Posts for: November, 2017
Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.
That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!
Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.
Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”
One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”Â Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Discover the many ways porcelain veneers could improve the shape or appearance of your teeth.
Are you unhappy with the shape of your smile? Do you wish your smile was more symmetrical? While there are a lot of cosmetic dentistry options out there from which to choose, if you want to alter the shape, size or color of your smile then it might be time to talk to our Stamford, CT, dentists Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson about getting dental veneers.
What are dental veneers?
These thin porcelain layers are adhered to the front of one or more teeth to enhance the look of your smile. Each veneer is customized based on the tooth or teeth you want to improve. The porcelain offers a translucency that matches that of natural tooth enamel and can be an easy way to give your smile the makeover it deserves in only a couple of visits.
What problems can veneers address?
You may want to consider getting dental veneers in Stamford, CT if you are dealing with any of these cosmetic problems:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolorations that won’t respond to professional teeth whitening
- Misshapen or malformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Minor crowding or crookedness
- Teeth that are worn down or too short
Veneers have the ability to alter the shape, size or color of one or more teeth. If you’ve also wanted to get a straighter smile but you only have a very subtle misalignment then chances are good that you don’t want to wear braces in order to fix this minor issue. This is where veneers can come in to improve the alignment of your smile without ever needing braces.
What goes into getting dental veneers?
Here are the steps involved in getting these cosmetic restorations:
Step 1—Consultation: We need to make sure that veneers are truly the best way to improve your smile. This consultation involves examining your teeth and conducting X-rays to make sure they are healthy enough to support veneers. We will also talk to you about your treatment goals to make sure veneers can offer what you are looking for.
Step 2—Tooth Preparation: With traditional veneers, a very small amount of enamel will need to be removed from the front portion of your teeth. After your teeth are prepped we will need to take impressions of your teeth. A dental laboratory will use these impressions to create properly fitted veneers.
Step 3—Veneer Fitting: Once your veneers are fabricated (this usually takes about one week) you’ll come in so that we can check the look and fit before bonding each one to the front of your teeth. The bonding process is non-invasive and completely painless.
Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT, is ready to help get your smile back on track. Are you ready to find out if porcelain veneers are the right option for you? If so, call our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation.
November is National Diabetes Month—a good time to look at the connection between diabetes and oral health. While it’s important for everyone to take care of their teeth and gums, it may be especially important for people with diabetes.
People whose diabetes is not well controlled have a higher risk of infections in the mouth, especially gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Advanced periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among adults. Not only does diabetes put you at risk of oral health problems, it goes both ways. Periodontal disease can lead to higher blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and may increase the risk of complications such as heart and kidney problems.
But here’s some good news: People who take good care of their teeth and gums may have better blood sugar levels and, conversely, better blood sugar levels generally result in better gum health. Many people successfully avoid complications of diabetes by taking good care of themselves, including their teeth and gums. Here are some things you can do to help control your diabetes:
- Eat right, exercise and watch your weight for better blood sugar control.
- Keep up with your oral hygiene routine at home.
- Schedule regular dental visits and cleanings.
Better oral health combined with better blood sugar control will reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. Your dental care team can help you maintain the best oral health for better diabetes control.