May 15th, 2011
Few things in life last forever and porcelain dental veneers are no exception. After a time they may need to be replaced so that they are as good as new again. A persistent worry of patients, especially those who have had veneers installed when they are young, is how often these veneers can be replaced. Read on to find out more information about this issue.
Ultimately there are two types of veneer, those of thinner and thicker varieties. Thinner porcelain veneers (and they can be incredibly thin these days) are made to be replaced. They are very durable but really only have a life span of about three to five years and replacing them is no problem at all.
Where there can be an issue is with the thicker variety of porcelain veneer. This is because dentists will sometimes have to remove a little of the existing tooth in order to accommodate the veneer in the first place. These thicker veneers have an average life span of somewhere in the region of ten to fifteen years so it is not something that has to be considered often. Dentists are experts in these issues and they will be able to achieve it though.
You should not let this put you off considering dental veneers as a solution though. They are extremely effective at what they do in covering up misaligned, chipped, cracked or slightly broken down teeth and they can really boost your self confidence by improving the look and appeal of your smile.
You can talk through any issues about porcelain dental veneers with your Surbiton dentist the next time you are at the surgery.
December 2nd, 2010
Image you owned a classic car in Sunbury that would look fabulous were it not for a couple of minor dents and scratches. All you’d need is a light bit of touching up to the body and it would be back to its former glory. Well, apply this philosophy to dentistry and you arrive at cosmetic bonding. To get great looking teeth, you don’t always have to go down the road of veneers or crowns. Cosmetic bonding is another technique used to restore a problem smile. It can be used to fill small gaps in the teeth, lighten stains, combat decay and repair cracked, crooked or chipped teeth, by using resins. But it’s more popular application is white fillings. It’s a fairly straight forward procedure requiring a local anaesthetic to reduce any discomfort. The teeth are prepared with a light etching solution to which the colour perfect resin can be applied in a series of tiny layers, each layer being light-cured to harden within minutes. Once the final coat has been applied, the resin can be finely sculptured to fit in with the rest of the teeth and then lightly polished to achieve the desired affect. Cost is another real incentive behind choosing this treatment, one tooth coming in at a third the price of a veneer.
May 11th, 2010
A Porcelain Veneer is the perfect way to achieve a long term look to your teeth, they are tailor made just for you and so they look so natural once fitted. Your dental surgery will first arrange a visit so the cosmetic dentist can take digital photos and X-rays of the teeth that need the veneers on them, says a Shepperton dentist. These are then made by a technician specifically for you and your problem. That can be a cracked; chipped of discoloured tooth, in some cases a veneer can also hide a misaligned tooth and instantly fix it. There are different thicknesses of veneer, but for a porcelain one you will generally get the thickest and most hard wearing. In order to fit it the dentist will have to skim the tooth of some natural enamel, the amount is always equal to the thickness of the veneer. Because of this once the enamel is removed, you can only ever have more veneers placed on the tooth when the veneer wears out or becomes discoloured, as they will do after around 10-15 years. The new veneer is fitted in much the same way, although instead of skimming the enamel the dentist will just remove the old veneer, and then fit a new one. There are thinner versions that require less skimming, but it really is a case of horses for courses here as the thinner veneers don`t last as long. Porcelain is a natural clay and very hard wearing, and as more people have the treatment, the quicker the price is reduced. With a method called CEREC it is now possible to have a veneer made and fitted in one sitting, in around an hour or more.
December 6th, 2009
Porcelain veneers can completely transform the appearance of broken, worn or discoloured teeth in as little as one afternoon. Veneers are enamel-like caps cemented over the top of existing teeth to restore the functionality and enhance the aesthetic appearance of damaged teeth.
Teeth can become damaged and broken for a number of reasons. Sporting injury is a common cause of chipped or cracked teeth that can ruin the appearance of an otherwise healthy smile. Broken teeth can also cause problems for the bite and inhibit eating and drinking. Some chips and fractures can be repaired using tooth-coloured dental bonding. However, this may not be sufficient for larger damage as dental bonding becomes fragile in large areas. In this case, to preserve the function of the tooth it may be necessary to cap it with a veneer. This will also protect the tooth from further damage. Porcelain veneers are incredibly thin with some being little thicker than a contact lens. This means that little preparation or enamel removal is needed before application.
For teeth that are badly discoloured either due to flourisis or staining, patients have a choice between teeth whitening procedures or porcelain veneers. Teeth whitening can be effective but usually for milder discolouration problems, and it can be more effective for some patients than for others. Porcelain veneers produce stunning results every time and have a longevity of treatment that cannot be matched by teeth whitening gels. Veneers may be more costly in the short-term but with a lifespan of up to twenty years they could be the most cost-efficient option for whiter teeth.
Porcelain veneers are now manufactured with the aid of the latest computer technology. 3D imaging and digital x-rays allow dentist to design perfect veneers on a computer. A computer-guided mill can then be used to sculpt veneers from a single piece of porcelain in as little as six minutes per tooth. For patients with badly worn or uneven teeth it is now possible to have a new set of perfect porcelain veneers fitted in one afternoon.
If you are considering giving your smile a boost you may be able to get the results you want with the latest porcelain veneers from a Sunbury dentist. Make an appointment to discuss what porcelain veneers can do for your smile.
September 13th, 2009
Dental bonding is a process which aims to restore the appearance of a tooth or teeth by the application of tooth coloured resin. It is most often used for the repair of chipped or cracked teeth, to close up excessive space between teeth and to improve the look of discoloured teeth. It can also be used as a barrier to protect exposed sensitive areas of teeth and to alter the shape and appearance of existing teeth.
Dental bonding is one of the most routine cosmetic dental procedures and as such is one of the cheapest. Unlike certain other cosmetic procedures like crowns or veneers, dental bonding does not need to be manufactured in laboratory conditions. This also means that bonding procedures can be carried out in one visit to the dentist. Both of these factors mean the process is generally much cheaper for the patient. However, it should be noted that if the bonding required involves more than one or two teeth the dentist may not be able to carry out al the work in one session.
Dental bonding is also relatively painless in most instances and anaesthteic is only ever really required when the bonding is being applied to sensitive areas like cavities that surround nerve endings.
Dental bonding is the ideal tool for dentists to carry out small repairs and because of its low cost it is also very popular with patients. However, although dental bonding is very tough it can chip or crack itself and even though it resists staining it is not as effective in this area as a crown. Nonetheless, dental bonding is an incredibly useful minor procedure that can help prevent further damage to your teeth and also serves a very useful cosmetic purpose.
The actual process of dental bonding is very straightforward. The dentist will find a shade of resin that most closely matches your existing teeth. They will then apply the resin and mold it to the desired shape. The resin is then set and hardened by a laser. The whole process should take no longer than an hour and is the most cost effective and pain-free ways to look after your teeth.
If you think you may have minor damage to a tooth, make an appointment with a Surbiton dentist and they will be able to assess whether dental bonding can work for you.
August 16th, 2009
Dental bonding is the procedure in which material, usually tooth coloured resin, is applied and ‘bonded’ to a person’s tooth to restore the appearance of the tooth or smile.
The process can be used to repair cracked of chipped teeth, to close spaces up between the teeth, to improve the look of discoloured teeth, to change the shape or appearance of teeth or to protect exposed areas of the teeth.
It is one of the easiest and least costly of the cosmetic dental procedures as unlike veneers or crowns bonding does not need to be manufactured in laboratory conditions but can usually be accomplished in one office visit to the dentist, unless it involves a number of teeth. It is mostly undertaken without the need for anaesthetics, unless a cavity is being filled around a nerve.
Dental bonding does resist staining, although it is not as effective as crowns in this department. Also, although tough it does not last quite as long as other dental repairs and can chip and crack itself. For this reason it is viewed by dentists as ideal for smaller repairs.
As mentioned there is little preparation needed for dental bonding. The dentist will select a shade to closely match the colour of your existing teeth and then apply the resin and mould it to the desired shape. A special light or laser is then used to set the resin and harden it. The whole process will take little more than an hour to complete. This simple process can be performed by a Kingston upon Thames dentist easily, cheaply and free of pain and then you really will have a reason to smile
September 8th, 2008
Dental bonding involves placing a tooth coloured restorative material on the facial surfaces of the front teeth. Your Shepperton dentist may choose bonding to: repair decayed, chipped or broken front teeth; change the appearance of the front teeth, by making them look better, and closing existing spaces between the teeth; as an aesthetic choice instead of amalgams in the back teeth; and, to cover exposed root surfaces when the gum tissue recedes.
In most bonding cases, very little tooth preparation and no anaesthesia is required. This is, unless the bonding (i.e., composite) material is to be used to fill a cavity or cavities. You Shepperton dentist will use a shade selection guide to match the shade of your tooth/teeth to be bonded. If your dentist is using bonding to lighten your teeth, a lighter shade of composite material will be selected. You tooth or teeth surface(s) will be roughened using a diamond drill where the bonding material is to be placed. Your dentist will then dry the tooth and apply and acid-etch gel to remove organic materials from your tooth/teeth, so that the bonding material will hold. Then, the tooth/teeth will be cleaned with a water spray and re-dried, an unfilled liquid resin material will be applied, and the dentist will use a special “curing light” so that the unfilled resin will set in place. Then your dentist will apply the filled composite (i.e., bonding) material and shape it closely to the desired results and again use the “curing light” to set the material in place. The dentist will then use some drills, polishing stones, and polishing wheels to finish the restoration/bonding. Dental bonding can be performed in a relatively short time, and multiple teeth can be bonding during the same visit. Dental bondings are the least invasive and relatively inexpensive aesthetic dental procedures that you can get. Proper home care must be used to maintain and clean the dental bonding(s), as well as your other teeth. Your Shepperton dentist will review all of this with you during your dental visit.
July 20th, 2008
The cosmetic dentistry industry in Weybridge has seen huge advancements in recent years. Dental implants coupled with cosmetic dentistry provide the two most exciting and valuable treatment options today for dental patients, creating possibilities unheard of in the past. People who have not paid a visit to their dentist in many years, are sure to be amazed at all that can be done to improve their dental health and that all important smile!
Cosmetic dentistry is quite a new concept that is generating broad appeal. Especially, veneers made of porcelain are turning out to be a boon for the thousands that want straighter, whiter teeth and a dazzling smile. These veneers are custom-made porcelain wafers that are placed by the dentist over the front of the teeth to either enhance their appearance or mask damage. A wide variety of dental problems such as stained/discolored teeth, unsightly gaps between teeth, correction of a crooked smile without braces and repair of chips or imperfections in the teeth can be achieved using porcelain veneers.
Dental implants were discovered by the Swedish scientist and surgeon, Dr. P. I. Brånemark, and have helped thousands of people over the years to overcome problems associated with missing teeth, vastly improving their quality of life. The latest dental implants are made of titanium rods that are about a centimeter long. These are placed inside the jawbone and are meant to serve the same function as the actual roots of the teeth. Not only can implants help replace lost teeth with artificial ones, they can also help keep dentures tightly in place. For people that cannot tolerate wearing removable dentures, dental implants are the only viable option to replace missing teeth permanently.
The routine use of more lifelike and durable white fillings is also a recent trend. These new fillings have become the material of choice for most dentists today and blend in with the teeth, helping to recreate a natural, aesthetically appealing appearance.