Posts for: September, 2017
Are you ready to find out how cosmetic dentistry could get you smiling more often?
Smiling offers an array of wonderful health benefits both for your physical and mental wellbeing. Did you know that smiling can reduce your blood pressure, boost endorphins and lower your heart rate? Of course, if you are happy about your smile then you may be among those happy people who smile 40-50 times a day. However, if you aren’t happy with your smile, then you may only smile about 20 times a day. Our Port Orange, FL, dentist, Dr. Jeff Kim, is here to tell you how cosmetic dentistry could help you smile more and improve your health at the same time.
Are you dealing with any of these cosmetic dental issues?
- Stains and discolorations
- Chips and cracks
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding and overlapping
- Misshapen/malformed teeth
Whether you are just dealing with one of these issues or you are dealing with several, our Port Orange cosmetic dentist has exactly the treatment you need to attain that beautiful smile. Here are just some of the cosmetic dentistry options we have to offer you:
Dental bonding: By applying a tooth-colored dental resin over minor imperfections, we can mask these problems completely. The resin is the same resin used to fill cavities, but in this case it is placed over a minimal stain or chip, molded and shaped, and then hardened with a dental laser.
Tooth reshaping/contouring: This non-invasive dentistry often goes hand-in-hand with bonding. By sanding down certain areas of a tooth we can shorten oversized teeth or buff out small chips and cracks to improve its overall shape. Like bonding, reshaping is great for little enhancements.
Teeth whitening: Want to remove stains and yellowing and get your smile multiple shades whiter quickly? If so, professional teeth whitening can do just that. Most people get the results they want in just one session. The secret lies in our high-quality whitening gel, which is stronger than anything you can get on the market.
Porcelain veneers: For imperfections that truly affect the color, shape, size and even alignment of your teeth, turn to these tooth-colored porcelain shells to do the trick. They are custom-made, highly translucent (just like natural tooth enamel) and are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide a myriad of problems.
If you are ready to get a brand new smile, then turn to the dental team at Ultimate Dental Studio in Port Orange, FL, to give you the look you want. Schedule your cosmetic consultation with us today.
Learning you’re pregnant can be a joyous moment. But it also means life is about to change as you focus on protecting you and your child from anything that endangers your health.
Because of these new concerns you might even hesitate about receiving dental care, especially involving anesthesia. But several medical organizations representing doctors, OB-GYN physicians and dentists wholeheartedly recommend continuing regular dental visits during pregnancy.
In fact, you should continue them because you’re pregnant: physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy could increase your risk of dental disease.
For, example, your consumption of carbohydrates (like sugar) could increase, which in turn increases your risk of tooth decay. You’ll also need to be more concerned about dental plaque, a thin bacterial film on your teeth that can cause disease. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may make you more sensitive to plaque, and thus more susceptible to disease — especially periodontal (gum) disease.
In fact, a specific form of gum disease called pregnancy gingivitis affects around 40% of expectant women at some point in their pregnancy. And if you already have gum disease, pregnancy could worsen it. Left untreated the disease could develop into more severe periodontitis, which may significantly damage your teeth’s support structures far below the gum line, leading to bone loss, which could result in the eventual loss of your teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings and checkups and, if your dentist prescribes it, antibacterial mouth rinses can help you stay ahead of it.
But what about other procedures while you’re pregnant? It may be best to wait on elective treatments for cosmetic purposes until after the baby is born. But some situations like deep tooth decay that could require a root canal treatment may become too serious to postpone.
Fortunately, several studies have shown it’s safe for pregnant women to undergo many dental procedures including tooth fillings or extractions. And receiving local anesthesia doesn’t appear to pose a danger either.
The important thing is to remain diligent with your own personal hygiene — brushing and flossing — and making other healthy choices like eating a nutritious diet. And be sure to let your dentist know about your pregnancy to help guide your dental treatment over the next few months.
During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.
Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.
For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.
When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.
But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.
Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.
So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…
If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”