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VivicaFoxandZendayaHaveThisinCommonAGorgeousSmile

Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.

Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.

In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.

But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.

Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.

Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.

Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.

Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

October 26, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your family dentists in Cincinnati, OH, can rebuild your smile.

Dental implants are an investment in your smile, and you need to understand what you are getting and how you can benefit. The truth is, dental implants provide the most natural-looking tooth replacement available today. They also can give you superb chewing function, which helps your digestion and overall health.

Drs. Ron Solomon, Angela Burleson-Ott, and Bradley Girdwood of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, offer comprehensive family dental care, including dental implants to rebuild your smile.

The dental implant process is straightforward. The dental implant screw is placed during a simple in-office procedure. This screw will become the “root” of your missing tooth.

Over time, bone grows around the dental implant screw and fuses with it, anchoring it firmly in place. After the implant screw is secure and stable, it is capped with a sparkling new dental implant crown.

Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, several missing teeth, or even an entire arch of teeth. Dental implants can give you back your smile.

There are many important benefits and reasons why you should choose dental implants. Consider that dental implants are:

  • Lifelike and natural, because dental implant restorations are made of materials that closely resemble natural tooth structure
  • Fully stable, because they are locked in place by bone, so they will never move around
  • Easy to maintain, because you can simply brush and floss them just like your natural teeth
  • Permanent, because you never remove them, so they are an excellent choice for your active lifestyle

Dental implants are also extremely successful. In fact, they are the most successful surgical implant, boasting a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

To learn more about the benefits of dental implants and how they can rebuild your smile, call Drs. Ron Solomon, Angela Burleson-Ott, and Bradley Girdwood of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH. You can reach them by calling (513) 631-8920, so call now.

October 08, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

Root canals aren't just used to treat inflamed or infected teeth. The therapy, performed by Dr. Ron Solomon, Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, and Dr. Bradley Girdwood of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, also helps cracked teeth.

How do cracks affect your teeth?

A crack in your tooth may seem like a minor problem. Unfortunately, even a small crack can weaken your tooth and make it more likely to break eventually. Cracks also allow bacteria to enter your teeth, causing tooth decay.

When a tooth is cracked, it may move a little when you chew. Over time, the motion of the tooth can irritate and inflame your tooth pulp. Unfortunately, once the soft pulp inside your tooth becomes inflamed, root canal therapy is the only option. Pulp inflammation can cause pain, particularly when you chew or eat or drink hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. If the pulp becomes abscessed, the bacterial infection can spread throughout your body via your bloodstream.

When are root canals needed?

Root canals may be recommended during your visit to the Cincinnati dental office if the crack has begun to irritate your pulp or your dentist is concerned that the crack may worsen. If the crack grows bigger and reaches the root of a tooth, removing the tooth is the only option. Fortunately, root canal therapy will help you avoid these problems.

The therapy involves removing the pulp and replacing it with a durable filling. Once the pulp is removed, your dentist will clean the tooth and add antibiotics to prevent infection. She'll also clean and shape the root canals, the small pathways that extend the length of the tooth. Adding a tiny post to the tooth strengthens it and provides extra support for the crown that will be added to the top of the tooth.

Before the crown is placed on your tooth, your dentist builds up the area around the post with composite resin, a flexible material that hardens when exposed to a curing light. Cementing the crown onto your tooth, the final step in the process, strengthens and supports your tooth.

Don't put your smile at risk. Restore your cracked teeth with root canals. Call (513) 631-8920 to schedule an appointment with your dentists in Cincinnati, OH, Dr. Solomon, Dr. Burleson-Ott, and Dr. Girdwood of Cornerstone Dental Group.

RemovingaToothCouldHelpCorrectThisParticularBiteProblem

Dentists extract millions of teeth each year, mostly because of disease. But sometimes a healthy tooth is removed to gain a more favorable, long-term dental health outcome.

An example of this is extracting teeth for the sake of orthodontic treatment. This is often beneficial when treating bite problems caused by crowding, a condition in which not enough space on the jaw exists to accommodate all of the teeth coming in. When this happens, the limited space can force teeth out of their proper alignment.

Crowding also complicates correcting the bite problem with braces: As with the eruption phase, there's no available room for orthodontic movement. One solution that may arise after a detailed examination is to open up space on the jaw by removing some of the teeth.

Planning this kind of tooth extrication requires careful forethought with the end in mind—ultimately, the dental providers involved want the resulting appearance after braces to look as natural as possible. For that reason, dentists usually choose teeth for extraction that are outside of the "smile zone" (the teeth visible while smiling) like premolars and molars.

Additionally, dentists are concerned about bone loss after extracting the teeth. Bone often diminishes around empty tooth sockets, especially if those sockets were damaged during extraction. This loss in bone can weaken the jaw structure and cause significant problems while moving teeth with braces.

To avoid this, dentists take great care during tooth removal not to damage the socket. Additionally, they may place a bone graft within the socket immediately after removing the tooth, especially if the space will remain vacant for a significant period of time. A bone graft serves as a scaffold upon which new bone cells can form and accumulate.

After the extractions, the orthodontist may then proceed with correcting the bite. Patients may also need some form of prosthetic teeth to fill in the spaces while wearing braces. Often prosthetic teeth can be incorporated with the braces for a more natural look. After braces, any remaining gaps may require further restoration, either with dentures, bridges or, later in adulthood, dental implants.

Complex bite problems like crowding pose unique challenges in correcting them. But using techniques like tooth extraction can help achieve a successful and satisfactory outcome.

If you would like more information on treatments for bite problems, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Removal for Orthodontic Reasons.”

HowGeorgeClooneyMadeOverHisSmileandHowYouCanToo

Since his breakout role as Dr. Doug Ross in the 90's TV drama ER, George Clooney has enjoyed a blockbuster career as an award-winning actor, director and producer. He's still going strong, as seen in the recent film The Midnight Sky, which Clooney directed and starred in. This sci-fi drama set a record as the most-watched movie on Netflix for the first five days after its late December release. And although now well into middle age, Clooney still possesses a winsome charm epitomized by his devil-may-care smile.

But he didn't always have his enigmatic grin. Early on, his struggles pursuing his burgeoning acting career triggered a stressful habit of grinding his teeth. This took a toll, as his teeth began to look worn and yellowed, giving his smile—and him—a prematurely aged appearance.

Clooney's not alone. For many of us, our fast-paced lives have created undue stress that we struggle to manage. This pent-up stress has to go somewhere, and for a number of individuals it's expressed through involuntary grinding or gritting of the teeth. This may not only lead to serious dental problems, but it can also diminish an otherwise attractive smile.

There are ways to minimize teeth grinding, the most important of which is to address the underlying stress fueling the habit. It's possible to get a handle on stress through professional counseling, biofeedback therapy, meditation or other relaxation techniques. You can also reduce the habit's effects with a custom-made oral device that prevents the teeth from making solid contact during a grinding episode.

But what if teeth grinding has already taken a toll on your teeth making them look worn down? Do what Clooney did—put a new “face” on your teeth with dental veneers. These thin layers of porcelain are bonded to teeth to mask all sorts of blemishes, including chips, heavy staining and, yes, teeth that appear shortened due to accelerated wearing. And they're custom-designed and fashioned to blend seamlessly with other teeth to transform your smile. Although they're not indestructible, they're quite durable and can last for years.

Veneers can correct many mild to moderate dental defects, but if your teeth are in worse shape, porcelain crowns may be the answer. A crown, which bonds to a prepared tooth to completely cover it, allows you the advantage of keeping your natural tooth while still enhancing its appearance.

Although different in degree, both veneers and crowns require permanently altering the teeth, such that they will require a dental restoration from then on. But if you're looking for an effective way to transform your worn or otherwise distressed teeth into a beautiful smile, it's a sound investment.

Just like George Clooney, your smile is an important part of who you are. We can help you make it as appealing as possible with veneers or other dental enhancements. Call us today to get started on the path to a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information about dental veneers and other smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers.”