Q : What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
A: Cosmetic Dentistry covers a wide array of procedures, offered by dentists, to give you back your gorgeous smile and the opportunity for a new beginning. Cosmetic Dentistry can close gaps between your teeth, whiten stained teeth, resituate crowded teeth, fix your chipped teeth, make uneven teeth even, replace old fillings and even empty spaces caused by missing teeth. Cosmetic Dentistry gives you the opportunity to perfect your smile, perfect your health and perfect your future.
Q : How important is your smile?
A: The most telling statistic, in reference to the importance of smiles, comes from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. They found that 99.7% of all Americans believe a smile is an important social aspect. Close to 75% of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success. What defines an “unattractive smile?””
When asked, “What types of things do you consider make a smile unattractive?”
The most common responses were:
– Discolored, Yellow, or Stained Teeth
– Missing Teeth
– Crooked Teeth
– Decaying Teeth & Cavities
– Gaps & Spaces in Teeth
– Dirty Teeth
A consultation can be requested with any of our board certified dentists, in your area, by clicking here. The first step to the new you, is so simple. Our dentists are a quick email, or quick phone call away.
Q Are you a good candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry?
A: Many sites will give you a list of questions to ask yourself that can help you decide you are a good candidate for Cosmetic Dentistry. Unfortunately, the only people that can make that decision are you, and your dentist. No one else, no other site nor magazine, nor TV program, can make you enhance your smile. Only you can do that.
One comment emailed to us frequently after reading this question, is, “the best way to know if you are a good candidate for this is to ask yourself, 1. Are you 100% happy with your smile?” It really is a good question though. If you are 100% happy, that is great. If you are not, then you can make a change. It is easier than ever to enhance your smile. You can contact a surgeon here.
Q I want to enhance my smile, but cannot afford it. Do your cosmetic dentists offer any discounts or financing?
A: Actually, we do have some great discount plans that have been arranged with our dentists. Be sure to mention to your dentist that you found them on bestdentalhospital.com.
Also, yes, we do offer Cosmetic Dentistry financing. Within the past couple of years, things have changed tremendously. bestdentalhospital.com offers cosmetic dentistry financing, even with some terms that are interest free for a full 12 months. Click here to learn more about that. By the way, applying for financing in no way commits you to a loan, all it does is, gives you the option of enhancing your smile.
Q What about my dental insurance? Will it cover this?
A: From a ton of research, and constant surveying of dentists, most dental insurances have a maximum benefit of anywhere from $800 to $2,300 dollars. This can obviously, usually cover some of your expenses. However, most of the cosmetic dentistry is not considered mandatory, and therefore not covered by insurance. The basic fact is, the insurance companies, as we all know, want to take care of you at the lowest cost possible, not really the best service or option available for you.
You would be very surprised at how much your dentist can, and will work with you. All dentists found on bestdentalhospital.com share one common belief that the patient comes first. We promise you, that we will do everything within reason, to make your dreams come true, and enhance your smile.
Q How can Cosmetic Dentistry change my life?
A: Can a new smile make you more attractive, give you improved confidence, a healthier attitude, more energy? What do you think? A new smile can give you a whole new level of confidence, both socially; personally and even improve your career.
Q How natural would my cosmetic dentist make my teeth look? Will people notice I had this procedure done?
A: Every single case is 100% unique. Dramatic differences (you are missing a tooth, and a cosmetic dentist fixes that) are noticeable. However, our cosmetic dentists are trained specifically to keep this in mind, knowing that this is a huge decision on your part, and the more natural your teeth look, the better. Funny as it is, our recent poll of patients showed that the top 3 questions/statements after the procedure asked by friends and coworkers were:
- Have you lost weight?
- You seem to be full of energy all of a sudden, have you been working out?
- Is that a new outfit?
It is not uncommon for some patients to be so overjoyed they cry, hug their nurse or dentist! Patients self confidence typically sky rocket, feeling more outgoing, more social, and also showing more and more of their new smile. Business professionals brag about quicker career growth, the list is endless. It really is incredible how much a new smile can change your life, both short term and long term.
Q I want to be sure to ask the right questions and know I will forget if I do not write them down. Do you have any?
A: a. One of the most important questions to ask your cosmetic dentist is in reference to their continuing education. Many people don ’t realize how much cosmetic dentistry procedures have changed. And without constant education, you cannot be sure that your dentist knows the latest techniques, methods and equipment.
b. Is the cosmetic dentist license currently in good standing?
c. How long has the cosmetic dentist been doing cosmetic dentistry?
d. Has the cosmetic dentist ever had his/her medical malpractice insurance denied or revoked?
e. How many cosmetic dentistry procedures has the dentist done in total? If you are interested in a specific procedure, we highly recommend asking about that procedure as well.
f. How long will the cosmetic dentistry procedure take?
g. What are the risks of having the procedure? Short term and long term.
h. Is anesthesia needed?
i. Where will the procedure be performed?
j. Does the cosmetic dentist have any before and after photos to view?
k. How long will it take to recover fully?
l. What can I expect in the recovery process?
m. Is there anything I can do to make the recovery process quicker?
n. Are my goals realistic?
o. Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
p. Are there any questions most patients asked that I have not asked?
q.How soon can I have the surgery?
Q What is the difference between DDS and DMD, after the dentist’s name?
A: The acronyms stand for:
DDS – Doctor of Dental Surgery
DDM – Doctor of Dental Medicine
This designates the degree awarded to the dentist, from the dental school, upon graduation. There is no difference between the two, as both the DDM and DDS have the exact same education. Both degrees use the same curriculum requirements set by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. To restate, the only difference is the title given by each particular university, as the educational requirements are exactly the same.
Q What is Implant Dentistry?
A: Implant dentistry is the branch of dentistry that involves installing an artificial tooth into a patient’s jaw in order to replace or restore a missing tooth.
Q Is the concept of dental implants a new one?
A: Modern implant logy began in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. However, popularity really grew in the 1980’s with the increased success of the titanium cylinder. Since then, many brand name implants with minor variations have been approved.
Q What factors contribute to the long term success of dental implants?
A: Long-term success depends on multiple factors. Firstly, success will depend on the quality and quantity of bone. The better the bone, the greater is the chance of long-term success. Secondly, the experience and ability of the dental surgeon will be a factor. As with any surgical procedure, there is no substitute for the experience and individual talent of the dentist. And finally, the quality of the restoration placed on top of the implant will play a big role in long-term success. If the design of the implant crowns or over dentures are poorly constructed, and biting forces are not balanced, even the best-placed dental implant will have a compromised survival rate.
Q Who can place a dental implant in my mouth?
A: A periodontist, an oral surgeon, or an implantologist places dental implants. The periodontist and oral surgeon are teamed with a restorative dentist. They will place the implants and then the patient will be seen by a restorative dentist for completion of the crowns or overlying appliance. There will be two dentists during the course of treatment. An implantologist is trained in both dental implant surgery and restoration of the dental prosthesis. An implantologist will do both the surgery and the restoration, and there will be only one dentist during the course of treatment.
Q Who can restore the teeth on top of the dental implants?
A: A general dentist trained to restore implants, an oral implantologist, or a prosthodontist can restore teeth. It is the choice of the patient to use a ‘one doctor approach’, whereby the oral implantologist does both the surgery and the restoration, or the ‘two doctor approach’, whereby the surgery and restoration are performed by two different clinicians
Q Are there any age limitations for dental implants?
A: No. Any person at any age can have dental implants as long as there is enough bone available in which to place the implants.
Q What might be some factors that would prevent me from being an implant candidate?
A: There are some medical factors that might prevent a person from being a good candidate for dental implants. Some of these may be uncontrolled diabetes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, parathyroid disorders, blood disorders, rare bone disorders or bone marrow cancer. Some physical factors may include insufficient or poor quality bone, low sinuses or nerve bundles.
Q How often will I need to have my implants checked?
A: The success of your implants will depend greatly on how well you maintain them. They will need to be professionally cleaned by a hygienist and examined by your implant dentist every three to four months. This hygienist should be trained in the specific procedure of maintaining dental implants. Also, brushing and flossing daily is absolutely necessary for long-term success.
Q Is dental implant surgery painful?
A: No. An effective local anesthetic is used during the surgery so that you do not have any discomfort during the placement of the implants. The mild discomfort you might experience after surgery can be controlled with medications.
Q When can I return to work after implant surgery?
A: You can go to work the next day, unless some particular surgical circumstance arises. Your implant dentist will discuss all postoperative instructions with you.
Q What is an Endodontist?
A: An endodontist is dental specialist that has completed 4 years of dental school along with an additional 2 or more years of specialty training in endodontic (root canals). In other words, an endodontist is a root canal specialist.
With the lengthy education that an endodontist receives, they are able to perform all aspects of root canal therapy including routine as well as complex root canals, retreatment and endodontic surgery.
Q What is an oral surgeon?
A: An oral surgeon is a dentist who specializes in different aspects of surgery in and around the mouth. He / she performs simple extractions and difficult, complex extractions, including the removal of wisdom teeth. Most oral surgeons are qualified to install dental implants and perform jaw realignment procedures. They usually have about four years of advanced education after finishing dental school.
Q What is oral/ maxillofacial surgery?
A: Oral and maxillofacial surgery is the branch of dentistry that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of defects, injuries, and diseases involving the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws, and neck.
Q Who needs to have their wisdom teeth extracted?
A: Anyone who is in danger of developing impacted wisdom teeth (third molars that only partially erupt or get trapped or stuck in the jaw) should have them removed so that they do not damage adjacent molars and cause other oral problems. In addition, anyone who is getting dentures should have their wisdom teeth removed.
Q Do oral surgeons treat TMJ?
A: Yes. Oral surgeons treat Tempero Mandibular Joint disorder.
Q What is a periodontist?
A: A Periodontist is a dentist who works to prevent and treat diseases of the gums and bone around the teeth. Most periodontists are also involved in the placement and maintenance of dental implants.
Q What is a periodontal disease?
A: Periodontal disease is a serious, chronic bacterial infection that attacks the gums and bones that support your teeth.
Q What causes periodontal disease?
A: The major cause of periodontal disease is the buildup of plaque, which results from the overgrowth of the mouth’s naturally occurring bacteria. In order to prevent the development of periodontal disease, an individual needs to maintain sound hygiene practices by brushing his / her teeth and flossing daily.
Q What are the treatments for periodontal disease?
A: If periodontal disease is caught at an early stage (when it has not progressed beyond the point of gingivitis), it can be treated with scaling and root-planning (removing plaque around the tooth and smoothing the roots’ surfaces). If the disease progresses to a later stage, the patient may need surgical treatment, which involves cutting the gums, eliminating the hardened plaque build-up, and repairing the damaged bone.
Q What is gingivitis?
A: Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums around the roots of the teeth. It marks the early stage of periodontal disease, and it is characterized by red, swollen gums.