A smile is often the most eye-catching feature of a face. As a result, your smiles appearance can have a huge impact on your self-esteem and inner confidence, Luckily, modern dental practices offer plenty of options to help you acquire the perfect smile. Dr. Grass has the skills needed to restore your smile so that it is healthy and beautiful. Below you’ll find some information that can help you learn more about the various types of cosmetic dental procedures available at East City Dental.
Tooth Replacement With Implants- Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots inserted into the bone socket where a missing tooth should be located. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted titanium post, anchoring it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth.
Dental Veneers- Veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are used to treat a variety of oral health issues. This includes excessive spacing between teeth, slightly crooked teeth, and teeth that have been cracked or chipped.
Teeth Whitening- Teeth whitening can be one of the simplest and least expensive ways to improve your smile. Overtime your teeth can become stained from factors such as illness, tobacco usage, or the ingestion of certain foods and beverages. East City Dental can bleach your teeth with in-office products in your dentist’s office, or you can buy a mold and gels from your dentist to bleach your teeth at home. There are also whitening products available over the counter at retail stores for convenient at-home whitening, such as whitening toothpastes, rinses, and dental strips.
Dental Bonding- Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also a good cosmetic alternative to amalgam or silver fillings. For dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, which is a durable plastic material, is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it.
Inlays and Onlays- Inlays and onlays are used in the treatment of teeth that have been decayed or damaged. Also called indirect fillings, they are made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials. Dental fillings are molded into place during an office visit; however, inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by your dentist. The filling is called an “inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth; it is called an “onlay” when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface. Inlays and onlays preserve as much healthy tooth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.