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Veneers – Are They Right for You?

dental exam - Chapel Hill NC dentist Fred Lehmann Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This treatment needs little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal selection for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile. Why a veneer? Veneers can mask unfavorable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. They are perfect for masking stained fillings in front teeth. Clients with gaps in between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn might consider veneers. What happens throughout the procedure? Clients could need up to three visits for the entire procedure: diagnosis and treatment bonding, planning and preparation. It's vital that you take an active role in the smile design. Hang around in the planning of the smile. Understand the corrective limitations of the procedure. Have more than one assessment, if necessary, to feel comfortable that your dental practitioner comprehends your objectives. To prepare the teeth for the veneers, the teeth are lightly rubbed to enable the little added thickness of the veneer. Generally, about half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which could require an anesthetic. Composite resin veneers are usually done in one appointment. After the tooth is ready, Dr. Lehmann carefully bonds and shapes the composite product onto your teeth. For ceramic veneers, a mold is taken of the teeth, which is sent out to the laboratory for the fabrication of the veneers. This could take several days. If the teeth are too unsightly, a short-term [...]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:18+00:00December 3rd, 2013|Cosmetic Dentistry|0 Comments

Minimally Invasive Porcelain Veneers

Unhappy with your smile, but uncertain of which treatment option is best for you? There are various conservative cosmetic treatment alternatives we offer to patients at Frederick G. Lehmann’s Chapel Hill dental office. One such therapy choice is minimally invasive porcelain veneers. Minimally intrusive porcelain veneers are extremely thin and developed to cover the surface of the teeth to which they are used. With this sort of veneer, tooth structure is left intact and just altered when required. Minimally invasive veneers assist clients save their enamel.  That’s an advantage over more invasive procedures like tooth caps.  Also, with veneers, an anesthetic is not needed.  Because veneers are not as invasive, they could be reversed.  But no single dental therapy is suitable for everyone.  It is very important for clients to study all of their options. Veneers can be durable and offer years of wear. Masking mild to moderate tooth discolorations, fixing small misalignments and rotation of anterior teeth, and reshaping undersized and peg-shaped teeth are just a few of the possible improvements minimally intrusive porcelain veneers offer. With all of the readily available therapy options for people who are dissatisfied with their smiles, it might be difficult to pick which one is best for an individual.  Dr. Lehmann can go over the options with you and help you decide which procedure is best for your situation. Typical mistaken beliefs about minimally intrusive porcelain veneers: "Minimally intrusive porcelain veneers will make teeth look too huge or too long."  Not Necessarily.  In almost all cases, some tooth reshaping is needed to allow the teeth and smile to look better than the smile the patient began with. "Minimally intrusive porcelain veneers can cause gum illness." We take steps [...]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:18+00:00December 3rd, 2013|Cosmetic Dentistry|0 Comments

Crowns – More Frequently asked Questions

A crown is a restoration that covers, or "caps," a tooth to restore it to its regular size and shape, reinforcing and improving the appearance of a tooth.  Crowns are essential when a tooth is abnormally broken down and fillings won't fix the issue.  If a tooth is split, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the fractures so the damage does not get worse. Crowns are likewise used to repair a tooth when there isn't really enough of the tooth remaining to supply support for a large filling, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth or cover terribly shaped or blemished teeth.  In our Chapel Hill office, one of our frequent procedures is installing dental crowns for our patients in Chapel Hill who have damaged or misshaped teeth. How is a crown installed? To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is lowered so the crown can fit over it.  An impression of the gums and teeth is made and sent out to the lab for the crown fabrication.  A short-term crown is fitted over the tooth till the long-term crown is made. On the next visit to our Chapel Hill office, Dr. Lehmann removes the temporary crown and cements the long-term crown onto the tooth. Will it look natural? Chapel Hill dentist Fred Lehmann's primary goal is to produce a crown that looks like a natural tooth. To attain a particular appearance, a number of aspects are considered, such as the color, bite, shape and length of your natural teeth. If you have a certain cosmetic look in mind for your crown, discuss it with your dental practitioner at your preliminary meeting.  When the treatment is complete, your [...]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:18+00:00December 2nd, 2013|Crowns and Bridges|0 Comments