Belle Forest Dental is proud to practice metal free dentistry to provide the best care and healthiest treatment options for you.
These thin, durable covers are applied to the front of your teeth to address gaps, discoloration, and cracks in your smile. We will consult and work with you to find out what your main concerns are and provide you with the smile you desire and gives you the best results. We outline your goals and develop a customized plan to meet your specific needs. We will then provide you with a prototype of your newly designed teeth on the same day as your preparation appointment. While you adjust to your new smile, our artistic dental ceramicist will design your final porcelain veneers. Once they are completed, we will fuse the porcelain veneers to the front of your teeth by a process known as bonding. You will visit us for a post-operative check-up to ensure you are completely satisfied with your new smile.
Ideally, implants are the best option for replacing missing teeth. A titanium post fuses with the jawbone to form a replacement tooth root. The tooth implant is then topped with a dental crown to restore your smile to be natural-looking and stable to break down any food. It also helps prevent gum disease and bone loss around the new implant. Implant dentistry has a high success rate and is one of the best options for rebuilding your smile. However, if you are not a candidate for implant dentistry, we can provide you with other options for replacing missing teeth. In addition to tooth implant crowns, two alternative tooth replacement solutions are dental bridges and removable appliances.
We use fixed porcelain dental bridges to fill in gaps in your smile caused by a lost tooth. In just a couple of visits, a single porcelain tooth is attached to one or both sides of the gap, restoring your smile to its natural state. Dental hygiene is very important to keep bridges healthy and strong. Patients must take care to brush and floss under and around the restoration to prevent decay and plaque from forming under the bridge.
Damaged or worn-down tooth? A dental crown can fix that, while restoring aesthetics in the process. Crowns are often used with dental implants to restore the beauty of your teeth. Dental crowns usually take two appointments in which we create the caps that are shaped like your actual teeth and then placed over top. First, we will prep your mouth for the crown with a temporary. We will first check the area of where the crown is needed, verify a few X-rays to assess whether a root canal is needed before the crown is placed and then file down the tooth receiving it to make room in your mouth. Next, we make an impression of the teeth around where the crown will be placed to ensure that your new crown will not interfere with your bite and we will place the temporary crown to help your mouth and bite get used to the new tooth while the real one is being crafted. On your second visit, we will remove the temporary crown and place the permanent porcelain crown after we ensure that it will fit perfectly. Once the permanent crown is placed, you can enjoy your new smile!
Tooth colored fillings
These natural, tooth-colored fillings will help restore your smile. These fillings do not contain mercury amalgam, meaning they are much safer and give you a metal-free grin. They are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, chipped, worn, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Periodontal / Gum Soft Tissue Management
Periodontal disease is a complex problem faced by many people, especially as they age. The mouth harbors many kinds of bacteria. Certain types of these organisms form gummy colonies which are known as dental plaque.
Plaque causes the breakdown of gum tissue and it also releases enzymes, some of which destroy enamel and lead to cavities. The bacterial action also breaks down the fibrous connective tissue around the tooth, causing the formation of periodontal pockets, which also harbor colonies of bacteria. The gums become inflamed and the pockets become deeper. This process may or may not be accompanied by recession. At this point the jaw bone in which the teeth are held begins to erode. The process is called bone resorption and may result in a loosening of the involved teeth. If left untreated, it may result in the eventual loss of teeth.
In early to moderate periodontal / gum disease, soft tissue management (STM) is recommended. This involves a series of appointments consisting of “deep cleaning” on the tooth surface and around and below the gum line to remove the plaque and attempt to get the periodontal disease under control. The STM program also requires cooperation in continuing with follow up maintenance visits which may be recommended as often as every three months, but no greater than six months. It is important that the periodontal disease be monitored closely. STM does not, in any way, preclude the possibility of surgical or other procedures that might still require the special abilities of a periodontist.
We are pleased to offer Soft Tissue Management as a form of non-surgical periodontal gum disease treatment. Call us for more information.