COSMETIC DENISTRY

Restorative Procedures

If chips, stains, or gaps cause you to feel less confident about your smile, we have several simple and effective solutions for making over your smile to help you look and feel your best. Most of these treatments can be completed in just one visit and with minimal (if any) recovery time needed.

Veneers

Veneers are a simple dental solution and can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients who have healthy existing teeth but want to make adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

When placed, you’ll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.

Bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked tooth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your tooth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Bridges

A bridge replaces missing teeth to improve the look of your smile, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded to surrounding teeth for support.

The success of your bridge depends on its foundation – the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw as healthy and strong as possible.

Crowns

Crowns are a restorative procedure used to strengthen your tooth and improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or have portions destroyed by tooth decay.

Put simply, a crown is a kind of “cap” that is cemented to an existing tooth and usually covers the entire portion of the tooth that sits above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth and are very strong. Unlike fillings, which apply the metal or porcelain directly into your mouth, crowns are fabricated in a lab from your unique tooth impression. This allows a dental lab technician to examine all aspects of your bite and jaw movements and sculpt a perfect-fitting crown that will keep your bite and jaw movements functioning normally after the crown is placed.

Dental Implants

Implants can best be described as a permanent denture that can replace missing or unsightly existing teeth. A titanium “root” is inserted into the bone socket of the missing tooth, with a porcelain tooth placed on top of it. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, just like natural teeth, and anchors it securely in the jaw. While this procedure is a bit more invasive than some of the others mentioned, it is a great solution for people with few or no healthy existing teeth to use as a foundation for a new smile.

Dentures

Dentures are a removable, natural-looking replacement for natural teeth. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in gaps where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use. Be sure to keep your teeth and gums clean, too!

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