Cosmetic dentistry helps you get the smile you deserve by improving the aesthetics of your teeth. You will no longer have to be embarrassed by the bad smile you had due to various oral problems.
Some of the issues that cosmetic dentistry can solve are as follows:
- Broken, chipped or cracked teeth
- Misshapen teeth
- Crooked teeth (bad bite)
- Excessive gaps between adjacent teeth
- Crowding of teeth
- Failed fillings
- Missing teeth
- Gum recession
Veneers have several aesthetic benefits. They can be used to treat a severely discolored tooth by covering its frontal surface, restore a broken or chipped tooth back its shape and functionality, alter the size of a tooth, reduce the excessive gap between two teeth, etc.
A veneer is custom fabricated to meet every patient’s unique needs. Our dentists would take a mold of your tooth which requires the veneer and send it to a laboratory. Here, the veneer would be fabricated from dental grade porcelain and made to match the exact shade and texture of your remaining teeth. A thin layer of the enamel will be removed to make space for bonding the veneer. When the tooth is aptly prepared for the veneer, it will be permanently bonded to the tooth with the help of dental adhesives. Finally, the veneer will be checked for fit and comfort, and your bite will be evaluated.
Crowns are commonly called dental caps as they cover an entire tooth. They can be used to restore teeth which have had severe cavities, fractures, and teeth which have become highly fragile after undergoing a root canal therapy. Sometimes, when they are used along with a dental bridge, they help to hold the prosthetic tooth in place. Crowns are highly efficient at holding a tooth intact and preventing it from crumbling.
Crowns, just like veneers, are crafted in a laboratory using the mold of the tooth as reference. Before the mold is taken, the tooth is prepared by thorough cleaning and gentle buffing. As the crown requires a few days to be prepared, a temporary crown will be used until it is available. Once the permanent crown is ready, it will be bonded to the tooth with the help of adhesives and checked for perfect fit.
Composite fillings can be used to restore teeth which have suffered minor cracks and cavities. In the past, metal (amalgam) fillings were often used to fill cavities. However, they were replaced with composite fillings due to their toxic nature and bad appearance.
A cavity will be cleaned by removing the decayed material and the debris. Its walls will be scrubbed to get rid of the microbes and to prevent further infection. Next, the filling will be applied to the tooth and shaped accordingly. Composite fillings can be made to match the exact shade and contour of the tooth, and hence, they are the most preferred filling material.
An Onlay is a restorative appliance which covers the cusp of a tooth. Onlays can be used as an alternative to crowns when only one surface of a tooth needs to be covered. Small fractures, cracks, etc. can be treated with Onlays to bring the tooth back to its original shape and functionality. Besides, they seamlessly blend in with the enamel to avoid possible detection when you smile.
Teeth discoloration is a very common issue among individuals of all ages. One of the main causes behind it are frequent consumption of colored foods and aerated drinks, improper brushing techniques and in certain cases, a root canal therapy. Some of the teeth whitening techniques are as follows:
- In-office whitening: It is the simplest and most commonly carried out whitening procedure. After an initial screening of the teeth, the whitening gel will be applied to them. It will have to be in contact with the teeth for a few minutes while it removes the stains. The procedure can be repeated depending on the level of whitening required and how bad the discoloration is.
- Customized plastic trays: Using a whitening gel along with custom fitting trays will keep the gel in constant contact with the teeth, thereby providing better results.
- Laser teeth whitening:The whitening gel used in this procedure is photosensitive. Meaning, a light (laser) of a specific wavelength is required to activate the gel. The gel, upon activation, produces a foam which removes the stains from the surface of the teeth. It is the fastest teeth whitening process and can especially be of great help to ones who run on a tight schedule.
A perfect smile not only comes with a perfect set of teeth, but also with healthy and beautiful looking gums. Gums diseases can ruin one’s oral health and the aesthetics as well. They are a resultant of the accumulated plaque and tartar which can cause redness, bleeding, gum recession, decaying of the gum tissue, release of pus, and when the condition gets even worse, there could be tooth loss.
Gum contouring involves restoring the gums to their optimum health and appearance. In case the gums have receded below the normal level or if the tissues have been badly infected, a gum graft may be required. It involves extracting the healthy tissues from a different part of the mouth and grafting them to the desired area. Getting the procedure done using laser technology makes it even quicker and yields better results.
You must’ve heard of Botox being used to change certain facial characteristics. Well, Botox stands for Botulinum Toxin A and is a natural protein used as a muscle relaxant. When injected into the tissues of the body, it relaxes the muscles, thereby getting rid of the wrinkles on the skin and also relieving pain.
We, at Tanega Dental, use Botox both to get rid of the facial wrinkles and to ease the pain in the facial muscles. Sometimes, chronic headaches and TMJ pain can also be treated using Botox. The best thing about it is that there is no discomfort or numbness caused with its use.
You may schedule a consultation with our Dentist in South San Francisco, CAby calling us at (650) 794-0203 or reaching us through an online query. We’re always happy to help.