Improving Oral Health and Aesthetics with Comprehensive Care
At Miami area dental practice, Bliss Dental, the staff emphasizes oral health as well as the beauty of their patients’ smiles to deliver optimum patient care. The teeth draw attention to the face when one is speaking, eating, and expressing emotions, and others take note of the look of one’s dentition. This can cause people to feel self-conscious during everyday interactions. Dr. Gaertner is a cosmetic dental care specialist in Kendall, FL, and aims to create minor changes with maximum impact in the mouth.
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Cosmetic dental care is a type of dentistry that is performed on an elective basis to improve the look of one’s teeth. When a person has had their necessary dental care completed and is in good dental health, Dr. Gaertner and his team can place their focus on a patient’s aesthetics. During a smile makeover, the staff at Bliss Dental may work to improve the alignment of the teeth, tooth coloration, tooth size and shape, and replace missing anatomy to restore or create a complete set of teeth. Dr. Gaertner practices different types of dental care including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, and sedation dentistry. The dentist also provides some endodontic treatments like root canals. By providing a full-service dental clinic, most patients’ needs are met at a single location.
The Cosmetic Dentistry Consultation
Prior to undergoing cosmetic dentistry procedures, Dr. Gaertner must ensure there are no problems with the patient’s oral health. The dental team will perform a thorough examination of the mouth complete with X-rays, and will discuss the patient’s goals. This appointment serves as an excellent opportunity for the staff to get to know each patient and to learn more about his or her lifestyle. With this knowledge, the experts at Bliss Dental can make informed recommendations regarding the type of dental work that a patient should consider. Many patients are unaware that there are several ways to address even the most common aesthetic and health issues. There is no one-size-fits-all solution available in cosmetic dental care, but rather, customized procedures to address each patient’s particular needs.
Patients are encouraged to complete all necessary dental work prior to undergoing beautifying treatments. This ensures the health of the teeth and gums, and that Dr. Gaertner can create final restorations on healthy teeth so his cosmetic work is not affected by different procedures. If a patient needs fillings, composite resin material may be utilized to promote uniformly-colored teeth without obvious silver placements.
Available Cosmetic Treatments at Bliss Dental
Below are brief descriptions of some of the solutions Dr. Gaertner may discuss during the consultation. By having an idea of the work he may perform, patients can made educated decisions about how to improve the look of their smile.
Surgically installed in the upper and lower jawbones by metal screws, implant dentistry aims for the total restoration that maybe necessary following more extensive tooth loss. When a tooth is no longer rooted in the jawbone, the area of bone loses stimulation and calcium causing it to shrink. This can cause a person to appear much older than they actually are the upper and lower jawbones maintain the framework for the mid and lower face. Even with bone loss in the area, implants can be placed. In some cases this will require bone grafting, and the material may be supplied by a bony part of the patient’s body or a synthetic material can be added to the jaw. A metal screw, most commonly composed of titanium, will serve as the new artificial tooth root, prompting regeneration and continued support of the jaw bone. Over the next few months, the bone will fuse with the screw to create type of fusion that is similar to the natural root of the tooth. A crown will be created to serve as the tooth portion of the implant, and will be designed to match any remaining teeth in the mouth. In some cases where a patient has lost an entire upper or lower row of teeth, Dr. Gaertner can utilize the All-on-4 or Teeth-in-a-Day methods where four screws are placed, which is sufficient to install a row of teeth. With a single loss or a few missing teeth, the dentist may opt to place individual screws for each implant.
Patients suffering from tooth loss may choose to complete their full set of teeth by undergoing bridge work. One of the main qualifiers for this procedure is the existence of healthy teeth on either side of the gap to serve as a dual-sided anchor for the artificial tooth to attach to. The adjacent teeth are abraded and crowned, and form a bridge where the missing tooth or teeth are replaced in the central part of the dental work. Patients with extensive tooth loss may not be ideal candidates to receive a dental bridge since there must be existing supports in the form of natural teeth, and a bridge is a non-surgical solution for minor loss.
A crown is a replacement of the portion of the tooth that sits above the gum line. Created from a durable ceramic material, these artificial teeth cap the underlying tooth, which has been abraded due to decay or other structural issues. Dental crowns can also be placed when patients dislike the look of the existing tooth or teeth.
The first step of the process is the shaping of the natural tooth to accommodate the ceramic cap. It will be sanded down so the artificial tooth can fit snugly overtop of it. Dr. Gaertner will take an impression of the modified area of the mouth. A mold is formed and a crown will then be created by an expert dental laboratory team. The crown will match the color and look of the existing teeth, and will be an appropriate height to maintain the patient’s bite pattern.
Prior to having the crown permanently bonded to the remaining natural tooth, a temporary crown will be placed. This ensures the area below is protected from bacteria and maintains a normal look. Once the crown is ready for placement, Dr. Gaertner will dissolve the water-based glue and permanently bond the artificial tooth to the location. Crowns are expected to last 15 years or longer.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to improve the look of the teeth without impacting their structural integrity. Because the fronts of the teeth are the only portions that are visible, veneers seek to enhance this part of each treated tooth. Composed of a thin porcelain shell, veneers are bonded to the tooth’s surface following a procedure where a minimal amount of enamel is removed from the tooth. Dental veneers can be created to offer a permanently whiter smile, to change the shape of the teeth, and to create a more aligned smile with straighter teeth. Veneers are popular in patients seeking to create a permanent and beautiful smile through a less invasive method than other treatment options.
Professional Teeth Whitening
After learning more about the above restorative dentistry methods, current and prospective patients may have noticed that they are ordered from most to least extensive treatment types. While dental implants are performed as a total tooth replacement, and crowns and bridges require extensive modification of existing teeth, porcelain veneers are performed as a surface treatment. Professional tooth whitening is a non-invasive, non-surgical in-office procedure that does not require any changes to the existing teeth. Through a bleaching gel and an accelerating light, stains from the teeth are uniformly removed. It should be noted that some tooth discolorations, such as those that are caused by a dying root structure require a root canal, cannot be whitened through this method. Dental crowns and implants are composed of synthetic materials and will also not change color after a teeth whitening treatment. Patients should also be aware that due to varying colors of dentin, which is the part of the tooth below the enamel, results will vary as enamel is transparent.
One of the best ways to transform a smile is by permanently straightening the teeth. Through the use of seemingly invisible braces, the wearers of these clear trays can see optimal results in about 12 months. Not only do properly aligned teeth create a universally appealing smile, but straight teeth also promote better oral health. The teeth are easier to brush and floss and pressure is distributed more evenly. Invisalign also corrects bite issues that can detract from the look of the teeth, and improves wear patterns of the teeth.
Anti-Aging Cosmetic Dentistry
As people age, their teeth may shift, stain, and wear unfavorably. Cosmetic dentists are specially trained to address all issues that occur with age. From replacing missing teeth with dental implants, repairing existing teeth with crowns and bridges, and providing overall whitening, a patient’s smile can be fully renewed.
Cosmetic Dentistry FAQs
What does a cosmetic dentist do?
Cosmetic dentists aim to create better looking teeth in a person’s mouth. The procedures are often elective and not necessary to a person’s dental health, but improve overall attractiveness. Cosmetic dentistry can address issues like tooth placement, shape, and color. In some cases, treatments that are performed out of necessity to replace missing teeth or correct improper alignment, both the function and form are addressed.
I have a chipped tooth. How can this be repaired?
Minor chips in certain teeth may be repaired by composite bonding. The same tooth-colored material used to fill cavities can be formed to replace missing natural material. Chips can occur through trauma to the teeth, certain foods, or even tooth grinding or certain wear patterns.
Can silver fillings be replaced by composite resin fillings for a more discreet look?
Yes, in most cases metal alloy fillings can be replaced by composite resin or other durable, natural-looking materials. Silver-colored fillings appear dark in the mouth, and serve as an obvious reminder than a person had dental work done. The teeth will appear lighter and healthier with tooth-colored fillings.
Is cosmetic dentistry covered by insurance?
In some cases, when procedures are medically necessary to improve a patient’s oral health, procedures are covered by dental insurance. For example, many plans will cover orthodontia (including Invisalign), dental implants, and dental crown or bridge restorations. Dental insurance may not cover the placement of veneers, metal filling replacements for color-match purposes, or tooth chip repair.
Can Dr. Gaertner address ridges on the front teeth?
Yes, Dr. Gaertner can use light buffing techniques to smooth the mamelons, or the protuberances that may remain on certain teeth. This helps the teeth to appear more mature, as mamelons often appear in youth, and creates more uniformity of the smile.
Dr. Gaertner of the Miami Area Practice, Bliss Dental
Dr. Gaertner of Bliss Dental was born to practice dentistry. Following in the footsteps of his father, who is a renowned dentist in their home country of Belgium, he developed a passion for the family business early in life. Through modern technology and advances in dental medicine, Dr. Gaertner has integrated lasers and Botox into his practice. He has also evolved his practice to include cosmetic dentistry, with is important to the majority of his patients.
Dr. Gaertner’s South Florida dental clinic is a full-service facility, caring for patients’ routine needs, treating root canals, and performing beautifying services.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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