By Page Family Dentistry
June 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Do you want to feel proud of your smile, but have some obvious defects getting in the way? Here at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, veneersRI, Drs. Marc and Lawrence Page fix a number of aesthetic dental issues through the use of porcelain veneers. Read on to learn more about this popular treatment, and give our Providence office a call if you are interested in scheduling a consultation!

 

FAQs about porcelain veneers

What are they?

Porcelain veneers are thin, translucent wafers that are made of high-grade ceramic. Created to cover the fronts of teeth that have been flawed by stains, surface crazing, chips, and more, veneers are uniquely shaped and colored to beautify, strengthen, and reshape smiles. Your dentist cements them in place with a tooth-colored adhesive and high-intensity curing light.

 

Who can receive porcelain veneers?

Adults and older teens are both eligible for this treatment, which begins with Dr. Page examining your teeth and gums before recommending cosmetic treatments that meet your smile goals. While composite resin bonding and teeth whitening work well for ordinary stains and small flaws, veneers disguise more extensive problems on otherwise healthy teeth. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry maintains that this pre-treatment conference between dentist and patient is crucial to the success of any aesthetic dental service.

 

Is the process difficult?

No, it is not difficult, but it does take two visits to our office, each lasting one to two hours each. After your initial consultation, Dr. Page takes impressions of your teeth, resurfaces the enamel so that the veneers can fit properly, and places temporary laminates on your teeth to both protect them and normalize your appearance. He then sends instructions to a trusted dental laboratory where the ceramist creates each veneer with just the right shape, size, and color.

During your second visit to Page Family Dentistry, your doctor will remove the temporary veneers and try on the new ones with water or glycerin. This step determines the adhesive color and the proper veneer fit. Finally, he glues them in place and hardens the adhesive.

 

How long do veneers last?

Veneers last ten years or more. Just be gentle with them (don't chew ice or bite open packages with your teeth), brush twice a day, and floss daily to keep veneer margins free of plaque and tartar. Dental laminates are stain-and chip-resistant, but of course, they are not indestructible.

 

How will my mouth feel after veneer placement?

The bite and size of your teeth will feel a bit different at first, but people adjust relatively quickly to their veneers. Also, your gums and teeth may feel slightly sensitive for a while, but this, too, will normalize.

 

Time to explore more about veneers

If you are ready to experience a dramatic cosmetic change in your smile, please contact our Providence office at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Preventive Care  

What's the value of your smile? Your professional team at Page Family Dentistry in Providence believe it's priceless because your oral Dentisthealth impacts every aspect of your life. Dr. Lawrence Page and Dr. Marc Page offer several preventive dental services which keep teeth and gums vibrant and which detect health issues before they cause substantial damage. Your smile, after all, is one of your most important personal assets.

Tooth scaling and cleaning, cornerstones of care

It's the six-month check-up and cleaning at Page Family Dentistry in Providence. Your dentist asks all his patients to come in routinely for a complete visual inspection of teeth, gums, and other oral tissues, to receive digital X-rays when scheduled and to get a thorough cleaning to remove plaque and tartar.

Plaque and tartar contain bacteria which secrete highly corrosive acids on and between teeth. Cavities result, as well as systemically harmful gum disease. Hygienic cleanings, combined with daily brushing and flossing at home, minimize plaque and tartar, freshen breath and reduce dental staining from tobacco and darkly colored dietary choices.

In addition, your hygienist performs an important service called periodontal probing and charting. This simple and painless measure of the pockets, or spaces, between your teeth and gums indicates how healthy your gums really are. Mild gingivitis and more advanced gums of gum disease can be treated, and periodontal probing tracks your gum health status and progress.

The oral examination

Dr. Page performs many valuable services within the routine oral examination. He checks for:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Deteriorating restorations such as fillings and crowns
  • Oral cancer (a visual inspection of the lips, tongue, gums, and other tissues of the mouth and back of the throat)
  • Bite and alignment
  • Jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)

He will formulate your care plan to include any needed restorations and to address continuing care, such as orthodontia or cosmetic services. For children, the dentist likes to use sealants on the back most molars.

These easily applied coatings reduce the incidence of tooth decay in children. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says that children who do not have their teeth sealed have three times the amount of decay than kids who have received these simple and cost effective services.

A continuing relationship...

At Page Family Dentistry our goal is know each patient well and to understand his or her oral health needs. Preventive care, combined with the finest in restorative and cosmetic services, helps keeps smiles strong and bright for patients of every age and walk of life.

For any questions you have about our preventive care, and to arrange your six-month examination and cleaning, please call our office in Providence, RI, at (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
February 01, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Time changes a lot of things, including how your smile looks. What you eat, drink, smoke--whatever you put in your mouth--can make your teeth dull, yellow and aged. If you'd like to brighten your tooth enamel for a more youthful look, investigate professional teeth whitening at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI. Dr. Marc Page and Dr. Lawrence Page deliver the whitest smiles possible with quality products and state-of-the-art techniques which really work.

 

Dental stains

Teeth darken and dull because they absorb organic matter, particularly when oral hygiene practices are poorly executed or spotty. Dentists call these kind of stains "extrinsic" because they affect the outer layer of tooth structure, known as tooth enamel. Soy sauce, coffee, tobacco, acidic foods, sports drinks and more change tooth color.

Teeth also acquire stains deeper in tooth structure, in the second layer known as dentin. Oral trauma, problems during fetal development and exposure to certain medications can cause this difficult kind of staining. Unfortunately, only dental crowns or porcelain veneers can camouflage intrinsic stains.

 

Professional teeth whitening

Professional teeth whitening offered at Page Family Dentistry in Providence, RI, safely erases extrinsic stains. Better than over-the-counter toothpastes, strips, and rinses, in-office whitening effectively and quickly removes organic matter from within the enamel matrix. Your dentist uses a highly concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel, carefully applied all tooth surfaces, and then rinses the chemical off, leaving teeth white and bright. Most people see a difference of up to eight shades of color in just about one hour.

Plus, when you have your teeth whitened at Page Family Dentistry, you're assured that your teeth are:

- Healthy enough for whitening

- Treated safely

- Protected from the sensitivity retail products often cause

 

Keeping a white smile

To avoid further staining consider:

- Twice a day brushing

- Once daily flossing

- Limiting foods which are dark or acidic (acid softens enamel, making it more susceptible to stains)

- Drinking plenty of water every day to wash teeth and gums and to increase saliva

- Stopping all tobacco usage

 

Learn more

You don't have to settle for a dingy, dull smile. Find out how professional teeth whitening from Page Family Dentistry can rejuvenate your smile and your outlook, too. Come see us for a cosmetic dentistry consultation, won't you? Call (401) 421-9350.

By Page Family Dentistry
November 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the factors that help us determine the best tooth loss treatment for you.

Dental ImplantsDid you know that your lifestyle certainly plays a major role in the health of your teeth? If you are a smoker or someone who doesn’t floss their teeth, then you may end up facing tooth loss at some point during your life. If you are missing teeth, our Providence, RI, family dentists Drs. Marc and Lawrence Page can help you find the best tooth replacement option. After all, leaving those gaps in your smile can cause other issues for your oral health. This is the perfect time to consider whether dental implants could help you.

Most people want to get dental implants because they offer a long-term tooth replacement that functions and looks just like a real tooth. Of course, not everyone is right for dental implants and it’s important that our Providence, RI, cosmetic dentist examines your smile, and discusses your goals for treatment. Here’s what makes someone a good candidate for dental implants:

Healthy gums: Since dental implants will be placed within the socket where your missing tooth used to be it’s important that you have healthy gums that can receive the false tooth.

A Healthy Jawbone: Just as the health of your gums is important for your implant, the strength and density of your jawbone is also crucial for this restoration. Since there must be a certain amount of jawbone density to support the implant, which our dentist will place into the jawbone, we will need to take X-rays to make sure there isn’t significant bone loss.

Good Oral Health: Overall, we need to make sure that you are doing what you need to in order to keep your oral health in the best shape possible for the long run. This includes brushing and flossing properly and visiting your dentist every six months for routine checkups. Preventive dentistry is the best way to keep your smile and your implant in good health.

If you are an adult living in Providence, RI, who is missing one or more teeth then it’s time to schedule a consultation to determine the best course of action for treating your tooth loss and giving you a beautiful, healthy smile again. Call Page Family Dentistry today and let us know that you are interested in getting dental implants.

By Page Family Dentistry
October 05, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Even the smallest cosmetic dental alterations can produce amazing results.

It’s amazing how even the tiniest chips or discolorations in a smile can feel so noticeable to everyone around you. Of course, because the problems seem so minor, you may not think cosmetic dentistry is the right approach for you. However, given how quick and simple the cosmetic treatments in our Providence family dental office are, you may be surprised to learn how easy it really is to obtain your perfect Bonding Laser Treatmentsmile!

What is Dental Bonding?

Dealing with tiny, chips, cracks, discolorations, or gaps between your teeth? If you said “yes” to any of these issues, dental bonding might just be the treatment for you! Sure, we know that a small chip may not seem like the end of the world to some, but it can definitely make some people feel self-conscious about their smile.

Luckily, there exists dental bonding, a completely painless technique in which a tooth-colored material is applied over imperfections in order to hide them. Our Providence cosmetic dentist can use this procedure to improve the shape and size of a tooth, consequently enhancing the symmetry and appearance of your smile.

What Materials are Used?

The material used during dental bonding is the same material used to fill a cavity. Composite resin is a durable material that is applied and easily molded and shaped over small chips, gaps, and discolorations. The material is then permanently hardened into place. Since the material is first matched to the tooth, this means that no one will even notice which tooth has received bonding treatment.

How Long Does it Take?

Dental bonding is the fastest and least expensive cosmetic option out there to enhance and bolster your smile. We understand that everyone has different needs when it comes to improving their smiles, and simple measures such as dental bonding can go a long way for some people who don’t need major cosmetic alterations.

Dental bonding treatment takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on which tooth we are treating. Bonding can even be performed when you come in for your next six-month cleaning, meaning you won’t have to take more time out of your busy schedule to book a separate dental appointment to get the procedure done.

Intrigued? Call Our Providence Family Practice Today!

Page Family Dentistry wants everyone living in Providence, RI, to be able to get the proper dental care they deserve. We provide comprehensive dentistry to patients of all ages, from young children to seniors. If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for dental bonding, call our office today at (401) 421-9350 to schedule a consultation!





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