03Oct

It won’t be long before we are all thinking about the holidays again! Are you considering improving your smile so you look your best in all those family photos? This is a perfect time to start thinking about a smile makeover!

Fortunately, the Chapel Hill, NC general dentist offers a variety of cosmetic dental treatments from which to choose, It’s great to have all these options, but how do you know which is right for you?

Today, we would like to talk about the benefits of porcelain veneers vs. those of dental composite bonding. Both procedures can be used to build up and change the shape of a tooth, but which is right for you in the long-term?

Choosing Porcelain Veneers

A porcelain veneer is a thin, tooth-shaped shell that is bonded to the surface of your tooth. Veneers are among the most aesthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. Your dentist can place them on just one or several teeth to allow for alteration of the tooth’s shape, size, and color.

Veneers require a minimal amount of tooth preparation and are a more conservative restoration than crowns, which need significant removal of healthy tooth structure.

In general, porcelain veneers provide a better look than composite bonding. Composite bonding generally stains over time, while porcelain veneers can't. Veneers are a better long-term option because, if made beautifully and natural looking, they will retain their look for up to 20 years. Bonding has a shorter lifespan – up to 10 years at the most.

Advantages of Dental Composite Bonding

If you are thinking of a more conservative option to veneers, you should consider cosmetic bonding, also referred to as direct veneers. The three advantages of composite bonding are:

  • Less tooth structure needs to be altered
  • We can treat one tooth or several teeth during in one visit
  • Since less time is involved, bonding costs less than veneers

Whether you choose bonding or veneers, you will need to have them replaced at some point in your lifetime. So it’s a good idea to go with the less expensive option to start. You can always opt for veneers in the future.

Choosing the Right Solution for You

When choosing the right treatment for you, it’s important to communicate your wants and needs to your Chapel Hill, NC general dentist. We will take all the time necessary to make sure we have a clear understanding of the results you would like to achieve. You are investing time and money, so you should be thrilled with the results, no matter which treatment you choose.

If you would like more information about dental bonding and veneers, please give us a call to schedule a consultation!

 

 


19Sep

 

Many people are unaware of the risks and dangers associated with oral cancer.

While oral cancer makes up only a small portion of annual cancer cases, it is still a serious problem. Oral cancer cases that are diagnosed in the early stages of development have a significantly improved survival rate — up to 80% after five years.

Risk Factors for Oral Cancer

The following risk factors can’t be changed, but the Chapel Hill, NC dentist knows that awareness raises your vigilance so potential problems can be addressed early when treatment options and positive outcomes are greatest.

  • Heredity
  • Aging - More than 90% of all oral cancers occur in individuals over 40. However, the incidence among younger people has been on the uptick recently, perhaps related to lifestyle behaviors.
  • Race - African Americans have a higher incidence of oral cancer than Caucasians.

The following are risk factors that can and should be addressed:

  • Smoking and chewing tobacco - Smokers are at five to nine times greater risk of developing oral cancer
  • Alcohol - Moderate to heavy drinkers are at three to nine times greater risk; the higher the alcohol content, the greater the risk
  • Diet - A high intake of fruits/vegetables, which are high in antioxidants, has been found to have a protective effect against a variety of cancers, including oral.
  • Chronic sun exposure - Often connected with lip cancers.

As part of your routine oral hygiene, you should closely monitor any changes in your mouth that don’t diminish in a few days, e.g., ulcers, sores, or white or red patches on the tongue. We care about your overall wellness, so our dentist always performs an oral cancer screening as part of your regular check-ups.

We want to do everything possible to keep your oral health and your general health on track. Please contact our Chapel Hill, NC dentist to arrange your next exam, including an oral cancer screening.

 

05Sep

If you think of crowns and fillings as strictly restorative procedures, you’re not alone. Years ago, dentistry existed primarily to eliminate discomfort and restore function to a damaged smile. Treatments like crowns and fillings are still used to strengthen and protect teeth, but that doesn’t mean they can’t enhance your smile too!

A New Age of Dentistry

Every treatment performed by the Chapel Hill, NC dentist is done with an eye toward esthetics. Advances in materials and techniques now allow us to ensure that every restoration we place is not only functional but beautiful as well.

Procedures that were never before thought of as cosmetic in nature can now be used to correct a variety of dental flaws AND improve your oral health. Crowns and fillings are two great examples of services we provide that do both.

Function And Beauty

Of course, the most important part goal of the services we provide is to restore function and protect a damaged tooth.

Tooth-Colored Fillings: We use an esthetic composite material to create a filling after decay is removed. This material was developed to closely resemble natural tooth enamel. The Chapel Hill, NC dentist places fillings that blend so seamlessly with your tooth that even you may not even notice it. This quality also makes the material perfect for dental bonding. This is a procedure where we build up a tooth to fix chips and breaks, and even reshape a tooth.

Dental Crowns: When a tooth is severely decayed, a simple filling won’t be sufficient to restore the tooth back to health. We will need to create a stronger restoration, and that’s where crowns come in because they encase your tooth and protect it from further damage. We use all-porcelain crowns that can be created to look just like a natural tooth. Again, this quality makes crowns perfect for esthetic improvements like concealing a severely stained tooth or reshaping a tooth that is poorly proportioned.

Please Call to Learn More

When it comes to improving your smile, you have lots of options. Please give us a call to arrange a convenient consultation with our dentist and learn more about all the ways we can help you achieve your dream smile!