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Raleigh, NC 27607
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By Blue Ridge Dental Care
November 28, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Finding someone that is 100% satisfied with their smile, even if they have healthy teeth and gums, can be next to impossible. Stains and discolorations are one of the most common dental complaints, but there are a number of cosmetic issues that can ruin a smile. In response, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe, a top dentist in Raleigh, NC, uses porcelain veneers for mild to moderate surface cosmetic imperfections.

 

Get a Smile Makeover with Porcelain Veneers in Raleigh, NC

Porcelain veneers can change the size, shape, and color of damaged teeth. They are one of the most minimally invasive cosmetic treatments available, and typically only require one or two dental appointments, with no downtime following the procedure. Veneers can correct a number of cosmetic problems including:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Mild to moderate chips and cracks
  • Gaps and spaces between teeth (spacing issues caused by bite and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment)
  • To change the size or shape of damaged or misshaped teeth
  • Seal a cracked or fractured tooth

Veneers are also a good option for anyone just looking to make cosmetic changes or improvements to their teeth for personal or professional reasons.

 

How Veneers Work

Dental veneers are made from a razor-thin, translucent layer of porcelain that is bonded onto the surface of the tooth and molded to the desired shape. In some cases, a very thin layer of enamel may have to be removed from the surface of the teeth in order to ensure a smooth and natural looking fit. When cared for properly with good oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and professional cleanings, veneers can last from five to ten years or much longer in many cases.

 

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For more information about porcelain veneers and other dental restoration options to improve your smile and oral health, contact Blue Ridge Dental Care by calling (919) 781-3862 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Giscombe today!

By Blue Ridge Dental Care
July 24, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Dental VeneersVeneers are a powerful way to transform your smile from something you may feel like you need to hide into a grin you feel proud to show off. How can porcelain dental veneers help your smile? Are you a good candidate for this procedure? What can you expect during your appointments? Find out the answers to these questions and more with Dr. Ajamu Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC.

What is a dental veneer? 
A dental veneer is a porcelain dental restoration that fits over your tooth to change its appearance. The veneer masks the tooth’s flaws and can change the shape, size, color, width, or length of a tooth in a single procedure. While many people use veneers as a total smile makeover, covering each visible tooth, others may opt for a more subtle approach and simply tweak a too-long tooth or close a small gap. Veneers are safe, effective, and provide a natural-looking result.

Am I a good candidate for veneers? 
A good candidate for veneers have a strong oral care routine including brushing, flossing, and seeing their dentist for preventative examinations and professional cleanings at least twice a year. Additionally, patients should be in good dental health with no teeth decay or gum disease. If you suffer from these conditions, your dentist will need to address and cure them before placing your veneers.

What happens during the procedure for porcelain veneers? 
Before placing your veneers, your dentist will prepare the teeth and take an impression of your mouth. They send this impression to a dental laboratory who customizes and creates each veneer separately. The process takes about two weeks, after which you will have an additional appointment with your dentist. There, they will remove any temporary restorations and bond your final veneers permanently onto your teeth.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Raleigh, NC 
Porcelain veneers are a powerful dental tool that can truly transform your smile, boost your confidence, and help you feel great about the way you look. For more information on dental veneers, please contact Dr. Giscombe at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC. Call (919) 781-3862 to schedule your appointment today!

By Blue Ridge Dental Care
September 29, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Working together--it's a great philosophy for interpersonal relationships, professional pursuits and even your dental care. Yes, your dentistdental crowns in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Ajamu Giscombe, joins with you in pursuing a laudable goal--your best oral health. If you have a failing tooth or are missing one or more adjoining teeth, Dr. Giscombe offers beautiful crown restorations and bridgework tooth replacements which work together to save your smile. At Blue Ridge Dental Care, you get the best that modern dentistry has to offer.

What is a dental crown?

It's a customized, tooth-shaped cap crafted from porcelain, gold or porcelain-fused-to-metal. If you have a severely decayed and/or abscessed tooth, a dental crown could restore the tooth's appearance and strength.

Through digital X-rays and visual inspection, Dr. Giacombe can tell you if a crown could spare your tooth from needless extraction and the subsequent bone loss and gum recession. Also, he can tell you what material would work best for your restoration.

To place a crown, your Raleigh dentist injects the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, he removes the decayed and cracked portions, along with any old fillings. He shapes the tooth to receive a crown and takes an oral impression which will give the dental lab a three-dimensional image of the tooth. Dr. Giscombe finishes this portion of the restorative process with a temporary crown.

At the next appointment, the dentist removes the crown and permanently bonds the new one in place. The crown covers the shaped tooth completely--right to the gum line. The result is a strong, functional and good-looking tooth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Fixed bridgework spans smile gaps with artificial, or pontic teeth, that are strong and lifelike. To anchor the replacement teeth, Dr. Giscombe designs dental crowns which cover the natural teeth on either side of the gap. The bridge actually is one unit composed of the pontics and the crowns.

Fixed bridgework looks natural and optimizes biting, chewing and speech. To place this prosthetic, Dr. Giscombe makes sure the support teeth and underlying gums and bone are viable. He also shapes the teeth appropriately to receive their crowns.

Bonding is permanent, and just as with single dental crowns, fixed bridgework requires regular brushing and flossing at home and six-month maintenance cleanings at Blue Ridge Dental Care.

Modern variations

Your dentist in Raleigh may use crowns and bridges to restore, or cover, dental implants--titanium cylinders which screw right into the jawbone for superior anchorage and longevity. These prosthetics boast an almost 95 percent success and retention rate, says the Institute for Dental Implant Awareness, and they improve jaw bone integrity through a process called osseointegration.

Do you need restorative treatments?

Ask your dentist at Blue Ridge Dental Care in Raleigh, NC if a crown or bridge would help your smile. Call today for a consultation--(919) 781-3862.

By Blue Ridge Dental Care
July 14, 2017
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Getting your teeth whitened professionally can be a life-changing experience. Whiter teeth are associated with youth, health, vitality and even your level of professionalism in the workplace. Your dentist have the ability to improve the appearance of your teeth by up to eight shades in one short visit. Explore the following FAQs about teeth whitening so that you can decide if this cosmetic treatment is right for you.Teeth Whitening

Why is Professional Teeth Whitening the Best Option?
Over the counter whitening products are convenient but problematic for a number of reasons. For one, they take a long time to show results (sometimes weeks or months), if they ever do. Whitening kits that come with trays are ill-fitting and uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. When you have your teeth whitened professionally, the treatment is finished within one day, in one appointment. There’s no need to disrupt your schedule by wearing a tray every day and little to no concerns about irritation of the gums since the procedure will be handled by a skilled dentist.

Who Is a Candidate?
Any patient with generally good dental health may be a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Keep in mind that some patients aren’t eligible for this treatment because they have stains that can’t be cleared with whitening gels. This is the case when the stain is “intrinsic,” which means the discoloration is at the inner layer of the tooth. You dentist can tell you if your teeth can be successfully whitened at your initial consultation.

What Will Happen at the Whitening Appointment?
Set aside at least an hour of your time for your teeth whitening appointment. You’ll sit back in your chair as the dentist inserts a device to keep your lips separate from your teeth then applies the gel. You’ll wait for anywhere between 60-90 minutes until the whitening effect has set in. Many patients choose to have this treatment performed on a lunch hour.

How Long Will the Teeth Stay White?
You can expect to enjoy your new whiter smile for about one to two years or longer. The length of time your smile will last depends on you and your dental habits. If you go back to eating the same foods and drinking the same beverages that stained your teeth in the past, the problem is likely to return more quickly. Use a straw, brush regularly and see your dentist for cleanings twice per year.

Contact Your Dentist

You will be happy with the way that your smile looks after going to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment. If you have more questions, call for an appointment today.



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