CEREC Same-Day Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, have been around for decades serving as a solution for cracked, chipped, broken or fragile teeth. Crowns are a type of tooth covering that fits over the entire tooth, including the chewing surface. They’re an effective way to protect and strengthen a tooth that has become weakened or has undergone dental trauma. Crowns also fit over and protect teeth that have had a root canal. Crowns can even make an excellent cosmetic treatment for discolored teeth that are too severely stained or malformed to be whitened or bonded.

Getting a traditional dental crown takes several visits to the dentist. First, your dentist would prepare the tooth and take impressions. Those impressions would be sent to a lab where they’d form the basis of a permanent crown. In the meantime, you’d wear a temporary crown before finally having the permanent crown placed. There are a lot of steps involved in getting a traditional crown, so it’s not a one-visit procedure. It can take weeks, even months, before you’re finally finished with the traditional method of getting a crown.

 

What is CEREC technology?

CEREC technology adds convenience, precision, and comfort to the process of getting a crown. CEREC (Ceramic Restoration, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is an integrated 3D scanning and milling system that lets you get a dental crown in one visit. Same-day crowns are created by CEREC and uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to make your crown in one day. The convenience of CEREC is simply unparalleled.

The CEREC system digitally scans your tooth, using a special intraoral camera to create a refined digital impression that’s sent to a milling machine. The digital image is transferred to the milling machine, which gets to work making your crown. The CEREC milling machine that forms your crown from a single block of tooth-colored ceramic is phenomenally precise, capturing every last detail that needs to be replicated for a perfect fit.

All the equipment, from the scanner to the milling machine, is right there in the same office, where any adjustments required can be made by your dentist immediately. Your crown is custom-fitted for your needs and fabricated in one place. Your dentist will make all the fine adjustments in that same visit, including cementing the crown in place and getting you on your way.

 

What are the benefits of CEREC? Are there drawbacks?

The main benefits of CEREC Same-Day Crowns are convenience and time saved for patients. Getting a crown fitted and placed in a single day, in a single visit, is light-years ahead of the traditional method. In the more traditional method of crown placement, you would need at least two visits to have a crown created and placed. It could take weeks or longer for a crown to be perfectly fitted to your needs, where CEREC needs only one day.

Traditional crowns require you to wear a temporary crown between the initial and final visits, but you won’t have to deal with temporary crowns with CEREC. The crown you get is the first and final crown.

While there are no major drawbacks to the CEREC system, traditional metal crowns can be a better choice in cases where the tooth’s roots are very fragile and need extensive reinforcement.

 

How long do CEREC crowns last?

CEREC crowns are made from a single block of high-density porcelain and last from 10 to 15 years. They can last far longer than that, but habits like tooth grinding can shorten their effective lifespans.

 

Who can have CEREC crowns?

In most situations where a traditional crown is called for, a CEREC crown can be used. In other words, most patients are good candidates for CEREC crowns. They can strengthen brittle or fragile teeth, as well as teeth that have been weakened by large amalgam fillings.

If you’re looking for a same-day restoration solution, CEREC crowns are the way to go. The accuracy of the restoration combined with the convenience of getting the crown placed in one visit is an unbeatable combination.

 

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What is cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of the dental arts and sciences that is focused on delivering the most attractive smile to patients. Like all the branches of dentistry, there can be some overlap between function and aesthetics; that is, a cosmetic treatment may also restore some function to a tooth or teeth, although the main objective of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. Teeth can be improved in terms of color, shape, and alignment to create a more appealing smile.

What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?

Cosmetic dentistry improves the look of your teeth and smile, and there are many procedures under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. Below we describe some of the most popular and how they can help you reach your smile goals.

Teeth Whitening

A professional teeth whitening session is the easiest and often quickest of all cosmetic dental procedures. Performed in the office, teeth whitening uses a professional, prescription-strength hydrogen and carbamide peroxide gel that penetrates and saturates into the tooth’s enamel, getting deep into the microtubules that permeate teeth. The peroxide lifts away stains and discolorations, lightening your teeth three to five shades, sometimes more.

Laser whitening is also available. Laser whitening uses a very powerful whitening agent that is around 40% peroxide. After the whitening gel is placed on the teeth, the laser’s heat boosts the process along. Although laser whitening must be done in the dental office, there are many products available over-the-counter for more conventional whitening. These products don’t work as rapidly as a professional whitening procedure; neither are they as effective, but they do make an excellent supplement to professional teeth whitening.

Veneers

Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored materials such as ceramic porcelain laminate or composite resin. Veneers fit over the surface of teeth and hide stains and discolorations that teeth whitening cannot remove. Veneers can help fix misshapen or misaligned teeth to restore functionality and create a better-looking smile as well. A dentist must shave the outer layer of the teeth so that they will fit properly, and then will attach the veneers. Veneers normally last for years and will perfectly match your other teeth so that no one will even know they are there.

Dental Bonding

A dentist uses dental bonding to fix cracked, chipped, misshapen or discolored teeth. A special tooth-colored enamel like composite resin is applied to the teeth, then shaped to fit, polished and hardened through the use of a special blue light that causes chemicals in the resin to harden and fuse to the tooth. The result is a smooth, natural-looking tooth surface.

Reshaping

Reshaping contours the enamel of the tooth until it’s in a more aesthetically pleasing form. Sometimes this is an ideal choice for misshapen teeth, requiring less time than veneers or bonding. A sanding drill is used to reshape the tooth until imperfections are removed. The process rarely requires sedation and is painless.

Bridges

Bridges are a cosmetic solution that can also help a person chew, eat and talk better. Bridges replace missing teeth by being anchored to natural teeth on either side of the gap formed by the missing teeth. In this way, bridges ‘bridge’ the space left by missing teeth. Unlike partial dentures, bridges are fixed in place and cannot be removed, except by a dentist.

Dental Implants

Dental implants replace missing teeth and provide a natural-looking, permanent solution. They help patients to chew, eat and speak naturally, and help to prevent bone loss. Implants are composed of three pieces: a titanium post, an abutment, and the artificial tooth. The titanium post is set directly into the jawbone, where it helps stimulate blood flow to the bone tissue. The abutment is an attachment point affixed directly to the post, and the artificial tooth, colored to match your natural teeth, then sits on top of the abutment.

Gum lifts or Gum shaping

Gums can be too high on the tooth line or too low. A gum lift reshapes the gums to help teeth look longer and straighter.

Braces and Orthodontic Appliances

Braces realign crooked or misaligned teeth, making smiles straighter and more appealing. They also improve the bite by correcting overbites, underbites, open bites, cross bites, and/or gaps. Modern dental appliances no longer have to be made of metal as well. Clear braces can also be a great option, as they are not very noticeable and  allow you to straighten your teeth with aligners you can take off. Although most severe instances of malocclusion must still be treated with traditional metal braces, many cases of mild to moderate misalignment can be addressed with clear braces.

Any general dentist can perform most cosmetic services, and many only take only a couple visits to complete. If you’re curious about how we can improve your smile, give us a call today! You may be surprised at how easy it is to get a bright, white smile!

 

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I Hate My Smile – What Can I Do?

Are you unhappy with your smile? Do you have a chipped tooth or excessive discoloration that stops you from wanting to show your smile to the world? Life is too short to live with a smile that you are not proud of and ready to show off. At Lifetime Dental Health, we are committed to helping you create the smile that you have always wanted, which is why we offer these cosmetic dentistry options:

Teeth Whitening

One of the biggest things our patients want in terms of cosmetic dentistry is a whiter smile. Your smile is the very first thing that people notice about you and a white, shiny smile can help you make a lasting first impression. As we age, our teeth with naturally lose their white luster. Additionally, what we eat and drink, as well as habits like tobacco use, can lead to yellow teeth.

To help reverse this discoloration and get your smile to shine again, we offer a couple different teeth whitening treatments. At our practice, we offer in-office whitening treatments that can make your smile look shades whiter with just one visit. We also offer at-home whitening kits with custom bite trays that are filled with a bleaching agent and are used for 3-6 weeks.

However, teeth whitening is not for everyone. If you suffer from gum disease or severely eroded enamel, you may not be a good candidate for this treatment. If you want to learn more about teeth whitening or want our expert opinion on which whitening option is best for you, schedule an appointment to come see us today.

Clear Aligners

Crooked teeth can be annoying, unsightly, and bad for your bite and jaw. Unfortunately, traditional braces can be distracting, uncomfortable, and inconvenient. If you want a straight, perfect smile without the hassle of metal braces, you may be a good candidate for clear aligners. Clear aligners are custom-made for your mouth and gradually shift your teeth over time, correcting your smile. They are almost undetectable, and will not detract from your smile while you are undergoing treatment.

Clear aligners are worn for most of the day, but they can be removed when you eat or drink. This means that you can still enjoy all of your favorite snacks without having to worry about foods that are too chewy, hard, or sticky like you would with traditional braces. If you want to learn more about teeth straightening with clear aligners, contact our office today! We can schedule a consultation and formulate a treatment plan to help make your smile straight and beautiful in no time.

Veneers

If you are unhappy with the size, shape, spacing, or color of a specific tooth, you may be a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are crafted and color-matched to look like your other teeth. When properly cared for, veneers can last for years and correct a wide array of cosmetic defects.

To prepare your teeth for veneers, we will remove a very small amount of dental enamel from the tooth. We will then use a permanent bonding agent to bond the appliance to your teeth. Veneers are resistant to staining and will help keep your teeth beautiful for years to come. If you are unhappy with the look of one or more of your teeth, ask us about porcelain veneers!

We want you to love your smile, and at Lifetime Dental Health we are here to give you the care you need to make that possible. Come see us today so that we can give you our recommendations for cosmetic dental care! If you want to learn more about any of the options listed above or simply want to set up a consultation, give us a call at (614)-333-9498.

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Tips for Choosing a Family Dentist

When it comes to dental care for you and your family, it is important to find a provider that you can trust. Your dental health can greatly affect your overall well-being, and a good oral care provider can help keep you healthy and happy for years to come. Follow these tips to find the right dentist for you and your family:

Talk to your Insurance Provider

The first step in finding a family dentist is looking for a professional that is accepted by your insurance plan. Contact your insurance provider to get a list of dental care professionals that are in-network with them. This will stop you from falling in love with a dentist or practice that your insurance doesn’t cover and can save you money in the long run.

Visit the Practice

One of the most important aspects of family dental care is building your children’s relationships with their dentist. A positive introduction to the dentist, good oral hygiene education, and a welcoming environment can set your child up to have good oral health habits for life. To make sure that your children will feel safe and welcome, pay a visit to any prospective practices before becoming official patients. Getting a feel for the environment and meeting the staff will help you decide if the practice is a good fit for your family. When you visit, ask the staff about any dental health programs they have for children.

Ask Around

Your friends and family know you better than anyone, so ask for recommendations. A lot of people have great, long-lasting relationships with their family dentist, and will happily give you recommendations. Seek out referrals from families, specifically with young children, to make sure that your potential new dentist is good with kids.

Look at Online Reviews

One of the best ways to see if people are happy with their dentist is through online reviews. Reviews allow you to read honest feedback about the patients’ experiences. If you see a bad review, make sure to note how the practice responded to the disgruntled patient. This will give you an accurate idea about the level of customer service that the office provides.

Research the Dentist

The more you know about your dental providers, the more confidence you will have in your care. Look up the dentists, where they studied, where they have practiced, any additional certifications they have and continued education courses in which they participate. Many dental websites will also have a “Meet the Dentist” page that will allow you to know more about your dentist on a personal level.

Look up their Services

Along with a certified, welcoming dentist, you want someone that meets all of your dental care needs. The last thing that you want is to have to go to other practices for additional services. Look for a family dentist that offers cosmetic, restorative, and preventative dentistry. Look for dentists with extensive and informative websites that give a thorough description of available services.

Come Visit Lifetime Dental Health

If you are searching for a family dentist in the Columbus area, come see us at Lifetime Dental Health. We offer a welcoming, warm office environment and will do anything we can to make you feel right at home. At our practice, we are committed to continuing our education and staying up-to-date on the latest dental advancements and technologies so that we can give our patients the best care possible. We strive to make as many resources available to you as possible and are committed to helping educate you about your dental health options. Give us a call at (614)-333-9498 to learn more about us today!

 

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Short Term Orthodontics Means Less Waiting to Look Wonderful

Braces are certainly a great solution for getting teeth in shape and creating the perfect smile. But metal is not necessarily the way to go for everyone seeking a straighter smile. That’s where alternative orthodontic options come in, creating stunning smiles in a shorter time frame and without the obvious bulk of traditional braces.

Here at Lifetime Dental Health, we are pleased to provide Invisalign® and Six Month Smiles®, both of which are clear brace systems that are far less noticeable than traditional metal braces, yet work to align teeth just as terrifically. Here is a bit about both systems, how they work, and what you can expect. No more “metal mouth” when you can be in the clear with the aid of Invisalign or Six Month Smiles.

 

What is Invisalign Orthodontic System?

The Invisalign Orthodontic System is a series of clear, removable aligners (unlike metal braces with brackets which are glued on and wired together) that straighten your teeth. This appealing aesthetic alternative to traditional metal braces straightens teeth with clear plastic aligners that are placed over and around the teeth comfortably.

 

How do I know if Invisalign will correct my smile concerns?

Research has shown that 60-70% of all orthodontic problems can be improved significantly with Invisalign invisible braces. So, chances are titled in your favor. But before we opt for this orthodontic solution, your dental consultation and exam will help determine if you will see the right results by using Invisalign. If you are a good candidate, we’ll proceed towards the next steps to get your smile looking its best.

 

What is the Invisalign process like?

Since every bite is unique, we will use advanced 3D imaging to craft Invisalign aligners that fit your mouth perfectly. Your initial dental consultation with Dr. Barry or Dr. Love will entail a thorough evaluation. We will talk about your desires and goals and what your expectations are, so you are not caught off-guard, disappointed, or expect more than the Invisalign clear braces system can offer. We will take impressions and X-rays of your teeth that will be sent to the lab to design your customized clear aligners. Some patients require just 12 aligners total, while others need up to 48. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks at a time as the teeth shift towards their desired final positions. It all depends on your smile at the start and a reasonable outcome.

 

How long will I have to wear my Invisalign aligners?

If your straightening and spacing issues are relatively mild, you can see a new smile in about 9-12 months. More complex cases can take anywhere from 12-18 months. We can give you an estimate during your initial consultation so you have a ballpark idea of what your time frame will look like.

 

Do I need to wear them 24/7?

For the best (and fastest) results, we advise that you wear your aligners as much as possible, both during the day and while you are asleep. Only remove them when brushing your teeth, flossing, and eating.

 

Explain Six Month Smiles®.

The Six Month Smiles system includes clear braces that straighten your teeth. On average, patients see a smile they are proud to show off in a quick six months. They are comfortable to wear and blend in with the teeth, so they are hardly noticeable.

 

What is the Six Month Smiles process like?

The straightening process involves light forces that shift the teeth into a better aligned position using brackets and wires like metal braces, but they are clear instead. They are fixed to the teeth so you won’t be able to remove them like Invisalign clear braces.

 

Will I need to use a retainer once they are removed like many patients with metal braces must?

In order to keep the teeth from shifting back to their pre-Six Month Smiles positions, a retainer is needed. The retainer selected can be removable or permanently bonded behind the teeth. It all depends on your preference at this point.

Both teeth straightening options can be helpful for both teens and adults, provided the initial dental consultation deems these solutions as the right choice for the dental issue at hand. Both are comfortable to wear, discreet, and do a great job at aligning teeth. Talk to Dr. Barry or Dr. Love about Invisalign and Six Month Smiles to determine which orthodontic option is right for you. In a short time, your smile will go from so-so to stunning, without the metal braces you’ve been used to seeing.

Straight teeth can come quickly. Stop hiding your smile and show off a set of straighter teeth you’ve been hoping for. Drs. Barry and Love are experts with both of these systems, and recommend both as excellent alternatives to metal braces, provided the patient is a prime candidate. They’re both clearly amazing alternatives!

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The Use of Botox® in Dentistry – Look and Feel Better

While reducing wrinkles is today’s most common and well-known use of Botox, there are other reasons people may want to give it a try. And here at Lifetime Dental Health, Drs. Barry and Love are certified Botox doctors, so they can administer Botox safely and properly, be it for dental issues or a cosmetic “tune up.”

Botox is FDA approved. It essentially attaches to the muscle, preventing it from contracting as it normally would.

I would like to try Botox. Do I need to have a dental issue in order for Dr. Barry or Dr. Love to administer Botox to me?

You do not need to have a dental health issue to receive Botox injections at Lifetime Dental Health. While it does work to counteract dental issues (more details below), we are happy to consult patients who are interested in the use of Botox for cosmetic reasons that are not associated with dental care. Botox has been proven effective in lessening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that make people look older, less refreshed, and not as attractive as they would hope to appear. From crinkly crow’s feet to frown-inducing frown lines, Botox shots work to help patients retain a youthful appearance. Wrinkles become less evident, skin looks smoother, droopiness is diminished, and other cosmetic concerns are all but “cured.”

 

How long will the results of Botox last?

Your results from your Botox injections last an average of three to four months. We can see how your results are holding up and suggest another time to come in for a refresher based on your appearance and what you are aiming for. We can even set up an ongoing treatment plan to pre-schedule your visits so you are on top of your Botox and keep looking beautiful. Every patient’s results will vary, so we will see how your results progress and advise on a case-by-case basis.

 

How is Botox used for dental treatment? What sorts of issues can it relieve, reduce, or get rid of?

Botox injections are used for patients who experience pain from TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint disorder), orthodontics, dentures, teeth clenching, and teeth grinding (bruxism). The stress, tension, and soreness that can result from these dental-related conditions can result in facial pain and headaches. The areas that are affected are treated with Botox and many patients find considerable relief as these points are “relaxed” by the injections.

 

Does Botox hurt?

Botox is administered via injection (a shot), so you will feel the prick of the needle. But the process is quick and any pain or discomfort should go away quickly. Depending upon the reason for your visit and your level of sensitivity, we can possibly provide a numbing agent to the area before administering the Botox injections. Most people can tolerate the few seconds of pain, especially when the rewards are so worth it.

 

Are there any side effects of Botox?

Every patient is different and most do not experience any side effects of note. But there are certainly situations related to side effects that are not to a patient’s satisfaction, and we will monitor any signs of side effects with you. Contact your dentist after your Botox treatment if you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary including droopiness of the skin or muscles and pain at the injection site. And if you have any questions or concerns at any step before, during, or after the process, don’t hesitate to give us a call so we can help you – 614-333-9498.

Are you interested in receiving Botox, be it for cosmetic reasons or to alleviate pain or discomfort associated with your dental/oral health? Lifetime Dental Health is a safe place to get Botox injections. Even if you are hesitant to give it a try, the fact that it is not a permanent solution means you can give Botox a chance and see if you like the results or if it works for you. There is no lifelong commitment or concern that you will look “overdone” or unnatural (when it comes to the popular cosmetic aspect of its use). We know what we are doing, and always use Botox properly, modestly, and professionally.

Think it over, do your research, discuss with others who’ve used Botox, and talk to Dr. Barry or Dr. Love about this alternative treatment during your next appointment. More and more people are turning to Botox for a world of reasons. You won’t be alone or a “guinea pig.” There has been a great deal of research done on the effects of Botox, and plenty of people have been thrilled with the remarkable results. Perhaps you will be the next person who can consider themselves pro-Botox!

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Dentophobia – Your Fear of the Dentist Can Be Overcome

Does the dentist seem scarier than a horror movie monster? Would you rather do just about anything other than book a dental appointment? Does the thought of drilling make you want to hide under the covers? And does something as simple as a fluoride treatment give you flashbacks of past fear?

If you have a fear of the dentist, trust that you are not alone in your anxiety. Many people of all ages experience dentophobia – millions, in fact – but this does not mean you should skip seeing the dentist for good. It is totally understandable that a visit to the dentist of any sort may bring about an uneasy feeling or even a paralyzing fear. The “what ifs” of the unknown are not always easy to engage with, so thoughts of what’s to come can be daunting.

Even if a patient personally likes their dentist, the idea of scheduling a cleaning can throw them into shivers. From basic checkups to serious dental procedures, patients who fear the dentist just don’t want to deal with any of it. But avoiding the dentist is a bad idea, as you surely understand. Sure, the fear is real, but the repercussions will be far worse if you avoid oral care at all costs.

Your anxiety may be causing you to put off oral exams and cleanings, and leading you to pretend issues in your mouth are not really there. But we all know that this avoidance won’t benefit you in the long run.

You can overcome your fear of the dentist. Dr. Barry and Dr. Love will be by your side every step of the way doing all they can to make every appointment less nerve-wracking and more comfortable. It may take a bit of time before you are totally at ease in the dentist’s chair, but with every visit, your anxiety will diminish. Before long, a visit to the dentist will be a piece of cake! Just brush your teeth after enjoying a slice…

 

I am deathly afraid to visit the dentist. Do you offer sedation dentistry to help me get through it?

Dental sedation is one tried-and-true way to make your visit as stress-free as possible. We understand and empathize with your concerns and fears and want to make your exam or procedure as pleasant as it can be. The fact that you want to come in and are seeking a solution is a brave step in a positive direction. We offer sedation dentistry at Lifetime Dental Health to address these issues and get you through your visit fear-free.

 

What type of sedation dentistry do you offer?

Good news! Here at Lifetime Dental Health, our sedation dentistry is needle/shot-free! No worries about pain to relieve your stress…something that could add another layer of anxiety onto an already anxious state of mind. Rather than administering shots, we use pills to put you at ease instead. You will take an oral sedation pill about one hour prior to your visit. It’s as simple as that. This pill is meant to make you relax and feel more comfortable by the time you arrive at the office. Make sure you have a friend or family member who can drive you to your appointment! You won’t be totally out of it or unconscious after the pill kicks in, just groggy to a degree. You will have no problem communicating with the dentist, so you needn’t worry about not being able to speak or address any mid-procedures worries. The pill just calms you down and makes things more mellow. Your fear will lessen, and you’ll be calmer the whole time. We will carefully monitor your vital signs during your entire appointment, just to be sure your oral sedation medications are working effectively and your body is functioning normally. The pill seems like a miracle, but it’s real and reliable. You can trust that you’ll be less anxious and ready to face your appointment head-on.

 

Am I a good candidate for sedation dentistry? What sorts of issues is it best for?

There are a bunch of reasons patients fear the dentist, and every patient is unique in their trepidations. Most commonly, sedation dentistry is recommended for the following reasons:

  •       Overall anxiety/fear surrounding dentist visits
  •       Dislike of noises, equipment, smells, and other dentist-associated elements
  •       Sensitive gag reflex/trouble keeping mouth open for extended periods of time
  •       Issues with becoming numb with use of local anesthetic
  •       Super sensitive teeth
  •       Major dental work is needed/long appointment
  •       Aids in overall comfort during visit

 

The next time you feel too fearful to come in for your dental appointment, communicate with our dentists, and we’ll work out something for you. Sedation dentistry is a successful way to overcome dentophobia. We’re not as scary as you think!

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Your Go-To Gum Disease Guide

Gum disease is serious business. Also known as periodontal disease, it is the most common dental problem adults suffer from. Three out of four adults have some degree of gum disease. That’s 75%! Not only does gum disease affect the gums, but it can worsen significantly if left untreated, potentially resulting in tooth loss. From discomfort to more dire situations, gum disease is prevalent and problematic. But it’s not hopeless. And we’re here to help.

Here’s what you should know about gum disease, from the various telltale signs to the ways Drs. Barry and Love can treat you in a timely fashion. If gum disease is not tended to before the damage has gone too far, the repercussions can travel throughout the body – from respiratory illnesses to heart disease to diabetes to fatigue to problems with the jawbone, even to premature birth and/or low birth weight for women who are expecting or who plan to become pregnant.

 

Help! How can I tell if I have gum disease? What are the signs and symptoms?

There are a number of signs you should look out for that may indicate you have gum disease. You may see one or two of these common signs listed below or suffer from them all. The severity of each symptom varies from patient to patient, so do not neglect even the slightest indicator of potential gum disease. The earlier you are seen and treated, the better off you will be.

 

The common signs and symptoms of gum disease include the following:

  •       Red gums
  •       Inflamed gums
  •       Swollen gums
  •       Gum recession
  •       Puffy gums
  •       Tender or gums
  •     Painful gums
  •       Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing
  •       Loose teeth
  •       Foul breath
  •       Unusual/unpleasant taste in mouth

 

Isn’t it normal for gums to bleed a bit during brushing and/or flossing?

The short answer…no. Gums should never bleed. Bleeding gums are a sign of irritation (possibly infection) and can lead to serious problems that go way beyond your mouth if left untreated. You could be at the start of something that will only get worse if you begin to see your gums bleed, even just a bit. This mild form of gum disease is called gingivitis. It could lead to further disease developing, so speak to Dr. Barry or Dr. Love about this at your next appointment.

If my gums are bleeding during brushing and/or flossing, should I stop brushing and/or flossing?

Brushing is essential, as is flossing. Do not disrupt your routine, because not brushing could make matters even worse. What you should do is schedule a dental checkup as soon as possible, and we will treat your gums and provide you with gum disease prevention tactics. It could be that you’re just brushing too hard or improperly. This could cause gums to bleed. We’ll figure it out and go from there.

 

Is there anything I can do to prevent getting gum disease in the first place?

Preventative dentistry is the key to a healthy mouth. Scheduling regular dental checkups/exams and cleanings will keep your oral health in check, including the gums. Proactive patients do themselves a great service by seeing us, even when nothing seems to be wrong. Waiting until something goes wrong means small issues have a greater chance to develop, oftentimes leaving you in a predicament. The deep cleaning we can do along the gum line and a thorough in-office exam will ward off disease, keep your mouth fresh and clean, and keep us abreast of any abnormalities along the way. The removal of plaque and tartar, as well as food debris and bacteria will make gums healthier. The process is relatively pain-free, but if your gums are severely tender or highly inflamed, we can discuss the option of numbing the area before deep cleaning. Our goal is to make your appointment as comfortable as we can.

 

If I do not show any signs of gum disease at my regularly scheduled cleaning, do I need to follow up?

No signs of gum disease is naturally a great thing, but it does not mean you are in the clear forever. As aforementioned, three out of four adults suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives. The odds aren’t in your favor, sadly to say. So, keep coming into the office for your regular checkups and take care of your oral hygiene at home. If you have questions as to how to properly care for your teeth and gums, let’s discuss during your next visit.

 

Gum disease is common, but it doesn’t mean it’s something you should take lightly. Drs. Barry and Love can help with the proper preventative care and treatment if needed. Your gums will be as healthy as can be, allowing you to flash a smile you can feel good about.

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Options for Teeth Replacement

Missing teeth are nothing to smile about. Not only does this compromise your appearance, but it can cause damage to the dental structure and potentially lead to an oral health hazard. There are numerous ways to replace missing teeth depending on the issue and severity, as well as your personal desires. Here are the common ways we work on your smile, restoring shape, structure, and self-esteem – Dental Implants, Dentures, Crowns, and Bridges.

Are dental implants the right choice for me?

Dental implants are strong, secure, and long lasting. They’re an excellent solution for missing, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants are an option we will discuss during your visit. A dental implant is made of an artificial tooth root (biocompatible metals and bone-like ceramic) that is surgically placed into the jawbone and used to anchor a replacement tooth or bridge (more details on bridges below).

What are some of the advantages of dental implants?

  •       Long lasting solution
  •       Superior stability
  •       Supports other dental work
  •       No damage to healthy teeth
  •       Helps preserve the bone
  •       Patient can regain normal speech
  •       Looks and feels like natural teeth
  •       Comfortable

How are dental implants attached?

There are two basic ways to attach dental implants:

  1. Directly attached to the jawbone like natural tooth roots. This process is recommended for patients with healthy jawbone quality.
  2. Custom-designed metal frameworks anchored in place by mini dental implants. These are recommended for patients with thinner bone structure.

How long is the dental implant process and what can I expect?

The entire process can take several months until completion, but the remarkable results are well worth the wait. Under local anesthetic (numbing), we’ll surgically insert the artificial tooth root into your jawbone. Once the screws and posts are placed, the area must have time to heal as the roots fuse to the jawbone. This process can take up to six months, and the replacement teeth are fitted once you are fully healed.

How do I care for my dental implants?

As usual, brush and floss around the dental implant(s) at least two times per day, and be sure to keep up with your regular cleaning appointments.

Would dentures be an appropriate option to improve my smile?

Dentures are removable dental appliances most often made of acrylic resin or porcelain. You can replace lost teeth and see a more stunning smile with dentures. Today’s dentures are much different than the ones our grandparents wore. They are natural looking and fit well and comfortably. No need to panic! No one will know you’re wearing them.

What are some of the benefits of dentures?

  •       Help maintain bone structure
  •       Prevent sunken face and bone atrophy
  •       Improve speech and eating
  •       Create a more natural looking, healthier smile

 

Are there different types of dentures?

Dentures can be complete, partial, conventional, or immediate. Complete dentures are recommended when most or all of your teeth are missing. Partial dentures will fill spaces left by missing teeth and will prevent your remaining teeth from shifting to fill those spots. Conventional dentures are placed in the mouth approximately one month after tooth extraction, and immediate dentures are placed right after extraction.

What is the process for getting dentures like?

The entire process will take approximately one month (five appointments) from start to finish. The initial visit entails a discussion of your goals and we’ll create a personalized plan. After an evaluation, we will create a wax model of your teeth and gums that will be used to design the denture with a natural looking shape, fit, and matching tooth color. The final denture is placed in your mouth on the last visit. It may be necessary to get a new set of dentures with a better fit as time goes by and mouth/jaw/facial structure changes as you age. Take care of your dentures as instructed with a special toothbrush and other cleaning and maintenance essentials. Follow up with regular appointments.

What is a dental crown?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps fitted over damaged areas of a tooth to restore full function and aesthetics. Crowns can be placed for functional or cosmetic reasons. Dental crowns are strong and secure and work like natural teeth. Lifetime Dental Health is pleased to use CEREC® Dental Crowns – same day restorations. Super advanced and quick, this option is something patients are excited about. In 20 minutes (sometimes less), a precise, durable, tooth-colored, metal-free crown is placed. That’s it! It’s amazing.

What are the benefits of CEREC®?

  •       No injections
  •       No impressions
  •       No metal
  •       No wait period – same day service
  •       Natural looking
  •       Strong and durable
  •       Minimally invasive

What are bridges?

Bridges are permanent or removable dental restoration appliances that replace missing teeth with artificial ones. This “bridge” between gaps and spaces, there is vast improvement in functionality and appearance. Both fixed and removable bridges rely on the surrounding teeth for support, and often a crown is placed over these “anchor” teeth, but fixed bridges are more stable overall than the removable style.

What are they made of?

Bridges can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or any combination of these three durable materials.

Replacing your teeth is something you should discuss with Dr. Barry or Dr. Love. Not only will your smile benefit from the work, but your mouth will work better. Let’s figure out the best plan for you and get your smile corrected, leading to more confidence and full functionality.

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Perfect Your Smile With Porcelain Veneers

There is nothing like too-good-to-be-true teeth that make you flash a stunning, super bright smile at every turn. With the beautiful and natural look of porcelain veneers, a less-than-perfect smile will go from something to hide to something you will want to share pridefully with the world. This non-surgical, pain-free solution to issues including gaps, chips, cracks, spaces, stains/discoloration, crookedness, erosion, and more will be the dental procedure you have been waiting for. From tooth prep to the finished product, you will be in good hands with Drs. Barry and Love. It is a remarkable revision you will be so glad you learned about and decided to go with. Here is all you need to know about porcelain veneers and their exceptional end result, which is nothing short of ravishing…really!

What are porcelain veneers?

Think of porcelain veneers as a super thin “shells” that are fitted and bonded onto the surface of your teeth. Made out of a very thin piece of tooth-colored porcelain that resembles a real tooth – from its shape and shine to the way it catches the light – these veneers are aesthetically appealing in more ways than one. They cover up and correct all sorts of unsightly dental issues and leave you looking lovelier than ever with a better-balanced smile that lifts your self-confidence. Shaped to suit your tooth shape and unique smile, your made-to-order porcelain veneers will always look natural and undetectable to others. Unless you tell them, no one will ever know they are not your real teeth.

 

Are porcelain veneers a good option for me? And what is the process like for putting them on?

When teeth are unattractively chipped, misshapen, uneven, spaced too far apart, or discolored/stained, etc., porcelain veneers are a “cure-all” in-office cosmetic solution that dental patients have been pleased with for a long time. If you are experiencing one or more of these appearance issues and want a natural looking, non-surgical fix, porcelain veneers could be the right choice for you, provided the dentist determines that you are a good candidate for getting them.

The relatively simple procedure for placing your immaculate porcelain veneers will be a two-visit process. The first step during visit #1 will entail the removal of just a bit of the tooth structure just off the front surface so the porcelain veneers do not protrude and look obvious or unnatural. Just a bit of etching and sanding to leave room for the thin film to adhere. Next you will be carefully fitted for just the right shape and size as well as an exact color match, and the unique details of your teeth will be sent out to the lab for the creation of your brand new porcelain veneers. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution when it comes to porcelain veneers. Every tooth is different, every desired outcome unique. That’s why we talk about goals and expectations, measure your teeth, and take the time to get it right. And you may like a celebrity’s smile or the work we’ve done on someone you know, but your teeth are not the same as someone else’s. What we do is create the smile to make you look your best. You wouldn’t want it any other way. Customized care is our promise to you, and you’ll look better for it.

In a few short weeks, the porcelain veneers will be custom-created and sent to our office for permanent placement onto your teeth. In the interim, we’ll place temporary crowns over your teeth that are removed once the “real” ones arrive. We will give a call when they are ready and then you will return for your follow-up appointment for the bonding process.

Must I get veneers on all of my teeth?

No, it all depends on what will make your mouth look the most natural. This could mean just one single tooth is treated. We will assess your situation and create a plan that perfects your overall look, just how you’ll like it.

How long will my porcelain veneers last?

The veneers stay in place perfectly for many years. With proper care of your teeth, you may have them for life! The porcelain veneers will remain virtually stain-free, potentially improve your bite depending on your initial issue, and give your self-esteem a boost. Your smile will look better than ever, totally natural, and all without surgery.

I’ve heard of Lumineers. Do you provide them at your practice too?

Lumineers are less permanent than porcelain, but still just as beautiful. There is no need to remove any of the tooth structure, as these are placed over the teeth. No pain, super-fast, and a stunning transformation. Ask the dentists at Lifetime Dental Health about this option if you’re not ready to go all out with porcelain veneers just yet.


If you’re interested in being fitted for porcelain veneers, take the first step to a better smile by scheduling an appointment with Lifetime Dental Health!

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