Posts for: January, 2018
No two smiles are alike, nor should they be because we're all individuals. However, there are some general guidelines both dentist and patient follow when determining what a healthy smile looks like. That's where cosmetic dentistry from Dr. Robert Wyler comes in. This highly skilled dentist helps his Waukesha, WI, patients achieve the smile of their dreams through a variety of aesthetic treatments. A simple one is composite resin bonding. It literally makes defects in tooth enamel disappear.
What is composite resin?
It's a versatile, lifelike dental material which closely mimics natural enamel in color, texture and strength. When applied in layers, sculpted, cured and polished by your Waukesha dentist, composite resin recreates natural tooth structure, repairing noticeable flaws such as:
- Overlapping edges
- Deep stains from prescription medications or tobacco
- Malformed teeth (such as a peg-shaped lateral incisor)
The treatment is easy
Also called direct bonding, this aesthetic treatment uses a translucent and tooth-colored blend of glass particles and acrylic. The resin adheres seamlessly and permanently to tooth surfaces prepared with a mild etching liquid. Direct bonding is an additive treatment, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, meaning it augments healthy, but cosmetically compromised, tooth enamel.
The treatment process takes just one visit to Dr. Wyler's Waukesha office, and it's completely painless. The dentist will gently reshape the tooth to achieve the required surface. Then, he etches it and fills the cracks, gap or whatever the flaw entails. The final step is a curing with a special blue light.
Repairs with composite resin last five years or even more with routine at-home and in-office hygiene. Also, bonded teeth should be treated gently by avoiding hard foods and by not chewing non-food items such pencils.
Benefits of composite resin
Beside lasting for years and beautifying smiles, composite resin strengthens tooth enamel. It's so strong that Dr. Wyler also uses it for most dental fillings. It's an attractive and durable alternative to old-style amalgam and can be used literally anywhere in the mouth. Bonding also holds periodontal splints in place and revives the look and length of teeth that show excessive wear and tear.
Are you interested?
Direct bonding is simple, and it may be just what your smile needs. Why not ask your dentist in Waukesha, WI, about it? Call his office today to book your cosmetic dentistry consultation: (262) 784-5757.
Have you heard about dental sealants? These preventive treatments have been available for many decades, and more and more children are taking advantage of them. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that around 30% of kids from 6 to 11 years of age have had sealants applied to their molars (back teeth). Sealants are designed to reduce the incidence of cavities by filling in or eliminating the pits or crevices found in all molars, where decay-causing bacteria can hide and your brush can't reach. But do they really work?
Now, the research is in, and the answer is clear — YES!
Two major studies, each of which reviewed the results of thousands of patients over several years, recently came to the same conclusion: Dental sealants are effective at reducing cavities, and their benefits can last for four years (or more) after application. In general, the studies showed that kids who didn't get sealants were twice, three times, or even more likely to get cavities, compared to kids treated with sealants.
Sealants themselves are protective coatings made of plastic resins or glass-like materials. They are applied in liquid form, and then hardened by a special light. When “painted on” to the chewing surface of a molar, sealants fill in the tiny crevices, or “pits and fissures,” that are found there. Uneven tooth surfaces form a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause tooth decay; worse yet, the bristles of a tooth brush can't usually reach them. That's what makes these areas highly susceptible to tooth decay.
Applying sealants is a quick and painless procedure that doesn't require any numbing shots or drilling. Many kids start getting sealants when the first permanent molars come in, around age 5 to 7; they may have more sealant treatments when additional molars emerge, between the ages of 11 and 14.
Sealants are recommended by the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and have only a modest cost per tooth. On the other hand, having a cavity filled generally costs substantially more, and may result in more trouble (and expense) down the line — so sealants can make sense economically, as well as preventively. This is especially true for those at high risk for tooth decay.
If you have questions about dental sealants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sealants for Children,” and “Top 10 Oral Health Tips for Children.”
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”