Cosmetic Dentistry

/Cosmetic Dentistry

Bonding

Repairs minor imperfections
If you have a slight imperfection in your teeth, bonding can be a simple way to improve your smile.

Bonding can repair teeth that –

  • are stained
  • are chipped
  • are crooked
  • have minor gaps

And in some cases, bonding can repair a cavity with a natural-looking, tooth-colored restoration.

Advantages of bonding
Bonding can be a quick procedure, often done in just an hour or two.

Many bonding procedures can be performed without anesthesia.

It can be less expensive than a crown or veneer.

Procedure
To prepare a tooth for bonding, we clean off any plaque and tartar.

We choose a shade that matches your natural tooth color.

The tooth needs to be dry, so we may use a rubber dam to isolate it.

To begin, we use a mild etching solution to condition the tooth surface. This helps the bonding agent adhere to your tooth.

We then apply the bonding material and harden it with a special curing light.

We add another layer of resin, and again, harden it with the curing light. We may do this several times until we reach the proper thickness.

Once all layers have been placed, we sculpt them to the desired shape.

We check your bite to make sure your tooth functions properly.

Finally, we polish your tooth to a smooth and beautiful finish. With proper care, the bonding material should last between 3 and 10 years.

Bonding can be a good way to repair minor problems and give you a beautiful smile.

3-Unit Bridge Procedure

Three-unit bridge replaces missing teeth
When a tooth is missing, a three-unit bridge can be a good choice for replacing it. In a three-unit bridge, an artificial tooth is connected on each end to crowns. The crowns are placed over the neighboring teeth to hold the bridge in place.

A three-unit bridge can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused-to-metal.

Placing a three-unit bridge
When we first find periodontal disease, we treat it with scaling and root planing to remove plaque, tartar and bacteria from beneath your gumline.

We use the handpiece to remove any decay and shape the teeth that will support the bridge. Then we take an impression of your teeth. A model of your mouth is made from this impression, and then the lab uses the model to create a bridge that precisely fits your teeth and bite. In the meantime, we often place a temporary bridge.

On your next visit, we remove the temporary bridge and begin a series of steps to confirm the fit of your new bridge. We try in the final bridge and check the fit and your bite. When everything is right, we cement or bond the bridge in place.

Removing plaque below the gumline
This treatment disrupts the growth of the bacteria, but some bacteria remain and may settle back into the pocket where they reproduce. In fact, the number of bacteria doubles every time they reproduce, reaching destructive levels in as few as 90 days.

The benefits of a three-unit bridge
Three-unit bridges have several advantages. They:

  • Replace teeth for biting and chewing
  • Assist in clear speech
  • Help prevent teeth from shifting
  • Are supported by crowns that can serve as restorations for neighboring teeth that have damage or decay

When you need to replace a missing tooth, a three-unit bridge can be a functional, good-looking solution.

“I am having to get use to smiling with my mouth open again.”

My right front tooth became more crooked with age.  I considered braces.  After talking with Dr. Kote and finding I had a break in my two front teeth I started thinking of caps.  Dr. Kote did a wax up to show me how my teeth would look.  I couldn’t believe how straight my teeth could be despite the crowding.  The shade is also so natural, yet flattering white.

I have smiled with my mouth closed, not to expose my front crooked tooth for a long time.  I am having to get use to smiling with my mouth open again.  I am very pleased with the professional, friendly process by Dr. Kote and his staff.  I am even more pleased with the results my confident smile shows.

~Clara Sue Hammontree

(before and after photos coming soon)

My Teeth Feel Fine, Do I Still Need To See A Dentist?

Your teeth may feel fine, but it’s still important to see the dentist regularly because problems can exist without you knowing. Your smile’s appearance is important, and your dentist can help keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful. With so many advances in dentistry, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, missing, or misshapen teeth. Today’s dentists offer many treatment choices that can help you smile with confidence, including:

  • Professional teeth whitening
  • Fillings that mimic the appearance of natural teeth
  • Tooth replacement and full smile makeovers