If you are unhappy with how your smile looks, Dr. Talib Salim Ali and the team at Avatar Dental Care can help! There are many different procedures that can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
It used to be that if you had to get a cavity filled, you had an ugly metal filling to look forward to. But not anymore! Now you can get white fillings, which have many advantages over those old-fashioned metal fillings.
White fillings are also known as tooth-colored fillings, because they can be made to look just like a patient’s natural tooth. They are used not just for filling cavities; they can be used for other purposes as well. They are used to restore teeth that have been chipped or fractured or that have a lot of decay.
They are also used in cosmetic dentistry; they can change the size, color, and shape of teeth, make teeth appear more even, help to close gaps between teeth, and help teeth to appear straighter.
If you have a tooth that is damaged, you may think there is no easy solution. However, dental bonding may help. Bonding not only makes teeth look better — it is an easy and quick way to save a tooth that is damaged.
Dental bonding is the use of tooth-colored resin to repair a tooth. It is very easy to sculpt and can be colored to look just like the patient’s other teeth, making it the perfect material to use to correct problems.
Dental bonding can be used to cover teeth that are severely discolored, when tooth whitening methods don’t work. It can also be used when teeth have cracks, are broken, have enamel missing, or have other damage. It can be used to build up teeth that are short or uneven, which can cause problems with a person’s bite.
It can be used when there are wide gaps in between teeth. And, it can be used when a patient has extensive tooth decay.
There are different options available when you are missing teeth, but Dr. Ali may recommend a crown and a bridge.
Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. There are two kinds of bridges: removable and fixed.
Bridges that are removable are also known as removable overdentures or partial dentures. These types of dentures have replacement teeth attached to a plastic pink base.
A traditional fixed bridge is made up of a false tooth (known as a “pontic”) with crowns placed on the teeth adjoining the false tooth. A dental crown is like a cap that fits over a tooth. When used in bridgework, crowns are cemented to teeth to help hold the pontic in place.
Your dentist in Leesburg, VA, may also use a crown if you have a tooth that is severely worn down, discolored, or misshapen. It may also be used on a tooth that has serious decay or has been cracked or damaged. A crown can save a badly damaged tooth from having to be pulled.
If you are missing a tooth, Dr. Ali will want to perform an examination of your mouth to determine what kind of restoration would be best for you. He will check the health of your remaining teeth and your gum tissue, and also check to see how strong your jawbone is. If you have a weak jawbone, he may recommend a removable bridge, because a fixed bridge will need to be implanted into the jawbone.
Bridges can last a long time, and they last longer when they are properly cared for. They typically last five to seven years. Make sure you keep up good oral health habits: brush twice a day, floss once a day, and see Dr. Ali twice a year for your cleanings and exams.
It is especially important to take good care of your bridge because cavities can develop on the teeth that support it. Dr. Ali can show you how to floss under your bridge to help prevent cavities from forming, and other ways to take care of your bridge.
Bridges are a popular restoration because they look very natural. Family and friends won’t even be able to tell that you have one. With a bridge, you can talk and smile without being self conscious, and you can enjoy your favorite foods once again.
The cost of cosmetic dentistry will depend on exactly what Dr. Ali recommends. However, Avatar Dental Care takes many different types of insurance, and even has financing options available. We also offer discounts for senior citizens and veterans.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Ali and Avatar Dental Care in Leesburg, VA, can help! There are many different ways they can help you to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Make an appointment today — call (571) 577-8457.