Advancements in dental technology have opened a whole new world of opportunities for improving a person’s smile. The overall process is often referred totoday as a Smile Makeover, and the process utilizes a number of the new tools available to resolve dental issues and create a stunning smile. Teeth whitening restores your teeth to a natural, beautiful white color and enhances your smile. Unnatural appearing gold and amalgam fillings can be replaced with natural, tooth colored composite materials so tooth color flows smoothly around the mouth. Crooked or overlapping teeth can be straightened and excessive gaps eliminated with cosmetic veneers. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, bridges or partial dentures. Excessive gum conditions can be re-contoured for a more natural appearance.
Over time, food and drink contribute to a discoloring of the teeth. Tooth whitening can restore your teeth to a brilliant, but natural white color. Dr. Golub provides a number of tooth whitening options including both in-office and “do-it-at-home” solutions.
Veneers, thin pieces of porcelain or plastic that are glued to the front surfaces of your teeth, can provide a dramatic improvement in the appearance of your simile. Veneers look very natural and are relatively easy to apply, most often requiring no injections or drilling.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Natural colored fillings made of porcelain or resin materials can now provide a completely natural appearance and smile. These fillings provide an extremely strong bond with the tooth and are easily applied.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays are used on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth in place of a filling when there is not sufficient tooth structure to support a filling. An inlay remains within the cusp tips of the tooth. Onlays are used when covering one or more cusp tips of the tooth is required.
Crowns (sometimes called caps) are natural looking covers that are fitted over damaged teeth for protection and support. Porcelain crowns are so realistic looking they can be almost indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. Crowns can also be placed over implant posts when necessary.
Bridges literally “bridge-the-gap” between missing teeth and can be attached mechanically to adjacent teeth or to implants. Bridges are constructed of prosthetic teeth that are meticulously prepared to be almost indistinguishable from your own natural teeth. Missing teeth also frequently cause speaking and chewing problems. Bridges address these issues by filling the gaps and restoring the natural inside contours of the mouth, leading to improvement in both speaking and chewing.
Bonding uses a composite resin to restore cracked, chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile. The first step is application of the composite resin that is then followed by shaping to achieve the desired result. The end result is a completely natural looking restoration.
Full dentures are the solution for people who have lost all their teeth. Regular full dentures fit over the gums and are held in place by cheek and mouth muscles. Implant supported full dentures utilize implants placed in the jawbone to secure the dentures in place.
In this procedure, an implant is placed in the jawbone and used as a base for restoring either an individual tooth or multiple teeth. Once the implant is placed, a matching porcelain crown (or crowns for multiple teeth) can be secured in place, resulting in a completely natural appearance.