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Natural White TeethTooth-colored fillings fix dental decay, but unlike old-fashioned metal fillings, they leave your smile seamlessly restored. Dr. Jennifer Robb, your dentist in Lorain, OH, uses these cosmetic fillings in a variety of treatment situations. If you have a cavity, likely she'll place one in your tooth.

Materials used in tooth-colored fillings

There are a few different materials which are cosmetically pleasing, durable and long-lasting. They bond directly to enamel, are naturally-colored and may be used on the chewing surfaces or cheek-side (buccal) portions of a tooth. They work in interdental spaces as well. Your Lorain dentist will determine which material will work best for your cavity.

Restorative materials include:

  • Composite resin, a flexible, yet strong, blend of plastic (acrylic) and glass particles which mimics natural tooth structure in sheen and color
  • Glass ionomer, a blend of glass and sustained-released fluoride used to restore decay near the gum line, on tooth roots or other areas of the tooth which are not exposed to the strenuous pressures of biting and chewing
  • Porcelain inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, which are formed in the dental lab to restore larger cavities involving the chewing surfaces and cusps, or corners, of larger teeth

All these materials feature a long-shelf life if you take care of your teeth with proper brushing and flossing, six-month cleanings and examinations with Dr. Robb. However, you should avoid hard foods, such as peanut brittle, because these can damage any filling or even dislodge it. Also, people who grind or clench their teeth usually experience excessive enamel wear. If this applies to you, ask Dr. Robb about a bite guard to cushion your teeth and your dental work.

When it's time for a filling...

The American Dental Association says that your dentist is your best ally in the fight against tooth decay. In addition to your diligent oral hygiene routine at home, and your tooth-friendly diet, Dr. Robb will provide you with careful six-month examinations which look for early signs of gum disease, decay, oral cancer and other issues. Your semi-annual cleanings remove the bacteria-filled plaque and tartar which begin cavities in the first place.

Find out more

Modern dentistry has much to offer in terms of preventive, restorative and cosmetic care. Tooth-colored fillings are just one item on a long list of services your family dentist provides so you have your best possible smile. If it's time for your routine check-up and professional cleaning, please call Dr. Robb's office in Lorain, OH, at (440) 960-1940.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic Dentistry ProcedureCosmetic dentistry continues to grow in popularity each year, with more and more dentists acquainting themselves with the necessary procedures to make patients' smiles shine. Below, are a few scenarios in which Dr. Jennifer Robb's Lorain office can help rejuvenate your look!

 

Do you have discolored teeth?

If your smile isn't as white as you'd like it to be, your teeth have likely become stained from coffee, tea, or other foods and beverages. Your Lorain dentist offers an affordable, easy cosmetic solution with an in-office whitening treatment. Unlike over-the-counter bleaching products, which can take months to produce results and require ongoing maintenance, professional whitening treatment from Dr. Jennifer Robb only takes 30 to 45 minutes, offers immediate results, and can last as long as a year!

 

Do you have a chip on the edge of your tooth?

Chips are very common dental injuries, whether it's from overzealously biting down on a piece of hard candy or experiencing a childhood accident. Although a misshapen tooth can be distracting and prevent you from smiling as comfortably as you should, these spaces can be filled in with bonding from our cosmetic dentist. Dr. Robb will carefully sculpt the bonding material into place and use a curing light to harden it. The material will be matched to the color of your teeth and is very durable and long-lasting.

 

Do you have missing teeth?

A missing tooth isn't just unsightly; it makes eating more difficult and can put your other teeth in jeopardy of shifting out of place. All of these problems can be solved with one amazing restoration—a dental implant from our Lorain office. Dental implants aren't just cosmetic, though! They help to stabilize both your jawbone and the rest of your teeth by replicating the structure of a natural tooth. They're designed to be comfortable, permanent, and low-maintenance, making them the best option for restoring your smile.

 

Interested? Give us a call!

For all your dental needs, contact Dr. Jennifer Robb in Lorain, OH, at (440) 960-1940 to schedule an appointment today!

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
September 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Crowns and BridgesNo smile is perfect, but smiles which have damaged or missing teeth need restoration to be fully functional and beautiful. Your Lorain, OH family dentist, Dr. Jennifer Robb, uses porcelain bridgework and crowns to fill gaps and bring damaged enamel back to life. Get the wonderful smile you deserve with quality restorative services from Dr. Robb and her team.

What is a dental crown?

Meticulously crafted from fine-grade dental porcelain, a crown is a tooth-shaped cap which covers the visible portion of a damaged tooth. Based on her findings from oral examination and X-rays, your family dentist in Lorain determines if a decayed, injured or misshapen tooth would benefit from this reliable and long-lasting restoration.

The crown process takes a couple of appointments to Dr. Robb's office:

  1. The first involves evaluation of the tooth, taking oral impressions and shaping the tooth to receive the crown.
  2. The second involves permanently bonding the porcelain crown over the prepared tooth and adapting the bite and fit with the opposite arch of teeth.

What is fixed bridgework?

Fixed bridgework replaces missing teeth--one, two or more which neighbor each other. The pontic, or artificial teeth, are naturally-colored and shaped. They attach to remaining real, or abutment, teeth via dental crowns.

Because the abutment teeth receive crowns and anchor the bridgework, they must be ground down and shaped to hold the bridgework in place. The wider the bridge is--in other words, the more pontic teeth there are--the more crowns Dr. Robb will install to hold the appliance securely in place. Your care plan and dental appliance will be custom-made to your specific preferences and oral health needs.

Advantages of crowns and bridgework

These restorations carry the following benefits:

  • Restored smile aesthetics
  • Youthful facial appearance
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Proper speech, biting and chewing
  • Stabilization of teeth adjoining the smile gap (no tooth drift)
  • Long lifespan

When well cared for, most crowns and bridges last for at least ten years.

Cleaning your crown and bridgework

While these restorations don't decay, they can collect harmful plaque and tartar at the gum line, a common place for periodontal problems to begin. So, when you go home with your crowns and bridgework in place, floss carefully at least once a day and brush twice a day just as the American Dental Association advises.

Follow any special instructions your hygienist may give you, and be sure to see Dr. Robb every six months for your route check-up and professional cleaning. Preventive measure such as these will keep your entire smile bright and healthy.

Ready for a change?

Come see Dr. Robb at her Lorain, OH office, and learn more about smile restoration through crowns and bridgework. Call for a consultation at (440) 960-1940.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
July 24, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryIs personal appearance important? Just ask people who dislike how their teeth and gums look. They cover their mouths when they laugh and smile. They feel awkward socially. Others perceive them as less attractive, smart and approachable. If you doubt these generalities, research from the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) proves them. At the office of Dr. Jennifer Robb in Lorain, OH your dentist crafts rejuvenated smiles which look stunning and present the individual's personality. Dr. Robb can help you look and feel your best, too.

What do people want to change?

Regarding their smiles, most people would like to change their tooth color, says the AACD. As such, professional teeth whitening has become very popular among American teens and adults. In addition, Dr. Robb's patients also wish to alter:

  • Gaps and overcrowding
  • Hairline cracks and chips
  • Tooth length that is too long, too short or uneven
  • Excessive amounts of gum tissue

With any makeover--whether simple or complex--Dr. Robb asks her patients to think of realistic, achievable smile goals. Through a careful examination and precise imaging techniques, she offers ways to improve smiles while still preserving individual personalities.

Cosmetic dentistry services

We've already mentioned one: professional teeth whitening. For people with healthy teeth and gums, Dr. Robb offers two kinds: a fast in-office version and a more gradual at-home version. Both safely remove deep organic stains embedded in tooth enamel. Often, patients are so thrilled with the dramatic results, they do not pursue any other kinds of treatments.

However, for individuals with more complex goals, Dr. Robb offers:

  • Composite resin bonding, which uses a tooth-colored mix acrylic and glass to repair small defects
  • Porcelain veneers, ultra-thin and natural-looking laminates which disguise larger dental flaws
  • Cosmetic contouring, a simple resurfacing and reshaping of damaged tooth enamel
  • Tooth-colored fillings, the beautiful and durable alternative to dark metal restorations

Of course, excellent oral health supports smile aesthetics. So, with your smile analysis, Dr. Robb will ensure your teeth and gums are at their healthiest before she proceeds with any cosmetic dentistry services in her Lorain office.

Find out more

Join Dr. Robb's group of many satisfied patients who show beautifully enhanced smiles. Call the office today for your own cosmetic dentistry consultation, and bring along your questions and smile goals: (440) 960-1940.

By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
SpiceUpYourTeeth

As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”