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June 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: restorative dentistry   inlays   onlays  

Inlays and onlays restore teeth damaged by decay. Our Port Orange, FL, dentist, Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio, shares a few inlays, onlaysbenefits of the restorations.

What are inlays and onlays?

Sometimes tooth decay is so extensive that a filling won't work, but not so bad that you need a crown. In these cases, inlays and onlays are used to restore teeth. Unlike traditional fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays are created in a dental laboratory and then permanently attached to your teeth in our Port Orange office.

If you run your finger over your teeth, you'll feel little ridges around the edges. These ridges, called cusps, help you tear food when you eat. When you need a filling that doesn't extend beyond the cusps, an inlay is used. Onlays extend beyond at least one cusp.

What are the advantages of inlays and onlays?

Inlays and onlays offer several benefits, including:

  • Preservation of Healthy Tooth Structure: Crowns offer an effective way to restore a tooth severely damaged by decay, but in order to receive a crown, part of the healthy tooth structure must be filed down. When you have an inlay or onlay instead of a crown, there's no need to file your tooth.
  • Lower Chance of Another Cavity in Some Cases: Inlays and onlays are good choices if you have a cavity between two teeth. Although a traditional filling could be used, inlays and onlays do a better job at completely sealing your tooth. When your tooth is sealed, bacteria can't enter and cause a new cavity.
  • Improved Appearance: Composite resin fillings may eventually become stained or discolored. Because inlays and onlays are made of porcelain, they'll never change color.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Keeping the area around the bottom of a crown clean is very important, but cleaning can be difficult if the crown is very tight. Because inlays and onlays are placed on the top of teeth only, cleaning is a simple as ever.
  • Improved Strength: Tooth decay weakens your tooth, but adding an inlay or onlay can make it stronger.

Could you benefit from an inlay or onlay? Call our Port Orange, FL, dentist, Dr. Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio, at (386) 322-4867 to find out if the restorations are a good choice for you.

March 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn about dental implants from your Port Orange implants

There's no need to tolerate a gap in your teeth. Titanium dental implants offer a safe, effective way to restore your smile. Your Port Orange, FL, dentist and periodontist, Dr. Jeff Kim of Ultimate Dental Studio, shares some important information about implants.

Implants are durable

Because dental implants actually become part of your jawbone, they're designed to last your entire lifetime. Implants serve as the roots for new artificial teeth called crowns. As you can imagine, your new tooth won't last long if it doesn't have a strong root. Titanium, a lightweight metal used in hip replacement surgery and bicycle construction, is also used to make dental implants. Titanium is an excellent choice for implants because the metal bonds to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Bonding can take as little as three months, in some cases. Once bonding occurs, your implant won't move, which means your tooth won't slip and slide when you take a bite of food.

Dental implants restore your self-esteem and improve your oral health

Have you stopped looking in mirrors since you lost your tooth because you don't like the change in your appearance? Once your new crown is attached to your implant, you'll probably find it hard to resist catching a glimpse of your new look. Implants also offer several important oral health benefits, such as:

  • Easier Biting: Do you avoid some foods, especially hard foods, because it's just too hard to chew them? Thanks to your dental implant, you'll enjoy excellent biting power that will allow you to eat anything you want when visiting your favorite Port Orange restaurants.
  • Stronger Jawbone: A shrinking jawbone is a common occurrence after you lose a tooth. Replacing your roots with an implant means that your bone will receive the constant stimulation it needs to remain strong and healthy.
  • A Stable Bite: Without the support provided by your missing tooth, adjacent teeth may begin to drift and overlap. The problem isn't just unattractive. When teeth overlap, your bite can change, which may make chewing more difficult.

Are you ready to restore your smile? Dental implants provide a long-lasting tooth replacement option. Call your Port Orange, FL, dentist and periodontist, Dr. Kim, at (386) 322-4867 to schedule an appointment.

January 03, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you ready to find out how restorative dentistry in Port Orange can revive your smile’s appearance?

Perhaps it’s the start of the New Year but you have finally decided that it’s time to get back the smile you once had. Whether you are restorative dentistrydealing with tooth loss or a damaged tooth, our Port Orange, FL dentist, Dr. Jeff Kim, has the restoration you need to get your smile back on track for the New Year.

Dental Veneers

These thin shells are made to look like real teeth and are bonded to only the front portion of your teeth so that your smile looks whiter, straighter and more even. Veneers are a great option for those looking to hide cracks and chips, discolorations, misshapen and malformed teeth, gaps between teeth, minor crookedness and worn, uneven teeth. Many imperfections can easily be masked with porcelain veneers.

Before we can place the veneers, we will need to shave down a very small amount of enamel. This process is simple and painless. Each veneer is custom made to cover the front of each tooth so that you get a beautiful smile every time.

Dental Implants

If you are okay with going through a longer dental treatment then you will certainly be happy about the results that you’ll get with dental implants. After all, there is no other restoration that is like an implant. Implants are designed to function like real tooth roots and are surgically placed by our Port Orange cosmetic dentist into the jawbone where the implant and bone will bond together.

Once the implant and bone have fused to one another over the course of a few months it is now a lifelong restoration that can support your dental crown. Implants can be used to replace one missing permanent tooth or all of your teeth. It can take up to a year to get implants but it’s well worth it when you have a restoration that feels and functions just like a natural tooth.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you are missing one tooth or a couple teeth in a row and are looking for a simple yet effective tooth loss treatment then a dental bridge might be a great way to restore your smile. Of course, neighboring teeth will need to be strong enough and healthy enough to support this restoration.

Dental crowns will first be placed over the prepared teeth and then the false teeth will be cemented in between the crowns to replace your missing teeth. Most dental bridges can be completed in about three visits.

A smile says a lot about you. If you are interested in getting restorative dentistry then call Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you and determine which treatment will give you the smile you’ve always wanted.