When Cosmetic Dentistry Isn’t Very Cosmetic

Ideally, cosmetic dentistry is supposed to make your smile look attractive, but unfortunately it doesn’t always succeed. Many times people get cosmetic or reconstructive dentistry procedures that they are unhappy with and want to get replaced with new, more attractive restorations.

Poorly Done

One of the reasons why people look to have their restorations redone is that not all dentists who advertise as cosmetic dentists are equally skilled. Sometimes you may have gotten restorations that don’t look as attractive as you want them to be.

The good news is that poorly done restorations can always be removed and replaced with more attractive ones.

Receding Gums

Receding gums could be caused by gum disease, brushing too hard, or they could be the natural consequence of aging. But no matter what the cause, they can be a problem for people with porcelain fused to metal (PFM) crowns, which usually have a thin line of metal exposed at the edge of the crown. When your gums recede, this metal becomes visible, and that can be a problem, especially if it’s in the front of your mouth.

We can replace your PFM crowns with new all-ceramic ones. And with our CEREC system, we can replace a crown while you wait.


Restorations don’t stain and whiten the same way natural teeth do. Sometimes they stain too much, and sometimes too little. If you have visible composite restorations in the front of your mouth, these can stain quickly, and don’t respond to whitening the way your natural teeth do. We can replaced stained plastic restorations with stain-resistant ceramic ones using our CEREC system.

But if you have restorations that stand out because they’re not staining, we can help with that, too. We can either replace old restorations that are now too white with ones that better match your natural tooth color, or we can cover stained natural teeth with stain-resistant porcelain veneers to make them look just as white.


Well-placed dental restorations can last a long time, but nothing lasts forever. Dental restorations may fail eventually, and when this happens, we can replace them with new ones that look as good as–or better than–the old one.

No matter what the cause, if your old restorations are making you unhappy, cosmetic dentist Dr. James B. Polley in Las Vegas can help. Please call (702) 873-0324 today for an appointment.


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