Everything You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you have questions about an upcoming cosmetic dentistry procedure? If so, here’s a list of our most frequently asked questions and their answers.

What Are Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures?

Cosmetic dentistry procedures are any form of treatment that improves the aesthetic appearance of your mouth. For example, crowns and bridges can replace broken or misshaped teeth, dentures and implants can provide a brand-new smile, and teeth whitening can brighten and lighten stained teeth. These procedures are intended to improve your self-esteem and help you feel more comfortable with your smile.

Will My Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure Hurt?

While you might experience slight discomfort during the procedure, Dr. Tupta will do everything he can to minimize these sensations. He uses various kinds of anesthetic to numb your mouth so you won’t feel pain during the procedure.

Who Can Benefit From Cosmetic Dentistry?

Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can benefit from cosmetic dentistry. In particular, it’s a great choice for patients with broken or chipped teeth, missing teeth, and yellowing or graying teeth. At your initial appointment, Dr. Tupta will talk with you about your concerns and devise a personalized treatment plan to help improve these deficiencies. Usually, the only patients who don’t qualify for a cosmetic procedure are those with poor oral hygiene or active infection in the mouth.

Will My Insurance Cover a Cosmetic Dentistry Procedure?

Unfortunately, because most cosmetic dentistry procedures are not medically necessary, health insurances often don’t provide full coverage. However, if you have a separate dental policy, you may receive at least partial coverage for your procedures. To know for sure, contact your insurance companies to ask about your coverage.

Does Cosmetic Dentistry Have Health Benefits?

The benefits of cosmetic dentistry go far beyond just improving your smile. Chewing and speaking may be easier, and you may also be able to preserve density in the jaw if you’ve lost teeth. You may also have a decreased chance of infection because bacteria will have less room to grow once empty spaces have been replaced by crowns or bridges.

Professional Teeth Whitening FAQ

Although brushing and flossing are vital to maintaining your oral health, good dental hygiene cannot prevent everything; for example, stains can develop on the teeth even if you brush and floss as recommended. These stains frequently occur when dark-colored foods and certain kinds of drinks are consumed. However, these stains can usually be addressed quickly and effectively with professional teeth-whitening treatments.

5 FAQ About Professional Teeth Whitening

1. Does Professional Teeth Whitening Hurt?

Other than some tooth sensitivity during the procedure, professional teeth whitening is essentially painless.

2. Will a Professional Teeth-Whitening Procedure Damage My Enamel?

People frequently experience sensitivity during their whitening treatment, which has led to concerns related to whether teeth bleaching damages tooth enamel. The enamel is not damaged during the teeth-whitening process, and as soon as the procedure is over, this tooth sensitivity ends.

3. Is There a Possibility That the Stains on My Teeth Will Not Respond to Whitening?

Natural stains are the most common type that develops. These kinds of stains form on the surface of the teeth, which means they can be addressed with professional teeth whitening. On the other hand, if the stains are internal, another type of treatment will be required: Potential treatments for internal staining include porcelain veneers or bonding.

4. Can I Have Professional Whitening Treatments Even Though I have a Dental Prosthesis?

Dental prostheses like crowns, bridges, and veneers will not respond to teeth-whitening products the way that your natural teeth will. However, your natural teeth can be whitened to match your dental prosthesis, or if you would like your teeth to be whiter than your prosthesis, your natural teeth can be whitened and then a prosthesis can be created to match your new tooth color and shade.

5. How Long Do the Results Last?

The results achieved with professional teeth whitening can last for several years.

At the office of Michael J. Tupta, DDS, Inc., we provide professional teeth-whitening services to individuals residing in and around Charleston, West Virginia.  If you are interested in learning more about how Dr. Tupta can help you obtain the smile you have always wanted, contact the office today by calling 304-744-4150 or click here to fill out our online form.

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Exploring Why Regular Dental Checkups are So Important

Only with routine professional dental checkups and care can you fully preserve the health of your teeth and gums. During each checkup appointment, your dentist will perform a full examination to assess your dental health, and then offer preventative and restorative care based on the exam findings. When you commit to coming in for a dental checkup on a regular basis, you will enjoy the following benefits.

Preventative Care Keeps Teeth and Gums Healthy

Preventative dental care helps keep your teeth and gums healthy year after year. At every dental care appointment, your dentist will likely perform a full teeth cleaning to remove plaque both above and below the gumline. The tooth cleaning process helps to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and other potentially painful dental problems.

Early Treatment Helps Limit Tooth Loss and Complications

When you are visiting your dentist on a regular basis, not much time goes by between examinations, allowing for the early diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. When you have these problems treated right away, you reduce the risk of tooth loss and other complications. With early diagnosis, you can reduce the risk of emergency dental problems and select the level of care that feels best for your needs.

Ongoing Support Helps Optimize Effectiveness of At Home Dental Care Routine

With ongoing support from your dental care team, you can improve your at home care practices using their demonstrated techniques. Dental professionals strive to help their patients learn all they can about effectively removing plaque at and below the gumline. These experts also proudly assist their patients in learning about the most effective tools to use for at home dental care, including electric toothbrushes and water flossers.

Schedule Your Dental Checkup to Learn More

To improve your dental health, you can partner with your trusted dentist to receive the care you need. Your dentist will help improve the appearance, function and overall health of your teeth and gums with proven care techniques. To schedule your dental checkup appointment, give our team a call at 304-744-4150.