Resolving Tooth Sensitivity With Dental Veneers
Painfully sensitive teeth can be a thing of the past using porcelain veneers.
Tooth sensitivity can vary in degree of severity. Some patients may notice only a mild version of this, very occasionally, when they drink really hot or cold drinks.
Most people in this situation, are able to live with this occasional level of discomfort and may well do nothing about it. Even mild sensitivity should be checked by a dentist though, as it may indicate the first stages of enamel erosion, or even a cracked tooth. Even if no treatment is decided on at this stage, your dentist may offer advice on diet and cleaning so that the rate of erosion is, at least, slowed down.
Whilst these patients may decide to simply live with the occasional inconvenience of tooth sensitivity; for others, this is much less of an option.
Painful tooth sensitivity
For some patients, sensitive teeth can be much more than ‘uncomfortable’ and can leave them in a significant amount of pain. In some cases, this can be triggered by even mildly warm or cold drinks and even cooler air passing over the teeth on a cold day can make going outside something of a challenge.
At this stage, it is often too late to do anything to ease or correct the problem through preventative mean such as changes in diet and cleaning regimes. Intervention by one of our Chelmsford dental team, however, can make a radical difference to the quality of life for these patients through the use of porcelain dental veneers.
Why veneers are needed
Our teeth are made from a number of ‘layers’. The external layer is made from enamel, a very hard and non porous material. Although the enamel on our teeth can take a lot of pressure before cracking, certainly enough for us to be able to eat most foods comfortably if the enamel is healthy, it can be weakened through consumption of too many acidic food and drinks.
A diet, as ‘nature intended’ would certainly contain these acids, in the form of citrus fruits for example. This would not be a major issue though as the enamel on our teeth regenerates if we give it sufficient time. Unfortunately, in modern society, we consume far more acidic food and drinks, not just in the form of citrus fruits, but also in soft drinks and many other high sugar beverages, in addition to any sugary foods that we eat. Add to this the fact that we increasingly tend to snack, rather than eat three main meals, and the enamel on our teeth simply does not have time to remineralise, and the enamel gradually wears away.
Replacing your tooth enamel
Where the enamel of your teeth has worn away to the extent that you are in regular discomfort, it is time to do something about it. At Blue Sky Dental, we believe that one of the best ways to achieve this is to consider the use of porcelain veneers. Composite veneers are also available, and serve the same purpose. However, they are made from a more porous material and are likely to stain more quickly. They also have a shorter life span as the composite material is less durable.
Dental veneers, in effect, replace the front surface of your front teeth. This is the area that is most likely to suffer enamel erosion, as acidic drinks etc pass over them. Replacing the enamel in this area with a porcelain veneer will help to protect your teeth from sensitivity to both hot and cold. To do this, a procedure is needed.
Fitting a porcelain veneer
To make your new veneer protected teeth both look and feel natural, we can’t simply stick them on top of the current enamel surface. First of all, it is necessary to remove a fine layer of enamel from the affected teeth. This is a straightforward procedure and is performed using a local anaesthetic to minimise any discomfort. Once this has been done, impressions will be taken of your teeth, and your veneers will be produced at an external dental laboratory. In the interim, you will be fitted with temporary veneers to protect your teeth whilst the final versions are produced. This usually takes around a week or so.
When your new veneers are delivered to our Chelmsford practice, we will arrange an appointment for you to have them fitted. To do this, we remove the temporary veneers and attach the new porcelain ones using a dental adhesive. This is a powerful adhesive which should keep your veneers secure for approximately ten years, providing that you look after them as advised. Finally, we will trim and polish the new veneers for a natural look.
A brighter smile too
In addition to their protective qualities, veneers are also often used for improving the appearance of heavily stained teeth. So if you need to have veneers fitted for sensitivity reasons, you may wish to take advantage of this and ‘double up’ on the benefits of the procedure. Our cosmetic dentists will be pleased to offer advice about all of the benefits.
If you suffer from tooth sensitivity and live in or around Chelmsford, why not arrange a consultation to see how Blue Sky Dental can help you? You can call our practice today on 01245 211070.