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Dental veneers from your dentist in Morrisville, NC, can improve your smile.
It’s natural for your smile to lose a little pizazz, especially as you get older. Everyday habits, the aging process, and lifestyle factors can all combine to make your smile look damaged, stained, or dull. Fortunately, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. It’s called dental veneers!
Dr. Geetha Sripathi of Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, offers a wide range of dental services, including dental veneers to improve your smile.
Dental veneers are thin sheaths of beautiful porcelain that are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They allow you to change the size, color, shape, and other attributes of your teeth, giving you a perfect smile.
Dental veneers are a great choice to improve the look of:
- Worn-down, eroded teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Fractured or broken teeth
- Traumatically damaged teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Unevenly shaped teeth
Veneers also allow you to minimize the appearance of rotated, overlapped, and crowded teeth. They can even minimize the appearance of gaps or uneven spacing between your teeth.
Veneers made of porcelain have become one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry services because they offer benefits like these:
- Lifelike beauty because porcelain looks just like tooth enamel
- Stain resistance, so your new veneers will stay dazzling for years
Conservative treatment because little to no tooth structure is removed
- Time-saving because treatment is quick too. You can have a completely new smile in as little as 2 to 3 appointments. In fact, many people choose veneers to freshen up their smiles just in time for a special event.
If you want a new, perfect smile, dental veneers are the right choice for you! To find out more about how dental veneers can freshen up your smile, call Dr. Sripathi of Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, at (919) 388-0137 now!
What's the most successful tooth replacement available today? By far, it's the dental implant. Surgically placed in-office by Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, dental implants mimic real teeth in appearance and function. Plus, they improve jaw bone density and size, a wonderful therapeutic benefit.
Frequently asked questions about dental implants
What does a dental implant look like?
A dental implant is a titanium screw or cylinder which your dentist inserts into the jaw bone. The implant replaces your natural tooth root and actually bonds with the bone through something called osseointegration. On this firm foundation, your Dr. Sripathi attaches a metal abutment, or post, and a custom-crafted porcelain crown.
Why is a dental implant superior to a bridge or partial denture?
A dental implant is the only tooth replacement which replaces a missing tooth from the root on up. It improves bone size, shape and strength every time you bite and chew on it. Dental implants stay in place for years, and they need no denture adhesive or clasps to anchor them.
Do I need to see a specialist for my procedure?
Dr. Sripathi performs the entire implant treatment--from initial examination and X-rays to implant placement and restoration--at Elite Smiles in Morrisville. She uses multiple dental implants for patients requiring more extensive tooth replacement.
Is the implant surgery comfortable?
Locally-injected numbing medication takes care of any discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards, you may need over-the-counter acetaminophen or ibuprofen at home for a few days to resolve minor residual soreness.
How do I know dental implants are right for my situation?
Dr. Sripathi meticulously evaluates her patients to determine if dental implants are the proper tooth replacements for their individual needs and preferences. Special three-dimensional imaging shows her if you have adequate bone structure to support implants. Also, the dentist reviews your medical history. Most teens and adults are healthy enough for dental implants. However, diabetes, immune deficiencies, cancer treatment, alcohol abuse and pregnancy often prohibit or postpone implant placement.
How long do dental implants last?
The American College of Prosthodontists reports that dental implants last a lifetime when you brush and floss them carefully and see your dentist for routine cleanings and check-ups. Success rates for implant procedures are up to 95 percent.
Find out more about dental implants
Fill those smile gaps, improve bone health and bite, and chew and smile with confidence. Call today for a friendly implant consultation with Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC, at (919) 388-0137.