The demand for cosmetic dentistry continues to increase as the cost of dental implants, dental veneers, cosmetic teeth whitening, and other periodontal procedures decreases. New advancements in oral surgery and cosmetic dentistry allow patients more options to achieve their best smile. According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), patients are increasingly using these options to boost their confidence, restore oral health, look and feel younger, and to enhance their appearance.
Along with the decreasing costs, cutting edge developments in aesthetic dentistry are gaining popularity due to their minimally invasive nature. Keeping the patient’s comfort in mind, teeth can now be cleaned, whitened, removed, or capped without causing pain or discomfort. New forms of sedation are now being used when performing implant dentistry procedures such as placing traditional dental implants and All-on-4 dental implants, or when performing the convenient Teeth in a Day procedure.
Here are a few of the latest cosmetic dentistry procedures Chandler Periodontics offers.
Titanium Dental Implants
Dental implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed in your jawbone. The All-on-4 and Teeth in a Day dental implants are designed to replace the root of your tooth. Once the dental implant is in place, a crown is attached to the dental implant, giving you a natural-looking and functional tooth, and restoring your smile and oral functions.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
In typical implant dentistry, you’d receive a dental implant for each tooth that’s missing or needs replacing. With the All-on-4 procedure, you’ll only need four dental implants on the upper jaw and four on the lower jaw. Your entire smile can be replaced using this simple procedure, and because the titanium dental implants are able to fuse to the jawbone, they can also help prevent future jawbone loss, increase oral health, and help maintain a more youthful facial structure.
Teeth in a Day
You may not need the All-on-4 dental implant procedure to restore your smile. If you only need one or two teeth replaced, another option is Teeth in a Day dental implants. During this procedure, your periodontist places titanium posts in the needed areas and then attaches your custom-made dental implants.
Both the Teeth in a Day and All-on-4 procedures typically take about four hours: two hours to prepare for the implant surgery and two hours for the actual surgery, with your dental implants being attached at the end.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
Crown lengthening is used to prepare the mouth for restorative or cosmetic procedures. In many individuals, it is used to counteract a “gummy smile” or a smile where the teeth appear shorter than normal. This procedure can be performed on one tooth or many teeth at once. In many cases, esthetic crown lengthening can be part of the teeth in a day procedure, giving the impression of a brighter and fuller smile almost immediately.
When the esthetic crown lengthening procedure is performed, small incisions are made to separate the teeth from the gums, giving your periodontist access to your tooth roots and underlying bone. Any necessary bone or tissue will be removed before the gums are sutured with small stitches. Because the bone and/or tissue has been removed and the gums repositioned, your teeth will look noticeably longer.
Chandler Periodontics specializes in cosmetic dentistry and offers services including dental implants and sedation dentistry to ensure your visit is as stress free and as painless as possible. Chandler also offers routine dental cleanings and exams as well as advanced periodontal care. We work with our patients to provide financing and payment options tailored to fit most budgets. To find out more, visit our Financing and Insurance page.
If you would like more information on the All-on-4, Teeth in a Day, or esthetic crown lengthening procedures, schedule a consultation with Chandler Periodontics today.