Improving your smile
A great smile offers you many benefits. Higher self-confidence. More success in your work life, family life and social life. Cosmetic dentistry is all about the appearance of your smile. That’s why Dr. Adibe provides an array of esthetic solutions, including:
- Teeth whitening – Teeth get dark over time. And off-the-shelf, store-brand whitening solutions typically don’t work as well as you want them to. Dr. Adibe’s professional whitening solutions can meet your needs more effectively and whiten your smile several shades. He offers take-home whitening trays and gel as well as in-office solutions.
- Porcelain veneers (Lumineers) – Veneers are thin "shells" that are bonded to your front teeth. Veneers can correct spaces between teeth, broken tooth or chipped tooth, discolored teeth and crooked teeth. Porcelain veneers also make for a great mini-makeover. They can completely reshape the appearance of your front teeth and smile. Porcelain veneers are not permanent, but they are quite durable and will give you a beautiful smile for many years.
- Tooth-colored composite fillings – Dr. Adibe’s fillings match the color and shade of each tooth and blend seamlessly with your smile so one else knows you have a filling. He uses composite materials that are metal-free.
- Cosmetic bonding – Bonding can restore decayed teeth, improve cosmetics and change the color or shape of teeth. Bonding can lighten stains and correct minor gaps and crooked teeth.
Metal-free crowns and bridges
When you have a damaged tooth that still has enough structure to be saved, the solution is often a crown, or "cap." When there are missing teeth, Dr. Adibe can often fill the space with a dental bridge. A dental bridge is typically two crowns separated by a false tooth that fills the space of the missing teeth.
- Metal-free crowns – Crowns cover a tooth in order to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns can be made using non-metal composites or all-ceramic (porcelain). Crowns can be used in place of large fillings. They can restore and protect teeth that have been fractured, had a root canal or are otherwise damaged and/or discolored.
- Bridges – The traditional method of replacing missing teeth is with a dental bridge. To replace missing teeth with a dental bridge, at least one tooth on either side of the space created by the missing teeth must be prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth is joined to the crowns, and the entire structure is cemented to the prepared teeth. This restores bite and chewing function as well as your smile.
Dentures to replace missing teeth
Dentures replace missing teeth. There are two kinds of dentures – full and partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the upper and/or lower teeth have been lost. Partial dentures are used when several natural teeth have been lost. A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth. It also prevents remaining natural teeth from shifting.
- Full dentures – Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been removed from the mouth. A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional denture is made after the teeth have been removed (dental extractions) and the gum tissue has healed, usually in four to six weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during healing. Once the tissues heal, Dr. Adibe can make any adjustments to improve fit and comfort.
- Partial dentures – When several teeth have been lost, one of the least costly ways to fill the gap is a partial denture. This removable denture is designed to replace your missing teeth and restore your bite.
Traditional full and partial dentures must be removed before bedtime daily. They are designed to match your natural tooth color and blend in seamlessly with your smile. This is especially important with partial dentures, which must match the other teeth around them. Today’s dentures are extremely durable and will last many years, but they may have to be remade, repaired or readjusted due to normal wear. Properly made and fitted dentures enhance the smile and facial tissues and improve function.
To learn more about our family and cosmetic dentistry services, please call 609.395.9100. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form. Our cosmetic dentistry patients come to us from Hamilton Township (Mercer County), Manalapan (Monmouth County), Monroe Township, East Brunswick and South Brunswick (Middlesex County) and nearby locations in New Jersey.