Your old metal fillings can be replaced safely with tooth colored materials that strengthen your teeth and preserve natural tooth structure. Having sensitivity and pain after your fillings are replaced is not normal. With Dr. Gillum personally doing your restorative work, you are assured of the best, most comfortable result.
Crowns create dramatic changes in the appearance of your smile. They are appropriate when a large amount of tooth has been lost to decay, large fillings or traumatic injury. Crowns sacrifice a large amount of natural tooth structure that may result in damage to the tooth’s nerve. Do your homework before you have your front teeth crowned. Be cautious and ask lots of questions. Dentists are like artists. Their ability to create natural-looking beauty varies greatly.
There is no reason why anyone has to put up with teeth that are discolored or poorly shaped, have gaps, or are crooked. In today’s dentistry, a veneer can be placed over the teeth to correct nature’s mistake or the results of an injury and help you have a beautiful sparkling smile. Veneers are thin, custom-fabricated shells which cover the front side of the teeth. The perfect smiles of celebrities are often dentist-created smiles with these same identical thin shells.
Dental porcelain veneers are most suitable for complex cases like dullness, wear, discoloration, extensive chipping, cracking, unevenness, or spacing between teeth. Once bonded, veneers have incredible strength and lifelike radiance and last a very long time. Without precise design and correct enamel removal, however, veneers will look large, bright and unreal. This result is typical of the national advertised “Lumineer” procedure, which Dr. Richard Gillum personally doesn’t recommend.
Not all veneer applications are equal in terms of beauty and duplication of a natural appearance. Just as one artist or painter isn’t as accomplished as another, the talent and experience of the dentist and lab that creates the veneers makes the real difference in whether the final result will be trouble free looks and feels real.