Posts for tag: porcelain veneers

By James B. Howell, D.M.D.
February 05, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

By James B. Howell, DMD
July 01, 2014
Category: Dentistry
Close your eyes for a moment and picture your perfect smile. Would your teeth be whiter? Would you fix the spacing between your teeth? Or maybe there are other imperfections that drive you crazy and keep you from having the smile you picture in your head. What if we could promise you that with one simple procedure, your Louisville cosmetic dentist could get you that smile. We are serious! You will be amazed with the results when you get dental veneers in Louisville. Veneers

The Facts about Veneers

So what is this dental magic that promises a new and improved smile? It isn’t magic, but the results sure look like it. Here are some useful facts about porcelain veneers in Louisville to help you decide whether you are the right candidate for this dental treatment.
  • Do you hate the idea of spending hours in the dentist’s chair or coming back for multiple times to get your smile the way you want it? Do you want to get a better smile but you just can’t commit to a treatment? We completely understand your hesitation. Any kind of makeover can make people a little nervous. However, what makes dental veneers in Louisville such a winner is that there is very little tooth preparation needed to get you a beautiful new smile. Unlike with crowns, we only shave down a tiny bit of tooth enamel to make way for these thin shells. As always, a non-invasive treatment makes for a happy patient!
  • Do you want to hide those gaps, whiten your teeth, conceal chips and cracks or cover up general unevenness in your smile? If so, your Louisville dentist is urging you to consider dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells are specifically designed to target these very dental problems. If you could look in the mirror and see a straighter, whiter smile, would you? We believe your answer would be yes. That’s why dental veneers are a fantastic option for those looking to fix minor imperfections.
  • Can’t get enough Thai food? Or maybe you enjoy a soothing Earl Grey tea every night before bed. While you might be enjoying these glorious foods and drinks, your poor teeth are getting the brunt of it. This can cause some nasty stains over the years. Couple that with smoking or long-term antibiotic use, and you’ll find discolorations that are severe and hard to remove. If teeth whitening just hasn't helped solve the problem, then it might be time to consider porcelain veneers in Louisville, KY. An added bonus is that veneers are stain resistant—so feel free to dig into that Thai food all you want. We won’t judge!
Why not call our office and let us show you what your smile could look like.  We will be happy to show you financing options that can help you fit cosmetic dentistry into your budge.
If you think dental veneers are exactly what you’ve been looking for, then call us, your Louisville cosmetic dentist, at (502) 899-7766. We’ll work to get you a consultation right away.

Louisville, KY Cosmetic Dentistry
James B. Howell, D.M.D.
3936 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 899-7766



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