Imagine a whiter, more brilliant smile! Porcelain veneers are a conservative, cosmetic dentistry approach that makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of your teeth. If you have chipped teeth; crooked teeth; gaps in teeth; or, dull, stained teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution for you. Dr. Kingsley or Dr. Peters will skillfully bond and shape thin strips of porcelain to your teeth, creating a straight, brilliant smile that enhances both your appearance and your self-esteem.
When teeth are missing, your smile undergoes significant changes. Missing teeth can cause you to chew differently and may also cause mouth pain. And, as your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that only make the situation worse. A porcelain bridge, custom designed by your Dr. Kingsley or Dr. Peters, will keep your smile aligned and your bite functional. Bridges are anchored to existing teeth on either side of the missing tooth. They are semi-permanent (meaning they can only be affixed or removed by a dentist) and are a long-term restorative solution to your damaged smile.
Tooth Whitening—At-home with Opalescence®
Opalescence®―At-home tooth whitening
You may be quite happy with the size and alignment of your teeth, but dentist-supervised tooth whitening gives you the dazzling smile you always wanted. Tooth whitening is safe, effective, and long-lasting. At Elgin Family Dentistry, Dr. Kingsley and Dr. Peters trust the Opalescence tooth whitening system.
Your Opalescence® home-whitening kit includes a special tray that is customized to fit over your teeth, as well as powerful, prescription-strength whitening gel, which is inserted into the tray before you wear it. Our team gives you detailed instructions about how long you should wear the tray each day, and the gel will not transfer to your gums. Opalescence can provide results after just one night, and within a week you can expect a dramatic improvement, leaving you with a bright, white smile.
We also offer a no impression option with your Opalescence Go trays. Opalescence Go is a whitening gel that comes in prefilled, disposable trays. Simply insert the comfortable trays in your mouth, and wear for the recommended amount of time.
You can erase years of wear and tear with porcelain crowns. Elgin Family Dentistry uses a tooth-like crown made of porcelain to restore your tooth after the decay has been removed. Crowns are also used to restore chipped teeth, broken teeth, gaps in teeth, and other damage. Also called “caps,” porcelain crowns mimic natural-looking teeth in both shape and color.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins―also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a longer-lasting, brighter, whiter smile.
Bonding refers to the placement of tooth-colored resin to correct chipped and broken teeth, discolored teeth, and, in some cases, spaces between teeth. Bonding is generally considered more conservative than veneers or other cosmetic dentistry. The benefits of bonding include the ability to maintain the natural structure of the tooth and the ability to color and sculpt the resin to create natural looking teeth. Like a natural tooth, the resin may stain with the use of coffee or other staining foods.
Are you missing teeth? Have you postponed getting a bridge or a denture? Do you wear ill-fitting or loose dentures right now? If so, Elgin Family Dentistry wants to improve your quality of life with dental implants.
As the prosthetic that most closely mimics nature’s design, dental implants serve as substitute tooth roots. Each implant is strategically placed in the jaw where bone integrates with it to create a solid foundation for a crown, bridge, or denture. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.
The benefits of dental implants include:
- Promote bone retention
- Eliminate slipping, loose, wobbly dentures
- Don’t require support from healthy teeth
- Can last a lifetime
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Ask us today for more information on dental implants.
While typical dentures shift and require the use of denture adhesives to keep them in place, implants fit solidly, reducing the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing. Implant-supported dentures distribute your biting pressure more like natural teeth than traditional dentures, stimulating the supportive structures of your teeth and preventing the bone and soft tissues from shrinking away. You can replace an entire set of teeth with beautiful, natural-looking implants.
Emergency Visits (tooth pain)
At an emergency visit, you can expect our doctors to provide a limited exam, putting our focus on the tooth giving you pain. At this visit, they will usually require a diagnostic X-ray or two and will ask that you list all symptoms, as well as a time frame of the toothache. After the diagnosis is given, we will get you on your way to being pain-free―whether by referring you to an endodontist (root canal) or an oral surgeon, by providing you with antibiotic or pain medication (depending on situation), or by scheduling an appointment with us.
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