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Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening 

When years of drinking coffee start to show on your teeth, you can still get back to a white, stain-free smile. Our cosmetic dentist builds a personalized treatment for your teeth whitening process, ensuring that you can enjoy brighter teeth and a better smile. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of teeth whitening?

When you visit a dentist for teeth whitening, we’ll first measure the shade of your teeth and discuss your whitening options. Our dentist will then apply a whitening solution to your teeth, which is often more powerful than at-home treatments. The whitening solutions will lift coffee and food stains from the surface of your teeth. After some time, we’ll rinse off the solution and finish up. 

Is teeth whitening covered by insurance?

Typically, teeth whitening is considered a cosmetic procedure and is not usually covered by insurance, but this varies from patient to patient. Reach out to your insurance company to learn what you’re covered for. 

Can I do teeth whitening with an at-home kit? 

Many stores offer at-home teeth whitening kits, which include strips or pastes that you apply to your teeth. You may have to use the kit regularly for weeks on end to see results. On the other hand, dental offices often have stronger, more powerful whitening agents that may provide faster results.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are caps that sit on top of a heavily damaged tooth to restore the tooth's original size and appearance. A crown will also protect your tooth structure and stop it from degrading further. We can install crowns that match your other teeth’s appearance and will last for years to come.

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Do dental crowns look natural?

We make every effort to make your dental crown look just like your surrounding teeth. Many modern crowns are made with tooth-colored material that helps them blend in.

What is the process of getting a dental crown?

Before your crown is added, we’ll first have to treat the underlying problems with your tooth. We often add dental crowns after root canals. Our dentist will handle problems with your cavities or infections. Once all your tooth decay is removed, we’ll prepare the tooth for the crown. We may make a series of impressions or set you up with a temporary crown. 
Once your crown is ready, we will ask you to return to the office for placement. Our dentist will put on the crown and adjust for fit. Once we settle on the right fit, it’s time to cement the crown into place with a permanent adhesive. 

How do dental crowns work?

Dental crowns are vital for restoring your teeth to proper function and look after a major procedure. They work by bonding to your natural tooth and protecting it from further damage. Crowns are also important for restoring a natural-looking smile and promoting your self-confidence.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is a great way to replace your tooth after it goes missing. During a dental implant, we’ll surgically insert an artificial root and tooth into the empty space. This helps support your jaw bone and prevent bone loss while restoring your smile to its usual look. Our dentists will help care for your dental implant throughout the years, including conducting regular inspections.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of getting a dental implant?

A dental implant sits directly in your empty gum socket. During the procedure, we will make an incision in the gum where the implant will be placed. Then we will insert the titanium tooth root, making sure to add it into the bone where your old tooth used to sit. We will then close the incision and wait for you to heal, which may take several weeks. There will still be a gap in your smile, which we will fix once your bone has healed around the implant post.
After you have healed, we will then add the permanent replacement teeth and make sure that it fits well and looks natural. Patients who have weak jawbones might need a bone graft to ensure their teeth stay healthy. 

What is dental implant maintenance like?

Taking care of your dental implants is just like taking care of your regular teeth. Simply brush, floss, and rinse with mouthwash like you normally would. Make sure to schedule regular checkups so your dentist can monitor your implant. 

Why should I choose dental implants over dentures, dental bridges, etc?

The advantage of dental implants is that they are permanent replacements that feel very similar to natural teeth. They are often more comfortable than bridges or dentures, and they are more stable and long-lasting. Less permanent options can be inconvenient to take care of, and they might not last as long.

Dental Bridges

Are you missing teeth? One way to restore your smile is to install a dental bridge. A dental bridge helps fill the gap in your smile with artificial teeth and makes your smile look natural again. A bridge also supports better chewing and biting and stops your existing teeth from shifting to fill the gap. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who qualifies for a dental bridge?

We suggest dental bridges for patients who are missing one or two teeth and who have healthy surrounding teeth. Dental bridges are often a better solution for those who cannot afford the price tag of implants. 

How do I take care of a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is easy to take care of. Simply follow your regular brushing and flossing routine, and make sure to go to your regular dentist appointments. You will also have to clean under the bridge to ensure no food is stuck there. 

Why should I get a dental bridge? 

Having a blank space between your teeth can cause serious damage over time. Your remaining teeth may drift into the space, and your chewing and biting will be negatively affected. Not to mention that a gap in your smile might affect your self-confidence. We recommend filling in missing teeth as soon as possible. 

Dentures and Partial Dentures

As an all-ages family dentist, M. R. Dental PLLC can support patients who need dentures. Dentures are a great choice for those who are missing all or some of their teeth. Our dentist can build a custom set of full or partial dentures made uniquely for you. 

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What are partial dentures? 

Like the name suggests, partial dentures are dentures that are designed to replace a section of your teeth, but not all of them. If you have several healthy teeth left, we may recommend partial dentures. 

Why should I choose dentures over other teeth replacement treatments?

Sometimes dentures are a better solution than dental implants or bridges. We often recommend dentures for patients who need a cost-effective, fast solution.
Dentures are often completed quickly compared to dental implants. They are also low-risk and less invasive than dental implants or bridges, which can be an important factor for elderly patients who may be suffering from bone loss. 

How do I take care of my dentures?

Dentures require ongoing maintenance for the best care possible. Patients should soak their dentures overnight and practice regular denture brushing. Whenever you can, remove dentures after eating and rinse them to remove food particles. 

How will you make my dentures? 

First, we’ll take an impression of your mouth and create a model. Then the dental lab technicians will use that model to build a personalized set of dentures that match your gum line for the best fit possible. We’ll receive the dentures and call you back into the office for a fitting and make any adjustments needed.

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