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Find out the many ways dental veneers can revitalize damaged smiles.
While not all dental damage has to affect the health of your teeth, you can admit that seeing stains, chips and other imperfections in your teeth may leave you feeling self-conscious to even smile let alone talk to those around you. If you feel embarrassed by your smile then it might be time you talked to our Lakewood, CO dentists, Dr. Ronald Morse and Dr. Diana Mohr, about whether dental veneers are right for you.
These custom-made tooth-colored shells are made from strong, resilient porcelain and are designed to cover the front of your teeth to improve their overall appearance. Each shell is specially crafted and bonded to your teeth to alter their color, shape or size.
Porcelain veneers are translucent like natural teeth so when you smile no one will even know that you are sporting veneers. Plus, porcelain is stain-resistant so you won’t have to worry about your veneers becoming dull or yellow (even though this doesn’t mean that you don’t still have to brush and floss your teeth regularly).
What makes veneers such a great cosmetic option for many people in Lakewood is that veneers fix a host of different dental issues including:
- Discolored teeth that can’t be treated with teeth whitening
- Teeth that are worn, uneven or misshapen
- Gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are misaligned
- Teeth that are chipped, cracked or broken
If you are dealing with unsightly internal stains that whitening just can’t treat you can still achieve a more vibrant smile with porcelain veneers. If you have wanted a straighter and more even smile but haven’t wanted to get braces, then veneers may be able to help. It’s amazing just how much smiles can change once they get veneers.
Turn to Dr. Ronald L. Morse in Lakewood, CO to get superior dental veneers that will offer you the beautiful new smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Find out how this simple cosmetic procedure could improve the look of your smile.
It can be frustrating to deal with small imperfections in your smile. If you’ve been dreaming of a way to fix these issues without having to deal with invasive, time-consuming or painful procedures then the answer lies with our Lakewood, CO dentist Dr. Ronald L. Morse, who can give you the smile you’ve been dreaming about.
What is dental bonding?
Through dental bonding our Lakewood, CO general dentist applies a tooth-colored dental resin over the tooth, sculpting it to get the proper color and shape. This dental resin is the same kind used for filling a cavity, except that when it is used for cosmetic reasons there is no need for anesthesia or needles, making it a simple, quick and painless way to improve the overall look of a tooth or teeth.
How is dental bonding applied?
The resin we use is very much like putty, which allows us to mold it over the imperfections you have to mask them and to improve the overall shape of your smile. Once we have the right shape we will use a dental laser to painlessly harden the bonding to your tooth. After that, we may need to trim it and make some minor adjustments to the shape. Finally, we will polish the tooth so that it has the same sheen as the rest of your smile.
Who should get dental bonding?
Anyone dealing with small cracks, chips, discolorations or gaps between teeth could benefit from dental bonding. If you are looking for a way to lengthen or improve the shape of your teeth dental bonding may also be the right choice. When you come into our office for a consultation we will be able to examine your smile and determine if your teeth could benefit from this non-invasive cosmetic treatment.
Dental bonding can be a great and easy way to revamp your smile. If you want to find out if you should get cosmetic dentistry in Lakewood, CO call Dr. Ronald L. Morse to schedule your evaluation.
What you need to know about dental bridgework
Are you embarrassed by your smile because you have large spaces where you used to have teeth? Don’t despair! You can have a full, beautiful smile once again with dental bridgework. Thanks to modern techniques, materials and the skill and expertise of Dr. Ronald L. Morse, your cosmetic dentist in Lakewood, Colorado, you can have a dental bridge that looks natural and beautiful, functioning just as well as the teeth it is replacing. Today’s dental bridges will complement your smile because your friends will notice your smile, not your bridge!
Conventional dental bridges are also known as fixed partial dentures, and can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The prosthetic tooth that replaces a missing tooth is called a “pontic” and pontics are secured by the adjacent teeth on both sides of the pontic. These supporting teeth are called “abutments” and are typically restored with crowns to provide strong, supportive anchors for the prosthetic, or pontic, teeth.
When you choose a dental bridge you can be assured of:
- Complete satisfaction, because your bridge will look natural and beautiful, complimenting your smile
- Restored chewing ability, which improves your digestion and overall health
- Increased confidence, knowing your bridge won’t move around, unlike removable partials
You will need at least two appointments to complete your bridge. At the first appointment, your Lakewood, CO dentist will prepare your supporting teeth and take models of the bridge area. He will place temporary crowns on the prepared teeth, and send your dental models off to the dental laboratory, where skilled dental technicians create your new bridge. When Dr. Morse receives your new bridge from the dental lab, he will schedule an appointment with you for the final cementation to complete your new smile.
You can improve your smile with a new dental bridge, don’t wait when it comes to looking great! You deserve to have full chewing function to eat the foods you love and to have a full, beautiful smile too! If you want to improve your smile, call Dr. Ronald L. Morse, your cosmetic dentist in Lakewood, Colorado today and get started on a new you!
Dental crowns are the jack of all trades of the dental world. From teeth damaged by heavy decay to teeth worn down by everyday wear such as tooth grinding, crowns can help you restore your bite, give new life to your unsightly tooth or even preserve a damaged tooth to save it from extraction. Learn more about dental crowns with help from your Lakewood, CO dentist.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are a tooth-colored, tooth-shaped cap which encases the tooth. Crowns are carved from a block of ceramic by a dental laboratory over the course of several weeks. Each crown is customized especially for your mouth and color-matched to your teeth to provide the most natural appearance possible. Crowns make it possible to have a proper biting and chewing surface while preserving the damaged natural tooth’s structure below the gumline.
How do dental crowns work?
In order for the crown to fit exactly onto the tooth and to ensure a secure bond, your Lakewood dentist prepares the tooth before placing the restoration. First, he shaves a tiny amount of enamel from the sides of the tooth, then files it into the proper shape to fit the inside of the crown. If necessary, a temporary crown protects the prepared tooth until the dental laboratory completes the final, permanent restoration. Dental crowns benefit patients in various situations, including:
- to protect broken or damaged teeth
- to protect a weakened tooth
- to stabilize a tooth after root canal therapy
- to hold a dental bridge in place
- to improve the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
- to restore the biting surface of a worn-down tooth
What can I do to keep my teeth healthy between dental visits?
The best way to combat tooth decay is a strong at-home oral care routine. Brush at least twice a day using a soft toothbrush. Replace your toothbrush when it starts to show signs of wear, usually after a month or so. Floss at least once a day, breaking the mouth up into quadrants and using a new length of floss for each one. This cuts down on the spread of bacteria from one area of the mouth to another. One of the best tools you have against tooth decay is your Lakewood dentist. Be sure to commit to regular dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Ronald L. Morse in Lakewood, CO. Call (303) 279-6929 to speak with an associate about scheduling your dental examination today!
Learn about sealants from your Lakewood dentist
Children and adults of all ages are at particular risk for decay in the molars--the deeply grooved back teeth that can be difficult to clean. It’s especially important to help your children protect these vulnerable teeth early on, helping them lay the foundation for a lifetime of good dental health. From the office of Ronald Morse DDS, PC in Lakewood, CO, has some information for you about sealants.
What Are Sealants?
Sealants are one of the simplest and most effective ways to protect your child’s teeth from decay. A dental sealant is a plastic material that is painted on the tooth, settles into the ridges and grooves, then hardens into a protective covering that keeps food particles and bacteria away from the tooth’s surface.
Most dentists will recommend that children receive sealants on their adult molars as soon as they erupt. Sealants are not usually necessary for baby teeth, although they may be recommended for some children who are particularly prone to decay.
The Benefits of Sealants
It can be difficult to get children to brush and floss their teeth effectively, especially younger children. However, even children with good dental hygiene habits need additional care to prevent decay. Sealants provide extra protection for all children and reduce their chances of developing cavities in the back teeth.
Studies show that children who receive sealants are 78% less likely to need fillings than those who do not get sealants. The number jumps to 93% when sealants are combined with annual professional fluoride treatments.
The process of getting sealants is completely painless for your child. It involves only cleaning the teeth and applying material to the surface--no anesthesia or invasive work required.
Given their effectiveness in preventing the need for fillings and extensive dental work later on, getting sealants on your child’s teeth is one of the smartest preventative steps you can take.
Ronald Morse DDS, PC in Lakewood, CO, helps patients of all ages protect healthy teeth with sealants and other preventative treatments for a lifetime of good dental health. To schedule an appointment, call (303)279-6929.