Porcelain Veneers are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. They can reshape teeth, change tooth color, close spaces, and fix worn or chipped teeth to create a white, beautiful, and uniform smile. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. The Dr. Zak team have extensive training in the treatment planning and placement of custom veneers. We take extra care to design each case individually to match and enhance the characteristics of each patient's smile.
Metal Free Dentistry
Do you have metal fillings? It is a proven fact that mercury from amalgam fillings is devastating to your immune system, and can cause or increase the risk and severity of every known health condition. There is no safe level for mercury and even one atom of it will do some harm to the body. These fillings will continue to exert their toxic affects until they are removed from your teeth. We are dedicated to stop the problem at its root by discouraging the use of hazardous metals in our dental practices. However, if you already have metal fillings we will design a treatment plan to eliminate toxic dental materials and help you detoxify your body by neutralizing free radicals in cells that were infected with mercury. Once toxins are no longer added, the problems they cause should begin to reverse as healing begins.
Crowns are porcelain or porcelain fused to metal restorations used primarily to repair broken or fractured teeth, improve the prognosis for a tooth that has had previous root canal therapy, or change the shape or color of a tooth. Fully ceramic crowns are a more natural-looking alternative to traditional crowns that utilize a metal lining. This metal lining often prevents the crown from looking natural because light is not able to pass through porcelain-metal crown as it does with a natural tooth, and often the crowns leave a dark or gray line next to the gum-line. Crowns that are fully made of porcelain, on the other hand, mimic natural teeth and do not produce the black gum-line so common in porcelain-metal crowns.
Rather than give up your favorite coffee and tea beverages, even though they give a dull, yellowish shade to your smile, teeth whitening is a much easier solution. Teeth whitening is safe, effective, and efficient way to dramatically improve your overall appearance. We offer a wide range of whitening services and products and our team will help you choose the right one for you.
Composite (White) Fillings
A Composite filling is a white (tooth colored) resin material that bonds to tooth structure, that is used now in place of amalgam 'silver' fillings to provide a strong and cosmetically pleasing tooth restoration. Because a silver filling requires a "mechanical lock" to stay in place, dentist's usually have to drill a shape larger than the decay itself. Because of the adhesive chemistry of white fillings and the fact that they bond to teeth, no additional shape has to be drilled once access to the decay has been made. The end result is usually a much smaller filling and a stronger tooth because the bonding helps "glue" or reinforce the weak parts of the tooth.
Inlays and Onlays vs. Crowns
The difference between Inlays, Onlays and Crowns is the amount of tooth structure they replace. Restorations which cover the entire tooth are called Crowns (commonly known as caps). Whenever possible, it is better to place an Inlay or an Onlay on a tooth because it is more conservative and requires less reduction of your natural tooth. Placing a crown on a tooth requires removing more healthy tooth structure than an Inlay or Onlay, which increases the chances of the tooth requiring a root canal in the future. Inlays and Onlays also help preserve gum and periodontal health, in that they can be bonded well above the gum line, allowing for easy cleansing and less irritation. A Crown, alternatively, is a good restorative option when a tooth has had a previous root canal or the tooth has insufficient healthy tooth structure remaining to protect it from fracturing.