HOW DOES A FULL-MOUTH RESTORATION WORK?
The All-on-4® treatment concept and the All-on-6 method are implant dentures that can replace a full arch of teeth with only 4–6 dental implants for support. This gives you the ability to chew and smile normally, with teeth that look like they belong there.
The process to get the All-on-4® treatment concept or All-on-6 denture implants would include:
- CONSULTATION: Our dentist will give you an exam to check the health of your gums and jaw, along with an examination of the issues with your teeth.
- PLANNING: We will carefully scan your mouth and make plans for where the ideal spot to place the implants would be.
- SURGERY: With careful precision, we will place the implants in your jaw, using safe and advanced technology.
- BONDING: During several months of recovery, your jaw will naturally bond with the titanium implants through a process called osseointegration.
- RESTORATION: We will attach an arch of customized denture crowns to completely replace a full arch of teeth. We can replace either one arch or both of them, depending on your needs.
Each dental implant is part of the foundation of your arch. We need about 4 implants to support it—similar to holding up a table with 4 legs. Sometimes, we use 6 implants for extra stability. At the end of the All-on-4® treatment concept process, you’ll have permanent new teeth for chewing, smiling, speaking, and more.
HOW DOES THE VENEERS PROCESS WORK?
Consultation And Goal-Setting
In our patient-centered clinic, the first step is always talking with you, understanding your goals (and dreams!), and answering your questions. You deserve to completely understand your options.
Next, we’ll get ready for a successful treatment, using a professional examination of your teeth and dental health. This could include dental x-rays when needed. We could also review any dental and medical records you have.
By fully understanding your unique oral and dental health, we give you the greatest chance of having a successful veneer placement and avoiding any underlying issues, such as cavities.
Your dentist will also make sure you know what to expect and anything you need to do to enjoy your veneers for many years.
Composite veneers only need a minimum of preparation before bonding. Of course, we want your teeth and gums to be healthy to avoid later complications, so we will recommend professional cleaning as needed.
Then, we get your teeth ready to bond with the dental resin. There is a major difference between porcelain and composite veneers here:
- Porcelain: Require a layer of your enamel removed first.
- Composite (the type we offer): Only a roughening of the tooth to make a better bond.
When we are going for a minor change in shape or color, we don’t change the shape of your tooth itself. We bond the resin to it after slightly roughening it with a liquid. This is reversible.
If we would need to alter your tooth more, we’ll discuss it first.
Building The Veneer
The actual veneer placement is as much art as science. During a single appointment, your dentist will lay down layer after layer of resin in a specific pattern.
We select resin materials that mimic the shades of your other teeth. Your treated teeth will fit right in—looking great without standing out.
During the layering process, your veneers will be firmly bonded in place, making them as secure as possible for everyday life. We also use a curing light to harden the resin.
In the later stages of the process, your dentist will trim each veneer—possibly several times. This is crucial for finalizing the shape of each veneer.
Lastly, the doctor will polish the veneer, getting it as close as possible to the reflective qualities of a natural tooth.
Finishing The Appointment—And Beyond
Once your veneers are bonded in place, your dentist will stand back and make any adjustments needed for the best smile possible. We want to give you a smile we’re both proud of.
We often schedule another appointment within the next several weeks. We want to do whatever you need to make you happy with your smile, along with making sure your body is reacting well to the veneers.
Of course, scheduling regular exams and cleanings is crucial for anyone, especially when you have veneers. Cleanings will help your whole smile continue to look great, keeping your confidence high.
Your dentist will also give you helpful tips for maintaining the color of your veneers at home, such as avoiding drinks that would stain them.
FREQUENTLY ASKED COMPOSITE VENEERS QUESTIONS
Who Can Get Dental Veneers?
One of our top priorities is your success. We will recommend treatment options for you when they have a very high chance of meeting your goals for both the short- and long-term.
So, we will advise you about veneers when they are most likely to solve your dental issues, meet your goals, and work well with your unique oral and dental environment.
More specifically, a good candidate will:
- Have minor cosmetic issues: Such as discoloration, slightly misshapen teeth, and the like.
- Maintain good oral health: You’ll need good habits of teeth brushing and flossing, along with no history of clenching or grinding your teeth.
- Not require restorative work: If your teeth need crucial repairs, we’ll focus on those first.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Composite Veneers?
Some patients prefer porcelain veneers—or other options—over composite veneers. However, composite veneers are perfect for other patients. It depends on the situation.
Porcelain veneers are a little more durable than composite veneers, meaning they last longer. Composite veneers can sometimes be damaged. That’s why it’s best if you have no history of tooth grinding.
However, if a porcelain veneer does get damaged, a dentist often has to completely replace it, whereas we can repair a composite veneer since it is our creation from layers of resin.
Porcelain veneers are also a little more resistant to stains from pigmented drinks and other sources. However, it’s possible to reduce your intake of certain drinks and keep your composite veneers clean.
What’s The Lifespan Of Composite Veneers?
Composite veneers are made of layers of flexible material, which we harden at the office. That means they don’t last forever.
But you can keep them in good repair for between 4–8 years. Schedule regular appointments here at Valley Dental Solutions, and we’ll do all we can to keep them clean and durable.
Of course, people sometimes chip their veneers during an accident or mishap. In those cases, we can repair a veneer using new resin during a short treatment.
Teeth grinding and clenching shorten your veneers’ lifespan. We can discuss solutions to reduce these issues. There are steps you can take—which will also improve the health of your other teeth.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON!
At Valley Dental Solutions, the whole team is rooting for you. From the moment you walk through the door, our team—our family—will help you feel comfortable. Dentistry isn’t easy for everyone, so we’ll ease you into it.
What kind of new smile do you want? Our experienced dentists can give you:
- Whiter teeth.
- Straight, even teeth.
- A complete new arch of teeth.
- Replacements for any missing teeth.
- A new bite, protecting your teeth and joints.
- Customized dental bridges and crowns.
- Fast coverings for many tooth issues.
- Newly shaped teeth.
- Healthier gums.
We make smiles look amazing by keeping your teeth and mouth healthy, but we’re excited to upgrade your smile too! Tell us your wildest toothy dreams. Dream big, and we’ll help you get there.
Our three dentists are Arizona natives or long-time residents who are committed to the Chandler community. We want to improve your confidence, health, and comfort. Are you excited about finally getting your dream smile?
We’re excited to see your results. Check out our before-and-after pictures. Yours could be featured there someday.
Get Your New Smile Today
Let’s find the most gorgeous version of your smile. Imagine what you might see in the mirror—very soon! Call Valley Dental Solutions now to set up an appointment.
Detailed Dental Imaging
- Safer | Digital x-rays use 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. They are safe for everyone, even those who are pregnant.
- Immediate | X-rays make for a quick diagnosis that can give you answers and present solutions faster than ever.
- Precise | We can also zoom in on the image to get a clearer, more precise view of any problem areas.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Examining Your Teeth and Gums
Our general recommendations for good oral health include:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day.
- Flossing at least once a day.
- Avoiding biting on hard objects like ice cubes or pencil ends.
- Using a mouthwash with fluoride.
General dentistry is all about preventing oral issues that can be painful, debilitating, and expensive to treat. While Valley Dental Solutions can do a lot to help with that, so can you! Setting a daily routine for yourself can make a big difference.
Just like you need to wash your hair regularly, your mouth needs personal hygiene too. You’ll want to make sure you’re keeping it clear of bacteria as much as possible.
Brush twice a day, first thing in the morning and before bed. This gets rid of all the bacteria that develop while you sleep and the food remnants from your meals during the day. Make sure to get all of the surfaces of your teeth, and don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Floss at least once a day at bedtime. This helps you get all the food out of the cracks between your teeth so bacteria doesn’t have any leftovers to snack on while you’re sleeping. Flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent gum disease.
Rinse with mouthwash. After flossing, food and plaque debris can still be floating around your mouth. Rinsing with mouthwash can wash out those particles and leave your mouth clean and fresh. Many mouthwashes strengthen and protect your teeth against harmful bacteria.
Visit our office every six months. While brushing and flossing at home are both helpful and necessary for good oral health, only a deeper cleaning can continue to get rid of tartar and plaque. We also polish your teeth after a cleaning so they shine and feel smooth.
Red, Tender, Swollen, or Receding Gums
Many of these symptoms point to gum disease, a common yet serious issue that needs to be addressed quickly. There are regenerative gum disease treatments that can bring back your oral health.
Persistent achy teeth can signify a tooth infection. Regenerative root canal therapy can remove the infected tissue from inside a tooth with advanced technology and provide relief for toothaches.
Loose Permanent Teeth
Only baby teeth should fall out. If you start to notice that a permanent tooth has come loose, that is a dental concern. Dentists can diagnose and treat underlying issues and possibly save your tooth.
Unusual Tooth Sensitivity
It’s normal to feel some sensitivity to extremely hot or cold foods, but if this sensation becomes extremely painful or occurs frequently, there may be an underlying issue like a cavity or infection.
Some headaches and jaw aches are due to nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism) or issues with the TMJ. The temporomandibular joint is susceptible to injury, but many TMJ disorders are easily treated.
Persistent Mouth Sores
Mouth sores that keep returning or won’t go away could be a symptom of allergies, disease, or even cancer. Getting these sores looked at by a dentist can get you treatment and peace of mind.
Saliva is important to keeping your mouth clean and helping you break down food. You may experience dry mouth if you sleep with your mouth open or if you have issues with your saliva glands.
Persistent Bad Breath
Chronic bad breath can be caused by:
- Improper dental hygiene.
- Eating a diet poor in nutrients.
- Dry mouth, often from sleep apnea.
- Gingivitis or advanced gum disease.
- Liver or kidney infections or diseases.
Taking care of your teeth during pregnancy is an essential part of good oral health. Your hormone levels change drastically and can put you at risk for gum disease, halitosis, and other issues.
Visiting a dentist every six months is important for your oral health, but sometimes dental concerns arise between visits. Below are other concerns that should be examined and diagnosed by a dentist.