used following extraction of teeth. The gums need time to heal following extraction so it is not possible to get a good fit with conventional full dentures right away. Immediate full dentures make it possible to restore your smile while the gums heal and you wait to be fitted for conventional full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures: This type of denture is meant to be worn permanently. Conventional full dentures are custom made for each patient and conform to your mouth over time for a perfect fit. Once in place, conventional full dentures look like your natural teeth and can perform normal biting and chewing functions with ease.
Implant-Supported Overdentures: This type of denture is also meant to be worn long-term like conventional full dentures. Several dental implants, which are placed directly in the jawbone, are used to hold the dentures securely in place. The dental implants provide an additional level of stability and support for the dentures.
The different types of full dentures can help you restore your smile, as well as provide support for sagging facial muscles, restore speech, and make it possible for normal biting and chewing functions to resume. To find out which type of full dentures is right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe, your Seymour, IN, dentists, by calling Jackson County Dental at (812) 522-8608.
Do you have damaged teeth? Small spacing problems and a hairline crack on a front tooth make you too self-conscious to smile. Have you explored porcelain veneers? Placed by your dentists, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, veneers disguise flaws while also normalizing tooth size and shape. They can make you proud of your smile!
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain custom-shaped to fit over the front side of teeth which have defects such as stains, chips, cracks, odd shape, surface pitting, and more. Your dentist in Seymour may place veneers to cover gaps and mild misalignments, too, eliminating the need for more invasive crown treatment or orthodontic procedures.
The ceramic used in veneers is truly revolutionary. It is highly durable and faithfully imitates natural tooth enamel in color, translucency, and texture. In other words, porcelain veneers are lifelike in form and function. Plus, with today's fabrication techniques and bonding cements, dentists such as Dr. Pierce and Dr. Severe produce smile enhancements which are truly transformative.
Are you a candidate for veneers?
Many adults are candidates as long as their teeth and gums are healthy and they practice diligent oral hygiene. Your dentist will examine your mouth to ensure your oral health, as you must be free of decay and gum disease. Also, he'll discuss with you the changes you desire and if veneers can achieve them. Together, you'll arrive at a treatment plan which the doctor will send to the dental lab, along with accurate oral impressions.
At the lab, a skilled technician will fabricate the veneers one by one, adjusting the size, fit, color, and bite according to a three-dimensional model of your mouth. At the office, your dentist first will try-on your veneers with water or other liquid, to achieve the best fit and alignment. For final placement, he uses a special etching liquid to prepare the enamel and a colored bonding cement to bond the veneers in place.
A better smile for life
You should know that treatment with porcelain veneers requires minor tooth resurfacing. In other words, your dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from each tooth so the veneers seat correctly and function well within your mouth. As such, once you wear porcelain veneers, you always will. Most high-quality veneers last a decade or so with gentle use (don't chew ice!) and proper at-home and in-office hygiene.
A total makeover
Used by themselves or as part of a complete smile makeover, porcelain veneers strengthen and beautify teeth beyond what patients imagine. If you'd like to have your best smile ever, please contact Jackson County Dental for a cosmetic dentistry consultation. Great smile changes are possible, and porcelain veneers could be just what you need. Call us at (812) 522-8608. We have early morning hours to fit into your busy schedule.
Find out how this simple cosmetic treatment could improve the look of a tooth.
Okay, so no smile is perfect. Everything from getting older to injuries can leave us with imperfections in our teeth that can affect how confident we feel in our appearance; fortunately, our Seymour, IN, dentists Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe offers different ways to enhance and improve the way your teeth look depending on the issues you are facing. One such way is through a simple technique known as dental bonding.
What is dental bonding?
Do you know the tooth-colored material that is used to fill a tooth after a cavity? If so, this same moldable material (known as composite resin) is applied to the surface of a tooth to also cover minor imperfections. Composite resin even matches the shade of your tooth so that it blends in once it’s applied and shaped.
What issues can dental bonding address?
While bonding won’t be able to tackle more serious issues it can mask:
- Small chips and cracks (that don’t affect the overall function of the tooth)
- Discolorations and internal stains
- Unevenness or asymmetrical areas of the tooth
- Small gaps between teeth
If you grind your teeth you may find that some teeth appear smaller than others, which can affect the overall shape and symmetry of your smile. If this happens, sometimes our Seymour, IN, general dentists can apply bonding resin to these areas to lengthen a tooth or change its shape so that you have a more uniform smile. In some cases, bonding can even improve the resilience and strength of a worn tooth.
What should I expect from the dental bonding treatment?
This simple cosmetic treatment usually takes no more than 30 minutes per tooth. It can even be performed during your routine dental checkup. After your tooth has been cleaned, we will apply a liquid to the tooth, which will roughen the surface so the resin sticks to it.
Once the liquid has been removed, our Seymour, IN, cosmetic dentists will apply the resin to the tooth and then shape and mold the resin to the tooth. The resin is like putty, so it’s easy to alter and contour so it blends right in with the rest of the tooth while also hiding the imperfection. Once the resin has been shaped, we will use a special light to harden the resin to the tooth. Lastly, we will polish the tooth so that the resin has the same sheen as the rest of your tooth enamel.
Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, is dedicated to helping you achieve the ideal smile. No matter whether you are dealing with minor flaws or serious problems, we can sit down with you and create an individualized treatment plan that will help you get the results you want.