Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the functionality) of teeth, gums and/or bite. It primarily focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in color, position, shape, size, alignment, and overall smile appearance.

  • Porcelain Dental Crowns & Bridges
  • Porcelain Dental Veneers
  • Dental Implants

Cosmetic dentistry involves: Smile Makeover

  • Addition of a dental material to teeth or gums examples: bonding, porcelain veneers (laminates), crowns (caps), gum grafts
  • Removal of tooth structure or gums examples: enameloplasty, gingivectomy
  • Neither adding nor removing dental materials, tooth structure, or gums examples: teeth whitening (bleaching), laser whitening, gum depigmentation
  • Straightening of teeth accompanied by improvement in appearance of face orthodontics

Esthetic Crown Lengthening

Sometimes the teeth are quite small in relation to the gum tissue. This can create an unattractive “gummy” smile. An uneven gum line can also be distracting.

The gum line, and the bone just beneath the gum line, can be lowered to change the appearance of your smile. This can create a more even gum line or make the teeth appear longer. “Gingival (gum) contouring” is the process of recontouring the gum only. “Crown lengthening” refers to recontouring of both gum and supporting bone.

Procedure: A local anesthetic is administered, and the excess gum and bone tissue are gently recontoured to expose more of your natural teeth.

Porcelain Crowns & Bridges

Porcelain crowns are tooth-colored and matched to the color of your natural teeth to ensure that both function and beauty are restored to your smile.  A dental crown, or cap, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore the tooth to its original shape and size.

Esthetic ceramic crowns or partial crowns in a single visit with our advanced CEREC technology with the highest hygiene standards.  Enjoy convenience and peace of mind with digital dentistry.

The fastest way to a beautiful smile. Your restoration in only one visit!

How it works
CEREC technology delivers a seamless dental experience in four simple steps.

  • Digital impression: We capture an image of the area to be treated with an intraoral scanner.

  • Tooth design in 3D: A 3D model of your teeth and your new restoration are immediately created on the computer.

  • In-house production: The restoration is then quickly milled from a ceramic block directly in the clinic.

  • Placement: We place your custom-fit restoration, during the same visit.

Hygiene benefits with Single-Visit Dentistry, Made by CEREC
Feel safe with digital dentistry and enjoy maximum convenience

  • Intraoral scanning offers maximum hygiene standards

Biting on unpleasant traditional impression materials could increase the risk of infection. With digital impressions made by CEREC you will experience a comfortable scan of your teeth under one minute. Various disinfection options not only eleminates the risk of crosscontamination but also keeps intraoral scanning safe.

  • Time-saving treatment with long-term stability

Every step of the treatment will be done in a single visit. With CEREC you can avoid the need for temporaries and instead benefit from highly esthetic and high-quality restorations with no follow-up appointment.

  • Lower exposure

Thanks to a fast treatment your travel and waiting times will be reduced, limiting social interactions.

  • Your final restoration without temporary prosthesis

Temporary restorations are exactly what the name suggests: temporary. With CEREC the final restoration is designed, manufactured and placed in your mouth directly without any temporary compromises needed.

  • Long-term stability

More than just a theory: With CEREC you can rely on quality that has been proven millions of times. Your smile will remain the same for many years!

Make an appointment right now for your restoration in only one visit!  Call Douglas Family Dental at 508-476-2828 to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Porcelain Dental Veneers

If you have been suffering from teeth that are badly stained, poorly shaped, crooked, or chipped, you could achieve an instant smile makeover with the use of porcelain veneers at Douglas Family Dental.

Veneers cover the front of your teeth with very thin pieces of porcelain, which are attached by a cement to improve the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers help to resolve uneven tooth surfaces, chipped teeth, uneven spaces or gaps, or permanent discoloration. Veneers are durable and long-lasting. The material is less porous than natural teeth, so they are more resistant to staining from coffee, smoking, or other substances.

If you have been suffering from teeth that are badly stained, poorly shaped, crooked, or chipped, you could achieve an instant smile makeover with the use of porcelain veneers by your Dentist at Douglas Family Dental.

Veneers cover the front of your teeth with very thin pieces of porcelain, which are attached by a cement to improve the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers help to resolve uneven tooth surfaces, chipped teeth, uneven spaces or gaps, or permanent discoloration. Veneers are durable and long-lasting. The material is less porous than natural teeth, so they are more resistant to staining from coffee, smoking, or other substances.

The process of obtaining veneers from your dentist in Douglas Family Dental begins with a consultation to identify your concerns and whether they can be resolved with veneers. Once it is determined that you will proceed with the veneer treatment, a preparation visit is scheduled. This appointment is generally 1-2 hours. Your teeth are buffed lightly to prepare for the added thickness of the veneers. During the buffing, approximately ½ millimeter of the tooth is removed. A local anesthetic is utilized to ensure you are comfortable during this procedure. Next, a mold of your teeth is created, which is then sent to a quality dental laboratory to custom manufacture the veneers to match your teeth perfectly.

A second appointment with your dentist at Douglas Family Dental, is then necessary to bond the veneers to your teeth. This appointment will also last approximately 1-2 hours and begins with the new veneers being placed on the teeth to check the fit and color for accuracy. Once the color and fit are verified, the teeth are thoroughly cleansed. A cement is applied, the veneers are placed on the teeth, and the cement is then hardened with a light beam or laser.

Following your bonding appointment, you will return after 1-2 weeks for a follow-up appointment to ensure the veneers are stable and functioning well.

If you are unhappy with your smile due to permanently stained teeth, chipped teeth, wearing, or gaps, porcelain veneers by your dentist at Douglas Family Dental may be the best option for you. Call today for a convenient consultation appoint. We look forward to seeing you!

Dental Implants

In order, for us to properly evaluate your case, you will initially require a consultation and diagnostic appointment in order to best determine the treatment path necessary for your case. This includes determining whether or not your case will require extractions, gathering the appropriate information via X-rays, Panoramic & CT scans and impressions and any other photos required.

Directly after this consultation, you will be scheduled for implant surgery in which the new replacement teeth are fitted and adjusted all in one appointment, including any necessary extractions.

Dental implants are a great way to improve your smile. Small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone where the teeth are missing, dental implants are a permanent restoration that restore function similar to your natural teeth.

Once the bone has bonded with the implant post, dental restorations such as crowns and bridge are placed on the abutment.

Implant Supported Bridges

An implant supported bridge is a restorative solution for spaces where three or more adjacent teeth are missing. This restoration typically requires two implants to support the porcelain bridge. The bridge provides a functional and aesthetic replacement for a patient’s natural teeth.

All on 4 Permanent Teeth

All on 4 was developed to best restore the full arches of the upper and lower jaws. This technique provides our patients with a non-removable dental arch that is secured by as little as four dental implant. All on Four is the perfect option for patients who have or need dentures or need complete restorations on the upper or lower teeth.

Benefits of All on 4    

 

  • This procedure uses only four implants to secure all upper or lower teeth
  • High quality full teeth restoration can be performed even when bone loss has occurred with bone grafting
  • Gives you beautiful smile with Minimal Recovery Time
  • Reduces overall cost when compared to single implants

The beauty of this new procedure is the sheer convenience. The teeth are permanent and fixed so there is no need for patients to be without teeth or to endure temporary dentures for an extended time period. The patient is enabled to come for a appointment and leave with a brand new radiant smile!

Implant Supported Dentures

For patients who are missing many or all of their teeth, implant supported dentures may be an alternative to traditional dentures. This solution requires the placement of two or more implants. In order to replace a full arch denture, a minimum of four implants is generally recommended. Eligibility for this solution is dependent upon a number of factors, with jaw bone density being one of the most significant determining factors.

Traditional dentures rely on an acrylic base that sits directly on the gums, held in place by a paste or adhesive. Using implants as supports for dentures allows for a smaller and more comfortable base and less shifting of the prosthesis during use.

Implants can support both full and partial dentures as well as both fixed and removable dentures.  If a removable denture is selected, the denture will “snap” on to the implant rather than requiring the use of denture paste or adhesives.