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Dr. Melissa Kenfield has the experience and credentials you should look for when considering a Cosmetic Dentist.
Dedicated to life-long learning, Dr. Kenfield has averaged 60+ continuing education credit hours (per licensing period) throughout her career; the minimum requirements for the state of Indiana are 20 continuing education credit hours per licensing period!
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Dr. Melissa Kenfield, with a high-tech cosmetic dental office in Spencer, graduated with distinction from the IU School of Dentistry in 2006. She is always educated and informed on the latest and best dental technologies and trends.
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Dental crowns, or caps, are the chosen treatment when an extensively damaged tooth needs restoring. Dr. Kenfield at Kenfield Dental Group recommends dental crowns when teeth have been severely affected by decay or trauma or when patients are looking for a dramatic enhancement in their smiles.
What is a dental crown?
Crowns are thin caps that cover the visible part of a tooth. In this kind of procedure, the root remains intact, helping to support the new crown. Crowns’ primary objective is to restore the teeth’ aesthetic and function. They can be made of different materials, but the most popular are ceramic and zirconia. Materials such as gold and porcelain, combined with metal, can also be used. These all are biocompatible materials, and each of them has different benefits.
During your visit to the dental office, the dentist will help you determine which material is the most suitable for your particular case. When the crown needs to be placed on a tooth, she will choose the best shade and shape to match the surrounding teeth.
Why do patients need a crown?
A dental crown can be needed for the following reasons:
Getting a crown placed
During a first visit to the office, the dentist will examine your smile and determine whether a dental crown is necessary or not. Usually, two appointments are required to complete the treatment. You can expect the followings steps:
Video 01:00 | A beautiful smile is something everyone wants. If you have a tooth that is not the same size or shape as your other teeth and that needs support, your dentist may recommend a crown. Crowns are used to help make a tooth stronger, and improve a tooth’s appearance. They are available in a variety of materials that can blend with the shade and shape of your natural teeth. Hear more about how crowns can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth and maintain your beautiful smile.
Caring for a dental crown
After the new crown is placed, the patient should treat it as if it were a natural tooth. It is vital to keep brushing and flossing twice a day to keep the oral cavity healthy and plaque-free.
Regular visits to the dental office for professional cleanings are strongly recommended to make sure the margins of the new crown remain clean. Under the crown, the patient still has a natural tooth structure. If the patient doesn’t keep the area clean, bacteria can accumulate on its edges and cause decay on that remaining natural tooth. It is crucial to understand that keeping the crown clean is necessary to prevent cavities and lengthen the lifespan of the restoration.
Tooth-colored fillings can repair many minor problems like small cavities or chips. These fillings are made of a tooth-color composite resin, a material that closely mimics the shade and texture of natural enamel.
Nobody will notice you’ve had fillings done or that you’ve chipped a front tooth once they’ve been restored using composite resins. Dr. Kenfield will find the resin that perfectly matches the rest of their smile, and she will polish the filling until she achieves seamless integration with the restored tooth. At Kenfield Dental Group, we only use tooth-colored composite for fillings to get outstanding aesthetic results.
Video 01:00 These days, there’s no reason to settle for a smile that’s less than ideal. Bonding is a dental technique that can improve the appearance of teeth by repairing chips, cracks, stains or gaps.
What is composite resin bonding?
Composite resin bonding is a technique that uses a tooth-colored filling material. It can be used both to restore teeth that have been affected by decay and to repair minor imperfections that can affect your smile, like chips in the front teeth or small gaps between them. The material comes in many shades, enabling Dr. Kenfield to find the one that perfectly matches your natural teeth. Once polished, composite resin bonding is almost impossible to detect. Dr. Kenfield is an expert at creating virtually invisible fillings, ensuring perfect cosmetic results.
How could composite resin bonding enhance your smile?
Many patients can benefit from this technique. Composite bonding can fix:
With proper care, these restorations can last many years. Composite resins have been a popular choice ever since their first appearance: few other materials have the same lifespan and aesthetic results. Protecting anterior cosmetic bonding from the stresses of clenching and grinding is essential in making them last. Avoid using your teeth to bite into hard things, such as opening packages, and use a night guard while sleeping to prevent breaking or chipping.
How do I care for tooth-colored fillings?
Composite fillings don’t need any special attention. Your fillings will last longer if you take good care of them. It is crucial to work on your oral hygiene to keep them in good condition. Apart from brushing and flossing twice a day, we also advise patients to visit the office regularly for professional cleanings.
Porcelain veneers are the perfect option for those patients looking for a dramatic enhancement of their smiles. This cosmetic treatment can correct a wide range of dental imperfections, including discolorations, tooth wear, small gaps between teeth, or size discrepancies.
Video 01:00 | If your teeth are chipped, cracked or stained you may want to consider veneers.
What is a porcelain veneer?
Veneers are thin shells placed over the tooth’s visible front part to improve its appearance. They look like natural teeth and give patients the confidence to talk, laugh, and smile in public with no limitations.
What can porcelain veneers correct?
Porcelain veneers can fix multiple cosmetic problems. They are custom-made for each patient, and our dentist takes the time to design your new smile so that the color and shape of the veneers fit the rest of your teeth. Once veneers are in place, they’ll look like the very best version of your natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers can be a great solution to common issues such as:
The benefits of choosing porcelain veneers
If you’ve ever felt self-conscious about your smile, consider that veneers might help you build the confidence you are now lacking. In as little as two visits, you can get a brand new smile that you can be proud to show off.
These restorations can last many years when properly cared for. They don’t stain as easily as natural teeth, ensuring you will always have a brighter, healthy-looking smile!
Veneers vs. crowns
The difference between a veneer and a crown is that while a veneer only covers the front of the tooth, a crown covers the entire tooth, front, and back. The tooth preparation for a veneer is much more conservative as it leaves more natural enamel intact.
In some cases, our dentist might consider that a patient may need crowns to achieve perfect cosmetic results. Sometimes, the teeth are not strong enough to support veneers. But in most cases, porcelain veneers are a suitable option and will get patients the cosmetic look they are longing for.
What to expect when getting veneers
If you have concerns that getting porcelain veneers will damage your teeth, do not worry! Veneers won’t ruin the teeth, but they permanently alter their structure. So patients should be sure about this cosmetic enhancement before the treatment gets started.
Steps to getting porcelain veneers:
Many patients are concerned about the lifespan of the veneers. But the truth is that it largely depends on how well they take care of the restorations. Patients who don’t brush correctly and floss daily will find that their porcelain veneers will only last a few years. On the other hand, patients who have good oral hygiene, visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings, and wear a night guard will see their veneers last for decades.
Teeth Whitening & Bleaching
Tooth whitening is by far one of the most-wanted cosmetic treatments. At Kenfield Dental Group, we are pleased to offer for in-office treatments whitening treatments as well as custom bleach trays.
Each system can whiten your teeth, but to achieve more dramatic results in less time, we also advise using the in-office whitening system and following up with at-home options.
Should I whiten my teeth?
We always encourage our patients to voice any concerns during their visits to the office. Our team of professionals at Kenfield Dental Group is happy to help you decide which whitening treatment is the best for you. We will take the time to walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment. Together, we will determine the best way to achieve the aesthetic results you are looking for.