A VENEER is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth or to protect a damage to a tooth's surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth.
Dentistry has moved on signifigantly in recent years. It is no longer simply dental health, extractions, and fillings being offered in many practices. Nowadays, people are turning to cosmetic dentistry as a way of improving their appearance, much as they would use cosmetic surgery. There are many treatments that can be used to straighten, lighten, reshape, and repair teeth.
At Smile Gallery of Austin we offer an extensive range of the most up-to-date cosmetic treatments including veneers, crowns, bridges, implants, and tooth whitening. There are so many different ways to improve your smile. If you are considering cosmetic dentistry the best thing to do is to make an appointment to discuss your desired smile. A thorough examination will determine the best way for you to achieve results and what treatment you are suitable for.
A dental IMPLANT is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth (or teeth) due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
While high-tech in nature, dental implants are more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Dental implants look and feel so natural, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Dental CROWNS, also known as "caps," are a type of dental restoration which completely cap or encircle a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are a covering that encases the entire tooth surface, restoring it to its original shape and size.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain (tooth-colored crown), metal (a gold or other metal alloy), or a combination of both. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color of your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Teeth WHITENING restores your natural tooth color. Various personal lifestyle choices and environmental factors can have a lasting effect on the appearance of your smile. Drinking beverages such as coffee and cola, and smoking cigarettes can leave your pearly whites stained and discolored. Fortunately stains can be removed with a safe and simple tooth whitening treatment.
Tooth whitening treatments offered at Smile Gallery of Austin can eliminate discolorations and stains, as well as brighten the natural pigmentation of the teeth.
A ROOT CANAL is a dental procedure to remove dead or dying nerve tissue and bacteria from inside a tooth. Root canal treament is made necessary when a cavity is allowed to reach all the way to the pulp. Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may also cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess).
By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the body's entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets; pain; swelling; pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
A dental BRIDGE literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is a fixed (non-removeable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several different types of bridges and we will inform you on which type of bridge is necessary for your mouth.
The most popular type of bridge is made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth), and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
At Smile Gallery of Austin we know what's important to you, and we strive to provide our patients with quality care, comfort, and convenience. We are a full-service, state-of-the-art dental practice. We offer the latest technologies in Cosmetic, Preventative, and Restorative Dentistry, and we work to provide the healthiest, most beautiful smiles.
We provide comprehensive dental care to the Austin, TX area with a focus on beautifying our patients' smiles. We use the latest techniques and marterials available to provide a natural, healthy smile that helps build confidence in each individual patient.
From the moment you step into our practice, we want you to be comfortable and relaxed. Call today to find out how we can help you smile again!