Cosmetic Dentistry

Do you want to have a fantastic smile? Let us help you achieve that goal through cosmetic dentistry! Our primary focus is on the necessity of dentistry and the impact your oral health has on your overall health. A healthy smile is the foundation to a truly beautiful one, coupled with our advanced cosmetic options.

For more information on a particular option, please click the links below. Wakim Dentistry currently offers the following procedures and treatments for both necessary oral health & cosmetic dentistry:


Bite Guards

A mouthguard is a protective device for the mouth that covers the teeth and gums to prevent and reduce injury to the teeth, arches, lips and gums. A mouthguard is most often used to prevent injury in contact sports, as a treatment for bruxism or TMD, or as part of certain dental procedures, such as tooth bleaching. Depending on application, it may also be called a mouth protector, mouth piece, gumshield, gumguard, nightguard, occlusal splint, bite splint, or bite plane.


Composite Bonding

Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface

This treatment is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.

Composite bonding has many advantages:

  • It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
  • It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
  • Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
  • Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.

Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.


Gingivectomy

Gingivectomy is a form of gum surgery. Sometimes in certain people the gums can grow and build up over the front surface of a tooth. This formation of extra gum can change the balance between the length of the teeth and the height of the gum line, leading in some cases to a person disliking the appearance of their smile. A gingivectomy is a type of minor surgery that involves the removal of a small amount of gum tissue around a tooth or teeth. A gingivectomy can be performed to correct a poor smile or maybe needed to be done to remove a diseased tooth, or allow a filling to be placed.


Oral Surgeries

Oral surgeries have many different types of surgical procedures that are associated with the teeth, jaw bones and gums. One of the types of oral surgeries that is commonly performed by many people is the dental extractions.

A dental extraction is one of the forms of oral surgeries that require the removal of the teeth without pain. During a dental extraction, the oral surgeries are performed in such a way that there is no damage to the surrounding tissues and gums. This is very important in the oral surgeries since it helps in the future to place any implants, bridges and dentures. Most of the oral surgeries that are performed are for functional reasons, but there are oral surgeries that are performed purely for cosmetic reasons.

When a tooth is removed during an oral surgery usually a temporary tooth is delivered so that your confidence is not altered after the removal of the tooth. In some people, cysts, tumors and infections are found in their teeth and gums. These are also treated with an oral surgery when necessary. It is essential to go for a regular check up with your dentist so that the infections are found at an early stage before the pain starts.

Many of latest diagnostic tools are used to diagnose the infections, tumors and cysts. Tools such as tomograms, panographic x-rays, and 3D CT scans are used during the diagnosis stage. Your dentist will give you instructions on how to deal with the infections at home.

Oral surgeries are recommended if the dentist finds it necessary. Regular follow up with your dentist is necessary after oral surgeries for a speedy recovery. Now-a-days the oral surgeries give the best aesthetic and functional looks. Tissues and bones from the same patient are used in implants and dentures. Tissue banks are also used to get synthetic bone and substitutes for tissues.

Oral surgeries like the root canal surgery are done using surgical telescopes or microscopes. The tissues are handled with ease and gently so that after these procedures the patient may only feel a minimal amount of discomfort. Swelling is also reduced due to the advancement of the procedures. The root canal surgery is also called the endodontic microsurgery.


Retainers

The final phase of orthodontic treatment is called retention when the braces and wires are removed. The purpose of retention is to maintain the corrected alignment of teeth achieved during the active phase of treatment. During active tooth movement, the gum and bone tissue around the teeth move or “remodel” to their new positions. Sometimes, the teeth may align more quickly than the soft and hard tissues around them remodel. Therefore, teeth may appear to be straight, but once braces are removed, teeth generally relapse quickly back to their original misalignment.

Retainers are used during this phase of treatment to keep the teeth straight and allow time for the soft and hard tissues around the teeth to remodel. Because human bodies are constantly changing, many patients will need retainers throughout life. The only method to maintain the alignment throughout life for many patients may be the consistent use of retainers. Your dentist will inform you how long your retainers should be worn.