Porcelain veneers are a great choice if you want to improve your smile. They are simple and versatile. They function to reshape teeth, change tooth color, close spaces, and fix worn or chipped teeth. When they are bonded to the teeth, the veneers are not visible, and are robust enough to resist coffee, tea, and cigarette stains. Not only are they strong, but they also highly resemble healthy, white tooth enamel that make them transcend the aesthetics of other restorative options. Placing these veneers requires technical skill and attention to deal. Our team is extensively trained in this field, and we personalize each case to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient’s teeth.
Metal Free Dentistry
Do you have metal fillings? It has now been proven that the mercury in amalgam fillings can wreak havoc on your immune system, and can cause or increase the severity of existing health conditions. Until they are removed from your teeth, they will continue to inflict harm on your body. There is no safe level for mercury; every atom of it can do harm. We have prohibited the use of hazardous metals in our dental practices. However, if you already have metal fillings from a previous dentist, we can help design a treatment plan to remove those toxic dental materials from your body and help you detox by neutralizing free radicals in cells that were effected by mercury. Once the toxins are no longer in your system, the issues they caused should reverse.
Crowns are made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, and their primary use is to repair broken or fractured teeth, help restore a tooth that underwent root canal therapy, or change the shape and/or color of a tooth. Crowns that are fully ceramic look more natural than traditional crowns that use a metal lining, because the lining prevents light from passing through the crown as it does with a natural tooth. The lining can also leave a dark or gray line next to the gum line. The crowns that are made of porcelain, however, look like natural teeth and don’t produce the black gum-line that occurs with porcelain-metal ones.
Instead of giving up coffee and tea because of the dull, yellowish tint they give your teeth, teeth whitening is a great solution. It is a safe, effective, and quick way to dramatically improve not only your smile but also your entire appearance. We can provide a wide range of whitening services and products, and our team will help you choose the correct one for you.
Composite (White) Fillings
Composite fillings are made of a white resin material that helps bond to tooth structure, and it is used instead of amalgam “silver” fillings to provide a sturdy and aesthetically pleasing restoration. Amalgam fillings also require a “mechanical lock” to remain in place, and the dentist must drill a shape larger than the decay itself to place it. However, the white fillings have adhesive chemistry that bond to the teeth, so no additional shape has to be drilled once the decay is accessed. This results in a smaller filling and a stronger tooth, because the adhesive qualities of the filling help glue the tooth together to reinforce it.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
Inlays, onlays, and crowns vary in the amount of tooth structure they replace. Crowns (or caps) are restorations that cover the whole tooth. Inlays and onlays are more desirable alternatives because they are more conservative, requiring less reduction of natural tooth structure. Placement of a crown requires removal of more healthy tooth structure than that of an inlay or onlay, and that can make the possibility of a future root canal greater. Inlays and onlays are also important in preserving periodontal health because they can be bonded above the gum line, making cleansing easier and irritation less likely. A crown, however, is a good option for a tooth that has already undergone a root canal or doesn’t have sufficient healthy tooth structure remaining.