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EvenCelebritiesHaveAccidentsSeeWhatTheyDotoRestoreTheirChippedTeeth

Chipped a tooth? Don't beat yourself up—this type of dental injury is quite common. In fact, you probably have a favorite celebrity who has chipped one or more of their teeth. The list is fairly long.

Some chipped a tooth away from the limelight, such as Tom Cruise (a hockey puck to the face as a teen), Jim Carrey (roughhousing on the playground) and Paul McCartney (a sudden stop with a moped). Others, though, chipped a tooth while “on the job.” Taylor Swift, Hillary Duff and Jennifer Lopez have all chipped a tooth on stage with a microphone. And chipped teeth seem to be an occupational hazard among professional athletes like former NFL star, Jerry Rice.

Since smiles are an indispensable asset to high-profile celebrities, you can be sure these stars have had those chipped teeth restored. The good news is the same procedures they've undergone are readily available for anyone. The two most common restorations for chipped teeth are dental bonding and veneers.

The least invasive way to fix a chipped tooth is bonding with a material known as composite resin. With this technique, resin is first mixed to match the tooth color and then applied to the chipped area or applied in layers of color to get just the right look. After a bit of shaping, curing and adjustment, we're done—you can walk out with a restored tooth in one visit.

Bonding works well with slight to moderate chips, but it could be less durable when there is more extensive damage. For that, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin wafers of dental porcelain that are bonded to the front of teeth to mask blemishes like stains, slight gaps or, yes, chips. Veneers can be so lifelike that you won't be able to tell the veneered tooth from your other teeth. They are fashioned to match the color and shape of an individual's teeth. Because of the time and design detail involved, veneers are more expensive than bonding, yet still within an affordable range for many.

Teeth require some alteration before applying traditional veneers because otherwise the teeth can appear bulky when the veneer is bonded to the existing tooth. To compensate, we remove a little of the tooth enamel. Because this loss is permanent, you'll need to wear veneers or have some other form of restoration for the tooth from then on. For many people, though, that's a small price to pay for a smile without chips.

Your first step to repairing a chipped tooth is to come in for an examination. From there, we'll recommend the best option for your situation. And regardless of which, bonding or veneers, we can change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information about restoring injured teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Porcelain Veneers: Strength and Beauty as Never Before.”

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
January 11, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures

Discover the benefits associated with preventive dental care.

Preventive dentistry is incredibly important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Did you know that gum disease and decay, two of the most common dental diseases, are actually preventable with the proper care? Along with visiting our Charlottesville, VA, dentist Dr. Michael Tisdelle every six months for routine checkups and cleanings, it’s also important that you are practicing good preventive dental care from the comfort of your own home. Here’s what that entails,

Brushing

Brushing your teeth is one of the most important things you can do to keep your teeth and gums clean. Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush can remove food particles, germs and plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth. It’s important that you are brushing twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste to keep plaque buildup at bay.

Flossing

Along with brushing twice a day, it’s also just as important that you do not skip out on flossing. While brushing can remove plaque from most spaces, it cannot get between teeth the way that floss can. You wouldn’t want to leave full sections of your smile dirty, and flossing ensures that you remove as much plaque and food from your smile as possible. Simply floss once a day, ideally before bedtime, to ensure that you give your smile a thorough at-home cleaning.

Diet

What you eat can also play a critical role in your health, including the health of your teeth and gums. By now, you’ve probably heard our Charlottesville, VA, general dentist tell you to cut down on sweets. That’s because high-sugar diets can increase your risk for cavities and gum disease so it’s important to enjoy these treats in moderation. You should opt for a varied diet rich in fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein sources, nuts and legumes.

Dental Visits

When was the last time you visited our Charlottesville, VA, family dentist for a dental cleaning? If it’s been more than six months since your last visit, then it’s high time you came into our practice. While it’s important that you are doing your part to keep your smile healthy while at home, it’s also crucial that you visit us twice a year. These dental checkups are one of the easiest ways to prevent oral health problems from happening.

If you need to schedule your next six-month cleaning with our dentist in Charlottesville, VA, then simply call us at (434) 977-4101. We can work with your schedule to find a time that will work best with your schedule so you can get the preventive dental care you need.

TopicalFluorideCouldBoostYourChildsAvoidanceofToothDecay

Tooth decay is perhaps the biggest danger your child's teeth can face. Not only can it rob them of primary teeth now, but the loss of teeth at this early age could also lead to future bite problems.

That's why it's important to reduce the risk of tooth decay through daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings. You child may also benefit from another measure that enhances those other hygiene efforts—topical fluoride applied directly to tooth surfaces.

Fluoride is a naturally occurring chemical that's been demonstrated to strengthen tooth enamel against contact with acid, the main cause of tooth decay. Today, fluoride is added not only to toothpastes and other dental hygiene products, but also in minute amounts to drinking water supplies across the country.

Even if your child takes in fluoride through one or more of these sources, there may still be a benefit to a topical application. For one, topical applications are usually stronger than fluoride toothpaste or fluoridated water supplies and can have greater effect. And because fluoridated water is ingested first before traveling through the bloodstream to the teeth, directly applied fluoride can strengthen them much faster.

But are these stronger concentrations of topical fluoride safe? Studies have shown no long-term health risk, but there can be temporary side effects like stomach pain, vomiting or headaches if the patient accidently swallows too much of the solution during the application. These side effects, however, can be minimized through safety measures dentists put in place during the procedure.

One study by the Cochrane Oral Health Research Group seems to show that the long-term benefit of topical fluoride is well worth this minor risk of side effects. After reviewing several scientific studies involving thousands of patients, the group found an overall 28% reduction in decayed, filled or missing teeth over a number of years among those who received a topical fluoride treatment.

Because of these and other forms of evidence, fluoride applications in either gel, foam or varnish forms have become a routine part of preventive care for children. Discussing it with your dentist, you may find it could be an extra weapon for your child in fighting tooth decay.

If you would like more information on how to protect your child's teeth from decay, 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 “Fluoride Gels Reduce Decay.”

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
December 10, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

A root canal could help save your inflamed or infected tooth. The procedure, one of the many treatments offered by your Charlottesville, VA, dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, eliminates your pain and helps you avoid the loss of your tooth.

Why root canals are needed

Root canals treat inflammation in your tooth pulp caused by extensive decay, injuries, and bacterial infections. If the pulp isn't removed and replaced during root canal therapy, you'll eventually lose your tooth.

Root canals also protect your health if you have an abscess. The bacterial infection that caused the abscess can enter your bloodstream and travel to your heart, brain, and other organs without prompt treatment. In addition to receiving a root canal, you'll also need to take antibiotics if you have an abscess.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal therapy doesn't have a very good reputation. In fact, 57 percent of adults surveyed by the American Association of Endodontists in 2019 reported that they were more afraid of root canals than spiders. Although receiving a root canal may have been a painful experience many years ago, that's no longer the case. Advances in dental technology and pain control have made the procedure no more difficult than getting a dental filling.

Before the root canal begins, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth. The procedure won't start until you're comfortably numb and can't feel any pain.

After your tooth is opened, your dentist will remove the pulp and clean the interior of the tooth, including the root canals that extend from the top of the tooth to the roots. Tiny files make cleaning and shaping the narrow canals much easier. He may also add an antibiotic to the tooth to kill any lingering bacteria before adding a temporary filling to the tooth.

You'll return to the office in a week or two to receive your permanent filling. Gutta-percha, a rubber-based filling material, is often used to permanently fill teeth treated with root canal therapy. A dental crown may also be recommended to strengthen your treated tooth. You'll visit the Charlottesville dental office at a later date to receive your crown.

After your root canal, your tooth will function normally and you'll no longer have to live with tooth pain.

Do you think you may need a root canal? Call your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule your appointment.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 16, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  
SomeSimpleCosmeticTechniquesCouldHelpYourSmileAgeGracefully

We all want to look young and vibrant, or at least “age gracefully.” If you're seeking to reduce the visible effects of aging for a more youthful appearance, be sure you include one very important feature—your smile.

Like other aspects of body and health, our teeth and gums can be affected by aging. Even if you've managed for the most part to avoid the ravages of disease or injury, teeth will still naturally wear from a lifetime of biting and chewing food. The attractive shine of young teeth can also give way to yellowing and other discolorations later in life.

But there are ways to turn back the clock, so to speak, through cosmetic dentistry. And you won't necessarily break the bank to gain a more youthful smile: Many cosmetic procedures are quite affordable and minimally invasive.

If your teeth have become worn and edgy, for example, we may be able to soften those sharper edges with a dental drill. Known as enamel contouring (or reshaping), the single-visit procedure is relatively minor and inexpensive, usually without the need for anesthesia. For heavily worn teeth, you may need to step up to veneers, thin layers of tooth-colored porcelain, or crowns that cover the teeth and make them appear longer.

Mild enamel yellowing and staining often responds well to professional teeth whitening. Using a safe bleaching solution, we can temporarily restore brightness to your teeth that you may be able to maintain for a few years with proper care and occasional touchups. For a more permanent solution you can also turn to veneers, crowns or dental bonding for a brighter smile, especially for discolorations that don't respond well to teeth whitening.

While these techniques can restore a youthful appearance to your smile, don't discount the effect of daily care and regular dental visits. Brushing and flossing are fundamental to healthy teeth and gums—and health and beauty go hand in hand.

Age can take its toll on all of us, especially our smiles. But with proper care and perhaps a little cosmetic magic, you can have an attractive smile throughout your lifetime.

If you would like more information on improving your smile as you age, 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 “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”