Posts for: January, 2016
Find out which cosmetic treatment could give you your dream smile.
Who doesn’t want the perfect smile? Even if you weren’t born with it this doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve it. Your Cedar Park, TX cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Dyson offers a variety of different dental treatments to improve both the look and the function of your smile:
Looking to hide very small stains or cracks that may not be as visible to others at first glance but bug you? Then you may not need to go through one time-consuming procedure after another for such small issues. Those with minor chips, stains and small gaps between teeth may be able to hide these problems with dental bonding, a special tooth-colored resin that is molded over problem areas to reshape the tooth and provide a whiter, more attractive smile.
Bonding is a great cosmetic option for those with aesthetic issues that do not affect the overall function of your smile. This is one of the easiest and least expensive cosmetic procedures you can get to improve your smile.
Dental Crowns and Bridges
For those missing one or more teeth you may want to talk to your restorative dentist in Cedar Park about getting dental bridges. This dental restoration, which contains a false tooth in the middle and a dental crown on each side, uses healthy neighboring teeth to support it. In as little as two visits you may be able to replace one or more teeth with dental bridges.
Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that can also be placed over the crown of a tooth that has significant discolorations, cracks and other issues that may affect its overall function.
Dental veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are made to look just like real teeth and are applied to the front of your smile using a special cement. Veneers are great for our Cedar Park dental patients who are looking to hide small chips, cracks, discolorations, misshapen or uneven teeth, overlapping or gaps between teeth. In order to make room for your veneers, we will need to remove a minimal amount of tooth enamel first. While this procedure is painless and almost completely non-invasive it cannot be reversed.
For patients looking for a long-term solution to replace missing teeth, dental implants are a valuable option. The metal implant is surgically inserted into a drilled hole in the jawbone where it will heal and fuse with the bone and tissue over several months. After everything has healed, we will unveil the top of the implant and attach an abutment on top. This piece will serve to connect the dental crown to the implant.
If you are ready to take the plunge into cosmetic dentistry then it’s time you took the next steps to getting your perfect smile. Schedule a consultation with your dentist in Cedar Park. Parmer Oaks Dental Care is here for all of your dental needs.
If you’ve noticed a small sore in your mouth, it’s possible you have a non-contagious disease known as lichen planus. Although usually benign, it’s still a good idea to have it examined and monitored.
The condition is so named because its lesions are similar in appearance to lichen, the algae and fungi organism often found on rocks and trees. It’s believed to be a type of autoimmune disease, in which the body treats some of its own cells as foreign and reacts adversely to them. Certain medications and substances may also cause a lichenoid reaction. Besides the inner cheeks, gums or tongue, lichen planus may also appear on other skin or mucous surfaces on the wrists, legs or fingernails.
When it appears inside the mouth it usually resembles a lacy pattern of white lines or ulceration. Gum tissues may become red and inflamed, with some soreness after brushing or eating. Although there’s no known cure for lichen planus, it rarely causes serious problems — in fact, you may not even be aware you have the condition unless pointed out during a dental exam. It may, in time, fade away.
If the lesions do become bothersome (painful, itchy or overly-sensitive), there are some ways to ease discomfort: brushing with a soft toothbrush (to minimize irritation), flossing, and avoiding acidic or spicy foods and beverages which have been known to cause flare-ups. Managing stress is also helpful, and a topical steroid may be prescribed for more severe outbreaks.
Perhaps the greatest concern with lichen planus, though, is it may resemble more serious conditions, particularly oral cancer. The only way to be certain that it is a benign condition is to perform a biopsy on some of the affected tissue. If you notice a problem, be sure to visit us for a complete examination. And regardless of whether you have the condition or not, regular oral cancer screenings, as well as limits on alcohol consumption and stopping use of tobacco, will also reduce your risk of oral cancer.
Odds are if you have a case of lichen planus it isn’t causing you any problems. If it does cause you discomfort, though, you can take steps to ease your symptoms.
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”