Cosmetic Dentistry can involve anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of your mouth. If you are unhappy with your smile, we can make it better! The color, alignment, spacing, and regularity of your teeth are the characteristics that contribute to the overall appearance of your smile. Let us help you achieve a stunning smile… We offer a variety of cosmetic options.
Lightening the shade of your teeth by using a peroxide-based gel has become very popular. We will get you jump-started to a bright smile with an in-office boost of a higher concentration gel. Then, using custom fabricated trays, you will continue to whiten at home with prescription strength whitening gel. Most patients choose to wear the trays at night, and whiten to their particular satisfaction, usually within two or three weeks.
Veneers are porcelain or ceramic coverings that are placed over the outside (visible areas) of your teeth. They are usually used only on teeth that are visible when smiling or talking to correct imperfections in your teeth or to re-shape your teeth. The advantage of a veneer covering on a tooth versus a crown on a tooth is that much less tooth material is removed. Veneers are very esthetic.
Crowns are used to cover and protect a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment on your tooth, or when a large filling wears out. Keep in mind that your jaw muscles are the strongest in your body! The larger the hole made in a tooth by a cavity, the larger the filling. The larger the filling, the more likely the tooth is to break in the future. A crown completely covers your weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting your tooth against breakage. Crowns can help prevent a seriously broken- down tooth, or a cracked tooth syndrome, and will contribute to a beautiful smile.
Root Canal Treatment
Root Canal Treatment, also called endodontic treatment, is necessary when the nerve inside your tooth is damaged due to decay, trauma, or a deep filling. The pulp on the inside of your tooth becomes infected, and must be treated. It can not heal on its own. Symptoms that the pulp is infected include: sensitivity to hot/cold and/or sweets, unprovoked pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure on your tooth, or a bad taste in your mouth. Sometimes, no symptoms are apparent, and you may be unaware of the infection until it is spotted on a dental x-ray at your dental check-up. When a Root Canal Treatment is performed, the infected nerve and pulp are removed from the tooth. After the infection is removed, the canals are permanently filled to prevent any further infection. Most teeth treated in this way are protected the best with a crown after the completion of Root Canal Treatment.
A Dental Implant is a great option to replace a missing tooth. This permanent solution has the advantage over a traditional bridge because it does not change or traumatize the adjacent teeth. A dental implant consists of a small titanium “artificial root” that is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to heal. The bone grows around the implant forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly attached to the bone, we attach the replacement tooth to the dental implant.
Implants can also be used as support for a bridge, helping to eliminate the need for a removable partial denture. Implants can be used as supports for a full denture making them feel more secure. Today, we have dentures that can be permanently held in place with dental implants, eliminating the need to take them in and out of your mouth.
This is another option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name “bridge”. The missing tooth is connected to the two crowns that cover the prepared adjacent teeth to function the same as your natural tooth, and resemble your natural tooth.
** It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the missing tooth begin to move. Our teeth use their “neighbor teeth” for support, and, with one missing, they start to “fall”. As this worsens, your bite changes in response to these pressures. Your entire jaw can develop problems such as TMJ issues. The neighboring teeth start to deteriorate, and,in time, are often lost. Gum disease may develop and become a serious problem, compromising other teeth in your mouth.