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Posts for: May, 2015

By Office of Dr. Patrick Gallagher
May 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Dental Veneers Find out in what ways getting dental veneers in Westminster could help you.

First impressions mean a lot. This can be unfortunate if you are dealing with a less-than-perfect smile. Those who have dental flaws may find themselves less comfortable in social situations or even avoid them altogether. If this sounds like you, then it might be time to talk to your Westminster dentist to find out if you’re a good candidate for dental veneers.

The Purpose of Dental Veneers

There is a reason why dental veneers may become a popular cosmetic treatment option for many patients. These thin porcelain shells are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth to hide imperfections. Each veneer is custom-made to match the rest of your smile’s natural color, so no one will be able to tell that you are wearing veneers. Dental veneers are used to correct these aesthetic smile issues:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Overlapping/overcrowding
  • Misshapen teeth

Candidates for Dental Veneers

Each set of veneers are custom-made to work with each patient’s treatment goals. The first step is for your Westminster dentist to evaluate the health of your smile and to talk about your expectations for treatment to make sure that dental veneers are the right fit for your lifestyle and needs. You could be great for porcelain veneers if you fit these criteria:

  • Your teeth are healthy and cavity-free
  • You don’t have gum disease
  • You don’t grind your teeth
  • You have an aligned bite
  • You have enough healthy tooth enamel

If you think dental veneers could finally give you back the smile you want, then it’s time to talk to your Westminster dentist, Dr. Patrick Gallagher. Call him today to schedule an evaluation. Take the necessary steps to get a more beautiful smile!


By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
May 15, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns  
RoyalTreatmentforaDamagedTooth

If your tooth sustains damage that compromises its structure — typically through decay or trauma — you have several options depending on the extent of the damage: One of them is a crown. This method saves the tooth and its root and completely conceals the visible portion of the tooth, or crown, under a natural-looking cap made to mimic as closely as possible the size, shape and color of the original tooth.

Crowns also hide imperfections in the original tooth like discoloration, chipping, fractures, excessive wear (from bruxism, or tooth grinding, for example), or abnormalities in the way the tooth formed. And they’re used following root canal treatments, which treat infected pulp at the center (canal) of a tooth root by removing the pulp and replacing it with an inert, rubber-like material.

Saving the natural tooth has long been the goal of dentistry because normal micromovements of the tooth root, which is suspended in its jawbone socket by elastic ligaments, stimulate the surrounding bone to rejuvenate. Without that stimulation, the bone continues to lose old cells, but no longer replaces them. Crowns are also designed to restore tooth function.

The function and location of the damaged tooth can determine what material the crown will be made of. If the damaged tooth is clearly visible when you smile, porcelain, the most realistic-looking material, is almost always used. If the tooth receives significant bite force, a stronger material is considered — either, a gold/porcelain combination, or a high-strength ceramic. If you are restoring a second molar, an all-gold crown may be considered.

With the advent of dental implants, saving a damaged tooth is no longer the only option for preserving the health of the bone surrounding the tooth root. The implant — a tiny biocompatible, titanium screw-like artificial root — is placed in the jawbone and is then capped with a natural-looking crown of course!

If you would like more information about dental crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”