Prairie Village Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, and Veneers
Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry for the New Millennia
Today is an exciting time for dentistry. Recent advances in techniques and materials have allowed us to provide patients with services we only dreamed of when I was in dental school.
Implants were in their infancy and cosmetic crowns and veneers were not even available.
Today's restorative dentist practices much differently than in the past. The general dentist is no longer a "one stop shopping" center for services, but rather a diagnostician who is the "door keeper" for a team of dentists who provide the many specialty services available today.
My role as your primary provider is to keep things simple for you by helping you understand the complexities and many options available with today's dentistry. The ultimate goal is to provide you with the most reliable and attractive "state of the art" dentistry that is personalized to meet your unique needs and we include this in our family dentistry plans as well. We also enjoy bringing out your best smile with dental implant restoration.
Dr. Terry C. Linneman, D.D.S.
What is Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry?
In the simplest of terms, restorative dentistry is fixing something that has broken. For example, if you have fractured your front tooth from decay or an accident, it can be restored with a crown. Gold would restore the tooth's function, but would not be cosmetic. On the other hand, a porcelain veneer or crown would restore not only function but beauty.
How can cosmetic dentistry improve my smile?
Dr. Linneman can perform a variety of cosmetic procedures to improve your smile from subtle changes to major repairs. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen, or missing. Dr. Linneman can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn teeth, or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include teeth whitening, bonding, caps, crowns, veneers, and reshaping and contouring. View our smile gallery with before and after pictures.
What are veneers?
Veneers are placed over the front teeth to change the color or shape of your teeth. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces; on teeth that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced, or crooked; or on teeth that already have large fillings placed. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are cemented over the front of your teeth. Veneers are used to treat some of the same problems that bonding is used to treat. Veneers also are an alternative to crowns in some cases.
What is teeth whitening?
Teeth whitening or "bleaching" is a common and popular chemical process used to lighten teeth. Some people get their teeth whitened to make stains disappear, while others just want a brighter smile. Discoloration, which occurs in the enamel, can be caused by medication, coffee, tea, and cigarettes. Discoloration also can be due to your genetic make up or simply from aging. Teeth whitening is safe and inexpensive and is the most common cosmetic procedure provided.
What is bonding?
Bonding is the use of tooth-colored material to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. Bonding lasts several years and often requires only a single office visit. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration. When teeth are chipped or slightly decayed, bonded composite resin may be the material of choice. Bonding also is used to fill small cavities, to close spaces between teeth, or to cover the entire outside surface of a tooth.