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San Marcos Dentistry | Veneers - Crowns - Dentures - Implants - More
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Teeth Whitening

Hi! Welcome back to North County Cosmetic Dentistry. Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can allow a patient to whiten discolored teeth. Some of the most popular staining factors include:

1. Tobacco Products
2. Drinking dark colored beverages
3. Not cleaning your teeth. 

As you age the teeth can become less bright as the enamel become thinner. The dentist can perform at home or in office dental whitening. 

If using in office whitening the dentist will apply whitening paste to each tooth and use an activator to brighten your smile. if using at home whitening the dentist will create a custom tray that will custom fit the shape and size of your teeth. The dentist will provide a whitening paste depending on the whitening desired and sensitivity of your teeth. Over the course of a couple of weeks you should see results. A consultation with your local dentist will provide the best information regarding teeth whitening. Thanks for watching!

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Dental Crowns

According to the ADA, crowns are “An artificial replacement that restores missing tooth structure by surrounding the remaining coronal tooth structure, or is placed on a dental implant. It is made of metal, ceramic or polymer materials or a combination of such materials. It is retained by luting cement or mechanical means”

However, in simpler terms, a crown is a “cap” that can be used to strengthen a broken down tooth, improve the shape & contour of a tooth & enhance the color of a tooth. A dental crown can be used for a variety of purposes including but not limited to the following:

Protect a Fractured Tooth
Cover Dental Implants
Whiten a Tooth
Protect a Root Canal Treated Tooth
Provide an Attachment for a Bridge or Fixed Partial Denture
Dental Crown Material

According to the ADA, crowns can be made of a variety of materials. I have listed the variety of materials below as well as some of the benefits of each material:

All Porcelain Crowns – Porcelain crowns truly mimic the natural tooth color & is highly resistant to wear. The strength depends on the quality of the bond to the underlying tooth & it may require a more aggressive tooth preparation in order to allow for an adequate bulk of porcelain. Porcelain crowns do have the ability to wear away the opposing dentition at a faster rate then non – porcelain materials. Porcelain crowns fracture more easily than some other materials.

Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns – Porcelain is fused to an underlying metal layer & this type of dental crown is very strong & durable. Further, this type of crown is resistant to leakage. This crown can closely mimic natural tooth structure but the metal may limit the translucency. A thin layer of metal can sometimes be seen at the gingival edge of your teeth. Further, porcelain may fracture from the metal base.

Gold Crowns – Gold Crowns require minimal preparation, have high strength & are resistant to fracture. Gold crowns provide excellent durability & minimal wear on the contralateral tooth. However, gold crowns are not as aesthetic as other dental crowns. Thus, gold crowns are typically placed on the back teeth away from the natural view. Gold crowns conducts hot & cold temperatures rather easily.

A consultation will provide the best information regarding dental materials!

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Porcelain Veneers | 5 Frequently Asked Questions

1. What are the main advantages of Porcelain Veneers?
The main advantage would be that porcelain veneers closely mimic natural teeth while maintaining a conservative preparation. It can truly brighten your smile & it resists staining from a variety of factors including coffee & wine. 

2. What are the main disadvantages of Porcelain Veneers?
The preparation is Irreversible & requires a minimal reduction from the facial surface of your teeth. Further, the veneers are typically more expensive then other dental alternatives such as composite resin. Finally, depending on your dental anatomy, veneer do have the ability to dislodge.

3. Can my teeth still decay after the veneers are placed? 
Yes, veneers can still decay at the margins where the porcelain is placed. The same oral hygeine regimen should be followed including flossing & brushing 2x a day for 2 minutes a day in the morning and at night

4. How much do dental veneers cost?
Typically, veneers can cost anywhere between $800 - $2500 dollars per tooth. The price is dependent upon your unique dental anatomy, the extent of care needed, & the geographic marketplace. 

5. What other dental materials are available on the market? 
There are a variety of dental materials on the market including but not limited to composite resin, porcelain fused to metal crown, Full porcelain crowns & much more.

As always, A consultation with will provide you with the best information regarding veneers. 

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Dental Crowns & Veneers

According to the ADA, veneers are "thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth." Veneers are processed by the dental laboratory, after the teeth are minimally prepared by a dentist. Removing a small amount of enamel will allow for an adequate bulk of porcelain to be directly bonded to your teeth.A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over the entire tooth -- to restore its shape, strength, and improve your smile.

Crowns & veneers can both make your smile beautiful; however, the differences between these two products is vast. A variety of dental issues help guide the dentist in their decision to choose veneers or crowns.

#1 Bruxers- Those that are caught clenching or grinding their teeth throughout the day and at night are typically not indicated for veneers. Recall that veneers involve a thin layer of porcelain & a patient who grinds is more likely to fracture veneer then a crown.

#2 High Carious Activity-Those that have a lot of decay & cavities that are typically indicated for crowns over veneers. Veneers often require minimal preparation. If the preparation becomes larger, a crown is better indicated.

#3 Occlusion- If the dentist needs to correct how your teeth come together, crowns provide more adequate treatment then veneers. Occlusion should be stable for if placing a veneer.

 #4 Eroded Teeth- Veneers require a layer of enamel in order to properly bond to your teeth. If there is a lack of adequate enamel a veneer will be unable to achieve a strong bond to the tooth. Some teeth have more enamel then others which will determine whether a crown or veneer is placed.

#5 Malpositioned Teeth- If the teeth are rotated in an unfavorable manner, the placement of crowns is typically better indicated then veneers. Placement of veneers can be done when minimal tooth repositioning needs to be accomplished. 

Of course, a consultation will give you a better idea about whether a particular case requires a veneer or a crown. I hope this video was educational. 

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