Cosmetic dentistry is a broad term which may involve numerous dental procedures done to improve the appearance of a person’s smile. This process may involve one or a combination of dental procedures such as-
Cosmetic dentistry is both an art and a science and Dr Porzig thrives on the challenge that it presents every day at Lifestyle Dental Studio. He is a true perfectionist and brings his artistic flare to every case that he does. Please view the gallery below to view some examples of these cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Porcelain crowns and veneers are used to improve the appearance of the teeth when they have become discoloured, chipped or worn. They are a custom made reinforced porcelain shell which is bonded to the outside of the damaged tooth/teeth. The result is very natural, will resist stain and is long lasting. They can be done singularly or in multiples – such as when we do a smile make over.
When a significant change is required to the smile as a whole due to wear and tear, discolouration, neglect or just naturally unaesthetic teeth, a “smile make over” utilizing porcelain crowns and veneers and sometimes tooth coloured composite resin restorations is performed. The design, shade and over all look of the new smile is discussed in detail prior to any treatment being started.
Composite resin, or tooth coloured filling material, is very versatile and can be used for small and large restorations on the back and front teeth. It provides a less expensive alternative to porcelain veneers on the front teeth. Composite veneers can be a more conservative alternative to porcelain veneers in that there is little or no tooth preparation required.
When there is an excess of gum covering the teeth/tooth, a gum lift can be done to make the teeth look longer, thereby improving the aesthetics. It is a very simple local anaesthetic procedure where the gum is trimmed away to the ideal position (gingivectomy). When there is an excess of bone under the gum causing the problem, the bone support around the tooth/teeth may also need reshaping at the same time as the gingivectomy.
Gum grafts or soft tissue grafts are done for a number of reasons: To cover root surfaces when the gums have receded, to thicken the soft tissue and increase the band of keratinised mucosa around the tooth or implant in order to make the gum more resilient to future recession and to fill in areas where the gum is lacking bulk.
The graft tissue may be taken from the palate (autogenous graft) or alternatively we will use a soft tissue grafting product called “Alloderm”.