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C osmetic dentistry does not have a formal definition nor is the term recognized by the American Dental Association. Therefore any dentist can call themselves a “cosmetic dentist” with impunity, but the real test of his or her talent is a dentist’s chair-side skills.

A dentist either has or doesn’t have an artistic ability. Dentistry can be learned but to perform dentistry that is both functional and highly aesthetically pleasing is difficult to accomplish and that dentist is rare to find. One of the best ways to determine if you like a dentists’ work is to look at their before and after photos. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and is very subjective. So look at a lot of pictures and ask for referrals.

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Cosmetic dentistry has been generally accepted to mean the kind of dentistry that is functional and also pleasing to look at like bright white teeth or straight white teeth or teeth without gaps and spaces. Here is a a small sampling of cosmetic dental procedures:

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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a technique used by cosmetic dentists to repair relatively small dental defects. A small chip or a minor gap is often amiable to dental bonding. The process involves preparing the defect by smoothing out any sharp edges and then etching and priming the surface with special dental grade solutions. The etching and priming process readies the tooth so the the bonding material can be attached to the defect. The cosmetic dentist slowly and methodically uses the bonding substance to create a new tooth structure that either replaces the chip or fills in the gap. The process is often completely painless and can be achieved with no to very little anesthesia. Dental bonding is one of the most affordable cosmetic dental procedures and results can often be achieved in one visit.

Dental bonding material is acrylic, which is a thermo-setting plastic. Your Bend, Oregon cosmetic dentist will mix the acrylic with the appropriate pigment so that it matches your natural tooth color perfectly. Once the bonding procedure is complete, the dentist will then smooth the surface and apply a high speed polish to replicate the sheen on natural teeth.

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Dental Veneers

A dental veneer is a wafer thin covering made of either composite (plastic) or porcelain that either corrects an aesthetic defect or protects a damaged tooth surface. Often, many cosmetic dental issues can be solved with simple bonding, but when the problem exceeds Bonding’s ability, veneers come in to play. Dental Veneers have more ability to correct bigger defects than Dental Bonding, but more tooth structure is sacrificed in the process. In other words, the tooth’s surface needs to be prepared to receive the Dental Veneer. This involves abrading away some viable tooth structure in order to make way for the new veneer.

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The upside of course is a fantastic functional and aesthetic result. The Veneer has a much broader ability to cover and fix cosmetic defects than bonding or composite fillings, and here is an an example:

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This example of a Dental Veneer demonstrates the Veneers ability to correct crooked teeth that even have an degree of overlap. It should be cautioned however, Dental Veneers are not a substitute for proper orthodontia when indicated. The dental veneer was invented in California, by Dr. Charles Pincus, to temporarily change an actor’s teeth and appearance. The science and application has advanced and new adhesives, ething solutions and composite materials have really advanced the field and improved Veneers viability as an authentic cosmetic dentistry tool.

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Gum Reduction

Another cosmetic dental procedure, gum reduction surgery, is use to reduce excess gum tissue. Many patients complain about a “gummy smile” in that many think there is to much gum tissue visible in their smile. The procedure involves the cosmetic dentist carefully assessing your gum and bone tissue and then creating a plan to remove the excess. The is usually done with cautery, laser, or a scalpel. The procedure is completed under local anesthesia and recover time is usually 7-10 days.

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Full Mouth Restoration

A full mouth restoration is a comprehensive dental treatment plan that is designed to help return health, function and aesthetics to your smile. There are many reasons why someone could need a full mouth restoration and the following are just a few: lost teeth due to trauma or severe decay, poor bite and function due to the need for orthodontics, lost teeth due to cancer and radiation, or a combination of these and many other conditions. Whatever the cause, Dr DiGiulio has the dental intelligence to help you.

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The process of improving a patients dental function while providing gorgeous results is Dr Di Giulio’s specialty. The process focuses on multiple dental concerns at the same time: the teeth, gum tissue, bite, and aesthetics. Many dentists learn how to fix a cavity or place a crown on a tooth in dental school, but the dentists who truly understand occlusion (bite) are in a class by themselves. Occlusion is a very complicated subject that has a million different moving parts that must be considered at once and dental competency is secured only by training and experience. This can be a very expensive endeavor and speaking with patients who have been helped by Dr DiGiulio is highly recommended.

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Full mouth restoration taxes the dentists full understanding of the science and often requires coordination of all or many dental specialties. Sometimes an individual will require a combination of dental services, some provided by your Bend Cosmetic dentist and some will be provided by local specialists. For example a patient may require comprehensive dental hygiene with root scaling and planning followed by crown lengthening and dental implant placement. The final step may be small touch up dental bonding and whitening. But the actual treatment plan will depend on the needs of the individual patient.

Fix My Chipped Tooth


Out of all the dental issues that can come up, chipped tooth repair can be one of the most frustrating. Sometimes this tiny problem can wind up being a big issue. We’ll talk about some of the best ways to deal with a chipped tooth.

Some of the Ways a Chipped Tooth Might Come About

Since our teeth are made of bone, we typically assume that they’re pretty hard. We can use them to crush a lot of different things in our mouth, and throughout the courses of our lives, our teeth are actually subjected to a pretty serious amount of abuse. It’s perhaps easy to understand then that the protective coating around your teeth (called the enamel) can break off, requiring chipped tooth repair. Sometimes an even larger piece of your tooth can break off. When this happens, the problem tends to be a bit more severe than when you experience something more minor like a chip in your tooth’s enamel. Either way, the situation might require a trip to the best family dentist in Bend, Oregon.

You’re Probably Going to Want to See a Dentist Right Away

bend root canal dentist Once you chip a tooth, it’s important to get yourself into the care of a dental professional. Chipped tooth repair isn’t exactly a do-it-yourself kind of procedure. There are a lot of things that you can do at home to make your dentist’s job a bit easier but for the most part, a chipped tooth is going to require that you make a trip to the dentist as soon as possible. Just like many other health issues, your chipped tooth is only going to get worse if you don’t take care of it as soon as possible. It might not actually hurt right away, but if the problem is allowed to persist, it might potentially develop into something much, much more painful.

Preserver the Chipped Tooth Piece

When you experience a chipped tooth, one of the first steps toward effective chipped tooth repair involve seeing if you can preserve the part of your tooth that was chipped off. This isn’t always possible, but when you chip off a larger portion of your tooth, you might be able to salvage it. If you can do this, you’re going to have a much better chance of your dentist being able to fix your chipped tooth quickly and easier. Re-affixing a broken-off tooth is a lot easier than doing something like drilling a dental implant into a patient’s jawbone. Try to make sure you’re able to keep the piece of broken tooth clean while you’re on your way to the dentist.

Use Over-the-Counter Medication to Handle the Pain

Sometimes a chipped tooth can cause a pretty good amount of pain, and a trip to the Bend dentist might not be in the cards right away. Chipped tooth repair doesn’t always have to be an immediate thing, and if the problem is relatively minor, it’s possible to wait a little bit before you actually get to go visit the dentist. If you’re dealing with any discomfort or pain, it’s smart to use an over-the-counter medication to counteract the pain. You can use something topical like Oragel or can take ibuprofen to dull the pain that you’re experiencing from your chipped tooth. When you can’t get to the dentist as quickly as possible, this is a good way to deal with the pain while you wait for a more permanent solution.

Grab Some Temporary Filling Solution to Protect Your Tooth

Bend Teeth Whitening When you chip or break a tooth, it can cause some relatively serious problems by exposing the inside of your tooth. It’s not uncommon for teeth to become incredibly sensitive after they get chipped or broken. If you’re not able to get chipped tooth repair right away, you might want to head into your local pharmacy or drug store and buy some temporary filling. This is typically a putty-like substance that you can put inside your broken tooth to make sure you’re protecting the sensitive nerve ending from hot and cold temperatures. This will also help make sure that food doesn’t get inside your broken tooth and cause serious decay.

Gargle with Warm Salt Water

Another simple way to take the edge off a broken tooth is to gargle with warm salt water. This will help relax the muscles in your mouth and neck, and will soothe any nerves that have become irritated and are causing you pain. If chipped tooth repair isn’t an immediate option, this is a good way to make sure you don’t have to deal with too much pain and discomfort before you’re able to see the dentist.

We all deal with dental problems from time to time. Chipped tooth repair can be a pretty serious issue, which is why it’s good to make sure you’re able to get it taken care of as soon as humanly possible.

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