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What are veneers?
Veneers (or porcelain laminates) are thin copings of porcelain placed on chipped, fractured, crooked or stained teeth to recreate an ideal smile. They are a quick, safe and effective method in restoring otherwise damaged teeth. They are not for everyone and sometimes patients require other treatments such as orthodontics to correct a problem.
How long do veneers last?
Done properly and under ideal conditions, veneers can last 15 to 20 years. Overtime, patients with excessive gum recessions or other changes might need other treatment options. The porcelain on a veneer is strongly bonded to the tooth and will never stain. It reflects light like natural tooth enamel.
Why test for Oral Cancer?
According to the ADA, oral cancer is a disease that kills more people nationwide than either melanoma (skin cancer) or cervical cancer. Only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years. The good news about oral cancer is that it is now easier than ever to detect it early. A careful oral examination by your dentist can detect most lesions, although the majority of these are benign. Remember that early detection increases the chances for a full recovery.
Is the exam painful?
If there is a questionable lesion in your mouth, the dentist or hygienist may do a gentle brush biopsy: a small brush is used to quickly collect a sample for computer-assisted laboratory analysis.
During a careful professional examination most people will be found to have one or more tiny white or red spots in their mouth at one time or another. These tiny spots do not usually contain any unhealthy cells, but only laboratory testing, like the brushtest™, can tell.
What are dental implants?
They are artificial teeth anchored in the mouth in much the same way as the original teeth. Dental implants are essentially the equivalent of healthy roots This means that if you currently have or have had problem teeth, your new teeth will function even better than your natural ones.
Who should consider having dental implants?
People who have lost some or all their teeth and are unable or unwilling to tolerate removable bridges or dentures. Dental implants can provide for beautiful, natural looking teeth, without the inconvenience and or discomfort of dentures. Because, like healthy permanent teeth, implants allow for more thorough chewing, stronger biting power and the ability to consume a greater variety of food, they improve digestion and general health. Patients report increased enjoyment of food, a boost in self-confidence, more natural speech and increased general well being.
Is age a factor in my decision to have dental implants?
The only requirement is a desire for attractive teeth and the ability to eat without the worry or embarrassment of dentures.