From Dull to Stunning: The Beauty of Veneers

We’ve all gotten so caught up in the rush of life that certain things are forgotten and neglected. When we finally do have a second to notice, we wonder, “how did things get like this?”

It happens to our houses, cars, yards, waist lines, and our smile.

As adults, we’re pretty good about brushing and flossing regularly, right? It’s just part of our routine. Many of us have even been able to successfully avoid cavities for years, so we assume everything is fine with our teeth, until one day we look in the mirror and realize that our smile is dull and flat.

And this is not necessarily a fault of yours! Over time, teeth get worn, which can be expected, considering how often we eat. Color, or dullness, is one common issue people find as they reach middle age. Other issues are gaps, teeth that are shorter than the ideal, or tooth damage. In fact, about 80 percent of people are not satisfied with their smile, for a variety of reasons.

How veneers can help

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are placed with a specialized adhesive on the front of individual teeth. It is a modern, effective solution for improving color, crooked teeth, teeth length, chipped teeth and more.

The process of getting veneers begins with preparing the tooth or teeth. A fine layer of the natural tooth is removed to make room for the veneer, and the tooth surface is prepared. This process makes improves your smile while maintaining the natural contours and bite.

In your consultation with Dr. Larsen, you’ll discuss your goals, and what specifically you dislike about your smile. Using your feedback and the recommendations of Dr. Larsen, veneers are crafted in a lab for your individual needs.

Flawed smiles are no fun. Veneers are among the best options for correcting flaws and giving you a natural, beautiful smile.

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What Is the Best Way To Replace Missing Teeth?

Dr. Larsen explains the value of dental implants

Have you heard about dental implants? They are great! They are an amazing dental procedure that replaces missing teeth, and they are an awesome option for a number of reasons. First, they help you eat and chew just like normal, because the way they are placed makes them very much like actual teeth. But even though they act like natural teeth, they are made of a strong, safe substance that does not decay, which is the second big benefit. Third, dental implants look natural like a normal tooth.

We feel great recommending dental implants to patients because they are strong, sturdy and dependable. The procedure is quick and relatively painless (less painful than a root canal). Implants are the standard of care for replacing a missing tooth.

As a general dentist, I love placing dental implants. It is the best way to replace a missing tooth. An implant and a crown cannot get decay around them. Because they do not decay, they usually last many years and potentially the rest of your life. Originally, dental implants were an expensive procedure performed mostly by oral surgeons. The dental implant procedure today is a routine procedure, and with a general dentist placing the implant it is more affordable.

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Why Is It Important to Replace Missing Teeth?

When teeth are missing, the bone in that area dissolves. Usually this bone loss is irreversible. Implants keep the bone in that area from dissolving. The sooner an implant is placed the more the bone is preserved and the better the prognosis.

Sometimes when you replace a missing tooth, you are not able to eat the food you normally eat. With implants, you will be able to eat your favorite foods. If you are missing a tooth, come see me today to see if you are a candidate for a dental implant.

Dental Implant Special

For the Month of April, 2016:
Free implant consultation (including x-rays) and/or $200 off the dental implant, for no insurance and new patients only.

The Permanent Power of an Implant

We talk a lot about implants in our office. Our patients hear us talking about successes and lives changed from the use of dental implants because it makes us so happy to be able to implement this type of dentistry! A dental implant has a lot of things going for it. It is comfortable, it looks natural, and it works just as well as a natural tooth. The absolute best part, though, is that a dental implant can stay in your mouth for the rest of your life!
Other restorations can’t claim such a bold statement. Things like bridges and partial dentures only restore the crown of the tooth and often aren’t stable enough to last for the decades that you have left of your life. Replacements and repairs become costly and annoying, but a dental implant changes all of that. A dental implant allows you to never worry about your restoration again.

How Does it Work?

The secret to a dental implant is that it replaces the crown and the root of your tooth. The implant itself is a titanium post that is placed directly into the jawbone. Within a few months, the bone begins to fuse with the implant holding it into a permanent position. We place a crown on top of the implant, thus restoring the entirety of your missing tooth. Once it’s in, it is not coming out!

You can’t ask for anything more than a permanent restoration for a missing tooth, but a dental implant gives you more by being completely comfortable and functional. Not to mention the fact that it looks just like your natural teeth. Contact us today to learn more about this amazing tool. We know you’ll be pleased with the results!

I’m Having a Hard Time Chewing

Dental Implants and Implant Dentures in Alpine

Bad or missing teeth are not just aesthetic problems. They can lead to discomfort or pain when chewing, making you lose your appetite. Teeth sensitivity in an otherwise healthy mouth can also make you avoid certain foods. Another issue is poor-fitting dentures that come off when you eat tough and sticky food. Over time, a restricted, unappetizing diet can lead to poor nutrition.

If you’re having a hard time chewing, Alpine dentist Dr. Garon Larsen can restore your mouth’s function and improve your appearance. Eat the foods you love and smile confidently again with dental solutions like tooth-colored fillings, metal-free restorations, implants, and implant-retained dentures. Dr. Larsen offers comprehensive dental care for children and adults in one convenient location.

Dental Implants and Restorations

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are embedded surgically into your jawbone. The implants are designed to fuse with the bone and replace the tooth root. This makes implants the most secure foundation for restorations like crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants look and function just like real teeth—they restore almost 100% of your chewing ability.
Dental implant placement is a multi-step procedure. After a comprehensive evaluation, the oral surgeon will place the implant and allow the area to heal. Once healed, the abutment is placed and the restoration is attached to the implant. Depending on your needs, this can be a single crown for one missing tooth, a fixed bridge, or an implant-retained denture.

Implant-Retained Dentures

Implant-retained dentures are dentures supported by dental implants. A minimum of four implants are often used to anchor a complete set of upper or lower replacement teeth. Depending on the type of implant and the method used, implant-retained dentures can be placed in one visit or over several appointments. Unlike regular dentures, implant dentures restore stimulation and prevent bone loss. Implant dentures are also more comfortable and secure. No need to worry about losing your false teeth ever again!

Restore your chewing ability and smile with confidence. Schedule a consultation with your Alpine dentist today.