Cosmetic Dental Servcice
The benefits of Botox as adjunctive therapy in dental and cosmetic treatment is rapidly growing. Botox has useful clinical uses as an adjunct in TMJ and bruxism cases, even more so for patients with moderate chronic temporomandibular joint and facial pain. Botox is a muscle relaxer and when given in typically half the dosage used for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment, it can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain and give the patient significant relief. Botox can also be used as a non-surgical alternative to attenuate hypermobile upper lips (high lip line) that result in gummy smiles. With Botox therapy the muscles surrounding the lip are weakened so they cannot raise the lip as high as before. This is done carefully, so the patient maintains full lip competency allowing them to go about their normal activities such as speaking, smiling, puckering and eating.
In our office, we use professional strength whitening products to noticeably whiten your teeth during one office visit. Our trained staff will make you feel comfortable while they guide you through the steps of in office whitening. As a bonus, we provide you with our take home whitening system so that you can touch up your teeth in the future. What this means for you is a quick, effective professional whitening in one office visit. All completed by our trained office personnel to ensure the correct shade is achieved
A fixed bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Dental Bridges may vary in design depending upon how they are fabricated and the way they anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges are made using the indirect method of restoration. However, bridges can also be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as composite resin, and porcelain blocks in our office using CEREC technologies.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap or helmet” that is placed over a tooth to protect it and restore its shape and size, strength, and function while at the same time improving its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire portion of tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Crowns can be made from many materials, which are usually fabricated using indirect methods. In our practice, we mill all-ceramic crowns out of solid porcelain blocks which matches the shade or color of the patient’s teeth utilizing CEREC technology. All of this is accomplished in a single visit so there is no need for a temporary crown or 2nd visit to complete the restorative process.
Porcelain Inlays/ Onlays
Inlays and onlays are an indirect technique used to fill cavities or correct structural defects in teeth to restore proper function and structural integrity. Conversely to fillings which are placed and shaped inside your mouth, inlays and onlays are designed and fabricated(milled) outside the mouth using Cerec technology, and then bonded in place using specialized cement. These indirect restorations are a great option because they are more conservative of natural tooth structure than a crown and offer similar restorative results and maximum esthetics. In our office, we design our inlays and onlays using CEREC software and mill the restoration in our in-house milling unit. We have a variety of porcelain shades available so we can easily match the color of your natural tooth, leaving it to look like natural like there is no restoration there at all.
Veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a tooth’s surface from damage. There are two main types of material used in dentistry to fabricate a veneer: composite(bonding material) and dental porcelain. A veneer may be directly placed (built-up and sculpted in the mouth) using composite material, or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth at separate appointment. They can also be fabricated in office using Cerec technology available today. There are several brands of porcelain veneers available to cosmetic dentist that are strong enough to be ultra-thin and providing excellent aesthetics.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth colored resin material using dental adhesives and a specialized curing light which activates and hardens the material within seconds. The procedure gets its name because the materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Bonding can also be used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed when the gums recede.