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By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
October 08, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Find out the many ways in which you can achieve a whiter smile.

Whether you want to admit it or not, a smile is typically the first feature we notice about a person. If you are dealing with a stained, yellowing, or dull smile, your dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, can help you feel more confident thanks to teeth whitening in Charlottesville, VA. Whether you want to turn to your dental team for a brighter smile or you want to whiten on your terms, here are the different whitening options available to you:

  • Whitening toothpaste
  • Over-the-counter whitening kits
  • Professional at-home whitening
  • Professional in-office whitening

Over-the-Counter Whitening

At this point, most people know about the different kinds of bleaching options that they can get from their local drugstore. These kits can seem like a quick, convenient and inexpensive way to get a whiter smile. While you can achieve a whiter smile with these options, it can take several weeks to see results and results are typically subtle. So while this might be ideal for someone who just wants to give a little boost to their smile’s appearance, this option won’t be ideal for someone dealing with more extensive stains and yellowing. These options can also be dangerous and easy to misuse.

Professional Whitening Systems

There are many reasons people turn to professional teeth whitening in Charlottesville, VA. Some patients simply want to get amazing results fast. Others want to get a whiter smile while avoiding the tooth sensitivity they may have experienced with over-the-counter options. Some patients simply want our professional team to do the work for them while they relax. There is no wrong reason to seek out your dental professionals for whitening.

Chairside or in-office whitening is quite popular because we can get smiles several shades whiter in just a single bleaching session. If your goal is to get visible results quickly, chairside whitening is going to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. However, if you’d like to get professional results from the comfort of home, we can also provide professional at-home whitening with custom bleaching trays that will deliver radiant results in a fraction of the time compared to over-the-counter bleaching options.

Are you ready to turn to your Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Tisdelle, for professional teeth whitening? If you want to get a whiter smile fast, in-office whitening can give you the results you’re looking for. To schedule a consultation, call us at (434) 977-4101.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
April 13, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental crowns  

This versatile restoration may be exactly what you need to revive your smile.

Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of a dental crown, but do you really know the purpose behind this popular dental restoration? This tooth-shaped cap is able to do more than you think! contact the office of our Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, to find out when your smile might benefit from a dental crown.

You Have a Large, Worn Filling

While a dental filling is often placed if someone is dealing with a cavity, if the cavity is rather extensive and takes up a large portion of the tooth then a dental filling just won’t be stable enough.

If a large filling has already been placed over the tooth, the tooth may weaken over time. If we notice that this is happening, your Charlottesville, VA, family dentist will likely recommend replacing the filling and placing a dental crown over the tooth to prevent the tooth from weakening any further.

You Need a Root Canal

If we discover that you have an inflamed or infected dental pulp, then we will need to go inside the tooth to remove this structure to prevent further damage. Of course, a tooth that has to undergo root canal therapy won’t be as structurally sound. To prevent weakness, crumbling, or further damage to the tooth, we will typically place a custom dental crown over the tooth after treatment.

You Cracked a Tooth

If you have cracked, fractured, or broken your tooth not only will you want to prevent the crack from getting worse, but you’ll also want to restore the tooth’s strength. A dental crown is the best option for improving the durability of a tooth and it fully covers and encapsulates it. You’ll be able to chew and bite down without worrying about the tooth.

You Have a Cosmetically Flawed Tooth

In some cases, a dental crown may be used for purely cosmetic purposes. When you come in for a consultation, we can determine whether a dental crown will be the best approach for hiding a malformed, misshapen, or severely discolored tooth.

If you think your smile could benefit from a dental crown then it’s time you called our Charlottesville, VA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Tisdelle today at (434) 977-4101 to book a consultation. We would be happy to sit down with you one-on-one to find out how we can improve and restore your smile with a dental crown.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
November 25, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Veneers  

Dental veneers are very thin sheaths of porcelain that are bonded to your existing teeth at the front and sides. They can be used to hide chips, cracks, and stains, to reshape the teeth, and to fill in gaps between teeth. Dr. Michael J. Tisdelle is a dentist in Charlottesville who can help you with veneers treatment and maintenance. Here are some tips on taking care of your dental veneers.

Dental Veneer Maintenance

Charlottesville dental patients can take the following steps to make sure their veneers stay in good condition:

  • Maintain a good oral hygiene routine: Brush twice daily with a medium or soft toothbrush at least twenty minutes after eating. Floss at least once each day to remove any trapped particles between your teeth. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash after flossing. Make sure to use an alcohol-free mouthwash so it will not adversely affect the bonding agent that supports your veneers.
  • Chew carefully: While porcelain veneers are very durable, in some instances they can chip or break. Normal foods shouldn’t pose a problem, but you should avoid crunching ice and chewing on things like your fingernails, pens, and bones.
  • Protect your veneers: If you enjoy athletic activities such as basketball, football, or contact sports, wear a mouthguard while you are participating to keep your new smile safe.
  • Avoid staining: Certain foods and beverages such as tomatoes, berries, tea, coffee, and wine can stain your teeth. Using tobacco products will also cause staining.
  • Make regular dental visits: Regular six-month dental visits are not only important for your veneers but also for your general tooth and gum health. Having a biannual check-up will enable your dentist to spot any problems in the early stages while they are still easy to fix, so you’ll spend less money and less time in the dentist’s chair.

Take care of you your veneers and they will last for years. If you live in Charlottesville, VA you can find out more by calling Dr. Tisdelle at (434) 977-4101.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
November 19, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Crown  

How our Charlottesville office can help rebuild your smile

All teeth are essential to oral health, function, and personal appearance. To avoid the extraction of a cracked, decayed, or otherwise compromised tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental crown. Here at our Charlottesville, VA, office Dr. Michael Tisdelle uses porcelain crowns to shore up failing or unattractive tooth structure so that you can keep all of your teeth and still have a healthy smile.

Why use porcelain?

Dr. Tisdelle typically uses medical-grade porcelain to create dental caps to restore teeth to full form and function. Porcelain is highly biocompatible, strong, realistic in both color and sheen, crowns made from the material may be placed anywhere in the mouth: front, back, or sides. They support bridgework, cover dental implants, and finish off root canal therapy.

To qualify for a crown...

You must have enough healthy tooth structure. To determine this, Dr. Tisdelle will examine your smile and X-ray your tooth. If the procedure is a go, he'll remove the decayed portions and any old fillings to shape the tooth to receive the crown. Oral impressions and specific instructions tell the dental lab how to create your crown.

The treatment

To place the crown over your prepared tooth, your dentist uses a strong bonding cement. He carefully adjusts the new crown and the bite so that you feel comfortable as you use it. Additionally, you'll notice that your crown fits well between your other teeth and matches them in size, shape, and color.

Dental crown care

With consistent at-home hygiene and in-office care every six months (a comprehensive examination and cleaning), your dental crown should last at least ten years or even longer. A word of caution is in order, however. Avoid excessive wear-and-tear on your porcelain crown by wearing an acrylic bite guard if you clench or grind your teeth (this condition is called bruxism).

Learn more

Join with your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, in keeping your smile strong, beautiful, and complete. Use a customized porcelain crown to repair a failing tooth and enjoy years of an improved smile. Call us today to get all the details: (434) 977-4101.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 21, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Need dental work? It’s time to find out about tooth-colored fillings! The most natural-looking restorations available today, these fillings are the perfect choice to enhance your smile. Here at Dr. Michael J. Tisdelle's dental practice in Charlottesville, VA, we offer tooth-colored fillings to restore your smile—read on to learn why!

The benefits of tooth-colored fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are constructed from composite, a unique liquid resin that can be matched to the color of your smile. Composite is replacing metal as the number one choice for dental restorations for a number of reasons, including its lauded versatility, beautiful appearance, and reliable strength. Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent choice to restore teeth that are:

  • Broken due to trauma or an injury
  • Damaged from tooth decay
  • Chipped from excessive wear or bad habits

Composite offers benefits that can’t be matched by conventional metal fillings. When you choose tooth-colored fillings, you will enjoy these important benefits:

  • A strong dental restoration, because composite is bonded to your tooth surface
  • A beautiful dental restoration, because composite gives your smile a natural, metal-free look
  • A healthy restoration, because you will have no more metal taste in your mouth

Imagine having a strong, beautiful smile once again—with tooth-colored fillings, this dream can become reality!

Interested? Give us a call!

If you have decayed or damaged teeth, you don’t need to settle for old-school metal fillings. You can choose tooth-colored fillings using composite. Tooth-colored fillings give you a smile that you will be proud to show off. To find out more about the magic of tooth-colored fillings and how they can enhance your smile, call Dr. Michael J. Tisdelle in Charlottesville, VA, today by dialing (434) 977-4101.