The doctors and staff of Tranquil Family Dentistry would like to give you the beautiful, natural looking smile you have always wanted. Whether it be a brighter smile, straighter teeth, or removing old, dark fillings, all of our dental treatment is approached aesthetically with an emphasis on restoring correct and proper function. Through proper diagnosis and treatment planning you will be able to receive aesthetic dental treatments in a more conservative manner, which will allow you to keep as much of your natural tooth structure as possible and help you maintain a healthy smile for your lifetime.
Our office is a mercury-free practice, and we always use aesthetic tooth-colored fillings (composite resin restorations) to restore teeth destroyed by tooth decay and wear. A tooth-colored filling is a mixture of tooth-colored resin and clear glass particles to give it strength. Many people still have silver/mercury (amalgam) fillings in their mouths from years past. Amalgam fillings over time, can corrode, break down, and leak around the edges. They are almost always larger fillings by design, resulting in a weaker tooth structure. Although no proven health risks for amalgam fillings exist, controversy has surrounded the fact that they contain mercury, which is a heavy metal. We can safely remove these amalgam fillings and replace them with composite resin fillings that match your tooth structure, so that they are virtually unnoticeable.
Depending on the amount of tooth structure damaged by tooth decay and/or wear, it may be necessary to restore teeth with porcelain restorations. Sometimes the amount of tooth damage is too large for a regulatr filling to hold. In this case, we can restore these teeth with beautiful and strong porcelain fillings (inlays and onlays) or porcelain crowns, which cover and protect the entire tooth. Crowns improve the strength, function, and appearance of a broken down tooth that otherwise would be lost. All of these durable and esthetic restorations are custom-made and designed to fit and match your teeth by our expert dental laboratories. As opposed to Composite Resin Fillings, which can be done in one office visit, porcelain inlays, onlays, and crown are usually completed in 2 visits. The first visit is for preparation and impression of your tooth, with placement of a temporary restoration. At the second visit, we try in the permanent porcelain restoration, verify esthetics and fit, and permanently cement.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that cover teeth to close gaps and eliminate imperfections. If you have stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth and want a custom designed solution to restore your smile, porcelain veneers may be right for you. Porcelain veneers are made of very fine porcelain that is translucent and reflects light like natural tooth enamel. Veneers are the most conservative porcelain restoration, as only minimal tooth structure is removed. They are highly resistant to stains from beverages and food. Our staff and doctors will need to complete a proper assessment of you teeth and bite to see if you are a good candidate for veneers.
Do you feel like your smile is just not as bright as it use to be? Tooth Whitening is a safe, easy, and convenient way to get that beautiful white smile. Depending on the color and amount of stain, we can recommend several ways of whitening your teeth. Most everyone can achieve a bright white smile with Custom Whitening trays. After a short appointment for impressions of your teeth, we can make custom fitted trays that you can wear at home at your own convenience with prescription strength whitening gel, whitening your teeth in 7-14 days.
If your teeth are severely discolored or stained due to tetracycline (grey staining), we recommend the KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System. The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching™ System is the only product that is documented to provide whitening for people who have tetracycline staining. Let our office staff do a custom color analysis of your teeth to see what whitening system is best for you!