Restorative dentistry involves the diagnosis of all issues relating to the health and function of the smile, including the treatment and repair of broken, infected, or otherwise damaged teeth, gums, and tissue. Restorative dentistry is intended to restore or refurbish the function, integrity and morphology of a missing tooth or the missing teeth structure.
Dental implants are strong and sturdy artificial tooth roots surgically placed into the jawbone. The implants are securely anchored to bone and gum tissue, allowing the implants to function more like natural teeth. The implants are capped by natural looking crowns indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
We provide biocompatible restorations that are made in the USA. We use one of the best laboratories in the US to fabricate all of our restorations. This allows us the certainty that your restorations are made from the best materials and metals. We also provide restorations that are non-metal (all ceramic or porcelain restorations) for those who want the most natural and esthetic look.
Tooth bonding is a quick, inexpensive, and painless way to improve the appearance of a smile suffering from stains, chips, cracks, and misalignment. The procedure involves applying a natural looking, tooth colored coating directly to your tooth to restore its appearance.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored shells bonded directly to your teeth to conceal and correct chips, cracks, stains, and misalignment. Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant, long lasting, and indistinguishable from the rest of your teeth.
“No-Tooth-Preparation” Porcelain Veneers
Manufacturers claim that no-tooth-preparation porcelain veneers, or “prepless” veneers, can be a permanent cosmetic solution: a painless solution that can reshape, brighten, and whiten a smile.
The difference between these and regular veneers lies in the “no tooth preparation” part. So, unlike regular veneers, removing part of the existing tooth is not necessary. Sounds good, right?
The problem is that – unless you have a very specific circumstance like lots of gaps, or teeth that slant in toward your tongue and need to be built outward – you usually end up with bulky, fake-looking teeth. With porcelain veneers you may remove as little as half a millimeter from the existing tooth and replace it with porcelain so that it looks natural. Typically, unprepared veneers simply look too toothy. I’m not saying it should never be done, but case selection is critical for success.
There are very few cases where you get a nice, natural result, and again, that’s generally on people who have teeth that need to be bulked out or made larger. So I usually tell patients, “No prep, no good.” In my opinion, for a natural shape and size, you almost always have to remove some enamel and replace it with porcelain. The biggest problem with prepless veneers is that some dentists are overusing them and getting less than stellar results due to poor case selection. With proper case selection, however, the results can be beautiful. So just be cautious if you are considering this procedure!