Porcelain restorations for both practical and aesthetic purposes are available at our Greenwich practice.
Some dental procedures are largely designed for practical purposes, whilst others such as the ever popular teeth whitening procedure, performs no other role than to improve the appearance of your teeth.
Some treatments do fall somewhere in the middle though, having a practical application for both restorative and cosmetic purposes. One treatment that falls into this category is the use of porcelain dental veneers.
For anyone who hasn’t read our previous blogs, a brief reminder of what a veneer is. Essentially, it is a very fine layer of porcelain that is used to replace an equivalent thickness of the natural enamel surface of the teeth. It is then shaped and polished to give a realistic appearance. It can be used for practical or cosmetic purposes and we take a look at some instances of this below.
It is possible that some of our Greenwich patients may have noticed that their teeth have seemed more sensitive than usual during the recent ‘cold snap’. Some degree of this may not be unusual. For example, if you have been outside in the cold weather for some time, breathing in freezing air, and then take a drink of hot tea, you may notice some sensitivity with your teeth. This shouldn’t be painful though, and if you find that it is, or find that your teeth are sensitive in normal conditions, there may be a problem that veneers can help with.
In you are experiencing this, it is likely that the enamel on your teeth has become damaged in some way. This may be through general erosion caused by exposure to acidic food and drinks or even through brushing too hard. Whatever the reason, using dental veneers to replace the damaged surface will protect the more sensitive inner part of the tooth from exposure to extremes of heat.
Similarly, if a tooth has a small crack, or chip that exposes the inner part of the tooth, veneers can be used to restore these too.