Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s shape or to strengthen a tooth. Crowns are synthetic caps, typically made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth and are usually used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. They are also used for broken teeth, worn teeth or teeth that have been destroyed by decay. Other uses of a crown are for attaching bridges, covering implants and enabling restoration to teeth to create a more natural appearance.
A crown, also known as a cap, is cemented onto an existing tooth which covers the portion of your tooth above the gum line. As a result, the crown becomes your tooth’s new exterior surface. They are made of two different types of material, porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often favored because they simulate natural teeth and are very resilient.
With proper care, a crown could last up to eight years or longer. It is imperative to floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or bruxism (teeth grinding) significantly shorten the life of a crown. Moreover, eating brittle foods, ice or hard candy can compromise the adhesion of the crown, or even damage the crown. If you feel you tend to grind your teeth, ask us about Night Guards!
Do you sometimes wish for that “Hollywood smile”? Are your teeth chipped, stained or do you have spaces? Well you no longer need to hide your smile because that “Hollywood smile” is a phone call away. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients who want to make minor adjustments to their smile and overall facial appearance.
Veneers are slim, porcelain covers that are positioned over the front area of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are used to fix a number of dental problems. They do not require the removal of healthy tooth composition to set, so they are a minimally invasive technique having optimum results. Because of porcelain veneers’ translucent characteristics, we are able to match them up to your teeth to have a remarkably natural “Hollywood” smile!
Dental bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth. A composite resin, which is color matched to your natural tooth, is placed onto your tooth to improve its look. After hardening with a curing light, the bonding material is reshaped, blended in and polished to look as natural as your other teeth.
Bonding can also be used for tooth fillings to replace silver amalgams and to fill cavities. Not only do most patients prefer the bonded fillings over the amalgams, but they are a stronger more durable material that will remain longer as a stable substance within the tooth. Along with this stability, their appearance is a more natural look especially when used on front teeth.
Bonding can be done in one visit and is the most conservative way to correct an array of tooth imperfections, usually without an injection. It is a less expensive alternative to other cosmetic dentistry; however, it does stain and can break easier than other cosmetic options.
There are many ways to whitening your smile. Whitening procedures have effectively been able to restore that smile people are looking for with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. Some common causes of stained teeth are tobacco and food products such as coffee, tea, and red wine. In reality, over time, teeth become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances, and more people today are choosing teeth whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Whitening with Custom Trays
When whitening teeth by using trays, the whitening gel is placed in custom-made trays which are typically made by your dentist, and they fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike other home whitening kits, this process whitens your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide comfort. At-home professional tray whitening routinely takes 10 to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as 3 to 5 days. We advise that when whitening your teeth, you alternate upper and lower teeth to see the change in color more predominately.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
Although some may believe that these products do whiten their teeth, they are unlike the materials used in professional whitening procedures; these products do not lighten the actual color shade of the tooth. They only work to remove surface stains using mild abrasives, nonetheless, whitening toothpastes distress surface stains and will mildly lighten your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Strips
This product can also be found in your local market. As with the toothpaste and mouthwash, they aren’t as effective as a professional whitening procedure but are cost effective for light shade changes. They are flexible plastic strips that contain a thin layer of hydrogen peroxide on one side which is applied across both the upper and lower teeth for whitening. These strips are typically worn for approximately 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The length of time needed will vary depending on each individual.
Laser Corrective Therapy
Compared to traditional methods, lasers perform a wide array of soft tissue procedures with far less collateral tissue damage and immediate hemostasis, promoting faster healing with less gingival recession. Our patients benefit from a higher standard of care, with faster healing times and reduced postoperative discomfort. These procedures include canker sore and cold sore treatment, cosmetic soft tissue procedures, non-surgical periodontal treatment, periodontal bacterial reduction, tooth (root) desensitization.
This laser helps facilitate healing of soft tissue trauma such as:
- Irritation from orthodontic wires.
- Denture sores.
- Extraction sites.
- Abrasion or cutting of the gum tissue.
- Burns of the palate or gum tissue due to hot foods such as pizza, etc.
- And many other applications
No one likes a “cold sore” on their lips as they can be uncomfortable, inconvenient and unaesthetic. Canker sores or apthous ulcers are another source of facial discomfort. Laser surgery in our office is used for both of these inconvenient maladies.
In addition to laser technology, Dr. Deehan performs a variety of soft tissue procedures (gum) to obtain the best cosmetic outcomes possible.
Lastly, sensitive teeth can be caused by many things. Most often this is caused by gum recession. Most of the time people brush too hard or use a hard or medium toothbrush and cause the root surfaces to wear. These lengthened laser treatment capabilities have made it easier for patients to have faster, better and more comfortable care.
Consider clear aligners to get those beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted without getting braces. Each aligner is custom-made to fit over your teeth and is designed to gradually move teeth into their proper position. Although using clear aligners for orthodontic treatment is not for everyone, they are a great alternative to traditional braces. As with braces, but without any metal wires or brackets, clear aligners gradually force controlled tooth movement. The aligners are made with a strong plastic material that has been custom fabricated to fit your mouth. As your treatment progresses throughout your therapy, you change aligners. Each aligner is a little different, so your teeth move a little more with every change.
Clear Correct Aligner Therapy
This therapy is used for more advanced situations that require more in-depth tooth movement. The procedure, like orthodontics, can last up to two years as indicated for the desired results. The procedure includes impressions on the initial visit and subsequent visits approximately every six weeks for re-evaluation. Aligners are typically changed every three weeks as you progress through treatment.
Clear Perfect Aligner Therapy
These clear aligners are used for more simple cases, such as corrections to failed orthodontic therapy. This is a less expensive alternative to using Clear Correct. This could include single tooth straightening and minor crowding. Although it is not as invasive, this procedure includes impressions on the initial visit and subsequent visits to be re-evaluated approximately every six weeks.
As with any dental procedure, proper oral hygiene is important and instructions will be given at each visit which includes the maintenance of your appliance.
This device is used to widen the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth will become better aligned. Although the use of an expander is most common in children it can be and has successfully been used in adults although the effects of expansion are slightly more uncomfortable. We will use a palatal expander to create a more harmonious orthopedic situation prior to orthodontic therapy. Some most notable indications for the need of a palatal expander include a posterior cross bite, crowding of the teeth, Rhinologic and respiratory ailments, and either a cleft lip or palate.
Hawley retainers are custom-made devices, usually made of wires or clear plastic and they hold the teeth in position after any process of realigning teeth. They are most often used before or after braces to keep teeth in position while supporting the adjustment of the surrounding gums to the changes in the bone. These retainer(s) are usually required every night at first although with many they may be directed to wear them during the day as well. The advantage of this type of retainer is that the metal wires can be adjusted to finish treatment and continue minor movement of the anterior teeth as needed.