Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are custom made by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile. Veneers can completely reshape your teeth, change the color of your teeth and give you your most perfect smile. They can often be alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in treating many dental conditions. As with most dental restorations, veneers are not permanent and may someday need replacement. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a beautiful long lasting smile.

Veneers are the preferred method for creating a uniform, bright, beautiful smile. Veneers can correct: misshapen teeth or teeth with size discrepancies, severely discolored or stained teeth, unwanted spaces, and chipped teeth.

What does getting porcelain veneers involve?

Getting veneers usually requires three visits to complete the process. The first visit will be your consultation where we will take our digital scans and photographs and talk to you to figure out exactly what you want in your perfect smile. We will then work with our laboratory to make your perfect smile and during the second appointment we will prepare the teeth by lightly shaping the surface to allow for the thickness of the veneer. We will take digital scans of the teeth and place your temporaires, which will be a representation of your new smile. You will be able to wear that new smile and test it out and get feedback from your friends and family before your third appointment. At your third visit, once you have approved your new smile, your teeth will be prepared to bond the veneers to them. Bonding cement is then placed between the tooth and veneer and a light is used to harden and set the cement. You will receive instructions on how to properly care for your new perfectly customized, beautiful smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding utilizes composite resin in order to reshape teeth, fill in chips and cracks, or fill in open spaces in certain situations. It is done by gently roughening the enamel of the tooth, and then using bonding chemicals to promote the composite resin to adhere to the tooth. The composite is applied to the tooth and then shaped, molded, and polished to a high sheen. Cosmetic bonding is a great alternative to porcelain restorations in younger patients.

Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Once you have been numbed, the Doctor will remove decay and the old restorations as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve, a special medication will be applied for added protection of the tooth. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

What to Expect After Getting a Filling

The numbness caused by your local anesthesia should wear off within a couple of hours. Until then, it's best to avoid eating on the side of your mouth that is numb. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will subside within the first couple of weeks after getting a tooth filled. If it persists beyond that, or you have pain when biting, it could signify that you need an adjustment to your new filling. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing at least 2 times per day, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new filling.

Porcelain Crowns

A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens a tooth that is broken/fractured, has severe decay, has a large fractured filling, had Root Canal Therapy or to change esthetics that cannot be restored with a filling or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crowns) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are made to match, or depending on your needs, to change the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile. They are very durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced depending on oral hygiene, etc.

What does getting a crown involve?

A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking a digital scan with the 3Shape TRIOS Scanner of the tooth we’re working on - no more goopy impression material! Once the Doctors at Naper Dental Center have numbed the tooth needing the crown, they will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once the tooth is prepared, the 3Shape TRIOS Scanner will be used to take a digital impression of the prepared tooth. Then your temporary crown will be made and placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly.

At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully evaluated to ensure proper fit and that your bite is accurate. You will have the chance to approve the esthetics of your crown and then it will be cemented. You will be given care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to aid in the life span of your new crown.


Implants are a great option for replacing missing teeth. Sometimes the condition of a tooth is so compromised that nothing can be done to save it and it needs to be extracted. An implant can be placed in the space the tooth once occupied. The implant itself is a tiny titanium post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where there is a missing tooth or teeth, acting as a tooth root substitute. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth and preventing further bone loss. For an implant to be successful, the patient must have proper bone density, have a strong immune system and have proper oral hygiene. Implants are an excellent way of replacing natural teeth in a safe, effective, long-lasting way.

Implants can be utilized in many different ways. We can use implants to replace a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire arch of teeth. These implants will help retain single crowns, bridges or partials and dentures, respectively. Dental implants can improve the retention of traditional dentures and can help increase chewing capacity and success of the denture. Bottom dentures can be improved with as little as two dental implants and top dentures usually require four or six implants to increase retention. We feel that dental implants should be strongly considered for any patient with an existing denture or considering dentures, for improved function and retention of the dentures and bone.

If we decide an implant is the best restoration for you, we will recommend a specialist to help us place the implant(s). During your healing time, we are usually able to fill the space of the missing tooth or teeth with a temporary, removable partial. After healing is finished, we will restore the implant to the full function and beauty of a natural tooth by placing a small connector, called an abutment, to the implant, and then taking a digital impression with the 3Shape TRIOS Scanner to fabricate the permanent crown, bridge, or permanent denture.

Dental implants require teamwork between Naper Dental Center and an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist, whom we will work with closely to ensure that you receive the treatment and service you deserve!

Like any restoration, dental implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure that they last a long time.