If you’re unhappy with your smile, we can improve it. Our gentle and thorough approach to your dental appearance will provide you with a new confidence and gleam.
Bridges replace missing teeth, both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be noble gold alloys or porcelain bonded to a noble gold alloy. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics.
It is important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible to keep the surrounding teeth from shifting inward. This can worsen as the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, such as TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and those too can be lost. Missing teeth also contribute to the onset of gum disease.
Crowns are restorations used to cover a tooth that is breaking or that has enough decay where a filling won’t fix the problem. They often are placed after a root canal treatment or when a large filling wears out. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. Crowns can be made in high-strength porcelain over noble gold, all ceramic material, or noble gold.
Dental implants are a great option for replacing a missing tooth. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridgework because it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced. It is a surgical procedure where a shaft is implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which then slows or stops bone loss. We then attach a replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. Implants also are used to support an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, because there is no adjustment period, and it slows the bone loss that can occur with missing teeth. Plus, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating; and they don’t have to be taken out.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. A dentist may use one veneer to restore a single tooth that may have been fractured or discolored, or multiple teeth to create a dazzling makeover. They are used to fill up spaces between teeth that may not be easily closed by orthodontics. Some people have worn away the edges of their teeth resulting in a prematurely aged appearance, while others may have teeth that appear crooked.
Multiple veneers can close these spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, fill the black triangles between teeth caused by gum recession, provide a uniform color, shape, and symmetry, and make the teeth appear straight. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling.
We use Opalescence whitening products, and patients receive teeth whitening when they come in for a comprehensive exam, cleaning and X-rays. Our teeth whitening process involves making impressions of your teeth to make custom vinyl trays. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about one hour. The entire process takes 7-8 uses. Quick results are achieved for whitening teeth with coffee, tea, nicotine and wine stains. Using the trays every few months helps keep teeth white.