We perform dental bonding here at our office for patients with cracked or chipped teeth. This procedure can be a substitute to teeth veneers and is considered a restorative procedure.
Your tooth will be prepared with a bonding liquid after we lightly etch the surface of the tooth. Once the liquid is set with UV light, we apply a plastic resin to the tooth and form it into the shape that is aesthetically pleasing. The resin is trimmed and polished to a high shine. Your tooth will look and feel completely natural.
You can complete a bonding procedure in just one office visit. It can improve the way your teeth look and give you more confidence in your smile. Please remember, plastic resin cannot compare to the strength of your tooth enamel. Therefore, it can chip or stain more easily than your natural tooth. You may need to have the bonding repaired within three to five years of having the procedure done.
We know how tough it can be when you need dental work but don’t wish for it to be noticeable. That’s why we do our very best to provide work that only you will know is there. We can replace any crowns and fillings you may already have with restorations that everyone else will think are your natural teeth.
Some of our patient’s teeth are extremely damaged when they come to us and we have many options to restore them back to beauty and function. We offer metal-free Zirconia or e.max crowns as well as the old fashioned porcelain or porcelain fused to gold crowns.
Dental crowns offer the following:
Set aside at least two dental visits when you want to have us fit you for a crown. First, we will remove any decay that is in the way and shape your tooth. While you wait for the permanent crown, we will fit you with a temporary resin or acrylic crown. Your next visit will have us removing the temporary crown and replacing it with the final crown. We will adjust it so that it is comfortable and then cement it into place. You’ll have a beautiful new tooth in no time.
If you have major dental work that you would like to have done because of a disease, accident, or wear and tear, crowns and bridgework can be a very reliable fix. Any major problem can typically be corrected with these techniques. The material used for crowns and bridgework can include zirconia, e.max, porcelain, porcelain fused to gold or gold. Crowns and bridges are an excellent solution for damage that may have occurred through accidents, or for teeth that have become chipped and broken through wear and tear.
Additionally, we have taken care of patients who have dealt with unexplained pain radiating from back teeth that were previously filled. This may occur when a hairline crack appears in the tooth in the area where you bite down. A crown that is placed over that tooth will not only stop the pain, it will allow you to easily chew again with no discomfort. Old fillings in the front teeth may also weaken, causing chipping and staining to occur. A porcelain crown or a bridge is more appropriate than porcelain veneers in these cases. Crowns can also prevent a tooth that has undergone a root canal from breaking.
A porcelain veneer or eMax veneer is a type of thin ceramic that we can bond to the front of your teeth. They are becoming more and more popular as they are easy to have put on and can quickly improve the appearance of your smile. While the procedure takes technical skill and attention to detail, we are highly trained here at Cosmetic Micro Dentistry to do the job right. We apply veneers often and design them for each individual’s smile.
Dental veneers are almost impossible to detect when they have been applied correctly by Dr. Muneer. Not only that, they are very resistant to food and liquids that will normally stain your teeth, such as coffee and cigarettes. You’ll appear to have strong, healthy, natural teeth after you have dental veneers applied.
The answer to this is yes! If you are careful and take good care of them, your veneers can last for more than a decade. Do not use your veneers as tools (such as opening a bottle or ripping open a plastic package with your teeth) and you can prolong their lifespan. If you do accidentally damage one, it is typically possible to replace just that veneer.
Dr. Muneer makes sure that all veneers are made from quality porcelain and she will bond them with the best, most advanced materials on the market.
An inlay or onlay may be crafted from gold, porcelain, or composite resin. These small pieces are then carefully bonded onto the area of the tooth that is damaged. An inlay is comparable to a dental filling. It is applied inside of the cusp tips of the tooth we are working on. An onlay extends out and over at least one of the cusps of the tooth and provides a sturdier reconstruction.
In past years, gold was used for inlays and overlays, but porcelain or zirconia has lately become a much more popular choice. This is purely due to the esthetic nature of porcelain and zirconia. Gold is still more durable and kinder to the gums and the opposing teeth. At Cosmetic Micro Dentistry, we offer multiple materials to fit your individual needs.
Both will require two appointments to be made. The first appointment will be to remove the issue that is causing the need for the procedure, such as a damaged filling or decayed part of your tooth. Your tooth will be carefully prepared for the inlay or onlay. To make sure you will be able to bite down properly, we will take an impression of the tooth and send it to our lab for fabrication. Dr. Muneer will apply a short-term sealant to the tooth. You can then schedule your next appointment.
The temporary sealant will be taken off at your second appointment and Dr. Muneer will check to ensure that the inlay or onlay is fitting correctly. If so, it will be bonded with a strong resin to your tooth and we will polish it to make it smooth.
A traditional filling can cause the strength of your natural tooth to be diminished by 50 percent. When you have an inlay or onlay applied directly to your tooth, it can increase your tooth’s strength by 75 percent. This means your inlay or onlay can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years with proper care. If you have a tooth that doesn’t meet the damage requirements for a dental crown, onlays are the perfect alternative.
Teeth whitening at our office is a quick and inexpensive procedure that you can do anytime. Give us a call and we will set up an appointment for you to whiten your teeth. We offer teeth whitening for either upper and lower teeth or just your upper teeth if that is what you choose. It all depends on what you want!
The main benefits of teeth whitening:
It only takes a couple of days for us to process your custom bleach splints. We will give you a special type of bleaching agent that is prescription strength and used in the clear splints. You only need to wear these splints 30 minutes a day to produce a new, brighter smile! The bleaching agent will cause the stains in your enamel to disappear in just a short amount of time. This bleaching agent will not affect any dental work that you have done and it will not affect the structure of your teeth.
After your teeth have reached the level of brightness you are looking for, you will only need to treat them every once in awhile to maintain this level of luster. We ask that you allow us to take “after” photos when you come in for your next appointment so we can help you brag about your new smile!
Tooth discoloration is a problem that many of our clients deal with, but we can help! Dental whitening can fix stains that are caused by many different things, such as prolonged smoking or years of coffee drinking. Aging and chemical damage to your teeth can also cause discolorations to occur. For those who are suffering from extreme tooth discoloration, we may suggest crowns or veneers. However, teeth whitening treatments are almost always worth the effort.
To begin, an impression will be taken in order to fabricate a bleaching tray that is then used to hold the bleach solution against your teeth. You can use this every night for 30 minutes to 1 hours at a time for one to two weeks. By the end of the two weeks, a significant amount of whitening will have occurred. Many people notice an amazing difference in the color of their teeth. We can approve the appearance of yellow, old and stained teeth with this incredible bleaching agent. If you have severely stained teeth, we may suggest crowns or dental veneers for your situation.
We know that you can purchase over-the-counter bleaching solutions at your local drug store. However, these products are of a lower strength, take longer to work and may not provide the level of bleaching desired. Our products are not only safer, they will work much better.
Removal of plaque – Calculus, or tartar, along with plaque buildup, is the precursor to future periodontal problems. Both can accumulate below and above the gum line to the point that even flossing and brushing every single day does not get rid of it. We will remove all the built-up bacteria, debris and deposits from your gum pockets. We know that you try your best at home, but sometimes you need an experienced dentist with special dental equipment to catch the buildup that could lead to so much more damage.
Healthy Smile – Prophylaxis will get rid of all the unsightly stains on your teeth that can cause you to hide your smile. Once they are gone, you won’t want to ever stop flashing your pearly whites!
Fresh breath – Halitosis, or bad breath, is usually an indicator of advancing periodontal disease. Gum infection can cause potential gangrene, which can then result in bad breath, as can rotting food particles that have not been brushed or rinsed away. We can provide you with a powerful teeth cleaning at our office that will get rid of any plaque, calculus and bacteria to improve your breath and reduce any infection that could be forming in your mouth.
We offer professional dental cleaning here with Dr. Muneer in our office. Most patients benefit greatly from a twice-a-year cleaning as a preventative measure, but some periodontitis sufferers come in quarterly to get their teeth taken care of.
Please remember that gum disease cannot be completely reversed, but we have the knowledge and tools to halt its progression and keep it from spreading.