At Samuel F. Jirik DDS, we know that most people would love to have brighter, straighter teeth and a more open and impressive smile. Our desire is to help the people of Arkansas achieve these dental goals. For this reason, we have many cosmetic dentistry alternatives available to improve the appearance of teeth that are stained, crooked or crowded. Below you will find a list of some of our most popular and effective cosmetic dentistry products and procedures. If you have any further questions about our cosmetic dentistry options, please feel free to contact us.
Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime but sometimes they don’t. Replacing missing teeth is important to your general health. Not only do you lose chewing ability when a tooth or teeth are lost but unreplaced teeth can cause other problems. The obvious problems are poor appearance and loss of self esteem. Replacement of lost teeth with dental implants has been used for treating missing teeth for more than 50 years and is recognized as an effective treatment choice. All-on-4® is the right choice for those that can no longer wear removable dentures. Dental implants are placed and the denture is permanently affixed to the implants.
Patients deserve adequate time for quality pre-delivery wax try-ins, which customize the tooth position, enhancing the smile and face. When over-dentures are used in combination with dental implants, we can dramatically improve the facial support to the lower one third of the face, resulting in a true ” face lift “. The denture process offers custom tooth shade and shape, realistic gum tones with life-like processing, making even gummy smiles appear natural. Denture patients can enjoy the same age defying beautiful smiles as our cosmetic crown and veneer patients. Our patients also receive “Dual Dentures”, which are a spare identical pair of cosmetic dentures that can be utilized in the event of a dental emergency or as the original set deteriorates.
Porcelain veneers are a perfect way to improve your smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made moldings that cover the fronts of unsightly teeth. They are crafted from tooth colored, high-tech materials to portray a natural, bright smile. Veneers provide an alternative to traditional crowns. They can cover unattractive gaps and mask stained, misshapen or crooked teeth. The teeth are prepared and a molded image is taken and sent to a dental laboratory. The veneer is custom made to fit your mouth and applied with adhesive material which bonds it to the original tooth structure. Veneers can provide a long lasting, attractive smile.
A cosmetic crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of the tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse. Crowns are also used to restore a tooth when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth. Cosmetic crowns look like natural teeth, reflecting light and providing a beautiful smile.
Cosmetic Temporary Dental Crowns
Cosmetic temporary dental crowns are an elective service offered to patients that desire a finished look while in treatment. These temporaries are custom made to each patient’s specifications and serve as a comfortable trial to guide completion of the finished smile.
Cosmetic Gum Contouring and Grafting
Cosmetic gum contouring and grafting has become extremely popular for those that have a gummy or uneven smile line. This procedure can also be utilized for recession that may have occurred with gum disease. Dr Jirik utilizes a Diode Laser to precisely sculpt uneven and damaged gums to give a healthy, natural canvas for cosmetic crowns. Gum grafting can also restore gum line recession.
Cosmetic Tooth Recontouring
Cosmetic tooth recontouring is the art of selectively reshaping worn and damaged teeth. Years of damage and aging can be eliminated in one short appointment.
The routine use of endosseous dental implants has revolutionized the way missing teeth are replaced. Dental implants have become the standard of care for the replacement of teeth because dental implants allow a missing tooth or teeth to be restored to optimum function and appearance. In the past a patient missing a single tooth would often receive a fixed bridge where the teeth on either side of the space are prepared for crowns and a false tooth suspended between them. With today’s technology the patient is ideally treated by a crown supported by a dental implant, avoiding any compromise to the other teeth. Dental implants are the ultimate solution for young people with congenitally missing teeth such as lateral incisors.
Endosseous Implants and Subperiosteal Implants
Perhaps the best known use of dental implants is treating patients without any teeth. Denture wearers often suffer due to loose and “floating” dentures. A endosseous or subperiosteal implant can offer many benefits to patient without teeth. Stability of the denture is improved with the use of attachments that allow the denture to literally snap into place. Either of these implants can also help preserve the patients jaw bone and slow the shrinking of the jaw that is routinely seen in long term denture wearers.
Accelerated Tooth Whitening
Accelerated tooth whitening is professionally offered in the office by our hygienist and provides patients with a dramatic and immediately brighter, whiter smile. Our technique utilizes only the finest and proven whiteners. We also fabricate and provide custom whitening trays for patients to maintain that new bright smile effortlessly at home.
Digital Smile Imaging Software
Digital smile imaging software is a noninvasive technique utilized to allow patients to view the possibilities and aesthetics of smile makeovers. This allows the patient to make decisions on the outcome prior to treatment.