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Tooth decay is a result of poor hygiene. Cavities need filling before more deterioration to your tooth occurs, which is why your Miami Lakes, FL, dentists, Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad, Dr. Jose Garri, and Dr. Osbel Borges, offers cosmetic fillings; it's a way to rejuvenate your smile and restore dental health.
Cosmetic fillings are made of plastic resin and finely ground glass-like particles. The composite resin is used to fix issues like chips and cracks, fractures, decays, discolored and stained teeth and short teeth.
Your doctor prepares your teeth by applying etching solution on your tooth's surface, then adds a composite resin matching the rest of your teeth and molds it into the necessary shape. Your doctor then hardens the filling with a curing light.
Advantages of Cosmetic Fillings
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural, especially if the tooth being filled is visible while you smile. Some other advantages include:
- Unlike silver amalgam, the fillings won't cause your teeth to turn grayish over time.
- The composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure.
- Your teeth will look natural, so you won't feel self-conscious when you smile.
- They are also durable and may last many years if taken care of properly.
Maintaining your Oral Hygiene
- Brush your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to clean hard-to-reach areas.
- Floss at least once before bed, and make sure to floss between every tooth and areas between teeth and gums.
- Professional dental cleanings every six months to remove hardened plaque that's accumulated on teeth and around gums.
For more information about cosmetic fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call Drs. Cozad, Garri or Borges at (305) 827-9148 at their Miami Lakes, FL, office today!
Are you concerned about the impact of a missing tooth on your appearance and your ability to chew food easily? You may benefit from dental implants, the newest option to replace missing teeth. Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, answer a few common questions about dental implants.
What are dental implants?
A dental implant replaces your entire missing tooth, starting with the root. The small titanium post acts a replacement root, supporting and anchoring the dental crown that will eventually be attached to it. The implant process begins with a minor oral surgical procedure in our Miami Lakes office. During the procedure, the implant is placed in a small opening made in your jaw. Thanks to titanium's unique ability to bond to bone, your implant fuses to your jawbone in approximately three to six months. Once the implant fully bonds, or osseointegrates, it's topped with a dental crown, an artificial tooth that looks just like your natural teeth.
Who can benefit from implants?
Implants are a good choice for most people who want to restore lost teeth. Although many people know that implants can replace single missing teeth, not as many realize that it's possible to replace all of your teeth with dental implants. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to removable full dentures and also help you avoid loss of biting power that can occur when you wear full dentures.
You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:
- You're tired of dealing with the hassles of a missing tooth. If you don't like the way you look, or you find eating to be a much more difficult experience after tooth loss, you can benefit from dental implants.
- Your gums are healthy. Healthy gums help hold in your implant in place. If you lost a tooth due to gum disease, you'll need to be completely disease-free before you begin the implant process.
- You have good jawbone depth. A shallow jawbone can't adequately support an implant. As a result, it may become loose. Luckily, the jawbone can be deepened with bone grafts in many cases.
Are you ready to find out if dental implants are a good restoration option for you? Call Miami Lakes, FL, dentist Dr. Ana Maderal Cozad and oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Jose Garri and Osbel Borges of Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes, FL, at (305) 827-9148 to schedule your appointment.
Although your teeth aren't very big, losing one can affect your life and your smile more than you may realize. Your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center explain several benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants help your social and professional life
Tooth loss may seem like a trivial reason to reject an applicant, but problems with your smile can influence a prospective employer's opinion of you. A gap-toothed smile may also affect your social life, particularly if you feel so self-conscious about that missing tooth that you stop smiling. Dental implants replace your missing teeth and will usually last your entire life if you care for them properly. The implant replaces the roots of your teeth, while a crown is added to take the place of your tooth above the gum line.
Dental implants keep your other teeth straight
After you lose one tooth, the surrounding teeth lose an important support system. Without the missing tooth to help keep them upright, they begin to drift toward the gap in your mouth. As they drift, the teeth begin to overlap, which can ruin previous orthodontic work. Dental implants not only replace missing teeth, but ensure that surrounding teeth stay where they belong.
Dental implants may reduce or prevent further tooth loss
Your teeth aren't just needed to eat. They also play an important role in maintaining the health of your jaw. Teeth roots constantly stimulate the underlying bone and keep it strong. Without sufficient stimulation, your jawbone weakens. Eventually, it can become too weak to adequately support your teeth, and they may become loose. Dental implants prevent your jawbone from weakening because they stimulate the bone as effectively as natural roots.
The implant process is easy
During the first step in the implant process, your dentist creates a hole in your jawbone and places the implant. In approximately three to six months, the implant fuses to your bone. After bonding occurs, a crown that looks just like a natural tooth is attached to the implant. You may even receive your new crown at the same time you get your dental implant if your new tooth will not be subjected to strong biting forces. Once the crown is attached, the tooth will feel very much like a natural tooth.
Are you interested in replacing missing teeth with dental implants? Contact your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center. Call (305) 827-9148 to schedule an appointment.