Posts for: June, 2017
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
How veneers from your Seymour dentist can improve your smile
You’ve probably heard about dental veneers, and now you want to know if you are a good candidate for them. The truth is if your teeth are healthy and pain-free, you are an excellent candidate for dental veneers. Your dentists at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe want to introduce you to the benefits of dental veneers.
You are a great candidate for dental veneers if you:
- Have no tooth decay
- Have no dental problems causing you pain
- Practice great dental hygiene
- Want your smile to look as beautiful as possible
Dental veneers can help your smile look as beautiful as possible by hiding cosmetic problems like these:
- Excessive tooth wear due to aging or a bad bite
- Chips or cracks in your teeth from overuse or bad habits
- Broken or damaged teeth due to trauma
- Small gaps, spaces, or overlapped teeth due to genetics
- Discolorations due to medications or fluorosis
- Stains from lifestyle issues like tobacco use or coffee
Dental veneers are thin sheaths of translucent porcelain; they reflect light just like natural teeth. That means your porcelain veneers will look completely natural. Porcelain also resists stains. That means even if you smoke or drink coffee, you can still have a beautiful, white smile for years.
Veneers are also a conservative treatment because your dentists at Jackson County Dental only have to remove a tiny amount of tooth surface, just enough to compensate for the thickness of the veneers.
Dental veneer treatment takes between 2 and 3 appointments, beginning with your consultation appointment. Your second appointment is tooth preparation and study models. The models are sent off to a dental laboratory where skilled dental artisans create your veneers. Once your veneers are back from the laboratory, your last appointment will be scheduled. At your final appointment, your beautiful new veneers will be permanently cemented onto your teeth.
Just about everyone is an excellent candidate for dental veneers. It’s time to find out if you are too! For more information about dental veneers and to schedule a consultation appointment call your dentists at Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, Dr. Pierce or Dr. Severe. Call today to find out more!
You’ve decided to obtain dental implants for your missing teeth. It’s a good choice — they provide the closest restoration to the function and appearance of natural teeth. You will, however, need to undergo a surgical procedure to imbed the implants’ threaded titanium posts into supporting bone.
It’s understandable if you’re a little apprehensive about undergoing surgery. We’re here, though, to set your mind at ease: implantation is a relatively minor procedure carefully planned in advance. Most patients experience no discomfort during the procedure and very little afterward.
We begin by completely numbing the surgical site with a local anesthetic. If you have a high level of anxiety, we can also administer a sedative or similar medication to help you relax. We then access the underlying bone through a series of incisions that create a flap in the gum tissue that we’ll later suture closed.
It’s quite common to have prepared a surgical guide or template beforehand. The template placed in the mouth marks the exact site for a small channel (or hole) we create in the bone. We then incrementally increase the size of the hole by drilling until it matches precisely the implant’s size and shape. This takes time to avoid overheating and damaging the bone.
We then remove the implant from its sterile packaging and insert it into the opening. We’ll also take x-rays to ensure correct positioning, which is critical for achieving an attractive result. We then suture the gum flap in place using stitches that will eventually dissolve. The implant will then integrate with the bone for a few weeks to create a strong, durable hold before we continue with the restoration.
Most patients can manage any post-surgical discomfort with mild anti-inflammatory pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen, although we can prescribe something stronger if you need it. We may also prescribe a mouthrinse with an anti-bacterial agent like chlorhexidine for you to use while the gums are healing to reduce the risk of infection.
Implant surgery is part of a long process that will eventually result in regaining the function of your lost teeth. What’s more, undergoing this minor procedure will also help you regain something just as important — a beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implant restoration, 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 “Dental Implant Surgery.”