Posts for: January, 2018
While you'd like to improve the appearance of your teeth, you're reluctant to undergo something as extensive as dental crowns. You want to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible. Dr. Noorendin Nurani and his professional colleagues at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry agree. That's why they offer a refinishing alternative in their Lawrenceville GA office. Called porcelain veneers, this cosmetic treatment disguises flaws such as chips, cracks and stains, yet leaves most of your tooth enamel in place.
What are porcelain veneers?
Some people call them dental laminates because they are thin, translucent pieces of fine ceramic directly bonded to the front of selected healthy teeth. Veneers in Lawrenceville cover cosmetic flaws such as uneven tooth length, small gaps, crowding and more. In fact, the changes can be so dramatic that veneers are nicknamed "instant orthodontics."
Who can get porcelain veneers?
Many adults and older teens can if the dentist determines that their teeth and gums are healthy and if the flaws truly may be addressed with veneers. Additionally, patients need sufficient enamel for veneer placement and understand that this aesthetic treatment is permanent.
In other words, once an individual has veneers, he or she always will have veneers because the procedure involves removal of a small amount of tooth enamel. This resurfacing allows the dentist to place the laminates properly. Enamel reduction ensures a secure bond and accurate fit, too.
What is the process like?
It takes a few appointments at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry. They involve:
- Exam, X-rays, oral impressions
- Discussion of patient expectations and the dentist's recommendations
- Enamel resurfacing and placement of temporary veneers
- Removal of temporary veneers and bonding of permanent ones
- Adjustment of veneers for proper bite and fit
Caring for your new smile
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that porcelain veneers are durable, long-lasting and stain resistant. However, patients should care for them in the same way that they care for their untreated teeth:
- Limit staining dietary choices, such as coffee and curry
- Stop smoking
- Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush, and floss daily
- Get six-month cleanings and exams at Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry
Expect veneers in Lawrenceville to last 10 to even 20 years, and you'll get compliments, too, because your smile aesthetics will change so dramatically.
A smile makeover
Find your dream smile at the Center for Cosmetic & Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, GA. Whether you need porcelain veneers, restorations such as fillings, or tooth replacement services, your teeth and gums will thrive under the kind and practiced eyes of our professional team. If you'd like more information about porcelain veneers or other treatment options, please contact the office at (770) 995-1957 for a consultation.
Fans of the legendary rock band Steely Dan received some sad news a few months ago: Co-founder Walter Becker died unexpectedly at the age of 67. The cause of his death was an aggressive form of esophageal cancer. This disease, which is related to oral cancer, may not get as much attention as some others. Yet Becker's name is the latest addition to the list of well-known people whose lives it has cut short—including actor Humphrey Bogart, writer Christopher Hitchens, and TV personality Richard Dawson.
As its name implies, esophageal cancer affects the esophagus: the long, hollow tube that joins the throat to the stomach. Solid and liquid foods taken into the mouth pass through this tube on their way through the digestive system. Worldwide, it is the sixth most common cause of cancer deaths.
Like oral cancer, esophageal cancer generally does not produce obvious symptoms in its early stages. As a result, by the time these diseases are discovered, both types of cancer are most often in their later stages, and often prove difficult to treat successfully. Another similarity is that dentists can play an important role in oral and esophageal cancer detection.
Many people see dentists more often than any other health care professionals—at recommended twice-yearly checkups, for example. During routine examinations, we check the mouth, tongue, neck and throat for possible signs of oral cancer. These may include lumps, swellings, discolorations, and other abnormalities—which, fortunately, are most often harmless. Other symptoms, including persistent coughing or hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, and unexplained weight loss, are common to both oral and esophageal cancer. Chest pain, worsening heartburn or indigestion and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can also alert us to the possibility of esophageal cancer.
Cancer may be a scary subject—but early detection and treatment can offer many people the best possible outcome. If you have questions about oral or esophageal cancer, call our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Cancer.”
As we age we become more susceptible to dental diseases. A common but often initially unnoticed problem for seniors is root decay.
We’re all familiar with tooth decay in the crown, the visible tooth above the gum line. Bacteria feeding on leftover sugar in the mouth produce acid, which at high levels erodes the teeth’s protective enamel. This forms cavities and, if untreated, deeper infection within the tooth that could reach the bone via the root canals.
But decay can also directly attack a tooth’s roots below the gum line. Roots are made of dentin and covered by a very thin layer of mineralized tooth structure called cementum. Cementum, which is much softer than enamel, is often lost because of its thinness, thus exposing the root’s dentin. This can make the area more susceptible to decay than the enamel-covered crown. Normally, though, the roots also have the gums covering them as added protection against bacterial infection.
But gum recession (shrinkage), a common experience for people in their later years, can expose the root surfaces. As a result, the roots become much more susceptible to decay. And an ensuing infection could spread more quickly into the interior of the tooth than decay originating in the crown.
That’s why it’s important to remove the decayed material and fill the root cavity to prevent the infection’s spread. While similar to a crown filling, the treatment can be more difficult if the root cavity extends below the gum line. In this case, we may need to perform a surgical procedure to access the cavity.
There are other things we can do to help prevent root cavities or limit their damage. We can apply fluoride varnish to strengthen the teeth and provide extra protection against cavities, or prescribe a fluoride rinse for use at home. We can also keep an eye out and treat periodontal (gum) disease, the main cause for gum recession.
The most important thing, though, is what you do: brush and floss thoroughly each day to remove bacterial plaque and limit sugary or acidic foods in your diet. Preventing decay and treating cavities as soon as possible will help ensure you’ll keep your teeth healthy and functional all through your senior years.