Please scroll down and refer to the gallery on the right to see before and after photos for a variety of cosmetic procedures exclusively performed at Prestipino Dental Group.
The gallery includes the following procedures:
- Pre-treatment Photo Analysis
- Crowns (Caps)
- Porcelain Veneers
- Dental Bonding
- Composite Fillings
- Teeth Whitening – Bleaching
- Invisalign Teeth Straightening
PRE-TREATMENT PHOTO ANALYSIS:
See it before you smile. That is, find out what your smile will look like with your new teeth and gums before the process begins through photo imaging simulations. Pre-treatment photo analysis has become an invaluable component of the PDG consultation process. We start by taking photographs of your face and teeth, then aesthetically enhance the teeth to create an after treatment simulation of the cosmetic effect.
Simulated treatment, is not the only advantage of this technology. Improved dentist-patient -laboratory communication, that is co-diagnosis, invariably results when the patient sees his or her own image. Heartfelt questions and suggestions come from patients when they are visually aware of their appearance and more informed about their treatment choices.
Cosmetic imaging gives patients a preview of how beneficial cosmetic procedures are by providing to them a image of the possibilities.
For use on teeth with cracks or decay, a crown is often the procedure chosen to protect damaged teeth. Also known as a cap, a crown encases the problem tooth and helps it remain functional. After a consultation with the patient, the PDG team determines the best material choice for the crown for the individual patient.
All-porcelain: the PDG assesses whether the porcelain crown is the appropriate dental solution on a per case basis. Most crowns are made of all porcelain technology out of a variety of different materials.
Porcelain fused to metal: this solution offers a resistant restoration that is also aesthetically pleasing because the metal is restricted from view. As the gum line recedes overtime, however, the interior metal may become visible.
Gold: Not as popular as they once were, the gold crown is easy to prepare and, because they are so durable, remains an ideal choice for use in the back of the mouth, especially for the “grinder” or “clencher.”
A fixed bridge is often a good solution for the patient with a gap created by one or several missing teeth. During a consultation with the patient, the PDG team assess the strength of the teeth adjacent to the gap to make sure these “abutment teeth” can offer proper support to the new teeth. Fitted in about two-sessions, crowns are placed over the teeth “abutment teeth” and the false teeth are fixed in place as a “bridge the gap” in the mouth. Porcelain, gold or a metal alloy (see “Dental Crowns” for more information about materials) are used to create the crowns and false teeth which are designed to support the shape of the patient’s mouth and face.
Porcelain veneers inspire confident smiles quickly. In just a few, non-invasive visits a thin layer of porcelain can be placed over the surface of the patient’s teeth, creating a glistening, white smile. At the same time, veneers improve the structure and alignment the teeth while also protecting teeth from future damage. The requirement for successful porcelain veneers is that there is enough enamel on the teeth to adequately bond the veneers to the natural tooth.
Often referred to as indirect fillings, Inlays and Onlays are the perfect solution for teeth with minimal damage. Not all dental practices offer this option. The PDG team offers Inlays and Onlays because often a full coverage crown is excessive and unnecessary.
When fitting an Inlay or an Onlay, the PDG team preserves as much of the healthy tooth as possible while covering and protecting the damaged area. Prepared ahead and then fitted by the dentist to the damaged, there are slight differences between the two options:
Inlay: A restoration where the filling material is bonded within the tooth center.
Onlay: A restoration where the material extends over or to the cusps of the tooth to cover the damaged portion of the weak tooth.
Dental bonding is one of the easiest, least expensive and fastest cosmetic dental procedures used to restore a person’s smile. Bonding can usually be completed in one, 30- to 60-minute office visit (unless several teeth are involved). However, there are some drawbacks to dental bonding: The material used, a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material), is not as stain resistant as crowns; the bonding materials do not last as long nor are they as strong as other restorative procedures; bonding materials can chip and break off the tooth. Because of these and other limitations, PDG views this procedure as best suited for the correction of small and/or temporary cosmetic defects.
A filling repairs a tooth and stops tooth decay. The filling is the material used to “fill” a cavity after the dentist removes the tooth decay. Fillings can be made from several types of materials: Composite resins that are tooth-colored fillings bonded to the tooth surface or Ionomers, tooth-colored materials that dentists often use for small cavities or cavities between teeth. Over a long period of time, filings may wear down and need to be replaced.
While teeth whitening is not a medical procedure, a brighter smile can inspire confidence. During a consultation with PDG, our team will help you determine whether bleaching will work for you (it does not work for everyone) and the best process for your teeth and your lifestyle.
Do it yourself
- DIY kit purchased over the counter, you change the color of your tooth enamel, removing both surface stains and those deeper in the teeth.
- Using a stronger chemical for bleaching, this in-office process takes about an hour and could require more than one treatment. Gums will be protected and the bleaching process will be monitored for effectiveness.
- If you would rather bleach at home, PDG can provide you with a kit that contains a custom-made mouthpiece. These kits usually use a lower concentration of bleach than an in-office process.
INVISALIGDN TEETH STRAIGHTENING
Offering a level of comfort and convenience for teeth straightening, Invisalign is a cutting edge approach to orthodontic treatment that does not require wires or brackets. As certified Invisalign providers, PDG first determines if a patient is a candidate for Invisalign. Once it’s been determined that Invisalign is the right choice, PDG creates for each, individual patient a customized treatment plan followed by a series of removable, plastic aligners that will be used over the course of the treatment plan. While each case is unique, treatment is usually completed within a year. Please feel free to call us for an Invisalign consultation.
Note: All photo are the exclusive proprietary rights of Prestipino Dental Group LLC.