Posts for: April, 2018
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
In an instant, an accident could leave you or a loved one with a missing tooth. Thankfully, we can restore it with a dental implant that looks and functions like a real tooth—and the sooner the better.
But if the patient is a teenager or younger, sooner may have to be later. Because their jaws are still developing, an implant placed now could eventually look as if it's sinking into the gums as the jaw continues to grow and the implant doesn't move. It's best to wait until full jaw maturity around early adulthood and in the meantime use a temporary replacement.
But that wait could pose a problem with bone health. As living tissue, bone cells have a life cycle where they form, function and then dissolve (resorption) with new cells taking their place. This cycle continues at a healthy rate thanks to stimulation from forces generated by the teeth during chewing that travel through the roots to the bone.
When a tooth goes missing, however, so does this stimulation. Without it the bone's growth cycle can slow to an unhealthy rate, ultimately reducing bone volume. Because implants require a certain amount of bone for proper placement and support, this could make it difficult if not impossible to install one.
We can help prevent this by placing a bone graft immediately after the removal of a tooth within the tooth's "socket." The graft serves as a scaffold for new bone cells to form and grow upon. The graft will eventually resorb leaving the newly formed bone in its place.
We can also fine-tune and slow the graft's resorption rate. This may be preferable for a younger patient with years to go before their permanent restoration. In the meantime, you can still proceed with other dental treatments including orthodontics.
By carefully monitoring a young patient's bone health and other aspects of their dental care, we can keep on course for an eventual permanent restoration. With the advances in implantology, the final smile result will be worth the wait.
If you would like more information on dental care for trauma injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants for Teenagers: Factors Influencing Treatment Planning in Adolescents.”
How a root canal from your endodontist in Charlotte, NC, can save your smile
Do you have a toothache? You may be tempted to try and forget about it, hoping it goes away. That’s not a good idea, because if it's tooth decay, it will get worse and you may eventually need a root canal or even a tooth extraction. Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC, wants to share why you shouldn’t ignore your tooth pain.
Tooth pain can be caused from a wide variety of issues. Accidents and injuries can traumatize your tooth, breaking off tooth structure and bruising the inner chamber of your tooth, called the pulp. The pulp is where the blood supply and nerves are located.
Tooth decay is another cause of tooth pain. If decay penetrates through the enamel and into the dentin layer underneath, you may have tooth pain. If the decay goes untreated and penetrates into the pulp, you probably need a root canal. If the tooth damage is too severe, you may be looking at a tooth extraction. The important take-away is, it can be painful, expensive, and dangerous to ignore your tooth pain!
If you have tried to ignore your tooth pain, you may start experiencing some of these signs and symptoms:
- Increased dental pain when you eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages
- Increased pain when you bite down or chew
- Continuous aching and throbbing pain throughout the day and night
- Tooth pain so severe you can’t sleep
You may also notice changes in your gums around the tooth root. You may see a red or white bump on your gums near the tooth root along with bleeding, drainage or pus coming from the bump. These are all indications of a dental abscess and that you need a root canal. If you avoid root canal therapy, there is a chance of acquiring dangerous facial cellulitis or a sinus, brain, or heart infection.
Instead of ignoring your tooth pain, get some help by calling Dr. Ramesh K. Sunar at Charlotte Root Canal Center in Charlotte, NC. You deserve to enjoy a lifetime of pain-free smiles so call today!