Glossary

Teeth whitening

The teeth whitening procedure can be performed in several different ways. The most simple method used is teeth polishing which is implemented with the aim of removing superficial stains, thus making the teeth more clean, shining and brighter. However, for a much whiter effect a professional teeth whitening procedure is to be carried out using strong oxidizing agents. The dentist will determine the appropriate whitening method depending on the degree of tooth discoloration of the patient. You can also perform teeth whitening at home, but due to a potential damage to the gum tissue it is recommended to leave it to Your dentist. It is worth mentioning that not everyone will achieve the same result. It is rather easy to whiten yellow teeth, but false teeth cannot be whitened!

Porcelain Veneers

Nowadays, there are numerous types of quality materials implemented in making porcelain veneers, which are break-resistant, crack-resistant and discoloration-resistant. The biggest advantage of porcelain veneers lies in the fact that with minimal grinding, sometimes even without it, the best esthetic result can be achieved in terms of changing the shape, color and even position of Your teeth, thus completely transforming Your smile!

Porcelain Crown

It requires a more aggressive grinding of the natural tooth than a veneer! If You have major dental defects, larger dental fillings or bite dysfunction, You are a porcelain crown candidate. There are METAL-CERAMIC and ALL-CERAMIC (ALL-PORCELAIN) crowns (zirconium, E-max). All- ceramic crowns are biocompatible and the occurrence of gingival recession is not that frequent as in metal crowns. They are also more esthetically pleasing and match Your natural teeth.

Porcelain Bridge

A porcelain bridge is a fixed prosthetic appliance utilized in replacing missing teeth. It is attached with cement to adjacent natural teeth which require grinding. As with dental crowns, bridges can also be made of metal or of pure porcelain (ceramic) with the zirconia core structure!

Partial Dental Prosthesis

Dental implants such as partial denture prostheses are designed for the patients with several natural teeth missing. Unlike bridges, they don't use cement retention, but are attached to adjacent teeth with metal clasps (which are visible) or attached in some other way so that they are not visible, but are combined with the crowns or a bridge. There are also acrylic partial dentures with wrought wire clasps and cast metal partial dentures which are smaller, firmer and more stable!

Total Dental Prosthesis

It is intended for the patients who have lost all their teeth, but are not dental implant candidates. The total dental prosthesis replaces all the parts providing support, soft tissues, bones and teeth. It restores the natural appearance of the face and provides support for sunken cheeks and lips, bringing back a youthful smile!

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a fixture made of titanium or zirconium which replaces the tooth root. Whether You are a candidate for a dental implant depends on your bone volume needed for implant placement and location of the implant. Dental implants are used in the rehabilitation of a completely edentulous jaw and for single-tooth rehabilitations. Before You visit Your dentist, we recommend You have a dental X-ray examination (or ORTHOPANTOMOGRAPHY) in order for the dentist to be able to design a detailed treatment plan for You. Dental implant therapy is very complex and some dentists will not carry out this kind of treatment. Make sure You find a dentist who has an extensive experience in performing such treatments in order for You to be able to achieve Your desired results!

Night Guard

If You clench or grind Your teeth at night, Your dentist may recommend wearing a night guard. The same goes for one's natural teeth as well as for dental implants. Nothing lasts forever, not even Your teeth, whether they are natural or false! Wearing a night guard will significantly extend the life of Your teeth.