Cosmetic Dentistry

A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after cosmetic features in the world. People from all backgrounds and professions want a bright, straight smile, and we are here to help turn that desire into reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major treatment plans, our cosmetic dentistry practice aims to improve your smile and help you build confidence in the way your teeth look.

Teeth Whitening

A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.

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Porcelain Crowns

Getting porcelain crowns is the best way to have a very natural looking smile. They are used when simply filling in a tooth is not an option. There are times when they decay is so bad that we just have to use a porcelain crown. We also use them with severely damaged teeth or teeth that have already had multiple fillings. Porcelain crowns are attached right to your teeth so that they can function, even when you bite something really hard! There are several types of porcelain crowns so it is important to discuss which type is best for you with your dentist.

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SureSmile®

Virtually invisible. Clearly impressive.
Sometimes called “Invisible braces” or “clear braces”, dentists and orthodontists commonly call them “clear aligners”. Clear Aligners are a technological advancement that has made orthodontic treatment less obvious, while moving teeth and aligning jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile.

Clear Aligners are a series of plastic aligners created using initial impressions or digital scans of your teeth as the starting point. The aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth. Wearing them puts gentle pressure on the teeth, ever-so-slightly repositioning them over time. Each set of aligners is worn for a week or two before going to the next set. Over time, teeth reach their ideal clinical alignment.

The benefits of straight teeth are more than just a pretty smile.

Did you know that misaligned teeth can lead to oral health problems? It’s true. Teeth that are crooked or crowded, along with any bite issues that are left uncorrected can make oral care and hygiene difficult. Misaligned teeth and improper bites can sometimes lead to:

  • Tooth damage and chipping
  • Tooth loss
  • Wearing away of tooth enamel
  • Difficulty chewing or speaking

Benefits of straightening your teeth may include:

  • Reduced risk of cavities
  • Help prevent gum disease
  • Improve confidence
  • And of course, improve your smile

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Implant Restoration

Dental technology has advanced dental implants over time. Newer ones both look and function better than older versions. Because of that, the older implants sometimes need restoration, which could include repairs or sometimes a replacement. At Merrily Sandford, DDS & Associates, we offer this restorative dentistry service to improve the look and health of your mouth.

Repairs

Many times, we are able to repair a current implant instead of needing to fully replace it. When we repair the tooth, we tend to replace the crown part of the implant with a cap that is more advanced with a better design. Sometimes the old crown loosens or even falls out. The newer crown versions we would replace the old one with can match the rest of your teeth better and have an improved shape. When we are able to repair the tooth, it has the benefit of being a quick and minor procedure that won’t affect your life too much. When needed, we can quickly put in a temporary version until you are ready for the lasting fix.

Replacements

In some cases, implant replacement is necessary. This can be due to extensive damage that has reduced the tooth’s appearance and ability to function. It’s more common for older ones to require replacement. The upside of needing a replacement is that the new version would be one of the more advanced implants available. They have improvements over the older models and could provide a better look, improved function and enhanced comfort over the one you currently have. The more advanced ones are made with higher-quality materials that are stronger for longer, with an improved appearance.

Implant Restoration Services

At Merrily Sandford, DDS & Associates, we provide implant restoration services when they’re necessary. Our staff knows the signs of implant problems, and we are committed to checking them each time we see you. During visits after having implants put in, we assess your gums, bone density and any part that’s connected to the implant. These checks are in an effort to keep you healthy and catch any problems with the implants.

When you receive implants, we will guide you on how best to take care of them. This will help you minimize problems and be aware if any present themselves. If you think there is an issue with your current implants, please let us know so we can check them.

At Merrily Sandford, DDS & Associates, we follow our ethical way of doing business when we approach implant restoration. This means that we put your health and well-being first. We always check your implants after we fit them, and we give you the information you need about your oral health and treatments.

We will check your dental implants during your next checkup and cleaning appointment. To make this appointment or address a possible problem, please call us at (512) 263-8284.

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Root Canals Restorations

Root canals are needed when decay and bacteria spread for too long without treatment. At a certain point, this decay makes it to the pulp inside the tooth. This pulp includes nerves, therefore infection generally causes a lot of pain. Since this is happening on the inside of the tooth, you won’t necessarily see the damage. Instead, you could feel it through pain and notice other signs that include bleeding, swelling and bad breath.
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