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Dental Veneers

Dental Veneers
Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth/teeth. A veneers is usually added to the part of the tooth that is visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin (a tooth-colored filling material) on the outside of the tooth and bonded in place; thus, the procedure is referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers are made of porcelain and are fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given temporary coverings. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded or cemented in place. The laboratory-fabricated veneers reflect and refract light similar to natural enamel and are therefore more life-like than the bonded composites.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

Digital X-rays

Digital X-Rays
Our dentists and dental specialists use X-rays to look at the condition of the bone (hard tissue) and other interior structures of the mouth. There are a variety of different X-rays used by each dental specialist to help him/her diagnose and provide the proper treatment methodology. The traditional way of taking X-rays involves the use of films. Technological advances now make it possible to take digital X-rays. Digital X-rays do not require the use of films, and can be taken with a lesser amount of radiation. Any body piercings will need to be removed prior to the taking of the X-ray so they do not interfere with the assessment of the health of the mouth.