Posts for tag: cosmetic dentistry

By James P. Watts, DMD
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Healthy SmileWhat's one of the most popular aesthetic dental treatments? It's porcelain veneers, shells of tooth-shaped ceramic bonded to the front of teeth which have defects in color, shape, size, and texture. Dr. James Watts, your Mystic cosmetic dentistry expert, places veneers singly or as a component of a comprehensive smile makeover. Either way, patients love the results.

What is a dental veneer?

Also termed a dental laminate, a porcelain veneer disguises the front side of a tooth which is healthy but cosmetically marred. Veneers strengthen teeth which have weakened structure or have cracks, fissures, or large chips. Also, when teeth are so deeply stained they cannot respond to professional teeth whitening, veneers are wonderful options.

Veneers and you

You should know that porcelain veneers are permanent refurbishments. The treatment involves removal of a thin portion of enamel which changes dental contours and appearance.

After a complete examination, X-rays, oral impressions, and formulation of a treatment plan, Dr. Watts will gently resurface the enamel. This typically needs nothing more than local anesthetic. Also, he'll place temporary laminates on your teeth so your smile looks normal as you wait for the final veneers.

In a week or so, you'll come back to the office for placement of the permanent veneers. A special tooth-colored cement and curing light ensure the bond is strong. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that fitting, adjusting and bonding the veneers are very important to appearance, oral function, patient comfort, and overall longevity of this smile enhancement. So you and your Mystic cosmetic dentist will work together for best result.

Most patients find they adjust to their porcelain veneers in a week or so. Care is the same as for any other tooth: brush twice daily, and floss once a day. See Dr. Watts every six months for a cleaning and examination and for any concerns or problems you may have after veneer placement. Expect your quality veneers to last for many years--a decade or more with good care and gentle use (avoid peanut brittle, biting your fingernails, and the like).

Find out more

Custom-made porcelain veneers are just one of the many cosmetic dental treatments Dr. James Watts offers in his Mystic, CT, office. To learn more about how to reach your smile goals or to ask any questions about cosmetic dentistry, call his office at (860) 536-6446.

By James P. Watts, DMD
January 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

A wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures are available for helping you achieve the smile you desire. Some available procedures include teeth whitening, cosmetic fillings, veneers, bonding, and contouring and reshaping. A dentist can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry procedure is right for you. Depending on your needs, you might even choose more than one procedure to achieve the smile you desire. Dr. James Watts is your dentist for cosmetic dentistry in Mystic, CT.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening treatments available through your dentist’s office are an effective way to quickly refresh your smile. Within your first one hour in-office whitening session, your teeth could be several shades whiter with the results lasting for years before additional treatments are needed.

Cosmetic Fillings

Cosmetic fillings are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to other types of dental fillings, such as the traditional silver amalgam fillings. If you prefer a more discreet option for filling cavities, cosmetic fillings might be right for you. Cosmetic fillings help strengthen and restore infected teeth just like other types of fillings, but have the benefit of being tooth-colored so they blend in and look like part of the natural tooth.

Veneers

Dental veneers are an effective way to transform the appearance of teeth with certain types of cosmetic imperfections. Veneers can be used to improve the shape, size, or color of teeth that are misshaped, slightly crooked, chipped, cracked, stained, or discolored. Veneers are thin covers placed against the front surface of problem teeth. Once in place, veneers look and function like natural teeth.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to repair chips and cracks in teeth, as well as other cosmetic problems. A resin material is applied to the problem area. For example, resin can be applied to a chipped tooth to fill in the area that has been chipped off. A special light is then used to dry and harden the resin material, which permanently bonds to the tooth as it dries.

Contouring and Reshaping

Contouring and reshaping is a type of cosmetic dental procedure that can correct the shape of teeth that are misshaped. To contour problem areas, small amounts of enamel are gradually shaved away until the tooth is reshaped appropriately. Your dentist for cosmetic dentistry in Mystic can determine if any problem teeth would benefit from contouring and reshaping.

If you are ready to rejuvenate your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that is right for you. For cosmetic dentistry in Mystic, CT schedule an appointment with Dr. Watts by calling the dental office at (860) 536-6446.

By James P. Watts, DMD
November 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsHave you been thinking about replacing missing teeth with dental implants but have a few questions about the process? The latest restoration options offer several benefits that can make it an appealing choice. Mystic, CT, dentist Dr. James Watts helps his patients care for and improve their smiles with dental implants and other treatments.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants are designed to become a permanent part of your jawbone. The titanium posts replace your natural tooth roots and are placed in small openings made in the bone. Once in place, the posts begin to osseointegrate, or bond, to your jawbone. Osseointegration ensures that your synthetic root can provide a stable foundation for the dental crown that will be attached to it.

After the crown is attached, your new tooth will act just like your natural teeth. You'll be able to eat anything you want and won't experience any slippage or irritation, even if you take a bite of a hard apple or enjoy a juicy steak.

Are implants the best choice for me?

Before you make your decision, you'll need to consider a few factors, including:

  • Longevity: Dental implants usually never need to be replaced, unlike bridges and dentures. If you're looking for a long-term replacement option, implants are an excellent choice. Keep in mind that you will need to replace the crowns on top of the implants approximately every 10 to 15 years due to wear.
  • Versatility: Implants are the only restoration option that can replace an unlimited number of lost teeth. If you've lost all of your teeth, you may want to consider implant-supported dentures. The dentures can be secured with as few as four implants per arch.
  • Biting Power: Unlike removable dentures, implant-supported dentures don't significantly reduce your biting power or limit your food choices.
  • Strength: Without stimulation from your roots, your jawbone will eventually begin to shrink. This shrinkage, called resorption, can cause your teeth to drift, lead to further tooth loss and even cause facial sagging. Dental implants provide the constant stimulation needed to prevent resorption.
  • Depth: Your Mystic dentist considers jawbone depth when deciding if you're a good candidate for dental implants. If your bone is too shallow, it won't be able to support the implants. In many cases, adding bone grafts to your jawbone will increase the depth and allow implants to be placed.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call your Mystic, CT, dentist Dr. James Watts at (860) 536-6446 to schedule an appointment.

By James P. Watts, DMD
September 10, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

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What your dentist in Mystic, CT, wants you to know about dental implants

You’ve probably heard about dental implants, but you may not know exactly what they are and how they can help you and your smile. Dr. James P. Watts in Mystic, CT, wants to share the facts about dental implants and what they can do for you.

If you are missing teeth, it can impact your ability to chew, which in turn can impact your digestion. Digestive problems can cause problems with your overall health. The digestive process begins in your mouth, so having a full set of teeth can help keep you healthy.

Despite your best efforts, you may lose teeth. Whether you lose a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants provide you with the closest possible solution to natural teeth.

Dental implant treatment begins with the placement of a dental implant screw, which will perform the function of a tooth “root” serving as an anchor in your jaw. Over time, your body forms additional bone, which will fuse around the implant screw and lock it firmly in place. After the healing period, a sparkling dental implant crown is placed over the implant screw, and you have a new addition to your smile.

People choose dental implants instead of bridges, partials, or dentures because dental implants are:

  • Convenient; you never take them out, and you can brush and floss them along with your natural teeth.
  • Stable; they will never move around because they are firmly embedded in bone.
  • Naturally beautiful; the implant crown is made of light-reflective materials that mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel.
  • Long-lasting; with proper care, they should last a lifetime and they will never decay. They also resist stains, so they will stay beautiful for years.

Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implants, with a success rate in excess of 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. To find out more about dental implants, seek out an expert. Call Dr. James P. Watts in Mystic, CT. Get started on a new, beautiful smile by calling today!

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You have a winning smile except for one small flaw — one of your front teeth is chipped. In functional terms the defect is insignificant: your tooth is healthy and can still do its job. But with regard to your smile that chip is like a smudge on a masterpiece painting: it stands out — and not in a good way.

The good news is you have options to repair the chip and vastly improve your appearance. One option is to bond a custom porcelain veneer to the outside of the tooth to cover the chip. But that would also mean removing a slight bit of tooth enamel so the veneer won't appear too bulky. Although not as much as with a crown, the alteration still permanently affects the tooth — it will always require a restoration of some kind.

There's another choice that doesn't involve removing any of your enamel: composite resin. This treatment is a mixture of materials with a glass-like binder in liquid form that we apply to a tooth in successive coats. As we build up the layers we can match the tooth's shape, texture and various shades of its natural color. We're able to fill in the defect and make the tooth appear as natural as possible.

Unlike porcelain restorations, composite resins don't require a dental lab or a period of weeks to prepare. We can transform your simile in our office in as little as one visit.

Composite resin isn't the answer for every tooth defect. Teeth that have become worn, fractured or have undergone a root canal treatment are best treated with a porcelain restoration such as a veneer or crown. But where the defect is relatively minor, composite resin may be the answer.

To learn if you can benefit from a composite resin restoration, you'll need to undergo a dental exam. If we determine you're a candidate, we can use this state-of-the-art dental material to make your teeth look flawless.

If you would like more information on composite resins, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”