Posts for: July, 2016
How dental bonding from your Mount Pleasant dentist can help your smile
If you’ve noticed small chips and cracks in your teeth, you can fix them with an easy procedure; it’s called dental bonding. Aging, biting your fingernails and chewing ice are just some of the things that can cause damage to your teeth. Dr. Cynthia L. Holmes Garner of Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina is your cosmetic dentist in the neighborhood. She can help save your smile with dental bonding.
Dental bonding requires a level of artistry, and cosmetic dentists like Dr. Holmes Garner can create a unique work of dental art, just for you. When you choose dental bonding, you have chosen one of the most versatile cosmetic dental treatments available. Dental bonding can:
- Restore cracks, chips or broken teeth
- Disguise yellowing, heavy staining or discoloration
- Restore uneven wear patterns and jagged teeth
- Cosmetically close spaces or gaps between your teeth
- Cosmetically realign crooked or slightly overlapped teeth
Dr. Holmes Garner uses composite for your dental bonding. Composite is a liquid resin material which Dr. Holmes Garner will color match and sculpt perfectly to your existing teeth. People will notice your beautiful new smile and not your fillings!
Your dental bonding treatment begins with Dr. Holmes Garner applying an etching gel to your tooth, to create small indentations in your tooth surface to help retain the composite. Then she will apply a special bonding cement, to fuse the composite to your tooth. Finally, Dr. Holmes Garner applies the composite, and sculpts and shapes it to perfection. The liquid material is hardened with a high-tech ultraviolet light and shaped and polished to blend seamlessly into your smile.
It’s time for you to discover the benefits of dental bonding, but don’t see just anyone. You deserve the skills of a cosmetic dental artist like Dr. Holmes Garner. You don’t have to settle for a damaged smile. You can have the smile you’ve always wanted, with dental bonding. It’s time to call Dr. Cynthia L. Garner of Garner Family Dentistry in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Call her today and discover what dental bonding can do for you and your smile!
Wearing braces isn't just for teenagers — straightening teeth can be just as viable a need when you're an adult. For example, it may be necessary to first move teeth away from an empty tooth socket before you obtain a dental implant or other restoration.
But braces could have complications, especially if you have periodontal (gum) disease. These infections caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, inflame and weaken gum tissues and erode supporting bone. It can be treated and brought under control — but keeping it under control requires daily brushing and flossing, along with frequent office cleanings and checkups.
Braces can make this more difficult: it's harder to brush and floss effectively through the hardware of brackets and wires, which can give plaque a chance to build up. Patients susceptible to gum disease are more likely to have re-infections while wearing braces. The hardware can also cause enamel to come in prolonged contact with acid, which can dissolve its mineral content and open the door to tooth decay.
Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that can accomplish tooth movement while minimizing infection flare-ups for people with gum disease. Aligners are a series of customized clear plastic trays worn over the teeth, with each succeeding tray incrementally moving the teeth further than the preceding one. After wearing one tray for a specified time period, you then switch to the next tray. The teeth gradually move to the desired new position over the course of the aligner series.
This option is especially advantageous for gum disease patients because the trays can be removed temporarily for brushing and flossing. There are also other benefits: we can hide a missing tooth space with a temporary false tooth attached to the aligner; and, they're nearly invisible so it won't be obvious to others you're undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Not all orthodontic situations benefit from this alternative, while some cases may call for a combination approach between aligners and braces. But in the right setting, clear aligners are a good choice for not only obtaining better teeth position, but also helping you avoid a new encounter with dental disease.
When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a somewhat unexpected form: a custom made mouthguard that he wears on the court and off. “[It helps] to not grind my teeth while I play,” said the 25-year-old up-and-coming ace. “It just causes stress and headaches sometimes.”
Mouthguards are often worn by athletes engaged in sports that carry the risk of dental injury — such as basketball, football, hockey, and some two dozen others; wearing one is a great way to keep your teeth from being seriously injured. But Raonic’s mouthguard isn’t primarily for safety; it’s actually designed to help him solve the problem of teeth grinding, or bruxism. This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth.
Bruxism is a common issue that’s often caused or aggravated by stress. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to suffer from this condition: Everyday anxieties can have the same effect. The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs.
While bruxism affects thousands of people, some don’t even suspect they have it. That’s because it may occur at any time — even while you’re asleep! The powerful jaw muscles that clench and grind teeth together can wear down tooth enamel, and damage both natural teeth and dental work. They can even cause loose teeth! What’s more, a clenching and grinding habit can result in pain, headaches and muscle soreness… which can really put you off your game.
There are several ways to relieve the problem of bruxism. Stress reduction is one approach that works in some cases. When it’s not enough, a custom made occlusal guard (also called a night guard or mouthguard) provided by our office can make a big difference. “When I don’t sleep with it for a night,” Raonic said “I can feel my jaw muscles just tense up the next day. I don’t sense myself grinding but I can sort of feel that difference the next day.”
Â An occlusal guard is made from an exact model of your own mouth. It helps to keep your teeth in better alignment and prevent them from coming into contact, so they can’t damage each other. It also protects your jaw joints from being stressed by excessive force. Plus, it’s secure and comfortable to wear. “I wear it all the time other than when I’m eating, so I got used to it pretty quickly,” said Raonic.
Teeth grinding can be a big problem — whether you put on your game face on the court… or at home. If you would like more information about bruxism, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”