Excellence in Cosmetic Dentistry (Aesthetics)
The color of teeth can change over time, particularly after years of exposure to stain-imparting foods, beverages and tobacco. There are a number of over-the-counter products that address this, but many of those systems do not allow the bleaching material to contact all the visible surfaces of the teeth. Also, if there is tooth decay, partial fractures or defective dental work present, pain and damage to the tooth can occur during bleaching. In this Schertz-Cibolo-Garden Ridge office, we check to be sure you donít have any compromised dental conditions that need to be solved before you begin bleaching Then we create custom bleaching trays to maximize the effectiveness of your bleaching effort and minimize damage to your gums.
Cosmetic dentistry questions are always answered in this Schertz dental office with dental function in mind first… In other words, your best appearance and your best function are both dependent upon the size, shape and location of your teeth within the frame of your lips when you smile. Sometimes cosmetic problems can be solved simply by selectively replacing old fillings and bleaching teeth. Other solutions might include selectively reshaping a few teeth. We will explore all options to help you find the most affordable and visually appealing way to do this. Sometimes dental specialists such as orthodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons are involved to help achieve the desired end result.
Many patients come to this practice with concerns about teeth and gums that have been damaged or neglected for many years and are in exceedingly poor condition. Dr. Penshorn will take extra time to review your x-rays and photos, bite and gum health, and then will meet with you to thoroughly discuss how we can restore your mouth to good health in a manner that you will be pleased with and can afford with the help of our dental financial plans.
Sometimes patients live for years with one front tooth that “doesn’t look right.” These are frequently the result of an incident in childhood or even the young adult years and the original replacement tooth is no longer visually compatible with the rest of the mouth. We can advise you on the best long-term solution for this, should you wish to polish up this aspect of your smile.
Before & After #1
In photo set #1, the patient had numerous failing and discolored fillings and crowns, as well as chipped front teeth. Dr. Penshorn used porcelain veneers and all-porcelain crowns to restore the front teeth, and porcelain fused to metal crowns on the bicuspids and molars that needed them.
Before & After #2
This patient in photo set #2 was unhappy with the appearance of her front teeth. She had two old porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns on her central incisors and failing fillings on the adjacent teeth. Using the latest in restorative dentistry, she was restored with all-porcelain crowns on the four incisors and porcelain veneers on both cuspids (canines).
Before & After #3 - Child’s Broken Front Teeth
This nine year old landed teeth first on concrete. Dr. Penshorn restored his smile one hour later using a bonded composite. Now, 8 years later, he is a handsome teenager at an area high school and these repaired front teeth still look great and work well too!
Before & After #4
This patient wanted to restore her misshapen and discolored central incisors that also had failing fillings in them. Dr. Penshorn improved the structure, shape and color of these front teeth by replacing them with all-porcelain crowns.
Before & After #5
This patient was unhappy with the unevenness and color differences of his teeth when he smiled.
We solved this with 5 all ceramic crowns.
Before & After #6
This patient had severe tooth alignment problems that were causing extreme abrasions on a number of teeth.
The solution for his smile was a combination of orthodontic realignment and composite restorations on his front 12 teeth to transform his mouth. All-ceramic crowns will replace the composite restorations in the future.
Before & After #7
This patient had a broken right upper front tooth that had to be extracted.
An implant and all-ceramic crown has restored his smile!