Cosmetic dentistry is dentistry aimed at creating positive changes to your teeth and your smile. Although cosmetic dentistry procedures are usually elective, treatments such as dental crowns and bridges also provide restorative benefits. Here are some of the most common cosmetic dentistry services:
Whitening is the most common and popular cosmetic dental procedure. It can be performed at Dr. Johnson’s office, often in a single visit, or at home with a take-home whitening kit. He can whiten your teeth with a special bleaching agent to achieve those pearly whites you’ve always wanted, and overcome stains from food, wine, tea, coffee, medication, and personal habits such as smoking.
Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. These are typically made by a dental laboratory and used on a tooth that has mild to moderate decay or insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. An inlay is applied directly onto the tooth surface. When there’s more significant damage to the tooth, Dr. Johnson may use an onlay to cover the entire surface.
Inlays and onlays are typically made in a dental laboratory using a composite of porcelain or ceramic material and attached with adhesive dental cement. They provide support to strengthen teeth, restore their shape, and avoid further deterioration.
Cosmetic bonding repairs decayed, damaged, or discolored teeth using material that matches tooth enamel color. Dr. Johnson will remove tooth decay then apply the bonding material onto the tooth’s surface. He then “sculpts” it into the right shape before curing it with a high-intensity light. This procedure effectively covers any damage and restores the appearance of a healthy tooth. Cosmetic bonding is one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry procedures available to patients with tooth decay, chipped, cracked or worn teeth.
Dental veneers are custom-made covers that fit over your natural teeth. They look natural and can correct numerous cosmetic problems, from crooked teeth to cracked or damaged enamel to noticeable gaps between two teeth and discoloration. Dr. Johnson applies a veneer to the front surface of each tooth using a dental adhesive.
Dental implants are both cosmetic and restorative. They can replace lost or badly damaged teeth. Each implant is anchored by a small titanium screw that goes directly into the jawbone at the site of the missing tooth. This serves to support a dental crown, also called a restoration. Dental implants are nearly indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. When the bone and supporting tissue fuse with the implant, it is permanently secured. Healing from an implant procedure normally takes six to 12 weeks. Dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth and require the same oral hygiene care.
I have been to Dr. Johnson to have my teeth cleaned and worked on twice this year. He is nothing but professional and very caring! I leave there each time knowing that I have received the best care for my teeth. Dr. Johnson and his staff made me feel comfortable from the moment I walked in the door until the time I left. I have recommended Dr. Johnson and his staff to many of my friends and I know that they are satisfied with his work as well!
Erik and staff are wonderful. They are professional, friendly, quick, and thorough. I have gone to Erik for years and recently convinced my boyfriend, who previously hated going to the dentist, to switch and he has now recommended him to his friends and coworkers as well. Erik is straight forward yet possesses great bed side manner.
~ Tess Frey