What are dentures?
A full denture is a removable replacement for an entire set of missing teeth (top jaw and/or bottom) and the surrounding tissues. A partial denture, sometimes called a bridge, replaces only a portion of the teeth. These are often referred to as fixed dentures, as they are attached to the surrounding teeth either through crowns placed on healthy teeth or through wires placed behind the teeth (on the front teeth). Dentures can also be supported by dental implants. Usually, four implants are placed on the entire arch and the denture then snaps onto those implants. Implants give dentures the strength and stability that full dentures often lack.
If possible, at Hampton Dental Associates, we like to place implant-supported dentures simply because they allow our patients to have greater confidence and freedom when eating, speaking, and in other situations.
Denture Before and After
What is a smile makeover?
A smile makeover involves a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures — everything from placing composite fillings to dental implants to porcelain veneers — to truly “makeover” a person’s smile. Each patient’s needs are unique, so our Drs. Winter design a smile makeover that solves the various aesthetic issues to give each patient a dazzling, perfect smile.
It’s important to note that these are only cosmetic treatments. Smile makeovers do not address issues such as decay or gum disease. Those restorative problems must be treated and resolved before any of a smile makeover’s cosmetic treatments can be done.
Smile Makeover Before and After
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional orthodontics that use metal bands, wires, and rubber bands to move the teeth. Instead, Invisalign® moves the teeth with a series of computer-designed, clear plastic aligners. These are like sport mouth guards. Each pair of aligners is worn for two weeks, ideally from 20-22 hours each day. These aligners are then discarded and the next pair in the series takes their place. This process continues until the teeth are in their final position. Most Invisalign® patients wear the aligners for about one year to attain the necessary movement.
What are oral genetic defects?
Many genetic problems with a person’s oral health are obvious, things such as a cleft lip or cleft palate, for instance. But others are genetically triggered or have a genetic predisposition for development. Genetics play either a primary role or a secondary role in many oral health problems: cleft lip and cleft palate, anodontia and hypodontia (failure to develop one or more permanent teeth), supernumerary teeth (extra permanent teeth), malocclusions (bite problems), amelogenesis and dentinogenesis imperfecta (defective enamel or dentin formation), periodontal disease, and oral cancer. We can treat all of these oral genetic defects at Hampton Dental Associates.
What is patchwork dentistry?
Patchwork Dentistry is the practice of choosing the least expensive and simplest option for treating dental problems. It is a patch on a problem that needs a far more involved resolution. Patients often don’t understand the value of good oral health, and they discount the solutions necessary to achieve it.
At Hampton Dental Associates, we don’t believe in and don’t provide, patchwork dentistry. When a patient comes in with oral health problems, we recommend dental treatments that address the root problem rather than apply a band-aid to it. We look at the patient’s long-term oral health, not short-term fixes.
Patients often come to us as a result of patchwork dentistry performed elsewhere, and we can repair the damage and correct the issues. When dealing with another dentist’s patchwork services, we may repair a leaking crown, repair composite bonding, reattach failing crowns or bridges, match the colors of various repairs, and other treatments to correct the problems and move the patient’s oral health forward.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening removes stains and whitens the patient’s teeth a number of shades. At Hampton Dental Associates, we offer two options for teeth whitening: Zoom! In-Office Whitening and the KöR Whitening System.
- Zoom! In-Office Whitening — Our Zoom! the in-office teeth whitening begins with a cleaning of your teeth and gums. Then we place a protective barrier over your lips and gums to avoid contact with the whitening agent. Next, we paint the hydrogen peroxide whitening gel onto your teeth, and we activate the gel with a special light. The gel is left on the teeth for 15 minutes and is then removed. This process is repeated three or four times. After the gel is removed for the last time, we apply a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste/gel to your teeth. Our Zoom! in-office whitening can whiten your teeth up to eight shades in around one hour.
- KöR Home Whitening — KöR Home produces exceptional whitening through the use of tightly sealing trays that the patient wears for 14 consecutive nights at home while sleeping. Other KöR Whitening options involve a blend of at-home and in-office whitening. One of these is KöR Ultra-T, specifically meant for tetracycline-stained teeth, which don’t respond to other whitening programs because the staining is in the dentin, the tooth’s second layer, not the enamel.
KöR Whitening achieves its extensive whitening by restoring the ability of your teeth to absorb oxygen. This is a tenet of younger teeth but can be activated with the KöR gel. The oxygen works more effectively than other whitening agents in other products when it is absorbed deeply into the teeth, breaking down and removing any stains.
What are dental crowns?
At Hampton Dental Associates, we think of crowns as tooth life preservers. When a tooth is badly damaged and in danger of needing extraction, placing a crown on the tooth allows the patient to keep the natural tooth. The crown atop the tooth returns strength and function to the tooth, and it can allow the patient to keep the natural tooth for the rest of his or her life.
A crown is a porcelain (or other material such as gold) restoration that covers all of the visible teeth down to the gum line. The natural tooth is shaved down on all four sides and on the top to make room for the crown to sit atop the tooth, taking up the same amount of space. A crown can be necessary if a natural tooth has a deep crack, a large amount of decay, a previous filling with new decay, or a large chip. Crowns are also used to anchor bridges, and they can be used to change the appearance of a misshapen tooth.
Dental Crowns Before and After
What are porcelain veneers?
If you think of the use of veneers in furniture, the concept is similar to dental veneers. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain applied to the front side of your natural teeth to alter the tooth shape, color, and size. They can give the patient a perfect smile. Porcelain veneers are an effective option for covering these imperfections:
- Cover chips
- Cover teeth stained in the dentin (interior)
- Revitalize the tooth surface
- Close gaps
- Mask alignment issues
- Change the shape of a tooth
- Cover cracks and worn teeth
- Provide an alternative to orthodontic movement
Porcelain Veneer Before and After
What is sedation dentistry?
Due to their anxiety about visiting the dentist, many patients don’t receive the preventive care they need to keep their oral health in good shape. That’s because their anxiety keeps the patient from making and keeping appointments with the dentist. Sedation dentistry allows our patients to overcome their anxiety and fear about going to the dentist. By enabling the patient to relax and feel at ease, this helps to eliminate the barriers he or she has erected to keep them from having necessary regular dental care.
At Hampton Dental Associates, sedation allows our patients to overcome various levels of anxiety, all the way up to phobia about even visiting the dentist. Plus, when a patient is sedated, he or she can group various procedures into a single office visit, making better use of their time. And in the end, they have little or no recollection about your visit.