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A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Why Live with a Smile You Do Not Like?

Do you smile broadly when someone takes your photograph or do you try to hide your teeth?  Does your smile project the image that you want or do you cringe every time you see it? With so many modern advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason to live with a smile you hate. No matter the problem, we have a solution that will have you smiling in no time.


Teeth can become stained due to soda, tea, and coffee consumption as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can vastly improve the look of your smile. Non-bleaching products contain ingredients that work at the surface level only through a physical or chemical process to brighten teeth.


Dental bonding is perfect to make small cosmetic repairs or changes to teeth.  If a tooth is chipped or cracked, oddly shaped, or too small, dental bonding can be used to make the shape of the tooth more regular.  An advantage to bonding over crowns and veneers is that it can generally be done in a single office visit and the process removes less enamel.

Enamel shaping

Enamel shaping is a quick, inexpensive way to repair a rough spot on a tooth or make a minor correction. Sometimes this procedure is called re-contouring.  The dentist uses the very same tools employed for a routine cleaning to remove a very small amount of enamel from the affected area, thus removing the rough spot and making a smoother tooth surface.


A dental veneer is a custom made, extremely thin covering for a tooth made from porcelain or resin composite materials.  The veneer is bonded to the tooth for a number of reasons:

  • To hide discolored teeth. There are some stains and discolorations that cannot be improved through teeth whitening.
  • To cover extraordinary tooth wear, possibly from grinding the teeth.
  • To close the gap between teeth that have too much space between them.

A veneer usually requires several trips to the Salt Lake City dentist to plan the course of treatment and to make and apply the veneers.

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Crowns and bridgework

Sometimes a tooth can crack. This might be the result of a sports injury or biting down on a hard substance such as ice or a popcorn kernel. A skilled dental professional may be able to help you avoid extraction of the cracked tooth with a crown and/or supporting bridgework.


A crown is a tooth shaped cap that fully covers the visible part of the tooth.  While this is commonly done to prevent a tooth from cracking below the gum line thus require extraction, crowns also can be used to restore a broken tooth, cover badly misshapen teeth, to cover a dental implant, or to make a cosmetic modification.


In the case that a tooth has to be extracted, the empty space can be filled with a porcelain tooth connected to a bridge.  A bridge is a dental appliance that connects to the surrounding teeth, which are called abutment teeth, and holds the false tooth in place.

With proper, routine care, a dental bridge can be expected to last 5 to 15 years or even longer.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is actually anchored into the mouth to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.  An implant may be endosteal or subperiosteal.  An endosteal implant uses various types of screws placed surgically in the jawbone.  Each implant can hold one or more teeth.  A subperiosteal implant is placed on top of the jaw with the posts coming through the gums. These implants are best for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Gum contouring

Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, gum contouring is used to even out a jagged gum line. Gums may cover too much of your tooth due to your genetic make-up or perhaps they have receded leaving your teeth vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.

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Why live with a smile you don’t like?  Contact Village Dental to discuss the cosmetic dentistry procedures that will make the most of your toothy grin.


Early Tooth Loss in Children

Early Tooth Loss in Children

What to do if Your Children Begin Losing Primary Teeth Early

Parents are often left with a conundrum once their children begin losing their teeth. When the tooth fairy gives your child the idea their mouth has become a money pit, a parent should take note if a primary tooth is lost before it’s ready. A major issue with a baby tooth being lost too early is that it can cause problems if action isn’t taken to preserve the space where the tooth was. With many of these issues depending on the child’s stage of dental development, it can cause impaction or misalignment of the incoming permanent teeth if the mouth isn’t ready. Although baby teeth seem transitional, these teeth provide:

  • Chewing with the teeth help your child’s jaw bones develop and grow properly.
  • For proper language and speech, teeth are necessary for development.
  • Baby teeth are important for well-being and self-esteem.

Normal Age and Order of Tooth Loss in Children

As each child has their own internal clock regarding when their baby teeth and adult teeth develop, there’s a few general ages when the processes begin taking place. By the time the child reaches two to two and a half years, all of its baby teeth should have erupted into the mouth with teeth beginning to come in at six months old. By the time the child reaches twelve, all of the baby teeth should have fallen out and the permanent teeth have replaced them. A healthy time frame to expect teeth falling out is between four and eight, but the average child begins to lose these teeth around age six.

Why Do Kids Lose Teeth Prematurely?

Children lose baby teeth early for many reasons, including but not limited to:Normal Age and Order of Tooth Loss in Children

  • Immunity Problems
  • Dental/Periodontal Disease
  • Blood Disease
  • Traumatic Experiences
  • Diabetes/Metabolic Disorders

Dental Space Maintainers

To avoid future complications with speech or development after a child loses baby their teeth, it may be necessary to fill the space that the baby teeth once occupied. If you feel as if the missing baby tooth can present problems, a dentist may apply space retainers to fill spots that could take some time to be filled with a permanent tooth. You can have removable space retainers applied, but if the permanent tooth is on its way to erupt… the spacers may not be needed. A space retainer may be needed if space is an important issue or the child is in need of braces. What’s great about space maintainers is that they can be custom made by an orthodontist or dentist. Although they keep space in the mouth until the permanent teeth come in, they still require upkeep and cleaning because they can still trap debris and food which results in gum irritation or cavities to the surrounding teeth.

Response to Traumatic Loss of Tooth?

If your child happens to lose a tooth that is permanent, there’s still hope it can be replaced. The best approach is to stay calm and control any bleeding that may be taking place. If you can find the tooth, place it in milk or saline solution to keep it alive until you can receive attention from a doctor if the injury is severe enough. Once possible, schedule an appointment with a dentist to get the tooth back where it belongs. Since the tooth is important if it happens to be permanent, rinse it off with milk and replant the tooth immediately. To handle the situation until you can meet with a dentist, you’ll need:

  • Gauze
  • A handkerchief
  • Saline solution
  • A container with a lid
  • Ibuprofen

Taking an aspirin thins the blood, which can cause a problem if the bleeding is severe. Ibuprofen is the safe bet and less hazardous if you’re bleeding and in pain.

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Primary Teeth

Regular teeth upkeep can be followed often once the teeth arrive. For baby teeth, clean them with gauze, finger-cot, or a clean wet washcloth to keep them safe from lingering food and perform this once a day. Once more teeth are present you can begin to use soft bristled toothbrushes for cleaning their teeth.  Make sure you schedule a dentist appointment near the child’s first birthday to make sure their baby teeth are looking great and coming in properly. Although baby teeth are temporary, they still need upkeep that permanent teeth require such as limiting sugar consumption and fluoride/sealant protection.