Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

The desire for cosmetic dentistry is one of the most popular reasons why patients visit the dentist each year. According to the Americandental-veneers Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, over 80 percent of patients say that they want a cosmetic dental procedure to improve their physical attractiveness. You probably already know how important a beautiful smile is to your personal appearance, so why not let a dentist at White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL rejuvenate your look with professional dental veneers?

What Are Professional Dental Veneers?
Veneers are dental implements that are placed over the top of the original enamel to improve the aesthetic appearance of your teeth. Professional dental veneers are placed by a qualified dentist who uses both science and art to craft a smile that you can be proud of. Through precise sizing, shaping, and coloring, veneers not only look beautiful, but they also feel natural and comfortable as well!

Veneers Rejuvenate Your Smile
It is common for people to hide their teeth for a number of reasons, including severe discoloration, chips, and odd alignment. No matter the impairment, veneers can make your teeth look smooth, polished, and beautiful! In addition to the aesthetic benefits, veneers' durable porcelain makeup also provides your teeth with additional damage protection.

Have Your Teeth Checked
Evaluating your general dental health plays a central role in whether you will qualify for cosmetic dentistry. Before treatment begins, your Naperville dentist must confirm that your teeth are strong enough to support veneers for an extended period of time. The best way to do this is to perform an X-ray screening to check the inner parts of your teeth and the jawbone. Checking for signs of gum disease is also important, for the risk of tooth loss also puts veneers in danger.

Professional Dental Veneers May Be Right for You
Just about any aesthetic dental imperfection can be resolved with veneers from our Naperville office. To schedule a visit with Dr. Joon Sun, dial (630) 978-9005 today!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 10, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

How your dentist in Holland, MI, can save your smile with root canal therapy

If you are suffering from tooth pain, a root canal might be the key to relief. Here at Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, Dr. Todd A. Brower Root_Canaloffers full-service dentistry, including root canal therapy, to help his patients' smiles—read on to learn if this treatment is right for your situation!

 

More about root canal therapy

A root canal is needed when the dental pulp within a tooth has become damaged or bruised. In these cases, inflammation and fluid begin to build up inside your tooth, causing pain, pressure, and disease, all issues which will only be relieved through root canal therapy.

There are several noticeable signs and symptoms pointing towards the need a root canal. You need to pay attention to:

  • Pain that increases after the tooth has been exposed to foods or beverages that are hot, cold, or sugary
  • Pain that continues even after a filling or crown is placed
  • Stabbing, aching pain when you bite down or chew
  • Radiating pain that spreads into the jaws, face, or head

There are also some non-painful symptoms, including:

  • A red or white bump appearing on your gums next to a tooth root
  • Drainage including blood or pus coming from the bump on your gums
  • A tooth that is noticeably darker or grayer than the teeth next to it

If you notice any of the signs or symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brower. He will perform pulp and vitality testing, take x-rays, and examine your painful tooth to let you know if a root canal can help you!

 

Give us a call!

For more information about root canal therapy or any other additional dental services, dial (616) 399-3600 to reach Dr. Todd A. Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, Michigan, today!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
March 25, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental Implant Replaces Missing TeethDental implants provide a comfortable, long-lasting option if you're missing one or more teeth. Your dentist, Dr. Todd Brower of Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, helps his patients care for their smiles with a variety of dental services, including dental implants—read on to learn more!

 

How dental implants restore your smile

Tooth loss doesn't just affect your appearance, but can also increase your risk of developing oral health problems. Once you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth react by slowly drifting toward the gap. Unfortunately, this can change your bite and also make brushing and flossing more difficult, due to overlapping teeth.

Your jawbone may also begin to shrink after tooth loss, particularly if you've lost several teeth. This problem occurs because the tooth roots are no longer there to stimulate the bone. As the jawbone bone shrinks during a process called resorption, teeth may loosen and even fall out. Resorption can also contribute to sagging in the muscles of your lower face.

Dental implants help you avoid these problems by restoring missing teeth from the roots up. After treatment, your new tooth will consist of:

  • The Implant: Dental implants are placed directly in your jawbone to replace your natural roots. These screw-like implants are made of titanium, a metal that naturally bonds to your bone. The bonding process takes about three to six months and is a crucial part of the implant process.
  • The Abutment: The abutment connects the dental implant to your dental crown. It is added to the implant after bonding is complete. During your abutment appointment, your Holland dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your new crown fits perfectly.
  • The Crown: Crowns are artificial teeth designed that fill the noticeable gaps in your smile. Since your crowns are firmly attached to your implants, they won't slip or slide when you eat and feel very much like your natural teeth.

Your new implants will exert constant pressure on your jawbone in order to prevent resorption, the shifting of teeth, and facial sagging. Due to this amazing stability, your implants could very well last you for a lifetime.

 

Interested? Contact us today!

Are you ready to restore missing teeth with dental implants? Call our Holland, MI, office today at (616) 399-3600 to schedule your appointment!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
November 26, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

What improves the shape, texture, and color of your individual teeth, leaving you with a beautiful smile? Porcelain veneers, of course! Custom-crafted according to instructions from your dentist, Dr. Todd Brower, in Holland, MI, porcelain veneers cover detracting defects for a look that's both perfect and perfectly you.

What are porcelain veneers?

They are one of cosmetic dentistry's most asked-for treatments. Made from stain-and-crack-resistant ceramic, ultra-thin veneers mask flaws such as hairline cracks, chips, stains, small gaps, uneven length, unattractive shape, and more. Your dentist in Holland, MI, recommends lifelike veneers to older teens and adult patients who are free from active decay and gum disease.

In many cases, they are part of a comprehensive smile makeover that includes aesthetic services, restorations, or tooth replacements. In other words, porcelain veneers are very versatile.

Are veneers right for you?

Dental VeneersAt Ottawa Smiles Dental, Dr. Brower will perform a complete oral examination, take X-rays and photos, and work-up a complete treatment plan. He'll send oral impressions to a trusted dental lab where a skilled ceramist will fabricate your veneers with just the right color and shape. Because Dr. Brower will resurface your teeth to prepare them for the veneers, temporary laminates will be used to cover, protect, and normalize your smile until the next appointment.

When you return to the office, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and bond the new ones in place. A tooth-colored cement then holds in the veneers and contributes to their complimentary color and natural appearance. With careful adjustment for bite, your procedure is complete.

Veneer care

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that veneers look natural and are strong and resilient enough to withstand normal biting and chewing. To keep them bright and healthy, brush twice a day, floss daily, and see Dr. Brower every six months for a professional cleaning and check-up. Finally, avoid hard foods, limit staining beverages (such as coffee) and avoid smoking and chewing tobacco.

Contact us

To find out if porcelain veneers are right for you, contact Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI, for a consultation with Dr. Brower. Bring your ideas on the smile changes you'd like to see, and your dentist will answer your questions and concerns fully. Call (616) 399-3600 today—we look forward to helping you achieve a bright new look!

By Ottawa Smiles Dental
June 18, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Want to restore your smile, but want to avoid breaking your bank doing it? Well, Dr. Todd Brower in Holland, MI, has just the solution: denturesdentures.

About Dentures

Dentures are oral appliances used by individuals who have lost some or all of their natural teeth due to tooth decay, gum disease, or injury. Dentures are usually made of plastic resin. There are both partial dentures and full dentures:

Partial Dentures

  • Transitional Partial Dentures are placed in your mouth temporarily while your gums heal and before dental implants replace them.
  • Removable Partial Dentures are used instead of dental implants and bridgework.

Full Dentures

  • Immediate Dentures are used temporarily for when people are transitioning into denture wearing.
  • Conventional Full Dentures are permanent dentures custom made to fit.
  • Implant-Supported Overdentures use one or more dental implants to secure and support upper and lower dentures.

How to care for dentures?

When you get your dentures, it's important to know how best to take care of them.

Here are a few tips:

  • Completely immerse your dentures in water when they're not in your mouth.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-invasive cleanser when cleaning your dentures, as recommended by The American Dental Association.
  • While brushing your teeth, make sure your clean your cheeks, the roof of your mouth, gums, and tongue to avoid having an unpleasant breath or irritation.

Need a consultation?

For more information about dentures contact Ottawa Smiles Dental in Holland, MI. Call (616) 399-3600. It's time you take care of your dental health and improve your smile!