Posts for: February, 2018
How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Arlington can remake your smile
Are you showing off your best smile, or do you have a few issues with how your smile looks? If you want to fix problems with your smile, you need to investigate cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Joseph Reed at Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX wants to introduce you to a few cosmetic dental procedures that can help you show off your best possible smile.
If you have a dull, yellowed, stained smile, consider a professional teeth whitening treatment. Unlike over-the-counter whitening products, professional teeth whitening can whiten your smile dramatically, up to 8 shades whiter! The results are long-lasting too, even up to 5 years! A professional teeth whitening treatment is quick, inexpensive, safe, and provides excellent results.
If you have small chips or cracks you can hide them with dental bonding. Dental bonding is a versatile treatment that can change the color and shape of teeth, giving you a more attractive smile. Dental bonding uses composite which can be matched perfectly to the color of your teeth. This means that your dental bonding will be virtually invisible to other people. It will look completely natural and beautiful.
If you have dental decay, consider tooth-colored fillings, which also use composite. Now it’s possible to have a strong filling that also enhances your smile. You don’t have to settle for old-school metal fillings, so ask for tooth-colored fillings instead!
If you want a dramatically beautiful smile, consider porcelain veneers, thin laminates of dazzling porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of teeth. They can hide large cracks, chips, defects, and other cosmetic issues, making your smile look perfectly beautiful. They can even cosmetically change the alignment of your teeth, closing gaps and eliminating tooth overlap.
If you want to show off your best possible smile, consider cosmetic dental services or a complete smile makeover, which incorporates several services into your customized treatment plan. To find out more about cosmetic and restorative dental services call Dr. Reed at Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX today!
The red, scaly rash suddenly appearing on your face doesn’t cause you much physical discomfort, but it’s still embarrassing. And to make matters worse treating it as you would other skin ailments seems to make it worse.
Your ailment might be a particular skin condition known as peri-oral dermatitis. Although its overall occurrence is fairly low (1% or less of the population worldwide) it seems to be more prevalent in industrialized countries like the United States, predominantly among women ages 20-45.
Peri-oral dermatitis can appear on the skin as a rash of small red bumps, pimples or blisters. You usually don’t feel anything but some patients can have occasional stinging, itching or burning sensations. It’s often misidentified as other types of skin rashes, which can be an issue when it comes to treatment.
Steroid-based ointments that work well with other skin ailments could have the opposite effect with peri-oral dermatitis. If you’re using that kind of cream out of your medicine cabinet, your rash may look better initially because the steroid constricts the tiny blood vessels in the skin. But the reduction in redness won’t last as the steroid tends to suppress the skin’s natural healing capacity with continued use.
The best treatment for peri-oral dermatitis is to first stop using any topical steroid ointments, including other-the-counter hydrocortisone, and any other medications, lotions or creams on it. Instead, wash your skin with a mild soap. Although the rash may flare up initially, it should begin to subside after a few days.
A physician can further treat it with antibiotic lotions typically containing Clindamycin or Metronidazole, or a non-prescription, anti-itch lotion for a less severe case. For many this clears up the condition long-term, but there’s always the possibility of relapse. A repeat of this treatment is usually effective.
Tell your dentist if you have recurring bouts of a rash that match these descriptions. More than likely you’ll be referred to a dermatologist for treatment. With the right attention—and avoiding the wrong treatment ointment—you’ll be able to say goodbye to this annoying and embarrassing rash.
If you smoke, you know better than anyone how a hard a habit it is to kick. If you want to quit, it helps to have a motivating reason—like lowering your risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease or similar conditions.
Here’s another reason for quitting tobacco: it could be making your teeth and gums less healthy. And, if you’re facing a restoration like dental implants, smoking can make that process harder or even increase the risk of failure.
So, to give your willpower some needed pep talk material, here are 3 reasons why smoking doesn’t mix with dental implants.
Inhaled smoke damages mouth tissues. Though you may not realize it, the smoke from your cigarette or cigar is hot enough to burn the top layer of skin cells in your mouth, which then thickens them. This could affect your salivary glands causing them to produce less saliva, which in turn could set off a chain of events that increases your risk of tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. The end result might be bone loss, which could make installing dental implants difficult if not impossible.
Nicotine restricts healthy blood flow. Nicotine, the chemical tobacco users crave, can restrict blood flow in the tiny vessels that course through the mouth membranes and gums. With less blood flow, these tissues may not receive enough antibodies to fight infection and fully facilitate healing, which could interfere with the integration of bone and implants that create their durable hold. Slower healing, as well as the increased chances of infection, could interrupt this integration process.
Smoking contributes to other diseases that impact oral health. Smoking’s direct effect on the mouth isn’t the only impact it could have on your oral health. As is well known, tobacco use can increase the risk of systemic conditions like cardiovascular and lung disease, and cancer. These conditions may also trigger inflammation—and a number of studies are showing this triggered inflammatory response could also affect your body’s ability to fight bacterial infections in the mouth. Less healthy teeth, gums and underlying bone work against your chances of long-term success with implants.
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 & Smoking: What are the Risks?”