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The Price is Right: Inside look at cosmetic dentistry prices

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 2, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any kind of dental procedure that is done to

improve the appearance of the teeth rather than their function. It is used to solve problems like teeth that are uneven, chipped, missing teeth and discoloration among others. The Oral Cost!

Cosmetic work is usually not covered under dental insurance which covers work that is done to restore the function of teeth.  It is therefore important to get an idea of the cost of the cosmetic dentistry procedure one wishes to have done.

Dental veneers
These are made of porcelain or compost and they are used to replace tooth enamel that is worn out, to correct teeth that are not aligned evenly,  abnormally spaced teeth and those that are chipped and cracked.  Dental veneers cost more than direct or indirect composite veneers but they last longer and look completely natural. 

Cost of dental veneers
Dental veneers cost between $ 925 and $ 2,500 per tooth and they are well worth it. They last for 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers on the other hand cost less, starting at $ 250 to $1, 500. They only last for 5 to 7 years.

Dental  implants
Implants are used where there is permanent tooth loss. When they are used to anchor a dental crown or bridge because more than one teeth is missing, they act as a foundation that is stable and resistant to cavities.  They are very effective for this and very durable.

Cost of dental implants
The cost depends on various factors. They include which type of implant is used, the dentist that performs the procedure,  where the procedure is performed and the material that is used for the implant.

Single implants cost from $900 to $ 3,000 depending on the factors above.  If the procedure is full mouth reconstruction using dental implants, the cost can reach as much as $ 24,000 to $ 96,000.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is commonly sought by men and women alike and there is no one that is does not work for.  It lightens the teeth by several shades which gives you a brighter smile. It is also effective in lifting deeper tobacco stains that smokers inevitably get because of smoking.

It can be doneWe offer ZOOM! Whitening in a number of different ways. It can be done on the dentist's chair in an hour's time or it can be done through whitening products like toothpaste and whitening trays. The treatments done by dentists give the best results and in the shortest time. The effect also lasts longer.

Those interested in this cosmetic dentistry procedure should know that they are two options of teeth whitening. There is bleaching and whitening.  It is a stipulation of the FDA that bleaching is only done when it is not possible to whiten the teeth. This strictly applies to products that contain bleach as an ingredients which are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. With whitening, the color of the tooth surface is restored by removing the dirt and debris on it.

Cost of teeth whitening
Whitening that is done in the dentist's office costs about $650 on average all around the country.  The option is take-home whitening kits that are professionally dispensed costs  between $100 to $400.  The third option is over the counter whitening products and these are the least expensive ranging from $ 20 to $100.

Dental bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth much like partial dentures and implants. There are different types of fixed dental bridges including resin-bonded, cantilever bridges and the more common fixed bridges.

Cost of dental bridges
Several factors determine the cost of dental bridges.  One is whether additional cosmetic dentistry procedures such as fillings and root canals will be needed in one or more adjoining teeth. Where the dentist is located and the artistic technique they and the lab technician will use also influence cost. The material that will be used in the bridges and  the preparations that will needed on the teeth before the procedure can be carried out also come into play. The cost ranges from $ 700 to $ 1,500 per tooth depending on the factors above.

Invisalign
Invisalign are a type of invisible braces made of clear plastic that work like conventional braces to straighten teeth that are uneven and that have a poor bite.

Cost of Invisalign
The braces used are custom made so cost will depend on one's specific needs, the extent of the problem and how long treatment will last. On average though, this treatment costs $ 3,000 to 5,000 countrywide.

Smile again
A smile is one of the best gifts to give and receive. If you have been hiding yours because of the state of your teeth, look into one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments and get your smile back.


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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

Things you need to know about Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Sep 17, 2012 1:48:00 PM

First impressions mean a lot; that split second when you meet someone for the first time can set the tone for your whole relationship and even prevent a relationship from growing. As human beings, our primary mode of communication is verbal, words coming from our mouths. This means that we instinctively look at each other’s mouths and faces when we talk to each other. Having a mouth full of discolored, chipped, or missing teeth will be noticed immediately. Many a job, friendship and romance have been kept from people, purely based on these first impressions. Fortunately, thanks to the world of cosmetic dentistry, those missed opportunities can be turned into doorways to success and happiness.Bright Smiles

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is one of medicine’s quickest growing areas. In recent year, the popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown and become an integral part of our oral hygiene and care. It not only improves your looks, but it also enhances your whole life by boosting confidence, contributing to oral health, and swaying that important first impression in your favor.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Today, cosmetic dentistry is more than just fixing a chip or fitting a bridge, that is ancient history. The field has grown to include simple non-invasive procedures like teeth whitening and more involved procedures like periodontal surgery. Of course, with this heightened interest in the field comes the creation of new technologies that aid in the ease and effectiveness of cosmetic dental procedures. Here are some of the most popular procedures.

  • Whitening
  • Orthodontics and straightening
  • Implants
  • Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal surgery

Bright, Healthy, Smiles

Clients Responsibility

After you have chosen your dentist, it is important to listen and follow the dentist’s instructions. Cosmetic dentistry is complicated because you are dealing with an area of you body that is in constant use, it’s relied on for communication an taking in sustenance and oxygen. Depending on the procedure, the look of your moth and teeth may be different from what you have been accustomed to, and that can take a little adjusting. Your teeth are extremely important and you dentist knows that; they will provide you with the options and aftercare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle. People’s mouths are like fingerprints, each one is unique and special to that person. Your cosmetic dentist will solve your dental problems, address you individual needs and expectation, and most definitely enhance your life by restoring your beautiful, healthy smile.

What kind of Materials Will I be Living With?

We all know the story that our first President, George Washington, had wooden dentures. But don’t worry; those days are long gone. Technology has contributed greatly to the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dentists now work with a variety of materials so that everyone can smile easily for a long time. Here are some of the materials used in cosmetic dentistry today.

  • Ceramic and porcelain have long been popular materials to use. Over time the compounds have changed and helped the material to increase its strength and reliability.
  • Resin is a newer compound that allows cosmetic dentists to adhere bridges and crowns in a near permanent fashion. The result is strong products with little or no chance of having to repeat the repair.
  • Cast gold was commonly used for implants; repairs were primarily gold with porcelain facing. Thanks to technology we are able to use different materials to improve on these procedures. Even glass and gemstones have been viable alternatives.

You will be very happy with the outcome of your cosmetic dentistry adventure. Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry is here to help. Erase years of abuse and neglect; obtain that perfect yet natural healthy smile you, your loved ones and the new people you meet, deserve.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, childrens teeth, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits

Dental Implants vs Crown and Bridge: Which is better?

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Jul 25, 2012 12:17:00 PM

To replace lost teeth, you can either get a dental bridge or you can rely on dental implants. Do you know the benefits and disadvantages of each option?

 

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they protect the other teeth. In the case of a dental bridge, the natural teeth have to perform the function of support. The implant is not putting any strain on other teeth.

 

Another great advantage of implants is that they can be used to replace more than one missing natural tooth. In the case of a bridge, a dentist will need healthy adjacent teeth for support. Various combinations are possible in the case of implants. The dentist can replace a single missing tooth or a denture.

 

Implants require little maintenance. This is one of the biggest differences between this option and dental bridges. High quality implants can last a lifetime. Dental crowns and bridges will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

 

If you are considering implants, you should take in consideration another important advantage – implants are easier to maintain. The cleaning process is very simple and flossing between implants is possible. In addition, implants look more natural and facilitate chewing, since the dental bridge may slip.

 

Dental bridges, on the other hand, come with a number of advantages, as well. To get a bridge, you will have to undergo a simple dental procedure that involves no surgery. In order to be placed in the mouth, dental implants require surgical intervention.

 

It is easier and quicker to get dental bridges. The entire procedure will visit in approximately two to three visits to your dentists.

 
A dental bridge is recommended in the case of jaw bone loss or significant damage. The process will be simpler, less painful and less expensive in such instances. It is important to know that the positioning of dental implants demands healthy bone.

 

Once fixed, the bridge is very stable. It will provide for effortless chewing of food and it will feel comfortable, once you get familiar with it. Dental bridges are also a less expensive option than other dental methods for the replacement of missing teeth.

 

Knowing these factors will help you make an informed decision about dental implants and bridges. Each option has its advantages that need to be compared for an informed decision to be made.

Topics: dental implants

Dental veneers:The Wow Factor

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Jun 29, 2012 4:27:00 PM

A large part of finding success is having the confidence to go out and strive for the things you want. Gaining confidence, however, is a combination of many factors, which includes feeling good about the way you look. If you’re constantly self-conscious about the look of your teeth, it’s going to hamper your ability to meet new people, interview successfully, or perform any other task where interaction is necessary. For this reason, dental veneers could be an easy, ultimately cost-effective way to boost your confidence and your wow factor.

 

The first thing to keep in mind when deciding if veneers are right for you is what they actually are. A veneer is essentially a very thin layer of material placed over the front of a single tooth or multiple teeth. This procedure can be performed in order to repair a broken tooth, or it can simply be done for cosmetic reasons. The materials used for veneers are generally one of two things. A qualified dentist will either use dental porcelain or something known as composite, which is a synthetic dental resin.

 

Veneers can help improve a smile in multiple ways. In addition to giving you a dazzling, white grin, it can also correct small irregularities in the shape of your teeth. If, for instance, you have small gaps between your teeth, a veneer can fill in those spaces. If you have some teeth that are worn down prematurely, a veneer can even out the length of various teeth. In some cases, it can even give the appearance of straighter teeth, meaning you might be able to avoid braces or other more intensive corrective dental measures.

 

There are permanent and non-permanent veneer options available as well as some do-it-yourself kits. For the best, most reliable results, however, make sure you visit a trustworthy dentist for the procedure.

 

Veneers are an amazing jump in cosmetic dentistry, and if you need a brighter, whiter, more uniform Hollywood smile in a short span of time, there’s no way to beat a veneer.

 

Remember, the health of your teeth is an incredibly good indicator of your overall health. A healthy smile usually means a healthy body, so don’t neglect your teeth. See a qualified and competent dentist on a regular basis, and when you do need work done such as veneers, make sure you find a dentist you can trust to be professional and friendly.

Topics: veneers

Dental Implants: Get Your Natural Smile Back

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Mar 20, 2012 5:23:00 PM

Most people will admit that teeth are one of the features that really stand out in a person as a smile is truly a way to express joy and so a good looking set of teeth has always been something that people yearn for. Some people however have missing teeth due to an injury, a disease or even decay but would still like to have a bright smile with a complete set of teeth. Dentists however can solve this problem and you will be able to get your natural smile back with dental implants. If you are serious about really having a beautiful smile, you should think about dental implants and how they can help fix your smile.

What are dental implants? 

Dental implants are essentially just substitutes for the roots of your missing teeth and so they will be the anchor for your new teeth or crowns. It is truly a breakthrough in dentistry and dentists are very excited to be able to replace missing natural teeth with healthy ones that are anchored in your bone. This is arguably the best option for those who do not want to have dentures and would like to have natural looking teeth. If you are looking to truly fix your missing teeth, this is ultimately the best option for you.

Are there different kinds of implants? 


There are plenty of options to choose from as you will be able to choose different shapes and sizes to help give you the best looking teeth. Having the right dentists to work with will surely make the process go by smoother to ensure a safe procedure. Finding the right dentists to work with will also give you the knowledge of whether or not you are a candidate for implants.


Am I a candidate for implants?

Anyone of any age can get dental implants as long as you need the procedure to be done. If you are someone that can no longer wear your removable dentures, then it is highly recommended that you contact your dentist to see if you can get implants. Your dentist will surely be able to determine if you are able to get dental implants after an evaluation of your medical and dental history. If you are looking for a great dentist to work with to help you determine if you are able to get implants, you should visit davisanddingle.com for more information.describe the image

Topics: dental implants

Periodontal Disease : Achieving remission with Supportive Gum Tissue Therapy

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Mar 1, 2012 9:41:00 AM

It is estimated that more than 80% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease (also known as gum disease), and this ranges from minor cases of gingivitis to severe conditions where the bone and soft tissue that support the teeth become damaged. The disease is caused by bacterial plaque that builds up around the teeth and hardens, forming tartar. Without regular removal of tartar, infection spreads, leading to periodontal breakdown.

Symptoms include red and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, tender and bleeding gum tissue, sensitive teeth and painful chewing, and in advanced cases, tooth loss.

Flossing and regular cleaning helps prevent and greatly reduces the likelihood that you will develop periodontal disease, however, if you already have the disease, your dentist may recommend that you receive supportive gum tissue therapy.

The staff here at Davis and Dingle will work with you to ensure that you have an ongoing program of supportive gum tissue therapy to begin remission of the disease and improve your likelihood of not developing the condition in the future. The program involves cleaning, ongoing assessment and diagnosis, and help in developing thorough dental hygiene habits to support the health of your gums.

To ensure remission of periodontal disease, patients receive regular cleaning to remove plaque and calculus, and the dentist performs a through oral exam to look for any hidden problems. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may need to visit as often as every few weeks, or visits may be several months apart; your dentist will ensure that you receive treatments as regularly as necessary. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients may begin with a short-term program lasting around three months, or longer-term therapy may be necessary.

During visits, your dentist will review your condition and the health factors relating to why you have developed the disease, and he or she will discuss cleaning habits with you to ensure that you are following the right dental hygiene regimen at home to support the health of your gums. An X-ray may also be necessary to check for new cavities or any changes to bone levels caused by the disease.

Your best chance to achieve optimal dental health is to follow a meticulous cleaning regimen and receive regular cleaning and dental exams to prevent the onset of the disease. This is also the best way to prevent re-occurrence.

Topics: periodontal disease

Parents you can help keep your children's teeth healthy.

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Feb 5, 2012 5:44:02 PM

Your children’s teeth and oral health are an investment. Not just an investment to help maintain a beautiful healthy smile but also in investment in their happiness and a contribution to their quality of life. We all know that kid’s eating habits can be less than healthy sometimes, but with proper dental care and regular check ups we can help our little ones minimize the  negative side effects of their food choices.

 

You don’t want someone without experience, know-how, understanding or compassion to handle your investment portfolio or aid you in purchasing a home or car. The same goes for your children’s dentist. Davis & Dingle Family Dentistry is that dentist. Providing the care and personal service you and your family deserve in a relaxing and pleasant atmosphere.

 

Davis & Dingle Family Dentistry have over 25 years experience in dentistry and are passionate about teaching your whole family how to take better care of their teeth and gums to prevent disease and cavities. The whole staff is friendly and respects the fact that some kids (big and little) may get a little nervous at the dentist. Well not to worry, Davis & Dingle pride themselves in providing a pleasant and relaxing experience for all their clients not to mention they will go out of their way to make your little ones feel comfortable and secure.

 

Having a healthy smile is worth a thousand words. Teaching your kids the importance of good oral hygiene can save thousands of dollars. Davis & Dingle can help teach your children how to take care of their smiles and even make it fun. Your children will learn how nutrition and daily flossing will help give them the dazzling white smile and healthy mouth you want them to have. Make your dentist’s office a place your children actually want to visit. Make your dentist’s office your family’s personalized oral care educator. Make your dentist Dr Davis or Dr.Dingle, and reap the dividends of your investments for many smile to come.

Topics: childrens teeth

Dental Veneers:The Wow Factor

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Jan 12, 2012 12:45:00 PM

A large part of finding success is having the confidence to go out and strive for the things you want. Gaining confidence, however, is a combination of many factors, which includes feeling good about the way you look. If you’re constantly self-conscious about the look of your teeth, it’s going to hamper your ability to meet new people, interview successfully, or perform any other task where interaction is necessary. For this reason, dental veneers could be an easy, ultimately cost-effective way to boost your confidence and your wow factor.

 

The first thing to keep in mind when deciding if veneers are right for you is what they actually are. A veneer is essentially a very thin layer of material placed over the front of a single tooth or multiple teeth. This procedure can be performed in order to repair a broken tooth, or it can simply be done for cosmetic reasons. The materials used for veneers are generally one of two things. A qualified dentist will either use dental porcelain or something known as composite, which is a synthetic dental resin.

 

Veneers can help improve a smile in multiple ways. In addition to giving you a dazzling, white grin, it can also correct small irregularities in the shape of your teeth. If, for instance, you have small gaps between your teeth, a veneer can fill in those spaces. If you have some teeth that are worn down prematurely, a veneer can even out the length of various teeth. In some cases, it can even give the appearance of straighter teeth, meaning you might be able to avoid braces or other more intensive corrective dental measures.

 

There are permanent and non-permanent veneer options available as well as some do-it-yourself kits. For the best, most reliable results, however, make sure you visit a trustworthy dentist for the procedure.

 

Veneers are an amazing jump in cosmetic dentistry, and if you need a brighter, whiter, more uniform Hollywood smile in a short span of time, there’s no way to beat a veneer.

 

Remember, the health of your teeth is an incredibly good indicator of your overall health. A healthy smile usually means a healthy body, so don’t neglect your teeth. See a qualified and competent dentist on a regular basis, and when you do need work done such as veneers, make sure you find a dentist you can trust to be professional and friendly.

Topics: veneers, Cosmetic Dentistry

10 Tips to Eliminating that Unpleasant Bad Breath

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 9, 2011 3:20:00 PM

One of the questions that is often asked to practitioners of family dentistry is, "How do I get rid of bad breath?" We would like to offer 10 tips to help you eliminbad breathate bad breath so that you can be at your best and have a healthy, fresh, and clean mouth all day long.
1. See your dentist or doctor. In some cases, bad breath is a symptom of a dental or medical condition. If you have persistent bad breath, please see your family dental professional or your family doctor to address the root of this symptom.
2. Floss every night. Really. At least once a night, if not after every meal. If you are serious about correcting bad breath, you need to floss and remove the tiny bits of food that your brush misses. Dental professionals recommend the "tiny tree" single use flossing devices - many dentists and men and women on the go keep a bag of these on hand in their car, workplace, gym bag, and handbag to be ready to floss whenever necessary.
3. Use mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwashes, used frequently, can kill germs that lead to bad breath. Find a flavor you like and keep a bottle in your desk drawer or in your car so that you can rinse after every meal.
4. Carry a toothbrush. You really should brush after every meal to prevent food from getting trapped between your teeth, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Having a toothbrush on hand will help keep your breath fresh.
5. Use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers, available at grocery stores, health food markets, pharmacies, and at family dentistry centers, help you scrape away the germs and buildup that lead to bad breath.
6. Buy a pack of Waterpik. Your floss and brush can't reach everywhere. Use a Waterpik to get rid of the germs that lead to bad breath. Family dental centers sell or can recommend the perfect Waterpik and brushing system for you and your family to use.
7. Consider your diet. Your diet affects your breath. Pay close attention to foods that give you bad breath and avoid them whenever you need your breath to be in top form
8. Quit smoking. This is a surefire way to get rid of bad breath and other medical problems. Not to mention, it'll get you that extra step closer to a whiter smile!
9. Drink more water. By staying hydrated, you can help your body flush out the toxins that lead to bad breath
10. Chew some parsley. There is a reason that parsley is used as a garnish - it's great at correcting bad breath! While it might not be practical to carry a sprig with you at all times, family dentistry professionals recommend keeping some on hand in the refrigerator.
We wish you the best of luck and hope that our tips help you eliminate bad breath. As a family ourselves, we want to ensure that your entire family has healthy and clean teeth and feels great about their smiles and breath!
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Topics: Family dentistry, bad breath, oral health, childrens teeth, periodontal disease, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

Optimizing your Dental Insurance in Columbia, South Carolina

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Oct 25, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Dental health is one of the foundations for excellent overall health. When it is time for your or a member of your family's bi-annual dental visit or any specialized dental procedures, the last thing you want to worry about is how you are going to cover the bill. Unless you want to pay for all of your family dentistry expenses out of your pocket, the best option is to be covered by a a dental plan.

What is Dental Insurance?

Dental insurance provides a percentage of coverage for you and your family on most preventative and restorative dental procedures. Preventive, or routine cleanings may not be that expensive but when it comes to filling cavities, root canals, or replacing missing teeth, these procedures will be quite a bit more in price. That is where dental insurance becomes very helpful. Think of it like a coupon. It covers a portion of the cost of your services, but not the full amount. The annual benefit generally depends on the type plan you or your employer selects. So it is very important to read your policy carefully and ask your insurance provider questions so that you understand what your dental insurance covers and what it does not.

How do I Get Insurance?

Many employers offer dental insurance for you and your family. You pay for the premium out of your salary. If your employer does not offer dental insurance, you can buy it from a number agencies in South Carolina. Another option is to consult special interest groups that you belong to that may carry group dental insurance policies. These groups include: sororities or fraternities, churches, alumni associations, etcetera. What Are My Options? There are several different plans offered for family dentistry. A traditional dental plan allows you to pay your premium weekly or monthly, depending on the policy. These are found through your employer or an agent. A voluntary group plan is when you get a group of people together and purchase a plan. This helps with lowering the cost of insurance.

Why Should I Purchase Dental Insurance?

Dental Insurance is relatively inexpensive, especially when you look at how much you would spend on dental work in the the long run. You can save a significant amount of money and be assured that you are covered when an emergency arises.

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Again, when choosing your insurance coverage, make sure you read the policy carefully so that you know what is covered. Also take note to see if you can decide on what dentist you would like to see or if you are restricted. Whatever you choose, make sure that it is right for you and your family.

Topics: Family dentistry, oral health, Insurance, Dental Benefits