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Reep Family Dental
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Yakima, WA 98902
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By Reep Family Dental
March 05, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Yakima   Veneers  
veneers yakimaAn increasingly popular cosmetic dental procedure, veneers can create a brighter, whiter smile that you have always wanted.  Dental veneers can also give you a perfectly aligned smile that has translucent qualities of ceramic materials to provide a completely natural, redefined look for your teeth.  Today, veneers provide a more natural look than what has previously been available.

Dental Veneers Restore Confidence in your Smile

Veneers are custom-designed shells consisting of a tooth-like ceramic material.  When applied over the surface of your tooth, worn enamel and uneven tooth alignment can be covered.  Additionally, other appearance defects can be easily altered.  Today, most veneers are made of porcelain because it resists stains better than any other material and has a light reflecting element that is similar to your natural teeth. 
Some problems veneers can commonly fix include:
  • Worn Enamel
  • Wear and Tear
  • Uneven Teeth
  • Accidental Damage
  • Discolored teeth
Veneers are best suited for more severe cases of dullness, wear, discoloration, mild chipping, cracking, spacing, or uneven teeth. For less dramatic dental changes, teeth whitening or bonding may be better options.
Typically, at least three dental visits are needed to complete the veneers process, which involves- diagnosis and treatment planning, preparation, and bonding.  To prepare your teeth for veneers, your dentist will lightly buff your teeth to allow for the small-added thickness of the veneer.  About half a millimeter of your tooth will be removed. 
An impression of your teeth is taken and sent to a dental lab where your veneers are custom fabricated.  At your next dental visit, your dentist will attach the veneers to your teeth with a special adhesive to keep them in place permanently.  During a two-week period of adjustment that follows your procedure, you may notice a slight change in the size and shape of your teeth. 

Veneers Cover-up Unappealing Gaps in your Smile

Not only do veneers add a noticeable whitening effect, but they can cover-up embarrassing gaps in your teeth.  Since veneers have the ability to transform your teeth, gaps are easily covered up and hidden.  Genetics may also play a role in the abnormal spacing between the teeth that continues to grow wider as people age.  With veneers, the genetic spacing can be eliminated and prevented.
A consultation with Dr. Nic Reep in Yakima about veneers is always necessary before you decide on the best procedure for whitening and perfecting your smile.  Veneers are not for everyone, but with proper treatment and check-ups, your dentist can decide the best treatments for bringing your smile back to life. 
If you are looking to eliminate stains or gaps in your smile, veneers may be the choice for you.  Visit our office for more information.
By Reep Family Dental
December 23, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Yakima  
Root Canal YakimaThe dreaded root canal procedure may not be as “evil” as you think it is.  Root canals are done to save a tooth, not hurt you, and Dr. Nic Reep, our Yakima area dentist, is available to safely, effectively and even painlessly administer root canal therapy to save your tooth. It is important to understand the root canal procedure to eliminate your fears and anxieties before treatment. 
Chances are, your concerns or worries about a root canal in Yakima were brought on by someone else’s horror story or a bad past experience. But the truth of the matter is, root canal therapy is intended to relieve the pain caused by your decayed tooth, not cause you pain. The best way to overcome your fears of a root canal, save your tooth and relieve your pain is to visit Dr. Nic Reep, a dentist in Yakima, WA who specializes in root canal therapy and offers extensive training in administering the procedure. These dental professionals are known as endodontists.  These specialists in root canals have received advanced training in delivering successful, comfortable root canals that help patients feel at ease while saving the tooth.

Why are Root Canals Necessary?

Dr. Reep may recommend root canal therapy when the inside of your tooth (the pulp which provides nutrients to the tooth) becomes infected due to injury or decay.  The pulp can get infected or inflamed for a number of reasons, including trauma or an accident, multiple fillings, or a broken down tooth. Untreated, the infection can spread into the surrounding bone, causing more serious problems. Root canal therapy removes the infection from the pulp. The only other alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the tooth.
A common sign of an infected tooth is pain or discomfort.  Other symptoms of infected or inflamed pulp include prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, sensitivity to touch, discoloration of the tooth, and swelling and tenderness in the gums.

The Procedure - What to Expect

During root canal therapy, your tooth will be numbed, which means the procedure will be as comfortable and pain free as possible. Then the diseased tissue is removed and replaced with a filling material. The tooth is often “capped” with a crown to return strength and restore the tooth’s appearance.
Following treatment the tooth should be cared for the same as natural teeth. With regular brushing, flossing and visits to your dentist in Yakima, Dr. Nic Reep, a tooth treated with a root canal can last you the rest of your life.
If you experience tooth pain, it doesn’t always mean you need root canal therapy. Always talk to Dr. Nic Reep about problems you are having with your teeth. If you do need a root canal, a Dr. Reep can safely and comfortably administer treatment so that you can save your tooth and restore it to full function and appearance.