Posts for: November, 2017
Imagine not having your upper teeth for talking and eating, not to mention your appearance, and you’ll have some idea of what Beauty the bald eagle experienced after losing the top of her beak to a hunter’s bullet in northern Idaho. She couldn’t groom or feed herself and could barely drink water, relying instead on the conservation group that had taken her under their wing for assistance. But the magnificent raptor was eventually made whole and able once again to eat, drink and preen unaided. It took a visionary mechanical engineer and a very skillful dentist who designed and attached the first-of-its-kind bald eagle “dental” prosthetic — dubbed the “bionic beak.”
Prosthetic Teeth for Humans
Fortunately, the field of human prosthetic dentistry (or prosthodontics) is much more advanced than it is for our avian friends. We have several options for replacing missing teeth (as well as parts of missing teeth) that restore aesthetic appearance and functionality while potentially preventing other problems such as the drifting out of alignment or loss of remaining teeth.
Bridges. As the name suggests, these custom-made devices span the area that is missing a tooth/teeth. Fixed (not removable) bridges are made up of an artificial tooth/teeth fused between two crowns that fit over your existing teeth or dental implants (see below) on either side of the gap. There are removable bridges, but they are considered temporary fixes.
Dentures. These are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to fixed bridges and are used when some teeth are missing in an upper or lower arch (jaw). Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing in an arch. Replacement teeth are embedded in an acrylic base that fits over your gums and mimics their color.
Dental Implants. These are the closest thing to having your own tooth/teeth back. An implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone beneath the gum to serve the same purpose as a tooth root. Once the bone joins to the implant (a process called osseo-integration), a lifelike crown is attached to it.
We would be glad to discuss which option would be right for you.
If you have questions about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery,” and “Crowns & Bridgework.” Beauty the eagle’s story of rehabilitation can be found here: //blog.theanimalrescuesite.com.
American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) says research shows that people with beautiful teeth feel better, look better and make others happy simply because they smile more. Yes, a great smile tells a lot about the individual, and the AACD also maintains that smiling spreads love to those around you. Who could argue with that? That's why your cosmetic dentist in Zanesville, OH, Dr. Jeffrey Labishak, offers a wide range of aesthetic treatments. He crafts healthy, attractive smiles for patients of all ages, and their smiles make him smile, too.
Start with a cosmetic dentistry consultation
That's a fancy way of saying come into The Smile Shack in Zanesville and talk with your cosmetic dentist. Dr. Labishak wants to know how you'd like your smile to improve. For instance:
- Do you want some gaps closed?
- Are deep stains from smoking bothering you?
- Have your teeth always been crooked, but you've never worn braces?
- Are your teeth healthy, but you dislike the cracks and chips on your upper front teeth?
Before you see Dr. Labishak, think carefully about your smile goals. Then, the dentist will examine your teeth, take X-rays and other modern imaging as needed and recommend treatments that make sense for your facial appearance, age and health. You may need or want only one service--teeth whitening, for instance--or you may desire a complete smile makeover to address several issues. Dr. Labishak understands and will present you with sensible options.
Offered cosmetic services
The Smile Shack delivers many, and they include:
- Professional teeth whitening One of the most popular cosmetic treatments, teeth whitening brightens dull, yellowed enamel. Concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel lifts staining organic matter from deep within tooth structure. The procedure is safe, and whether you opt for an at-home version or in-office treatment, you're guaranteed amazing results.
- Porcelain veneers These tooth-shaped shells of dental-grade ceramic cover the front of teeth which have cosmetic flaws such as chips, small gaps, hairline fractures and odd shape. Veneers require some enamel reduction before placement and so are considered a permanent enhancement. They also add a measure of durability to healthy teeth, lasting for ten years and beyond.
- Composite resin bonding This one-visit procedure takes a tooth-colored material composed of acrylic and glass and smooths and reshapes small flaws such as pits and chips.
- Tooth-colored fillings A strong and natural-looking alternative to metal fillings, composite resin cavity repair is seamless and long-lasting. Dr. Labishak removes the decayed portion of the tooth and bonds on the tooth-colored resin, hardening it with a special UV light.
- Orthodontic correction Braces move crooked teeth into healthier positions. A wonderful side benefit is improved smile aesthetics. Whether you use conventional metal or ceramic braces or if clear plastic aligners work for your smile, Dr. Labishak can help you achieve the straight smile of your dreams.
At The Smile Shack in Zanesville, OH, we want to see you smile all the time. Cosmetic dentistry services can help. Call today for a consultation with Dr. Labishak: (743) 454-4112.
Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.
First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.
Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?
Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.
Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.
So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.