Posts for: April, 2018
Whether you’re a young teen coming of age or an adult who’s looking for a way to upgrade your appearance, a smile upgrade may be just what you need for a boost in confidence. It’s worthwhile to consult a dentist about your options—you may be surprised by how simple it may be to achieve a better look. Make time to visit Parmer Oaks Dental in Cedar Park, TX, to talk about cosmetic dentistry.
The exact cosmetic treatment your dentist recommends will depend on what you don’t like most about your smile. For instance, you may be fine with having a small gap between your front teeth, but you want them to look whiter and better-shaped. Some patients are embarrassed by dark-colored fillings. Missing teeth are often a concern for smile-conscious patients.
Treatments for Your Smile
Your smile has the power to brighten up a room, but if it has lost some of its allure over the years, talk to your Cedar Park dentist about one or more of these cosmetic treatments:
- Professional dental whitening.
- Dental bonding and contouring.
- Crown and veneers.
- Dental implants for one or more teeth.
- Tooth-colored fillings.
How to Maintain Your New Smile
After your new smile is revealed, you have an important task going forward. You must do everything possible to keep it looking beautiful and healthy. Observe these tips to maintain your teeth:
- Take foods and drinks that could stain your smile off your daily menu.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and polishing.
- Quit using tobacco products, as they may pose a significant threat to the ongoing beauty of your smile.
- If you have a problem with the nervous habit of clenching or grinding your teeth, ask your dentist for a night guard.
Explore Your Options
After a short consultation with a dentist at Parmer Oaks Dental in Cedar Park, TX, you’ll be more familiar with the cosmetic dentistry options that may help your smile. Call (512) 528-8900 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Dyson.
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
Dental implants are best known as restorations for single missing teeth. But there’s more to them than that—they can also be used to support and secure removable dentures or fixed bridges.
That’s because a dental implant is actually a root replacement. A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it. This accumulated bone growth gives the implant its signature durability and contributes to its long-term success rate (95%-plus after ten years). It can support a single attached crown, or serve as an attachment point for a dental bridge or a connector for a removable denture.
The method and design of implants differentiates it from other restoration options. And there’s one other difference—implants require a minor surgical procedure to insert them into the jawbone.
While this might give you pause, implant surgery is no more complicated than a surgical tooth extraction. In most cases we can perform the procedure using local anesthesia (you’ll be awake the entire time) coupled with sedatives (if you have bouts of anxiety) to help you relax.
We first access the bone through small incisions in the gums and then create a small channel or hole in it. A surgical guide that fits over the teeth may be used to help pinpoint the exact location for the implant.
We then use a drilling sequence to progressively increase the size of the channel until it matches the implant size and shape. We’re then ready to insert the implant, which we remove at this time from its sterile packaging. We may then take a few x-rays to ensure the implant is in the right position, followed by closing the gums with sutures.
There may be a little discomfort for that day, but most patients can manage it with over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin or ibuprofen. It’s what goes on over the next few weeks that’s of prime importance as the bone grows and adheres to the implant. Once they’re fully integrated, we’re ready to move to the next step of affixing your crown, bridge or denture to gain what you’ve waited so long for—your new implant-supported smile.
If you would like more information on dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implant Surgery: What to Expect Before, During and After.”