Today’s dental materials are nothing short of miraculous. Truly, they can help repair and restore damaged teeth so that they look “almost new.” In fact, most laypeople generally can’t tell when restorative work has been done.These new materials, which construct veneers, dentures, grounds and bridges — as well as, in some cases, splints, orthodontic appliances, and dental implant components, can be used for everything from “instant tooth whitening” on otherwise healthy teeth to complete replacement or reconstruction of teeth that have been damaged. No longer your grandmother’s dentures Today’s reconstructive techniques with these new dental materials can look entirely natural, and in some cases can be done as implants as an alternative to dentures. This can give you an entirely natural looking smile, so that no one but you has to know you have had dental work done. What can cause the need for dental restorative work? These days, all of us are living longer and healthier lives, and our teeth often don’t make that entire journey with us. Despite great advances in dental health care, a lifetime of cavities and poor dental hygiene, for example, can render you toothless by the time you’re in your 40s, 50s, or 60s, if neglect has been severe enough. Oftentimes, for example, complete dental restorative work is needed if drug abuse has been a problem, especially methamphetamine use. Teeth are often destroyed in situations like this, even if good oral hygiene practices are otherwise followed. Then again, there are those of us who simply weren’t born with great teeth. If your teeth are soft or simply more prone to decay, no matter how hard you try to practice good hygiene and keep up with dental visits, you, too, can be facing tooth loss that will require partial or full dental restoration with dental materials. Finally, gum health, too, is a factor in the health of teeth. If you overtly “try” to practice good oral hygiene and end up brushing too hard, you can cause your gums to recede, sometimes to the point of having very loose teeth that simply fall out or need to be pulled because the roots are too exposed. All of these things can make you a candidate for dental restoration, and fortunately, there are dental materials and skilled health practitioners available that can help you have exactly the smile you want — even if you weren’t born with it or have lived long enough to risk losing it. In addition, dental procedures may be able to help you save already healthy teeth so that you don’t have problems later on down the road, such as if you need orthodontic help. Again, fortunately, materials and skilled healthcare practitioners exist that can help you take care of these things as you need to. What dental materials are used in restoration? For example, veneers are meant to look entirely natural and go on over your own teeth. They are a mix of powder, liquid and porcelain or ceramic applied to a model of your tooth in different colors and layers so that the end result looks natural. These porcelain powders are fired in a special kiln that ranges from between 1500 and 1800°F. Then, they are sculptured until they look like your own teeth and will fit perfectly. To get the models for your teeth, generally, molds of your teeth are taken in wax and then the veneers are molded around them. If you need dental implants (such as if you have lost one or more teeth), you may need a crown, partial denture, or bridge. Dental crowns, dentures and bridges require the application of porcelain or acrylic paste done in layers over a metal framework molded to your own mouth, with a small brush or spatula. The excess material is then trimmed away so that the resulting restorative work looks completely natural. It’s then hardened in a furnace and is polished with turbine and/or electric powered hand tools. Allergies and dental materials It’s not common to experience an allergy to a dental material, but in some cases it may happen. Certain composites or cements, as well as certain metals, may cause an allergic reaction. You will likely be tested before procedures are done to make sure you don’t have any allergic reaction to any dental materials that are going to be used in the restoration. If you do have allergies, different materials can be substituted. You don’t have to live with an unnatural-looking or unattractive smile anymore. Today’s dental materials can help you be the best smile possible for you, even if you weren’t born with one. Why wait?
Source by Chad DeBolt