Bonding and tooth colored fillings
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile.
Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology and our amazing in-house dental lab, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems
Have a chipped tooth or large cavity? Dr. Lee can fit you with a natural looking crown that will last you for years to come. With our on-site experienced lab technicians, not only can we make a crown for you as a same day option, but we can also reassure you that it will be customized to your specific needs.
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Porcelain crowns are the most popular, as they resemble your natural teeth, are highly durable and will last many years if properly cared for. Made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth, porcelain crowns give you a natural, long-lasting and beautiful smile. If you are in a hurry, be sure to ask us about our same day E4d option that allows you to receive your crown in one day!
If you’re missing a few teeth and want to restore your smile, Dr. Lee can fit you with a bridge as a permanent option. A bridge is a series of crowns that are connected together and are fixed (non-removable) to a patient’s teeth. They may be anywhere from two teeth in size to a full upper or lower arch. Like crowns, they come in several different material options.
Partials and Dentures
Partials and dentures are the most affordable replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. How many missing teeth you have will determine what option you need. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. Dr. Lee is a denture specialist, so rest assured you are in good hands going through process.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. Lucky for you, our office has its own in-house lab so that we do not have to make you wait for these adjustments, we can take care of them right when you come into our office! These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth.
Implant supported Dentures/Partials
Implant supported dentures (also known as over-dentures) are Dr. Lee’s specialty. An over-denture is defined as a removable partial denture or a full denture that covers and rests on one or more remaining natural teeth, and/or dental implants. When all teeth are missing or in such condition that they need to be replaced, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the best permanent solution.
Before dental implants, there was not a permanent solution available for people who lost all their teeth. Today, it is possible to replace a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution. Not only can you eat and function mostly like having your natural teeth, but you can also help to prevent bone loss by preserving your existing bone with implants.
Dr. Lee would be more than happy to discuss in further detail about your implant options, call us today!