Restorative Dentistry in Pittsburgh
Everyone wants to have the perfect smile; however, it can often feel defeating when an infection, cavity or direct trauma impacts the appearance and health of our smile. However, there are a variety of restorative dentistry options to help put life back into your smile. We offer a full range of restorative dental procedures to fit anyone’s needs and lifestyle. Here are some of the treatments we offer and how they can transform your smile.
Dental Bonding and Cosmetic Contouring
If you are looking for a non-invasive way to slightly alter the shape of your tooth, then dental bonding and contouring may be all that’s required to makeover your smile. Cosmetic contouring removes some of your tooth’s enamel to help reshape and improve the appearance of your tooth. Dental bonding uses a special, tooth-colored resin that is applied to certain imperfections to cover over them. This resin is molded and then hardened with a laser to hide stains, chips, cracks and minor overlapping. This procedure is painless and does not require anesthesia.
If you are looking for a way to instantly turn that yellow smile into a brilliant one, professional in-office teeth whitening might be the answer. Most patients obtain the results that they want in only one 45-minute session. One session can get some smiles up to 10 shades whiter. During your teeth whitening treatment we will apply a high-grade bleaching gel over your teeth and then use a laser to activate the whitening effects of the gel. The gel will stay on your teeth for 15 minutes after which it will be removed, reapplied and reactivated.
Expect to have three, 15-minute sessions during your teeth whitening treatment. If you are tired of at-home whitening not offering you the results you’re looking for, then consider in-office teeth whitening.
If you are suffering from severe cracked, chipped or damaged teeth then you may need to consider getting a dental crown. This tooth-shaped cap goes over your entire tooth to offer additional protection against damage. A dental crown is often the best way to preserve the rest of a weakened tooth. We often recommend a dental crown after a patient has undergone root canal therapy.
If you are missing one, several or all of your teeth then it’s time to consider a long-term solution to your tooth loss. Dental implants offer the most natural and healthy option for someone looking to replace missing teeth. By surgically placing an implant into the jawbone, the tissue and bone surrounding it begin to fuse with the titanium implant. Once this occurs the implant is a permanent part of your smile. Then an abutment is placed over the top of the implant and it serves to connect the artificial tooth to the implant.
It is important to remember that even though it takes up to a year or more to get an implant, with proper care, they can also last you the rest of your life!
Do your teeth need the help of restorative dentistry services? Dr. Gary Machiko can provide you with the care you need and potentially even improve upon your original smile. Call our Pittsburgh, PA office today at (412) 367-1319 today to schedule a consultation!