Crowns or “Caps” are fixed dental restorations that are cemented onto existing teeth or dental implants. Crowns may be indicated for numerous reasons some of which include decay, fractures, cracked tooth syndrome, following root canal therapy, and large restorations at risk of fracture. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can also be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment.
Porcelain crowns are often the best solution for patients looking for a durable and highly esthetic option for damaged, decayed and discolored teeth. Porcelain is semi-translucent and can be made to closely match the light transmitting properties of natural teeth. Not only can it be customized to match the texture and color of your natural teeth, it is resistant to stains and will not develop black staining along the gum-line.
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things that you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful. It can both make you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Certain foods and beverages can cause teeth to become discolored. These foods include coffee, tea, wine and sports drinks. Smoking can also cause teeth to stain. The Professional whitening treatments offered at Spring Creek Dental are among the fastest and most efficient ways to whiten your teeth. Professional products contain whitening agents in higher concentrations, and produce results much more quickly and effectively than over-the-counter options. In fact, your teeth may be visibly whiter in just one visit. You also have the added benefit of a treatment that is supervised by a dental professional. Additional home whitening will be indicated with long-term success of these in-office whitening treatments.
Porcelain Veneers are a popular option for patients seeking a durable and highly esthetic treatment for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshapen, misaligned, worn down, uneven and or abnormally spaced. Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are custom made to fit over the teeth providing a natural, attractive look. Dental veneers fabricated in a laboratory and are permanently bonded to the teeth with resin cement. Porcelain material is highly esthetic option due to its stain resistance and durability once bonded.
Bonding is among the easiest, most conservative and least expensive cosmetic dental procedures. Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair decayed, chipped, fractured and discolored teeth. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Cosmetic bonding can also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Sometimes bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed because of gum recession.
Porcelain onlays and inlays are esthetic solutions if you have a dental cavity or fracture that’s too large for a regular filling, but not significant enough to require a crown. An onlay corrects damage extending to a “cusp” (the raised points on the biting surface), in contrast to an inlay, which is used to repair only that portion of the tooth between these cusps. Unlike a filling, where a malleable material is placed into the tooth and allowed to harden, a porcelain onlay is fabricated in a laboratory and is joined to the tooth with a bonded cement.
Porcelain inlays and onlays are not only extremely durable restorations, but they strengthen and protect your natural tooth. Their natural appearance and realistic contours assure that you can also maintain a healthy gum-line.