Rapid City Cosmetic Dentistry*
Stained or discolored teeth
The enamel that covers the teeth isn’t impervious to stains and the underlying tooth structure (the dentin) often yellows over time. As long as the teeth are healthy, it’s easy to eliminate stains by applying a bleaching agent.
Chips or rough spots
These can be filled with a tooth-colored material called composite. The color of the composite can be chosen so that it matches the color of your teeth. Once the material has been smoothed and polished, it’s virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding area.
Cavities or cracks
Traditional amalgam fillings work fine in the back of the mouth, but most people don’t want to reveal a metal mouth when they smile. An alternative is to use tooth-colored fillings, which match the color of the teeth. These fillings are made with composite material similar to that used to repair chips or cracks. Some white fillings (direct composites) are pressed into the cavity and cured (hardened) with a special ultraviolet light. Others (indirect composites) are made in a laboratory and then cemented in place. They cost much more than amalgam fillings, but are much more attractive
It’s not uncommon for a tooth to be slightly longer or have a different shape than its neighbors. With a procedure called re-contouring, Black Hills Area Dental can reshape the tooth so that it’s a better match.
Gaps between the teeth
Small gaps can be closed by applying composite material between the teeth. For large gaps or other imperfections on the surfaces of the teeth, Black Hills Area Dental may recommend veneers. Veneers are among the most expensive cosmetic procedures. Made from ultra-thin shells of porcelain that come in every shade of white, veneers are permanently bonded to the fronts of the teeth, giving them an entirely new esthetic appearance.
Broken or crooked teeth
If a tooth has been badly broken or is structurally weak, you may need a crown. Crowns used to be made of metal, but today they’re often made of tooth-colored porcelain materials.
Dr. Samuelson and Dr. Scranton are well-known in the Black Hills area for cosmetic dentistry.
Beautiful dentistry is both an art and a science. We invite you to allow our professional, experienced doctors to craft your new smile. It’s time to get the smile you’ve always wanted. Call us today to get started, you’ll be glad you did!
*Cosmetic Dentistry is not a recognized dental specialty.