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.

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.

What Options Do I have When It Comes Down To Fillings?

Mar 2nd, 2019
Easton Dentists Apr 2nd, 2019

So you have an appointment with Dr. Brad to fix a cavity, the decayed area has been removed, and the site has been cleaned and prepared for a filling. Now it comes time to choose the kind of filling material to complete the job? What are my options?  Well, that depends. There are durability, aesthetic, and price considerations involved in any of your choices, so let’s look at some options before you decide.

Gold

This is a classic choice for a reason. Gold is very durable and can last longer than fillings made from other materials. Because they are crafted from precious metal, gold fillings are more expensive than other alternatives. They are also most often indirect fillings—that is, they are not immediately placed in a tooth, but are formed based on a mold of your tooth taken on your first visit and set in position on a second visit. A gold filling is also noticeable, which can be a matter of concern or a style statement!

Metal Amalgam

An amalgam is a mixture, and an amalgam filling is usually composed of several metallic elements, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. This filling is also very durable and is one of the most cost-effective choices. Its silver color does not blend into the tooth, so visibility is a factor. Amalgam fillings are considered a safe option, but, if you wonder about potential metal allergies or the amount and kind of mercury involved, we will be happy to discuss your concerns. One possible drawback to amalgam fillings is that sometimes more tooth structure needs to be removed to accommodate them, so this is also a subject we can discuss.

Composite Resins

These fillings are often selected because they are both durable and almost invisible when the color is matched to your tooth. Made of acrylic resin and powdered glass, a composite filling is what is called a “direct filling”—one that can be completed and bonded to the tooth in one visit. These are often more expensive than amalgam fillings, but might be preferable for cosmetic reasons, especially when a front tooth is involved. They also need less tooth structure removed to accommodate them and can be better bonded to small excavations than some other options. They can be prone to staining over time.

Ceramic

Ceramic fillings have the virtue of being virtually undetectable. They can be color-matched to your teeth for a seamless look, and are more stain-resistant than composite fillings. They are also a more expensive option, and, like gold fillings, can involve a two-phase process with a filling molded to fit the excavation site placed in your tooth on a second visit.

The Dental Center at Easton is happy to discuss all of your options before it is time to treat your cavity, since there are a number of factors which might impact your decision. A molar will require a more durable filling than a front tooth, while being less visible when you smile or speak. Insurance plans might pay for only a portion of a filling’s cost if it is more expensive than an amalgam, or will pay for a composite filling only if it is in a visible location. We can help you decide which filling best fits all your needs, providing you with the healthy and beautiful smile you deserve!

What Is a Dental Implant?

Jan 30th, 2019
Easton Dentists Jan 30th, 2019

A dental implant quite simply is a metal screw that is designed to thread into the bone of the jaw which then allows for the attachment of a prosthetic tooth to the top of it. Implants are composed of medical grade titanium or titanium alloy and placed in sterile packaging.  Your implant dentist will drill a small hole in to the bone as a preparation for the implant placement procedure. The implant is screwed into the bone to provide maximum strength.  Over a short period of time, the bone will fuse to the implant in a process referred to as ‘osseointegration’ and once this process is successfully completed (3 to 4 months) the implant is permanently in place.

Consult with Dr. Gilmer today by calling Easton Dental Clinic to set up an appointment to determine if this is the optimal solution to the dental problem that is worrying you.

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.

What Makes Invisalign Superior To Traditional Braces?

Aug 3rd, 2018
Easton Dentists Oct 3rd, 2018

Traditional braces have been around since the early 1800’s. Of course, the technology used today to create straighter smiles is significantly more effective than those that were used back then. With the advancements that have been made to teeth correction, it’s no doubt that braces have come a long way. Now, with the option of Invisalign, it’s easy to get confused on which treatment is the right one for you. Invisalign is a custom-made alternative to braces. The aligners are made up of clear trays that are almost invisible. While both traditional braces and Invisalign have its perks and downfalls, Invisalign seems to take the cake in most cases.

Invisalign Require Less Treatment Time. Traditional braces involve a chain of metal brackets that are generally worn for 2-3 years depending on the patient. Because each treatment plan is unique to its own, some cases are more severe and can drag out even longer! Invisalign has a shorter treatment time with an average of 10-20 months.

Invisalign Require Less Adjustments. Braces are high maintenance. A long with the long list of directions that you’ll receive on the day of application, you’ll also realize that every 4-6 weeks require tightening and readjusting by your orthodontist. During these follow-up visits, your orthodontist will check for pokey wires and unwanted shifting to make sure that everything is moving the way it should be. This can get hard to manage with a busy schedule to coordinate with. Not only does Invisalign require less follow-up appointments, but the check-ups also last half as long as those with braces.

Invisalign is More Comfortable. Besides the slight discomfort after changing into a new set of trays, Invisalign is pain free throughout the entire treatment. Without the poking of wires and the feeling of scratchiness against your cheek, you won’t even realize they are there. That is not to mention that you won’t have to deal with the tugging and pulling of adjustments every six weeks.

Invisalign Boosts Self-Esteem. Invisalign is virtually invisible, hence why it got its name! This is great for those who don’t like the look of brackets or who are trying to avoid the extra attention to their teeth. The aligners are made with clear plastic that is custom fit, making it more appealing to its porcelain cousin.

Invisalign Is Great for Athletes. Playing contact sports can get tricky when you have a mouthful. Braces need a special kind of mouth guard that is often bulky and uncomfortable. Invisalign makes it easier to find a smaller guard to keep your teeth in tact so that you can enjoy all of your favorite activities!

Invisalign Is Easy To Maintain. Invisalign trays have very simple directions to help keep them bacteria-free. Instead of carefully brushing around each individual bracket, all you have to do is gently scrub your aligners with a toothbrush each night for easy maintenance. Consistent cleaning of your aligners, proper brushing and flossing is all you need to keep them fresh. It is also important to keep in mind the liquids that are consumed when trays are being worn. Juices and coffee can easily stain the plastic, making it much harder to clean.

Invisalign is Food Friendly. Who likes being told they can’t eat popcorn, pretzels, and all the other chewy, sticky, crunchy food? With Invisalign, you no longer have to worry about damaging your braces from eating your favorite snacks. Simply remove your trays prior to each meal and replace them after a good brushing. It is highly recommended that Invisalign trays are worn for at least 20 hours a day for the best results. As long as you don’t keep them out for too long during the day, removing them while eating is completely harmless.

What to Expect When Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Jul 9th, 2018
Easton Dentists Sep 4th, 2018

Wisdom teeth removal has become common in the dental field. It is mostly a preventive surgical procedure as wisdom teeth have been known to cause problems if left unremoved. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed as teenagers or young adults. If you need your wisdom teeth removed, go to the dental center and consult with an oral maxillofacial surgeon. After the procedure, you will need to rest up and give yourself time to recover. Below are what to expect during and after a wisdom teeth removal procedure.

1. Local Anesthetic

During the procedure, the dentist will need to use a local anesthetic. You won’t be conscious for the surgery. Have a friend drive you to the dental center as you won’t be able to drive yourself back home.

2. Recovery Time

After the procedure, the area swelling up is a natural reaction. The swelling will subside after 24 hours. Place a cold compact on the swollen area and keep your head up to control the swelling.

3. Rest Up

You will need a decent amount of time to recover from a wisdom teeth removal procedure. The Columbus dentist will give you a subscription for pain medication. Ensure you also rest up to speed up the healing process.

4. Soft Foods

For you to recover fast, make sure you stick to soft foods. Avoid eating anything that will aggregate the healing area. The foods you eat should not be too hot as this will slow down the healing process. Stick to warm soup dishes and foods that do not require chewing.

5. Brushing your Teeth

Even though keeping your mouth clean is good practice, refrain from brushing your teeth as this might undo your stitches. You should not even use mouthwash. You can use gauze to wipe your mouth, making sure not to make contact with the stitches.

Conclusion

Wisdom teeth removal is a preventive procedure that is recommended for everyone. In case your wisdom teeth cause damage to your jaws or other teeth, make an appointment at the dentist center and have them removed.

Root Canal Therapy: Nipping The Pain In The Bud

Jul 4th, 2018
Easton Dentists Sep 4th, 2018

Nothing comes close in terms of pain than a good old fashioned toothache. And while most of us devour pain killers -and sometimes even morphine- to lull the pain to sleep, a toothache always comes back, stronger, more unbearable than ever before. However, treating the root cause of the problem -and I mean that literally- is a surefire way to get rid of the pain for good, and that’s where root canal procedures come in. You may have heard about it before in passing, but what really is this miracle called root canal treatment after all.

Also known as endodontic therapy, root canal treatment is a dental procedure for eliminating infections from inside the tooth so as to prevent future infection. So, why root canal you may ask? Well, the pulp -the part of a tooth containing nerve tissue and blood vessels- is also referred to as the root canal.

A Few Fact About Root Canal Therapy

* The primary purpose of root canal therapy is to end the pain for good! Which is why it is used to eliminate the nerves located in the pulp -root canals- of the tooth. For your own information, nerves being the source of all bodily sensations, removing them has the obvious effect of making your gums and teeth insensitive to pain.

* Make no mistake about it, it’s a relatively painful pain relieving treatment. However, the flip-side to that is it’s a once off procedure that leaves you with a pain free root canal.

The stages in the dental procedure are pretty straightforward perhaps even a toddler can do better than a regular Columbus Dentist at The Dental Center.

It all starts with the cleaning of the root canal while your under anesthesia. The root canal is decontaminated and filled with dental cement, after which a crown is added to reinforce the brittle and fragile tooth.

 

Should Your Wisdom Teeth Be Removed?

Mar 12th, 2018
Easton Dentists Apr 4th, 2018

Between the ages of seventeen and twenty-five, many individuals grow a third set of molars. These molars are known as wisdom teeth. These teeth once served an important role in helping humans to eat raw meats, vegetables, and roots. Today, however, these teeth often cause more negative outcomes than positive ones. In order to prevent issues that may be caused by your wisdom teeth, you should see your dentist and have your wisdom teeth evaluated between the ages of sixteen and nineteen. At this age, the roots of your wisdom teeth are not fully embedded, which makes them easier to remove than they will be when you are older. Below, you’ll find a list of some signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed.

1. Overcrowding

When your wisdom teeth grow in, they may take up too much space in your mouth. As a result, they may shove your other teeth out of alignment. Wisdom teeth that push other teeth out of the way can undo the accomplishments of braces and can lead to a crooked smile.

2. Pain

Sometimes, wisdom teeth can cause pain. It is natural to feel some discomfort as these teeth push through your gums, but this pain should not persist. If it does, your dentist will help you to determine the appropriate course of action.

3. Inflamed Gums

If a flap of gum tissue forms near your wisdom teeth as they begin to grow in, you may be at risk of developing pericoronitis. This occurs as a result of the accumulation of small particles of food and bacteria within this flap of gum tissue. If you find that the tissue around your wisdom teeth has become hard and inflamed, see your dentist right away.

There are many possible reasons you may need to have your wisdom teeth removed. By meeting with your dentist regularly, you can make an informed decision regarding your wisdom teeth before they cause significant issues. On the other hand, there are plenty of individuals who simply do not need to have their wisdom teeth removed. If you are one of these individuals, your dentist can instruct you on the proper care of these hard-to-reach teeth. At The Dental Center, we will help you to determine the plan of action that is best for your unique dental needs.

Is the Future of Dentistry Silver?

Feb 26th, 2018
Easton Dentists Feb 26th, 2018

A recent scientific discovery could have big implications for dental practices around the world. This discovery was made by Dr. Carla Meledandri of the University of Otago’s Chemistry department. In fact, the discovery was so significant that Dr. Meledandri received the 2017 Prime Minister’s MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize.

Dr. Meledandri’s discovery was that silver nanoparticles can be used to prevent and treat dental disease without staining the teeth. Nanoparticles are incredibly small parts of a substance. On the nanoscale, these particles look, react, and act differently than they do on a larger scale. Dr. Meledandri has been studying these nanoparticles to better understand how they interact with their surroundings and how they can be used to benefit the world. In addition to discovering their ability to treat and prevent dental disease, Dr. Meledandri found that these nanoparticles may be able to help to mitigate global warming by capturing carbon dioxide and removing it from the atmosphere. These small particles really can make a big impact on the world!

If silver nanoparticles become largely used to treat the bacterial source of tooth decay and infection, the prevalence of antibiotics used to treat this bacteria could be decreased. This could be a great step forward because, although antibiotic treatment often works quite well, it does pose the risk of creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The silver nanoparticles, however, use a different mechanism to treat bacteria. This mechanism makes it impossible for bacteria to ever grow resistant to it.

At The Dental Center, we’re looking forward to seeing how these silver nanoparticles can benefit dental patients in our office and around the world. We’re always inspired to see the innovations that come from exploring our world and investigating new avenues of treatment. We can’t wait to see what new discoveries will improve dental treatment soon!