Afraid Of Wearing Braces?

Oct 17th, 2019
Easton Dentists Nov 1st, 2019

When you were a pre-teen, probably one of the scariest things you could imagine was coming back from the dentist’s office with braces. Once you became an adult, you were probably relieved that you escaped your teens without having a mouthful of metal.

Surprisingly, many adults get braces, too. Why? Many people did not get braces when they were young because either their parents could not afford braces, or their teeth could not be straightened with the techniques of 40 years ago. Now they have problems with their teeth and gums, get indigestion all the time or they are just unhappy with their smile.

Other people did have orthodontic treatment when they were young, but they did not wear their retainers until they stopped growing (little known fact: you should wear your retainer until you are 24). The result is that their teeth are now a little bit crooked. Now they are unhappy with their smile so they get braces too.

As much as 25 percent of the orthodontic treatment being done is being done on adult patients. Most adults get orthodontic treatment because they realize that taking care of your smile is part of taking care of yourself.

Of course, the idea of revisiting the nightmare of your teen years is a bit intimidating—for example, in an episode of “Sex and the City,” Miranda briefly wore braces, only to have them removed because she was incredibly self-conscious about them.

Thankfully, many dentists (including us!) offer Invisalign, which is an alignment device that is clear, as well as much more comfortable than the traditional metal braces. Invisalign is removable, so you would take them out to eat, drink, and brush, greatly reducing the chance of decay that comes with metal braces. With Invisalign, you “graduate” to a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks. The aligners give less force per week and less pain than do fixed appliances.

Look at your smile – your smile is the most important feature on your face. Are you happy with your smile now? Does your smile look as good as it did when you were younger? What do you think about someone who has a pleasing smile – do you find them attractive? What do you think about someone who has an awful smile – do they look old and haggard? At the end of orthodontic treatment, people’s smiles end up looking fabulous.

Dental Implants Fix Your Smile By Replacing That Missing Tooth!

Oct 16th, 2019
Easton Dentists Nov 1st, 2019

If you’re missing a tooth, due to an accident, an extraction, or gum disease, you know it’s a cause for concern. Not only is a missing tooth, especially in the front of the mouth, unsightly- it can affect the alignment of your existing teeth and even cause problems in chewing.

Luckily, there’s an answer in dental implants. You can replace a single tooth with a properly placed implant, which will preserve the appearance of your existing teeth and restore your smile.

What is a dental implant, exactly? It’s simply a titanium screw, placed in the bone in between the existing teeth. This “screw” acts just like your existing tooth roots- anchoring the new toot in place. It will be several weeks while the implant bonds to your bone – but after that, your dentist will make a dental crown that fits onto the implant- and you can enjoy your new smile.
Is the surgery painful? Actually, most patients report less discomfort than a normal cavity filling. Local anesthesia takes care of pain during surgery, and pain medication can be prescribed for post-op soreness.

A dentist right here in Columbus Ohio can be the best resource for finding out if a dental implant is right for you. There are factors to consider, including the condition of the existing bone and surrounding teeth, which may impact the effectiveness of the implant. Bone grafts or braces may be required before an implant can be placed.

Replacing missing teeth with dental implants has advantages for almost all patients: improving appearance, oral health, chewing and speaking normally, and improved self-esteem. Talk to Dr. Gilmer today to find out your options for dental implants.

Performance-Enhancing Athletic Mouthguards: Hype? Or the Real Deal?

Sep 28th, 2019
Easton Dentists Oct 1st, 2019

Sports related dental injuries are for real and they do account for some of our emergency care cases.  But now there is a trend towards high performance mouthguards.  It’s a baffling field full of contradictory claims that have left many experts scratching their heads.  Should you buy into the hype?

No longer are athletic mouthguards just something athletes wear to prevent them from visiting the emergency dentist (but, of course, that is why we advocate them!). New athletic mouthguards now actually claim to help athletes perform at their optimal levels.

Performance-enhancing athletic mouthguards seem to be a miracle of modern medicine – the right mouthguard can help the entire body can function at peak capacity. Athletes who invest in these custom mouthguards says they give them improved focus, balance, endurance, and strength. Pro athletes, in sports ranging from golf to boxing to football, have turned to these appliances for an edge over competitors.

Your basic athletic mouthguards are protective and distribute impact to reduce the severity or occurrence of injuries, such as mouth cuts, concussions, and tooth damage. Over-the-counter boil-and-bite varieties offer this protection at a minimal cost to the user. The new-and-improved varieties do this and more.

One type, with the Under Armor name on it makes states:

“ArmourBite® technology with patented Power Wedges™ to increase strength, improve endurance, and reduce athletic stress”

UA Performance Mouthwear mouthguards are intended to stop clenching, which is what triggers the body to overproduce stress hormones such as cortisol, which decreases strength and muscle growth. Cortisol is known to regulate the immune response, but chronic overproduction can have significant negative effects on the body.

Another marketer, NewAge Performance makes a claim:

“90 percent of the population has a bad or poor bite, which causes a mis-alignment in your body. When you have a perfect bite, the body reciprocates with better body alignment, allowing you to perform at a higher level. The New Age mouthpiece fools the body in thinking you have the perfect bite, hence the results being instant.”

It is is not yet known if they truly live up to the claims of physical benefits manufacturers want us to believe. Right now, we have to rely on the users – athletes – for our best information. For many of them, they believe it works.

Regardless if you are a believer or not, one of the most important things to come out of studies on the subject is that none of the mouthguards interfered with the athlete’s performance.  The key is, if the athlete believes in them, that will encourage them to always keep them in their mouth, and that is always a plus.

No Need To Be Afraid Of A Root Canal!

Sep 6th, 2019
Easton Dentists Oct 1st, 2019

Root canal treatment is performed when the pulp (core) of a tooth is diseased or damaged. This procedure requires the removal of the pulp followed by filling and sealing the inside areas (the pulp chamber and root canals).

There are a lot of myths surrounding root canal procedures. Many patients fear getting a root canal because they think it’s painful. However, this quite simply isn’t the case. With modern endodontic treatment, root canals are virtually painless. In fact they can actually relieve pain, by removing the cause of the problem causing tooth discomfort.

In addition, a root canal procedure can be the best way to save your natural tooth. Most root canals take an hour or less, and with modern pain medications, the patient will experience no pain whatsoever. Root canal procedures are actually the most comfortable, effective, and safest way to save the natural tooth, without the trauma of extraction, or the time and expense of a prosthetic tooth replacement.

Another concern is the perceived high cost of a root canal. In actuality, a root canal can cost thousands of dollars less than an implant, with much less treatment time.

It’s best to visit to your Columbus dentist on a regular basis (every six months is recommended), take good care of your teeth, and report to your dentist any pain you may be feeling. Preventative dental care may be the best way to avoid root canals. However , in many cases a root canal can be the best way to save the natural tooth. Generally, It’s a painless and very time efficient procedure-nothing to be afraid of.

Tips on How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

Aug 9th, 2019
Easton Dentists Aug 30th, 2019

Bad breath, also known in the dental world as halitosis, is a condition that affects everyone at some point in their life. Thankfully, no matter how many first impressions may have been ruined with bad breath, we will share with you a few simple steps to drastically reduce halitosis, if not completely eliminate it.

Symptoms

You know that you have bad breath if you can clear a large room with a hearty “hello.” Before this happens, you can check your breath by cupping your hand over your mouth and nose and exhaling from the back of your throat, where most bad breath originates. If this exhale causes you to lose a offends yourself, then it’s time to do something about it, before it offends your family and friends. Before we find a solution, let’s learn more about halitosis.

Causes

There can be multiple causes for Halitosis, which is no surprise to anyone who’s been on the receiving end of morning breath after it’s mixed with a cup of coffee!

For most people, morning is often the time most people experience bad breath. When the flow of saliva nearly stops while we sleep, a buildup of bacteria in the mouth can be the end result. Brushing away the bacteria in the morning is helpful. brushing your tongue can works wonders also!

Certain foods can make our mouths smell. Think onions! Some foods, like garlic, are absorbed into our blood stream and exhaled through our lungs. All the toothpaste in the world can’t cover this smell. Engaging in some activity to make yourself sweat might help speed along the process.
When your body burns fat, ketones are produced which are released through your breath. These ketones usually have an sticky sweet odor. Staying hydrated and making smart dieting choices will help avoid the ketac smell.

Treatment

The best thing you can do to prevent halitosis is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes flossing and brushing your teeth and tongue. Paying clear attention to the very back of the tongue can help eliminate some of the more stubborn bacteria which may be hiding out there. It’s also important to take note of what foods give you the worst breath. Hopefully the combination of all of these tips will help prevent your bad breath.

Should you have any other questions about oral hygiene, don’t be afraid to bring them up the next time you visit our dental center in Columbus Ohio – The Dental Center at Easton.

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Help Your Smile?

Aug 5th, 2019
Easton Dentists Aug 30th, 2019

There are several misconceptions about cosmetic dentistry some people believe.  Not too many people truly understand what this type of dentistry is all about or what it can do for them.  If you take the time to understand the complexities and even the commonalities of cosmetic dentistry, you will be in a state of enlightenment when you need to decide if cosmetic dentistry could help you or a loved one.

Cosmetic dentistry in Columbus usually deals with a set of standard procedures that can produce absolutely stunning results when completed by a competent dental professional.  What exactly is cosmetic dentistry, though?  This refers to the type of dental work that is performed to enhance the appearance and sometimes even the performance of one’s teeth.

  • Veneers.  A veneer is used in cosmetic dentistry to improve the look of a tooth or to help protect the tooth.  It is basically a thin layer of a material that it attached to the tooth.
  • Teeth Whitening.  Similar to dental bleaching, teeth whitening is a purely cosmetic procedure that improves the look of teeth.  Where teeth whitening brings teeth to a natural color, bleaching tends to whiten beyond the range of normal coloring.
  • Bonding.  By applying a strong, durable resin to teeth, cosmetic dentists can help repair damage done to teeth.
  • Dental Bridges.  A dental bridge is essentially a partial denture.  It acts in place of missing teeth to improve the cosmetic appearance and functionality of teeth.
  • Dental Implants.  Dental implants are typically used in cases of dentures, bridges, or crowns.

People who have worn down their teeth may also benefit from many types of cosmetic dentistry and can have their smiles restored through bite reclamation and other procedures.  In addition, a cosmetic dentist can also perform other restorative procedures that include tooth colored fillings and even the creation of retainers and braces to correct tooth alignment and bite.

At Easton Town Center in Columbus Ohio, you will find an experienced staff of hygienists and dentists who can help make your smile as perfect as possible through state of the art cosmetic dentistry techniques and practices.  By coming to the friendly staff at The Dental Center at Easton, you ensure that you will receive the best in care and treatment at one of Columbus’s premier dental practices.

Many dentists claim that they are cosmetic dentists, but few are truly as qualified as Dr. Gilmer to perform the work necessary to restore a person’s smile.  If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contactour dental office at 614-414-0111.

You Can Fix Your Smile With Invasilign!

Jul 26th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 26th, 2019

When you make the choice of using Invisalign to enhance your smile, learning all you can about the entire process will assist you in order to make the correct decision. Selecting the right dentist (such as Dr. Gilmer) is your first step. The dentist you are currently seeing may already be an Invisalign provider, and if not, he or she can recommend a dentist who can help you. It is imperative to find a dentist who has received specific Invisalign training.

Once you have selected a trained dentist, you should have a discussion addressing your specific concerns.. Some patients are terrific candidates for Invisalign. Invisalign can be utilized for both simple and more complex cases. Ask questions to your Invisalign provider about: costs, insurance coverage, treatment expectations, and length of treatment, which are all common concerns.

If you and your doctor determine that Invisalign is the solution for you, X-rays, photos, and impressions of your teeth are the obtained to create a digital model of your treatment. This allows you to view your treatment from start to finish in a virtual computer animated model. Next a series of clear custom-made aligners are created. With Invisalign- the aligners are made from smooth, clear, and comfortable BPA-free plastic. You will not experience the pain and irritation that are associated with traditional metal braces. You can even remove them when you eat, brush and floss. (It’s recommended to wear your aligners 20-22 hours per day.)

The on-going treatment involves replacing the aligners every 2 weeks, which will help your teeth gradually shift into place. Every case is unique – but you’ll be revealing your new smile before you know it.

Invisalign is a great solution for improving your smile without unsightly and painful braces and most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!

How to Choose the Best Dentist for You and Your Family

Jul 26th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 26th, 2019

Maintaining you dental health should be one of the most important aspects of your overall physical well being. Finding the most helpful and competent dentist in Columbus Ohio is an essential element in remaining vigilant about your health over a lifetime. Because of relocating to Columbus, your dentist is retiring, or you’re not comfortable with your current dentist, selecting the right provider may take a bit of research – but it’s well worth it.

Questions you should ask when considering a new dental health professional:

What are the office hours?
Is the office near public transit, or is parking available?
What insurances are accepted?
How long has the dentist been in practice?

What are the office hours?
Is the office near public transit, or is parking available?
Are they available in emergency situations?

Try to find testimonials and reviews for your prospective new dentist – either through personal referrals or online. Angie’s List, Yelp, and Google reviews often offer a comprehensive opinion of the dental practice in that you may be researching.

Once you’ve made your selection, call the office to schedule an appointment. Your first visit is an opportunity to get comfortable with the dental staff. Use this time to ask appropriate questions so that you can make informed decisions.

You may wish to specifically be inquisitive about your particular dental situation. If you are very sensitive during cleanings, or require additional anesthesia in certain situations, your first visit would be a good time to discuss these concerns. Just like people, some dentists are more amenable than others in providing additional care. Also inform your new dentist of any specific dental concerns, previous unusual dental experiences or any other irregularities with your dental history.

Be sure to discuss the charges for regular checkups and xrays with the office staff. Most offices will provide pretreatment estimates for your services at no charge. When you have thorough knowledge of the specific services that are required in which your new dentist offers, and the potential costs to you, you can make an informed decision.

Is Dental Anxiety For Real?

Jun 16th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 5th, 2019

Believe it or not, there is an actual syndrome that is called Dental Anxiety.  Numerous studies have been performed on the topic.  One such study resulted in the following questionnaire, developed by J.H. Clarke and S. Rustvold, Oregon Health Sciences University School of Dentistry, 1993, and revised in 1998.  This scale helps dentists, especially emergency dentists, determine how to treat certain patients.

If you are anxious about visiting the dentist, please print out this form and rank your concerns or anxiety over the dental procedures listed below. Please fill in any additional concerns and bring to your appointment or your visit to your emergency dentist in Gahanna, Ohio.

Level of Concern or Anxiety

1. Sound or vibration of the drill:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

2. Not being numb enough:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

3. Dislike the numb feeling:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

4. Injection (“Novocain”):  Low Moderate High Don’t know

5. Probing to assess gum disease:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

6. The sound or feel of scraping  during teeth cleaning: Low Moderate High Don’t know

7. Gagging, for example during impressions  of the mouth: Low Moderate High Don’t know

8. X-rays:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

9. Rubber dam:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

10. Jaw gets tired: Low Moderate High Don’t know

11. Cold air hurts teeth: Low Moderate High Don’t know

12. Not enough information about procedures: Low Moderate High Don’t know

13. Root canal treatment:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

14. Extraction:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

15. Fear of being injured:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

16. Panic attacks:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

17. Not being able to stop the dentist: Low Moderate High Don’t know

18. Not feeling free to ask questions: Low Moderate High Don’t know

19. Not being listened to or taken seriously: Low Moderate High Don’t know

20. Being criticized, put down, or lectured to: Low Moderate High Don’t know

21. Smells in the dental office: Low Moderate High Don’t know

22. I am worried that I may need a lot of  dental treatment: Low Moderate High Don’t know

23. I am worried about the cost of the  dental treatment I may need: Low Moderate High Don’t know

24. I am worried about the number of appointments and the time that will be required for necessary appointments and treatment; time away from work, or the   need for childcare or transportation:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

25. I am embarrassed about the condition  of my mouth:  Low Moderate High Don’t know

26. I don’t like feeling confined or not in control: Low Moderate High Don’t know

Keep in mind that your emergency dentist in Columbus Ohio may or may not have time to use this tool. It is suggested that when you call for an appointment, that you notify staff at Easton Dental that you are concerned or experience dental anxiety. If you decide to take this assessment, be prepared to discuss with Dr. Gilmer to ensure the best possible care.

Cosmetic Dentistry Can Enhance Your Beautiful Smile!

Jun 5th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jul 5th, 2019

Are unsatisfied with the appearance of your smile? If “yes”, then cosmetic dentistry may be the solution for you. Consider the many reasons to seek cosmetic dentistry. Maybe you want to improve your appearance if you’re seeking a job, looking for a mate, or just want to feel more confident in professional and social situations. Cosmetic dentistry can also contribute to your overall dental health.

Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way since its beginnings. Not only can this type of dentistry help to improve the appearance of your teeth by whitening and brightening your smile, but it can also help to straighten and even out teeth, fix decaying, cracked or chipped teeth and evening improve your gum line!

The primary reason people consider cosmetic dentistry is to whiten their teeth. There are several over the counter methods available for teeth whitening, some of which may actually work for you. However, it’s best to discuss these treatment options with Dr Gilmer before beginning any whitening regimen. Together, you and Dr Gilmer can determine what’s best for your particular condition. The Dental Center at Easton has access to new material and techniques that can be performed in our office in as little as one to two visits.

Are your teeth chipped, broken or jagged? Do you refrain from smiling, laughing or showing your teeth in social settings? If needed, cosmetic dentistry can improve the shape, form and color of your teeth by bonding the unsightly areas. If you have dark spots on your teeth, Dr Gilmer may be able to erase those spots with micro-abrasion scrubs. Discussing all available options with the staff at the Dental Center will determine which type of treatment is best for you.

Cosmetic dentistry performed at our Columbus, Ohio office can be an affordable and practical way to restore your smile, create a more youthful appearance and give you the confidence to succeed.