Cosmetic Dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing with the appearance of the teeth. Restorative Dentistry refers to the integrated management of oral health problems and restoring the mouth to a functional and esthetic state.
Professional in-office bleaching uses carbamide peroxide which reacts with water to form hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide oxidizing agent penetrates the enamel and breaks down stains externally and internally on the teeth. Power bleaching uses light energy to accelerate the process of bleaching in a dental office. Our in-office whitening bleaching only takes 20 minutes and teeth change up to five shades lighter. We include free take-home whitening trays and gel to every whitening patient for home use after the twenty minute treatment. Take-home whitening using a high concentration of carbamide peroxide. this carbamide peroxide penetrates the teeth to break down stains and change the color of the teeth. The application trays are well-fitted to retain the bleaching gel, ensuring even and full tooth exposure to the gel. Trays will typically stay on the teeth for about 30-60 minutes. Trays are then removed and the procedure is repeated up to three consecutive days in a row. The procedures have minimal to no sensitivity and can whiten your smile in a short amount of time.
Dental Bonding/Composite Veneers
Dental bonding and composite veneers are used to correct crooked, chipped, abnormal shaped, stained or the size of one’s teeth. Space alteration or filling a gap is a common procedure done using bonding or composite veneers. Tooth colored resin material adhesive “composite” is applied and hardened with a special light. This material is bonded to the tooth in the desired shape, color and size. Bonding usually requires minimal natural tooth alteration. This is an affordable, non-invasive way to change the appearance of your smile.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain-like material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the appearance of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. A thin porcelain-like laminate is bonded to the front face of a tooth to repair or change the color, gap, misalignment, chipping or shape of a tooth. A very minimal amount of natural tooth structure is altered to place a veneer. This is an excellent option instead of a crown if just altering the appearance of a strong, healthy tooth. Porcelain veneers are more durable and permanent than bonding or composite veneers.
Composite “White” Fillings
Composite is a synthetic tooth colored resin that adheres to the tooth. A composite filling restores a tooth damaged by decay. The decay is first removed and then the composite is bonded into the cavitated area. Composite material blends in with the natural tooth’s color, feel and shape. Composite fillings also help to prevent further decay by sealing cracks and spaces where bacteria can enter the tooth.
Natural Life-Like Crowns
A crown is a tooth shaped, natural looking restoration that completely encircles or caps a tooth. They are used to improve the strength and appearance of teeth. Dental crowns are permanently cemented on the tooth. Typically, crowns are used to restore fractured, root canal treated, misshaped, color distorted or severely decayed teeth. Crowns are among the most successful ways to restore teeth. They are strong and can last a lifetime.
Fixed Partial Dentures (Bridges)
A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by anchoring to adjacent teeth next to the space. As with crowns, a bridge is cemented in place and is not removable. A bridge prevents teeth from drifting into the space and helps to alleviate the biting force on teeth adjacent to the gap. A bridge can also be used as a cosmetic, permanent way to replace a missing tooth. Bridges are very durable and can last a lifetime.
Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is when the diseased or damaged pulp/nerve of a tooth is removed. Symptoms that indicate the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. If not treated, this can lead to severe pain and an abscess. Sometimes no symptoms are apparent and you may be unaware of any problem until a checkup. Pain usually resides shortly after root canal therapy. Modern anesthetics and techniques have made root canal therapy a painless and quick procedure.
Complete Denture/Partial Denture
Complete dentures, also known as false teeth, are prosthetic devices constructed to replace all missing teeth in either the top or bottom arch. Complete dentures are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. There are two main categories of complete dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular (lower) arch or the maxillary (upper) arch in the mouth. Implants can be used to help retain full dentures. A well made full denture is virtually undetectable to the public when speaking and smiling.
Partial dentures are similar to full dentures but some of the teeth are still present. Partial dentures replace the missing teeth and use the remaining teeth for stability and retention. They contain clasps (arms) to hold onto the remaining teeth for support. Partial dentures are removable but more stable than a complete denture as they “snap in”. Just as with full dentures, a partial denture looks natural when smiling or speaking. Complete dentures and partial dentures prevent several health complications due to food being broken down and digested properly.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth replacement procedure that helps individuals to replace teeth that have been lost or removed due to various circumstances. The implant procedure typically starts with insertion of a titanium posts into the jawbone; titanium is used because of its unique ability to be fused to bone. This titanium post acts as the root of the missing tooth. Then a crown is cemented onto the top of the implant abutment. Implants can be used to replace as many teeth as necessary and can be used to anchor fixed partial dentures (bridges) or complete dentures (false teeth). Implants look and feel like a natural teeth. Implants rarely ever need to be replaced or removed. They can last a lifetime.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).
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