Your smile is one of the very first things that people notice about you. Imperfections in your teeth (discoloration, misalignment, damage, missing teeth, etc.) can greatly impact the beauty of your smile, and send the wrong impression. At OC Dental, we can restore the quality of your smile with cosmetic dentistry services.
To improve the appearance of your teeth, consider dental veneers from OC Dental. These porcelain shells are custom-designed by our cosmetic dentist to fit onto the front of the teeth, improving the look of a smile while still appearing natural. At OC Dental, we combine our clinical expertise with one of the best dental labs in the country to create the best cosmetic results possible for our patients.
PORCELAIN VENEERS VS DENTAL CROWNS
Unlike dental crowns (another dental procedure that can be used to change the appearance of a smile), which completely cover a tooth, cosmetic veneers are bonded to cover only the front of a patient’s teeth. They are typically used to restore a smile’s appearance by concealing minor flaws. They are a popular option in cosmetic dentistry because of their affordability, versatility, and simplicity. Some of the most common issues that cosmetic veneers near you are used to treat are:
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Stained teeth
- Deformed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Uneven teeth, or gaps
- Teeth alignment issues
To surgically remove a tooth, the affected area will have to be numbed. A local anesthetic is normally used for one tooth, but if multiple teeth are being removed at once, a general anesthetic may need to be administered to keep you sedated throughout the surgery. The dentist will make an incision into the gum tissue to access the tooth. It will be gripped and loosened by being pulled back and forth. Once it has been sufficiently loosened, it can be removed from the gums. In some cases, the tooth is too firmly lodged in place to be removed this way. It will then be necessary to break the tooth into smaller pieces before it can be removed. Sutures may be placed over the site to close it and help it heal. When this is the case, soluble sutures are usually chosen, as they dissolve over time.
Following the extraction, you will need to treat the area with care as there may be bleeding and it may feel tender. Your dentist may prescribe medication to help with any pain or swelling. Additionally, you will receive specific instructions in handling the site in terms of eating and cleaning.