If the gaps in your smile leave you feeling embarrassed or as though your teeth drag down the rest of your appearance, you can benefit from looking into tooth replacement options available at your dentist’s practice. There is only one tooth replacement option that can replace your missing teeth for life, permanently replacing both the tooth itself and the root to bring new life to your smile and leave you feeling as good as you look. Find out more about dental implants and how they can benefit your teeth with Dr. David Croop, Dr. Ben Gosnell, Dr. Brenda Bertsch, and Dr. Bob Bertsch at Mt. Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
No matter where it is in your body, bone can deteriorate from lack of stimulation. Teeth stimulate the bone, meaning missing teeth can cause bone atrophy. Since your dentist implants the dental implant’s fixture into the bone itself, they will check your bone density in the area of the implant prior to placing any implants. Dental implants require that a patient has an adequate amount of bone left in the area to provide a strong foundation for their implant. Additionally, dental implants last a lifetime, but improper care can cause them to fail. This means a strong at-home oral care routine is crucial to maintaining the health of your implants.
Dental Implants vs. Other Tooth Replacement Options
Your dentist will implant a fixture, a small, post-like titanium piece, into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. Over time, the bone grows around the fixture to hold it in place permanently. Thanks to their design and application, dental implants, unlike dentures or bridges, are designed to remain in the mouth for a lifetime. Additionally, implants do not require any form of extra daily care like soaking or special flossers. Simply care for the implants as you would your own teeth with twice-daily brushing for at least two minutes, flossing once a day, and seeing your dentist for routine examinations and cleanings twice a year.
The Benefits of Dental Implants in Cincinnati, OH
Dental implants can benefit you in more ways than one. Filling in the gaps in your smile can increase confidence and self-esteem, making face-to-face encounters easier and more enjoyable. Dental implants are made to last many years to come and are the most similar tooth replacement option to your natural teeth.
Your journey to a new, full smile begins with a simple phone call. For more information on dental implants in the Cincinnati, OH, area, please contact Dr. David Croop, Dr. Ben Gosnell, Dr. Brenda Bertsch, and Dr. Bob Bertsch at Mt. Lookout Dentistry. Call (513) 871-2852 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Making a few small changes to your teeth can completely transform your smile. The cosmetic dentists at Mt. Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH, discuss the benefits of cosmetic contouring and explain how it can correct minor cosmetic issues.
What is cosmetic contouring?
During cosmetic contouring, a sanding drill or laser is used to remove small sections of tooth enamel. Because only tiny amounts of enamel are removed, you won't need any anesthesia for this painless treatment. Cosmetic contouring is a good choice if you have minor imperfections in your teeth or are unhappy with the length or shape of one of your teeth.
Cosmetic contouring is often paired with reshaping, a process that adds small amounts of bonding material to the teeth to enhance their appearance. Before your cosmetic contouring appointment, you'll visit our Cincinnati office for an exam with our cosmetic dentists to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy. If any problems are spotted, they must be treated before you can schedule a contouring appointment.
Can cosmetic contouring help me?
Cosmetic contouring offers an effective way to address these issues:
- Chips: Wear and tear, grinding your teeth at night, or biting into a hard food or object can cause tiny chips at the bottom of teeth. Because chips most often affect your front teeth, they're highly visible. Fortunately, cosmetic contouring can eliminate these imperfections.
- Uneven Surfaces: Improving your smile can be as simple as smoothing bumps and pits that make the surface of your teeth look uneven.
- Overlapping Teeth: Cosmetic contouring is also used to remove overlapping edges of teeth.
- Crooked Teeth: Removing small amounts of enamel on the sides of your teeth can help them appear straighter.
- Oddly Shaped Teeth: Contouring can correct the appearance of teeth that are unusually shaped or pointed and help your smile look more uniform.
- Long Teeth: Eliminating a little tooth enamel shortens a tooth that's just a little too long.
- Bite Problems: Your teeth may shift slightly as you age. Unfortunately, the change in position may affect your bite, which is the way your teeth fit together. Cosmetic contouring can correct minor bite problems, although you may need orthodontic treatment for more serious bite issues.
Enhance your smile with cosmetic contouring! Call your cosmetic dentists at Mt. Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH, at (513) 871-2852 to schedule your appointment.
The appearance of your smile has changed. Your tooth color is dark in spots, and you suspect your coffee habit is partly to blame. You've tried whitening toothpastes, but they don't help. Maybe it's time for a cosmetic dentistry consultation at Mount Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati. Your dentists, Dr. David Croop, Dr. Ben Gosnell, Dr. Brenda Bertsch and Dr. Bob Bertsch use Zoom! Whitening to enhance smile appearance and boost their patients' self-confidence. This quick and effective system may work for you, too.
Tooth enamel changes color
How can something so hard absorb staining organic matter? Tooth enamel stains because it's composed of a network of calcified fibers--much like a fabric such as canvas. As such, it catches and holds whatever a person consumes:
- Cigarette smoke
- Smokeless tobacco
- Dark drinks such as coffee, tea, sports drinks, colas and wine
- Dark foods such as soy sauce, curry, blackberries and blueberries
- Acidic foods such as tomatoes and citrus fruits which soften enamel
Over time, teeth simply darken and dull. In addition, some medications cause discoloration.
The details on Zoom! Whitening in Cincinnati
Come to Mount Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, and ask if you're a candidate for professional teeth whitening. Safe, effective, affordable and easy to do, teeth whitening bleaches those stubborn stains, rendering smiles that are brighter by eight shades or even more!
Your dentist will ensure your teeth and gums are healthy before beginning the whitening process. This means you should be free of decay, extensive restorations and gum disease. If all is well, the entire whitening treatment happens right in the dental chair.
To protect your gums and other oral tissues from the whitening gel, your dentist will place a plastic dam in your mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that the active ingredient in all whitening systems--hydrogen peroxide--can irritate the gums. That's why professional treatment is so important to whitening safety and success.
Then, your doctor will swab the Zoom! whitening gel on your teeth and activate the peroxide with a special light. This process is repeated twice for a total of three applications in a one-hour visit. After the final rinsing, you'll see a smile that's dramatically brighter and whiter.
Keeping a white smile
Please brush twice a day and floss daily according to ADA guidelines. Also, come to Mount Outlook Dentistry twice a year for your oral examinations and hygienic cleanings to keep ahead of plaque and tartar which cause decay, gum disease, and yes, dental stains.
Also, refrain from tobacco usage. (see your physician about a smoking cessation program) Limit your favorite dark beverages and foods, and drink plenty of water daily to wash tooth surfaces and stimulate beneficial saliva.
Say goodbye to stains
And say hello to a great, youthful smile. Contact Mount Outlook Dentistry in Cincinnati for a consultation on Zoom! Whitening. You'll be thrilled with the results. Call (513) 871-2852.
Though it is common knowledge that you should see your dentist for examinations and cleanings at least twice a year, your dentist can also help you renew your smile’s look with cosmetic density procedures. However, understanding these procedures and what they can do for you is crucial in choosing the best treatment plan for your smile. Learn about some common procedures offered at Mount Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH with Dr. David Croop, Dr. Ben Gosnell, Dr. Brenda Bertsch, and Dr. Bob Bertsch.
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures in Cincinnati
Bonding and Contouring
This fast and easy procedure allows patients to repair slight imperfections in their teeth efficiently and without the need for a complex or invasive procedure. During a bonding procedure, your dentist will mold the tooth-colored bonding materials directly onto the tooth, carefully shaping and sculpting it into its final shape. Whether filling in a chipped tooth or reshaping a tooth which is too-pointy or too-narrow, dental bonding proves to be a versatile procedure. Contouring, which often goes hand-in-hand with bonding, uses various bits and a dental drill to reshape a tooth or, once they harden into their final form, the materials used in bonding.
If you feel as though your smile is dull or yellowed, Zoom Whitening an give your smile a boost. This short procedure, which usually lasts under an hour, provides immediate and dramatic results. Though you can lighten your teeth up to ten shades, your dentist can adjust the strength of the treatment according to your preferences.
Dental veneers cover the teeth to provide a whole new look for your smile. A dental laboratory prepares the veneers to fit into the smile by customizing them based on a cast of your smile, created by your dentist. Veneers are porcelain, making them resistant to stains and very durable against everyday wear.
Dental implants replace a missing tooth. What set implants apart from other tooth replacement methods is their ability to also replace a tooth’s root. Dentists surgically place implants into the jawbone under a missing tooth, making the implant a permanent part of the mouth.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry or to schedule an appointment for a consultation, please contact Dr. David Croop, Dr. Ben Gosnell, Dr. Brenda Bertsch, and Dr. Bob Bertsch at Mount Lookout Dentistry in Cincinnati, OH. Call 513-871-2852 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Most tooth problems involve infections that are left untreated. These infections can easily spread to the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is the inner part of the tooth where connective tissues, nerves and blood vessels are. When the infection gets worse, it can get to the root, which can cause pain. Our dentists in Cincinnati, OH, at Mt. Lookout Dentistry can examine a patient’s teeth and determine whether or not they need root canal treatment.
About Root Canals
When the inner part of the tooth is diseased, it can cause sensitivity and pain to patients of all ages. A spreading infection can cause pus pockets to develop which can lead to dangerous abscesses. If they aren’t dealt with in a timely way, they can lead to more serious dental issues. Root canal treatment removes this diseased tissue and stops the spread of this infection. It can be used by our Cincinnati dentists to restore your tooth to better health and to reduce the risk of extracting your tooth.
Root canal treatment is when the infected tissue is removed completely and the surrounding area is disinfected. From there, the root canals are reshaped. The chamber and the canals are filled with a material and medication to prevent any future infection from occurring.
Restored teeth can last just as long as your other ones. The key to this success is with regular dental examinations and cleanings (once every six months). They help to detect problems early on before pain or infection ensues. Preventative care is the most effective way to keep the teeth and gums healthy for patients of all ages. To learn more about root canal treatment from our Cincinnati, OH dentists at Mt. Lookout Dentistry, call our office to schedule an appointment at 513-871-2852.
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