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By Biltmore Dental Group
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Man With A Rejuvenated SmileFeeling confident about the way you look can benefit you in many ways. However, for many people, repairing the damaged, naturally-misshapen, or otherwise aesthetically displeasing elements of their smile can seem unattainable. Luckily, porcelain dental veneers can turn your smile around, giving you the look you’ve dreamed of and allowing you to feel great about the way you look. Find out more about porcelain veneers and how they can help your smile with Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC.

What is a dental veneer?

Though a dental veneer can serve various purposes when it comes to your smile, its main job is to restore the appearance of a tooth. From damage to discolorations, veneers can help teeth with several problems:

  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Discolorations
  • Stains
  • Slight gaps
  • Slight overcrowding

What can I expect from the veneer process?
Veneers fit over the front of a tooth and attach permanently to its outer enamel. Your dentist will prepare the tooth prior to placing the restorations; this helps with the bonding process and allows room for the veneer to lie in a natural position in relation to the gums. Your dentist will then take a clay mold of the mouth to send to a dental laboratory, which will create the veneer based on the mold. After this process — which takes about two weeks — your dentist will invite you back to their office to remove any temporary restorations and replace them with the final veneers.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Asheville, NC
Prior to placing veneers, your dentist will treat any instances of teeth decay or gum disease. These issues can cause veneers to fail, making preventing them more important than ever after your treatment. Use the American Dental Association’s recommendation: brush twice daily and floss at least once, and see your dentist at least twice a year for examinations and cleanings. Your veneers do not require any other special treatment.

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC. Call (828) 665-1111 to schedule your appointment with your Biltmore dentist today!

By Biltmore Dental Group
October 28, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   gum disease  
PayAttentiontoGumDiseaseWarningSignsforanEarlyDiagnosis

Periodontal (gum) disease is a devastating infection that eventually causes tooth loss if not treated. Plaque removal, antibiotics and possible surgical intervention have proven quite effective in stopping the infection and restoring diseased tissues; however, the more advanced the disease, the more difficult it can be to treat. It’s important then to know the warning signs of gum disease.

Bleeding gums are the most common early sign of gum disease. The infection triggers tissue inflammation, the body’s defensive response to isolate and fight bacteria. As the inflammation becomes chronic, however, it can weaken the gum tissues, which will then bleed easily.

Bleeding, though, is often overlooked as normal, perhaps from brushing too hard. In actuality, bleeding gums is not normal: if your gums routinely bleed during normal brushing and flossing, you should contact us for an examination as soon as possible. Similarly, if your gums are red, swollen or tender to the touch, this is also a sign of inflammation and an indication of infection.

Gum disease is often called a “silent” disease, meaning it can develop without any indication of pain or discomfort. Sometimes, though, bacteria can concentrate in a particular portion of the gum tissue to form a periodontal abscess. In this case, the abscessed tissue can become very painful, swollen and red, and may even discharge pus.

There are also advanced signs of gum disease. If your teeth are painfully sensitive when you brush, consume something hot or cold, or when you bite down, this may mean the gums have pulled back (receded) from the teeth and the highly sensitive dentin and roots are now exposed. Teeth that appear to have moved or that feel loose may mean the gum tissues have significantly detached from the teeth as increasing amount of bone loss occurs. If you see any of these signs you should contact us without delay.

Regardless of the level of disease advancement when diagnosed, prompt treatment should begin as soon as possible. This is the only way to bring the infection under control and give the gum tissues a chance to heal and rejuvenate. From then on, it’s a matter of renewed dental hygiene, frequent cleanings and checkups and an ever vigilant eye for signs of returning infection.

If you would like more information on the diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease.”