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Posts for: May, 2017

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 28, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

There are many new and exciting ways now to transform an unattractive smile into one you'll be confident to display. But not all “smile makeover” techniques are new — one in particular has been around for generations: using braces to correct crooked teeth.

Braces have improved the smiles (and also dental health) for millions of people. But as commonplace this orthodontic treatment is, it wouldn't work at all if a natural mechanism for moving teeth didn't already exist. Braces “partner” with this mechanism to move teeth to better positions.

The jawbone doesn't actually hold teeth in place — that's the job of an elastic gum tissue between the teeth and bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers extending from the ligament attach to the teeth on one side and to the bone on the other. In addition to securing them, the dynamic, moldable nature of the ligament allows teeth to move incrementally in response to forces applied against them.

To us, the teeth feel quite stationary (if they don't, that's a problem!). That's because there's sufficient length of the tooth roots that are surrounded by bone, periodontal ligament and gum tissue. But when pressure is applied against the teeth, the periodontal ligament forms both osteoblasts (bone-forming cells) and osteoclasts (bone-resorbing cells) causing the bone to remodel. This allows the teeth to move to a new position.

Braces take advantage of this in a controlled manner. The orthodontist bonds brackets to the outside face of the teeth through which they pass a thin metal wire. They attach the ends of the wire to the brackets (braces), usually on the back teeth. By using the tension placed in the wire, the orthodontist can control the gradual movement of teeth to achieve proper function and aesthetics. The orthodontist continues to monitor the treatment progress, while making periodic adjustments to the tension.

It takes time, but through this marvelous interplay between nature and dental science you'll gain a more healthy and beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on improving your smile with orthodontics, 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 “Moving Teeth with Orthodontics.”

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out why our dentist may recommend that you get a dental crown.dental crowns

A dental crown can be used in many different ways. Perhaps you know someone who has a dental crown, or maybe our Slidell, LA, dentists, Dr. Susan Silverstri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger, has recently told you that a crown could benefit your smile. Knowing everything you can about a dental treatment before you get it is fantastic and can help make the visit so much easier. Here’s all you need to know about getting a dental crown.

Why is a crown used?

There are many reasons a crown can be a great restoration for your smile. Perhaps you have a tooth that has been damaged or weakened, either by a fracture, decay or infection. If our Slidell general dentist has told you that you need root canal therapy, a dental crown will most likely be placed over the tooth to preserve what’s left of the tooth.

Of course, crowns aren’t always designed to restore function and strength back into a tooth. Crowns can also be used for cosmetic reasons. Maybe you hate that you have an oddly shaped or discolored tooth. It might be the only thing keeping you from having a beautiful smile. In this case, a dental crown may just be the best way to bolster the tooth’s appearance.

Crowns can also be placed over healthy teeth to support a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a great way to replace one or more missing teeth in a row with a fixed restoration. If you choose to get a dental implant to replace a missing tooth, a crown will also have to be attached or cemented over the implant to complete the restoration.

Without a crown what would happen?

If you have a damaged tooth there is a pretty good possibility that over time the tooth will weaken and get worse. This could lead to a crack that is so severe that the tooth is beyond repair and will need to be removed. A crown is one of the most commonly used restorations for protecting a tooth and providing a strong outer layer so that you can continue to use your teeth with confidence.

Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry in Slidell, LA, prides itself on providing a full range of cosmetic, preventive and restorative dental services at your disposal. Whether you have questions about getting a dental crown or you want to talk to us about other restorative options, we are here for you.

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 13, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   braces  

Have you started orthodontic treatment recently? Are you having a little trouble getting used to your braces? If so, you are not alone: Everybody goes through an adjustment period during which they momentarily wonder if they’ll really ever get used to this. Don’t worry — you will! And we’ve never heard anyone say, on the day their braces come off and their new smile is revealed, that they aren’t glad they went the distance. Just ask Houston Rockets all-star center Dwight Howard, who discussed his own orthodontic treatment in a recent interview.

“I’m sure I was no different than anyone else who has ever had braces,” he told Mediaplanet. “At first I hated them so much… That changed once I got used to them and I actually grew to love them.” What’s Howard’s advice? “Do exactly what your orthodontist says and know that the outcome is well worth it in the end.” We couldn’t agree more! Here are some tips for wearing braces comfortably:

  • Hard & Chewy Foods: If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, that’s great; there’s no reason to give them up, just the really hard ones. You don’t want to bite into an apple or carrot or any other hard foods like bagels and pizza that have any “size” to them. Small pieces may be ok as long as they can’t bend your wires. Chewy, sticky candy should really be avoided completely. Same with soda, sports drinks and so-called energy drinks because they contain acids that promote tooth decay and can cause a lot of damage around the braces.
  • Effective Oral Hygiene: Keeping your teeth clean is more important than ever, but also more challenging than ever. It’s easy for food to get stuck under wires and around brackets, but failing to remove it can cause tooth decay, gum irritation and soreness. Therefore, the cleaner your teeth and your braces are, the healthier you will be. Use interdental cleaning brushes and/or a floss-threader to get behind your wires. A mouthrinse can also help strengthen teeth and keep bacteria in check. If you have any questions about how to clean between your teeth, please ask for a demonstration at your next visit.
  • Pain Relief: Some soreness at the beginning of orthodontic treatment is normal. To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw. If brackets or wires are rubbing against the inside of your cheeks or lips, try applying wax to these areas of your braces. If this does not offer enough relief, we may be able to trim the end of a poking wire. Call us if you need help with this.

Our goal is to make your orthodontic treatment as comfortable as possible on the way to achieving your all-star smile. If you have questions about adjusting to braces, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Caring for Teeth During Orthodontic Treatment.”

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