Types of Cosmetic Procedures
Discoloration is a natural part of the aging process, and is most frequently seen in smokers and heavy coffee drinkers. Teeth whitening is a “bleaching” process that helps lighten your teeth. The procedure is usually done in our office; however the Dr. Block may have you complete this process yourself, in the comfort of your home.
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This procedure is most frequently used in the case of a minor aesthetic blemish. Dr. Block carefully applies a composite bond to your natural tooth. This procedure is used to fix cracked or chipped teeth, or to hide the discoloration on a portion of a tooth.
A veneer is a very thin sheet of porcelain that is shaped to fit directly over your natural tooth, which provides an instant shape and/or color change to your teeth. Dr. Block uses veneers as a viable cosmetic alternative to crowns.
A dental bridge is designed to span a gap between existing teeth. The bridge uses abutting teeth as anchors for the span of artificial teeth to be supported by. There are various kinds of bridges and material options include metals or porcelain, or a combination of the two.
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Commonly referred to as ‘caps’, dental crowns are designed to fit over the existing tooth. Impressions are taken and then the crowns are handcrafted, custom fit to slip on and are cemented in place over an existing tooth. The crowns are used to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile, often over discolored or broken teeth.
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Dental implants, or tooth implants, represent a very important advancement in modern dentistry. Implants offer patients with missing or severely damaged teeth an opportunity to restore their tooth and a fully functional bite. Implants can be used to permanently replace a missing tooth, or sometimes they can be used to create a structurally sound abutment for a dental bridge.
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In more comprehensive situations, Dr. Block may employ several types of cosmetic procedures used in combination to create a complete smile makeover. She is committed to giving each makeover patient an enhanced look, which will provide you with the beautiful smile you have always dreamed of.
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If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Chicago, look no further than Dr. Nancy Block. Her office is located in the Gold Coast neighborhood, near Streeterville, Lakeview, Lincoln Park and the Loop.