Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
November 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
If you have severely damaged teeth or tooth loss, you’re probably searching for a solution. If removable options like dentures just don’t sound like something you’re looking for, then it’s time to consider your fixed prosthetic options in Westlake, like crowns and bridges. Unlike dentures, both crowns and bridges are cemented onto natural teeth or implants to repair your smile.

What is a crown?

Sometimes referred to as a “cap”, a crown is a tooth-like cover that goes over the top part of your tooth to restore function and improve aesthetics. Both porcelain and ceramic crowns are matched to the rest of your teeth to give you a natural-looking smile.
 

What are dental bridges?

Dental BridgeIf you are missing one or moreteeth, your Westlake dentist may recommend getting a dental bridge. Just as the name suggests, this oral device bridges the gap that is left by a missing tooth. The bridge is cemented either to your real teeth or the implants that are adjacent to the gap. These neighboring teeth act as an anchor for the bridge. A dental crown is also attached to the middle of the bridge to take the place of the missing tooth.

When may I need a crown?

There are several factors that could lead your Westlake dentist to recommend getting a dental crown:
  • Dental CrownTo protect a weakened tooth
  • To hide severely misshapen or discolored teeth
  • Repair a dental fracture
  • To use in a dental bridge
  • To go on top of a dental implant
  • To cover a tooth after root canal therapy
 

What should I expect when getting my dental crown and bridge?

Before these prosthetics are cemented, your teeth need to be reduced so that they can properly go over your smile. After we reduce the size of your tooth or teeth, we will then take impressions of your smile to create a mold from which to create your crown or bridge.
 
Then a dental lab will fabricate your device based on our specifications. In the mean time we will fit you with a temporary crown or bridge until you can get your permanent one. Once your crown or bridge is ready, we will remove the temporary one and replace it with the new one.
 

Call Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC Today!

If you’re tired of unsightly stains or if your Westlake dentist has recommended root canal therapy, then it’s time to consider how a dental crown could improve your smile. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your next appointment.
By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  
BracesARiteofPassageEvenforHollywoodKids

Her parents Will and Jada are Hollywood royalty, who helped her land her first acting role when she was 7. She released a hit single, “Whip My Hair,” before she had quite reached the age of 10; shortly afterward, she was signed to a record label. Yet the young singer and actress Willow Smith has at least one thing in common with plenty of ‘tweens and teens across America: She needed to wear braces to correct problems with the alignment of her teeth.

Why do braces seem to be a part of growing up for so many kids? One answer is because they work so well. Braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth through a thin, flexible wire called an archwire. Attached to the teeth with a metal or ceramic bracket, the archwire exerts a light force which causes teeth to gradually move into better positions. Sometimes, when additional force is needed, elastic bands or other appliances may be used in conjunction with braces.

Most everyone is familiar with the silvery metal “tracks” of traditional braces. But did you know that there are a number of other options too? For a more inconspicuous look, you may be able to have braces with tooth-colored ceramic brackets; then, only the thin archwire will be visible in your mouth. It’s even possible in some cases to place the metal wires and brackets on the tongue side of the teeth. With this system, called lingual braces, the orthodontic hardware is truly invisible.

What if you didn’t need metal braces at all? Some people can get good results using a system of clear plastic aligners instead of braces. The aligners are worn 23 hours a day, but can be taken off for cleaning and for important events. They work best for correcting mild or moderate alignment problems.

Still, plenty of people feel that if they’re going to wear braces, they might as well flaunt them. That’s why some types of braces are available with bands that come in different colors. When Willow’s brother Jayden wore braces, he was reported to favor red and black ones. Jayden, who is about two years older than his sister, had his braces removed just before Willow got hers put on.

So if it turns out that you need braces, remember that lots of your favorite celebrities wore them too. And keep in mind that, depending on your own situation, you may have several options to choose from.

If you would like more information about braces or orthodontic treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
September 09, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
KellyClarksonGetstotheRootoftheProblem

Now that celebrities can communicate directly with their fans through social media, we’ve started to see dispatches from some surprising locations — the dental chair, for example! Take singer Kelly Clarkson, who was the first winner of American Idol, and perhaps one of the first to seek moral support via social media before having an emergency root canal procedure.

“Emergency root canal — I’ve had better days,” Kelly posted on her Facebook page, along with a photo of herself looking… well, pretty nervous. But is a root canal procedure really something to be scared about? It’s time to clear up some misconceptions about this very common dental procedure.

First of all, root canal treatment is done to save a tooth that might otherwise be lost to an infection deep inside it. So while it’s often looked upon with apprehension, it’s a very positive step to take if you want to keep your teeth as long as possible. Secondly, tooth infections can be painful — but it’s the root canal procedure that stops the pain. What, actually, is done during this tooth-saving treatment?

First, a local anesthetic is administered to keep you from feeling any pain. Then, a small opening is made through the chewing surface of the infected tooth, giving access to the central space inside, which is called the “pulp chamber.” A set of tiny instruments is used to remove the diseased pulp (nerve) tissue in the chamber, and to clean out the root canals: branching tunnel-like spaces that run from the pulp chamber through the root (or roots) of the tooth. The cleared canals are then filled and sealed.

At a later appointment, we will give you a more permanent filling or, more likely, a crown, to restore your tooth’s full function and protect it from further injury. A tooth that has had a root canal followed by a proper restoration can last as long as any other natural tooth — a very long time indeed.

If you have any questions about root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “A Step by Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment.”

By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC Family Denitstry
August 18, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Crowns and Bridges Promise Aesthetic and Functional Smile EnhancementDental Crowns & Bridges

Did you know that the first thing most people notice is your smile? Whether it’s a job interview, first day of school or just a brief encounter walking down the street, you want your smile to look as good as you feel. Not surprising, approximately 99.7 percent of people say that smiles are socially important, with 74 percent saying that an unattractive smile affects career success. So, if you’re dealing with chipped, cracked or missing teeth, it might be hard to feel confident in social situations; however, you can turn this all around by considering dental crowns or bridges. 
 
From decay to sports-related injuries, there are several reasons why a tooth can become severely damaged. However, crowns and bridges can restore your smile by fixing the size, shape and appearance of your damaged tooth or teeth. 
 

Dental Crowns

Sometimes simply referred to as a “cap”, dental crowns completely cover your damaged tooth. Dental crowns are fabricated in a lab to offer the same look as a natural tooth. Plus, with impressions taken of your smile before fabrication, we can promise that you’ll have a crown that was made just for you and your smile.
 

So when might a dental crown benefit you?

  • If you have a weak tooth that could chip, break or fracture further
  • To restore a fractured/cracked tooth
  • To hide a discolored or misshapen tooth
  • To preserve a tooth that has had a root canal
  • To place over a dental implant
Dental crowns offer your tooth more stability and an overall more aesthetically pleasing smile. While there are several kinds of dental crowns, the most common tend to be the porcelain or ceramic crowns, as they better mimic the quality and appearance of a real tooth.
 

Dental Bridges

While having a missing tooth can come with some hits to your self-esteem, it can also make speaking and chewing a challenge. Plus, surrounding teeth will begin to shift over time, causing long-term issues like gum disease or even jaw disorders. However, dental bridges can help cover up that gap between your teeth to make everyday living a little easier. There are several kinds of dental bridges from removable/partial ones to permanent, or fixed partial dentures.
 
Dental bridges are cemented to those teeth surrounding your gap. These natural teeth will serve as anchors for your bridge. These same teeth will also be fitted with dental crowns, after which a replacement tooth will be attached to those crowns to create your dental bridge. Instantly, chewing and smiling will be drastically improved.
 
If you’re dealing with a damaged smile and you think you could benefit from dental crowns or dental bridges, call your cosmetic dentist today at (734) 425-9130. Let’s get you the smile you deserve!
By Carey & Aylward, DDS, PC
August 15, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
BillRancicsSmileHelpsClosetheDeal

Can having a great smile help land you a high-level business position, a TV show, and a bride? Maybe — at least if you go by the example of Bill Rancic.

The 42-year-old Chicago native is well known as the first winner of NBC-TV's The Apprentice, a reality show where contestants vied for a job with Donald Trump's organization. Shortly after his selection as Trump's newest hire, Rancic met his future wife, Giuliana, when she interviewed him for E! News. Flash forward a few years, and the couple is now hosting their own reality TV show on Style network.

So how much has Bill's winning smile helped?

“I think a great smile says a lot about a person — especially in our professions,” Bill recently said in an interview with Dear Doctor magazine. He also mentioned that having a few cosmetic dental treatments helped him close the deal.

As a child, Bill wore braces to correct an overbite. For both kids and adults, orthodontic treatment is often the first step toward getting the smile of your dreams. The practice of orthodontics has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and there are now a number of choices available in lieu of traditional metal braces.

Not Your Father's Braces
For those who need to maintain a “professional” image, tooth-colored braces offer a less noticeable way to straighten your teeth. Lingual braces are another option that's suitable in some situations. These are truly invisible: bonded on the tongue side of the teeth, they can't be seen from the front.

Or, you may be able to forego braces altogether and use a series of clear plastic aligners to gradually bring your teeth into alignment. Not only are these difficult to notice, but they can be completely removed for short periods of time — at important board meetings, for example.

Red-Carpet Tooth Whitening
More recently, Rancic had tooth whitening treatments. Depending on the degree of lightening needed, these can range from custom-fitted bleaching trays that you wear at home under the supervision of a dentist, to in-office whitening treatments that work in far less time. Both can be effective in lightening your teeth by six shades or more.

But if you need the ultimate in whitening, veneers may be the best option. These are fingernail-thin coatings, made of pearly-white porcelain or composite material, that are placed directly on the tooth surfaces. Realistic and durable, they can provide a “Hollywood white” smile that's ready for the red carpet.

Did Bill's cosmetic dental work really improve his life? We can't say for sure — but as his wife Giuliana recently told Dear Doctor, “First impressions are very important, and having a beautiful smile will help anyone make a great impact on others.” So perhaps it worked on her!

If you would like more information on how cosmetic dental treatments can improve your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Magic of Orthodontics” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”