Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Porcelain Veneers & Porcelain Crowns
Similar in composition to fake nails, but much stronger and longer lasting, porcelain veneers are permanently bonded to the tooth surface. The color, size, position, texture, and shape of teeth can be changed without causing damage to the underlying tooth.
Porcelain crowns may be necessary when the underlying teeth are too far out of position, under too much stress for veneers to tolerate, or have large existing fillings. Veneers and porcelain crowns on front teeth, combined with subtle recontouring, can completely change your smile and create the look you have always dreamed of having. What makes our veneers special is Dr. Krantz's comprehensive planning process, using digital photographs, his association with top laboratory technicians, and most importantly, an artistic eye.
A composite resin filling (white filling) is:
• mercury free
• made of a tooth colored plastic mixture filled with glass particles
• used for restoring decay
• used for cosmetic improvements
New technological advancements in dentistry has allowed us to do white (composite or resin) natural tooth colored filling.
The advantages of white fillings are:
• Composite filling integrates with the tooth...it doesn't weaken the tooth as a silver filling does.
• We now can make a smaller hole, since the white material can flow into small places.
• Due to the smaller hole, there is more of your own tooth left, leaving it stronger.
• Secondary decay is easier to spot beneath tooth colored fillings.
• If damaged, they can be easily fixed.
• They are temperature and electrical insulators-resistant to extremes of heat and cold.
• Environmentally safe-no hazardous metal wastes to dispose of and no risk of mercury allergy.
• Allowing us to fix smaller cavities.
• You don't have to wait till a cavity gets "big enough to fill".
• In some cases we can do an almost microscopic filling just when it starts by using air abrasion instead of the drill. These are often done without anesthetic if we catch them early enough.
• They are a more natural, attractive choice.
• Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth to help prevent breakage.
• Composite insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
• Composites (white fillings) last about 8 years with a range of 7-10 years.
There is no reason you ever have to see your fillings anymore. With the latest dental materials, a skilled dentist can make your dental work disappear. The newer materials used in these "invisible fillings" are both life-like and durable, and actually seal the gap between the dental restoration and your tooth better than the older, mercury-containing silver fillings. This means that they are not only stronger, but less likely to decay or break down. Like the latest plastics, ceramics, and composites used in automobiles and kitchens and baths, these materials are incredibly sturdy and beautiful, and the newest dental materials can be made to look almost exactly like your own teeth. Dr. Krantz's particular skill shows in the way he selects the right material for each location, and uses his fine-tuned esthetic sensibility to match color and shape so your dental work disappears. We do not use any mercury-containing materials (silver amalgam) in our office.