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Cosmetic Dentistry

Every patient is unique and so is every smile. Our philosophy is to enhance the beauty and not create an artificial look.

We have the ability to design a smile by replacing missing teeth, eliminating gaps, correcting crooked teeth, whitening stained teeth, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and making you look younger.

When it comes to the pursuit of youth and natural beauty, cosmetic dentistry should be a prime consideration. When designing your new smile, our team will work with you to select the most appropriate treatments and explain in full the procedures and benefits you can expect.

 

Dentures

What Are They?

There are several different types of denture options available, depending on patient circumstances. These include the immediate, complete and removable dentures, implant-supported partial and over-dentures.

These appliances are worn during the day and removed and cleaned at bedtime.

What We Will Do

A putty-like material is used to make molds of the mouth. These molds are then used to make plaster-of-paris casts. The casts are models used to build the denture base upon. The denture base can be made of plastic or chrome metal, depending on usage and aesthetics.

The lab technician will make wax blocks to fit the custom models. These will be used to set up the proper bite. A tooth shade is picked.

The next “try-in” appointment the chosen teeth will be set up in wax and tooth fit, size, shape, length and color will be checked to make sure the denture will look as natural as possible.

At the final “insert” appointment the denture(s) will be given to the patient. Any final adjustments, such as bite, will be made at this time.

You may be needed to be seen again once the new dentures haven been worn and eaten with for additional adjustments.

And The Benefits Are…

Dentures can be a good solution for patients with missing teeth or who will be going through a period of healing after implant placement and will need something to chew and smile with. They are fashioned to give the appearance of a natural set of teeth and are custom made to match the shading and shape of the natural teeth already present.

Dental Implants

What Are They?

Dental implants are the chosen method of tooth replacement. They are generally made of titanium and come in different lengths and shapes to suit the location and type of jaw. An extension called an abutment is secured to the implant and a new crown is placed to match the color and contours of the existing teeth.

What We will Do

After proper treatment planning and communication with the specialist and lab, an oral surgeon or periodontist will place the implant through surgical methods into the bone and cover with stitches. This procedure is carried out under local anesthesia. The stitches are usually removed two weeks later at a follow-up examination.

Over the next three to nine months, the implant integrates with the bone to become stable. During this healing period, a temporary fixed restoration or removable appliance will be used to cover the area and close the gap.

In the second treatment stage, a custom-fitting post called a “healing cap” is secured into the integrated implant. This will re-create the space needed for the gum around the new crown.

The third treatment stage consists of impression taking and inserting the precision-fitting abutment and either cementing the crown or fitting (or retro-fitting) a removable denture over the implant to secure fit during meals.

And The Benefits Are…

  • No preparation of natural healthy teeth required
  • Bone is preserved, maintaining the integrity of facial structure
  • Superior long-term aesthetics
  • Closest replacement possible to natural teeth
  • Restore lip support and minimize wrinkles around the mouth
  • Eliminate the pain and embarrassment of ill-fitting dentures
  • Strong, stable, durable and long-lasting

White Fillings

What Are They?

Fillings replace a part of the tooth that has been lost due to a cavity or accidental damage. The same material is used in bonding techniques for cosmetic reasons as well.

What We Will Do

  • Numb the area
  • Remove the cavity and old filling if required
  • Wash and dry the tooth
  • Add the filling material incrementally, shaping and contouring it to your tooth’s shape
  • Harden the material with a “curing” light
  • Trim and polish to finish

And The Benefits Are…

  • Diagnostic: dental x-rays, either film or digital, cannot go through metal fillings for proper diagnosis. Dental X-rays can go through plastic.
  • Wear: metal fillings corrode after a certain period of time; plastic fillings wear down, since they are slightly softer than natural tooth enamel.
  • Durability: once a silver filling has recurrent decay (or has a new cavity), the entire restoration needs to be removed and replaced. This can damage the tooth by removing additional tooth structure. This is unnecessary with tooth-colored fillings. If there is recurrent decay, an x-ray can determine how far the damage goes, so only that part of the impaired restoration needs to be removed and replaced. Less trauma to the tooth means less chance of post-operative sensitivity.
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