Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Porcelain Veneers Risks

Porcelain veneers offer superior coverage for cosmetic imperfections such as chips, gaps, and discoloration. However, like any other dental procedure, porcelain veneers risks should be carefully weighed. While these restorations are extremely lifelike, they cannot replace the function and strength of a natural tooth. Your dentist will typically need to remove some enamel, making veneers an irreversible procedure with a lifetime commitment. Although they rarely occur, risks include increased dental sensitivity, an imbalanced bite, unnatural-looking appearance, and breakage. Most issues can easily be corrected with a follow-up visit to your dentist.

Increased Dental Sensitivity

In order to place traditional and most minimal-prep veneers, dentists must remove a layer of enamel. This protective outer layer is the hardest substance in the body. Once any portion of enamel is removed, the internal structures of your teeth will be more exposed. Although your dentist will work carefully and precisely to remove a conservative amount of enamel, there is also a small risk of your dentin being damaged during the process. This may increase sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, a fairly common side effect which should fade over time.

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Veneers placement can cause increased dental sensitivity but this side effect should subside within a few days.

If you are still experiencing sensitivity three to six months following the procedure, you should consult with your dentist. Prolonged sensitivity can be an indication that the veneers were placed incorrectly or nerve damage occurred during treatment.

Poor Fit

Prior to placing your veneers, your dentist will conduct several thorough assessments to ensure they fit correctly and do not negatively affect your bite. However, lack of training or low-quality materials can contribute to an unsatisfactory result. Poorly fitting veneers can impact the balance of your bite, leading to an increased risk of breakage, discomfort while eating, and stress on the jaw joints.

Veneers which do not fit properly can lead to an imbalanced bite and unnatural-looking results. Choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist can further minimize your already low risk of complications. 

Chipping and Breakage

Using porcelain allows ceramists to create incredibly lifelike restorations that closely mirror the color and translucency of your surrounding teeth. However, veneers may not be a good option if you clench and grind your teeth, as the pressure can cause them to become cracked, worn, or come off. Certain habits such as nail biting, chewing pen caps, and habitually eating ice can also cause your veneers to break prematurely and result in the need for expensive retreatment.

Changes in Color

Although veneers are stain-resistant, the cement that bonds them to your teeth is not. Over time, this material can change colors and make your smile look gray or discolored. Discoloration can be corrected by applying new cement once your veneers are replaced.

Risks During Replacement

Although advancements in technology and materials have lengthened the lifetime of porcelain veneers to approximately ten years or more, they will eventually need to be replaced. When replacing your veneers, your dentist will need to remove an additional layer of enamel. If you do not have enough healthy enamel left to support veneers, you may need to consider alternative treatment options such as dental bonding or porcelain crowns.

Minimizing the Risks of Veneers

Choosing an experienced cosmetic dentist to design and place your veneers can significantly lower your risk of complications. Once you have undergone treatment, practicing good oral hygiene and scheduling biannual exams can ensure your veneers continue to have a healthy, stable foundation. 

Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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