Dental implants are artificial roots that are
surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth.
Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and
attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution to
removable dental appliances.
Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or
discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking. Teeth darkened as a result
of injury or taking certain medications can also be bleached, but the
effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.
Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings:
Also known as “bonding”,
composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to
repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or
discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps
and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells
that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual
smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly
shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth
structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are
making straightening teeth with orthodontics much more appealing to adult
patients. Also, in some cases, teeth may be straightened with
custom-made, clear, removable aligners that require no braces.