Options For A Beautiful Smile

An attractive smile is always a flattering feature. People who are confident with their smile tend to smile more often, projecting a positive individual with an upbeat attitude. Using modern dental techniques and materials, achieving a beautiful smile is often accomplished in just one or two appointments. And, when performed by a skilled dentist, your results will have a natural look and feel.

Cosmetic dentistry on front teeth most visible in a smile can correct crooked, gapped, broken, uneven and discolored teeth. The application recommended is determined by the extent of correction needed and the location of the tooth. We use porcelain veneers, crowns or bonding – and often a combination of these – for an ideal outcome.

In my recommendations, I discuss advantages and drawbacks of each so, together, we can meet your overall goals.

Ideally, porcelain veneers are the preferred choice for front ‘smiling’ teeth for several reasons.
•    Veneers provide exceptional longevity and add durability to teeth.
•    A precise shade matching can be achieved with porcelain veneers, which also resist staining.
•    Porcelain veneers can be placed with minimum disruption to natural teeth.
•    Veneers provide the most natural look and feel possible, even reflecting light as natural teeth.

Crowns, however, have an advantage over veneers when it comes to strength. People who clench or grind their teeth at night create a challenge for veneers (although wearing a night-time mouth guard can help you avoid damaging veneers). Teeth that have extensive fillings or are severely crooked would require porcelain crowns.

Bonding is a less-expensive option for reshaping or repairing minor flaws in teeth. Bonding, however, doesn’t give the luminosity of porcelain, so you sacrifice the ‘ideal’ for a natural appearance. Neither does bonding provide the longevity or strength of porcelain. Yet, when it comes to repairing a chip or adding length to a short tooth, bonding can be a cost-effective option for teeth that will not endure undue pressure.

Overall, there are many ways to create a smile that will have you smiling more often and with more confidence. Let’s sit down and discuss the options best for your needs in a free consultation. I’ll be happy to answer your questions thoroughly so you can determine your preferred treatment. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.

Your Smile – An Added Reason To Quit Smoking

Smokers already know they are taking health risks. However, many are unaware of the negative oral health issues when it comes to tobacco use.

For example, research shows that smokers lose more teeth than nonsmokers. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, about 20% of people over age 65 who have never smoked are toothless, while over 41% of daily smokers over age 65 are toothless.

It’s no surprise to dentists that following gum treatment or any type of oral surgery (including implant placement), patients who smoke typically have longer healing times with less predictable treatment outcomes. Other oral problems include a heightened risk for oral cancer, bad breath, stained teeth, loss of taste, gum recession, mouth sores, tooth loss and deep wrinkling around the mouth.

As a smoker, you also have a far greater increase for periodontal disease. Smoking increases your susceptibility to calculus, which is the plaque that hardens on teeth and can only be removed through a professional cleaning.

When calculus is not removed, the bacteria it harbors can destroy gum tissue and cause gums to pull away from teeth. As a result, teeth look longer and are more vulnerable to bacteria. As bacteria growth develops into periodontal disease, sore pockets form between teeth and fill with bacteria, destroying tissues and supporting bone. Eventually, the teeth become loose and require removal.

Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and harms nearly every organ of the body. Nearly 50% of those who don’t quit smoking will die of smoking-related problems.

Quitting is not easy but the benefits are almost immediate. Your circulation improves, your blood pressure starts to return to normal and breathing becomes easier. You’ll also have a healthier mouth and avoid many oral problems.

A new year is an ideal time to kick the habit. The American Cancer Society’s web site, www.cancer.org, is an excellent resource for smokers who are trying to quit. If you are a smoker and past due for your 6-month dental exam and cleaning, call us toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. We are always happy to welcome new patients.

Lack Of Sleep Hampers Brain Function

Let’s say you live in a medium-sized city. While you’re asleep, all is quiet and the entire city seems asleep, too. But, during the night, thousands of people are busy tending to much-needed functions that keep the city running efficiently.

Janitorial staff are busy in office buildings across the city. Sanitation workers, police staff and hospital staff are all tending to important jobs. Security guards, cooks and taxi drivers are providing much-needed services while you sleep.

If the city simply ‘shut down’ for the night, its function during the day would be far from productive. Eventually, the results would be chaotic and severe.

Now imagine your brain while you sleep. Research has found that the brain does anything but take a snooze along with you. The brain produces proteins and chemicals that keep functions in-check, flush out toxins and protect sensory functions. Even your memory inventory is fine-tuned. Perhaps this is why Alzheimer’s Disease is being studied in relation to lack of sleep.

Sleep Apnea sufferers are at enormous risk for a number of health issues. However, when the brain fails to receive sufficient oxygen at night, it cannot function properly. Although you may only feel groggy and fatigued the next day, far more issues have been compromised than you feel physically.

If you have been prescribed for a CPAP device, wearing it every night is necessary. However, many people find them cumbersome, uncomfortable and noisy. Only an estimated 22% are consistent users, meaning that 78% of those who have them – and NEED them – are not getting the oxygen their brains need. Additionally, the heart and other major organs are negatively impacted.

For those who cannot tolerate CPAP, an alternative is a comfortable oral device. These small ‘mouthguard-like’ orthotics position your lower jaw slightly forward. This increases your oxygen flow at a sufficient level as you sleep. For heavy snorers, your mate will enjoy a more peaceful night, too!

If you suffer with mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and can’t tolerate CPAP therapy or are a heavy snorer, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to request a free consultation.

Dental Implants Make You Feel “Like I Have My Teeth Back”

Dental implants are the closest thing to natural teeth available. They restore dependable biting strength and chewing stability. They enable you to laugh, kiss and even sneeze without worry. And, there is nothing to soak in a glass at night!

When a patient completes dental implant treatment, I often hear, “I feel like I have my natural teeth again.” What I don’t hear are regrets over the cost. The vast majority enthusiastically say, “This is the best investment I ever made.”

Life with dentures that slip or click, prevent you from eating a healthy diet, and create fear of embarrassment is a frustrating way to go through life. When people eat healthy foods and feel socially confident, they tend to live more vibrant, happier lives.

If you’ve thought about dental implants, let’s talk about your options and discuss payment plans. For a free consultation, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to learn the types that are best suited for your needs and have your questions answered thoroughly.

How Dentures Cause A Shrinking Jaw Bone

Tooth loss has many frustrations. Dentures contribute to discomfort, reduced confidence, decreased ability to chew and enjoy foods, and a daily inconvenience.  Unfortunately, an underlying occurrence is taking place with even greater impact to one’s life … bone loss.

Bone loss, over time, contributes to deep wrinkling and a sunken-in appearance around the mouth, a ‘witches chin,’ jowls, and a severe reduction in biting strength. When tooth roots are missing from the jaw, the bone begins to shrink. This continues and is even accelerated by the pressure of dentures.

An indication of bone loss is the change in the fit of your denture.  Dentures that once fit securely will eventually loosen due to the change in the bone. As the bone shrinks, the ridge under the denture begins to flatten. Over time, the denture has less of a foundation, decreasing one’s ability to bite and chew comfortably. While the biting strength of natural teeth is 250 pounds, a denture wearer bites with 5 to 6 pounds.

This is among the reasons why so many adults are choosing Dental Implants to replace missing teeth. Dental Implants recreate the presence of tooth roots, halting bone loss and restoring the strength of your bite. There are many types of implants designed to accommodate individual needs. For those who have lost a great deal of bone depth, procedures are available to rebuild the bone or certain implant types can overcome minimal bone base.

Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime and to bring you as much pleasure and comfort as natural teeth. In our office, we provide all phases of Dental Implants with Oral and I.V. Sedation available. To discuss your options in tooth replacement, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation. During this time, you’ll learn your options and have your questions answered thoroughly.

Ask about our Dental Implant special and save over $650! Hurry – this is a limited time offer.

How Problems Start In The Mouth & How To Avoid Them

Want to save yourself from costly and time-consuming tooth and gum problems? Read on to know where most of the problems begin, and how to avoid them.

Plaque is a sticky substance in the mouth that results from chemical reactions when bacteria, carbohydrates, food particles, and saliva combine. When food particles and saliva mix in your mouth and aren’t properly removed, this results in a build up on teeth that creates oral bacteria. Plaque accumulation on teeth leads to an attack on enamel, causes bad breath, yellow teeth, cavities and oral decay. Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best way to remove plaque and keep your teeth, gums and breath in good condition.

The beginning of plaque formation occurs as you chew carbohydrates, which are components of most of the foods we eat. As the carbohydrates combine with the natural bacteria in the mouth, an acid is created. This acid can eat at tooth enamel and triggers the production of oral bacteria. When the acid and saliva mix with rotting food particles in the mouth, the accumulation of oral bacteria becomes sticky and attaches to teeth.

Once plaque forms on teeth, you have a limited amount of time to remove it before it hardens. Most plaque hardens within 48 hours, becoming so hard within days that removal can only occur with special tools used by your dentist or dental hygienist. It cannot be brushed or flossed away.

Plaque can be prevented or controlled by maintaining a low carbohydrate diet. Although it’s not possible to avoid all carbohydrates, limiting sweets, bread, cereal, potatoes and sugary drinks will help greatly.

Additionally, it is important that you brush and floss twice a day. Brushing removes plaque build up on teeth and leftover food particles that contribute to bacteria build up. Brush for a minimum of two minutes each time and be sure to brush the top, front and back of all teeth. Daily flossing removes food particles and debris from between teeth, further decreasing the potential for plaque to form in the first place.

Remember, if plaque has formed on your teeth but hasn’t hardened into tartar, thorough brushing and flossing in a timely manner can remove it. If, however, tartar has formed on teeth, you’ll need a dental cleaning to have this bacteria-filled attachment removed from teeth. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule an appointment before tartar can cause costly damage to your teeth and gums.

Also, if flossing is a challenge for you, check out this easy-to-follow video! In just a few minutes, it can have you flossing effectively and easily!


A Gap Between Front Teeth?

Having a gap between front teeth (known as a Diastema) can be an uncomfortable feature for many people. Fortunately, this can often be repaired in just one or two appointments.

Depending on the width of the gap, bonding may be the easiest method to close the space. In this process, a tooth-colored resin material is applied to the teeth. Shading is carefully matched and the surface is polished to give a natural appearance. This is the least expensive method; however, bonding, particularly on front “biting” teeth, is more vulnerable to chipping or breaking than with porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are custom-designed “shells” that are attached to the front of teeth. Veneers give the most durable, natural feel and appearance possible, even reflecting light as a natural tooth. This method also requires minimal disruption to the natural tooth, yet the design of the veneer can reshape or resize the tooth for a more flattering look.

If the space is rather wide, other teeth may need to be involved in treatment. This keeps the teeth visible in your smile to balanced proportions. Otherwise, you could end up with two, very wide ‘bunny’ teeth that close the gap but fail to create an appealing smile.

If teeth are badly turned or misshapen, crowns may be needed to close the space with a straight alignment. This method requires the existing tooth to be reshaped so a custom-designed crown can cover the top and sides of the tooth. Crowns, like veneers, give excellent longevity and have a natural look and feel.

After an examination, we can determine which option will give you the best result. You’ll also learn the process and fee involved. By understanding your choices, you can take the first step to achieve a smile you’ll love! Call 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation.

A Clean Mouth Can Help Overall Wellness!

The notion of “If nothing hurts, then nothing is wrong” is long gone when it comes to oral health. As the American population is becoming more aware, the bacteria in your mouth affects far more than causing cavities.

Your 6-month dental hygiene exams and cleanings are designed to help minimize oral bacteria. When not sufficiently removed on a daily basis, the buildup forms into plaque, which develops a cement-hard haven for bacteria known as calculus.

This bacteria buildup makes you susceptible to cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss. However, oral bacteria can also enter the bloodstream through tears in tender gum tissues. Oral bacteria can trigger inflammatory reactions elsewhere in the body, some contributing to deadly diseases.

Years of research and numerous studies have shown that inflammation from oral bacteria is linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, preterm babies and even impotency.

Obviously, oral bacteria is not to be taken lightly. If it is capable of such destruction OUT of the mouth, its presence in your mouth should be of dire concern. Tender gums that bleed when brushing, persistent bad breath and gums that are red in color rather than a healthy pink are all signs of gum disease. Early treatment is less expensive and time-consuming than gum disease that has progressed past gingivitis.

Your smile plays a major role in your facial appearance. It also reveals your overall commitment to good hygiene and a healthy body. Let your smile look as good as it feels while being a positive part of your overall health. Call 1-866-9-Smiles if you are behind on your dental hygiene visits. Here, we are a no-lecture zone!