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Posts for: October, 2015

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc
October 26, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out how dental veneers can give you the quick smile revamp you want.

A smile can say a lot about you, but when it doesn’t look its best we often feel embarrassed. If you find yourself smiling less and less because of dental imperfections then it’s high time you turned to your Newport Beach, CA dentist Dr. Timothy Bui for Veneersdental veneers.

Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are cosmetic restorations made from thin layers of porcelain, which are placed over the front surface of your teeth to improve a myriad of dental imperfections. What makes veneers a popular cosmetic option is that they are a conservative way to get a whiter, straighter smile without needing more extensive or invasive treatments. Compared to other treatment options like crowns, veneers are strong, can change the look of your smile and require very little tooth preparation.

The Problems Dental Veneers Address

Getting veneers may be the best option for those patients in Newport Beach, CA who are dealing with these issues:

  • Uneven or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that have internal stains
  • Teeth that have been worn down
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crooked or overcrowded teeth
  • Teeth with aesthetic chips

As with any cosmetic procedure that requires your Newport Beach cosmetic dentist to shave down natural tooth structure, these treatments are irreversible. This means that you should really be ready to care for your veneers for the rest of your life in order to maintain your new smile. Luckily, with the proper care dental veneers are very durable and can last a long time.

How to Care for Veneers

While veneers are resilient there are certain actions that can damage these thin layers of porcelain or resin. We can talk to you about certain habits like teeth grinding or nail biting that can put unnecessary pressure on your veneers and cause problems. Also, remember not to use your teeth as tools for opening bottle caps or packaging. Leave your teeth for speaking and chewing only!

Want to find out if dental veneers will give you the smile you deserve? Then it’s time to talk to your cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach about dental veneers. Call our office to schedule a consultation and let’s get you a brand new smile!

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 21, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  

You probably can’t remember a time without your teeth — and can’t imagine life without them. But now it’s a reality: one by one your teeth have become casualties in a long-standing war with dental disease until now they’re all lost.

Total tooth loss (edentulism) can be difficult in more ways than the loss of function — it can be psychologically traumatic as you must now transition from natural teeth to dentures or other restorations. To add to the stress, you probably won’t be able to obtain your permanent restoration immediately because the extraction sites must heal.

To help you with this transition and provide a means for you to have teeth during the healing period, we may fit you with an appliance known as an immediate denture. With these temporary teeth replacements, you can maintain your smile appearance, chew food and speak unimpaired.

Initially, immediate dentures should fit well, but over time your gums will tend to shrink as they heal. This can loosen the dentures’ fit and make them uncomfortable to wear. If the healing process is still ongoing and you still need to wear the immediate dentures, they can be relined with more denture material to fine-tune the fit.

At some point, though, we must consider creating a new, permanent set of dentures. When your mouth is fully healed, we can make a more accurate impression that we can then use to construct your new set. There are also other options, such as using dental implants to support a denture or a fixed bridge. This option will only be possible, however, if you have sufficient bone available to fully support it, which we might also be able to augment with grafting.

Immediate dentures serve a worthwhile purpose, but only for a temporary period. We’ll be happy to discuss all your options with you to help you find the right permanent solution that fits both your mouth’s condition and your financial ability.

If you would like more information on transitioning to teeth replacement, 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 “Immediate Dentures.”

By Timothy T. Bui, D.D.S., Inc.
October 06, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”