Rick Rivardo, DMD

Conveniently located in Monroeville, Plum, Murrysville area

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Cosmetic Procedures

Enhancing the smile's aesthetic appearance can lead to increased self-confidence, improved social skills, and even a more positive outlook on life. Modern cosmetic dentistry merges advanced technology with fine art, and can often produce amazing results in less time than you would expect.


Tooth Implants

Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. Dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.

Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.

Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.

Problem

Missing teeth.

Solution

Dental implants are the most realistic tooth replacements available. Implants begin with a surgically placed post that is securely anchored into the jawbone. The bone surrounding the anchor will heal in approximately six months. With a completely solid and stable anchor point, an artificial tooth is then installed. The end result is a new artificial tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from a natural tooth, both from an aesthetic and functional standpoint. In cases where several teeth are missing, dental implants can also act as the teeth to which bridges are fixed, again perfectly mimicking the function of healthy, natural teeth.


Teeth Whitening

Problem

Stained, dull teeth.

Solution

Introducing...Opalescence GO whitening trays!! These trays are adaptable, prefilled, disposable trays that contain a powerful whitening gel (more powerful than over-the-counter products). Simply insert the comfortable trays in your mouth and wear for the recommended time and your teeth will be whiter and brighter! Trays are generally worn from 15 minutes to one hour per day for anywhere from 5 to 10 days. These are different than other professional treatments because they are extremely affordable and effective plus these are perfect for those who want quick results for their wedding, prom or special event. Schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate. Trays come in 5 and 10 incriments; call the office for cost.

For those who want a more long lasting result (and only dentist dispensed), take-home whitening with custom-made trays are the direction to turn. This requires an appointment for one of Dr. Rick's assistants can take impressions that will be used for YOUR mouth ONLY. Two Opalescence syringes of a powerful bleach will be given along with the trays once they are made. A typical treatment lasts one week to 10 days. You may need to wear the trays for 30 minutes to one hour per day. Additional syringes of bleach can be obtained via our office. Call to see if you would be a good candidate and cost.

We do not offer in-office whitening sessions due to the potential risks.


Veneers

Problem

Teeth that are chipped, discolored, uneven, stained or gapped. Teeth that are out-of-proportion in relation to the mouth. Teeth that are crooked or worn.

Solution

Customized, wafer-thin veneers (also called porcelain laminates) are cemented directly onto the front of the tooth, resulting in a natural appearance that covers any irregularities or aesthetic concerns.

Alternatives

Veneers are not an ideal choice for patients with tooth decay, advanced periodontal disease, or severe misalignment. In cases where veneers are not advisable, orthodontic treatments and porcelain crowns may be better choices.


Fillings

Problem

Tooth decay that has led to the development of a cavity, or small hole, in the tooth.

Solution

Fillings. Your dentist will remove all areas of decay, and replace with a filling made of silver (amalgam) or composite resin. Composite resin fillings have surged in popularity because their appearance perfectly matches the natural appearance of teeth.

Alternatives

In cases of more extensive decay, porcelain inlays and onlays are an advisable alternative.


Inlays & Onlays

Problem

Tooth decay, weakened tooth structure, need for tooth restoration and reinforcement.

Solution

After the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the area to be restored. A dental laboratory works from this impression to create a restorative inlay or onlay, usually out of gold or porcelain, that fits perfectly on the tooth. Inlays cover one or more tooth surfaces, where onlays are used on the chewing surface of the tooth. The inlay or onlay is cemented securely into place, for an incredibly durable, stable tooth restoration. Porcelain is the preferred restorative material; it is extremely strong and can perfectly match the patient's natural tooth color.

Alternatives

Crowns may be the only alternative when tooth decay is in advanced stages.


Crowns

Problem

Teeth that are chipped, cracked, badly decayed, or otherwise weakened.

Solution

Crowns maintain the aesthetic appearance of teeth by covering the entire visible surface of the tooth, while adding significant reinforcement and protection to the tooth. After removing all areas of decay, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth to be crowned and send it to a dental laboratory to create the crown. Crowns can be made of porcelain or gold. Porcelain crowns are extremely natural looking; virtually indistinguishable from other teeth, making them an ideal choice for visible teeth. Gold crowns pose no risk of chipping, and therefore are useful when crowning back teeth.

Alternatives

Teeth that are badly decayed may require extraction, leaving bridges or implants as viable alternative treatments.


Fixed Bridges

Problem

Patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth may experience difficulty chewing and speaking, dental shifts, and an undesirable sunken facial appearance. In addition, missing teeth can eventually lead to jaw and joint problems that are costly to treat.

Solution

Fixed bridges can improve chewing and aesthetic appearance, restoring the smile with a more permanent solution than dentures. Bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Your dentist will take a mold of the gap where a tooth is missing, and then send it to a laboratory to prepare a customized bridge. Before inserting the bridge, the surrounding teeth are prepared. The bridge is set into place and the artificial tooth is securely cemented to the adjacent teeth, restoring the attractive natural appearance and functionality of the tooth that was lost. If a resin-bonded bridge is chosen, the artificial tooth is secured by means of a metal appliance that attaches to the backs of adjacent teeth.

Alternatives

Dental implants are permanent, stable alternatives to bridges that do not rely upon surrounding teeth for support.