Overbite Correction

Overbite is a dental term used to describe a bite misalignment.  Technically, an overbite is the extent, measured in millimeters or as a percentage; to which there is an overlap of the upper front teeth (maxillary central incisors) over the lower front teeth (mandibular central incisors). Basically, these front teeth are used to shear or cut into food as you chew.  If you've ever looked at your own front teeth in a mirror, you’ll notice that these teeth have no cusps, but rather sharp edges or ridges.  In the majority of overbite cases, bite correction involves braces.  In cases of excessive overbite, a person’s upper front teeth reach far down over the lower front teeth.  Extreme examples are when a person’s lower front teeth actually cut into the roof of the mouth.  Bite correction for excessive overbite may involve a combination of jaw … [Read more...]

Sinus Trouble and Tooth Pain

A funny thing happens when the pollen count has been elevated for a while. People with allergies make appointments with allergy doctors. You might also want to make an appointment with your family dentist. Whether that runny nose or stuffed-up feeling is caused by tree pollen, mold or other irritants, it can lead to headaches, bad breath and toothaches. The maxillary sinus cavity is situated above the upper molars. As sinuses become chronically congested, tissues swell and infection may ensue. Nerves get irritated and cause facial pressure and painful teeth. Tooth pain also may be caused by decay, a loose filling, a cracked tooth or even an abscess or bone infection. These dental problems do not cure themselves. You’ll need to be evaluated and treated. Ignoring them could compound the problem or even put your life at risk. If … [Read more...]

Ronald McDonald House to Sponsor Children’s Dental Health

In a controversial move, the Ronald McDonald House is now taking over the public charity work of children's dental health in some of the poorest areas of New Zealand. Through the use of a heavily branded mobile dental van, the schools of the South Aukland district of New Zealand will recieve free access to a variety of dental health options to improve oral health and awareness. These vans from the Ronald McDonald House have been used throughout the world for this purpose. This $500,000 van from the Ronald McDonald House represents the second of these vans to be accepted by the country of New Zealand in seven years. This makes them the only country in the world other than the US to have two of these dental health charity vans. This story is covered in detail through a recent article in the New Zealand Herald. Benefits for New Zealand … [Read more...]

ADA’s First National Oral Health Quiz Gives America a "D"

The American Dental Association (ADA) recently released the results of its first ever oral health quiz, which showed that Americans have a terrible dental grade point average. According to Dr. Ada Cooper, who works as a dentist in New York and also serves as a spokeswoman for the ADA, the association is "hoping that this sets the low bar" when it comes to awareness. The goal of the ADA is to bring America's oral health grades up from there, according to a recent article in the Chicago Tribune. ADA Launches New Initiative at MouthHealthy.org The negative results of this quiz were released alongside the announcement that the ADA has launched a new website advocating for improved oral health, found at MouthHealthy.org. This site contains helpful information regarding a range of oral health tips, as well as medical and dental advice from … [Read more...]

Dental Implant Procedures Increasing in Global Popularity

A recent global market research report states that dental implants are likely to become the most common tooth replacement procedure in the future, with an expected global market of $6.5 billion by the year 2018. This is believed to be partly due to an aging population, increasingly available information about the procedure, and an established preference for products or services considered to be "premium." A number of other key factors for this assessment were listed in a press release by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the agency which compiled the report. As a growing worldwide problem, missing teeth has a dramatic effect on other aspects of life in addition to appearance. Over time, missing teeth can contribute to speech difficulties and the onset of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). It has also been strongly associated with … [Read more...]

Cost of Porcelain Veneers

How Much Do Dental Veneers Cost? One of the first questions dental patients ask when considering veneers for their smile makeovers is “How much do veneers cost?” It’s a legitimate question, and we get it all the time here at the office. The answer, however, is not so simple. We’re not being evasive; there are just a lot of issues that must be taken into consideration. Of course, the type of veneer placed over the anterior teeth is going to be case specific. It’s going to depend on the problems being addressed. Are the teeth in normal alignment or tilted? Is there just one damaged tooth or a whole mouthful? Are decay and gingivitis factors, or do you simply want to mask the marks of dental fluorosis? How many fillings do you currently have and what material was used to fill them? Are you looking for a celebrity smile or something more … [Read more...]

Caring for Porcelain Veneers

How to Take Care of Your Porcelain Veneers Porcelain veneers are the darling of cosmetic dentists all over the country. Why? Because they offer snappy results for the time-crunched patient looking for a smile makeover that looks and feels natural. Veneers enable patients to bypass dental surgery or years in braces, and they provide the versatility that lends itself to customization. In fact, porcelain veneers applications have surged 250% in the United States since 2006, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. These thin-profile dental shells are permanently bonded to teeth, masking stains and camouflaging teeth worn down from nocturnal clenching. Gaps can be hidden, cracks can be covered, and color can be corrected. With dental veneers, dentists can produce the illusion that misshapen and crooked teeth are … [Read more...]

Overbite Correction

I Have an Overbite. Now What? Have you finally decided to do something about your overbite? Solid training and loads of dental experience are what overbite patients should look for in a cosmetic dentist or an orthodontist. This must be paired with a personal commitment to do your research, ask lots of questions, and be meticulous in following protocol once treatment has started. In a normal mouth, teeth are aligned so that the upper arch fits slightly over the lower teeth. The molars on the top fit into the topography of the molars on the bottom in an ideal occlusion. This is not the case with an overbite patient. An overbite, also known as a “Class 2 malocclusion,” is characterized by an ill-matched set of dental arches in which the top teeth overhang the bottom teeth in a pronounced way. The medical term is “retrognathism.” An … [Read more...]

Does Your Dentist Have School Cred?

Take a look on the wall in any dentist’s office and you’ll probably spy some nicely matted and framed credentials. Along with the title of “Doctor,” many have accrued an assortment of acronyms trailing their names. But, what do they all mean and should consumers care? In the field of dentistry, credentials, experience and ongoing education matter a great deal – as do the honest opinions of satisfied dental patients with healthy, pain-free and attractive smiles! Every consumer should know who their dentist is, where he or she went to school, and their level of experience. Your dental office’s website is a good place to start looking. Just find the “About” tab on the page menu and click to open. Or, check out the pictures in the dentist’s “Before and After” photo gallery. The “Before” pictures will show patients with overbites, … [Read more...]

The History of Ceramic Crowns

Ceramic Crowns Ceramic crowns are a customizable method of dental restoration that completely covers or caps the teeth being treated. These ceramics may be attached directly to the enamel of the tooth, or to a metal implant that is placed into the structure of the tooth itself. While these crowns may be made from a number of materials depending on the specific situation, ceramic crowns have long been one of the standards of dental care. Ceramic materials such as porcelain, pressed ceramics or feldspathic porcelain are all used due to their strength and similar appearance to dental enamel. These crowns are used to provide additional strength to weakened teeth, to prevent further damage in teeth that have already decayed, and to improve the appearance of damaged teeth. They are produced through a complex and detailed procedure that … [Read more...]