A beautiful and healthy smile can increase your confidence and make a positive and lasting first impression on others. The dental team at Radiant Dentistry is here to help you achieve your ideal smile with high-quality dental care in New Port Richey, FL.
Our cosmetic dentistry procedures can help correct imperfections in the appearance of your smile. From teeth whitening services to veneers, implants, and more, we can improve the color, alignment, and spacing of teeth for a stunning, healthy smile.
Our Cosmetic Dentistry Services
We offer a variety of cosmetic dental services to help improve the aesthetics of your smile. In addition to good at-home oral health habits and regular dental visits, cosmetic dentistry can take your smile to the next level.
Teeth whitening is an easy way to improve the color and appearance of teeth. Our office uses several methods, including professional strength whitestrips and passive tray whitening.
The tray method involves having impressions taken, from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. A carbamide peroxide gel is placed in these trays, and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours or overnight. The entire process takes three to four weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used; however the higher the strength, the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity.
The tray method is recommended for badly stained teeth, such as tetracycline staining, and it may take several months of use to see significant color improvement. For maintenance of whitened teeth, the trays should be used every several months.
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments, because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks, the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic and are very esthetic.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body and teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures.
Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first, any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then, an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits, the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time, a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit, this temporary is removed, and the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.
This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth and takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically.
Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated, the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and with one missing, they start to “fall.” As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw (e.g. TMJ). The surrounding teeth deteriorate, and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost. Gum disease can also become a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.
There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function: they replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it’s time for dentures.
The entire mouth is examined, and then Dr. Caputo will decide which teeth need to be removed and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality, and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing.
Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has advantages over bridge work in that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants and are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be immediately used. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants. Call for a free consultation.
6838 Madison St.
New Port Richey, FL 34652
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