Posts for tag: veneers

By drglasmeier
February 06, 2012
Category: Uncategorized

What is chairside veneer? A tooth colored facing that can be bonded to the tooth to improve the esthetics of a tooth. Whether an old discolored filling, small chip or slightly crooked tooth, a chairside veneer can be placed over the existing tooth with immediate esthetics!

How is it different from a traditional porcelain veneer? There is no lab bill so the cost is reduced significantly and you get immediate results. There is very minimal prepping(drilling) of the tooth and no impressions or temporaries. Chairside veneers are easier to repair.

Do I need to have my teeth drilled or do I need shots? To get the most esthetic outcome, the answer is typically yes but in certain circumstances(position of the teeth) you can get the veneers without numbing or drilling. It is typically determined on a case to case basis.

Can I get chairside veneers if I grind my teeth? Yes you can because the facing is bonded to the front of the tooth. The front of the tooth does not participate in biting so they are safer from “grinders and clenchers”.

What is the approximate cost of a chairside veneer? Cost is ~ ½ the cost of a porcelain lab veneer which is around $600-800/veneer.

 

How long do chairside veneer last? Much like fillings and traditional veneers, chairside veneers should last around 6-8 years assuming good hygiene and regular checkups.

 

Talk to Dr.Glasmeier about Chairside veneers!

Question: What are the pros and cons of metal free crowns?

Answer: Metal free crowns are a great alternative to the more traditional gold crowns and porcelain fused to metal crowns we have seen over the past 20 years. The reason is due to the esthetics as there is no metal in the crown and no darkening of the tooth can occur. Color matches tend to be better and also are typically more stable since they are made of 1 material versus multiple materials. Many patients with porcelain fused to metal crowns(aka PFM crowns) will see a gray line at the gumline over time as the gum recedes or pulls away from the tooth. This can lead to very unsightly esthetics over time. Even if the gum does recede, a metal free crown will not yield a gray line because their is no metal present. Although esthetics are exceptional, there are limitations on where they can be placed such as the bite. Patients that have a "tight" or "deep" bite may not have sufficient room for these type of crowns. If the crowns are placed anyways, they are more susceptible to fracture. Metal free crowns are more at risk for fracture if the patient is a severe grinder or clenches their teeth often. Talk to Dr. Glasmeier about metal free crowns!