Cosmetic Dental Care
A lifetime of wear can cause even the healthiest of smiles to lose a little of their luster. Tooth staining foods and drinks like red wine, coffee, tomatoes and berries can rob a smile of its brightness, while cracked, chipped and broken teeth can cause an uneven looking smile that can result in a patient losing confidence in his or her appearance.
At Seaside Family Dentistry, Dr. Scott Santos offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic dental procedures designed to help restore your smile back to health. Whether you want to undergo teeth whitening treatments or need a bridge, implants or dental bonding, Dr. Santos, your dentist in Seaside, will provide the service you desire and the care you deserve.
Teeth whitening has quickly become the most common and popular cosmetic dental procedure available in dental offices today. One look at the dramatic difference just one whitening treatment can make to a patient’s smile and it’s easy to understand why.
At Seaside Family Dentistry, Dr. Santos offers patients KöR whitening treatments, which are widely considered the most effective whitening treatments available today. The KöR system uses highly effective and completely safe whitening gels to eliminate stains from the surface of tooth enamel. The KöR system is so effective that patients can notice a difference in the complexion of their teeth after just one treatment.
Teeth whitening is only available to patients who enjoy quality oral health. Consult with Dr. Santos to determine if the KöR whitening treatments system is right for you.
Dental tooth bonding uses a resin that can be applied to either the front or back of a patient’s teeth to repair decayed teeth, straighten crooked teeth, eliminate minor gaps, or lighten stains that cannot be removed using conventional teeth whitening treatment. After a patient’s tooth has been prepped, a bonding resin is applied to the surface of the tooth. The tooth is then treated to change the shape and color to improve its appearance and function. Finally, the resin is treated with a high-intensity curing light and the surface of the tooth is polished.
Dental tooth bonding can last anywhere from three to five years before any repairs become necessary. At Seaside Family Dentistry, tooth bonding treatments can often be completed in as little as one visit, and offers a great and lasting way to improve the appearance of your smile.
Dental veneers, also commonly referred to as porcelain veneers, are incredibly thin and durable custom-crafted shells of tooth-colored materials designed to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile by covering the front surface of damaged or decaying teeth. Dental veneers are bonded directly to the front surface of a patient’s teeth, altering their length, shape, size and color.
Dental veneers are constructed using a variety of materials, including porcelain or resin composite. The type of material used in the construction of a patient’s veneers offer different benefits. While porcelain veneers offer better stain resistance, resin veneers better mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Resin veneers are also thinner and require the removal of less surface of existing teeth before placement. A consultation with Dr. Santos will help you better understand which type of dental veneer is right for you.
Restorative Dental Care with CEREC
Occasionally a lifetime of wear and strain can cause permanent damage to occur that can negatively impact the appearance, function and health of a patient’s smile. In cases of cracked, chipped, broken or missing teeth, Dr. Santos offer patient’s restorative dental treatments designed to restore the functionality and appearance of any smile.
Using the advanced technology of CEREC, Dr. Santos can provide patients with dental veneers, crowns, inlays and onlays in just one appointment. The CEREC CAD/CAM system has been in use by dentists for over 30 years and over 250 scientific studies have verified the clinical success associated with CEREC tooth restorations.
The CEREC restorations look and feel just like your natural teeth. Unlike silver dental fillings that contrast against the natural appearance of your teeth, CEREC fillings or restorations are created using ceramic porcelain so they blend seamlessly into your smile. CEREC procedures require less time, less drilling, and fewer injections as well.
Don’t let an uneven smile rob you of your self-confidence. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos to learn more about how dental restoration treatments are right for you.
As their name implies, dental bridges literally bridge the space created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is typically constructed of two or more crowns for the teeth located on either side of the existing gap. The teeth used to help anchor a bridge are known as abutment teeth. A false tooth or teeth are then inserted into the gap between the abutment teeth. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of all three. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Prior to installing a bridge, a member of Dr. Santos’ team will first prepare the teeth on either side of the space before taking a dental impression of your teeth that will be sent off to the lab. Between appointments with Dr. Santos, a temporary bridge will be provided for the protection of your existing teeth until the permanent bridge arrives.
Practicing quality daily dental hygiene habits of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth healthy and clean. Good dental care of these teeth is critically important, as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants offer a convenient and lasting solution to patients suffering from tooth loss.
Dental implants are fixed using titanium bases that take the place of tooth roots, and are surgically placed into your jaw bone to act as an anchor for a crown or denture to fit over. Dental implants look so natural that most people can’t tell the difference between an implant and a natural tooth.
Dental implants offer a variety of advantages to patients, including increased stability and functionality. Dental implants tend to look and feel better than traditional dentures or dental bridges and offer the same force for biting as bridges that are fixed. When properly cared for and maintained, dental implants can last a lifetime.
A dental implant requires no alterations to the adjacent teeth. Quality oral hygiene is required for implants to stay healthy and clean. It’s also important to regularly visit Seaside Family Dentistry for regular cleanings and exams to protect the long-term functionality and durability of dental implants.
At Seaside Family Dentistry, Seaside dentist Dr. Scott Santos offers both partial and complete dentures for patients. Depending on a patient’s individual needs, Seaside Family Dentistry has a variety of dentures to choose from, including:
- Traditional Complete Dentures – This type of denture is fitted for the natural anatomy of your mouth and replaces all of the upper and/or lower teeth.
- Overdentures – Giving dentures more stability and better fit, an overdenture is a type of denture that is placed over dental implants and typically “snaps” onto the implants.
- Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture attaches to your natural teeth with clasps that keep them in place, completing your smile by filling out the spaces created by missing teeth. Your natural teeth are used as stable supports for removable partial dentures instead of dental implants.
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Santos to determine which type of denture is right for you.