Cosmetic Dentistry in Beaverton, Oregon
With more cosmetic dentistry options available today than ever before, the smile you’ve always wanted can be yours. Many treatments are a quick, affordable way to improve your confidence by improving the appearance of your teeth and gums. At Good Life Dentistry, Dr. Shafer can help you attain your smile goals!
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The most widely used types of fillings today are composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are a more popular option because they match the original coloring of your teeth, making them well suited to use in the front areas of the mouth where they will be highly visible.
Composite fillings, like many dental restorations, are not permanent and may need to be replaced in the future. However, they are quite durable and should last for many years with proper care.
Composite Fillings Could Help:
- Fix a chipped tooth
- Replace removed decay
- Restore worn teeth
- Fill in gaps
- Repair cracked teeth
It usually takes just one appointment to place a composite filling. We will numb the area with a local anesthetic and remove any decay. We will clean the area thoroughly, preparing it carefully for your new filling.
If you have decay near the nerve of your tooth, we will take extra precautions to maximize your comfort, applying a special medication to the area. Your new composite filling will be carefully shaped and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and functionality.
You may experience some cold or hot sensitivity at first, but this is normal and should subside as your tooth gets used to its new filling. We will also provide you with care instructions at your appointment to help you with things like oral hygiene and foods you should avoid. Remember, regular dental visits will help ensure your fillings last many years.
Porcelain Crowns Provide Durability and Beauty
A cap or crown is a covering that encases your inner tooth, restoring it to its original size and shape. It protects and strengthens the tooth structure for more complex restorations beyond simple fillings.
There are other types of crowns, but porcelain crowns remain the most popular because they can be created to match your surrounding tooth color, making them virtually invisible. Crowns are extremely durable and should last many years, though it is possible they may eventually need replacement.
Porcelain Crowns can:
- Replace a fractured tooth
- Restore a tooth lost to decay
- Finish a root canal treatment
- Provide cosmetic enhancement
- Replace large dark fillings
Getting a traditional porcelain crown typically requires two treatment appointments. During your first appointment, we will take several detailed impressions of your teeth to create your custom porcelain crown. Your tooth is prepped and a temporary crown is placed to protect your tooth until the next visit. With CEREC technology, we change the way you can get your crown!
What is CEREC®
CEREC stands for Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic. This technology has revolutionized dental treatments. Traditionally, crowns, inlays, inlays, and dental veneers required multiple procedures with mandatory wait-time between appointments. However, CEREC now allows you to get these treatments within a single visit.
CEREC uses CAD (Computer Aided Design) tools and a milling machine to create ceramic restorations. This technology can create almost any simple prosthetic, allowing us to place it immediately. The expedited process can help reduce the anxiety associated with major dental treatments by allowing us to treat you right away rather than after a long wait time. It also saves you money by reducing the number of treatment visits.
Other Advantages of CEREC Include:
- Restorations are permanent, rather than temporary
- The quality of the ceramic restorations is very high
- Fewer dental visits are required to complete the treatment
- Saves more natural tooth material
- Biocompatible solutions are available
- The treatments are minimally invasive
- The treatments are more affordable than some competing options
What is the CEREC Procedure Like?
We begin by preparing the tooth by removing all decay and making the opening of the tooth wider than the base. Next, an impression is taken of the tooth, using a covering of titanium dust, which enables the CEREC camera to take a very detailed infrared image of the tooth.
Examining the image on a computer screen lets us view the tooth from every angle and design your final ceramic restoration with precision.
The completed design is programmed into the milling unit. Using a block of ceramic that matches the exact shade of your teeth, the machine will fabricate your custom ceramic restoration. We will then affix your restoration with dental cement and make sure it fits perfectly.
Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
A dental bridge is an appliance which allows you to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. If you need a dental bridge, we will discuss your options with you to select the best one for your needs.
Traditional bridges are usually made of porcelain attached to metal. These prosthetics are popular because they can match your original teeth in shape and color. This type of bridge utilizes two crowns which anchor to surrounding teeth. It is combined with artificial teeth in between, which fills the gap created by missing teeth.
What Does Getting a Bridge Involve?
A typical fixed bridge treatment involves two or more dental appointments. During your first visit, we will numb the area using a local anesthetic and prepare the anchor teeth by removing a portion of the enamel to create a mounting surface for the crowns.
We will also take an impression of the surrounding area, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where your custom bridge will be created. We will also create a temporary bridge, which you will wear until your next appointment.
At your second appointment, we will check and adjust your bridge to be sure it fits properly. We will provide care instructions at your appointment to help your new bridge lasts as long as possible.
Porcelain Inlays for Cosmetic Solutions
A dental inlay is a restoration made of composite material, gold, or porcelain. Porcelain inlays are the most popular type because they can be made to match your existing teeth. Inlays are considered more conservative than crowns because less tooth structure is removed to prepare for them.
Porcelain inlays may need to be repaired or replaced in the future. However, they are very durable and should last many years, giving you a beautiful and durable smile.
Inlays work well if:
- You have a broken or fractured tooth.
- You need cosmetic enhancement.
- You have decayed teeth.
- You have a fractured filling.
- You have an excessively large filling you’d like to replace.
Getting an inlay typically involves two appointments. During your first appointment, we’ll take several detailed impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create both your final custom inlay and a temporary inlay.
We will numb the area with a local anesthetic before removing any decay and old filling materials. We will then thoroughly clean the area and prepare it for the inlay by shaping the tooth’s surface. A temporary inlay is set in place until your final restoration is ready to be fitted into place.
Show Your Best Smile with Porcelain Veneers
Dental veneers are used on the front of the teeth to create a smooth and attractive smile. They are made from thin and durable porcelain, which are carefully color-matched to your natural teeth. Veneers are a great way to reshape your teeth and smile. They provide a good alternative to crowns in certain situations.
You might need a porcelain veneer If:
- You have crooked teeth.
- You have misshapen teeth.
- You have severely discolored or stained teeth.
- You have gaps or uneven spaces between your teeth.
- You have worn or chipped teeth.
What is Involved in Getting A Porcelain Veneer?
Typically, getting a porcelain veneer will require you to make two visits to our office. First, we will prepare your teeth to help your new veneers fit properly and achieve a durable bond.
We will then take a detailed impression of your teeth, which will be used to shape the veneer. This veneer will be colored to match your teeth, and we will consult with you to ensure you are satisfied with the shade before the veneer is created.
During your second visit, we will clean your teeth to prepare the surface. Finally, we will apply the bonding cement and mount the veneer. Once the procedure is complete, we will give you care instructions, and your veneer should last for many years.
Take-Home and In-Office Teeth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment that can change the color of your natural teeth to brighten and restore the appearance of your smile.
A take-home whitening kit will include trays and high-quality whitening gel. You simply fill the trays with the directed amount of gel and fit them onto your teeth. How long you need to wear the trays will depend on the level of whiteness you want to achieve and the depth of the staining. Speak with one of our team members for advice on how long to wear the trays and how many times to perform the whitening treatment. Keep in mind that any type of teeth whitening only works on your natural enamel, so if any veneers or other restorations have become discolored, you may need to replace them after brightening your teeth to ensure they match.
Whitening with Zoom!®
If you are looking for more advanced teeth whitening treatment than the take-home kits can provide, Zoom could be for you.
Zoom is a teeth whitening treatment completed in our dental office. This procedure combines the latest advances in dental technology with professional whitening formulas. These factors combine to ensure the treatment is fast and effective, creating bright, long-lasting results.
Zoom utilizes a special light-activated whitening gel, which contains a solution of 25% hydrogen peroxide. We use a special light to activate the gel and further expedite the whitening process. It is important to note that the Zoom process is not for everyone. Women who are pregnant or lactating should not use Zoom. If you have tooth decay or gum disease, these issues will need to be corrected before applying the Zoom treatment. Think of Zoom as the final step to a bright and healthy smile.
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Whatever your cosmetic dental needs are, Dr. Shafer and the team at Good Life Dentistry has the skills and experience to help. Let us help you create the smile you’ve always wanted. Contact our Beaverton office today to schedule your first appointment!
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