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    30Oct

    Tooth loss is undoubtedly an unwelcome, and, sometimes even scary, problem to deal with. Our Cheney restorative dentists are here to help our patients through the post-tooth-loss treatment process. We offer a number of convenient and effective treatment options to help you get your smile back on track.

    The most state-of-the-art restorative treatment available in dentistry today is the dental implant. Dental implants aim to mimic the natural structure of a real tooth, and, to that end, every dental implant has a titanium screw that serves as a replacement root.

    Patients choose dental implants over other treatment options for a wide variety of reasons, including:

    • Ease of use: once your implant is inserted, it will stay in place permanently. You’ll be able to eat and drink normally, as well as care for your replacement tooth using normal oral hygiene measures.
    • Personalization: our team customizes dental implants to look natural for the patient, and to function optimally within the larger dental structure. This means that the dental crown of your replacement root will be shaped, sized, and shaded to look natural for you, as an individual.
    • Oral health benefits: it is very common for patients who experience tooth loss to deal with additional dental health problems as a result, including oral tissue deterioration and changes in dental alignment. Dental implant technology helps to minimize your risk of secondary issues, because the titanium of the implant root is able to actually bond with the patient’s jawbone tissue. This process, called osseointegration, creates a stable foundation for the rest of the replacement tooth, and supports the adjacent tissues and teeth.

    If you are one of the many people dealing with tooth loss, our Cheney dental implant dentists encourage you to seek treatment as promptly as possible, as this can make a huge difference in your oral health prognosis.

    16Oct

    The key to successful cosmetic dental treatment is to tailor the treatment plan to meet the patient’s needs, specifically. Our Cheney cosmetic dentists don’t believe in one-size-fits-all dental care.

    Today, we’re going to be reviewing some of the key aesthetic considerations that we keep in mind when working with our patients. We hope that this information helps you get a sense of what aesthetic dental treatment can do for you. Let’s get started!

    The first thing that we have to do before beginning treatment is to complete a thorough assessment of the patient’s smile. This helps us understand the ways in which your smile is accumulating wear and tear, and determine whether there are any existing oral health issues that need to be addressed while we improve your dental aesthetics.

    As we start to preplan visual changes to your smile, we’ll consider:

    • The color of your teeth and/or restorations: healthy enamel is white and somewhat shiny, so achieving this effect is a goal with cosmetic dentistry
    • Visible damage: if you have developed small cracks or chips in your teeth, correcting these issues will refresh your smile
    • Alignment: our team straightens crooked and crowded teeth using orthodontic treatment as well as dental bonding and porcelain veneers. We can also close gaps in the smile.
    • Visual balance: patients with poorly proportioned teeth can benefit from bonding or custom restorations

    Some people are able to achieve their dental goals with simple whitening or bonding. Other people combine treatment options in order to complete total smile transformations.

    When you meet with our Cheney cosmetic dentists we’ll be able to give you all of the information that you need about aesthetic dentistry, and answer any questions that you may have. We have seen firsthand just how transformative this type of treatment can be for all kinds of dentistry patients!

    02Oct

    Many of us want to show off straight, seamless smiles, but we just weren’t born with perfect teeth. Thanks to advances in the world of cosmetic dentistry, our Cheney dentists can now help all kinds of people reach their dental goals. Keep reading to learn more about some of the treatment options available to you!

    When most people think about straightening their smiles, they first consider orthodontic treatment. Traditional orthodontics move teeth using metal brackets and wires. The brackets are bonded to the dental enamel, and a wire connects the brackets to one another.

    Now, however, there is a more convenient and discreet orthodontic treatment available: Invisalign. Invisalign moves teeth using clear plastic aligners, rather than metal brackets and wires. Throughout the treatment process, the patient wears increasingly straight aligners, until his or her smile is perfected.

    As you would imagine, both of these orthodontic treatments take months to complete, as there needs to be sufficient time for your teeth to move incrementally. If you are looking for a faster way to achieve aesthetic results, then you may be interested in resurfacing or building out misaligned teeth using dental bonding or porcelain veneers. With dental bonding, our dentist is able to add composite resin to certain teeth in order to make the smile appear straighter. Cosmetic veneers are, similarly, thin porcelain restorations that, once attached to the natural tooth, give the smile a new appearance. Dental bonding is generally completed in just one day, and cosmetic veneers take two to three appointments to craft and place.

    To learn more about all of your dental treatment options, including cosmetic solutions, give our Cheney cosmetic dentists a call. When you come in for a personal consultation, we’ll be able to give you a better idea of what specific treatments may be appropriate for your smile.