How is it possible to make something as delicate as porcelain so strong that it can stand up to the daily wear and tear we put our teeth through? In the past, there were complaints of cracks and fractures in porcelain crowns. Any dental porcelain restorations were not guaranteed to last for a terribly long time, especially if you didn’t take care of your teeth following the procedure. This is why many people decided to stick with metal for their back teeth so that they could endure all of that regular pressure you put them through when you chew food. Your Vernon Hill cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about the advances that allow him to offer patients the highest in quality dental crowns.
Along the road of dental innovations and research, it became clear that pressing porcelain rather than layering would result in a dramatically stronger crown. Even better was that this added strength came along with a better esthetic result as well. The material is heated until it reaches a consistency similar to honey. Crowns can then be pressed and/or sculpted into the desired shape and size by a skilled ceramist.
There was a time when there was no guessing when someone was sporting porcelain dental veneers. These days, they are among the most versatile cosmetic dental options which can provide natural and realistic alterations to a smile that you’re unhappy with. If you have multiple cosmetic issues on your most visible teeth – staining, cracks, chips, fractures, craze lines – whatever the problem, your Glencoe dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, can help you attain the smile of your dreams. Do you have questions? Read on to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about dental veneers.
FAQs on Porcelain Veneers
Q1. How long will it take from start to finish to complete my porcelain veneers procedure? (more…)
What would you think would be reasons to consult with a cosmetic dentist? The obvious answers might be teeth whitening or porcelains veneers. There are many other procedures that can improve the look and feel of your smile. A slight flaw in shape might be fixed with a little light filing. A minor fracture can possibly be covered over with dental bonding (composite resin). Gaps in teeth, or major discolorations might be covered over with a cap or veneer. Too much gum tissue can be addressed with a gum lift procedure. When someone enlists a cosmetic dentist to cover multiple issues, we sometimes call this a complete smile makeover. Your Winnetka cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will discuss what to look for in a cosmetic dentist. (more…)
When it comes to fashion trends, piercings are thought to be a way someone can express themselves without making the life-long commitment of something like a tattoo. After all, piercings can be removed, right? Oral piercings – in the tongue or lip – might appear to have a temporary option, but in this case, being trendy has a permanent cost: tooth damage, and even tooth loss. Wilmette cosmetic dentist, Dr. Brent Engelberg, will tell you more about the downfalls of oral piercings, and how we can help if you if you succumb to damaged teeth as a result of this fashion statement.
Damaged Gum Tissues
A research study published in Journal of the American Dental Association pointed out that constant contact between oral jewelry and gum tissues can cause nerve damage, gum recession, fractured, and chipped teeth. According to University of Maryland Dental School associate professor, Dr. John K. Brooks, “wearing oral piercing ornaments, even over relatively short periods, may result in significant deformities to gingival tissue (gums) that might not respond satisfactorily to surgery and, in fact, may lead to tooth loss.” (more…)