If you lose a tooth to a failed restoration, decay or an unfortunate accident, you might not even notice its absence after a month or two. This is especially true for people who lose teeth that aren't visible when they smile or talk. However, missing teeth can greatly impact the health of your smile, which is why it's important to consider dental implants from A qualified dentist like Dr. Marc Dyer at Dyer Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, KY. Here you'll learn how dental implants can help you not only look better, but feel better as well!
Defining dental implants
Someone you know might have one or more dental implants, but you're totally unaware of them. That's because unlike other restorations, implants from your Elizabethtown dentist look just like natural teeth! A tiny metal post, similar to a miniature screw, is the section that makes up the implant, as it's placed within the jawbone during an in-office procedure. As the job bone fuses with the implant, it becomes part of your anatomy and is stable enough to support the remaining parts of the restoration: the abutment and the crown. The crown, made of porcelain, is the visible part of the implant, although it's so expertly crafted that it's difficult to tell the difference between that and a natural tooth.
Helpful and hard-working
Dental implants aren't just for looks. Dr. Dyer always has his patients' dental health in mind when performing cosmetic procedures, and dental implants can make a huge difference in your long-term dental health. That's because a missing tooth causes the surrounding teeth to shift out of place, setting off a domino effect of alignment problems and tooth loss. Without a full set of teeth, the jawbone also loses density and stability, furthering the chance of losing more teeth. That's why dental implants are the preferred restoration of dental professionals and patients alike. They are permanent, strong and attractive.
Don't let one tooth put the rest of your smile at risk! Contact Dr. Dyer in Elizabethtown, KY, to schedule a consultation about dental implants today!
Do you want to fix up those not-so-pearly whites? Professional teeth whitening removes years of dental stains and the process is safe and hassle free. Dr. Marc Dyer of Dyer Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, KY offers professional solutions for individuals who are interested in whitening their smiles.
Causes of Teeth Discoloration
Inadequate flossing and brushing to remove plaque and stain-producing substances can cause tooth discoloration. If you smoke or use tobacco products, your teeth will darken over time. Certain medications such as antihistamines and drugs for high blood pressure can stain teeth. Pigments from dark-colored drinks such as coffee, tea, cola and red wine can also cause stains on your teeth.
Teeth Whitening Consultation
Before deciding whether professional teeth whitening is right for you, your dentist will conduct an examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health. Professional teeth whitening is suitable for most individuals who are looking to improve their smile. People with gum disease are generally discouraged from undergoing a teeth whitening procedure.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening
Take-home teeth whitening involves custom-made trays filled with a whitening gel that you can use at home. Because your dentist supervises the procedure, a stronger whitening gel can be used than what's found in over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Whitening gels used by dentists usually have a 30 percent to 40 percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
For in-office bleaching, your Elizabethtown, KY dentist offers Zoom Whitening. He will combine a whitening gel with a light source to speed up the whitening process. An in-office teeth whitening session usually takes 60 minutes. One Zoom Whitening session will make your teeth about eight shades lighter.
Dental stains don't have to be permanent. If you want a whiter, more beautiful smile, call Dyer Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, KY to book an appointment for a professional teeth whitening session. Professional teeth whitening will give you the smile of your dreams!
Invisalign makes it easier than ever to get the smile you want without the mouth full of metal.
You feel self-conscious about your crooked or gapping smile but you feel like you’ve gotten too old to wear braces. After all, what would your colleagues think if you came in sporting a mouth full of wires and brackets? More importantly, how would you feel around your peers and coworkers wearing braces? That’s why our Elizabethtown, KY dentist, Dr. Marc Dyer, is making it easier for late teens and adults to get the straighter smile they’ve always dreamed of without having to worry about infamous metal mouth.
When you choose to get Invisalign in Elizabethtown you will enjoy so many benefits that traditional braces just can’t offer. Not only are these clear, nearly invisible aligners flexible and more comfortable to wear than regular braces, but they are also removable. That’s right! Your Invisalign trays are completely removable.
Have an important meeting with one of your biggest clients? Have a big presentation for a college class? That’s no problem—just take your aligners out and put them in their protective case to keep them safe. You also need to take off your aligners whenever you eat or drink. With traditional braces you’ll have a laundry list of foods that you can’t eat, so you don’t damage your braces; however, this isn’t the case with Invisalign. Just remove your aligners and you’ll be able to enjoy all of your favorite foods throughout your treatment process.
Not keen on the idea of trying to brush and floss between precarious wires and brackets? We completely understand! And with Invisalign you won’t have to. Now you can remove your aligners prior to brushing or flossing your teeth. Nothing about your oral care routine has to change. Just remember to keep your aligners clean, as well, if you want them to remain stain-free and invisible.
While it may sound like you can take your aligners off whenever you want, there is one word of warning: You should still be wearing your Invisalign trays about 22 hours out of the day. Yes, there are special circumstances that may warrant taking them off, just make sure that they immediately go right back on. The longer you leave your aligners off the longer your treatment may take.
If you want to find out if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign, it’s time to call Dyer Family Dentistry in Elizabethtown, KY to schedule your consultation. Discover what Invisalign could do for you.
A “gummy” smile, in which the upper gums are too prominent, is a common condition. There are several causes for gummy smiles — determining which one is the first step to having your appearance changed.
Although perceptions vary from person to person, most dentists agree a gummy smile shows 4 mm or more of gum tissue, and the amount is out of proportion with the length of the crown (the visible tooth). Teeth normally erupt through the gums during childhood and continue development until early adulthood, shrinking back from the tooth until stabilizing in place.
This typically produces a crown length of about 10 mm, with a “width to length” ratio of about 75-85%. But variations can produce differences in the relationship between teeth and gums and the width to length ratio of the teeth. The teeth may appear shorter and the gums more prominent. Worn teeth, caused by aging or grinding habits, may also appear shorter.
If tooth to gum proportionality is normal, then the cause may be upper lip movement. When we smile, muscles cause our lips to retract 6-8 mm from the lip’s resting position. If the amount of movement is greater (meaning the lip is hypermobile), it may show too much of the gums. The upper jaw can also extend too far forward and cause the gums to appear too prominent.
There are a number of ways to improve gummy smiles, depending on the cause. Periodontal plastic surgery known as crown lengthening removes and reshapes excess gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth. Lip hypermobility can be reduced with Botox injections (to paralyze the muscles) or in some cases with surgery to reposition the muscle attachments. Orthognathic surgery can be used to surgically reposition an overextended upper jaw. Other cosmetic enhancements such as orthodontics, bonding or porcelain restorations can also prove effective.
The first step is to obtain an accurate diagnosis for your gummy smile. From there, we can devise the best treatment approach to bring your smile back into a more attractive proportion.
If you would like more information on minimizing a gummy smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Gummy Smiles.”
Whitening for Life!
Over-the-counter whitening products can be a convenient and moderately decent fix if you can plan your teeth whitening regimen far enough ahead. But your caring Elizabethtown dentist at Dyer Family Dentistry knows that you don’t just want whiter teeth for a wedding or a vacation or a job interview; you want whiter teeth for life. That’s why the dental staff is proud to announce their latest smile-saving program: Whitening for Life.
For life? Really?
Absolutely. Dr. Dyer wants you to be confident in your smile for years to come. After an initial enrollment fee, the dental staff will outfit you with the whitening trays and gels that will work best for your mouth. Then, at each regular appointment, your dedicated Elizabethtown dentist will wrap up your checkup by providing you with the maintenance gel that you need to keep that smile bright. That’s right, after each regular checkup, you will receive free whitening products.
What whitening system do you use?
Dyer Family Dentistry is proud to utilize the Pola Whitening System. One of the best products on the market, it can only be obtained through your Elizabethtown dentist’s office. We will provide you with two different gels in different strengths, one for daytime and one for the night.
Why should I whiten my teeth?
While most people are aware that certain foods and drinks, bad habits and poor oral hygiene can cause teeth to become discolored, there are other factors that can make your teeth look a little off. Trauma to the teeth, specific medications or fluorosis - a condition that is caused by exposure to too much fluoride as teeth are in development - can cause tooth discoloration from the inside, out. Unfortunately, when a tooth is discolored on the inside, brushing and flossing will not help to whiten them.
The professionals at Dyer Family Dentistry know that a smile is important for a lifetime, and they want yours to last at least that long. Let your Elizabethtown dentist give you a smile that you can feel good about forever with Whitening for Life. If you’re interested in whitening and brightening your precious teeth, and keeping them that way, give Dyer Family Dentistry a call today.
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