Dental veneers are custom-designed shells of tooth-like ceramic material that, when applied over the surface of a tooth, can cover worn tooth enamel, uneven tooth alignment or spacing, and chips or cracks. Veneers are often alternatives to crowns and the ideal solution in resolving many dental conditions. Veneers provide amazing results!
Dental veneers fall into the category of cosmetic dentistry because they create a bright, white, durable and exquisite smile with beautifully aligned and shapely teeth. Even better, the translucent ceramic quality of today’s veneers provides a more natural look than what’s been available in the past. In recent studies, more than 95% of porcelain veneers are in place after 10 years, and 85% in place after 20 years.
Creating a perfect smile is truly an art. Dr. Rabile has provided porcelain veneers for hundreds of Texas patients. If you would like to improve your smile with porcelain veneers, contact us today!
A dental crown (sometimes called a cap or jacket) is tooth-shaped cap that is permanently cemented over a tooth, in order to reestablish the tooth’s strength and color, shape and size, and improve its appearance. The crown will cover the visible portion of the tooth above and right at the gum line, once it is cemented into place. A crown may be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more likely to fracture. With the advances in technology we now have the ability to make ceramic crowns with no metal.
To place a crown, Dr. Rabile diminishes 1-2 mm of the tooth to make room for it. She takes an impression of the tooth. The impressions are sent to the lab where the crown is made. During that time, you will have a temporary crown. This is all relatively painless. The crowns are usually made of the day of your visit. They are not meant to last. If a temporary crown is left in the mouth, the cement eventually washes out, and the tooth will decay and may break beyond repair.
On your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and test the permanent one. Sometimes crowns need additional polishing or a glaze or some other adjustment before they are placed. Once the crown is ready, it’s cemented to your tooth. Dr. Rabile has a variety of conservative treatment options through which to restore teeth. If possible, these options should be explored and discussed before selecting the full coverage crown.
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