Posts for: October, 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.”
Dental crowns can do many things for you and your smile. Crowns look like regular teeth and fit over existing teeth to correct such problems as cracked, misshapen or damaged teeth. Dental crowns can transform the look of your smile and also improve tooth function. Visit Dr. Toan Bui of Transcendental for dental crowns in Clifton, NJ.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are caps that cover problem teeth so that they can look and function normally once again. There are many different reasons why a patient might need a crown. Common reasons for getting a dental crown include:
- Covering a cracked tooth
- Covering a discolored tooth
- Covering a tooth that is oddly shaped
- Covering a dental implant
- Needing a dental bridge for a missing tooth
- Having a large cavity that cannot be filled
- Having a root canal
Several things can be accomplished with the installation of dental crowns. In addition to improving the look and appearance of the teeth, dental crowns can also strengthen weak or compromised teeth. They can improve biting, chewing, and other tooth functions, as well. In other words, dental crowns serve both aesthetic and functional purposes. Discuss potential reasons for needing a dental crown with your Clifton area dentist.
Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, resin or metal. Your dentist will make a mold of your teeth that will be used to create crowns that are custom fit to your mouth. Dental crowns are matched as closely as possible to the color of your existing teeth so that they blend in. Once your dental crowns are ready, your dentist will check the fit and make adjustments, if needed. When the fit has been perfected, the crowns will be permanently affixed to your teeth using a special dental cement.
Dental crowns can correct many different dental concerns. They can improve everyday tooth functions, such as biting and chewing, while also giving you a beautiful new smile. For dental crowns in Clifton, NJ, call Transcendental at (973) 458-9899 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bui.
There's a burning sensation in your mouth even though you haven't had anything hot to eat or drink. It's an experience you've had for years, often accompanied by mouth dryness, tingling or numbness that leaves you irritable, anxious or depressed.
The root causes for Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) remain elusive, although there appear to be links to diabetes, acid reflux, menopausal hormonal changes or even psychological issues. Although we may not be able to pinpoint the root cause we can identify contributing factors to BMS through a detailed oral examination and medical history (including drugs you're taking).
Mouth dryness is one of the most common factors for BMS. The lack of lubrication from adequate saliva flow can contribute substantially to the irritating burning sensation. There are a number of causes for mouth dryness, including as a side effect from many medications or other treatments.
We must also consider whether an allergic reaction — the body's over-reaction to a foreign substance — may have a role in your symptoms. Some people react to sodium lauryl sulfate, a foaming agent found in many types of toothpaste, along with whitening substances or flavorings like cinnamon; denture wearers can become allergic to the plastic materials used to construct the denture. These, as well as spicy foods, smoking or alcohol, can irritate or cause the tissues lining the inside of the mouth to peel.
Determining what factors contribute to your symptoms allows us to develop a treatment approach tailored to your situation. If, for example, we've determined your BMS stems from dry mouth as a side effect to medication, we can ask your doctor to prescribe an alternative, increase your water intake when taking pills or stimulate saliva flow. If we identify an allergen as a factor, you can eliminate the substance to reduce symptoms.
You may also need to make changes to your eating and lifestyle habits: stop smoking, reduce your alcohol or coffee consumption and avoid very hot or spicy foods. And look for ways to reduce stress, another contributing factor, through relaxation techniques, exercise or support groups.
It's possible that BMS will resolve itself over time. In the meantime, though, we can help you find ways to alleviate the irritation.
If you would like more information on diagnosing and treating BMS, 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 “Burning Mouth Syndrome.”