Silver (amalgam) dental fillings can be replaced with natural looking, composite fillings. For years, amalgam was the only option for filling cavities. Those who wanted natural-looking restorations had to opt for more expensive and often more invasive cosmetic treatments. While composite fillings are an obvious alternative to amalgam fillings, the same material used in composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth; better known as Dental Bonding. These composite restorations can be technique-sensitive and require experience and knowledge utilizing the composite filling material. A composite filling or dental bonding restoration will almost disappear when blended properly with the remaining natural tooth structure. Dr. Wesley has extensive training and experience with color-matching and using composite filling material.
Generally asked for as a cosmetic solution, composite fillings aren’t merely used for cosmetic reasons. Composite fillings have become standard care for restoring a decayed tooth structure. Unlike amalgam restorations, composite fillings are chemically bonded to the remaining tooth structure, which provides an improved seal and helps strengthen the tooth foundation. If done properly, the natural appearance of a composite filling or dental bonding is just an added benefit to a long-lasting restoration. Now you don’t have to settle. Composite fillings not only restore your teeth, but can also give you the natural-looking smile you deserve!
Porcelain veneers (sometimes called porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are most often used to correct slight imperfections such as, color, shape, size, length or small gaps. Using a strong adhesive the porcelain veneer shells are easily bonded to the front of your teeth. Once your porcelain veneer is properly positioned a special light beam is used causing the adhesive to harden and cure very quickly. The porcelain veneer procedure can quickly improve the overall appearance of your teeth and give you the confidence to smile again. Experience and knowledge utilizing the latest advanced techniques are necessary for a successful porcelain veneer restoration. The correct preparation of your tooth for your porcelain veneer is essential. This important step creates room for the porcelain veneer to fit within the mouth while restoring natural tooth function and creating a better appearance than the original tooth. Choosing the proper color and shape of your porcelain veneer is also technique-sensitive and special consideration should be given to your natural tooth color as well as the tone and color of your face and hair. As an experienced Prosthodontist, (the specialty of full-mouth restoration and correct oral function) Dr. Wesley has the extensive training necessary to achieve the porcelain veneer result you deserve.
Porcelain Veneers are routinely used to fix:
- Discolored Teeth possibly caused by: root canal treatment; stains from tetracycline or other medications, excessive fluoride; or large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
- Worn down or uneven front teeth
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Small gaps between teeth
- Teeth that do not respond well to teeth whitening or power bleaching
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers:
- Since porcelain veneers are individually sculpted for each patient, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth.
- Unlike natural teeth, custom-made porcelain veneers resist coffee and tea stains, and cigarette smoke because they are made of high-tech materials.
- Gum tissue responds well to the porcelain material used to create veneers.
- With porcelain veneers, as opposed to crowns, your natural teeth remain largely intact with only a minimal amount being altered to fit the veneer.
- For teeth that resist whitening, veneers can make even the darkest teeth appear bright white.
Wesley Dental is equipped with the latest advanced technology. Our E4D Dental System, allows for extremely precise digital scans and on-site custom designing and fabrication of your final porcelain veneer restorations. Implementing this method bypasses conventional, messy impressions, and temporary porcelain veneers, which require additional office visits to complete these procedures. Rest assured, you will be leaving our office with your final porcelain veneers. Dr. Wesley and his highly skilled staff are able to raise the standard of care by following each step of your porcelain veneer restoration personally rather then relying on off-site dental lab facilities. Call us today. We look forward to creating a smile you’ll be proud of.
Solutions for Missing Teeth:
One or more missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile – not to mention your confidence. It is important to address missing teeth as soon as possible. Not only for cosmetic reasons, but more importantly to maintain facial esthetics and healthy oral function of your teeth. A missing tooth or teeth can severely affect your bite and may cause further damage to your overall dental health. A missing tooth or teeth may require a dental implant, bridge or partial denture. For more information on these dental procedures you can click on the links or visit the Wesley Dental home page. Please make an appointment today so we can start planning a healthy, happy smile makeover for you.
Additional Dental Solutions to meet your Cosmetic Goal:
Depending on your situation sometimes more aggressive treatments are needed to achieve your overall cosmetic smile makeover. As always, maintaining or improving the health and oral function of your teeth is most important. Putting a “cosmetic face” on a weak foundation is a temporary solution and won’t give you the lifetime smile you deserve. Please know that Wesley Dental will work with you to help you achieve the smile you have always dreamed of. Orthodontics, Dental Crowns, Inlays or Onlays, Single Implants or Implant Supported Crowns or Bridges may be recommended to achieve the best long-term results. After a thorough examination and consult, Dr. Wesley will carefully evaluate your case and present a personal treatment plan based on his findings. Call us today. We are confident that we can help you smile again!