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Archive for June, 2013

Porcelain Veneers: Handcrafted beauty for stunning smiles

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

Who doesn’t want a stunning smile? After all, your smile is the first thing a stranger notices about you, and that initial impression is key, whether the stranger is a potential boss or a potential mate.

Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with naturally perfect smiles. In fact, most of us have some imperfections in our smiles. Patients who want to improve on the aesthetics of their smiles can turn to porcelain veneers for some help.

Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-shaped shells that sit atop a patient’s natural teeth. They can restore teeth that have been damaged by chips, cracks or stains. They can also enhance biological teeth that are unusually small or misshapen, allowing those teeth to blend in with the rest of the smile.

If you want veneers, you can work with a cosmetic dentist who can use dental impressions, x-rays and even photographs, to plan for custom-designed appliances that are tailored to your unique case. Your veneers will be carefully crafted to match the shade and shape of your natural teeth. This helps to maintain a lifelike appearance of your smile even after the appliances have been placed.

The labs that are responsible for producing your veneers have vast experience in blending science with art. Working with the guidelines provided by your cosmetic dentist, these expert technicians create individualized veneers that are remarkably natural in their appearance.

Before your veneers are permanently placed, your dentist can make adjustments to the devices as needed. Both the shape and shade can be further refined according to the patient’s wishes.

Keep in mind that the appearance of the veneers cannot be changed after they have been bonded to your tooth. Additionally, any desired whitening treatments for your biological teeth must be completed prior to the veneers being placed.

Contact Ora Dental Studio and consider porcelain veneers if you are displeased with the way your smile looks. They will be designed to your unique specifications, and they can help you achieve your aesthetic goals for your smile.

Could your toothache be something more serious?

Monday, June 17th, 2013

A toothache is certainly annoying. It can keep you up at night and interfere with your ability to eat a normal diet. In some instances, a toothache may be a signal of a far more serious condition.

If you’re experiencing dental pain that has lasted for a number of days or that is unusually severe, it is important to visit a dentist for a conclusive diagnosis of the underlying cause.

Toothaches can result from any number of problems. The most serious of these is an abscess, or an infection in the tooth’s inner structures that may have access to the bloodstream, giving it the opportunity to spread throughout the body and lead to a potentially fatal condition known as sepsis. 

In some instances, a toothache may be a signal of a far more serious condition.

An abscess can develop as a result of advanced decay or an injury that exposes the tooth’s pulp and nerve center to oral bacteria. If you visit the dentist early enough to have these less severe problems treated, you may be able to prevent an abscess.

Ordinary cavities may also be causing your toothache, and if this is a problem, a dental filling should be able to resolve your pain. Similarly, gum disease can cause tooth pain, especially if the gums have receded and the tooth’s roots are exposed. Periodontal treatment can be effective in eliminating the toothache in these instances.

An impacted tooth may also be causing you pain, especially if the sensation is toward the rear of the mouth, where the third molars are found. These teeth, also known as the wisdom teeth, are the most likely to become impacted and result in pain. An injured tooth, such as one that has been cracked, may also cause a toothache.

Patients who have been bothered by a persistent or severe toothache should not merely pop a few over-the-counter painkillers and hope for the best. It’s important to see a dentist for a diagnosis and treatment to prevent seriously negative outcomes from what may seem to be a simple toothache.

Contact any of our skilled and experienced dentists for an appointment.  If a tooth is giving you trouble, call us at 312-328-9007 today.

Reframing Your Smile

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Cosmetic dentistry can help patients with a number of problems, including improving the appearance of teeth that are severely misaligned or discolored. Many patients don’t appreciate the importance of proportionality – of both the teeth and the gums – to the smile’s aesthetics, and cosmetic interventions can be valuable in this aspect, too.

A cosmetic dentist can use aesthetic tooth and gum contouring to achieve noticeable results in a very short period of time. This procedure can help to address misshapen teeth or reshape a gumline that is too high, too low or uneven.

This cosmetic dentistry procedure can be employed in a variety of scenarios, too. It may be the only intervention needed to improve a patient’s smile, or it may be incorporated into a smile makeover that involves additional treatments. Some patients also turn to contouring for further enhancements following Invisalign treatment.

Additionally, the treatment may target only the gums or an errant tooth, or both structures may be involved.

Aesthetic tooth and gum contouring can be completed right in the dentist’s office, using special tools. When the teeth are being re-contoured, the dentist uses ultra-fine diamond impregnated burs and discs, while gum contouring relies on a laser diode to remove excess soft tissue. Most patients undergoing these procedures will require only a local anesthetic.

When the procedure is completed, in as little as 30 minutes, patients are able to enjoy a more balanced smile and teeth and gums that are in more attractive proportions to each other.

Your smile is one of your most important assets, and its appearance has a significant effect on your self-esteem and your quality of life. Your smile’s frame significantly influences its aesthetics, and can be fixed through contouring if it’s a drag on your smile.

If you have been dissatisfied with the way your smile looks, consider aesthetic tooth and gum contouring and consult with any of our cosmetic dentists at Ora Dental Studio to see if this treatment will help you achieve your smile goals.