Cosmetic Procedures – Dr. Mark C. McCauley, DMD
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size or length and resulting in an improved appearance.
Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or from resin composite materials. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers and better mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner and require removal of less of the tooth surface before placement. You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material for you with your dentist.
For more information about dental veneers or to schedule an appointment with our Delray Beach dental office, please call us today at (561) 272-8555.
Tooth Colored Fillings (White Fillings)
Composite “white” fillings, made of composite, are used to restore teeth that have small cavities. They are called “white” fillings because of the natural, tooth color of the material. Unlike inlays and onlays that are crafted in an outside lab, composite fillings can be made on-site and completed in only one office visit.
A composite “white” filling is used when the cavity is small and the patient desires a natural-looking restoration. The dentist will numb the area, then prepare the tooth for restoration, removing any decay. He or she will then apply the composite, and fill the cavity. After the composite has been cured, it will be smoothed and shaped for fit and comfort.
For more information about tooth colored fillings (white fillings) or to schedule an appointment with our Delray Beach dental office, please call us today at (561) 272-8555.
Porcelain crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cup over the portion of a tooth which lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that are used to fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crowns can be made out of porcelain (or some other ceramic material), gold (or metal alloys), or a combination of both. Dental crowns are often referred to as “dental caps” or “tooth caps”.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with our Delray Beach dental office, please call us today at (561) 272-8555.
Porcelain Inlays / Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are used to repair damage involving over ½ of the tooth’s biting surface, rather than using a simple filling, or a crown.
An inlay is similar to a filling and lies inside the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more extensive reconstruction that covers one or more cusps of a tooth.
Inlays and onlays are both traditionally made of gold; however, porcelain is now becoming the material of choice because of its strength and potential to match the natural color of your tooth.
Inlays and onlays are applied in two dental visits. At the first visit, the old filling, or decay, is removed, and the tooth is prepared for the inlay / onlay. The dentist will then make an impression of the tooth and will place a temporary sealant on your tooth and schedule a second appointment.
At the second visit, the temporary sealant is removed. Your dentist will then ensure that the inlay / onlay fits properly in the tooth and does not interfere with your bite. Once correctly fit, the inlay / onlay is bonded into the tooth with a strong bonding resin, and polished smooth.
For more information about porcelain inlays and onlays or to schedule an appointment with our Delray Beach dental office, please call us today at (561) 272-8555.
Porcelain Veneers That Do Not Require Removing Painful Tooth Structure
LUMINEERS BY CERINATE is a terrific cosmetic solution for permanently stained, chipped, discolored, misaligned teeth, or even to revitalize old crown and bridgework. They are a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and are placed over existing teeth without requiring painful removal of sensitive tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers). This means they deliver a beautiful result without shots or drilling.
- Fix uneven spacing
- Lengthen short teeth
- Reshape awkward teeth
In just two or three visits to Dr. McCauley, LUMINEERS ™ can provide a custom-made smile clinically proven to last up to 20 years.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with our Delray Beach dental office, please call Dr. McCauley’s office today at (561) 272-8555.
IV Sedation Dentistry is a safe and reliable option for patients who experience anxiety and discomfort during dental procedures. Sedation Dentistry is used for complicated implant and oral procedures as well as lightly for those who experience extreme apprehension.
Dental implants are a common dental procedure known for treating tooth loss as a result of tooth decay, gingivitis or injury. These implants provide a stable foundation or root for permanent and temporary replacement teeth. Dental implant treatments offer convenient and affordable solutions.
Oral Surgery and bone grafting repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to extractions, gum disease, or injuries. Oral surgery is also necessary if you are placing dental implants, if your tooth has experienced a trauma, or if gum disease isn’t arrested.
Brighten your smile with a wide range of Cosmetic Procedures. From dental veneers and porcelain crowns to inlays and tooth-colored fillings, Dr. McCauley can help you perfect your smile.