All About Cosmetic Dentistry Options
At Lipkowitz Dental Associates in Gloucester, Massachusetts, we advocate preventative dental care for optimal oral health. We also believe in being proactive about keeping your smile looking great. If you have concerns about the appearance of your smile and would like to know how to improve it, we’re here for you with a variety of cosmetic dentistry services. Today’s advanced dental technology makes it possible to transform your smile and alleviate worries about your smile’s appearance. It will surprise you to learn how easy it is to correct issues like stained enamel, missing teeth, and large gaps between your teeth. Here is an overview of the cosmetic dentistry services that we offer residents living in and around Gloucester.
If your teeth have become discolored and stained by foods, beverages, or smoking, teeth whitening can restore your bright white smile. To start the process, we take a mold of your teeth so that custom trays can be made to hold the whitening gel on your teeth. Even after a single treatment, you will have visibly whiter teeth. Our dentist will discuss the process with you in detail beforehand. You will also receive tips on how to maintain your newly whitened smile. The extent of whitening treatments varies for each patient based on the extent of discoloration of the tooth enamel.
For small cavities, especially those in highly visible areas like the front of the mouth, composite fillings can be used to match your natural tooth color. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, a bonding agent is applied to the area to ensure that the composite filling material will hold in place. Once the filling is cured with a special light, the dentist smooths and shapes the filling to match the shape and contours of your natural tooth for a seamless look that blends in with your other teeth.
Single-visit Porcelain Crowns and Veneers
When a tooth’s structure is severely compromised and needs to be rebuilt to restore its natural shape and function, a dental crown is used. With state-of-the-art technology, a digital scan of your tooth allows us to create an exact replica of the tooth on the same day. Once your tooth is prepared to make space for the crown, the digital scan is taken, and your new crown is created while you wait. When the crown is ready, it is cemented into place and any adjustments are made by the dentist.
Another restoration procedure, veneers, is used to cover the front surface of a tooth in cases where a tooth is misshapen, chipped, or badly discolored. As with single-visit crowns, our office is equipped with technology that allows us to provide single-visit dental veneers. Your tooth is prepared to accept the veneer, scanned, and your custom veneers are created in our office. Veneers are bonded into place and any necessary adjustments are made so that the veneer looks and feels just like your natural teeth.
If you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge may be the answer. Your bridge will be crafted and placed over a series of appointments. First, an impression of your teeth is taken so that a temporary bridge can be made. Next, the teeth on each side of the missing tooth are prepared to anchor the bridge in place. Another impression is taken for making the permanent bridge, then you will be fitted with a temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is made. When your custom bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed and your final bridge is placed.
Dental implants are another option for missing teeth. The implant replaces the tooth’s roots to provide a stable, comfortable, and predictable alternative to traditional dentures and bridgework. Research over the last 40 years shows dental implants to be safe and successful for achieving the look and function of natural teeth. The procedure requires multiple visits. First, the area is prepared and the dental implant is placed into the jaw bone. After a period of healing, the dental crown is placed for a flawless, natural look.
If you are not a candidate for a dental bridge or dental implant, removable partial dentures are an option for replacing missing teeth. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, partial dentures improve function and make chewing easier. Through a series of appointments, your partial dentures will be designed and fitted so that you have a fully restored smile with a comfortable appliance that is removable.
In cases where all teeth need to be replaced, implant-supported dentures are the best option. These appliances provide a fixed restoration that improves function, oral structure, and appearance. Through a series of appointments, the dentist will create temporary dentures for you to wear during the planning stage of your treatment. Implant posts are placed, a healing period occurs, and finally, your new dentures are attached.
Cosmetic Dentistry Specialists in Gloucester, Massachusetts
To learn more about cosmetic dentistry services or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Lipkowitz, we invite you to call our office at 978-525-3792. Our friendly team is eager to help you with all of your dental needs from mercury-free dentistry to periodontal treatments, treatment for TMJ dysfunction, and more.