Office Reopen Protocol

I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  This has certainly been an unsettling time for all of us.  Hopefully, it will resolve soon. Dr. Frederick Lehmann, DDS, PA I will be reopening Frederick G. Lehmann, DDS, PA on May 18, 2020. When I reopen, my staff and I will be taking the following steps for your safety: 1.      If you currently have an appointment with us, please call the office to confirm the appointment. 2.      We ask that you do not bring friends or family with you, especially children, to the appointment.  If you need someone to drive you to the office, that person will need to stay in the car or outside of the office during your appointment. 3.     On the day of your appointment, when you arrive at the parking lot, please call us from your car to let us know you are here.  We will let you know when to come into the office to be seen.  We are taking this step to reduce traffic in the office. 4.      Before you enter the office, you will need to be wearing a mask.  If you do not have a mask, we will provide you a disposable mask at the door. 5.     At the entrance to the office, a staff member will take your temperature.  We are also taking temperatures of all staff at the beginning of each work day.  Anyone with a temperature of over 101 degrees will be asked to reschedule his or her appointment.  Employees who present with a fever will not be allowed to work until the fever has resolved. 6.     We will ask you to fill out a form letting us know whether you or any member of your household has flu-like [...]

By |2020-05-30T22:35:19+00:00May 30th, 2020|Services|0 Comments

What is a Dental Emergency?

In an effort to provide guidance to its licensees and the public, The NorthCarolina State Board of Dental Examiners has defined emergency and nonemergency dental treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic as set out below. The recommendation (issued 16 March 2020) that dentists treat only emergency cases during the current State of Emergency remains in effect until further notice.Non-emergency Dental Treatments are those procedures that can be postponed or delayed without causing patient harm or pain. Dentists should refrain from nonemergency treatment of patients during the State of Emergency surrounding the COVID19 pandemic. Examples of non-emergency treatments include, but are not limited to: • Initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs, • Routine dental cleaning and other preventive therapies, • Orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g., pain, infection, trauma), • Extraction of asymptomatic teeth, • Restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions, • Aesthetic dental procedures, • Placement of dental implants. Emergency Dental Treatment consists of managing conditions that require immediate attention, including to relieve severe pain or risk of infection. Dentists should use their professional judgment to safely offer emergency care to patients, including to treat pain and infection, and to alleviate the burden on hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers. Examples of emergency dental treatments include, but are not limited to: Uncontrolled bleeding, Acute abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in pain and swelling, Extensive caries or defective restorations causing pain from pulpal inflammation, Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma including avulsion/luxation, Surgical postoperative follow-up including osteitis or dry socket dressing changes, including suture removal, Dental treatment required by physician prior to critical medical procedures, Pericoronitis or other causes of [...]

By |2020-03-31T23:57:36+00:00March 31st, 2020|Services|0 Comments

Visit a Cosmetic Dentist in Chapel Hill to Increase Self-Confidence

Sometimes, looks actually do matter. A survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry shows that the smile has a very long-lasting impression, as most believe that it will always be attractive despite aging: About (45%) of survey participants agree a smile is the most attractive feature, no matter their age. Conversely, very few think that the body (10%), hair (6%), or legs (5%) are as appealing as we age. Roughly half (54%) of respondents ages 50+ attest that a smile can withstand the test of time most attractively as someone ages, compared with 39 percent of 18-49 year-olds who feel the same. Given the importance of a perfect smile, most people surveyed would be willing to spend money safeguarding their teeth as they age. […]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:17+00:00August 19th, 2014|Info Articles|0 Comments

Chapel Hill Dentist Gives Better Smiles with New Dental Innovations

There’s a reason why people are always reminded to visit their dentists at least twice a year. These regular visits are intended to maintain, repair, and prevent future damage on one’s pearly whites. A simple toothache, after all, may have far-reaching consequences, from concomitant headaches to increased risk in diabetes, stroke, or even cardiovascular issues. It may seem all too much considering that it’s just teeth, but then again, they aren’t just teeth. For their part, dental practitioners make it a point to further improve the ways by which they can help their patients. […]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:17+00:00August 5th, 2014|Info Articles|0 Comments

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

Hiding your Smile?

Porcelain Veneers Smile Enhancements Hiding your smile?  It may be time to treat yourself to some cosmetic dentistry. Whether you need a smile boost or a full mouth transformation, there are numerous cosmetic dentistry therapies readily available to give you the appearance you desire. And although it might sound frightening (or at least, frighteningly pricey), there are pain-free treatments within your spending plan that can provide you huge results. What's most popular? Maybe the most requested cosmetic dentistry procedure is teeth bleaching.  It is a simple cosmetic treatment that can have a dramatic effect. With time, your teeth slowly lose their luster and whiteness because of maturing, food and drink (coffee, tea and red wine) or from tobacco use. Through professional treatments, you can reverse this procedure and whiten your teeth significantly by about eight tones. Quick, in-office whitening, and convenient at-home choices are both available. At-home approaches make use of built trays and peroxide gel to whiten teeth within one to two weeks. In-office bleaching makes use of a more concentrated gel and a high-intensity light to lighten teeth in one to two office visits. Exactly what's dental bonding? If you have a cracked, broken, stained, or rotted tooth, dental bonding can provide a fast, economical and natural-looking fix. A dental composite product is applied to the tooth and shaped into shape by your dental professional. Bonding can even be used to minimize gaps between teeth. Anesthesia is typically not necessary, and the cosmetic dental procedure can be finished in one visit. Background on veneers These are thin porcelain shells that are used to the front of your teeth. From subtle to attractive, veneers give you the ability to personalize the color, shape, and overall [...]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:18+00:00October 23rd, 2013|Cosmetic Dentistry|0 Comments

Dental Crowns Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Dental Crown? A dental crown is a cap, shaped like a tooth. The crown goes over a tooth to strengthen it, and improve the appearance. Dental crowns may be needed to protect a broken or weak tooth, to cover a tooth with a large filling, to hold a dental bridge in place or to cover discolored teeth. Crowns are generally cemented into place. Here are some commonly asked questions about crowns: Generally, what are tooth crowns made of? Some crowns are made of metal. Of course, a metal crown is not a good choice for a tooth that everyone can see. Metal crowns are durable, and are often placed on the back teeth to cut costs.  Porcelain fused-to-metal crowns are strong and durable, but they are not as cosmetically pleasing as an all porcelain crown.  All porcelain crowns are considered to be the most attractive crown. They are usually made out of ceramic material. Porcelain crowns look like or better than a regular tooth.  All ceramic crowns are made of tooth-colored material, designed to blend in with the rest of the teeth. Ceramic crowns are not as durable as some other options.  All resin crowns are the most affordable, but they break easily. How can tooth crowns be repaired? Porcelain crowns can chip, sometimes. If the chip is small, a composite resin can be used to repair the crown, while it is still in the mouth. If the chip is large, a new crown may be necessary.  Sometimes, a crown falls off. Use dental adhesive to temporarily replace the crown, and call the dentist's office. The dentist may be able to re-cement the crown into place. With proper maintenance, can tooth crowns [...]

By |2018-09-03T14:55:18+00:00October 23rd, 2013|Crowns and Bridges|0 Comments