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Cosmetic Dentistry

Introduction


Cosmetic dentistry is really giving an artisitc touch to your smile with our dental expertise.That’s why it’s so important to choose a dentist with the right experience and education. Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from whitening and shaping to closing spaces and replacing teeth. And we have a wide array of tools and techniques at our disposal for improving the look of your smile. We at Wassan Dental in the last 13 years have tried our best to give the best smiles in the world and have created a reputation for excellence in Oman with our dentistry expertise.

1. Teeth Whitening


Having whiter teeth has now become the number one aesthetic concern for most patients. We have lot patients in Oman who come to us for whitening treatments only takes 45 minutes and the results last for a long time.

Reasons why you should come to us for whitening smiles is:

  • Fast and convenient
  • Whitens teeth to an average of 8 shades
  • Even, consistent teeth whitening
  • Long lasting white results
  • Low sensitivity
  • Safe, comfortable and effective
  • Performed by a trained Dental Professional

We provide our best two technologies for professional whitening- Zoom and Beyond. Both is technologies are highly recommended by dentists world-wide and is proven to be safe, effective and conveniently fast.

2. Venners


If you don’t like the shape or shade of your teeth, even after bleaching, Veneers can fix your problem. Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the external surface of the teeth with durable permanent cement. Veneers allow a long-lasting change in both the texture and the shade of your teeth.

When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Because they are thin, light can shine through them and they take on the natural color of the underlying tooth.

The crucial thing about maintaining Venners is brushing and flossing daily. Return for a follow-up visit after one to two weeks. Brush and floss as you normally would. Don’t be afraid that you will damage your veneers by brushing and flossing. Non-abrasive toothpaste is recommended. A good home care regimen will insure the best aesthetic success of your veneer.

Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues, including:

  • Worn enamel:Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth (enamel) may become worn, dulled and discolored. Such wear and discoloration may be natural or result from a genetic predisposition. However, it often results from consuming soft drinks, tea or coffee; smoking; using certain medications, etc.
  • Wear and tear:Teeth naturally wear down as people age. Aged teeth are more likely to have chips, cracks or a generally uneven appearance.
  • Genetics:Certain people are born with abnormal spacing between their teeth that widens with age.
  • Uneven teeth:Uneven teeth can result from tooth grinding or general wear and tear.

Porcelain veneers and composite resin veneers

The two most common materials used to fabricate or create dental veneers are composite resin and porcelain. Indirect (created outside of your mouth) porcelain veneers and composite veneers are made by a dental technician in a dental laboratory; direct (created directly on your teeth) composite veneers are made by your dentist during your appointment at the dental office.

Porcelain dental veneers are more appropriate solutions for severe cases involving dullness, wear, discoloration, extensive chipping, cracking, spacing or uneven teeth.

Composite bonding or just bonding — which refers to direct composite veneers — is an inexpensive, effective and minimally invasive way to restore and correct small chips, cracks and discoloration in the teeth.

3. Digital Smile Design


We have recently incorporated the concept of Digital Smile Design (DSD) also known as Hollywood Smile, designed to help the patient can preview the treatment that we will perform in their mouth and suggest the desired changes.

To achieve the effectiveness of treatment is critical work of a team of interdisciplinary professionals. In this type of treatment depends on the ideal aesthetic result of teamwork, working with different specialties according to the needs of each case.

The diagnostic data helps us guide the later stages of treatment and fully incorporate the needs, desires and the functional and biological aspects of patient treatment design aesthetically. The Digital Smile Design improves communication between dentist and patient.

The Smile Design Digital or DSD allows careful analysis by using pictures and video of facial and dental characteristics of the patient. With the help of this, we can better understand the relationship of the moving face, lips, teeth and gums. Achieving improved by digital recontouring the appearance of the smile, being possible to move the patient on a date.

The biggest advantage of Digital Smile design is that we can in-depth study of all the details correct. Then design as the most suitable size and shape for the dental patient.

4. Inlays/Onlays


Inlays and onlays are dental restorations used by a select number of dentists. In certain cases, inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting reparative solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are beneficial from both an aesthetic and functional point of view.

Inlays and onlays can often be used in place of traditional dental fillings to treat tooth decay or similar structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are moulded into place within the mouth during a dental visit, inlays and onlays are fabricated indirectly in a dental lab before being fitted and bonded to the damaged tooth by your dentist.

The procedure

Typically, an inlay or onlay procedure is completed in two dental visits. During your first visit, your dentist must prepare the damaged tooth. A moulded impression of the tooth is then taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where an inlay or onlay is fabricated.

Inlays and onlays can be made from gold, porcelain or resin materials. The difference is in the appearance of the finished restoration. A fitted, provisional inlay or onlay (sometimes known as a temporary or “temp” for short) in the shape of the final restoration can be created during this visit to protect the tooth while the final restoration is being fabricated.

We discuss with you the best type of inlay or onlay material to use. If aesthetics is not a concern (for example, with back molars), gold is the best option. Porcelain inlays and onlays offer the best aesthetics and are often used in the “smile line” areas. Resin materials may be the best option for people who grind their teeth and/or those with a misaligned bite (malocclusion). During your second visit, the provisional temporary is removed and your inlay or onlay is placed.

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

  • Superior fit:Inlays and onlays offer a conservative preparation that preserves as much healthy tooth as possible. They are a great choice if you have minimal to moderate tooth decay that extends into a flossing area, offering an excellent alternative to full coverage crowns.
  • Tooth color:Boasting aesthetic longevity, inlays and onlays are not likely to discolour over time as tooth-coloured resin fillings often do.
  • Tooth structure safeguard:Inlays and onlays preserve the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas, helping to ensure functional longevity.
  • Easy tooth cleaning:Because the fit is tailored at all edges and the preparation minimal, your tooth can be easier to clean than it would be with full coverage restorative alternatives such as a dental crown. Composite fillings can shrink during the curing process, whereas prefabricated porcelain or gold inlays and onlays will not (ensuring a precise fit).
  • Tight space fulfilment:If you have a cavity between your teeth, consider an inlay rather than a direct composite filling. Inlays are better at sealing teeth to keep out bacteria; they are easy to clean, will not stain and offer exceptional longevity.
  • Strength and stability:Inlays and onlays are extremely stable restorative solutions for the treatment of decay. The superior fit and durable material make inlays and onlays a stable choice that can actually strengthen a damaged tooth.
  • Weak tooth protector:An onlay can protect the weak areas of the tooth. The procedure does not require the complete reshaping of the tooth.

5. Composite Bonding


The term bonding is used in dentistry to describe permanently attaching dental materials to your teeth using dental adhesives and a high intensity curing light.
Whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably received a dental treatment involving either form of dental bonding: direct composite bonding or adhesive bonding of a restoration (crown, bridge, porcelain veneer, inlay/onlay) that was created in a laboratory or in-office.

Direct composite bonding

For direct composite bonding we use tooth-coloured composites (white or natural-looking materials) that they have in their offices to fill cavities, repair chips or cracks, close gaps between your teeth and build up the worn-down edges of teeth. Dentists place the materials in or on the teeth where needed.

Because direct composite bonding involves the precise placement of restorative material, the direct composite bonding procedure usually is completed in one dental visit. More complicated or extensive treatments may require additional visits. However, there is usually no need for temporaries or waiting days or weeks for laboratory restorations.

The same composite materials also may be directly applied and sculpted to the surfaces of teeth that show most prominently when you smile, for minimally invasive smile makeovers. While dentists call them direct composite veneers, many people just refer to them generically as “bonding.” Composite bonding usually is an ideal and less expensive solution for people with chips, gaps between the teeth, staining and discoloration, slight crookedness and misshapen teeth.

Although direct composite veneers typically require minimal preparations, no mould-taking and no temporaries, the artistic skill and precision of the dentist you choose will determine the exact manner in which your direct composite veneers are created.

Adhesive bonding

Adhesive bonding refers to attaching a restoration to a tooth using an etchant, a bonding agent, an adhesive and a high intensity curing light. This method is typically used for aesthetic and metal-free crowns, porcelain veneers, bridges and inlays/onlays.

Bonding process

Whether your treatment plan calls for direct composite restorations or adhesively bonded restorations, we start the bonding process by using a rubber dam to isolate the teeth, to prevent interference from moisture. Depending on the extent of the treatment, anaesthetic injections may be required.

We would then apply a gentle phosphoric acid solution to the surface of the natural tooth, which won’t hurt. Acid etching of the tooth surface strengthens the bond of the composite and the adhesive. After 15 seconds the phosphoric acid is removed, and a liquid bonding agent is applied.

6. Dental Implants


Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The dental implant procedure is categorized as a form of prosthetic (artificial replacement) dentistry or cosmetic dentistry.

People who have lost teeth might feel too self-conscious to smile or talk. Additionally, biting irregularities caused by tooth loss can have a negative effect on eating habits, leading to secondary health problems like malnutrition.

By replacing missing tooth roots, dental implants provide people with the strength and stability required to eat all the foods they love, without struggling to chew. Additionally, dental implants stimulate and maintain jaw bone, preventing bone loss and helping to maintain facial features.

Dental implant placement procedure

Today’s dental implant restorations are virtually indistinguishable from other teeth. This appearance is aided in part by the structural and functional connection between the dental implant and the living bone. Implants are typically placed in a single sitting but require a period of osseointegration.

Osseointegration is the process by which the dental implant anchors to the jaw bone. Osseointegrated implants are the most commonly used and successful type of dental implant. An osseointegrated implant takes anywhere from three to six months to anchor and heal, at which point your dentist can complete the procedure by placing a crown restoration. If osseointegration does not occur, the implant will fail.

Dental implantation, which is performed to replace missing teeth, can be done any time after adolescence or when bone growth is complete. Certain medical conditions, such as active diabetes, cancer or periodontal disease, may require additional treatment before the implant procedure can be performed.

Detailed procedural steps are as follows:

Preparing the jaw for implantation:

A dental implant restoration is commonly composed of a titanium material screw and a crown. A small-diameter hole (pilot hole) is drilled at edentulous (where there is no tooth) jaw sites in order to guide the titanium screw that holds a dental implant in place. To avoid damaging vital jaw and face structures like the inferior alveolar nerve in the mandible (lower jaw), a dentist must use great skill and expertise when boring the pilot hole and sizing the jaw bone. In many instances dentists use surgical guides created based on the CT scans when placing the dental implants.

Placement of the implant:

After the initial pilot hole has been drilled into the appropriate jaw site, it is slowly widened to allow placement of the implant screw. Once in place, surrounding gum tissue is secured over the implant and a protective cover screw is placed on top to allow the site to heal and osseointegration to occur. After up to six months of healing, your dentist will uncover the implant and attach an abutment (which holds the crown or tooth-like replacement) to the implant. In some cases, the abutment may be attached during the initial procedure. When the abutment is in place, your dentist then will create a temporary crown. The temporary crown serves as a template around which the gum grows and shapes itself in a natural way. The process is completed when the temporary crown is replaced with a permanent crown.

7. Mouth Reconstruction


Full Mouth Reconstruction is the process of restoring or rebuilding all or most of the teeth on both the upper and lower jaws. Some people opt for this simply for cosmetic purposes, but often its necessity stems from a true medical problem, such as:

  • Persistent jaw, muscle and headache pain caused by an irregular bite
  • Teeth severely worn down by long-term tooth grinding or acid erosion
  • Injured or fractured teeth
  • Missing teeth due to trauma or decay

In these situations, you should get a comprehensive exam to determine the extent of the damage and the discount treatment options that are available to you.

Your dentures also need to be cleaned on a daily basis, after meals, and when you remove them for the night. Cleaning them will remove food particles and plaque, prevent them from becoming stained, and keep them tasting and smelling fresh when you put them in your mouth.
We’ll suggest you the best kind of brushes and toothpaste or cleaning solutions to keep your dentures clean. Hand soap and mild dishwashing liquid are acceptable for use. Don’t use toothpastes that contain abrasive cleaners because they may scratch and weaken the denture.

Common procedures

  • Implants – usually requires two surgeries to permanently replace individual teeth. In the first surgery, makes gum incisions and drills titanium rods into your jawbone where you are missing teeth. Any openings are sealed with stitches, and often a temporary bridge or denture is placed over the gaps. After several months, your bone will fuse with the metal rods, and then we can attach prosthetic teeth.
  • Bridges – they replace missing teeth by attaching crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap, connected by a false tooth in the center. Bridges can be made from ceramic, metal or plastic.
  • Crowns – they attach to damaged teeth to restore their shape and protect them from further harm. Parts of your original tooth may be removed to better accommodate the crown. The most common varieties are made of ceramic, metal or a mixture of the two. Some people find that they get a better discount with the inexpensive metal version.
  • Fillings- Protects your pearly whites that have cavities from further damage. The removed cavity creates space, which is filled with either a composite or a metal amalgam component.