Posts for: January, 2017

Improving your smile can be as simple as adding a crown or bridge. Dr. Jeffrey Labishak, your Zanesville, OH cosmetic dentist at The crownsSmile Shack Family Dentistry, explains the uses and benefits of these dental restorations.

What are crowns and bridges?

Crowns are hollow, tooth-shaped restorations made from a variety of durable materials, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin. They fit snugly over teeth, providing support for weak or damaged teeth. Because crowns cover your teeth on all four sides, they're also an excellent choice if you would like to conceal a cosmetic issue.

Crowns are also used to create bridges, restorations that replace missing teeth. Bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth suspended between two crown.

Who can benefit from crowns and bridges in Zanesville?

Your dentist may recommend a crown or bridge if you have one of these dental issues;

  • Cracks: Cracks eventually become breaks. Adding a crown to your tooth prevents it from breaking and also seals it, stopping bacteria from entering through the crack.
  • Damaged or Broken Teeth: Crowns offer the ideal way to restore broken or damaged teeth.
  • Fragile Teeth: Large fillings, root canal therapy or other procedures are essential to maintaining your oral health, but can weaken teeth. Crowns provide the stability fragile teeth need.
  • Short Teeth: Grinding can cause one or more of your teeth to become shorter than the others, which can affect your bite. Crowns restore the height of your teeth and improve your appearance.
  • Cosmetic Issues: Crowns are used to hide a variety of cosmetic issues, including discolorations, pits and chips. Do you have tooth that looks a little odd? A crown will help that crooked, twisted or pointed tooth blend in with the rest of your smile.
  • A Missing Tooth: A missing tooth isn't just a cosmetic issue. Biting and chewing can be more difficult after tooth loss. A bridge makes eating easier and more enjoyable.

Isn't it about time you improved your smile with crowns and bridges? Call Dr. Labishak, your Zanesville, OH cosmetic dentist at The Smile Shack Family Dentistry, at (740) 454-4112 to schedule an appointment.


With a 95%-plus success rate, dental implants are an effective and durable replacement for lost teeth. But we can't place them and forget them: if you don't clean and maintain them they could fail as a result of disease.

The inorganic materials that make up the implant aren't in danger of infection. But the living gums and bone that surround and support the implant are at risk. In fact, there's a particular periodontal (gum) disease involving implants called peri-implantitis (“peri” – around; implant “itis” – inflammation).

Peri-implantitis begins when the gum tissues around the implant become infected and inflamed. This happens most commonly because plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, builds up on implant surfaces. Another less frequent cause is a buildup of excess cement used to bond the crown to the implant. We need to remove the built-up plaque or the excess cement during your dental visit.

If the infection isn't treated or you don't keep up effective, daily hygiene practices, the infection can grow and extend deeper into the tissues and finally the bone. This can destroy the all-important integration of bone and metal titanium post that has created the implant's strong hold. When that support becomes compromised the implant can lose its attachment and, if untreated, eventually fail.

It's important to keep an eye out for any indications you may have a gum infection around an implant. Look for redness, swelling, bleeding or pus formation. If the implant feels loose, this may mean that extensive bone loss has already occurred. If you encounter any of these signs, see us immediately for an examination.

The best approach, though, is to prevent peri-implantitis in the first place. So, brush and floss daily around your implant as you do your natural teeth. And be sure you keep up regular dental cleanings and checkups.

With proper care and maintenance you can avoid problems with disease that could affect your implant. Healthy gums and bone will ensure your implant will last for many decades to come.

If you would like more information on preventing disease involving your dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By The Smile Shack
January 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.

In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.

Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.

What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.

Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.

A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”

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