Cosmetic dentistry for the most part refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Cosmetic dentistry may not necessarily improve the function of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. It is used primarily to improve dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment and overall smile appearance.
Dental veneers, porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates as they are sometimes called, are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. This is done to improve the appearance of teeth and subsequently your smile. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental Crowns or Porcelain Crowns
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” which is placed over the tooth to cover it. The dental crown is used to restore the tooths shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crown fully surrounds the entire visible portion of the tooth at and above the gum line.
Tooth whitening lightens your teeth and helps to remove any stains and discoloration you may have. Whitening is a very popular cosmetic dental procedures. Tooth whitening can greatly improve how your teeth look. Almost all dentists perform tooth whitening. Whitening is typically not a one-time procedure.
A composite filling uses a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of your teeth. It improves your smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
A classic type of dental is the gold crowns. There are a couple types of gold crowns used to restore a tooth. A full gold crown is made entirely from gold or gold alloy. A PFM or porcelain fused to metal crown is made from a combination of gold and porcelain.
A dental implant is a surgical fixture used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth that are placed into the jawbone. The implant is allowed to fuse with the bone which typically happens over the span of a few months. The dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth and allows a replacement tooth be attached in a permanent fashion .
General & Family Dentistry
You can think of a general dentist as your primary care dental provider. This type of dentist diagnoses, treats, and manages your overall oral health and dental care needs. It encompasses gum care, fillings, crowns, veneers, bridges, and preventive education.
You can think of family dentistry as dentistry that addresses your oral health and dental care at every stage of life. Children have very different dental needs than adults. It takes a qualified family dentist to deliver comprehensive oral care ranging from baby teeth to permanent teeth. Like general dentistry, family dentistry is concerned with oral hygiene and the health of your teeth. As a dentist in Lynchburg, VA, Dr. David O’Donnell sees a wide range of dental patients for general dentistry and family dentistry.
Pediatric dentistry deals with the dental health of children ranging in age from birth through adolescence. The American Dental Association as well as numerous other organizations around the world recognize this as a specialty area of practice. Does this mean that only dentists who are certified in pediatric dentistry are qualified to meet the dental health needs of children? Certainly not. While some dentists decide to specialize in this area and only treat children, family and general dentist have met the needs of the entire family including children from birth through adolescence for years. As a family and general dentist in Lynchburg, VA that is exactly what we do. We care for the dental needs of your entire family.
New Patient Exam
A new patient dental exam is very similar to a routine check up but also includes some additional procedures as you get established as a new patient. This check up lets your dentist essentially take inventory of the overall health of your mouth and teeth and diagnose any potential problems you may have.
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. This is needed if a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay. Typically your dentist will try to fix a broken or decayed tooth with a filling, crown or other treatment, but sometimes there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired and it needs to be extracted.
Cleaning & Prevention
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only make you to look and feel good, but they make it possible to eat and speak properly, which we all need. Good oral health is important factor in your overall health and well-being. Good daily preventive dental care practices such as brushing and flossing, will help prevent problems before they develop. Doing this less painful, expensive, and worrisome than having to treat conditions that have been allowed to progress.
Composite and Amalgam Restoration
Because of technological advances, dentists and patients can choose between a resin-based composite fillings and a traditional metal amalgam. Patients often wondering which is right for them? Newer resin-based materials are generally preferred on visible teeth for aesthetic reasons. Traditional dental amalgam fillings tend to be stronger and less expensive, making them a good choice for teeth in the back of your mouth. If you have questions when you come into our Lynchburg dentist office, feel free to ask Dr. O’Donnell about your options to help you decide which is right for you.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth which can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Although dentures take a while to get used to, and will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, today’s dentures are very natural looking and are more comfortable than previous generations.
A dental bridge literally bridges the gap for one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing teeth.
Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants and help hold them in place.
A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Sometimes this is connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place between natural teeth in your mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in your upper or lower jaw.
There are several types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and the surrounding tissue has been healed. This healing process can sometimes take several months. But don’t worry, an immediate complete denture is made and inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Your dentist measures and makes models of the your jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures you don’t have to worry about being without teeth during the healing period.
Valplast Flexible Partial Dentures
Unlike more traditional rigid, bulky and unstable dental materials Valplast flexible partial denture are made from a flexible plastic material which fits neatly into your mouth and is virtually invisible.
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