What are My Restoration Options?


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If you have noticed that your teeth have become worn, damaged, and decayed over time, you are not alone. Over the years, disease, trauma, diet, and the aging process itself can cause your smile to lose its former appearance and strength.

With a variety of restorative solutions, Dr. Lee T. Frost creates treatment plans that recapture your smile’s aesthetic appeal. With so many choices, deciding which restoration will work best for you may seem daunting. To alleviate some of that confusion, getting familiar with some common restorations can help you decide what will best serve your needs:

Direct Restoration

Conservative options for correcting damage and decay, such as fillings or dental bonding, are included in the category of direct restoration. These procedures are recommended in cases where the majority of your tooth’s structure is intact. Unlike indirect restorations, preparation of the tooth during these treatments is minimal and can typically be completed in a single visit.

There are a variety of materials that can be used for fillings, with benefits varying depending on which option you choose. Amalgam fillings are made up of mostly mercury, along with other metals like silver, tin, and copper, and are considered to be the least expensive material for restoration. They are strong enough to withstand routine oral function and have shown to last for at least ten years, but will not match your teeth’s natural shade. By contrast, the ability of composite resin to resemble the color of natural teeth without as much tooth preparation has made it favored among dentists and patients.

Indirect Restoration

When the condition of a damaged tooth requires more care than a filling can provide, an indirect restoration is usually recommended. Options for treatments in this category include crowns, onlays, and inlays. Crowns cover the entire surface area of the affected tooth. This process for this treatment requires the remaining tooth to be reshaped to take on the added size of the crown, making crowns  perfect for teeth whose structure have been moderately to severely damaged. If the restoration involves just the interior section of the tooth, an inlay is used. For external damage that affects an outer wall of tooth’s structure, an onlay is used as a more conservative option than a crown.

Indirect restorations are rarely same-day procedures. In addition to any tooth shaping that is needed to fit the restoration, these replacements are custom-made by a laboratory, based on the shape of your teeth and bite pattern.

Like fillings, the effectiveness of your crown, onlay, or inlay comes from the material it is made out of. Dr. Frost provides modern, life-like, and durable options for restoring your teeth that include e.max®, zirconium, porcelain, and other tooth-colored materials.

Whether through a direct or indirect restoration, your unique dental needs can be met. Our practice prides itself on giving patients access to treatment that effectively restores their smiles.

Contact our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lee T. Frost. 


How Guided Dental Implant Surgery Enables Outstanding Results


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At Frost Dental Group, Dr. Lee Frost is faced with intricate work each day; he has to study the position of the root of a tooth in the jaw, for instance, or to work out the exact angle in which to place an implant so that it maintains an efficient relationship with the teeth that surround it. These are major challenges to get around when working with traditional imaging tools.

A complex dental arrangement can seem very different from what it really is, when viewed on a static, two-dimensional x-ray that only gives you the view from one perspective. Incorrect dental angles, irregularities, and asymmetries are often simply hidden from view. Traditionally, dentists had no choice but to use this image and to rely on professional experience to imagine the view from every angle. This is where breakthrough technology in dental imaging comes in – CBCT scan technology, called Cone Beam Computed Tomography.

How Does Cone Beam Computed Tomography Work?

A CBCT device uses low-powered x-ray beams (sent out in a divergent, three-dimensional array, arranged to form a cone) to allow a connected computer to obtain more than 500 distinct images from every angle. The software uses these images to form a digital volume – an image of the desired area that can be viewed from every angle and depth. The complete visual access that this technology offers to dentists has inspired some to call it virtual surgery. The obtainable imagery is realistic and complete.

Does CBCT Make Tangible Improvements Possible in Complex Dentistry?

Cone beam imaging gives Dr. Frost the ability to perform guided dental implant surgery – as opposed to unguided surgery that’s based simply on a few static two-dimensional images. Aided by CBCT, dental implants and other complex procedures become much more predictable. Dr. Frost is able to use three-dimensional CBCT imagery to perform an implant surgery virtually on the computer first. This way, Dr. Frost can try out different implant placement angles to arrive at the best aesthetic and mechanical results, work out the clearances to see if crowns will fit, and know which tools are most likely to work. These abilities make modern implant surgery phenomenally accurate.

Improved Safety is the Number One Advantage to Using CBCT in Implant Surgery

Working safely in a specific area in the mouth for dental treatment requires extreme accuracy, as many spaces in the mouth are crowded with nerves, blood vessels, bone, sinuses, and other anatomical structures. When a dentist takes a traditional two-dimensional image of such an area, all these landmarks become flatly superimposed on one another — it becomes impossible to tell the exact position of any structure. Dentists, then, need to err on the side of caution and simply make the safest bets possible so as to not cause damage to any nerves. In other words, dentists need to choose between safety and accuracy. This is the reason why the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology found it necessary to release a positional statement in 2012 where it recommends that CBCT be used for cross-sectional assessments in all dental implant procedures.

CBCT Technology Makes Implants Less Stressful for Both the Patient and the Dentist

Patients who come in for implants have often been missing teeth for quite a while. They may have also lost bone mass and their gums are less-than-healthy. These patients come in hoping for a perfect set of teeth despite all these issues, though. Working with conventional imaging technologies, a dentist has no way of knowing how close to a perfect set of implants the patient’s dental structure will permit. If an area has little bone mass, it may only be able to handle teeth that are smaller than the healthy, neighboring ones. In this instance, the patient may be unhappy with such results in the end.

With CBCT technology, Dr. Frost can actually show the patient, in advance, what the limitations of his dental anatomy are, and what the final results will look like – all in 3-D. With everything laid out in the open, both the patient and Dr. Frost can have a far smoother time working on correcting the issue.

The other area of stress for most dentists appears in the actual procedure. Implants done with traditional two-dimensional methods require considerable guesswork. With only 2mm or 3 mm of clearance to any neighboring nerve, a dentist needs to work 2 or more hours to locate the best way to place an implant, which is stressful for both parties involved. With surgery guided by CBCT technology, most implants are done in under a half hour. A full arch of implants can be done in less time today than it used to take for one implant.

CBCT is the Future of Dentistry

CBCT technology helps in exactly the right way — it helps dentists in defining the problem in front of them with great accuracy. With the problem half solved, they are able to concentrate on the most efficient solution possible.

For more information on how you can restore your smile with dental implants, contact our office today for your consultation.

The Latest Advances in Dental Veneers



Years ago, certain cosmetic dental procedures were the exclusive domain of celebrities. Many popular treatments went mainstream when regular people began to look for ways to emulate the superstar smiles that they loved. Today, dental veneer technology has advanced to the point that it is a viable alternative to anyone who is seeking a beautiful, healthy smile.

Dental Veneers – One of the Most Sought-After Cosmetic Dental Treatments

A dental veneer or laminate is a thin, but strong, custom-made shell constructed out of porcelain or composite. Many people tend to think that dental veneers are simply a solution for dental discoloration. They can be so much more, though. Since a veneer is an entirely new outer layer for each tooth, you get to change the shape of the tooth too. Dentists recommend veneers to help restore structure and naturally appealing appearance to teeth. Structural problems involving minor crookedness, chips, and gaps are easily treated with veneers.
What Do the Latest Advances in Veneer Technology Offer the Patient?

The best dental veneers are made of porcelain. The way a porcelain veneer is constructed, though, makes all the difference.

Up until 15 years ago, porcelain veneers were handmade by dentists. These were called feldspathic veneers. Dentists would paint porcelain veneer over each tooth, cure it in an oven and try it on again, which allowed dentists to try artistic effects. The downside of this method was that the end product tended to be thick. To make room for such a veneer over each tooth, the dentist would buff each tooth down considerably. Unpredictable results were also a problem – when cured in the oven, for instance, veneers would often warp or shrink.

With the latest advances in veneer technology, manufacturers are now able to turn out ultra-thin, super-strength porcelain veneers in a dental laboratory. Ultrathin veneer technology is a significant advance. It isn’t just that very thin veneers make for more aesthetically pleasing results, the main benefit comes from the fact that dentists installing these veneers need to do practically no tooth buffing. Modern, ultrathin veneers are actually called “no-prep” veneers.

Patients approaching Dr. Frost for veneers at Frost Dental Group often do so for discolored teeth. If a coffee or smoking habit is behind the discoloration, modern porcelain veneers can be particularly effective – tobacco and coffee have no effect on these materials. Modern advances in porcelain veneer technology make the material effective in another way related to color too – they allow precise color matching so that the patient’s veneers are the exact shade as their regular teeth.

More Affordable Veneers Are Now Available – But Choose Carefully

While a porcelain veneer is far more affordable today than it used to be, quality can still be expensive. Some dentists try to accommodate every budget by offering inexpensive porcelain when their patients can’t afford the best kind. This isn’t always a good idea, though.

Inexpensive porcelain veneers tend to be fragile – they are unable to take the tremendous biting force that teeth are subjected to each day. While superior porcelain veneers can last as long as 20 years, the inexpensive kind can begin to crack in as little as five.

Porcelain Veneers are Nearly Maintenance-Free

Modern porcelain veneers are strong and require no special care in most instances. You simply brush and floss as always. Dr. Frost usually recommends nonabrasive toothpaste, as abrasion can be a concern in patients who have the habit of clenching their teeth or grinding them.  Such habits can quickly cause porcelain to wear down. For this reason, Dr. Frost may suggest that patients wear nighttime bite guards to protect their smiles.

For more information on how you can improve your smile with porcelain veneers, contact our office today for your consultation.

Is Teeth Whitening for You?


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Are you unsatisfied with the way your teeth look? You’re far from alone. In our culture, bright, white teeth are the ideal. Despite being conscientious about brushing and flossing regularly and visiting the dentist at least twice a year, though, yours may be losing their luster. Could teeth whitening be the answer? At Frost Dental Group, we think everyone deserves to have the brightest, whitest, most attractive smile possible, which is why we are proud to offer the GLO teeth whitening system. Is it right for you? If you want to put your most dazzling smile forward, it probably is!

Considerations to Make before Having Your Teeth Whitened

As tempting as it may be to go right ahead with teeth whitening, it’s smart to consider a few things first. Frost Dental Group has successfully whitened the teeth of countless patients, but we believe in educating them properly about the process first. With that in mind, ask yourself the following questions before having your teeth whitened:

Are you self-conscious about your teeth? If you’re reluctant to smile or even try to cover your mouth because you’re embarrassed about stains and other imperfections, you are probably an ideal candidate for teeth whitening.

– Do you have realistic expectations? The GLO teeth whitening system is among the best available today. Still, it’s not a magic bullet. Depending on the condition of your teeth, you may need to undergo several applications before you arrive at a look that makes you happy.

Have you tried over-the-counter options without success? From whitening toothpastes to teeth-whitening kits that are sold in drugstores, you may have struck out time and again. Such products are effective in some cases, but they generally fall short on teeth that are more severely stained or for other reasons.

Introducing the GLO Teeth Whitening System

If you’re self-conscious about stains and other imperfections on your teeth and would like to try teeth whitening, we’re confident that you’ll be thrilled by the GLO teeth whitening system.

GLO stands for guided light optics, which is the technology that’s used to activate the whitening gel. GLO is effective and gentler than most options for teeth whitening, as it does not use a UV light and temperatures of whitening treatment are cooler than other popular in-office whitening brands. The GLO system is a two-step process:

1.) In-Office Treatment: The GLO system features a mouthpiece with LED lights and heat resistors that is placed in the mouth after the whitening gel has been applied to the teeth by Dr. Frost. Because the light used does not emit ultra-violet rays, the patient does not have to be protected from any harsh light during treatment and there is zero sensitivity post-treatment. You will only remain in the dentist’s chair for whitening treatment for a little over 30 minutes and will be able to see a smile that is 5 shades whiter.
2.) At-Home Care: After you have completed your in office treatment, you will receive a take-home kit from Dr. Frost. While it’s in place, you can carry on about your daily business. The lights and resistors in the mouthpiece activate the whitening gel to quickly and effectively whiten teeth. Take-home whitening should begin 48 hours after your in-office treatment, and 1-2 times a month after that.
The Perfect Teeth-Whitening Solution for Busy People

Perhaps you’ve held off on professional teeth whitening because you can’t spare the time to sit in a dentist’s office for hours on end. At Frost Dental Group, we understand. The GLO teeth whitening system is designed to be used at home in conjunction with one speedy office visit. Unlike the products you’ll find at the drugstore, though, it’s used under the supervision and guidance of an experienced dentist.

If you’re ready to regain your self-confidence and want to flash the most dazzling smile possible from this point forward, contact Frost Dental Group and ask about the GLO teeth whitening system today!

Welcome to our Frost Dental Group blog!


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We’re excited to announce the official launch of our Frost Dental Group blog.

We’ll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we’re there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

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Here’s to your best oral health ever!