Posts for: May, 2017
Find out the many ways in which our Framingham dentists can restore your smile for the better.
Has years of crunching on ice left you with cracks or chips in your teeth? Are you faced with sudden tooth loss? These issues can be stressful, particularly if you’ve never faced restorative dentistry before. Luckily, our Framingham, MA, dentists, Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley, are here to provide the proper care you need to get your smile back on track. Here are just some of the popular restorative treatments we offer.
Are you dealing with any of these issues?
- A tooth that requires root canal therapy
- A tooth that is fractured, cracked or severely chipped
- A tooth that is discolored, misshapen or unattractive
- Tooth loss
If you said “yes” to any of the problems above then dental crowns could benefit you. A crown is a restoration (often made from a tooth-colored material) that is custom-made to fit over a tooth to restore full function and strength, as well as improve its appearance. A crown can also be used to cover a dental implant or to hold a dental bridge in place.
As we just mentioned, crowns can be used to support a dental bridge, a restoration that is designed to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. A dental bridge will fill this gap with false teeth. Of course, in order to do this, we need something that will support the teeth and hold them in place. This is where crowns come in. Crowns are made and placed over healthy teeth that surround the gap on both sides. Once the crowns are cemented into place, the false teeth can be attached to the crowns to fill the gap and restore your smile.
While dental bridges and dentures can be great options for some, if you want a restoration that mimics the function and look of a real tooth then you’ll want to consider implants. In order to get implants, you will have to undergo surgery and it can take up to one year to complete this treatment; however, what you will be left with is a restoration that will last you several decades, as long as you continue to practice good oral hygiene.
Call our Framingham, MA, dental office today if you want to learn more about the restorative dentistry that is right for you. We would be happy to schedule a one-on-one with one of our dentists.
What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.
"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."
But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.
"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."
What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.
Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.
To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.
Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?
"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.
A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment.
A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth pain as you consume hot or cold foods might indicate localized tooth decay easily repaired by a filling. But it could also mean the tooth's root surface has been exposed as a result of periodontal (gum) disease — aggressive plaque removal and maybe even gum surgery might be necessary. Or it could be a sign of inner pulp decay: in this case you'll likely need a root canal treatment to save the tooth.
Pulp decay can also announce itself with a very sharp and constant pain radiating from one or more teeth. You shouldn't hesitate to see us for an examination — even if the pain goes away. Pain cessation most likely means the nerves in the pulp have died. The infection, however, still exists, so you'll still probably need a root canal treatment.
If you notice severe, continuous pain and pressure around a tooth, particularly about the gums, you may have a localized, inflamed area of infection called an abscess. An abscess can be the result of gum disease, but it might also stem from a foreign body like a popcorn husk, getting stuck below the gums. We'll need to conduct a complete dental examination to determine the cause and how to treat it.
Finally, a sharp pain when you bite down could mean many things such as a loose filling or a fractured (cracked) tooth. The latter especially requires immediate attention to save the tooth.
These are just a few of the possible causes behind mouth or facial pain. Although all of them are serious, a few are true dental emergencies and can't wait if we're going to save a tooth. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help relieve the pain, minimize any damage and avert disaster.
If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!”