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During his former career as a professional footballer (that's a soccer star to U.S. sports fans) David Beckham was known for his skill at “bending” a soccer ball. His ability to make the ball curve in mid-flight — to avoid a defender or score a goal — led scores of kids to try to “bend it like Beckham.” But just recently, while enjoying a vacation in Canada with his family, “Becks” tried snowboarding for the first time — and in the process, broke one of his front teeth.
Some fans worried that the missing tooth could be a “red card” for Beckham's current modeling career… but fortunately, he headed straight to the dental office as soon as he arrived back in England. Exactly what kind of treatment is needed for a broken tooth? It all depends where the break is and how badly the tooth is damaged.
For a minor crack or chip, cosmetic bonding may offer a quick and effective solution. In this procedure, a composite resin, in a color custom-made to match the tooth, is applied in liquid form and cured (hardened) with a special light. Several layers of bonding material can be applied to re-construct a larger area of missing tooth, and chips that have been saved can sometimes be reattached as well.
When more tooth structure is missing, dental veneers may be the preferred restorative option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth. They can not only correct small chips or cracks, but can also improve the color, spacing, and shape of your teeth.
But if the damage exposes the soft inner pulp of the tooth, root canal treatment will be needed to save the tooth. In this procedure, the inflamed or infected pulp tissue is removed and the tooth sealed against re-infection; if a root canal is not done when needed, the tooth will have an increased risk for extraction in the future. Following a root canal, a tooth is often restored with a crown (cap), which can look good and function well for many years.
Sometimes, a tooth may be knocked completely out of its socket; or, a severely damaged tooth may need to be extracted (removed). In either situation, the best option for restoration is a dental implant. Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure. Over time, it fuses with the living bone to form a solid anchorage. A lifelike crown is attached, which provides aesthetic appeal and full function for the replacement tooth.
So how's Beckham holding up? According to sources, “David is a trooper and didn't make a fuss. He took it all in his stride." Maybe next time he hits the slopes, he'll heed the advice of dental experts and wear a custom-made mouthguard…
If you have questions about restoring damaged teeth, please contact our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma and Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Children's Dental Concerns and Injuries.”
What your dentist in Appleton wants you to know
It is easier than you think to lose teeth throughout the course of your lifetime. You can lose teeth due to trauma or decay. No matter what the reason is for your lost teeth, there is a revolutionary way to regain your smile and your chewing ability.
It’s called dental implants, and they can save your smile. Dr. Jolanta Pajek at Modern Touch Dentistry in Appleton, WI, wants to help you discover the importance of dental implants.
Dental implants are an innovative, important way to restore your smile. They are also the most natural-looking method of tooth replacement available. In addition to the natural look of dental implants, there are many other benefits. Consider that dental implants are:
- Cosmetically beautiful, because implant crowns are made of high-tech dental ceramic that reflects light, just like your natural teeth
- Healthy, because you can brush and floss the implants just like your existing teeth, keeping your gums and teeth disease-free
- Permanent, because they are embedded in bone and become part of your smile; you never take them out and they never move around.
- Successful, with a success rate of over 95 percent, higher than any other surgical implant, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
- Youthful-looking, because they help your preserve and create more bone, restoring your firm jawline and youthful facial contours
When you choose dental implants, they can be placed during a simple in-office procedure. Some patients need to wait until the implant area has totally healed before receiving implant crowns. Other patients can receive temporary crowns on the same day as the implants are placed. Dr. Pajek will recommend which procedure is best for you.
If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s time for you to discover the importance of dental implants for yourself. It’s time to call Dr. Jolanta Pajek at Modern Touch Dentistry in Appleton, WI. Find out more about what dental implants can do for your smile by calling today!
If you have chronic jaw joint pain you may have heard of using Botox to relieve discomfort from temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Before you seek out this remedy, though, be sure you know the facts beforehand.
TMD is actually a group of conditions affecting the joints, muscles and overall structures of the jaw. People with TMD often experience sharp pain and reduced range of motion of the jaw joints. Although we don't know the exact causes, we believe stress (accompanied often by teeth grinding habits) is a major factor for many patients.
Treatments run the spectrum from conservative to aggressive. Conservative treatments include cold and heat packs, therapeutic exercises, and muscle pain or relaxant medication. On the more aggressive side, patients undergo surgery to reorient the lower jaw. Most people gain a significant amount of relief from conservative therapies; the results aren't as positive with surgery.
Botox falls on the aggressive side of treatments. Approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic uses, the drug contains botulinum toxin type A, a bacterial toxin that can cause muscle paralysis. It's often injected into facial structures to paralyze small muscles and temporarily “smooth out” wrinkle lines. Only recently has it been proposed to help relieve jaw pain.
The jury, however, is still out on its effectiveness with jaw pain. The double-blind testing performed thus far hasn't produced any relevant clinical results that the injections actually work with TMD.
And there are other complications. Some people injected with Botox encounter pain, bruising or swelling at the injection site, and some have severe headaches afterward. Botox is also a temporary solution, not a permanent cure — you'll need another injection a few months later to maintain the effect. You might even develop antibodies that diminish the drug's effect and require higher subsequent doses to compensate.
This and other concerns should give you pause before seeking out this remedy. The best strategy is to try the traditional treatments first, which are also the least invasive. If there's no significant relief, then talk to us and your physician about other options.
If you would like more information on treatment options for TMD, 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 “Botox Treatment for TMJ Pain.”
Learn about dental implants from your Appleton dentist.
Implant dentistry is the most clinically successful therapy available to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Jolanta Pajek at Modern Touch Dentistry in Appleton, WI, offers state-of-the-art dental implants to their patients. Read on to find out how dental implants help your whole smile.
Dental implants are used to replace one or multiple missing teeth. They can even replace all the teeth in your upper and lower jaw. By replacing your teeth, they transform smiles and improve your appearance by allowing you to maintain the natural shape of your smile. With dental implants, you will enjoy the confidence of having a beautiful smile.
Not Prone To Decay
Anyone who has teeth can get cavities. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause infections, toothaches and tooth loss. Dental implants are not prone to decay and they will give you the healthy smile you deserve.
They are Permanent
Dental implants are strong, durable and designed to last many years. Implants are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. They provide a strong foundation for removable or fixed replacement teeth. Dental implants can last a lifetime if properly maintained and cared for.
They Act Like Real Teeth
Dental implants feel and function like real teeth. For anyone who has missing teeth, eating certain foods can present a challenge. Implants will help restore your ability to chew food. Tooth loss also affects your ability to speak. Dental implants will restore your smile and improve your clarity of speech.
Preserve Your Jawbone
When you have missing teeth, the jawbone begins to shrink and weaken because it is no longer stimulated by your tooth roots. Dental implants stimulate the growth of new bone and prevent jawbone deterioration. They provide the stimulation your jawbone needs to remain strong.
Ready for a smile makeover? If you've ever wanted a beautiful smile, this is your chance! Call Modern Touch Dentistry in Appleton, WI, at (920) 993-8682 today to schedule your dental appointment. We believe that everyone deserves a healthy, beautiful smile!
In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.
When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”
Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.
There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.
By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.
So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.
If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.