Great Looking Teeth With Dental Veneers
Even badly stained, chipped or cracked teeth are not a lost cause for our Ipswich patients!
At the Foxhall Dental Practice, one of our most popular cosmetic dental procedures is teeth whitening.
Both fast acting, non invasive and affordable, this is one of the easiest ways to attain a great looking whiter smile.
Whilst this procedure works for the majority of patients though, it may not be appropriate for others. This usually applies to patients whose visible front teeth are either very badly stained, or suffer from chips, cracks or general wear and tear over the years.
Whilst a tooth whitening procedure, performed at our Ipswich practice, can still improve the appearance of severely stained teeth, the likelihood is that the patient may be somewhat disappointed with the results. We will discuss this with you following examination of your teeth at the consultation. Where this is likely to apply, the next step is to consider dental veneers. These do not whiten the actual tooth itself, but, instead, work by replacing a fine layer from the front of the affected tooth with a fine layer, of the equivalent thickness, made from high quality porcelain.
For veneers to be fitted to affected teeth, the damaged front surface needs to be removed. This is done using a local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s comfort and is performed with a tool called a dental burr. This enables us to remove the finest of layers from the front of the teeth. Having prepared the teeth in this manner, impressions are taken which are sent to a dental laboratory where the veneers will be made. This can take a week or so and temporary veneers will be fitted in the meantime, both to protect the tooth and reduce sensitivity.
Once the new porcelain veneers are available, you will be recalled to our Ipswich practice where the temporary veneers are removed and your new bespoke veneers fitted to your teeth using strong dental cement for security. Finally, the veneers are trimmed and polished to give them a very realistic and attractive appearance.
Sensitivity and aftercare
The procedure itself should not be uncomfortable. A few patients, however, do experience some additional sensitivity following the procedure. This is normal and should only last for a short while; however, if you are still experiencing this problem several days after the procedure, please contact us so that we can investigate. With veneers fitted, dental care should continue as normal, with regular brushing and flossing, along with checks at our dental practice. It is important not to neglect your oral health care, as, although the veneers themselves will not decay, the rest of the tooth can. Should the natural underlying tooth suffer from decay, it may mean that your veneers will no longer fit correctly.
For more information about veneers and other procedures from our large range of dental treatments, please contact Foxhall Dental Care on 01473 258396.