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Your smile says a lot about you and how you feel. The quality of your smile can make a difference in your social and professional life. A survey by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 92 percent of people think a beautiful smile is a crucial social asset. When you get veneers at Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA you can finally smile again, confidently, knowing that others will see whiter, straighter and more perfectly shaped teeth.
How Are Veneers Placed?
Veneers are only about as thin as a contact lens, but they are still very effective at hiding major tooth imperfections. First, a small amount of tooth enamel is removed from the front of your tooth to make room for the veneer. Impressions are made of your teeth and in a follow-up appointment, the veneers are cemented in place with a dental-grade bonding agent. After a bit of shaping and polishing, your veneer looks just like a new tooth—white, smooth and nicely contoured.
How Long Will Your New Smile Last?
The more you care for your smile, the longer it will last. Veneers can last up to 20 years or longer if you follow your Alexandria dentist’s care guidelines and visit regularly for professional cleanings. Since the veneer is dependent on the health of the tooth behind it, it’s important that you make every effort to keep your tooth free from infection, decay or gum disease.
Other Veneer Benefits
Veneers are usually made of a very resilient material called porcelain. This material is difficult to damage and resists staining, so it will continue to look white when you smile and feel smooth when you run your tongue over the surface.
Now that you’re more familiar with veneers, it’s time to consult a cosmetic dentist about them. Call Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas at Gibberman Dental at 703-823-6616 today to set a date and time for a dental evaluation.
Do you have a few questions about dental implants? When you're considering tooth replacement options, it's only natural to have a few concerns about the various methods. Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas--your Alexandria, VA dentists--share information about dental implants.
Dental implants are versatile
No other tooth replacement option is designed to replace just one tooth or all of them. Single implants are ideal if you only need to replace a tooth or two, while implant-supported dentures are a good choice if you've lost all of your teeth. Implant-supported dentures are anchored by four to six implants per arch and offer benefits that traditional dentures don't, such as:
- Excellent comfort
- The ability to bite and chew hard foods
- Improved speaking ability because implants don't slip
- Stronger jawbone
Most people can benefit from implants
Dental implants are an excellent choice if you're in good health, have healthy gums and practice good oral hygiene. If you smoke or drink heavily or have uncontrolled diabetes, you may want to reconsider implants, as slow healing may affect the success of the procedure. A shallow or weak jawbone or grinding can also affect your implant, although you can address these problems with bone grafts and nightguards to prevent grinding.
Dental implants are the only long-lasting replacement options
Bridges and dentures wear out in approximately 10 to 15 years and must be replaced. With proper care, dental implants never need to be replaced. Titanium implants don't just sit on your gums; they're actually placed in your jawbone and take the place of your roots. Titanium is a light, tough metal that bonds to bone. Three to six months after you receive your implants, they'll fuse to your jawbone, providing an excellent foundation for the crown that your Alexandria dentist will connect to them. Regular brushing and flossing will keep your implant healthy and strong.
Dental implants restore your smile! Call your Alexandria, VA dentists at (703) 823-6616 to schedule an appointment to learn if you're a good candidate for implants.
You took the plunge and invested some time and money in professional teeth whitening. You're thrilled with the results because your teeth lightened by several shades quickly and safely, thanks to professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel and careful supervision by Dr. Paul Gibberman and his team.
You want to know how to care for those beautiful pearly whites. How can you get the most mileage out of your teeth whitening treatment? Actually, after care for this cosmetic dental procedure is pretty simple.
Easy Tips for Keeping Teeth White
- Floss daily, and brush your teeth at least twice a day, particularly before bedtime so staining foods and beverages don't have a chance to seep into tooth enamel. If it's not convenient to brush because you are at work or on the road, at least rinse your mouth thoroughly with water to remove food residues. Also, use quality fluoridated toothpaste (with whitening ingredients) and floss. Look for the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
- Make some lifestyle changes. Avoid, or consume in moderation, foods and beverages that soften and stain teeth. This includes tomatoes, red wine, coffee, cola, soy sauce, blueberries, black tea. Use a straw to drink dark beverages, as this directs the liquid away from the front side of the teeth. Most importantly, stop smoking pipes, cigarettes and cigars, and don't chew tobacco. Tobacco does more than stain teeth, it undermines tooth enamel and contributes to gum disease and a whole host of devastating health problems.
- Use a professional touch-up kit provided by Gibberman Dental. The trained staff will instruct you on how and when to use it. Occasional touch-ups greatly extend the life of your professional whitening treatment.
See Dr. Paul Gibberman and His Associate Dentists
Of course, the foundation of any bright, healthy smile is excellent family and cosmetic dentistry. Paul Gibberman DDS, Jack Tsai DMD and Lauren B. Gibberman DDS have the expertise, experience and caring attitude to keep your dental health on track. Be sure you and the entire family see them at least twice a year for check-ups and cleanings and to take advantage of their cosmetic dental services which add great aesthetics to a healthy set of teeth and gums.
Call Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, Virginia for an appointment: (703) 823-6616.
Accidents happen. Whether crunching down on your lunch has caused a severe crack in your tooth or a serious dental infection has set in, there are a multitude of reasons why you may need to protect your tooth from further damage. Trauma and infections can weaken a natural tooth, making it prone to further damage. This is where getting a dental crown from your Alexandria, VA family dentist comes in.
About Dental Crowns
When a tooth is severely damaged and a normal dental filling isn’t enough, your Alexandria, VA dentist will often recommend a dental crown to strengthen your tooth once more. A dental crown is a tooth-colored cap that goes over the entire tooth to protect it against further damage. When a tooth is severely cracked, chipped, decayed or stained a dental crown may be recommended to provide additional protection.
Getting a Dental Crown
The first part of the process depends on the condition of your tooth. Root canal treatment may be necessary if you have an infection, and we will treat the infection before putting on the dental crown. If your tooth shows signs of decay, we will remove any cavities to make sure the tooth does not worsen under the crown. The mission is to make sure that your natural tooth is as healthy as possible before putting on the crown, so there are no complications.
Once the dental crown is created we will permanently cement it to your damaged tooth to restore it to its full function once again. This entire process usually takes two visits, unless otherwise noted by your Alexandria, VA family dentist. However, a temporary crown will make it easy for you to eat and speak comfortably until you get your permanent crown.
Caring for Dental Crowns
One of the added bonuses of getting dental crowns is that you don’t have to worry about treating it differently than you would natural teeth. Just continue to brush and floss daily to keep your smile healthy. While it’s true that dental crowns can’t develop cavities, it’s still possible for the rest of your smile including the neighboring teeth to develop decay and gum disease. That’s why it’s imperative that you continue to maintain good oral hygiene.
If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you are dealing with a cracked or damaged tooth, you need to seek treatment from your Alexandria, VA family dentist at Gibberman Dental, Dr. Paul Gibberman, DDS. Preserve your smile for life!
People who have lost one or more teeth due to injury, extensive decay or periodontal disease have hope for a better smile in dental implants. These prosthetic tooth roots form the foundation for a porcelain crown, permanent bridge or even full arch of dentures. Not just for a single isolated tooth replacement, dental implants can replace more than one missing tooth, leaving the individual with a smile that looks, feels and functions just like the one that nature gave him or her.
What does a dental implant look like?
The implant itself is much like an ordinary screw. However, it is usually made of titanium, a metal that blends wonderfully well with natural bone. When a dentist evaluates a person for the implant procedure, he or she makes sure the patient has sufficient jaw bone and gums that are healthy enough to accept these state of the art dental prosthetics.
What does the implant procedure involve?
The implant procedure takes some time and several appointments to complete. It begins with x-rays and digital imaging to get a complete picture of the patient's mouth and specific needs. Then, after using a local anesthetic, the dentist puts the metal implant or implants in to the jawbone. The device is covered with the patient's gums, and they are allowed some time to heal.
At the next appointment, the doctor adds an extension to each implant. Finally, posts, called abutments, are placed to accept the new teeth. The new porcelain teeth, bridgework or denture is put over the the posts.
The many advantages of dental implants
So, not only can patients have more than one missing teeth replaced with dental implants, they can enjoy several benefits from this state of the art procedure:
- ease of eating and chewing
- confident smiling and talking in public
- a bright, natural looking smile that won't discolor or stain
- no decay
- no sore gums or messy adhesives common to removable dentures
- preservation of jaw bone for a firm foundation and younger look to the face
- teeth that last a lifetime
Of course, dental implants require good oral hygiene and regular dental care just as natural teeth do.
Gibberman Dental is the Alexandria, Virginia practice for experienced implant dentistry
Paul Gibberman DDS, Jack Tsai DMD and Lauren B. Gibberman DDS would like to help you with all your dental needs. If you want more information on dental implants and how they may be right for you, call Gibberman Dental at 703-823-6616 to set-up a consultation.
Are you a patient of Gibberman Dental? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!