Improve Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry in Champaign, IL
A smile is something like social currency in face to face interactions. Because a great smile makes a good first impression, it’s more likely to make a lasting impression as well. If you are trying to gain friends and conduct yourself positively in the working world,. you should ask yourself if your smile is saying the best things it can about you. Many thousands of people each year ask themselves that question and find that the answer is no. Fortunately for all of us, cosmetic dentistry offers many solutions and techniques that make it possible to fix almost any flaw!
Is Cosmetic Dentistry Right for You?
The term “cosmetic dentistry” can be applied to a wide variety of dental services and techniques, as anything that improves your smile’s appearance can be classified as cosmetic, even if it is primarily being used as a restorative treatment-dental implants, for example. Not only does having a tooth replacement installed make it easier to eat and speak clearly, it improves the appearance of your smile by eliminating the gap where the lost tooth was located. Some treatments, however, such as teeth whitening, are cosmetic in nature and fairly non-invasive, and as such, appropriate for a wide range of patients.
CEREC Inlays, Onlays, and One Visit Crowns
For porcelain dental inlays, onlays and crowns in Champaign, IL, it’s hard to beat the convenience that Drs. W. Eric Martin, DDS, PC and Nick Sabbia offer to patients with the CEREC system. Inlays and onlays are popular dental treatments that are often used to restore teeth that have large portions of decayed tooth, or, sometimes old metal amalgam filings, that need to be replaced. CEREC makes it possible to get aesthetically pleasing inlays and onlays in one visit. Likewise, if your tooth needs the support only offered by a full crown installation, our dentists will use our CEREC technology to provide that crown in one visit so you can continue on with your busy schedule and avoid a second, time-consuming visit.
Dental Implants and Restorations
Dental implants and implant restorations are considered to be the gold standard in modern tooth replacement technology. The implant itself consists of a titanium screw that is, as the name suggests, implanted into the patient’s jawbone. This screw is analogous to the root of a natural tooth, and over the course of a few months, will fuse, or osseointegrate with the bone mass itself, making a permanent attachment point for the new tooth. An abutment will be placed on this titanium screw, and a tooth restoration will be fabricated and placed on that abutment, giving the patient a very realistic tooth replacement. Not only do dental implants restore function, they also look great! Many people even forget that they have implants, over time. Proper care practices for natural teeth are normally sufficient to maintain dental implants for many years.
Many people simply want to have a smile that looks clean, white and gleaming. For those patients, we offer teeth whitening services. The most popular and least invasive of all the cosmetic procedures that we offer, our teeth whitening procedures can lighten your teeth by up to six shades.
Complete Smile Makeovers with Porcelain Dental Crowns and Porcelain Dental Veneers
When a patient wants to have a whole new look, often called a Smile Makeover, it’s often helpful to make use of dental veneers, sometimes called laminates, and crowns. Crowns are sometimes available for teeth that have been badly damaged by injury or decay, and cover the entire visible structure of the tooth with a tooth replacement. Veneers, on the other hand, are appropriate for cosmetic applications and small repairs (such as chips). Teeth that are so badly stained or discolored that ordinary teeth whitening will not correct the shade can be fixed with veneers. So can chipped, gapped, or misshapen teeth. The process of receiving dental veneers consists of a consultation to design your new smile, an appointment to prepare the teeth and have impressions made, and a third visit wherein the completed veneers will be permanently bonded to your natural teeth.
Call our office at (217) 355-9997 for more information on any of these procedures or others that you may be curious about. We look forward to hearing from you!