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Jun
20

Considering Porcelain Dental Veneers?

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Thinking of getting a porcelain veneer to hide that stained or chipped irregularly shaped front tooth that just seems to jump out of the mirror at you every morning? More for cosmetic purposes than functional, a thin shell of tooth colored resin composite material may be just what you’re looking for.

Veneers are natural in appearance, and the porcelain material is tolerated very well by the gums. Not only are they stain resistant, but color shades can be selected to make your teeth appear whiter. Typically, porcelain veneers are considered the conservative approach to changing the color or shape of your teeth. Because they don’t require the resculpting of your original teeth that is necessary for crown placement, veneers are cheaper than crowns. On the other hand, they are more costly than composite resin bonding.

Also, veneers are irreversible and irreparable. The color may not accurately match the rest of your teeth and cannot be changed once they are in place. Since some of the natural tooth enamel is removed to create room and bonding for the veneer, teeth may be sensitive to hard or cold temperatures. Teeth covered with veneers can still experience decay and may require further treatment in the future such as a root canal or crown. Therefore, veneers are not a good choice for those who have unhealthy teeth or gums nor are they a viable option for those who have a tendency to clench or grind their teeth.

Veneers do not require any care other than good oral hygiene practices. Composite bondings or crowns can be feasible alternatives to veneers. Your local dental professional will discuss with you the goals you wish to achieve and make sure that dental veneers are the best option for your individual needs.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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Mar
20

Oral Effects of Bulimia

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Bulimia Nervosa is a serious eating disorder that affects individuals that struggle to maintain control over their eating habits and weight. The repetitive binging and purging is not only difficult on delicate esophageal tissue, but it can also cause long-term damage to the teeth.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the entire human body, but it cannot withstand everything. The repetitive acid exposure from recurrent periods of vomiting will gradually cause erosion of the tooth enamel. This is usually seen on the backside of the top front teeth. Initially the teeth will develop a smooth, glassy texture, but as vomiting continues, the acid wears through and makes the teeth more transparent. Eventually the upper front teeth may appear more yellow and brittle compared to other teeth or how they previously looked. Add dry mouth, a side effect common in bulimic patients, and the teeth can easily decay or erode due to lack of lubrication.

Stomach acid is very erosive, and long-term exposure to the teeth can cause irreversible enamel damage. In addition to seeking professional help, your dentist can counsel you on helping maintain the health of your teeth and reducing the effects of acid exposure associated with bulimia nervosa. Keeping the mouth lubricated by drinking plenty of water can naturally wash acid away from the teeth. Avoid brushing your teeth immediately after purging, as this will just scrub the acid against the teeth more. Instead, rinse well with water and follow up with a fluoride rinse to help reverse any enamel decalcification that has begun to occur.

Repairing teeth in recovering bulimic patients may require bonding, porcelain veneers or dental crowns, depending on the severity of enamel damage.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental Associates

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