July 23, 2014

Cosmetic Bonding or Veneers: Which Is Best for You?

Choosing between cosmetic bonding and veneersIsn’t it nice to have options? To know that you won’t be saddled with a one-size-fits-all procedure that fails to take into account your unique appearance, preferences, and expectations? After all, no two chipped teeth are exactly the same, and the crack in your tooth may look completely different than a crack in another patient’s tooth. Dr. Brad Greenfield of Lake Orion Family Dentistry explains that patients with imperfect smiles have several treatments from which to choose. Lake Orion, MI porcelain veneers and dental bonding, two of the most popular options, serve many of the same purposes but have several key differences. How do you know which to choose?

Similarities Between Veneers and Bonding

Bonding and veneers are both highly versatile cosmetic dental treatments capable of treating multiple cosmetic flaws, including:

The Beauty of Bonding

Bonding is a fast, affordable alternative to veneers. The procedure can be completed in only one office visit, making it ideal for anyone with an unforgiving schedule. Because the special resin used for bonding isn’t translucent like veneers, it is best reserved for the most minor imperfections. Dr. Greenfield often recommends bonding for patients whose teeth have sustained damage to the tooth enamel, a concern that makes teeth more prone to showing stains. A good example would be patients whose teeth show signs of dental fluorosis or damage caused by an acidic diet. However, it can be used for any of the purposes listed above.

Unique Properties of Porcelain Veneers

Have you ever watched an awards show, perused a fashion magazine, or read a blog about celebrities? If so, then you’ve probably witnessed porcelain veneers in action. Veneers, a favorite among stars and other high-profile figures, are widely considered to be the pinnacle of cosmetic dentistry. Much of the magic lies in dental ceramic, the material used to craft veneers. Unlike bonding material, porcelain is stain-resistant and boasts a natural translucence comparable to that of natural tooth enamel. The procedure for crafting and applying veneers is slightly more involve than that of dental bonding, and more than one office visit is necessary.

Are you a candidate for bonding or veneers? To learn more about cosmetic dental treatment in Lake Orion, MI, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact us at 248-693-6213. We welcome patients living in Lake Orion, Royal Oak, Clarkston, Bald Mountain, and the surrounding areas.

July 16, 2014

Root Canal Treatment…Not So Bad After All?

lake-orion-root-canalAs you can imagine, it’s hard for dental professionals such as ourselves to hear of procedures used as euphemisms for terrible, terrifying things. The phrase “like pulling teeth” comes to mind. Dr. Brad Greenfield, who treats root canals in Lake Orion, MI, explains that much has changed in the past decade. Dental procedures are now performed more safely, quickly, and comfortably than ever thanks to intensive training and advancements in dental technology.

Do I Really Need a Root Canal?

First, let’s clear up some confusion about the name of the treatment itself. The procedure isn’t actually called a root canal; it’s a root canal treatment or root canal therapy. Actually, everyone has several root canals in each of their teeth. These miniscule tubules begin deep within your tooth in a bundle of nerves and tissue. When an infection strikes your tooth, these nerves are exposed and you experience pain. Without treatment, an abscess or infection originating near the root of your tooth may cause the tooth to become non-vital, that is, dead.

But Won’t a Root Canal Treatment Hurt?

Some discomfort is to be expected following your procedure, but take a moment to put this into perspective. Suppose you’ve just  broken your leg while playing football. When you arrive at the emergency room, you don’t question that the bone must be stabilized and set to ensure proper healing. To do so, the surgeon must actually touch and manipulate your leg before encasing it within a cast. The cast isn’t the painful part; the fracture is. You certainly wouldn’t shy away from having the broken bone set, knowing that to do so would cause even greater pain and damage. Root canal treatment is the same way. No, it’s not fun or painless, but it is absolutely necessary. Dr. Greenfield also offers multiple sedation options for patients who have anxiety or fear about having dental work completed.

Will I Require Restorative Dentistry?

Most patients will require further dental work to reinforce the affected tooth or teeth. Otherwise, you will be unable to eat and speak as before. Dr. Greenfield generally restores the infection-free tooth using a CEREC dental crown, which can be placed in a single office visit. That brings us to another misconception–that treating infected root canals requires several lengthy office visits. And as for metal fillings, visible to all when you open your mouth to eat or speak? No thank you! Our patients appreciate that our crowns are tooth-colored so others will be unable to tell that you’ve undergone a dental procedure.

Delaying a root canal treatment is dangerous. To learn more about our services, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Brad Greenfield, contact Lake Orion Family Dentistry at 248-693-6213. We welcome patients living in and around Lake Orion, Royal Oak,

 

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