Posts for: March, 2017
Find out how our dental restorations could boost your smile’s appearance.
A smile is one of the first features someone notices about you. Of course, if you have stains and other flaws then you may feel pretty embarrassed to smile or talk to others around you. First impressions may fizzle or make you feel awkward. Instead of trying to hide that smile, turn to our Englewood, NJ, dentist Dr. Mark Docktor for the cosmetic care you deserve to turn that smile around:
If dental stains are internal rather than external then teeth whitening won’t be able to effectively remove these types of stains. Instead of just assuming you are out of luck when it comes to brightening your smile, you could choose to get dental veneers instead.
Just by bonding these thin porcelain shells over the surface of your teeth, so many dental imperfections can be masked for life. Of course, it’s important to note that some tooth enamel will need to be removed prior to placing the veneers, so this cosmetic procedure is not considered reversible.
Teeth can become dull and yellow as a result of the foods and drinks we consume. As we get older, teeth may also become more likely to darken or stain. If you are looking for an easy way to brighten your discolored smile then professional teeth whitening in Englewood, NJ, might just do the trick.
If you need to get a vibrant smile quickly (perhaps you have a big event or important interview coming up) then let us whiten your smile right here in our office. We can remove surface stains, liven up your pearly whites and even get smiles several shades whiter in just one whitening session. You’ll notice the difference right away.
If your tooth is not only stained but also weakened, cracked or chipped, then the best way to protect a fragile tooth such as this one is with a dental crown. While veneers are often a better choice than crowns, if you are just dealing with an otherwise healthy tooth that has dental discolorations, if the tooth could use a little extra support and stability then getting a dental crown will also help restore function.
If you are looking to get cosmetic dentistry in Englewood, NJ, then put your trust in the dental experts who can give you the smile you want. Call Dental Arts Of Englewood today to learn more about what we can do for you and your oral health.
If you're considering dental implants, they'll need to be surgically placed in the jaw bone. But don't be alarmed — it's a relatively minor procedure that usually requires nothing more than local anesthesia.
But that being said, it's still an invasive procedure that involves making incisions in gum and bone tissues. That could introduce bacteria into the bloodstream and pose, for certain individuals, a slightly greater risk of infection.
But infection risk is quite low for most healthy patients. As a result, implants enjoy a greater than 95-percent success rate ten years after installation. But some patients have health issues that increase their risk of infection. These include older adults with a weakened immune system, smokers, diabetics or those well under or over their ideal weight.
If you have these or similar health situations, we may recommend undergoing an antibiotic treatment before you undergo surgery. This can help prevent bacteria from spreading and reduce the likelihood of an infection.
Preventive antibiotic therapy is commonplace with many other dental procedures. Both the American Dental Association and the American Heart Association recommend antibiotics before any invasive oral procedure for patients with prosthetic (false) heart valves, past endocarditis, a heart transplant or other heart conditions. To lower the risk of implant failure due to infection, we often advise antibiotics for patients who fall in these categories, as well as those with similar conditions mentioned earlier.
Of course, whether pre-surgical antibiotics is a wise choice for you will depend on your medical history and current health status. We'll consider all these factors thoroughly before advising you. But if you are more susceptible to infection, antibiotics before surgery could potentially lower your risk for an implant failure.
Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.Â Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.
Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.
A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.
Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.
If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.
If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”