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.”
Tooth loss doesn’t have to torment you for life. Find out how to replace your missing teeth now.
You hate the idea of smiling because every time you do, you know other people are noticing that gap left by your missing tooth. You tried everything to keep your smile healthy but, sadly, tooth loss still happened. This same problem has happened to millions of Americans, so you aren’t the only one. Our Novi, MI, dentist, Dr. Neil Blavin, is here to tell you that you don’t just have to put up with a less-than-complete smile.
Don’t Like Dentures? Consider Dental Implants
There is a reason dental implants have become such a popular way to replace one or more missing teeth. After all, there really is no other restoration out there that can function and look just like a real tooth, and yet dental implants are the next best thing to maintaining your natural teeth. People often find that dentures shift and move around too much when trying to chew or speak, making handling your new teeth a frustrating debacle, but not with dental implants!
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants stay in place and you never have to worry about them moving around. How? Our Novi general dentist will perform a minor procedure in which we open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. A small hole is drilled into the jawbone and the implant is placed in the hole. Why is this done? Dental implants are meant to take the place of your tooth roots and, when placed into the jawbone, it actually stimulates the bone to keep it healthy and strong.
Placing a Dental Implant
Over time, the implant and jawbone will fuse together as the bone and tissue heal from surgery. When this fusion (also known as osseointegration) is complete, your implant is durable enough to last the rest of your life. Of course, you will still need to maintain good oral hygiene once you get your implant to protect your mouth from infection or other issues that could lead to implant failure. We would be happy to discuss how to properly care for your new implant to ensure that your beautiful new tooth lasts you the rest of your life.
Briar Pointe Dentistry in Novi, MI, is ready to restore your smile and replace your missing teeth. To find out if you are the ideal candidate for dental implants, call our office today to schedule your initial consultation with us.
What do dentures, retainers and nightguards have in common? Along with orthodontic aligners and athletic mouthguards, they’re all types of removable dental appliances. They also share another commonality: each one depends on the wearer caring for it to ensure its longevity.
The most important thing you can do for your appliance is to clean it regularly. Don’t use toothpaste, though, even with dentures: while your natural tooth enamel can handle the abrasive particles in toothpaste, your appliance’s materials may not. Toothpaste can create tiny scratches that can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Instead, use liquid dish detergent or hand soap with warm water.
Although boiling water may disinfect your appliance, it’s not advisable to use. Even hot water can distort plastic components and warp the appliance’s fit in your mouth. Likewise, don’t use bleach, which can fade the plastic color used to resemble gum tissue and break down the material’s composition. When you clean your appliance, use a brush — but not the one you use for your natural teeth. Use a soft toothbrush, a nail brush or a specialized brush for appliances like dentures.
You should also protect your appliance from damage. Some appliances like dentures have parts that can break if they’re dropped on a hard surface — like the porcelain in your sink. To prevent this, place a towel in the sink to cushion the appliance if it accidentally slips from your hand during cleaning. And when the appliance isn’t in your mouth, don’t keep it on a low table or night stand where small children or pets can easily get their hands (or paws) on it.
And one more thing: don’t wear your denture appliance around the clock — take it out, for instance, while you sleep. Leaving dentures in interferes with the acid-neutralizing and antibacterial function of your mouth’s saliva, which could increase your risk of disease (and bad breath).
Appliances can be an expensive investment in your dental health. By following these guidelines you’ll help protect that investment for years to come.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental appliance, 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 “10 Tips for Cleaning Your Oral Appliance.”