At Short & Vlosich Family Dental, our dentist offers a wide variety of dental services - from routine cleanings and teeth whitening to crowns and dentures; our dentists are capable of performing a variety of procedures. Listed below are some of the most common dental procedures we offer at our dental practice to enhance your smile aesthetics.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically implanted into the jawbone underneath the gums to provide support for placing replacement teeth. Titanium is used because it is biocompatible and doesn’t cause any serious side effects to the body. Once the implant is in place, the gum is sutured over it to allow the bone to grow around it and fuse with it.
The primary advantage of having dental implants is their ability to replace missing tooth roots. This preserves the jawbone and reduces the likelihood of additional tooth loss in the future. Dental implants also improve the appearance of your smile and make it easier to eat and speak properly. Compared to other restorative dental procedures such as dentures, implants are more comfortable and more durable, and provide patients with a more natural-looking smile after the procedure is complete.
In addition to replacing lost teeth and improving a patient’s appearance, dental implants are also a great option for patients who need to extract their remaining teeth and need an alternative to partials or full dentures. Dental implant surgery is also the best option for patients who have healthy gums but are missing one or more teeth in a row. Implants can replace a single tooth without negatively impacting the surrounding teeth. During your consultation at our practice, our dentist will discuss all of the benefits of getting dental implants.
A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that is placed over a tooth that has been weakened by decay or damaged by trauma. As your cosmetic dentist, we offer crowns made from several materials, including gold, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-porcelain, and all-ceramic. These crowns are color-matched to your smile for natural-looking results. They are intended to protect damaged teeth from further harm and to restore normal function and beauty to the smile. Dental crowns are also commonly used with root canal therapy; they help to fully restore a tooth after it has been compromised by injury or infection.
If you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth that needs to be repaired, you may benefit from receiving a dental crown. Crowns can be used to improve the appearance of a smile as well. They are often used to cover severely discolored or misshapen teeth and can resolve bite-related issues as well. If one or more of these issues are affecting you, contact our dentist to schedule a consultation to see if a crown is right for you.
Veneers are thin shells made of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of your teeth. They are an excellent option to correct a variety of cosmetic flaws and are usually used as an alternative to crowns.
Porcelain veneers are made by our dentists at a lab and are custom-made to fit your smile. They cover gaps, chips, and other minor issues with your smile to give you the flawless appearance you were meant to have.
During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and determine if you are a candidate for veneers. Once our dentist has confirmed that you are a candidate, we will schedule your first appointment to design your new set of veneers. You will need to make several visits to our office so that we can take impressions of your smile, make temporary veneers, and finally place your permanent ones. Your veneers can last between five to fifteen years with proper care. With proper maintenance and care, you can prolong the life of your veneers and keep your mouth looking and feeling great.
The Invisalign system is an advanced orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth over time. Unlike traditional braces that use brackets and wires bonded to your teeth and can irritate both teeth and gums, the Invisalign system uses a series of clear overlays that are removable, so you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck or concerns about discomfort. Most patients find Invisalign to be far more comfortable and convenient than traditional braces.
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