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Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry in Santa Barbara, California

 
Trust the general dentistry practice of Dr. Ray Johansen, DMD in Santa Barbara, California, to give you a great smile. Our office provides the latest in cosmetic and implant dentistry services.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic crowns, fillings, and teeth whitening are considered to be cosmetic dentistry. If you need a crown or filing done, this will be covered by your insurance. We do all kinds of crowns such as all porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and full gold crowns. Crowns require two visits to our office to complete.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance (though not necessarily the function) of a person's teeth, gums and/or bite.

Examples

  • Whitening, or "tooth bleaching", is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, including over the counter products, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedures for lightening discolored teeth.

  • All-porcelain crowns are a perfect way to maximize esthetics of teeth with large fillings, cracks, or spaces. They can also be used to straighten crooked teeth without the use of braces. These crowns also act to strengthen teeth and prevent possible tooth fractures

  • Tooth reshaping removes parts of the enamel to improve the appearance of the tooth. It may be used to correct a small chip, or to alter the length, shape or position of teeth; it can be used to correct crooked or excessively long teeth. The removed enamel is irreplaceable, and may sometimes expose dentin. It is also known as enameloplasty, odontoplasty, contouring, recontouring, slenderizing, stripping or sculpting.

  • Bonding is a process in which an enamel-like dental composite material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted into shape, hardened and then polished. Bonding can be used to cover stained, irregular or damaged tooth structures.

  • Dental bridges are false teeth, known as a pontics, which are fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in areas left by missing teeth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out in the same way that partial dentures can. In areas of the mouth that are under less stress, such as the front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can reduce the risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require commitment to serious oral hygiene, but may last many year and can greatly improve a patient's dental appearance and confidence.

  • Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain laminates that are bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures. Depending on the procedure, tooth reduction may be necessary.

  • Gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that raises and sculpts the gum line. The procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create the appearance of longer or more symmetrical teeth.

  • Bite Reclamation: Patients who have had years of excessive wear to their teeth due to grinding, acid reflux or other erosive destruction can alter their vertical dimension. This gives them a closed or shorter look to their face and smile. By opening up their bite, a qualified professional can reclaim their vertical dimension and sometimes even remove unwanted wrinkles as well.

  • Tooth-colored fillings: Although conventional metal fillings are widely used, very durable and cost-effective, many patients prefer tooth colored fillings throughout their mouth.
Our office has a wide variety of tooth-colored filling materials, which can be used to maximize esthetics in all areas of the mouth.
We are happy to discuss any of your cosmetic dental concerns…just ask!
 
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Porcelain Crowns & Veneers

At our dental office you're able to receive all-porcelain "Zirconia" esthetic crowns. These crowns are made of the strongest and most natural-looking material available.
The Best Results Possible

This process ensures the implants are placed at the precise angle and depth to most efficiently use the available bone. This results in the strongest, most stable implant integration possible. It also allows us to choose areas for placement ahead of time for the best esthetic results.
Dentures
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and nearby gum tissue. Usually made of acrylic, dentures can replace all of a patient's teeth (complete dentures) or only some missing teeth (partial dentures). Denture design and technology has improved, and it is now possible to have aesthetic, functional and well-fitting dentures.

Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and nearby gum tissue. Usually made of acrylic, dentures can replace all of a patient's teeth (complete dentures) or only some missing teeth (partial dentures). Denture design and technology has improved, and it is now possible to have aesthetic, functional and well-fitting dentures.
Consequence of missing teeth
There are many reasons why you might be missing teeth; it is a common complaint at the dental office. Why should you get the missing tooth or teeth replaced though? The most popular reason is appearance. A smile that shows off missing teeth often sends an uncomplimentary message to others. If a considerable number of teeth are missing, your mouth might be over-closing, resulting in a face that appears short. From a dentist's standpoint though, there are greater concerns than just appearance. When teeth are missing, the remaining teeth are being asked to do more work and absorb more stress when chewing. This added stress can cause the remaining teeth to break down more quickly. Also, the teeth above or below the missing tooth space might begin to hyper- erupt into the empty space. A missing tooth can also result in nearby teeth drifting, or tipping, into the open space. Problems in occlusion (bite) can arise, making it difficult to close the mouth or chew. Speech sounds can also be altered if prominent teeth are missing. Available Options For Replacing Teeth/Tooth