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By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsNothing alters your appearance quicker than the loss of a tooth. Every time you look in the mirror, you're reminded that your smile has changed. Tooth loss doesn't just affect your self-esteem but can make everything from eating to speaking difficult. Luckily, your Hunter's Creek, FL, dentist Dr. Adel Mansour can help you restore your smile with dental implants.

Are dental implants the right choice for me?

Dental implants are an excellent option for most people who have lost teeth. You may be a good candidate for dental implants if:

  • Your oral and general health is good.
  • You don't smoke.
  • Your jawbone is deep enough to support dental implants. (If your jawbone is too shallow, your Hunter's Creek dentist may recommend building it up with bone grafts.)

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Although a full smile is the obvious benefit of dental implants, it's just one of several advantages of the innovative restoration option. Implants help you avoid shifting, overlapping teeth, an issue that affects your appearance and makes it harder to remove plaque from your teeth.

Dental implants also play an important role in the health of your jawbone. Jawbone resorption, a problem that occurs when the bone shrinks because it no longer receives stimulation from tooth roots, can be an issue after tooth loss. Resorption may increase your risk of additional tooth loss, changes to your bite or facial sagging.

Luckily, adding implants to your jawbone help you avoid these consequences. Implants act as synthetic roots and begin to bond to the bone in your jaw after a minor oral surgical procedure to place them in your jawbone. Your new implants not only anchor crowns that look just like your natural teeth but also stimulate your jawbone, keeping it strong.

Dental implants aren't just recommended if you've lost one tooth. In fact, they can be used to support dentures too. Your implant-supported dentures will either be attached directly to the implants or to a metal bar attached to the implants.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your dentist Dr. Adel Mansour in Kissimmee, FL and serving Hunter's Creek at (407) 483-9990 to schedule your appointment.

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
December 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
NewYearNewSmile

As December brings the old year to a close, it’s a great time to set goals for the year to come. This might include a major life change, such as a new job—or even a new romance! If one of these items is on your list for 2019, a smile makeover may be just the thing to help you get there.

Having a great smile can give your self-confidence a real boost. It can also affect how you are perceived by others. According to a survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, 99.7% of adults believe a smile is an important social asset and 96% believe an attractive smile makes a person more appealing to members of the opposite sex. At the same time, three quarters of adults feel that an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success.

If you aren’t pleased with your smile and want a new look, we can help you figure out which cosmetic dental treatments could be right for you. The answer might be something simple—like an overall brightening of the smile with professional teeth whitening, or fixing a small crack or chip in a single tooth with cosmetic tooth bonding. If you’re unhappy with worn-down or crooked teeth, dental veneers or orthodontic treatment might be the way to go. In fact, many adults find that orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is a great way to get a beautiful, straight smile without drawing attention to the fact that a makeover is in progress.

Of course, it’s not only important for your smile to look good but also for your whole mouth to stay healthy. So if you are experiencing any tooth pain, unusual mouth sores or gum problems, it’s time for you to come in for an exam. And if it’s been a while since you’ve had a dental checkup and professional teeth cleaning, why not make an appointment for early in the year? Don’t start the new year with last year’s dental problems!

If you would like more information about cosmetic dental treatments or preventive dentistry, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger” and “Dental Hygiene Visit.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
July 25, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
PorcelainVeneersALessInvasiveWaytoTransformYourSmile

There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
June 14, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
No-orMinimal-PrepVeneersReducePermanentAlterationstoYourTeeth

Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Central Florida Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
March 29, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Improving your smile may be easier than you think, thanks to veneers, dental implants and Invisalign. Dr. Adel Mansour in Hunters cosmetic dentistryCreek, FL, explains how these services can help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Veneers

Veneers, thin, porcelains shells that cover the fronts of teeth, are ideal for hiding small flaws that mar your smile. The shells are available in a variety of shades, making it easy to match your tooth color or even whiten your teeth. Veneers are an excellent choice if you have a small chip, crack or other imperfection on the front of a tooth or want to hide a tooth that has become discolored for some reason. Veneers can lengthen short teeth and close the gaps between teeth.

Dental implants

Like it or not, people make judgments based on the condition of your teeth. When you have missing teeth, you may find yourself reluctant to attend the social and business events you used to enjoy. Missing teeth also make biting into foods and chewing them thoroughly difficult. If you've lost several teeth or all of your teeth, it might even be harder to speak clearly.

Dental implants offer an innovative way to build a new tooth from the root up. Implants consist of small titanium posts, that replace your roots. The posts gradually fuse to your jawbone and are used to support crowns. Once your new crown is in place, no one will ever be able to tell that you lost a tooth.

Implants can replace any number of missing teeth. If you've lost all of your teeth, you can still benefit from this innovative tooth restoration option. Both fixed and removable implant-supported dentures can improve your smile and your ability to chew.

Invisalign

Straighter teeth used to require a significant sacrifice on your part. Until recently, there was no way to improve your smile without wearing metal braces for up to two years or more. Invisalign doesn't rely on wires or brackets but straightens your teeth with a series of clear aligner trays. You'll remove the trays to eat, brush your teeth and play sports. In order to ensure that you're making adequate progress, you'll visit Dr. Mansour in Hunters Creek every six to eight weeks during your treatment.

Could you benefit from any these dental services? Call Hunters Creek, FL, dentist, Dr. Mansour, at (407) 483-9990 to schedule your appointment.