Whiter teeth not only improve your smile, but enhance your overall appearance, as well. Here at Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, KS, your cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Craft, offers take-home whitening kits to brighten up patient's smiles—read on to learn more!
Take-home kits are easy to use
Precision is important when whitening your teeth, for if you use trays that don't properly fit your mouth, you will likely experience uneven results. Additionally, properly fitted trays also ensure that the whitening agent doesn't touch your gums or roots (sensitivity or irritation can occur if whiteners come in contact with roots or gums.)
Your Manhattan cosmetic dentist will mold upper and lower trays that cover your teeth, and only your teeth, providing safe, consistent results. He'll also give you a supply of whitening gel, which you will add to the trays before placing them over your smile. Trays are usually used several times a week for one hour at a time.
Teeth whitening targets the source of stains
Every time you consume food or drink that contains dark or bright pigments, some of these pigments inevitably seep into the microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. Eventually, this collection of pigments can make your teeth look dull and yellow. While brushing certainly improves the appearance and health of your teeth, brushing alone won't change the look of an already dull and stained smile.
Fortunately, the whitening gel that you will use to whiten at home contains hydrogen peroxide, a natural bleaching agent. The hydrogen peroxide gently breaks apart the stain-causing pigment, leaving your teeth whiter and brighter.
Enjoy the benefits of at-home whitening
Take-home whitening offers several advantages, including:
- Convenience: You whiten when it's most convenient for you, whether that's while you're watching your favorite TV show at night, or in the morning before you go to work.
- Improved Confidence: It's difficult to feel confident if your smile is dull—whitening can give you a much-needed confidence boost.
- Effectiveness: Most people notice a three-to eight-shade improvement in the color of their teeth after whitening.
Interested? Give us a call!
Revitalize your smile with teeth whitening! Call your Manhattan, KS, cosmetic dentist, Dr. David Craft, at (785) 370-4662 to schedule your appointment.
A slightly crooked tooth, a gap, a chip--they're not big smile detractors, or are they? To the person with dental flaws, everything looms large, and he or she wants the best possible correction. At Craft Dentistry in Manhattan, Dr. David Craft offers cosmetic dentistry solutions which fine tune smile aesthetics or even accomplish a complete makeover. Porcelain veneers are one of Dr. Craft's most popular smile rejuvenation treatments.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are also called dental laminates. They are ultra-thin pieces of translucent ceramic, colored and shaped to fit over the front of teeth marred by:
- Ugly stains
- Hairline cracks
- Poor shape and size
Permanently glued in place, veneers improve front teeth which show when you smile. Also, they strengthen overall tooth structure.
Is the treatment difficult?
No, it is not difficult or painful, but it does take some planning and time. When you come to Dr. Craft's Manhattan office to discuss your cosmetic dentistry goals, he will examine your teeth, gums and bone structure, taking X-rays and oral impressions as needed.
If you both agree on porcelain veneers, he'll send specific instructions to an area dental lab where a ceramist will create a three-dimensional model of your teeth. He or she will craft the veneers one by one with just the right color and shape to beautify your smile and allow it to function properly.
Additionally, Dr. Craft will remove some enamel from each tooth receiving a veneer. This gentle resurfacing creates the exact substrate your veneers need for perfect adherence and bite. When your veneers are ready (you'll wear temporary veneers when you wait for your permanent ones), Dr. Craft bonds them in place with a tooth-colored cement hardened by a UV light.
Living with porcelain veneers
Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss everyday with your favorite strand floss or inter-proximal brushes as your hygienist advises. See your dentist semi-annually for a thorough cleaning and examination, including an inspection of your porcelain veneers.
Be careful what you eat. Stay away from super-hard foods, such as peanut brittle, as they can crack or dislodge your laminates. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that with consistent at-home and in-office care, your veneers will last about ten years.
Come in for a consultation
At Craft Dentistry, Dr. David Craft and his team love to see you smile. For more information on porcelain veneers and other state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, call the office in Manhattan, KS, for an in-person consultation: (785) 370-4662.
The movie Bohemian Rhapsody celebrates the iconic rock band Queen and its legendary lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury. But when we see pictures of the flamboyant singer, many fans both old and new may wonder—what made Freddie’s toothy smile look the way it did? Here’s the answer: The singer was born with four extra teeth at the back of his mouth, which caused his front teeth to be pushed forward, giving him a noticeable overbite.
The presence of extra teeth—more than 20 primary (baby) teeth or 32 adult teeth—is a relatively rare condition called hyperdontia. Sometimes this condition causes no trouble, and an extra tooth (or two) isn’t even recognized until the person has an oral examination. In other situations, hyperdontia can create problems in the mouth such as crowding, malocclusion (bad bite) and periodontal disease. That’s when treatment may be recommended.
Exactly what kind of treatment is needed? There’s a different answer for each individual, but in many cases the problem can be successfully resolved with tooth extraction (removal) and orthodontic treatment (such as braces). Some people may be concerned about having teeth removed, whether it’s for this problem or another issue. But in skilled hands, this procedure is routine and relatively painless.
Teeth aren’t set rigidly in the jawbone like posts in cement—they are actually held in place dynamically by a fibrous membrane called the periodontal ligament. With careful manipulation of the tooth, these fibers can be dislodged and the tooth can be easily extracted. Of course, you won’t feel this happening because extraction is done under anesthesia (often via a numbing shot). In addition, you may be given a sedative or anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.
After extraction, some bone grafting material may be placed in the tooth socket and gauze may be applied to control bleeding; sutures (stitches) are sometimes used as well. You’ll receive instructions on medication and post-extraction care before you go home. While you will probably feel discomfort in the area right after the procedure, in a week or so the healing process will be well underway.
Sometimes, dental problems like hyperdontia need immediate treatment because they can negatively affect your overall health; at other times, the issue may be mainly cosmetic. Freddie Mercury declined treatment because he was afraid dental work might interfere with his vocal range. But the decision to change the way your smile looks is up to you; after an examination, we can help you determine what treatment options are appropriate for your own situation.
If you have questions about tooth extraction or orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Simple Tooth Extraction” and “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
A root canal treatment is a common procedure performed by dentists and endodontists (specialists for inner tooth problems). If you're about to undergo this tooth-saving procedure, here's what you need to know.
The goal of a root canal treatment is to stop tooth decay within a tooth's interior and minimize any damage to the tooth and underlying bone. This is done by accessing the tooth's pulp and root canals (tiny passageways traveling through the tooth roots to the bone) by drilling into the biting surface of a back tooth or the "tongue" side of a front tooth.
First, though, we numb the tooth and surrounding area with local anesthesia so you won't feel any pain during the procedure. We'll also place a small sheet of vinyl or rubber called a dental dam that isolates the affected tooth from other teeth to minimize the spread of infection.
After gaining access inside the tooth we use special instruments to remove all of the diseased tissue, often with the help of a dental microscope to view the interior of tiny root canals. Once the pulp and root canals have been cleared, we'll flush the empty spaces with an antibacterial solution.
After any required reshaping, we'll fill the pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling called gutta-percha. This rubberlike, biocompatible substance conforms easily to the shape of these inner tooth structures. The filling preserves the tooth from future infection, with the added protection of adhesive cement to seal it in.
Afterward, you may have a few days of soreness that's often manageable with mild pain relievers. You'll return for a follow-up visit and possibly a more permanent filling for the access hole. It's also likely you'll receive a permanent crown for the tooth to restore it and further protect it from future fracture.
Without this vital treatment, you could very well lose your tooth to the ravages of decay. The time and any minor discomfort you may experience are well worth the outcome.
If you would like more information on treating tooth decay, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
Dental implant technology has advanced at such an astounding rate in recent years that you can now walk into a dentist's office with a problem tooth and out the same day with a new one. Unfortunately, not all dental situations allow for this possibility.
For example, you might be considering an implant many years after losing a tooth. But there's a potential problem: there might not be enough supporting bone. While an implant might still be possible, inadequate bone complicates the matter.
Because implants are essentially tooth root replacements, they require a certain amount of bone for stability and the best attractive outcome. As a general rule, implants need to be surrounded by at least 1.5-2.0 millimeters of healthy bone to support an implant. But you might not have enough if your tooth has been missing for awhile, regardless if you have or haven't worn dentures or other restorations.
That's because bone has a life cycle in which older cells die and newer ones form to take their place. As we chew or bite, the force generated travels up through the teeth to the bone to stimulate this new growth. Without a tooth the bone doesn't receive this stimulus, which can slow the growth rate. Over time the affected bone can lose its volume and density.
If we find you've experienced loss to the point your bone won't support an implant, that doesn't automatically mean this popular restoration is out of the picture. But it will require us first performing a procedure known as augmentation or bone grafting to help rejuvenate some of the lost bone.
With grafting, we place processed bone grafting material in the jaw through a minor surgical procedure to form a scaffold for new bone to grow upon. After several months this can result in several millimeters of new growth maintaining the width of the underlying bone, which in turn may be able to support an implant.
Bone grafting is quite common, often performed at the same time as tooth extraction if there's going to be a time lag before installing an implant. Even if performed later, though, it can successfully rejuvenate lost bone and make it possible for you to take advantage of durable, life-like implants.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants after Previous Tooth Loss.”
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