ENAMEL CONTOURING

Enamel contouring is typically recommended for patients whose anterior teeth have chips or jagged edges. A small sand paper disc is used on a slow speed handpiece to smooth down the rough edges or correct unevenness of the front teeth. This procedure is usually painless and doesn’t require anesthesia. The result is a softer, more esthetic appearance.


Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a fantastic way to fix front teeth. You can whiten your teeth, close spaces, and create a great smile. It is a way to instantly straighten crooked teeth.

• Spaces between the teeth (diastemas)

• Broken or chipped teeth

• Unsightly, stained or washed out fillings

• Permanently stained or discolored teeth

• Misshapen or crooked teeth

• Whiten dark yellow or stained teeth

Porcelain veneers can instantly straighten smiles, close spaces, reshape, and accomplish minor realignment of your teeth. You can have that “Hollywood” smile you’ve always wanted.

Veneers are very thin and are bonded to the front of your anterior teeth. These veneers are about 0.3mm to 0.5mm in thickness but are very strong once bonded to your teeth. They have a “life like” appearance with the beauty and durability only porcelain restorations can afford. Veneers have several advantages over crowns (caps). There is no “dark line” that is sometimes seen with older front crowns. They transmit light better and, therefore, have a more translucent appearance giving a natural, esthetic look. Veneers do not require the massive grinding of tooth structure that caps do, yet, they accomplish a lifelike esthetic result.

How’s it done? After a through discussion with us to establish just what you wish to accomplish AND establish what can or can not be done, your first appointment usually involves some minor contouring of the front teeth and taking an impression of the teeth. The veneers are tried in, and, if satisfactory, they are bonded in place. The results are instant and spectacular! Many times, we combine bleaching with porcelain veneers to make that perfect smile. If some front teeth are already badly broken down, we can place new all porcelain crowns combined with veneering and other cosmetic techniques. Usually, we can give you that smile you have always wanted.


COMPOSITE BONDING

Composite bonding is used to repair chipped, discolored or rotated teeth. It is also used to close small gaps between teeth. Both doctors have extensive experience in the sculpting, shaping and polishing of composite resin on the teeth for excellent cosmetic results. Depending on the situation, a person may be a candidate for dental bonding or the desired cosmetic result may need more extensive treatment, such as veneers or crowns. After a consultation and examination is done, the proper treatment will be recommended.


Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a well-established procedure in cosmetic dentistry. Carbamide peroxide, the active ingredient, has been safely used for many years in the treatment of gums and other oral soft tissue.

The professional process we use is safe, simple and highly effective. Over the counter whitening products cannot get you the optimum results. The whitening process is effective on most discolored teeth. Darker stains, such as those caused by antibiotics, may take longer to respond to treatment. The degree of whiteness will vary from patient to patient, depending on the duration of time that the system is used.


Full Mouth Reconstruction

Full Mouth Reconstruction may be needed when the teeth are worn down, broken, missing, or if you experience pain in the jaw joint, headaches, back pain, muscle tenderness or clicking or popping of the jaw. When a full mouth reconstruction is indicated, most of the existing teeth require treatment in order to correct and restore balance to the occlusion (bite) and facial features.

When planning a full mouth reconstruction, we will examine your gums and make sure that they are healthy. If not, we will advise you on treatment to strengthen them, so they will be able to support and enhance a full mouth reconstruction. Next, we will examine your bite. We will take models, x-rays and photographs of your teeth. We will spend a lot of time planning your case with our laboratory technician and any specialists that may be participating in your treatment. We will take all aspects into considerations to achieve esthetics, function and harmony. We will spend time discussing your desires and advising you of your options for treatment, and our recommendations.

The complete process may include:

· Porcelain veneers

· Dental bonding

· Dental implants

· Tooth whitening

· Porcelain crowns

A full mouth reconstruction will dramatically improve your appearance. The end result is an enhanced appearance that allows you to enjoy the confidence and attractiveness you have always desired. A full mouth reconstruction is not necessary for everyone, but it can relieve pain and transform a smile that was once small, crooked, and chipped into a bright, attractive one

Full Mouth Dental Reconstruction

Full-mouth rehabilitation, sometimes called reconstruction or rejuvenation is the individual recreation of each tooth in a mouth. Full-mouth rehabilitation is needed when the teeth are worn down, broken, missing or if you experience pain in the jaw joint, headaches, back pain, muscle tenderness or clicking or popping of the jaw, then you should consider this procedure, causing problems in both the bite and appearance of the mouth. Full mouth rehabilitation utilizes current technologies to reshape and rebuild one’s teeth, gums and surrounding areas. One or several procedures may be necessary to obtain the effects desired. The end result is an enhanced appearance that allows the patient to enjoy the confidence and attractiveness you have always desired.

Full Mouth Rehabilitation corrects imperfections in bite position and enhances the appearance of your smile. Anyone with short, worn teeth or those that are chipped and broken throughout the mouth would be an excellent candidate.


ALL PORCELAIN CROWNS

The most beautiful crown for a tooth is, without question, all-porcelain or all-ceramic. With porcelain fused to metal crowns, there has to be an opaque layer put over the metal to block out its color. This makes it impossible to have a translucent restoration that mimics the translucency of natural teeth. Only with pure porcelain or pure ceramic can you have such translucency.

To define some terminology, porcelain is a particular type of ceramic that is built by stacking and firing. When we say ceramic, we include porcelain—porcelain is a type of ceramic. All porcelain crowns are translucent, and their color is influenced by the color of the underlying teeth.

There are several factors that go into the selection of crown material: strength requirements, esthetic requirements, and the abrasiveness of the material against the opposing teeth. There is not a single crown that is clearly superior for all situations. We have several types that we use, each for different situations. We commonly use all zirconia, porcelain fused to zirconia, e-max (lithium disilicate) and porcelain-fused to metal crowns.


REMOVABLE PARTIALS

We make premium dentures and partials for patients that are missing some of their teeth or are fully edentulous. We provide custom fit appliances in a traditional way where we have several try in appointments. We also offer immediate dentures and partials, where the patient receives the appliance on the same day that the teeth are extracted. We use exceptional laboratories to fabricate the appliances and take great care to give the patient the very best appliance possible. We want the patient to be able to eat well, speak confidently and smile beautifully.


Dentures

We make premium dentures and partials for patients that are missing some of their teeth or are fully edentulous. We provide custom fit appliances in a traditional way where we have several try in appointments. We also offer immediate dentures and partials, where the patient receives the appliance on the same day that the teeth are extracted. We use exceptional laboratories to fabricate the appliances and take great care to give the patient the very best appliance possible. We want the patient to be able to eat well, speak confidently and smile beautifully.


Flippers

A Flipper is a temporary partial that is often made to replace a tooth or several teeth. A flipper is made out of acrylic and it does not have a metal frame. It is not nearly as durable or precisely fit as a permanent partial, and is primarily used as a temporary, less expensive way to replace missing teeth. It is meant to be used as an interim partial until a more permanent appliance can be made.


Fillings

All of the fillings that we do here at Harris Family Dentistry are composite resin (white fillings). Modern dentistry has combined beauty and strength with composite resin. We take pride in restoring teeth to as close to their original strength and appearance with composite resins. We believe that the composite filling material is superior to amalgam in many ways, as well as being much more esthetic.

Preventive resin restorations require minimal tooth preparation of the deep fissure and pits or the need to remove incipient decay or for areas with developmental defects. Often, we are able to use no anesthesia and Micro-abrasion to clean out the grooves of the teeth. Micro-abrasion uses an Aluminum Oxide powder to “spray” out any stain that may be present in the grooves. Stain in the grooves of teeth is made up of bacteria that can, and often does, turn into decay if left untreated. The prepared area is then filled with a composite resin.