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Composite Resin Fillings

The concept of a "filling" is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We can restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel using composite resin fillings.

With today's advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin fillings.

Advantages of composite resin fillings:

  • Composite resin fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape.
  • Composite resin fillings are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel. Composites are naturally more comfortable.
  • Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite resin material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
  • Restorations with resin fillings require less removal of tooth, less structure to place than those with amalgams and especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
  • Composite resin fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.

Porcelain Crowns

A crown or cap is used to restore a decayed, damaged or cracked tooth. A crown can also be used to enhance discolored or badly shaped teeth.

Types of crowns available include:

  • Metal
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • All resin
  • All ceramic or porcelain

All ceramic or porcelain crowns generally have the most natural appearance, and are the most popular. They are very durable and can last for many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced.

The process for placing a custom-made crown generally consists of 2-3 office visits. At the first visit, Dr. Galindo may examine the roots of the tooth by taking X-rays of the tooth structure and surrounding bone. If decay is present or there is a possibility that infection or injury will develop in the pulp, a root canal treatment may be necessary.

Treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  2. Re-shaping the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown. (The amount of tooth structure removed depends on the type of crown.)
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the custom-made crown is being fabricated.
  5. Applying the crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth.

After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, Dr. Galindo will cement it into place. Following the procedure, proper dental hygiene is necessary to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a long time.

Porcelain Bridges

If you are missing one or more teeth, you may find it difficult to chew or speak properly. Dr. Galindo can remedy these and other problems by placing a bridge. A bridge is a dental device that fills a space previously occupied by a tooth, and may be required to prevent:

  • Shifting of the teeth, which can cause bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
  • Bridges preserve the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

Bridges can be manufactured from porcelain, gold, alloys or a mixture of these materials. Porcelain fused to metal bridges is the most popular because they closely resemble natural teeth.

Bridges are very durable and can last for many years. Practicing good oral hygiene and seeing the dentist regularly for routine cleanings and exams ensures the longevity of your bridge.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to enhance your smile. They are thin, semi-translucent "shells" normally bonded to your front teeth. Depending on your case veneers can be a great alternative to crowns. In most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.
Veneers are custom-made from porcelain material and are commonly used to correct:

  • Spacing problems between the teeth
  • Chipped, crooked or misshaped teeth
  • Stained or discolored teeth

Porcelain veneers are very durable and can last for many years. Please contact us if you have any questions about veneers.

Teeth Whitening

Your teeth will darken over time, as a result of wear and tear and the buildup of stains. Staining can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda) or due to childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or inadequate oral hygiene.

Our office offers a variety of solutions for whitening your smile, including in-office techniques and professional take-home whitening kits. We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. One of the methods used by our practice is a gentle hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution. This method will whiten your entire smile in one visit.

Whitening is not permanent. Avoiding foods and beverages that cause staining may help to prolong the effects of treatment. The degree of whitening varies, depending on the severity of the stain, the condition of the teeth, as well as the type of whitening product and how long is it used.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity. In fact, it's one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. While over-the-counter whitening products are readily available, the reality is that "too good to be true" solutions typically don't work.

Call us today at (602) 441-5529 for a professional whitening evaluation.

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