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Dental ImplantFinally, you've lost that troublesome front tooth. Oddly shaped and weak since childhood, it has fractured, and your dentist, Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, advises replacement with a dental implant. What is a dental implant, and who qualifies for one? Read about this ingenious artificial tooth and why you are a good candidate to receive one.

The dental implant

In her Morrisville office, Dr. Sripathi and her team place dental implants--either singly or in multiples--to replace one or more teeth lost to decay, gum disease, accident, or in your case, congenital malformation and weakness. The single-tooth implant has three distinct components: a titanium metal screw, a metal alloy post and a customized ceramic crown.

Amazingly, titanium and human bone bond to each other almost inseparably through osseointegration. Combined with Dr. Sripathi's expert oral surgery skills and your good oral health, your implant can last indefinitely.

What makes you a good candidate?

Of course, because Dr. Sripathi knows your oral health and history well, she can predict how successful your implant procedure can be. She'll take some digital x-rays and a three-dimensional scan to confirm you have enough bone in the empty socket to support an implant. Bone density and other factors determine dental implant success.

In addition, your overall health must be strong, and you should be diligent about oral hygiene--brushing, flossing, and getting your routine check-ups and cleanings at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC.

It helps to be a non-smoker, too, because cigarette smoke degrades the gums and bone supporting dental implants. In fact, the American Dental Association says that smokers experience a 15.8 percent implant failure rate, necessitating removal of the devices. People who do not smoke, however, enjoy a success rate of over 98 percent.

The treatment

Dr. Sripathi does the entire implant procedure right at Elite Smiles. She uses local anesthetic to ensure complete patient comfort. Then, she creates a small opening in the gums and bone. After she sets the titanium implant into the jaw bone, she sutures the site closed. Then, osseointegration begins. This process takes several weeks to accomplish, but when fully healed, the site can accept the extension post and porcelain crown.

Over time, the bond between implant and jaw strengthens even more. You'll enjoy oral function that is natural and smile appearance that is exceptional...no more hiding that weak tooth!

Learn more

Go ahead: schedule your dental implant consultation with Dr. Sripathi at Elite Smiles. She'll take you through this amazing restoration step by step, leaving you with a new tooth that feels and acts like a natural one. Phone us today at (919) 388-0137.

By Elite Smiles
February 07, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

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Have you been thinking about enhancing your smile? Perhaps you’ve seen someone with a great looking smile, and you want one too? Well, now you have a smile that gets noticed, thanks to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are the go-to treatment to create a dazzling smile. Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC wants to introduce you to the magic of porcelain veneers and what they can do for your smile.

Porcelain veneers are a unique cosmetic dental treatment. They are thin sheaths of dazzling porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. When you choose porcelain veneers to enhance your smile, you can count on these important benefits:

  • Natural appearance, because porcelain in translucent and reflects light, just like your natural teeth
  • Easy maintenance, because porcelain doesn’t pick up stains like natural teeth do
  • Retaining tooth structure, because very minimal to no tooth surface is removed, just enough to accommodate the veneer thickness
  • Long-lasting results, because with proper care, your porcelain veneers can give you a lifetime of fantastic smiles

Porcelain veneers can improve your smile by covering unsightly, but all-too-common dental issues like these:

  • Broken, cracked or fractured teeth
  • Worn-down, yellowing, aging teeth
  • Gapped apart or overlapped teeth

Porcelain veneer treatment usually requires two to three appointments including an initial veneer consultation appointment which is the perfect opportunity for you to discuss your expectations and how you want your smile to look.

This is followed by a tooth preparation appointment, during which tiny amounts of tooth structure may be removed, and models are taken of your teeth. These models are sent off to a dental laboratory where your veneers are made.

The final appointment occurs after your new veneers are sent from the dental laboratory. Your new veneers are permanently cemented and you have a new smile!

To learn more detailed information about veneers, please visit the Veneers page in the Services section of the Elite Smiles website at http://www.elitesmilesnc.com/library/75/Veneers.html

You can achieve a beautiful new smile that is uniquely yours, thanks to porcelain veneers. If you don’t like the smile nature and your genetics gave you, improve it with porcelain veneers! To find out more about this exciting cosmetic dental treatment call Dr. Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, NC today!

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Porcelain veneers are positive proof that unattractive teeth don't always require an intensive restoration to regain their beauty. These thin layers of translucent porcelain — custom-designed and color-matched to blend with your other teeth — are permanently bonded to the visible side of your front teeth.

Although they can't remedy every tooth defect, they're well suited for mild to moderate disfigurements like chipping, staining or gaps. There are now two types of porcelain veneers: the traditional veneer and the “no-prep” veneer.

The standard veneers require some tooth structure removal, referred to as “tooth preparation.” This is because although they're a millimeter or less in thickness, they can still appear bulky if bonded to an unprepared tooth. To accommodate their width, it's necessary to remove some of the tooth enamel. This permanently alters the tooth so that it will need some form of restoration from that time on.

In recent years, however, other veneer options have emerged that reduces — or even eliminates — this tooth alteration. No-prep veneers are so thin they can be applied to a tooth with virtually no preparation. A more common option, minimal-prep, requires only a minor reshaping with an abrasive tool to ensure the fitted veneer looks as natural as possible. Because of their thinness, these veneers also don't have to fit under the gum line like standard veneers.

To obtain no- or minimal-prep veneers, your tooth enamel needs to be in good, healthy shape. They're also best suited for people with small or worn teeth, narrow smiles (the side teeth can't be seen from the front), or slightly stained or misshapen teeth.

Because there's little invasiveness, these low preparation veneers won't typically create tooth sensitivity and they can often be applied without any form of anesthesia. And because tooth structure isn't removed, they can be “uninstalled” to return to your natural look. Of course, that's not always an easy process since the bonding between veneer and the enamel is quite strong, although today's lasers can be used to detach the veneer quite easily.

If you'd like to consider these minimally invasive veneers, talk with your dentist. If you're a good candidate, you may be able to gain a new smile without much change to your natural teeth.

If you would like more information on how veneers can change your smile, 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 “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”

By Elite Smiles
May 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   cosmetic dentistry  

Dentistry has been around in some form for thousands of years. Like most areas of medicine and health, the field has seen some veneersgroundbreaking developments in the last few decades. That said, tooth loss and cosmetic dental damage are still a significant problem that can drastically affect quality of life, as well as oral and even general health in some cases. The good news is that there are a number of durable and affordable options available to fix virtually every dental problem under the sun. Whether you are suffering from chipped, cracked, unevenly spaced, or stained and discolored teeth, a healthy and attractive smile is not out of reach. Dr. Geetha Sripathi, a dentist in Morrisville, NC, recommends dental veneers to fix many of the most common cosmetic and restorative dental issues.

Get a New Smile with Dental Veneers in Morrisville, NC

Dental veneers are used to reshape and resize chipped or uneven teeth, fix small gaps, and to cover permanent stains and discolorations. They are the perfect solution for damage that is noticeable enough to affect your smile, but not significant enough to warrant orthodontic treatment or dental crowns. Made of a thin layer of porcelain that is custom designed to match the texture and desired shade of the natural teeth, veneers are bonded onto the surface of the teeth, and can last for a decade or much longer in many cases. Depending on the size and shape of your teeth and the issue being corrected, a thin layer of enamel may need to be removed in order to accommodate the veneer, but the step may not be necessary for every patient.

Once in place, veneers can be cared for and maintained just like your natural teeth, with daily brushing and flossing, limiting the consumption of food and drinks known to stain teeth, avoiding tobacco, and making regular dentist appointments for a check up and professional dental cleaning.

Find a Dentist in Morrisville, NC

Whether you are just suffering from a few chips and cracks, or are in need of a major smile makeover, dental veneers can help to transform and improve your smile. For more information, contact Elite Smiles by calling 919-388-0137 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sripathi today.

By Elite Smiles
December 11, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”