Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

January 15, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Bonding   Composite Bonding  

cosmetic dentistry louisville kyHave you been hiding behind a smile that has a few flaws, shying away from a big, toothy grin in order to disguise broken, chipped or discolored teeth?

Maybe you fear the expense of trying to fix the problem, or perhaps going to the dentist brings painful, unpleasant memories.

There is a solution that can provide transforming results and can be done with very little discomfort.

Composite bonding is a simple and minimally invasive procedure in which tooth-colored resin, called composite, is applied to a tooth in order to shape or color it.

Dr. Howell uses this procedure for patients with chipped, broken, discolored, stained, crooked, rotated, uneven or gapped teeth. This process can also be performed on bridge facings that have become worn or broken. Composite bonding easily repairs chips, fractures, decay and discolored teeth. The end result is a very quick and painless natural appearance. When high-quality materials are used, composite bonding can last ten to fifteen years.

If you are ready to say "cheese" with pride, ask Dr. Howell about the benefits of composite bonding.

December 11, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dentures, or false teeth, have taken many forms over the years since they were first created. Their function to replace missing teeth hasn't changed, but how comfortable and natural looking they are has moved by leaps and bounds. Dentures are worn by millions of Americans, and can give you the function and look of real teeth. In the past, it was sometimes easy to tell if a person had dentures. Now, advancements in technology have resulted in dentures that are not only more comfortable, but come with the look and feel of natural teeth.

So What are Specialty Dentures?

They are actually dental implants that are made in a form that mimics the shape of the teeth in your mouth. They are used to replace teeth that have been removed whether that be a few teeth or the whole set. Depending on the type of teeth that have been removed, the dentures are available in different forms. They are mostly made out of acrylic resins and metal to hold it all together. Specialty dentures are very comfortable when worn, and give a natural look that you can be confident about. If you decide that dentures may be right for you, visit a dentist who will take a look the teeth that need to be replaced and, with the help of computer technology, come up with the best design of the dentures.

Partial Dentures

No matter your age or condition of your mouth, specialty dentures may be able to help you. Many people think that to have dentures they have to have an entire set of false teeth. Although this is a common type of denture used, it can also be made to fill even a gap of a single tooth. If you are missing one tooth or more, but still have natural teeth, dentures may still be a solution for you.

They can help you avoid cases where other remaining teeth will move to the empty space and cause discomfort and lack of self confidence. Teeth can become weak or dislodged from a variety of different reasons, but you can still have a great smile. After you remove some of your teeth, the others will begin to shift and turn. The right dentures will help them stay in position which will maintain your jaw line in its right shape even if you have removed all of your teeth.

Restore Confidence and Enjoy Comfort

When you are missing teeth from your mouth you will experience difficulty when you are eating. Some even experience pain while biting, but with dentures in place you will easily bite without the pain or discomfort allowing you to live a normal life.

Dentures present a natural and attractive appearance, and are designed to mimic the shape of your teeth. This makes them appear natural in your mouth. Most people who prefer wearing the dentures are able to enjoy a great smile, maybe even for the first time. This can restore the confidence that is sometimes lost when missing teeth.

November 20, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Contouring  

Everyone Wants a Beautiful Smile

We live in a culture and time where more and more people choose to undergo dental treatments in order to get that perfect smile they have always dreamed of. One of the best choices in dental treatments available today for anyone wanting a great smile is cosmetic contouring. In simple terms, this medical procedure is the reshaping of a patient's own teeth in order to achieve a more desirable appearance. Fractured or chipped teeth are smoothed , while specific edges or angles can be squared or rounded to achieve a more pleasant appearing smile.

Why Cosmetic Contouring?

This procedure can be used instead of braces in order to enhance the appearance of your teeth. You can now correct chipped, crooked, overlapping or cracked teeth in only a few visits. When combined with bonding and minor tooth movement, this procedure can dramatically alter the shape, length and position of your teeth, enabling you to achieve a flawless smile that is contagious.

Here are some reasons to undergo a cosmetic contouring procedure:

  • No discomfort and no anesthetic. Another huge benefit of this procedure is that it is done with no discomfort to the patient and with no anesthetic. Doctors can correct crooked or cracked teeth using modern techniques and devices in a short span of time without affecting your positive mood.
  • Easy to attain good results. This procedure is based on subtle changes. Only a few millimeters of reduction and shaping can have a significant impact on your teeth. This is great, especially for busy people who are always on the go.
  • Enhanced bite. When you have crooked or chipped teeth, biting is a daunting task. On the other hand, perfectly-aligned teeth help you enjoy an enhanced bite.
  • Less costly than traditional braces. Undergoing a cosmetic contouring procedure costs less money than getting braces. While the traditional option is braces, an increasing number of people are coming to realize the huge benefits of contouring and tooth reshaping.

The Bottom Line

Everyone enjoys the benefits of a nice smile. It can boost your confidence, and help you live a healthier life. With these things in mind, you may want to consider having a cosmetic tooth reshaping and contouring procedure. If you would like to learn more, Dr. Howell would be happy to take a look at your situation and develop a plan to improve your smile. To start the process, click here to request an appointment online.

October 29, 2014
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

In dental terms, crowns and bridges are both oral devices which are cemented onto existing teeth and can only be removed by a dentist, except for some removable bridges that can be taken out for cleaning. Both crowns and bridges act to maintain the proper positioning of teeth by filling in where teeth are missing or partially removed, and both help to improve the natural look of a person's smile by blending in with other teeth.

Whereas a crown is a kind of cap placed over a partial tooth, a bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth in the mouth and is usually cemented onto adjacent teeth or crowns. In the past, these devices were often, at least partially, constructed of metal, and this was noticeable even if the metal part was covered by porcelain, because the dark metallic part was often evident.

Modern preparation of crowns and bridges is more sophisticated and does a better job of blending in with existing teeth. Crowns and bridges can now be constructed without the use of any metal, and can be entirely made of porcelain or ceramic, which matches the look of existing teeth to a much greater degree. Ceramic crowns can be prepared in one visit to a dentist's office, because they can be milled right on the premises, rather than having a mold taken which would be sent out to a laboratory, as in the past. Another huge benefit of ceramic crowns and bridges is the very natural coloring they provide, because they are completely constructed of ceramic colored to match other teeth in the mouth.

The materials used for construction of either a bridge or crown will usually depend on where in the mouth a tooth needs to be replaced or capped, because back teeth do not affect a smile as much as front teeth, so appearance is not as great a factor. In such cases, the stronger metal alloys can be used to add longer life to a crown or bridge, and it can still have a porcelain or ceramic veneer to blend in. In the front of the mouth, however, where a smile does so much to add to a person's sense of well-being, an all-porcelain or all-ceramic composition may be the best choice. Modern dentistry has now provided options to have the best of both strength and durability, and optimum appearance.

Dr. Howell specializes in cosmetic dentistry and has been working with patients in the Louisville area since 1998. Click here to learn more about our cosmetic services or contact us if you have a specific question. We'll be happy to get back with you soon!

3 Cosmetic Dentistry Options Explained by Dr. James Howell

Your smile is one of the first things a person might notice about your appearance. However, when your smile isn’t all its cracked up to be, you may be searching for solutions to help improve the appearance of your teeth.  To help you better understand your cosmetic dentistry options in Louisville, Dr. James Howell offers an inside look at three different options currently available at his dental office.Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental Implants for the Replacement of Missing Teeth

With age and time, the thin, tough outer surface that coats your teeth, called the enamel, can wear and look dulled, stained and discolored.  This can occur naturally with age or as a result of certain medications.  However, this change in your teeth is often due to habits such as tooth grinding, poor oral hygiene, and the consumption of carbonated and sugary soft drinks.  Tea, coffee and smoking can all contribute to the staining of your teeth as well. Over time, as you grow older, your teeth will naturally wear down just like the wear and tear on a car tire or shoes.  As your teeth are used in everyday activities such as chewing, they wear away and can become cracked or chipped.  


Dental Fillings to Protect Damaged Teeth

Your lifestyle heavily influences the health of your teeth, and at some point in our lives most of us will end up with a cavity or two.  A dental filling is a type of dental restoration that is used to fix minor damaged teeth and other problems that are commonly associated with tooth decay.
There are two main categories that dental fillings fall into: direct and indirect restorations.  Direct restorations are fillings that are placed immediately into a prepared cavity in only one visit while indirect restorations may require two or more visits.   Indirect includes inlays, on-lays, veneers, crowns and bridges.  You have a wide array of choices when it comes to restoring damaged or decayed teeth.  Many people will even replace their old silver amalgam fillings with newer white composite fillings. 
Without treatment from our office in Louisville and proper oral hygiene, dental decay may continue to advance and can result in the loss of the affected tooth or teeth.  It is always important to talk openly with our office to learn about the various ways that you can protect and restore your teeth. 

Veneers for an Overall Improved Appearance

Regardless of what causes unattractive teeth, dental veneers may solve most or even all of your cosmetic dental issues.  Dental veneers are often used to correct worn enamel.  Over time, the thin, hard translucent substance covering your teeth, known as enamel, may become worn, dulled and discolored.  This discoloration may be natural, or a result of a genetic predisposition.  Worn enamel can also be from the result of consuming soft drinks, tea, coffee, smoking or using certain medications.  As you age, your teeth naturally wear down, making them more likely to have chips, cracks or an uneven appearance.  Dental veneers can solve these imperfections.
Contact our office today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in Louisville. It is our goal to provide you with the best in quality dental health care available and that is especially evident through various cosmetic dentistry services, including dental implants, dental fillings and veneers in our Louisville office.

Louisville, KY Cosmetic Dentistry
James B. Howell, D.M.D.
3936 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-7766



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