Posts for: August, 2017
Your teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Even with wear and tear from years of eating and biting they can continue to function properly and look attractive well into your senior years.
Teeth are resilient thanks in part to enamel, the hardest substance in the human body. But the gums also contribute to this resilience: besides attractively framing the teeth, they protect the dentin and roots below the enamel covering.
Unfortunately, the gums can shrink back or “recede” from their normal place. Not only does this look unattractive, the recession can also expose teeth to disease and cause tooth sensitivity to temperature changes or biting pressure.
There are a number of causes for gum recession, some of which you may have little control over. If, for example, your teeth come in off center from their bony housing, the gum tissues may not develop around them properly. You might also have inherited a thinner type of gum tissue from your parents: thinner tissues are more delicate and susceptible to recession.
But there are other causes for which you have more control. Over-aggressive brushing (too hard for too long), ironically, does more harm than good as it can injure your gums and cause them to recede. More likely, though, your recession is a direct result of neglecting proper hygiene for your teeth and gums.
When teeth aren't properly cleaned through daily brushing and flossing, a thin film of bacteria and food remnant called plaque builds up on tooth surfaces. This can trigger periodontal (gum) disease, which subsequently causes the gum tissues to detach from the teeth and often recede.
To reduce your risk of gum disease, you should gently but thoroughly brush and floss daily, and visit us for cleanings and checkups at least twice a year. If you have a poor bite (malocclusion), consider orthodontic treatment: malocclusions make it easier for plaque to accumulate and harder to remove.
Above all, if you begin to see signs of gum problems — swelling, bleeding or pain — see us promptly for an examination and treatment. Dealing with these issues early is the best way to ensure your gums continue to do their jobs for the long-term.
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.”
Need a dental filling? You're not alone. Everyone needs a dental filling at some point in their lives. Tooth colored fillings, or cosmetic fillings, are used to restore decayed or broken teeth. Tooth colored fillings offer many advantages over metal fillings. Dr. Kathleen Geipe is one of the finest dentists in Salisbury, MD. She offers a full range of dental services, including tooth colored fillings. Here are five reasons to consider tooth colored fillings.
1. Maintain Tooth Health- Composite is a mixture of resin and glass-like particles that produce a tooth colored filling. Tooth colored fillings work wonderfully for cavities. Most of the tooth structure can be preserved, and the material serves to hold that structure tightly together to prevent further decay and fracture.
2. Pleasing Appearance- Traditional dental fillings are less popular than tooth colored dental fillings because of their silvery appearance. Once your Salisbury dentist completes your tooth colored filling, it will look natural and won’t be noticeable when you speak. After it is bonded to the tooth, the composite resin hardens into a strong material that looks like your tooth.
3. Good Durability- Another benefit of tooth colored dental fillings is that they are incredibly durable. Composite is a strong material, providing good durability in dental restorations. Tooth colored fillings can withstand the forces of chewing. This makes them a reliable, long-term solution for cavities.
4. Avoid Allergens- Some people are allergic to one or more of the metals in amalgam dental fillings. An allergy to amalgam fillings causes reactions that occur near the site of the filling. For patients who are allergic to the metals used in amalgam dental fillings, tooth colored fillings can restore their teeth without risk of an allergic reaction.
5. One Single Visit- Say goodbye to lengthy treatment sessions in the dentist's chair. Your tooth colored dental filling can be completed in just one office visit. The treatment will be completed very quickly and you will leave the same day with your tooth colored dental filling.
Don't wait another minute- Call Dr. Kathleen Geipe at 410-543-0599 now to schedule a dental consultation in Salisbury, MD. Tooth colored fillings have helped millions of people improve their smiles, boosting their confidence and enhancing their lives. And it will do the same for you!