Giving yourself a new smile involves artistic design by your dentist. This may be accomplished by using a variety of services that we offer such as Invisalign aligner therapy, Zoom tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, or bonding. Schedule a consultation today to see how we can change your smile!
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The doctors of Westtown Dental Associates are certified in Invisalign Orthodontics, the clear alternative to braces. Invisalign is a series of clear removable trays, called aligners, that are custom-fitted to your teeth and changed approximately every 2 weeks. Over time, your teeth gently shift into place following the movements your dentist has treatment planned for you. Invisalign straightens your smile without any metal brackets or wire, so a majority of people will not even know you are wearing the aligners. Visit the Invisalign website
What is it and how does it work? Botox Blocks the impulses to the muscles which reduces their action. Repeated muscle activity creates frown lines and over time these lines become wrinkles. Everyone tells me I look mad, will this help? Yes, softening these muscle activities reduces that “angry” appearance. Botox is a quick, nonsurgical procedure which requires no downtime or recovery. Schedule your complimentary consultation today. Visit the Botox website
What is Juverderm XC? Juvederm XC is FDA approved to correct volume loss, reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and add to the fullness of lips. Juvederm XC can give a more youthful and natural looking result. How does Juvederm XC work? The doctor will discuss the best treatment for you to achieve an instant and natural result. The procedure is quick and often is combined with other dental treatments. How long will results last? Immediate results will be seen and have been proven to last for 9-12 months. Results are individual. Contact our office for a complimentary consultation. Visit the Juvederm website
Implant dentistry is used in several areas of tooth replacement. A dental implant is used to replace a tooth root. Sometimes this involves placing one implant when a single tooth is lost. Other circumstances involve replacing more than one tooth. Multiple implants can be placed and either restored with crowns, bridges, or implants can be used to retain dentures and give them great stability. Implant placement involves careful evaluation by your dentist.
Porcelain veneers are a great cosmetic option for correcting unwanted gaps, severe staining, and misshapen or mildly crooked teeth. They are a thin piece of porcelain custom-made to fit the front of your tooth to improve the overall quality of your smile. The process typically involves 2 appointments. At your first appointment, the enamel of the tooth will be reshaped in order to make room for the porcelain veneer. An impression will then be taken of your teeth and the desired color shade of the veneer will be chosen. The second appointment, a few weeks after your initial preparation appointment, will involve cementing the veneers and reviewing home care instructions.
Bonded restorations are “tooth colored” resin restorations that are used in a variety of situations. A shade is selected to match your tooth color and then this material can be used to fill a cavity, to fix a chipped tooth, or to close spaces in between teeth. See before and after photos below.
All ceramic crowns are restorations that are placed most often when a tooth is broken and can not be repaired with a bonded filling or veneer. Traditionally, all ceramic crowns were only placed on anterior teeth; however, modern dental science has invented materials that are strong enough to withstand the forces generated on the back teeth. The advantage that these crowns have over traditional porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns is that they are much more aesthetic. The material in these crowns allows light to pass through them giving a natural appearance. Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns do not allow light to pass through because of the metal substructure underneath the porcelain; additionally, as we age, the gums often will recede a little around PFM crowns and a tiny bit of metal may be noticable at the gum line. Your dentist will help you determine which type of crown is most suitable to restore your tooth.
Periodontal maintenance is a fundamental element of dentistry. The periodontium is the foundation for your teeth and is comprised of the bone and gum surrounding them. Regular cleaning and dental exams are the key to preventing periodontal disease which weakens this foundation. Periodontal disease occurs because the plaque and tartar which develops on teeth in hard to reach areas contains bacteria. These bacteria secrete toxins that the body’s immune system tries to fight, causing chronic inflammation which leads to inflamed gum tissue and bone destruction. Thus, recall appoints with our hygiene department, in addition to regular brushing and flossing, are an important part of maintaining periodontal health. Some people are genetically predisposed to develop calculus (tartar) more easily than others and may need more frequent cleaning visits than every six months. Additionally, some patients are referred to the periodontist, a specialist, for periodontal maintenance. We will work with you to achieve optimum oral health and instruct you how to care for your mouth the best you can.
A fixed bridge is a restoration that is used to replace one or more teeth that may have been lost. A fixed bridge may be used to replace a tooth in a space where implant placement is not possible. Additionally, fixed bridges may be used to replace multipe missing teeth while at the same time strengthening the teeth it uses for attachment. The teeth that the bridge is cemented onto are called abutments. The pontic is the unit in between the abutments, replacing the missing tooth or teeth. Your dentist will guide you in determining if a fixed bridge is the right restoration for tooth replacement.
>TMJ treatment involves treating the temporomandibular joint. This is the joint that connects the lower jaw to your skull. People often have pain in this joint or experience popping or clicking noises from this area. These symptoms of temporomandibular disorder (TMD) arise from trauma to the jaw joint. Trauma can result from an improper jaw alignment, a non ideal occulsion (how the top and bottom teeth come together), a parafunctional habit (clinching or grinding your teeth) or a physical accident to the joint. Regardless of the cause of the joint disorder it is treatable with proper diagnosis from your dentist. TMD often results in over-activity of your jaw muscles and the strain on these muscles can result in headaches. Please ask your dentist about TMD and treatments that are available if you have frequent headaches or any problem with your jaw joints.
Porcelain Fused To Gold And All Gold Crowns
There are circumstances when a tooth needs to be restored with a crown and your doctor may recommend a porcelain-fused-to-gold crown or an all gold crown. Sometimes people have such a strong bite that the metal reinforcement under the porcelain is necessary to endure chewing forces. When performed by a quality ceramist these restorations can still be highly aesthetic and more cost efficient than all ceramic or all gold crowns. Your dentist may also recommend all gold in some circumstances. Teeth can be very short in the back of the mouth and occasionally there is not enough tooth structure, after reduction by the dentist, to have room for a porcelain-fused-to-gold crown. Porcelain has to have a certain thickness or the crown may fracture. When there is limited room in these places your dentist may recommend an all gold crown. Gold is a great material because it is gentle on opposing teeth when you are chewing, and the gums typically have little irritation from gold crowns.
Ceramic/Gold Onlays and Inlays
Inlays and onlays are restorations that are used to restore decayed and broken teeth. The difference between these restorations and fillings are that they are much stronger than fillings, and generally will provide you with many more years of longevity. Your dentist, at the first visit, removes decay or an old filling, prepares your tooth , and takes a mold of the tooth. A temporary restoration is placed and this impression is sent to a lab where a ceramic or gold restoration is made. At the next visit this lab fabricated inlay/onlay is placed with a permanent cement . The main difference between this restoration and a crown is the conservation of tooth structure. A tooth must be prepared more aggressively for a crown to make room for dental restorative material.