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By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
November 29, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  
HowCelineDionOvercameHerSmileObstacle

For over three decades, Celine Dion has amazed audiences and fans with her powerful singing voice. Best known for her recording of "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song for the movie Titanic, Dion has amassed global record sales topping 200 million. In her early singing days, though, she struggled with one particular career obstacle: an unattractive smile.

The Canadian-born performer had a number of dental defects including crooked and discolored teeth, and—most prominent of all—abnormally large cuspid or "canine" teeth (located on either side of the four front incisors). They were so noticeable that one Quebec celebrity magazine gave her the unflattering nickname "Canine Dion."

This isn't an unusual problem. Since human canines are already the longest teeth in the mouth, it doesn't take much for them to stand out. Our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors needed these large, pointed teeth to survive. But with the evolution of agriculture and industry, canine teeth have become gradually smaller—so much so that when they're abnormally large, they don't look right in a smile.

So, what can be done if your canines embarrassingly stand out from the rest? Here are some of the options to consider.

Reduce their size. If your canines are just a tad too long, it may be possible to remove some of the enamel layer in a procedure called contouring. Using this technique, we can reduce a tooth's overall size, which we then re-shape by bonding composite resin to the tooth. It's only a good option, though, if your canines have an ample and healthy layer of enamel.

Repair other teeth. The problem of prominent canine teeth may actually be caused by neighboring teeth. When the teeth next to the canines are crooked, the canines can appear more prominent. Alternatively, other teeth around the canines may be abnormally small. Braces or clear aligners can correct crooked incisors, and applying porcelain veneers to smaller teeth could help normalize their length.

Apply dental crowns. In some instances, we can reduce the canines in size and then bond porcelain crowns to them. This is the option that Dion ultimately chose. The natural teeth are still intact, but the crowning process transforms them into properly proportioned, life-like teeth. There is, however, one caveat: The alteration to these teeth will be permanent, so they will need a crown from then on.

Besides crowning her canine teeth, Dion also underwent other dental work to straighten and whiten her other teeth. As a result, this superstar performer now has a superstar smile to match and so can you if your teeth are less than perfect. These or other cosmetic enhancements can give you the look you truly desire. All it takes is an initial visit with us to start you on the road to a transformed smile.

If you would like more information about various cosmetic solutions for your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”

By contactus@drjrobb.com
November 20, 2021
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

No, there is no cure for periodontal disease, but the disease can be controlled. You might be wondering “why treat a condition if you can’t cure it? What’s the point?” Those are very good questions. Let’s look at some reasons.

 

Periodontal disease is an infection. Bacteria from your mouth irritate and inflame your gums (gingivitis). The bone around your teeth doesn’t like this environment and to try to escape it, the bone moves lower on the roots of your teeth, leaving less support for your tooth. The gums can either follow the bone--a condition we call recession--or they can remain at the level they were. If they remain at that level, a pocket is created between the bone and the tooth. This pocket traps more bacteria and often cannot be completely cleaned with a toothbrush, floss, or mouthwash. This trapped bacteria intensifies the breakdown of your tooth-supporting bone. Sometimes bacteria will reach the end of the tooth root and mimic an abscessed tooth. When bone support is low enough, your tooth will feel loose. Unlike most infections, periodontal disease is often not painful until it reaches a very severe level.

 

Treating periodontal disease helps you to keep your own teeth and to retain as much bone as you can to help support dental implants or removable appliances like partial dentures.

 

Once you have periodontal disease, you’ll need to commit to regular professional dental care as well as vigilant home care. Your dentist or hygienist has instruments that reach between the teeth and gums to remove any plaque and calculus build-up and the bacteria that go along with those. Bacteria levels are reduced by professional cleanings, but the levels build back up. After about three (3) months, the levels are back to where the bacteria can once again begin breaking down your teeth’s supporting structures. This is why we recommend having your teeth cleaned every three (3) months when you have periodontal disease. (Some people can go four (4) months between professional cleanings, so follow the schedule that your dentist or hygienist recommends for you.)

 

Missing even one cleaning can allow the destructive process to begin again. There is nothing like your own teeth. Dental implants come close, but they’re expensive and despite what you see in the advertisements, they’re not an immediate fix. Though many think dentures will solve everything, complete dentures bring their own set of problems.

 

If you think you have periodontal disease and want to try to keep your teeth and you don’t have a dentist, I invite you to call my office at 440-960-1940 for an appointment. We're located at 1320 Cooper Foster Park Rd. in Lorain, OH.

 

*Note: The information in this article is not meant to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare professionals.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
November 19, 2021
Category: Oral Health
FluorideTreatmentsGiveYourChildAddedProtectionAgainstCavities

When it comes to helping your child avoid tooth decay, it's all hands on deck. Tooth decay can not only harm their current set of primary teeth, but the loss of even one tooth could lead to bite problems later on.

And, even if you're doing all the right things—daily brushing and flossing, limiting sugar consumption and regular dental visits—your child might still develop cavities. If so, it may be necessary to add a boost of prevention with topical fluoride applied by your dentist.

With its enamel-strengthening properties, fluoride plays an important role in dental disease prevention. For decades, manufacturers have added fluoride to toothpaste. And, many water utilities now add tiny amounts of fluoride to their drinking supply.

According to a number of studies, these fluoride applications are effective weapons against tooth decay. But direct applications of fluoride to tooth surfaces can provide even greater benefit to children with a higher susceptibility for decay.

Topical fluoride is usually applied by means of a gel, foam or varnish. In varnish form, it's brushed on the teeth, while dentists apply the foam solution within a tray fitted around the teeth. The gel application can be administered by either method.

Although these topical applications use a higher concentration of fluoride than you find in toothpaste, it poses no serious danger to a child's health. But because high doses of fluoride can lead to staining, topical applications are only administered periodically during childhood.

The only short-term health concern is if the child accidentally swallows some of the mixture during application. This can cause symptoms like an upset stomach, vomiting or headache. Dentists, however, take a number of precautions to prevent accidental ingestion in order to avoid these unpleasant side effects.

The benefits, though, appear to well outweigh this minor risk. In a review of several scientific studies involving nearly 10,000 children, there was an average 28% reduction in decayed, missing or filled teeth in those children that underwent topical fluoride treatments.

If you want to know more about topical fluoride treatments and whether they can help your child avoid tooth decay, talk to your dentist. This fluoride booster could help further protect them from this destructive dental disease.

If you would like more information on helping your child avoid tooth decay, 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 “Fluoride Gels Reduce Decay.”

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
November 18, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Family Dentist  

When it comes to your family's dental health, there is nothing more important than finding a family dentist in Lorain, OH, who understands the need for convenient care. Dr. Jennifer Robb knows the importance of dental care and offers families access to services that are convenient for their busy schedules.

Benefits of a Family Dentist

A family dentist in Lorain, OH, provides a one-stop-shop for all of your family's dental needs. A family dentist has the capabilities to provide your family with dental cleaning, X-rays, cosmetic treatments, and orthodontic treatments. Visiting a dentist that offers all types of treatments makes it convenient when needing dental treatment for anyone in your household.

Routine Checkups with a Family Dentist

It is important everyone in your family visits the dentist for routine checkups and cleanings. These are essential to maintaining your family's overall oral health. In most cases, it is recommended to visit your family dentist twice a year. However, patients with some oral health issues may have to visit the dentist more often.

Convenient Care for Your Family

Raising a family means you have a busy schedule, and it may be challenging to find time to get everyone to the dentist. A family dentist makes it possible to meet your family's oral health needs while remaining convenient for you. Seeing a dentist when it is suitable for your family helps ensure everyone has their routine visits and can have potential problems identified and treated.

Dental Care for the Entire Family

A family dentist offers various dental treatment programs and services for patients of varying ages. Typical family dental treatments include:

  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Cosmetic fillings
  • Veneers
  • Professional teeth cleanings
  • Dental implants
  • Sealants
  • Teeth whitening
  • Tooth extractions

Finding convenient care for your family's dental needs is essential to ensure regular visits are scheduled around your busy lives.  Dr. Jennifer is a family dentist in Lorain, OH, providing convenient care for families in the community. Call (440) 960-1940 today to schedule your appointment.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
November 09, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay  
SeeYourDentistIfYouNoticeAnyofThese3ProblemSigns

Although there are several potential problems people could encounter involving their teeth, gums or mouth, most fall into three basic categories. That's the finding of a recent survey conducted by the American Dental Association of more than 15,000 U.S. adults.

These categories are a triad of symptoms, each of which could arise from a variety of causes. If you're encountering any one of these, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.

Tooth pain. A toothache—or any form of pain from the mouth—could be sign of a number of possible issues. It could mean you have a decayed tooth, especially if the pain is sharp and localized. It could also indicate a gum abscess (accompanied by red and puffy gums), a sinus or ear infection, or inflammation of the jaw joints. The intensity, duration and location of the pain are all clues to its actual cause and what treatments it might require.

Biting difficulties. Does it hurt when you bite down? Among other things, you could have a loose tooth or one that's deeply decayed. The former could be the sign of advanced gum disease, which itself must be treated and the tooth stabilized (splinted) to other teeth. If the problem is advanced decay, you may need a root canal to remove diseased tissue from within the interior of the tooth, which is then filled and crowned to prevent re-infection.

Dry mouth. We're not talking about that "cotton mouth" feeling we all get now and then. This is a chronic condition known as xerostomia in which the mouth feels dry all the time. Xerostomia has several causes including smoking or treatments for cancer or other serious diseases. It might also be a medication you're taking, which has reduced your mouth's saliva production. Because dry mouth could lead to dental disease, you should take steps to relieve it.

Even if you're not having symptoms like these, there may still be something going on in your mouth that needs attention. That's why you should see your dentist on a regular basis, besides when you notice a problem, to keep your oral health in tip-top shape.

If you would like more information on potential teeth and gum problems, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.





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