Cosmetic Dentistry – Fillings, Crowns, Whitening, Veneers
Cosmetic Dentistry can make your smile light up a room! Why not have one of the brightest smiles in the Minneapolis and St Paul metro area!
Invisalign Orthodontics (Invisible Braces): Personal Care Dentistry is proud to offer Invisalign Orthodontics to our patients! Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Teo plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth!
Teeth Whitening: Over time, from smoking, consumption of coffee and other dark beverages and just normal wear and tear, teeth may lose their luster and begin to appear yellowed or stained. Whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness. Whitening has become a very popular procedure for enhancing smiles, since patients can expect their teeth to look about two shades whiter than what they started with.
Home whitening kits are typically the preferred way of whitening. With this option, the patient is responsible for using consistently until they see the desired whiteness. Impressions are made of teeth so that the trays are custom fit for the patient. The whitening solution will be put into these trays and worn for specific periods of time. Wearing the trays periodically usually requires maintenance, once desired whitening is achieved.
Crowns: There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown or cap is basically porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface, restoring strength and appearance. Crowns are needed in instances such as when a filling is not enough to give tooth proper structure, to fix fractures, or lend support for bridges. Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth.
Keep in mind that crowns typically consist of two appointments. Impressions are made in order to create the custom crowns. For placement, the tooth will be numbed in order to remove any existing decay and to shape what is left of the tooth for attaching the new crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the new one is being made. It is important that great care be taken with the temporary to avoid loosening. When the new one arrives, the patient will return to the office for placement and fitting. Sensitivity may be experienced with the new crown, but should subside over time.
Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Natural teeth that have spaces, are stained, crooked, misshaped or chipped, are some of the reasons veneers will be recommended. Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size and color.
On the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped and an impression is taken. The specific color that will be used is also chosen. On the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth and a light beam will set the adhesive. No anesthetic should be needed, unless the patient is very sensitive. Veneers are durable, but care needs to be taken as far as chewing on things that may shift the veneers. Ongoing care is similar to that of natural teeth.
White Fillings: Back in the day, silver or gold fillings were used. Now we know that Composite can be used, which is made of quartz resin, a white and more natural looking material. The fillings are used to fix teeth that have been damaged by decay and fractures. The impaired portion of the tooth will be removed and that portion will be replaced with composite filling. They are attractive since they match existing teeth and will last for years to come.
Fillings can be done during one appointment and anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. Filling is shaped and smoothed to ensure tooth is its authentic look and feel. Patients should be prepared to notice some temporary temperature sensitivity for a period of time after fillings are done.
Don’t wait any longer. Call today for an appointment and get closer to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Periodontal Disease – Diagnosis, Treatment, & Care
Periodontal disease is something that effects a large portion of the population. It is basically a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. The build up of plaque causes the gums to recede and form these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this build up and over time, if it is not treated, the pockets continue to get deeper.
Diagnosis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Bleeding when brushing is a sign of this, as is inflammation and tenderness. A small probe will be entered between the tooth and gums to measure the depth of any pockets that may be present.
Treatment: Gingivitis and periodontal disease must be treated to prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, bone, eventually even leading to tooth loss. Depending on the extent of the disease, a deep cleaning and scaling will be suggested and will typically be done with local numbing. When the build up has been removed from below the gum line, over time the tissue will heal, coming back stronger and causing the pockets to get smaller.
Maintenance: Follow-up appointments will be recommended to keep an eye on healing progress. If improvement is not seen over time, a visit to a periodontist specialist may be in order. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing and using an electric toothbrush are some of the home treatments suggested as well.
Reconstructive – Implants, Root Canals, Caps, Dentures
Restoring your beautiful smile!
Preventative measures will always need to part of a general oral health plan. In circumstances where damage has already been done however, more intensive procedures may be needed to bring teeth back to their healthy appearance and operation. Our staff will keep you informed on the options that will relieve pain, repair damage, improve your bite and get you back to normal function and look.
Implants: Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost. Through a surgical procedure, these artificial roots and teeth are placed directly into the bone. Implants replace teeth, but also relieve pain, restore chewing ability and improve facial tissues in the process. They are natural looking, secure and durable, lasting for years to come.
Implants require a process that can take over a series of months to complete. After being placed into the bone, they must be given several months to heal and form into that bone. For proper fitting, several fittings and adjustments may be needed. Maintenance of your new implants are up to you; following directions and forming good habits for proper care to get the longest wear out of them.
Root Canals: A root canal may be needed to relieve severe pain or sensitivity being caused due to intense decay. Many times an infection is present. The affected tissue needs to be removed, and the nerve canal reshaped and filled with a special material and finally sealed to help prevent future infection.
Bridges: Another way to replace lost teeth, this permanent fixture is typically made of porcelain on top of metal that fits over existing teeth. Bridges are the solution for many of the same issues that implants are used, and another option for patients, depending on their particular needs and circumstances.
Dentures: Dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth. They can be full appliances or partial. Natural, existing teeth may need to be prepared for dentures to fit properly. Sometimes having to be first removed and given a chance to heal before new dentures are placed. Immediate dentures are prepared in advance and immediately put in once the teeth are removed. However, adjustments for comfort and fit may need to be made once healing takes place, again possibly taking several appointments.
After proper fit has been achieved, dentures may take some getting used to, but over time a patient’s smile is enhanced with easy-to-care for dentures.
What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?
Your dentist will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
When having an extraction, today’s modern procedures and follow up care as recommended by your dentist are there to provide you the patient great benefit and comfort.