Restore Your Smile with Dentures

April 7th, 2014

dentures addisonHave you lost a tooth or teeth? Dentures might be the answer to a newly restored smile. Today’s denture technology provides new teeth that are lighter and more natural-looking than they ever have been before.

Tooth Replacement with Dentures

Dentures have been an effective and popular tooth replacement option for many years. From teeth made of ivory or even wood, the denture has evolved into natural-looking porcelain set in a comfortable base that is custom-made to fit securely without adhesives. Today, your denture will be lighter weight and much less bulky than dentures have been in the past, making it comfortable and easy to wear. 

Today’s denture technology provides new teeth that are lighter and more natural-looking than they ever have been before.

A denture can be a full arc, replacing all the teeth on the top or bottom. It’s also possible to get partial dentures if only a few teeth are missing. This type of denture is usually anchored with a wire to adjacent teeth. Your denture is removable, and should be left out of the mouth at night to give your gums a rest and so you can soak the denture in an appropriate solution to keep it moist.

Caring for Your Dentures

When you receive your new dentures, your prosthodontist will give you guidelines on how to care for them. These guidelines will include:

  • Brush your denture regularly with a soft toothbrush
  • Clean the denture with an appropriate cleansing solution
  • Keep the denture moist
  • Visit your prosthodontist regularly to have the fit checked
  • Visit your dentist regularly to check remaining teeth and gums

If you take good care of your denture, it will last for a long time. However, you should have it checked on a regular basis to be sure it still fits properly. Over time, the shape of your jawbone will change. This often requires an adjustment to the denture lining to keep it from becoming loose and uncomfortable. If the prosthetic teeth are damaged, you can have them replaced or repaired. Also be sure to continue to see your regular dentist to be sure any remaining teeth, as well as your gums, are healthy.

Contact the office of Drs. Buskin & Castellon for more information about dentures.

Feeling Self Conscious about Your Smile?

March 20th, 2014

cosmetic dentist north dallasMany people have something about their smile they’re not entirely happy about. Whether it’s staining, a misshapen tooth, misalignment, or a tooth that’s missing, your cosmetic dentist can help restore your self-confidence and give you a perfect smile.

What Can a Cosmetic Dentist Do for Me?

A cosmetic dentist can help you with a wide range of problems with the appearance of your teeth. From minor to major issues, cosmetic treatments are often the answer. Some of the issues that can be effectively corrected with cosmetic treatments include:

  • Discoloration
  • Surface damage
  • Asymmetry
  • Minor misalignment

Cosmetic treatments include a wide range of approaches, from simple tooth whitening to veneers to more complex procedures like implant surgery or some types of orthodontic procedures. The type of treatment you have will depend upon what your problems are and what your and your cosmetic dentist decide is the best approach.

Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

The first step toward a successful cosmetic treatment is choosing the right dentist. One of the best ways to find a good cosmetic dentist is to talk to people you know who’ve have work done on their teeth. If you know someone who has had similar issues with their teeth, ask them who they worked with.

The next step is to schedule a consultation with your dentist of choice. You’ll discuss your goals regarding what you’d like your teeth to look like after treatment is complete. He’ll recommend a specific course of treatment to help you meet your goals. Treatment could include:

  • Teeth whitening
  • Veneers
  • Inlays or onlays

Your dentist might recommend more than one treatment to help you achieve your goals. You can ask to see before and after pictures of previous clients to see if their final look matches what you expect to see after your own work is done. Pictures of this kind can also be found on many dentists’ websites, so you can do some of your research without having to schedule specific appointments. Knowing what you’re likely to experience as your final result can help ensure you’re happy with your work when it is completed.

Call our office at 972-503-7200 to schedule an appointment today.

Dental Implants: Never Use Denture Adhesive Again

March 8th, 2014

dental implants richardsonDental implants provide a permanent solution for tooth replacement. With implants, your teeth remain stationary without use of adhesive and without restructuring adjacent teeth to provide an anchor. Your teeth also look completely natural and help maintain the health of your jawbone.

Choosing Dental Implants

Some people choose dental implants immediately upon the loss of their teeth. Others pursue implant surgery after wearing dentures for some time. No matter when you make the choice to change to implants, they can make a dramatic difference in your look as well as your quality of life. 

With implants, your teeth remain stationary without use of adhesive and without restructuring adjacent teeth to provide an anchor. 

Choosing implants involves a consultation with an implant dentist to ensure the procedure is likely to be successful. If your chances of success are too low, implants might not be the best choice for you. Some factors to be considered include:

  • Your general health
  • Your smoking habits
  • Whether you are taking certain medications
  • The condition of your jawbones

Some health problems can severely affect your ability to heal after surgery, including autoimmune disorders and diabetes. Smoking also inhibits your healing ability. Some medications, especially certain drugs administered for osteoporosis, can cause the tissue in your jawbone to atrophy under certain circumstances. Your implant dentist can decide if you are a good candidate for implants.

Having Dental Implants Placed

Implants are placed in two stages. First, the roots are set into the jawbone. Then, your prosthodontist will prepare and place the artificial teeth. The teeth are set into place after the roots have thoroughly healed. Once the roots as well as the replacement teeth have been placed in your mouth, you will be able to eat, chew, and talk without any concerns about your teeth moving out of position. Because the teeth are embedded directly into the jawbone, they don’t need to be held in place with dental adhesive. They will always remain in place, don’t have to be removed for cleaning, and will give you a perfect, natural-looking smile for decades.

For more information about dental implants, contact our experienced implant team today.

Treatment Options to Close Spaces Between Teeth

February 21st, 2014

veneers DallasWhen you examine your smile in the mirror or in a photograph, you can’t help but to notice the extra space between your teeth. You cringe at the thought that other people notice, too, and you immediately begin to feel self-conscious. With the help of your cosmetic dentist, however, porcelain veneers can easily and unobtrusively close unsightly spaces between your teeth.

Veneers are thin shells that resemble a natural tooth and are placed on top of your existing teeth in order to close in spaces, known as diastemas. A common place for a diastema is between the front teeth; because this space is often small, veneers are a convenient and popular treatment option for improving the appearance of these teeth.

Your cosmetic dentist simply will remove a thin layer of your tooth’s enamel and then position the veneer on the tooth. Porcelain veneers are customized to match your current teeth’s shade so that they blend in with your natural smile. They also are durable, so you can continue to eat your favorite foods with veneers.

In addition to closing gaps between teeth, veneers can make your teeth look straighter or longer, or they can be used to improve the appearance of chipped or crooked teeth. Veneers may also hide staining that has resulted from years of drinking coffee or eating berries, for example. Unlike traditional braces, veneers are quick and easy to place—requiring only a couple of visits to your cosmetic dentist—and the process is relatively comfortable.

For once, you can take a photograph or look at yourself in the mirror with confidence, knowing that your picture-perfect smile will remain attractive for years to come, thanks to veneers. Contact the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon at 972-503-7200 to learn more about how veneers can help you to revamp your smile quickly and effortlessly.

Tooth Restorations: How Dental Crowns Can Help

February 7th, 2014

prosthodontist DallasYou bite down on your favorite nuts, only to realize that the last one has just cracked your tooth. You immediately become concerned at the thought of potentially losing this valuable pearly white. Fortunately, modern tooth restorations—specifically, dental crowns—are effective at helping you to maintain both the function and the aesthetics of teeth that have been damaged.

A dental crown is a tooth-like cap that goes on top of a tooth that has been treated. Your prosthodontist will place a dental crown if a tooth has been damaged or to guard a weak tooth against fracture. Dental crowns are also helpful for supporting teeth with large fillings and for restoring fractured teeth.

When your tooth has been cracked, you first may have to undergo root canal treatment if the nerve in the tooth has been damaged. Following the root canal treatment, your prosthodontist will place a dental crown on top of the treated tooth, thus allowing you to continue to use the tooth as normal.

If you decide to get a dental implant, which replaces a completely missing tooth, you also will need a dental crown to go on top of the implant—which essentially is a titanium screw that acts like a tooth root. A dental crown additionally is valuable for simply improving the appearance of a tooth; the tooth doesn’t have to necessarily be damaged in order to receive a crown. For instance, a cap can easily cover a tooth that is poorly shaped or discolored.

Dental crowns have the potential to last for many years if you practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing twice a day and flossing at least once daily. You also need to visit your dentist for regular cleanings. Contact us today to find out how a dental crown can improve your ability to chew, your comfort level and even your smile.

Dental Implants and Denture Stability

January 21st, 2014

Traditionally, the gums and shape of a patient’s mouth support dentures. However, this conventional method of supporting dentures may affect some patients’ ability to eat certain foods and pronounce words properly because dentures can move throughout the mouth. For some patients looking for a more stable experience with their dentures, our prosthodontist offers dentures supported by permanent, durable implants.

Dentures are one of the most popular methods for replacing lost teeth in adults for a variety of reasons. Compared to other prosthetics, such as single dental implants or bridges, dentures are often more affordable. Furthermore, patients with periodontal disease or inadequate jawbone density to support dental implants will likely benefit from wearing traditional dentures. In recent years, conventional dentures and implant-supported dentures have become increasingly natural looking due to dental technicians using high-quality materials that closely resemble the appearance of teeth and gums.

In some cases, our prosthodontist may recommend implant dentures for edentulous patients. These types of prosthetics replace missing teeth with natural-looking dentures fixed to dental implants. This procedure consists of implanting a rod made from titanium into the jawbone to anchor prosthetic teeth in place. Over time, the jawbone will fuse to these titanium rods making them a stable support system for dentures. These dental implants will be placed strategically in the mouth to offer the most stable dentures possible for patients.

Candidates for implant dentures should possess enough jawbone to support the titanium implant, practice thorough oral hygiene, and be free of chronic periodontal infection. Patients interested in addressing tooth loss are encouraged to schedule an appointment with our experienced and compassionate team to review their many options. During a consultation, a patient will undergo a thorough dental examination where our prosthodontist will evaluate a patient’s oral and overall health and determine which type of replacement teeth is best for their individual circumstances.

To learn more about replacing missing teeth and your options, contact the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon to reserve a consultation.

All-on-Four Dental Implants: Will My Results Look Natural?

January 8th, 2014

The All-on-Four method for replacing missing teeth has revolutionized the way your prosthodontist addresses tooth loss. Offering greater stability and durability than conventional dentures for edentulous patients, the All-on-Four method consists of anchoring a full set of upper or lower prosthetic teeth to four strategically placed dental implants. Instead of using the gums and their arched shape to hold dentures in place, prosthetic teeth are attached to abutments on dental implants. 

The All-on-Four method for replacing missing teeth has revolutionized the way your prosthodontist addresses tooth loss.

Dental implants consist of a rod made from titanium that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Over time, because of the unique composition of titanium, the jawbone will fuse to the rod and secure it in place permanently. The process by which dental implants are used to anchor a full set of replacement teeth or one crown is similar to how a tooth’s root anchors a tooth in place.

After the jawbone has properly fused to the implants, your prosthodontist will then take precise impressions for dental laboratory technicians to craft a patient’s new dentures and ultimately attach them to abutments located on the titanium rods. Prosthetics are made from high quality ceramics and acrylics. Ceramics closely resemble natural teeth because they are slightly translucent and reflect light. They also match a tooth’s natural color as well. Acrylics are used in combination with other materials to mimic the appearance of soft tissues like the gums. Furthermore, these prosthetic teeth are crafted on an individual basis and are made to match the shape and size of a patient’s mouth. Because the All-on-Four method along with the artisanship behind making prosthetics is tailored to the needs of each patient, your prosthodontist will work to ensure that your results are not only natural-looking but comfortable as well.

When compared to non-implant supported dentures, All-on-Four supported prosthetics do not slip and slide throughout the mouth. Patients with implant-supported dentures enjoy speaking properly and eating their favorite foods because of the stability offered by dental implants.

To learn if All-on-Four dental implants are right for you, contact our office at 972-503-7200 to schedule a consultation with our prosthodontist.

Restore Your Smile with Custom Dentures

December 20th, 2013

When you meet someone for the first time, the person’s smile is likely what grabs your attention initially. Most people surveyed share this same sentiment, agreeing that the smile is a person’s most memorable feature compared with the individual’s eyes or figure, for example. When your smile is not its best, your teeth may actually be negatively impacting your personal and business relationships. In your situation, custom dentures may be the best option for restoring your smile.

Custom dentures fit comfortably in your mouth and mirror the look and function of the natural teeth you once had. The problem with many dentures is that they simply don’t fit well in the mouth; this is why some people have to rely on denture pastes and glues to keep their dentures in place. Not only is this inconvenient but also the poorly fitting dentures may not look natural. The shape of the dentures could fail to highlight your face’s profile and thus detract from your looks instead of enhancing them.

Custom dentures, on the other hand, are designed specifically for your mouth by a prosthodontist. This means that your dentures will fit the shape of your jawbone and gums so that your dentures aren’t even noticeable. You also will have a say in the shape and shade of your replacement teeth so that you can be confident that your smile will look as natural and appealing as possible.

In addition, you don’t have to worry about your new custom dentures slipping or falling out while you are eating or laughing in social situations. These dentures also will feel comfortable in your mouth rather than irritating your gums and causing mouth sores.

Custom dentures effectively restore your smile, but they do so much more: They restore your confidence to chew completely and to talk clearly as well. Get in touch with us today to discover how you can finally reclaim the smile you once had and enjoy a brand new, flattering smile in the coming years.

Why Can’t Children Get Dental Implants?

December 6th, 2013

Having a gap in your smile may cause you discomfort for several reasons: You may not feel confident enough to smile, and you also may have trouble chewing your food. Dental implants are an ideal solution in that they look and act like natural teeth, so they easily fill in gaps in the smile. You may wonder whether your child could also benefit from a dental implant if he or she is missing a tooth; young child, however, can’t get dental implants quite yet.

Dental implants can only be placed in the mouth after a person’s jaw has finished growing. If a prosthodontist places a dental implant in the jaw of a child, this could stifle the jaw’s growth and thus prevent other teeth from developing in their natural positions. 

Although dental implants are highly successful, there is a greater risk of implant failure when an implant is placed in a child’s mouth.

This occurs because in a child’s mouth, his or her natural teeth are actually quite mobile. Each tooth features periodontal ligament that allows it to move and shift as needed.  However, dental implants do not have this; rather, they are designed to remain stable in the mouth.

In addition, an implant in a child’s mouth can easily move out of position as the jaw continues to grow. This can cause other teeth to shift as well.

A dental implant has three essential parts: One is a titanium screw-like device, called the implant, which is embedded in the bone; the second is called an abutment, or a connecting piece; and the third is the crown, a cap that closely resembles a tooth. Although dental implants are highly successful, there is a greater risk of implant failure when an implant is placed in a child’s mouth.

For a younger child who is self-conscious about a missing tooth, a prosthodontist can create a temporary replacement until he or she is old enough for dental implant treatment. Contact the office of Dr. Buskin and Dr. Castellon at 972-503-7200 to learn more about dental implants and about your child’s tooth replacement options.

Most Common Causes of Tooth Discoloration

November 21st, 2013

There are many things that can result in tooth stain or discoloration. Your cosmetic dentist can provide solutions from teeth whitening to dental veneers to resolve:

Stained teeth – When stains or discolored teeth are due to extrinsic factors, options to alter their appearance will likely start with a professional cleaning and dental exam. The hygienic cleaning will remove plaque build-up and many stains. The exam will identify clinical issues requiring repair, but if whitening is desired, this exam will also aid in determining if you are a good candidate for the whitening process.

Lifestyle habits such as smoking or any kind of tobacco use can result in yellowing teeth.

Tooth color can be a genetic issue – if parents or siblings have a dark hue, chances are you might as well.

Medications – Some drugs can stain teeth. Your doctor or dentist may be able to recommend an alternative medicine or dosage may be adjusted to prevent tooth discoloration.

Fluorosis – Stains can occur when fluoride supplements are taken in addition to drinking fluoridated water. Before starting these vitamins, verify whether or not your water supply is already fluoridated.

Foods and Beverages – Dark colored beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, grape juice, cola … consumption of these dark drinks can stain tooth enamel.  Eating colorful foods such as tomato sauce, blueberries, beets, etc. can offer a healthy benefit, but have the potential to stain teeth. Brushing as soon as possible after eating or drinking these stain makers will help to curb their staining affect.

If teeth become discolored and the normal hygienic cleaning is not satisfying for you, there are options to investigate. Your cosmetic dentist may urge teeth whitening as the first choice of treatment. This is the least invasive and most economical option and provides a great place to start.

For problems too severe for teeth whitening, dental veneers may be recommended. Veneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are fabricated to fit on the front of teeth requiring repair.

Veneers are suitable for stained teeth; chipped or misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth; worn enamel or exposed dentition due to gum recession. Veneers provide a permanent solution as they are cemented to teeth and are made to match surrounding teeth in shape and shade making this repair virtually undetectable.

Schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentistry team to discuss which treatment is right for your smile.