Information About Additional Procedures
The decision to straighten your teeth affects not only the appearance of your smile, but your lifestyle as well. At first impression, people associate straight teeth with good overall health and hygiene. As an adult, you may wish to enhance your smile for business or social interactions. Or, perhaps you’re a teen looking for a trendy, modern alternative to metal brackets and wires. Invisible braces for teens and adults allows you to enjoy all the benefits of straight teeth without putting your lifestyle on hold.
Invisible braces are an orthodontic treatment that uses removable alignment trays to straighten teeth. Your dentist will fit you with custom-designed alignment trays that slowly shift your teeth into the desired position. Every few weeks, you will receive a new set of trays until your teeth are perfectly aligned. The trays are barely visible in your mouth – your friends, family and coworkers may not even notice they are there. The smooth plastic surface will not scratch or damage the inside of your mouth and you can remove the trays for eating, cleaning, and special occasions. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Shaikh at Smile Family Dental to find out if invisible braces are right for you!
Dental implants are the most durable and functional tooth replacement option available today. The implant is comprised of a titanium post that serves as the root of your replacement tooth, a porcelain crown, and an abutment that attaches the crown to the implant. With proper oral care, a dental implant can replace a natural tooth for a lifetime.
Benefits of Dental Implants
- Convenience. Once the implant is placed, it serves all the functions of a natural tooth. No eating restrictions or speaking impediments.
- Oral health. With other tooth replacement options, the bone where the root used to be may deteriorate over time, causing neighboring teeth to shift and loosen. Implants are the only option that helps prevent bone loss in the jawline.
- Reliability. Implant placement surgery is one of the most effective types of surgery with a success rate of over 95%.
- Confidence. Implants are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth. Smile more often with a full, healthy set of teeth.
Placing the Implant
First, your Dr. Shaikh will take x-rays of your mouth and determine the optimal placement of the implant along your jawline. Once the implant has been surgically placed, the abutment and crown will be attached during restoration procedures. Most patients report less pain during recovery than with wisdom teeth extractions, but any discomfort can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication. If you are anxious about any stage in the implant procedure, the team at Smile Family Dental is always ready and willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Replacing Multiple Teeth with Dental Implants
When several neighboring teeth are missing, an implant-supported bridge is the optimal treatment option for replacing them. An implant bridge consists of three major aspects, the dental implant, abutments, and the dental bridge. A traditional dental implant bridge consists of an artificial tooth connected to two crowns on both sides that are placed on two neighboring dental implants that hold the bridge in place. A dental implant bridge may be used to replace three or more missing teeth.
When multiple neighboring teeth are missing, the bone will begin to resorb and shrink at a rapid pace. The surrounding teeth will begin to shift and move into the open space. The remaining teeth begin to overcompensate for the lost teeth and they too risk being lost.
Advantages of a dental implant bridge:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Preservation of bone
Replacing All Teeth with Dental Implants
While some patients opt for removable dentures, this option can be burdensome and cause sores along the gums. Another option for replacing a full set of teeth is a full-arch fixed bridge. These dentures are anchored to the jawbone by multiple implants. The process for placing the implants is similar to that of a single dental implant in that your oral surgeon will carefully insert titanium “roots” in your jawbone. The number of implants will be determined during consultation with Dr. Shaikh after examining the condition of the bone in your mouth. Once the implants are placed, you will be fitted with a custom set of crowns that will be fixed to the implants. Once implanted and with proper oral hygiene, fixed bridge dentures can serve all of the functions of a natural set of teeth.
You may also be candidate for implant-supported overdentures. Implant-supported overdentures are a full set of dentures that clip into place along your jawline to perform the appearance and function of natural teeth. Like the full-arch fixed bridge denture, the overdenture is supported by dental implants. However, the overdenture can be removed for cleaning and maintenance. Your oral surgeon will attach a supporting structure to the implants so that you can snap your overdentures into place for increased stability and comfort while eating, drinking and speaking.
With proper care, fixed bridge dentures and implant-supported overdentures can provide permanent solutions to the problems created by multiple missing teeth.
Lumineers are a safe, quick, and affordable way to perfect your smile. You can achieve a flawless smile in just two easy visits to your dentist. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and design your own custom set of Lumineers. Unlike traditional veneers, there is no need for extensive drilling, shots, or unsightly acrylic temporaries. After your Lumineers have been designed, your dentist will prepare your teeth to ensure a good fit, and then bond the Lumineers to your natural teeth. Once your Lumineers are in place and with proper oral hygiene, you can enjoy your beautiful smile for years to come!
What is sedation dentistry?
Your dental team understands that many patients are hesitant about dental visits due to anxiety or fears. Different levels of anesthesia and sedation allow your dentist to treat you in a manner that you find comfortable. Your dentist will assess your treatment options and recommend a level of sedation that will allow you to relax during your procedure. An in depth consultation prior to administering anesthesia helps to optimize the long-term outcome for your procedure while assuming a minimal risk for complications.
Nitrous oxide therapy or “laughing gas” is a mild sedative that is commonly used in dentistry. It is a colorless and odorless gas that is administered through a small mask over your nose. This allows you to achieve a level of relaxation as well as reduce pain during the procedure. Nitrous oxide is not addictive and exits the body within a few minutes.
Your dentist offers oral sedation for patients who prefer a more moderate level of sedation. Some patients are given oral medications that are administered directly to the affected area while dental work is performed. Others may be put in a deeper state of relaxation, but will still be able to respond to light stimulation. Patients may feel drowsy and fall asleep during the procedure. Those who choose to be sedated are required to follow a few pre-procedural recommendations and have a driver available to assist them on the day of their procedure.
General Anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness where a patient cannot feel, see, or hear anything during the procedure. The medication can be administered through various routes and is an extension of deep sedation, helping limit movement and discomfort during dental treatment. A highly trained and specialized anesthesiologist is required to provide this type of anesthesia to assure absolute patient safety. Your dental team is trained to provide this service!
What is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary). BOTOX® Cosmetic has an established record of experience that your doctor knows and trusts – it's precise and predictable.
No anesthesia is required. However, Dr. Shaikh may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Dr. Shaikh will administer a few tiny injections of BOTOX® directly into the muscles that cause moderate-to-severe frown lines between the brows. The entire treatment takes approximately 10 minutes.
- No downtime. Patients can immediately resume normal activities.
- No systemic complications associated with Botox injections have been documented.
- Treatment is reversible within several months.
- May be beneficial for treatment of migraine headaches.
Botox injections are a temporary solution for the treatment of wrinkles. The effects last from 3-4 months and require repeat treatments. Possible side effects include local numbness, swelling, bruising, or a burning sensation during injection. Some patients have reported temporary headache and nausea. Most complications are of short duration and can be avoided with proper injection techniques. A small percentage of patients are reported to experience no improvement at all.