Porcelain Veneers in Cary, NC
Unsightly damage to a tooth can not only damage your self-esteem, but also your overall oral health. When a crack or chip occurs - or when your tooth is otherwise damaged - it is imperative to have the issue resolved as soon as possible. While there are different ways to fix a damaged tooth, dentists will often choose a porcelain veneer to repair moderate damage.
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What Are Veneers?
Veneers are replacements that can transform a smile dramatically. Veneers are dental restorations that replace a part of the crown of a tooth - allowing for both a look and function that is very similar to the natural tooth. Veneers are also handcrafted and customized to fit your specific smile.
Do I Need Veneers?
There are a variety of reasons that a dentist may decide that placing a veneer is the best option for treatment. This may be due to either damage to the tooth, or cosmetic changes that the patient would like to have done. Some of the issues that porcelain veneers help to resolve are:
- Chipped Teeth
- Cracked Teeth
- Broken Teeth
- Spacing Issues
While porcelain veneers are often used to resolve cosmetic issues, they are also extremely important for good oral health. Cracks and breaks in teeth can leave them open to infection and decay. This can in turn lead to more of the natural tooth needing to be replaced. If the decay or infection goes on for too long it may damage the tooth to a point where it is beyond repair. If this happens, the only option is extraction.
If you have a damaged tooth, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist to have it repaired with porcelain veneers as soon as possible. This will help to ensure your oral health, and will keep your smile full and bright.
Porcelain Veneer Process
As with any dental procedure, the first step of the process is visiting your dentist for a consultation. It is during the consultation that they’ll decide what your treatment options are. If you visit the dentist due to a damaged tooth, your dentist will take a look at the extent of the damage, and determine what the best option is for treatment. Once they decide that a veneer is the best replacement option, they will decide on which type of veneer would be best for your needs. They may decide that prepless or minimal prep veneers may better suit your needs. You may also be given the choice between composite and porcelain veneers.
After the right form of veneer has been selected, your dentist will start preparing the tooth. The preparation process involves the reshaping of the healthy tooth - more specifically the enamel of the tooth. While the dentist will do their best to preserve as much of the healthy tooth as possible, the amount of tooth that is reshaped depends on the level of damage, and what form of veneer was chosen for replacement.
Once the tooth has been reshaped, your dentist will make a scan or an impression of the tooth. This is used to create a custom veneer for the specific tooth that was damaged. From there, the replacement will be constructed.
Once the replacement is carefully constructed, the dentist will have you return to have the final prosthetic placed. Before the replacement is placed, your dentist will check to make sure that the piece fits properly, and matches the surrounding teeth. They will then bond the veneer to the natural, reshaped tooth. Finally, they will make any last adjustments and polish the replacement.
Wake Dental Care is Located in Cary, NC but Graciously provides services to neighboring communities including but not limited to Research Triangle Park, Apex, Holly Springs, Garner, Oak Grove Township, Fuquay Varina, and Morrisville.
There are a few different options for veneers—including different materials. While they are often the most expensive option, porcelain veneers are also extremely durable. They can actually last as long as 25 years. On top of being very durable, porcelain veneers look fantastic. Unlike other materials, porcelain looks very similar to natural teeth—allowing the porcelain veneer to blend in with the rest of a natural, healthy smile.
If the damage to a tooth isn’t as severe, your dentist may suggest dental bonding as an option. This is a procedure that involves bonding a resin piece to a tooth. While dental bonding can help with minor cosmetic issues, for moderate to severe damage to the tooth, bonding may not be the best option.
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Veneers vs Crowns
There are times when the damage that a tooth sustains is too much for a porcelain veneer to resolve. When this occurs, dental crowns may be the best option. A dental crown is a prosthetic that is placed on top of a healthy tooth—much like a veneer. The tooth is reshaped, and the crown is placed over the reshaped tooth.
While crowns and veneers are similar, where they differ is the amount of healthy tooth that remains after placement. Your dentist will try to maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible. This is why they will often opt for a veneer over a crown, if possible. If the damage is too severe, though, a dental crown may be placed.
Dentists You Can Trust
We take the time to explain treatment and use the latest in dental technology to ensure a conservative approach to your dental care. We have specialized eyepieces and special decay-detecting dye to be sure we can see the smallest amount of decay and remove only the diseased portions of the tooth. Our iTero scanner allows us to scan your teeth and create restorations with world-class accuracy.
Dr. Jim Bohn
Dr. Bohn is a native of Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology at Penn State University and a Doctorate of Medical Dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry.
Dr. Jerry Allen
Dr. Jerry Allen was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. He received his Doctorate of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Finding the Right Cosmetic Dentist
While porcelain veneers are extremely practical replacements for broken, chipped or cracked teeth, they are still considered a cosmetic procedure. Because of this, you’ll want to make sure that your dentist is equipped to handle this cosmetic procedure (although many dentists are able to place porcelain veneers). This means finding a dentist that has had plenty of practice with placing porcelain veneers, and is confident in their ability to do so.
Speak with your general dentist about placement of the porcelain veneer. If they are unable to place the veneer, they may refer you to a practitioner that is able to perform cosmetic procedures.
At Wake Dental Care, we pride ourselves on our ability to repair your broken, cracked or chipped tooth with a stunning porcelain veneer. With a porcelain veneer, you’ll have a complete smile.