Cosmetic Teeth Procedures
There are a number of cosmetic teeth procedures you can have performed here at the Houston Medical Center Dental Group. Some are very simple and require only one or two office visits. Others are more complex and require reconstructive dental work to repair or replace damaged or broken teeth.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
Cosmetic dental bonding is one of the newer and more advanced cosmetic teeth procedures available to today’s dental patient. It has all but replaced silver-mercury amalgam fillings. Dental bonding is done with a special bio-friendly resin that looks like tooth enamel and more effectively fills cavities, smoothes out cracks, and whitens tooth surfaces than the primitive fillings of the past. It also remains in the tooth much longer, so there is little if any, risk of it falling out.
Cosmetic Dental Bleaching
Another basic cosmetic teeth procedure involves bleaching the teeth with a bleaching gel. During the initial visit, the dentist whitens your teeth in our office. You then get to take home a special bleaching agent to use nightly for two weeks. On your second visit, another in-office treatment of bleach is applied. Cosmetic dental bleaching is the preferred first option of treatment for discolored teeth.
Cosmetic Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are made of porcelain and are therefore extremely hard. They provide a firm chewing surface that will not crack, and their coloration looks very similar to that of natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is also stain resistant, so once veneers are applied, they will last for years without losing their color.
Veneers represent one of the most versatile cosmetic teeth procedures that provide a solution to a number of problems. They are used to cover small chips and pits in tooth surfaces. They are also used to whiten severely discolored teeth which bleach alone cannot whiten. They have even proven effective in the correction of minor tooth alignment problems.
Cosmetic Dental Porcelain Crowns
Before more sophisticated cosmetic teeth procedures like porcelain crowns were invented, dentists had few options when it came to treating severely decayed or fractured teeth. A cavity that destroyed more than 40percent of a tooth, or a crack that broke off part of its enamel and dentin, pretty much guaranteed a tooth extraction. Even worse, prior to the rise of implant dentistry, people with missing teeth had no other replacement options beyond traditional bridges or partial dentures. .
Porcelain crowns have changed all this. These days, the life of a tooth, so to speak, may still be ended by severe decay, but the physical structure and function of the two can more often than not be salvaged. Severely infected or damaged teeth can be cleaned out with a standard root canal, and then capped with a porcelain crown that looks identical to surrounding teeth. Porcelain crowns are tougher than even natural teeth, and when correctly placed, restore both the beauty of the smile and the ability to eat a normal diet without fear.
Cosmetic Dental Implants
There are many people, however, who have already lost teeth, and they lost those teeth long before the development of today’s more sophisticated cosmetic teeth procedures. The good news is, there is a solution even for these people who come to us long after the fact. This solution is implant dentistry.
Made from a special, bio-friendly titanium alloy known as Tivolloy, the implant screws into the jawbone and acts just like an artificial tooth root. After the jaw has accepted this implant, the dentist then caps the base with a porcelain crown, effectively creating a whole new tooth where none has existed for years.
How much is the price or cost of cosmetic teeth procedures?
The price and cost of teeth whitening depends upon a number of factors, including the number of teeth to be treated and the unique challenges of the procedure. The Medical Center Dental Group of Texas charges competitive rates for this, and all other procedures we perform. More importantly, we will give your case the care and attention it deserves.
Cosmetic implant dentistry is a specialized field that requires extensive knowledge and experience to be done correctly. The Medical Center Dental Group in Houston, Texas brings all of that and more to the direct benefit of each and every patient we treat. Although we are located in the world famous Houston Medical Center at Scurlock Towers, we routinely see dental patients who travel from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Beaumont and Midland Texas to see Dr. Dale Brant, Dr. Charles Campbell or Dr. Elizabeth O’Sullivan-Winslow for their cosmetic denistry services.
Make an appointment with the dentists at the Medical Center Dental Group. Give us a call at 888.790.0309, or or feel free to Ask the Dentist.