Posts for: February, 2017

KathyBatesPlaysItSmartWithProfessionalTeethWhitening

Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates knows how important it is to present your best face to the world — and one of the most important features of that face is a beaming smile. But there came a point when she noticed something was a little off. “I've always had good teeth, but it seemed to me as I was getting older that they weren't looking as good,” Kathy explained in a recent interview with Dear Doctor magazine.

That's when she decided it was time to take action. Kathy had orthodontic treatment when she was in her fifties, and she keeps her smile bright with tooth whitening treatments. She uses a kit provided by her dentist with a safe, effective whitening solution.

Of course, a bright, healthy smile looks great anywhere — whether you're on the red carpet or “off the grid.” And you don't have to be a Hollywood star to have professional whitening treatments. In fact, teeth whitening is one of the most popular and affordable cosmetic treatments modern dentistry offers.

The basic options for professional teeth whitening include in-office bleaching or take-home kits. Both types of dentist-supervised treatments offer a safe and effective means of getting a brighter smile; the main difference is how long they take to produce results. A single one-hour treatment in the office can make your teeth up to ten shades lighter — a big difference! To get that same lightening with at-home trays, it would take several days. On the plus side, the take-home kit is less expensive, and can achieve the same results in a bit more time.

It's important to note that not all teeth can be whitened with these treatments. Some teeth have intrinsic (internal) stains that aren't affected by external agents like bleaches. Also, teeth that have been restored (with bonding or veneers, for example) generally won't change color. And you can't necessarily whiten your teeth to any degree: Every tooth has a maximum whiteness, and adding more bleach won't lighten it beyond that level. Most people, however, find that teeth whitening treatments produce noticeable and pleasing results.

What about those off-the-shelf kits or in-the-mall kiosks? They might work… or they might not. But one thing's for sure: Without a dentist's supervision, you're on your own. That's the main reason why you should go with a pro if you're considering teeth whitening. We not only ensure that your treatment is safe — we can also give you a realistic idea of what results to expect, and we will make sure that other dental problems aren't keeping you from having a great-looking smile.

How often does Kathy Bates see her dentist for a checkup and cleaning? “I go about every four months,” she noted. “I'm pretty careful about it.” And if you've seen her smile, you can tell that it pays off. If you would like more information about teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered” and “Teeth Whitening.”


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
February 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Getting a healthy smile doesn’t have to be difficult. We are here to help.

If seeing our Holland, MI, dentist, Dr. Todd Brower, isn’t a normal part of your preventive health routine, it should be. Routine cleanings dental proceduresand exams are one of the best ways to prevent dental issues from arising and catching issues soon when they are easier to treat. Of course, here at Ottawa Smiles Dental, we offer an array of different services to meet your needs. Here are only some of the great treatments we provide:

Root Canal Therapy

If you have a damaged or infected tooth that is causing you serious pain then chances are good that you’ll need a root canal. Decay, trauma or infection that reaches the dental pulp will most likely require this endodontic procedure. During this treatment, our Holland general dentist will go inside the tooth to remove the pulp and also clean out the tooth. The purpose of a root canal is to preserve your natural tooth and to prevent an extraction.

Dental Implants

If you have one or more missing teeth and you are looking for a restoration that is as close to a natural tooth as possible, it’s time you talked to us about dental implants. These little metal posts function like tooth roots and naturally fuse together with the jawbone to support a dental crown or other restoration, depending on how many teeth you need to replace. Dental implants do require surgery and can take up to one year or more to complete, but they are designed to last a lifetime.

Dentures

While dental implants can be a great way to replace missing teeth, it isn’t always the ideal option for everyone. If you are looking for a fast and inexpensive way to replace all or some of your teeth, it might be time to weigh the pros and cons of dentures. Dentures have certainly come a long way over the centuries. They are made from more advanced materials so that you get a dental prosthetic that looks as close to natural teeth and gums as possible. While dentures do need to be replaced every few years, they offer a more reasonable price tag that is pleasing to our patients.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

If you have a tooth that has experienced significant decay, infection or injury, in many cases a dental crown will be placed over the tooth to restore function. Of course, a dental crown may also be used to hide cosmetic flaws like a misshapen or discolored tooth. Crowns may also be used to support a dental bridge, which is a dental restoration that is also designed to replace one or more missing permanent teeth in a row.

Turn to Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, for all of your dental needs, whether you want to whiten your smile, get a professional cleaning or fix a cracked tooth. We are your one-stop shop for all things dental.


By Ottawa Smiles Dental
February 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
ToothinOneDayProceduresRequireSpecialAttentionforSuccess

You've seen the ads for obtaining a new tooth in one day with a dental implant. Those aren't exaggerated claims — you can leave the dental office the same day with a new tooth that looks and functions like the old one.

But the dramatic marketing aside, there is a bit more to the story. Same day tooth replacement isn't appropriate in every situation. And even when it is, there are risks for failure.

We can minimize those risks, however, by focusing on certain goals during the three distinct phases in the process: removing the natural tooth; placing the metal implant into the jawbone; and affixing the visible, crown.

It's crucial during tooth extraction that we avoid damaging the socket bone that will ultimately support the implant's titanium post. If the socket walls break down it could set up future gum recession or cause us to abort the implant procedure altogether that day.

When placing the implant, we want to focus on achieving a strong hold. Due to its special affinity with titanium, bone cells gradually grow and adhere to the post to firmly anchor the implant in time. But since we're immediately loading a crown rather than allowing the bone to fully integrate first, we need to ensure the implant has a secure hold from the get-go. We can only achieve this with precise placement based on careful examination and planning, as well as adequate bone.

Even so, the implant still needs to integrate with the bone for a lasting hold, and that takes time. Even with normal biting forces the implant risks damage during this integration period. That's why we place a temporary crown a little shorter than the surrounding teeth. Those adjacent teeth will take the brunt of the biting force and not the implant.

Once the bone has fully integrated, we'll replace the temporary crown with a permanent one the proper height proportional to the other teeth. Even with the temporary crown, though, you'll still have a life-like tooth the day we removed the older one.

The key to success is planning — first determining if you meet the criteria for a same-day implant and then mapping out and carefully executing each succeeding step. Doing this will ensure your same-day implant is a success from day one.

If you would like more information on same-day tooth replacement, 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 “Same-Day Tooth Replacement with Dental Implants.”