Posts for: June, 2019
Each year, the National Safety Council recognizes June as National Safety Month. It's the perfect time to focus on safety: With summer temperatures heating up, so do sports and outdoor activities—and, unfortunately, the risk of accidents. As the old Boy Scout motto goes, everyone should "be prepared." And while that means watching out for sunburn, poison ivy or traveling hazards, it also means being alert for potential tooth injuries.
Even during casual recreational sports, an unintentional hit to the face or jaw could chip, move or, worse yet, knock a tooth out completely. As with any other aspect of safety, prevention should be at the top of your list when it comes to dental injuries. In that regard, anyone involved in a contact sport or other high-risk activity should wear a mouthguard. This device absorbs much of the force generated during a hard impact to the face or jaw that might otherwise affect the teeth.
Mouthguards fall into two basic categories. The first are retail guards available at sporting goods stores and many pharmacies, most commonly "boil and bite" guards. They're so named because a wearer first softens them with very hot water and then bites down on them to personalize their fit. Once cooled, the mouthguard will maintain its shape. While reducing the severity of impact injuries, these retail mouthguards can be bulky and uncomfortable to wear.
The second category, a custom mouthguard created by a dentist, offers a sleeker, more comfortable fit. These guards are based on a direct impression of the wearer's mouth that we take at the dental office. Although any mouthguard is better than no mouthguard, a 2018 study confirmed that custom-made mouthguards from the dental office perform better than the kind bought in a drug store or sporting goods store.
Summer is prime time for creating cherished family memories. With a little dental injury prevention knowledge, you can help make sure those summer memories are happy ones. If you would like more information about dental injury prevention and treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “Dental Injuries: Field-Side Pocket Guide.”
Dental crowns are full tooth coverage caps that are placed on vulnerable teeth to prevent cavities, fractures, chips, breakage and infections. Dental crowns can be either stainless steel, gold, ceramic, porcelain or porcelain bonded to metal. Each type of dental crown has its benefits and limitations. For example, a stainless steel crown is strong and durable but lacks aesthetics, so would be better suited for a back tooth than a front tooth. A porcelain crown has a high level of aesthetics but isn’t as durable so it would be best suited for a front tooth rather than a back tooth. The cost of each type of crown is also different, so it is essential to discuss with your dentist what kind of dental crown will work best for your individual needs.
When are Crowns Used?
Crowns are used when full coverage and protection of a tooth is needed. Often the tooth is vulnerable in some way to the outside environment and needs something to keep it stable. Dental crowns are recommended for:
- Teeth with large cavities
- Teeth with cavities in difficult to fix areas
- Root canal treated teeth
- Discoloured teeth or teeth with faulty enamel
- Teeth with fractures, trauma or chips
- Teeth with large fillings that need to be replaced
- For aesthetic purposes
Dental Crown Process
It usually takes two appointments to get a crown. During the first visit, the tooth will be sanded down to a smaller size to allow the future dental crown to fit on top. Old filling material and decay will be removed, so only healthy tooth structure remains. An impression will be taken of the tooth and surrounding area to send out to a lab to fabricate the permanent crown. A temporary crown will be bonded to the tooth in the meantime. The permanent crown will take about a week to be made at the lab and sent back. During the second visit, the temporary dental crown will be removed, and the permanent crown will be bonded. It is essential to return for the permanent crown as the temporary crown is not as strong, has a short life span and is susceptible to breaking, causing even more damage to the tooth.
Since the early Roman times, couples have prized the month of June as the most favorable time to exchange their marriage vows. If you and your betrothed are planning a June wedding this season, you no doubt want everything to be beautiful. That would include your smile—and with the appropriate techniques we can help you make it as bright and attractive as possible.
Here are 5 ways to a more attractive wedding day smile.
Dental Cleaning and Teeth Whitening. A routine dental cleaning right before the ceremony can remove stains and dental plaque that dull your teeth's appearance. For an added level of brightness, we can also whiten your teeth in time for your big day.
Repairing defects with bonding. Do you have a chipped tooth, or a broken or discolored filling? We may be able to repair minor defects like these in a single visit by bonding lifelike dental materials directly to the tooth. We color-match and sculpt these materials so that they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.
Advanced enhancements. In whatever ways your teeth may be flawed, there are dental solutions to transform your smile. We can correct minor to moderate chips, stains or slight gaps with porcelain veneers that cover the teeth's visible surface. We can cap a viable but unsightly tooth with a life-like crown. Missing teeth? A fixed bridge or dental implants could restore them like new.
Plastic gum surgery. Teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are the supporting cast. Smiles with too much of the gums showing can be corrected through various techniques, including periodontal plastic surgery that reshapes the gums and can help the teeth appear more prominent.
Orthodontics. The original "smile transformer," braces and other orthodontic methods move misaligned teeth to better positions. Not only can orthodontic treatment result in a more attractive appearance, it can improve overall dental health.
You have an array of options for enhancing your wedding day smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop an individualized treatment plan. One caveat, though: some of these techniques could take weeks or months to complete, so don't delay!
If you would like more information about what you can do to have the most attractive smile for your wedding day, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”