Posts for tag: restorative 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 15, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have missing teeth? You can get your smile back with dental implants. Dental implants are the gold standard for the replacement of dental implantsmissing teeth. Dental implants are root-like structures made of titanium. Dr. James Watts is one of the finest dentists in Mystic, CT. He offers a complete range of dental services, including dental implants. Here are five smart reasons to consider dental implants.

1. Improve Your Look

By replacing your missing teeth, you will enhance your appearance and take years off your look. Dental implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. Dental implants look like real teeth. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your beautiful smile back?

2. Easier Eating

When you are missing teeth, eating can be a challenge. The ability to chew food improves dramatically with dental implants. With implants, you will be able to eat the foods you have previously avoided because of your missing teeth.

3. Prevent Teeth Shifting

When you lose a tooth, the neighboring teeth begin to shift at an accelerated rate. It can be disheartening and frightening for patients to see their teeth drifting out place. Dental implants can close the gaps in your smile and prevent your healthy, natural teeth from drifting out of place.

4. Improved Speech

Missing teeth can affect your ability to speak. Even a few missing teeth can lead to mumbling and slurred speech. Dentures can also move around in the mouth, resulting in mumbling and slurred speech. Dental implants can improve your speech and allow you to feel confident when speaking in public. And no more worrying that your denture might slip.

5. Stop Jawbone Loss

A healthy jawbone is important in order to support your teeth properly. Leaving a missing tooth unreplaced can lead to loss of bone in the jaw. The bone in the jaw is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that stops bone loss. Consult with your dentist in Mystic, CT, to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Want a great life? Start with your smile. Call our dental office at (860) 536-6446 now to schedule a dental consultation with Dr. James Watts in Mystic, CT. Dental implants will give you the freedom to enjoy life again.