Fillings can help repair damaged, broken down and decayed teeth thus ensuring that they last longer. Like the name suggests, it is all about filling in those gaps that can arise in your teeth.
In recent times, silver fillings have been replaced by white tooth-colored fillings, which are made of a material that is capable of adhering to the tooth surface. This material contains small particles, synthetic resins and a setting ingredient and is called composite. Some of the tooth colored filling materials may release fluoride which helps to prevent and reduce the incidence of further tooth decay.
When a tooth is cracked, decayed, or damaged, a crown may need to be fitted onto the tooth. A crown is a permanent covering that fits over the original tooth. Crowns can be made of porcelain, gold and other metals, acrylic resin, or an amalgam (mix) of these materials. Porcelain crowns typically have the most realistic appearance, although they tend to be less durable than other materials. Crowns can whiten, reshape, and realign existing teeth, adding to a healthy and vibrant smile.
If you ever had the notion that dental crowns are conspicuous and unattractive, then you’ve never noticed a beautifully crafted all-porcelain crown. Glen Burnie Dental Group is using one of the top laboratories in US to provide the best restorative dentistry to our patients.
Compared to older porcelain fused to metal crowns, all-porcelain crowns have a natural appearance in terms of color and contour. When done properly, crowns should be extremely difficult to distinguish from natural teeth. With all-porcelain crowns, no dark lines are apparent at the gum line.
Glen Burnie Dental Group commonly replaces unsightly crowns with beautiful new porcelain crowns.
A bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. We offer a number of different porcelain bridges at Glen Burnie Dental Group. A typical bridge consists of a pontic (filler tooth) that is attached to two surrounding crowns (retainers). Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth. Without the use of a bridge, gaps in the mouth where natural teeth are missing can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to occlusion (biting) and / or jaw problems, and spur periodontal disease. Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.
Bridges usually require two trips to our office in Glen Burnie. During the initial visit, the surrounding teeth are numbed with a local anesthetic. The dentist prepares the surrounding teeth by cleaning any plaque or decay that remains and reducing them so that the crowns can be fitted. The dentist makes a mold of the teeth and sends it off to a dental lab where the customized impression is prepared. The customized mold takes one to two weeks to return to the office. In the interim, patients are fitted with a temporary bridge constructed of acrylic resin. When the patient returns to the dental office, the dentist removes the temporary bridge and replaces it with the permanent one. The dentist then adjusts the bridge for the proper bite and fit, and the porcelain bridge is permanently bonded into the mouth.
Veneers are often classified as a cosmetic dental treatment since they can be easily used to effectively restore the original shade and shape of your teeth. They are essentially very thin layers of porcelain which are bonded to your teeth with minimal or no invasion.
Veneers also serve a purpose in severe dislocations, fractures and tooth wear to restore the original look of your smile. For many patients, however, they can also be used to drastically improve your smile in cases of crowding of teeth or to cover any gaps.
The main aim at Glen Burnie Dental Group is to achieve a high quality and incredibly precise restoration or smile makeover that looks great, feels great and is long lasting!
The results with veneers can be life changing! Looking for a professional, natural and white smile? Always wondered how to achieve “HOLLYWOOD” smile? Well then veneers are your answer!
Porcelain dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain, each made uniquely by our dental lab to provide a perfect fit over the front surface of a tooth. They are a non-invasive dental solution to chips, gaps, broken, discolored and crooked teeth, which are skillfully shaped to look entirely natural with the unique ability to cover any unattractive stains.
At Glen Burnie Dental Group, our dentists are experienced in the best methods to achieve the best results with veneers, using only the highest quality of materials for our dental porcelain veneers. We only use dental veneers that are strong, durable and the best aesthetic solution for all our patients!