Veneers are a thin piece of porcelain that is bonded to your tooth. Veneers can be used to cover discolored teeth (and change the color!), to fix chips on your teeth, to lengthen your teeth, and to hide spaces between your teeth. If you are looking to fix any of these problems and have teeth that don’t have large fillings, you might be a good candidate for dental veneers!
The first step in the veneer process involves evaluating what you have and what you want to have. Sometimes you can have a dental lab do a mock up in wax of how your final result is likely to look. (This is more for shape and contour than actual color since the color of the model material can affect how the color looks.)
Some teeth can be minimally prepared to receive a veneer and others need more structure removed.
Porcelain is the best material for veneers because it is strong, resists stains and other discolorations, is kind to your gums, and can be made to fit your tooth by the dental lab.
You can learn more about veneers in the Patient Education section of www.drjrobb.com!
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who does veneers. Begin your veneer process by calling 440-960-1940. Dr. Robb’s office is located at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH.
Ladies, in addition to all the other things hormones bring you, they can also cause problems with your mouth.
During puberty, one of the changes that can occur is gums that are red, puffy, or bleed when brushing your teeth. Keeping your teeth clean is the best defense against this. (If you haven’t had a dental visit in a while, you might need one now to get it under control.) All of these symptoms are signs of gingivitis which is the first stage of gum disease.
Hormone fluctuations during your menstrual cycle can produce swollen gums, canker sores, or cold sores. Keeping your teeth clean can reduce the chance of swollen gums, so be sure to see your dentist regularly. The longer your gums stay swollen, the more likely you are to develop gum disease.
If you are prone to canker sores, you might want to switch to a toothpaste that does not contain SLS (sodium laurylsulfate). If you are prone to cold sores, ask your dentist for a prescription that you can take when you feel one coming on.
Pregnancy brings its own set of challenges to your mouth. There is a common myth that pregnancy causes the mom to have more dental cavities. This is not true. What is true is that gum problems occur in many pregnant women. Your gums may become red, inflamed, swollen or bleed easily as early as the second month of your pregnancy. Some women develop benign growths on their gums called pregnancy granulomas. In most cases, these growths do not need to be treated and will shrink after delivery. If they are bothersome, they can be treated with gum surgery during pregnancy. It is important to note that dental cleanings can be done at any stage of pregnancy. More involved dental procedures should be scheduled during your second or third trimesters. Dental emergencies can be scheduled at any time during your pregnancy, though depending on your trimester, care may need to be taken with dental x-rays or medications.
If you have a lot of morning sickness during your pregnancy, the acid may erode enamel from your teeth. This can make your teeth more sensitive. In addition, the thinner enamel means that cavity-causing bacteria don’t have as far to go to cause a cavity. Try to brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste after your bout of vomiting and use a fluoride containing mouth rinse if you can.
And finally, menopause . . .some women develop a burning feel to their mouth. The reason for this is not fully understood. If you develop this, talk with your dentist to see if she or he can help you to get relief. Gum problems can trouble you during this time of your life too—with gums often becoming red, sore, and swollen. This age group is the one most prone to losing supporting bone (gum disease) so see your dentist to make sure you’re doing everything you can to avoid this and the tooth loss that follows.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist with an office at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH. She is taking new patients. Call 440-960-1940 to schedule. You can find out more about Dr. Robb at www.drjrobb.com or www.facebook.com/DrJenniferRobb
In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?
“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.
How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.
With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.
In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.
While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.
Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”
The safety of amalgam fillings (silver or metal colored) is a topic that recurs often in the media. Mercury is one component of amalgam and the one that stirs the most controversy. Here’s what dental research has shown:
- A safe amount of mercury exposure is 300 to 500 micrograms. A mouthful of seven (7) fillings is about 0.3 micrograms.
- After being placed in your mouth, the mercury in an amalgam filling only released a trace amount of vapors.
- Mercury vapors constantly surround you whether or not you have amalgam fillings.
- A can of tuna contains more mercury than an amalgam filling.
In addition we have decades of their use as fillings in patients’s mouths to know that they hold up very well in the oral environment against acids, the rigors of chewing and the like.
The choice of which filling material you use is up to you and your dentist. Amalgam fillings are not always the best choice. Each situation is unique, and your dentist is the person best suited to help you determine which filling material would best serve in that situation. But hopefully, this information will make the safety of amalgam fillings one less factor for you to consider in making your decision.
You can learn more about dental fillings by going to the patient education section of www.drjrobb.com
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who places both amalgam (silver) and composite (white/tooth colored) fillings. She is accepting new patients at her office at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH. Schedule by calling 440-960-1940. Find Dr. Robb on the web at www.drjrobb.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DrJenniferRobb
Now that the nicer weather is here, you’re probably itching to get into the pool. Did you know that being in the pool can affect your teeth?
Various chemicals used to treat the pool can cause staining on your teeth. In fact, there’s even a name for it: Swimmer’s Calculus. Pool water causes a build up of salivary proteins on your teeth and causes a brown stain. Some sources say you would need to be in a pool 6 or more hours a week for this to happen, but others report less time.
The best prevention is to brush your teeth as soon as possible after swimming. Once the staining is visible (something you can see), only a professional cleaning by a dentist or hygienist will remove it.
Over-chlorinated pool water is highly acidic. Swimming in it can cause cavities because it erodes your tooth enamel, causes your teeth to feel gritty or rough, and makes them appear transparent or yellow. It can also make your teeth sensitive. A pH of 7.2 or above is ideal for pools.
So go ahead and swim this summer—just make sure you brush your teeth afterward to keep your smile bright!
You can learn more about staining, cavities, acid erosion, and sensitive teeth in the Patient Education section of www.drjrobb.com.
Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who is taking new patients. She can be reached at 440-960-1940, 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH 44053. www.drjrobb.com
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