Posts for: September, 2017

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
September 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Discover the many benefits to getting dental veneers in Venice, FL.veneers

Smiling offers an array of wonderful health benefits both for your physical and mental wellbeing. Did you know that smiling can boost endorphins and lower your heart rate? Of course, if you are happy about your smile then you may be among those happy people who smile 40-50 times a day; however, if you aren’t happy with your smile then you may only smile about 20 times a day. Our Venice, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Clark Wright, is here to tell you how dental veneers could improve your smile.

What are veneers and what do they do?

These ultra-thin tooth-colored shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to improve a myriad of imperfections. Whether you are looking to mask discolorations, chips, cracks, gaps between teeth or other defects that alter the shape, color or length of your smile, dental veneers could just be the best choice for you.

Dental veneers are often made from high-quality porcelain, since this material is not only stain-resistant and durable but also is highly translucent so it mirrors the look of natural tooth enamel. No one will be able to tell that you actually have veneers.

How are teeth prepped for these restorations?

Another benefit to choosing veneers is that little tooth preparation is needed before your Venice dentist can bond these porcelain shells to your teeth. While some enamel will need to be shaved off the front surface of your teeth, you need not worry! This is completely painless and can often be performed without needing local anesthesia.

Once teeth are prepped and ready for your veneers, molds of your teeth will have to be taken. These molds will help the dental lab get the exact tooth measurements they need to create veneers with the perfect fit. Once your custom veneers are made (this usually takes about one week) you will come back into our office so that we can fit you with your new restorations and bond them to the front of your teeth. In as little as two to three sessions, you could get a brand new smile for life.

Do you want to find out if dental veneers are right for you? If so, our Venice, FL, family dentist, Dr. Wright, is here to help. Schedule a dental veneer consultation with us today.

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
September 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Some people are lucky — they never seem to have a mishap, dental or otherwise. But for the rest of us, accidents just happen sometimes. Take actor Jamie Foxx, for example. A few years ago, he actually had a dentist intentionally chip one of his teeth so he could portray a homeless man more realistically. But recently, he got a chipped tooth in the more conventional way… well, conventional in Hollywood, anyway. It happened while he was shooting the movie Sleepless with co-star Michelle Monaghan.

“Yeah, we were doing a scene and somehow the action cue got thrown off or I wasn't looking,” he told an interviewer. “But boom! She comes down the pike. And I could tell because all this right here [my teeth] are fake. So as soon as that hit, I could taste the little chalkiness, but we kept rolling.” Ouch! So what's the best way to repair a chipped tooth? The answer it: it all depends…

For natural teeth that have only a small chip or minor crack, cosmetic bonding is a quick and relatively easy solution. In this procedure, a tooth-colored composite resin, made of a plastic matrix with inorganic glass fillers, is applied directly to the tooth's surface and then hardened or “cured” by a special light. Bonding offers a good color match, but isn't recommended if a large portion of the tooth structure is missing. It's also less permanent than other types of restoration, but may last up to 10 years.

When more of the tooth is missing, a crown or dental veneer may be a better answer. Veneers are super strong, wafer-thin coverings that are placed over the entire front surface of the tooth. They are made in a lab from a model of your teeth, and applied in a separate procedure that may involve removal of some natural tooth material. They can cover moderate chips or cracks, and even correct problems with tooth color or spacing.

A crown is the next step up: It's a replacement for the entire visible portion of the tooth, and may be needed when there's extensive damage. Like veneers, crowns (or caps) are made from models of your bite, and require more than one office visit to place; sometimes a root canal may also be needed to save the natural tooth. However, crowns are strong, natural looking, and can last many years.

But what about teeth like Jamie's, which have already been restored? That's a little more complicated than repairing a natural tooth. If the chip is small, it may be possible to smooth it off with standard dental tools. Sometimes, bonding material can be applied, but it may not bond as well with a restoration as it will with a natural tooth; plus, the repaired restoration may not last as long as it should. That's why, in many cases, we will advise that the entire restoration be replaced — it's often the most predictable and long-lasting solution.

Oh, and one more piece of advice: Get a custom-made mouthguard — and use it! This relatively inexpensive device, made in our office from a model of your own teeth, can save you from a serious mishap… whether you're doing Hollywood action scenes, playing sports or just riding a bike. It's the best way to protect your smile from whatever's coming at it!

If you have questions about repairing chipped teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

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