COSMETIC & RESTORATIVE DENTISTRY

In addition to improving function & stability, we work with our patients to address their cosmetic goals, Nothing makes a bigger or faster impression than your smile. In fact, a beautiful, bright smile can be your biggest asset. It can affect how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. Dr. Kumar offers the following cosmetic and restorative dentistry:


COMPOSITE FILLINGS

  • Bonding / Anterior Composites
  • Posterior Fillings
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VENEERS

Veneers are routinely used to fix:

  • Discolored Teeth: stains from tetracycline or other drugs; excessive fluoride or other causes; the presence of large resin fillings that have discolored the tooth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Excessive gaps / spaces between teeth

Veneers offer the following advantages:

  • They provide a naturally enhanced tooth appearance.
  • Gum tissue tolerates porcelain well
  • Porcelain veneers are stain resistant & provide a stable color improvement, making dark/discolored teeth appear whiter.
  • Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape veneers generally don't require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger, more aesthetic alternative.

Some issues to consider with veneers:

  • The process is not reversible.
  • Veneers are costly in addition to the cost of the veneers, temporary dental veneers can be placed, and depending on the case, this may involve an additional cost.
  • Veneers are usually not repairable and require replacement should they chip or crack.
  • The teeth involved may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods and beverages.
  • Veneer's color cannot be altered once in place. If you plan on whitening your teeth, you need to do so before getting veneers.
  • Though unlikely, veneers can dislodge and fall off. To minimize the chance of this occurring, do not bite your nails, chew on pencils, ice, or other hard objects, or otherwise put excessive pressure on your teeth.
  • Teeth with veneers can still experience decay, possibly necessitating full coverage of the tooth with a crown.
  • Veneers are not a viable option for individuals with unhealthy, or weakened dentition, or those who have inadequate amount of existing enamel.
  • Individuals who clench and grind their teeth are poor candidates for porcelain veneers, as these activities can cause the veneers to crack or chip.
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CROWNS / CAPS

Benefits:

  • Restores shape and size
  • Strengthen & stabilizes tooth
  • Improves esthetics

A crown may be needed:

  • To protect a weak/decayed tooth from fracture
  • To restore & stabilize a cracked/worn tooth
  • To support & stabilize a tooth with a large filling/extensive tooth structure lost
  • To support a dental bridge
  • To improve esthetics
  • Cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth/make a cosmetic modification
  • Can restore optimal contours and contacts
  • To cover a dental implant
  • Support & stabilizes a root canaled tooth
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ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased.

During root canal treatment:

  • The diseased pulp is removed
  • The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned, shaped and sealed.

It is important to keep in mind that a tooth with a root canal should be restored as soon as possible to avoid contamination and fracture. Additionally, a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease, & therefore it is imperative. Some causes of an infected pulp could include:

  • a deep cavity
  • repeated dental procedures
  • a cracked or broken tooth
  • injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
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