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How Has Cosmetic Dentistry Advanced in the Use of Veneers and Dental Crowns?

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We may think of cosmetic dentistry as a fairly recent development. Over time humans have become increasingly self conscious about appearances, and to prove it we only need look back at history. Scientists can look back to Mayan civilizations, where it has been proven that dental implants, embedded into jaw bones, were sometimes used.
Super Smiles Created through Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry
Since then there have been great advances in dental technologies specific to cosmetic dentistry, especially in crown and veneer procedures. Bleaching and bonding have also improved over the years. Professional dental cleaning is, of course, your best defense against tooth damage and loss. But as we age we are more likely to experience issues. Not surprisingly, more than half of all cosmetic dentistry patients are between 41 and 60 years old.

Whatever your age, you can take comfort in the new ways that dental veneers and crowns are being handled by the top cosmetic dentists.

1. Veneers

Veneers are a temporary solution for fractured or discolored teeth, typically lasting for 5 to 10 years before they must be replaced. However, advancements in bonding can increase the lifetime of veneers another 20 years when used effectively. A new, thinner porcelain veneer is now available, known as Lumineers. These veneers appear similar to actual tooth enamel because they are so thin, approximately 0.2 mm. They are also easier to apply and can therefore do less harm to your teeth than traditional veneers.

2. Dental Crowns

Dental crowns, also called caps, restore teeth to their original appearance if teeth have been broken, discolored, weakened, or misshapen. The latest technology advancement is specific to CEREC crowns. CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, and they are constructed with an innovative 3D CAD procedure which recreates a tooth out of ceramic in a small machine in the dental office.  Usually CEREC crowns can be completed in one visit in about an hour.

How much a dental crown will cost depends on a number of factors including the beginning condition of your tooth, its location, local rates, and how much training and experience your dentist has. In cosmetic dentistry, the cost for a dental crown is not usually covered by insurance. Therefore, it is common for someone seeking dental work to spend nearly 5,000 or 6,000 dollars on their cosmetic procedures depending on the amount of work that is done.

When you find a cosmetic dentist, be sure to ask about CEREC crowns and Lumineers. Not all dentists can do them or will recommend them depending on their own experience and their level of comfort with new procedures. Please know that when you work with us at Kirkland Dentistry you can be confident we’re committed to staying current on the most recent, safest, and most effective high-tech advances in cosmetic dentistry.

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From Mini Dental Implants to Veneers, Cosmetic Denistry You Can Use

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From Mini Dental Implants to Veneers, Cosmetic Denistry You Can UseA full three quarters of the population feel that their hopes for professional advancement hinge at least in part on the quality of their smile. In fact, within the last five years, there has been a huge 300 percent increase of teeth whitening procedures. If you are at all concerned about how your teeth and mouth look and feel, you may want to consider a Kirkland cosmetic dentist like Kirkland Dentistry who can administer a variety of procedures.

While the best family dentist can give you high quality, professional dental cleaning, top cosmetic dentists offer additional services such as bonding, bleaching, and the implementation of veneers and crowns. For example, if you are in need of a crown where your missing tooth once was, a mini dental implant made of titanium can be inserted in place of your tooth root and later used to support dental crowns.

An even more minimally invasive procedure would be the option of dental veneers, which are thin shells custom made for the patient and commonly used to either protect the integrity of the tooth surface or to simply improve the look of teeth that have lost their white color. They are often made of porcelain.

If you have questions about cosmetic dentistry procedures in general or suggestions on how to find the best family dentist in Kirkland, be sure to give us a call.

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Smile Your Best Smile with These Three Cosmetic Dental Technologies

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Did you know that the earliest dental filling, found in Slovenia, is from 4,500 BCA, and was made of beeswax? Dentistry has long been a part of human civilization. Today, it is far more advanced than it used to be.  No longer are cavities, for example, thought to be the result of tooth worms.

Cosmetic dentistry refers to the practice of making teeth look better. Here are three types of cosmetic dental technologies that might interest you in Kirkland WA.

1. Veneers

Veneers are thin shells that adhere to tooth surfaces in order to give a more uniform appearance. They are often used to cover discoloration, tooth cracks, gaps, and other issues. Dental veneers are good for people who want change right away, and over half a million people opt for veneers every year. Lumineers are a type of veneer that are very thin and translucent, making them look more natural. It’s important that your Porcelain veneers are not too white and nice, like the Hollywood smiles of the 90s, as they can look fake up close.

2. Invisalign

Although 99 percent of Americans agree that smiles are important social assets, part of the benefit of having straighter teeth is not just the beauty of the smile, but the long-term health benefits as well. Misaligned teeth can contribute to cavity formation, premature tooth loss, discomfort, and tooth wear. Invisalign is the grown up version of metal braces, ideal for people who want less visible corrections. It is administered in a series of clear trays that are replaced every several weeks. Because they are changed out more frequently, most people experience less pain than with traditional dental technologies like braces.

3. Implants

Dental implants either replace lost teeth, or are used to hold dentures in place. When a Kirkland dentist needs to put one of these in your mouth, a titanium post is put into the bone in the empty tooth socket, then heals over a period of several weeks.  The new tooth or denture relies on this firm implant to stay securely in place.  The implant can last a lifetime but will depend on many factors including diet, care, and general health of the individual.

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I can’t afford dental insurance and my teeth aren’t hurting…is a checkup really necessary?

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Absolutely!  Actually, without dental insurance to help you cover the cost of restorative dentistry, it’s as much or more important now for you to schedule regular visits to your dentist than ever.  Preventive dental care, including regular cleanings, is a must for you to save you money as well as potential pain and aggrevation.

Restorative dentistry, like fillings, crowns, or root canals, is required when small cavities or cracked teeth become bigger problems.  These are much more expensive to fix than the regular dental checkups that would prevent them.

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Replace missing teeth with dental implants

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Dr. Richardson partners with Oral Surgeons such as Dr.’s Knoff, Fettig, and Naumann to provide you with the most comprehensive implant and restorative dentistry available.  Dental implants are changing the way people live.  The decision to replace missing teeth is a big one.  You are evaluating both the function and the cosmetic replacement of your natural teeth.  Implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.  The person choosing dental implants to replace lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything while knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved.  Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence!

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A crown in about an hour — really?

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Really! It’s the CEREC CAD/CAM technology that gives me the ability to do this for you. Revolutionary to restorative dentistry, I can prep your tooth for a crown, onlay, or inlay, design it on the computer, mill it, and seat it for you. It’s very cool! I love providing this service to my patients. Some folks just relax in the dental chair while their restoration is milled. Some, though, like to watch the machine work. You can see it carve your restoration through a window on the front of the CEREC. It’s pretty amazing.



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