Not many years ago, losing a tooth left you with few options for replacement. While permanent teeth should provide a lifetime of function, it doesn’t always end up that way. They may be lost from an accident, deep cavities, or gum disease. And since teeth start as a full set, even one missing tooth may disrupt the complex function of chewing, the first step in digestion. As teeth slowly lean and migrate into extra spaces, wear and cracking from excessive forces often create escalating problems.
When it’s time to replace missing teeth, whether it’s one or a full set, several options might be available to you. Dental implants often give you the best opportunity to enjoy normal chewing and a full smile, although all therapeutic possibilities deserve consideration.
We know it’s not always easy for you to sort through the complicated possibilities. Dr. Bhandaru’s background in restorative dentistry allow them to develop solutions for every scenario.
Dr. Bhandaru is a licensed dentist who can perform various in-office cosmetic dentistry procedures that will restore your smile like new again, boost your self-confidence, and eliminate eating discomfort.
The transformative cosmetic dentistry procedures we specialize in at Carrollton Smiles can be used to:
To correct those tooth abnormalities, one of the cosmetic dental procedures that Dr. Bhandaru uses is bonding what’s called a veneer to the patient’s natural tooth surface. A porcelain veneer, or laminate, is a wafer-thin customized shell of tooth-matching material that covers the front surface and restores the look of your tooth naturally and permanently. Your existing tooth’s color, shape, size or length can all be improved using a porcelain veneer. Dr. Bhandaru has also found that applying a veneer works well for some patients as an alternative to a tooth crown.
When Can a Veneer be Used?
Patients are good candidates for having a veneer applied to one or more of their teeth by Dr. Bhandaru when their smiles are altered by:
What are the Benefits of a Dental Veneer?
Patients we see at Carrollton Smiles who have had dental veneers applied tell us that they enjoy these benefits:
How is a Dental Veneer Applied?
Over the years, Dr. Bhandaru has applied just one veneer at a time for a patient, or others have decided to have several put on during the same procedure. Either way, and based upon your individual smile-enhancing objectives, the veneer application process involves these steps:
To find out if you are a candidate for the comfortable smile-improving benefits that only a porcelain veneer can deliver, schedule an initial evaluation with Dr. Bhandaru today by calling Carrollton Smiles in Carrollton, TX at (972) 245-3455!
Composites serve both functional and aesthetic roles, often at the same time. For example, a cavity invading the front of a tooth along the gum line may be visible in your smile. By gently cleaning out the soft, discolored area the decay ceases to destroy healthy mineral surfaces. And when a composite shade matching the tooth is sculpted into place, the tooth looks better than ever.
Composites contain a mix of liquid resin embedded with finely ground glass particles. After being molded against conditioned tooth structure, blue light applied directly to the composite leads to a firm set within seconds. Shaped and polished, a high shine reflecting the beauty of natural enamel results in an invisible restoration: strong, smooth, conservative.
One of the restorative procedures that we offer at Carrollton Smiles is teeth whitening, which is a safe, simple and comfortable process that can be done in the privacy of our office. Although there are several commercial teeth whitening products available, like toothpastes, strips and gels, they have been found to be less-effective than in-office treatments, and come with important precautions to preserve the health of your teeth. And while it’s true those at-home products work in some people, it’s always best to speak with a licensed dentist like Dr. Bhandaru prior to using them.
Why Use In-Office Teeth Whitening?
Patient after patient, the teeth whitening process we use at Carrollton Smiles gets your teeth whiter more quickly when compared to DIY methods. That’s because dentists like Dr. Bhandaru are licensed to use stronger, peroxide-containing whitening products, along with heat and light processes, that facilitate better whitening outcomes.
In-home products also have peroxide, but at strengths half or less than we use in our office. Over a series of 30 to 60-minute office visits, our hygienist applies a fast acting, peroxide-based gel to your teeth. Then, a heat and light combination is employed to activate the gel. At the end of the procedure, you’ll enjoy a whiter, brighter smile guaranteed to impress others!
What are Some Whitening Precautions?
At Carrollton Smiles, we use only the safest teeth whitening products while Dr. Bhandaru monitors your progress. Most of our patients see an improvement of 3 to 8 shades of brightness compared to when they first started. The following are precautions we use in our office, and are ones you should also be aware of when using whitening products at home:
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of using in-office teeth whitening to improve your smile, or to make an initial consultation appointment with Dr. Bhandaru, call Carrollton Smiles today in Carrollton, TX at (972) 245-3455!
Sometimes teeth undergo significant damage due to cavities, heavy bite forces, trauma, or even normal functioning. If a root canal is needed to salvage a severely compromised nerve, the tooth may be especially fragile. Many situations can leave teeth in danger of loss if treatment is bypassed. Dental crowns, or caps, allow these teeth to be rebuilt and covered with materials that mimic nature. Not only are most “capped” teeth indistinguishable from natural teeth, but they’re also extremely secure and comfortable.
Crowns can be crafted to repair a single tooth, multiple teeth (including the entire mouth), or in conjunction with dental implants to fill a space. In fact, when missing teeth enter the equation, special consideration might be given to placing a dental bridge or implants.
One Simple Step
Once your case is planned, two appointments leave you with a restored tooth. At the first visit, the teeth are gently prepared to allow space for crafting porcelain over the tooth by a master lab technician. Dr. Bhandaru provides all the information to a specialized lab that’s needed to create a masterpiece. A temporary crown allows you to function normally until the crown arrives for placement typically within 2-3 weeks.
After hours of custom craftwork in the lab, you’ll return for a second appointment. Dr. Bhandaru will try-in and evaluate the appearance and fit of the crown, before bonding it strongly into place. Minor adjustments to your bite and a final polish leave you with one of the finest restorations in dentistry.
Sometimes teeth undergo significant damage due to cavities, heavy bite forces, trauma, or even normal functioning. Many situations can leave teeth in danger of loss if treatment is bypassed. While teeth may need to be fully “capped” with a dental crown, some smaller fractures can be perfectly formed back to health with an onlay. A crown requires a little more tooth preparation while onlays allow the unbroken portions of a tooth to be left uncut. A custom piece of porcelain, like a partial crown, is bonded to the damaged area.
Onlays blend seamlessly with the natural enamel and enhance both function and appearance. When the most conservative option fits your treatment plan, Dr. Bhandaru may suggest an onlay for ultimate restoration.