Family Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: April, 2016
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Your upcoming dental procedure may have you nervous, but it doesn’t have to.
The minute you heard one of our Cincinnati, OH dentists, Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, mention needing a root canal, did you immediately cringe? It’s okay; there have been a lot of cruel jokes made about root canals, so you may not be sure what to believe, but that’s why we are here. Our goal is to make you understand that while root canals may have a reputation it may actually not be true.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene and to see us every six months for routine exams to make sure that you minimize how often you need dental treatments. Of course, if you need to get a root canal in Cincinnati, here’s the truth--getting a root canal is no more uncomfortable or invasive than getting a tooth filled. Plus, a root canal can actually preserve the tooth and prevent it from needing to be extracted in the future. Not sounding so bad after all, is it?
Your Cincinnati general dentist may have recommended that you get a root canal if during your last routine exam we noticed significant decay, trauma or an infection that may have already reached the inside of the tooth. Once the dental pulp inside the tooth has been infected or inflamed, it’s time it was removed.
Some of the signs that you may be dealing with a root canal infection include:
- Swelling or tenderness around the affected tooth
- Toothache (particularly when chewing)
- Abscess (pimple-like growth on the gums)
- Redness of the gums
- Bad breath
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold
While any of these symptoms, particularly tooth pain, can be caused by many different problems, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with our Cincinnati dental office as soon as possible to get the treatment your smile needs before the issue wreaks irreparable havoc on your oral health. The sooner you seek treatment, the better.
And if this didn’t assuage your fears, also know that root canals are performed under local anesthesia, to minimize any discomfort you may feel during your procedure. A local anesthesia will help numb the area and make sure that you don’t feel any pain. Plus, if you are already coming in with an infected tooth chances are good you are dealing with a significant amount of pain. Fortunately, root canals are designed to take that pain away fast!
Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH is here to make sure that your smile stays healthy and happy. If you are experiencing the beginning signs of a dental problem then it’s time you called our office today!
Poor bites, also known as “malocclusions,” can have a dramatic impact on mouth function and appearance. Moving teeth to better positions will solve most of these bite problems — but not all.
A case in point is a malformed maxilla, the skeletal structure formed by the union of the upper jaw and the roof of the mouth (the palate). If the rear portion of the maxilla develops too narrowly, the back teeth will bite abnormally inside the lower teeth while the front teeth bite normally, creating what’s known as a crossbite. People with this kind of malocclusion often shift their lower jaw to one side to bite down completely.
This can be corrected without too much intervention if the problem is diagnosed while the person is young. This is because the maxilla is actually formed from two bones that don’t completely fuse together in the center of the palate until just after puberty. An orthodontic appliance known as a palatal expander takes advantage of this slight gap. The metal appliance is placed along the narrowed portion of the palate in the rear of the mouth: four metal “arms,” two on each side, attach to the inside of the back teeth with a tension device between them that extends the arms outward to put pressure against the teeth.
Every day the patient or a parent uses a special key to turn the tension device and cause it to expand slightly, placing additional outward pressure on the jaw. This will widen the gap in the center of the palate and new bone will grow to fill in the increased space. Over time this will cause the rear portion of maxilla to widen.
While effective, a palatal expander may not work in every case, and it must be done before the two bones fuse permanently. When it can be used, though, it’s a proven treatment that can restore proper bite function, as well as improve your child’s smile.
If you would like more information on palatal expanders to correct certain 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 “Palatal Expanders.”