Dental Implant Services
For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth, dental implants may be an effective long-term solution. Implants provide greater structural support and last longer than either bridges or dentures. Dental Implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are bonded. They are typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. The procedure to insert dental implants typically involve three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the attachment of the restoration or new tooth.
Dental Veneers (also referred to as dental laminates), are thin protective coverings that are layered onto the front side of your teeth to improve their appearance. A variety of dental imperfections can be visually corrected with dental implants.
Dental veneers can lighten your front teeth for those situations where other teeth whitening processes cannot get the best look. In some cases, teeth do not respond as well as anticipated and do not reach the desired level of whiteness. Dental implants are a great economical option in this situation.
Chipped or Cracked Teeth
In some cases of chipped teeth or cracked teeth, dental veneers may be the appropriate method to correct your smile. Dental veneers are not always a good technique for correcting cracked or chipped teeth.
Gaps Between Teeth (“Diastema”)
Dental veneers can help close some gaps between teeth, especially the front-upper teeth. There are limits to the gap size that can be treated, which can be determined during your dental exam.
Dental Veneers Composition
There are a few different dental veneers to choose from. Each option has distinct benefits and the correct selection can be determined during your dental exam. Factors that we weigh during the exam include stain resistance, which is dictated by your eating habits. Matching the correct color and general appearance is also weighed.
Ceramic Dental Veneers
Dental veneers composed of ceramic material are custom-fit to your teeth. They are quite strong and provide long-lasting resilience. Ceramic also has the benefit of having a natural appearance, with a smooth and translucent surface material.
Composite Resin Veneers
Dental veneers composed of a resin that is applied directly to the tooth and shaped subsequently, for a custom look and fit. The veneer resin bonds to the outer surface of the tooth, which reduces the amount of natural tooth that must be removed during the procedure. This also reduces the potential number of visits to complete your dental veneers, sometimes being completed in a single visit. Composite resin dental veneers are not quite as strong and resilient as resin, but cost less than ceramic and are easier to replace and repair.
General Dental Veneer Maintenance
Both types of dental veneers will provide years of good service for the average patient. There is no special maintenance aside good tooth brushing habits and flossing routines. Oral hygiene is necessary regardless of dental veneers or other dental applications.
Ceramic Dental Veneer Procedure
It is necessary to remove some material from the front of the damaged tooth before applyingg a ceramic dental veneer. It is expected that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to the procedure. The removal of tooth material is necessary to provide space for the new veneer, so the repaired tooth has the same shape and size as before the procedure. A 3D impression of the tooth is made to record the size, shape, and surface of the tooth where the ceramic veneer is to be applied. The outer surface of the veneer can be custom-shaped to math your other teeth or provide a new look.
ceramic veneers must be crafted and may be created in the office or sent out to a lab. This may create a delay in completing the veneer procedure, and can lead to multiple office visits. Our office will fit you with temporary veneers, should there be a delay getting the final veneers prepared. Once applied, the veneer surfaces may receive additional reshaping for the perfect fit, and the perfect look.
Composite Dental Veneer Procedure
It may be necessary to remove some material from the front of the damaged tooth before applying composite dental veneers. It is expected that your teeth and gums are healthy prior to the procedure. Similar to the ceramic dental veneers, the removal of tooth material is intended to make room for the new veneer. The composite material is applied directly to the tooth as a paste-like material with an appropriate color, which is shaped and hardened while on the tooth, usually with a specific frequency of light. Once hardened, the veneer can be shaped, textured, and polished on the tooth for the best shape, best look, and a natural appearance.
Requirements & Considerations For Dental Veneers
- Good Dental Hygiene: Your teeth and gums must be in healthy condition prior to receiving any type of dental veneers. Gum disease or tooth decay must be treated and resolved prior to starting the dental veneer process.
- Color Matching: Veneers do not change color the way your teeth do. Eating coffee, wine, tea, and other discoloring substances may change your tooth color, but not your veneer. This must be taken into consideration when choosing to get dental veneers.
- Hard Foods: If you eat very hard foods, they may crack your teeth, cause your veneers to detach, and create more dental problems in general. Your teeth are not impervious to hard foods and they should be avoided in general. Avoid: beer/corn nuts, jawbreakers and hard candies, chewing ice/pencils/fingernails/etc.
- Veneers Can Chip: Treat your new veneers like natural teeth and they will provide years of great service. Many of the same causes that bring you to choosing veneers are likely to bring you back again for additional dental repairs.
- Gum Health: Having dental veneers does not preclude any of the necessary general gum hygiene and maintenance.
- Dental Visits: Since veneers may become damaged from hard foods, or other causes, regular dental examinations are necessary. Maintain the same regular dental visits you would have followed prior to receiving your dental implants.