Cosmetic Dentistry
19th Feb 2011 | Posted in: Cosmetic Dentistry 0

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic devices which are placed usually on front teeth in an attempt to change the patient’s teeth color, size, shape or any combination of the three. Usually there is a dental laboratory involved who will fabricate the veneers. For most cases, the teeth (or tooth) involved will be reduced in size from a few tenths of a millimeter to up to a couple of millimeters to provide room for the new facings. New materials in dentistry have also allowed the patient to have veneers without the cutting on a tooth (or teeth). Usually the dental practitioner will give the patient his or her options concerning the type of treatment best suited for the patient’s needs and desires.

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Cosmetic Dentistry: Fillings and Bonding

Tooth-colored fillings have been an acceptable part of dentistry for many years now, starting first in front teeth and are now used in the back teeth with fairly predictable results. Bonding is a term used when using tooth-colored plastics to directly or indirectly make a covering for an anterior (front) tooth. The material is bonded to the tooth preparation using weak acids to roughen the tooth structure and bonding agents which adhere to both tooth and plastic. Bonding can sometimes involve veneers or full crowns also.

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Tooth Replacement: Dental Implants, Bridges, Dentures and Partials

Our office is sensitive to the needs of those who don’t have natural teeth, have natural teeth that are badly decayed and/or mobile, or have worn partial or complete removable dentures. Restorative options include:

  • A dental implant may be employed in the edentulous (missing tooth) area, either as a single tooth or as part of a multiple implant-retained fixed restoration.
  • Composite bridges can replace one or more teeth and are affixed to natural teeth to give the patient a more “permanent” solution.
  • Overdentures, using 2 or more natural teeth, or placed over implants, can prove to be a real benefit for those who want a secure, stable fit, especially in the lower jaw region.
  • Immediate dentures are suggested when removing the remaining teeth. These allow for a more accurate jaw relationship that keeps the person biting in a more natural, known occlusion (bite) by placing the denture onto the ridge at the same visit that the teeth are extracted. They are completely removable to make cleaning and proper care easier.
  • Other specialized and esthetic partial and complete dentures as well as dental implants are available depending on the patient’s needs and desires.

All of the above give the patient the opportunity to resume proper mouth functions including eating and speaking. Dr. Boone understands how important it is for his patients to have a more accurate and comfortable bite and works with a full service dental laboratory that uses high quality materials.

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Crowns: Porcelain, Precious Metals

When a tooth is badly damaged and a filling is not an option, we may recommend a full crown. Our office offers porcelain, full cast gold and high noble (silver) crowns depending on your preference. Crowns enhance cosmetic appearance and are fitted comfortably in the mouth to ensure a natural fit.

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Teeth Whitening

We can recommend a number of whitening solutions for stained or discolored teeth, including the NITE WHITE home bleaching system for those who wish to brighten their teeth in a safe, easy way.

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