Cosmetic dentistry is a category of dental procedures specifically designed at addressing and correcting oral imperfections. Oral issues can be the result of tooth decay, gum infections, bone loss, injuries, health conditions, or any number of other causes. Modern materials have made it possible to improve a patient’s oral problems so that the individual not only can smile and speak with renewed confidence, but also eat, drink, and chew without any pain or discomfort. Depending on the number of teeth to be replaced, a patient may need a full set of either permanent or removable upper and lower dentures; or a removable, partial denture; or a permanently implanted tooth or teeth.
The cosmetic dentists with Gregorin Dental have the knowledge, experience, and up-to-date training to diagnose and treat oral issues requiring tooth implants. When possible, the dentist will do everything possible to save a tooth before extracting it. Today’s advanced dental technology enables a skilled cosmetic dentist to replace:
• Missing or lost teeth
• Straighten misaligned teeth
• Fill in empty spaces between teeth
• Repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
• Reconfigure teeth that are too large or too small
• Smooth out the appearance of crooked front teeth
Dental prosthetics are the custom made, tooth-like coverings that are attached over the tooth implants. They are made from several forms of strong, durable materials intended to last for many years. The placement of the prosthetics completes the dental tooth implant procedure. Unless the patient is scheduled to receive a partial, removable denture that is supported by adjacent teeth, the prosthetics will be permanently affixed over the previously implanted dental posts. There are three major forms of dental prosthetics. One permanent prosthetic is a dental crown. Another permanent prosthetic is a dental bridge attached to adjoining teeth to fill the empty space left by lost teeth. The third prosthetic is either a permanently affixed full denture restoration or a removable, partial denture.
Full dental restorations are self-named because they replace the entire upper, lower, or both sets of teeth. The full restorations are permanently affixed to dental posts already implanted in the mouth. While the look and feel is natural tooth-like, there is a very small open area left between the restoration and the gum line. It is very important that the patient thoroughly brush and floss every day to avoid the accumulation of any bacteria that could encourage gingivitis or bone loss. When good at-home dental care is combined with regular dental examinations and cleanings, the restorations can last a lifetime.
Supported dental restorations are also known as dental bridges. This means that the prosthetics are placed over dental implants and attached to adjoining, healthy teeth. Supported restorations are strong, durable, and permanent. However, just as patients are encouraged to avoid chewing on hard foods or ice with their natural teeth, this advice is also given in regard to supported restorations which can become loose and need to be re-attached. With a dedicated daily dental routine of brushing and flossing, as well as regularly scheduled dental examinations and cleanings, supported dental restorations will last for many years.
There are several phases related to a dental tooth implant. Before any posts are implanted, the dentist will select the color shade to match the other teeth in the patient’s mouth, and he will make an impression of the patient’s mouth to send to a dental lab for the creation of the dental prosthetics. During the first phase, the dentist will implant dental posts into the jaw line, below the gum line. The second phase involves the healing time when new bone grows around and supports the post. The patient will wear a temporary prosthetic during the healing phase. The final phase is the when the posts are strong enough to receive and support the permanent prosthetics, whether that is individual crowns, full dentures, or supported denture bridge work.
The implants are made of extremely strong, durable material intended to last a lifetime. Once the top dental prosthetic is attached to the dental posts, the patient will have a fully functional oral configuration. However, new teeth implants will need diligently daily at-home dental care to avoid future gum or bone issues. Patients will be informed if there are any eating habits that need to be changed to ensure that both the implants and the prosthetics are not subject to chipping, breaking, or coming loose. In addition to brushing and flossing every day, the patient needs to schedule regular dental examinations and cleanings.
The cost of dental implants will vary according to the type of procedure done. This will take into consideration the number of teeth being replaced, the number of office visits required to complete the process, and if there are any other underlying dental issues that need to be corrected before the posts are implanted. Most insurance companies cover a portion of the cost for dental procedures that include tooth implants. That portion of the procedure not covered by insurance will be the responsibility of the patient. The total price and payment options will be discussed before any dental tooth implant process begins.
With today’s dental techniques, there is no reason for someone to live with missing teeth, or the associated pain, discomfort, or embarrassment when eating, speaking or smiling. The cosmetic dentists with the Gregorin Dental group are highly skilled in state-of-the-art dental implant procedures. Every individual receiving implant treatment has the full dedication and personal attention of their dentist. The staff at Gregorin Dental strives to provide every patient with comfort, confidence, and professional care. The Gregorin Dental group is not just concerned about the dental wellbeing of each patient, they take into consideration each patient’s total health history when developing dental treatments. Their patient-dentist relationship is one of the top reasons that the Gregorin Dental group is so highly regarded, and what places them ahead of other dental offices, throughout the greater Anchorage area and the surrounding communities.
The Gregorin Dental team is available to help new patients of all ages with dental consultations, examinations, and evaluations related to general and cosmetic dentistry concerns. Making that first visit is extremely easy and confidential. They can be reached by telephone at 907-333-5522, or by stopping by their location at 7985 E. 16th Ave, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK, during normal operating hours Monday through Friday. Interested individuals can leave a message on the call back form located on the Contact Us page of our website.