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What are the e.max® and Zirconia?

e.max® and zirconia veneers are the miracles that will turn your self-conscious feelings into full-blown confidence. They are made of ultra-thin glass ceramic permanently bonded to your natural tooth enamel. It’s used to enhance whole smiles in what is known as a Smile Makeover or Hollywood Smile and creates the smiles of many celebrities worldwide. These ceramics are so unique because it is both strong and aesthetic. It provides a natural look, superior durability, and is highly stain-resistant. Smile Designs made from these materials are tough, durable, and lifelike, even though they are just a thin layer. Over the past few years, there has been an increased demand for metal-free restorations. Patients have become more concerned about the presence of metal in their mouths and want to receive the most aesthetically pleasing restorations. This demand has been accommodated with the introduction of newer and stronger ceramics such as zirconia and e.max®, replacing older style feldspathic and leucite-based restorations. These materials offer superior strength and fit, combined with excellent aesthetics. Over the past decade, the companies providing metal-free ceramics have continually updated their products. The latest generation of materials provides improved opalescence, combined with lifelike shades and translucencies. All-ceramic restorations are healthier for gum tissues and provide long-lasting and reliable results. The lack of metal results in zero darkness around the gum margins, and light is transmitted through these materials in a way that closely replicates a natural tooth.

What are Dental Implants?

Dental implants are a durable treatment option for restoring and replacing missing teeth. Implants are designed to mimic the natural tooth root and crown. Our professional oral surgeons & implant team is highly experienced in implants and works closely with the clinic’s master ceramist in the design to create a natural or dramatic result. Dental implants are a durable, long-term alternative to removable dentures, whether partial or complete. Providing exceptional support and stability for dental crowns is the superior choice for patients in such situations. The base of the implant is known as the post. It bears some resemblance to a titanium screw that firmly bonds with the organic bone in the jaw. The titanium base of the implant is then capped with an artificial tooth that is customised to match the colour and shape of the patient’s natural teeth, resulting in a replacement tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from the other teeth in the mouth. The solid connection between the implant and the jawbone also provides complete restoration of full mouth function, allowing the patient to confidently eat all their favourite foods.

How long do e.max® and zirconia veneers last?

It is a super-strength pressed glass-ceramic material that’s incredibly durable. Traditional porcelain veneers are about as durable as your natural teeth, but e.max® and zirconia veneers are even more durable. When done correctly, e.max® and zirconia veneers should last 10 – 15+ years. Happy Smile Clinics recommend looking after your oral hygiene, limiting sugary foods and beverages, brushing and flossing twice daily, drinking plenty of water and wearing a nightguard splint if you grind your teeth. The longevity of your veneers will depend on how you look after them.

Why Do We Lose Our Teeth?

People lose their permanent teeth for many reasons, including accidents, trauma, and disease. One of the most common diseases that can result in the loss of permanent teeth is periodontitis, also known as gum disease. This disease occurs due to bacteria and infection in the gums and leads to inflammation and the bone and tissue supporting the teeth breaking down. Pregnancy, osteoporosis, and even some medications can also cause tooth loss. Many adults experience teeth loss, so you’re not alone. Dental implants offer the most incredible comfort of all tooth replacement solutions and avoid the long-term health effects of tooth loss and bone density reduction. Choosing to undergo a dental implant procedure is a big step, but one that can have a significant impact on the state of your health & quality of your life. Therefore, it’s so important that the procedure is performed with only the best tools, equipment, and materials. Losing teeth can occur for a wide range of different reasons. Perhaps the tooth was knocked out by an accidental impact or became so severely damaged as to necessitate an extraction, or maybe extensive tooth decay and other dental problems have caused one or more teeth to become loose or even fall out. Regardless of the underlying cause, lost teeth can lead to further oral health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, dental implants are a simple, effective, and permanent solution to the problem of lost and missing teeth. Dental implants are far superior to other options, such as traditional dentures or bridges. They can prevent many of the long-term dental problems known to develop because of the loss of teeth in the jaw, including gradual bone density loss and problems chewing or talking.

How much do e.max® and zirconia veneers cost?

A smile design with the e.max® or zirconia veneers costs roughly between €2000 to €3500 per smile arc, depending on the complexity of your tailored dental needs. Exact quotes can only be established through a free online consultation with us. We also offer Smile Design packages of 16 to 24 porcelain veneers. Package details can be obtained by contacting us directly.

Why Do We Need Implants?

Beyond cosmetic reasons, replacing your tooth or teeth will make eating and speaking easier. Gaps in your mouth can also result in bone loss and even change the shape of your face.

Can you get e.max® veneers in a more natural colour/not so white?

Zirconia is sometimes described as being like white metal, and its flexural strength makes it easy as strong as traditional PFMs. Solid Zirconia restorations are often ideal for people with bruxism. They are fabricated using CAD/CAM technology, resulting in an excellent marginal fit, reducing chair-time and the risk of remakes. Originally, zirconia was only available in its natural white colour. Still, it is manufactured in a huge variety of shades and translucencies, making it simple to match the restoration to the adjacent teeth. Porcelains can be layered over the zirconia, giving our master ceramists of the clinic’s in-house digital dental laboratory the ability to replicate the characteristics found in natural teeth accurately. Zirconia is ideal for anterior and posterior crowns, as well as for bridges.

What Makes Dental Implants “The Gold Standard”?

Dental implants are the only permanent tooth replacement option, and they’re designed to last for decades. Because they are surgically inserted into the jawbone, they provide health and functional benefits comparable to natural teeth. Since the implant itself mimics the form and structure of a natural tooth and is embedded directly into the jaw to take the place of the entire missing tooth and root, it prevents the loss of bone density.

What is Zirconia, and what are its benefits?

Zirconia is sometimes described as being like white metal, and its flexural strength makes it easy as strong as traditional PFMs. Solid Zirconia restorations are often ideal for people with bruxism. They are fabricated using CAD/CAM technology, resulting in an excellent marginal fit, reducing chair-time and the risk of remakes. Originally, zirconia was only available in its natural white colour. Still, it is manufactured in a huge variety of shades and translucencies, making it simple to match the restoration to the adjacent teeth. Porcelains can be layered over the zirconia, giving our master ceramists of the clinic’s in-house digital dental laboratory the ability to replicate the characteristics found in natural teeth accurately. Zirconia is ideal for anterior and posterior crowns, as well as for bridges.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have achieved a consistently high success rate (over 95%) since their introduction decades ago. Greater success is achieved through a combination of surgical technology, high-quality materials, clinical experience, and long-term maintenance. Naturally, when you undergo any restorative health care treatment, you want to be confident that you’ll receive the absolute best care, both in terms of the skill and capability of the provider and in the quality and effectiveness of the materials used in the procedure. At Happy Smile Clinics, we are committed to giving our patients the best possible result in everything we do, which means using the finest dental implants available. Therefore, we choose to use Nobel BioCare, Straumann, and Hiossen implants in our clinics, as they feature the most effective designs and highest quality materials available today. For dental implants to provide the most excellent combination of longevity, stability, durability, and appearance, they must be manufactured with the highest quality materials. Across virtually all measurements, titanium is the finest dental implant material due to its unique combination of strength, lightweight, and ability to strongly bond with human bone. This last factor is significant, as not all metals can do this.

What is e.max®, and what are its benefits?

This is a pressed or milled lithium disilicate material. It is not quite as strong as zirconia but is three times stronger than your natural teeth. It is available in a huge range of translucencies and shades. Our master dental technicians can produce full-contour restorations, or these can be cut back and layered with porcelain to enhance the aesthetic effects.

What Is the Success Rate of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have achieved a consistently high success rate (over 95%) since their introduction decades ago. Greater success is achieved through a combination of surgical technology, high-quality materials, clinical experience, and long-term maintenance. Naturally, when you undergo any restorative health care treatment, you want to be confident that you’ll receive the absolute best care, both in terms of the skill and capability of the provider and in the quality and effectiveness of the materials used in the procedure. At Happy Smile Clinics, we are committed to giving our patients the best possible result in everything we do, which means using the finest dental implants available. Therefore, we choose to use Nobel BioCare, Straumann, and Hiossen implants in our clinics, as they feature the most effective designs and highest quality materials available today. For dental implants to provide the most excellent combination of longevity, stability, durability, and appearance, they must be manufactured with the highest quality materials. Across virtually all measurements, titanium is the finest dental implant material due to its unique combination of strength, lightweight, and ability to strongly bond with human bone. This last factor is significant, as not all metals can do this.

Will my teeth be shaved excessively?

e.max®️ and zirconia allow us to make restorations that are far less thick. Minimum preparation veneers are ideal for small changes in the shape or alignment of your teeth. Minimal tooth reduction for a tailored smile design will give long-lasting and more predictable results, depending on your cosmetic dentist’s expertise and tooth conservation philosophy. There are generally two types of preparations for porcelain veneers: – Minimal to no-prep veneers: when your teeth are in an optimal position for the veneers to be placed on top of. This requires little to no shaving and only minor preparation of your tooth’s surface. – Prep: If your teeth are misaligned, crowded or not in an ideal position for veneers, and you are not interested in orthodontic or Invisalign treatment to realign your teeth, our cosmetic dentists s will then have to prep your teeth. Prepping your teeth will include shaving off your teeth. Due to the super strength of e.max®️ and zirconia, these veneers can be made ultra-thin so that the amount of tooth preparation you may need is kept to an absolute minimum.

What is the Quality of Dental Implants?

The shape and structure of the post of the implant also have a significant impact on the connection between the bone and the replacement tooth. Many types of implants have specialised ‘threads’ on the post designed to provide the maximum surface area for the bone to adhere to, increasing the connection’s strength and the bond’s permanence. While there are many different manufacturers of dental implants, Happy Smile Clinic relies on the quality and advanced technology of the dental implants offered by Nobel BioCare, Straumann, and Hiossen. As the industry leader in dental implant innovation, both in design and material development, Nobel BioCare, Straumann, and Hiossen have a proven track record that is renowned worldwide. Happy Smile Clinics feels there is no better choice of dental implants for our patients than Nobel BioCare, Straumann, and Hiossen.

What can I eat and drink with veneers?

You can eat and drink anything you want with e.max®️ and zirconia veneers! For the first few weeks, you may experience some sensitivity, and we advise you to chop your crunchy foods into smaller, bite-sized portions until you get used to eating with your new veneers. We recommend you avoid biting the front of your teeth and look after your new smile as you would your old one – with love, care, and good oral hygiene.

How Many Teeth Can Be Replaced with Implants?

All of them! We can take care of individual teeth with single dental implants, but we also have options to replace multiple teeth or even an entire arch! If arch as a whole is needed, we can place All-On-4 dental implants, meaning we use four implants to anchor the whole arc.

Can veneers fall off?

Yes, they may. There are various reasons why veneers break off and fall off or get damaged. Here are some of them:

Age of veneers – The primary reason is the age of the veneers. Porcelain veneers should last at least 10 – 15+ years. But conservatively speaking, veneer lasts for more than 15 years. As time passes, the veneers get slowly detached from the teeth as the adhesive bonding gets weakened over a period of time, making the veneers come loose and fall off. Poor adhesive – The second most common reason is that the bonding agent used for the veneer to stick on teeth was not of prime quality in the first place. Either enough time was given for adhesive bonding to take place, or the technique was not proper. In either, it is a problem of the dentist, not of veneers.

Tooth decay – The other common reason is when the teeth on which veneers are placed get decayed. There are many reasons for tooth decay. It happens because of lifestyle choices and, in some cases, because of the effects of prescription drugs that some individuals cannot escape.

Teeth grinding – One more common reason is the patients’ habit of grinding teeth during sleep, or bruxism, for either physical or psychological reasons. If bruxism occurs regularly, the force on veneers is great. Veneers cannot hold up to the pressure on the inside edge and may chip, break, or get damaged.

Lack of proper care – Negligence is another common reason veneers fall or break off. Veneers are delicate devices which require good oral care. If they receive harsh treatment from the wearer, like chewing hard foods very often or grinding teeth, they show in breakage or falling off from the mouth.

Are Implants Better than Dentures?

It’s not a matter of being better. It’s more about what’s best for you. Unlike dentures, once placed, implants are not removed for eating or sleeping. Implants can be more expensive than dentures, and the process takes a little longer, but they also last longer than dentures and function and look like natural teeth.

Do e.max® and zirconia veneers stain with tea, coffee, and red wine?

e.max® veneers should never stain; however, if your teeth tend to stain, you should try to avoid or minimise the behaviours that lead to staining and look after them with regular hygiene and maintenance procedures.

Do Dental Implants Look Natural?

Yes. Dental implants look, function, and feel like natural teeth. We try to match them as closely as possible to the shape and colour of your remaining teeth.

Can I Eat Anything with Dental Implants?

Yes. Once your implants have completely healed, you can treat them like natural teeth. Many patients report being able to eat foods that they couldn’t eat before surgery and can enjoy chewy and hard foods again. Only liquids and soft food are allowed during the healing process to prevent irritating your jaw and gums. This can range anywhere from a few days to a week before you can slowly add solid foods to your diet.

How Do Dental Implants Prevent Bone Loss?

Implants are surgically secured into your jawbone and imitate your natural teeth and roots. This simulation helps to keep the bone in your jaw strong and healthy. It’s been shown that an implant will either severely slow or stop bone loss in the jawbone.

Are There any Additional Procedures Needed?

Not always, but three different procedures can accompany implants. Bone grafting is needed if your jawbone is too thin or soft because chewing puts much pressure on your jawbone, and the implant can fail once you begin to eat solid food. A bone graft will strengthen your jawbone using a part of your bone from a different area of your body or synthetic bone material. A few months will be needed for the graft to grow strong enough to support the implant. A sinus augmentation is sometimes required if an implant is put in the upper jawbone, depending on the location of your sinuses. This procedure lifts the floor of the sinuses to give more room for the implant. Bone augmentation is needed if the patient’s jawbone needs additional work. Bone augmentation is a surgical procedure to replace bone surrounding the root of a tooth, making it possible for you to have an implant if you don’t have enough natural bone in your jaw. Unlike other body tissue types, bone can regenerate in the right conditions. A graft makes this process possible while helping to hold your implant and existing teeth in place. Over time, your bone will grow to replace the graft material. Once the site around the graft has successfully healed and been provided, you don’t need any other supporting treatments; you’ll be ready to have your implant placed. There are many reasons why you may not have enough bone to hold an implant securely in place, but you might need a bone graft if: -Your teeth are loose or unstable, or you suffer from gum disease. Gum disease can break down gum and bone tissue -You had a tooth extracted some time ago. The gap left following extraction can sometimes affect the teeth on either side, and the bone can begin to deteriorate -You’ve had lots of infections in your mouth. This can lead to bone loss over time -You’ve had an injury to your mouth. The impact could have led to bone loss.

Is It Painful to Get Dental Implants?

One of the biggest reasons people believe dental implant surgery is painful is what they see on the internet. A quick search for dental implant surgery will show you plenty of pictures of people getting holes in their gums, which looks pretty scary if you don’t know what’s happening. However, there is no need to worry as the procedure itself is not as painful as it looks. Let us use a scale of one to 10, with one representing minimal discomfort and 10 representing excruciating pain. A straightforward dental implant, for a patient with good bones and who does not need a lot of soft tissue surgery, has a pain level between two and three in the first 24 to 48 hours, which means over-the-counter medication like Tylenol or Advil will take care of any discomfort they are feeling. After the procedure, you will have difficulty eating regular food as your gums heal, so you will need to eat soft foods for a while. You must also avoid caffeine and tobacco products to prevent implant failure and other complications.

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