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Dentures

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Dentures, Smile Designs with tags , , , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by dukeslc

Have you been considering dentures in  Salt Lake City, UT? If so, come on in to Dental Designs of Salt Lake and meet with Dr. David Duke and his team for a free consultation today.

Below is some information about dentures along with its advatages and disadvantages. If you have any questions regarding dentures please feel free to give us a call at (801)355-2202.

 

What are Dentures?

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin which at times incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are finely crafted, custom-fitted. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

Who is a candidate for dentures?

If you’ve lost, or are losing, all of your teeth a Complete Denture is something to discuss with your cosmetic dentist. If some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be your way to a great smile.

This procedure should be thoroughly discussed with your dentist as there are several personal and medical factors to take into consideration. You may instead be a candidate for dental bridges and dental implants as optional procedures.

Types of Dentures

Complete Dentures

These replace all of your teeth, upper or lower. Their comfort depends on muscle, bones, tongue, and saliva. Patients begin wearing conventional dentures after healing the teeth that were pulled.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate Dentures are placed all at once, and may require additional adjustments after the healing process. It can take months for your bone and tissue to stabilize after tooth extractions.

Upper Dentures

Upper Dentures, tend to be a bit easier to adjust to. These are made of the same materials as a Complete Denture, but are designed to provide you with upper teeth only.

Over Dentures

Over Dentures are a type of conventional denture similar to Complete Dentures. The difference is that not all teeth are extracted and they use one or more natural teeth for their support. This type provides greater stabilization during chewing. Over Dentures cost more and typically require more preparation dental appointments until the procedure is fully complete.

Partial Dentures

Designed to correct the gaps in your smile when only some of your teeth are missing. Metal attachments anchor the dentures to your natural teeth. Partial Dentures maintain tooth alignment by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting. Partial Dentures can also help prevent your loss of more teeth due to decay or gum disease.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Dentures

Pros and Cons of a Dentures

Advantages:

Dentures definitely provide a great smile with a very natural appearance. They’re made of very durable materials and last very long when properly taken care of. Typically dentures last from five to ten years. They also correct several problems, from speech to chewing, for many patients.

Disadvantages:

There’s no doubt that dentures take a little getting used to. There is maintenance involved, and initial speech issues to overcome (these are temporary and last only a couple of days). Mouth irritation or sores may occur, but are usually caused by poor dental hygiene, and not removing your dentures when needed. It is common that your mouth changes over the life of your dentures, so even though they last long, they may need to be replaced to achieve a better fit before they are worn out. With a denture a person typically chews at only 15-23% efficiency compared to a person chewing with their natural teeth. In the case of a full upper denture, the upper palate is covered which can reduce taste of foods you’re chewing.

Before Dentures Procedure
After Dentures Procedure

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Smile Designs for Porcelain Veneers

Posted in Cosmetic, Dental, Smile Designs, Uncategorized, Veneers with tags , , , on August 7, 2010 by dukeslc

When we talk about “smile design”, what are we talking about.  There are many aspects of a smile beside teeth.   There are so many variables as to what creates a beautiful smile.  What is beautiful to one person, may not be to another; which is a good thing, or we would all look alike.  For instance, in parts of Africa and South America, it is considered beautiful to file the front teeth into points.  So the “cosmetic dentist” of the tribe, or witch doctor, help to file the teeth using knives, files, and rocks to chip and shape the teeth. 

Of course we don’t resort to those measures, but there is some reshaping done to achieve the looks that we desire.  Using “smile guides” we can choose over 30,000 different ways that a cosmetic dentist can create a new smile.  One of the most popular guides is one developed by Dr. William Dickerson, the founder of the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies.  I have had the privilage of studing there for the past seven years under his tutelage.  I have designed thousands of smiles using veneers and porcelain crowns to acheive the look we wanted.  Each smile style is a combination of the teeth shapes for the front six teeth.  For example, the four front teeth (incisors) could be either square at the corners, square at one corner and rounded at the other, or rounded at both corners. Similarly, the cuspids or eye teeth (third tooth back) could be pointed, rounded or flat. Combining these different shapes each produces a uniquely different smile style. Please note, this smile library below is only to choose the basic shape of the front six teeth, and in no way reflect the color, length, surface texture or translucency that the porcelain veneers or crowns will have. Those other things are addressed in other aspects of smile design and choosing the best combination for your “sensational new smile”.

Dickerson catalog

For most females, the “Enhanced” smile style is one of our most popular designs. Note that the second teeth from the center are a little shorter than the front teeth. This is a youthful effect we call “the gull wing” that really looks nice on females. The “Hollywood” style above is a little more “toothy” and works well for males and especially those wanting to show off a little more teeth. The “Oval” style might look best on someone with a very round face. Notice how very round the edges of the four front teeth are? The “Aggressive” style has tooth edges that are flat almost straight across. We use it mostly for men and it simulates someone who might be a bit older and have a habit of grinding his teeth. The “Youthful” style simulates the shape of unworn teeth that might be seen in a 14 year old. Although many adults like this name because they think it might give them the illusion of being significantly younger, we almost always utilize this design in much younger individuals. The “Mature” style has squarish edges on the four front teeth and is another design that we frequently use for men. The “Softened” style is a very popular design that we use for those wanting their smile to help make them appear a little younger than their years. It is my preference to use smile designs that have the cuspids (also called canines, the third teeth back on each side) that are slightly round, not flat (too old looking) or pointed (too aggressive looking). It is important that both the patient and cosmetic dentist actively discuss the different smile styles at the beginning of the smile makeover process. Using our technique called “the trial smile” we’re able to make provisional veneers or crowns so that our patient can “test drive” their new smile prior to making any final decision regarding the smile design for their final porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.

Call our Salt Lake City Dental Office today for a free consultation or check out our website for more information.

Amazing Cosmetic Dentistry to Improve your smile

Posted in Cosmetic, Implants, Invisalign, Smile Designs, Veneers with tags , , , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by dukeslc
Cosmetic Veneers

Actual Patient, Veneers

Could you imagine never smiling, always keeping your hand over your mouth when you talk, or just ashamed to show your teeth? There are a lot of people who have no idea what it is like to smile from ear to ear because they are embarrassed of their teeth. In our Salt Lake City dentist office we provide, teeth whitening, gum contouring, bonding, white fillings, crowns, veneers, implants and Invisalign. Thanks to the many different procedures that cosmetic dentistry provides everyone can have something to smile about.

Teeth Whitening
Whitening your teeth is probably the most common cosmetic dentistry procedure. There are many different options you can use. Anyone can buy over-the-counter whitening products that will help improve the front surface of your teeth. For the best results you can visit our Salt Lake City dentist office to have custom fit bleach trays made especially for you. These custom whitening kits come with whitening gel that you put directly in your bleach trays. You can use the trays as much as they want to get the desired result. Once you are happy with the color of your teeth, you can touch up as often as you would like.

If you are having other cosmetic dentistry procedures done, you may want to whiten your teeth first so you can match the work to the new color because bonding, crowns, or veneers do not whiten.

Gum Contouring
In or Salt Lake City dentist office we have patients come in who complain that they have “short stubby teeth” or a “gummy smile.” In reality their gums have just grown over their teeth. Gum contouring can reveal long, beautiful teeth. Gum contouring is done in our Salt Lake City dentist office with local anesthetic. It may take the tissue up to two weeks to heal completely. This is a great option for our patients.

Bonding and White Fillings
Bonding is a term used by cosmetic dentists for applying white filling material on your teeth. This can be a great procedure to close small gaps or fix small chips in your front teeth. Bonding does cost less but definitely doesn’t last as long as a crown or veneer. It will only last for 5-10 years. Bonding will also stain depending on your hygiene habits. Smoking, drinking coffee and tea will stain it a lot faster.
White filling is the back of you mouth is a great option too. Dentist used to use silver amalgam filling to fix cavities. Cosmetic dentists are now using white filling materials to fix the back teeth, it looks a lot better and is better for your tooth. A lot of patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office are having us change out their silver filling to white fillings.

Veneers and Crowns
Porcelain Veneers and Crowns are great options for patients to change their smile. They can close gaps, fix mildly crooked teeth, change the color or your teeth and replace old broken down dentistry. Unlike bonding, porcelain veneers and crowns are created in a lab outside your mouth from mould of your teeth. They won’t stain, so the color you choose will be the color they always are. They also last a lot longer then bonding, if you have good oral hygiene they can last up to 20 years. Every patient in our Salt Lake City dentist office who has this done always says, “If I knew it was this easy and would have looked so good I would have done it a long time ago!”

Dental Implants
Implants are great options for our patients to replace missing teeth. Once the implant is in, it is like you were never missing the tooth. You can eat with them, brush and floss just like normal.

Invisalign
Invisalign is a great way for our patients in our Salt Lake City dentist office to straighten their teeth. It is a great alternative to traditional braces. No one will even know you are going through treatment because it is practically invisible. With Invisalign you are able to keep your gums healthy because you can remove the trays to eat, drink and brush and floss your teeth.

Everyone should be confidant to smile from ear to ear because of they many ways that cosmetic dentistry can help. If any of these cosmetic dentistry procedures are something you are interested in please look at Dental Designs of Salt Lake Website for more information. We offer free cosmetic consultations in our office.