If you have serious dental issues, you may be a candidate for full-mouth restoration. If your teeth are worn from bruxism or acid erosion, or if your teeth are missing due to an accident or severe decay, we can help. You may think you’ll never smile again, but we can combine a number of our restorative and cosmetic services to give you pearly whites you will be proud to show off.
You may feel your gums are too low, making your teeth look small. You may feel your gums are too high, making your teeth look long (and potentially leading to sensitivity, decay, and tooth loss). Gum recontouring is a way to make your gums and your teeth look just right.
Nobody’s perfect, but most of us want our smile to be. If you have minor dental flaws, like an oddly shaped tooth or one that’s just a bit too long, or if a tooth is chipped or the enamel is uneven, recontouring may be the solution for you. During recontouring, a tiny bit of enamel is removed to resize, reshape, or smooth the tooth. Recontouring is quick, painless, and requires no anesthesia. It’s a minor cosmetic procedure that offers major results.
Clear orthodontic aligners can straighten a patient’s teeth without the wires and brackets of traditional braces. The aligners consist of a sequence of clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth to straighten them. Each tray must be worn by the patient for a specified amount of time, usually around 20 hours a day for two weeks, before the patient can progress to the next tray. In most situations, the aligners can straighten teeth in anywhere from six to 18 months.
Unlike traditional braces, the trays can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Because the trays are clear, patients can undergo this type of orthodontic treatment without the usual discomfort associated with regular braces.
Periodontal surgery is designed to restore form and function to the gum tissue, periodontal ligament, and the bone that supports your teeth or an individual tooth. The real long-term goal of any periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth and their usefulness; it is not a cure for periodontal disease. Periodontal surgery basically removes tissue that has been transformed by the disease, and then reconstructs the gums and surrounding tissues to better support the teeth and to recreate a normal appearance.
Periodontal disease is diagnosed when gingival or gum tissue attachment to the teeth is abnormal and bone changes may be evident through x-rays. We will determine the degree of periodontal disease by examining “pockets” between the gum and tooth to see how much detachment exists, and then will thoroughly examine the x-rays.
What Are Dental Crowns?
Dental crowns are fixed prosthetic restorations made to restore a damaged tooth to its original shape and size. They are permanently cemented on teeth that have cracked, extensively decayed, or otherwise been damaged. Although they sometimes extend down onto the root surface, crowns essentially replace the outer aspect of the “crown” part of a natural tooth.
When affixed, the crown fully encases the portion of the damaged tooth that sits above the gum line. Crowns are custom made to fit over each tooth. They can be made of a variety of different materials, including ceramics, porcelain-and-metal, or resin.
When Are Dental Crowns Used?
Crowns are installed to perform several important functions. They protect weak teeth, restore broken teeth, prevent cracked teeth from breaking further, and support teeth that have large fillings. Variants of crowns are also used to hold dental bridges in place. Crown support or replace a structure that no longer works on its own. When teeth are badly damaged, cracked, broken, or misshapen, crowns are the most effective solution. Crowns restore the appearance, shape, and alignment of a damaged tooth. After a crown is cemented in place, it’s usually the only visible part of the tooth. Crowns are made to look like natural teeth, so they don’ t stand out or look odd inside the mouth.
If you are interested in learning more about dental crowns or to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us at 410-643-5500 or click here to request an appointment.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Our pontics are made from porcelain to aesthetically blend in with your natural teeth.
There are four main types of dental bridges:
If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges or to schedule a consultation, please do not hesitate to call us at 410-643-5500 or click here to request an appointment.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth.
What Can Dental Veneers Fix?
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Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile. Your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Professional tooth whitening in our office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective, and can transform teeth in a single office visit.
Tooth whitening can last for one or more years, depending on how well you take care of your teeth, and if you’re following up regularly with a home whitening product for regular maintenance.
Home Tooth Whitening
Commercially available tooth whitening systems have become popular, mainly because they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use.
We no longer need to rely on unsightly metals to replace tooth structure lost to decay, but use high density, state-of-the-art plastic.
In the past, teeth were filled with a mixture (or amalgam) of different metals. Today that is changing as more natural-looking and metal-free dental fillings are becoming the preferred approach.
At Eastern Shore Dental Care, we use more tooth-like materials (composite resins and porcelains) that are both safe and predictable. The most important feature for many people is that the cavity filling looks and reacts more like natural teeth.