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A duller smile or missing teeth don't have to be unavoidable consequences of aging. Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists Dr. Paul Dunkling and Dr. Greg Penney of Dunkling and Penney Dentistry explain how you can transform your smile with dental implants and veneers.
Dental implants restore missing teeth
Missing teeth don't just affect your smile now, but can continue to affect your appearance and oral health for years. Missing tooth roots cause your jawbone to recede. If the bone becomes weak enough, some of your teeth may loosen and your facial muscles may begin to droop, enhancing the effects of aging. Losing a tooth can also increase your risk of cavities if your remaining teeth begin to shift. Shifting teeth often overlap and trap cavity-causing plaque in the overlapping sections. Dental implants prevent jawbone recession and shifting teeth.
Dental implants rebuild missing teeth starting from the roots. Implants are actually tiny titanium posts that are placed in openings made in your jawbone. Once the implants are in place, they slowly begin to bond to your jawbone, a process that normally takes about three to six months. Implants replace your tooth roots, while an artificial teeth called crowns are used to replace the portion of teeth visible above the gumline. When the two pieces are joined together, you'll have a replacement tooth that's just as strong as the one you lost.
Veneers transform your smile
Sometimes the best way to address a problem is to conceal if from view. Dental veneers are thin layers of porcelain that hide many types of tooth flaws. After a small amount of tooth enamel is removed, the veneers are cemented to your teeth in our Burlington or Jericho office. Caring for veneers is easy and only requires flossing and brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste.
Veneers are very resistant to stains, which makes them an excellent alternative to teeth whitening treatments. If you use veneers for this purpose, you can even pick the ideal shade of white for your smile. In addition to teeth whitening, veneers are used to cover discolorations, cracks, bumps, chips and gaps between teeth. They also provide a simple way to change the shape or length of a tooth.
Ready for a big change in your smile? Make an appointment with dentists Drs. Paul Dunkling and Greg Penney of Dunkling and Penney Dentistry by calling (802) 863-3479 for the Burlington, VT, office or (802) 899-3973 for the Jericho, VT, office.
Find out if professional teeth whitening might be the best cosmetic option for you.
While you might love that morning cup o’ Joe, it certainly isn’t too kind on your teeth. If you have started to notice a dull, yellow smile as a result, then it might be time to consider talking to our Burlington and Jericho, VT, dentists, Dr. Paul Dunkling and Dr. Greg Penney, about whether teeth whitening is the best option for improving the brightness of your smile.
While teeth whitening isn’t designed to make teeth healthier, it can make your smile more radiant. Professional teeth whitening is a great option for someone who consumes a lot of stain-causing foods and drinks (e.g. red wine; black tea or coffee; tomato sauce).
As we get older, our teeth may also become darker. If this has happened to you, then professional teeth whitening may also be a great way to turn your smile around.
Here are two different whitening options from which to choose in Burlington and Jericho:
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Are you looking for a whiter smile without the wait? Then in-office whitening is the ideal option for you. This is the strongest and most effective way to get a whiter smile in less than one hour. The bleaching agent is applied to the teeth and, in many cases, a laser is directed over the teeth to activate the whitening gel and to speed up the process. Many people will get a smile that is several shades whiter in just one session.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
When we talk about at-home whitening, we certainly don’t mean the whitening toothpastes or at-home kits that you can snag from your local oral care aisle. Our at-home kit offers a strong bleaching agent coupled with custom-made whitening trays, which ensure that the bleaching gel reaches as many surfaces of your teeth as possible. While the results aren’t as fast as they are with our in-office whitening system, you will start to notice a whiter smile in a couple of weeks.
Do you have questions about professional in-office teeth whitening? Want to find out if you are the perfect candidate for this cosmetic treatment? Then it’s time you called Dunkling & Penney Dentistry in Burlington and Jericho, VT, to learn more.
Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”
Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.
A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:
- Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
- Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
- Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
- Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.
If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Most people (unless they're incredibly lucky) will undergo at least one (usually more) restorative dental procedures at some point in time. From filling cavities to whitening stained and discolored teeth, restorative dental treatments like porcelain veneers, crowns and dental implants help to preserve oral health, and restore function and the cosmetic appearance of damaged teeth. The dentists at Dunkling & Penney Dentistry in Burlington and Jericho, VT offer comprehensive preventive and restorative dental services to help prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease, and to repair the damage if and when it occurs.
Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Burlington and Jericho
Accidents, sports injuries, normal wear and tear over time and poor oral hygiene are typically the main causes of dental trauma and decay. Even with modern technology and impressive advancements in dental procedures, the best medicine and recipe for a healthy, beautiful smile remains good old-fashioned prevention. Dentists recommend a thorough oral hygiene routine at home (don't forget the floss) and regular checks ups and professional cleanings, generally every six months.
But accidents and the effects of time and aging happen, even with the best precautions and dental care. The most common restorative dental procedures are:
Dental Implants - a complete tooth restoration consisting of a titanium biocompatible implant that replaces the root of the missing tooth, which fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums. Once the implant heals, the cosmetic crown is attached to complete the restoration. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire set of dentures.
Porcelain Veneers - made of a razor thin layer of composite resin, which is bonded to the surface of the teeth, veneers are used to resize, reshape and whiten teeth.
Crowns and Bridges - a cap that is placed over a severely decayed or broken tooth to restore the function and cosmetic appearance, and to strengthen the remaining healthy portion of the tooth. Crowns can also replace missing teeth as part of a bridge. Caps are placed over the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (known as abutment teeth) to hold the replacement crown in place.
Bonding - similar to veneers, cosmetic bonding is used to correct minor cosmetic imperfections, to seal teeth after root canals and as an alternative to silver dental fillings.
Find a Dentist in Burlington and Jericho
Whether you are suffering from tooth loss or cosmetic damage to your teeth, there is a restorative dental procedure that is right for you. For more information, contact Dunkling & Penney Dentistry to schedule an appointment in Burlington or Jericho, VT today.
You have a winning smile except for one small flaw — one of your front teeth is chipped. In functional terms the defect is insignificant: your tooth is healthy and can still do its job. But with regard to your smile that chip is like a smudge on a masterpiece painting: it stands out — and not in a good way.
The good news is you have options to repair the chip and vastly improve your appearance. One option is to bond a custom porcelain veneer to the outside of the tooth to cover the chip. But that would also mean removing a slight bit of tooth enamel so the veneer won't appear too bulky. Although not as much as with a crown, the alteration still permanently affects the tooth — it will always require a restoration of some kind.
There's another choice that doesn't involve removing any of your enamel: composite resin. This treatment is a mixture of materials with a glass-like binder in liquid form that we apply to a tooth in successive coats. As we build up the layers we can match the tooth's shape, texture and various shades of its natural color. We're able to fill in the defect and make the tooth appear as natural as possible.
Unlike porcelain restorations, composite resins don't require a dental lab or a period of weeks to prepare. We can transform your simile in our office in as little as one visit.
Composite resin isn't the answer for every tooth defect. Teeth that have become worn, fractured or have undergone a root canal treatment are best treated with a porcelain restoration such as a veneer or crown. But where the defect is relatively minor, composite resin may be the answer.
To learn if you can benefit from a composite resin restoration, you'll need to undergo a dental exam. If we determine you're a candidate, we can use this state-of-the-art dental material to make your teeth look flawless.
If you would like more information on composite resins, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”