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Cosmetic Dentistry, also called aesthetic dentistry, is a broad term describing a branch of dentistry dealing with elective procedures designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile. It also includes treatment for jaw and jaw alignment problems, which are not typically covered by medical or dental insurance.

It is important to note that not all dentists are cosmetic dentists. Some general dentists have included a few cosmetic dentistry procedures in their practice, but haven't been specifically trained as a cosmetic dentist. Dr. Matin is not one of those. She has invested a great deal of time and effort in learning advanced techniques and has purchased highly sophisticated equipment. She can offer the full range of cosmetic dental procedures, and her staff is fully up to speed on how to support and facilitate her work.

Click below to read about procedures offered.

Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, sometimes called "laughing gas," is one option we may offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions we may have. Dr. Matin will ask you to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed. Talk to us about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you at your next appointment.

Oral (Conscious) Sedation
Oral sedation dentistry allows Dr. Matin to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who avoid the dentist out of fear.

With sedation, your dentist can work more effectively by helping you become as comfortable as possible using well established and proven methods. There are a variety of sedation medications that are taken orally or "sublingually" (under the tongue). All sedation medicines are administered at our offices, under the care of an assistant.

Dental Bridges

If you have one or more missing teeth, don't delay in getting it seen. Missing teeth can wreak havoc on your life. Not only are the gaps left by missing teeth visually unappealing, but they can cause further dental problems , and even affect your overall health.

Bridges are false teeth suspended between two other teeth which are crowned for the purpose. They are not removable like dentures and, with proper care, can last up to ten years or longer. There are three kinds:

• Traditional bridges - These consist of the artificial tooth attached to a crown on each side. The neighboring teeth must be given these crowns, whether they need them or not, to provide support for the artificial tooth.

• Maryland bonded bridges - Also called a resin bonded bridge, these bridges consist of a metal framework with "wings" that are bonded to the adjacent teeth. Because less preparation is needed for the abutting teeth, these bridges are less expensive than traditional bridges but are not as strong.

• Cantilever bridges - When there are teeth on only one side of the space to be filled with a bridge, these bridges are used.

Dental Bonding

If you have some small defects in some of your teeth that you'd like to fix, tooth bonding could be the answer. It's a quick and painless way of fixing:

• Small chips
• Stains and spots
• Small gaps between teeth
• Slightly crooked or misaligned teeth
• Cavities in front teeth

Bonding is done with a white-colored resin substance with similarities to putty. It can be shaped very precisely to fill that small chip, or to slightly reshape a tooth that's a bit out of alignment so that it looks straight and even. It lacks the pearly sheen that dental porcelain has, because it's not a brittle, translucent substance. It looks more opaque, but it comes in many shades of white.

Dental Crowns

Sometimes we get busy and neglect our dental hygiene for too long. And sometimes an accident or injury damages one or more teeth severely. When the tooth root is still intact, the damaged tooth itself can be covered and made fully functional. A dental crown is a cap used to cover a tooth that has a healthy root but is too decayed to support a filling. There may be decay present, a crack in the surfaces or too much tooth broken off for a regular filling. Crown procedures are all done much the same way, but can be made of three different substances:

• Porcelain crowns - These look the most natural and are very strong and durable, providing a good chewing surface on back teeth. However, they're not as durable as gold crowns.

• Gold crowns - Gold is very durable but not as aesthetically pleasing as porcelain because it's so obviously not your natural tooth. Therefore gold crowns are used only in the back of the mouth where they are less likely to be seen.

• Porcelain fused-to-metal - These crowns have a metal lining inside the porcelain exterior and are natural looking like regular porcelain crowns, and more durable because of the metal lining. However, as the years pass and our gums start receding, the metal lining can start to show as a dark stripe along the gumline.

Implant Dentistry

Do you have missing teeth? Any of us can lose a tooth at any age, whether from some type of accident, or from poor dental hygiene. Implant dentistry is growing in popularity for the young and old alike.

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root which provides an anchor for an artificial tooth. Implants can be used to replace one single tooth or a whole mouthful of teeth, taking the place of dentures. Implants are small cylinders made of titanium, which fuses well with bone (a process known as osseointegration).

The procedure consists of two visits, spaced apart by a couple of months. In the first visit, the implant is put in place. Some time must elapse to allow the jawbone to grow around the implant, integrating it into itself. This will make it a strong foundation for the artificial tooth. In the second visit, the false tooth (porcelain crown) is placed on the implant.

Natural-Looking / Metal-Free White Fillings

Do you need to get a cavity filled but don't feel enthusiastic about having a gray metal lump in your mouth? Perhaps you already have several old metal fillings and would like to replace them with smooth white fillings?

Metal-free fillings, also known as composite fillings and white fillings, are an alternative to the traditional metal amalgam fillings. They consist of white dental bonding instead of the mix of mercury and other elements that has been used in the past. Silver is one of them, and the term "silver fillings" is often used for metal amalgam fillings. But they also contain copper, tin, and zinc.

Many studies have been done on the effects of mercury in metal fillings, and many more are in progress. It's thought by some that mercury in fillings gives off mercury vapor, which is absorbed easily by the body. Some studies have connected mercury with Alzheimer's Disease. Some have shown that mercury in a mother's body is transmitted to her baby. The controversy is ongoing.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer is one of the few types of cancer that haven't had a reduced mortality rate in over 30 years. Its mortality rate is so high because the cancer is often discovered very late. If caught early, 90% of oral cancer cases are curable.

Although generally painless, oral cancer may appear as a red or white patch of tissue. There may also be a lump or mass inside the mouth or neck, pain when swallowing, speaking or chewing, numbness in the face, or even a unilateral persistent earache. Because the cancer can mimic so many common benign tissue changes in your mouth, it is recommended that you see us if you have any sore or discolored area in your mouth which does not heal in 14 days.

Only your doctor or dentist can successfully diagnose oral cancer, and to increase our ability to diagnose cases, we utilize the state-of-the-art VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin layers of ceramic material that are permanently cemented to the front surface of your teeth. If you have damaged teeth, including crooked, chipped, stained or misaligned teeth, veneers may be the perfect solution to achieve your ideal smile.

Porcelain veneers look like natural teeth and are very durable. They are custom-made for you and color-matched to your surrounding teeth. Designing and placing veneers so they look natural is a meticulous and difficult task so it's imperative that you choose a qualified and specially trained cosmetic dentist to perform this procedure.

Smile Makeovers

What is it about your smile that you don't like? Do you have a "gummy smile" or a chipped tooth in front? Or are your teeth just not white enough? Have you dreamed of the perfect smile makeover but don't know what procedures can best help you accomplish it? A qualified cosmetic dentist can design your perfect smile and give you a smile makeover .

Smile makeovers can be any combination of procedures improves your smile. It could be a simple one-hour tooth whitening session, or a combination of veneers and bonding, for example, that takes several visits to complete. Dr. Matin will help you determine the procedures that are right for you.

Soft Tissue Laser

This is the latest in diode laser technology available for soft tissue modification and preventive care. No need to fear post-operative pain from scalpel incisions. It is wonderful for minor surgical procedures including small biopsy, sculpting of gingiva (gums) and other soft tissue procedures. The hygienist can sterilize the pockets to aid in pocket reduction, many times without anesthesia! There is less bleeding, faster healing time and fewer post-operative complications including less chance of infection.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of the most common cosmetic dental procedures . It's easy and produces dramatic results in a short period of time. With a whiter and brighter smile, you will feel more attractive and will find yourself smiling more often.

• In-office technique: We offer Sinsational Smile, an in-office technique using a light, which is very easy and takes only 20 minutes. You will not have to wear trays with liquid at home to touch up, the procedure is much easier and less costly. Currently we charge on $ 99.00.

• At Home - Dr. Matin can give you a take-home kit, so that you can whiten your own teeth in a way that fits into your daily activities. She'll have custom trays made for you, and the teeth whitening agent will be at professional strength.

You can wear the trays for an hour or two each day, or during the night while you're asleep.

Mouthguards

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouthguard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.

There Are Three Types of Mouthguards
1.  Custom-fitted: These are made specifically for you by your dentist. They may be more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
2.  Stock: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. However, they often don't fit well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
3.  Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

The best mouthguard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can't afford a custom-fitted mouthguard, you should still wear a stock mouthguard or a boil-and-bite mouthguard from the drugstore.





 

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