TOOTH WHITENERS

The decision to get one’s teeth professionally whitened can be a big one. There are a number of factors to consider, such as cost, duration, and overall effectiveness. At Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, here in Lexington, we have been helping people with this decision for some time and have produced many happy patients through careful decision-making over the years.

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DENTAL VENEERS: WHAT ARE THEY EXACTLY

Dental veneers are thin (usually porcelain) laminates that are bonded to your natural tooth. Porcelain is usually the material of choice because it looks most like real tooth enamel and reflects light similarly. Most veneers require a small amount of enamel removal to make room for this porcelain. Usually veneers require at least two visits to your dentist because a certified laboratory technician often makes these porcelain veneers while the dentist does the preparation work.

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MANY DENTURE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE

Dentures (sometimes called false teeth) stretch far back in history. These are partial or full replacements of missing teeth. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons: accidents, dental malformation, tooth decay, drug use, pregnancy. For some people, losing some or all of their teeth can be very socially debilitating, so much so that many are too embarrassed to ask a well-qualified dentist about options.

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MANY DENTURE POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE

This goes away in two to three days as the body adjusts to the device. Every case is different, which is why a good and well-advised consultation with a knowledgeable dentist is so important.


There are different types of denture material. One is porous and can be made quickly, but it doesn’t last long. Often patients will wear these types of dentures while a more refined heat-cured acrylic denture is being made. These look much nicer and will last many years, especially if they are cared for properly. Hygiene is extremely important with dentures. The recommendation is to brush them daily and also immerse them regularly in a solution designed to keep them germ free.


Here at Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we consult with a lot of people about all things related to teeth. Often people will not want to even broach the topic of dentures because they believe the process will be impossible for them or the cost unfeasible. If you call us for a consultation, there is no obligation. We can go over your particular case and give you options. Patients often find there is more help with insurance than they initially thought and there may be options that had not occurred to them pre-consultation.


Your teeth are very important for your social, physical and emotional well-being. At Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, we want you to look and feel your best in the years to come. Contact Dr. Ruth Adkins of Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for more information on tooth whitening or other dental services at (859) 543-0333.

DR. RUTH ADKINS

Please contact Dr. Ruth Adkins of Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for more information on Tooth Whitening or other dental services. (859)543-0333.

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Dentures (sometimes called false teeth) stretch far back in history. These are partial or full replacements of missing teeth. Teeth can be lost for a variety of reasons: accidents, dental malformation, tooth decay, drug use, pregnancy. For some people, losing some or all of their teeth can be very socially debilitating, so much so that many are too embarrassed to ask a well-qualified dentist about options.


When patients come to Adkins Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and ask about denture possibilities, the first thing to be determined is if they need replacement(s) in the maxillary arch (the top teeth), the mandibular arch (the bottom teeth) or both. How many teeth need to be replaced and their locations make a huge difference in how the dentures are to be made and their overall performance and effectiveness. This performance must answer several important questions. Can the patient chew food more readily? Are the teeth more aesthetically pleasing to the patient? Can the patient pronounce words and enunciate better (missing teeth often affect the ability to speak)? Does the patient feel better about himself or herself after wearing the dentures?


Many dentures are designed with a palate, meaning they actually fit into the roof of the mouth, and cosmetic teeth fit right into the spaces where teeth used to be. Other dentures may fit or anchor onto other teeth. In cases where there are no teeth, implants often have to be devised to stabilize the denture. When a patient first experiences dentures, the body thinks of them as food, so there may be excess salivation.