How Porcelain Veneers Can Make Your Teeth Beautiful

478243911If you have less than perfect teeth, like your teeth are either discolored, chipped or misshapen or all of the three, veneers are a great way to give you a smile that you won’t be ashamed of flashing to anyone you come across.

What Is A Veneer?

A dental veneer is composed of thin custom-made shells of either porcelain or composite resin that’s fit over teeth. They are a cosmetic dental product that’s used to mask tooth imperfections, all the while giving teeth a natural and attractive tooth.

Aside from discolored, chipped or misshapen teeth, veneers can also be used to fix and improve worn down and uneven teeth, as well as uneven spaces or gaps in between them.

Why Veneers?

Of course, the best thing about veneers is that they give you the best-looking teeth that you could possibly have. However, apart from aesthetics, one good thing about veneers is that there’s very little tooth structure lost during the process. The procedure also requires the use of little to no anesthesia, which decreases the chances of complications from the use of anesthesia.

Dental veneers also use materials that are resistant to all sorts of stains, such as coffee, tea and other highly pigmented foods that real teeth aren’t naturally resistant to.

Why Porcelain Veneers?

There are two types of materials commonly used in dental veneers – composite resin and porcelain.

Of the two, porcelain veneers are considered better, namely because of the following reasons:

  • Durability. Although very thin and brittle, porcelain veneers are actually very strong and durable once they’re bonded to the teeth. They can last for years and even decades if they’re taken care of properly by practicing good oral hygiene at home and avoiding chewing or cracking hard objects, such as ice, bottle caps and so on.
  • Appearance. The translucent properties of porcelain allow porcelain veneers to look as natural as possible.
  • Stain-resistant. Porcelain, as a material, is an impervious ceramic and is also quite smooth. Also, the material will not pick up permanent stains from highly pigmented drinks and food, cigarettes, tobacco, coffee and so on.

Although a very effective means of improving the appearance of one’s teeth, porcelain veneers aren’t perfect. For starters, the process of removing a tiny bit of tooth enamel to make space for porcelain veneers is irreversible. Also, once cemented, the color can no longer be changed, which means you’ll have to constantly take care of your teeth so that your natural teeth don’t stain too much and make the veneers stand out. Lastly, if you manage to break the veneers, your only option is to have them replaced.

Even if your teeth aren’t in that bad of a shape, you may still find that porcelain veneers are a great way to improve your smile and boost your confidence, as well as self-esteem even further.

If you’re interested, discuss porcelain veneers with your dentist and ask if you’re a good candidate. Be sure to let your dentist know what you want to see in your new and improved smile. Who knows, if you’re lucky enough, your dentist may be able to give you an early preview of what your future smile looks like!

If you’re ready to enhance your smile with porcelain veneers, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit for additional information regarding veneers.

Oral Sedation for Dental Fears

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Is the mere thought of sitting in the dentist’s chair enough to make your whole body freeze with fear? Would you prefer enduring a toothache to a quick trip to the dentist? If so, you’re not alone. There are plenty of people that suffer from the same fears as you, with some even more afraid than you are.

If you’re one of those who’d prefer to suffer than visit the dentist, oral sedation may help take away some of your dental fears.

Sedation in Dentistry

Sedation is a medical term where a medical expert administers a sedative drug to calm a patient down, or if necessary, put him or her to sleep. In dentistry, it is referred to as either sedation dentistry or sleep dentistry. Although, the latter isn’t exactly accurate are patients are usually awake throughout the whole procedure. Albeit, with the exception of those who are under general anesthesia.

There are different levels of sedation used in dentistry, depending on the severity of the patient’s fear.

This includes:

  • Minimal sedation where the patient is awake, but feels calm and relaxed.
  • Moderate sedation where patients usually slur when they speak and don’t remember much of anything.
  • Deep sedation where patients are just “half-asleep” and are still able to wake up if necessary.
  • General anesthesia where patients are asleep and completely unconscious throughout the whole procedure.

What Is Oral Sedation?

Oral sedation one of the many types of sedation used in dentistry, along with nitrous oxide sedation, IV sedation, and deep sedation or general anesthesia.

Through oral sedation, the range of sedation dentists can put patients under in can range from minimal to moderate. For minimal sedation, a pill is taken about an hour before the dental procedure. The pill will not put you to sleep, but rather relax and calm you down. The same pills may also be used for moderate sedation, but will have to be taken at a larger dose.

More likely than not, patients sedated through oral sedation will fall asleep during the procedure. Although, they can easily be woken up with a gentle shake.

Is It Safe?

Yes, sedation is generally safe, for kids, adults and the elderly. However, with anesthesia, there are always some risks. For example, those with obstructive sleep apnea and those with weight issues may want to talk to their doctors first to discuss if sedation is safe for them. Also, to minimize the risk of complication, it’s important for patients to only go to an experienced and well-trained dentist.

The proficiency of the dentist is an important factor, as there are necessary trainings and qualifications that dentists have to go through to be able to administer a certain type of sedation.

To be safe, make sure you that you do the following:

  • Ask your dentist if you’re a good candidate for oral sedation. Regardless of the answer, ask your dentist to explain.
  • Research about the dentist’s qualifications. Find out if the dentist has had ample training and experience using sedation. It may be necessary for you to ask your dentist directly.
  • Ask your dentist to go over the risks of the procedure. Aside from this, ask to receive a form that fully details all of the possible risks and complications of the procedure. If you’re unsure about something, do not be afraid to ask.

If you’re afraid that your dentist will find you annoying for asking so many questions, don’t be. Chances are, they’ve encountered patients with similar worries and concerns in the past.

In any case, be sure to consider oral sedation, or any type of sedation, so that you and your teeth start getting the proper dental treatment and care from now on.

If you feel that you would benefit from oral sedation at your next dental appointment, contact Dr. Anthony Yamada, DDS at 310-546-2595 to let him know. For additional information regarding oral sedation visit