Ten Questions You Need to Ask a Dentist Before You Replace Your Teeth

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What would it feel like to have the smile of your dreams? Straight, white teeth… perfectly aligned… perfectly spaced...

• Never hesitating to laugh or smile

• Never wondering what other people will think • Soaring confidence and boosted self-esteem • Supercharged ability to effortlessly communicate Many people believe that your smile is your “window” to the rest of the world. That’s because, many times, other people will assess your personality, friendliness, intelligence, and even your social status based on how your smile looks.

A beautiful new smile often changes self-perceptions; people feel more attractive, smarter, and even sexier. Who knows how it could change your life? Maybe a promotion, an enhanced social life, or something as simple as friendlier reactions from those you see every day…

With this newfound confidence, the goals you attain tomorrow could be the dreams you have today.

If you’re considering enhancing your smile, we can expertly assist in that endeavor. With all the incredible improvements in dental artistry and health combined with the newest lifelike materials, getting the gorgeous smile you’ve always wanted is easier than ever before.

Contact the Palm Desert Center today at

760-568-3602

to find out how you can have an exceptional smile created just for you.

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Whiten and Brighten

Your Smile

Professionally monitored smile whitening has many positive and exciting benefits. Over-the-counter and through-the-mail products can create uneven results, irritate your teeth or gums if not used properly, and sometimes not work at all. Dr. Baumann and his team can determine what whitening system is right for you.

Using Zoom!™ – a light-activated whitening system – you can enjoy a whiter smile within about an hour. We apply a whitening gel to your teeth and use a special light to create maximum whiteness. The gel is safe for gums and teeth. You leave our office with a whole new look.

Zoom! is designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. It can keep your teeth white for as long as five years. We provide you with a simple, six-months maintenance process. Let us introduce you to Zoom! technology. It is clinically proven to dramatically whiten smiles easier and faster than ever before.

Chipped or

Broken Teeth

Whether your teeth are worn, chipped, broken, or uneven… cosmetic dentistry offers solutions that are healthy, attractive and very convenient.

Beautiful, translucent, and natural-looking ceramic veneers can totally transform your smile. No more covering your mouth when you smile. No more biting your tongue or inner lip. The strength and durability of these veneers can give you years of confident chewing and smiling.

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Composite bonding is one of the most conservative,

versatile, and affordable ways to cover tooth discoloration, close gaps, repair chips, or replace a small amount of the tooth. You can even use composite bonding to replace your old black fillings. These composite restorations actually strengthen the remaining tooth. Natural-colored materials such as Targis/Vectris and Belle Glass restorations are an excellent choice if you’re a health-conscious person. These restorations are free of mercury and actually bond to the tooth. This strengthens the tooth while matching the surrounding teeth. You can replace your old metal fillings, strengthen your damaged tooth, and maybe even eliminate the need for a crown.

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Spaces and Gaps

Between Teeth

We no longer need to rely exclusively on braces to close gaps between your teeth. By using ceramic veneers or cosmetic bonding on your teeth, gaps can be closed, bites can be improved, and the overall appearance of your smile can be enhanced.

• What are porcelain veneers? They are custom-made, tooth-colored coverings that are strongly bonded to your teeth. They can change the whole appearance of your smile. Besides closing gaps, veneers cover teeth that are stained, crooked, chipped or poorly shaped – and they permanently whiten them.

• What is cosmetic bonding? Technologically advanced, tooth-colored material is strongly bonded to the surface of the tooth in the way an artist applies paint to a canvas – layer by layer. Bonding also covers discolorations and repairs chips, breaks and cracks.

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An attractive smile – complete with straight teeth – can open doors in your personal and professional life. Unfortunately, many people think they need to wear braces for two to three years before they can have the smile of their dreams.

Today, in as little as two visits, you can have the straight, white teeth you’ve always wanted.

Even if you had beautiful teeth as a teen, you may have noticed that as you get older, your teeth may have become crooked, overlapped, or crowded, and now they ruin your formerly beautiful smile.

In many of these cases, Dr. Baumann can use crowns or ceramic veneers to improve the appearance and alignment of the teeth while correcting and enhancing the color and shape as well.

“Instant” Straight Teeth

Neuromuscular Dentistry/TMJ

The science of neuromuscular dentistry [NMD] helps evaluate and treat the health of the muscles of the temporomandibular joint. NMD is based upon establishing a good bite with muscles that are relaxed, allowing for optimal health. With the assistance of the K-7

computer system, a detailed analysis of your bite will be done. Analysis includes EMG (electromyograph), jaw tracking, and joint sonography. This data will help establish a new neuromuscular bite. This information can be very important if you are considering aesthetic, orthodontic, or reconstructive dentistry.

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Sadly enough, missing teeth can affect the way others perceive your intelligence and your social status. Worse yet, missing teeth can cause your other teeth to shift, drift, twist, or distort.

To make matters worse, if your bite is off, you can get headaches and pain in your jaw joints. You also can increase your chances of getting periodontal disease, and may need to have other teeth removed.

Here are two exciting options for replacing missing teeth.

Dental Implants

Implants allow you to speak, eat, and smile with complete comfort and confidence. They can also serve as a solid anchor for dentures. Because the Dental Implant’s “root” is actually implanted (anchored) in your jaw, the tooth is permanent and can dramatically change the rest of your life.

Fixed Bridges

Empress and Empress II Porcelain inlays, crowns, and bridges can replace missing teeth and are by far the most beautiful and natural looking crowns available today… often indistinguishable from natural teeth.

If you need a number of teeth replaced and need “large space bridgework,” you may want to choose traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations. This state-of-the-art technique provides the substructure strength for maximum function.

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Now, Evaluate Your Smile

Go over to the mirror, smile - a really big smile, and really SEE your smile. You may not notice your smile every day, but it’s the first thing anyone else notices about you. Does it make a good first impression? Are there things you would like to improve? Look at the list on the opposite page and decide for yourself what your priorities are for enhancing your smile.

Call us to schedule a time for a consultation and be sure to bring this booklet with you so we can

work together to get you the smile of your dreams.

760-568-3602

Revitalized • Youthful Appearance

Your smile can enhance your appearance or it can prematurely age you.

You may have dull, yellow, even gray teeth. Your smile might have cracks, stains, and chips. Maybe you have receded gums and missing and shifted teeth. These issues, often by themselves, can significantly influence your self-confidence, facial structure and muscle stress.

A rejuvenated smile can relax strained facial muscles, even make over your entire facial presentation. We can achieve a result similar to a facelift, something we call a “smilelift.”

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We specialize in brilliant, long-lasting smiles. Our team can help you enhance your smile by making it whiter, brighter, more attractive, and healthier. Plus, we help you keep it that way by providing advanced continuing care. We can take care of your smile issues quickly and thoroughly so you can enjoy life without worries or self-conscious feelings.

We strive to make your visits as effortless as possible. In fact, many of our patients come from all over the country just to take what we call a “smile vacation.”

Palm Desert, and the surrounding Coachella Valley, is truly one of the most picturesque places in the world. In fact, it’s become one of the best kept secrets of the vacation industry. With

340 days of sunshine a year, it’s an ideal getaway for golf and tennis enthusiasts. Luxury hotels, casinos, world-class spas, and fabulous shopping along El Paseo Drive provide entertainment for everyone.

With our staff ’s planning assistance, you can travel to Palm Desert, enjoy a leisurely vacation, and return home with a beautiful new smile. With recent advances in aesthetic dentistry and outstanding laboratory support, it is now possible to transform your smile in just a few days. We have everything you need to enjoy the experience of upgrading your smile.

Whether you come from a distance, or you live in the Palm Desert area, our dream team is dedicated to creating the exceptional smile you deserve. You’ll

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find our doctors and staff are committed to caring for your entire being – as well as your teeth.

We strive to make our office unique through excellent clinical skills, our outstanding customer-friendly service, the newest technology, and by offering an atmosphere that is warm, friendly, and relaxed.

Call today for a smile consultation:

Phone: 760-568-3602

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Q. My smile used to be very white. What can I do to get back that clean, gleaming look?

A. We have one-visit whitening. In just over an hour, your teeth can be “Zoomed” up to eight shades whiter. The procedure is completely pain free and absolutely safe. If you want a brighter smile, contact the Palm Desert Center today.

Q. My teeth are short and pointed. What can be done to give me a full smile?

A. Cosmetic bonding or porcelain veneers could be the answer. We can produce incredible results in improving your smile. Using these advanced techniques, our Palm Desert Center experts can reshape your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams.

Q. Can you do anything about my “gummy” smile?

A. Depending on your circumstances, you may be a candidate for a procedure called “Crown Lengthening.” This is sometimes referred to as gum contouring and involves removing the extra gum tissue around your teeth. Dr. Baumann and the hygiene team utilize dentistry’s latest technological advancement called Laser Periodontal Therapy.

Q. I have a missing tooth. What can Dr. Baumann do for me?

A. You have a few options from which to choose. You can consider a bridge. Bridges fill in the space left by lost teeth, and they help support the surrounding teeth as well. Another option is a dental implant. An implant is “rooted” in your jawbone and becomes a permanent tooth. If your tooth has been broken off, but the root is still intact, we can place an esthetic crown and save your tooth.

Q. I have a small cavity and don’t like the sound of the drill. Is there anything else the dentist can use?

A. At The Palm Desert Center, you may have the option of having your dentist use “Air Abrasion” instead of a traditional drill. This technology is ideal for natural teeth that have new decay present. Air Abrasion uses an instrument that sprays small, safe, abrasive particles at the teeth, quickly and easily removing decayed or stained areas. Many patients appreciate this instrument because anesthesia is usually not needed and there’s no drill sound.

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Q. Is there anything new besides just getting “the shot” for numbing my teeth?

A. We use “The Wand” to greatly decrease discomfort and post care numbness. It is a computer-assisted method of delivering local anesthesia. The Wand’s computer produces more comfortable injections. In fact, many injections that were once considered sensitive can now be accomplished with nearly pain-free precision.

Q. I need a lot of dental work, but going to the dentist scares me. How can you help me?

A. Our office is now offering a service called “Conscious Sedation.” It’s totally safe and effective in treating patients who are apprehensive about dental treatment. Before we begin working, you’ll take a pill that causes relaxation and sleepiness. This makes it possible for you to get the care you need with fewer appointments, no pain, and very little memory of the dental experience.

Bring your favorite CD or video. Watch your favorite movie or listen to

a CD while we work to make your smile perfect.

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1. What is the cosmetic dentist’s educational background? How many years has he/she been in practice?

2. Does the dentist have experience in the procedure you’re considering having done?

3. Does the doctor work with a Master Ceramist instead of a “mass production” dental lab technician to create your new restorations?

4. What additional continuing education certifications and professional memberships does the dentist have in the field of cosmetic dentistry? 5. Are “Before” and “After” photos available for your type of procedure? 6. May you contact a patient who has had your type of procedure performed?

7. Does the doctor use modern, proven diagnostic and treatment technology? For example: lasers, diagnostic camera, magnification and fiber optics, micro-abrasion, and adhesive bonding.

8. Does the doctor have a philosophy of care that will assure you of predictable, long-lasting dental health?

9. Will you receive a thorough dental examination and be offered sound treatment options and solutions?

10. Is your prescribed treatment comprehensive, prioritized into phases, and planned over a reasonable period of time?

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Ten Questions You MUST Ask

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Air Abrasion

No-drill dentistry: removes decayed areas of teeth without the noise from the use of a drill.

Bonding

Tooth colored dental composite that is adhered to the tooth surface to repair, change the color or shape of a tooth and close gaps.

Conscious Sedation

A method to relax apprehensive patients • a small pill is given • little memory of the procedure • allows for more comprehensive work in a shorter period of time.

Crown Lengthening

Reshaping the gum tissue to allow more of the tooth to be seen.

Dental Implants

Implants are artificial “roots” that are anchored into the jawbone to replace missing teeth • strengthens the jaw • improves bite and chewing functions.

Gum Disease

Begins with a sticky film called plaque • plaque irritates the gums and causes infection • then the supporting gum tissue around the teeth and bone is destroyed.

Instant Orthodontics

A treatment using porcelain veneers or cosmetic bonding that creates an even smile in as little as two visits • no braces involved.

Intraoral Camera

A mini-camera that magnifies and allows us to thoroughly examine your mouth • we see more and you see what we see.

Invisalign®

Nearly invisible tooth positioners • changed every two weeks until the teeth are perfectly straight • many times faster and more efficient than braces.

Metal Amalgams

Also known as “silver” fillings • unattractive • weaken teeth • contain mercury – a poisonous material.

MyoMonitor

It is a low frequency TENS unit • used to stimulate muscles to relax them • therapy for TMJ.

Soft Tissue Diode Laser

State-of-the-art technology to painlessly contour gum tissue and treat periodontal disease.

TMJ Syndrome (TMJ)

A common problem affecting the joints and muscles of the jaw making it painful to chew and open your mouth • can cause headaches, earaches and other facial pain.

Tooth Colored Fillings

The use of tooth-colored bonding materials, instead of metal fillings, to create healthy, strong teeth.

Porcelain Bridge

Replaces a lost tooth while utilizing neighboring teeth for support.

Porcelain Veneers

Thin porcelain shells that are bonded to teeth • strong • beautiful.

The Wand

A computer-assisted method to comfortably deliver local anesthesia • reduced post-care numbness.

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Phone: 760-568-3602

Fax: 760-340-0789

www.PalmDesertSmiles.com

Palm Desert Center for Aesthetic

and Reconstructive Dentistry

Bruce R. Baumann DDS, FAGD and Associates

44239 Monterey Avenue • Palm Desert, CA 92260

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Meet the Staff

Dr. Baumann has invested thousands of hours obtaining the finest postgraduate education available in dentistry today. Continuing education is the foundation of excellent dentistry in this ever-changing technological environment. Through his commitment to continuing education, and by surrounding himself with the absolute best staff available, Dr. Baumann is able to ensure that every patient who walks through his doors will receive the best treatment available today.

You can rest assured that Dr. Baumann and his staff will do everything possible to make sure you receive the smile of your dreams. They’ll take the time to listen to your concerns and will answer all your questions.

State-of-the-Art Technology

New dental technology is evolving faster every day. Today we have dozens of new technologies to make your dental visits pleasant and virtually pain free. Read about the newest technologies available at the Palm Desert Center by logging onto our website at www.PalmDesertSmiles.com

Discover Your Perfect Smile at The Palm Desert Center

Until recently, aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry was something only movie stars and television personalities considered. Today, thanks to advancements, more people can enjoy the benefits of this style of care. Now you can have the health you deserve and the smile of your dreams.

The next time you look in the mirror, imagine how we could change your smile and possibly your life. You don’t have to settle for less than perfect health and beauty. Call the Palm Desert Center for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Dentistry at 760-568-3602 and schedule a consultation today.

Remember, “Before you say a word, your smile has said a lot.”

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All photos are of patients of Dr. Baumann and treatment performed by Dr. Baumann

Cover photo: Art Coleman Intraoral photos: Lorena Chavez

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Dr. Baumann’s Memberships

• Member of the American Academy of

Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD)

• Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD)

• Graduate of the Las Vegas Institute for

Advanced Dental Studies (LVI)

• Doctor of Oral Conscious Sedation (DOCS)

• On Staff at Eisenhower Medical Center

• American Dental Association

• California Dental Association

• Tri-County Dental Association

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