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Get the Confident Smile You Want with Heavy Dental Work
The phrase heavy dental work may make you squirm, but when the result is the beautiful smile you have always wanted, it is so worth it. Heavy dental work can refer to many different procedures, and it honestly sounds scarier than it is. Boost your confidence with one of the following dental procedures.
Porcelain veneers are thin, custom-made pieces of tooth-colored porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth. This does require that a layer of your enamel is filed down to make room for the veneers, but they can fix multiple issues with your smile all at once! Veneers can fix:
- Crooked teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Gaps between teeth
While laser dentistry is a category of heavy dental work that has a really scary name, it is actually one of the more comfortable dental procedures out there. As you may have guessed, laser dentistry is the use of lasers to treat different dental conditions. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are more than 20 uses of lasers in dentistry. Laser dentistry can be used for a variety of oral health concerns, such as:
- Gum contouring: Gum contouring is when a dentist uses a laser to gently reshape your gums. You may be a candidate for gum contouring if you have uneven gums or if they sit too low or too high on your teeth. Using lasers for gum contouring is quicker, less painful and less invasive than traditional gum contouring surgery.
- Tooth whitening: Laser tooth whitening, sometimes referred to as power whitening, utilizes hydrogen peroxide and a bleaching gel that is then activated by application of the laser. The great thing about laser tooth whitening is that you can achieve up to eight shades whiter in just one hour!
- Treating gum disease: Lasers can also be used to treat gum disease. A dentist will use a laser to access and remove the infected gum tissue from around the root of the tooth. The laser also kills the harmful bacteria that can lead to infection and can help stimulate cells to form new tissues. Using lasers is generally a much more comfortable way of treating gum disease, as it is less invasive and limits the bleeding, swelling and pain associated with surgical removal of gum disease.
Deep cleaning, also referred to as scaling and root planning, is the removal of plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth, the pocket between the teeth and gums and the surface of the roots of the teeth. This type of procedure is generally only used to treat gum disease or if you have not had regular professional cleanings.
Combating your fears by moving forward with heavy dental work can lead to the beautiful, confident smile you have always dreamed of. Our friendly staff can help ease your fears and make you as comfortable as possible while you embark on your path to a perfect smile!
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