Posts for: May, 2016
As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.
What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.
For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.
Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.
Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.
So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
The truth about wisdom teeth from your Newberg dentist
You’ve probably heard all kinds of advice on whether you should take your wisdom teeth out or leave them in. It’s difficult to know what to do, so Dr. Angela Toy at Arbor Hills Dental in Newberg, Oregon wants to help you decide what to do with your wisdom teeth.
You may feel your wisdom teeth erupting when you are between 17 and 25 years old. Some people don’t ever get wisdom teeth and other people get all 4 wisdom teeth. In rare cases, a person may actually have an extra set of wisdom teeth!
You may feel pain and pressure behind your second molars, and may have difficulty opening and closing your mouth because your mouth feels tight. Sometimes people have no symptoms at all from their wisdom teeth.
Dr. Toy will evaluate whether you should have your wisdom teeth taken out, based on a number of criteria including:
- Do you have space in your mouth to accommodate your wisdom teeth?
- Will you be able to easily clean your wisdom teeth?
- Are your wisdom teeth erupting straight and in-line with other teeth?
- Are your wisdom teeth completely impacted in bone so they will never erupt?
- Are your wisdom teeth causing you pain?
If you want to keep your wisdom teeth, Dr. Toy wants you to know some of the issues you might have, such as:
- Pain, pressure when your teeth erupt
- Difficulty opening and closing your mouth
- Crowding of your other teeth
If you do keep your wisdom teeth, you will have difficulty keeping your wisdom teeth clean because they are so far back. You may have decay or bone loss from periodontal disease which could affect your other teeth.
If you have wisdom teeth that are buried in bone (impacted) and you decide to leave them in, cysts can form around them, destroying bone in your jaw.
When you are deciding about your wisdom teeth, don’t make the decision alone. Get the help and advice of an expert like Dr. Toy. So call Dr. Angela Toy at Arbor Hills Dental in Newberg, Oregon today and find out more about your wisdom teeth!
First introduced in the 1980s, dental implants are a popular and reliable tooth replacement option. Numerous studies show that after ten years 95% are still in place. Much of this success owes to the implant’s titanium post imbedded directly into the jaw, which then attracts bone growth. This additional growth securely anchors the implant in place for an unrivaled durability among other replacement options.
Still, a small percentage of implants fail — some in the first few months and others after a few years. Here are 3 reasons why, and how you can overcome them.
Poor bone quantity and quality. Implants need a certain amount of existing bone to succeed. Sometimes, though, there isn’t enough because prolonged absence of a tooth causes bone loss around the empty socket. Conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis or tobacco use can also compromise bone health. It’s often possible to increase bone volume with grafting, especially right after tooth extraction.
Teeth grinding habits. This occurs when you unconsciously grind or clench your teeth, usually during sleep. The habit can create forces far in excess of what’s normal when we bite or chew and can damage or even break the crown attached to an implant. Besides reducing stress (a major factor for teeth grinding), you can also alleviate the abnormal force generated by wearing a night guard.
Periodontal (gum) disease. Although your implants are impervious to disease or infection, supporting gums and bone aren’t. Plaque, a film of food and bacteria that builds up on tooth surfaces, can cause gum disease that weakens the supporting tissues (gums and bone) of the implant. This can give rise to a specific condition with implants known as peri-implantitis where the infected gum tissues and bone around it deteriorate, leading to the implant’s catastrophic loss. To avoid this, practice consistent daily hygiene, including around the implant. And see us regularly for checkups and cleanings, or as soon as possible if you see signs of gum problems.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth-Replacement Method that Rarely Fails.”