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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry Changes Lives

At Lakeshore Dental Associates we realize that cosmetic services have the power to change lives. When a patient commits to a treatment plan to address a cosmetic issue it has a big impact on their life – and we’re proud to be a part of that. We are committed to offering the best service possible for these restorative procedures.

Crowns

Most crowns are covered by dental insurance. You may need a crown if:

  • you have a large amount of tooth decay
  • you’ve had a root canal
  • you’ve fractured part of a tooth
  • you have a large filling that’s gone bad

A crown will completely cover of your tooth to protect it from further decay or fracture. Read more>>

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are similar to crowns except that they are not as invasive. We won’t need to drill or file down as much of your natural tooth with an inlay or onlay. It’s a more conservative option.

Inlays and onlays are appropriate options in the same types of cases as crowns,. Read more»

Bridges

Most bridges are covered by dental insurance. You may need a bridge if you are completely missing a tooth. In this case we crown the teeth on either side of your missing tooth, and place a bridge in the middle – a false tooth that is connected to real teeth with crowns on either side.

Placing a bridge is a process which requires 3-4 appointments. We’ll need to:

  • pull the tooth to be replaced (unless you’re already missing the tooth)
  • file the teeth on either side of the missing tooth
  • place temporary caps
  • take impressions
  • place your bridge

Think a bridge might be the solution for you? Read more»

White Fillings

Although silver fillings are a viable material, white fillings are preferred now because they:

  • are aesthetically pleasing
  • are typically covered by dental insurance
  • don’t carry a stigma of health risk

White fillings are a great option for small cavities.

Bleaching

We offer three different options for those who are interested in bleaching:

  • An at-home treatment
    • take impressions
    • make a bleaching tray
    • have the patient wear the bleaching tray for 30 minutes twice a day at home for two weeks
  • An in-office treatment
    • put a coating on your gums to protect them
    • retract your lips
    • place gel on your teeth for 15 min
    • repeat
  • Kor Deep Bleaching System

Kor Deep Bleaching System is our top of the line procedure. It is more expensive, but you’ll get a better result. It is An at-home treatment for two weeks followed by an one hour in-office treatment

You may experience sensitivity in your teeth, or burning on your gums during treatment. You may want to follow up with a a booster at home after a year or so.

Bleaching is considered a cosmetic procedure and is usually not covered by dental insurance. we will work with you to make this procedure affordable. Interested in learning more about teeth whitening? Call 773-761-7442 to ask about our specific procedures, or to schedule your appointment.