Maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a vital component to achieving a beautiful smile. At Chagrin Highlands Dental Group, our general dentistry practices incorporate tooth-colored material for inconspicuous fillings, crowns, and sealants. Before you enhance your smile with treatments such as porcelain veneers or Zoom!® Teeth Whitening, Dr. Douglas Desatnik recommends beginning with strong, cavity-free teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that matches the shade of a natural tooth. After eliminating any decay and cleaning the tooth’s surface, these fillings are bonded into place. In addition to the cosmetic benefits of tooth-colored fillings, the composite resin helps protect your teeth from more complicated dental issues. Unlike silver or mercury amalgam alternatives, which can actually lead to future cracks and gaps that harbor harmful bacteria, tooth-colored fillings can strengthen teeth and prevent cracks while also maintaining the natural appearance of the tooth.
Tooth-Colored (All Porcelain) Crowns
Tooth-colored crowns are designed to protect damaged teeth. Using a porcelain crown (sometimes called a cap) that fits snugly over the compromised tooth, imperfections such as cracks or chips are hidden. Unlike traditional metal crowns that can show through their porcelain coating, all porcelain crowns restore functionality and strengthen the teeth while also mimicking the color, contour, and surface texture of your natural teeth.
For individuals who have had serious gum disease, a certain degree of gum recession is not uncommon. When this occurs, the roots of the teeth can be exposed, leading to a much greater chance of bacterial invasion, progression of periodontal disease, and potential tooth loss. Dr. Desatnik offers gum grafting treatment to restore lost tissue, prevent further gum loss in the future, and minimize the risk of tooth decay. Gum grafting can also have the added benefit of improving the appearance of your gums, giving you a healthier-looking smile!
To help guard your teeth against cavities, Dr. Desatnik uses sealants as a preventive treatment. Sealants are made of a tooth-colored material and are bonded to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These surfaces are full of crevices and ridges that can foster bacteria, and sealants can protect your teeth from future bacteria growth. Though sealants are typically used for children, adults can equally benefit from this treatment.