Family Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: December, 2016
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Moving your teeth to a more functional and attractive alignment is a big undertaking. You can invest months — even years — and a lot of expense to correct a bad bite. But all that effort could be for nothing if your teeth return to their original positions.
The very aspect of dental physiology that makes orthodontics possible can work against you in reverse. Your teeth are not actually rigidly fixed in the bone: they're held in place by an elastic gum tissue known as the periodontal ligament. The ligament lies between the tooth and the bone and attaches to both with tiny fibers.
While this mechanism holds the teeth firmly in place, it also allows the teeth to move in response to changes in the mouth. As we age, for example, and the teeth wear, the ligament allows movement of the teeth to accommodate for the loss of tooth surface that might have been created by the wear.
When we employ braces we're changing the mouth environment by applying pressure to the teeth in a certain direction. The teeth move in response to this pressure. But when the pressure is no longer there after removing the braces or other orthodontic devices, the ligament mechanism may then respond with a kind of “muscle memory” to pull the teeth back to where they were before.
To prevent this, we need to help the teeth maintain their new position, at least until they've become firmly set. We do this with an oral appliance known as a retainer. Just as its name implies it helps the teeth “retain” their new position.
We require most patients to initially wear their retainer around the clock. After a while we can scale back to just a few hours a day, usually at nighttime. Younger patients may only need to wear a retainer for eighteen months or so. Adults, though, may need to wear one for much longer or in some cases permanently to maintain their new bite.
Although having to wear a retainer can be tedious at times, it's a crucial part of your orthodontic treatment. By wearing one you'll have a better chance of permanently keeping your new smile.
If you would like more information on caring for your teeth after braces, 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 “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”
Discover how this simple, non-invasive dental treatment could improve the shape of your smile.
Not all cosmetic treatments require a whole lot of time or money. In fact, we an easily make minor changes to your smile with simple options like dental bonding. No need for anesthesia, drilling or other unpleasantries. Our Cincinnati, OH family dentists, Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott, are here to tell you about dental bonding and what it could do for your smile.
What is dental bonding?
This pliable tooth-colored material is applied over the tooth to hide common imperfections and flaws that are keeping you from having the smile that you want. The resin our Cincinnati cosmetic dentists use for bonding is the same material that we use to fill a cavity. Of course, since this treatment is purely cosmetic we won’t need to use a drill or anesthesia like we would if you were getting a dental filling (isn’t that a relief?). The only thing we will have to do after we mold the bonding to the ideal shape is to then harden it with our special dental laser.
Is a bonded tooth easy to care for?
Absolutely! However, it is important to note that this material can stain if you don’t care for your bonded teeth properly. This means that you’ll want to limit or even avoid certain foods and drinks like wine, coffee, dark teas, tomato sauce and other dark condiments if you want to prevent discolorations. In order to keep your smile looking its best, you should always maintain the very best oral care regime to ensure that teeth and gums remain healthy.
How long does bonding resin last?
It isn’t unheard of for some people to have bonding that lasts between 10 to 15 years. A lot will depend on how well you care for your smile. Fortunately, dental bonding really doesn’t require any special care or upkeep in order to last a long time.
Dental bonding can be a great way to improve the shape or appearance of a tooth or teeth. If you are ready to find out if you are a good candidate for bonding then turn to Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH.