Posts for: April, 2017
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.”
Keeping your smile healthy starts with good oral hygiene habits. Dr. Ilya Freyman in Longwood, FL, shares a few tips that will help you protect your smile.
Don't rush it
How long do you spend brushing your teeth? If it's less than two minutes, you may not be getting rid of all of the plaque in your mouth. When areas of plaque remain, your risk of developing cavities rises. Following the two-minute rule will help you avoid tooth decay.
Brush morning and night
Have you ever arrived at work and discovered to your horror that you forgot to brush your teeth? Unfortunately, bad breath isn't the only problem that occurs when you skip a brushing session. Letting plaque linger on your teeth increases both your tooth decay and gum disease risk. When plaque isn't removed, it soon turns into tartar, a hard substance that may cause painful gum disease. In addition to maintaining a regular brushing schedule, you may want to keep a toothbrush at work for emergencies just in case you forget to brush.
Choose the best brush
Softer is better when it comes to brushing your teeth. Avoid brushes with medium bristles and buy the brush with soft ones. Harder bristles can erode your tooth enamel, with can cause tooth sensitivity and receding gums. Brushing too hard can even make your teeth look duller. If you wear away too much of the enamel, you'll expose the darker layer underneath called dentin.
Make time for flossing
Only 40 percent of Americans floss daily, according to the American Dental Association. If you don't floss, plaque can build up between teeth and cause cavities in those areas. Flossing once a day only takes a minute or two, but offers important oral health benefits.
Add a dental visit to your calendar
Do you visit Dr. Freyman's Longwood office every six months? Regular visits offer an excellent way to protect your oral health. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar, while X-rays and examinations help Dr. Freyman spot tooth decay and other dental issues.
Make regular dental visits part of your oral hygiene routine. Call Longwood, FL, dentist, Dr. Ilya Freyman, at (407) 260-0224 to schedule an appointment.
As in other parts of medicine, lasers are beginning to change the way we provide dental care. More and more dentists are using lasers to make earlier diagnoses of dental disease or provide surgical treatment. One area prime for change is the treatment of teeth with deep decay and in danger of being lost.
For decades now, the best way to save teeth in this condition is with root canal treatment. In this common procedure we access the pulp, remove the infected tissue with specialized hand instruments, and then fill and seal the pulp chamber and root canals with a special filling.
We can now potentially improve the efficiency and increase the success rate of this treatment with laser technology. With their focused light, lasers emit a concentrated burst of energy that's extremely precise. In many instances laser energy can remove the target diseased tissue without damaging nearby healthy tissue.
In this form of root canal treatment, we use lasers to remove tissue and organic debris within the pulp and then shape the root canal walls to better receive the filling. We can also utilize the heat from laser energy to soften and mold the filling, so that it better conforms within the walls of the root canals.
Using lasers in root canal treatments may require less local anesthesia than the traditional approach and also eliminates disturbing or discomforting sounds and vibrations. Dentists who've used the new technology also report less bleeding during the procedure and less pain and occurrences of infection afterwards.
But there are a couple of disadvantages for using lasers in root canal treatment. For one, light travels in a straight line — and many root canal networks are anything but straight. More complex root canal networks may still require the traditional approach. Laser energy could also increase the tooth's inner temperature, which could potentially damage tissues even on the tooth's outer surfaces.
Used in the right circumstances, though, lasers can be an effective means to treat diseased teeth. Â As laser technology continues to advance and becomes a mainstay in dental care, you may soon find it part of your next dental procedure.