Reconstructive Dentistry

Many people want to have a million dollar smile, but shy away from reconstructive treatments. Why? In most cases, because they are afraid of the dentist; other people fear the cost, and there are some who fear that they would invite recurring cost that they could ill-afford. However, it is not as bad as you would think it is.

Reconstructive dentistry is the practice or process of rebuilding a person’s teeth, gums, jaw or any combination of these in an otherwise normal mouth. It is more extensive than cosmetic dentistry, and is usually performed under conscious sedation. The difference between cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry is often defined loosely by insurance companies, as many will pay for procedures like repairing or rebuilding broken or chipped teeth, but will not pay for cosmetic dentistry such as chemical or laser whitening.

The need for reconstructive dentistry is often the result of an accident or heredity, but is frequently the result of poor oral hygiene. It is often desired for aesthetic reasons, but can be medically necessary if the problem interferes with the normal functions of the mouth. Sometimes, chewing or speech is hindered as the result of an injury or hereditary issue affecting the mouth. Overcrowding, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, jaw injuries, and other medical problems may require reconstructive dentistry.

Reconstructive dentistry may involve the construction of new teeth with a composite material, repairing or rebuilding bridges, or creating implants where teeth are missing. Sometimes, it is necessary to support and prevent damage to teeth that are intact and properly functioning. Full mouth reconstruction is the most extreme example of this type of dentistry and is sometimes foregone for a set of dentures.

Before considering reconstructive dentistry, it is necessary to consult with a qualified dentist or oral surgeon who will take a brief medical history, examine your mouth, and discuss your options. Experts agree that more than one opinion should be sought before undergoing full-mouth reconstruction. Reconstructive procedures can be very expensive depending on the extent of work performed. Be sure to check with your insurance company to learn what they will and will not cover, and be sure the dentist you have selected has a billing staff well-versed in insurance policy. Many dentists are able to structure payment plans for patients with little or no insurance coverage, so make sure to ask your dentist about payment policies.

Welcome to Picard DDS, founded by Dr. Larry Picard, specializes in veneers, crowns, implant crowns, fillings, cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening and Invisalign Orthodontic Treatment. Providing you with the highest quality dental care and a personable, stress-free environment are our top priorities.

San Diego Dentist

In locations such as southern California, looks are everything and having a bright smile is a top priority. Las Angelas and San Diego Teeth Whitening centers are all over and the procedure has become in high demand.

As a person ages, their teeth naturally become more yellow. It is normal for a younger person’s smile will appear to be brighter than that of an older person’s. Other know causes of tooth discoloration are due to stains from habits such as smoking, drinking red whine, coffee, tea, eating foods like chocolate and spaghetti sauce.

There are many different methods of teeth whitening available to the public. Some are more effective than others. There are numerous products that can be purchased over the counter such as whitening tooth paste, mouth wash, and strips, while other methods need to be prescribed by a dentist.

The products that you purchase over the counter tend not to be as effective as having a dentist whiten your teeth. These products are much cheaper than going to a specialist, but the results are very minimal. The toothpastes have a whitening agent in them but there is minimal contact with your teeth and water and saliva will lessen the impact it will have. The strips are a bit more effective due to the bleach having longer contact with the teeth, but the results are mostly seen on the front teeth leaving the back teeth appearing even more yellow than before.

People that live in places such as San Diego believe it is definitely important to have a white, bright, and beautiful smile. It is first thing for anyone that takes pride in the way they look should be concerned with. A smile is one of the first things that people notice when they meet. It has a big impact on a first impression and how a person is perceived by others.This is why so many choose to have their teeth whitened through their dentist who has access to a more potent bleach that will create more noticeable results. San Diego dentists specialize in whitening procedures due to the increase in demand for it.

Once a whitening procedure is performed it is important to remember that regular dental care is an important factor in maintaining a beautiful smile. Taking the time to properly care for your teeth by brushing, flossing and scheduling regular cleanings with your dentist will help in keeping whiter, healthy teeth.

Dr. Aryan has many years of experience as well as extensive continuing education in esthetic, restorative, and Implant Dentistry. He has completed his Advanced Cosmetic Training and Residency at Esthetic Professionals as well as Placement and Restoration of Implants with University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).