Covid - 19 Update

     

Davis Dentistry will resume practice operations in compliance with relevant Executive Orders on Monday May 4th. We will continue to employ the enhanced cleaning and infection control protocols we implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  We want to provide our patients and team members with the safest possible healthcare environment.

Our practice will be screening all patients and visitors to our offices. At Davis Dentistry team member will ask each patient/visitor a few travel-related and health screening questions, both prior to their appointment and upon arrival in our office; patients’ and visitors’ temperatures will be checked with a temporal thermometer. We are asking all patients to arrive 5 min. prior to their scheduled appointment. Patients who are at high risk for COVID-19, as determined by our office, will likely have their visit rescheduled. If you’re not feeling well, please contact us to reschedule, whenever possible, in advance of your visit.

All team members will be surveyed daily to ensure adherence with social distancing standards and status of their health. All team members will be in masks (or scarves for non-clinical team members). Importantly, all personnel in our offices will complete COVID-19 testing with the IGG antibody test as soon as we receive our supply of test kits (within 2 weeks).  The IGG test determines both the acute presence of the virus and whether our team members were exposed to COVID-19 previously.

Additionally, to reduce the risk of transmission to our patients and team members, as well as their families, the office has installed 4 very powerful HEPA h13 air filters.  These filters will remove all bacteria, viruses and VOCS down to the .3 microns keeping our working environment safe!

We appreciate your support of these infection control measures.  Your oral health is vital to your overall wellness and your ability to resist the impact of COVID-19, so we encourage you, if healthy, to maintain your regularly scheduled hygiene appointments with Dr. Davis and our practice. 

In good health,


Dr. Davis and Team

Porcelain Veneers for Discolored Teeth By Mark Davis on September 27, 2018

Drawing of an upper row of teeth as a porcelain veneer is placed over a toothTeeth that are stained, yellowed, or discolored can be completely concealed by porcelain veneers. These thin shells of dental-grade porcelain are placed over the front surface of a tooth to hide virtually any dental imperfection.

Dr. Mark Davis can provide porcelain veneers for discolored teeth at his Scottsdale, AZ dental practice. Learn how this cosmetic dental treatment can give you a camera-ready smile.

Why Veneers for Tooth Discoloration?

Tooth discoloration can typically be treated with teeth whitening treatment. That is because most tooth staining is caused by habits, such as coffee-drinking and smoking, that stain the tooth from the outside. This is called extrinsic staining and can be corrected with teeth whitening treatments.

On the other hand, intrinsic staining is when the inner structure of the tooth (the dentin) becomes discolored. Trauma can cause intrinsic staining, as can certain antibiotics taken at a young age.

Intrinsic staining is typically not responsive to teeth bleaching solutions. In such cases, the tooth will need to be covered, such as with a porcelain veneer, to achieve the ideal dental color.

A Closer Look at Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are designed to rest over a tooth, effectively covering up discoloration and other flaws like chips, cracks, and minor misalignment. To receive a dental veneer, your tooth will be prepped, including having some enamel removed, and then impressions will be taken.

Over the next couple of weeks, a dental laboratory will custom-craft your veneer to match the shade and shape of your natural teeth. When your veneer is ready, you will return to our practice to have the it placed. This involves lightly buffing the tooth and then adhering the veneer with dental cement.

Maintaining a Bright Smile

Your porcelain veneer is resistant to staining. Of course, the shade of your natural teeth can become discolored over time. A great way to avoid tooth discoloration is by minimizing how often you drink dark-colored drinks like tea, coffee and red wine. If you need to freshen-up the brightness of your natural teeth, teeth whitening treatment is the best option.

Patients should note that just as porcelain veneers cannot be stained, they also do not respond to teeth whitening treatments. As such, if you whiten your natural teeth, they may become a different shade than your veneers.

Your dentist can adjust your teeth whitening treatment to achieve a certain level of brightness to account for concerns such as existing veneers. Generally speaking, it is recommended that patients undergo teeth whitening treatment before having veneers placed to ensure your smile has a consistent bright shade.

Learn More about the Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers have become a popular cosmetic dental treatment in recent years thanks to how effectively they can transform a smile. Find out how a porcelain veneer can mask your tooth discoloration or other dental drawback by giving us a call today at (480) 595-1300. You can also fill out our online form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

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