Veneers & Lumineers: The Differences, Benefits, and More

Veneers & Lumineers: The Differences, Benefits, and More

If you’ve ever wondered about tooth enamel, you may have thought about why it is so important. Tooth enamel is actually the hardest material on your entire body. Made up of materials that range in color from light yellow to white, tooth enamel serves as the main source of protection for your teeth. While tooth enamel is a durable material, once it is destroyed, it cannot be regenerated, which is why it is so important to practice an excellent oral health regimen. Unfortunately, enamel does get damaged from time to time. It can come from chewing on hard things, such as ice or hard candy, or it can be damaged by acidic substances. Let’s take a closer look at what we can do when our tooth enamel is cracked, chipped, or damaged, and we need to get our smile looking as wonderful as possible.

What are Veneers?

Before and after Smile design veneers dental procedure photos . Selective soft focus.You may have heard about veneers, and it is possible that you are wondering exactly what they are. Veneers are thin layers that are constructed of composite resin or porcelain, and they are custom made to fit over individual teeth. When a tooth or several teeth have become damaged, a veneer is a great option for a natural look. What issues can veneers fix? They can be used to correct the following:

  • Discolored teeth or an individual tooth
  • Worn down teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Extremely large spaces in between teeth
  • Misalignments

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What are Lumineers?

Lumineers are a specific brand of veneers that are made from patented porcelain. They are extremely thin and easy to apply directly to the surface of the tooth, making them an attractive option to perfect the teeth. The material that Lumineers are made of is extremely durable and long lasting and looks completely natural. When a patient is wearing Lumineers, there are no restrictions on what they can eat or drink, which is one of the reasons so many people find them to be a convenience.


What Exactly is the Difference Between Lumineers and Veneers?

Anyone who needs to fix a less than perfect tooth, or in some cases, more than one tooth may be wondering what the difference is between Lumineers and veneers, and more importantly, which one is the best option for them. The main difference is that veneers require the removal of some of the tooth structure before they can be applied, which is not the case with Lumineers. Veneers tend to be thicker, so the application process requires some preparation so that the veneer looks natural when it is bonded to the tooth. Also, Lumineers more closely resemble natural tooth enamel. Since the application of Lumineers does not require the removal of tooth structure, they can be removed if the patient wishes. This is not the case with traditional dental veneers. Keep in mind that when veneers are applied, the procedure may result in some sensitivity of the tooth. Many patients find that Lumineers are much more tolerable. If your smile is less than perfect, and you are considering Lumineers as an option, your dental professional can advise you as to if you are a candidate.

Benefits of Lumineers

There are many benefits to Lumineers, including the following:

  • Little to no preparation is required for the application process.
  • The application process is pain-free.
  • Lumineers are completely natural-looking.
  • They are extremely comfortable to wear.
  • The patient does not have to wear temporaries while waiting for their Lumineers to be made.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

If you are considering Lumineers, it is likely that you are wondering what the procedure involves for having them applied. The process is actually quite simple! It typically takes two visits to your dental professional. At the first visit, you’ll have custom molds taken so that your personalized Lumineers can be made. The dentist will determine the exact shade that the Lumineers need to be in order to look completely natural. When you return to the office for the second appointment, the Lumineers are simply bonded to the surface of your natural teeth. The teeth may then be polished for a finishing touch. It’s as simple as that! There is no pain or sensitivity, and no downtime to worry about.

Longevity and Care of Lumineers

When properly cared for, Lumineers can last for up to 20 years. Those who have this type of dental veneer should care for them in the same way they would for their natural teeth. A healthy oral care routine should be followed, which includes the following:

  • Brushing the teeth with the proper technique twice a day, for two minutes at a time. A fluoride-containing toothpaste should be used that is approved by the American Dental Association.
  • Flossing the teeth using the appropriate technique one time each day.
  • Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash for 30 seconds.
  • Visiting your dental professional every six months for a routine cleaning and checkup.

Just as with the natural teeth, those who have Lumineers should avoid chewing on extremely hard foods, or anything else that can crack the teeth. One of the main benefits of Lumineers is that they are extremely easy to wear!

What is the Cost of Lumineers?

Patients should typically expect to pay approximately $800 to $2000 per tooth for Lumineers. Certain factors will affect this, such as the location, individual needs, how complicated the case is, and more. A dental professional can advise each patient about the cost of Lumineers for their specific situation.

At Blue Ash Dental, we realize just how important everyone’s smile is! We understand that there may be certain situations when someone’s teeth are less than perfect, and we believe that everyone should be able to smile with confidence. Our professional and compassionate staff knows that patients are looking for the easiest and most painless solution in order to correct their teeth. We will work with you to determine the best fit for your individual needs, and we will make the process as easy as possible from start to finish. If you have any questions, would like further information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

All About Root Canal Therapy

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If you have heard your dentist talk about root canal therapy, there is no need to panic. The root canal is the natural cavity of the inside of the tooth. Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal therapy, is extremely beneficial when it comes to saving teeth and reducing any pain that you may be having. It is essentially a form of relief for a situation that can be extremely uncomfortable for your mouth. Your dentist is dedicated to ensuring that your teeth are as healthy as possible, and therefore, he or she will let you know if root canal therapy is necessary at any time. In this blog, we will take a look at the process of having root canal therapy, as well as explore all aspects of root canal therapy in detail, so that you can be fully prepared when it comes time to have the procedure done.

What Exactly is Root Canal Therapy?

For those who are not aware, root canal therapy is a type of endodontic treatment in which the infected pulp in a root canal of the tooth is replaced. The pulp is a soft tissue that is located inside the tooth, beneath the enamel and the dentin. In the canal of the tooth is the nerve, which can sometimes become infected for different reasons. Root Canal Therapy may take one or two appointments to complete, and the benefits of the procedure include:

  • A restored force of biting.
  • More efficient chewing.
  • Visual appeal.
  • Elimination of pain.
  • The surrounding teeth are protected from strain or excessive wear.

Why Do I Need Root Canal Therapy?

If your dentist has told you that you need root canal therapy, you may be left wondering what the reason for the procedure is. There are a few different reasons as to why root canal therapy may be needed. These reasons include:

  • Decay has caused the tooth to become infected.
  • The decay has penetrated into the pulp of the tooth, causing pain.
  • The nerve of the tooth has become exposed due to trauma, such as breaking or chipping. Root canal pain results and the procedure is needed.

What Signs Indicate That I Need Root Canal Therapy?

There are signs to be aware of that may indicate that root canal therapy is needed. If you experience any of the following, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

  • The gums become tender, painful, or swollen.
  • You notice that a tooth has become dark in color as compared to the rest of the teeth.
  • You experience severe pain during eating.
  • Your teeth and gums are sensitive to extremely hot or cold temperatures that tend to linger.
  • There is a small bump on the gums which accompanies the extreme pain.

Cases such as these may indicate a problem that is severe enough to require a root canal. Your dentist can advise as to if this is the best course of treatment.

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What Does the Procedure Entail?

Those who are scheduled to receive the treatment are often wondering what exactly will happen during the appointment. With the available technology, root canal therapy is virtually painless, so there is no reason to be nervous or put off having the treatment done! The first thing that will happen is that you will receive an x-ray so that the dental professional can determine the severity of the infection that is causing pain. Next, a local anesthetic is given, and a rubber dam is placed around the tooth so that it stays dry. After drilling an access hole into the tooth, the dentist will then remove the decayed tissue, as well as the pulp tissue, using root canal files. The debris is cleaned using water or sodium hypochlorite. Tooth restoration, such as a crown or filling is then placed over the previously drilled hole, or a temporary filling may be used so that the infected material can drain thoroughly. The permanent filling is applied a week or so later. The procedure is then complete!

The Aftercare for Root Canal Therapy

Your dental professional will advise you of the appropriate aftercare that is required. Keep in mind that you may experience slight sensitivity for the first few days after the procedure, in which case the dentist will most likely recommend an over the counter pain reliever. Make sure that you wait until the numbness in your mouth is completely gone before you resume regular eating, and avoid eating hard foods that are difficult to chew. It is also important to limit sugary foods immediately following root canal therapy. After that, it is important to maintain a regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine each day to keep the teeth free from infection. Root canal therapy has a high success rate, though you must visit your dental professional as recommended to check the permanent fillings. In the days following the procedure, contact your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme pain or sensitivity that is not responsive to medication.
  • The gums become inflamed or swollen.
  • The pain lasts longer than a few days.

What is the Cost of Root Canal Therapy?

One of the main concerns of a root canal for many people is the cost. While the cost can vary due to several factors, such as location, the severity of the infection, and which tooth is affected, patients can typically expect to pay approximately $760.00 for a front tooth to be treated, $880.00 for a premolar, and $1000.00 for a molar.

At Blue Ash Dental, we understand that everyone’s needs are unique. We will take all of the necessary steps to ensure complete comfort before, during, and after root canal therapy. We realize that some patients may have anxiety regarding the procedure, so we encourage you to share your concerns with us so that we can help you feel more at ease. We provide individualized, private, and comfortable treatment for every patient in order to maintain the excellent health of your teeth and gums. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.


Halitosis – What it is, the Causes, Prevention, and Treatment

Morning Breath, bad breath or Halitosis

Bad breath is something that no one ever wants to deal with, yet the unfortunate reality is that some people do. It can not only be embarrassing, but it can also damage someone’s confidence and self-esteem. There is nothing worse than being engaged in a conversation with someone, and realizing that they are backing away from you because your breath is less than pleasant. Bad breath, known as halitosis, is a somewhat common problem. So what exactly is halitosis, what causes it, and what can we do about it? Let’s explore the answers to these questions, so that you can take the steps to ensure that your breath is as fresh as can be at all times!

What is Halitosis?

Halitosis is the term for when someone has chronic bad breath that is not typically fixed by simply using a breath mint, a quick rinse, or a breath spray. It tends to linger for a long time and is not something that is caused only on occasion by eating pungent foods, such as garlic or onions. It is worse than the unfresh breath that we all experience first thing in the morning before brushing. Those who have chronic halitosis are often anxious about the situation. Up to 25% of the population has experienced halitosis at some point in their lives. Surprisingly, there are many causes. While it is generally assumed that a buildup of bacteria in the mouth is the main cause, halitosis can also be caused by more serious health issues.

What Exactly Causes Someone to Have Halitosis?

As mentioned above, many people who know someone with halitosis often think that the person is not brushing and flossing properly. They attribute halitosis to a poor oral health routine. Also, people who have halitosis themselves may try to treat it on their own, feeling that if they brush and floss carefully, use an appropriate mouth rinse, and scrape their tongue on a regular basis, the condition will improve. While this improved oral hygiene routine sometimes cures the problem, everyone should be aware that there are other causes of chronic bad breath. If halitosis persists, it may be due to the following:

  • Poor oral hygiene, including improper brushing techniques, not flossing, and not using an antibacterial mouth rinse each day.
  • Dental issues that need to be addressed, such as cavities. Also, a person might have pockets caused by gum disease, which cause excessive bacteria in the mouth.
  • Liver Failure or ketoacidosis, although this is rare.
  • Excessive dry mouth, which can be caused by a variety of things. Alcohol use, the use of certain medications, and some medical conditions can cause decreased saliva production.
  • Unhealthy diets such as low carbohydrate diets.
  • Chronic use of cigarettes and tobacco, which cause a dry mouth and gum disease.
  • Bowel Obstruction. Although this is rare, halitosis can occur in this case.
  • Conditions of the mouth, throat, and nose.
  • Some types of cancer.
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Knowing if You Have Halitosis

Many people may not be aware that they have halitosis. It helps to know what signs or symptoms to look for. The following signs or situations may indicate or result in less than pleasant breath:

  • You notice that your tongue has a white coating.
  • Gastric reflux.
  • The medications that you take on a daily basis cause you to have a dry mouth.
  • You always sleep with your mouth open, another cause of a chronic dry mouth.
  • You haven’t seen a dental professional in a significantly long period of time.
  • You fail to take care of your teeth on a regular basis.

In addition, trust your intuition. If you feel that there is a problem, ask someone close to you who you feel comfortable with if this is indeed the case.

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Prevention of Halitosis

The first step to take when preventing bad breath is to brush properly for at least two minutes, twice a day, floss daily, and use a mouth rinse. Use a tongue scraper each day to remove additional bacteria, and always replace your toothbrush every three months. If you wear dentures, be sure to remove and thoroughly clean them each day. It is also essential to keep up with your dental appointments! This means seeing the dentist every six months for a cleaning and a checkup. At this time, the dentist can check for any issues, such as cavities, that you were not aware of. Also, remember to stay hydrated to prevent a dry mouth. Reduce the amount of caffeine that you consume, and avoid smoking and consuming alcohol. If you notice that the problem has not resolved, make an appointment with your dental professional.

Seeking Professional Dental Care for Halitosis

If you find that you need to visit the dentist due to halitosis, you may be wondering how he or she will proceed. Making an appointment with your dentist will allow he or she to look for cavities, signs of gum disease, or any other oral conditions that may be causing the problem. The dentist will also discuss your oral hygiene routine with you, advise you on the proper techniques for brushing, flossing and rinsing, and advise you as to which products are right for you. In the event that the dentist feels that an oral condition is not causing the problem, you may be advised to see your family doctor.

At Blue Ash Dental Group, we understand that halitosis is a sensitive issue. That is why we make you feel as comfortable as possible at each and every appointment as we work with you to identify the cause and treat the problem. We take the time to communicate with each patient regarding their oral care routine and provide the necessary advice on preventing halitosis from happening. We conveniently offer a wide variety of services so that you can be certain that you are receiving the necessary care that you need for a healthy mouth and a great smile. We are here to help, so if you have any questions, would like more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today!