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Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, are usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth.

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.

Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.

Dental crowns are indicated when tooth meets these conditions:

  • Large old fillings with decay
  • Fractured or cracked teeth
  • Teeth treated by root canals
  • To replace old gold crowns
  • Crowns with open margins, metal showing, and decay

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Tooth Whitening

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, whitening is the most requested smile enhancement service in America. In fact, when polled, 96% of Americans reported that they believe having a healthy and attractive smile actually improves a person’s chances of success. Bleaching can whiten your teeth by removing the discoloration of coffee, tobacco, wine and aging.

Patients who want immediate results can choose the Power Whitening procedure ZOOM! Power Whitening. It takes about an hour and can dramatically whiten your smile.

Another option is whitening your teeth using our whitening gel in an overnight customized tray. Many patients have achieved dramatic results after only a few nights with trays, and treatment is usually complete in 7-10 days.

Dr. Star recommends a combination of both. Get immediate results with Zoom! Power Whitening and use the bleaching tray for “touch ups” to make sure your teeth stay bright white.

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Porcelain Veneers

To design and dramatically enhance your smile, we use a thin customized shell of porcelain which bonds to the front and top of teeth, closing spaces, reshaping, and whitening your smile.
Veneers are ideal if you have:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Rough or jagged edges on your front teeth
  • Teeth are too small or large in proportion
  • Crooked or worn teeth
  • Have unsightly gaps between your front teeth

In many cases, veneers actually strengthen teeth by bonding with your natural tooth structure to improve enamel durability. Plus they are an excellent investment. However, they’re not appropriate for teeth with excessive decay or bite problems. In these cases, porcelain crowns are an excellent alternative. Another relatively inexpensive option for some is bonding. Bonds are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future. Talk to Dr. Star and his team to see what option is best for you.

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Porcelain Fixed Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel self conscious, or experience a difference in speaking. There are options to help restore your smile. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, alleviate bite stress and literally bridge the gap where teeth may have been. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and helps your smile. Restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, a fixed brideg can only be removed by a dentist. Animplant bridge attaches articial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge Dr. Star recommends, its success depends on its foundation. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

Alternatives to a fixed bridge are dental implants. A dental implant is a fixture used to replace the root of a tooth. The implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone and a porcelain tooth is attached to the top of the implant, creating a natural looking undetectable replacement. In the event that more than one tooth is missing, several implants may provide a base for the fixed bridge. Implants do require surgery done by an oral surgeon and time to heal.

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Dentures

Dentures can be an affordable option for you if you lost all your natural teeth through:

  • Periodontal disease
  • Tooth Decay
  • Injury

Replacing your missing teeth will benefit your appearance as well as your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making you look older than you really are. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth.

There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in your mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. Dr. Star takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, you don’t have to be without teeth during the healing period.

Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
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Bonding

Bonding is relatively an inexpensive and quick process to dramatically improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. Bonding is used if you have:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Rough or jagged edges on your front teeth
  • Teeth are too small or large in proportion
  • Crooked or worn teeth
  • Have unsightly gaps between your front teeth

Bonds are made with composite material, either a plastic or resin, and bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding remove little, if any of the original tooth structure. The downside of bonds are that coffee, tea, tobacco,and wine can stain them and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. Another more long-term solution option are veneers and crowns. Talk with Dr. Star and his team which is best for you.

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Implant Crowns

If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth or had a tooth extracted, dental implants are an ideal way to regain your smile with natural-looking teeth. Unlike removable bridges and dentures, dental implants are fixed solidly and permanently into your jaw. They do not become loose or ill-fitting over time, and because they replicate the entire structure of a tooth from root to crown, they look and feel just like natural teeth. After the implant is inserted by an oral surgeon, Dr. Star takes great care in determining and tailoring the design of crowns and bridges to the unique shape of each patient’s mouth, so you can be confident the implants will blend seamlessly and comfortably with the rest of your smile.

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