Cosmetic Dentistry

It’s never been easier to enhance your smile! Robert T. Golia, DDS offers an array of cosmetic treatment options to ensure you look great and feel even better. All you have to do is schedule an appointment at our office! We make it simple to brighten your smile. All you have to do is make the call.

Typically, form and function go hand in hand in nature. This is true of beautiful aesthetic smiles. Listening to what people want, detailed data collection, photographs and experience in dental aesthetics will always result in superior smile makeovers. Virtual aesthetic mock-ups can give you an idea of what your smile can look like. These simulations can be very compelling.

Cosmetic Procedures

  • Teeth Whitening – External tooth whitening happens when vital teeth are bleached by direct contact with a safe and commonly used whitening agent. Learn more here.
  • Direct Bonding – Tooth bonding is a popular treatment option because it provides a successful attachment between the filling material and the tooth’s original enamel. Learn more here.
  • Porcelain Veneers – Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth while also providing strength and resilience. Learn more here.

  • Porcelain Crowns – Dental porcelain can be sculpted to closely replicate the look of natural tooth enamel while providing desirable strength and resilience. Learn more here.
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges – Whether you’re looking at porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or a fixed bridge, the use of porcelain can provide the longevity you desire. Learn more here.
  • Pre-Treatment Digital Cosmetic Imagery
  • Pre-Treatment Diagnostic Models

Cosmetic Concerns

There is a wide range of cosmetic-related dental concerns that can be addressed by Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD. From discolored teeth to a crooked smile, feeling uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile can affect both your personal and professional life.

COSMETIC DENTAL CONCERNS: WHAT TO CONSIDER

In many situations, a cosmetic concern is related to an underlying dental health problem. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD has the advanced training, experience, and knowledge to evaluate all aspects of your oral health and provide a treatment plan for a smile that will feel as good as it looks. It is important to address underlying dental problems that can ultimately compromise the integrity of your results. Responsible cosmetic dentistry seeks to go beyond “symptomatic” treatment of a cosmetic concern to ensure that your dentistry will be lasting.

Common cosmetic dental concerns that Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD can address include:

Crooked Teeth

Teeth that are crooked or have any form of malocclusion has both cosmetic and dental health effects. In addition to impacting the aesthetics of your natural appearance, misaligned teeth can be the cause of a range of additional dental problems:

• Tooth decay and cavities: crooked teeth are often difficult to clean, increasing your risk for decay.
• Gum disease: ineffective teeth cleaning also increases the risk of developing gum disease, a leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
• TMJ disorders: malocclusion is often an underlying cause for TMJ-related disorders because the teeth are not making proper contact.

Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD is committed to helping you achieve a smile that is both healthy and beautiful; one that supports long term oral health while giving you the confidence to smile often. Crooked teeth can be addressed with a range of treatment options, depending on your oral health needs and cosmetic goals. A thorough evaluation will identify any underlying problems and enable your dentist to recommend the most suitable treatment options.

TREATING CROOKED TEATH WITHOUT BRACES

If your crooked smile is not affecting the health and function of your bite, there are several cosmetic dental treatments that can give you a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. From dental crowns to custom porcelain veneers, Golia Dental offers the highest standard of dental care for achieving your goals. A personalized treatment plan will be designed to makeover your smile and preserve your long-term oral health.

Gaps Between Teeth

Gaps between teeth, also known as diastemas, can often have a detrimental impact on how you feel about your smile. Feeling confident about your natural smile is important and can translate into improved personal and professional relationships. Diastemas are most common between the front teeth but can occur anywhere and are often genetic in nature.

There are several cosmetic treatments that can close a gap between your teeth and give you a beautiful, symmetrical smile that boosts your confidence in your appearance. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD can work with you to evaluate your dental health, discuss your cosmetic goals and create a personalized plan to achieve the smile you desire.

TREATMENT FOR GAPS BETWEEN TEETH

The recommended treatment for gap teeth may depend on the location and size of the tooth gap, in addition to your personal cosmetic goals. From cosmetic dental procedures to orthodontics, patients have options when choosing treatment for closing gaps between their teeth. Many patients with gaps between teeth can close the gap and restore the aesthetics of their smile with less invasive cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If the gaps cause a misalignment in the bite, orthodontics may be recommended.

CLOSING TOOTH GAPS WITHOUT BRACES

If gaps in your smile are not affecting the health and function of your bite, there are several cosmetic dental treatments that can give you a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile. Cosmetic dental treatments provide a natural and long-lasting result for a more beautiful smile.

Cosmetic treatments used to close gaps in smiles include:
• Dental Crowns
• Tooth bonding
• Porcelain veneers

Cosmetic procedures can effectively close the gaps between teeth for a more aesthetic smile. Closing gaps between teeth can also improve a patient’s oral health and reduce the risk of tooth decay or malocclusion. Golia Dental offers the highest standard of dental care for achieving your goals. A personalized treatment plan will be designed for the smile makeover you have always wanted while preserving and restoring your long-term oral health.

Misshapen Teeth

Damaged Teeth

Tooth damage can be the result of trauma or an underlying dental problem. The key to treatment that is both effective and lasting is a thorough evaluation of your oral health. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD is both highly trained and committed to helping you find the right solution for your cosmetic and dental health needs. Chipped, cracked, or worn teeth should be addressed promptly to avoid tooth loss and the need for more costly and complex treatment to restore your smile.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY FOR DAMAGED TEETH

Repairing tooth damage with long-term results starts with a dental exam to determine the health and function of your bite. Both trauma and structural concerns can lead to dysfunction in the bite that prevents the teeth from making proper contact. Over time, this can lead to wear and damage, teeth grinding, and TMJ-related disorders. Golia Dental will provide a personalized treatment plan designed to address both oral health and cosmetic goals.

There are a range of cosmetic dental treatments that can meet your needs and support long term dental health:

• Tooth bonding: a conservative treatment option for minor defects or damage, tooth bonding can give you back a beautiful smile in a single dentist office visit. Tooth bonding is often a great choice for younger patients with tooth damage or cosmetic concerns affecting their smile and their confidence.
• Dental veneers: from minimal prep to high quality porcelain, dental veneers can makeover your smile with durable results. Custom made for you, dental veneers will be attached to the front of your teeth to cover tooth stains, damage, or close gaps between teeth.
• Dental crowns: a dental crown is one of the most ubiquitous dental treatments used today. A dental crown has many uses and offers stable, long-term results for cosmetic and dental health concerns. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD may recommend a porcelain crown for the most natural-looking restoration.

Discolored Teeth

A bright, white smile not only gives you the confidence to smile more often, it can lend a more youthful appearance. Depending on the root cause of your discolored or stained teeth and your cosmetic needs, Golia Dental can offer a range of treatment options for brightening your smile and boosting your confidence.

Although there is a wide range of teeth whitening products available at your local store, professional teeth whitening supervised by Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD can ensure the safety and integrity of your dental health. There are certain types of tooth stains and discolorations that may not respond to professional bleaching agents. For patients with tooth stains that are the result of a medical condition, genetics, or certain medications, an alternative treatment option may be recommended to meet your aesthetic goals.

IN-OFFICE TEETH WHITENING

A professional tooth whitening treatment performed by Golia Dental can provide an instant, economical smile makeover. Teeth whitening can be completed during a single visit and Golia Dental can ensure that your treatment is safe, effective, and supports your overall oral health. It is recommended that your teeth be clean and healthy for the best possible result.

An in-office teeth whitening procedure is customized to the health of your smile and your cosmetic goals. During a consultation, Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD will discuss your needs and evaluate the condition of your teeth to determine that a tooth whitening procedure will be effective.

The high-quality products and techniques used for a professional tooth whitening treatment are designed to reduce sensitivity and penetrate the tooth enamel for a lasting result. In many cases, teeth can be brightened 6 – 8 shades whiter, taking years off of your smile and boosting your confidence in your appearance.

TAKE-HOME TEETH WHITENING

Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD may offer professional take home teeth whitening kits. This treatment option is customized to your smile with bleaching trays that are made from your dental impressions. A quick visit is required to take impressions for ordering a set of customized bleaching trays to be used in the comfort of your home. Your custom trays will reduce irritation of the gums and provide a consistent application of bleaching agent.

Patients will typically be instructed to wear the bleaching trays for a specified period of time daily for up to two weeks. Your brighter, whiter smile will emerge as you complete treatment and touch ups can keep it looking great for as long as possible.
A take-home teeth whitening can also complement an in-office treatment for maximum results.

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR A WHITER SMILE

If it is determined that your tooth discoloration will not respond to professional teeth whitening or you prefer a more permanent result, there are cosmetic dental treatments available for achieving your goals:

• Tooth bonding: a composite material that is color matched to your natural smile can be placed on your stained or discolored tooth, or over multiple teeth.
• Porcelain veneers: dental veneers can provide a long-term smile makeover.
• Dental crowns: when one tooth is discolored, a porcelain dental crown can be placed for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Missing Teeth

Replacing missing teeth has been revolutionized by implant dentistry, enabling Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD to restore your smile with stable, comfortable, and natural-looking results. From one missing tooth to a full arch of teeth, dental implants can support improved long-term dental health and a better quality of life.

WHAT IS A DENTAL IMPLANT?

A dental implant serves as a “prosthetic tooth,” replacing both the tooth root and the actual tooth. Consisting of three main parts, a dental implant is permanently secured into existing jaw bone and topped with a custom porcelain dental crown. The tiny titanium post that is implanted into the jaw will help to reduce bone loss and stabilize your natural jaw structure. Once the dental crown is placed, after a healing period of several months, you will have a new smile that feels like it has always been there.
Dental implants are cared for like natural teeth, and patients with implants should visit GoliaDental regularly for routine care and checkups to ensure they are stable and healthy.

TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

There are several types of dental implants and Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD will work with you to recommend the most suitable option for your oral health and aesthetic needs.

• Single tooth implants: a single missing tooth can be replaced with the most life-like result using a single implant.
• Implant-secured dental bridge: a dental bridge can be permanently secured with dental implants for stable results that do not require the degradation of neighboring teeth.
• Implant-secured cosmetic denture: if you are missing a full arch or all of your natural teeth, dental implants can be used to permanently attach a hybrid cosmetic denture.

THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL IMPLANTS

Using dental implants to replace your missing teeth can offer more than a beautiful, natural-looking new smile. Implants also provide some key benefits for your long-term oral health:

• Reduced bone loss in the jaw
• Ability to enjoy a normal, varied diet
• Normal speech
• No fear of “slippage” or losing your teeth
• No need for daily adhesives to keep your smile in place

Patients using dental implants report an over 95% success rate and enjoy a stable smile that will last a lifetime with good oral hygiene and routine dental care. If you have missing teeth, call GoliaDental where we can help you restore your smile with dental implants.

Receding Gums

Gum recession is both a cosmetic and oral health concern, often caused by periodontal disease that has progressed and affected the bone in the jaw. Healthy gums rely on healthy bone structure and can become compromised over time if an underlying risk factor is not addressed. In addition to gum disease, receding gums can be caused by:

• Bruxism: habitual teeth grinding eventually impacts bone health and can lead to gum recession.
• Trauma: if the teeth and gum tissue has been damaged by an accident, it may lead to gum recession if not treated promptly with proper dental care.
• Genetics: certain medical conditions or a genetic predisposition for gum recession or weak gum tissue.

Maintaining gum health through good oral hygiene and routine dental care are the keys to avoiding gum recession. If you have receding gums, Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD will identify the underlying cause and discuss how to address your oral health and cosmetic needs. There are surgical treatment options that can restore the aesthetics of your smile.

REBUILDING YOUR SMILE: TREATING GINGIVAL RECESSION

The first step in addressing receding gums is to evaluate the condition of your gums and overall oral health. Minimal gum recession that is the result of existing periodontal disease may require only conservative treatments, such as scaling and root planning, to halt further recession and restore health. Golia Dental will discuss your oral hygiene and make personalized recommendations for the appropriate type of tooth brush and other oral care products for gum disease.

If gum recession is affecting the health and/or aesthetics of your smile, a gum graft may be the best long-term solution to meet your needs. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD will discuss the expected results of oral surgery to correct gum recession and the necessary steps in the process. A gum graft can cover exposed tooth roots and stabilize bone deterioration that is affecting your oral health. In addition to restoring symmetry to the aesthetics of your smile, a successful gum graft can reduce the side effects of gum recession such as increased sensitivity and the risk of advanced tooth decay.

Golia Dental will go over all aspects of a gum graft procedure including aftercare for the best recovery. Most patients tolerate a gum graft well and will experience only minor discomfort and short-term dietary restriction.

Tooth Cavities

Tooth decay and cavities can have a range of causes and risk factors from poor oral hygiene to medical conditions that affect the tooth enamel. Treating tooth decay as soon as possible is important and reduces the risk of tooth loss. Tooth decay can be successfully treated with a dental filling, inlay, or onlay. Golia Dental can provide treatment options for restoring your oral health while preserving the aesthetics of your smile.

If you have old, dark fillings that are affecting the appearance of your smile, contact our office to schedule a consultation. Old fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored fillings for an instant smile makeover that also improves your oral health. Fillings made of composite resin or porcelain are highly durable and can prevent future decay or damage due to the tight seal that is created during placement.

WHITE FILLINGS

Using a resin composite or high-quality porcelain, Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD can place a dental filling that is color matched to your smile for a natural looking result. The dental filling procedure is typically completed during a single visit using a local anesthetic to numb the area to be treated. If you experience dental anxiety, discuss dental sedation options prior to your treatment. Dental sedation can enable anxious patients to restore oral health while feeling completely relaxed in the dentist chair.

INLAYS & ONLAYS

If you have significant decay or your tooth cavity is located on a larger tooth, Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD may recommend the use of a dental inlay or onlay. Also known as a partial crown, this type of restoration is made of a composite resin or porcelain for a beautiful, natural-looking result. An inlay or onlay will strengthen the tooth and support your long-term dental health.

To place an inlay or onlay, GoliaDental will take impressions after removing the decayed or damaged teeth. In most cases, your new restoration will be fabricated in a dental lab according to the specifications of your dentist for a custom fit. Once complete, you will return to the office for final placement.

If you have a concern about the health or appearance of your smile, the first step is to call Golia Dental to schedule a visit. Your initial consultation provides the opportunity for you to discuss your needs and to learn more about how the right treatment can achieve your goals. A smile that is healthy, functional, and beautiful will play a role in your quality of life, enabling you to enjoy the benefits of self-confidence and lasting oral health.

Common Questions

How much does it cost to get a great smile?

Like most services, cost varies based on the amount of time required and the difficulty of the procedure(s). Generally, improving a smile requires a combination of treatment options such as bleaching, reshaping gums, and using bonded materials (resin or porcelain) to improve the appearance of the teeth. Improving your smile is an investment in you.

I have dental insurance. Will it pay for my new smile?

Most dental insurance has very low total benefits per year, which may offset the cost for regular checkups, but probably won’t pay toward cosmetic services. Insurance is a business; thus, your carrier will often contract to pay for the least expensive option instead of the best solution for your particular needs or desires. Golia Dental will work to maximize your benefits and may have suggestions for alternative methods of financing so you can obtain the treatment of choice.

What are some benefits of cosmetic dentistry?

A great smile should improve your self-confidence, which can have a positive impact on the social and professional aspects of your life. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about pretty smiles though. New techniques and materials are available for back teeth as well as those seen when you smile. Now your mouth can look great, get healthy, and function better all at the same time.

How many office visits will it take to fix my teeth and improve my smile?

This varies with each individual, depending on the need. Sometimes, you can dramatically improve your oral health and appearance in just a couple of visits. Golia Dental will work to make your treatment as convenient as possible, perhaps choosing slightly longer visits instead of frequent trips to the office. If you start today, a new smile can be yours sooner than you think.

What will my new smile look like?

Golia Dental will work with you in choosing the right look for you. A smile enhancement can be made to look both dramatic and natural. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD can use photographs (in a process called cosmetic imaging) and models to show you what to expect. Sometimes, trial materials can be placed directly on your teeth to help you visualize the change.

Is my new smile permanent?

With good home care and regular visits to your dentist, modern materials can last for many years, possibly decades. Like most things, excellent maintenance will extend the life of your dental restorations.

If my teeth are reshaped for veneers or crowns, what will they look like? Will they be sensitive?

Generally, cemented restorations such as crowns or veneers will require two visits: one to shape the teeth and one to cement the restorations to the teeth. Between visits, Golia Dental can place attractive provisional restorations to help prevent sensitivity, allow limited function, and provide a nice smile. These temporaries are designed to be in your mouth for a limited time but should be comfortable and natural looking until your new smile is completed.

If I have veneers, will I get cavities?

There is no higher or lower incidence of tooth decay with veneers as long as they receive proper care.

How long do porcelain veneers last?

The expected lifetime of a porcelain veneer is somewhere between seven and 20 years. Veneers sometimes come off or chip. If this happens, they can be repaired or replaced. Also, over time, the living tooth and gum tissue around the veneers will undergo changes that may require alterations to your veneers

How do I get veneers to match my other teeth?

This concern will be addressed by Golia Dental. Most people get their veneers in a whiter shade than their natural teeth and then undergo tooth whitening to create a matching aesthetic.

Do porcelain veneers stain?

No, porcelain veneers should never stain.

If I want dental implants, how do I start the process?

Getting dental implants begins as every dental procedure does: with a visit to our office. Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD is in the best position to consider your request, examine your current condition and your past records, then help you make an informed decision.

What should I know before having dental implant surgery?

Golia Dental thoroughly explain your dental implant surgery to you, from before it begins, through the procedure, and all aftercare. You will be given an informed consent form to read and sign prior to surgery. Make sure you read this form thoroughly.

Are dental implants painful?

Most patients do experience some minor discomfort the first day after their dental implant surgery and may still have a little residual pain the second day, but when compared to tooth extraction, dental implants tend to be less painful.

How long does it take to get overdentures?

From beginning to end, the entire process for overdentures takes several months. Expect three to four months for your overdenture fitting and placement.

Do I need two or four implants for overdentures?

Whether you need two or four dental implants is an individual decision. There are several considerations to be thoroughly explored by you and Robert T. Golia, DDS, FAGD before proceeding with two or four implants

Will it hurt to have my child’s teeth fixed and what is the cost?

These questions are typically the first ones asked when a child has injured his or her mouth or teeth. This is subjective and depends on the situation. If your child suffers a mouth or tooth injury, it is important to see Golia Dental as soon as possible to evaluate the situation and to possibly prevent further damage.

My child’s front teeth stick out. Are they more likely to get hurt?

Yes, children and adults with protruding front teeth are more likely to sustain mouth injury. If sports are important to a person’s lifestyle, then a mouth guard should be used for protection.

Why replant teeth in adolescents?

It is true that replanted teeth do not last a lifetime; however, they are expected to last many years. If a tooth can be replanted immediately (within five minutes) after being knocked out, then its survival is lengthened. With an adolescent whose face and jaw is still developing, it’s best to save the original tooth until the adolescent reaches maturity, and then consider long-term replacement options.

Why aren’t baby teeth lost in an accident replanted?

Baby teeth are meant to fall out eventually, with adult teeth to come in behind them. By replanting a baby tooth, you may actually cause damage to the adult tooth behind it. It’s the adult tooth that should be of primary concern.

Is tooth whitening bad for my enamel?

There is no permanent damage caused to the enamel or any other tooth structures by tooth whitening.

Does tooth whitening cause permanent tooth sensitivity?

Sensitivity from tooth whitening is always transient. That means if there is any sensitivity caused by the whitening, it goes away within one to two days after the treatment, and the patient returns to the state of sensitivity he or she had prior to starting the whitening process.

Can I get my teeth whitened?

Most people are candidates for tooth whitening, but again, each situation is unique and it’s best to discuss during your visit with Golia Dental.

How long does tooth whitening last?

Typically, you can expect whitening to last from six months to two years, although some studies report results lasting up to ten years. Avoiding red wine, coffee, and smoking — all of which can cause staining — helps preserve the results.

Is tooth bleaching safe?

Yes, many studies have proven that tooth whitening is safe. You can protect your tooth enamel by using calcium sulfate and fluoride.

Does tooth whitening affect fillings, veneers, or crowns?

Tooth whitening has little or no effect on restorative materials such as porcelain or crowns, but it may temporarily reduce the bond strength between enamel and composite restorations.

Do toothpaste whiteners work?

Whitening toothpastes typically only clean surface stains and don’t actually change the color of the teeth. There may be some visible results, but the teeth aren’t actually being whitened.

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