Dr. Omar Abdo Discusses Dental Implants and Veneers
With expertise in cosmetic and restorative procedures, Dr. Omar Abdo offers dental implants and porcelain veneers at his private practice in Jupiter, Florida. Dr. Abdo offers an overview of dental implants and veneers.
Some patients ask if dental implants will help their teeth look and function better. While dental implants give us an excellent tool for tooth replacement, Dr. Abdo often recommend porcelain veneers for patients who have good underlying dental structure, but need or want to improve the appearance of their smiles. Veneers consist of a shell affixed to the surface of the tooth. Veneers provide immediate whitening, correction of stained or worn enamel, cracks, and chips, and straightening of crooked, unevenly spaced, or misaligned teeth. Because the veneer covers the surface of the teeth, it protects damaged surfaces from further erosion or deterioration.
Veneers require much less removal of the surface of the tooth than a crown, making it a less invasive procedure. Some patients prefer to try to straighten and whiten their teeth, but for those who prefer a more immediate, guaranteed result, veneers offer tremendous benefits. Moreover, natural teeth continue to become gray, yellow, or dull over time. They also tend to shift out of place. All of this detracts from a patient’s appearance, changing not only the smile but also the symmetry and contours of the face.
When a patient receives porcelain veneers, Dr. Abdo begins the treatment by scraping a minute layer of enamel from the tooth. The step makes the tooth smaller so that when the veneer is applied, it is the size of the natural teeth. This eliminates the problem of “Chiclet” teeth which can occur if the veneers are too large. In addition, preparing some of the surface of the tooth enables the bonding solution used to affix the veneers to take hold. At this time, he takes an impression of the patient’s mouth. It takes several days to have the veneers made to specification. When the veneers are complete, the patient returns and he starts the process of applying them. The process takes time because he wants the patient to emerge with a perfectly aligned smile.
After receiving porcelain veneers, patients use their regular dental hygiene routines, but should refrain from eating hard foods that could break or crack the veneers. Fortunately, veneers tend to be extremely durable, lasting as long as 15 years. They also prove highly resistant to stains and can strengthen the tooth.
If you are interested in porcelain veneers, please visit Dr. Abdo’s website at www.dental-implants-online.com for more information and to schedule a consultation.