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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Answers to Popular Dental Questions

I see several patients every day and many have questions, fears, and concerns regarding their dental health.  I have addressed some of the concerns below. If you have a question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

1.       Can dental X-rays cause cancer? Keep in mind; you’re exposed to more radiation than you’d get from a full set of dental X-rays if you’re outside for an hour or more.  Not having X-rays done can cause more serious dental issues down the road.

2.       Any useful info about porcelain veneers I need to know? Veneers are porcelain coverings/shims of the front (labial) aspect of the tooth surface, which are bonded to tooth.  We offer smile imagining where you can see what your smile can potentially look like after the procedure. Porcelain veneers allow light to penetrate the wafer shell and reflect only from the inside surface of the tooth structure. This penetration of light produces a translucency which is very natural looking and attractive. Porcelain veneers will last for a long time provided routine care is taken to maintain good oral health, say up to 7 to 10 years or more. Porcelain Veneers may need replacement if they are damaged or chipped or indicate loss of bonding with the underlying tooth structure. The following are a few suggestions to maximize the life of veneers:
a.       Practice good oral home care. Decay in the underlying tooth structure may result if regular oral hygiene is not maintained.
b.      Avoid grinding or clenching your teeth since these actions put tremendous forces on the teeth and can break or move the veneer.
c.       Avoid biting on hard things, such as bottle caps, fingernails, ice cubes etc.

3.       Is whitening safe? Yes. Extensive research indicates that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. Many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
I will be answering more of your questions and concerns throughout the next few months. Please feel free to contact us anytime regarding any of our procedures.



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Sally Johnson said...

These definitely are some great tips! I have looking for general dentistry tips and advice. This was very helpful.