You will be surprised what a single teeth whitening appointment in Eagan with Dr. Jon Skare of Wood Park Dental can do. Years of discoloration due to smoking, aging, medication, drinking coffee, tea, soda, or wine can be removed to reveal whiter, brighter teeth that take years off your smile! Tooth whitening in Eagan has definitely become one of the fastest and most sought after cosmetic dental procedures because of its attractively dramatic results.
What is Teeth Whitening?
Teeth whitening is one of the most common dental procedures in Eagan, and is able to restore the tooth's natural color. Teeth are often discolored because of the things we eat, medications we use, and other external factors such as aging and enamel deterioration.
What causes teeth discoloration?
Generally, teeth become increasingly darker with age because of changes in the structure of the enamel that cause it to become less porous and contain less phosphate as well. The primary causes for teeth discoloration include:
The use of tetracyclines and products containing chlorhexidine
Drinking coffee, tea, wine, and soda
What methods are used for teeth whitening?
Several methods for teeth whitening are currently being used to restore the teeth's natural white color.
Teeth whitening that is done in–office involves the application of a specific grade of whitening agent onto the surface of the tooth to aid in the breaking down of the stain buildup. This involves a much stronger bleaching agent than is available over the counter.
Teeth whitening done at home is typically makes use of commercially available products that can deliver some degree of whitening. Over the counter whitening products include toothpastes, chewing gums, and mouth rinse solutions.
Dentist dispensed home bleaching systems are comprised of plastic application trays and stronger concentrations of carbamide peroxide that produce relatively quick results.
At Wood Park Dental, we are great advocates of using tooth colored fillings for cavities because they make a very big difference when it comes to making the patients teeth looking better. Traditional silver fillings were once highly regarded for their strength, but recent advancements in dental technology have proven that tooth colored fillings are more structurally compatible with the composition of the teeth, more aesthetically pleasing to look at, and better reassembles the look and feel of natural teeth, making them the leading choice for filling material.
What tooth colored fillings are being used by dentists today
Now, more than ever, dentists are using porcelain and composite resin as the primary material for tooth fillings. These substances are fundamentally made out of resin and glass in a mixture of that is able to resemble the composition of natural teeth very closely and making them ideal materials for filling or reshaping teeth.
What are the advantages of using tooth colored fillings?
The composite resin composition gives the patient a more natural look while also providing as much strength and durability as metal fillings. In fact, they have been proven to be able to provide sufficient support to tooth structure to help prevent further damage due to breakage, and also to provide insulation from the temperature changes inside the mouth. Their biggest advantage yet is their close resemblance to the appearance of natural teeth, making them ideal materials for rebuilding tooth structure, especially in locations where the restoration will be most visible.
What are the different types of tooth colored filings?
Direct fillings make use of smaller amounts of the composite resin. This will be applied in multiple layers inside cavity and cured with intra-oral light for instant setting
Indirect fillings are intended for larger and more complex restorations. Typically, there is no longer enough natural tooth structure to support the filling, making it necessary to restore the tooth with an inlay, onlay or dental crown.
Dental bonding is a quick and easy way to correct chipped teeth, gaps in between the teeth, and also to improve on discolored or stained teeth. At Wood Park Dental, dental bonding is being used to naturally cover up any flaws of the teeth by applying a thin layer of composite resin material on the visible surfaces of your teeth and sculpting these layers to conform to the natural shape of the tooth to restore its aesthetic appearance. Dental bonding is a straightforward procedure that requires only a single visit and shows immediate results.
Why should i consider dental bonding?
For patients who are looking to improve the way their teeth look, dental bonding in Eagan is one of the fastest and least expensive methods of achieving this. The composite resin material used in dental bonding can efficiently be shaped to look like the patient's surrounding teeth. This technique is often used for improving the look of discolored and chipped teeth. It can also eliminate gaps between the teeth, make them look longer, and reshape or recolor teeth as well.
How dental bonding done?
Dr. Skare or Dr. Kangas will select the shade of composite resin that best matches the color of the patients natural teeth
To prepare the indicated tooth for the bonding, it's surface will be abraded or roughened and then coated with a conditioning liquid that will help improve the bonding
The composite, tooth colored resin is applied onto the surface of the tooth and then molded into the proper shape
The molding restoration will be hardened using a powerful light source
When the bonding material has hardened, it will be trimmed and polished to match the rest of the patient's teeth
How long would a dental bond take?
A dental appointment procedure takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete for each tooth.
How do I take care of newly restored teeth?
It is recommended that the patient avoid food that can stain the restorations for the first 48 hours after dental bonding because staining elements in coffee, tea, or cigarettes are able to stain the resin. Maintaining good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth often will also help keep the restored teeth in good shape for longer
Porcelain veneers are a noninvasive treatment for chipped, discolored, cracked, or unevenly spaced teeth. Porcelain veneers in Eagan, MN are made up of biocompatible materials that are very natural looking so that onlookers will not be able to tell that you are sporting a dental restoration instead of your actual teeth. These dental restorations are fabricated into ultra-thin porcelain shells and can be placed directly over the surface of the teeth to mask any imperfection.
Why should i consider wearing porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are now a hugely popular restoration among patients because of the their reputation for effectively eliminating gaps between teeth, making the indicated tooth more symmetrical with the rest of the patient's teeth, masking severely discolored or worn down teeth, and covering up chipped or cracked teeth.
What are the advantages of using porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are able to mask tooth imperfections with a very natural looking restoration
Porcelain veneers do not stain easily
They are generally well tolerated by gum tissues
The color of porcelain veneers can be adjusted to match that of the patient's natural teeth
The use of porcelain veneers are less invasive than other dental restorations and did not require as much for reshaping prior to their installation
What happens during the procedure at our office in Eagan?
Dr. Skare will be able to fit and install your porcelain veneers over two short and painless visits. Initially, the color to be used for the dental veneers will be identified, using the patient's own teeth as a guideline for the appropriate shade. Many times the patient will request that the veneers are whiter than the existing teeth. Next, a small portion of the surface of the tooth will be removed to make way for the porcelain veneer. An impression of the tooth with be made, and this will become the basis for the actual veneer that will be fabricated in a dental laboratory or, in office utilizing CEREC technology. As the porcelain veneer is being made according to the patient's specific requirements, the patient will be asked to use temporary veneers.
During the second visit, the permanent veneers will be held against the surface of the teeth so that it can be checked for proper fit and color. When the dentist and the patient are satisfied, they will be cemented more permanently on the tooth surface and then adjusted for optimum fit and comfort. The size, shape, and the position of the dental veneer will be fixed meticulously relative to those of the patient's existing teeth to achieve the best look possible.