Any Scottsdale cosmetic dentist would say that the ideal dental aesthetic largely depends on the health of the teeth. Healthy teeth are strong, pearly white, and supported by firm pink gums. However, people who have brittle teeth can still achieve optimum dental health in the form of fluoride treatments.
However, dentists and patients must be careful with fluoride treatment for children. Too much fluoride on baby teeth can cause fluorosis, which is initially characterized by white streaks on the enamel that develop into mild brown stains when severe. This happens when fluoride disrupts the normal development of the teeth, especially when there is poor calcium intake. The discoloration caused by fluorosis affects adults too. When this happens, whitening, dental abrasion, and dental veneers are suitable restoratives.
Veneers are also ideal for people with Turner’s hypoplasia, an abnormality of at least one tooth having very weak, thin, or even nonexistent enamel. This tooth’s color might be off from the rest; it is also extremely sensitive because of the dentin’s exposure to stimuli. The veneer improves the color of the tooth and protects it from stains and infection.
Bleaching or veneers are favored whitening options for dental discoloration. Most discolored teeth tend to be yellow from tobacco or caffeine. Overexposure to chlorophyll, copper, or nickel can give teeth greenish stains. Overexposure to a mouthwash chemical called chlorhexidine can cause stains along the gums. The antibiotic tetracycline can also stain the teeth.
A Phoenix sedation dentist may suggest implants for people with anodontia or hypodontia. Both conditions are congenital defects that prevent the growth of teeth. Anodontia is the partial or complete absence of teeth, while hypodontia is having fewer teeth than normal. In hypodontia, at least six teeth did not erupt at all. These conditions can lead to speech impediment, so dentists give implants to help people with these disorders eat and speak better.
A sedation dentist gives the patient a strong analgesic that relaxes the patient and induces light sleep. This is for patients who have dental phobia, poor gag reflex control, or unusual immunity to some types of anesthesia. This can be given to phobic patients who need treatment for hyperdontia, the condition of having supernumerary (extra) teeth apart from the standard set of 32. Hyperdontia is characterized by having at least one extra tooth growing on the gum outside the dental arch. In some cases, the teeth are misaligned and crowded. A Scottsdale dentist would have to extract the supernumerary teeth and refer the patient to dentists who install braces.