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A damaged tooth doesn’t have to be the end of the world!
We all want to have a healthy, beautiful smile. Unfortunately, decay and erosion are nasty problems that affect many smiles. And if these issues are left untreated and you don’t see your Gainesville dentist Dr. Steve Pleickhardt for treatment then you’ll require more intensive treatment to remove the decayed or damaged sections and restore the tooth. Find out how a simple dental crown can help improve a damaged tooth.
When is a dental crown needed?
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is designed to fit over your tooth to restore its function, structural integrity, and appearance. Here are some situations that may warrant getting a dental crown from your Gainesville dentist:
- If a tooth has a severe crack, chip or break
- If a tooth is suffering from severe decay or an infection and requires a root canal
- If a tooth is misshapen, discolored or unsightly
- To cover a dental implant
- To secure a dental bridge in place
What are the benefits?
Porcelain crowns are a great solution for treating damaged or severely decaying teeth. Here are only some of the benefits you’ll enjoy when you get dental crowns:
- Realistic: While crowns can be made from stainless steel, metal or other materials, porcelain crowns are similar to the look of real teeth so no one will know you are wearing a dental crown.
- Strong: Porcelain is a durable, strong material and with the proper care some dental crowns can last up to 15 years.
- Easy care: This restoration doesn’t require special treatment. Just treat it like you do the rest of your smile by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
- Stain-resistant: Porcelain is an amazing material that is also resistant to staining, so you don’t have to worry about certain foods or drinks discoloring your new restoration.
There are tons of other advantages of getting dental crowns, so don’t wait to find out if they could improve your smile. Call American Dental in Gainesville, VA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pleickhardt.
If you have one or more missing teeth and are considering their replacement, you have probably heard of dental implants. This revolutionary dental restoration is implanted directly into the bone of your jaw to create an incredibly sturdy and permanent foundation for your replacement tooth. American Dental in Gainesville, VA can help you determine if dental implants are the best treatment option for your situation.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
- Prevents Bone Atrophy: When a tooth is missing, the bone underneath it is no longer stimulated. This causes the bone to break down, or atrophy. This bone loss causes the skin to sink in or sag, resulting in a prematurely aged face. Dental implants, once installed, stimulate the bone once again, preventing bone loss from happening further.
- Safe for Your Natural Teeth: Since the implant is connected directly to the jawbone and not held in place with the support of any other teeth, it has no negative affect on the teeth around it. Bridges require the teeth surrounding your gap to be prepared and shaped for the crowns which hold it in place. This permanently changes the tooth’s appearance, meaning it will always need a crown, connected to a bridge or on its own, to function correctly.
- Easy Care: Caring for your dental implants is just as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss twice a day as you normally would. Be sure to visit your dentist twice a year to ensure that your teeth are regularly examined and cleaned. This allows your dentist to monitor your implants’ progress and adjust them if necessary.
- Long-Lasting and Durable: Your dental implant will integrate directly into your bone. It does not get more permanent than that. Instead of replacing only the tooth, dental implants replace the tooth’s root as well. Dental implants are made to last a lifetime.
- The Most Natural Appearance: Your implant will blend right in with your natural teeth. The dental crown which attaches to the implant is customized to your mouth. Additionally, the crown is meticulously color-matched to the surrounding teeth. This ensures the most natural appearance possible.
For more information on dental implants in the Gainesville, VA area, please contact your dentist at American Dental. Call (703) 753-6695 to schedule your appointment today!
While the process of obtaining dental implants from your dentist, Steve Pleickhardt, DDS at American Dental in Gainesville, might be time consuming,the process of caring for your dental implants after you have them could not be simpler. Not only do dental implants look and feel like your own natural teeth, but you take care of them the same way too!
With dental implants from American Dental in Gainesville, your dentist won't require you to use any special products, tools or procedures. You don't have to take your teeth out to clean them and then put them back in again. You simply take care of them like you would your own natural teeth. Brush, floss, rinse and keep regular dental check-ups and your dental implants will continue to look great for years to come.
Plus, dental implants even come with a few extra benefits that your own, natural teeth do not offer. For example, they cannot get cavities and they are resistant to staining. If your teeth were stain or cavity prone before, this news should come as a great relief.
Of course, just because your dental implants can't stain or get cavities doesn't mean that it isn't important to take care of them. The rest of your teeth can still stain, which would cause your teeth to appear mismatched. They are not immune to everyday wear and tear, and they still collect food particles and bacteria, which can make your breath smell bad. Furthermore, the rest of your mouth, including your gums and the lining of your cheeks, still need to be taken care of as well.
If the process of deciding which tooth restoration method to choose or which dentist to visit has been stressful, you can rest assured knowing that the hassle is nearly over. Dental implants from Dr. Pleickhardt, your trusted dentist at American Dental in Gainesville, are not only safe, durable, and effective, but they are also incredibly easy to care for as well!
Give your smile a radiant makeover with professional in-office teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular dental procedures worldwide. It’s a simple, painless way to get a more vibrant and healthier-looking smile. However, perhaps you’ve been putting teeth whitening treatment on the back burner because you’re still not sure what makes it any different than buying the teeth whitening kits from your local drugstores. Your Gainesville dentist is here to tell you what makes in-office whitening so unique.
What are the benefits of in-office teeth whitening?
If you’ve ever tried a commercial whitening product, then you probably remember it takes multiple weeks before you started to notice results. However, in-office teeth whitening offers the fastest results around. In only one 45-minute session, your smile could be up to 10 shades whiter. Most patients only require one session to achieve the desired results.
Furthermore, this is one of the safest ways to bleach teeth. Your Gainesville dentist’s knowledge coupled with our professional-grade bleach will whiten teeth faster and more efficiently while also being able to control for any gum or tooth sensitivity that a patient may experience.
What stains could in-office teeth whitening remove?
In-office teeth whitening is most effective again stains and tooth discolorations that are causing by consuming certain foods and drinks (e.g. coffee, sodas, berries, dark sauces), using tobacco or just from aging. It’s true that over time our teeth do become darker, causing our teeth to look more yellow or brown in nature. However, yellowing teeth are often the easiest to whiten with our in-office whitening system.
Keep in mind that there are certain stains that in-office whitening won’t be able to treat, like internal stains caused by trauma or an overexposure to antibiotics or fluoride.
What should I expect when I see my Gainesville dentist for teeth whitening?
When you come in for your first teeth whitening sessions we will apply a professional-grade bleaching gel that is so strong that only your dentist can use it. Once applied, we will use a laser to activate the whitening ingredients within the gel. After 15 minutes we will remove the gel, reapply a fresh layer and then use the light source to activate the gel once more. One 45-minute session usually involves three different whitening applications.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
If you are experiencing yellow or brown stains and discolorations due to foods, drinks, tobacco or just natural aging, then you would be a great candidate for teeth whitening. Even if you naturally experience tooth sensitivity, we can tailor your whitening treatment to create an experience that is gentle on teeth and gums. If you are interested in teeth whitening then it’s time to contact your Gainesville dentist, Dr. Steve Pleickhardt, DDS at American Dental.
The youngest of children to the most senior of adults can experience toothaches. With babies, of course, the source of the discomfort is teething. With adults, the reasons for toothaches can be numerous, and can even relate to areas of the body outside the mouth. Common sense and medical advice says to seek dental attention for any toothache discomfort, because it is important to preserve the teeth but also to investigate problems that masquerade as dental issues.
The everyday dental cavity is caused by the build up of bacteria, food and acids which attack tooth enamel. When neglected, dental plaque leads to gum disease in varying degrees and also tooth decay. The symptoms of a cavity include:
- tooth sensitivity to heat and cold as when drinking an iced beverage
- a visible hole in the tooth
- surface staining
- pain or tenderness that is sharp or throbbing
Your dentist can readily probe the area in question and do x-rays if necessary to explore the source of discomfort and confirm or rule out a cavity. Cavities should not be ignored because they can ultimately destroy the tooth and cause serious infections called dental abscesses. Abscesses can require medical treatment with antibiotics to step the spread of toxins to other areas of the body.
In addition, individuals can have toothaches because a tooth is chipped, cracked or broken or because a wisdom tooth is impacted. Wisdom teeth are those back most molars which erupt in teens and young adults. When a wisdom tooth becomes impacted--that is, does not break through the bone and gums properly - it can result in a very painful toothache.
Toothaches May Indicate Problems Elsewhere
Your dentist can tell if a toothache is a sign of something more concerning outside of dental health. For instance, sinusitis, or sinus infection, can cause the roots of the upper teeth to hurt simply because they are close to the irritated, swollen sinus cavity.
Also, sometimes tooth pain can be a symptom of serious heart and lung conditions such as:
- lung cancer
- defect in the aorta, the major artery which moves oxygenated blood through out the body
- pericarditis, an infection of the thin membrane which surrounds the heart
Physicians and dentists agree that serious lung and heart issues stimulate body's vagus nerve which in turn refers pain from the chest to the face and in particular to the teeth and jaw. This type of toothache is especially serious and teaches the lesson that no tooth pain or discomfort should be neglected.
A great source of knowledgeable, compassionate and technically astute dental care is American Dental in Gainesville, Virginia. Steve Pleickhardt DDS and his professional staff have the latest diagnostic and treatment tools to pinpoint the source of your toothache and resolve it correctly. Don't delay. Call Dr. Pleickhardt's office today for an appointment: 703-753-6695.