Dental Implants provide an excellent way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The adjacent teeth are not modified or utilized in the restoration, as they would be when placing a fixed bridge or removable partial denture. The implant is a root replacement, which attaches into the bone of the jaw. A crown is then made to fit over the implant restoring the function and esthetics of a natural tooth. When there is adequate bone to receive the implant, our Boise dental implant procedure provides the longest lasting and “state of the art” way to replace missing teeth.
In situations where a patient does not have sufficient bone to receive the implant, a grafting procedure can often remedy the deficiency and allow an implant to be placed.
Dental Implants can also be used to stabilize loose dentures. Most people who have lower dentures struggle to keep them in place. Two or more conventional implants can allow a very loose denture to fit securely. When the bone has resorbed severely, mini implants can be placed to secure an otherwise unpleasant denture.
We all get older, and as that occurs, our teeth become darker due to all the things we put into our mouths that stain them. Sometimes our teeth are stained because of drugs (particularly by antibiotics) or are dark as a result of a traumatic event which may have caused a tooth to die. Most of these situations can be remedied by some tooth whitening procedures. Some discolorations will lighten rapidly and others may take months until the desired result is achieved.
Over the counter products and other retail type whitening techniques will work but usually take a longer time and are not as controlled as those we use in our office.
Our dental professionals are able to use more potent products and deliver them in a way that all teeth can be lightened more effectively. We have found the most effective method to accomplish this is by utilizing custom fitting trays supplied with the maximally tolerated concentration of the whitening agent. Our staff will train you and monitor your results for as long as you wish. We also offer in office procedures using very high concentrations of the whitening gel along with gum masking and Sapphire lights to give you a jump start. This in office treatment will be more effective with an in home custom fitting tray routine following the treatment.
Whitening using custom fitting trays and our special whitening product will not only achieve better and faster results but it is more cost effective in the long run.
Porcelain veneers are made of very thin porcelain, which is then bonded to the existing tooth. This can result in an esthetic restoration. These beautiful restorations require a high degree of technical skill as well as artistic efforts on the part of both the doctor and the laboratory technician.
Dental veneers will function well but care should be taken to avoid using your teeth as “tools”. If the patient has a tooth grinding or clenching habit a mouth guard may be necessary to wear at night. These restorations are highly resistant to external staining.
Indications for choosing porcelain veneers might be to correct an uneven smile line, to cover discolored teeth, to cover chipped or crooked teeth, or to close the gaps between teeth.
The process of placing veneers may require some preparation of the existing teeth followed by an impression. The actual veneers are then made in the dental laboratory. The patient then returns to the dental office where the doctor meticulously bonds them to the teeth.
Lowry Dental offers veneers fabricated in local dental labs along with Lumineers.
Inlays and onlays provide a very strong restoration. The tooth is prepared and an impression is made of the prepared tooth. The restoration is then made on a model and is subsequently cemented into the tooth. Inlays are cemented inside the tooth’s walls. Onlays fit both inside and over the top of the tooth’s cusps. This provides strong protection for the tooth as it is used during chewing and biting eliminating the possibilities of the tooth fracturing under those stresses. In situations where decay or old fillings have caused the loss of considerable tooth structure, onlays are much stronger than fillings and more conservative than full crowns. They are an excellent restoration option.