Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin and are unnoticeable; they are a great way to enhance your smile and reshape teeth, change tooth color, close spaces, or fix worn teeth. A uniform, healthy smile is easy to accomplish with the veneers, which are bonded to the teeth and can resist the effects of coffee, tea, and cigarette stains. They have become more and more popular because of their great, natural appearance and their strength and durability. Placing these veneers, however, requires meticulous attention to detail and a high level of skill; our team is very experienced in the placement of these veneers and evaluates each case individually to ensure that each patient receives the smile they deserve.
Metal Free Dentistry
Metal fillings, which used to be a common occurrence in the dental world, have been proven to be highly dangerous. These amalgam fillings contain mercury, which negatively affects the immune system and can cause and increase the severity of serious medical conditions. Even though fillings are small, they can still be highly damaging to your body and health; one atom of mercury is enough to produce toxic effects. They must be removed from your teeth, and we prohibit the use of such dangerous materials in our dental practice. If another dentist placed metal fillings in your teeth, we will help you create a treatment plan to replace these fillings with those that do not contain this dangerous material. By eradicating mercury from your body, you neutralize free radicals in cells infected by the element and thereby detoxify your body; the harm they inflicted will reverse once healing begins.
Restorations of broken or fractured teeth, teeth that underwent root canal procedures, or discolored or misshapen teeth can all be accomplished through the use of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal crowns. Fully porcelain crowns, which we primarily use, are much more natural looking because of their lack of a metal lining. This lining looks unnatural because light cannot pass through it such as it does in natural teeth, and it can cause a dark or gray line next to the gum line. Fully porcelain crowns, however, do not create such effects and are therefore favored in our practices.
We have great news for you: you do not have to choose between your favorite coffee and tea beverages and a bright, white smile. Our dental team can offer an array of whitening services that can counteract the dull, yellowish discoloration that these beverages and cigarettes, among other things, can cause. Whitening is safe, effective, and quick, and your overall appearance will surely benefit from the whitening of your smile.
Composite (White) Fillings
Instead of using amalgam fillings (the harmful effects of which were described above), we utilize composite fillings, made of a white resin material that attaches to tooth structure. Not only were silver fillings harmful, but they also required the dentist to attach a mechanical lock so that the filling was durable and to drill a shape bigger than the decay in order to place the filling. White fillings have a binding quality and adhesive chemistry that deems the aforementioned discomforts unnecessary. Once the decay has been accessed through drilling, no additional shape must be drilled and the filling is much smaller and sturdier because of the resin’s gluing effects that help bolster the otherwise weak tooth structure.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
We offer various restorations for teeth that vary based on the amount of tooth structure they replace, including inlays, onlays, and crowns. Crowns, or caps, cover the entire tooth and are usually avoided if not completely necessary. Inlays and onlays are much more conservative and allow for less reduction of your real tooth structure. When a crown is placed on a tooth and healthy structure is decreased, the probability of that tooth requiring a root canal procedure later on greatly increases. Inlays and onlays, however, have an additional benefit of being helpful to gum and periodontal health because of their placement above the gum line which makes cleaning easier and irritation less likely. However, a crown might be needed for some patients if the tooth in question underwent a root canal procedure or does not have much healthy tooth structure left. Our team will help you determine which of these procedures you need based on your previous dental treatment and your dental health.