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By Jennifer Robb, D.M.D.
January 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
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Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.

In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.

Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.

The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.

In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.

When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.

The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”

January 26, 2019
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On Wednesday, February 13, 2019 Dr. Robb's office will offer free preventive care to children ages 17 and under as part of the nation-wide Give Kids A Smile. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 440-960-1940. A limited number of appointments are available on a first come, first serve basis. We will keep a waiting list once the available appointments fill in case someone cancels. 

January 26, 2019
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The last thing you want to have to think about during cancer treatment is a dental emergency—seeing your dentist before you start is the best way to begin. If possible, see your dentist for a thorough cleaning 2 weeks before starting your cancer treatment. If you have teeth that may become infected during the course of your cancer treatment, your oncologist may want you to have those taken care of before you start your cancer treatment.


Many cancer treatments target rapidly dividing cells because that’s a characteristic of cancer. Unfortunately, it’s also a characteristic of cells in your mouth. You may want to give your dentist your oncologist’s contact information and give your oncologist your dentist’s contact information so that they can work together on any oral symptoms you have.


Parts of your mouth that can be affected by cancer treatments include your teeth,  your gums, and your salivary glands. Some possible symptoms are:

  • -inflammation
  • -painful gums or mouth
  • -dry mouth
  • -tooth decay
  • -cold sores
  • -stiffness of jaw
  • -impaired ability to eat, swallow, speak
  • -acid from vomiting


During your cancer treatment, you should continue to brush and floss--do so gently.

A mouth rinse to reduce your chance of tooth decay and other symptoms may be indicated. Some of these are prescription and some may be purchased over-the-counter.


One rinse that is good for comfort from dry mouth and helps to balance the pH of the mouth after acid reflux or vomiting is to dissolve ¼ tsp baking soda and 1/8 tsp salt in 1 cup water.



*Note: The information in this article is not intended to replace the clinical judgement of your healthcare professionals. You should consult with your healthcare professionals before starting any new regimens.


Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist who sees both adults and children

1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

January 24, 2019
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A patient always has the choice of whether to proceed with any recommended treatment. Just as in medical procedures, a patient can refuse a diagnostic test, dental treatment or even dental x-rays!


But your dentist or dental hygienist cannot provide care for you based on an incomplete diagnosis without risking liability for failure to diagnose or treat existing conditions.  No patient can give consent for a practitioner to be knowingly negligent. So while you are free to refuse the treatment, your dentist or dental hygienist is also able to refuse to continue non-life-threatening dental treatment.


If you have a concern about dental x-rays, you should discuss the reason behind it with your dentist or dental hygienist. It may not change the need for dental x-rays but perhaps they can be done in a different way or a different number.


Cost is one concern that many patients have. If you have dental insurance, your insurance will often pay for dental x-rays—sometimes even more often than we want to take them! If you do not have insurance, ask if you could make payments on the x-ray portion of the day’s cost or if you could postpone them to no later than your next visit to give you time to save up for the cost.


If dental x-rays cause you discomfort, we may be able to adapt the way they are taken or the size of the film used. If you have a different concern, we will gladly discuss it with you to see if there is a way we can alleviate that concern. In fact, with our digital technology, very little has to be in your mouth in order to take most dental x-rays so the discomfort is greatly reduced!


We work hard to make sure that the dental x-rays we recommend and take are necessary and will give us additional information to assist in your diagnosis and dental care.  Dental x-rays are no longer a “one size fits all” recommendation of once every six months or once a year. We look at your health and the past history of cavities and gum disease as well as how vulnerable you might be to oral diseases. We do look at, but are not bound by, the American Dental Association’s 2012 guidelines which were developed with input from both dental and non-dental groups. If your health circumstances change, you might see a difference in how often we recommend dental x-rays.


Some health and lifestyle events that might lead to more frequent taking of dental x-rays include (but are not limited to):


  • Past history of cavities/cavity rate
  • Periodontal disease (either active now or in your past)
  • Tobacco use
  • Systemic diseases that are known to affect teeth or gums (Ex. Diabetes)
  • Medications that are known to affect mouths, teeth or gums.


Remember that we only see about 1/3 of your tooth and none of your bone when we look in your mouth. In most adults, we cannot examine the contact areas in between the teeth visually or with our dental instruments. Dental problems in an early state often DO NOT have symptoms such as pain or swelling that will signal something going on. But dental problems are most easily treated in an early stage, BEFORE symptoms develop.


We want to understand your position on dental x-rays, but we also ask that you understand ours and allow us to give you the care you deserve!

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

Dr. Jennifer Robb sees adults and children at her General Dentistry practice at 1612 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Lorain, OH 44053. 440-960-1940. Learn more at and don’t forget to become her facebook friend at

January 24, 2019
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Have you ever heard the expression “by the skin of your teeth” and wondered what it meant? After all, teeth don’t have skin—at least not skin like the rest of your body, right?


Most sources feel the phrase comes from the King James Bible translation of Job 19:20. By this point, Job has suffered through an illness that has left him very thin (skin and bones) but he expresses thanks that he has “escaped with the skin of my teeth”.  So the phrase has come to mean barely avoiding something (usually something bad) or barely succeeding at something.


Of course, some people may say that the teeth do develop a skin of sorts. Microscopic bacteria in your mouth form a film (or skin) on the teeth. When it is so thin that it is barely detectible, it is called biofilm. When it gets thicker, it is called plaque. This biofilm is removed when you have your teeth cleaned by your dentist—that’s why your teeth feel so smooth and clean afterward! But it comes back within 24 hours, even if you don’t eat or drink anything.


To keep as close to that fresh from the dentist feeling as you can, be sure to brush your teeth two to three times a day and floss once a day to remove plaque. Ask your dentist or hygienist to show you how to brush and floss correctly. If you do not have a dentist, I invite you to come to my office as a new patient.

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

Dr. Jennifer Robb is a general dentist with an office in Lorain, OH since 1999. She is taking new patients. Please call 440-960-1940 to make an appointment. You can find out more about Dr. Robb at

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