Cosmetic Dental Care

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5 Ways Cosmetic Dentistry Could Be Your Best Restorative Option

Restoring Smiles With Cosmetic Dental Care

Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are two separate aspects of dental care, but there is often overlap when it comes to smile makeovers. In a functional smile restoration, your dentist may include cosmetic procedures to help you achieve a pain-free, beautiful smile.

Here are five examples of how cosmetic dentistry treatments can help you restore your smile.

1. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Bring Balance to the Gums

Smile makeovers often focus on the health and appearance of the teeth, but the gums are another important factor to consider. An attractive smile is one that has a beautiful balance between the teeth and the gums.

Gums may look unbalanced naturally, meaning you were born with a gummy smile, or they may become unbalanced because of an oral health issue. Gum disease is the primary cause behind a change in gum contour, and it often leads to gum recession.

If your smile makeover focuses on restoring oral health after gum disease, you may need laser gum reshaping as well. This will not only bring balance to your smile but will also protect your future oral health by ensuring your teeth have adequate gum coverage.

2. Protect Exposed Tooth Roots

Gum disease, harsh brushing habits, bruxism, and genetics can all cause gum recession and, in turn, root exposure. Exposed tooth roots can not only impact the balance of your smile but also cause sensitivity and increase your risk of decay.

While a gummy smile may be a strictly cosmetic issue, recession and root exposure can negatively impact your oral health. That being said, laser gum contouring and gum grafting  are common treatments for exposed roots.

Your dentist will be able to perform a soft-tissue graft to replace lost tissue. They will also shape the gums to look attractive and curved where they meet the teeth.

3. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Replace Missing Teeth

Missing teeth are both a cosmetic and functional oral health issue. Gaps in your smile detract from your appearance, make you feel self-conscious, and even change the shape of your face. Over time, more serious issues can occur. Your jawbone begins to shrink since there aren’t any tooth roots present to help stimulate its growth. Muscles in your face, primarily the cheeks and jaw, begin to sag. You may even experience further tooth loss because of your missing teeth. For these reasons, it’s important to replace each missing tooth as soon as possible.

Dental implants and implant-supported dentures are superior choices as they most closely mimic natural teeth. However, more affordable options, such as dental bridges, can be a valuable alternative depending on your needs.

4. Repair Chipped Teeth

Chipped teeth are another common issue that’s often viewed as cosmetic in nature. While superficial chips may not immediately impact your teeth, that doesn’t mean they should be ignored.

Chips and other superficial damage can still cause trouble long term. Damaged enamel is more vulnerable to decay because bacteria and food debris cling more easily to these rougher spots. Not to mention, sharp edges left by chipped enamel can harm your tongue or cheek.

Your dentist can repair superficial chips, enamel abrasions, and other minor flaws with a number of options. An onlay, inlay, or filling may be enough, but if you want a full smile makeover, dental bonding and veneers are great choices to consider.

5. Cosmetic Dentistry Can Relieve TMJ Pain

Did you know that Botox can be a highly effective treatment option for dental-related issues? Some dentists, such as Dr. Bentz, offer cosmetic Botox in their offices. While Botox is famous for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, it’s also a useful therapeutic option for patients who experience chronic migraines, headaches, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain caused by a TMJ disorder.

If you experience discomfort or tenderness in your jaw, cheeks, neck, or upper back, your dentist can evaluate you for a TMJ disorder. Botox is often used to help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ disorders by relaxing the muscles around the TMJ that may be constricting and causing the pain.

If you suspect you may be experiencing TMJ pain or you’ve already been diagnosed and are interested in learning more about Botox therapy, Dr. Bentz can help.

Smile Makeovers at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center

Many smile makeovers use both cosmetic and restorative dentistry procedures to achieve a balanced, healthy smile. An experienced dentist like Dr. Bentz will customize your treatment plan to your individual needs, ensuring your final result meets the result you envisioned for your new smile.

The first step in every smile makeover is a consultation. You can book one today by calling our East Norriton office or requesting an evaluation online.

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10 Common Questions About Cosmetic Dentistry

Get the answers to your questions about cosmetic dental care.

Cosmetic dentistry is an industry that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last couple of decades. Many general and family dentists now offer cosmetic dental services as well. There are also passionate cosmetic dentists, like Dr. Bentz, who have dedicated their careers to helping people achieve their dream smile.

It’s completely normal to be a bit overwhelmed by the world of cosmetic dentistry, especially if you’ve never had cosmetic care before. We often get fairly similar questions from patients new to cosmetic dentistry, including these frequently asked ones.

1. What kinds of problems can cosmetic dentistry fix?

Cosmetic dentistry generally fixes any aesthetic smile concerns you can think of. This includes gaps between teeth, oddly shaped teeth, uneven teeth, worn or damaged teeth, and permanently discolored teeth. Cosmetic dentistry can also adjust the balance of your smile and improve your overall oral health. Many cosmetic services also double as restorative dental care.

2. Will people be able to tell that my smile has had work done?

Not at all! A skilled cosmetic dentist like Dr. Bentz strives to create a smile that looks like yours but better. Your new smile will look stunning and natural, both in terms of appearance and color. The only situation in which someone may be able to tell you’ve had cosmetic dentistry done is if they’re a close friend or family member who knew what your smile looked like previously.

3. Does regular teeth whitening damage tooth enamel?

Overuse or incorrect use of DIY whitening products may cause enamel damage and tooth sensitivity. This is why Dr. Bentz recommends patients opt for dentist-supervised professional teeth whitening services. You’ll achieve whiter results in less time, and you’ll have the peace of mind that your tooth enamel is safely protected.

4. Is there a fast, easy way to fix gaps between teeth?

Gaps between teeth, especially the front two teeth, are a common reason to get cosmetic dental care. Dental bonding is a quick, easy option for small gaps, while porcelain veneers or even dental crowns are a better choice for moderate to severe gaps. Dental bonding can be completed in a single appointment, while porcelain veneers or porcelain dental crowns may require a few weeks of waiting.

5. Are dental implants worth the time and money?

Absolutely. Dental implants are considered by patients and dentists alike to be the superior tooth replacement option for single or multiple missing teeth. They mimic natural teeth in function and look incredibly realistic as well. The end result is well worth the initial investment and only a few months of healing are needed. Dental implant technology even offers All-on-4 and similar denture alternatives.

6. What if I want cosmetic care but my teeth are in bad shape?

Think of cosmetic dental care as the finishing touch to the overall structure of your smile. If you are currently battling tooth decay, gum disease, or some other oral issue, it’s often advised to get that treated and healed first. Once your smile is optimally healthy, you’ll be able to move forward with cosmetic care. In some cases, Dr. Bentz may opt to do independent treatment, such as a dental implant, as long as the neighboring teeth are healthy.

7. Do porcelain veneers have to cover all of my teeth?

It’s a common misconception that porcelain veneers have to cover your entire visible smile. This isn’t the case at all. Porcelain veneers are exceptionally versatile and can be used to cover a single tooth, a few teeth, or only the upper or lower arch of your smile. Dr. Bentz may recommend using a small set of veneers rather than placing individual dental crowns on two or more teeth.

8. Can cosmetic dentistry be an alternative to orthodontics?

For mild to moderate cases of bite misalignment, it’s very possible that cosmetic dentistry can be an alternative to orthodontics. It’s important to understand that cosmetic dental care will only change the way your smile looks and won’t physically adjust crooked teeth. If your crooked teeth are causing TMJ pain or a functional issue, orthodontics may be necessary.

9. Is there anything I can do about my gummy-looking smile?

Cosmetic dental care doesn’t just change the appearance of your teeth, it can also change the appearance of your gums. Many people with gummy smiles don’t realize that this issue can be addressed with cosmetic dental care. Dr. Bentz can use a combination of cosmetic dental surgery and dental crowns or porcelain veneers to help your smile have an attractive balance between teeth and gums.

10. Can the average person really afford a smile makeover?

Cosmetic dentistry isn’t exactly a necessity, but for many people, it’s a life-changing experience and worth every penny. Cosmetic dental care is more affordable now, and dentists like Dr. Bentz make payment options easy for patients by accepting credit cards and CareCredit.

Schedule a personalized consultation to learn how cosmetic dentistry can benefit your smile.

There is so much cosmetic dentistry has to offer. The best way to learn what options are right for your smile goals is to book a consultation with Dr. Bentz. During this consultation, you’ll be able to ask all of your burning questions and have a wonderful discussion about the possibilities for your dream smile.

You can book your appointment right away by either calling our East Norriton office or filling out this quick request form.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover

Choosing between a reconstruction or a makeover for your smile.

Your smile is your trademark feature. It sets you apart, gives you character, and lights up your entire being. If yours could use enhancing, it’s easy to find offices that will offer a “smile makeover,” yet, it’s important to understand what this service includes.

At Bentz Dental Implants, cosmetic dentistry is just one part of our comprehensive dental services. A true smile makeover like the one we can provide will focus on much more than merely the cosmetic aspects of your smile. This way, your smile is as healthy as it is beautiful.

Our full mouth reconstruction treatment helps transform your smile from the inside out. A fully functioning, healthy smile doesn’t just feel great, but will look great, too! Today, we’re sharing how this process works and what you can expect.

What is a full mouth reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is the process of restoring or rebuilding all of your teeth at the same time. This includes the teeth in both your upper and lower jaws. You may also hear this process referred to as a full-mouth restoration or a full-mouth rehabilitation.

This treatment is designed to optimize both the form and function of your smile. On the other hand, a smile makeover that simply focuses on the aesthetic aspect could leave plenty of issues untreated. The result could be a smile that looks healthy on the outside but ultimately leaves you with long-term discomfort.

When you visit our office, we’ll take a careful and thoughtful approach to this treatment. Dr. Bentz has specialized in state-of-the-art dental solutions for more than a decade. This includes years of experience working with the materials and procedures required to perform a full-mouth reconstruction. He will work with you directly to develop a custom plan built around your needs.

Do I qualify for this procedure?

Your dentist will perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you’re a viable candidate for a full-mouth reconstruction. Here are a few signs that you may qualify:

  • You have lost teeth to decay or trauma.
  • Your teeth are injured or fractured.
  • Your teeth are severely worn due to long-term acid erosion.
  • You have ongoing, bite-related jaw, muscle, or headache pain.

There are several different factors that can lead to acid erosion, including a diet that is heavy in certain acidic foods and beverages. If you suffer from acid reflux, this can also cause excess acid to build up in your mouth, which can erode your tooth enamel.

What should I expect?

There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to a full-mouth reconstruction. Rather, your specific dental needs will dictate the treatments that you will receive. They will also determine the total timeline of your procedure, including the time it takes to heal.

After examining your condition, your dentist may recommend a few different smile reconstruction services, including:

Let’s take a look at these procedures in greater detail.

Common Reconstruction Procedures

First, there are dental bridges, which replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. The prosthodontic bridges the gap where your teeth once were and blends seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth.

If your tooth is still in place, your dentist may recommend a dental crown instead. A crown is placed on top of a damaged or decayed tooth, strengthening it and restoring its shape.

If your full tooth requires a replacement, you might qualify for a dental implant. This is an artificial tooth composed of two parts. One is the titanium-implant body that fuses to your jawbone and takes the place of your missing tooth root. The other is the tooth-colored crown that your dentist will cement on top of the implant.

If your dentist recommends veneers, these are thin, tooth-colored shells that cover the fronts of your teeth.

All of these treatments will be custom-fitted specifically for your mouth. The reconstructions will blend beautifully with your surrounding teeth for a stunning, natural appearance.

The Importance of Gum Health

Any or all of the treatments above may be required to fully restore your smile to its optimal condition. One important factor to consider? While you might be focused on repairing damaged teeth or aligning your bite, your dentist will also consider the state of your gum tissue.

This is because the health of your gums will play an important role in the type of reconstruction you receive. If you’re missing one or more teeth, it could cause significant damage to your gums, which can lead to periodontal disease. It’s critical to address all of these issues when performing your reconstruction.

Your Custom Treatment Plan

After your initial examination, your dentist will prepare a step-by-step treatment plan outlining your proposed procedures in greater detail. Here, you’ll find information on all of the aspects related to your smile reconstruction.

Take the time to read the plan carefully and ask any questions you may have about the procedures included. This is meant to be a collaborative effort, and your input is valued at every step.

How does it differ from a smile makeover?

When some dentists offer a smile makeover, they may mean a full-mouth reconstruction, similar to the services included in our treatment plans. However, many aren’t as broad in scope.

Unless you actively address the underlying causes that are behind those problems, the results will be short-lived. Ignoring the issues and letting them go untreated could cause more significant damage that’s even harder to treat down the road.

Learn more about our full mouth reconstruction services.

At Bentz Dental, our goal isn’t just to give you a beautiful smile. We want to help restore every facet of your smile, for teeth and gums that are as healthy as they are sparkling.

A smile makeover can only take you so far. If you want to address the core issues that are affecting your day-to-day comfort, a full mouth reconstruction could be the way to go.

We’d love to discuss this process in greater detail with you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or ask more questions.

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4 Issues Smile Restorations Address

Remake your smile with these cosmetic dentistry procedures.

Smile restorations can help to improve your self-confidence and allow you to openly smile in public and laugh out loud with friends, confident in the knowledge that your pearly whites are looking clean and bright.

Stained teeth or crooked, decaying teeth or teeth that appear unhealthy are good candidates for investing in a smile makeover. By improving the look of your smile, smile restorations can provide long-term benefits to you too, both physically and health-wise.

Smile restorations uses one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve this, such as:

Before a smile restoration or full mouth reconstruction takes place, there are some things to consider. A properly qualified dentist or endodontist will review and assess things like: your skin tone, hair color, facial appearance, gum tissue, lips, and your teeth (including color, length, width, shape, and general healthiness of your teeth).

There are four main issues that smile restorations can help improve. These are explained in detail below.

1. Traumatic Dental Injuries

It’s common for most traumatic dental injuries to occur in children and teenagers, but anyone can experience a traumatic dental injury. Trauma generally happens as the result of things like a sporting accident or car accident. A bad fall can also damage the teeth and mouth area.

What constitutes a traumatic dental injury?

The most common dental injury is chipped or fractured teeth. These can often be repaired by either reattaching the broken piece of tooth or by filling any gaps with a tooth-colored filling. In some cases, an artificial crown may be a more suitable solution. A qualified dentist or endodontist will be able to assess and recommend the correct treatment.

Other traumatic dental injuries can include dislodged teeth, knocked-out teeth, root fractures, and root resorption.

Regardless of the injury, time is always of the essence. Get in touch with your dentist or endodontist as quickly as possible to prevent any further damage from occurring.

2. Occlusal Disease

Occlusal disease, also referred to as malocclusion, can cause damage to the teeth, supporting bones and gums around the teeth, temporomandibular joints, and jaw muscles. The disease is caused by misalignment between the teeth of the upper and lower dental arches.

A lot of people often believe that tooth wear is part of the “natural aging or wearing” process, and this can lead to unnecessary teeth damage over time. A qualified dentist can treat symptoms associated with occlusal disease once diagnosed. Once treated correctly through restorative treatments, optimal oral health can be achieved.

3. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ-TMD)

Did you know that a lot of people who suffer from chronic facial and neck pain, along with recurring headaches and migraines, are actually suffering from temporomandibular disorder (TMD)?

The temporomandibular joint connects your skull to your lower jawbone. These joints are used daily, when we speak, eat, swallow, and even yawn.

Pain around and in these joints can be debilitating and can restrict movements. Common symptoms of TMJ-TMD include a clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves, locked jaw, pain in the jaw area, ongoing neck aches and more.

The are some things you can do to prevent TMJ-TMD from becoming an issue for you:

  • Avoid grinding your teeth.
  • Reduce constant gum chewing.
  • Chew food evenly on both sides of your mouth.
  • Avoid resting your chin in your hands.

A qualified dentist will be able to provide proper diagnosis and treatment plans.

4. Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common oral health condition that many people will face during their lifetime. It results from the breakdown of the tooth enamel and is caused from eating foods high in sugars and starches.

As the tooth decays, it can lead to further issues developing, such as holes in the teeth, resulting in the need for fillings. It can also lead to gum disease issues over time.

When foods that are high in sugar and starch aren’t cleaned from the tooth properly, plaque develops. This combines with the bacteria in your mouth and produces acids that break down the enamel on your tooth. Long-term tooth decay can lead to loss of teeth, and in some cases, a full removal of all teeth.

Smile Restorations Treatment

There are several smile makeover solutions available that will help with these four issues (and more).

All-on-4™

If tooth decay leads to the need for dentures, then the All-on-4™ treatment is a convenient solution. It replaces traditional dentures and uses state-of-the-art-technology that allows for same-day teeth replacement.

All-on-4 uses only four dental implants that attach to a full dental restoration. You don’t have to wait weeks to get smile restorations, it can happen in a few days with All-on-4.

Prosthodontic Treatments

Treatments for dental issues such as TMJ-TMD, traumatic dental injuries, oral cancer reconstruction, and continued care include solutions such as:

  • Bridges: A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been.
  • Crowns: Think of a crown as a “cover” cemented onto an existing tooth that fully covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line.
  • Veneers: Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials, such as porcelain, designed to cover the front side of the teeth.
  • Dental implants: An implant is an artificial tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like the natural tooth.

Regardless of the smile restorations needed, chatting with a qualified dentist or endodontist is essential to the long-term health of your mouth, teeth, and gums.

Full mouth reconstruction, smile makeovers, and any associated treatment of the mouth can often be minimized through proper oral health care. If you have questions about how smile restorations could help you, feel free to get in touch and book a consultation to start you on your smile journey!

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How to Fix a Gummy Smile

Treatment Options for a Gummy Smile

Treatment of a gummy smile can be life changing. We can all be self-conscious about our smiles, and if you feel you have a gummy smile, you understand how it can affect your confidence and self-esteem. Ideally, when a person smiles, they should only show a few millimeters of teeth (called the Mona Lisa smile). However, a gummy smile means there is an abundance or greater proportion of gum tissue that shows than normal.

There is no cookie cutter cause or solution for most people with a gummy smile. Treatment varies depending on the cause and how much gum tissue is exposed. There are several ways to fix this type of smile that can create an improved quality of life and a more aesthetic appearance.

Gum Contouring Can Help a Gummy Smile

If the cause of your gummy smile is due to an overgrowth of tissue covering your teeth, you may be a good candidate for a gingivectomy. Excess gum tissue can be congenital or caused by medication. An overgrowth of gum tissue usually means you have normal-sized teeth that need to be more exposed by removing excess gum tissue. A gingivectomy will help correct your teeth and prevent them from looking too short. Custom and careful sculpting of your gum tissue will help create average-sized teeth with an adequate amount of gum tissue showing.

Gum contouring in Philadelphia is usually simple and delivers a tremendous outcome for those with a gummy smile. This surgical procedure can typically be done by laser treatment or by using a traditional scalpel and instruments.

Lip Repositioning

Sometimes the lip will rise higher than it should when smiling and speaking. The cause of this is due to hyperactive muscles in the lip. Oftentimes, Botox is used as a non-invasive treatment to help relax the lip. While Botox is often used as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and frown lines, it is proven to help relieve a gummy smile almost instantly. The only downsides are the cost and that it requires frequent maintenance. However, most people feel the price tag is worth it to relieve a moderate case of a gummy smile.

Another type of lip repositioning procedure is surgically correcting the lip to create an improved smile line. A small piece of tissue is removed under the lip to help avoid the lip from lifting so high when you smile.

Orthognathic Surgery

When a gummy smile is caused by a protrusion of the upper jaw, it means there is excess maxilla. This type of smile usually presents with a face that may be too long or asymmetrical. To correct a gummy smile, orthognathic surgery is recommended to create a more aesthetic profile and smile. Most people will require some orthodontics to achieve an optimal bite.

This type of treatment helps create a better smile while also providing a more harmonious facial balance. The results are very dramatic and provide life-altering benefits for patients.

Gum Graft

If you have uneven or receding gums, you may be an excellent candidate for a gum graft. This type of surgical procedure significantly benefits patients because it restores a more youthful smile and symmetrical look. Gum grafts will replace lost gum tissue in areas of the mouth that are brushed too hard or suffer from excessive clenching.

Why fix a gummy smile?

The most common reason people request a correction of a gummy smile is insecurity while smiling. It seems trivial that gum tissue can cause self-esteem problems, but for many, it can cause embarrassment. Here are some of the top reasons to correct this type of smile.

  • Inflammation: Excess gum tissue can make it difficult to properly brush your teeth. When this happens, it causes your gums to become swollen and inflamed. Gum contouring or scaling and root planing can help remove bacteria and get your oral hygiene back on track. Sometimes if you have a minor gummy smile, a professional cleaning will help reduce or resolve that look.
  • Gingivitis: Poor oral hygiene is caused by a lack of brushing and flossing. When there is excess gum tissue, bacteria can build up and lead to gingival redness and bleeding. Even with the best hygiene, a gummy smile can sometimes make it difficult to get to those hard-to-brush areas.
  • Periodontal Disease: Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in the United States. A gummy smile sometimes causes deep pockets that allow bacteria to accumulate. By correcting this type of smile, you also improve your periodontal health by decreasing your pocket depths and reducing your chances for gum disease.
  • Tooth Decay: If there is excess gum tissue covering your teeth, you may be at an increased risk for tooth decay if food and plaque debris remain. Treatment of a gummy smile can help reduce your chances for cavities and improve your overall oral health.
  • Aesthetics & Confidence: Beauty is certainly subjective, but a gummy smile can have a negative affect on your confidence. Fortunately, there are several solutions to correct this type of smile depending on the cause. Treatment of a gummy smile always creates a more natural-looking smile and an improvement in how you present yourself to others.

Our staff at Bentz Dental Implants & Prosthodontics Center take great pride in helping patients feel comfortable, safe, and welcome. Our goal is to help you bring out your smile. And once we’re done, we guarantee you’ll be back in front of the mirror relishing your new smile.

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Our Top 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Which cosmetic dental procedure is right for you?

Dr. Bentz has successfully completed transformative restorative and cosmetic procedures countless times. This has resulted in patients achieving the carefree smile they’ve always dreamed of. But there are three cosmetic dentistry procedures that are the most popular and sought after. Let’s take a look at them and how they can transform your smile.

Missing a tooth? Try a dental implant.

It’s often said that your smile is your first impression, and that includes your teeth. This makes losing your pearly whites not only painful but also disheartening. Luckily, not all is lost for the 178 million Americans missing at least one tooth. Dr. Bentz and his team have both the technology and tools to replace your missing tooth and restore your oral health using dental implants.

An implant consists of a titanium root and porcelain crown. The first step is to implant the artificial root into the jaw, a process known as osseointegration, then attach the crown on top of it. Once the surrounding tissue of the implant heals, the new “tooth” becomes a permanent or removable crown fixture in your mouth.

The ideal candidates for this cosmetic dentistry procedure are non-smokers with good oral hygiene. It’s also important that you have a sufficient amount of bone in the jaw, as well as healthy gums with no sign of gum disease.

If you don’t have enough bone tissue, don’t qualify for implants due to bone loss, or want a more affordable dental implant, then the All-on-4® treatment procedure may just be the right fit for you. With this treatment option, Dr. Bentz will use four dental implants to ensure a full-arch dental restoration, cutting procedure time to a single day and greatly reducing recovery time, as well as the need for extensive postoperative care.

Do you have crooked teeth or a gummy smile? Gum contouring can fix that.

Let’s take a step back from teeth and look at the foundation: the gums. Just like your house, your teeth need a firm, appealing foundation to give you that perfect smile, which is why gum contouring couldn’t be absent from our list of most popular cosmetic dentistry options in our Philadelphia office.

If you have a “gummy” smile, you may notice your teeth look shorter, or if you have crooked teeth, you may notice you have an uneven gumline such that your teeth are different heights. Gum contouring can change all of that.

A dentist near you can remove the excess gum tissue and reshape the contours of your gums to lengthen the crowns of your teeth, leaving you with a natural-looking gumline.

What’s more? Gum contouring is a quick and comfortable procedure. Your dentist can use a local anesthetic (or your preferred sedation option) to numb the area. During the surgery, Dr. Bentz will apply painless techniques to quicken the recovery process and ensure little to no postoperative pain or bleeding.

Like most cosmetic dentistry procedures, the ideal candidate needs to be in good oral health, which is why Dr. Bentz will first perform a complete oral assessment and customize your treatment based on his findings.

Discoloration dimming your smile? Teeth whitening to the rescue!

Why is it that, when it comes to teeth, almost all is forgiven if they’re white? You may have noticeable gaps in your smile, but if your crowns are white, that’s what most people will see.

So it’s not surprising that 37 million Americans have used tooth whiteners in 2020 alone. Smokers aren’t ready to kick the habit. Coffee lovers wouldn’t dream of starting the day any other way. And is it even a party without a glass of champagne? We all have something we don’t want to give up, and thanks to some innovative bleaching techniques, our teeth won’t have to pay for our bad habits.

Patients with discolored teeth will first have plaque, tartar, and debris removed from the dental surface to restore their natural appearance. Afterward, Dr. Bentz will use a bleaching agent, like hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide, to break the stain into smaller pieces, which can brighten the teeth by up to 14 shades.

If you prefer to do the procedure at home, Dr. Bentz can provide you with a custom-fitted whitening tray.

Consult with the Bentz Dental team to learn more.

Tooth loss, gummy smiles, crooked teeth, and discoloration are all problems you don’t have to live with because of innovative advancements in cosmetic dentistry techniques.

If you live in the East Norriton area of Philadelphia, Dr. Bentz can help improve the way your teeth look to not only restore function but also make you feel more confident about your smile.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction vs. Smile Makeover — What’s the Difference?

Which procedure is right for you?

Our team at Bentz Dental Implants and Prosthodontic Center understands how rebuilding a smile can have a dramatic impact on one’s life. This is why we offer comprehensive dental care ranging from veneers to dental implants. If you have cosmetic imperfections you want to improve or dental damage from tooth decay and periodontal disease, there are several ways to improve your smile. Depending on your dental needs, budget, and concerns, we offer full mouth reconstruction and complete smile makeovers.

What is a full mouth reconstruction?

Full mouth reconstruction or rehabilitation is the combination of multiple dental specialities and treatment to restore an entire mouth. Treatment is often complex and requires months or years of treatment to complete. Oftentimes, full mouth reconstruction requires a multi-disciplinary approach that may include:

  • Prosthodontics: Can vary from dental crowns to a full mouth of implants
  • Orthodontics: Assists in moving teeth into the correct position so other treatments can be completed
  • Endodontics: May include root canal therapy
  • Periodontics: Treats gum disease, periodontal therapy and maintenance, and dental implants
  • Cosmetic dentistry: Focuses on esthetics, like dental veneers, dental crowns, and cosmetic orthodontics
  • Oral surgery: Assists other areas of dentistry by removing non-restorable teeth

There is a major difference between needing a dental filling or two and a full mouth reconstruction. A reconstruction is typically needed to repair extensive dental damage that may have resulted from tooth decay, periodontal disease, trauma, developmental defects, or failed previous dental work.

Laser dentistry is an advanced dental technology that helps dental specialists remove excess gum tissue, shape gingival contours, and remove pathology lesions. Many people love the idea of laser dentistry because it is painless and requires less healing time from oral surgery and periodontal treatment than traditional scalpels and sutures.

Dental implants are usually a major component of full mouth reconstruction. This is because implants provide a permanent, long-lasting, and natural-looking result compared to bridges and dentures. For someone who is missing all of their teeth, a full mouth of dental implants can be a much more comfortable solution than full dentures. There are several types of dental implants including All-on-4 dental implants or a dental implant-retained bridge to help secure your restorative prosthetic appliances in place. If you are one who worries your removable appliance will shift during eating or speaking, a full mouth of implants may be the right move for you.

How do I know if I am a candidate for full mouth reconstruction?

The best way to find out is to schedule a routine dental visit or consultation to discuss your dental needs. Most people in need of full mouth dental reconstruction are missing many or all of their teeth. These types of patients typically treat missing teeth with dental implants, implant-retained bridges or All-on-4 implant dentures. Depending on the severity of your case, you may also need root canal therapy to help restore severely decayed teeth or orthodontics to help shift teeth to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.

How much does a full mouth reconstruction cost?

In dentistry, there is a common motto that the smaller or simpler the dental work, the more cost-effective treatment is. Full mouth reconstruction that may involve multiple dental specialities and require extensive restorations or surgical procedures can be expensive. As always, costs will depend on your dental insurance, treatment needed, and budget.

What is a smile makeover?

The goal of a smile makeover is to address cosmetic imperfections that may cause a person to feel self-conscious. Similar to full mouth reconstruction, a smile makeover may require the need for multiple dental specialists and may take months to complete. A smile makeover benefits patients looking to improve the shape, color, size, or position of their teeth. The most common types of treatments involved in a smile makeover include:

  • Teeth straightening: One of the most common requests of patients is to straighten their teeth. Clear aligners are a popular option because they are nearly invisible and can be removed during mealtime compared to traditional metal braces. Clear aligners are usually an important component of a smile makeover because to create an aesthetic smile with bondings or veneers, the teeth need to be in the proper position.
  • Teeth whitening: There are very few people who feel their teeth are white enough. It is a common request because of our daily diets of highly staining foods and beverages, like coffee, ketchup, pasta sauce, soy sauce, and soda. Whitening is a simple, cost-effective way to drastically improve a smile. While teeth whitening is usually not permanent, it is quick and non-invasive, which is why many patients request professional in-office and at-home whitening.
  • Dental veneers: Veneers are very thin shells that cover the front portion of your teeth. Very little tooth structure needs to be removed, and a dental veneer can dramatically improve your teeth if you have chips, gaps, discoloration, or size discrepancies. Dental veneers are what people think of when they consider a “Hollywood smile” because they can positively change the way your smile looks and improve your self-confidence.
  • Dental implants: A dental implant can replace one or more missing teeth. If you are missing an anterior tooth in your smile zone, an implant is the most permanent and aesthetic option to create a naturally looking tooth.

How much does a smile makeover cost?

Depending on your needs and budget, a smile makeover can range in costs. Someone who is looking for teeth whitening will have significantly lower costs than a patient who needs cosmetic orthodontics and dental veneers. The best way to figure out your costs and options is to schedule a consultation with your trained team of dentists at Benz Dental Implants and Prosthodontic Center.

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Four Ways to Transform Your Smile

Rediscovering a Smile You Can Be Confident In

Your smile is an instinctive way to express your emotions, especially joy, so it holds a special role in all of life’s happiest moments. When you’re self-conscious of your smile, however, it can get in the way of these joyful moments. It can divide your attention as part of your mind begins focusing on what your smile looks like instead of what’s going on around you. You may even try to cover your smile or avoid smiling with your teeth altogether. Your smile shouldn’t have to distract you from the happiest moments of your life—and it doesn’t have to. Whether there’s a feature of your smile you’ve never been in love with or your teeth have suffered damage over the years, cosmetic dentistry has a solution. Its wide range of treatments can give you the smile of your dreams. Here are four ways cosmetic dentistry treatments can restore your smile.

Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are cemented to the front surface of your teeth. They’re incredibly versatile, with the ability to restore the appearance—and often the health—of teeth that are chipped, cracked, uneven, worn down, misshapen, or permanently stained. They can also close the gaps between two teeth to erase gap-toothed grins and protect against enamel erosion. Each veneer is custom-made and applied to an individual tooth, so it’s easy to tailor the treatment to your unique needs. You can correct the appearance of one or two teeth or get an entire set to transform your smile’s appearance as part of a smile makeover. You and Dr. Bentz will design your veneers by choosing their size, shape, and shade. This level of customized design ensures that the final result will look completely natural—whether you’re getting a few veneers or an entire set. Porcelain is a modern, aesthetically beautiful, and durable material for tooth restorations because it flawlessly matches the natural color and gloss of real teeth. No one will know you even have veneers!

Porcelain veneers are a permanent procedure, however, because Dr. Bentz has to remove a small layer of enamel in order to place them. This creates a stronger bond between the veneer and your tooth surface and ensures that the veneers don’t make your teeth look too thick. As a result, you’ll want to make sure that you’re ready to commit to a lifetime of veneers before you undergo the procedure. The porcelain material is incredibly durable and even more stain-resistant than your natural teeth, so they’ll last around 15 years with great oral hygiene before they need to be replaced.

Implants

Dental implants consist of a titanium metal rod that is embedded into your jaw to mimic a natural tooth root. The rod is then fitted with a tooth prosthetic like a dental crown or bridge to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants restore the appearance of your teeth because your tooth restoration is carefully made specifically for you. Its size, shape, and shade are designed to ensure that it blends in perfectly with your remaining teeth. They’re so versatile and natural-looking that they can replace any tooth in your mouth, from a back molar to a missing front tooth. Implants perform more than simply a surface-level job of restoring the appearance of your smile, however, as the deeply rooted metal feels just as stable as your natural teeth. You can continue eating all of your favorite foods with dental implants without a second thought.

Implants also protect your long-term oral health by preventing your remaining teeth from shifting into the gap left by your missing teeth. Additionally, dental implants are the only way to prevent the bone loss that occurs naturally when you lose a tooth. In fact, the titanium metal rods actually encourage bone growth, so they can even reverse some bone loss that’s already occurred. Since the implants need to be embedded into your jaw, you do need a certain level of bone density to receive them. If you’ve already lost too much bone mass, you may not be a good fit for the procedure or you may need to get a bone graft before you can receive an implant.

Getting dental implants is a long process because it requires a lot of healing between procedures. It can easily take six months or more to receive your completed implant, but many patients think it’s worth the wait. Despite how amazing the benefits of dental implants sound—or perhaps because of it—you may be wondering, “how much do dental implants cost?” Many variables can impact the cost of your dental implant, so it’s best to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz and receive an estimate from our office. They’re certainly more expensive than dental bridges, but dental implants last your entire lifetime. Throughout that lifetime, they’ll provide benefits for your long-term health that no other treatment can—which gives them unmatched value as well.

Crowns

Dental crowns are custom-made, tooth-shaped restorations that are secured on top of your natural tooth to restore its appearance, health, and function. They’re most often placed on teeth that have been worn down over time or have suffered severe decay, a major break, or a deep crack. Misshapen, slightly crooked, or uneven teeth can also be completely transformed using dental crowns. Crowns extend all the way down to the gumline, so they form a protective barrier against future injury or decay. Plus, straightening crooked teeth with dental crowns makes it easier to clean your teeth and gums well, which also helps prevent future decay. Dental crowns are milled from the same durable, natural-looking porcelain as veneers and are just as easy to customize. You can choose their size, shape, and shade to ensure that they blend in with your existing teeth perfectly.

Dental crowns are permanent and generally take two procedures over the course of several weeks to receive. This is because your permanent crown is usually milled in an outside lab, so it takes time for our office to receive it. If you stick to a thorough oral hygiene routine, your durable porcelain crown can last around 15 years before it’ll need to be replaced.

All-on-4 Dentures

All-on-4 is a type of implant-supported denture that allows you to get a full-arch restoration with just four dental implants. While traditional implant-supported dentures take several months to place, All-on-4 allows you to receive your permanent dentures on the same day you get your implants. This decreases the expense and time that’s usually involved when you get implant-supported dentures while still providing many of the same benefits. Additionally, since they require fewer implants, they’re even an option for many patients who have been told that they don’t qualify for implants because of bone loss. Before you choose All-on-4, however, it’s important to be aware that they do have a disadvantage when compared with implants—because they only use four dental implants, they can’t protect your entire jaw from bone loss. As a result, they may be best if you’ve already suffered too much bone loss in your jaw to qualify for traditional implant-supported dentures. Your dentist will help you determine the best option for your unique needs.

If they are right for you, however, All-on-4 dentures can provide you with a lifetime of benefits. They’re more comfortable than traditional dentures and give you the stability to comfortably and securely eat all of your favorite foods. This deep-rooted stability also means that you won’t need to worry about All-on-4 dentures slipping when you’re eating or speaking. You’ll have the confidence to talk and laugh without giving your dentures a second thought. If you’re interested in All-on-4 or traditional implant-supported dentures but aren’t sure which is right for you, feel free to call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz at any time.

Your smile should never hold you back from fully enjoying a memorable moment in your life. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry can give you the confidence to express yourself freely—without any moments of doubt or self-consciousness getting in the way of fully experiencing the joy of the moment.

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5 Reasons to Go Ahead With Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry has the ability to solve a wide range of dental issues.

Imperfections are beautiful and can add to the mystique and intrigue of a person. Famous model and actor Cindy Crawford is a great example of how a physical imperfection actually added to her beauty and helped her build her public brand.

The same can be said for imperfect smiles as well. Dakota Johnson fans were sad to learn the star had undergone dental treatment to close the gap between her two front teeth. But sometimes, a cosmetic change is about more than appearance.

Here are 5 reasons to go ahead and get cosmetic dentistry.

You just want to make a cosmetic change.

A change via cosmetic dentistry is definitely a long-term commitment. But if making a change to your smile is something you know you want, talk to Dr. Bentz. He can help by talking with you about your goals and the different avenues you can take to achieve those goals with your dental team.

Being happy with your smile is a personal decision. Sometimes, though, those imperfections might actually be impacting your functional health.

You need cosmetic treatment.

Often, cosmetic changes impact the rest of your smile or the health of a tooth in particular. A small gap between the top two teeth as seen from Madonna and Dakota Johnson can be a sign of a misalignment in your overall bite. That misalignment can affect your temporomandibular jaw joints (better known as TMJ) and the way your teeth will wear while chewing.

You’ll be able to keep eating what you love.

Your teeth play an important role in your ability to eat and digest food by grinding and chewing it. Unfortunately, there are a lot of dental issues that can impact both the appearance and function of your teeth. A misaligned bite can cause severe TMJ pain that makes it hard to eat any food at all—especially foods that tend to be chewy or crunchy. Receiving treatment for your TMJ pain, which can include practicing exercises at home or undergoing cosmetic or orthodontic treatment, will reduce or eliminate your pain. You’ll finally be able to go back to eating without being in pain or worrying that you’ll set off another round of jaw pain.

Additionally, getting dental implants to replace missing teeth is the next best thing to reversing the clock and getting your natural teeth back. Even if you have restorations like traditional dentures, missing teeth make it incredibly difficult to eat certain types of foods. Dental implants avoid these pitfalls and allow you to eat naturally because the titanium metal rods are embedded directly into your jaw. They also encourage bone growth; your jaw bone actually grows up around your implant, holding it more firmly in place. This level of stability means that you can continue to eat all of your favorite foods, from crunchy toffee or sticky caramel to chewy steak.

You’ll love the results.

Modern cosmetic dentistry uses advanced technology and procedures to revitalize your smile. Restorations like dental veneers, crowns, and dental implants are designed and milled specifically for you from porcelain. Porcelain matches the gloss and color of natural teeth so well—especially since the color can be tinted to match the exact shade of your existing teeth—that it blends in with the rest of your smile seamlessly. Porcelain mimics natural teeth so well that you can even replace a missing front tooth with dental implants and no one will know that your implant isn’t your natural tooth.

Additionally, when you replace missing teeth with dental implants, the same stability that allows you to eat all of your favorite foods ensures that your restorations won’t slip out of place when you’re speaking or laughing. Even implant-supported dentures will stay locked in place, so you can go on about your life without giving your dentures a second thought.

Your remaining teeth will stay healthier.

Your at-home oral care routine is an incredibly important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Unfortunately, crooked or irregularly shaped teeth are harder to clean thoroughly because they create a lot of nooks and crannies in your mouth that are hard to reach. This makes these areas more vulnerable to gum disease or tooth decay, both of which can eventually lead to tooth loss if they go untreated. It’s much easier to clean straight, even teeth, so cosmetic treatments like veneers, crowns, and implants can help keep your teeth healthier.

Prosthodontics—the field of dentistry that involves replacing missing teeth with porcelain bridges or dental implants—is especially important for keeping your remaining teeth healthy. This is because when you lose a tooth, your natural teeth will begin to shift into the new gap in your mouth. This shift in the alignment of your teeth increases your chances of suffering from oral health issues. It also changes the shape of your face.

Your overall health and immunity will improve.

A cosmetic dental procedure usually comes with the added bonus of improving your functional health as well. Which is great, because in recent decades, scientists have established a solid link between your oral and overall health. When your oral health is suffering, it can significantly impact your overall health. For example, periodontitis allows oral bacteria into your bloodstream, which can affect your health in many major ways. It weakens your immune system because your body is constantly trying to fight off the bacteria in your bloodstream. The oral bacteria themselves attack your immune cells to selectively destroy their ability to fight bacteria without killing them, which opens the door for other illnesses.

And this barrage causes other issues. A constant immune response causes chronic inflammation throughout your body and increases your risks of suffering from a number of overall health issues. Periodontitis has been linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and more. At the same time, it makes it harder to control existing health conditions like diabetes.

We have to get your teeth and gums healthy before you undergo cosmetic dentistry treatments. Most treatments will help to protect your future oral health, too.

Dental implants go a step further by actively protecting the bone density in your jaw, as they prevent—and to some extent, help to reverse—the bone loss in your jaw that naturally results from losing a tooth. It’s always healthier to have denser, stronger bones, so a strong jaw is better for your overall and oral health.

We understand, however, that cosmetic dentistry procedures are complex and you likely have a lot of questions, such as, “How much do dental implants cost?” If so, feel free to call our office at any time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz.

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10 Advantages of E4D Crowns, Veneers, and Other Restorations

Start smiling with these tooth-restoration solutions.

Science has given us another reason to smile: smiling can really make us feel happier. It also eases stress levels while helping boost immunity.

Smiling may be easier said than done for many people who have cracked, chipped, or stained teeth, though. But here’s some great news: same-day restorations like veneers and crowns are now a reality thanks to dental technology such as E4D.

Ready to learn the benefits and advantages that E4D restorations can provide? Let’s start with 10 of them then!

1. No Need for Messy and Uncomfortable Dental Molds

The innovative E4D technology utilizes an accurate handheld laser scanner. This device allows the dentist to capture 3D images of the inside of your mouth. With the scanner’s precision, there’s no more need for goopy dental putty.

2. Custom-Designed for the Best Fit

The E4D Dentist system also comes with computer-aided design technology. It uses a program called E4D DentaLogic software that uses the 3D images of your mouth to make a virtual model of the restorations. This allows you to not only see the end results before you begin, but the precision of the technology will ensure you get the best and most comfortable result.

3. Chairside Production of Veneers, Crowns, and Other Restorations

The E4D Dentist System is so innovative that it can even fabricate your veneer or crown itself. It does so through the built-in Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM) technology. This is the system that creates physical restorations based on the virtual model.

4. Restorations Made from Metal-Free, Milled Ceramic Materials

The E4D system creates metal-free, all-ceramic veneers and crowns on the spot. According to studies, these ceramic restorations deliver an excellent aesthetic appearance. Their translucency and transparency make them look like natural teeth.

Metal-free, E4D ceramics are also “biocompatible.” This means that they are safe and aren’t harmful to the body’s tissues. So, you don’t have to worry about mercury being in your ceramic veneers or crowns.

5. Materials Designed to Closely Mimic the Functions of Natural Teeth

Aside from being tooth-colored, metal-free restorations are also strong and durable. They closely resemble the structure and composition of your natural teeth. As such, they can help you regain not only confidence in your smile but also restore your biting and chewing ability.

6. Milling Takes Only a Few Minutes

In dentistry, the term “milling” refers to the cutting and shaping of restorations. The E4D Dentist System has its very own milling machine. Since it’s computer-aided, it finishes the entire milling process within a few minutes.

7. Single-Day Process

Traditionally, dental restorations required multiple visits to the oral healthcare specialist. During a first visit, for instance, the dentist takes dental molds, which are sent to a separate laboratory. The laboratory manufactures the restoration and then sends it to the dentist, at which point  the patient visits the dental office for the second time to have the veneer or crown placed. The dentist may make a few more adjustments, either to the teeth or the restoration.

All these steps are necessary to create properly fitting, traditional veneers or crowns. However, they also require quite a lot of time for both the dentist and the patient. The process is even lengthier for multiple restorations.

All this has changed with the E4D Dentist System. Since it’s an all-in-one device, you can have everything done in a single visit. From taking dental molds to placing the veneer or crown, your dentist can perform all these in one day.

8. Fast and Convenient Way to Get a Complete Smile Makeover

A smile makeover helps fix multiple dental issues such as chips, cracks, stains, and gaps. It gives patients a way to restore not only the beauty of their smile but also the health of their mouths. However, since it involves several procedures, the entire treatment can take many weeks.

The E4D Dentist System helps reduce the time needed to complete a smile makeover. Depending on the number of crowns or veneers the patient needs, it may just take one day. Moreover, this innovative technology can also create full bridges, inlays, and onlays.

9. Eliminates the Need for Temporary Restoration

Patients wear temporary restorations while waiting for their permanent veneers or crowns. These “stand-ins” help protect the prepared teeth while also reducing sensitivity to temperature, which is why they’re a crucial part of traditional dental restoration procedures. With E4D you don’t need temporary restorations. You can have the permanent version of your pearly whites within the same day.

10. Reduced Need for Materials

One of the best things about the E4D system is that it helps lessen the demand for raw materials. One way it does this is by creating proper-fitting restorations on the first attempt. This is all thanks to the accurate 3D-images of your mouth.

Another way it reduces waste is by getting rid of the need for temporary restorations. Since you can get the permanent ones in one visit, the dentist doesn’t have to use more materials.

E4D restorations also last a long time because of their milled ceramic materials. Since they have a longer-lasting life, there’s less need for replacements.

Same-Day Dental Restorations to Help You Feel Better and Happier

Smiling is one of the best ways to improve your outlook on life, and there are plenty of reasons to smile. Being thankful for the time you have with your loved ones, for example, is sure to make the corners of your mouth perk up.

If you feel the need to hide your smile due to dental flaws, though, then it may be time to think of getting them fixed. With E4D restorations like veneers, you can start beaming as soon as you leave the dentist’s chair.

Are you interested in learning more about E4D treatments? Then please feel free to get in touch with us, and we’ll be happy to answer all your inquiries!

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