Cosmetic Dentistry in the Highview Neighborhood of Louisville, KY
The Smile You Deserve…Custom Designed!
If you are embarrassed by your smile, or it’s affecting your confidence, it’s time to get the smile you deserve. Whether your problem is teeth that are crooked, discolored or missing, we have a solution.
A beautiful smile can change your life.
Now a movie star smile is as close as your mirror. Starting with healthy teeth and gums, we can perfect your smile through porcelain restorations, veneers, whitening, and other state-of-the-art treatments.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Black and Silver Filling Replacement
Many people have had silver fillings placed into their teeth when they had “cavities.” These silver fillings are called amalgams. Amalgam fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.
However, over time, the amalgam corrodes and leaks which blackens the silver, and many times the tooth. This is easily seen as soon as a patient opens his or her mouth and is usually a source of embarrassment for the patient.
Composite fillings are made of a porcelain-like material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”.
Composite fillings also lack the sensitivity that is often associated with silver amalgam fillings. They are especially suited for smaller cavities and for patients who may be allergic to metal fillings.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions you may have about the benefits of replacing silver amalgam fillings with invisible composite fillings.
Tooth-Colored Resin Fillings
For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold and that was always too expensive for most folks. Now there is a new and economical way to restore teeth using tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. The doctor bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.
Once completed, the tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and last longer than the old silver amalgam fillings. Resin restorations can range from $150 to $350 per tooth.
Please contact our office with any questions you may have about the benefits of resin restorations.
Teeth Whitening with Bleaching
Tooth bleaching involves the placement of a bleaching solution on the teeth to eliminate stains and discoloration. The solution is held in place by a custom-made, see-through tray that fits over the teeth – much like a mouthpiece worn by a professional boxer.
Bleaching is safe, effective, and relatively easy means of producing a whiter smile.
Two bleaching methods are available: Power Bleaching with Laser, done at our office, and At-Home-Bleaching, which provides for home use ( not to be confused with over-the-counter bleaching products available in your local drug store).
The difference between the two is the strength of the teeth whitening agent and the time it takes to get effective results. Power bleaching usually takes three to six visits, while home bleaching may take up to four weeks of regular use.
Sensitive teeth, or those that are chipped, eroded, or weakened by cavities, should be repaired or protected before they are bleached.
Painlessly Repair Broken Teeth With Dental Bonding
Bonding is typically painless and can yield dramatic results in a single office visit. Essentially, bonding hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth.
After treating the tooth surface, a puttylike bonding material is applied that is then sculpted, shaped, and colored to suit the patient’s needs. A high-intensity light causes the plastic to harden after which the new surface is smoothed and polished.
Bonding can lighten stains, close gaps, and even alter crooked or malformed teeth. It can be utilized to change the shape or color of a single tooth or if necessary to revamp the entire smile.
Please contact our office for more information about dental bonding.
Porcelain veneers are often used for the same reasons as bonding (to lighten stains, close gaps, and even alter crooked or malformed teeth). They are considerably more durable and stain-resistant than bonding.
The veneer is actually a thin piece of porcelain similar in size to a fingernail. Once it is “bonded” onto the tooth it becomes extremely strong. It also blends in with the remaining tooth structure so that it is unnoticeable to the naked eye. Once in place, it looks, feels, ad functions just a regular tooth.
Porcelain veneers can be utilized to change the shape and color of a single tooth or if necessary, revamp an entire smile. Porcelain veneers can also be used to correct teeth that have been worn from clenching and grinding.
Please contact our office about the benefits of porcelain veneers.
Protect Deteriorating Teeth with a Dental Crown
Teeth are often restored with fillings of silver or composite plastics. These materials can often accomplish the aim of replacing the part of the tooth that has been lost in a strong and good-looking manner.
However, there comes a point where the damage to the tooth has removed too much structure to hold a filling. The restoration must be done by a technique that will attach to the remaining tooth, stand up under heavier use, and meet more elaborate cosmetic requirements.
The crown is the dental restoration that can strengthen and restore the entire top of a tooth. The crown can also be part of the attachment of a fixed bridge for the replacements of teeth. The tooth is strengthened because it is covered from the outside with a casting of metal or ceramic that will wrap up and splint the tooth.
The chewing of the tooth can be improved because it can be reshaped to match more efficiently with the opposing teeth. A crown can improve processes that produce translucency and color that is more natural than has ever been possible.
Please contact our office to learn more about dental restoration.
As a proud member of the Louisville community, we’ve been honored to provide dental care to so many throughout the years. Through continuing education and state-of-the-art equipment, we are able to offer you and your family the high level of care you’re looking for. Our staff extends a warm welcome and an ongoing commitment to your dental health.