Posts for: February, 2016
How crowns and bridgework can improve your smile
If you have teeth that are badly broken, have huge fillings or you are missing teeth entirely, there is a solution to give you a new smile. YDental crowns and bridgework can restore your teeth. You should see an expert on crowns and bridgework, like Dr. Carl Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates, your general and cosmetic dentist in the neighborhood of Downingtown, PA.
Dr. Horchos can color-match your crowns and bridgework to your existing teeth, creating a uniform, natural new smile. Your new crowns and bridgework will look just like your natural teeth, so all your friends will notice is your beautiful smile.
There are a variety of materials to choose from for your crowns and bridgework, depending on the location in your mouth. Gold is the strongest material, so it is frequently placed on the back teeth, where you need a lot of chewing strength. You can also have porcelain fused to the gold, to create beauty and strength. These crowns are suitable for any area of your mouth. The most beautiful choice is a full porcelain crown. Full porcelain crowns have a translucent quality just like your teeth and are frequently used for the front teeth or teeth that show when you smile.
Your Downingtown dentist wants you to know crowns aren’t just beautiful. They also provide a protective cap over your tooth to keep it from breaking--they make your tooth stronger. Fillings can actually make your tooth weaker, and more prone to breakage, depending on how large the filling is. Large metal fillings also look bulky and are very noticeable when you smile. Crowns will actually blend in and enhance your smile.
Bridgework is used to replace multiple missing teeth and is a much better choice than a removable partial for many reasons. You don’t have to remove the bridge like you do with a partial as they are a permanent part of your smile. Bridges also blend in with your other teeth, just like a crown. The result is a completely natural looking, permanent and sparkling new smile.
If you need to repair badly damaged teeth or replace missing teeth, you should go for a more permanent solution like crowns and bridges. Call Dr. Carl Horchos of Chestnut Dental Associates, in Downingtown, PA. He can help you explore how a new crown or bridge can improve your smile, so call today!
If your child has a toothache, there’s good news — and not so good news. The good news is the pain rarely indicates an emergency. On the downside, though, it may definitely be something that needs our attention.
Here, then, are 4 things you should do as a parent when your child tells you their tooth hurts.
Try to find out exactly where the pain is and how long it has hurt. Ask your child which tooth or part of the mouth hurts. You should also find out, as best you can, when the pain started and if it’s constant or intermittent. Anything you learn will be useful information if you bring them to the office for an examination. And, any tooth pain that keeps your child up at night or lasts more than a day should be examined.
Look for signs of recent injury. Your child may have suffered a blow to the mouth that has damaged the teeth and gums. Besides asking if they remember getting hurt in the mouth, be sure to look for chipped teeth, cracks or other signs of trauma. Even if there aren’t any outward signs of injury, the tooth’s interior pulp may have been damaged and should be checked out.
Look for signs of dental disease. Take a close look at the tooth your child’s complaining about: do you see brown spots or obvious cavities? You should also look for swollen gums or sores on the inside of the mouth. If there’s been no apparent injury, these could be signs of infection related to tooth decay.
Try to relieve pain symptoms. If you don’t see anything unusual, there may be a piece of candy or other hard food debris between the teeth causing the pain — gently floss around the tooth to dislodge it. If the pain persists give appropriate doses of ibuprofen or acetaminophen (not aspirin). If there’s swelling, you can also apply an icepack on the outside of the jaw. In any case, you should definitely schedule a visit with us for an examination.
If you would like more information on dental care for your child, 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 “A Child’s Toothache.”
Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”
With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.
Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.
But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.
In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.
So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
I’m Afraid My Tooth is Going to Break; What Should I Do? Dental crowns can strengthen your damaged tooth.
Before modern dentistry, if you had a broken tooth chances are it would be taken out, and not always in a gentle procedure. Times have changed and you now have many options to strengthen and repair your damaged tooth. Take it from Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, Pennsylvania there are now many different dental crown options to fix even badly damaged teeth.
Now you can strengthen and repair your damaged tooth with a beautiful natural-looking crown. There are times when a tooth is just too badly broken to fix, but usually a tooth can be strengthened internally by using posts, which are inserted in the tooth. A sturdy amalgam (silver) foundation is built up around the posts and functions to support the crown.
You can choose from a variety of materials for your crown, depending on your desires and budget. Each material has different costs and advantages. You and Dr. Horchos will know which is best for you. You can choose from:
A full gold crown. Full gold crowns are strong but highly visible, so they are normally used for back teeth where you need a lot of strength for chewing.
A porcelain-fused-to-metal crown which is more expensive, but it has both strength and beauty. It is color-matched to your existing teeth and looks natural and beautiful. This type of crown can be placed on any tooth.
A full porcelain crown is the most expensive, but it is also the most beautiful, with a translucent quality just like your natural teeth. It is also perfectly color-matched to your existing teeth. This type of crown is not quite as strong as the others, and because of its cosmetic quality, it is typically placed on the front teeth.
Crowns are an excellent choice to strengthen and repair damaged teeth. They also are less likely to break or need replacing, unlike fillings. If you are thinking about fixing a damaged tooth with a solution that may last a lifetime, you need to seek out the best. Stop by for a consultation about dental crowns with Dr. Carl Horchos at Chestnut Dental Associates in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Call today and get your damaged tooth fixed with a beautiful new crown!