Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to improve your smile and they are increasingly popular because they are so simple and versatile. They can reshape teeth, change tooth color, close gaps, and fix worn or chipped teeth to create a white uniform smile. The thin veneers are bonded to the teeth and are nearly invisible. They are also resistant to coffee, tea, and cigarette stains. They greatly resemble healthy white tooth enamel and are strong. The placement of such custom veneers requires much technical skill and an attention to detail. The Dr. Zak team is extensively trained in this technique. We individualize each case to match the patient’s smile.
Metal Free Dentistry
It has been proven that the mercury contained in amalgam fillings is greatly damaging to the immune system, and they can cause or increase risk or severity or almost every health condition. There is no acceptable mercury level as even one atom can harm the body. Until metal fillings are removed from your teeth, they will continue to create toxicity in your body. We are committed to stopping this problem by prohibiting the use of such materials in our dental practice. If you already have metal fillings, we can help design a treatment plan to eradicate these harmful materials and detoxify your body, neutralizing free radicals in cells infected with the mercury. Once the toxins are absent, the problems they initially caused will begin to reverse as part of the healing process.
Crowns – porcelain or porcelain fused to metal – are restorations that are used to repair broken or fractured teeth, improve the prognosis for teeth that have undergone root canals, or change the shape or color of teeth. Fully ceramic crowns appear very natural, as opposed to traditional crowns with a metal lining. The lining often makes the crown look unnatural because light cannot pass through it as it does with natural teeth, and the crowns can leave a dark or gray line near the gums. Crowns that are fully porcelain, however, look like natural teeth and do not produce this dark gum line.
Instead of giving up coffee and tea, which give your smile a dull yellow shade, get your teeth whitened! It is safe, effective, and efficient, and can dramatically improve your overall look. We can provide a variety of whitening services and our team can help you choose the correct one.
Composite (White) Fillings
A composite tooth-colored filling is made of a resin material that binds to tooth structure, instead of toxic amalgam silver fillings. These fillings provide a robust and aesthetically pleasing tooth restoration. Silver fillings require a mechanical lock to stay put, and a dentist generally has to drill a hole into the tooth that enlarges the decay in order to place it. However, because of the white fillings’ adhesive properties, no additional shape must be drilled once the decay has been accessed. The end result is usually a much smaller filling and a more robust tooth because the bonding helps reinforce the weakened tooth.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
Inlays, onlays, and crowns replace varying amounts of tooth structure. Crowns are restorations that cover the whole tooth (also known as caps). When it’s possible, it’s better to place an inlay or only instead because it doesn’t require as much reduction of the natural tooth. Crown placement usually requires the removal of more healthy tooth structure than do inlays and onlays, and this removal can increase the risk of needing a root canal for the tooth in the future. Inlays and onlays help preserve the periodontal health because they need not be bonded next to the gum line, which can create irritation and difficult cleaning. A crown, however, can be the proper option for a tooth that has already undergone a root canal or has insufficient healthy structure to keep from fracturing.