Procedures

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Whitening
A simple and effective procedure to lighten dark or stained teeth.  Teeth are whitened by professionally supervised at-home treatments or through an accelerated process in our office.

Porcelain Veneers
A thin layer of porcelain is applied to the front of the tooth to dramatically improve its position, size, color, and shape.  Veneers are custom made by our laboratory technician and provide a long term solution to esthetic problems.

Bonding
Chipped, stained, or worn teeth are repaired with the application of a tooth-colored composite bonding resin.  This may be an alternative to porcelain veneers in certain instances.

Crowns
Crowns are made in three ways - gold, porcelain fused to gold, all porcelain.  These restorations are used to correct severe tooth decay, cracked teeth, misaligned teeth, or root canal treated teeth.  Crowns are a lab-processed restoration and provide a correct and stable occlusion (bite) as well as enhanced esthetics (with porcelain or porcelain fused to gold).

Onlays
Onlays are fabricated by the laboratory either in gold or all porcelain to replace large aging amalgam fillings.  Onlays are more conservative than a full coverage crown.

Inlays
Inlays are also laboratory-processed restorations in gold or porcelain.  Inlays are approximately filling size without the inclination to break-down over time the way a traditional amalgam filling does and are actually cemented in place.

Bridges
Generally made of porcelain fused to gold, bridges are used to replace missing teeth.  Teeth adjacent (abutment teeth) to the missing tooth/teeth are prepared for a crown.  The missing tooth will be replaced by a pontic (false tooth), which is cast in one piece with the abutment crowns.  The pontic is virtually not detectible when smiling or talking and the bridge in cemented (fixed) in the mouth.

Partials or Dentures
Partials and dentures are used to replace many missing teeth.  These are removable appliances, which are fabricated with a cast chrome framework and/or with a heat processed resin.  Replacement teeth are fixed into the resin in a fashion that resembles the original dentition as natural as possible.

Implants
Dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridges, partials, and dentures.  Implants are made from titanium and replace one missing tooth or many missing teeth.  The titanium implants are surgically placed into the bone by an oral surgeon or periodontist.  Once the implants are placed, the surrounding bone, over time, fuses to the implant surface (osseointegration).  Following osseointegration, crowns or bridges are attached to the implants.  The replacement of teeth by implants is so reliable that it is, in most cases, considered the first choice over a fixed bridge, a removable partial, or a denture.

Facial Cosmetic Procedures
As important as teeth are esthetically, an evaluation of other potential facial improvements may benefit an overall success.  Consulting a board certified plastic surgeon may indeed be appropriate.  Click here for more
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