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By Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry
October 16, 2013
Category: Esthetic Composite

Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Offers Botox

 
When you think of Botox you might immediately think of a plastic surgeon or dermatologist.  However, did you know that Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard, your dentists in Mill Creek, can also utilize Botox at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry? Botox Treatment, Mill Creek WA
 
Not too long ago, it was considered trifling to consider enhancing a patient’s smile through tooth whitening procedures, porcelain or composite veneers and orthodontic realignment for cosmetic reasons.  A patient’s feelings of well-being and self-esteem were once considered to be outside the realm of dentistry.  Today, health and function can go hand in hand with natural esthetics.
 

So What Does Botox Have to Do with Dentistry?

 
While Botox is a popular facial esthetic procedure that is used to smooth facial wrinkles, it can also be used in dentistry as an adjunctive therapy in dental and cosmetic treatment.  Botox has useful clinical uses as an adjunct in TMJ and bruxism cases.  Even more so, it helps patients with moderate to chronic temporomandibular joint and facial pain. 
 
With the availability of Botox at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Chad Slocum and Dr. Sara Lundgaard, your Mill Creek dentists, hopes to further help his patients overcome various symptoms of TMJ disorders, bruxism and facial pain.  Botox is a muscle relaxer and when given in typically half the dosage used for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment, it can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain—giving you significant relief. 
 
By contacting Dr. Slocum and Dr. Lundgaard, your cosmetic and family dentists in Mill Creek, you can learn more about Botox and how it can help you—in both appearance and dental health.  
 

Call us today at (425) 337-7300 to schedule an appointment for Botox treatment or to learn more about this unique addition to Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

By Penny Creek Family & Implant Dentistry
March 10, 2010
Category: Esthetic Composite

This Beautiful Smile on this Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry patient was obtained by a simple chairside direct composite restoration.  As cosmetic dentistry procedures go, direct composite is a fantastic solution for chipped or fractured teeth.  Composite bonding is much less expensive than porcelain crowns and veneers and is an easy procedure to accomplish for the patient.  A major benefit of this procedure is that it is very conservative.  Only minimal preparation of the enamel is necessary to provide an adequate bond for the dental composite.  Esthetic Anterior Composite can be used to restore fractured teeth, chipped teeth, carious teeth, and to close a space between teeth called a diastema.

Before Esthetic Anterior Composite Restoration

 

After Esthetic Anterior Composite Restoration

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Anterior Esthetic Composite Restoration was performed by Mill Creek Cosmetic Dentist, Chad Slocum DDS.  Dr Slocum can be reached at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Mill Creek, WA for more information regarding smile makeovers.

Esthetic Anterior Composite Dental Solutions

Cosmetic Dental Bonding with tooth colored material is a potential way to give you a new smile. You may be considering the enhancing of your smile, but you may have concerns about the more extensive procedures and their cost. Porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns, and crowns on dental implants are the most extensive and expensive of the cosmetic dental procedures. For a person with these concerns, Cosmetic Dental Bonding is the perfect solution!  Chipped, cracked, discolored or teeth with spaces and gaps can be embarrassing and can affect your self-esteem and confidence. Inexpensive and conservative, bonding uses a tooth-colored composite material to restore teeth and enhance smiles. One of the most common procedures that we do at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with Cosmetic Dental Bonding is the closure of spaces between teeth, called diastemas. The closure of diastemas is most commonly requested for a space between the two upper central front teeth as shown in the photo below. 

Open Diastema: Before Cosmetic Dental Bonding

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Closed Diastema: After Cosmetic Dental Bonding

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The tooth-colored composite is placed on the tooth, then shaped and molded to achieve the desired results. The material is then hardened and polished, creating a natural appearance. Although Cosmetic Dental Bonding is an exceptionally good technique to close diastemas (spaces between the teeth) between the upper central anterior teeth, it can be used to close spaces between any teeth. We have many patients that opt to have cosmetic bonding on their front teeth because this is a less expensive procedure than using either porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns.  In a few cases, we have constructed an extreme makeover of the smile entirely with Cosmetic Dental Bonding with beautiful results and at a lower cost to the patient.

Diastema Closure on the above patient was performed by Mill Creek Cosmetic Dentist, Chad Slocum DDS.  Dr Slocum can be reached at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Mill Creek, WA for more information regarding smile makeovers. 

Below is a close-up photo of another patient who’s Smile was enhanced by Cosmetic Dentistry at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.

Diastema Open: Before Cosmetic Bonding

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Diastema Closed: After Cosmetic Bonding

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Diastema closure procedure was performed by Mill Creek Cosmetic Dentist, Chad Slocum DDS.  Dr Slocum can be reached at Penny Creek Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Mill Creek, WA for more information regarding smile makeovers.

 

Dental Bonding a Great Solution for Smile Makeovers

 

Cosmetic Dental Bonding should be considered as an option in the following situations:
· to repair any anterior tooth
· to repair decay areas of anterior teeth
· to repair chipped or cracked teeth
· to improve the appearance of discolored teeth
· to close spaces (diastemas) between teeth
· to lengthen anterior teeth
· to change the shape of teeth
· as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings on posterior teeth
· to protect a portion of a tooth’s root if exposed due to gum recession