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Bleaching | Bridges
| Crowns | Dentures and Partial
Having your teeth
whitened is much easier than you think. We have two
in office options to help you achieve that beautiful
smile you’ve been dreaming of.
What are the details?
It's safe, quick, and inexpensive. Just let us know
at any appointment that you would like to whiten
your teeth and we can discuss the options with you.
In many cases we can begin TODAY! We can make custom
whitening trays for you in less than a week or you
can begin with our professional strength Crest
Whitening Strips tonight (these professional
whitening strips are almost twice as strong as the
whitening strips that are available in retail or
With only a few hours of wear per day, you will be
able to notice significant whitening of your teeth
in a very short time. The whitening can be used to
correct tooth discoloration which may be be caused
by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth.
Using the latest in whitening technology, we can
offer a safe method for creating a beautiful and
brilliant smile. In cases of extreme tooth
discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only
choice, but with the low cost of whitening it is
usually worth a try before going to these other
brown, yellow and mottled tooth staining
on people of any age.
a near permanent solution for a "dull" smile,
restoring brightness and brings a smile alive.
How is it done?
An impression is taken to make a specialized "mouthguard"
or "tray" to hold the whitening gel against the
teeth. If you choose the Crest Professional Strength
Whitening Strips, no impression is necessary. The
material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for
a week or two, and by the end of this time,
significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the
change is nothing short of brilliant. To increase
self-confidence in appearance, whitening technology
allows us to offer improvements in yellowing, aging
or stained teeth. For very severely stained teeth,
crowns or veneers may be more appropriate.
Over the counter whitening agents are available for
purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. Sometimes,
these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth.
It is better and more predictably successful to use
products that our practice recommends
All of your teeth
play an important role in speaking, chewing and in
maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth
loss doesn't necessarily have to occur as you age,
but if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to
maintain proper function of your mouth. Adjacent and
opposing teeth immediately start to "drift and
shift" when a neighbor tooth is lost. One option for
correcting tooth loss is a bridge.
A bridge - a device
used to replace missing teeth - attaches artificial
teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment
Bridges are applied
by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by
bonding the artificial teeth directly to the
If you're missing
one or more teeth, you may be aware of their
importance to your appearance and dental health.
Your teeth work together for many daily functions
from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it's
difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and
should be replaced. Bridges are a great way to
restore your dental health and appearance.
Why do I need a bridge?
Dental health is the
most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were
designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses
are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when
teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially
Increased risk of gum
disease has proven to be one of the worst side
effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a
Most dentistry looks
like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry
that is undetectable. When necessary, we can remove
decay or replace existing crowns and fillings with
restorations that look and feel like your natural
Where damage to a person's teeth is extreme, and
apparently beyond repair, we can use porcelain
crowns to make the smile appear "as new". This is an
extremely reliable technique for repairing the most
severe of dental problems, even permanently
replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile
and a functional bite. We are renowned for the
quality of our work and the fantastic changes we
make for people using this technology. These
treatments are used for a long lasting correction of
major dental problems. It is usual for these
treatments to last for 15 or more years, which is as
close to permanent as dental treatment can get.
How long does it take?
Fitting a crown requires at least two visits to our
office. Initially, we will remove decay, shape the
tooth, and fit it with a temporary crown while our
dental laboratory custom fabricates the permanent
We take pride in making our temporaries as
comfortable, natural and durable as possible so you
can go about your normal routine during the
On the subsequent visit we will remove the temporary
crown, and then fit and adjust the final crown.
Finally, we will cement the crown into place and you
have a new beautiful looking tooth.
Offers structural support to misshaped teeth or
badly broken or decayed teeth
Looks completely natural
Fixes "smile" and functional chewing problems.
What are the capabilities of crowns?
Crown and bridgework is a very reliable solution for
major dental problems caused through accidents,
decay, or wear and tear. Major problems can usually
be corrected using these techniques. Material used
in these repairs is either high-grade porcelain, or
porcelain bonded to metal. The higher strength of
porcelain and metal materials is recommended to
treat the most serious of dental problems. Where
accidental damage has occurred, resulting in lost
teeth, or where teeth have broken away through
excessive wear, or as the result of old fillings
breaking, crowns and/or bridges can be used as a
Many people have unexplained pain from filled back
teeth, which is usually due to hairline cracks or
recurrent decay under old fillings. Placing crowns
on these teeth relieves the pain and allows a return
of full dental function for these teeth. In front
teeth, older fillings can both weaken the teeth and
cause "appearance" problems due to staining or
chipping. Porcelain crowns and bridges are suitable
in cases where porcelain veneers are not. In teeth
with root canal fillings, crowns can prevent
Why crowns instead of fillings?
When a tooth has an old deteriorated filling or one
with new decay around it, a new restoration is
required. A decision needs to made; do we replace
the filling with a new one, or do we place a crown?
This decision is based on the relative amount of
strong, healthy tooth structure AFTER the old
filling, decay and corrosion are cleaned out. If
enough solid tooth is available to support a filling
we choose that simpler, less involved alternative.
However, if the remaining tooth is severely hollowed
and "shell-like", it then needs to be protected with
a restoration which protects and strengthens the
weakened tooth. This will help resist further
cracking or fracture, which could then cause need
for root canal, gum surgery or even tooth loss.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
Despite the advances of
the dental profession to prevent the loss of teeth
from decay and periodontal disease, it is expected
that in the next 20 years the need for complete
denture treatments will increase from 35.4 million
in 2000 to nearly 37.9 million in 2020. Despite the
decrease in tooth loss (a 10% decline for each
decade for the past 30 years), there will be a 79%
increase in people living in the 55 and older age
group - more than enough to offset the decrease in
toothlessness (edentulism). This accounts for the
remarkable increase in the need for complete
dentures. The need for partial dentures in patients
who have lost some, but not all of their teeth is
also expected to increase for similar reasons.
Natural teeth and the underlying bone provide a
framework that supports the structures of the face
including the lips, cheeks, and the nose. When teeth
are lost the ability to eat and chew properly is
impaired, and it becomes difficult to maintain a
proper diet. Without support from the teeth, the
face will sag creating a look of premature aging.
Additionally, without teeth we cannot speak clearly
A complete denture replaces all of the natural teeth
in the upper and lower jaw, or both, sitting on the
soft (gum) tissue of the mouth that covers the bone
ridge. Your prosthodontist may use several different
procedures to make sure your denture will fit the
shape of your mouth and provide the necessary
support for the face. The design of the denture and
position of the teeth will restore good speech and
appearance. A prosthodontist has extensive training
and experience in creating well-fitting and
Over time, the gums and bone supporting the denture,
will shrink causing the denture to become loose.
Periodic visits are necessary to check the fit of
your denture. If required, the denture can be adjust
and refit. It is also important to check the overall
oral health of your mouth to help ensure optimal
results from your treatment.
A removable partial denture is used when there are
still natural teeth left. The missing teeth are
replaced by this type of denture in an effective and
esthetic design using both the soft tissue ridges
and teeth to hold them securely in place. This tooth
replacement is removable by the patient, which makes
cleaning easier. Because removable partial dentures
use teeth and soft tissue for support, you may be
given the opportunity to choose a variety of
treatment plans. We will discuss these options after
a thorough examination of your teeth, soft tissue
(gums and cheeks), remaining bone and surrounding
anatomy. The examination should also include x-rays
(radiographs) or impressions to make models of the
mouth. After reviewing all the necessary information
with us, you will be able to make an informed
The new teeth will look natural and are made from
plastic or porcelain (ceramic) materials. The
foundation of the partial denture can be plastic or
a combination of plastic and metal. There are
different methods used to secure the partial denture
in your mouth. Metal clasps are the most common and
they may or may not be visible. The denture can
often be made to fit the existing shape of your
teeth, or it may be necessary to alter your
remaining teeth. We will indicate which design will
be most appropriate for you.'
What are porcelain
Porcelain veneers are
thin shells of ceramic material that bond directly
to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are the
perfect choice for improving your smile and are
often referred to as "instant braces." They have
become increasingly popular due to their simplicity
We pay strict attention
to cosmetic detail and design veneers on an
individual basis to improve the characteristics of
Will they look like
When bonded to the
teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are
virtually undetectable and amazingly natural. They
are highly resistant to coffee, tea, and even
cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their
resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is
How long will they
With proper care,
porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well
over a decade.
Modesto Dental will ensure that your veneers are
crafted from the highest quality porcelains and are
bonded with the most advanced and proven materials
If you have any
questions about a procedure that may not see listed
on this page, please do not hesitate to call us, as
we will help you to get an answer to any of your
dental related questions.