Porcelain Dental Veneers
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or plastic bonded to a tooth to improve its colour and shape. A veneer generally covers only the front and edge of a tooth. Porcelain veneers can completely reshape your teeth and smile. Because of a veneer’s ability to change the overall appearance of the teeth, it is most often used in smile makeovers.
Porcelain veneers are the perfect solution for anyone seeking to restore beauty to cracked, chipped, misshapen or otherwise discoloured teeth. Porcelain veneers allow us to quickly and easily create a beautiful smile in as few as two appointments.
Dental Cures Using Veneer Inlays
If, after attempting bleaching, you are unhappy with the colour of your teeth, veneers can be used to:
- change the colour
- change the shape and position
- be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions
- close spaces between teeth
- lengthen small or misshapen teeth
- whiten stained or darken teeth
Veneers Can Protect Dental Chipping
When teeth are chipping or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore them to their original appearance.
As with most dental restorations, porcelain veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are extremely durable providing a beautiful long lasting smile, often for more than 10 years.
A Primer On Dental Implants
A dental implant is basically a substitute or replacement for a missing tooth’s root. It provides a stable foundation for the anchoring of a crown, bridge or denture. The actual Implants are small metal screws that are placed in the jaw bone at the site of the missing tooth/teeth.
After the implant has been left to heal and join to the bone, usually 3-6 months, the crown (visible tooth component) can then be placed on top of the implant. Implants can replace one or more teeth to support a bridge or denture.
Our Dental Implant Procedures
In our office the patient is referred to an implant specialist for the actual surgical placement of the implant. Between 3 and 6 months later, the patient returns to our office to have the crown placed on top of the implant. This process allows Dr. Campbell to ensure that the patient has the best cosmetic result.
Why are dental implants considered to be better than other tooth replacement options?
The dental implant
- slows bone resorption (dissolving)
- looks, feels and functions as natural teeth
- does not require any treatment to neighboring teeth
- increase tooth stability
- increase the ability to bite and chew
- help hold partials and dentures in place
Does all the treatment get done here?
No, we use specialists that have many years experience, to place the implant. Dr. Campbell is involved with the treatment planning, fabrication and attachment of the final restoration(s) to the implant.
What are the steps in having an implant placed and restored?
It can vary depending on the final treatment plan. Usually the patient is seen by us to discuss the feasibility of implants. Then the specialist is consulted to determine if the area to receive the implant(s) is acceptable. The implants are then placed. Once the specialist gives the OK for the restorations to be done, the final treatment is completed by Dr. Campbell.
Will I be without teeth very long?
Depending on where the implants are placed, many times a temporary appliance is not needed for the back of the mouth. In highly visible areas, a temporary appliance would be necessary and can usually be worn about 1-2 weeks after the implants are placed. There are very firm guidelines for the immediate care of implants, that ensure their success.
The final restorations, in some cases, can be placed as early as 6 weeks after placement of the implant.
How long will it last?
The long term studies look good, however, it is unrealistic to think any restoration will last forever. To date the failure rate of the implant itself is very low.
We feel very comfortable offering this service to our patients who want to replace missing teeth.
Dental Bleaching Treatments
If you are happy with the size and shape of your teeth but would like them to be whiter, then this is the answer. The best and simplest way to improve your smile is to bleach your teeth.
Over time, your teeth will naturally darken as minerals penetrate the outer layer of the tooth. This darkening can be the result of foods and beverages that stain, such as coffee, tea and red wine. Tobacco products also cause teeth to take on a yellowish-brown hue and sometimes drugs, such as tetracycline, when taken in early childhood, will cause teeth to be grey.
Desirable Conditions For Teeth Whitening
Sometimes a single tooth will discolour as the result of an accident or from when it was root canaled. Internal bleaching can also be done to correct the colour of the tooth after the root canal has been completed.
Research over the last five years has proven bleaching to be both safe and effective. Generally the only minor side effect from bleaching treatments may be some sensitivity to hot and cold foods and this symptom normally disappears within 48 hours.
Dr. Campbell’s preferred home bleaching program requires two visits to the office. The first visit includes a consultation and taking a set of impressions for the custom-fit bleaching trays. On the second visit, you will pick up your bleaching trays, whitening gel kit and review the instructions. In approximately two to three weeks, depending on how frequently you wear your trays, you will see a significant difference in the whiteness of your teeth.
Not everyone will achieve the same results. A consultation and teeth cleaning before the whitening process commences is necessary. Fillings, bonding, crowns, and bridges will not bleach. With the natural discolouring of teeth, bleaching is one way for your teeth to return to their original colour or even to a brighter whiter colour.
Bleaching can easily be done with a trip to a dental office for tray bleaching, chairside bleaching or white strips.”prefer tray bleaching since it can easily and inexpensively be touched up from time to time with just a couple of applications. With the cellophane strips or “white strips” many patients have found them to be inconvenient since the cellophane can be difficult to keep in place.”
Dr. Campbell has been whitening teeth for many years. She has used many whitening techniques including home bleaching trays, ‘in office’ bleaching programs and white strips. In Mary-Lou‚Äôs experience, each patient requires their own individual program because no two sets of teeth are the same.
Bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to shape and color a single tooth, or improve your entire smile. This is a simple and non invasive procedure where bonded material is added to your tooth or teeth. You can improve your smile in just one visit!. Since less time is involved and there is no laboratory fee, it is often a more affordable option than porcelain veneers.
What can bonding do?
- repair chipped or cracked teeth
- whiten discolored teeth
- fill spaces between teeth
- protect the root of a tooth
- serve as alternative to silver amalgam fillings
- lengthen small or misshapen teeth
- protect teeth form further damage
- restore their original look
The Bonding Procedure
The cosmetic dentist begins by selecting a shade of composite resin (bonding material) that is closest to the shade of your teeth. Then, the dentist abrades the teeth and applies a liquid that helps the bonding material adhere to the teeth. The composite resin is applied to the teeth, smoothed into the desired shape, and hardened with a high intensity light. After the resin has hardened, the cosmetic dentist will make the final touches and polish the tooth until it resembles the other teeth. If more than one tooth is being repaired it may take several visits.
In recent years there has been an on-going debate about the potential health risk these dental fillings may place on the body’s immune system. In fact, there are several European countries that no longer allow these restorations to be used. Though our country has not yet taken this position, it is interesting to observe the health regulatory authorities have designated the extra mercury scraps as a toxic waste, which must be isolated, packaged, and hauled away by a hazardous waste disposal service.
Until recent years, dental patients were told that repairing teeth with white dental fillings was just for cosmetic purposes and may not stand up as well as the metal restorations. This philosophy is now pass√©. With the eminent technology of dental adhesion, resins, lasers and state-of-art ceramics, the new space-age restorations are close to rivalling nature in strength, wear, function, and appearance. There are now sixteen-year studies showing that with properly administered technique, these advanced restorations surpass traditional dentistry with a number of other incredible advantages.
Dr. Campbell does not use the silver or ‚Äúblack ‚Äúcoloured fillings which contain mercury. The health risk of these fillings is still an area of international debate yet the use of mercury has been banned by many countries and Health Canada has recommended limiting the number of fillings that contain mercury in children and pregnant women.
There are a number of mercury free fillings available in our office. Dr. Campbell is able to restore teeth with composite resin, gold and porcelain.
White or Tooth Coloured Fillings!
White fillings (composite resin) are more attractive, more durable, and longer lasting than amalgam restorations .Both porcelain and composite resin are bonded to the tooth, restoring it to near its original strength and function. Both can be custom coloured to precisely match your teeth so when porcelain or resin fillings are places they’re extremely natural looking. This can really make a difference in your appearance, especially if the restoration is visible when you smile.
What are the advantages of white fillings?
- Less healthy tooth structure removed
- More attractive
- Doesn’t stain the tooth
- No mercury
ALL PORCELAIN CROWNS
Ceramic crowns may be made of porcelain, resins or dental ceramic materials. They create an extremely natural-looking appearance and can be used on both front and back teeth. The tooth-colored ceramic material is translucent, like the enamel of your natural teeth, and size and shade can be carefully matched to complement the rest of your smile. All ceramic or porcelain dental crowns improve both the appearance and function of injured or damaged teeth. They cover and protect the entire surface area of the tooth, restoring strength.
Why Would I Need Crowns?
- Restore a tooth to its original shape (if a portion has fractured)
- Strengthen a tooth following root canal treatment
- Reshaping, (altering the cosmetic appearance of the tooth)
- Replacing a failing old crown (often decay starts at the margin and creeps underneath)
- Strengthening and protecting a large cavity
- Preventing a cracked tooth from breaking
- Replacing and strengthening a large filling
- Crown fitted to a dental implant
- Replacing wear from teeth grinding
- Protecting from acid erosion from poor diet or acid reflux
There are many types of “porcelains” on the market, each with its own advantages and requirements. Dr. Campbell uses several types of porcelain, depending on the patients individual needs.
CEREC (one appointment crowns)
Dr. Campbell is proud to offer CEREC 3D – the world‚Äôs most advanced dental restoration system.
Using CAD/CAM technology (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing), we can design, manufacture and install lifelike all porcelain crowns, onlays and inlays right here in our office. With CEREC, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, inlay, onlay, or veneer! For you, this means less time, fewer injections, and less drilling. With this technology your new teeth will look and fit as perfect as possible every time. With CEREC, we can eliminate the problem of that dark line at the edge of your gums. Your new crown will appear as natural as your own teeth.. As part of your treatment program we can custom stain your new tooth right in the office to make it a perfect natural match:
single appointment ( start to finish), no more waiting 1-2 weeks for crowns coming back from the lab
no temporary restorations
Laser Gum Recontouring
Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation
One of today’s newest and most exciting developments in the field of dentistry is laser dentistry. A laser, which replaces the scalpel, allows soft tissues to be cut without bleeding.
We use the Ivoclar diode dental laser to replace many traditional minor surgical techniques including:
Gum recontouring and reshaping frequently used in cosmetic dentistry. Often in cosmetic dentistry, the position of the gum margin becomes an important issue in making a smile look perfect. Lasers can reshape overgrown and puffy gum tissue to provide an instantaneous cosmetic result.
Speeding healing of mouth ulcers such as cold or canker sores
Taking tissue biopsies
Altering lip and cheek muscle attachments to reduce crowding or spacing of teeth
Examples below include new veneers.
The advantages of using a Laser are
reduced patient discomfort
no anaesthetic for certain procedures
faster healing and recovery times from surgical procedures
eliminates bacteria from surgical site
A bridge is a porcelain restoration composed of 3 or more teeth that is made to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth in between. The dental bridge type you choose will depend on the condition of your smile, your financial goals, and the cosmetic results you desire.
Can I take it out?
The bridge is cemented permanently therefore it cannot be taken out of the mouth as you might with a removable partial denture.
Will I be without teeth in between the appointments?
A temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment. At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally Dr. Campbell may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.
How long will it last?
With proper care and regular visits to a dental office, a bridge usually lasts at least 10 years, many last much longer.
Re-contouring is one of the most conservative cosmetic procedures. It is an effective way to correct minor imperfections and also improve overall dental health by removing crevices or overlaps in which plaque or tartar can accumulate. It can eliminate small chips or irregularities along exposed cusps resulting in smoothing or evening out the edges of visible teeth. When tooth imperfections can’t be eliminated with recontouring we may combine the treatment with bonding, veneers or crowns.
Cosmetic Smile Makeovers
The happiest patients we have are those who have decided to improve their smiles. We know that many people are dissatisfied with either the shape or colour of their teeth. Dr. Campbell will improve your smile by using a combination of porcelain veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, orthodontics and laser gum recontouring – the results are incredible!
A new smile can truly be a life-changing experience and we have seen many times the difference it makes in people‚Äôs lives. A new smile is the most rewarding gift you can give yourself. You will find you smile more, your confidence increases and the world is just a better place! Come in and we will give you an idea of what is possible.
Cosmetic dentistry transforms average smiles into terrific smiles! To accomplish this goal we analyze every aspect of your smile and then recommend solutions.
What Makes a Beautiful Smile?
- teeth are evenly spaced with no gaps
- teeth are white not stained
- top teeth show when you smile, but not the gums
- gumline is smooth, not uneven
- edges of the top teeth smoothly follow the curve of the lower lip
Nine Great ways to improve your smile!
- Tooth Whitening
- White Fillings
- Tooth Recontouring
- Laser Gum Contouring
- Porcelain Crowns – CEREC