Cosmetic Dentistry FULL MOUTH RESTORATIONS (COSMETIC DENTISTRY)
Bonding is a method to enhance the appearance of your smile as well as restoring decay.
Composite resin is the solution for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the color of your teeth or reshaping your teeth. Bonding will lighten stains, close minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Bonding can stain with time but the stain can be removed. We use bonding materials that ‘soak-in” fluoride from your toothpaste to make the surrounding tooth structure more resistant to recurrent decay.
Porcelain veneers are custom made shells of tooth colored materials designed to cover the front surface of your teeth to improve the appearance. Porcelain veneers resist stain and mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. Veneers correct teeth that are worn down and chipped, close gaps between teeth, and correct teeth that are misaligned, uneven, irregularly shaped or discolored. Veneers are impervious and do not stain.
Zirconium and lithium disilicate crown materials are used more frequently that porcelain attached to a metal substructure. These new materials do not require as much tooth reduction because they are thinner and hold up without metal underneath. They are made of one material only and therefore less likely to break. Metal underneath crowns stop light transmittance through the tooth and look opaque instead of translucent like natural teeth. Zirconium, lithium dislicate crowns are very natural in appearance and do not create the familiar “black line” which is really exposed metal substructure. Because of light reflection through these crowns, the gums around these crowns do not appear darker in coloration. They look like real teeth!
Full mouth reconstruction, if necessary to re-create your smile and function are now made of these durable non-metal materials.
Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if desired. To accomplish whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. We first take an impression of your teeth and make you a custom tray and dispense whitening gel for you to take home.
A porcelain crown completely covers the entire damaged tooth. Crowns are used to improve the strength and appearance, shape and alignment of a tooth. Crowns may be used for several reasons: a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay; after root canal treatment has been completed to prevent tooth breakage because a filling can’t replace enough of the tooth or make the tooth strong enough. Sometimes it is necessary to build up a foundation to support the crown. After root canal treatment a post and core foundation may be needed. The tooth is prepared and an impression is taken to make sure the crown will fit your normal bite. A tooth colored shade will be chosen with your approval. A temporary crown will be placed while your permanent crown is fabricated at the lab. At the next visit your crown will be placed and cemented.
Fixed permanent bridge is commonly used to replace one or more missing teeth. They span the space where the teeth are missing. Missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. A bridge is made up of two crowns, one for each teeth on either side of the gap; these are the abutment teeth. A false tooth is the between-natural-looking pontic tooth. Dental bridges are supported by the natural teeth or implants and are not removable. The teeth are prepared and a tooth colored shade will be chosen, an impression is taken to make sure the bridge will fit your bite.
Two appointments usually necessary: Prepare the tooth. A temporary will be placed while your final bridge is being fabricated by the lab (10 days). At your second visit your bridge will be placed and cemented.
Richard B Waghalter, D.D.S Healthy Smiles of Houston 5959 West Loop South, Suite 640 Bellaire, TX 77401
Telephone: 713-771-7101 FAX: 713-771-7102
Financing available through Springstone Financial and Care Credit.