Is bleaching or teeth whitening really safe?
Yes, bleaching or teeth whitening is safe. It does not remove the enamel from the teeth – only the surface stains and discoloration. The material is used to remove the discoloration is peroxide in a solution that holds the peroxide close to the surfaces of your teeth. This process often causes temporary sensitivity. Everyone is not a candidate for teeth whitening. If you are interested, consult with your dentist.
If I am already taking antibiotics, why do I still have to pre-medicate with a large dose right before my dental appointment?
Antibiotics taken before a one hour before a dental procedure should be a different kind than the one you are already taking. This “loading” or large dose is intended specifically to fight or prevent bacteria from gathering around the leaky valve in your heart.
What are Composite Veneers?
In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement such as Panavia. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated.