Solutions For A Severely Cracked Tooth

Teeth can crack for a number of reasons; perhaps you have fallen or gotten hit in the face, or maybe you simply chewed on something hard. A cracked tooth is unfortunate, but you do not have to worry because there are several effective solutions for a cracked tooth.

At Foutz Family Dentistry, we have seen countless patients with cracked, chipped or broken teeth and offer a number of procedures to repair your damaged teeth. The right solution will be dependent on how severe the damage to the tooth, but with over 30 years of experience Dr. Foutz has the knowledge and experience needed to deliver the finest dental care.

Reasons For A Cracked Tooth

Teeth can crack for many reasons including:

  • A bad fall
  • Blow to the face
  • Biting something hard
  • Tooth decay
  • Cavities

Procedures To Repair A Cracked Tooth

1) Porcelain Crown

A porcelain crown is placed over a tooth, surrounding the enamel. In essence, a crown functions as a cap on the tooth, protecting it from continued damage, easing pain while chewing, and improving its appearance. Crowns are made in tooth-colored porcelain that look natural but are strong and durable. Crowns are made individually for each person ensuring that you receive a crown made specifically for your teeth that will be comfortable and permanent.

2) Fixed Bridge

A fixed bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth that are attached to crowns on adjacent teeth. A bridge may be a good option if you have more than one cracked tooth as it can help if you have more than one cracked tooth. A bridge is also a good option if your tooth is so severely cracked that it must be removed; it helps to complete empty spaces giving a natural complete looking smile.

3) Dental Implants

A dental implant is one of the most sought after solutions for replacing missing teeth or improving the appearance of severely cracked or damaged teeth. Dental implants can replace a single tooth in between two health teeth, allowing you to only address the tooth in question. With a dental implant, the severely cracked tooth would first be removed. After the gum has healed, a porous metal anchor is first placed into the jawbone and given time for osseointegration. Afterwards a mounting post and a specially designed crown are attached to the post and positioned at the gum line. Dental implants function like natural teeth and can be used as anchors for crowns, bridges or to secure loose dentures.

4) Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is more commonly used for minor cracks or chips in teeth. Using a tooth-colored composite resin, a cracked tooth is filled or repaired helping to improve its aesthetic appearance. Bonding can provide long-lasting results but is better used for smaller corrections.

5) Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells that are made to look like a natural tooth. A veneer is created to match both the color and shape of your teeth, but is bonded to the tooth in order to correct minor flaws. With a veneer, you can retain your tooth and its natural strength while improving the appearance of a cracked tooth.

To learn more about effective solutions for severely cracked teeth in Henderson, Nevada, call Foutz Family Dentistry today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Daily Care For Dental Implants

Taking care of dental implants is easily done by simply maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly will make a significant impact in keeping your implants clean and free of plaque.

Why Is Daily Care Important For Dental Implants?

Although an implant is not a natural tooth, it still requires daily care in order to prevent problems that can lead to bone loss and even removal of the implant. Even though you cannot develop cavities or decay, dental implants that are not well maintained can cause bleeding known as mucositis, which if left un-treated can develop into a condition known as peri-implantitis or irreversible bone loss.

Daily Oral Hygiene Habits For Dental Implants

Dental implants require daily cleaning in order to keep in proper condition and maintain good oral health. Good daily care habits to consider include:

  • Brushing at least twice a day with soft toothbrush or an electric toothbrush
  • Brushing after each meal
  • Using a fluoride toothpaste
  • Using a soft toothbrush or if possible a inter-dental toothbrush that is specially designed to better clean around dental implants, bridges or even braces
  • Regular flossing
  • Using an antimicrobial mouth rinse

You must maintain good daily oral care habits to prevent gum diseases or even dental implant failure. You may also avoid high amounts of sugar, starches or acids as these can be hard on teeth and lead to plaque buildup.

Keep Up Regular Dentist Visits

To most effectively care for your dental implants, Foutz Family Dentistry recommends consistent oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Even with implants, you should still make it a habit to see your dentist every 6 months for a professional exam and thorough cleaning. You will also need yearly x-rays to check that all aspects of your dental implants are functioning properly, have healed, and are staying in place. Regular dental exams and cleanings play a significant role in preventing dental problems and maintaining the overall health of your teeth and gums. During a dental checkup, the implants will be checked for looseness and gums will be evaluated.  

Henderson Dental Implants

At Foutz Family Dentistry in Henderson, we provide superior care for natural teeth and dental implants alike. TO schedule a regular exam and cleaning, call (702) 792-5929. Or call us today to learn more about dental implants and how they might benefit you.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Gum Disease And Heart Disease: Is There A Connection?

Studies have shown a notable connection between gum disease and other larger health problems, such as heart disease. Plaque build-up, inflamed gums, and bacteria in the mouth can all contribute to heart attacks, making it extremely important to address gum issues quickly.

What Is Gum Disease?

Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums typically caused by build up of bacteria, plaque and tartar. Plaque is the bacteria on teeth that causes cavities, but it can also build up on the gums, leading to the beginning stages of gum disease known as gingivitis.  Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease typically marked by swollen, inflamed or bleeding gums.  When left untreated, gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. As the disease progresses, it will cause gums to pull away from the teeth while bacteria begins to destroy tissue and bone.  

Symptoms of gum disease can include:

  • Bad breath
  • Red, swollen, tender or bleeding gums
  • Pain while chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth

How Does Gum Disease Cause Other Health Problems?

When left to build up, these bacteria of the mouth can escape through the bloodstream reaching major organs and other areas of the body, which in turn can lead to other larger health issues. Although the exact connection is still unknown, inflammation is also thought to be the common link as the level of inflammation of the gums can increase the risk of inflammation elsewhere in the body. Inflammation is a key factor in many diseases particularly heart disease.

Connection Between Gum Disease And Heart Disease

Studies have continually shown a connection between poor heart health and gum disease. The correlation between inflamed gums or excess bacteria in the mouth and heart attacks continues to grow as people with poor gum health are two times more likely to have coronary artery disease than those with healthier gums.  It is believed that gum disease can increase the risk of heart disease due to the combination of bacteria in the blood stream from inflammation of the gums, which can lead to narrowing of arteries.

It is important to remember that not all patients with gum disease will suffer from heart disease, but it is still extremely important to treat gum disease before it has a chance to progress or worsen.

Treating Gum Disease

Brushing and flossing teeth regularly, at least two times a day, is the first step to reducing the risk of periodontal disease and overall poor oral health. Mouthwash can also help to decrease the amount of bacteria in the mouth. A healthier diet low in sugar can also help to reduce plaque and bacteria build up.

Gum disease cannot be treated with good oral hygiene habits alone. It is extremely important to maintain consistent and routine dental cleanings and examinations. A thorough cleaning every 4-6 months is the most effective way to remove plaque and tartar, while watching for signs of gum disease. Your dentist will be able to recommend specific periodontal habits to help and provide the most effective treatment.

If you suspect gum disease, contact a dentist as soon as possible to avoid progression or other more serious health problems.  Schedule an appointment at Foutz Family Dentisty in Henderson, Nevada to help get you on the path to healthy gums.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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How Does Botox Help With Headaches And TMJ?

Botulinum toxin, most commonly known as botox, is an injectable neurotoxin that is most associated with softening frown lines and smoothing wrinkles. However, Botox has a number of health benefits in addition to its aesthetic ones when administered correctly.

Botox As A Medical Treatment

Botox is often used as a treatment for headache and migraine relief in addition to treatment for jaw pain, jaw tension, and TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders. In 2010, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved the use of Botox as a treatment for chronic migraines and has also been recognized as a viable treatment for other medical conditions such as TMJ, neck spasms and even overactive bladder.

How Does Botox Work?

As a medical treatment, Botox is injected into the facial muscles affected with pain and discomfort and then works like a pain reliever as it binds to cramped muscle fibers and then causes them to relax. Botox blocks the chemical signals that indicate pain causing a temporary paralysis of the designated muscles and preventing those neurotransmitters from reaching the nerve endings around the head, neck, and jaw.

How Long Does It Take For Botox To Work?

Botox for the treatment of chronic headaches or jaw pain is most often quick and effective. A majority of patients report noticeable improvement within the first few days of treatment and relief within the first couple weeks. While patients may notice improvement following the first treatment, Botox is most effective in treating pain following a consistent number of treatment cycles. Patients often notice the greatest effect after the second or third treatment, with each treatment lasting for approximately 10-12 weeks.

Who Can Administer Botox?

Botox is a non-surgical procedure that can be administered by a doctor and arguably more effectively by a dentist. A dentist is one of the most knowledgeable medical professionals in the oral and facial areas making them uniquely qualified in the administration of Botox injections.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz of Foutz Family Dentistry in Henderson, Nevada is highly trained in head and neck musculature and has extensive knowledge and experience administering injections in and around the face. For years, Dr. Foutz has provided patients with therapeutic Botox injections that have provided invaluable relief from migraines, chronic headaches, TMJ tension, and jaw pain. For more information about Botox and how it can help with headaches or TMJ, call our office today at (702) 792-5929 to set up a consultation with Dr. Foutz.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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I’m Older, Why Should I Consider Straightening My Teeth?

Straightening your teeth is a worthwhile investment and commitment for people of any age. Often times adults and senior citizens believe that they cannot take measures to straighten their teeth simply because of their age, however, healthy teeth can be moved at any age. Teeth straightening options such as Invisalign are not only options for teenagers; it is both a viable and recommended option for older adults wishing they had straighter teeth.

Benefits Of Straighter Teeth

People of all generations can have crooked, misaligned teeth that can affect more than just a person’s smile. Crooked teeth are often a major reason for low self-image and low self-confidence. Having straighter teeth can help adults to regain self-esteem simply by giving them the confidence to smile openly and freely. A person with straighter teeth who is more inclined to smile are likely to pursue social opportunities and have more positive interactions with other people. A beautiful smile is an invaluable feature for a person of any age to feel proud of.

Straighter teeth can also provide important health benefits for older adults. Crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth can make it harder for a person to thoroughly clean their teeth with regular brushing and flossing. This gives an increased opportunity for dental problems such as cavities, tooth decay or gum disease.  Straightening teeth can even help to improve chronic headaches and chronic neck or jaw pain.

Henderson Invisalign For Older Adults

Teeth can be straightened at any age using a number of techniques such as traditional braces or clear aligners. At Foutz Family Dentistry, we trust in the Invisalign orthodontic system and highly recommend it for adults of any age wishing they had straighter teeth.

Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners designed to gradually straighten teeth by put varying amount of pressure on teeth. Each aligner is used for approximately two weeks and then a patient is switched to a new one. Aligners are produced using 3-D computer imaging that plans out a comprehensive and individualized treatment plan.

Invisalign is a great option for adults and senior citizens because it straightens teeth without anyone knowing, allows you to eat or drink whatever you want, does not affect brushing or flossing habits, and is comfortable.

For more information about Invisalign treatment available at Foutz Family Dentistry, call our office today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Sleep Apnea And The Dental Connection

Those with sleep apnea experience shallow breathing while they sleep or may even stop breathing for a short moment. There are two types of sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common and occurs when throat muscles excessively relax and cause the airway to collapse. This then blocks airflow and affects breathing. This potentially dangerous condition affects over 18 million people in the United States and yet it is incredibly under diagnosed. Research has shown that sleep apnea can often be diagnosed quicker by a dentist or dental hygienist rather than by a person’s primary care physician.

Typical Signs of Sleep Apnea

 Sleep apnea can affect anyone at any age and is most often accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Excessive Snoring
  • Poor Sleep Quality
  • Waking Up Frequently During The Night
  • Fatigue
  • Waking Up Feeling Tired
  • Sleepiness Or Drowsiness During Daytime
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sore Throat
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Neck And Shoulder Pain

Dental Signs Of Sleep Apnea

 Due to routine dental cleanings, people will typically see their dentist more often than they do their doctor. A dentist or dental hygienist will notice some key signs of sleep apnea such as

 

  • Tooth Grinding
  • Jaw Pain
  • Enlarged Tongue
  • Small Jaw
  • Tongue With Scalloped Edges
  • Redness In The Throat
  • Dry Mouth
  • Pain While Chewing
  • Worn, Cracked, Broken Or Missing Teeth
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Tooth grinding and jaw pain are two of the first and most common dental of sleep apnea. Both result from a person reflexively tensing their jaw in their sleep as they body attempts to prevent the airway from feeling blocked. Both issues can lead to other problems such as worn or cracked teeth and pain when chewing. A person with sleep apnea is also likely to snore quite a bit, which can lead to redness in the throat or persistent dry mouth.

Family Dentistry Henderson

During routine cleanings or dental checkups, a dentist or dental hygienist will likely notice if you have developed any of these signs or if they are continuing or worsening. While a dentist is able to identify the signs of possible sleep apnea and will likely be well informed, they are not able to make an official diagnosis. If a dentist is concerned that sleep apnea may be an issue, you will likely be referred to your primary care physician or a sleep disorder specialist for a sleep study.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz and his team of experienced dental hygienists have sufficient knowledge about the signs of sleep apnea, along with years of experience to help identify a potential problem. If you are currently experiencing some of the above mentioned symptoms for sleep apnea, make an appointment at Foutz Family Dentistry today and we will thoroughly check your teeth, gums and mouth for the dental signs of sleep apnea. While Dr. Foutz is not able to make an official diagnosis or treat you for sleep apnea, he can help you get on the right path to address this condition.

At Foutz Family Dentistry, we strongly recommend and encourage our patients to remain diligent about routine dental cleanings and exams. Doing so will not only ensure your dental and oral health, but can also help in identifying other potential health concerns.  Call our office today at (702) 792-5929 to schedule an appointment.

 Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Preventing Tooth Whitening Loss

Although the natural color of teeth is not the bright white we often envy, there are still steps we can take to help prevent further tooth whitening loss. As people age, teeth can darken as enamel cracks and erodes absorbing color from the foods and drinks we consume. Plaque and tartar buildup can also create a prime surface for tooth stains. Maintaining healthy white teeth can be done by way of several simple everyday tips as well as with professional teeth whitening.

Foutz Family Dentistry understands the impact a bright and beautiful smile can make on the self-esteem and confidence of a person. We offer several teeth whitening procedures to help you get the stunning smile you desire and also offer you several at home tips to help you maintain the whiteness of your teeth.

Preventing Tooth Stains

 Tooth stains can be prevented through several home remedies in addition to professional dental procedures.

-Maintain Regular Dental Cleanings:

Professional dental cleanings and routine checkups are the best way for people of all ages to maintain both the health and appearance of their teeth. Dental cleanings are the most effective way to remove the plaque and tartar buildup that regular brushing and flossing often miss. Through dental cleanings you can be sure that your teeth are truly clean helping to prevent a surface enamel that stains can easily latch on to.

– Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Practices

 Following consistent oral hygiene practices such as regular brushing and flossing can make a significant difference in preventing tooth whitening loss. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash consistently will work to kill the bacteria that leads to plaque and facilitates staining.

-Avoid Consumption Of Tooth Staining Beverages

Beverages such as coffee, tea, red wine, acidic juices, and dark sodas are known culprits for stained teeth. If you still choose to consume these drinks, you may consider using a straw to help limit the exposure to your teeth.

-Munch On Whitening Foods

Certain crunchy foods such as apples, celery and carrots can act as natural scrubbers to help remove stains. The effect may only be slight, but the acidic nature along with their rough flesh can aid in cleaning and even brightening teeth

-Brush After Consuming Tooth Staining Drinks Or Foods

By brushing your teeth or at a minimum rinsing your mouth out after you have consumed stain-causing drinks or foods, you can make a significant impact on preventing whitening loss.

-Treat Heartburn

The acid that result from heartburn, or acid reflux, can also cause damage to the color and enamel of your teeth. By treating heartburn, you not only help yourself feel better, but you also help to improve the condition of your teeth.

-Consider Professional Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening procedures performed by a trusted dentist are designed to whiten teeth quickly, safely and comfortably. Through professional tooth whitening you can often achieve teeth that are up to five shades whiter.

Henderson Teeth Whitening

At Foutz Family Dentistry we feature Opalescence Boost PF Tooth Whitening procedures. Under the supervision of Dr. Barton H. Foutz, the Opalescence Boost PF Whitening process will deliver proven results without causing damage to teeth or gums.

Foutz Family Dentistry offers whitening procedures that can be performed in-office or at-home, or even a combination of both options. For more information on one of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures offered, contact us today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

 

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Why Oral Cancer Screening Should Be A Part Of Every Dental Exam

An oral cancer screening is an exam typically performed by a dentist to check the oral cavity for precancerous conditions or signs of cancer. During an oral cancer screening, an experienced dentist such as Dr. Barton H. Foutz of Foutz Family Dentistry is able identify early signs of oral cancer allowing patients to get treatment before reaching a more advanced stage.

At Foutz Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to the complete oral health of our patients, which is why we choose to perform a precautionary oral cancer screening during every dental exam. By doing so, our hope is to help patients reduce their personal risk for oral cancer or extend a patient’s possibility for successful treatment from an early diagnosis.

Why Is An Oral Cancer Screening Performed?

 Oral cancer screenings are a precautionary measure taken during a dental exam to check for potential signs of oral cancer. It is not a medical exam or a diagnostic exam and is not performed because cancer is suspected. It is estimated that approximately 84% of oral cancer cases can detected early by a dentist.

What Takes Place During An Oral Cancer Screening?

During an oral cancer screening a dentist will visually and physically examine the mouth, lips, face, neck, and inside of the nose for abnormalities such as:

  • Swelling
  • Bumps, Lumps, Or Hard Spots
  • Ulcers Or Sores
  • Discoloration
  • Red Or White Patches
  • Bleeding
  • Numbness Or Pain While Biting Down

The dentist will also use a gloved hand to feel the tissues in the mouth while visually checking for abnormalities and signs of cancer. A dentist will also feel a patient’s head, cheeks, and areas around the jaw to check for unusual nodules, swelling, or lumps. Specialized examining tools or dyes may also be used to help them better identify potential problems. Patients with dentures or other dental appliances will be asked to remove them prior to the examination in order to perform a more thorough examination.

Am I At Risk For Oral Cancer?

 Unfortunately, oral cancer is often detected in patients with no risk factors, however the majority of those diagnosed with oral cancer will present at least one of the following risk factors:

 

  • Smoking Or Tobacco Use (Including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, snuff)
  • Heavy Alcohol Consumption
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Unhealthy Diet
  • History Excessive Sun Exposure
  • Age (Those over the age of 40 are at a higher risk)
  • Gender (Men are at a higher risk than women)
  • Previous Oral Cancer Diagnosis

Those with higher risk for oral cancer should especially seek out an oral cancer screening during regular dental cleanings, but as cancer can hit even those without risk factors it is increasingly important to include oral cancer screenings in every dental exam.

Henderson General Dentistry

Foutz Family Dentistry in Henderson, Nevada offers superior general, family and cosmetic dentistry. Through years of expertise and experience combined with modern dental procedures and technology, Dr. Barton H. Foutz and his staff provide the finest dental care. During a dental cleaning or dental exam, we will perform a thorough oral cancer screening to help better ensure the oral health of our patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment call us today at (702) 792-5929.

 Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

 

 

 

 

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Considering Bridgework Over Dental Implants

Missing teeth cannot only result in a less attractive smile, it can also leave gums exposed making them more susceptible to infections and other complications while putting adjacent teeth at a higher risk of loss. This can lead to pain, discomfort and a lowered self-esteem.

Leaving missing teeth untreated can cause surrounding teeth to drift from their natural positions further affecting the way you speak or chew your food among other dental problems. Although dental implants have become one of the most popular procedures for addressing and resolving missing teeth, not all people qualify for this procedure, but can find a solution with a dental bridge.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz of Foutz Family Dentistry has extensive experience in fixed bridge procedures that can effectively fill the gap where one or more teeth may have been.

Dental Implant Versus Bridgework

A dental implant requires the placement of an artificial “root” into the jawbone and attaching a crown to it. This artificial root or post is made of titanium and is implanted into the jawbone through a small surgical procedure. The post is then left to fuse naturally with the bone for a period of 3 to 6 months. Following successful fusion, an abutment is placed on the post and finally, the dental crown is screwed on top of the post.

Bridgework, in contrast, involves installing a bridge between two natural teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing teeth. The crucial differentiating point is that although the gap is closed, there is no fixture of the artificial tooth to the jawbone as is the case with an implant. A bridge can also help to support surrounding teeth.

Pros And Cons

A dental implant procedure is an effective long-term solution for missing or eroded teeth. However, the process itself can be long and tedious, and there is a risk of patients developing infection in the implanted area, which can delay the healing process. Qualifying for dental implants can also be difficult, as they require significant bone volume in the jaw in order to properly support the implant.

Dental bridges can provide a quicker, yet still effective solution for missing teeth. Bridgework is safe, relatively painless, and is much more simple to execute. Dental implants require at a minimum 4 appointments, likely more, over the span of several months, yet bridgework can typically be completed in just two office visits.

Although dental implants will provide a longer lasting solution than a dental bridge, they are significantly more expensive and have greater requirements in order to qualify for the procedure.

Reasons To Consider A Henderson Fixed Dental Bridge

Bridgework provides a more affordable and still effective solution for replacing missing teeth. With a fixed bridge, patients can complete their smile, improve bite, and protect the jaw joint. A bridge offers a natural looking and durable means for fill the gap left by lost teeth.

During a fixed bridge procedure with Dr. Foutz utilizes a high degree of precision and dexterity along with technology in order to properly fit dental bridges that will provide support and prevent decay while improving the appearance of a smile. For more information or to schedule a free consultation for Henderson bridgework, contact Foutz Family Dentistry today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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“No-Prep” Veneers Could Eliminate The Need To Remove Tooth Enamel

Veneers are a great way to improve the appearance of a smile and boost self-confidence. Veneers have become a very popular procedure due to simple and effective way they can be used to cover imperfections restoring the smile of people with discolored, chipped or gapped teeth.

Traditionally, porcelain veneers are used for the procedure. However, the thickness of a porcelain veneer requires that some of the healthy enamel be removed in order to make space for the veneer and improve the bonding surface. Without removing this portion of the enamel, the veneer would create a crowded appearance and potentially reduce the effectiveness of the bond.

No-prep veneers provide an alternative to the traditional porcelain veneer. A no-prep veneer is adhesively bonded to the front surface of a tooth and typically reduces the potential need for the filing or grinding of tooth enamel. At Foutz Family Dentistry, we have extensive experience performing superior veneer procedures using either porcelain or no-prep veneers.

Conventional Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are generally regarded as the better long-term solution for improving the appearance of teeth that are misshapen or stained. Porcelain veneers typically maintain their color over several years, however they require the removal of healthy enamel and the procedure is also irreversible. Once the procedure has been performed it cannot be reversed since the healthy enamel has already been removed from your teeth. Porcelain provides a durable and permanent option that is easy to maintain with a reduced possibility to chip or break.

How No-Prep Veneers Become Viable

No-prep veneers provide the option of returning to your original teeth or making further modifications to your teeth. No-prep veneers do not require extensive preparation or thinning of the enamel for the procedure to be done. They are designed to be extremely thin, sometimes not thicker than that of a contact lens and can be applied through a non-invasive technique allowing healthy enamel to remain intact. Through no-prep veneers the need to remove tooth enamel is eliminated while still providing an effective solution for improving the appearance of a smile.

Advantages Of No-Prep Veneers

A growing number of people are uncomfortable with the idea of permanently modifying healthy teeth, stripping them of enamel as such no-prep veneers provide several advantages including:

  • Hiding dental imperfections just as conventional porcelain veneers would. No-prep veneers are still effective for masking cracked, chipped, misshapen or stained teeth.
  • A procedure that is completely non-invasive and does not require anesthetics with a reduced healing time or discomfort.
  • Reduced likelihood of sensitivity to hot or cold beverages or food since no enamel is removed.
  • Immediate results without the need for multiple office visits or temporary veneers.

Important To Know About No-Prep Veneers

No-prep veneers are generally better suited for people with smaller teeth and a workable measure of good alignment. No-prep veneers may not be an effective option for those with teeth that are extremely irregular in shape or size. No-prep veneers are extremely thin and are more translucent than conventional porcelain veneers, which may not cover severe tooth discoloration completely.

Henderson No-Prep Veneers

At Foutz Family Dentistry in Henderson, Nevada, we offer the possibility of superior veneer options. Dr. Barton H. Foutz is able to help you determine the most suitable veneer for your individual situation. For more information about Henderson veneers, contact Foutz Family Dentistry today at (702) 792-5929.

Dr. Barton H. Foutz, DDS
2510 Wigwam Parkway Suite 100 Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 792-5929

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Ezbond A. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
1st Generation:

Great Grandfather

Dr. Ezbond A. Foutz
Harold B. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
2nd Generation:

Grandfather

Dr. Harold B. Foutz
Lawrence C. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
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Father

Dr. Lawrence C. Foutz
Barton H. Foutz, D.D.S.
4 Generations of Dentists Spanning 3 Centuries
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Family and Cosmetic Dentist

Dr. Barton H. Foutz