Porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile and have increased in popularity because of their convenience and versatility. They can reshape teeth, change tooth color, close spaces, and fix worn or chipped teeth to create a bright, white, and uniform smile. The veneers are virtually imperceptible when they are bonded to the teeth, and they can withstand the darkening effects of coffee, tea, and cigarettes. They are much more strong than other restorative options, and their resemblance to healthy white tooth enamel is unsurpassed. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as an attention to cosmetic detail. Our team of dentists has extensive training in the planning and placement of custom veneers. We take extra care to design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient's smile and suit their other dental needs, whatever they may be.
Metal Free Dentistry
Research shows that mercury from amalgam fillings is very harmful to your immune system and causes many serious medical conditions, as well as increase their risk and severity. There is no safe level for mercury within the body, and even a small amount of this dangerous element will inflict harm upon the body. These fillings will perpetuate their toxic effects until they are taken out of your teeth, and we are committed to stopping the problem at its root by eliminating the use of such hazardous metals in our dental practices. However, if another dentist gave you metal fillings, we can design a treatment plan to get rid of deleterious materials and help you detoxify your body by neutralizing free radicals in cells that were infected with mercury. Once toxins are no longer present, the problems they caused should begin to reverse as healing begins.
Crowns are restorations made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, used primarily to repair broken or fractured teeth, improve the prognosis for a tooth that has had previous root canal therapy, or change the shape and/or color of a tooth. Fully porcelain crowns look more natural than traditional crowns, which utilize a metal lining; light is not able to pass through porcelain-metal crown as it does with a natural tooth, and often the crowns leave a dark or gray line next to the gum line. However, crowns that are fully made of porcelain mimic natural teeth and do not produce the black gum-line that is common with porcelain-metal crowns.
If coffee and tea have made your smile yellow, you can utilize the teeth whitening services that our dental team can provide. These beverages often give a dull, yellowish shade to your smile, but whitening is a safe, effective, and efficient way to counteract these effects and bring back the white smile you once had. We offer an entire spectrum of whitening services and products, and our team will help you choose the right one for you.
Composite (White) Fillings
A composite filling is made of a white - tooth colored - resin material that binds to tooth structure; we use these fillings instead of amalgam 'silver' fillings to provide sturdy and aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration. Silver fillings require a "mechanical lock" to stay in place, therefore dentists usually have to drill a shape larger than the decay itself in order to accomplish this type of filling. Because of the adhesive chemistry of white fillings and their binding quality, no additional shape has to be drilled once access to the decay has been made. As a result, these fillings are usually much smaller and the tooth is left much stronger because of the bonding, which helps glue together the weaker parts of the tooth.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
The main difference between inlays, onlays, and crowns lies in the amount of tooth structure they replace. Crowns, commonly known as caps, cover the entire tooth. It is better to place an inlay or an onlay on a tooth because it is less invasive and doesn’t require as much reduction of your natural tooth. Placing a crown on a tooth requires removing more healthy tooth structure than an inlay or onlay, which increases the probability of the tooth requiring a root canal in the future. Inlays and onlays also aid in maintaining gum and periodontal health, because they can be bonded well above the gum line, which allows for easy cleaning and minimizes irritation. However, a crown is the proper restorative option when a tooth has had a root canal procedure or doesn’t have enough healthy tooth structure remaining to protect it from fracturing. Our team will help you determine which of these procedures you need based on your previous dental treatment and your dental health.