Posts for: April, 2016
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
There are two basic facts about tooth decay: 1) next to the common cold, it’s the world’s most prevalent infectious disease; and 2) with modern dentistry, it’s preventable.
Getting from Fact 1 to Fact 2 requires the daily hygiene habits of brushing and flossing. You probably learned these tasks when you could barely peer over the bathroom sink; but the real question is: are you getting the most benefit from your efforts? It’s not merely doing them, but doing them the right way.
For example, bearing down on your teeth and brushing vigorously isn’t just unhelpful, it’s damaging. Instead, you should hold your brush with perhaps just two fingers at a 45-degree angle relative to your gum line and “gently” scrub with short circular or “wiggly” strokes. Continue this action around each arch brushing all tooth surfaces, which should take about two minutes.
Your toothbrush itself is also important: most people (unless otherwise directed by their dentist) should use a multi-tufted brush with soft bristles. If you brush with the proper pressure it should last 4 to 6 months before replacing it. You should also replace it if the bristles become worn or splayed.
Flossing once a day is important for removing the plaque between teeth your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. The best technique is to form a “C” with the floss that wraps around each tooth and move it up and down gently three or four times until you hear a squeaky clean sound on both sides of the tooth.
The ultimate test of your efforts comes during your regular dental checkups. You can get a check now, though, on how you’re doing by using your tongue to feel your teeth at the gum line. If they feel smooth and slick, you’re probably doing a good job of plaque removal; but if they feel a bit rough and gritty, you’re missing some of the plaque and need to be more thorough when brushing. You can also use floss by running it up and down the tooth surface — if it squeaks, they’re clean!
Your particular dental condition may require specific treatment or the use of other dental products like antibacterial mouthrinses. But learning and practicing proper brushing and flossing is key to keeping teeth and gums healthy and disease-free.
In the past, traditional dentures or a dental bridges was the only way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. These options do their jobs, however, thanks to great strides in modern dentistry, you can replace your missing tooth with the next best thing. Dental implants are effective, functional and built to last a lifetime. Learn more about this revolutionary procedure with help from your Lexington, KY dentist at Corporate Center Dental Care, Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants include three separate parts: the implant’s fixture, its abutment and its crown. The fixture is the implant itself. Your Lexington dentist surgically places the small, titanium cylinder into the jawbone beneath your gumline. Over time, the fixture integrates into the bone, becoming part of it and providing a replacement root. The abutment simply connects the fixture to the crown. The tooth-shaped crown sits on top of the implant to replace the tooth itself.
How do dental implants replace teeth?
There are several ways to utilize dental implant technology. They include:
- Single Tooth Implant: To replace a single tooth, your dentist uses a single implant. The fixture integrates into the bone below the missing tooth’s gum tissue and holds the dental crown to replace the tooth.
- Multiple Teeth Implant: This restoration replaces several missing teeth with one restoration. Instead of using an implant for every tooth, your Lexington dentist uses one implant on either side of the prosthetic teeth. Similar to a dental bridge, several prosthetic teeth in a row bridge the gap. However, a bridge uses the surrounding teeth to hold it in place, compromising the teeth. Implants leave the natural teeth in tact.
- Implant-Supported Dentures: Traditional dentures tend to lose their shape quickly and, in turn, lose their fit. Implant-supported dentures use strategically placed through the arch of the mouth to hold a full denture in place. If a patient is missing all their teeth, implants hold both the bottom and top arch of teeth.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Anthony Feck and Dr. Maxie Combs at Corporate Center Dental Care in Lexington, KY. Call (859) 223-4644 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for implants today!