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

Jun 15th, 2021
Easton Dentists Jul 16th, 2021

Has a broken tooth gotten you depressed? Dental implants are artificial teeth that are inserted into the jaw of a patient via an implanted screw. This screw serves 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 the help of a dental implant dentist? 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 considering this dental procedure.

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.

Let’s Talk About Different Types Of Dental Crowns

Jan 20th, 2021
Easton Dentists Feb 3rd, 2021
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A crown is a prosthetic device that can be cemented onto a surrounding implant or natural tooth structure. The primary function of a crown is to cover an implant, a damaged tooth or a tooth that has recently undergone root canal therapy. Also referred to as caps, dental crowns have both functional and aesthetic benefits. When used to cover severely damaged teeth or teeth in which the tooth pulp has been removed, crowns can both protect and preserve the underlying tooth structure. When used to cover weak, chipped or stain teeth, they can also brighten, balance and enhance the smile. Following is everything you need to know about the different types of dental crowns that are currently available, along with tips for choosing the best crown type for you.

Understanding The Benefits Of Dental Crowns

When placed by a competent dentist and properly maintained, dental crowns can last for a very long time. Crowns have been used by many dental providers to create a solid and well-balanced occlusion or bite, improve the shape, size and alignment of the teeth and protect them after root canal therapy, impact injuries and other forms of stress or harm. At their best, they’re attractive, difficult to distinguish from the surrounding natural teeth, and capable of performing or enhancing the function of a weakened tooth.

There are four, basic crown types that patients and their providers can choose from. Each of the four types of dental crowns have their own benefits and drawbacks. Moreover, certain crown types may be better suited to some individuals and circumstances than others. A reputable and competent dentist will be able to help you find the best crown type for your budget, your needs, and your oral health and cosmetic goals.

Types of Dental Crowns

Ceramic Crowns:

Comprised of durable, porcelain-based material, ceramic crowns are commonly used in the restoration of the front teeth. Dentists and patients prefer ceramic caps in this location given their ability to seamlessly blend with the color and overall appearance of natural tooth structures.

Crowns made from porcelain fused to metal:

Crowns made from porcelain fused to metal are considered significantly stronger than ceramic crowns and as a result, somewhat superior as well. This, however, is primarily true in terms of their overall durability. In terms of aesthetics, they are not the first choice when looking for a cap that will blend inconspicuously with the front teeth. Connected to a metal underlay, porcelain-fused metal cap bond better with the natural teeth than do ceramic caps.

Layered zirconia crowns:

Layered zirconia crowns are hailed for having greater flexural and overall strength than all-ceramic caps. They also provide optimal aesthetic benefits given that they are unlikely to develop problems with gingival graying or black lines. These are often recommended in instances in which metal cores, tooth discoloration, and implant abutments must be concealed.

Gold alloys:

Gold alloy crowns are comprised of a mixture of copper, gold, and other, lesser metals. Not only do these crowns bond firmly to the natural teeth, but they do not cause any significant wear and tear to these underlying structures in the process. Given their noticeable color, these are typically used at the back of the mouth where they are unlikely to be seen. The primary drawback of gold alloy improvements is that these procedures are rarely covered in part or in full by most basic, dental health plans and the materials used can be significantly more costly than those use in ceramic, base metal alloys or porcelain fused to metal caps.

Base metal alloy crowns:

Base metal alloy crowns are comprised of corrosion-resistant, non-noble metals. These make very strong crowns. For many consumers, this option is the most cost-effective solution to a damaged tooth or one that has recently had the tooth pulp removed. Crown placement procedures that involve base metal alloy caps are often fully covered by dental insurance plans. One of the greatest benefits in using these types of dental crowns, however, lies in the fact that they require the least amount of healthy tooth for placement. Thus, they are ideal for use in instances in which much of the natural tooth structure has chipped or actually broken off.

At Easton Dentists, Dr. Glimer and our experienced team in Columbus Ohio know what is best for your teeth, especially if a crown is involved. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule your next visit to, contact our office, and our team will be happy to assist you in any way we can!

Porcelain Veneer Application Explained

Jan 8th, 2020
Easton Dentists Feb 1st, 2020

As cosmetic dentistry keeps becoming a more affordable and is now a viable option for people everywhere, porcelain veneers keep gaining popularity.  Just check on Instagram if you have a doubt! Because of their relatively simple application and easy maintenance, veneers are giving beautiful smile to people who may not have been blessed with a great set of teeth.

Even though many people are becoming more familiar with the final results associated with porcelain veneers, there still seems to be a lack of knowledge concerning how porcelain veneers are successfully applied.  For a trained professional, the process of creating porcelain veneers is immensely precise.  It’s is a bit more complicated than simply putting a veneer on an existing tooth because a good dentist will work to ensure the veneers perfectly match in size, color, and shape.  Though time intensive, the process of getting a veneer is relatively straightforward.

  1. The tooth is trimmed.  This is done for two reasons.  First, the tooth must be trimmed so that the overlaying veneer does not stick out more than the other teeth.  This creates a more natural look and feel for the veneer.  Second, the rougher surface of the newly trimmed tooth will allow for easier bonding.
  2. An impression of the tooth is made.  This simple step ensures that the dentist knows the exact dimensions that will be needed for the new veneer.
  3. The veneer is temporarily placed.  This will give your dentist a chance to see how well the veneer matches the surrounding teeth.  It is applied temporarily so that the dentist can easily remove and adjust the veneer as often as is needed.
  4. The veneer is bonded into place.  Once you and your dentist are pleased with the appearance of the veneer, it will permanently be bonded to your existing tooth.

While getting a veneer is relatively a simple process, it takes a specially trained cosmetic dentist to deliver the best results.  The attention to detail displayed by The Dental Center at Easton makes us the premier cosmetic dentistry practice in Columbus, Ohio.  Call us today to set up your appointment.

Dental Veneers: Good Option For You?

Nov 16th, 2019
Easton Dentists Dec 2nd, 2019

Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most versatile, low-pain, and quick methods of cosmetic dentistry. Dental veneers can address almost every cosmetic issue you may have about your teeth- from fixing the appearance of crooked teeth, improving discolored teeth, and even fixing spaces between teeth.

There are several reasons most veneers are made of porcelain. Porcelain is a material that closely imatates your natural teeth.  When you get your veneers installed, the difference between the veneers and your own teeth is hardly noticable! Porcelain is a very strong, yet translucent material that is resistant to stains. Just think about the fact that porcelain has been used in teacups for centuries because of its delicate appearance and resistance to tea and coffee stains, and you can see why it’s the most popular material for dental veneers.

Your dental veneers will be designed to match your natural teeth as much as possible. Ask your dentist about bleaching your teeth before ordering your veneers’ color, before the procedure- so your existing smile and your new veneers will be the shade you desire.

Not only can veneers help cosmetically, they’ll also help improve strength and functionality for your teeth. They are particularly helpful for teeth with worn enamel or minimal damage. And dental veneers generally involve minimal pain and discomfort, with little to no side effects or recovery. You care for them just like your regular teeth- brushing, flossing, and keeping your regular dental check-ups.

When considering all of the benefits dental veneers offer, and all of the cosmetic and physical issues they can address, you’re probably interested in talking to Dr. Gilmer at our local Columbus Ohio office about this option. After the veneers are placed, you‘ll be walking out of the dentist’s office with a brand new smile!

Let’s Talk About Dental Implants

Nov 7th, 2019
Easton Dentists Dec 2nd, 2019

A missing tooth used to be a permanent problem, but now has a permanent solution: dental implants.  Patients in the Columbus area who have missing teeth can greatly benefit from dental implants both cosmetically and functionally.

Though it is a relatively common procedure, this innovative method of tooth replacement can be implemented by only the most technically skilled dentists, such as Dr. Gilmer.

The procedure begins with a comprehensive oral exam, a full set of X-rays, and a complete review of the patient’s medical history.  Before the individual is determined to be a good candidate for dental implants, a complete review of the patient’s oral habits is taken into consideration.  A treatment plan is created to meet the specific needs of the patient and, by the end of the initial visit with cosmetic dentistry services, the patient will have a full understanding of what the treatment entails and the cost associated with it.

Patients with a long history of missing teeth or poor oral hygiene typically do not qualify for placement of implants.  Soft tissue contours and changes over time and cannot be rebuilt without extensive surgical procedures that involve modifications to the existing gingiva.  If any widespread soft tissue discrepancies are noted by the dentist, the patient will be presented with other options of tooth replacement.

After the implants have been placed and the healing process is completed, the restoration process begins.  Single crowns or bridges are fabricated to imitate the patient’s natural smile.  Porcelain restorations are placed over the implants and seamlessly blend with the existing teeth.  Fully edentulous (toothless) patients benefit from the application of dentures mimicking their natural smile line.  Dental implants serve as anchors and help with the retention of the dentures and quality of chewing and speech patterns.  Proper facial tissue support provided by superbly manufactured dentures elevates the patient’s confidence and correct how the jaw lines up.  Nothing can replace the effect a smile can have on a person but the right, competent dentist can replace and mend the teeth in a smile.

The costs of dental implants may be of concern to you.  The Dental Center at Easton may be able to offer you a payment plans or other financing options to help alleviate the financial burden of this life changing treatment option.  We know that a smile is often worth more than monetary value so we are willing to work with patients to give them the best smile possible.  If you have any questions, or would like more information, please feel free to contact our Easton Town Center dental office in Columbus Ohio at 614-414-0111.

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!

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.

Everything You Need To Know About Lumineers

Apr 18th, 2019
Easton Dentists May 6th, 2019

Should you find yourself having misaligned, worn down, discolored or chipped teeth, Lumineers might be the solution you’re looking for. Dental Lumineers , made of a tooth-colored composite,  provide a shell that covers the tooth. Being extremely thin and white, these shells imitate the appearance of enamel and do an awesome job of adding to a bright smile. Carefully designed to fit the shape of your tooth exactly, a Lumineer corrects any chips, gaps, or tooth defects that detract from your smile. They are an excellent choice to whiten teeth that have become discolored or stained over the years. As hard as it may be to believe, these shells can last up to 20 years.

Want to know more about the procedure?

The application of Lumineers usually takes two visits to be completed. On the first visit, we will  consult with you to give you a full understanding of what you’re hoping to get accomplished. As your Columbus cosmetic dentist, we want to ensure that you feel 100% satisfied with your new smile! We listen closely to our patients’ concerns and educate them on their options. During this first visit, an impression is made of your teeth. This impression, along with any other necessary information gathered during your visit, gets sent to a lab where they craft the shells.

After several weeks, you will be notified that your Lumineers have arrived from the laboratory and we will schedule your next appointment. During this visit, the fit will be verified, and once the dentist is satisfied that all is well, he will lightly etch the contours of your teeth so that the Lumineers can be applied. The next step is to bond the lumineers to your teeth, thus completing the process.

Benefits of Getting Lumineers:

  1. A solution to chipped, cracked, or stained teeth! A fantastic smile can often add to self-confidence.
  2. Compared to other options, minimal tooth etching and reshaping is required in order to place Lumineers.  The procedure is significantly less complicated, and it ensures that your visit will be a comfortable experience.
  3. Lumineers are durable. They are difficult to crack or chip, and typically last several decades! And should they need to be redone or removed, the process is not difficult, since they don’t require any tooth-reshaping in order to be placed.

Call Easton Dental TODAY, if you feel this may be the solution you are looking for!

Most Popular Cosmetic Procedure

Dec 31st, 2018
Easton Dentists Dec 31st, 2018

Cosmetic dentistry is on the rise and for good reason. Cosmetic dental procedures refer to any dental work that is used to improve the appearance of the patient’s smile. The most common cosmetic services are usually provided at a dental office and specifically focus on improving the alignment, positioning, size and color of the teeth. In addition, some cosmetic dental procedures can also be used to provide restorative benefits. Between teeth discoloration, gaps, and misalignment, cosmetic dentistry can correct a variety of oral flaws. With such a wide range of dentistry services to choose from, there are many ways to help improve, restore or enhance the appearance of your teeth.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening is a very common cosmetic procedure used to treat tooth discoloration. Teeth whitening is often performed by using bleaching agents, such as hydrogen peroxide, to restore the tooth’s natural color. There is a false perception that certain toothpastes can have a whitening effect when used consistently. Unfortunately, most stains need the help of a trained dental hygienist or dentist in order to enhance the whitening of an off-colored smile. Whether the stains are a result from an illness or by consuming dark-colored food and beverages, opting for a professional teeth whitening procedure can ensure that you are receiving the safest and highest quality of cosmetic oral care. While different teeth whitening methods are available, professional whitening can provide quicker and longer lasting results.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is typically designed to permanently replace missing teeth. This cosmetic procedure involves a metal screw that is surgically positioned into the jawbone to act as an anchor for an artificial tooth. Many people opt for dental implants because it is a great long-term solution to a very common dental problem. Dental implants come in many different shapes and sizes, which is why it’s important to consult with a dental professional to help determine the best type of implant for you.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers are a popular way to treat cracks and chips that form from worn enamel or damaged teeth. The cosmetic procedure of bonding porcelain veneers includes the act of reshaping, repairing, lengthening, or shortening teeth. Porcelain veneers can also help hide the worn enamel or closing unwanted gaps between the teeth. Porcelain veneers cover the surface of the damaged tooth with a thin layer of composite that gives it a more natural appearance. This procedure can serve both a functional and aesthetic role, as veneers can help protect the tooth as well as enhance a smile.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding is a common procedure that is performed by applying a top layer of thin plastic to the teeth. For patients who have worn enamel, the plastic acts as a strong, artificial layer while also protecting the surface and improving the aesthetics of the tooth. The materials used for cosmetic bonding can match many different tooth shades and colors, making it a very popular option for those who struggle with discolored teeth. Like veneers, cosmetic bonding is typically used to restore cracks, chips, or decay.

Invisalign

Orthodontic treatment is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures that can help both children and adults straighten their smiles. Although traditional braces are often a common choice, Invisalign is considered a more convenient and aesthetic method to straightening teeth. Invisalign is a custom-made, removable aligner that can be taken out while brushing, flossing, eating or drinking. Invisalign is easily removed and hardly noticeable, making it a convenient option for those who don’t like the look of braces.

A confident smile can go a long way, both physically and mentally. That’s why it is important to take action on the cosmetic dental flaws that get you down. Whether you are looking to brighten your smile or straighten your teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help improve your quality of life. With the many different cosmetic procedures to choose from, there are countless ways to address your oral concerns. By consulting with a trusted dentist about the best cosmetic procedures for your smile, you are one step closer to restoring your confidence and living a healthier, happier life.