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By Dr. Jill Markos
January 02, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Want a healthier and brighter smile? Dental implants could be the answer! If you're interested in the treatment, your Vancouver, WA, Dental Implantsdentist, Dr. Jill Markos, can help.

More about implants

Dental implants consist of a titanium post that is surgically inserted into your jaws during an in-office procedure at an oral surgeon's office to replace your missing tooth root. It creates stability and strength while also preventing any weakening, or shrinkage, of your jawbone.

The specialist then seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur, which is when the titanium post naturally fuses to the jaw.

Finally, you will return to our office at Vancouver, WA, so that we can re-open the area above the titanium post, insert a screw, place an abutment atop of it, and secure a crown on the surface that matches the rest of your teeth.

Dental Implant Advantages

Not having to worry about gaps in your teeth is definitely an advantage, but here are some more advantages that dental implants provide:

  • They can restore bite and chewing function
  • A dental implant restores one tooth, a few teeth, or a whole set of teeth
  • If taken care of properly, they last a lifetime

Caring For Implants

  • Brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once per day. When brushing your teeth, make sure to hold the brush at a 45-degree angle and brush for a whole two minutes.
  • A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables while minimizing the intake of sugary foods averts the accumulation of plaque and is a good preventative dentistry practice in general.
  • Use fluoride-containing products, like toothpaste and mouthwash, as this will help prevent dental decay.
  • Drinking water that contains fluoride will improve your dental health as well and wash away food debris.

If you have more questions about dental implants, call your dentist Dr. Jill Markos in Vancouver, WA, by calling (360) 693-2544.

By Dr. Jill Markos
August 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryYou can transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry. There are many cosmetic dentistry options for addressing a variety of cosmetic concerns, such as dull or stained teeth, chipped or cracked teeth, and small gaps between teeth. A dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry can recommend the right procedures for addressing your concerns and giving you the smile you want. Dr. Jill Markos is your dentist for cosmetic dentistry in Vancouver, WA.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

There are many different types of cosmetic dentistry procedures available. They can be used to close small gaps, fix chips and cracks, eliminate or conceal stains and discolorations, and correct the shape of oddly shaped teeth. Some of the procedures offered by Dr. Markos include:

  • Bonding
  • Cosmetic contouring
  • Cosmetic Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Teeth whitening

Bonding can be used to repair chips and cracks in teeth, while cosmetic contouring can be used to reshape teeth that are oddly shaped. Bonding is performed by applying a resin material to the area where the tooth is chipped or cracked. The resin permanently bonds with the tooth as it dries and can be color matched to the tooth. Once dry, the resin is undetectable but the flaw is corrected. Contouring is performed by strategically removing small amounts of enamel until the desired tooth shape is achieved.

Cosmetic fillings are a discreet option for filling in cavities as the fillings match the color of teeth. Whereas metal fillings, such as gold or amalgam, are readily noticeable in the mouth, cosmetic fillings blend in. Teeth whitening can be used to dramatically and quickly whiten the teeth by several shades. Professional teeth whitening treatments from a dentist’s office deliver superior results as compared to over-the-counter whitening products. Finally, veneers are thin covers placed on the front of problem teeth to conceal a variety of imperfections.

You have many options for achieving the smile you desire with cosmetic dentistry. For cosmetic dentistry in Vancouver, WA, schedule a consultation with Dr. Markos by calling her dental office at (360) 693-2544.

By Dr. Jill Markos
April 05, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Your teeth work hard every day, so it's not unusual for them to show the effects of all that wear and tear eventually. Fortunately, you can cosmetic dentistryrepair damaged or unsightly teeth and brighten your entire smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, shares information on a few treatments that can make a big difference.

Cosmetic fillings

Do you reveal your dental history every time you open your mouth? If you have silver amalgam fillings, there's no way to hide the fact that you've had cavities. Cosmetic fillings offer a better option. The fillings are made of a flexible material called composite resin that's tinted to match the shade of your teeth.

Bonding

Composite resin is also used for bonding. The material is very soft and can be shaped to fill in damaged areas of your teeth, change the shape of crooked teeth or close gaps. It's also a good choice if one of your teeth has become darker. Although composite resin is initially soft, it hardens in just seconds when it's exposed to a curing light.

Contouring and reshaping

Improving a tooth's appearance can be as simple as removing a small area of enamel. When you undergo a countouring and reshaping procedure at Dr. Markos' Vancouver office, she'll strategically remove enamel to eliminate small chips, improve the look of a crooked tooth or get rid of overlapping areas.

Dentures

Dentures dramatically approve the way you look and allow you to eat solid foods easily. Depending on the degree of tooth loss, you may need partial or full removable dentures or overdentures. Traditional dentures aren't the only choice available today. Implant-supported dentures, available in removable or permanent forms, can increase your comfort and make chewing easier.

Veneers

Veneers, ultra-thin porcelain shells, are cemented to the fronts of your teeth to enhance their appearance. They offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth bleaching, but can also be used to lighten a single tooth. Veneers offer excellent coverage for chips, gaps, pits and cracks.

Upgrade your smile with cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call your Vancouver, WA, dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, at (360) 693-2544 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Jill Markos
October 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry   Veneers  

Ready to give your smile a little makeover? Then it’s time to find out how dental veneers could help.

Are you looking to improve the color, shape or size of your teeth? If so, then dental veneers might be the ideal option for you. These thin veneersporcelain shells are an amazing dental restoration that our Vancouver, WA cosmetic dentist, Dr. Jill Markos, can’t wait for you to see. It’s truly amazing how much a smile can change when just these simple porcelain layers are adhered to the front of your teeth.

Are you dealing with a discolored smile that teeth whitening won’t fix? Do you have uneven, crooked, overlapping teeth? Do you have misshapen or cracked teeth? If so, then dental veneers may be able to help. Dental veneers, which are made from thin layers of porcelain, are an easy way to change the shade, length, shape or size of your smile.

Besides getting teeth whiter, veneers can also cover teeth that are a bit crooked. While they won’t be able to fix more complicated issues that only braces can, they can often be used straighten teeth that are slightly misshapen.

Before you can get dental veneers we will need to make sure you are right for treatment. This requires us to examine your smile to guarantee that teeth are healthy and cavity-free and have enough healthy tooth enamel to support veneers. Once we know that veneers are right for you we will start preparing your teeth for your new restorations.

While tooth preparation can often sound scary or invasive, don’t worry! We only need to remove a very minimal amount of tooth enamel. Of course, it is important that patients understand that enamel doesn’t grow back so once this is performed you cannot reverse your treatment.

Our Vancouver, WA cosmetic dentist will then take impressions of your teeth. The lab that custom designs your veneers will have ones that fit just right and look most natural. Temporary veneers may be applied to your teeth in the interim. It can take up to one to two weeks to get your permanent veneers.

Once your veneers are made you will come back into our office to have them placed. We will check the shape, fit and bite before applying them to your teeth with a bonding resin and then hardening it with a laser. You will now be able to leave our office with a brand new smile that you won’t be able to wait to show off!

Are you ready to find out if dental veneers are the right option for you? Then what are you waiting for? Call our Vancouver, WA restorative dentist Dr. Markos today to book a consultation with her.

By Jill Markos DDS
January 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Which Cosmetic Dental Procedure is Right for Me?

Cosmetic dentistry options for you.

Now that the new year has begun, one of your resolutions may be to get back the bright, youthful smile you used to have. Dr. Jill Markos, cosmetic dentistryyour cosmetic and family dentist in Vancouver, Washington, can help. She has many state-of-the-art options for you to choose from. This new year is the perfect time to start thinking about a new you.

If your teeth are yellowed and stained from aging, coffee or smoking, you can try whitening treatments. Dr. Markos can perform in-office bleaching, which takes about an hour, or at-home bleaching treatments which you take home and use at your convenience.

If you need a bit more reshaping and contouring, you can try:

Composite fillings- which are a tooth-colored resin, color-matched to your teeth, making them virtually invisible; this type of restoration is completed in one appointment. Composite fillings are used to correct:

  • Gaps between your teeth
  • Poor tooth color
  • Poorly shaped or badly aligned teeth

Veneers are a very thin shell of porcelain placed over the front teeth. Veneers are made in a laboratory setting and will usually require two appointments. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, porcelain veneers don’t stain as easily as your natural teeth or other restorative options. Porcelain veneers a wonderful solution for:

  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Crooked or chipped teeth
  • Badly discolored teeth (from stains such as tetracycline)
  • Poorly shaped teeth

Veneers are usually made of porcelain, and designed to correct larger cosmetic issues such as those listed above. There are also composite veneers which are used to correct small chips and cracks in your teeth.

Dr. Markos also offers Botox and Juviderm Filler. This simple treatment will make your frown lines and crow's feet disappear, giving you that relaxed and youthful smile.

Whatever cosmetic issue makes you unhappy about your smile, Dr. Markos can help. She can discuss the many treatments available to give you back your brilliant smile for 2016. So, if you want to look your very best, stop in and visit Dr. Jill Markos, your cosmetic and family dentist in Vancouver, Washington. Don’t let another year go by before you take action. Call today!