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By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
September 19, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   celebrity smiles  
HowCelineDionOvercameHerSmileObstacle

For over three decades, Celine Dion has amazed audiences and fans with her powerful singing voice. Best known for her recording of "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song for the movie Titanic, Dion has amassed global record sales topping 200 million. In her early singing days, though, she struggled with one particular career obstacle: an unattractive smile.

The Canadian-born performer had a number of dental defects including crooked and discolored teeth, and—most prominent of all—abnormally large cuspid or "canine" teeth (located on either side of the four front incisors). They were so noticeable that one Quebec celebrity magazine gave her the unflattering nickname "Canine Dion."

This isn't an unusual problem. Since human canines are already the longest teeth in the mouth, it doesn't take much for them to stand out. Our ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors needed these large, pointed teeth to survive. But with the evolution of agriculture and industry, canine teeth have become gradually smaller—so much so that when they're abnormally large, they don't look right in a smile.

So, what can be done if your canines embarrassingly stand out from the rest? Here are some of the options to consider.

Reduce their size. If your canines are just a tad too long, it may be possible to remove some of the enamel layer in a procedure called contouring. Using this technique, we can reduce a tooth's overall size, which we then re-shape by bonding composite resin to the tooth. It's only a good option, though, if your canines have an ample and healthy layer of enamel.

Repair other teeth. The problem of prominent canine teeth may actually be caused by neighboring teeth. When the teeth next to the canines are crooked, the canines can appear more prominent. Alternatively, other teeth around the canines may be abnormally small. Braces or clear aligners can correct crooked incisors, and applying porcelain veneers to smaller teeth could help normalize their length.

Apply dental crowns. In some instances, we can reduce the canines in size and then bond porcelain crowns to them. This is the option that Dion ultimately chose. The natural teeth are still intact, but the crowning process transforms them into properly proportioned, life-like teeth. There is, however, one caveat: The alteration to these teeth will be permanent, so they will need a crown from then on.

Besides crowning her canine teeth, Dion also underwent other dental work to straighten and whiten her other teeth. As a result, this superstar performer now has a superstar smile to match and so can you if your teeth are less than perfect. These or other cosmetic enhancements can give you the look you truly desire. All it takes is an initial visit with us to start you on the road to a transformed smile.

If you would like more information about various cosmetic solutions for your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Dental Crowns.”

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
May 11, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: crowns   dental crowns  

Discover the many smile advantages of getting a dental crown.

There are many reasons why our Salisbury, MD, dentist, Dr. Kathleen Geipe, might recommend getting a dental crown. This porcelain or ceramic tooth-shaped restoration is designed to protect a tooth from damage. Apart from being strong, durable, and long-lasting, this popular restoration also offers these benefits:

Strengthening a Weak Tooth

Everything from decay to a dental infection can damage the tooth so much that it can no longer stand on its own without some support. While minor decay can be treated with a dental filling, a tooth with more widespread decay might benefit more from a dental crown. The crown fully encapsulates the tooth, providing it with a stronger outer barrier to restore chewing, biting, and speaking.

Preserving Your Natural Tooth

The goal of our dentist, Dr. Geipe, and her team here in Salisbury, MD, is to preserve and protect your natural smile. To ensure the longevity of your smile this means providing restorations such as crowns that can stabilize and support what’s left of the natural tooth structure instead of having to pull the tooth and replace it. A crown provides a simple solution that can help you maintain your own natural smile for the rest of your life.

Improving Your Appearance

A dental crown can also offer cosmetic benefits, as well. After all, a crown is designed to look just like a natural tooth. This means that no one will be able to tell the difference between a real tooth and the tooth that has a crown. Therefore, if you are also dealing with a tooth that is malformed, misshapen, or severely discolored, a dental crown can help to brighten and reshape the tooth while hiding these imperfections.

Preventing Tooth Loss

A weak tooth will only get weaker over time if the problem isn’t treated. This is why it’s important to visit us right away if you are dealing with a cracked or broken tooth. A damaged tooth won’t be able to handle the same pressure and force from your jaws when chewing and biting, which can lead to further irreparable damage in the future. Instead of just waiting until you have to replace the tooth, getting a dental crown when you need it is a much easier solution.

If you are faced with a broken or damaged tooth that requires urgent care here in Salisbury, MD, our dentist is still providing emergency dental visits. Please call us at (410) 543-0599.

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
March 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   celebrity smiles  
DentalCrownsfortheKingofMagic

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By KATHLEEN M. GEIPE, DDS, PA
December 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: crowns   Bridges  

Are you concerned about cracks, missing teeth or fragile teeth? Crowns and bridges offer a simple way to solve your problem. Dr. Kathleen Geipe, your Salisbury, MD, dentist, explains how these versatile dental restorations can help your smile.

Crowns are an excellent solution to many dental problems in Salisbury

Crowns are hollow, custom-made porcelain shells that completely cover teeth. They may also be made of other strong materials, such as ceramic, resin, gold, nickel alloys or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Crowns are often used for:

  • Cracked Teeth: Cracks, even small ones, weaken the structural integrity of teeth. When you have a crack, it's only a matter of time until the tooth will break if you don't do something to stabilize it. Crowns protect and strengthen cracked teeth and prevent them from fracturing.
  • Discolored Teeth: One or two discolored teeth can make you feel a little self-conscious about your smile. Since crowns cover your teeth completely, they're a good option if a tooth has been discolored because of a large filling or due to medication side effects.
  • Unattractive Teeth: Just one oddly shaped tooth can affect the symmetry of your smile. Whether your tooth is pointed, twisted or pitted, you'll benefit from a dental crown.
  • Short Teeth: Your bite may suffer if one tooth is shorter than the others. Adding a crown to the tooth lengthens it and makes chewing easier.
  • Teeth Weakened by Dental Treatments: Root canals, large fillings and other dental treatments restore teeth, but also tend to make them weaker. Crowns prevent these fragile teeth from cracking or breaking.
  • Broken Teeth: Broken teeth can cut your mouth or tongue, make chewing more difficult and altering your appearance. Crowns restore the full width and height of broken teeth.

Bridges replace missing teeth

Would you like to do something about a missing tooth? Bridges, which consist of one or more artificial teeth anchored by crowns on either side, restore your appearance and your smile. They not only replace your missing tooth, but also prevent nearby teeth from drifting.

Could you benefit from crowns and bridges? Call Dr. Geipe, your Salisbury, MD, dentist, at (410) 543-0599 to schedule an appointment to learn more about your options.

By Kathleen M. Geipe, DDS, PA
November 13, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
AToothlessTiger

Let’s say you’re traveling to Italy to surprise your girlfriend, who is competing in an alpine ski race… and when you lower the scarf that’s covering your face, you reveal to the assembled paparazzi that one of your front teeth is missing. What will you do about this dental dilemma?

Sound far-fetched? It recently happened to one of the most recognized figures in sports — Tiger Woods. There’s still some uncertainty about exactly how this tooth was taken out: Was it a collision with a cameraman, as Woods’ agent reported… or did Woods already have some problems with the tooth, as others have speculated? We still don’t know for sure, but the big question is: What happens next?

Fortunately, contemporary dentistry offers several good solutions for the problem of missing teeth. Which one is best? It depends on each individual’s particular situation.

Let’s say that the visible part of the tooth (the crown) has been damaged by a dental trauma (such as a collision or a blow to the face), but the tooth still has healthy roots. In this case, it’s often possible to keep the roots and replace the tooth above the gum line with a crown restoration (also called a cap). Crowns are generally made to order in a dental lab, and are placed on a prepared tooth in a procedure that requires two office visits: one to prepare the tooth for restoration and to make a model of the mouth and the second to place the custom-manufactured crown and complete the restoration. However, in some cases, crowns can be made on special machinery right in the dental office, and placed during the same visit.

But what happens if the root isn’t viable — for example, if the tooth is deeply fractured, or completely knocked out and unable to be successfully re-implanted?

In that case, a dental implant is probably the best option for tooth replacement. An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure. Titanium has a unique property: It can fuse with living bone tissue, allowing it to act as a secure anchor for the replacement tooth system. The crown of the implant is similar to the one mentioned above, except that it’s made to attach to the titanium implant instead of the natural tooth.

Dental implants look, function and “feel” just like natural teeth — and with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Although they may be initially expensive, their quality and longevity makes them a good value over the long term. A less-costly alternative is traditional bridgework — but this method requires some dental work on the adjacent, healthy teeth; plus, it isn’t expected to last as long as an implant, and it may make the teeth more prone to problems down the road.

What will the acclaimed golfer do? No doubt Tiger’s dentist will help him make the right tooth-replacement decision.

If you have a gap in your grin — whatever the cause — contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation, and find out which tooth-replacement system is right for you. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Crowns & Bridgework.”