Virginia beach Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry Blog - Dr. Michael Folck

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dental bonding vs. porcelain veneers

Dental bonding is a versatile procedure. Relying on a composite resin, it can be used to repair a variety of dental problems and to cosmetically enhance teeth. Bonding can repair chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth. Bonding can also be used to restore decayed teeth. Porcelain veneers can address a similar range of issues, but unlike bonding, veneers are not used to repair decayed teeth.

With dental bonding, the bonding material used to cover teeth is made of a mixture of glass and porcelain particles dispersed in a liquid plastic. The solution is designed to match the color of your teeth. It’s applied to teeth and allowed to harden with the use of a high intensity light. In contrast, a porcelain veneer is made entirely of porcelain. A porcelain veneer is applied to a tooth surface after the enamel is removed. The tooth is coated with a resin cement to allow the veneer to stick to the surface of the tooth.

Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding can produce a brighter smile. Because the porcelain material of a porcelain veneer is translucent, it resembles the natural enamel of the tooth. A dental bond tends to be more opaque and thus may provide a slightly less natural look. Additionally, a porcelain veneer will generally resist staining though a dental bond will not.

However, there are reasons why a person may prefer dental bonding to veneers. A dental bonding procedure can be done in a day while veneers typically take at least two visits. Veneers can last ten years or more with proper care but they are not indestructible. If damaged, a veneer cannot be repaired. In contrast, while a dental bond may be less long lasting, it can be more readily repaired. Additionally, dental bonds tend to be less expensive than veneers.

Thus, there both procedures have their own advantages. If you have questions about dental bonding or porcelain veneers please contact Dr. Folck or visit our Virginia Beach office to discuss which procedure is best for you.

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Friday, January 2, 2009

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth. In many ways, they are much more effective than the more traditional alternatives, fixed bridges and removable dentures.

Dental implants will last much longer than bridges and dentures. Because the implants act as roots as well as replacement teeth, they will generally provide you with a lifelong fix to your problem. Bridges and dentures are not permanent, and will need to be replaced periodically.

Many people express dissatisfaction with their dentures and bridges. Dentures have a tendency to slip, causing clicking noises while eating and speaking. Bridges place a considerable amount of stress on the neighboring teeth, which will ultimately lead to bone decay. Due to the permanent nature of dental implants, these problems don’t exist.

Dr. Michael Folck has helped many patients achieve satisfying results with dental implants. Once they have healed, many of them don’t even realize that their teeth aren’t real.

Implants can be used to correct all of your missing teeth issues. Whether you need to replace one tooth, several teeth, or all of your teeth, our staff can provide you with the treatment needed to once again have an entire mouth of healthy teeth.

If you are looking for an implant dentist in the Hampton, Virginia area, please visit the website of Dr. Michael Folck, DDS today to learn more about our implant surgery procedures.

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