Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

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. 

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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