My Blog

Posts for: August, 2019

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 23, 2019
Category: Oral Health

Singer and actor Demi Lovato has a new claim to fame: formidable martial artist. When she is not in the recording studio, on stage or in front of the camera, Lovato can often be found keeping in shape at Jay Glazer's Hollywood (California) gym. Glazer, who is best known as a sports journalist, also runs conditioning programs for professional athletes and celebrities based on mixed martial arts. On March 6, Glazer got more than he bargained for when 5'3" Lovato stepped into the ring and knocked out his front tooth.

Glazer reportedly used super glue to put his tooth back together. Not a good idea! While it may not be convenient to drop everything and get to the dental office, it takes an expert to safely treat a damaged tooth. If you glue a broken tooth, you risk having to undergo major work to correct your temporary fix—it's no easy task to "unglue" a tooth, and the chemicals in the glue may damage living tooth tissue as well as the surrounding gum and bone.

Would you know what to do in a dental emergency? Here are some guidelines:

  • If you chip a tooth, save the missing piece if possible. We may be able to reattach it.
  • If your tooth is cracked, rinse your mouth with warm water, but don't wiggle the tooth around or bite down on it. If it's bleeding, hold clean gauze to the area and call our office.
  • If your tooth is knocked loose or is pushed deeper into the socket, don't force the tooth back into position on your own. Immediate attention is very important.
  • If your tooth is knocked out, there's a chance it can be reattached. Pick up the tooth while being careful not to touch the root. Then rinse it off and have either someone place into its socket, or place it against the inside of your cheek or in a glass of milk. Please call the office immediately or go to a hospital.

What's the best thing to do in an emergency? Call us right away, and DON'T super glue your tooth! You can prevent worse problems by letting a professional handle any dental issues.¬†And if you've been living with a chipped, broken or missing tooth, call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation—there are several perfectly safe ways to restore your smile. Meanwhile, if you practice martial arts to keep in shape, think twice before getting into the ring with Demi Lovato!

To learn more, read the Dear Doctor articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “Saving New Permanent Teeth After Injury.”

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.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 13, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Would you like to rejuvenate the appearance of your smile? Here at our Charlottesville office, your dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, is happy to help! One of his most popular ways to achieve this smile makeover is through a cosmetic treatment called porcelain veneers. Natural-looking and durable, these thin laminates cover many small defects and strengthen tooth enamel, too. Read on to learn if they are right for you!

No one is perfect

Few people naturally come by stunning Hollywood smiles. Fortunately, if you have dental defects such as small gaps, irregularly shaped teeth, chips, or deep stains, porcelain veneers from your Charlottesville dentist could be your solution!

Veneers are custom-shaped pieces of high-grade ceramic, custom sculpted one-by-one to cover the front of teeth in the smile zone at the front of the mouth. Most veneer makeovers require minor enamel reduction to allow the laminates to bond, fit, and function properly within the mouth. This gentle procedure removes about one-half millimeter of tooth surface and makes veneers a permanent refurbishment. In other words, once you wear porcelain veneers, you always will.

The veneer treatment

The veneer process starts with a complete dental examination to discuss your desired changes and to ensure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough for treatment. With an agreed-upon plan, Dr. Tisdelle can begin your procedure right away. Besides the resurfacing, he will:

  • Take oral impressions and photos
  • Install temporary laminates
  • Send a plan to a trusted dental lab where a technician will sculpt each veneer

When you return to the office in a week or two, the dentist will remove the temporary veneers and use a specially-formulated adhesive to bond the new ones over your teeth. He can then vary the shade of the bonding cement to optimize the natural look and color of veneers so that your smile remains seamlessly beautiful. Finally, a UV light is used to cure the cement, and your smile is complete!

Caring for your new smile

If you routinely floss and brush as Dr. Tisdelle advises and also see him for your six-month cleanings and examinations, your veneers should last ten years or more. However, you should make sure to stay away from super-hard foods and biting on your fingernails.

Find out more

Dr. Michael Tisdelle and his team want their patients to have healthy smiles that they can truly enjoy, and cosmetic treatments, such as porcelain veneers, help them achieve their long-desired aesthetic smile goals. To learn more, contact the office team here in Charlottesville: (434) 977-4101.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 13, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: toothache  

Pain is the body’s warning system: It tells us something is wrong. And depending on the location and intensity of the pain, it can give us vital clues about the problem.

Sometimes, though, it’s not so clear and direct—the pain could arise from any number of sources. Toothaches often fall into this category: Although it’s likely indicating a tooth or gum problem, it could be something else — or even somewhere else.

This is known as referred pain, in which you may feel pain in one location, like your mouth, but the actual source of the problem is somewhere else, like an infected and congested sinus passage. If we’re able to identify the true source and location of the pain, the better the chances of a successful treatment outcome.

Besides sinus infections, there are other conditions like trigeminal neuralgia that can refer pain to the mouth. This painful condition involves the trigeminal nerve, a large nerve running on either side of the face that can become inflamed. Depending on where the inflammation occurs, you might feel the pain at various points along the jaw, feeling much like a toothache.

There’s also the case of an earache mimicking a toothache, and vice-versa. Because of the proximity of the ears to the jaws, there is some nerve interconnectedness between them. For example, an infected or abscessed back tooth could feel a lot like an earache.

These and other possible problems (including jaw joint disorders or teeth grinding) can generate pain as if it were coming from the mouth or a single tooth. To be sure you’ll need to undergo a complete dental examination. If your dentist doesn’t find anything wrong with your mouth, he or she may refer you to a medical doctor to explore other possible causes.

Getting to the root cause of pain can help determine which treatment strategy to pursue to relieve it. Finding the actual source is the most efficient way to understand what a pain sensation is trying to tell us.

If you would like more information on dental pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 03, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental cleaning  

One of the key parts to an effective oral disease prevention plan is practicing daily oral hygiene to remove dental plaque. Both brushing and flossing are necessary for cleaning your teeth of this thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles most responsible for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

But as important as they are, these two essential hygiene tasks aren’t the end-all-be-all for lowering your disease risk. For the best protection, you should also visit your dentist at least twice a year for thorough dental cleanings. That’s because plaque you might have missed can turn into something much more difficult to remove: calculus.

Also known as tartar, calculus is hardened deposits of plaque. The term comes from the Latin word meaning “small stone,” an apt description of its texture on tooth surfaces. Although not the same as the branch of mathematics that bears the same name, both derive from the same Latin word: Merchants and traders centuries ago used small stones to “calculate” their various transactions.

Over time soft and pliable dental plaque hardens into calculus, in part due to a reaction with saliva. Because of the difficulty of accessing all tooth surfaces, calculus can form even if you have an effective daily hygiene practice.

Once formed, calculus can adhere to teeth so tenaciously, it’s impossible to remove it with brushing and flossing. But dentists and hygienists can remove calculus safely with special tools called scalers.

And it should be removed or it will continue to foster bacterial growth. This in turn increases the chances for infections that attack the teeth, gums or underlying bone. Keeping it under control will therefore diminish your risk for developing dental disease.

Although there are other factors like heredity that can affect your disease risk, keeping your mouth clean is the number one thing you can do to protect your teeth and gums. A daily hygiene practice and regular dental visits will help ensure plaque and its calcified form calculus won’t be a problem.

If you would like more information on preventive dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.