Family Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: April, 2020
Professional Hockey player Keith Yandle is the current NHL “iron man”—that is, he has earned the distinction of playing in the most consecutive games. On November 23, Yandle was in the first period of his 820th consecutive game when a flying puck knocked out or broke nine of his front teeth. He returned third period to play the rest of the game, reinforcing hockey players’ reputation for toughness. Since talking was uncomfortable, he texted sportswriter George Richards the following day: “Skating around with exposed roots in your mouth is not the best.”
We agree with Yandle wholeheartedly. What we don’t agree with is waiting even one day to seek treatment after serious dental trauma. It was only on the following day that Yandle went to the dentist. And after not missing a game in over 10 years, Yandle wasn’t going to let a hiccup like losing, breaking or cracking nearly a third of his teeth interfere with his iron man streak. He was back on the ice later that day to play his 821st game.
As dentists, we don’t award points for toughing it out. If anything, we give points for saving teeth—and that means getting to the dentist as soon as possible after suffering dental trauma and following these tips:
- If a tooth is knocked loose or pushed deeper into the socket, don’t force the tooth back into position.
- If you crack a tooth, rinse your mouth but don’t wiggle the tooth or bite down on it.
- If you chip or break a tooth, save the tooth fragment and store it in milk or saliva. You can keep it against the inside of your cheek (not recommend for small children who are at greater risk of swallowing the tooth).
- If the entire tooth comes out, pick up the tooth without touching the root end. Gently rinse it off and store it in milk or saliva. You can try to push the tooth back into the socket yourself, but many people feel uneasy about doing this. The important thing is to not let the tooth dry out and to contact us immediately. Go to the hospital if you cannot get to the dental office.
Although keeping natural teeth for life is our goal, sometimes the unexpected happens. If a tooth cannot be saved after injury or if a damaged tooth must be extracted, there are excellent tooth replacement options available. With today’s advanced dental implant technology, it is possible to have replacement teeth that are indistinguishable from your natural teeth—in terms of both look and function.
And always wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports! A custom mouthguard absorbs some of the forces of impact to help protect you against severe dental injury.
If you would like more information about how to protect against or treat dental trauma or about replacing teeth with dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method That Rarely Fails” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
When does dental care begin for a child? In the truest sense, before they're born. Although the first teeth won't erupt until months after birth, they're already forming in the baby's jaw while still in the womb.
During the prenatal period a baby's dental health depends on the mother's health and diet, especially consuming foods rich in calcium and other minerals and nutrients. Once the baby is born, the next dental milestone is the first appearance of primary teeth in the mouth. That's when you can begin brushing with just a smear of toothpaste on a toothbrush.
Perhaps, though, the most important step occurs around their first birthday. This is the recommended time for you to bring them to visit our office for the first time.
By then, many of their primary teeth have already come in. Even though they'll eventually lose these to make way for their permanent set, it's still important to take care of them. A primary tooth lost prematurely could cause the permanent tooth to come in improperly. Saving it by preventing and treating tooth decay with fluoride applications and sealants, fillings or even a modified root canal treatment could stop a bad bite and costly orthodontic treatment down the road.
Regular trips to the dentist benefit you as a caregiver as much as they do your child. We're your best source for information about dental health and development, including concerns like teething and thumb sucking. We'll also keep you informed on your child's growth process as their teeth, jaws and facial structure develop.
Beginning regular dental visits at age one will also help make your child comfortable with seeing the dentist, more readily than if you wait until they're older. It's an unfortunate fact that many people don't seek out the clinical dental care they need because of anxiety over visiting the dentist. Starting early, not only will your child be getting the best in dental care, they'll be developing a habit that can continue to benefit their oral health the rest of their lives.
If you would like more information on your child's dental care, 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 “Age One Dental Visit.”
Have you noticed in pictures that you're not smiling as broadly as you could? Maybe you're making sure to smile with your lips closed over your teeth to disguise stains, chips, or gaps. With cosmetic dentistry, you don't have to be embarrassed about your smile. Dr. Ron Solomon and Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, Ohio offer a multitude of cosmetic dental treatments and procedures, all aimed at helping you look and feel your best. Read on to learn more about this popular branch of dentistry.
What is cosmetic dentistry?
The field of dentistry has lots of specializations within it; there are doctors who focus solely on applying braces (orthodontists) or those who identify and treat gum disease (periodontists). Cosmetic dentistry is one such classification, and your Cincinnati dentists have made it a part of their regular practice. Cosmetic dentistry primarily concentrates on improving the appearance of a patient's teeth, whether it's the shape, size, color, alignment, or a combination of these. However, cosmetic dentistry procedures often tie into treatments that keep your teeth healthy; for example, dental implants look great, but their unique design - the post standing in for a natural tooth's root - also helps to ensure that the rest of your teeth stay functional and attractive as well.
Examples of cosmetic dentistry
If you have a physical flaw with one or more of your teeth, there's a cosmetic dentistry procedure to help you feel great about your smile. Whitening, for example, is the most popular cosmetic dental treatment worldwide; it's affordable and offers immediate results when you use professional-grade whitening products from your Cincinnati dentist. The color of your teeth can be brightened by up to 8 shades in just one appointment. Bonding is another quick and affordable option to repair minor flaws on your teeth, including chips, cracks, spaces, or whitening-resistant discolorations. For a full smile makeover, Dr. Solomon and Dr. Burleson-Ott offer dental implants, as we mentioned above, as well as veneers, which are thin pieces of porcelain that fit on the front of teeth that are shortened, crooked, discolored, or misshapen.
If you're in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, Dr. Ron Solomon or Dr. Angela Burleson-Ott at Cornerstone Dental Group are here to keep your teeth healthy and looking great.
The dentists at Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, Drs. Ron Solomon and Angela Burleson-Ott, can help you fill the gaps in your smile with long-lasting dental implants. Implants replace your missing teeth from the roots to the crowns, providing you with brand new teeth.
Dental implants replace your tooth roots
Strong roots are essential to the stability of your teeth and make it possible to easily bite and chew a variety of foods. Dental implants replace your missing roots with small titanium posts placed in openings in your jawbone. The implants are added during minor oral surgery performed using local anesthetic for your comfort.
Once in place, the dental implants begin to bond to your jawbone during a process called osseointegration. Although osseointegration can take about three to six months to complete, you won't have to face the world with gaps in your smile. During a visit to the Cincinnati dental office, you may receive a temporary bridge that will not only improve your appearance, but make it a little easier to eat as well.
Crowns complete the restoration of your teeth
As soon as your implants are fully bonded, small screws will be added to the tops. The screws will be used to attach dental crowns to the implants in just a few weeks. Crowns look like the parts of your teeth visible above your gum line and are made from an impression of your mouth. When your implants are attached to your crowns, your new tooth will look, feel, and function just like a natural tooth.
Why osseointegration is so important
Without strong, stable tooth roots, you wouldn't be able to eat anything other than soft foods. In fact, if you tried to bite into an apple or chicken leg, your tooth would wobble uselessly. Thanks to osseointegration, your new roots become just as secure as your natural roots. In fact, your biting power won't be affected even though your tooth is synthetic.
Restoring your lost roots also keeps your jawbone strong by continuing to stimulate it. Stimulation decreases after a tooth is lost, often causing the bone to shrink. If this happens, teeth can loosen and the muscles in your lower face may start to sag. Fortunately, these consequences can be avoided by adding dental implants to your jawbone.
Need dental work? Give us a call
Are you ready to replace your missing teeth with dental implants? If so, call your dentists, Drs. Solomon and Burleson-Ott of Cornerstone Dental Group in Cincinnati, OH, at (513) 631-8920 to schedule an appointment.
What makes an attractive smile? Of course, shiny, straight and defect-free teeth are a big factor. But there’s another equally important element: all your teeth have come in.
Sometimes, though, they don’t: one or more teeth may remain up in the gums, a condition known as impaction. And if they’re in the front like the upper canines (the pointed teeth on either side of the front four incisors) your smile’s natural balance and symmetry can suffer.
Impaction usually happens due to lack of space on a small jaw. Previously erupted teeth crowd into the space of teeth yet to come in, preventing them from doing so. As a result the latter remain hidden within the gums.
While impaction can interfere with the smile appearance, it can cause health problems too. Impacted teeth are at higher risk for abscesses (localized areas of infection) and can damage the roots of other teeth they may be pressing against. That’s why it’s desirable for both form and function to treat them.
We begin first with an orthodontic examination to fully assess the situation. At some point we’ll want to pinpoint the impacted teeth’s precise location and position. While x-rays are useful for locating impacted teeth, many specialists use cone beam CT (CBCT) technology that produces highly detailed three-dimensional images viewable from different vantage points.
If the tooth is in too extreme a position, it might be best to remove it and later replace it with a dental impact or similar restoration once we’ve completed other necessary orthodontic treatment. But if the tooth is in a reasonable position, we might be able to “move” the tooth into its proper place in the jaw in coordination with these other tooth-movement efforts to make room for it.
To begin this process, an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically exposes the tooth crown (the normally visible portion) through the gums. They then bond a small bracket to the crown and attach a small gold chain. An orthodontist will attach the other end to orthodontic hardware that will exert downward pressure on the tooth to gradually bring it into normal position.
Dealing with impacted teeth of this nature is often part of a comprehensive effort to correct the bite. If we’re successful, it could permanently transform both the smile and overall dental health.
If you would like more information on treating impacted teeth, 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 “Exposing Impacted Canines.”