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March 22, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Are these dental restorations what you need to restore your smile?

Restorative dentistry provides a variety of ways for our Reno, NV, dentist Dr. Melinda Kuhn to restore and rebuild your smile. Whether you’re missing teeth or dealing with cracked or fractured teeth, a crown or bridge may be just the perfect oral prosthetic for the job. Before turning to restorative dentistry, here’s what you should know about these popular restorations.

What are dental crowns?

A crown is a versatile tooth-shaped cap that covers a tooth. There are many reasons our Reno, NV, family dentist may recommend placing a dental crown. This custom cap can be used to:

  • Protect worn, damaged, or broken teeth
  • Alter the appearance of a misshapen or discolored tooth
  • Replace a large filling
  • Strengthen and improve durability in a weak or decayed tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Support a dental bridge

What is a dental bridge?

People who are otherwise healthy but missing one or two teeth in a row could benefit from a dental bridge. This oral prosthetic is custom-made to fill gaps in your smile with natural-looking false teeth. If you’re getting a fixed dental bridge from our Reno, NV, dental team, we will need the help of dental crowns to anchor the bridge in place.

A dental bridge is made up of one or more false teeth in the middle and crowns on both sides of the false tooth or teeth. The crowns are then placed over natural teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Basically, the crowns hold the false teeth in place.

Who is a good candidate for dental crowns or bridges?

If you are dealing with a cracked, misshapen, broken, or missing tooth then chances are good that you could benefit from crowns or bridges. These are commonly placed dental restorations that can restore resilience and strength back into your smile while also improving your appearance.

Kuhn Family Dentistry is your one-stop-shop for restorative, cosmetic, and preventive dentistry. If you need to discuss crowns and bridges with our Reno, NV, dentist, all you have to do is call our practice today at (775) 829-9331 to schedule a consultation.

By Kuhn Family Dentistry
September 25, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Have you been thinking about rebuilding your lackluster smile? Porcelain veneers from Dr. Melina Kuhn here at Kuhn Family Dentistry in Reno, NV, can do just that! However, before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry procedure, it's important to understand just exactly what the restoration can (and can’t) do for your smile. We want to be able to help you achieve your smile goals, so if you are interested in learning more about veneers, then you’ve come to the right place.

What is a dental veneer?

A veneer is a custom-fabricated, thin shell made from medical-grade porcelain that is bonded to the front of a tooth in order to change its overall length, shape, size, or color. By hiding a variety of cosmetic imperfections, veneers can fully rejuvenate your smile!

Who is a good candidate for veneers?

If you are an otherwise healthy individual who has strong teeth but is dealing with teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, slightly misaligned, or misshapen, then you could benefit from dental veneers.

Of course, not everyone will be an ideal candidate for this treatment, which is why you should visit our Reno, NV, cosmetic dentist for an initial evaluation. During this appointment, we will examine your teeth to make sure that they are strong and healthy enough to support veneers. We will also discuss your treatment goals to ensure that they align with what veneers can offer.

What is involved in getting dental veneers?

Veneers require minimal tooth preparation, making them an attractive option for many of our patients. Veneers are custom-made based on your tooth measurements. Of course, teeth do need some preparation before the veneers can be bonded. After undergoing an initial consultation, we will remove a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. Since enamel doesn’t contain nerves, this process is completely painless.

Once the teeth are properly prepped and the measurements of your mouth have been taken, you may have to wait a week or two to get fitted (temporary veneers may be placed in the meantime). Once your veneers are ready, you will come back in to have the restorations bonded to your teeth.

How long will these restorations last?

With the proper care, veneers can last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Interested? Give us a call!

Want to talk with an expert about receiving veneer treatment? If so, it’s the perfect time to set up an appointment here at Kuhn Family Dentistry! Dial (775) 829-9331 today to schedule an appointment at our office in Reno, NV.