Crowns are used in dentistry as a cosmetic restoration that improves the strength and shape of a tooth. Crowns are most frequently used for teeth that are worn, broken, or partially destroyed by tooth decay. Tooth-colored porcelain crowns restore bright smiles, while also offering optimal strength and function.  Crowns are an aesthetically pleasing option that protects weaker teeth and can replace older metal restoration. The most common uses for porcelain crowns are to:

  • Protect week and damaged teeth
  • Prevent teeth from breaking apart
  • Hold a fractured tooth together
  • Restore a tooth after a root canal
  • Replace a tooth on top of dental implants
  • Support replacement teeth in a dental bridge

We affix crowns onto existing teeth so that they fully cover the whole surface to the gum line. Partial crowns (onlays) are used when a tooth does not have enough strength to hold a filling. Crowns are sculpted for an individual’s tooth so that the tooth looks natural and does not affect jaw and bite movements. Once the procedure is done, it will look and function like a healthy, strong tooth.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are another option that is available to replace missing teeth and to restore happy smiles. The bridge will close gaps that are caused by lost teeth by adding artificial teeth. Creating a bridge prevents misalignments of surrounding healthy teeth. A bridge will also restore the proper function of your mouth.

A bridge is attached to healthy teeth, crowns, or dental implants that serve as an anchor. There are many advantages to consider if you are interested in filling gaps between lost teeth.

Dental bridges:

  • Replace missing teeth
  • Restore the proper function of chewing and speaking
  • Prevent healthy teeth from shifting, which could cause problems with your bite
  • Reduce bone loss that could potentially alter the structure of a face
  • Are permanently affixed, which prevents them from moving in your mouth

If you want to know if dental bridges or crowns are right for your mouth, you should give us a call today. Our talented team of dentists can fully access your problems and help to create solutions that will make you happy to smile.

Dr. Lieb and Dr. Taheri provide patients with porcelain veneers that look and feel natural. Of all the transformative smile makeovers available, porcelain veneers are amongst the most commonly used. This dental procedure is done to fix cosmetic imperfections like chips, stains, cracks, and inconsistencies in size and shape. When we are finished, our patient’s porcelain veneers will look indistinguishable from real teeth. For those that are looking to transform their smiles, Dr. Lieb and Dr. Taheri recommend coming for a consultation to see if veneers will work.

What makes porcelain veneers so remarkable?

Porcelain veneers are considered a dental restoration that uses thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth. Other cosmetic dental methods require time and separate procedures that require multiple visits, whereas porcelain veneers can correct several flaws all at once. After bonding, veneers will conceal most cosmetic imperfections including chips and discoloration. This dental procedure is also frequently used to make teeth look wider and to close gaps between teeth. Porcelain veneers improve occlusion and alignment that help to create aesthetically pleasing smiles.

Veneers look like real teeth because porcelain shares the same light-reflecting properties as tooth enamel. Porcelain and enamel are both translucent, which means that only some light can pass through the surface. Other surfaces will reflect all light giving teeth a distinctly different look. Dr. Lieb and Dr. Taheri utilize sophisticated CAD and CAM software that allows for veneers to appear natural to a patient’s other teeth—color and texture is matched to give the patient a bright and consistent smile.

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How does the process work?

The first step of the veneer procedure requires a small portion of natural enamel to be removed that will allow for adding the small thickness of veneers. Dr. Lieb or Taheri will then apply dental cement, which will permanently secure veneers to teeth. Before applying curing light, Dr. Lieb or Dr. Taheri will make sure a patient’s bite is correctly aligned and that there is enough space between teeth to floss. We make sure that our patient’s oral structure is healthy enough to support veneers before applying them, and then we help maintain them with preventative care and deep cleanings.

Who makes for a strong candidate for porcelain veneers?

Although porcelain veneers are considered a cosmetic treatment, bonded teeth are reinforced, which make them stronger. Veneers are not ideal for teeth that have suffered more than cosmetic damage, so teeth that are fractured and require root canal therapy should not be bonded. If a fracture only affects the protective enamel of a tooth, porcelain veneers could be an ideal solution. A strong candidate for this procedure should have overall good oral health. It is important to note that patients must maintain healthy oral hygiene habits after having teeth bonded. Make sure to brush, floss, and come to our office for regular cleanings and exams.

Learning more about porcelain veneers and your smile

If this seems like a treatment that would work for you and your smile, please give Dr. Lieb and Dr. Taheri a call today. We are eager to answer all questions you have about this fantastic restoration process. To find out if you are a strong candidate, you should come to our office for a consultation. We custom tailor all dental treatments based on the specific needs of each patient we see.