Cosmetic dental procedures can not only improve your smile but can also boost your self-confidence. We provide a full range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services, including whitening and bleaching, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, crowns, bridges and dental implants. With as little as one trip, you can start your journey toward a happier, healthier smile.
Porcelain Dental Veneers
Veneers are custom-made thin layers of porcelain designed to cover the front side of teeth. These are primarily made from porcelain by a dental technician. Porcelain has a very natural tooth appearance. Veneers are designed to cover poorly shaped or crooked teeth, gaps or to lengthen or shorten teeth. Veneers may last from 3 to 12 years. This procedure of placing veneers is irreversible because the teeth must be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to accommodate the thickness of the porcelain shell.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are solid fillings used to restore damaged or decayed teeth. They are often needed when there is not enough healthy tissue left in the tooth to support a regular filling. (If a tooth is severely damaged, a crown may be necessary to cover the entire surface instead of an inlay or onlay.) Unlike regular fillings, they strengthen rather than weaken teeth. Inlays lie within the cusps, or bumps, on the surface of a tooth, while onlays cover one or more cusps. They are often placed over two visits: one in which the tooth is prepared, a temporary filling is placed and an impression is made, and one in which the specially constructed inlay or onlay is cemented onto the tooth. Inlays and onlays made of composite resin or porcelain are tooth-colored, while those made of gold alloy offer increased strength and durability.
Dental crowns are natural-looking, tooth-shaped caps that cover a damaged or missing tooth, restoring a full and beautiful smile. These caps are cemented into place to provide both strong and visibly appealing replacements for natural teeth.
Dental crowns can be used for a variety of different reasons, including to:
- Protect weak teeth from further damage
- Restore a broken tooth
- Cover a tooth with a large filling
- Hold a dental bridge in place
- Cover a dental implant for a missing tooth
Many different materials are used to make dental crowns, each with its own benefits. Your dentist can help you decide which material is best for you. Metal crowns provide little damage to opposing teeth but tend to be noticeable because of their shiny, metallic color. Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns match the color of your own teeth but are prone to chipping or breaking. All-resin crowns are typically less expensive than other types, but are also prone to damage and wearing down. Also, dental crowns may be temporary or permanent.
Bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked and stained teeth and spaces between teeth. Dentists apply a thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth to restore chips and cracks, fill in gaps or cover stains, and provide patients with a more attractive and functional smile.
First, a thin layer of plastic material is applied to the tooth’s surface. Then the dentist sculpts the bonding material to the desired shape and bonds it to the tooth using a special light. The bonding material comes in many colors so it will be possible to match the shade of your teeth. Once the plastic has hardened, it is polished until it is entirely smooth. The procedure takes one to two hours and the bonding lasts about 7-11 years.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
Full mouth restoration involves reconstructing all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaws through the use of restorative materials like crowns, bridges, veneers and dentures. Full mouth reconstruction can be a necessary treatment performed to preserve the patient's oral health.
Candidates for Full Mouth Restoration
This treatment may be performed on patients who have missing or severely damaged teeth caused by:
- Injury or fracture
- Acid erosion
- Tooth grinding
Missing teeth often leads to serious dental problems and can significantly inhibit a patient's ability to eat and speak. It is important to seek restorative treatment for any missing teeth, but especially when most or all of the teeth are damaged.
Full Mouth Restoration Options
There are many different treatment options available for patients requiring reconstruction. Each type of dental restoration offers its own benefits and several treatments may be combined to complete a full mouth restoration.
There is a wide variety of prosthetic materials that are commonly used to replace damaged or missing teeth. These materials may be permanently implanted or glued to the mouth or can be removable and temporary. They may replace individual teeth, a few teeth or all of the teeth. Some of these options may include:
Full mouth restoration is a complicated procedure that involves multiple office visits and can take up to a year or longer to complete, depending on each patient's individual case. A customized treatment plan for each individual patient will be developed with the dentist, to help regain a healthy smile.