Did you know that dentistry actually goes back thousands of years to when prehistoric people would attempt to relieve pain from cracked teeth with beeswax? Today, dentistry is much more successful and less painful than it might have been hundreds of years ago. Not everyone goes to the dentist as often as they should, however, and for this reason there might be some things you do not know about common dental procedures. Here are three basic processes you should know about.
Did you know that, from 2004 to 2006, the number of people getting veneers in the U.S. increased by about 15%? Veneers are thin shells placed on top of teeth in order to hide problems like cracks, discoloration or chipping. They are frequently made out of porcelain and typically last for about ten years before they need to be replaced. Veneers used to be the reason movie stars had what were called chicklet, or perfect white, teeth, though today most people prefer a more natural look. How much do veneer teeth cost? Veneer teeth cost about $1,500 per tooth on average, though this cost can vary depending on the dentist, the materials used, and the patient.
2. Dental Implants
Did you know that about 50% of people in their thirties have lost at least one of their original adult teeth? For these people, implants are often a good choice. Implants are titanium rods inserted into missing tooth sockets. Implant procedures have a 98% success rate, and when done right can last a lifetime. Many people are wondering about dentures vs implants. Although every patient is different, for many people implants are a preferred alternative to dentures because they can be fitted with a crown so as to appear and feel like a natural tooth, but lack the fitting issues dentures often have. Implants are also better at preventing bone reabsorption. Dental implants prices are about $4,000 on average.
For people interested in less invasive procedures, teeth whitening is a popular choice. Did you know that 99% of people agree that smiles are an important social asset? Whiter teeth give an instant lift to the smile. Dentists usually use mixes containing hydrogen peroxide to bleach the color of the teeth. The average procedure costs about $300.