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Posts for: November, 2013
By Dr. Ronald L. Morse
November 26, 2013
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Lakewood Residents! Dental Bridges Help Restore Smiles When Teeth are Missing
In the past, a chipped, broken or missing tooth meant that you were left with very few options. Many times, dentures were the only option for you to effectively restore your smile. Thanks to many advances in dental technology, today you have a variety of restorative options that can give you your smile back. And when teeth are missing, a common restorative procedure is a dental bridge for Lakewood patients.
Patients in Lakewood Explore Dental Bridges and Their Purpose
While a dental crown is used to repair a broken or chipped tooth, a dental bridge is used to fully replace a missing tooth or multiple teeth. A dental bridge consists of a replacement artificial tooth that is anchored in place on both sides by dental crowns.
To install a dental bridge for patients in Lakewood, Dr. Ronald Morse will begin by applying local anesthetic to the area and then filing down the two teeth that will receive crowns. After this, an impression of the area will be taken and sent off to a dental lab. You will be given a temporary bridge to wear while your permanent one is created.
Once your permanent one arrives, your dentist will check to make sure it fits correctly and then permanently cement it in your mouth. With the proper care, your dental bridge can then last as long as 15 years.
By Dr. Ronald L. Morse
November 19, 2013
Category: Teeth Whitening
Since its inception over 100 years ago, the public demand for whiter teeth through bleaching has continued to grow. Recently, several over-the-counter bleaching strips, paint-on gels, and whitening toothpastes have entered the retail marketplace. However, while these whitening resources are easily available in stores, they may not be the best option for your teeth whitening in Lakewood.
Dr. Ronald Morse offers patients in Lakewood, teeth whitening services to help improve the appearance of their smiles. When choosing a whitening procedure that is best for your smile, seeking professional advice from our Lakewood cosmetic dentistry office through proper dental diagnosis is the best way to achieve the long-lasting results you have always desired.
In-Office Teeth Whitening in Lakewood
If you wish to experience significant color change in a short period of time, in-office whitening performed by your dentist is an appropriate solution for your smile enhancement. This is the most popular of dental procedures in the world today. Unlike at-home whitening systems, in-office whitening takes place under carefully monitored conditions which allow for the safe, controlled, pain-free use of a relatively high concentration of bleaching gel, which yields immediate results.
Stains that are best removed with in-office whitening are discolorations caused by aging, consumption of certain foods and tobacco use. No other teeth whitening procedure produces faster, safer results than in-office whitening because it is closely monitored and performed by your dentist. Gum and tooth sensitivity are more controllable, as well, due to the thicker peroxide gels and the use of desensitizers during treatment.
Take-Home Custom-Whitening Trays
Many dentists offer the option for professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits. Professionally dispensed trays are much more controlled, easier to use and produces better results than over-the-counter whitening. The whitening trays give the most flexibility to patients and are easy to use for touching up your teeth every few months to maintain a sparkling smile.
Whitening trays dispensed by your dentist work similarly to over-the-counter kits, but in order to start the process, your dentist will make a custom mold of your teeth so that the tray is custom-fitted to your mouth. This lessens the likelihood of irritation and keeping contact between the bleaching agent and your gums to a minimum.
Teeth whitening results are subjective, varying considerably from person to person. Before beginning your whitening process, consult Dr. Ronald Morse for a realistic idea of the results you are likely to achieve and how long it should take to achieve them. Your expectations play a significant role in the teeth whitening process.
If you have stained and discolored teeth and want your smile to shine brighter, contact our office to see what available teeth whitening procedure in Lakewood is right for you. You will not be disappointed with the results.