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Long Term Dentistry
Contrary to popular belief, regular “permanent” fillings (silver and tooth-colored fillings) will not last a lifetime. The average life span is 8 to 12 years, after which they start to deteriorate and need to be replaced with a bigger filling. A better alternative which will help in meeting the goal of lifetime dental health is the use of more permanent materials like cast gold or baked porcelain. In our Seattle dental clinic, we routinely recommend this more permanent type of restoration for all our patients, such as crowns and onlays. This will help preserve the tooth structure by reducing the frequency of, or eliminating the need for these types of restorations. If you are in need of a more permanent solution for your teeth, contact our Seattle dental office for an appointment and our dentist will help you find the solution that’s right for you.
The application of tooth-colored filling material (composite resin) to the teeth has been practiced for many years. Recent advances have increased the strength, durability, and longevity of these restorations. With bonding, we can close spaces between the teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth. A single tooth can be shaped and colored or your entire smile can be changed. When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear bonding can protect them from damage and restore their original looks.
Bonding your teeth with resin is a one-appointment procedure. First, the teeth are roughened and a conditioning gel is applied. Then a material called resin is placed, sculpted to the desired shape and hardened with a harmless hhigh-intensitylight. Once in place, bonded restorations are very strong. The final result is beautiful and natural looking teeth.
Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to improve its position, shape and color. A veneer generally covers only the front and biting surfaces of a tooth. Veneers can be used to close spaces between the teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, and whiten stained or dark teeth. When teeth are chipped or begin to wear veneers can protect them from damage and restore their natural look.
It takes two appointments to restore teeth with veneers. On the first appointment we reshape and roughen .5mm of the natural tooth structure. From impressions we make precise working models of the teeth. It is on these models that the dental lab artistically craft veneers to exactly fit the prepared teeth. On the second visit we clean and polish the prepared teeth, then we use adhesive to bond the veneers to the teeth. A harmless high intensity light hardens the adhesive.
Once in place veneers become part of your teeth. The final result is beautiful and natural looking teeth.
This is just one of our many dental care services.