Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Teeth cleaning, one of the services offered by your Lorain, OH, dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb, provides a simple way to protect your smile. Scheduling teeth cleaning appointments every six months can help you avoid cavities and even reduce your risk of gum disease.
What happens during teeth cleaning?
During a cleaning, the dental hygienist uses special tools to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque is a colorless, bacterial coating that covers your gums and teeth in a sticky coating. When the bacteria comes in contact with sugars in foods, a chemical reaction occurs in your mouth. The reaction creates acids that eat through your tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
If you miss a few spots when you brush or don't floss every day, the plaque left behind will turn into tartar eventually. The hard brown or gray deposit irritates the gums and can't be removed by brushing or flossing your teeth. Luckily, both plaque and tartar can be removed with a scaler, a small, handheld tool your hygienist uses during your cleaning.
Polishing is the final step of your cleaning. The polishing process helps your smile sparkle by removing minor stains.
Will I see my dentist during teeth cleaning appointment?
Every cleaning appointment at the Lorain dental office also includes a checkup from the dentist. During your examination, your dentist will examine your mouth and take a look at your X-rays, if any were taken during your visit. In addition to checking for signs of cavities and gum disease, she'll also look for other issues that could affect your teeth and mouth, such as loose fillings, cracks in teeth, brittle teeth, dying nerves, and loose teeth. She'll also check the condition of bridges, veneers, dentures, and dental implants.
Your visit will also include an oral cancer screening. The signs of this form of cancer are often easy to miss, as they can be subtle. If your dentist does notice anything out of the ordinary, she may take a sample of the suspicious area and send it to a laboratory for testing. Cancer screenings offer a simple way to protect your health and ensure that you receive prompt treatment if you do happen to develop oral cancer.
Are you due for a cleaning? Call your dentist in Lorain, OH, Dr. Jennifer Robb, at (440) 960-1940 to schedule your appointment.
Dental crowns strengthen damaged teeth. Whether you have an old amalgam filling, a poorly shaped tooth, deep decay, or other issue, a crown can restore your tooth to full health, performance, and appearance. Here at the Lorain, OH, office of family dentist Dr. Jennifer Robb, we offer crown placement to restore our patients' smiles—read on to learn if this treatment is right for you.
Porcelain crowns have four functions
- They protect, shore up, and improve the appearance of teeth spoiled by cavities, infection, oral trauma, or congenital malformation.
- They support fixed bridgework composed of one, two, or more artificial teeth.
- They protect teeth that have been restored through root canal treatment
- They complete dental implants.
In all of these functions, crowns readily blend in with your natural teeth, as they are custom-shaped and colored to match your smile.
The crown treatment
During a consultation at our Lorain office, Dr. Robb carefully evaluates possible crown patients to ensure that their remaining tooth structure is strong enough to support the restoration. If it can, she takes oral impressions and numbs the tooth with locally-injected anesthetic. She removes the damaged enamel and filling material.
Next, your family dentist shapes the tooth for a proper crown fit, and a temporary crown is placed on the tooth to protect it until the next dental visit.
In the interim, the dental lab fabricates the crown. A technician uses Dr. Robb's instructions and crafts the restoration with perfect fit and color. When bonded over the tooth at the next office visit, the crown looks natural and allows for normal oral function. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that a crown keeps the tooth structure strong and greatly diminishes the chances of fracture.
Caring for a porcelain crown
Dr. Robb instructs her patients to brush and floss carefully every day, as well as visit the Lorain office twice yearly for check-ups and cleanings. Typically, crowns last for 10 to 15 years or longer with good oral hygiene practices.
Need dental work? Give us a call
Phone our Lorain office today at (440) 960-1940 to schedule an appointment with your family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb.