Reduced Tooth Sensitivity

For people with tooth sensitivity, eating an ice

For people with tooth sensitivity, eating an ice cream cone or enjoying a hot chocolate is nearly impossible. Wincing in pain with every bite and sip is no way to live. In most cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by thin enamel, which may have been worn away due to heavy brushing, tooth decay, tooth grinding, a receding gum line, or even the frequent consumption of acidic foods and drinks. Whatever the cause may be, finding a solution is an important step in improving your quality of life.

Tooth Sensitivity Treatment Options

Dentists are accustomed to treating tooth sensitivity issues and typically do so by getting to root cause of the problem. When possible, simple and conservative treatments provide an adequate solution. For example, sometimes the answer may be as simple as replacing an old filling or prescribing fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel. For many, desensitizing toothpastes are also an effective way of blocking the nerve endings exposed by worn enamel.

However, some people – those who undergo smile makeovers – find that decreased tooth sensitivity can be a welcome side effect of veneers. The reason for this is the wafer thin shell that surrounds the front of the tooth and serves as a barrier between sensitive nerve endings and external stimuli. Though sensitivity may temporarily increase for some patients in the initial days following veneer placement, patients with pre-existing tooth pain may find welcome relief once the veneers are in place.

What are Veneers?

Veneers are custom-made in a dental laboratory to fit the surface of the teeth. They are hard, thin porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of the teeth, usually for the purpose of transforming tooth aesthetics. Veneers can be used to cover chipped or stained teeth, as well as change the size and shape of teeth that are short, jagged, or unevenly spaced. Usually, these types of restorations are designed to be permanent, with most lasting up to 10 to 15 years or more before needing to be replaced.

Are Veneers Right for You?

Veneers are typically indicated for cosmetic purposes rather that for the treatment of chronic tooth pain. However, the decision to get veneers and the reasons for getting them are between you and your dentist. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth and are also coping with chronic tooth sensitivity, it may be time to talk to your dentist about veneers. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and find out more about your treatment options. We look forward to serving you soon.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

6 Things You Should Know about Dental Veneers

Veneers have been around for many years now

Veneers have been around for many years now, and they are becoming increasingly common in the Los Angeles area. Thanks to their discreet appearance, you probably see people who have veneers all the time without even knowing it. If you would like to enhance the appearance of your smile, veneers could be the solution you are looking for. Continue reading to learn 6 facts about veneers you may not already know.

1. Veneers are an effective alternative to tooth whitening.

If you have stubborn stains that have not responded to traditional tooth whitening methods, hope is not lost. Veneers are an effective way of changing the color of your teeth to one bright, uniform shade. Whether you have stains caused by the use of tetracycline, discoloration caused by a root canal,  or a natural tooth color that seems dull or yellow, translucent veneers can be created in a shade that compliments your appearance in the most natural-looking way possible. As an added bonus, veneers are resistant to staining, meaning you can keep your new pearly whites in mint condition without visiting your dentist for whitening treatments.

2. Veneers can transform the size and shape of your teeth.

Few people are born with a Hollywood smile. If you are bothered by unevenness in the size or shape of your teeth, veneers can be custom fit to bring consistency to your teeth. This is a simple solution for people who have some teeth that are shorter than others or teeth that appear pointy or jagged.

3. Veneers can fill in gaps and straighten your teeth.

Who says braces are the only way to straighten a crooked smile? For patients with mild to moderate alignment issues, veneers can provide a cosmetic solution without months or years of orthodontic treatment. While veneers will not realign the teeth, they can fill in gaps and create a new façade that hides unevenness.

4. Veneers can be a solution for tooth sensitivity.

If you have teeth that are overly sensitive or have experienced a loss of tooth enamel, veneers can provide a protective shield between your teeth and the outside world. While you retain your natural tooth, the veneer acts as a strong outer shell that could allow you to enjoy hot and cold foods and drinks without fear of pain.

5. Veneers can last for many years.

Since veneers are made of a thin porcelain material, there is a misconception that they do not last very long. When taken care of, however, veneers can last between 10 and 15 years or more before needing to be replaced.

6. Veneers are easy to maintain.

There is not a lot of upkeep for dental veneers outside of normal brushing, flossing and dental cleaning. However, there are some guidelines you will need to follow to avoid damaging, chipping, or cracking your veneers. For example, you may need to switch to a non-abrasive toothpaste and avoid biting down or chewing hard foods, such as ice or hard candy. You may also need to be fitted for a nighttime mouth guard if you have a history or grinding or clenching your teeth.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.