Porcelain dental veneers can resolve a number of cosmetic and functional issues with your teeth. They can mask the appearance of stains and discolorations that are too deep for teeth whitening procedures to improve, and they can correct signs of chips, spaces, and teeth misalignment issues as well. They are also known to provide patients with extraordinarily long-lasting and natural-looking results. One of the questions our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Michael Kosdon, is frequently asked by patients is whether the porcelain veneer treatment process involves a significant amount of pain or discomfort. Fortunately, advances in dental technologies and techniques have made it possible to greatly minimize discomfort for many patients.
Since porcelain veneers are custom-designed and affixed to the affected tooth, many patients require reshaping of the original tooth structure in order to attain the best possible fit for the veneer. Some patients may require only a small bit of enamel to be removed, while some individuals may not need any modifications to the original tooth at all. As your teeth are prepared for the creation of the veneer and the subsequent placement of the veneer itself, the area surrounding the tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic. We try to make this process as quick as possible for our patients to reduce discomfort. Once the anesthetic has begun to work, you should not feel any significant level of pain or discomfort. Dr. Kosdon also offers a variety of sedation dentistry options that can ease your anxieties, virtually eliminate the potential for pain, and place you in a state of extreme relaxation during treatment.
After the porcelain veneer procedure is complete, there will likely be some temporary soreness in the treatment area; however, over-the-counter medication can often alleviate these effects. Dr. Kosdon is highly experienced with porcelain veneer procedures and will do everything he can to make this effective treatment as comfortable as possible.
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