Cosmetic Dentistry in Reno & Northern Nevada
Many people aren’t 100% satisfied with their smile. Cosmetic dentistry consists of any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, or smile. Depending on the patient’s desires, cosmetic dentistry may range from simple teeth whitening to bonding to porcelain veneers to full mouth restoration.
Esthetic restorations can help you achieve a more natural-looking smile and improve your teeth’s natural beauty and strength. Prosthodontists can replace stained, chipped, missing or worn teeth with inlays, crowns, veneers, bridges, and implants using the most advanced esthetic restorations to bring back your beautiful smile.
Many products are now available for patients to whiten their teeth. These products include commercially available strips and custom fabricated trays with a bleaching gel. There are limitations to these products and we can help you determine which teeth whitening treatment will be best for you.
Dental composites (often referred to as “bonding”) are a tooth-colored material commonly used as a filling material. It can be a way to build, reshape or change the color of teeth. This material can be used to conservatively alter the appearance of teeth as well as fill in places where cavities have been removed. Dental composites will require the same at-home care your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are used to modify the shape and color of teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are etched and then bonded to the enamel of the teeth. A small amount of tooth structure must be removed to make room for the porcelain veneer and to avoid making the tooth look big and bulky. The tooth preparation is limited to the enamel and usually involves only a few surfaces of the tooth, unlike a crown or cap. A prosthodontist uses porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of teeth and to even close spaces or gaps between teeth.
Crowns cover or "cap" a tooth to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns may be made as all metal, porcelain fused to metal, or all-ceramic (porcelain). Crowns are indicated for teeth with very large fillings, teeth that have had a root canal, fractured teeth, worn teeth and misshapen and/or discolored teeth.
Defective or unsightly “fillings” can be replaced by tooth-colored inlays which are bonded to and fit inside the tooth. Onlays also fit inside the tooth, but extend onto the chewing surface of a back tooth to replace one or more cusps. Making the inlay/onlay of ceramic/porcelain allows the restoration to be bonded to the tooth. This bonding process may actually improve the strength of the tooth and help seal the restoration.
It is difficult to determine when inlays or onlays can be used instead of crowns. Ask your prosthodontist if you are a candidate for a tooth-colored inlay or onlay.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all teeth and removable partial dentures replace some teeth. By matching each individual’s unique smile and bite, dentures can improve facial appearance and self-confidence. Dentures may also improve speech problems caused by missing teeth and will improve chewing. Schedule a consultation with our prosthodontists located in Reno, NV to learn more about full and partial dentures.
A fixed bridge technique has been used with high success for many years. Teeth on both side of the missing space are prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth is joined to the crowns, and the entire bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth. The patient cannot remove the bridge, and special aids are available to keep it clean. In the appropriate circumstance, a fixed bridge can be a viable alternative to a dental implant.
Dental implants are metal cylinders made of titanium surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Implants replace the roots of missing teeth and support single crowns, large bridges and dentures. State-of-the-art technology makes it possible for these implant-supported replacement teeth to look, feel and function like natural teeth.
There are many types of dental implants and many ways to use dental implants to achieve your goals of a pleasing smile and good chewing function. Schedule a consultation with our prosthodontists located in Reno, NV to find out how dental implants your dental health.
Full Mouth Reconstruction
People with severe dental problems are candidates for a full mouth reconstruction. As the name implies, full mouth reconstruction refers to rebuilding all of the teeth in a patient’s mouth. Full mouth reconstructions combine esthetics with the science of restorative dentistry to improve the health, function, and beauty of the smile. Crowns (caps), dental bridges, dental veneers and/or dental implants may be used in a full mouth reconstruction. In some patients orthodontics may also be employed to help properly position the jaw and align the teeth.
Have more questions about cosmetic dentistry?
Prosthodontists are the only ADA-recognized dental specialists with formal training in creating beautiful smiles. Call or email to schedule a consultation with one of our prosthodontists today. We’re happy to work with you or your regular dentist to determine which cosmetic dentistry option is best for you. Please call our office in Reno, NV at 775.323.3574 or email email@example.com