By Total Dental Care
January 14, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
MatthewLewissMetamorphosis

Remember Matthew Lewis? You've seen him in all of the Harry Potter movies, where he played the bumbling Neville Longbottom: a pudgy, teenage wizard-in-training whose teeth could best be described as... dodgy. We won't spoil the movie by telling you what happens to him in the end — but in real life, let's just say his awkward phase is over. Today, he looks more like a young Ryan Gosling. How did this transformation happen?

Well, in part it was some “Hollywood magic” that made his teeth look worse in the films than they really were. But Lewis acknowledges that he also had cosmetic dental work performed. If you've ever considered getting a smile makeover yourself, you may wonder: What kinds of “dental magic” might it take to change an awkward grin into a red-carpet smile? Here are a few of the treatments we might utilize.

Orthodontics
It's possible to correct tooth crowding, protrusion, gaps between teeth, and many other bite problems with orthodontic appliances like braces or clear aligners. While some may think orthodontics is just for teens, that isn't so — you're never too old to get the smile you've always wanted! In fact, right now about one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.

Teeth Whitening
This is a popular (and surprisingly affordable) option that can effectively lighten your teeth by six shades or more. We can do in-office whitening for the fastest results, or prepare a take-home whitening kit with a custom-made tray to fit your teeth perfectly and a supply of the proper bleaching solution. How well it will work for you (and how long it will last) depends on various factors, including the original cause of the discoloration, and your preferences for foods and beverages (such as coffee or red wine) that may cause stains.

Porcelain Veneers
Sometimes, even professional bleaching isn't enough to get the kind of permanent, “Hollywood white” smile you'd like; that's where porcelain veneers come in. By placing a fingernail-thin layer of ceramic over the tooth's enamel, veneers offer a permanent, pearly white finish that looks just like your natural teeth — only more dazzling! Veneers, long the first choice of celebrities, are gaining popularity with plenty of “regular” folks.

Tooth Restorations
This category covers a wide variety of different methods and materials — like cosmetic bonding, crowns, bridges, and dental implants — which we use to repair or replace teeth that are damaged or missing. Beginning with the simple repair of small chips or cracks with tooth-colored resins, we can progress to more permanent crown restorations when more of the tooth structure needs replacement. To restore missing teeth, we have the option of using the tried-and-true bridge — or, the current gold standard in tooth replacement: the lifelike, permanent dental implant.

Of course, this is just a bare outline of the many tools and techniques cosmetic dentistry offers. We would be happy to talk with you about which ones are right in your individual situation. Will a smile makeover land you a red-carpet role? Maybe... but one thing is for sure: It will help you get the smile you've always wanted.

If you would like more information about smile makeovers and options in cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Cosmetic Dentistry,” “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers,” and “Dental Implants.”

Sports-RelatedDentalInjuriesDoYouKnowWhatToDo

Witnessing or being involved in a sports-related dental injury can be a scary event not only for the player, but also for onlookers even if the injuries turn out to be minor. However, knowing what to do — and more importantly — how quickly to react can make a radical difference to the outcome. This is just one reason why we want to share the following easy-to-remember guidelines for what, how and when you need to respond to various types of dental injuries.

  • Immediate — within 5 minutes of the injury: If a permanent tooth is totally knocked out (avulsed), it requires immediate treatment by cleaning and re-implanting the tooth back into its original position to have any hope of saving the tooth long-term. Knocked out baby (primary) teeth are not reimplanted for fear of damage to underlying permanent teeth.
  • Urgent — within 6 hours of the injury: If a permanent or primary tooth is still in the mouth but has been moved from its original position, it is considered an acute injury and should be treated within 6 hours.
  • Less urgent — within 12 hours of the injury: If a permanent or primary tooth is broken or chipped but has not shifted from its original position, the injury is classified as less urgent. You still need to see a dentist for an exam; however, you generally can wait up to 12 hours before possible irreversible damage occurs.

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There are several ways you can learn more about sports-related dental injuries.

By Total Dental Care
December 22, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentures  

Find out how much you truly know about dentures in Pekin.

While dentures in Pekin have been around for a while, you may be surprised to find out that there is more than meets the eye with this oral prosthetic. In fact, it has a rather long and fascinating life story that any history buff or trivia wiz would love to know.Dentures

Did you know?

  • Around 700 BC the Etruscans made their dentures from human or animal teeth. This way of designing dentures might seem rather primitive but this method actually remained popular until the mid 19th century!
  • We’ve been told since childhood that the dentures of the first US President, George Washington, were made from wood; however, this is purely false! In fact, Washington donned some of the best false teeth at that time including dentures made from hippopotamus ivory and even human teeth.
  • In 1774, Alexis Duchâteau created the first porcelain dentures; however, they weren’t particularly strong. In fact, the porcelain made them more likely to chip and break and the porcelain was so white that it didn’t look natural. Luckily dentures have certainly become more resilient and strong over the centuries.
  • In the 18th century, dentures were sometimes referred to as “Waterloo teeth”. These dentures were designed using real human teeth removed from soldiers who died during the Battle of Waterloo. However, dentists weren’t always the ones that designed these prosthetics. Most early dentures were created by a craftsman, so they didn’t offer the same ideal fit that dentures do today.

From these fun little facts alone we can tell that dentures have certainly come a long way. Now dentures are a reliable and fast way to get back your smile. With the proper care dentures can last up to 10 years before needing to be replaced.

If you’re interested in finding out if dentures are right for you, then call us today to schedule your dental exam and consultation. Let’s get you a full, beautiful smile once more!

By Total Dental Care
December 19, 2014
Category: Oral Health
FootballStarJerryRiceDiscussesDentalInjuries

Athletic activity can boost your health, but many sports also carry some risk — especially to the teeth. This is something NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice well knows.

“Football can be brutal — injuries, including those to the face and mouth, are a common risk for any player,” Rice noted in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. In fact, Rice himself chipped a couple of teeth, which were repaired with crowns. “There wasn't a lot of focus on protecting your teeth in high school,” Rice recalled.

You don't have to be a legend of the NFL to benefit from the type of high-quality mouthguard a dentist can make for you or your child. Consider that:

  • An athlete is 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard.
  • Mouthguards prevent an estimated 200,000 or more injuries each year.
  • Sports-related dental injuries account for more than 600,000 emergency room visits annually.
  • Each knocked-out tooth that is not properly preserved or replanted can cause lifetime dental costs of $10,000 to $20,000.

You and/or your child should wear a mouthguard if you participate in sports involving a ball, stick, puck, or physical contact with another player. Mouthguards should be used for practice as well as actual games.

It's also important to be aware that all mouthguards are not created equal. To get the highest level of protection and comfort, you'll want to have one custom-fitted and professionally made. This will involve a visit to our office so that we can make a precise model of your teeth that is used to create a custom guard. A properly fitted mouthguard is protective, comfortable, resilient, tear-resistant, odorless, tasteless and not bulky. It has excellent retention, fit, and sufficient thickness in critical areas.

If you are concerned about dental injuries or interested in learning more about mouthguards, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Jerry Rice, please see “Jerry Rice.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Athletic Mouthguards.” and “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry.”

By Total Dental Care
December 16, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
Dental Implants ImageYou’ve been doing your research and finding out everything there is to know about dental implants. Perhaps you even came in for a consultation and were deemed a good candidate for this treatment. If you are suffering from tooth loss, dental implants in Pekin, IL do offer a permanent and long-term restorative solution for replacing that missing tooth or teeth. However, there are probably still things you didn’t know about dental implants that you won’t find just anywhere online. Here are some interesting and lesser-known facts about this treatment.
 

Dental implants promote better oral health

 
Unlike dentures or other restorative treatments, dental implants offer a variety of advantages for your dental health. Besides being a sturdy, permanent structure in your mouth, implants also prevent bone loss and actually promote new bone growth, retain your face’s shape, protect your healthy natural teeth, and won’t form cavities.
 

Some dental implants do fail

 
About 95 percent of these implant treatments go off without a hitch. This percentage can increase to about 98 percent if the patient properly cares for his dental implants; however, there are a few things that can increase failure rates in dental implants: smoking, infection (peri-implantitis), nerve damage, and even allergic reactions. The first sign of a problem should have you heading to your Pekin dentist for proper treatment so you don’t lose your implant. A quick response is everything in this case.
 

This treatment can be expensive upfront

 
Dental implants are expensive, which you may have already realized; however, the prices can fluctuate. A single implant can range from $1500 to as high as $7500. This isn’t just the cost for the implant and dental crown alone, but also the surgery and professional care you will receive over the months to get your implant just right. You have to consider it this way: these implants are meant to last a lifetime, so you are investing upfront for your forever smile.
 

You still need to have good oral hygiene

 
To stave off infection and gum disease, which can cause problems for your implant, it’s important to adopt good oral hygiene. Cleaning your implant is just as important as cleaning your natural teeth. Plaque can still form on your implants, so it’s imperative that you brush and floss thoroughly each day. Plus, you should see your dentist at least twice a year to make sure you are cleaning your implants properly.
 
If you have any questions about dental implants before opting for treatment, call us today. We would be happy to alleviate any concerns about getting dental implants in Pekin.




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