Our free smile analysis allows us to examine your teeth to determine what we can do to help you achieve the best smile possible. Our dentist in Joliet IL will check not only typical dental issues like decay and cracks, but also for possible enhancements, such as teeth straightening treatments and whitening. You’ll leave this analysis with a great understanding of what’s going on with your smile.
Porcelain crowns, or caps, encase a tooth that needs to be restored to its original shape and size. Porcelain crowns are more popular than metals and resin because they not only resemble your natural teeth but are also more durable over time. The procedure requires two appointments, with the first dedicated to creating molds of the affected tooth to be used to create your custom crown. During the second appointment, the dentist removes the decay and shapes the surface to properly fit the crown.
Composite, or tooth-colored, fillings are the most popular filling materials used in teeth. Though not permanent, composite fillings repair teeth affected by decay, cracks and fractures. Composite fillings are a quick way to fix several dental issues you may be experiencing, often in less than an hour. Your tooth is first numbed and thoroughly cleaned and then the filling is placed and set. Post procedure you may experience temporary hot and cold sensitivity, but you’ll be pain free in a couple of weeks.
A porcelain fixed bridge is a less invasive way to replace missing teeth than dental implants. A bridge restores your chewing and speaking ability, and it also restores your smile. The procedure takes two to three visits, and it begins with preparing the two anchoring teeth for crowns. A mold of the porcelain bridge is then measured, created and fit to your mouth. After a dental laboratory is finished with your custom porcelain bridge, we place, adjust and set it.
Porcelain fixed bridges are not only less invasive, but also more affordable than dental implants. Porcelain bridges do a great job of supporting your facial structure and giving you the look and feel of real teeth.
For imperfections smaller than a missing tooth but larger than a small chip, we offer porcelain veneers in Joliet and Chicago. Veneers are tooth-colored, custom-made shells that both protect and improve the appearance of your teeth. They’re used to fix chips and cracks, fill gaps, conceal discoloration and reshape crooked or misshapen teeth. Generally a two-visit procedure, the look, feel and function of your veneers is similar to that of a normal tooth.
During the first visit at Rocio Martinez Dental, dentist in Joliet IL, we’ll numb, clean and trim your tooth. Then, we’ll take an impression of the area to be sent to a dental laboratory. We also place a temporary veneer on your tooth to hold you over until the porcelain one is complete. When you come back, we finish up the procedure by placing, adjusting and then bonding the thin porcelain shell on your tooth. When we’re finished, you’ll have an incredibly durable veneer that will last you 10 to 15 years.
Teeth whitening is a very popular procedure used to eliminate discoloration. Tea, coffee, red wine, the aging process and even certain medications may all cause tooth discoloration. Professional tooth whitening is an affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. With options of an in-office, hour-long treatment and a take-home whitening kit, brightening your smile is definitely an option. Dr. Martinez would be glad to tell you more about our teeth whitening in Joliet
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