Dentistry has never been an industry merely concerned with oral health. Dating back several centuries, archeological data reveals that shells were once used as an early form of dental implant for tooth replacement. More recently, in the 1920’s, actors, actresses, and discerning socialites were known to have perfectly healthy teeth removed and replaced with smile-perfecting dentures.
It is not only Hollywood-types undergoing smile enhancement today. Through years of evolution, dentistry services have expanded to offer something for everyone. In our Rochester Hills dental practice, our team provides individualized care whether we need to brighten a smile, restore damage with tooth-colored fillings, or find the ideal tooth replacement solution. Ultimately, our commitment to helping our patients achieve their smile goals is immediately evident.
Cavities are dental problems that require treatment as soon as possible. When cavities are addressed early, when they are still small, we are able to place small, tooth-colored fillings for successful repair. Though fillings may also be crafted from gold or amalgam, the most natural aesthetic comes from composite material, which is also incredibly strong and long-lasting. In cases where large cavities have damaged a good portion of tooth structure, repair may come in the form of inlays, onlays, or dental crowns.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns are beneficial in a few scenarios. A crown may be placed over a natural tooth that has been significantly weakened, restoring full stability for chewing, or may be a part of a dental bridge. In a dental bridge, intended for the replacement of a missing tooth, crowns and placed on two adjacent teeth, forming an anchor for the artificial tooth that will lie in the gap. Crowns and bridges restore function, and also a natural aesthetic, often made of durable ceramic, or porcelain fused to a metal sub-base.
From missing teeth to protecting natural teeth, crowns and bridges are restorations that are laboratory-created in order to match a patient’s existing teeth and address problems that may cause a smile to look less than perfect.
Teeth are porous, which is why, over time, many people notice their smiles become dull or yellow. The simple answer to discoloration comes in professional teeth whitening. Dr. Aurelia skillfully provides both in-office and at-home professional whitening, leading to stunning results that last.
Not all cosmetic problems can be solved with whitening. In some cases, porcelain veneers provide the ideal smile enhancing effect. These wafer-thin sheets of porcelain material are expertly crafted to cover discoloration, cracks, chips, or gaps, or to reshape teeth for perfect proportions. Porcelain veneers require only two office visits, and last several years, sometimes decades, with proper care. With porcelain veneers, your smile can look completely natural, gaining attention for all the right reasons.
Total tooth loss greatly impacts one’s aesthetic. Regardless of age, replacement teeth may come in the form of dentures. These prosthetic appliances were used by old Hollywood as a form of cosmetic improvement, and still serve the needs of people today. Dr. Aurelia understands the structural support needed for those using dentures as their primary form of tooth replacement, and takes care to craft the perfect appliance.
Patients can also address the common problems with dentures, choosing to add a level of support with dental implants. These structures are inserted into healthy jaw bone, where they become the ideal anchor for a conventional denture appliance. Fitted with precise attachments, dentures easily snap onto dental implants, where they will not slip or rub against the gums.
Dr. Aurelia is experienced in the various cosmetic procedures that help our patients enjoy their most attractive smiles. Realize your smile goals with the help of Dr. Aurelia. Contact us for your appointment today.