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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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