Acid Damage to Your Teeth Can Leave Your Teeth Suffering

Woman suffering from acid damage to Eric teethAcids can damage your teeth and not only make them look bad, but hurt you too. This is why you need to know as much as you can about acid damage, or erosion, and how to avoid it. We can help you as well if you need a dentist.

If your teeth are suffering from acid damage, here are some things you can do to help with this problem. You can also call us for the help you need with this.

What Causes Acid Damage to Your Teeth?

Your diet can cause acid damage to your teeth and cause them to suffer, in return, causing you to suffer as well. Acid decalcifies your teeth and can be painful. Because of this, you need to change your diet.

The foods to avoid include anything with citrus in it and foods that are acidity. Another culprit for acid damage is soda. They contain phosphoric acid. If you already have acid damage to your teeth, call us for an appointment right away so we can help you.

Health Conditions Can Cause Problems with Acid Damage

If you have certain health conditions, believe it or not, they can cause you to suffer from acid damage to your teeth. Those who suffer from gastroesophageal acid reflux disease, or GERD, can have problems with enamel erosion. This is because this is a health condition that causes you to belch up acid from your stomach.

Things You Can do To Prevent Enamel Erosion

You will want to cut back on soda and citrus. Anything with citrus in it can cause acid to form on your teeth, eroding the enamel and causing tooth sensitivity. Drinking more water, and less of everything else you usually drink can help you too. Seeing us for help with your acid damage, or enamel erosion problems can help you too.

Learning everything you can about acid damage or enamel erosion can help your tooth sensitivity and reduce your pain. Call us and make an appointment right away as well so we can help you too.

 

 

Are Porcelain Dental Veneers Permanent?

Before porcelain dental veneers

My patient’s smile before treatment

In nearly all cases, once well fabricated porcelain dental veneers are put on teeth they will not come off. Veneers are typically adhered to teeth that have been trimmed down, allowing for the veneer to fit tightly against the natural tooth.

This gives the veneer a more natural and seamless appearance. There are a select few who are able to get veneers put on without any type of preparation ahead of time. Attempting veneers without reshaping can often result in bulky opaque looking teeth which are not esthetically desirable.

You Should Expect to Maintain Your Porcelain Dental Veneers After You Get Them Placed

Ten porcelain dental veneers

Ten porcelain dental veneers done by Dr. Shapiro

Porcelain dental veneers are put on typically as a cosmetic cover, but they are a very strong cover when well bonded.  They can be a great answer for a wide variety of issues, including stained teeth, teeth that have cracks or chips, or even teeth with unsightly gaps between them. However, they are also adhered to a tooth that has been trimmed, or shaved, down slightly. That minor trimming allows the veneer to fit up against the tooth more securely, giving you the most natural outcome.

They typically last anywhere from 15-25  years, when cared for properly. Well maintained veneers can potentially last a lifetime. Only a very small percentage of people who opt for veneers are able to get the kind that require no tooth preparation. If you are one of this tiny percentage, then you may have veneers that can be removed without any problems with your teeth. However, only your dentist can tell you if this is the case.

For more information on the options you have to improve your smile please contact our office. We can take a look at your teeth, and give you a really good idea on what options would work best for your mouth. Then, you can make the choice as to what procedures you want done to beautify your smile.

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Picture of the Day

This post is the start of something I’ve been thinking about for a long time. Putting up photos of my work up on a regular basis. Showing off some of my dental art work and showing some of the less desirable dentistry that comes into my office and how we get our patients smiles back.

These first photos are of a molar tooth that had root canal treatment. I decided to keep most of the existing tooth structure by doing a ceramic onlay. The onlay is fused to the tooth and creates a very durable tooth.

Lots of dentists would crown this tooth, a crown covers all the tooth above the gum line. An onlay is my preferred way to restore a tooth like this. I feel it is more conservative and gives the patient a less invasive restoration. I believe these onlays allow me to be the best dentist I can be.

Molar prepped for onlay

Tooth shaped for porcelain onlay

Porcelain onlay

The ceramic restoration before bonding to the tooth

Bonded Porcelain Onlay

The final seamless restoration

These ceramic restorations are made through CAD CAM technology.

The onlays are cut out of a block of very hard ceramic material which has the ability to bond to tooth structure. I have been successfully using this technique of restoring teeth for the last 25 years. Dental materials have evolved during that time. I feel that these current materials may have the ability to last my patients a lifetime.

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