Cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to leave patients with radiant, natural-looking smiles. Dr. Kathy Daroee at Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry uses her expertise to meet the cosmetic dentistry needs of Woodland Hills, California patients. Dr. Kathy also practices General Dentistry as well.
Cosmetic Dentistry Q & A
What does cosmetic dentistry involve?
Cosmetic dentistry procedures are designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile, including the teeth, gums, and bite. These treatments are aesthetic in nature, although they can also improve functional issues. From bleaching to bonding, veneers to porcelain crowns, Dr. Kathy performs a variety of procedures to treat discolored, misshapen, cracked, broken, or decaying teeth with the most natural-looking restorations on the market today.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings used to repair cracks, decay, or fissures in a tooth. Because they closely match the color of the patient’s teeth, composite fillings are used primarily in visible areas of the teeth to replicate the tooth’s natural surface. They are usually placed during one appointment when the tooth will be numbed and decay will be removed as necessary. The space remaining will then be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the filling. The composite material is then placed, shaped, and polished, restoring the patient’s tooth to its original shape. While composite fillings are meant to last for many years with proper dental hygiene, they are not permanent and may need to be replaced in the lifetime of the tooth.
What is the difference between porcelain crowns, porcelain inlays, and porcelain onlays?
Porcelain crowns, porcelain inlays, and porcelain onlays are all dental restoration products that closely resemble the patient’s natural tooth color. Porcelain crowns are used to encase the entire tooth, protecting and strengthening what cannot be restored by fillings or other restorations. Porcelain onlays, also known as partial crowns, are custom-made fillings permanently cemented onto the tooth and are used to repair a tooth that has been badly damaged by decay or trauma. Porcelain inlays are essentially identical to porcelain onlays, except onlays generally involve the restoration of one or more of the chewing cusps on the tooth. Both porcelain inlays and onlays are made by professional dental laboratories, and the permanent placement involves less tooth structure removal than a crown.