Porcelain Veneers Perth Amboy

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain sculpted into the desired tooth shapes and tinted with careful precision to match the teeth around them. When correctly created and applied, porcelain veneers are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth, and they can be even more resilient than the natural enamel of your teeth.


Do I need porcelain Veneers?

If you have chipped, dark, discolored, or unevenly spaced teeth that make it embarrassing to smile, then you can be a candidate for Porcelain Veneers. Porcelain veneers are a fast and effective way to fix your teeth and give you a beautiful smile.


Porcelain veneers can:

  • Repair small, chipped, or cracked teeth

  • Fill in unsightly gaps and spaces

  • Cover severe stains or dark colors

  • Make your teeth straight and white


Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

Porcelain veneers are considered by some dentists to be purely cosmetic in their application because, unlike dental crowns, they do not completely encompass the entire tooth. However, porcelain veneers have the ability to treat cracks, chips, and broken teeth, as well as teeth which are chemically stained and therefore, do not respond to whitening treatments.


The additional benefit of porcelain veneers is that they are comprised of a highly resilient porcelain, which not only responds as natural teeth do to whitening and other colorants but can be tinted to exactly match the teeth surrounding them. While composite and resin fillings and tooth crowns will continue to look flat and resist staining or whitening, porcelain veneers will respond like the enamel in your natural teeth, retaining a uniform look to your smile over many years.

If you are interested in porcelain veneers to improve your smile, please contact our Perth Amboy cosmetic dentistry office today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. George Likakis. Perth Amboy’s Premier Dentistry serves Middlesex, Mammoth, Richmond, and Union Counties.

What To Expect After Surgery

After a root canal, your lips and gums may remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off. Afterwards, you may have throbbing pain, which you can treat with pain medicines, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or a stronger prescription painkiller. The pain usually lasts only a day or two.

Crowns that seal the top of the tooth and strengthen it may come loose over time and may need to be repaired, redone, or cemented on again.

Causes of Periodontal Disease

Most cases of periodontal disease develop because of bacterial plaque that builds up on teeth over time. Plaque is a sticky, colorless film that stimulates an inflammatory response and causes the body to attack itself. If it is not removed, it hardens and causes tartar to develop on the teeth, which cannot be removed through brushing at home. The tissue and bone that supports the teeth is gradually destroyed by this process.
While plaque is the most common cause of periodontal disease, lifestyle or hereditary factors play a significant role in the health of your gums. Some patients may be at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease because of their habits. Some of the risk factors for these dental conditions include:

     • Tobacco smoking or chewing
     • Systemic diseases such as diabetes
     • Medications such as steroids, anti-epilepsy drugs, cancer therapy drugs and calcium channel blockers
     • Pregnancy or use of oral contraceptives
     • Crooked teeth
     • Worn bridges or fillings

Why It Is Done

A root canal is needed when tooth decay is likely to cause permanent damage to the pulp or has already done so.

How Well It Works

A root canal removes the pulp inside the tooth and replaces it with filling material. It can effectively treat or prevent an infection.


If you have an infected tooth, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause infections in other parts of the body. People who have a difficult time fighting off infections may need to take antibiotics before and after a root canal. Such people include those who have artificial heart valves or were born with heart defects.

What To Think About

Because a root canal removes the pulp inside the tooth, the tooth becomes more fragile and may break more easily if it is not covered with a crown or cap.
A root canal needs to be done as soon as possible to avoid a severe infection, which can damage the bone surrounding the root of the tooth and infect other teeth.
If you have a severely decayed or infected tooth, you may not want to go through the expense and discomfort of a root canal and crown fitting. Instead, you may choose to have the tooth removed (extracted) and the space left open or restored with a fixed or removable bridge.

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