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When die-hard music fans hear that their favorite performer is canceling a gig, it’s a big disappointment—especially if the excuse seems less than earth-shaking. Recently, British pop sensation Dua Lipa needed to drop two dates from her world tour with Bruno Mars. However, she had a very good reason.
“I’ve been performing with an awful pain due to my wisdom teeth,” the singer tweeted, “and as advised by my dentist and oral surgeon I have had to have them imminently removed.”
The dental problem Lipa had to deal with, impacted wisdom teeth, is not uncommon in young adults. Also called third molars, wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums), generally making their appearance between the ages of 18-24. But their debut can cause trouble: Many times, these teeth develop in a way that makes it impossible for them to erupt without negatively affecting the healthy teeth nearby. In this situation, the teeth are called “impacted.”
A number of issues can cause impacted wisdom teeth, including a tooth in an abnormal position, a lack of sufficient space in the jaw, or an obstruction that prevents proper emergence. The most common treatment for impaction is to extract (remove) one or more of the wisdom teeth. This is a routine in-office procedure that may be performed by general dentists or dental specialists.
It’s thought that perhaps 7 out of 10 people ages 20-30 have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. Some cause pain and need to be removed right away; however, this is not always the case. If a wisdom tooth is found to be impacted and is likely to result in future problems, it may be best to have it extracted before symptoms appear. Unfortunately, even with x-rays and other diagnostic tests, it isn’t always possible to predict exactly when—or if—the tooth will actually begin causing trouble. In some situations, the best option may be to carefully monitor the tooth at regular intervals and wait for a clearer sign of whether extraction is necessary.
So if you’re around the age when wisdom teeth are beginning to appear, make sure not to skip your routine dental appointments. That way, you might avoid emergency surgery when you’ve got other plans—like maybe your own world tour!
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
You’re ready to have that missing tooth replaced with a dental implant or other life-like restoration. But we may first have to address another problem — moving the teeth around the missing tooth space back to where they should be.
That empty space is the primary reason those teeth are no longer in the right position. Through their attachment to the periodontal ligament that lies between them and the bone, teeth are able to move slightly over time in response to mouth changes. This same mechanism, however, may also cause teeth to “drift” toward each other across the empty space left by a missing tooth; too much drift and there won’t be enough room for the replacement tooth.
A fairly straightforward orthodontic treatment can restore drifted teeth to their original position to make room for the replacement. There is one situation, however, that can complicate this treatment — if you also have periodontal (gum) disease, a plaque-induced bacterial infection. During normal tooth movement bone dissolves (resorbs) in front of the tooth in the direction of movement, while new bone forms behind it to help stabilize the tooth in its new position. Gum disease, however, can weaken the bone around these teeth, inhibiting the natural rebuilding process of bone and connective tissue that could jeopardize the success of the orthodontic treatment.
It’s important, then, to first treat and bring the gum disease under control to restore health to both the gums and bone. It’s also just as important during orthodontic treatment to prevent another infection flare-up through renewed brushing and flossing and regular office cleanings and checkups. Choosing clear aligners over traditional braces to move the teeth could also help — unlike fixed braces that often make oral hygiene difficult, clear aligners can be removed to allow easier cleaning of teeth and gums.
Depending on your situation, the process for preparing your mouth for a tooth replacement can involve several procedures and healing time. But the end result — a brand new tooth that looks amazing — will be something to smile about.
Unhappy with your smile? Porcelain veneers, thin dental laminates customized from medical-grade ceramic, have improved smiles since the 1950s. Could this treatment from your Garden City cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert Beckelman, help your smile? Read on to learn more, and contact Leading Care Dental to set up a consultation with Dr. Beckelman.
We all want perfection
It's particularly true where your appearance is concerned. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that people notice a smile before any other personal characteristic. So, what could perfect your healthy smile?
Porcelain veneers may be your best choice. Placed by your cosmetic dentist right in his Garden City office, veneers resurface the front of teeth flawed by:
- Cracked or chipped enamel
- Stains from smoking, coffee, or medications
- Minor spacing problems
- Odd length or shape
- Rotated position
Thin, tooth-colored, and tooth-shaped, veneers dramatically improve smile aesthetics and strengthen tooth structure, as well.
The advantages of porcelain veneers
During a detailed consultation, your Garden City cosmetic dentist will tell you if veneers are your best choice. Some of the most notable benefits of this treatment include:
- Veneers require only minor enamel resurfacing to affect a proper bond and fit.
- They are realistic and custom-crafted to complement your facial features and overall smile appearance.
- They are resistant to stains and chips, ensuring a great look for years.
- They are permanent, bonded to the front surface of your tooth.
- Patients adjust to the look and feel of their veneers rapidly.
- They cause little to no dental or gingival (gum) sensitivity because of Dr. Beckelman's careful design and placement techniques.
- Veneers stay shiny with your usual twice-daily brushing and once-daily flossing. Six-month examinations and professional cleanings keep veneer margins free of plaque and tartar.
Rejuvenate your smile with porcelain veneers
Learn more about this innovative cosmetic dentistry treatment by calling Leading Care Dental today at (516) 256-2424 to set a consultation appointment with Dr. Robert Beckelman,
Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile? One of these cosmetic dentistry options may be the perfect choice for you. Your Garden City, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert Beckelman, offers the services and procedures you need for a healthy, attractive smile.
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to transform your smile. Your Garden City dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide gel to break apart stain pigments deposited deep inside your enamel. In-office whitening can lighten your teeth as much as three to eight shades in just about an hour. Take-home whitening kits are also available.
Veneers cover imperfections in the front surfaces of teeth. The thin, tooth-shaped shells are made of porcelain or plastic and are attached to teeth with dental cement. Veneers are made to match the color of your teeth and are often used to change the shape or length of teeth, conceal chips, bumpy surfaces, cracks and discolorations, or hide slight gaps between teeth. Are your teeth not quite as you want after teeth whitening? Veneers can be made in nearly any shade of white and are very stain resistant.
Dental crowns are hollow restorations that fit on top of the visible parts of your teeth. Before you can receive a crown, your dentist must reduce the size of your tooth. Crowns protect fragile teeth, repair broken teeth, hide discolorations, and change the shape or length of teeth. Porcelain crowns require two appointments, while CEREC Same-Day Crowns are made while you wait in the dental office.
Transform your appearance with cosmetic dentistry! Call your Garden City, NY, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Robert Beckelman, at (516) 256-2424 to schedule an appointment.
October is National Orthodontic Health Month, and the more than 18,000 members of the American Association of Orthodontists want you to know the importance of a good bite. Correcting a bite problem can do wonders for your health and well-being—and the added benefit of a more attractive smile can do wonders for your self-image and relationships.
Perhaps, though, you’re well past your teenage years and think you might be too old to consider having your teeth straightened. Not at all: Even if you’re a senior adult, you can still undergo bite correction as long as your overall periodontal health is sound.
But then why go through the effort and expense of orthodontic treatment? Here are 3 top reasons why correcting a poor bite is worth it at any age.
Improve digestion. As we chew during eating, our teeth turn food into digestible bits that our body can easily process for nutrients. Misaligned teeth, though, aren’t as efficient at this first step in the digestion process, causing less efficiency at retrieving nutrients along the way. Correcting your bite could therefore improve your digestion and your health.
Prevent dental disease. While you need to brush and floss every day to prevent tooth decay or gum disease, it’s a lot easier if your teeth are properly aligned. Crooked teeth are more prone to collect and harbor disease-causing plaque that can “hide” from brushing and flossing. Correcting your bite can make it easier to remove plaque, thereby decreasing your risk of a tooth-destroying infection and gum disease that can contribute to chronic inflammation in the body.
Renew your confidence. While the previous two therapeutic reasons are primary for orthodontic treatment, don’t discount the power of an improved smile. Gaining a more attractive smile can boost your confidence in social and business situations—which could change your life. Consider it the added “cherry on top” that accompanies better health and wellness when you correct your bite.
If you’re interested in a healthier life and a more attractive smile, see us for a complete orthodontic evaluation. Even if you’re an older adult, you may still be a good candidate for bite correction. And you might not even need to wear braces: depending on your condition, we may be able to correct your bite with clear aligners that are nearly invisible to others while you’re wearing them.
There are good reasons for improving your bite. The sooner you do, the greater the benefits to your health and confidence.
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment, please contact us to schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Moving Teeth With Orthodontics” and “Orthodontics for the Older Adult.”