Composite Dental Fillings (Mercury-free)
A composite, or tooth-colored, filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are aesthetically pleasing when you smile. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Worn teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
A crown, also called a “cap”, covers the entire tooth surface to restore it to its original shape and size. If a tooth cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations, a crown is used to protect and strengthen the tooth structure.
While there are several types of crowns to choose from, porcelain crowns are the most popular as they most closely resemble your natural teeth in size, shape and color. Porcelain is highly durable and will last many years.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or Fractured Teeth
- Cosmetic Enhancement
- Decayed Teeth
- Fractured Fillings
- Large Fillings
- Tooth has a Root Canal
Fixed dental bridges are permanent restorations that allow us to replace one or two missing teeth at a time. We create each bridge to span across the open space of the missing tooth and anchor directly onto the healthy teeth on each side.
Your permanent bridge will:
- Look like a natural tooth
- Blend in with your entire smile
- Return normal function to your bite
- Give you the dependability that you deserve
Bridges, like crowns, usually require two separate visits. The first appointment is used to prepare your supporting teeth and take an impression. The second visit two weeks later allows us to bond your permanent bridge in place.
Porcelain bridges can also be anchored directly onto dental implants, allowing Evergreen Dental Group patients to replace up to 4 or 5 teeth at a time.
Veneers are thin layers of tooth colored porcelain material that are bonded to your teeth to change their appearance. The color, size, shape, spacing, and even alignment of your teeth can be changed with veneers. They are placed with very little removal of tooth structure and result in a totally natural look.
Porcelain veneers may be your answer to obtain the beautiful flawless smile that you’ve been wanting if you have any of the following:
- Misshaped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Oddly sized teeth (too big or too small)
- Unwanted or uneven spaces
- Worn or chipped teeth
What does getting porcelain veneers involve?
Veneers typically require two office visits. At the first visit, the teeth are prepared by light buffing and surface shaping. This removes a small amount of the front surface of the teeth to allow space for the porcelain. Then an impression of the teeth are taken and a color (shade) chosen by you and the dentist. The impression is sent a dental laboratory where the veneers are fabricated.
On the second visit, the teeth are cleansed with special liquids that allow the dentist to achieve a durable bond. Next, bonding cement is placed between the veneer and tooth and a special light beam is used to set and harden the bond so that the veneer stays in place. The result is a durable and beautiful restoration that functions just like your natural teeth and with proper care will last for many years.
Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are the modern and most successful means of tooth replacement possible because unlike other types of rehabilitative dental prosthesis, implants give the ability to:
- Strengthen the bones throughout your jaw
- Enjoy permanent teeth
- Replace one tooth or all teeth at once
- Limit the impact of treatment on other teeth in your mouth
Permanent dental implants are stand-alone replacement teeth that look and function the same as a real tooth. Each prosthetic root is placed into the bone and can support a fixed restoration such as a porcelain bridge, or a crown. Even the most trusted tooth replacement options don’t have the potential to last as long as a dental implant. Healthy, well cared for implants have a 98% success rate and the potential to last for your entire life.
Professional teeth whitening is one of the best ways to enhance the appearance of your natural teeth without needing any type of therapeutic or cosmetic restorations placed. Our custom take-home kits work more effectively and quicker than any product available over the counter.
Dark stains can build up over time from the foods and drinks we consume, but some people are much more likely to have heavy stain accumulation due to:
- Tobacco use
- Tea, coffee, red wine and soda
- Developmental stains
The Home Teeth Whitening Process
To start you on your teeth whitening journey, all we need to do is take a couple of simple impressions of your teeth. We then create a mold of your teeth and a set of custom whitening trays. Place a small drop of whitening gel on each tooth and wear the trays an hour or longer each day. In just 1-2 weeks you will have dramatically whiter teeth that look years younger.