When teeth are worn, missing, or overly repaired, your smile’s appearance and the proper fit of your upper teeth to lower teeth become compromised. Dr. Williams is highly dedicated to restoring your teeth to their optimal condition, enhancing both the function and the appearance of each patient’s smile.
- Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Porcelain Veneers
- Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
- Dentures & Partial Dentures
- Root Canals (Endodontics)
- Dental Implants
Non-silver, non-mercury fillings match your natural tooth coloring. We use tooth-colored fillings in our office because they look natural and provide better protection for your teeth. They seal the teeth better, because there is no metal in the filling they insulate against hot and cold better, and can be repaired more easily. Many people who are undergoing a cosmetic improvement on their front teeth elect to have dark silver-mercury fillings in their back teeth replaced with bonded ceramic or resin fillings to provide a total natural beautiful smile.
Porcelain veneers are very thin sections of porcelain that adhere to your natural teeth to serve as a durable covering. They can be used to change the position, shape, size and color of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution for anyone with chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or slightly crooked front teeth. They provide a completely improved and dazzling smile in just a few appointments.
In your pre-treatment visits, you and Dr. Williams will work together to determine the precise look that you want to achieve with the veneers. Placement of porcelain veneers usually involves just a few visits. You’ll also have a follow up visit or two for final adjustments and polishing. We’ll also review instructions for care of your new smile to ensure it lasts years and years, The look that will last.
Tooth whitening is safe, effective and long lasting. In our office we use Rembrandt Sapphire Light in-office bleaching procedures, which can achieve result as much as a 10-shade lighter change in the color of your teeth in one visit.
If you are thinking of other cosmetic improvements, such as crowns, porcelain veneers, or just replacing old discolored fillings, it may be worth considering whitening your teeth first. Any restorations we make for you can be matched to the whitened teeth, to give an overall great result.
Dr. Williams can use bonding to correct small defects in your smile—gaps between teeth, spots, chips and discoloration and even fractures. Bonding materials are coated onto existing teeth to reshape and protect your teeth. Bonding allows you to achieve great improvements in just one visit, and in some cases without the need for any numbing.
Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
A Crown is a shell that covers the tooth above the gum to restore its appearance and function. A crown may be a good choice if you're self-conscious about your smile due to cracked, broken, decayed or worn teeth. A crown is the most durable, strongest, longest-lasting way to restore a front or back tooth with extensive damage.
Dr. Williams can use crowns to bring back your healthy, natural-looking smile. Crowns can also be used to correct bite problems, close spaces between teeth, change the angle of teeth, and replace missing teeth permanently, as part of a fixed nonremovable bridge, or over an implant (a replacement for a tooth root).
If more than half of your tooth’s biting surface has been damaged by decay, and you don’t have enough tooth structure left to support a traditional filling, Dr. Williams may recommend restoring your tooth with an onlay or inlay. Inlays are similar in size to standard fillings, and fit within the cusps (bumps) of your tooth; onlays are larger, and may cover one or more cusps.
Onlays and inlays are made in a dental laboratory and then bonded to the tooth. They strengthen the tooth, rather than weaken it like traditional fillings.
With all the materials and techniques modern dentistry has to offer—composite materials and porcelain — not only can your crowns, onlays and inlays be long lasting but they can also be totally natural looking.
A permanent bridge is one option to replace a missing tooth. A permanent bridge is an appliance that can be fabricated with many dental materials such as porcelain and zirconium to mention a few. A bridge should look and feel natural, without hooks or clasps, and stay in permanently, allowing totally normal function and form.
When a tooth is missing, other teeth in your mouth may shift out of position. A fixed bridge will prevent teeth from shifting, and stabilize your bite.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
You don’t have to stop smiling when you’ve lost your natural teeth due to accident, tooth decay or disease. Dr. Williams can make full dentures to replace your teeth, allowing you to eat and speak naturally. Dentures also help prevent your facial muscles from sagging, keeping you looking younger and allowing you to eat healthy foods.
When you have lost several teeth, but not all of them, removable partial dentures may be an option for you.
To give you the look, feel and comfort of natural teeth, Dr. Williams may also suggest dental implants to serve as a stable foundation for the attachment of a full upper or lower denture.
Root Canals (Endodontics)
If your tooth’s nerve becomes infected, a root canal is necessary to save the tooth. Today’s root canal procedures are much less involved than former treatment methods, which means it takes less time, usually one visit, and is more comfortable. Dr. Williams has kept up to date with the latest treatments in root canal therapy and is committed to ensuring that you have a successful, comfortable experience.
When permanent teeth are lost, dental implants can give people the ability to chew comfortably, laugh with confidence and awaken each day with a smile. Dental implants can promote comfort, confidence and self-esteem.
A dental implant acts as a replacement for a tooth root. It is a special surgical grade titanium post, manufactured to highly precise specifications, under strict sterile conditions. The implant is inserted surgically into the jawbone below the gum surface. As the bone bonds to the post, it provides a stable foundation for the attachment of a single tooth, bridge, or full upper or lower denture.
The presence of a dental implant can halt bone loss. It prevents the deep wrinkling and changes in facial appearance that denture wearers often experience.
Dental implants can offer a new lease on life. They are superior to other choices because they are solid, secure, and esthetic. After nearly 35 years of use, they have a 90-95% proven success rate in appropriately chosen cases.
If you have been suffering with partial or full dentures, are missing teeth, or feel you need teeth extracted, don’t hesitate to call us to be evaluated for implants. Dr. Williams has been working with dental implants since 1988.