Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Crasnean’s main priority is educating his patients about how to achieve the optimal level of dental health and the best smile possible.
Although there is a multitude of cosmetic treatment options available, Dr. Crasnean enjoy taking time with his patients to explain them the options available to ensure they are able to choose the ones that suit the patient the best.
Some of the cosmetic procedures used in our office include:

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are most often applied over the front teeth to correct discoloration, severe cracks, chips, and wear as well as the alignment of the teeth. Veneers are the ideal treatment choice to restore the teeth to their natural appearance. Veneers can also cover up significant stains such as those caused by tetracycline. With age, wear of the front teeth may affect the aesthetics of our smile and result in us appearing older than we actually are. Porcelain veneers may be used to lengthen worn or short teeth and restore you to your natural and youthful smile.

Porcelain Onlay

One of the aspects of good dentistry involves the conservation of tooth structure; that is, we always want to restore the tooth in question by removing only the decay, existing defective restorations, and undermined tooth structure, while maintaining the integrity of the rest of the tooth. When it comes to restoring teeth onlays and crowns are the usual treatment options since they are the predominant contributors to masticatory function (chewing). An onlay is an indirect restoration fabricated usually from either porcelain or gold, and is cemented onto a tooth that requires cuspal replacement. A crown can be seen as an onlay that covers all the cusps.

Porcelain Inlays

A dental inlay is a type of restoration that typically looks like natural teeth and fixes an existing tooth that is too damaged to support a tooth filling, but not so much that it needs a dental crown. It covers the chewing surface between the cusps, while onlays restore one or more fractured cusps.

Porcelain Crown

Porcelain crowns replace the exterior portion of a tooth to re-establish its original function and to create a natural appearance. Crowns are the treatment of choice in situations where tooth decay has destroyed most of the original tooth, when a traumatic event has caused damage, or in cases of severe enamel erosion. They are also an option for people who grind and clench their teeth so much that the original structure of their teeth has been compromised.

The great benefit to porcelain crowns is they can not only replicate the original tooth in function, but can be designed to look like the original–or even better. When patients select a porcelain veneer for cosmetic reasons, they’re usually covering up the front portion of the tooth that has some esthetic flaw. A porcelain crown is thicker than a veneer and, in some situations, this thickness is needed.

Porcelain Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges.  You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.  Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth.  This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used fillings today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored,they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Meet Dr. Crasnean and his great team.

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