Posts for: July, 2013
Veneers & Dental Implants in Erie
You have probably noticed that most actors and people in the public eye have perfectly white and straight teeth. These people do not have perfect pearly whites by accident. Here at Modern Dental Group, Drs. David J. DeMarco, David James DeMarco, and Shawn Casella, help our patients obtain the smile they deserve. Just because you are not on TV, does not mean you don’t deserve a Hollywood smile! With the help of Erie dental implants and veneers, you can achieve the results you have always desired.
A cosmetic method that you may try to pursue is to have Drs. DeMarco, Casella, or DeMarco dentists in Erie, attach a set of dental veneers to your teeth. Veneers are thin custom-fitted shells of tooth colored material that are attached to the front of your teeth to improve their appearance. To attach porcelain veneers in Erie, one of our doctors will have to anesthetize your teeth and remove about ½ millimeter of enamel from the front of your teeth. This will allow for your veneers to fit comfortably in your mouth. Dr. Casella will then take impressions to create veneers that will fit perfectly to your mouth. Once they are installed, your teeth will be both brighter and straighter and no one will be able to tell that they are anything but 100 percent natural.
For functionality as well as cosmetic appeal, there are dental implants in Erie. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. The procedure is a multi-step process that involves placing metal anchors into the bone of the jaw, allowing the anchor and bone to fuse, placing an extension in the anchor, and fixing a prosthetic tooth, or crown, on the extension. Aesthetically, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth and can help you achieve a beautiful, natural smile. With implants, your smile will look better than ever and that means restored confidence. Replacing your missing teeth is much more than an attractive smile, however. When you replace missing teeth, you are also improving your overall quality of life.
Tooth loss often makes eating and speaking difficult. And missing teeth can lead to bone loss and deterioration of your jaw and facial structure. Durable implants function just like your natural teeth, which mean patients can eat, talk and continue regular oral hygiene as normal.
For more information on Porcelain Venners and Dental Implats in the Erie, PA area call Modern Dental Group at (814) 456-0710 or (814) 836-1110!
If you were recently in an accident or received a hard hit while playing sports and you have been feeling jaw pain ever since, you may be suffering from a serious injury. It is important that you make an appointment with us immediately, so that we can conduct a proper examination, make a diagnosis and prescribe a suitable treatment. Even if the pain is lessening, you should still make an appointment.
Without seeing you, we have no way of definitively diagnosing the cause of your pain. However, here are a few possibilities:
- You displaced a tooth or teeth.
- You indirectly traumatized or injured the jaw joint (TMJ — temporomandibular joint). This trauma will cause swelling in the joint space, and the ball of the jaw joint will not fully seat into the joint space. If this is the issue, it is likely that your back teeth on the affected side will not be able to touch. Over time, the swelling should subside, allowing the teeth to fit together normally.
- You may have a minor fracture of your lower jaw. The most common is a “sub-condylar” fracture (just below the head of the joint), which will persist in symptoms that are more severe than simply bruising and swelling.
- You may have dislocated the joint, which means the condyle or joint head has been moved out of the joint space.
All of the above injuries can also cause muscle spasms, meaning that the inflammation from the injury results in the muscles on both sides of the jaw locking it in position to stop further movement and damage.
The most critical step is for you to make an appointment with our office, so we can conduct a physical examination, using x-rays to reveal the extent of your injury. We'll also be able to see whether the injury is to the soft tissue or bone.
Treatment may involve a variety of things, including anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxant medications. If your teeth have been damaged, we'll recommend a way to fix this issue. If you have dislocated your jaw, we may be able to place it back through gentle manipulation. If you have fractured your jaw, we'll need to reposition the broken parts and splint them to keep them still, so that they can heal.
Not long ago, Jane Fonda gave a British interviewer a clue as to how she manages to look so young at her advanced age. During the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the septuagenarian actress and fitness guru said to a journalist from the London-based Daily Mail, “See these teeth? They cost $55,000. It was teeth or a new car — and I opted for the teeth.”
We think she made the right choice — though she might have overpaid just a tad. Most people don't have that kind of cash to spend on either a car or new teeth. But luckily, you can get either for a lot less — particularly the teeth!
The truth is, at a reasonable cost, cosmetic dentistry really can make you look a lot younger while giving your self-esteem a tremendous boost. It's an investment in both your emotional and oral health as we will never implement a smile makeover without first making sure we've addressed any underlying dental disease. Best of all, it doesn't have to cost anywhere near what you'd pay for the latest-model Jaguar, the price tag of Fonda's smile notwithstanding. Here is a list of the more common cosmetic dental techniques used to enhance a person's smile:
- Whitening — a peroxide-based bleach is applied directly to the teeth to remove minor staining and discoloration.
- Bonding — an acrylic material is applied to a tooth, colored and shaped to match the person's other teeth. Primarily used for chipped, broken or decayed teeth.
- Enamel Shaping — the removal of very tiny amounts of enamel, the tooth's outer layer, for a more pleasing tooth shape.
- Veneers — a thin shell of custom-designed tooth-colored material, usually porcelain, affixed to the front surface of the teeth.
- Crowns and Bridgework — a technique that covers heavily damaged teeth or replaces missing teeth by capping them, or using capped teeth to support one or more false teeth.
- Dental Implants — a small titanium post is surgically implanted in the jawbone to replace the root-part of a missing tooth. A lifelike crown is attached to the implant above the gum line and is the only part of the whole tooth restoration that is visible in the mouth.
- Gum Contouring — a minor surgical procedure altering the position of the gum tissue to improve the look and regularity of the gum line around the teeth.
If you'd like more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, please read the Dear Doctor magazine articles, “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The impact of a Smile Makeover.”