Smiles by Hanna Blog
Do your gums show too much when you smile? Then you may have what’s called “excessive gingival display.” It’s where too much of your gum shows above the line of your teeth, making your teeth appear short. If you feel like your smile shows more than four millimeters of gum tissue, then it may be time to seek treatment of your gummy smile from Dr. Hanna Mansoor in Gilbert, Arizona.
There are plenty of reasons you may be experiencing a gummy smile, one of which is genetics. Over 14% of women and 7% of men suffer from a gummy smile. If you are one of them, it can mean the difference between being confident in your smile or self-conscious. Some of the causes of a gummy smile are as follows: excessive gum tissue, a short upper lip or hyperactive muscles in the lip that raise higher than normal, an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw, or other abnormal structural conditions in the lips, facial muscles, teeth, jaw, or gum tissue. Thankfully, at Smiles By Hanna, we can perform a short cosmetic dental procedure that will fix your gummy smile in just minutes.
At Smiles By Hanna, depending on the cause and severity of your gummy smile we can fix it with Botox, dental laser treatments, or surgery. If it’s a mild case and the reason is due to muscle hyperactivity in the lips, Dr. Hanna will use a Botox treatment to paralyze the hyperactive muscles and inhibit the contraction of the upper lip. In extreme and rare cases where the gummy smile is due to structural abnormalities in the jaw or face, surgery may be needed.
If you suffer from excessive gum tissue and surgery is not needed, Dr. Hanna recommends using Waterlase therapy. We understand that having surgery can be intimidating and invasive, that’s why we invest in the latest dental technology. Waterlase is virtually painless and cuts the procedure time in half. With the Waterlase tool, Dr. Hanna can gently remove and reshape your gummy smile. It works by cauterizing and removing the tissue gently, preventing any bleeding. The secret to the technology is that it uses light and water to expose your tooth enamel. Since it’s a laser, the technology is precise and can prevent infection during and after your procedure.
Whatever ever the cause is of your gummy smile, Smiles By Hanna will find the treatment that works best for you. We are passionate making people smile, and we know that having a healthy smile can change your outlook and your confidence. So, are you ready to start your journey to confident smile? Give us a call and schedule your appointment today with Smiles By Hanna. In just one appointment, we can give you a smile you deserve.
At Smiles by Hanna, your smile is not only important to you, but it’s important to us. If you do not feel good about your teeth because they are unhealthy or look bad, then you are most likely not going to show that beautiful smile of yours. Dr. Hanna Mansoor wants her Arizona patients to feel confident about their smile and have a healthy mouth. She explains why it’s important to visit your dentist twice a year.
Unless you have very poor oral health, Dr. Hanna will recommend that her patients see her twice a year. During the semi-annual appointment, Dr. Hanna inspects your teeth for any sign of decay. The reason for this amount of time is that it usually can take cavities this amount of time to develop. If she catches them before they get too severe, she can fill them, that way you will not have to worry about crowns, root canals, or worse. Taking preventive actions like brushing, flossing, and seeing Dr. Hanna will help you in the long run from experiencing any pain or discomfort.
While at our Gilbert office for your checkup, you will receive a dental cleaning for your teeth. This cleaning is much more thorough than what you would be able to do at home on your own. Our hygienists can remove heavy stains and any hardened plaque that may have built up on your teeth and gum between visits.
It’s also important to have your gums regularly examined for any sign of gum disease, which is more common than you think. If plaque and tartar are left on your teeth, it can begin to cause a gum infection and destroy the tissue and bone surrounding your teeth. If this is left untreated, it can cause the tooth to pull away from the gum line and lead to a breakdown of your gums and the bone that holds your teeth in place. This will lead to bone loss which will be followed by tooth loss. It can be a very painful process, but thankfully Dr. Hanna is trained to help repair the gums with her painless Waterlase treatment.
Dr. Hanna recommends that all of her adult patients undergo a thorough screening for any indications of oral cancer during their appointment. Dr. Hanna uses a state of the art device known as the Velscope. A handheld device that uses the natural tissues fluorescence to enhance the way she can see any oral mucosal abnormalities that would not be apparent or even visible to the naked eye. Catching and treating oral cancer early, can save your mouth and your life.
This is why Dr. Hanna emphases the importance of seeing her twice a year for a checkup, it allows her to see how your oral health is doing and keep your mouth healthy. Seeing Dr. Hanna and our dedicated team will allow us to understand your smile and provide you with essential guidance, advice, and treatment if necessary. If you have any questions about how to better understand your oral hygiene, give us a call at Smiles by Hanna. We cannot wait to see your smile and welcome you to our Gilbert office.
There are ways to prevent, avoid tooth decay and heal your teeth. Our Gilbert dental expert knows that hearing that you have a cavity not only hurts physically but it can hurt to hear as well. But don’t panic! At Smiles By Hanna, we are here to help, Here is a list of five ways you can prevent cavities:
1. Oral hygiene, It may seem obvious but brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing your mouth should be done on a daily basis, and multiple times a day at that. We recommend using a toothbrush that uses high-speed vibrations such as an Oral B or Sonicare, and these types help fluids get into areas that the brush can’t reach. If you’re not a fan of these types of toothbrushes, then there are also soft-bristled brushes with a smaller head that will get into those hard to reach areas. Also, trying to brush your teeth 30 minutes after every meal can help as well. Remember to change your toothbrush or the head of your toothbrush every three to four months. Just like anything else that is used in your home often, toothbrushes get worn out. You can typically tell when it’s time to change a toothbrush, for example, if the bristles are frayed, or you’ve been sick, it’s time to replace it.
Flossing can be annoying, we know, but it’s crucial to not only your oral health but your body’s health in general. Flossing prevents tooth decay and gum disease because the floss helps keep plaque from building up on your teeth and gum that’s caused by food and certain liquids. Flossing can also help with bad breath!
After brushing and flossing, use a mouthwash to give your mouth that extra bit of protection. Now don’t just use any mouthwash, use one that contains fluoride, it’s impressive stuff, but we will cover that more later in our list. Another thing to look out for in mouthwash is alcohol, try to find one that does not contain alcohol and is approved by the American Dental Association. Mouthwashes that contain alcohol tend to dry out your mouth, which leads to no saliva production, which can then lead to cavities.
Doing these three things (brushing, flossing, and using an alcohol-free mouthwash) on a daily basis will help keep cavities at bay.
2. Watch what you eat and stay hydrated
Raw and unprocessed foods can help your body become healthy, but they can also help clean your teeth. Especially crunchy and fiber filled veggies act as a mild abrasive to help remove plaque and tartar from teeth. Also, eating fruits such as apples can help your mouth produce saliva, which in turn restores the pH balance that prevents plaque. Drinking and rinsing your mouth with water after eating helps prevent cavities. Also drinking water at least 16 ounces of water is good for you, but in some case, the water your drinking can be fortified with fluoride which will cover in our next point. Having a healthy diet and drinking plenty of water can help keep your teeth healthy and cavity free.
Let’s first note that Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens your enamel and boosts your teeth’s resistance to attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars found in the mouth. If used correctly, fluoride can also reverse early tooth decay. As we mentioned earlier, Fluoride could be found in water and foods, but a direct way to get fluoride to your teeth is by using toothpaste or mouthwash that contains it. Rinsing your mouth with a mouthwash that contains fluoride and Chlorhexidine (0.02%), and swishing it around for about 10-15 seconds. You can also visit our dentist office and receive a fluoride treatment that is higher in strength and can help protect your teeth.
4. Chew Gum
Even though brushing your teeth after eating is excellent for your teeth, it can be hard to make the time to brush, or maybe you just find awkward to brush your teeth in the public restroom. Whatever the reason there are alternative solutions to after meal teeth care. Chewing sugarless gum is a quick and easy after meal freshness solution. Plus, it can help get leftover food particles that are stuck in your teeth and can stimulate saliva production that will help you clean your teeth. Also chewing gum that contains Xylitol can help you fight against plaque buildup. So next time you’re in teeth cleaning bind, try chewing a stick of sugar-free Xylitol Gum.
5. Visit your friendly dentist – Dr. Hanna Mansoor
See your dentist! Do not, I repeat, do not miss your bi-annual teeth cleanings and checkups. In fact, regular cleanings should be a part of your annual dental routine. During that time our dentists will be able to take Digital X-rays and physically look at your teeth to be able to see if you do have any cavities or other oral health issues. Visits to our dentist allow our team to get to know your smile and administer helpful oral healthcare. If Dr. Hanna does discover some cavities, she will be able to determine the type of tooth decay you have and decide on the best treatment for you.
While going by the list above is a great start, more than anything we highly recommend number 5 on this list. Scheduling an annual check-up with a dentist you trust is truly the most important. That’s why here at Smiles by Hanna we strive to earn your trust and to ensure that you are going to do everything we can to get you the smile that you’ll be happy to share with the rest of the world. Schedule appointment today with Smiles by Hanna to get started on a cavity free mouth.
Gilbert, Arizona – It’s a truth as old as the human race: we fear the unknown. It’s also one of the main reasons many people are still afraid of going to the dentist. They simply don’t know how comfortable an experience having their teeth fixed can be. Yes, we said comfortable! With Waterlase Dentistry™ Smiles by Hanna in Gilbert, Arizona can treat patients in greater comfort than ever. “Most people don’t even know that Waterlase Dentistry exists,” explains Dr. Hanna Mansoor, “but at Smiles by Hanna we are always looking for ways to improve the comfort and clinical care of our patients, so we invested in this advanced technology.”
The Waterlase® laser system, from Biolase Technology of Irvine California, is a revolutionary dental tool that uses a patented combination of laser energy and water to perform a variety of dental procedures, in most cases with no shot, no drill and no pain. Cleared by the U.S. FDA for use in many kinds of dental work – from fixing cavities to preparing teeth for crowns, performing root canals, and even putting in implants – the Waterlase® laser is being used by thousands of dentists worldwide.
Studies have shown that Waterlase Dentistry™ can be less traumatic than the drill. The combination of laser and a fine spray of water is precise and gentle, so it preserves healthy tooth or gums around a cavity or diseased gums. “It’s an approach called minimally invasive dentistry.” says Dr. Mansoor, “The idea is to fix the diseased part of your tooth, gums or bone without damaging adjacent healthy tissue. Waterlase Dentistry gives us a big advantage in providing excellent clinical care with maximum patient comfort.”
For anyone who needs dental work, but may be putting it off because they’re afraid of the discomfort, visiting Dr. Mansoor’s office at 1355 S Higley Rd Ste 119, Gilbert, AZ 85296 or making an appointment by calling (480) 279-3700 could mean an end to their fear of dentists. “Like they say, ‘Knowledge is power’, Dr. Mansoor explains, “and the more people know about Waterlase Dentistry, the easier it is for them to conquer their fears and let us take care of the dental work they need.”
At Smiles by Hanna, the majority of our patients are coming to us with broken or missing teeth and have been living like that for several years. As hard as it is to believe, losing teeth as an adult is more common than you might think. If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s imperative you get them replaced as soon as possible. Missing teeth can lead to gaps in your smile which can affect your confidence and self-esteem. Also, missing teeth can cause drifting of adjacent teeth which will throw off your bite and cause jaw pain. The opposing teeth will come down due to gravity as they will not have any teeth to occlude with. Following an extraction, there will be vertical and horizontal bone loss which leads to the jaw caving in. This is very hard to restore as it will need several bone surgeries to rebuild the bone and get it where it needs to be. Therefore, it’s always best to add bone graft and restore the missing tooth immediately with an implant during the extraction. Missing teeth will also lead to chewing and digestion problems such as acid reflux due to not being able to chew your food properly.
When patients come to us with these types of teeth problems, we will discuss our implant treatment options based on their needs. For patients that are missing more than one tooth, we offer all-on four dental implants and Implant bridge options. All-on four is a treatment that allows our patients to leave with a full smile the same day of the extractions. These implants are made with cutting-edge technology and are an excellent alternative to traditional dentures. These All on 4 dentures/bridges will replace a complete upper and lower set of teeth, without the worry of shifting or slipping like conventional dentures.
At our Gilbert office, Dr. Hanna begins the process by strategically placing four implants in your jaw bone. Minor surgery is required to place the four implants and is relatively painless. These implants are typically made up of four titanium screws that fit inside your jawbone and will replace the root of your missing tooth. Another thing to note about All-on four implants is you do not need to be missing all of your teeth to have this procedure done. All you need to have are the four precisely placed implants on each arch. Once the implants are surgically placed, she will build a customized denture/bridge. The denture/bridge is created with 3D imaging right here in our Gilbert office, which saves time and money. These images will allow her to design a denture/bridge that will perfectly fit your mouth. The denture/bridge is made up of highly realistic-looking and functional prosthetic teeth. Giving you back your full smile without discomfort or worry.
The great thing about these implants is that since they are made of titanium, they have the unique ability to fuse with your jaw bone and will begin to function as part of it. Once this happens, the all-on four implants will become part of the jawbone that will then serve as a long-lasting foundation for your new smile. Another great thing about these permanently fixed implants is that once they have fused to your jawbone, they can prevent future bone loss in the jaw which can lead to better oral health. One of the most surprising benefits of this is that it can give a more youthful look to your face.
At Smiles by Hanna, we’ve seen many of our patients benefit from All-on four implants. It’s a simple, easy, and overall life-changing procedure for our patients. They come in wondering if they’ll ever smile again, chew their food and leave with a sparkling set of new permanent teeth that have them grinning from ear to ear. So, if you’re missing more than one tooth and are wanting to smile again, call and schedule an appointment today with Dr. Hanna Mansoor and get a beautiful brand-new smile that will leave you feeling happy and confident. Don’t wait any longer, MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF schedule an appointment today and get your smile back!
Have you lost a tooth due to an accident or as a result of periodontal disease? Then you may need a tooth implant. Before you go running out and getting any artificial tooth, you should know the differences in material. To be specific, there are two types of implants, Zirconium and titanium. Either option is an excellent step in the direction of improving overall oral health, but knowing the difference between the two is still important.
Zirconium Implants are as metal-free as your natural teeth and are considered a ceramic. Like most ceramics we encounter though, they contain metal atoms. Now as contradictory as that might be, it’s true. Just because there are metal atoms in zirconium does not mean that they are a metal implant. As the saying goes, not everything that glitters is gold, is same that anything that contains metal, is metal. These implants are considered entirely ceramic, but this type of ceramic is a combination of biocompatible aspects of ceramics and making it in some ways stronger than titanium. Currently, most FDA approved zirconia implants are created as one whole piece. Meaning that the root of the synthetic tooth and the abutment are attached to one another.
Metal implants, also known as titanium implants, have been around since the 1960s, much longer than their zirconium counterparts. To give a little background, titanium is a metal that is durable, lightweight, non-toxic and corrosion resistant. They also have a 95 percent success rate in patients, and most patients with titanium implants will have them for 30 plus years. Alternately, since zirconium implants have not been around as long as titanium, we do not know their long-term success. Titanium implants can be made as one or two-piece systems, giving them more versatility than zirconium. This versatility also provides the dentist more control over the whole implant process.
There you have it the difference between Zirconium and metal implants. But before you go, know that with either option your mouth will need some time to heal fully. While your mouth is healing, your dental implants will form a strong and powerful bond with your gum tissue. The great news about both options is that they are biocompatible, meaning each offer a high acceptance rate with the body creating an environment for Osseointegration. Osseointegration means the bone can grow around the implant material just as it would if it were your natural tooth roots.
At Smiles By Hanna, we know that any procedure with a dentist can be intimidating, which is why we take the time before to explain what you should expect before, during, and after the implant process. Now that you know the difference, you can schedule an appointment to speak with your dentist and discuss which option is best for you.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and you know what that means? Lots of kisses, and were not talking about the cute little chocolate candies that can cause cavities, but we are pretty sure those will be involved too.
We know that bad breath is embarrassing, but don’t worry, our expert Gilbert, Dr. Hannah has you covered. Here are some the of ways you can prevent bad breath and keep your mouth smelling fresh and kissable this Valentine’s day.
- Double down on brushing. It may seem redundant but brushing your teeth at least twice a day is fundamental to your oral health and fresh breath. In the morning it helps to rid your mouth of plaque and bacteria that built up while you sleep. Throughout the day bacteria builds up that produces acid, which is amplified by eating food. This acid can cause cavities, which is why it’s important to take two minutes and just brush right before you go to sleep.
- Floss like a boss! Flossing is just as important as brushing, if not more important. It helps get out those hidden little bits of food that are stuck in your teeth and that your toothbrush can miss. Food that gets stuck can lead to bacteria build-up that causes gross smelling breath. Flossing also helps keep gums healthy and can prevent gum disease.
- Watch what you’re eating! What you eat impacts your breath. For instance, eating certain carbohydrates creates ketones that will ferment in your stomach, and that foul odor from fermentation can begin traveling up the esophagus and expelling through the mouth. Eating more vegetables creates a more alkaline environment, which helps counteract the nasty acidity that causes bad breath. Long story short, be conscious of what goes into your body because it affects inside and out.
- Stay hydrated. H2O, we need it to live, but we also need it to prevent bad breath or even worse, halitosis. Keep your body hydrated and mouth lubricated by drinking 48 ounces of water every day, and this will keep your mouth not only feeling good but also smelling fresh.
- Clean your tongue, either use your toothbrush or invest in a tongue scraper to help get rid of any residue that may be building up on your taste buds and the folds of your tongue.
- Chew sugarless gum that contains xylitol. Chewing on a piece of gum increases saliva production which helps to wash away bacteria and food debris that cause bad breath, plus the benefit of minty freshness. Sugarless gums can also help get rid of stains on teeth and keep your jaw fit and chiseled.
- Don’t forget the Mouthwash. Rinse, spit, and repeat! Not all mouthwashes are created equally, rinsing your mouth with an alcohol-based mouthwash can dry out your mouth, which eventually leads to even more bad breath. So we suggest rinsing with an alcohol-free based mouthwash that contains a zinc compound, this will help to kick that bad breath stench and keep your mouth lubricated.
- Above all the things on this list, see your dentist, those biannual teeth cleaning appointments can make a huge difference. If your breath still hasn’t gotten any better, you could be dealing with something much more serious, so be sure to talk to your dentist and voice your concerns.
Now go ahead, begin those preparations for mission get breath smelling great by Valentine’s Day. From all of us here at Smiles by Hanna, we wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day.
Veneers revitalizes your smile
It is not uncommon to see some folks with stains, tooth gaps, or chips on their dentition. But what can you do about it if you have such a case? Veneers provide a good solution to such issues.
Veneers are made of ceramic materials. They are bonded to your teeth leaving you with a good and captivating smile. Your confidence is also renewed with its use. Veneers are created to look like your natural teeth. The translucent nature of the enamel is mimicked when producing the veneer. It also fits comfortably with your dentition.
Veneers are very effective when it comes to changing the appearance of your smile. A lot of people may think of veneers as a single treatment but the truth is that they are of many kinds. The next section will examine the common kinds of veneers together with its merits and demerits.
Types of dental veneers
Composite veneers: Composite veneers are one of the most common options when talking of veneers. They are not used in major dental procedures. They are used for just simple procedures such as fixing of a cracked tooth, or filling of small tooth gaps. Composite veneers are very cheap, much cheaper than its counterpart – the porcelain veneer. Treatment time is usually very short with the composite veneer.
On the other hand, composite veneers do have some demerits. You may not be pleased with the finishing. And also, they have very little resistance to stains and discoloration when compared to the porcelain veneer. To keep them looking great, you may have to do constant polishing of the teeth. However, following good dental hygiene will aid in making this type of veneer last longer.
Porcelain veneers: They are more expensive than other kinds of veneers out there. On the other hand, they have that effect on your smile that make the investment worth it. Porcelain veneer treatment requires you to visit the dentist multiple times to get it completed. The first phase of the treatment takes place at the dentist office while the completion is done at the dental laboratory. Porcelain veneers are customized to suit your tooth color and shape. Unlike composite veneers, they offer greater resistance to stains and discoloration, cracks and chips. Also, they are more long lasting than other kinds of veneers.
The one demerit of porcelain veneers is the cost. However, the returns are worth the investment so it shouldn’t be much of a problem if you are looking for the best. Another demerit of porcelain veneers is that they take time to treat. Much preparatory work is required. Your main teeth must be drilled and reshaped. Also, if damaged, repair may cost you lot of money and time.
Instant veneers: Instant veneers lie midway between composite and porcelain veneers. Instant veneers are not customized like the porcelain. Instead, you are given a premade one. They are of multiple shapes, sizes and styles, and your dentist will pick the one that fits best with your teeth. Unlike the porcelain veneer that requires multiple visits to the dentist, the instant veneer can be completed in a single visit. They are also less expensive than the porcelain as no lab fees are charged.
The demerit of instant veneers is that they are not custom made. So you’ll have to choose among the pre-made ones which suits you best. However, you’ll have similar aesthetic results to the porcelain veneer. Conversely, it has lesser resistance to stain and discoloration when compared to the porcelain veneer.
Removable veneers: Removable veneers are the last option. They are also known as snap on veneers. Removable veneers are the latest when it comes to veneers. They are made from dental resin, very hard, but forms a thin, strong cover over your teeth, giving your smile a perfect appearance. You can eat with them on, then you remove and clean them after eating.
Before wearing a removable veneer, your dentist will have to examine the imprint of your existing teeth. You can then select the shade you’d like on your veneer. Removable veneers are a great alternative to those who cannot afford standard cosmetic treatment. People who cannot wear implants for whatever reason can also make do with removable veneers.
Removable veneers may be inexpensive and good looking, but they are certainly not a long-term solution for existing dental defects. If your tooth cracks or gets chipped, it is best you go for proper dental care treatment. The same is applicable to discolored teeth.
Why go for veneers? Can’t I just whiten my teeth?
Yes you can! Some cases may not require using a dental veneer. A professional can brighten your teeth and you get your smile improved and your appearance revived. However, for more serious cases teeth bleaching will not do. In such cases, you can opt for a porcelain veneer and you’re good to go.
Mandibular Tori Expert Treatment and Removal
Laser tori removal becomes an option when you have a dental tori. The dental tori are small, hard structures in your mouth that impedes fixing of dentures in the mouth. They have a bony appearance.
There are several ways by which the dental tori can be removed. Traditionally, it is done surgically with the use of drills and chisels. However, with the advancement in technology, removal of dental tori has become much easier and less painful. Before we go into the laser means of tori removal, we will first examine the dental tori in detail.
About the dental torus
A dental torus is defined simply as an overgrowth of bone in the mouth. A torus can be triggered by factors such as genetics, an uneven bite, or even teeth grinding. When there are multiple overgrowths of bone in the mouth, then they are collectively known as dental tori.
Dental tori do not cause any harm. They grow on the part of your mouth known as the torus palatinus. The torus palatinus is also known as the roof of the mouth. In some cases, the dental torus can occur along the torus mandibularis – the lower jaw line.
In most cases, it is unnecessary to remove the dental torus. However, your dentist may recommend surgery. Reasons for removal of a tori include the following:
- Pain and discomfort
- Discomfort when eating (the tori causes some irritation in the mouth)
- Difficulty in speaking
- Interference with implants and dentures
Also, a mandibular tori (the one on the torus mandibularis) may be removed for the following reasons:
- Getting the mouth ready for prosthetic implants
- If you have done extensive mandibular surgery at some point in your life
- When there is a case of severe pain due to gingival inflammation
- Cancer phobia
Ordinarily, as has already been said, mandibular torus does not require treatment. Surgery only becomes necessary when the bone overgrows and interferes with speech, eating, dental prosthesis or other oral functions.
What happens during removal of the mandibular tori?
You will require the services of a highly trained dentist if you wish to remove the dental tori. You should consider removal tori adversely affects oral function and your daily life. The dentist will present you with options once it is discovered that it is necessary to remove your tori.
Traditionally, chisels and dental drills have been used to remove the tori. No doubt, this was a painful, intimidating and even frightening experience for patients. However, with advancements in technology, removal of the tori has become more efficient and the process is much easier. Today, tori removal is faster and is virtually pain free.
Removal of the tori by laser surgery
There is a growing interest in alternative means of carrying out oral surgeries. Not many reports exist on the use of lasers in bone surgery. Also, not much is known about the efficacy bone ablation or physiology of dental tissues that have been exposed to laser radiations. Research is ongoing to demonstrate the efficacy of laser surgery in dental procedures. However, it is known that laser surgeries are less traumatic when compared to the traditional mode.
Removal of the tori by laser surgery has a lot of advantages. First of all, the cut made is accurate. And there is the absence of hand pressure and vibration using use. Medically it bestows some important benefits such as lesser risk of bacterial infection in the surgical area.
Nerve supply the teeth. When operating on the tori using the traditional means, the surgeon may damage the nerves by mistake. Also, the excess blood may block the field of vision, causing a puncture to the nerves or other vital tissues. This risk is absent when using the laser surgery. Incision is more precise with less blood loss. Also, patients tend to accept the laser means of removing the dental tori rather than the traditional means. This is not surprising as the laser means has more advantages than the traditional mode.
How long does it take to recover after removal of the dental tori?
It takes about three to four weeks to recover from the surgery. Some side effects that accompany the surgery include bleeding, swelling and slight pain. These are usually resolved a day or two after the surgery. Your dentist will guide you through the recovery process and may instruct you not to consume certain kinds of foods, or place some ice in the affected area in case of swelling. Swelling and pain can also be reduced with analgesics and antibiotics respectively.
Any complications associated with tori removal?
One of the few side effects include bleeding and slight swelling in the mouth. There are chances of getting an infection since it is a dental procedure. Your dentist will advise you on what to do to prevent this. However, if you make use of laser technology to remove your dental tori, then your chances of getting an infection or developing complications will be drastically reduced.
Dental Veneers can enhance your beauty instantly!
Dental veneers are becoming very popular in the dental industry. One cannot talk of dental cosmetics without including veneers. There are four kinds of veneers namely:
- Porcelain veneers
- Removable veneers
- Composite veneers
- Instant veneers
Of all these, the one that is best classified as beautiful veneers is the porcelain veneer. When considering size, the porcelain veneer is as thin as a contact lens. Not much drilling is required to bond the porcelain veneer to the tooth. One important thing about veneers is that they can change the look of your dentition and strengthen your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are of good quality with a natural look that blends beautifully with your original teeth. It offers a high resistance to staining and discoloration. It hides the imperfections in your teeth and gives it a dazzling white appearance.
With advancement in science and technology, veneers now have a more life-like appearance as compared to what they were like 30 years ago. Modern porcelain veneers reflect light and have a sturdy structure. With the progression of digital imaging technology, dentists can now create dental restorations almost immediately. What’s more, these restorations are structurally similar to the client’s natural teeth. And to add to the beauty, dental treatments such as dental crowns and teeth whitening can enhance the results created by the porcelain veneers leaving the patient extremely satisfied.
What qualifies me for a dental veneer?
To be considered for porcelain dental veneers, you may have experienced issues with your teeth such as:
- Tooth gaps
- Misalignment of the teeth
- Tooth discoloration
To have a porcelain veneer, you must have good oral health. Also, you must be willing to maintain your oral hygiene.
How do I know that veneers are not right for me?
To qualify for dental veneers, your oral health status must be okay! If you have tooth conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, or infection at your root canal, then dental veneers are not the best option. On the other hand, if you still insist, then you will have to undergo treatment for the underlying dental issues. After successfully completing the treatment, you can then proceed to receive your veneers. If you’ve opted for porcelain veneers, then understand that the procedure is usually permanent. Before attaching the porcelain veneer, your dentist will first of all take off a layer of your enamel. So subsequently, you may need to replace the veneer or seek for an alternative restoration. You must be sure of your decision before opting for a veneer. Those who have a habit of grinding their teeth and or clinching their jaws are not qualified for a veneer.
Porcelain veneers are typically very strong and durable. However, its lifespan can be shortened by the forces of bruxism. The strain mounted on these veneers can cause it to break off. Good dentists can usually treat the underlying causes of the bruxism, allowing patients to have a veneer.
Do beautiful veneers hurt?
No they do not! That’s the simple answer. Your dentist will do all they can to make you feel at ease while during the procedure. It doesn’t hurt at all.
Does it take long to make a veneer?
You’ll need two appointments to get a beautiful custom made veneer with the accompanying beautiful smile. At your first visit, your teeth will be prepared for the veneer followed by the installation of temporary dental veneers. At your second visit, the temporary veneers will be taken off and the permanent ones bonded to your teeth using some strong cement. There’s no need to worry about whether or not the veneer will fall off.
Are dental veneers costly?
In most places, dental veneers share similar prices with dental crowns. The budget will depend on the number of veneers you need to achieve the desired smile. However, the average price of a dental veneer ranges from $800 to $1300.
Other factors that can determine the price of your veneer include your geographical location and how experienced your dentist is. Usually, professional cosmetic dentists charge more than those that are less qualified.
Beautiful veneers as a dental investment
It is agreed that veneers can be costly. However, the returns are worth the cost. Most patients usually feel satisfied, at ease and exude more confidence after getting a porcelain (beautiful) veneer. The reason for this is that the porcelain veneers have a wide application – from having whiter teeth, to dental crowns, to orthodontic treatment all simultaneously. Also, the results are natural. One would hardly notice that you’ve got veneers on.
Choosing a dentist
Patients are advised to be very selective when picking their dentists. If you want to have that stunningly beautiful appearance after getting the veneers, then go for a qualified dentist. You get the best result when you choose someone who is experienced in cosmetic dentistry.
What are the types of beautiful veneers?
- IPS e. max®
- IPS Empress®
- Lithium disillicate
- Stacked ceramic
- Pressed ceramic
A mock up is an electronic display of what your smile will look like following the placement of the porcelain veneer. Your dentist will create this for you prior to giving you the veneer treatment. A mock-up will give you the opportunity to decide whether or not to still go ahead with the procedure. These models can be created in different ways. Nowadays, dentists use the most recent technology to create three dimensional models of the mock up.
What about the recovery time?
The attachment of a porcelain veneer does not require any recovery time. You can drive yourself home immediately after the procedure.
Since the attachment of a porcelain veneer requires removal of a layer of enamel, you may experience some mild discomfort. You may want to stay away from extremely hot or cold foods and drinks for a week. Foods that are hard and crunchy may not be ideal for the same period. However, it doesn’t take long for this sensitivity to wear off, and then you can return to your normal routine.