Should I Get Veneers?

Jan 31st, 2016
Easton Dentists Feb 1st, 2016

If you’re searching for ways to improve the appearance of your smile, you might want to add veneers to your list of options. Veneers are thin shells of either composite resin material or porcelain that are custom made to perfectly fit the surface of your existing teeth. At Easton Dentists, we perform all kinds of cosmetic dentistry, including the placing of veneers.

So how do you know if veneers are a good option for your specific situation? We’re here to help you decide. Let’s quickly discuss what veneers can help achieve in regards to improving your smile.

Veneers can be a good choice if you are looking to:

  • Change the color of your teeth
  • Change the size or shape of your teeth
  • Cover up discoloration or other aesthetic issues such as a chipped tooth
  • Correct a gap in your front teeth
  • Correct minor misalignment issues

On the other hand, veneers may not be the best option for you if:

  • You have untreated tooth decay, gum disease or a root canal infection

*Once you have these issues treated by Dr. Gilmer, veneers may be an option for you.

  • Are prone to grinding or clenching your teeth

*Veneers are not easily chipped or broken but if you grind and clench your teeth, you run the risk of chipping or cracking a veneer. For this reason, veneers are typically not a good option for you. If you want to learn more about tooth grinding (bruxism), read our blog post here.

Choosing to get veneers is a big decision since the process is irreversible. However, the pros certainly outweigh the cons for many individuals who choose to move forward with getting veneers.

Contact The Dental Center at Easton Town Center today and we can set up a consultation with Dr. Gilmer to see if veneers are the right option for you! 614-414-0111

Acid Reflux And Tooth Sensitivity

Dec 21st, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 18th, 2015

As if acid reflux wasn’t painful enough, now your teeth are aching. Are acid reflux and tooth sensitivity related? We have the answer.

Do you have acid reflux? Common symptoms of acid reflux include a burning sensation within the chest and throat, dysphagia, sore or hoarse throat, the feeling of a blockage or lump within the throat, and of course the acid reflux itself; or sour regurgitation of ingested foods and liquids that comes up with a burning sensation. While this illness has much to do with heartburn, did you know it could also have a staggering effect on the health and wellness of your teeth? We’re looking at how acid reflux and tooth sensitivity are related.

Acid reflux is caused by a backup of bile or stomach acids that make their way into the esophagus, causing pain and discomfort along the way. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that 7-million Americans suffer from acid reflux and may not realize the damage it is doing to their teeth until decay has already become severe. One way to ensure the health of your teeth is to inform your dentist of any medical conditions you may have, including acid reflux. This will help your dentist best determine which procedures and medications you should be prescribed. He may also be able to help you develop a safer diet for your stomach, and your teeth.

Other ways to avoid the negative effects of acid reflux is to avoid ingesting acidic foods and beverages, wash your mouth out with water immediately after reflux and avoid brushing your teeth for at least one hour after an acid reflux experience. These will help you stand on guard against this frustrating illness.

Contact The Dental Center to discuss your relief options from severe tooth aches and sensitivity. Call today (614) 414-0111 to schedule an appointment.

9 Signs That You Are Grinding Your Teeth At Night And How To Stop

Dec 14th, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

Is anxiety ruining your teeth? It could be. Here are 9 signs that you’re grinding your teeth at night, and how you can stop.

Grinding your teeth, officially referred to as “bruxism”, involves the involuntary gnashing, clenching, and grinding of the teeth. This can be a painful side effect of stress. Teeth grinding can contribute to serious dental issues such as broken teeth, sore teeth and jaw, strain or stress on the temporomandibular joint, wear on the teeth causing a need for fillings, pain or limited movement in the jaw, and cracked enamel.

Signs Of Teeth Grinding
Doctor’s suggest that those who suffer from nervousness, an undue amount of stress or frustration, anger issues, or aggressive behavior may be at risk to grind their teeth during sleep. Because bruxism happens during the night it is commonly considered a sleeping disorder. Common symptoms and signs that you are grinding your teeth at night include:

Jaw clenching throughout the day

Teeth sensitivity

Ringing in or fullness of the ears

Head and neck aches

Jaw or ear pain, especially when clenched

The sounds of tooth grinding during sleep

Tooth enamel that is unduly chipped or cracked

Loose teeth

Loss of cheek tissue due to sleep-related biting or grinding

How To Stop Grinding Your Teeth At Night
When it comes to repairing damaged teeth due to night-time grinding, visit your dentist to repair any tooth loss or to get a filling if needed. Ask your dentist about a mouth guard you can wear as you sleep to further protect your teeth. While there are several things your dentist can do to help repair your teeth, the rest will be up to you. It is recommended to contact your doctor or therapist to deal with stress and learn techniques for relaxation. These will help you to break the habit of stress-induced teeth grinding.

Don’t let anxiety take its toll on your mouth; conquer the bad habit of grinding your teeth at night. Call Easton Dentist today and schedule an appointment to talk about teeth grinding and how we can help.

Eating For Dental Health – Which Foods Help, Which Foods Hurt

Dec 7th, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

What foods should you be eating for your dental health? We’re talking about dental diets – which foods help and which foods to avoid.

When it comes to your health, you’re well aware that the foods you put into your body have a direct impact on your overall wellbeing – but what about your teeth? What you eat matters, and there is a distinct line between what food is good for your teeth, and which ones will take a quick toll on your dental health. While it’s common knowledge that too much candy and sugar are harmful to your teeth, there may be some foods on the list that surprise you. We’re looking at which foods to eat for good dental health, and which ones to avoid.

Foods For Healthy Teeth
On top of keeping up with your daily brushing and flossing, if you’re looking to keep your teeth healthy and strong, these are the foods for you:

Milk. It’s no secret that calcium is great for your teeth. Not only will it help keep the teeth and jaw strong, it will also help guard against gum disease.

Almonds. In a well-portioned diet, almonds are perfect for helping keep teeth healthy. These delicious nuts contain both protein and calcium, and are low in sugar.

Strawberries. This delicious fruit contains vitamin C, which produces gum strengthening collagen. Just remember to floss afterwards.

Cheese. Another great source of calcium is cheese. Furthermore, studies indicate that cheese will raise the pH balance in the mouth and reduces the risk of tooth decay.

Foods That Are Bad For Your Teeth
When it comes to snacking, there are certain foods that should be avoided in order to maintain great dental health. Here are some foods you should swap out of your diet.

Ice. It may seem fun and satisfying to crunch an ice cube in half, but this habit is detrimental to your oral health. While ice doesn’t contain any sugars, chewing on these rock hard morsels can actually damage your tooth enamel.

Lemons. Lemons and limes contain a pH level of 2, meaning these delicious drink toppers are strong enough to erode your tooth enamel. This can lead to teeth yellowing and sensitivity.

Hard Fruits And Vegetables. Vegetables and fruits are fantastic for your diet, but hard or crunchy fruits such as apples can actually damage sensitive teeth. Avoid taking an eager bite into the side of hard or crunchy foods. Instead, ingest such foods in small, bite-sized pieces.

Sodas. Sodas are notoriously full of sugar, and are terrible for your teeth. Even diet sodas will wreak havoc on the integrity of your teeth. If you can’t kick this deliciously bad habit, try sipping your soda through a straw. The farther away this carbonated beverage gets from your teeth, the better.

Corn On The Cob. Corn on the cob can cause some unfortunate damage to fillings and orthodontic wires attached to braces, as well as damage dentures. Don’t worry; you can still enjoy this delicious food, just not on the cob.

Looking for a dentist in the Columbus Ohio area? Come to The Dental Center at Easton Town Center. We offer restorative dentistry, emergency care, and accept a wide variety of dental insurance plans. Drop in, or schedule an appointment today.

Common Causes Of Tooth Pain

Dec 3rd, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

Do you have a toothache you just can’t shake? These are the most common causes of tooth pain, and what you can do about them.

Severe tooth pain can throw a wrench in your entire day. Now imagine the pain persists well into your week and before you know it, you’re suffering from a throbbing, swollen mouth. Dental insurance and company plans cover most causes for dental aches and pains. Don’t let something as simple as tooth pain stop you from comfortably living your life. Here are the 4 most common causes of tooth pain and what can be done to save your mouth.

Tooth Decay
When it comes to tooth aches, tooth decay is usually the main culprit. The buildup of plaque and harmful bacteria can dissolve the enamel of your teeth, causing cavities and sensitivity. Take action against the pain and call your dentist to see what they recommend.

Gum Disease
Periodontitis and gingivitis are the two main types of gum disease. Gum disease can be a serious dental issue that may cause a lot of pain. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen or tender gums, gum detachment, sensitive or bleeding teeth, as well as tooth aches. The ache stems from the pockets formed by the gums detaching from the teeth and filling with bacteria. In mild cases of gum disease, daily brushing, antibiotics, and thorough daily flossing may be enough to clean the infected pockets.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth have become impacted, this means they cannot fully erupt from the gums due to blockage by other teeth or improper growth. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth have grown in sideways and may affect your nerves if taken out. This can lead to intense pain, inability to open the mouth, and inflammation. The pain associated with impacted wisdom teeth may subside on its own, or with antibiotics, however it’s in your best interest to have the wisdom teeth removed to avoid future infections.

Damage To The Teeth
If you have chipped a tooth, this damage may be the source of the tooth ache. Broken or damaged crowns, fillings, or chips in the teeth can easily be fixed by making an appointment with your dentist.

Are you suffering from tooth pain that just won’t go away? Don’t go on suffering when there are easy solutions to rid your mouth of pain. With dental insurance and company plans available, call and schedule an appointment with Easton Dentist’s today at (614) 414-0111

Are You a Good Candidate For Dental Implants – Things to Consider

Nov 15th, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

Has a broken tooth got you down in the dumps? Dental implants are artificial teeth that are inserted into the jaw of a patient via an implanted screw. This screw behaves as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place and looks identical to your real teeth. Unlike dentures, dental implants are a permanent solution to a difficult problem and may be covered by dental insurance or company plans. So why go through life embarrassed by a broken tooth when dental implants are just a call away.

Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

If you’re interested in replacing one or more broken teeth with dental implants? Here’s a few things to consider first. While the procedure is relatively simple to perform, there are several qualifications for patient’s to consider before taking the dive into dental implants.

A Good Candidate for Dental Implants Requires the Following:

  – Strong and healthy gums (Smokers are not preferred for dental implants, as smoking is detrimental to healing and may endanger a successful implant)

  – Good oral health practices, such as brushing and flossing twice daily.

  – A healthy bone mass in the jaw (Those who have lost bone within the jaw are still qualified to receive dental implants, but the jaw must be rebuilt first)

Qualities That Work Against Qualifying for Dental Implants Include:

  – Pregnancy

  – Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, or diseases involving the connective tissue.

  – People who have undergone radiation in the neck or head

  – Alcoholics

  – Jaw troubles. Youth’s whose jaws are still in the growing process. It is also recommended that excessive teeth-grinders or those taking steroids should avoid the dental implant process.

Are you a candidate for dental implants in the Ohio area? Come find out today and see how Easton Dentists can change your life, and your smile! With dental insurance and company plans available, there’s no reason not to call today at 614-414-0111 and schedule an appointment to get your implants started.

I Chipped A Tooth- What Should I Do?

Nov 9th, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

Chipping a tooth is a quick way to a big headache. Not only can having a chipped tooth amidst an otherwise healthy smile prove frustrating, it can also cause irritation and nerve sensitivity if left unchecked. So what should you do if you have a chip in your tooth? We’re looking at 4 options in dental restoration for an unsightly chip.

Determine The Severity

Before rushing to your dentist, you’ll first want to determine the severity of the chip. There are several different types of chips, including those caused from untreated dental decay, crown fractures (cracked enamel with or without tooth loss), fracturing to the outer or middle layers of the tooth, root fractures, tooth displacement, or concussion fractures. A dentist appointment should be made for any and all of these concerns, however, if your tooth has become fractured or has completely fallen out as a result of an injury (accompanied by unconsciousness, loss of memory, dizziness, or severe migraines) you should get to an emergency room immediately.

– Dental Restoration Available to Cracked or Chipped Teeth
There are many different kinds of chips, cracks, and breaks that can happen to your teeth, and there are equally as many solutions for your dental woes. Fortunately, most dental insurance and company plans will cover dental restoration. Here are some options your dentist may suggest for your chipped or broken tooth.

– Dental Crown or Cap
For larger cracks or breaks, a dental cap or crown may be the best option. During this process your dentist will file down the crack or break and cover it with a specially shaped crown or cap made from a resin, ceramic, or metal.

– Root Canal
For severe cases where the root of the tooth has remained while the top has chipped away, your dentist may suggest a root canal. During this procedure your dentist will place a post into the broken tooth canal and build up a tooth-like structure. Once the structure is solid enough, a crown will be placed on top and your “tooth” will be as good as new.

-Dental Filling and Bonding
If your tooth has been cracked in the top or center, a dental filling may be used to fix the problem. If your tooth has been chipped in the front, dental bonding (using a top layer of resin or plastic and adhering it to the teeth) may also be an option.

Restoring a chipped tooth is an easy way to a healthier looking smile. Take advantage of Easton Dentists dental insurance and company plans by scheduling a tooth restoration today. Your ticket to a nicer smile is just a phone call away.

How is Professional Teeth Whitening Different Than Over the Counter Options

Oct 30th, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

If you have an upcoming event with a less than shiny white smile, you may be weighing your options for teeth whitening: at home, or at the dentist’s office? With dozens of at-home whitening options available, you may be wondering how professional teeth whitening options are different than over the counter options. We’re helping you make the big call when it comes to whitening your teeth.

At Home Whitening Options

When it comes to at-home teeth whitening, there is no limit to the options. Whitening rinses, gel strips, various toothpastes, and whitening trays are all common items that can be found at the local drug store. While all of these products will improve the appearance of your teeth, there are also several drawbacks to consider. For example, many whitening products that come in strip or tray form will only whiten 4-6 teeth in the front of the mouth and require up to 20 days of usage.

Furthermore, many find their teeth are too sensitive to use whitening gel or strips and experience intense pain following the application. Since at-home whitening solutions aren’t custom made for your teeth, you may end up irritating your gums and enamel, causing pain and discomfort.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Even with at-home treatments available, many people would prefer to leave it to the professionals. Pros of professional teeth whitening include:

– A custom procedure. Since this is a hands-on procedure, your dentist will customize your teeth whitening experience to suit your mouth, your teeth, and your sensitivities.

– A stronger solution. Whitening done in your dentist office result in more dramatic whitening.

– A whiter smile. At-home whitening serum’s can be cumbersome and difficult to apply. Teeth whitening in the office allows for a professional bleaching that is tailor made to your stains. For example, bleaching works very well for yellow teeth, but not for gray stains. Your dentist will be able to provide customized whitening solutions.

– Insurance options. Whether you choose at home or in the office, whitening can get expensive. Take advantage of your dental insurance and company plans.

Dental whitening is the easiest way to a healthier looking smile. Do you have an upcoming wedding, business, or family event in the Ohio area? At Easton Dentists we offer company plans and dental insurance. If you’re looking to dazzle with your whitest smile ever, contact Easton Dentists at 614-414-0111 and schedule an appointment today.

What is Scaling and Root Planing and Why Doesn’t my Insurance Consider it a Normal Tooth Cleaning?

Oct 20th, 2015
Easton Dentists Dec 17th, 2015

Is your mouth in need of a thorough deep clean? Root planing and scaling can give your mouth a total turnaround and help fight against gum disease, but some hesitate to make the appointment due to dental insurance woes. Does insurance consider these procedures as a standard teeth cleaning? We’re looking at what scaling and root planing can do for you, and what your insurance has to say about it.

What is Scaling?

Sometimes referred to as “deep cleaning”, dental scaling is the process of removing harmful tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Left untreated, tartar and plaque buildup can attribute to gum disease. During the process of scaling, your dentist will either use a hand-held instrument, or an ultrasonic one. With a hand held instrument your dentist will identify severe tartar buildup and manually scale, or remove, plaque off of your teeth.

When using an ultrasonic instrument your dentist again will identify tartar buildup and chip it off through vibrations. The removed tartar is then washed away with water. When it comes to a nonsurgical treatment for gum disease, scaling is the way to go.

What is Root Planing?

Often combined with scaling, root planing is the act of treating gum disease. When gum disease gets severe, inflammation will cause the gum to separate from the root surface. This creates what is known as a periodontal pocket, a hard to clean area where bacteria begins to form. When your dentist performs a root planing he will remove calculus and dental plaque from the root surfaces.

Why Doesn’t my Insurance Consider These Options a Standard Tooth Cleaning?

Deep cleanings can be pricey, and dental insurance doesn’t always cover it. Some insurance plans may cover a portion of the cost, but this is not always the case. Dental insurance companies may consider this different from a standard cleaning due to the process involved. This is because unlike other cleaning procedures for your teeth, dental scaling and root planing involve cleaning below the gum line.

For more information on dental insurance, company plans, dental scaling, and root planing, schedule an appointment with Easton Dentist. Call (614) 414-0111 and schedule an appointment today.

Tartar: How Does Tartar Effect Teeth And Gums And How Can We Control It

Aug 22nd, 2015
Easton Dentists Aug 31st, 2015

Tartar is probably a word you’ve heard many times before, often associated with plaque, but what is it? The more you know about tartar buildup, the better you’ll be able to prevent it in the future. Put simply, tartar is a hardened version of plaque found within the mouth.

Plaque forms due to a mix of various foods and proteins, and slowly begins to form a visible buildup on your teeth. Plaque can crawl its way into the crevices of your teeth, inside your gum line, and even in hard-to-reach areas, making it all the more difficult to get rid of. When a buildup of tartar occurs it will give plaque a larger surface area to appear upon, and will make surface stains more visible to the naked eye. Tartar stains are usually considered to be brown or yellow in color.

The Effects Of Tartar
Tartar forms due to the ever-present existence of bacteria within the mouth. Those with calcified tartar on their teeth put their oral health at risk for cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Gum disease in its various stages may cause irreversible damage to your teeth and overall oral health and may even result in complete removal of your teeth. While this is an extreme case of tartar buildup, it shows the importance of taking care of any mild oral health issues before they get out of hand.

How To Get Rid Of Tartar Buildup
Even with vigorous brushing, only a dental hygienist or dentist will be able to completely remove the hard buildup brought on by tartar and plaque. The process used by dentists to remove a buildup of tartar is often called scaling, wherein your dental professional will use special tools to remove the tartar starting at the gum line.

How To Prevent A Tartar Buildup
There are many ways to control an unhealthy buildup of plaque and tartar, all of which mean maintaining good oral hygiene. To prevent tartar buildup be sure to brush your teeth twice daily using a tartar fighting toothpaste. You should also be flossing daily, making sure to get into all of the hard to reach spots within your mouth. Another tip is to replace your toothbrush every 3 months to lessen the amount of bacteria growing on your bristles.

The final way you can ensure your mouth stays fresh and clean from plaque and tartar buildup is to arrange your dental insurance and company plans to allow for regular dental cleanings twice a year. Help keep your teeth their healthiest by scheduling a dental checkup with Easton Dentists today at (614) 414-0111.