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By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
July 09, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic DentistryIf a filling is the only dental treatment you've ever received, you may not be familiar with the range of options available to improve the appearance of your smile. Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Sartorio can help you conceal a discolored tooth, fix a chip or restore lost teeth, thanks to several cosmetic dentistry services.


Bonding is used to fill in small chips in teeth, hide discolorations, lengthen teeth, change their shape or conceal gaps. During the treatment, flexible, tooth-colored composite resin is added to your tooth, then hardened with a dental light. Bonding is a very effective, yet relatively inexpensive, cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Tooth-colored fillings

Composite resin is also used to provide fillings that match the color of your teeth. In addition to being more attractive than silver amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings help strengthen teeth and don't expand and contract when they're exposed to hot and cold temperatures as amalgam fillings do.

Tooth restoration

Restoring lost teeth fills gaps in your smile, makes eating easier and bolsters your self-esteem. Lost teeth can be replaced with one of these options:

  • Bridges: Bridges are an ideal solution if you've lost teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns that anchor one or more artificial teeth.
  • Dentures: Full and partial dentures restore your smile and are removable for easy cleaning.
  • Dental Implants: Dental implants are titanium posts that replace the missing roots of your teeth, providing a long-lasting restoration option. After they bond to your jawbone, they're topped with realistic-looking dental crowns.


Have you been thinking about straightening your teeth but don't like the look of metal braces? Invisalign offers a much more discreet way to realign crooked teeth or improve your bite. After digital impressions and images of your mouth are made in your Pittsburgh dentist's office, you'll receive a series of clear aligner trays that will gradually re-position your teeth. Each set is worn for about two weeks, then swapped for the next set in the series. The trays are removed when you eat, brush and floss and can also be taken for short periods of times if you'll be playing sports or attending an event.

Enhance your smile with a cosmetic dentistry treatment. Call Pittsburgh, PA, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Sartorio at (412) 831-8700 to schedule your appointment.

By John Sartorio, D.M.D.
November 03, 2015
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Find out how your Pittsburgh, PA dentist will repair a chipped tooth.

I just chipped a tooth. Now what? If your tooth has been broken or chipped it’s time to see your Pittsburgh dentist Dr. John Sartorio as soon as possible. If you leave this problem untreated this could put you at risk for further complications such as infection or tooth loss. Chipped toothDon’t let this happen to you!

How is a Chipped Tooth Treated?

How we handle your tooth will depend on the extent of the damage. Here are the most common ways to treat a chipped tooth:

Dental Bonding/Filling

If only a small amount of enamel has been removed, dental bonding or a dental filling may be all that’s required. During either of these cosmetic treatments your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin over the chipped portion of the tooth, mold it into the proper shape and then use a UV light to harden the material. This procedure is non-invasive and does not require anesthesia prior to treatment.

Dental Veneers

For those with small chips that might be a bit too large for dental bonding the next best option are dental veneers. These thin, tooth-colored porcelain shells are applied over the front surface of the tooth to improve the tooth’s appearance. Veneers are able to cover chips, cracks and discolorations, and give you a straighter, whiter smile.

While we won’t have to remove as much enamel from your teeth as we would with dental crowns, since some tooth preparation is necessary this procedure is considered irreversible.

Dental Crown

If a more significant piece of enamel breaks off then we may need to file some of the tooth down and cover it with a tooth-shaped crown or cap to protect it from further damage and to restore it to its original shape. Dental crowns can be made from metal, resin or ceramic and all offer their own benefits.

Getting a dental crown will require two visits to our office. During these visits we will take X-rays to also check the health of the tooth roots and jawbone to make sure no additional damage has occurred. We will then numb the area and file down enough of the tooth to make room for the crown.

Then we will take impressions of your damaged tooth from which we will build your custom-made dental crown. While your crown is being made we will place a temporary one over your tooth. In a couple of weeks you will come in to have your permanent crown cemented into place.

Find out which treatment is the right on for your chipped tooth. Turn to your Pittsburgh cosmetic dentist for the answers. Call our office today to schedule your next appointment.