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By Joseph DuRoss, DDS
November 27, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dark stains, gaps, overlapping teeth, chips...they all might make you hesitant to smile or laugh. What can you do to rejuvenate your teeth?cosmetic dentistry Just ask Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA cosmetic dentist. He can show you the ways to transform those flaws into a fabulous smile!

Your best smile

Achieving this will be a collaborative effort between you and your dentist. When you come to our Long Beach for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. DuRoss, you'll discuss issues such as:

  • Tooth alignment
  • Dental stains
  • Acquired defects such as cracks
  • Odd tooth shape and size
  • Obvious metal fillings
  • Missing teeth

Then, depending on your preferences, health needs, budget, and other factors, you and Dr. DuRoss will agree upon a treatment plan. You may execute it all at once or progressively with one service at a time. It's up to you!

What Dr. DuRoss offers

  • Composite resin bonding: Termed "an additive process" by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, this treatment adds tooth-colored resin to small flaws such as narrow gaps and small chips. Durable and seamless, composite resin lasts for years and is an economical alternative to more expensive treatments such as crowns and veneers.
  • Orthodontics: A well-aligned smile is both healthy and attractive.
  • Dental implants: These artificial teeth fill smile gaps, improve jaw bone density and mimic natural oral function. Patients report that their implants look and act like real teeth.
  • White fillings and crowns: These restorations shore up decayed or damaged teeth with composite resin (fillings) or realistic porcelain, extending the life and usefulness of selected teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers: These thin tooth-shaped laminates cover the front of teeth that are marred by large chips, deep stains, or other obvious flaws. Realistic and durable, porcelain veneers are a permanent tooth enhancement that will illuminate your smile.

Are you ready for a change?

Investigate what cosmetic dentistry can do for you! Call Dr. Joseph DuRoss's Long Beach, CA office today for an individualized consultation: (562) 424-8537.

By Dr. Joe DuRoss
July 22, 2011
Category: Cosmetic

Why tooth colored fillings(composites) instead of amalgams(silver fillings)?

The silver filling has been used in dentistry for 150 years and it saved alot of teeth. Why should we use the new tooth colored fillings called composites?

First of all, the silver filling is composed of about 50% mercury. The rest of the filling is a combination of silver, tin and zinc. It is mixed together in an amalgamator and then pressed into the prepared tooth and allowed to set. Our first problem is that mercury vapors are emitted for a long time and can cause many problems. These mercury vapors are mentioned in kidney diseases, muscle weakness, allergies, sexual dysfunction and even multiple sclerosis. There is a long list of other problems that could occur.

From my experience I believe that some people are sensitive to the mercury and others are not sensitive. I see patients in their 90's with alot of silver fillings in their mouth with no apparent problems. But why use them if we have something better now.

Another problem with the silver mercury filling is expansion and contraction. We see large numbers of teeth that are cracked because of the expansion of the metal when heat is applied to the teeth when eating.

Also the color of a silver mercury filling is not pleasant. They turn very dark over time and the tooth can appear black when smiling.

And lastly, the big reason we don't use the silver mercury filling is that the left over materials after the filling is completed has to get picked up as hazardous waste. I believe if it is hazardous waste why should I put it into someone's mouth.

So in our office we only use composites to fill teeth. They are as strong as the silver mercury filling, they bond the tooth for increased strength and they look like your tooth.

For alot more information google amalgam filling on your computer. You will be surprised of all the things written on this subject.

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