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Dental Work & Vertical Dimension of Occlusion

January 15, 2022

What is the Vertical Dimension of Occlusion?  Laymen’s terms, please! At its most basic, the vertical dimension of occlusion is a measurement between two specific points when the teeth are biting fully.  As teeth wear or shift, this measurement changes.   It is very important if you are having major dental work that your face and your mouth are comfortable when your teeth are fitting together.  […]

Chairside or Direct Tooth Veneers

February 9, 2021

What is a chairside tooth veneer or a direct composite veneer? Is a direct composite veneer different than a porcelain veneer?  This blog will answer some basic questions about the differences between direct composite veneers which are also called ‘chairside veneers’ and porcelain veneers. The patient above was concerned about the appearance of her front four teeth.  She had heard about ‘cosmetic bonding’ and about […]

What Are the Dark Areas/Brown or Black Discolorations on My Gums?

November 17, 2019

Filed under: Customer Service,Esthetic Dentistry,Oral Cancer screening — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 3:19 am

First of all: What Are the Dark Areas/Black Patches/Discolorations on My Gums? You, or someone you know may have discolorations on the gums that look like the photo of our patient above. These areas shown here are melanotic macules or flat brown pigmented areas.  They are harmless and may have been present since birth.  Doctor are not exactly sure what causes these ‘freckle-like’ areas to […]

Whitening Teeth – It’s Easier Than You Think!

March 31, 2015

Filed under: cosmetic dentistry,Esthetic Dentistry,Tooth Whitening or Tooth Bleaching — Tags: — Dr Julie Gillis @ 7:04 pm

Return Your Smile to its Better, Brighter Days! Love Your WHITE Smile! It’s easy for your teeth to begin to discolor. Coffee, red wine and even carbonated beverages can dull and darken the enamel in your teeth.  Some people are born with darkened enamel, but much of the change in color comes from the natural, aging process.  Dark and discolored teeth are considered less attractive […]

Sometimes Adult Teeth Develop Too Small, What Then?

September 3, 2014

Sometimes Adult Teeth Develop Too Small, What Then? When there are the right number of teeth but there are several gaps between the teeth, it may be because the teeth are just abnormally small.  This can really detract from the aesthetics of a smile!  Tiny teeth with gaps are very cute in little kids – not so much in an adult smile!  Dentists will probably […]

Can Stains Be Polished From Tooth Colored Dental Fillings?

May 9, 2013

Do I have to have a new filling or can this one be polished? Many times teeth and tooth colored fillings become stained from different foods and beverages. It is the nature of tooth colored dental fillings – sometimes called white fillings or composite restorations –  that they will discolor and stain as they age.  Over time the edges of dental restorations or fillings may become more noticeable […]

Gorgeous All-Porcelain Crowns That Look Natural!

February 7, 2013

Someimes all-porcelain crowns are the answer to creating subtle improvements in a smile that is already beautiful but still not what the patient really wants. Denyce wanted to fix the chip in her front crown and improve the color and shape of the previous dental work.  As a practicing hygienist for a periodontist, Denyce knows what is needed to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.  Having […]

“Should I Bleach My Teeth At Home or in a Dental Office?

July 25, 2012

Who doesn’t want brighter, younger-looking teeth? Tooth Bleaching is now very common.   This proven procedure can be done either in the comfort of your home, or in a dental office.  We recommend using a tested product purchased from your dental office for safety.  You only get one set of teeth! Custom bleaching trays on teet Should you bleach your teeth in a dental office or […]

An All-Porcelain Bridge and Porcelain Veneers Bring Beauty to This Smile

April 23, 2012

Cosmetic Dentistry including porcelain veneers and an all-porcelain bridge brings healthy beauty to this smile. Our patient was unhappy with her smile.  Her right lateral incisor tipped towards her lip and she was not happy with the color and shape of the other front teeth.  Additionally, the tipped incisor was loose and had almost no root remaining – see adjacent xray.  We were able to restore […]

Esthetic Porcelain Veneers!

February 21, 2012

What is a porcelain veneer? A porcelain veneer is a thin, translucent shell of tooth colored porcelain that is bonded to a tooth to improve its color and shape. Porcelain veneers can be used to close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained or dark teeth.  A porcelain veneer is created – custom made just for your teeth – by a well-trained laboratory […]