Posts for: May, 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.”
If you need to replace your missing teeth, find out if dental implants are the best option.
Besides the frustration and anxiety surrounding losing a permanent tooth, now you are dealing with an obvious and unsightly gap. Let our Scarsdale, NY, dentist Dr. Jeffrey Pike replace your smile with a restoration that is as close to a natural tooth as possible. There’s a reason so many people are turning to dental implants to regain a full smile again.
What is a dental implant?
This dental prosthetic is completely different from other tooth replacement options like dental bridges or dentures because it is designed to function like tooth roots. There are many different kinds of dental implants, but these metal posts or screws are pretty small and are made from a durable but biocompatible metal like titanium.
There are three different components that make up your dental implant restoration: the metal implant, the abutment, and a dental crown. Our Scarsdale, NY, restorative dentist is here to break down what these different pieces do and why they are important.
The Metal Implant
As we mentioned earlier, this is the part that acts like a tooth root. While you don’t see tooth roots, they are still vitally important to a healthy and strong jawbone. When you lose a permanent tooth, it can cause serious issues such as bone loss and even changes to the structure of your face. To prevent this, we place a metal implant into the jawbone to take the place of your lost tooth root. Over the course of several months, the bone and tissue will begin to regrow around the implant to become one.
Once the implant and bone have fully integrated, the next step is to add the abutment. If you’ve ever had to get a dental crown or know the process then you know that the tooth has to be prepared and reshaped to accommodate the crown. Think of an abutment as an artificially prepared tooth. This abutment will fit on top of the implant and will serve to connect the implant with the artificial tooth.
If you are only missing one tooth, then a single dental crown will be secured on top of the abutment. These dental crowns are made from tooth-colored materials to match the rest of your smile. If you have multiple missing teeth, several implants can be placed throughout the jawbone to support a dental bridge or dentures.
If you are ready to find out more about dental implants and whether you might be the perfect candidate for treatment, call our Scarsdale, NY, dental office today. You deserve to have a healthy smile and dental implants could be the solution.