Monday, April 4, 2016

Understanding Cosmetic Restorations

For many, cosmetic dental treatments are seen as procedures that impact only the look of the smile, offering no contribution to the overall health and dental function. However, cosmetic dental procedures take on a hybrid approach, providing patients with multi-faceted solutions that improve their entire smile and benefit their future oral health. Consider the restorative benefits of the following procedures:

Composite Fillings
Recommended in the case of cavity, chips, or minor fractures above the gum line, composite fillings offer a cosmetic solution that prevents further damage. Unlike traditional metal amalgam fillings, which contain trace amounts of mercury, composite fillings are made of tooth-colored resin, therefore matching the rest of the tooth.

As composite fillings are metal-free, patients do not need to worry about their filling expanding or contracting when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Not only does this eliminate the sensitivity typically associated with traditional fillings, but it also prevents the tooth from cracking or undergoing further damage.

Porcelain Crowns
Often used to reinforce teeth following root canals or other restorative treatment, porcelain crowns offer a natural looking alternative to metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Crowns sit like a cap on top of damaged teeth, restoring function while preventing additional damage from compromising the patient’s overall oral health. As these crowns are highly durable, they can also be used to restore molars that have been compromised by damage or decay.

At Willow Glen Dentistry, we use CAD/CAM technology to digitally create porcelain crowns in office. By using CEREC® technology to take digital impressions then manufacture your unique crown, our team is able to provide patients with a customized cosmetic restoration that fits naturally with the rest of the smile.

Dental Implants
Dental implants and implant-supported restorations offer several aesthetic and functional benefits for patients. From a health perspective, dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth without compromising the health of neighboring teeth. As treatment requires implant posts be fully integrated into the underlying jaw bone, implants also have the added benefit of stimulating healthy bone density and preventing further tooth loss.

Aesthetically, dental implant restorations are designed to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Depending on the number of teeth that are being replaced, crowns, bridges, or fixed overdentures can be made to ensure your smile looks as natural as possible.

Learn More Today
Our team is dedicated to creating long-term solutions tailored to your unique needs. By combining effective cosmetic procedures with efficient restorative treatments, our patients are able to enjoy a beautiful smile without compromising their oral health. To learn more about which treatment will most efficiently help you achieve your ideal smile, please contact Dr. John Pisacane today to schedule your consultation.

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