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How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Porcelain dental crowns are used to restore the form and function of a tooth that has been damaged, decayed, or weakened in some other way. As such a common tooth restoration, many patients wonder how long they can expect their porcelain crown to last. In most cases, crowns can last for a decade or longer when cared for properly. However, it is not uncommon for the restoration to need to be replaced or recemented after several years of wear and […]

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When Are Porcelain Crowns a Better Option Than Veneers?

Porcelain crowns and veneers are commonly used dental restorations that can improve the appearance of a tooth. Although they both can address concerns like chipped or cracked teeth, each restoration has a distinct purpose. A porcelain crown, for instance, covers the entire affected tooth, restoring its form and function while protecting it from further damage. A porcelain veneer, on the other hand, is a thin shell placed over the front of a tooth, designed to conceal cosmetic imperfections like stains […]

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What Are My Options If I Have Missing Teeth?

A missing tooth certainly impacts the appearance of a person’s smile, but many patients are unaware of the oral health problems a missing tooth can cause. When left unaddressed, the space left behind by a missing tooth can cause the adjacent teeth to shift position, create poor occlusion, and weaken the strength of the bite. Over time, the facial bones may even begin to shift, particularly when there are several missing teeth. Innovations in restorative dentistry have yielded more tooth […]

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Are Porcelain Veneers Right For Me?

Porcelain veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry option because they can address several tooth imperfections simultaneously. By applying a thin shell of porcelain to the affected tooth or teeth, many common smile concerns can be easily concealed. In addition, dental veneers typically require minimal tooth preparation and can preserve the natural tooth structure. Candidates for porcelain veneers typically have one or more of the following tooth imperfections: Cracks or chips Stains or discoloration Gaps or spaces Worn or “short” teeth […]

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Top 5 Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Most people associate a white smile with health, youth, and vitality. Unfortunately, maintaining a bright smile can often be a challenge, depending upon your diet. For example, acidic foods can soften enamel and create a rougher surface that attracts stains, and tannins in food can cause stains to stick to the teeth. Additionally, chromogens—which are heavily-pigmented compounds found in some foods and beverages—can easily stain tooth enamel. If you are trying to maintain a bright smile, try to consume these […]

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How to Prepare for Teeth Whitening If You Have Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth do not need to prevent you from achieving a whiter, brighter smile. If you are experiencing increased tooth sensitivity when using over-the-counter whitening products or undergoing professional bleaching treatments, our dentists at North Scottsdale Dental Studio have a number of tips that can help minimize this issue and improve your comfort. Prior to beginning any teeth whitening treatment, patients can use toothpastes and mouthwashes that are specifically designed for sensitive teeth. These products can significantly reduce tooth sensitivity, […]

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