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Can Stained Veneers Be Repaired Without Getting New Veneers?
Posted on 11/25/2019 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Stained veneers can be repaired without getting new veneers, but the course of action depends upon the degree of staining. The choice of veneer, composite or porcelain, and the dentist's skill in placing the veneers are factors that determine the chances of these getting stained later on. Can Stained Veneers be Repaired?Porcelain veneers are resistant to staining; however, the edges are made of bonding resin which can stain over time. Your dentist can polish the edges to restore whiteness. Staining at the gumline is usually a result of microleakage, which occurs when there is a tiny gap between the veneer and the tooth, and bacteria begin to accumulate there. Such staining signals possible tooth decay and requires immediate attention. Microleakage can be repaired without veneer replacement if detected early. This is usually accomplished using a micro etcher sand blaster to remove some part of the veneer, clean the teeth underneath and refinish the veneer using composite bonds. With direct bonding resin veneers, too, the stains may be removed via resurfacing of the veneer provided the stains are small. If the stains have spread, resurfacing the entire veneer is as good as replacing it with a new one. How to Avoid Veneer Stains?Veneer stains can be avoided by following a proper dental hygiene routine. You may want to avoid tea, red wine, coffee, tobacco, and foods that contain artificial coloring. Follow a schedule of routine dental cleaning at your dentist's office. With the right care, veneers can last long. Ideally, veneer stains should not be a cause for veneer replacement. Veneers are normally replaced when they wear out or the tooth underneath begins to decay. If you have questions about veneer stains, veneer care, or veneer replacements, then get in touch with us. We would love to share our expertise with you....

How Long Does Typical Dental Implant Placement Recovery Take?
Posted on 11/15/2019 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Dental implant procedures are characterized by a multiple-stage recovery process. The procedure is not a very invasive one. However, it does require that sufficient time be given for the healing process. There is no fixed time that can be apportioned to the procedure because each procedure varies with factors such as the number of teeth extracted and implants placed; placement of bone grafts; and the subject's general health and fitness. How Long Before I Recover from a Dental Implant Placement Procedure?The short answer to the question is that you should keep aside six months for full recovery. The health of your jawbone and your body's response to the procedure may enable you to recover faster. A bone graft can take up to nine months before it is fully integrated into the body. Only then, can an implant be placed. During the initial recovery phase that can last for a few weeks, the jaws and gums will experience discomfort or pain, especially upon touch. Inflammation may be present. This phase is followed by osseointegration, during which the dental implant and bone come close and bond. This ensures that the implant stays in place. After osseointegration, an abutment is placed to the dental implant. The procedure requires that the gums be incised to reach the implant for the abutment placement. Recovery from this procedure takes up to a fortnight. Speed up the process by avoiding hard to chew and crunchy foods. The abutment placement is followed by the placement of the dental crown and bridge. This is the final procedure and the time for recovery depends on the number of crowns placed. The recovery after this procedure is quick and you should be free of pain and discomfort in a week or two. If you wish to learn more about how a dental implant surgery can benefit you, then schedule a consultation with us. We can chart the best possible treatment plan for you....

In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery
Posted on 10/25/2019 by Palisades Surgical Arts
There are three stages to oral surgery for the patient. Those stages are the preparation, the surgery and the recovery. The first two parts do not take long, it is the recovery that is often the hardest to deal with. Managing the recovery does require some preparation. One thing to prepare for is pain. There are many ways to control pain after oral surgery, but one of the best is over the counter pain relievers. When used properly, the recovery becomes manageable. Avoid Prescription Pain KillersIt is common to provide someone with a prescription for pain medications after oral surgery. We are not able to tell how much pain you will have after the oral surgery because the anesthesia used for the procedure is still working. The prescription is just in case, but it comes with a few warnings. The prescription pain medications are opioid based and that is a very addictive drug. The best way to avoid potential problems with opioids is to not use them at all. How to Use Over the Counter Pain RelieversThe most common over the counter pain medications are ibuprofen and acetaminophen. They are safe to use when taken according to the directions. It is best to take them before you feel any pain to give them the best chance to help keep your pain level down. Many people find success alternating taking the ibuprofen and acetaminophen. In addition to the over the counter pain relievers, there are several other ways that you can manage the pain. Warm salt water rinses, hot and cold compresses and topical numbing agents are all available without a prescription. The key to managing pain after oral surgery is preparation. Have all the things you need on hand before you have the surgery so you can concentrate on your recovery. Lean more about oral surgery and other procedures by scheduling an appointment with one of our dental professionals....

All Posts:
Can Stained Veneers Be Repaired Without Getting New Veneers?
How Long Does Typical Dental Implant Placement Recovery Take?
In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery
How Our Oral Surgeons Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
Ways of Keeping Your Jaw Bone Strong Enough for Dental Implant Surgery
Types of Jaw Pain to Be Aware Of
Things to Do to Minimize the Chances of Implant Rejection
Some Bleeding is Normal After Oral Surgery, But How Much is Some?
What to Expect During the Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
How Implantology Can Improve Your Oral Health
Why Do Teeth Require Splitting During Extractions?
How Oral Piercings Are Commonly Damaging the Mouth
Sleep Apnea Needs Treatment to Reduce the Effects and Dangers
Signs Your Impacted Tooth Needs to Come Out
How an Oral Appliance Can Improve Apnea Symptoms
Following an Automobile Accident, We Should Examine Your Mouth
Why Dental Emergencies Are Something We Often Treat
Which Vitamins Should You Try and Get from Food During Oral Surgery Recovery?
If You Have Temporary Implants, Does That Change What You Are Allowed to Eat?
How Using Sedation When You Come See Us Can Boost Your Oral Health
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
Recovering from an Apicoectomy
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection That You Need to Pay Attention To
What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection
Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
Are There Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea by Positioning Yourself Differently When You Sleep?
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
Why Salt Water Rinses Are Imperative to Oral Surgery Recovery Success
Do You Need to Worry About Osteonecrosis in Your Jaw?
Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
How An Oral Surgeon May Become Necessary for Someone with Bruxism
Dangers Associated with New Oral Piercings
How an Oral Surgeon Can Repair a Torn Lip
Can an Oral Surgeon Help Your Dentures Fit Better?
Surgical Options for TMD Pain
Is Facial Reconstruction Something to Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon?
Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
Does What You Drink Prior to Oral Surgery Really Matter?
Take Notes When You Experience Pain so You Can Talk to Your Oral Surgeon About It
How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Prone to Breaking
Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
Most Nutritious Foods for the First Few Days after Oral Surgery
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