Make the Most of Your Smile with Minimal Reduction
Sometimes, a smile needs a little boost. Veneers can correct many aesthetic dental problems, including:
- Stains or Discoloration
- Chips and Cracks
- Misalignment or Crookedness
- Sharp, Fang-like Appearance
- Spaces Between Teeth
- Other Imperfections
Do cracked, worn, or decayed teeth make you self-conscious when you smile? Beautiful, life-like porcelain crowns can give you a whiter, healthier smile that you'll be ecstatic to share. Dental crowns fit snugly over damaged teeth to enhance their appearance and restore structural integrity.
For the most natural-looking smile, we recommend all-ceramic crowns. With our precise color-matching system, we can find the perfect shade of porcelain to blend with your natural teeth color. In areas of intense pressure, ie: molars, we may suggest porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. We can design, fit, and place your custom dental crowns in just a couple of appointments. Once a dental crown is placed, you can care for it as you do your natural teeth.
The Truth About Dental InsuranceCongratulations if you are one of the 60% of the population with the benefits of dental insurance! It is exciting when you get that dental insurance benefit-you just know that now you can get that smile you have always wanted. Dental insurance may have never been one reason you chose one job over another. It is a job perk that some receive as a addendum to their medical insurance or a separate negotiated benefit. That being said, it is not a piece of information that most people can interpret easily. Dental insurance can be like that legal-ez you and I skip over when we sign our life away for a mortgage or automobile. If any of these thoughts sounds familiar to you then read on. I am here to help you through this jungle! Some truisms about dental insurance you need to know:
- Dental insurance is capped at a yearly maximum. For about all policies this is $1,000-$2,000 per year. It has been this way since the 1960's.
- Dental Benefits paid for procedures vary greatly from company to company and even policy types within companies. It becomes a function of what your individual employer is willing to pay for. This is why it is very difficult for you and your neighbors to compare coverage "over the fence."
One of the most frustrating aspects of dentistry for even the most experienced of practioners is difficulty attaining local anesthesia with the mandibular teeth. It is commonly known that, according to the study you read, only 80 - 85% of mandibular blocks are successful.
When mandibular blocks are not successful:
- creates anxiety in the patient
- frustrates the dentist
- puts undue pressure on the daily schedule of the patient and the dentist due to "having to wait on it".
- requires the dentist to try to achieve the required level of comfort by the addition of much more medication which is not helpful to the patient. I have actually had patients come to me with stories of the dentist dismissing the patient to reappoint to another day due to the patient not getting "numb".
- gives additional risks of increased heart rate due to inadvertent arterial infection or paresthesia from mandibular nerve trauma.
- increases the risk of a hematoma.