Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry
Tooth loss can lead to the deterioration of your bones without the support it needs. Dental implants are the most ideal replacement for teeth as they provide your jawbone with this necessary strength. If you decide to get a dental implant, here's what you need to know about the process, and of course, your dentist in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Brad McConnell, is available to help and advise you!
The Dental Implant Procedure
The procedure is long, yet simple, and begins when a local anesthetic is applied to the area that will undergo treatment. Your Fort Worth dentist will then remove any decayed tooth left and insert a titanium post into the jawbone. This titanium post acts as the new tooth root and is biocompatible, so there is no worry of tissue rejection.
The doctor will then surgically close the area and allow it to heal for a period of 3 to 6 months so that osseointegration can take its full course (this is the process by which titanium fuses to the jawbone to provide reinforcement). When you return, your dentist will re-open the area, insert an abutment, and place a crown that matches the rest of your teeth over it.
Dental implants do the following:
- Anchor dentures
- Fill a single gap or multiple gaps in your teeth
- Have a high success rate, reaching 95 percent
- Allow you to bite into and chew your favorite foods
- Not slip out of place like dentures, making them comfortable and practical
- Look natural and give you a beautiful smile
- Provide your jawbone with the support it needs so that it doesn't shrink
You should practice healthy dental regimens to protect your teeth and ensure that dental implants last longer. Getting professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums is important in maintaining healthy teeth. You should also receive fluoride treatments and use fluoride-containing products like toothpaste and mouthwash to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.
Also, brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once before bed will remove food debris.
If you have questions or concerns, Dr. Brad McConnell can help you. Call (817) 423-2223 in Fort Worth, TX, to make an appoint today!
If you're missing teeth due to decay, trauma or gum disease, all is not lost. Modern dental science offers a tooth replacement so lifelike, patients cannot distinguish between their real teeth and their artificial ones. What are these miracles of oral health? They're dental implants, and your Fort Worth dentist, Dr. Brad McConnell, uses them to complete smiles beautifully.
How implants work
In his Fort Worth office, Dr. McConnell places dental implants directly into the jawbone of patients who are missing teeth but overall, are healthy. He evaluates the surrounding teeth, gums and supporting bone to ensure the implant screw will have a strong foundation.
After a careful examination, and digital X-rays, your dentist can proceed with the treatment, numbing the area first to ensure your complete comfort. After that, he opens the gums and drills a small access hole into the jaw. Then, he inserts the titanium implant and closes with sutures.
For several weeks, you'll wait for the site to heal, or osseointegrate. Osseointegration bonds the jaw bone to the titanium implant with exceptional security. However, you can not chew on your implant until this process is complete.
While it takes a few months, the wait is worthwhile, practically guaranteeing that implant will not be disrupted in any way for years to come. In fact, the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness says that implants last 40 to 50 years or even more--in other words, a lifetime.
The unexpected benefits
Due to osseointegration, jaw bone density improves as you use your new tooth. The forces exerted on your implant transfer to the bone, exercising and strengthening it
You'll avoid the embarrassment of smile gaps and the gum and bone degradation which results when a tooth is extracted and either not replaced or replaced with traditional bridgework or dentures. These conventional tooth replacements just rest on top of the gums and cannot preserve the jaw bone.
Bridgework, partial dentures and full dentures which are either fixed or removable also may be anchored with dental implants. The foundation is so secure that patients can eat the very same foods they enjoyed with their natural teeth--corn on the cob, ribs, apples and other items which test the security of dental prosthetics.
Finally, dental implants are easy to maintain. Your hygienist will show you the proper way to brush and floss around your implants, and you might consider wearing a bite guard if you habitually clench your teeth. This appliance reduces the forces exerted by bruxism.
A word about tobacco--please consider quitting your smoking or chewing habit. Tobacco contains toxins which harm gum tissue and bone around natural teeth and dental implants, too. So, give your oral and systemic health a break, and see your doctor about a smoking cessation program.
Book a consultation
Dr. McConnell and his team welcome the opportunity to evaluate people for innovative dental implants. Why not work toward completing your smile by arranging an in-office consultation? Call Harris Parkway Dental Care today: (817) 423-2223.
What can your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, TX, do for you? He can help you show off your best possible smile. Yes, aesthetic dental treatments with Dr. Brad McConnell can transform your healthy teeth into stunningly beautiful teeth. Improve your dental alignment, cover chips and cracks, whiten your enamel or repair detracting flaws, or do it all with a comprehensive smile makeover at Harris Parkway Dental Care.
What cosmetic dentists in Fort Worth look for
Dr. McConnell looks for healthy teeth and gums before proceeding with any cosmetic corrections. That means when you come to Harris Parkway Dental Care, you'll receive a comprehensive dental examination, including digital X-rays and any other modern imaging Dr. McConnell feels necessary to arrive at your optimal treatment plan.
With that healthy baseline established, you and your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth will discuss honestly what changes you'd like and what changes are possible. You'll consider:
- Smile width and height
- Obvious aesthetic flaws such as hairline cracks and uneven tooth length
- Tooth color
- Amount of gum tissue which shows when you smile
- Gaps, overcrowding and dental bite
Then, Dr. McConnell will recommend possible changes and what treatments involve in terms of cost, number of appointments and other critical factors. At Harris Parkway Dental Care, Dr. McConnell and his team want you to make fully informed decisions about your oral health and personal appearance.
Offered cosmetic treatments
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that professional teeth whitening is one of the most requested aesthetic treatments offered in the modern dental office. Why is that? Well, Dr. McConnell finds his patients are thrilled with the dramatic results--up to 8 shades of color improvement, safely whitening smiles stained by tobacco, coffee, wine or just the aging process. At Harris Parkway Dental Care, you may choose either at-home or in-office whitening which uses concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel to power out stains without any resulting gum or tooth sensitivity.
To address flaws such as chips, gaps and cracks, Dr. McConnell offers composite resin bonding and porcelain veneers. Bonding is quicker, using a putty-like blend of glass and acrylic to reshape flaws in just one visit. Porcelain veneers correct more complex flaws, covering the front side of selected teeth with a thin layer of translucent ceramic. Veneers involve a couple of appointments, some enamel reduction and oral impressions for a custom-made result.
Finally, Invisalign clear aligners combine the best of cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. Custom-fabricated in pairs, Invisalign appliances discreetly straighten a variety of smile problems, including overbite, tooth rotation, gaps and more. Plus, they are comfortable and removable for meals, oral hygiene and special occasions. With Invisalign, you can have the straight healthy smile you've always wanted without the obvious appearance and discomforts of traditional braces.
Changes you'd like to see
Your smile can improve for the better with a smile makeover from your cosmetic dentist in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Brad McConnell. Won't you contact Harris Parkway Dental Care to book a consultation? Call (817) 423-2223.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
If you're tired of dealing with the dietary restrictions and decline in your appearance since losing some or all of your teeth, you're in luck. At Harris Parkway Dental in Fort Worth, TX, Dr. Brad McConnell and his staff offer dental implants, a revolutionary way to replace missing teeth that is permanent, low maintenance and attractive. You'll learn how these amazing restorations fix all the problems associated with missing teeth in this post.
Stable and long-lasting
Unlike other tooth restorations, dental implants from your Fort Worth family dentist will never need to be removed or adjusted. That's because the post that holds them is actually designed to fuse with your jawbone, making them a permanent part of your mouth. You won't need to take them out at night, like dentures, nor will they need to be replaced like crowns or bridges.
Easy and effortless
If you brush and floss regularly, you're already familiar with dental implants' care regimen! While your implants can't decay like a natural tooth, the gum tissue and the bone underneath it will need to remain healthy in order to keep your dental implants in place. Regular checkups with Dr. McConnell will also keep any potential problems in check.
Realistic and appealing
The crown of dental implants is made from high-quality ceramic that is custom shaped, painted and polished to look just like a natural tooth. If you only need one or two implants to fill in gaps, your Fort Worth family dentist will make sure that they match perfectly with your other teeth. No one except you will know that you're wearing tooth restorations, and considering how easy and attractive dental implants are, you might find yourself forgetting as well!
To learn more about replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, contact Harris Parkway Dental in Fort Worth, TX and ask our friendly appointment coordinator to schedule a consultation with Dr. McConnell!