Posts for: January, 2019
Those unattractive teeth you see in the mirror are what are standing between you and a truly beautiful smile. If only you could make them go away.
In a way, you can do just that—with dental veneers. For the past three decades dentists have been covering the imperfections of problem teeth with these thin layers of porcelain. What's more, they're usually less involved and expensive than other restorations.
Veneers work best on teeth with moderate flaws like chipping, heavy staining or wearing, or slight misalignments like crookedness or gaps. The dental porcelain used is a ceramic material that so closely mimics the color and translucence of natural teeth it often takes a trained eye to notice any difference.
The first step to getting veneers is to plan your new look with a full examination and a diagnostic mock-up, a temporary application of tooth-colored filling materials applied directly to the teeth. This gives you and your dentist a better visual idea of how veneers will look on your teeth, and to make any adjustments ahead of time. A dental lab will use these findings to create your custom veneers.
In the meantime we'll prepare your teeth to accommodate your veneers. Although they're usually only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky when placed straight on the teeth. To adjust for their width we usually must remove some of the teeth's surface enamel so the veneers look more natural. Because enamel can't be replaced, the removal permanently alters the teeth and will require some form of restoration from then on.
When the veneers are ready we'll attach them with special cement so they'll form an almost seamless bond with the teeth. You'll then be able to use them just as before—but with a little caution. Although quite durable, veneers can break under too much force, so avoid biting on hard objects like ice, hard candy or nuts. And be sure you practice good dental care on your veneered teeth with daily brushing and regular dental cleanings and checkups.
The end result, though, is well worth the upkeep. Porcelain veneers can rejuvenate your smile and provide you a new level of confidence for years to come.
If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”
What's your favorite winter sport? For some, it's all about swooshing down a snowy trail on skis, a board, or a sled. For others, the main attraction is skating at an ice rink or a frozen pond. If you're more of an indoors athlete, you may enjoy a fast-moving game of basketball or a round of squash. Or, you might take a turn on a climbing wall or a trampoline.
What do all these activities have in common? They're fun, they're great exercise…and they all come with a risk of injury to your teeth.
It's easy to see how a collision on snow or ice could result in a blow to the mouth. But did you know that basketball (along with hockey) is among the sports with the highest risk of facial injury? What's more, many "non-contact" sports actually have a similar risk.
Located front and center in the face, the incisors (front teeth) are the ones most likely to sustain injury. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible teeth in your smile. With all of the advances in modern dentistry, it's possible to restore or replace damaged teeth in almost any situation—but the cost can be high, both for present restoration and future preservation. Is there a better alternative?
Yes! It isn't sitting at home—it's wearing a custom-made mouthguard when there's a risk of facial injury.
Most people don't ski or play hockey without protective gear like a helmet. A mouthguard can effectively protect against dental injury that might otherwise be serious. Available here at the dental office, a custom mouthguard is made from an exact model of your own teeth, so it's comfortable to wear and fits perfectly—but no safety equipment can work if you don't use it!
So whether you like to hit the trails or the gym this winter, don't forget to bring a custom-made mouthguard. It's a small piece of gear that can save you from a big headache!
If you would like more information on mouthguards, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”
According to a Gallup poll, about a third of adults don’t bother seeing their family dentist as often as recommended (twice per year at minimum). Many patients only go to the dentist when there’s an urgent problem. Dr. Rosanne Palermo, a dentist in Erie, PA, encourages her patients to make time for visits, even when their teeth are feeling and looking fine. Learn about the importance of preventative dentistry and how preventative treatments can help you keep your smile whole and healthy.
What Is Preventative Dentistry?
As the often recited axiom goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That just means that taking care of your health while you’re healthy is so much more valuable than seeking treatment when there’s a problem. Preventive dentistry is focused on getting and keeping your teeth and gums clean, clear, and protected from bacteria. It helps you avoid all sorts of problems, including dental disease and orthodontic problems.
Importance of Preventative Dentistry
According to the CDC, approximately of 31 percent of American adults have some level of dental disease. Meanwhile, close to a half of American adults need treatment for mild to aggressive gum disease. Both of these issues can be avoided with the preventative dentistry procedures offered at Dr. Rosanne Palermo’s Erie, PA, family dentist office. The great thing about preventive treatments is that they usually only require a very short appointment and minimal discomfort for the patient.
These are some of the most common preventative treatments that can help you maintain good oral and dental health for many years:
- A thorough dental cleaning and deep cleaning when needed (scaling).
- Fluoride and sealant treatments (mostly recommended for children).
- The placing of dental crowns for tooth protection.
- Orthodontics to prevent damage to the teeth that can be caused by uneven bite patterns.
Make an Appointment Today
Don’t wait until you’re having dental problems to call your family dentist for an appointment. Start with preventative treatments, like cleanings, exams, and X-rays. Call (814) 833-3001 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosanne Palermo at her office in Erie, PA.