Posts for category: Dental Procedures
It's been a rough year for all of us, but especially for Simon Cowell. The famous entrepreneur and brutally honest talent judge on American Idol and America's Got Talent underwent emergency back surgery in August after an accident on a new electric bike. But the good news is he's well on his way to recovery—and well enough in October to undergo another, less-stressful, procedure: a smile makeover with dental veneers.
This latest trip to the dentist wasn't Cowell's first experience with the popular restoration, wanting this time to update his smile to more closely resemble what he had when he was younger. He even brought along some older photos for reference.
Veneers aren't exclusive to celebrities like Simon Cowell, as thousands of people who get them every year can attest. These thin wafers of porcelain bonded to teeth can mask a wide range of defects, from chips, wear or discoloration to slight tooth gaps or misalignments. And every veneer is custom-made to match an individual patient's dental dimensions and coloring.
If you're thinking about a smile upgrade, here are a few reasons to consider dental veneers.
More bang for your buck. Compared to other transformative cosmetic options, veneers are relatively affordable, with the cost dependent largely on the extent of your dental needs. Still, dental veneers are an investment that can give long-lasting yields of a more attractive smile and even a completely new look.
Little to no tooth alteration. In most veneer cases, we need only remove a small amount of enamel so the veneers don't appear bulky (the alteration is permanent, though, so you'll need a veneer on the tooth from then on). It's also possible to get “no-prep” veneers requiring little to no alteration.
Durable and long-lasting. Continuing improvements in porcelain and other dental ceramics have led to stronger forms that can better withstand the biting forces your teeth encounter every day. Although you'll still need to be careful biting into hard items, your veneers can last for several years.
Easy to maintain. Veneer cleaning and maintenance is much the same as with natural teeth—daily brushing and flossing, and regular dental cleanings and checkups. Outside of that, you'll need to watch what you chomp down on: Veneers are strong, but not indestructible, and they can break.
As Simon Cowell knows, getting veneers isn't difficult. It starts with an initial visit so we can evaluate your dental health and needs. From there, we can present options on how to update your smile.
If you would like more information about dental veneers, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers” and “No-Prep Porcelain Veneers.”
Teeth that have been damaged due to an accident or decay will require caps or coverings in the form of dental crowns to restore their functionality and appearance. Crowns are sturdy, custom-made coverings that fit over the visible portion of your teeth.
Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson here at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, offers CEREC same-day crowns, which are much more convenient than standard crowns.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns: How They’re Made
Installing a CEREC same-day crown starts with prepping the tooth. The preparation will entail the removal of damaged or decayed parts and then molding the tooth to make sure that the crown will fit perfectly over it. This same step is also included when installing a traditional dental crown.
Next, your dentist will apply a thin layer of reflective powder and use a tiny wand connected to a computer to take digital images of the tooth that requires a CEREC crown and your entire mouth. Within several seconds, the computer will produce a 3D impression of your teeth. This will be utilized as the basis for your CEREC same-day crown.
CEREC Same-Day Crowns: The Magic of CAD/CAM Technology
The magic happens with the use of CAD/CAM technology, which is basically the software that will design and help fabricate your same-day crown while you sit back and wait in the dentist’s office. While waiting, your dentist will also choose the shade of ceramic material that will be used for your CEREC crown to make sure that it will match your other teeth. The crown’s design will then be sent to a machine that will craft your crown in just five minutes or so.
When your CEREC crown is ready, your dentist in Stamford, CT, will examine its fit and shape. Your dentist may also need to make some modifications to it to make certain that it will fit snugly and comfortably over your tooth. Once your dentist is satisfied, the crown will be capped over your tooth with dental cement.
With traditional dental crowns, you will need to be fitted with a temporary crown for two weeks or so while you wait for your permanent dental crown to be made. By contrast, you’ll be fitted with the CEREC crown in just one day.
Reach Out to Us For More Questions or Details on CEREC Crowns
Call your Stamford, CT, dentist, Dr. Irina Pogosian, or Dr. Thomas Ohlson here at Comprehensive Dental Group at (203) 359-3296.
The timing around losing a tooth may not always sync with your financial ability. It's not unusual for people to postpone getting a dental implant—by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth—because of its expense.
So, if you have to postpone dental implants until you can afford them, what do you do in the meantime to keep your smile intact? One affordable option is a temporary restoration known as a flexible removable partial denture (RPD).
Composed of a kind of nylon developed in the 1950s, flexible RPDs are made by first heating the nylon and injecting its softened form into a custom mold. This creates a gum-colored denture base to which prosthetic (false) teeth are affixed at the exact locations for missing teeth.
Differing from a permanent RPD made with rigid acrylic plastic, a nylon-based RPD is flexible and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. They're kept in place with small nylon extensions that fit into the natural concave spaces of teeth. And, with a bit of custom crafting, they can look quite realistic.
RPDs are helpful in another way, especially if you're waiting for an implant down the road: They help preserve the missing tooth space. Without a prosthetic tooth occupying that space, neighboring teeth can drift in. You might then need orthodontic treatment to move errant teeth to where they should be before obtaining a permanent restoration.
Flexible RPDs may not be as durable as acrylic RPDs, and can be difficult to repair or reline if needed to adjust the fit. Though they may not stain as readily as acrylic dentures, you'll still need to clean them regularly to help them keep looking their best. This also aids in protecting the rest of your mouth from dental disease by removing any buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the RPD.
But even with these limitations, patients choose RPDs for the simple fact that they're affordable and temporary. And the latter is their greatest benefit—providing you a “bridge” between losing a tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.
If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, 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 “Flexible Partial Dentures.”
Kill Bill fans have been pressing for a third installment of the stylized revenge tale since Kill Bill, Volume 2 hit the theaters in 2004. Finally, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is talking about the long-awaited Volume 3 as if it might soon become a reality. The third movie in the franchise would most likely focus on the now-grown daughter of the character played by Vivica A. Fox in the first two. Vivica recently made known that should Kill Bill, Volume 3 go into production, she thinks 24-year-old actress and singer Zendaya would be perfect for the role.
Although Zendaya is a few inches taller than Vivica, the two women have a few things in common. Besides being talented movie and television actresses who have won awards for their roles, they both have camera-ready smiles. And both Vivica and Zendaya can thank their dentists for helping their smiles be their best.
In 2016, Vivica told Dear Doctor magazine that her smile needed a boost, so she opted for dental veneers to correct gaps between her teeth—and she's very happy with them. “I love my veneers!” she exclaimed. Zendaya also had help in achieving her Hollywood-perfect smile. In 2011, early in her career on the Disney channel, she wore clear orthodontic aligners to straighten her teeth. To further perfect her smile, she visited her dentist for professional teeth whitening in 2016, inviting a film crew along to show how easy and effective in-office tooth whitening is.
But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy smile-enhancing dental treatments. They are great options for anyone who wants to improve the look of their smile.
Teeth whitening. If your teeth are looking yellowed, in-office whitening can make them up to 10 shades brighter in one visit! Some people prefer professional at-home whitening kits, which produce great results more gradually.
Bonding or veneers. For small chips and cracks, cosmetic bonding can cover flaws by adding layers of a tooth-colored material over the tooth. For bigger flaws, heavy discoloration or gaps between teeth as Vivica had, dental veneers may be the answer. These custom-made thin porcelain shells cover the front-facing surface of the tooth, hiding imperfections to give anyone a Hollywood smile.
Orthodontics. Crooked teeth can detract from the look of a smile. While traditional braces are an option, many people with mild to moderate alignment issues find removable clear aligners the perfect way to get the smile they desire with minimal impact on their daily activities. Clear aligners are very subtle and can be removed for eating and cleaning as well as for special occasions—or for filming scenes, as Zendaya knows.
Contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation to see if professional teeth whitening, cosmetic bonding or veneers, orthodontics, or another dental treatment could enhance your smile. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”
A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to remove infection and bacteria from the cavity inside a tooth. The cavity is then cleaned out and sealed with a filling. In some cases, a crown is added to strengthen the tooth. Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson are dentists at the Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT. Root canals are one of their specialties.
Signs You May Need a Root Canal
Dental patients may need root canal treatment if they notice any of the following signs or symptoms:
- Pain in a tooth or the surrounding gum tissue: If you are experiencing tooth pain when you are biting or chewing when you put pressure on a certain area of your mouth, this may be a sign that you have an infected tooth.
- Dark discoloration in a tooth: If one of your teeth has taken on a black, brown, or grey color, this could be a sign that your root canal is infected.
- Sensitivity to temperature: If you have a sensitivity to hot or cold food or beverages that lingers, this could be a sign of a root canal infection.
- Changes in your gums: If you notice swelling, redness, or lumps on your gums around a particular tooth, these can be signs of an abscess. This should be treated immediately to avoid tooth loss.
If you live in or around Stamford and you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, don’t wait to seek treatment. Call Dr. Pogosian or Dr. Ohlson at (203) 359-3296 straight away. Don’t delay seeking treatment. The expert dental team at Comprehensive Dental Group can perform a root canal as well as providing general dental care.