Cosmetic Dentistry Asheville
Cosmetic Dentistry Asheville

Services

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to repair or enhance the appearance of front teeth. They can be used to whiten teeth, close spaces and create a great smile. Using veneers, we can even perform virtually "instant orthodontics" to straighten crooked teeth and give you the bright smile you always wanted.

  • Reduce or eliminate spaces between the teeth (diastemas)
  • Repair broken or chipped teeth
  • Whiten dark, yellow, permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Correct misshapen or crooked teeth

Bonding

Dental bonding can improve the appearance of chipped, broken, cracked and stained teeth and fill in spaces between teeth. Dentists apply a thin layer of tooth-colored composite resin to the teeth to restore chips and cracks, fill in gaps or cover stains, and provide patients with a more attractive and functional smile. The bonding material comes in many colors so it will be possible to match the shade of your teeth. The dental bonding procedure takes one to two hours and its results last about 10 years.

Complete & Partial Dentures

Dentures are prosthetic devices designed to help patients without teeth chew food and improve speaking habits. Additionally, dentures improve the patient's facial aesthetics and self-esteem. There are three types of dentures: full (complete), fixed and removable partial dentures. The former is only required in persons who have lost all or most of the teeth on either of the two arches of the mouth (maxillary - top and mandibular - bottom). Most patients missing only a few teeth opt for fixed partial dentures, also known as "crown and bridge".

Nightguards

Bruxism, or teeth-grinding, occurs when the jaws are clenched and the teeth grind against one another during sleep. Stress and anxiety are often blamed, but sleep disorders, abnormal bite and missing or crooked teeth may also be the culprits. Treatment for bruxism can often be achieved through the use of a nightguard, which prevents the teeth from coming in contact with each other. Dr. Williams uses the BruxGuard™ nightguard, which is the only chairside bite plate available that is customized for each patient to provide comfort and relief from bruxism.

Bleaching / Whitening

Tooth whitening with professional-strength mouth trays takes place in the office. First, your teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems or other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. The dentist will make a custom-fit mouth tray for your teeth. Then the bleaching gel, a hydrogen peroxide solution, is applied to your teeth in the tray.

Advantages of in-office teeth whitening over take-home whitening include:

  • Professional supervision
  • Fast
  • Safe and simple
  • No sensitivity

Periodontal Disease / Treatment

Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is a leading cause of tooth loss in American adults and most often caused by a build up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque is the sticky film of bacteria that is brushed and flossed away with proper oral care. When left on the teeth, plaque produces toxins that attack below the gum line in the sulcus, a shallow v-shaped crevice between the tooth and gums. This causes the bond between teeth and gums to break down. Good oral hygiene and regular dental examinations are essential in prevention and early detection of gum disease.

TMD/TMJ

TMD stands for Temporomandibular Joint Disorders, a group of often painful problems affecting the jaw and chewing muscles, which may ache constantly, cyclically or erratically. Common causes of TMD include:

  • Trauma to the head or neck
  • Oral habits such as clenching or grinding of the teeth
  • “Bad” bite or missing teeth
  • Arthritis
  • Malalignment of the upper and lower jawbones

Reversible or temporary treatments for TMD include arthrocentesis (lavage), stress-reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, mouth protectors to prevent teeth grinding, soft foods, heat/ice packs, and avoidance of extreme jaw movements.

Preventative Dentistry

As its name suggests, preventive dentistry is intended to prevent dental problems and related health conditions before they start. The health of your mouth is vital to the health of your entire body. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, low birth weight and other health problems. Healthy teeth are less likely to need extensive and pricey dental procedures. You can keep your teeth and yourself healthy by brushing and flossing every day as well as getting regular dental exams.

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