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What are dentures?

Dentures are removable dental plates for the mouth that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures that depend on the patient’s needs. Complete dentures are only necessary when all the teeth are missing. Removable partial dentures, also known as partial plates, are used to fill gaps in your teeth to protect and support your natural teeth.

What will dentures look and feel like?

Dentures are designed to resemble your natural teeth as much as possible, so there shouldn’t be much of a noticeable difference.

What is screening?

Screening refers to an examination for signs of mouth cancer to catch it early while there is still a chance for a cure. Among the signs of mouth cancer are:

What is considered emergency dentistry?

Emergency dentistry is treatment for trauma to the mouth through accident or other means that has caused damage to the teeth and gums. 

When there is a loss of a tooth there may be a possibility of resetting it. There are steps to be taken when a tooth is knocked out that can increase the chances of saving it.

  1. Do not touch the roots of the tooth.

  2. If possible replace the tooth into the socket or hold it in your cheek.

What kinds of whitening systems are there?

A variety of whitening systems exist to provide users with options, some over-the-counter and some you can obtain from a dentist. In addition to whitening toothpaste, over-the-counter solutions include strips, trays, gels, and rinses. 

If you are looking for the fastest method to get rid of stains, an in-office treatment is the best route. The whitening product is applied directly to your teeth and combined with heat and special lighting. 

What is a teeth cleaning?

A professional cleaning involves a dental hygienist thoroughly removing the tartar and plaque, from your teeth at and above the gumline. If there is a need for a deep cleaning, it’s usually called scaling and root planing and this involves more extensive cleaning below the gumline.

What are fillings?

Fillings fall under restorative dentistry and are offered by both Dr. Vanaria and Dr. Stijacic. They are made of a variety of materials and fill the space (cavity) left in a tooth after decay is removed. In the instance of tooth decay, your dentist removes the decayed tooth material to clean the affected area. The purpose of setting a filling is to restore the tooth back to its normal shape, strength, and function.

What are crowns and bridges?

Dental crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices used to improve the appearance and functionality of your teeth. A crown acts as a cap that will cover a single tooth — or implant — while a bridge serves to replace the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental procedures created to improve your smile. There are numerous procedures that can whiten, tighten, straighten, and restore your teeth. If you’ve lost the confidence to smile the way you used to, cosmetic dentistry can change your whole outlook on the world and it can change the way the world sees you, too.

Why do people seek cosmetic dentistry?

People choose cosmetic dentistry to improve a variety of dental problems, including: