Create the Smile of Your Dreams with Cosmetic Dentistry
Dr. Kathryn Spencer, Dr Elizabeth Hill and the entire staff at Cool Springs Family Dentistry believe that each of our patients deserve a smile they can be proud to show off. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to correct such common aesthetic flaws as stained teeth, broken teeth, or teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshapen, or crooked. We invite you to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by Dr. Spencer and Dr. Hill. Contact us at (615) 942-7811 to schedule your smile makeover consultation!
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that Dr. Spencer and Dr. Hill can use to cover stains or mask flaws such as cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as "instant orthodontics" because they can also be applied to straighten the appearance of a crooked smile.
Tooth whitening is perhaps the most commonly sought after cosmetic dentistry procedure. Even the most beautiful smile can appear unhealthy or dull when teeth are stained or yellowed. This is a wonderful, non-invasive procedure. To start, it is a brief and painless impression appointment. From the impression, custom bleaching trays are made. We educate the patient on the use of bleach and how to get the results they desire. Tray bleaching is a safe way to greatly improve dental aesthetics without shots or drilling and it's easy to apply! Whitening teeth helps to restore self-esteem and the hidden beauty in all our smiles.
Cosmetic Dental Bonding
By applying a thin coating of a tooth-colored resin composite material to teeth, it can improve the appearance of a number of cosmetic flaws. If a tooth has small chips, we remove any badly damaged tooth structure and replace it with "tooth colored filling” called “bonding” or “composite resin”. It adheres to the tooth and creates a barrier so bacteria, sugars, and other toxins don’t reach the inside of the tooth. Bonding come in many shades and colors and match your tooth color beautifully.
Crowns (also known as caps) are simply a protective covering for badly damaged tooth. When a tooth has been damaged by severe decay, is badly broken, or has had very large filling that is breaking down and beginning to leak, then that tooth should be restored with a crown for functionality and appearance and to prevent any further damage. Crowns generally require a minimum of 2 appointments. The first appointment is numbing the tooth, removing any decay and broken down tooth structure, taking an impression of it for the laboratory to fit the tooth with a custom-fitting crown and for the doctor to make a temporary crown for you to wear while the crown is being made at the lab. The second appointment, which is usually 2-3 weeks after the first, involves trying in the permanent crown to be sure it fits and functions properly. The crown is then cemented on the tooth. Crowns can be made of different materials; porcelain, porcelain-fused to-metal, or gold. Porcelain crowns are the most aesthetically pleasing and popular crowns.
A bridge is an artificial tooth that is held in place by a dental crown on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth and you desire the replacement to be attached rather than a remove able option,such as a partial, or you are not a candidate for an implant, a bridge could be a good option.
Full Dentures and Partials
We offer both full and partial dentures to our patients. dentures are removable replacement teeth. For people who are missing teeth, dentures provide a relatively quick and low-cost way of replacing these teeth, regaining chewing ability, self esteem, and the ability to smile. Placing implants under dentures and partial dentures allows them to stay in place more firmly without need for adhesives.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into a patient's jawbone to support permanent replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are not to be removed for cleaning, and they allow for more comfortable eating and speaking.
Amalgam/metal fillings are often composed of mercury, which, in addition to creating a black appearance, can be harmful to a patient's health. For this reason, CoolSprings Family Dentistry only uses composite, or tooth-colored fillings. White fillings are less likely to cause tooth fractures like with metal fillings. White fillings are also virtually undetectable by your eye which makes your smile healthy and beautiful at the same time. These fillings come in many shades and colors and match your tooth color beautifully.
Smile Makeover or Smile Design
Many of our patients combine a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve the ultimate in smile design. To learn more about the smile makeover or smile design opportunities available to our patients, we encourage you to make an appointment to consult with Dr. Spencer or Dr. Hill. Call us today at (615) 942-7811 for more information.