A veneer is a very thin slip of porcelain requiring minimal to no preparation of tooth structure, due to new techniques provided at Port Warwick Dental Arts. In the past, veneers required aggressive tooth reduction. Not anymore, with the quality skill provided by the master lab technicians with whom Dr. Samaha works. Veneers enhance the color, shape and overall esthetics of a tooth or teeth. Porcelain veneers can also fill in gaps between teeth, brighten discolored teeth and strengthen a tooth weakened by decay, cracks or inherent enamel defects.
A crown is a tooth-colored shell of porcelain that is placed over the top of cracked or severely damaged teeth, restoring the strength and beauty of the tooth to near 100% of its original integrity. Crowns protect teeth from splitting, causing painful nerve exposure and/or even the need for extraction. In the past, crown procedures would always include two or three visits to the dentist, who would first take a mold of the prepared tooth and send it off to a dental lab, often taking weeks to be completed. While the new “tooth” is being manufactured, a temporary crown is worn over the tooth. Inconvenient and often uncomfortable, this procedure has been almost completely replaced at Port Warwick Dental Arts. Dr. Samaha offers strikingly beautiful, one-hour porcelain crowns that she designs and mills herself, on high-tech Cerec cad-cam technology. One visit, one hour. Sounds great!
A dental implant is a small post that is gently placed in the jaw in a matter of minutes, in order to replace a missing tooth. The post is then covered with a crown to make it look, act and feel like a natural tooth.
“If you are missing a tooth, an implant may be the preferred option for tooth replacement,” says Dr. Samaha. “An implant feels and functions like your own tooth and is cleaned just like a natural tooth. Implants are quickly becoming standard care for the replacement of a missing tooth.”
The Denture Fountain of Youth®™:
For patients who have many missing teeth or no teeth at all, Port Warwick Dental Arts offers their special custom-designed implant dentures along with their nationally acclaimed FOY Dentures®. When a denture-wearing patient is disappointed with the look, fit or function of their dentures, Dr. Samaha truly has the answer. “Often, new patients come in who have been from place- to-place getting dentures made, hoping for a better result each time. Fortunately, we have the answer to all of their concerns with our FOY Dentures®.”
Port Warwick Dental Arts is the most experienced practice in Virginia to offer The Denture Fountain of Youth®. The technique is quick, easy and pain free. Everyone walks out with a smile on their face when it comes to FOY Dentures®. With this exciting technique, Dr. Samaha can determine where a patient’s teeth would have been ideally located when he/ she was in his/her 20s or 30s. “The Denture Fountain of Youth® technique restores elements of the patient’s facial structure that help him/her look younger and more vibrant,” according to Dr. Samaha. That alone creates a winning situation.
“In addition to looking great, people want dentures that are comfortable and work well – and FOY Dentures® provide that,” says Dr. Samaha. “For denture wearers, social isolation is a big problem.” Ill-fitting dentures can cause pain and embarrassment, preventing people from interacting with others. Badly fitting dentures can also encourage weight gain and poor nutritional health. Stable employment and advancements in the workplace can also be negatively impacted when dentures don’t function naturally or look attractive.
Dr. Samaha explains, “If stability and function of an individual’s denture is a problem, we can gently provide dental implants in under an hour, which allow the denture to instantly snap into place. The new challenge might very well be getting the dentures out, not having them fall out! For a denture wearer, that is a very good thing!”
If you’re embarrassed about your teeth, or if you’re experiencing gum, tooth or jaw pain because of cracked or missing teeth, let Dr. Samaha and her team put a dazzling smile back on your face. You’ll be amazed at how quickly most procedures can be done and even more astonished by how a few small changes can improve your overall appearance.
Port Warwick Dental Arts is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Dr. Lisa Marie Samaha is nationally recognized as a leader in comprehensive, cosmetic, periodontal and reconstructive dental care.