Wanting white fillings Dental Cosmetics


Dental cosmetics are used on a daily basis to enhance the appearance of your smile.

Stain, fractured teeth, discoloration, and  endodontic therapy all are considerations that can be problematic

during the restoration process.

During dental consultations the patient will state their major concerns or chief complaint in reference to their visit.

Even in an emergency facility, after the resolution of toothache pain, patients want to know what can be done to improve the look of ther overall appearance.

The cleaning of teeth greatly reduces common stain from caffeine, tar and nicotine.

Stain not so common is noted after some cultures chew Beattle nut, leaving very dark and tenacious build-up all over the teeth.

Pipe tobacco another difficult stain to remove presents problems as well.

Both the above products require additional time to remove their residue.

A light abrasive called flour of pumice, from the ash of lava rock, helps break down heavy stain.

Ultrasonic scalers are worth every penny tackling heavy stain.

Patients with tough stain are requested to return to the office every 3 – 4 months to assist in the removal process.

Dental cosmetics are valuable for the preparation of fractured teeth.

Temporary crowns restore esthetics and function of teeth in the short term.

Permanent restorations in the esthetic zone will receive porcelain coverage.

Missing teeth are treated with dental implants, crowns and bridges or partial dentures.

Replacing your teeth lost from gum disease and tooth decay is a never ending battle in dentistry.

Patients are informed they don’t have to go into hiding while waiting on completion of dental procedures.

Under ideal situations oral surgery patients needing full dentures could wait eight weeks before dental impressions are taken.

The healing period settles the bone reducing sharp bony prominences making it difficult to wear the dentures.

Dental cosmetics are also available to enhance the smile for those who wear dentures.

Discuss with your dentist upgrading the teeth in your denture to a higher quality.

Higher quality teeth have a more natural look, greatly improving your appearance.

Denture teeth can be stained or customized to also enhance the smile.

Slight turns of the teeth and repositioning them in the denture base also improve esthetics.

Patients say to dentists on many occasions to not deliver a smile that resembles a chiclet smile.

Chiclets all look the same with no differentiation or characterization.

Dental cosmetics enhances the smile with patients having a say in the way they look in the final analysis.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Improving crown retention. Dental Implant or bridge. Protecting our teeth.


Teeth that are lost because of tooth decay or periodontal disease can be replaced with either a dental implant of bridge.

To replace one tooth with a bridge requires that teeth be shaved down in the front and back of the missing tooth.

A bridge is simply a series of crowns fused together to replace missing teeth.

A single missing tooth requires 3 units of crown and bridge.

Fracture of porcelain on one of the three units necessitates the removal of the entire bridge for repair.

On the other hand in the case of dental implants, one implant replaces the missing tooth.

If the porcelain becomes damaged in this particular case, the problem is isolated to this one specific area.

Bridges out of necessity are monitored for recurrent decay of the abutment or supporting teeth gingival margins.

At the gum line where plaque, tartar and food debris accumulate, is a never ending battle against periodontal disease and tooth decay.

For this reason the longevity of bridges and crowns is approximately ten years.

Patients that keep good oral hygiene may experience longer than normal life spans of their dental appliances.

Dental implants on the other hand are made of titanium placed in the jawbone.

They terminate at the level of the gum line.

Connecting parts from the gum line into the mouth enable crowns to be fabricated on the connectors called abutments.

The abutments are precision made parts that synch ideally with the implant.

Unlike tooth structure the abutments fabricated from porcelain or titanium do not decay.

It is highly recommended routine preventative care becomes a vital part in the process of providing good oral hygiene.

Implant parts will not decay but dental implants are susceptible to periodontal disease that is preventable with proper care.

Where teeth are missing bone is lost, for tooth loss equates with bone loss.

Dental implants are great technology with very high rates of success.

When placed bone levels become stable and are maintained with very minimal loss.

One of the best solutions for stabilizing dentures is the placement of dental implants.

The hardest denture for patients to wear is the the lower, mandibular full denture.

Mandibles are problematic because the tongue can unseat the denture.

It has to be form fitted around the tongue in a horseshoe configuration.

Two to four dental implants can make a world of difference in their stability.

Answer the question of dental implant or bridge with the preceding knowledge to discuss further with your dentist.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.






Wanting white fillings


Dental patients are treated by cosmetic dentists after wanting white fillings to replace their unsightly graying and aging silver fillings.

Cosmetic dentistry is in vogue and will continue to be with great marketing to the public.

Our clients in all niches benefit from excellent marketing strategies.

Dental teams are requested to provide options that enhance your confidence and improve the patient’s ability to smile.

We tell patients after placing white fillings to keep their regular check-up visits.

At the preventative appointment the teeth are cleaned and polished along with a thorough evaluation of the existing white fillings.

Patients on high sucrose diets should be warned against a constant attack of sugar, capable of destroying healthy tooth structure.

Along with teeth breaking down is also a loss of integrity in the seal that bonds the filling to the surrounding tooth structure.

For this reason at the recall visit the integrity of a filling’s margins are checked to see if margins need to be resealed with bonding agents.

Patients wanting white fillings is a good idea because of their durability and strength.

For teeth requiring more strength, porcelain fillings, (inlays and 0n-lays) are available.

Inlays and on-lays minimize the reduction of tooth structure.

Full coverage porcelain crowns have a specific preparation design.

Tooth reduction is necessary to make room for the full coverage of porcelain over the entire tooth.

The rule still remains that filling materials are used to seal tooth defects, holes and abrasive areas.

Destruction of tooth structure beyond the above statement brings into play the consideration of a porcelain crown to protect the fragile unsupported chewing surfaces.

Dental sealants are great for reducing decay of grooves that traverse the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Children receive dental sealants as an adjunct in the prevention of further tooth decay.

Not everyone coming into dental clinics agree fluoride should be placed on the teeth of children.

In lieu of concerns about the application of fluoride treatments on children’s teeth, parents are advised to monitor effective brushing regimens at home.

Dentists advise young patients and parents to add additional brushing regimens, countering the effect of the breakdown of enamel from sugary snacks.

Wanting white fillings and other procedures in cosmetic dentistry, come with the responsibility to keep them functional with proper care.

Great smiles are delivered day in and day out with patients wanting white fillings.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.



Great smiles are a part of your identity.


Great smiles are the number one expression of your identity.

Cosmetic dentistry is one way to boost our patients self esteem.

Improving the smile also improves the confidence level of an individual.

Teeth that are chipped, discolored, and mis-aligned can be corrected with porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin overlays of porcelain placed on the facial surfaces of your teeth in the smile corridor known as the esthetic zone.

Patients are seen in consultation with dentists looking to improve their overall appearance.

Your smile speaks volumes before you ever utter a word.

People are attracted to a beautiful smile.

Corporate America looks for those who make investments in their personal appearance.

You understand why people invest in themselves to get to the next rung of the corporate ladder.

Seniors in management and those you pursue to sell your goods and services show a high degree of affinity for those who display an air of confidence in their nonverbal communication.

Take your confidence levels through the roof displaying great smiles to the world.

Enter your dental office one day and 7 – 14 days later you are able to flaunt your new look, a smile designed by you and your dentist.

Patients clip pictures out of magazines to show dentists the smile of their dreams.

The picture may give an idea of what you desire but not all shapes and sizes of teeth fit your personal profile.

A very narrow face will not accommodate wide tooth moulds and shapes.

Ovoid facial shapes require ovoid type tooth contours.

You can’t always place your favorite movie star’s smile in your own profile but you can generate similar energy by changing the color and adding a degree of sex appeal.

Patients are surprised with good planning by the dental team, what can be achieved through cosmetic dentistry.

Great anticipation met with a quality product delivered by the dental team is one of the greatest feelings shared by both the patient and the dentist.

After the bonding process has secured the new crowns or porcelain veneers to the teeth, don’t forget to learn how to maintain your new smile.

The best dentistry is preventative dentistry where the patient is seen periodically to maintain what has been placed as a major improvement.

Body enhancements require proper management for the overall well being of the patient.

Healthcare providers see personality changes in the best of patients that require changes in the body.

Dentistry can provide great smiles when desired, and help patients  adjust to their new body enhancement.

From the Diary of my enlightenment,

A.L. Clark, D.D.S.