Veneers are sleek, thin sheets of porcelain that can be applied to the front and edge of teeth in order to improve their color and overall appearance. They come in a variety of shapes for different aesthetic preferences as well.
Some of the benefits of this treatment include perfectioning the anatomy of the teeth, improving shade and restoring any micro-fractures for creating an ideal smile.
Porcelain veneers are one of the most commonly used cosmetic dentistry materials. Veneers are made of two elements. One is porcelain, and the other is composite resin. The Veneer is designed to fit over the front of the teeth and just slightly over the edge.
Porcelain veneers are the most lifelike, the most durable, and the prettiest form of the Veneer. And they generally have to be made in the dental laboratory by one of our master ceramic technicians. The other method is to use composite resin. And again, they can also be made in the laboratory, but very often they’re done by the dentist chairside. The dentist uses his artistry and his skill to build the Veneer up directly onto the patient’s tooth.
In essence, the skill of the craftsman, making those two things is the most critical factor in having them look natural. The second most important factor is the desire of the patient. Some of our patients want very natural, very aesthetic results.
Enhancement of their teeth, but not necessarily to make them look fake and that aesthetic choice is a personal choice. Some patients want the Hollywood smile or the perfect set of white teeth, even though they can look less natural, more cosmetic.
Veneers and caps are generally not referring to the same thing. The traditional term cap is usually referring to a crown. And a crown in the dental profession terminology is something that completely envelops the whole tooth. It’s a 360-degree wrap, a complete enclosure of the tooth. And a cap is very often done when the tooth is completely broken down and needs major reconstruction. Whereas, a veneer like its name suggests is a very thin layer that fits just over the front of the tooth, almost like a false fingernail and it overlaps the edge of the tooth. So, in essence, the bulk of the tooth structure is still intact.
Veneers sometimes require very, very little or and in some cases no tooth reduction or tooth preparation. In most cases a very minimal tooth reduction, whereas a cap very often requires a lot of tooth structure to be removed.
The composite veneers can also be done in one visit usually. The cost will also depend very much on quality. The desire of the patient to look as perfect as possible, the complexity or the difficulty of the case for that particular patient will also have a bearing on the cost. And often the number of veneers done per procedure will have some bearing on the cost.
So, for example, if you have multiple teeth veneers, usually the individual cost of the Veneer comes down. And the single tooth that has to be matched perfectly to a natural tooth next to it can be almost as costly as having two teeth done because of the difficulty in doing that procedure. The cost will vary from person to person.
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Missing teeth should always be replaced, as otherwise, the remaining teeth may move to cause the bite to collapse. Correcting this can be costly and complicated. Before deciding on dental implant treatment, your dentist will take a complete medical and dental evaluation and develop a plan. This is to ensure you do not have any health conditions that could make surgery inadvisable. Also, the dentist will use some different diagnostic tools such as CT scans or dental x-rays. Implants can be placed with precision, and with minimal risk.
The process for having dental implants involves two separate surgical procedures. The initial surgery is to place the implant post in the jawbone and is usually carried under a local anesthetic. An incision is made in the gum tissue before a hole is precisely created.
The second surgical procedure is shorter and takes place between three and eight months later, at which stage the implant will be exposed and evaluated. This is a process to determine if the implant post has successfully locked into the jawbone. At this point, it may be necessary to make some changes. If the implant has failed to close in, then it may need to be removed.
Options at this stage can include changing the implant or placing the implant at a different area. If the implant post has been successful, then the second surgical procedure is to create an opening in the gum to expose the implant and placing a post known as a healing cap. This is so a tooth can be attached that will extend above the gum line into the mouth. The cap is used to shape the gum tissue to give support to the crown or bridge. The final phase is to thread a metal sleeve know as an abutment into the implant, and this will be used to hold the crown, bridge, or denture firmly in position. At this stage, your final prosthesis can be constructed.
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