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By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
May 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.

“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”

With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.

But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.

For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.

For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!

Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.

Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.

If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”

May 19, 2019
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I just finished Becoming Dr. Seuss: Theodor Geisel and the Making of America's Imagination by Brian Jones. I remember reading Dr. Seuss books when younger and while parts of this book, such as finding out that Mr. Geisel struggled with writing his books, were inspiring, there were other parts, such as finding out he was a chain smoker and that he may have had an affair with a married woman, that were a bit disappointing as well. 

So what does Dr. Seuss have to do with dentistry? Well, in early 1983, at what was supposed to be a routine dental appointment, Mr. Geisel/Dr. Seuss learned he had a small cancerous lesion at the base of his tongue--a cancer that was attributed to his many years of smoking. From 1983 until his death in 1991, Geisel dealt with the cancer, its treatment, and its side effects. He endured surgery, an iridium transplant at the base of his tongue (which caused problems with the circulation in his jaw--later causing jaw pain and loosening of teeth), and more surgery (a radical neck dissection and deep biopsy). From this experience came his book You're Only Old Once! When he needed a root canal, it developed into a major infection (possibly from the decreased circulation) which led to further deterioration of his jawbone. It even eventually affected his speech. 

If you believe the book, Geisel was surprised to learn he had cancer. No symptoms were reported prior to his diagnosis. This is typical of many head and neck cancers--which is why the long-term survival rate for them is so low. They are often not discovered until they are in an advanced stage. Geisel sought out several medical opinions--always a good option--but he also rejected some of their recommendations, especially early on in his diagnosis--and that makes me wonder if the outcome might have differed if he'd followed their initial recommendation to have a more extensive surgery. We will never know.

You can learn more about Oral Cancer by clicking on those words to see an entry from the Dear Doctor educational library.

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

Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who sees both adults and children in her dental office located at
1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

Our raffle basket!Dr. Jennifer Robb did dental education and offered a raffle basked at the Lorain County Health Fair on May 11, 2019 at First United Methodis Church in Wellington, OH. Attendees earned tickets to enter the raffle by having various health screenings. We had quite a few entries to win our basket which featured a WaterPik Aquarius! The raffle basked was won by Ann Jenkins! (we hope to be able to offer dental screenings next year.) 

There were a number of participants in the Health Fair. Eighty-seven (87) people had healh screenings and Dr. Robb gave out 35-40 tooth brushes! (In addition to the dental aspect, attendees could have their blood pressure taken, have blood drawn, have a fitness evaluation, have a vision screening, and have chair massages. 

We hope to see you next year!! (It's usually held on the second Saturday of May.)

May 12, 2019
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Seems like change in inevitable in my life. Many of you know my long-time front desk person, Patti. Several years ago, Patti was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)--the same malady that my stepfather had. Unfortunately, this condition has slowly deteriorated Patti's health, and she has been advised by her doctor to cut back her work hours. So if you stop in or call and she's not available, this is probably why. (She is still planning to work part-time as I write this.)

We hope you will bear with us as we seek the right person to come into our dental team to continue the level of care that you have come to expect from us. (And if you know anyone who is qualified, please have them give our office a call.)

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
May 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants   dentures  

Even with modern prevention and treatment advances, losing teeth in later life is still a sad but common part of human experience. Just as generations have before, many today rely on dentures to regain their lost dental function and smile.

But although effective, dentures have their weaknesses. The most serious: they can't prevent jawbone deterioration, a common problem associated with tooth loss.

Bone health depends on chewing forces applied to the teeth to stimulate replacement growth for older bone cells. When teeth are gone, so is this stimulation. Dentures can't replicate the stimulus and may even accelerate bone loss because they can irritate the bone under the gums as they rest upon them for support.

But there's a recent advance in denture technology that may help slow or even stop potential bone loss. The advance incorporates implants with dentures to create two hybrid alternatives that may be more secure and healthier for the supporting bone.

The first is known as an overdenture, a removable appliance similar to a traditional denture. But instead of deriving its support from the gums alone, the overdenture attaches to three to four implants (or only two, if on the lower jaw) that have been permanently set into the jawbone. This not only increases stability, but the implants made of bone-friendly titanium attract and foster increased bone growth around them. This can help slow or even stop the cycle of bone loss with missing teeth.

The second type is a fixed denture. In this version, four to six implants are implanted around the jaw arch. The denture is then secured in place to these implants with screws. It's a little more secure than the overdenture, but it's also more expensive and requires good quality bone at the implant sites.

If you've already experienced significant bone loss you may first need bone grafting to build up the implant sites for these options, or choose traditional dentures instead. But if you're a good candidate for an implant-supported denture, you may find it provides better support and less risk of continuing bone loss than traditional dentures.

If you would like more information on implant-supported dental restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”

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