Services & Procedures
You probably already know how important regular dental visits are for keeping your teeth and gums in good shape — besides brushing and flossing, a checkup every 6 months might be the best thing you can do for your oral health. But what you might not know is that there’s a strong relationship between your oral health and your overall health, so taking good care of your mouth is a big part of taking care of your whole body.
A regular checkup can even be good for your pocketbook. Identifying and treating minor problems like dental caries early on can spare you the time and expense of more complicated procedures such as tooth extractions or root canals.
The most common form of dental restoration is the placement of fillings to restore tooth decay or to replace previously placed fillings that have worn or fractured. Currently, the best restorative materials for fillings are modern composites. They are tooth colored, bond to and seal teeth extremely well, and are made in many different formulas in order to mimic tooth structure closely. Together with a great variety of shades, the use of the appropriate composites can actually restore a tooth to fairly near its natural state. This has obvious cosmetic advantages when restoring teeth visible in your smile as the natural appearing composites are highly polishable and reflect light and resist staining like natural enamel.
A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry’s many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence.
Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Talk to your dentist about the options most suitable for you, what your expectations are and the dental fees involved. Some options are:
- Tooth whitening ( bleaching) brightens teeth that are discolored or stained. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or the dentist may dispense a system for you to use at home.
- Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.
- Enamel shaping involves modifying teeth to improve their appearance by removing or contouring enamel. The process, which often is combined with bonding, usually is quick and comfortable and the results can be seen immediately.
- Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.