Fine General Dentistry

 

Tooth Colored Fillings | Porcelain Crowns & Onlays | Veneers | Cosmetic Bonding | Dental Implants | Bridges | Teeth Whitening

General Dentistry

Our team takes great pride in cutting edge technology and capabilities. We incorporate the latest research and techniques in your comprehensive program of continuing care. Healthy teeth and gums begin with regular maintenance and education. Our well-trained staff will assist in various phases of your treatment including prevention, maintenance and rehabilitation.

Cosmetic Dentistry

An attractive smile is built on healthy teeth and gums. We are trained in cosmetic and reconstruction procedures to help you achieve and maintain your great smile. Maybe you want healthier gums, whiter teeth or a Hollywood smile? Whatever your goal, Dr. Leiker and her team can provide a personalized treatment plan through conversation, diagnosis and the art of possibility.

“I believe that each procedure on each patient must be excellent. Dentistry has so much to offer. I am excited to share it with you” – Dr. Nicole Leiker


Tooth Colored Fillings

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The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.

With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.

 

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Porcelain Crowns & Onlays

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A crown or onlay is a permanent covering that fits over a tooth that is decayed, damaged or cracked.   Our porcelain crowns and onlays mimic the natural state of the tooth and replace missing or damaged tooth structure. Porcelain crowns cover the entire tooth and are typically used to treat a severely damaged tooth. If the tooth is only partially damaged, Dr. Leiker may recommend a more conservative partial crown, known as an onlay.  During a private consultation, Dr. Leiker will advise you which option is most appropriate for your specific condition. 

The process for receiving a crown or onlay typically consists of two to three visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.

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Veneers

Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.

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Composite Bonding

Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface

Often, composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.

Composite bonding has many advantages:

  • It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
  • It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
  • Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
  • Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.

Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.

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Dental Implants

Replacing Missing Teeth With Dental Implants And Bridges
When a tooth is lost either from disease or trauma, most patients elect to replace the missing tooth with one of two options: dental implants or bridges. By replacing your missing tooth, you will receive two primary benefits

  • You will maintain a stable bite.  Teeth will shift and move after tooth loss. Tooth replacement can prevent an uncomfortable bite, broken teeth, jaw pain, and gum disease.
  • You will maintain healthy, full smile with teeth that are comfortable and functional to chew with.

Dental Implants
Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. They are an excellent choice when creating a natural appearance is important. They also allow us to conserve the integrity of the remaining teeth.

Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Front Tooth Replacement
  • Back Tooth Replacement
  • Full Upper Replacement

Post Implant Care
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned and cause gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.

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Bridges

When an implant isn’t appropriate for tooth replacement, a bridge may be recommended.  A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. Without a bridge, teeth commonly shift and patients can have bite problems, jaw problems and/or resulting gum disease. Not only do bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth, they also help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

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Teeth Whitening

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our dental whitening team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. The reality is that over-the-counter, “too good to be true” solutions typically don’t work.

We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. One of the methods used by our practice is a gentle hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution. Our process will whiten your entire smile in one visit. Call us today for a whitening evaluation.

Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white smile!

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