Carmel, Indiana Dental Services
Cosmetic Miracles - Dream Smile
What is your "Dream Smile"? For some, it's Hollywood-style perfection. The cover of Vogue or Glamour. For others it's simply the confidence that comes from having brighter, whiter, straighter teeth. Whatever your ideal smile, we can help you -- often in just two or three visits! Affordably! Creative payment plans are available, as well as long- term financing to fit your budget.
Throughout history, the quality of a smile has been an indication of an individual's sense of well-being. And today, a healthy, attractive smile continues to be an important facet of life, with an impact on health, self- esteem, and relationships-both personal and professional. Until recently, people were usually stuck with the smile they received at birth. Today, there are techniques and advanced materials that can make a real difference in your smile.
Dr. Hartman uses both science, artistry, and uncompromising commitment to help his patients create the smile they most desire. Dr. Hartman will sit down and talk with you about how you feel about your smile, what changes you'd like to consider, and what you'd like the outcome to be. This will be the beginning of the perfect partnership for your smile!
Use the buttons below for more information about our dental services.Whitening
Our office offers the easiest and most effective in-office whitening procedure available today - Zoom!. This newest innovation in professional teeth whitening uses a technique that uses a special light to activate a proprietary gel to whiten teeth. The entire process takes about an hour and the before and after photos of those who have had the procedure certainly demonstrate dramatic results.
If you've always wanted whiter, brighter teeth, ask Dr. Hartman or our any staff person, clinical or office, about Day White and Nite White®. Under supervision you can whiten your teeth in a matter of days with a safe, comfortable and effective process while you sleep. Through the use of a custom-made delivery system and the latest materials in tooth whitening technology you can have whiter and brighter teeth.
Advances in dental materials sciences have given us a new approach to an old problem -- broken, strained, or discolored front teeth. In a relatively simple procedure, a composite resin or porcelain material is added directly to the roughened enamel surface of the tooth.
Often no anesthetic is required. Bonding can be used to close gaps or spaces between teeth or to make crowded teeth appear straight. Cosmetic dentistry can have an impact on a person's smile that is like magic. Because of these beautiful results, Dr. Hartman enjoys this part of dentistry the very most.
How to Care For Cosmetic Bonding
Have a soft diet for the first 24 hours. This will allow adequate time for the material to harden. Brush and floss daily. Plaque must be removed! When flossing, pull the floss between the teeth instead of pulling it up or down. Do not chew on ice or bite your fingernails - the force can crack the bonding. To prevent staining, avoid or keep to a minimum: coffee, tea, colas, grape juice, red wine, blueberries, cherries and smoking. To avoid the possibility of a fracture, avoid biting these foods directly with your front teeth: hard candy, apples, carrots, hard bread, ribs and other meats with bones. Have a professional cleaning by your dental hygienist 2-4 times a year. Be sure that the hygienist is aware of the bonded teeth so a special polishing paste can be used to avoid unnecessary roughening.
Replace Unsightly Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings, or posterior composite resins, can be used to replace unsightly silver or dark fillings. This gives the teeth a more natural appearance. This bonding procedure for the back teeth takes a bit more time and costs slightly more than traditional methods, but the aesthetic results are a major plus. Recent studies indicate that bonded fillings can restore a tooth up to 80 percent ofits original integrity, because the walls of the tooth are virtually bonded together. The life expectancy of the posterior bonded resins is 3-6 years.
Of all the methods available today for changing and improving the look of your smile, Porcelain Veneers and crowns are among the most popular and successful with our patients. We pride ourselves in providing the finest nonmetallic, natural-looking restorations possible. The process involves removing a small amount of tooth structure to make room for the veneers. The dental lab fabricates the veneers from impressions and after placements, look like natural teeth. Advantages of porcelain veneers over bonding include increased longevity and resistance to staining.
Porcelain Veneers are porcelain covers that are bonded to the front surface of a tooth, to improve position, shape and tooth color. They make a dramatic, immediate difference to your smile and appearance. Common problems which can be satisfactorily treated with veneers including discolored teeth, midline spaces (the gap-toothed look of the two front upper teeth), or chipped, malformed or improperly positioned teeth.
Each veneer is custom-designed to fit naturally and comfortable over each tooth like a ballet slipper. The resins used to permanently attach the veneers to the teeth are cured using the Argon Curing Laser, which helps to create a stronger, longer-lasting bond between the veneer and your tooth. In the majority of cases, the application of veneers can be performed without anesthetic.
The durability, looks and simplicity of application make it easy to see why veneers have become one of the most popular dental treatments available today.
The all Porcelain Crown is considered by many to be the ultimate in protection and beauty. Indicated to correct major defects in the front as well as the rear of the mouth, porcelain crowns have been successfully used for over 75 years. The Porcelain Crown provides the most support and protection for the important tooth structure it covers and is the strongest of all the cosmetic restorations.
A Porcelain Crown can be repositioned and shaped to match other teeth in color and alignment or completely change the appearance. In addition, Porcelain Bridge work is the best treatment for correcting major functional or structural problems with individual teeth, missing teeth or general bite dysfunction.
Today's modern Porcelain and Ceramic Technology is made to replace missing or broken teeth so that no one can tell that the replacements are not real.
Tooth Colored Fillings & Overlays
There has been a lot of controversy regarding the use of silver-mercury fillings, or amalgams, the past few years. Dental amalgam has been used in tooth restorations worldwide for more than 100 years and is still approved by the FDA and ADA. Please be assured, we do not suggest removal of sound amalgam restorations in this office.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding the use of amalgam in dentistry, there are many other reasons to discontinue its use. These are based on physical properties, strength, and the effect it has on healthy tooth structure. New materials, based on adhesive dentistry, offer all the advantages of amalgams without the drawbacks, and are certainly not as ugly and offensive to our patients. With this in mind, our office has decided to discontinue placing silver-mercury fillings in our patient's mouths.
Below are just a few of the many reasons, besides mercury release, that we feel amalgam has become an inferior material and is no longer used in this office:
- Amalgams have lower wear resistance than composite resin fillings. Studies have shown that new resin materials wear better than amalgams and should last longer.
- Amalgams break teeth! The primary reason there are so many crown out there is that amalgam filings expand with time and cause teeth to break. A bonded composite resin filing actually strengthens the tooth to nearly its original strength.
- Amalgam fillings leak, causing recurrent decay. Because amalgams do not bond to tooth structure, there is a gap between the tooth and the filling. This gap provides a pathway for bacteria and acids to get into dentin and cause further decay. Composite resins actually bond to the tooth structure, creating a seal between the tooth and filing. This seal reduces micro-leakage and increases the life of the restoration.
- Amalgam is a treatment compromise. We are a non-compromising office.
We simply do not feel comfortable using amalgam in our office. We feel there are better materials available that provide a more attractive way to treat tooth decay, while strengthening your tooth, without the potential risks. Since we would not want amalgam fillings placed in our own mouths, we refuse to even offer it in our patients.
Cavity Prevention At Any Age
The most precious gift we can give our children is good health. In the dental profession, we pride ourselves on our stand for the prevention of dental disease. Sealants are, without a doubt, the finest, preventive service that we can provide our patients.
In this process, the grooves in the teeth are sealed with a thin but hard plastic resin coating that effectively eliminates the potential for tooth decay. With no pain, no shots, no drilling, sealants are radically improving the health of our children and adult patients. That's great!
- Primary Molars
- Pre-Teen Molars
- Teen Bicuspids and Molars
- Adult Bicuspids and Molars
Stages of Peridontal Disease
Gums have healthy pink color. Gum line hugs teeth tightly. No bleeding seen.
You begin to notice gums bleed easily when you brush or when probed gently during examination. Gums are inflamed and sensitive to touch. Possible bad breath and bad taste are present. Gums between teeth may look bluish-red in color.
Gums may begin to pull away from the teeth. Bleeding, puffiness and inflammation more pronounced. Bad breath and bad taste occur. Slight loss of bone is noted horizontally on X-rays. Pockets are of 3-4 mm between teeth and gums in one or more areas of the mouth
Gum boils or abscesses may develop. Teeth look longer as gums begin to recede. Front teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces. Bad breath, bad taste are present. Both horizontal and angular bone loss on X-rays are evident. Pockets between teeth and gum range from 4-6 mm deep
Teeth may become mobile or loose. Bad breath, bad taste are constant. Roots may be exposed and are sensitive to hot and cold. Severe horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray Pockets between teeth and gum is now in excess of 7 mm deep.