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Dr. Dan Laizure, Dr. Jonathan Gantz and the staff at Walla Walla Dental Care believe that each of their patients deserve a smile they can be proud to show off. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry solutions to correct such common aesthetic flaws as stained teeth, broken teeth, or teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshapen, or crooked. Be sure to visit our online smile gallery to see some of the stunning results Dr. Laizure and the Walla Walla Dental Care team have achieved for our cosmetic dentistry patients. We invite you to learn more about the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered by Dr. Laizure and then contact us at 509-525-4833 to schedule your smile makeover consultation.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that Dr. Laizure can use to cover stains or mask flaws such as cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as "instant orthodontics" because they can also be applied to straighten the appearance of a crooked smile.
Tooth whitening is perhaps the most commonly sought cosmetic dentistry procedure at Walla Walla Dental Care. Even the most beautiful smile can appear unhealthy or dull when teeth are stained or yellowed. In as quickly as one brief session, our patients can enjoy smiles that are up to ten shades brighter.
By applying a thin coating of a tooth-colored resin composite material to teeth, Dr. Laizure and Dr. Gantz can improve the appearance of a number of cosmetic flaws. In many cases, cosmetic bonding is more affordable and just as effective as porcelain veneers, though results will not last as long.
When a person's gums extend too far onto the tooth surface, he or she is said to have a "gummy" smile. In just one painless office visit, Dr. Laizure can use a diode laser to gently sculpt the gum line into a more pleasing proportion, making teeth appear larger and the smile more brilliant.
When a tooth has been damaged by a cavity, the doctor will most likely perform a root canal to remove the infected tooth pulp. To restore functionality and appearance, and to seal the tooth from further damage, a dental crown will then be placed over the entire tooth surface.
If a patient is missing one or more teeth but is not necessarily a good candidate for dentures or dental implants, he or she may be fitted with a dental bridge. A bridge is an artificial tooth that is held in place by a dental crown on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth.
At Walla Walla Dental Care, we offer both full and partial dentures to our patients in the Walla Walla area. Unlike dental bridges or dental implants, dentures are removable replacement teeth. Our doctors use the most modern materials and methods to create our patients' dentures, so they can always be assured of a comfortable fit and the most realistic appearance.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically inserted into a patient's jawbone to support permanent replacement teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants never need to be removed for cleaning, and they allow for more comfortable eating and speaking.
Traditional metal fillings are often composed of mercury, which can create a black or grey appearance.For this reason, at Walla Walla Dental Care we use only composite, or tooth-colored fillings. White fillings applied by Dr. Laizure or Dr. Gantz are less likely to cause tooth breakage like with metal fillings. White fillings are also virtually undetectable which makes your smile healthy and beautiful at the same time.
Many of Dr. Laizure's patients combine a number of cosmetic dentistry procedures to achieve the ultimate in smile design. For example, a patient may choose to eliminate the "gummy" appearance of his or her smile with gum recontouring, and then enhance the results with a tooth whitening session. To learn more about the smile makeover or smile design opportunities available to our patients, we encourage you to make an appointment to consult with a member of the Walla Walla Dental Care team at our Walla Walla office. Call us today at 509-525-4833 for more information.