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Cosmetic dentistry is often perceived as an adult only option in dentistry. While that may be the case most of the time, cosmetic dentistry options for kids do exist. Most of these cosmetic dentistry options for younger patients tend to be minimally invasive.  Cosmetic dentistry for children is a delicate balance between changing a smile and the growth of the child. Adult procedures generally do not translate well to children. Children are still growing, so that must be kept in mind at all times. Usually at this stage, you want something that is only semi-permanent.

Minimally Invasive Dentistry

These procedures are the best option for most younger, still developing patients. Removing tooth structure is permanent so it is wise to consider the long term implications. Minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry strives to conserve healthy tooth structure by allowing the dentist to perform the least amount of dentistry possible. This entails never removing more tooth structure than is required to restore teeth to their optimal condition.

What are the best options for minimally invasive cosmetic dentistry for children?

-Dental Flipper. This procedure is used  if a child loses a tooth do to trauma or tooth decay, because a dental implant is not an option before age 17 or 18.   The traditional option has been to create this removable appliance (called a flipper) with a fake tooth on it. This appliance may help with self confidence, and speech if more than one tooth is missing.

-Dental Bonding. Bonding is generally used to repair decayed teeth, while restoring their natural color and shape.

-No Prep Veneers. This type of cosmetic dentistry veneer is placed over the existing teeth with bonding. No tooth structure is removed and the veneers can be removed at any time.

-White crowns. In the past, stainless steel crowns have been used to restore broken down primary teeth. There are new, highly cosmetic, white crowns which can be utilized in the same manner.

-Teeth Whitening. This is not recommended in younger patients. If the patient and parent are to request this, it is usually recommended to wait until the teenage years. In some instances this is a viable option to correct a tooth that has discolored due to trauma.

-Limited Orthodontics. Early intervention orthodontics can be considered minimally invasive in some cases. Bringing teeth in line not only improves ones cosmetic smile but it also makes it easier to maintain dental health. Teeth that are crowded will be much more difficult to keep clean.

Cosmetic Dentistry Conclusion

Cosmetic dentistry can be a great option for children if tailored to their current and future needs. As our younger patients age, they become hyper aware of their bodies and may request changes that may or may not be possible. This awareness will affect a child’s self esteem and self confidence, so if a cosmetic dentist can make minimally invasive changes then, large positive results may be incurred. Cosmetic dentistry procedures can give a tremendous boost to the young patients as they mature into young adults.

Las Vegas Dental Implants Marielaina Perrone DDS

Dental Implants – Solution for Tooth Loss

In today’s world, when a tooth is lost, most of us would like it replaced permanently with another tooth. The options for patients varies among different cases and situations. In the case of a lost or missing tooth, there have been traditionally several ways to restore it. The removable flipper, a cemented 3 tooth bridge (fixed bridge), or dental implants. If you have ever seen or worn a flipper, basically a removable retainer with a tooth attached, you know that it is not the best option. A fixed bridge may be necessary if there is inadequate bone or health issues deeming implants a higher risk. Dental implants have become the optimum choice, basically replacing the tooth with a whole new tooth.

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional dental bridge, utilizes one or more adjacent teeth for stability. A bridge is anchored to healthy teeth at either end. With a traditional dental bridge, the  tooth behind and in front of the missing tooth are trimmed down, to accommodate the fitting of crowns.  The bridge usually consists of 3 crowns fused together, and is custom fabricated by a laboratory technician.

There are three types of Fixed Dental Bridges:

-Traditional bridges involve fabricating a crown for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic (fake tooth) fused in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge and are generally made of either porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain.

-Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. The cantilever extends out over the missing tooth space without end support. This type of bridge can cause rocking and damage to the tooth or teeth it is attached to.

-Maryland bridges (also referred to as a resin-bonded bridge) are made of plastic or porcelain teeth and gums supported by a metal framework structure. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are adhesively bonded to your existing teeth. The metal can show through and hamper cosmetics.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is essentially a new root for your new tooth. The implant is surgically placed into your jaw, the bone grows around it and actually sticks to it. The process is called osseointegration. This is what gives the implant it’s strength. It is actually stronger than a natural tooth. The best part, is you do not have to disrupt the surrounding teeth, and it will never decay.

Las Vegas Dental Implants Marielaina Perrone DDSPros and Cons

-Dental implants may be less noticeable and provide a more natural cosmetic appearance.

-Dental implants can be flossed, brushed , and treated like a normal tooth, bridges require more complex hygiene maintenance.

-Dental implants provide more efficient chewing than bridges, which may chip, break, or shift.

-Dental implants have a 98% success rate.

.-Bridges require healthy, stable teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth for placement. This is not required in the case of dental implants.

-The teeth to which a traditional bridge is attached are permanently affected by the procedure of placing crowns on them. With dental implants, adjacent teeth are not affected or prepared in any way. If one tooth to which a bridge is attached develops problems, the entire bridge will likely need to be replaced.

- Dental implants are generally a bit more expensive than bridges.

-Dental implants can fail. They may not integrate with bone, may develop periodontal disease, or may break.

-Dental Implants generally take a few months from start to finish of treatment, whereas a dental bridge can be completed in about 2 weeks.

Longevity

The average life span of a bridge, with proper oral hygiene, is eight to 15 years. Dental implants are considered permanent, although any crowns or bridges attached to them are subject to normal wear and tear and may need to be replaced at some point. Proper oral hygiene is crucial to the success of any restorative dental work.

Conclusion

In today’s modern dentistry, dental implants are quickly becoming the first choice for many. The choice of an implant has become more affordable, and more successful. Life is all about choices. The dentist can give the patient the pros and cons of each procedure and allow the patient to make the most educated decision they can.  The procedure  you choose will solve the problem of a missing tooth, in the way that works best for you.