Porcelain crowns or dental caps  

DR. EDWARD LOGAN

636-561-5445

9016 Phoenix Pkwy

O'Fallon, MO 63368

 
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COSMETIC DENTISTRY ARTICLES

Cosmetic Dentistry Definitions

Bleaching: Teeth whitening treatment used to brighten or whiten teeth.
Bonding: A dental treatment in which composite resin material is bonded to existing teeth to fill in cracks, chips, and gaps. This procedure takes only one appointment and the composite material is blended to match your existing smile.
Composite Filling: Also known as “tooth-colored fillings.” Can repair fractures and damage due to decay. These fillings are blended to match the color of surrounding teeth, making them invisible.
Contouring: A dental technique in which the teeth are smoothed, polished, and shaped to remove rough edges, re-shape teeth, and create a uniform smile. This procedure does not require a shot and can be performed in one visit.
Implant: Dental implants are used to replace a missing or badly decayed tooth or as an anchor for a bridge or dentures.
Porcelain Crown: A porcelain cap used to repair broken teeth, or cover large areas of decay. Crowns are made in a dental lab and blended to invisibly match the color of surrounding teeth.
Veneer: A thin porcelain shell custom made in a dental laboratory and bonded to the front of a tooth. Veneers can help correct teeth that are discolored, slightly crooked, chipped, or have gaps in between them.


How to Find a Qualified Cosmetic Dentist

Cosmetic Dentistry is not a specialty area recognized by the American Dental Association and requires no specific educational criteria. Any general dentist can use the label of “cosmetic dentist.” This makes it especially important to research your options before choosing a cosmetic dentist. The dentist’s experience, continuing education training, and choice of materials are all important factors to consider. It is wise to visit at least two dentists before making your decision.

Ask the following questions at your initial consultation:

1. How long have you been practicing cosmetic dentistry?
2. How do you keep up to date on the latest technology and materials?
3. Do you have before and after pictures of your patients that I can view?
4. Do you have a list of patients I can contact to ask about your services?
5. What kind of financing does your office offer?
6. How often have you performed the suggested procedure?
7. Do you use a dental lab that specializes in quality cosmetic dentistry restorations?

Tooth Colored Fillings

Do you have unsightly silver fillings?  Have you ever thought about replacing them?  After decades of advancing technology in the field of "tooth-colored dentistry," the strength and durability of these new filling materials provide confidence in the longevity of these restorations.

In the past, mercury-based silver fillings were the standard of choice for strong, long-lasting solutions to cavities and chipped or broken teeth.  Now, tooth-colored "composite" fillings have become state of the art.  The proper knowledge of material choice and placement techniques are critical in the success of these beautiful, nearly invisible restorations.  Many times dental decay (cavities) are lurking beneath the silver fillings, which go undetected on x-rays as the fillings block them out.

Dr. Logan has concentrated his many hours of continuing education in the area of composite and porcelain cosmetic solutions to dental disease.  Make an appointment at our office in the WingHaven area of O’Fallon and give us a chance to show you how easy, pain-free and aesthetic this process can be.  Let's get rid of the black and gray and give you back your youthful, natural, healthy and beautiful smile! 

Correcting Gaps Between Front Teeth

Small gaps can be closed through a dental procedure called bonding. In this procedure, a composite material is bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap. The color of this composite material is matched to blend invisibly with the color of the surrounding teeth. This procedure requires some artistry to get the color and shaping right and it is important to see a cosmetic dentist with experience to achieve the look you want. Bonding can be done in one appointment and is not painful.

Larger gaps require porcelain veneers or braces. Braces can be a good option if you do not mind the time required to correct the problem and the appearance of braces during this time. Veneers can fix large gaps with two visits to the dentist over a two or three week time period. Sometimes, surrounding teeth will need to be re-contoured or whitened to create a uniform smile.