Snap-On Smile

I am looking for an affordable way to fix my teeth. I have some spacing between my teeth and I know I won’t be able to afford high-dollar cosmetic dentistry. Is there anything out there that may work to make my teeth look straight? I’m hoping for a quick fix. Maybe in the same price range as dentures?

– Abby from New Jersey

Abby,

There is an affordable treatment to dramatically improve the look of your teeth called “Snap-On Smile“. It is a fraction of the cost of expensive cosmetic dentistry techniques and it will temporarily fix the spaces between your teeth. Also, cosmetic dentistry requires extensive training beyond dental school and with Snap-On Smile, any dentist should be able to do it. To begin you will need to select the shade and style that you want. Then an impression is taken of your teeth and sent to a laboratory so they can customize the Snap-On Smile to fit snugly over your teeth.

Simply snap it into place and remove it whenever you want. Again, this is a temporary solution that will likely last approximately three to five years. This treatment costs about $1,000-$1,500. This truly is an affordable way to fix your smile when the cost of one porcelain veneer comes in right around the same cost.

Tooth bonding is another option for you that is inexpensive. Although, this all depends on your specific case and how many spaces you have. With direct dental bonding the dentist will apply composite to each side of the tooth to fill the space. A color will be used to match your existing tooth color perfectly. This kind of work requires a trained cosmetic dentist since artistic ability is required to blend the bond seamlessly to your other teeth. Tooth bonding will also last longer than a Snap-On Smile.

I hope this information was helpful and you find a treatment that fits into your budget.

This post was provided by Lafayette dentist Theriot Family Dental Care.

How long to wait before getting a dental implant?

I was told that underneath one of my crowns, the molar is broken. Apparently the dentist felt that a root canal would not work because he didn’t think he could get rid of all the decay. He is recommending that the tooth be pulled. Then after a few months, I’m to return for a bridge. This wasn’t sitting right with me so I called around and am waiting to hear from an endodontist about the possibility of a root canal. I want to keep my tooth if at all possible. And if I understand correctly, a dental implant is a good option if the tooth can’t be saved. Is that correct? I’m not sure what my dental insurance will cover. If I need a dental implant, how long can I wait to get it before I begin having issues from the missing tooth?

I have fairly decent dental health and I’m 52 years old. I guess I should have had the root canal when the crown was originally put on. At the time, the dentist didn’t want to do the root canal through the crown. In hind sight he may have put the crown on prematurely. My pain ceased when the crown was placed so they didn’t look into the possibility that a root canal was needed.

– Joanne from Texas

Dear Joanne,

Generally speaking we will do everything possible to save a tooth. Although, that is not how every dentist feels. The fact that the dentist is stating that he can’t take care of the decay is not encouraging. I would recommend another opinion from a root canal specialist.

If the tooth can’t be saved, a dental implant is the best treatment to replace a single missing tooth. In response to the time period that you can wait before getting an implant, I wouldn’t wait longer than two weeks. You need to get something into that space where the tooth used to be. You would be surprised how quickly your other teeth may move into the empty area.

I’m having difficulty understanding why there seems to be a rush to remove the tooth. If you are not in pain, then you should carefully evaluate all your options. Sometimes tooth extraction is required, but generally speaking this should be a last resort.

The dental implant procedure requires a healing time between the surgical treatment and the restorative treatment where the implant is placed. You will receive a temporary implant for this time between.

Your situation is unique. If you needed a root canal from the beginning, this should have been done. Any infection or decay in a tooth should be taken care of immediately. Again, I encourage you to get a second opinion. It is difficult to make recommendations without evaluating you. I hope this information was helpful.

This post was provided by Lafayette dentist Theriot Family Dental Care.