Cosmetic Dentist Blog
Posts for: May, 2018
If you’ve had issues with periodontal (gum) disease, no doubt a few things have changed for you. You may be seeing us for dental cleanings and checkups more frequently and you have to be extra diligent about your daily brushing and flossing.
There’s one other thing you may need to do: change your diet. Some of the foods you may be eating could work against you in your fight against gum disease. At the same time, increasing your intake of certain foods could boost your overall oral health.
The biggest culprits in the first category are carbohydrates, which make up almost half the average diet in the Western world, mainly as added sugar. Although carbohydrates help fuel the body, too much can increase inflammation—which also happens to be a primary cause of tissue damage related to gum disease.
Of course, we can’t paint too broad a brush because not all carbohydrates have the same effect on the body. Carbohydrates like sugar or processed items like bakery goods, white rice or mashed potatoes quickly convert to glucose (the actual sugar used by the body for energy) in the bloodstream and increase insulin levels, which can then lead to chronic inflammation. Complex or unprocessed carbohydrates like vegetables, nuts or whole grains take longer to digest and so convert to glucose slowly—a process which can actually hinder inflammation.
Eating less of the higher glycemic (the rate of glucose conversion entering the bloodstream) carbohydrates and more low glycemic foods will help reduce inflammation. And that’s good news for your gums. You should also add foods rich in vitamins C and D (cheese and other dairy products, for instance) and antioxidants to further protect your oral health.
Studies have shown that changing to a low-carbohydrate, anti-inflammatory diet can significantly reduce chronic inflammation in the body and improve gum health. Coupled with your other efforts at prevention, a better diet can go a long way in keeping gum disease at bay.
If you would like more information on the role of diet in dental health, 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 “Carbohydrates Linked to Gum Disease.”
If you’ve just received a dental implant restoration, congratulations! This proven smile-changer is not only life-like, it’s also durable: more than 95% of implants survive at least 10 years. But beware: periodontal (gum) disease could derail that longevity.
Gum disease is triggered by dental plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on teeth. Left untreated the infection weakens gum attachment to teeth and causes supporting bone loss, eventually leading to possible tooth loss. Something similar holds true for an implant: although the implant itself can’t be affected by disease, the gums and bone that support it can. And just as a tooth can be lost, so can an implant.
Gum disease affecting an implant is called peri-implantitis (“peri”–around; implant “itis”–inflammation). Usually beginning with the surface tissues, the infection can advance (quite rapidly) below the gum line to eventually weaken the bone in which the implant has become integrated (a process known as osseointegration). As the bone deteriorates, the implant loses the secure hold created through osseointegration and may eventually give way.
As in other cases of gum disease, the sooner we detect peri-implantitis the better our chances of preserving the implant. That’s why at the first signs of a gum infection—swollen, reddened or bleeding gums—you should contact us at once for an appointment.
If you indeed have peri-implantitis, we’ll manually identify and remove all plaque and calculus (tartar) fueling the infection, which might also require surgical access to deeper plaque deposits. We may also need to decontaminate microscopic ridges found on the implant surface. These are typically added by the implant manufacturer to boost osseointegration, but in the face of a gum infection they can become havens for disease-causing bacteria to grow and hide.
Of course, the best way to treat peri-implantitis is to attempt to prevent it through daily brushing and flossing, and at least twice a year (or more, if we recommend it) dental visits for thorough cleanings and checkups. Keeping its supporting tissues disease-free will boost your implant’s chances for a long and useful life.
If you would like more information on caring for your dental implants, 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 “Gum Disease can Cause Dental Implant Failure.”
What your dentist in Cincinnati wants you to know
If you have a damaged or badly decayed tooth, chances are you are wondering if you should have a large filling put in, or if you should choose a crown. The truth is a crown can strengthen and protect your damaged tooth far better than a large filling can. Dr. Warren Gase in Cincinnati, OH wants to share the facts about how crowns can strengthen your damaged teeth and enhance the look of your smile.
A dental crown protects your entire tooth by covering the visible part of your tooth. When you bite down, the pressure and biting stress are spread evenly across all the surfaces of your tooth, preventing the tooth from breaking.
Dental crowns protect and strengthen your teeth, but that’s not all they can do. Today’s dental crowns can also improve the beauty of your smile. Not too many years ago, full gold and porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns were the only options available. Although they are still excellent crown materials because they are strong, both materials lacked the naturally beautiful look you want in a dental crown.
Now, there is another choice, a full porcelain crown! Porcelain has the unique ability to reflect light, just like your natural teeth do. This means a full porcelain crown will look and feel just like your natural tooth. People won’t even be able to tell you have a crown.
If you wish, you can still choose a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. The choice is up to you. For more information about dental crowns and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Dr. Gase in Cincinnati, OH. Find out more about what dental crowns can do for your smile by calling today!
Sometimes the smallest changes can yield the biggest results in dentistry. Even if your teeth and gums are relatively healthy and you are not suffering from tooth loss or gum disease like millions of Americans, small cosmetic imperfections can still tarnish your smile. Studies have shown that damaged teeth are among the main causes of embarrassment and feelings of self-consciousness among adults. But the good news is that it has never been faster, easier and more affordable to fix damaged teeth and invest in a new and improved smile. Dr. Warren Gase, a dentist in Cincinnati, OH, recommends porcelain veneers to fix common cosmetic dental problems like chips, gaps, or permanent stains and discolorations.
Invest in a Brand New Smile with Veneers in Cincinnati, OH
Veneers are custom designed to match your natural teeth using a thin layer of porcelain, which is bonded to the surface of the tooth. Veneers are a popular and effective option for fixing cosmetic imperfections because they can improve and reshaped damaged teeth, without drastically changing the characteristics that make your smile unique.
You may be a good candidate for a smile makeover with porcelain veneers if you have:
- Small chips or cracks to one or more teeth
- Small to moderate gaps between teeth (larger gaps and alignment problems may require orthodontic treatment to fix)
- Intrinsic tooth stains (develop from damage to the dentin layer inside the tooth, usually from trauma or medication). Surface treatments like professional and over the counter teeth whitening products are ineffective against intrinsic dental stains, but veneers can help.
In addition to cosmetic improvements, a veneer can also help to strengthen and fortify a tooth after treatment with a dental filling or root canal therapy.
Find a Dentist in Cincinnati, OH
You don't have to settle for damaged teeth or a less than perfect smile. To find out how veneers can improve your smile and quality of life, contact our office today by calling (513) 931-3001 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gase.
Chipping a tooth is annoying and frustrating, especially if it is purely an aesthetic problem. However, a fast and easy procedure called dental bonding can repair a chipped tooth and more. But how can bonding improve your smile? Are you a candidate for this procedure? Find out with Dr. Warren Gase in Cincinnati, OH.
What is dental bonding?
Dental bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin materials to reshape a damaged or misshapen tooth. Thanks to their versatility, these materials can improve both aesthetics and functionality of a tooth. While bonding does have limitations, it can give a big impact with a fast, short procedure. Caring for your bonded teeth is the same as caring for natural teeth. Brush and floss daily to keep your bonded teeth healthy between regular dental examinations and cleanings with your dentist.
What can dental bonding do for me?
Dental bonding can repair a chipped tooth quickly and efficiently in just a single dental visit. Your dentist will match the color of the composite resin materials to your tooth to ensure a natural look. In addition to repairing a chipped tooth, bonding can also do many other things, from reshaping a too-pointy canine to lengthening a too-short tooth. Bonding can also change the width of a tooth to help in situations with small gaps.
What happens during a bonding procedure?
Your dentist first uses an etching material on the tooth to ensure the materials can bond properly with the tooth. Then, your dentist bonds the materials directly onto the tooth, spacing and molding it with specialized tools to provide the results you want.
Dental Bonding in Cincinnati, OH
If you think you could benefit from dental bonding, you should consult with your dentist to understand this procedure and ensure it is the best treatment for you. In some cases, other cosmetic dental procedures may better suit your needs.
For more information on dental bonding, please contact Dr. Warren Gase at his practice in Cincinnati, OH. Call (513) 931-3001 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Gase today!