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By Richard L Smith, D.D.S.
October 14, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Discover the many ways cosmetic dentistry can truly transform a smile.

If you are tired of looking in the mirror and seeing a less-than-perfect smile then you may be considering what you can do. Whether you cosmetic dentistrywant to get a full on makeover or just want to make some minor tweaks, our Gainesville, FL cosmetic dentist, Dr. Richard Smith, has the treatment you want to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of.

When you choose cosmetic dentistry, you can finally say “sayonara” to crooked, crowded, chipped, stained and broken teeth. You can finally fill those small gaps between teeth and you can get a more even and attractively shaped smile.

While you may think that you have to be a Rockefeller in order to get the best of the best when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you don’t. We offer affordable options for everyone so no one has to worry about their bank account just because they want a better-looking smile. We offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services, including:

  • Dental bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth recontouring/shaping
  • Dental veneer
  • Dental implants

Besides a gorgeous new smile, cosmetic dentistry also offers a variety of other advantages that you’ll enjoy, including:

Fast results

A lot has changed over the years when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. While not all treatments can be performed in one visit, many can. In fact, our Gainesville dentist can buff out chips, cover stains or small gaps in your teeth and even significantly brighten your smile in just one trip.

Improved Self-Esteem

If you feel embarrassed by your smile, chances are good that your self-confidence is also affected. You may not smile as much as you wish you could or you may stay away from social events. If this is the case, cosmetic dentistry can help turn all this around. You’ll find renewed self-confidence in your appearance.


When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, you don’t have to go through invasive treatments to get the results you want. Non-invasive cosmetic treatments like dental bonding don’t cause discomfort and don’t even require anesthesia. Of course, there are some procedures that can easily be pain-free with sedatives, anesthesia or other pain relievers.

As you can see, we offer a lot here at our Gainesville, FL cosmetic dental office that can revive and rejuvenate your smile so that it looks its best. Learn more about cosmetic dentistry and whether you are a good candidate for treatment by calling our office today to schedule your consultation.

By Richard L Smith, D.D.S.
August 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if getting dentures in Gainesville, FL might be the best option for improving your smile.

When it comes to handling your tooth loss the sooner you seek treatment from your Gainesville, FL, dentist, Dr. Richard Smith, better. Of denturescourse, we also offer many options so it’s important that you sit down with us so that we can determine the type that is right for you. Of course, dentures have been the tried and true way to replace multiple teeth for many centuries and there’s a reason why!

What are dentures?

This removable dental prosthetic is designed to replace multiple missing teeth. Just looking at dentures you may notice a row of false teeth on a foundation that is made to look like gums. Through suction or tension, these custom-fitted dentures are designed to replace your missing teeth.

What are the benefits of dentures?

Many people with tooth loss don’t initially realize that their teeth are a big part of their facial structure. If you are missing several or all of your teeth, you may notice that your face will start to sag, which can prematurely age you. Fortunately, when you get dentures from our Gainesville general dentist, it will prevent this facial sagging and also give you a full smile back.

Once you learn how to speak and chew comfortably with your new restoration, you’ll also realize how much easier it is to eat certain foods. You'll also notice how confident you feel talking to those around you now that you have a full set of teeth again.

Plus, just about anyone can get dentures if they are dedicated to maintaining a healthy mouth and a healthy restoration. While some people may not be ideal candidates for dental implants, most are good candidates for dentures. And you can get dentures in only a couple visits without the need for surgery or invasive dental procedures like you do dental implants.

If you are on a budget or worried that your dental insurance won’t cover your restorative dentistry, don’t fear! Dentures are actually the least expensive way to replace your missing teeth. And we can work with you to make sure that finances are not keeping you from having a healthier smile.

Are you ready to find out if dentures are right for you? Then call our Gainesville, FL dental office today. We are happy to work with your schedule so that you get an appointment that works best for you.

June 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Crowns   Bridges  

Crowns and bridges offer an excellent way to restore missing, damaged or discolored teeth. Dr. Richard L. Smith, your Gainesville, FL dentist, explains how crowns and bridges can help improve your smile.Crowns

What are crowns?

Crowns completely cover teeth, concealing imperfections and providing stability to weak or damaged teeth. They're usually made of materials that look very much like your natural tooth enamel, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal or resin, although they can also be made of gold and other metal alloys.

Why do I need a crown?

Crowns are very versatile and are helpful if:

  • Your tooth is weakened due to a large filling or a root canal.
  • You have chips or cracks in your tooth that could lead to fractures without the support of a crown.
  • Your tooth has already broken.
  • Your tooth is discolored, too short or oddly shaped.
  • You received a dental implant and need a crown to complete the process.

What are bridges?

Bridges typically consist of one or more false teeth attached to crowns on either side. They're made of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Implant-supported bridges don't rely on crowns to anchor the false teeth. Instead, the bridge is attached to two titanium implants placed in your jawbone.

Why do I need a bridge?

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They not only improve your appearance, but also restore your ability to bite and chew normally.

What happens when I receive a crown or bridge in Gainesville?

Your tooth will be filed down slightly to accommodate your crown. If you will receive a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the gap will be filed. There is no need to file surrounding teeth if you choose an implant-supported bridge, as it will be attached directly to the implants. Your dentist will make an impression of your teeth, whether you choose a crown, traditional bridge or implant-supported bridge. A dental laboratory will use the impression to create your crown or bridge.

Once your new crown or bridge is ready, you'll return to your dentist's office. He'll check the fit, make any necessary adjustments, then permanently attach the restoration.

Could you benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Dr. Richard L. Smith, your Gainesville, FL dentist, at (352) 331-6349 to schedule an appointment to learn if these dental restorations are a good choice for you. Transform your smile with crowns and bridges!

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