What is cosmetic dentistry and what can it accomplish?

Cosmetic dentistry refers to various treatment options that are designed to enhance the overall appearance of a person’s smile. These treatments are tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient who visits Dunson Dental Design.

What dental problems can cosmetic dentistry address?

Generally, any aesthetic issue with the teeth can be addressed through cosmetic dentistry. If you have teeth that are chipped or cracked, stained teeth, slightly misaligned or uneven teeth, or any combination of these problems, cosmetic dentistry can be of great benefit to you.

How effective is teeth whitening?

Teeth whitening can be very effective. In many cases, patients’ smiles have been whitened several whole shades after a single one-hour visit to our Midtown Atlanta area cosmetic dentistry office. Professional in-office teeth whitening is much quicker and more effective than the tray and strip systems that you can buy at the store.

What are porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of a special dental ceramic that are used to mask imperfections of the front portions of your teeth. They are virtually undetectable from your natural teeth.

If I have a chipped or cracked tooth, what cosmetic dentistry options are best for me?

The severity of the chip or crack will determine your best cosmetic dentistry treatment option. For minor chips and cracks, tooth bonding would be best. For more severe damage to a tooth, porcelain veneers are likely. In cases of major damage to a tooth, one of the best options is dental crowns, which will protect the tooth from further damage or decay.

Is it possible to get metal fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings?

Yes, you can get your old metal fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings. Many patients have done this at our Midtown Atlanta area cosmetic dentistry office not just because of the aesthetic concerns but because there are some legitimate dental health concerns to consider as well.

What is a smile makeover?

A smile makeover is a combination of multiple cosmetic dentistry procedures that are used to address various dental problems a patient is facing.

How much does cosmetic dentistry cost?

The cost of cosmetic dentistry will vary based on a number of factors, including the complexity of your problem and the dental treatment or treatments that you require. Since this can pose a financial hardship to some patients, the team here at Dunson Dental Design has a number of cosmetic dentistry financing options and payment plans available to make a great smile a reality for all patients.

Is cosmetic dentistry as effective as you say it is?

When it comes to the effectiveness of cosmetic dentistry, seeing is believing. It’s for this reason that we have assembled the following cosmetic dentistry before and after photos of some of our actual patients from the Midtown Atlanta area. When you visit Dunson Dental Design, we’ll be more than happy to show you additional before and after photos.

What are dental implants and how do they work?

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made out of titanium. These dental implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and soft tissue so that they are held securely just as natural tooth roots would be.

Can dental implants replace a single tooth as well as multiple teeth?

Yes. There are single-tooth dental implants and multi-tooth dental implants available that can support dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures. Whether you are missing one tooth or many teeth, dental implants at our Midtown Atlanta area practice may be just the solution you need.

How effective are dental implants?

Dental implants are remarkably effective at addressing the various aesthetic, functional, and dental health problems associated with missing teeth. There are plenty of reasons why you should get dental implants which we will be happy to discuss during your consultation. Feel free to browse through our dental implants before and after photos to see just how effective implant dentistry can be.

What are the success rates of dental implants?

There are many factors related to the success and failure of dental implants, but in general, the success rate of implant dentistry is 95%. Smoking, poor dental hygiene, injury, and other factors can have a negative effect on dental implants, so it’s important that you follow our instructions for proper pre-operative and post-operative care.

How long does the implant dentistry process take?

The entire implant dentistry process from the first consultation to the placement of the permanent dental restoration will take between four to eight months. The placement of the dental implants, the number of dental implants, and the needs of the patient can alter the duration of the treatment process.

How do mini-dental implants differ from traditional dental implants?

Mini-dental implants are an alternative to traditional dental implants. The mini-dental implants are much narrower and smaller than traditional dental implants and are best suited to support dental restorations for the incisors and smaller teeth of the lower jaw. The mini-dental implants process is considerably shorter, though candidacy for mini-dental implants is limited to certain patients.

What if I am not a good candidate for implant dentistry?

If you are not a good candidate for dental implants due to bone density or gum recession, you may be able to undergo bone grafting or gum augmentation. These procedures will help build up bone mass and soft tissue and may make your mouth able to support dental implants. Should these two treatment options still not make you eligible for dental implants at our Midtown Atlanta area practice, Dr. Dunson will fashion a restorative dentistry treatment plan that will best meet your needs.

What is sedation dentistry?

Sedation dentistry refers to techniques that allow patients to achieve varying levels of relaxation when visiting a dentist’s office. These techniques include nitrous oxide (laughing gas), oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.

Who are the best candidates for sedation dentistry?

The best candidates for sedation dentistry are people who suffer from dental anxiety and dental phobia. Sedation dentistry can help reduce fear and nervousness a great deal. Other good candidates for dental sedation are people with poor gag reflex, people who require very involved dental work or oral surgery, and people with medical conditions that make it difficult to keep still for long periods of time.

Are there different levels of dental sedation?

Yes, there are different levels of sedation dentistry. These levels are light sedation (anxiolysis), moderate sedation (conscious sedation), deep sedation, and unconsciousness. The best level for your needs will be determined during a consultation for sedation dentistry at our Midtown Atlanta area office.

Is sedation dentistry safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe. When you undergo any type of sedation dentistry method, we will monitor your vital signs and ensure that you are perfectly fine each step of the way. Dr. Dunson will make sure ahead of time that you are not taking any medications that may complicate the dental sedation process and that you are healthy for treatment.

Will I feel any pain during sedation dentistry?

No, you will not feel any pain during sedation dentistry. If you undergo general anesthesia, you cannot feel pain at all. For lower levels of dental sedation, local anesthetic will be administered along with the sedative to eliminate pain.

What should I know before a sedation dentistry visit?

It is important that you follow our instructions for pre-visit and post-visit care if you are undergoing dental sedation to ensure that your visit is as smooth as possible. If you are getting IV sedation, oral sedation, or general anesthesia, it’s important that you arrange for someone to escort you to and from our practice near Atlanta, Georgia. These levels of sedation dentistry will leave you groggy and unable to operate vehicles or machinery for a few hours after treatment.

What can I expect after being sedated?

If you have only received nitrous oxide, you should be perfectly well after the visit to carry on with your day. If you undergo a deeper level of dental sedation, you should expect to feel drowsy and weak after the dental work is completed. You should rest after arriving home until your strength and mental faculties are fully recovered.

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