Cosmetic dentist in San Francisco provides healthy smile enhancement
Cosmetic dentistry has been defined as dental work designed to create a positive change to a smile. Dr. Leo Arellano and his dental team consider a healthy smile to be the necessary foundation for beautiful San Francisco smiles. The process of smile enhancement begins with a thorough exam. Some oral conditions, such as periodontal disease require treatment before cosmetic enhancement begins. Other conditions can be corrected during cosmetic treatment. Improving a person’s smile and oral health:
Existing cavities are treated as conservatively and beautifully as possible. By using adhesive dentistry materials and techniques, the strength, structure, and function of the tooth is restored with beautiful, natural looking results. Traditional mercury-laden silver amalgam fillings are unsightly and do nothing to strengthen the teeth. Furthermore, amalgam expands and contracts with temperature changes, which can fracture the tooth and result in the need for further restoration. We use DIAGNOdent laser technology and decay detection dyes to detect decay and fractures as soon as possible. Early diagnosis, and treatment with minimally invasive dentistry techniques, maintains the health and beauty of the teeth.
- Inlays and onlays – A porcelain inlay or onlay is an excellent conservative option when the decay or damage is too extensive for a dental filling. Only the damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and then the restoration is shaped to fit the prepared area. The porcelain inlay or onlay is bonded in place, increasing the strength of the tooth while maintaining a natural appearance. This technique preserves as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, as opposed to a crown, which requires the tooth to be shaped to fit the restoration.
- Crowns – Porcelain crowns still play an essential role in dentistry, strengthening and protecting teeth that have sustained significant damage to the visible portion, but still have healthy roots. A porcelain dental crown can restore the function and beauty of a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.
- Implants – Missing teeth can ruin the appearance of a smile and increase the risk of decay, malocclusion, and periodontal disease. Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots which can provide a stable foundation for a porcelain crown or bridge or denture. With dental implants, we can replace missing teeth without compromising the structure of the adjacent teeth as is necessary to place a conventional bridge.
For dental treatment that can restore both oral health and beauty, call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.