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Find out what getting cosmetic dentistry in Westerly can offer you and your smile.
It’s amazing just how much cosmetic dentistry can do for anyone’s smile. If you are tired of having a smile that’s covered in coffee stains or you’ve always despised that gap between your front teeth, then it’s time you sought out our Westerly, RI, family dentists, Dr. Mourad Rahim and Dr. Soha Alkoka, for the cosmetic care you deserve.
Here are just some of the most popular cosmetic treatment options we offer:
This isn’t anything like the at-home whitening kits that you can buy from your local drugstore. Our strong bleaching gels, along with bleaching trays that are custom made to comfortably fit your mouth, offer an easy and effective way to whiten your teeth. We love to see our patients leave our Westerly, RI, office with a smile that’s several shades whiter.
Not all cosmetic dentistry has to be time-consuming, expensive or require extensive procedures. Sometimes you just have a small discoloration or chip in your tooth that might not seem like much to other people but it bothers you. Fortunately, by applying this tooth-colored resin over your teeth we can hide some of these smaller cosmetic flaws. We can even cover some tiny gaps between teeth with this moldable resin. The biggest advantage is that bonding doesn’t require anesthesia, it’s completely painless and it’s one of the least expensive cosmetic dentistry options.
These thin little shells are an amazing way to transform the shape, color and size of your smile. Hate that your teeth look so small compared to your gums? Hate that a tooth is malformed or misshapen? Well, now you can cover all these issues and more with dental veneers. These tooth-colored shells, which look similar to false fingernails, are bonded to the front of your teeth to revamp your smile. For larger aesthetic issues that can’t be treated with bonding or whitening, veneers can be an amazing way to give you a smile you’ll be proud of.
If you are dealing with tooth loss then the sooner you seek treatment the better. If dentures or bridges just don’t sound good enough and you are looking for a tooth replacement that will actually last a long time, then implants are the best solution. They aren’t natural teeth but they are certainly a close second. Implants are the only tooth replacements that naturally fuses together with the jawbone to provide a long-lasting foundation from which to hold a dental crown. Multiple implants can even be placed along the jawbone to support partial or full dentures.
If you are interested in finding out exactly how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile for the future, turn to Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry in Westerly, RI, for the answers you’ve been looking for. Schedule your free no-risk consultation today!
If you're self-conscious about your smile, dental bonding and reshaping may just offer the perfect solution to your problem. This cosmetic dentistry treatment improves the appearance of your teeth and conceals imperfections. Dr. Mourad Rahim and Dr. Soha Alkoka, your Westerly, RI dentists explain how you can benefit from bonding and reshaping.
What is bonding and reshaping?
Reshaping involves removing a small amount of your tooth enamel to correct a variety of minor dental flaws. Combining reshaping with bonding provides the ultimate way to enhance your smile. Composite resin, a plastic-based material that looks like putty is shaped and applied to your teeth during the bonding process. Since the composite resin is very flexible, it can be manipulated into any shape needed.
The Resin is available in a range of tooth-colored shades to ensure that the bonded area blends in with the rest of your teeth. Once the composite resin hardens, it becomes as strong as your enamel.
How can bonding and reshaping help me?
Bonding and reshaping is a good choice if you have:
- Uneven or Long Teeth: Uneven teeth, or one tooth that's a little longer than the rest, can mar the appearance of your smile. Luckily, bonding and reshaping can make your teeth look more uniform.
- Chipped Teeth: Small chips disappear after your teeth are bonded and reshaped.
- Slightly Overlapping Teeth: Do the edges of your teeth overlap? In addition to affecting your appearance, those edges can make it more difficult to remove plaque from your teeth, which can increase your risk of tooth decay. Removing the edges during reshaping is an excellent way to keep your smile healthy.
- Bite Problems: Bite problems can lead to increased wear and tooth sensitivity. If your problem is minor, bonding and reshaping can be used to correct your bite.
Could you benefit from bonding and reshaping? Call Dr. Mourad Rahim and Dr. Soha Alkoka, your Westerly, RI dentists at (401) 596-7707 to schedule an appointment and find out if these cosmetic dentistry treatments are a good choice for you.
In the past, replacing a missing tooth was a job reserved for traditional dentures or bridges. These tooth replacement options were usually removable and required additional steps on your at-home oral care routine. However, thanks to modern dentistry, you can replace your teeth permanently and effectively, whether you have one gap or a whole arch of missing teeth. Learn more about dental implants with help from Westerly, RI dentists, Dr. Mourad Rahim and Dr. Soha Alkoka, at Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Filling in your gaps to overhaul your smile is perhaps the biggest pro of dental implants. However, implants also provide more subtle benefits. Missing teeth can cause the bone to atrophy, eventually causing sagging facial muscles and premature aging. Dental implants provide the bone underneath them the adequate stimulation to remain healthy. Implants also keep your surrounding healthy teeth from drifting or moving due to the gap between them. Implants can also make your smile go from one you feel self-conscious of to one that you love. This, in turn, boosts confidence and allows you to feel good about not just your smile but yourself as well. The resulting self-esteem boost can make social interactions easier and first impressions stronger.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
This is one of the first questions your dentist will address. It is important for dental implant candidates to have an excellent at-home oral care routine. Failed dental implants are mostly linked to poor dental hygiene, making this part of the process crucial to the health of your implants. Additionally, implants require adequate jawbone to hold the implant in place. Missing teeth cause bone atrophy, meaning that you may require a bone grafting procedure before the placement of your implants. Finally, dental implants require appointments with an oral surgeon or a gum specialist. The appointments include placing the implant inside the jaw and suturing over it. Four to six months later the implant is uncovered for your restorative dentist to place the abutment and crown over the implant. Candidates should be in good dental and general health to undergo this procedure.
Dental Implants in Westerly
Dental implants last a lifetime with the proper care and are a permanent part of your smile. Depending on the patient and their situation, dental implants can replace one, many, or all of the teeth. Dental implants often work well in conjunction with other restorative or cosmetic dental procedures like dental veneers or teeth whitening.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Rahim and Dr. Alkoka at Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry in Westerly, RI. Call (401) 596-7707 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today!
Learn about root canal procedures from your Westerly dentist.
Though root canal procedures tend to be shrouded in myths, they are one of the most beneficial dental procedures available. With a reputation for being painful, drawn-out procedures, root canals are actually just as painless as a dental filling and can save your infected tooth from extraction. Learn more about how root canals preserve your teeth with help from your Westerly, RI dentist.
When is a root canal necessary?
Tooth decay begins on the outside of the tooth, slowly eating its way through the tooth’s outer enamel and dentin layers until it reaches the inner pulp chamber. This area houses the tooth’s blood vessels and nerve. If the decay has not yet reached the inner pulp chamber, your Westerly dentist can usually remove the decay with a simple filling. However, when it reaches further into the tooth, a root canal becomes necessary. When these inner parts of the tooth become infected and inflamed, they also become painful, causing a toothache. Sometimes, the infection spreads outside of the tooth and causes an abscess on the gum.
How does a root canal work?
The first step in the root canal process is to numb the area of the tooth in question. Once numbed, your Westerly dentist makes an access hole in the crown, or top, of your tooth. The decayed or dead inner tissue, called pulp, is removed through the hole using specialized instruments. With the decay removed, your dentist focuses on scrubbing the inside of the tooth free of any leftover particles, then disinfects the tooth to ensure the infection is gone completely. Your dentist then fills the tooth using composite materials and seals it off to prevent further infection. In most cases, a dental crown placed over the now decay-free tooth protects it and stabilizes the filling within. Since the dental laboratory which creates the crown requires several weeks to complete it, a temporary crown protects your tooth until your dentist’s office receives the final, permanent restoration.
For more information on root canal therapy, please contact Dr. Mourad Rahim and Dr. Soha Alkoka at Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry in Westerly, RI. Call (401) 596-7707 to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable associate about scheduling your dental examination today!
Find out if either of these restorations could improve the look and function of your smile.
There is a reason dental crowns and bridges are common dental restorations, and it’s because they are used to fix so many smile issues. One of our Westerly dentists Dr. Mourad Rahim or Dr. Soha Alkoka can help you determine whether a dental crown or bridge could help correct your dental problems when you come in for a consultation.
The most common reason a dental restoration is needed in the first place is to rebuild a tooth after it has been damaged. A tooth that has been weakened by an infection, decay or trauma can often benefit from dental crowns. Crowns can also be used to cover over a tooth that is severely discolored or malformed and needs an aesthetic makeover. Crowns are made from tooth-colored porcelain to match the patient’s adjacent teeth.
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are fixed in place so once the restoration is cemented in place it won’t move or slip around in your mouth. A dental bridge is designed to fill the gap where your missing tooth once was. Your Westerly cosmetic dentist will cover two natural teeth surrounding the gap with dental crowns, which will serve to secure the bridge in place.
Getting a dental crown or bridge is often performed in these steps:
- A consultation (to determine whether crowns or bridges are right for you)
- Preparing the teeth (in which we remove some enamel in order to make room for your crown)
- Taking impressions of your teeth to help create your custom-fitted crown and bridges
- Fabricating the crown or bridge
- Placing the crowns over the teeth and securing the bridge to the crowns with dental cement
Want to find out if your smile could benefit from dental crowns or bridges? Then it’s time to talk to your Westerly, RI restorative dentist at Advanced Aesthetic Dentistry.