Do you have dark fillings or crowns? What if I told you that you can reclaim your all-white, natural-looking smile? Well, you can!
I’m Dr. James DeFinnis, and as a cosmetic dentist, I understand the importance of a beautiful smile. Through the years, cosmetic dentistry has advanced tremendously. Technology is a big factor, but we also have dental materials that can be shade-matched to existing dentition.
Fillings: In years past, dentists relied on dark metal amalgam to repair tooth decay. These amalgam fillings were very obvious against white tooth structure, so everyone knew if you had cavities. Today, however, we have durable, mercury-free, metal-free composite resin. This white liquid can be tinted to match a tooth precisely. Once placed, cured, and sculpted, a composite dental filling looks just like natural tooth structure. Most people have trouble finding their fillings!
Crowns: Instead of precious metal crowns, I prefer to place porcelain crowns on front teeth. These shade-matched restorations look and feel natural, and they’re durable. In many cases, I can design, fabricate, and place permanent porcelain crowns — or partial crowns — in a single dental visit. Back teeth endure much more pressure than front teeth, so porcelain crowns won’t stand up to daily wear and tear. In this situation, metal is an option, but a zirconia crown will do the job without compromising your all-white smile.
Bonding: The same material used in composite resin fillings can be applied to front teeth for cosmetic restorations. Bonding will close gaps, even out spacing, reshape teeth, and repair chips.
Veneers: Made of high-quality dental porcelain, veneers can totally reshape, recolor, and renew a smile. The handmade shells fit on top of front teeth, creating a new face for your smile. Like bonding, veneers can close gaps, reshape teeth, and correct misalignment. They’re also a good alternative to crowns for front teeth.
A white smile looks young and vibrant. If you want to turn back the clock and reclaim your youthful smile, call Back Mountain Dental at 570-763-4360 to schedule a consultation with me, Dr. DeFinnis. My comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office caters to patients from Scranton, Wilkes Barre, and across the great state of Pennsylvania.