We offer several treatment solutions to correct your smile. The most common procedures we perform are the placement of veneers, crowns and bridges, onlays and inlays and composite bonding of teeth. Click on the links below to read more about each procedure.
Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth, usually with the use of little or no local anesthetic. They are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth.
Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile, such as resurfacing the teeth to make them appear straighter, can be achieved with veneers. In most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.
Please contact our office if you have any further questions about veneers.
To fix the appearance of a decayed, damaged or cracked tooth, the perfect solution is a crown. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth that is flawed. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. However, for the most natural appearance, porcelain crowns are generally used.
This process generally consists of a minimum of 2-3 visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crown can last a lifetime.
A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. This is the ideal aesthetic solution for people who have lost teeth and still want a full, beautiful smile. A bridge may be necessary to:
With today’s advancements, you will no longer have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver fillings of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Silver amalgam used to be the norm when it came to materials for fillings. However, silver fillings do not have much aesthetic appeal to the patient and can even cause damage to your tooth years down the road. The amalgam can break down the tooth, causing a fracture and the need for a crown to salvage the tooth.
After much research, some new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer lasting and more aesthetically pleasing to our patients. Composed of porcelain and composite resin, these new tooth-colored restorations bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring most of its original shape. The restorations can even be custom-colored to match your teeth to help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.
In order to use these new fillings, they require less removal of your healthy tooth structure than silver amalgams, especially when filling a new cavity. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a tooth-colored restoration filling. They are also healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.
Please ask us about our new tooth-colored materials and how we can restore your smile!
Inlays and onlays are a great alternative to traditional metal fillings, primarily because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations, suitable for treating mild to moderate decay, and can be used to restore a cracked or fractured tooth if the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown.
Generally, inlays are small restorations that fit within the contours of the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays cover a portion or the entire chewing surface.
Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin, but porcelain yields the most natural-looking result. Once fabricated, they are securely bonded to the tooth.
The process for placing inlays and onlays generally requires two or more office visits. Initially, once the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. A temporary restoration is placed until the custom-made inlay or onlay is manufactured in a laboratory.
Following a proper oral hygiene regimen daily ensures the success and longevity of your new restoration. Ask how inlays and onlays can help improve your smile today!
If you would like to fix chipped or cracked teeth, reduce unsightly gaps or spaces between your teeth or hide discoloration on your teeth’s surface, then composite bonding may be for you. Composite bonding is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
The only negatives about composite bonds are that they are not as durable as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future. They stain more easily and require regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily.
Please contact our office to see if composite bonding is the right restoration for you.
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