CREATING BEAUTIFUL SMILES WITH
Cosmetic Dental Services
Much goes into the work of a cosmetic dentist. There are more options readily available to those that would like to have their smile completely changed or simply perfected. Cosmetic Dentistry is applied in practice every day whether it be in the form of fillings or crowns. Below are just a short few procedures and options that Seneca Dental can offer you in the Seattle area.
Many dental fillings can be comprised of Amalgam, Ceramic, Composite, Gold, and more. A filling is a typical way for you to restore a damaged tooth that is affected by decay so that you can achieve normal shape and function. Once we remove the decayed material of your tooth we will then clean the area and fill the cleaned cavity with the filling material that was chosen ahead of time. A filling, however, isn't just cosmetic. When closing off the space of a cavity this ensures that you're closing off space where bacteria can enter and will also effectively cut off further tooth decay.
A crown is used in the restoration of your natural teeth. If your tooth has been damaged by a fracture or decay, a crown can be used to restore that individual tooth back to its original function and form. This procedure is referred to as "fixed" dentistry. These restorations are cemented onto the tooth or what is left of the original tooth.
Inlays and Onlays
These are more conservative than getting a crown. An onlay and an inlay are two more methods of restoring your tooth's structure if the tooth is damaged or after decay. These are indirect fillings. When you receive a filling, the entire filling is done in the office. Onlays and inlays are made in a laboratory and are then bonded or cemented to the surface of your tooth. Unlike fillings, Onlays and inlays do not weaken the structure of the tooth but, instead, strengthen it. One of these can give you back as much as 75% more chewing force.
If you have a gap that needs closing due to a missing tooth or missing teeth, then a dental bridge can be used. A dental bridge is made up of crowns and false teeth. The false teeth that are replacing the missing ones can be made of gold, porcelain, alloys, or a combination. Both natural teeth, as well as dental implants, can be used to support a dental bridge.
These custom made shells are designed to cover the front of your tooth to improve appearance and are wafer thin. These thin porcelain pieces are completely stain-resistant and mimic the front of the natural tooth.
A veneer or veneers are a wonderful alternative to getting a crown in many situations. This is a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth's size, shape, or color. A veneer can be the mask used to cover such things as tetracycline stains, defects in the tooth, and even damage caused by a bad root canal procedure or injury. The ways that veneers are a cosmetic brilliance don't stop there. Gaps in your teeth can be magicked away with well-placed veneers as well. When a veneer is placed and the technique is done properly, veneers can last many years and show remarkable longevity.
Dental Bleaching (In-Office & At Home)
In more simple terms, this is also called whitening. It is a general dentistry practice, though still listed as cosmetic. There is a difference between whitening and bleaching, however. When you get your teeth whitened, you are restoring your teeth to their natural white color while bleaching the teeth will be whitening your teeth even further.
Many choose to have whitening done when they have important engagements such as weddings, commercials, and public speaking to do. These days, teeth whitening isn't just for Hollywood Stars anymore. Many people have decided to have their teeth whitened or veneers put into place or have simply followed a dental plan for at home whitening.
Cosmetic dentistry is used every single day in a normal dentist's office. If you have a cavity or a crown needed, contacting Seneca Dental in Seattle is the first step in making the best choice possible for your family and for your teeth. Experienced dentists, periodontal specialists, and hygienists are ready to give you the smile that you've always wanted.