Finding the correct dentist to complete your cosmetic work is crucial to getting the desired results.
Cosmetic dentistry focuses on helping you improve the appearance of your teeth. Examples of cosmetic dentistry are teeth whitening, dental veneers (help with chipped, broken, misshapen and gaps between the teeth) dental implants (replace missing teeth permanently and mimic your natural teeth)
Every dentist learns to do cosmetic procedures at dentistry school, but it takes years to practice and become an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry. A huge financial commitment in offering the latest digital equipment is also required. If the dentist has practiced in high end practices in the USA and UK under world renowned mentors, then that is the perfect place to go as they have usually learnt from the best and worked on perfecting celebrity smiles. These dentists focus on cosmetic dentistry rather than general dentistry and so their skills are finer tuned toward improving the appearance of your teeth. Whereas the general dentist focuses on fillings, extractions, and root canals as well.
There are 5 areas that you should consider before choosing a cosmetic dentist.
Ask for proof of accreditation, licensing, and continuing education – like technology, cosmetic dentistry is a constantly evolving field. The dentist you choose needs to be up to date with new methods and trends. This means going for cosmetic dental courses constantly. Being a part of a national and international cosmetic dentistry association.
The cosmetic dentist must show you their portfolio of work and experience – look at their social media pages and you can also ask them to show you all the examples of their before and after photos of patients that have undergone treatment with them. A cosmetic dentist with several years of experience should be able to show you a substantial portfolio.
Get referrals - look at their reviews online via Google as it is a more objective way to find out if patients are happy or from a friend who had cosmetic work done.
Latest technology – a cosmetic dentist with an in-house lab and the latest technology is an expert in the field of cosmetic dentistry and has usually done thousands of procedures.
Show your cosmetic dentist what you would like done. Make a wish list and show him previous examples of other people or celebrities and how you would like your teeth to look. Communicate with him via Digital Smile Design and approve the simulations of what your teeth could potentially look like through his digital technology.
Below is a recent patient that visited us for a cosmetic dental procedure at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic.
When we originally saw Craig, he had a badly fitting, worn out denture which did not suite his face structure, age, and colour of his skin. Craig could not bite and chew his food. He hid his smile and his confidence was at an all-time low. Brushing his teeth was also a huge problem as he had to remove the denture to clean it.
Craig's jawbone was shrinking due to the loss of teeth over the years and the wearing of dentures. He was very worried that his denture would fall out when he spoke. He was always upset about having to get new dentures every 5 years proving to be costly for him in the long term.
He was worried about how many implants he would need - however in his case all he needed were two. Sometimes we can get away with only a few implants to correct your bite. Craig wanted a low maintenance, stable, long term, aesthetically pleasing option. And this is what he got.
Dr Huson's solution for Craig was implant supported dentures. Craig had two dental implants placed in his jaw which attaches to a denture. The removable denture clips onto the two dental implants. This makes the denture much more stable and he is now able to chew any food properly.
Dental implants replace missing or badly decayed teeth. This allowed Craig to bite and chew his food again. The implants provided him with more advantages than he had imagined.
Firstly, the biggest advantage with this option is that it has a more secure and comfortable fit compared to removable dentures. Craig is now not afraid of his dentures falling out while talking.
Secondly, Implant-supported dentures can be cleaned with regular brushing. There is also no need to use any adhesives or special cleaning products.
Thirdly, Craig got a bonus - a free 'facelift' as implants improved his jawbone, position thus decreasing the wrinkles around his lip area. Most of all it improved his confidence and quality of life.
Dr Huson's procedure was as follows:
Dr Huson did a thorough examination as to the amount of healthy bone Craig had in his jaw. Bone is needed to place the implants as bone holds the implant in place. Dental implants mimic your natural tooth's root. If you do not have bone you will need to get bone graft first. We had to also assess risk factors and make use of a CBCT scan to evaluate the situation ensuring precise planning and optimal success.
Craig is ecstatic about his new look. Our job at Silver Oaks Dental Clinic is extremely rewarding when we see how happy our patients are and how life changing a procedure like this is.
Dr Huson has placed in excess 1000 dental implants and has worked under celebrity dentist Dr Joe Oliver in the Harley Street region of London. You are guaranteed work that is of the highest quality.
Prices for dental implants start from R10 000 per tooth.