November 21st, 2013
Stained teeth – When stains or discolored teeth are due to extrinsic factors, options to alter their appearance will likely start with a professional cleaning and dental exam. The hygienic cleaning will remove plaque build-up and many stains. The exam will identify clinical issues requiring repair, but if whitening is desired, this exam will also aid in determining if you are a good candidate for the whitening process.
Lifestyle habits such as smoking or any kind of tobacco use can result in yellowing teeth.
Tooth color can be a genetic issue – if parents or siblings have a dark hue, chances are you might as well.
Medications – Some drugs can stain teeth. Your doctor or dentist may be able to recommend an alternative medicine or dosage may be adjusted to prevent tooth discoloration.
Fluorosis – Stains can occur when fluoride supplements are taken in addition to drinking fluoridated water. Before starting these vitamins, verify whether or not your water supply is already fluoridated.
Foods and Beverages – Dark colored beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, grape juice, cola … consumption of these dark drinks can stain tooth enamel. Eating colorful foods such as tomato sauce, blueberries, beets, etc. can offer a healthy benefit, but have the potential to stain teeth. Brushing as soon as possible after eating or drinking these stain makers will help to curb their staining affect.
If teeth become discolored and the normal hygienic cleaning is not satisfying for you, there are options to investigate. Your cosmetic dentist may urge teeth whitening as the first choice of treatment. This is the least invasive and most economical option and provides a great place to start.
For problems too severe for teeth whitening, dental veneers may be recommended. Veneers are very thin, tooth colored shells that are fabricated to fit on the front of teeth requiring repair.
Veneers are suitable for stained teeth; chipped or misshapen teeth, gaps between teeth; worn enamel or exposed dentition due to gum recession. Veneers provide a permanent solution as they are cemented to teeth and are made to match surrounding teeth in shape and shade making this repair virtually undetectable.
Schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentistry team to discuss which treatment is right for your smile.
November 7th, 2013
One, a couple or several teeth that are misshapen, chipped or have unattractive spots or stains can discourage one from smiling, eating, or speaking in public. Whether you want to improve dental imperfections for one or several of your teeth, this is easily achieved with dental veneers.
Veneers are a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure that can totally alter your appearance. There are other more drastic options that involve replacing or crowning teeth, but changing the shape of otherwise healthy teeth with dental veneers is an ideal option.
A consultation with the cosmetic dentist will provide all the information needed to make a decision whether to pursue veneers or another choice.
A consultation with the cosmetic dentist will provide all the information needed to make a decision whether to pursue veneers or another choice.
Veneers are ultra-thin tooth colored shells that are affixed to the outside of teeth requiring repair. What types of dental issues are suitable for veneers?
Chipped teeth – If bonding is not a suitable resolution, veneers can be fabricated. The chipped teeth actually are strengthened after the veneers have been cemented in place.
Worn down enamel or exposed dentition due to gum recession – Teeth appear normal size and the exposed root tissue is covered.
Other problems correctable with veneers:
Spaces between teeth – Unwanted gaps appear to close when veneers are placed.
Stained or discolored teeth – Intrinsic stains due to some medications, fluorosis or advancing age can be amended through veneers. Patients that are not suitable candidates for teeth whitening may benefit with altering teeth color through dental veneers.
Veneers can be made from composite resin or porcelain. Porcelain is stain resistant and gum tissue is very tolerant of the material minimizing any issues with adjustment.
Your cosmetic dentist will utilize a dental lab that will fabricate the veneers to match the contour and color of surrounding teeth making treatment virtually undetectable.
Teeth to be treated will be prepared for veneers by removing a small layer of dental enamel and etching the surface to aid in adhering the veneer to the tooth. This takes place after the veneers are “tried in” to make sure they fit and appear perfect.
Caring for veneers is the same as caring for natural teeth. Daily flossing and brushing along with twice annual visits to the office of Drs. Buskin and Castellon for a thorough cleaning and dental exam should keep dental veneers healthy and your smile bright for many years. Call 972-503-7200 for an appointment today.
October 22nd, 2013
In the world of prosthetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and dentures form a revolutionary and dynamic duo. They provide the inherent strength of real teeth and the total coverage of dentures for adult patients who are living with complete tooth loss.
When your prosthodontist suggests using a combination of implants and dentures for the All-on-Four procedure, you can be assured that it’s a move that will enhance your health as well as your life. Physically, socially, and emotionally, All-on-Four dental implants have the integrity and strength that you will need for the rest of your life.
After a single-day surgical procedure to have four dental implants inserted into your upper or lower jawbone, you will walk away with a smile that you won’t have to worry about. The teeth will not need to be removed for routine care and they won’t have to be taken out at night. More importantly, they are equipped to handle all of the normal duties that would be assigned to real teeth.
Biting into firm fruits, veggies, and meats can be effortless and enjoyable, whether you are eating alone or in public. This is a benefit that isn’t just about eating what you like, but it is also about empowering you to get the nutrition that your body needs to remain healthy. It’s the part of your lifestyle that should not be compromised, and that’s something that is reinforced when you add dental implants to dentures.
All-on-Four dentures are made from durable materials that are highly compatible with the human body and also attractive cosmetically. Following your procedure, you should expect your teeth to be stronger than traditional dentures and just as strong as real teeth. Your new teeth should still be treated with care, and they are not designed for nail-biting, ice-crushing, or opening packages, so it will still be important to maintain regular dental checkups and to practice good dental habits at home.
You can learn all about the strength and other benefits of All-on-Four dental implants when you call to schedule a consultation today.
October 8th, 2013
The mechanics that are involved in keeping your artificial teeth in place are pretty impressive. First, your denture must be precisely molded to hug the contours of your gums, the roof of your mouth, and the floor of your mouth. Next, the edges or border of the denture must also be shaped in a way that accommodates your tongue, cheeks, and lips. Finally, your teeth must be able to remain in place while you eat and speak. How is it possible to keep the teeth in one place while the whole mouth is in motion?
In some cases, this can be achieved with sheer suction, although denture adhesives can provide you with added security. However, your prosthodontist might suggest implant dentures for maximum stability.
With implants, anchoring your denture to the jaw bone will keep your smile in place even when the whole mouth is in motion.
Without dental implants, a denture can be well-maintained for many years with the help of adjustments, relines, and additional adhesives. This is due to the natural changes in the shape, contour, and tone of the gums and jaws. Whereas a perfectly molded denture will hug the upper or lower gums for a period of time, as the dimensions of the mouth gradually change, it becomes more challenging to find stability in your smile.
These challenges can be addressed with temporary solutions and ongoing maintenance, but a long-term solution such as dental implants has been proven to be most effective. Implants can provide optimal security because they can prevent the anatomic changes that would decrease the performance of a traditional denture. The stimulation from the implants helps to keep the jawbone dense and the gum tissue firm. The physical deterioration that normally accompanies tooth loss can be effectively prevented.
With implants, anchoring your denture to the jaw bone will keep your smile in place even when the whole mouth is in motion. Eating, talking, and other movements will not disrupt or dislodge your teeth.
Our prosthodontists can use implant dentures to take your smile to the next level in terms of stability, function, and cosmetic appeal. To learn more about securing your smile with implants and dentures, contact the office of Dr. Buskin and Dr. Castellon at 972-503-7200 and schedule a consultation today.
September 20th, 2013
As we age, the struggle to maintain a healthy and attractive smile seems to become an increasing challenge. There is a long list of outside factors like foods, drinks and injuries that can harm your teeth. Plus, there are a number of internal factors that are potentially harmful as well, such as health conditions, bacterial infections, and stress.
Still, even when you begin to feel that your smile is destined to become less beautiful as you get older, your cosmetic dentist has the talent and ability to prove you wrong. For every factor that steals the glow from your smile, there is a reasonable dental solution that can correct the damage.
Do your front teeth appear to be dull, worn, or uneven? You might find that porcelain veneers can be used to produce a new smile that is brighter, smoother, and more uniform.
Do you have broken teeth, teeth that have undergone a root canal treatment, or teeth that have particularly large metal fillings from your childhood? Porcelain or metal dental crowns can be used to cap individual teeth, providing complete coverage, improving the appearance, and restoring the strength of your smile.
Have you struggled with total tooth loss and dentures that make you feel insecure or uncomfortable? Ask about custom dentures that are fitted and molded to the contours of your upper or lower jaw for comfort, and finished with natural-looking teeth that are made from high-quality dental materials.
Is the loss of a single tooth (or multiple teeth) preventing you from flashing your biggest smile or chewing your favorite foods? Consider dental implants to permanently replace missing teeth while also preserving the structure of your jaw bone and the position of the remaining teeth.
As you mature, keeping a great smile may be challenging, but it is not impossible. Just talk to our cosmetic dentists about the aspects that concern you the most and discover all of the possibilities for bringing your smile back to life. Call 972-503-7200 to schedule your personal consultation today.
September 6th, 2013
Studies have shown that dental implants are just about as close as you can get to natural teeth. They are designed to look real, feel real, and behave just like your own natural teeth. With so many realistic characteristics, is it possible that implants are vulnerable to the same dental diseases that are known to threaten real teeth?
Fortunately, the risk that a dental implant is susceptible to common dental diseases is not as great as the risk would be for a natural tooth. Implants are made from materials that are exceptionally durable and long-lasting. The porcelain, titanium, and other materials that are used to construct dental implants have been tested and researched under various conditions in the mouth for over 40 decades, and these same materials have been used in other parts of the body for even longer.
Although these extraordinary replacement teeth are virtually indestructible, the natural gum tissue and teeth that surround them are not as tough.
In addition to their resistance to extreme and long-term changes in temperature and chewing pressure, these materials are also resistant to the bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Your dental implant cannot be weakened or destroyed by the dental diseases that may have led to the loss of your natural teeth.
Although these extraordinary replacement teeth are virtually indestructible, the natural gum tissue and teeth that surround them are not as tough. The presence of uncontrolled disease in the gum tissue and bone that surround the implant can lead to a breakdown in the very support system that makes the implant successful. That means that brushing, flossing, proper nutrition, and a proper bite pattern are still essential to the longevity of your artificial tooth.
Though the implant post and the dental crown will most likely remain intact, gum disease and bone loss can destroy the foundation that is required to hold your implant in its place. It is possible to prevent the premature loss of your artificial teeth when you remember the oral hygiene instructions that are provided by your prosthodontist at the time that your implants are placed.
To find out how, call the office of Dr. Buskin and Dr. Castellon to schedule an appointment today.
August 16th, 2013
When you look at your smile, what’s the first thing that you see? If you are like so many of us, you probably notice imperfections such as spaces or gaps. Perhaps you’ve had the same smile for all of your life. The teeth never quite grew together, and you’ve always been self-conscious about the gaps. Or, maybe you had braces at some point but you weren’t quite committed to the retainer. Without it, your teeth may have shifted apart, creating spaces that weren’t there before.
For these cosmetic concerns (and other concerns as well) veneers are often a helpful and appealing solution. These porcelain restorations are permanently affixed to your front teeth, and they are versatile in nature, meaning that they can be manipulated to address a long list of cosmetic challenges.
For instance, a veneer can be fabricated to be slightly wider than the natural tooth that it will be concealing. It will be crafted from a high-quality porcelain-ceramic material and shaped according to your dentist’s specifications. Even the shade of the veneer will be selected with care. Whether you choose to whiten your teeth prior to having your final veneer cemented or you are content with the current shade of your own teeth, the porcelain will be shaded for a perfect match. To achieve the most life-like appearance, other characteristics such as the thickness and translucency of the porcelain can also be customized.
To avoid creating a single tooth that is noticeably wider than its neighbors, your cosmetic dentist might suggest placing slightly wider veneers on two or more teeth. Realizing that your smile is composed of several teeth and not just a single tooth is a key component to designing a smile that looks natural rather than artificial or lopsided.
The spaces between your front teeth may have been nagging at the back of your mind for a very long time. Your friends and family might have even commented that the spaces add “character” to your smile. In truth, your impression of yourself is what matters most of all, and if you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, don’t waste another moment. Contact our cosmetic dentists to talk about porcelain veneers by calling 972-503-7200 today.
August 5th, 2013
Trying to navigate through the first few weeks of life with new dentures, you should remember that there is a considerable learning curve, and you should give yourself plenty of time to get the hang of it. In fact, your first year of dentures could present you with a few challenging obstacles and unexpected situations. But, fear not, in time you will become more accustomed to your new teeth and in turn they will provide you with many years of great service.
Also remember that you are not alone in the process. Your prosthodontist wants you to have a smile that feels good and gives you confidence. However, in order to allow your prosthodontist to be of the greatest assistance to you, you’ll need to voice your concerns and ask questions whenever they arise. With these open lines of communication, the challenges can be overcome and you’ll be eating and smiling right along with the rest of the world.
Your prosthodontist wants you to have a smile that feels good and gives you confidence.
During the first few weeks, your mouth will be getting used to the feeling of the new denture. Your gums may be healing, in which case there may be tenderness, swelling, shrinking, or a few sore spots. Your lips will also be getting used to the shape and size of the new teeth, and just keeping your lips closed may feel a little awkward. Some patients will experience a mild gag reflex, especially when an upper denture is being worn.
It’s certainly a time of adjustment, but try to remain calm. Our bodies are designed to adapt to change, and many of these sensations will diminish significantly as the weeks pass.
As your immediate reaction to the denture subsides, you should expect a few more sore spots and an increase in your saliva production. It is imperative that you point out the sore spots at your dental visits, as the denture may need to be adjusted for a better fit. Several appointments for adjustments may be necessary before every sore spot can be eliminated.
When you grant yourself the time to get comfortable with your new teeth, your denture experience will be more pleasant and the rewards will be much more gratifying.
Talk to our prosthodontists, Dr. Buskin or Dr. Castellon, today or more information on adjusting to life with your new dentures.
July 18th, 2013
Depending on the specifics of your case, the prosthodontist can offer you different treatments.
If the tooth in question is chipped or cracked and it is located toward the front of the dental arch, a prominent spot in the smile, veneers can be used to cover up the flaw. These are thin, tooth-shaped shells that are often made of porcelain. They are bonded to the front of the teeth.
Dental crowns may be more appropriate in cases of more severely damaged teeth, or if the fracture has affected one of the larger teeth, such as a molar. Crowns are tooth-shaped caps that fit over the teeth and are secured with dental bonding agents.
Sometimes the tooth is so severely damaged that saving it is not feasible. In these cases, patients may want to pursue dental implants. These devices are artificial tooth roots that are made of titanium, which is capable of fusing with bone. They anchor prosthetic crowns to fill in the empty space left by the absent tooth.
The time and nature of each intervention differs. Veneers and crowns are generally non-invasive, and the entire treatment process is often completed in a matter of weeks. The patient attends an initial appointment to allow the prosthodontist to gather information needed to craft the prosthetic. The prosthodontist may also prepare the tooth for the restoration at this first visit, if necessary. Then, when the restoration is ready, it is placed at a follow-up appointment.
Dental implants, on the other hand, require an outpatient surgical procedure and a more involved planning process. Dental implants also take several months to fuse with the bone.
All of the restorations described above can be custom-designed to match the rest of your smile, so there is no need to worry that you will be sporting a noticeably artificial appliance.
Having a fractured tooth repaired or replaced in a timely fashion will help to restore your smile and possibly prevent additional oral health problems from developing. Contact our skilled team of prosthodontists to learn more about the interventions that may benefit you. Call 972-503-7200 to schedule an appointment today.
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July 3rd, 2013
Dental implants offer superior tooth replacement technology in comparison with past methods like dentures and bridges. Accordingly, more patients are choosing these titanium posts as a treatment for tooth loss.
Of course, any of the teeth in the mouth can be lost, so patients often ask the prosthodontist if there are any restrictions in terms of which teeth can be replaced by dental implants.
The quality of available bone, not necessarily the specific tooth, is the most important factor that determines whether dental implants are appropriate for the patient’s case.
Indeed, certain criteria must be met for dental implants to be a feasible solution for the patient’s tooth loss. However, the quality of available bone, not necessarily the specific tooth, is the most important factor that determines whether dental implants are appropriate for the patient’s case. Patients must have sufficient bone to support the process in which the implant fuses with the jaw.
Keep in mind that bone loss follows tooth loss, so if you wait to replace a missing tooth, you may need to have a bone graft to provide enough material to support the implant. This is especially true of dental implants at the rear of the jaw, where the bone wears away more quickly.
Patients may be tempted to postpone tooth replacement or even decide against it completely if the affected tooth is in a location that doesn’t affect the smile’s appearance, such as the back of the upper or lower jaw. This inaction may ultimately have consequences for the rest of the smile. Bone loss may progress and jeopardize the attachments of the other teeth to the jaw. It’s best to preserve that bone material, and dental implants can help to do so.
Not only can dental implants be used in any site in the mouth, the appliances can be used to replace a single tooth or to anchor a bridge that fills in for a number of missing teeth. Dental implants can even support an upper or lower denture—or both.
A dental implant may be the right choice for you regardless of the site of your missing tooth. Ask our skilled and experienced prosthodontists, Drs. Buskin and Castellon, if you are a candidate for dental implants.