At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, your team of three family dentists offer many restorative services which double as cosmetic enhancements. One is the porcelain crown. Custom-crafted to strengthen and beautify a damaged tooth, a crown extends tooth life for years. Here's how Dr. Marengo Jr., Dr. Sylvester, and Dr. Kolarik use crowns to help their patients.
Dental crowns improve function, appearance and durability
A tooth-shaped cap fashioned from lifelike ceramic, a dental crown replaces tooth structure damaged by:
- Oral trauma from a fall, sports mishap, or car accident
- Unacceptable size and shape
- Wear and tear from age, acid reflux or habitual grinding and clenching (bruxism)
- Big fillings which weaken tooth structure, particularly the corners (cusps)
Crowns restore teeth saved from extraction by root canal treatments, and they top off dental implants, too. Crowns anchor conventional fixed bridges composed of one or more artificial teeth.
Your crown procedure
Medicinenet states that there must be sufficient healthy tooth structure to support a crown. If you and your family dentist decide on a dental crown, expect two visits to Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe. The first involves a simple exam, X-rays, and oral impressions. Your dentist will remove the damaged enamel and any filling material and fit a temporary cap over the tooth.
Then, at your next appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and permanently cement the new one in place. Your beautiful crown will look natural in color and shape, and with today's accurate fabrication techniques, you're assured of proper fit and bite, too.
As the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends, brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Floss once a day to remove plaque from the margins between the crown and gums, and see your dentist semi-annually for a professional cleaning and examination. If you are a teeth clencher or grinder, your dentist may advise you wear an acrylic bite guard to provide protection and cushioning.
If a crown is in your future, why not learn more about the process? Contact Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, for a consultation with one of our family dentists. We open at 8 am Monday through Friday. Call (913) 829-9222.
Maintaining good oral health is important for preventing problems and preserving the natural teeth for as long as possible. However, there are times when extraction of a tooth is necessary. In such situations, extracting a problem tooth can safeguard your oral health by preventing the spread of infection. At Esthetic Enhancement, Dr. Anthony Marengo Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik are your Olathe family dentists for tooth extractions.
Reasons for Extraction
An extraction can be needed for several reasons. For instance, extraction of an infected tooth that is beyond restoration or repair will alleviate any pain, discomfort, or sensitivity previously caused by the infection. Extraction will also stop the infection from spreading to other teeth and infecting them, which could lead to the need for additional extractions. Your Olathe family dentist can determine if an extraction is needed in your case. Common reasons for tooth extraction include:
- A severely infected tooth
- A tooth severely damaged by an oral injury
- An impacted wisdom tooth that will not erupt
- Overcrowded teeth without enough space
- Deciduous (baby) teeth that have not fallen out on their own
The procedure for extracting a tooth is fairly straightforward. First, an x-ray will be taken so the dentist can examine the root of the affected tooth. This is important because an oddly positioned root can present a challenge to easily extracting the tooth. When this is known in advance, the dentist can make adjustments based on the positioning of the root so the tooth can be readily extracted.
Once the dentist is ready to extract your tooth, a local anesthesia will be applied to the area of the extraction site. The anesthesia helps minimize discomfort by numbing the area. A mild sedative can also be administered to help you relax during the procedure. Once the problem tooth has been extracted, the area will be stitched closed. Within one to two weeks, the are should be completely healed.
Tooth extraction is sometimes a necessary part of maintaining optimal oral health by eliminating unhealthy teeth and preventing the spread of infection to healthy ones. To find out if you might need a tooth extraction, schedule an appointment with Dr. Marengo, Dr. Sylvester, or Dr. Kolarik, your Olathe, KS, family dentists, by calling Esthetic Enhancement at (913) 829-9222.
More goes into having a healthy, good-looking smile than just keeping your teeth clean—the way that they are aligned also matters. Allow a family dentist at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, to consult you about your orthodontic options. You may be a good candidate for Invisalign, a subtle, relatively fast, and effective way to fix the positioning of the teeth.
What Is Invisalign and How Does It Work?
Dental scientists are always seeking ways to treat patients more efficiently and provide them with the dentistry options that they need to thrive. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that was designed for patients who don’t feel comfortable having metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands in their mouths for a long period of time. As opposed to these traditional orthodontic materials, Invisalign uses sets of clear, delicate, plastic trays are shaped to closely fit the indentations and surfaces of your teeth. During treatment, you will receive a new set of trays from your Olathe family dentist every couple of weeks, across a period of about six months to a year. Gradually over this period, your teeth will adjust to match the shape of the aligning trays.
Invisalign: Why It’s a Preferred Treatment
One of the more obvious reasons why patients prefer Invisalign is due to aesthetics. Most people won’t notice at all that you’re wearing a tray when you talk or smile because the trays are clear, thin, and fit snugly along your gumline. Another advantage over regular braces is that an aligning tray can be removed and put back in whenever you want. Also, not everyone can wait up to three years for a better smile—Invisalign does the job in less than half that time, on average!
A Much-Improved Smile
Spaces between the teeth, crowding, and excessive overbites can really make a smile look unattractive. Invisalign is a relatively simple treatment that will help fix all of these issues and more. Don’t underestimate the importance of smile esthetics—a study conducted Kelton Research showed that most people associate it with more success, confidence, and even trustworthiness.
Visit Your Family Dentist
Before you can receive your first Invisalign aligning tray, you must go to your Olathe, KS, family dentist for an initial consultation, and then to have dental impressions made. Start the process today by calling 913-829-9222 to set an appointment with Dr. Anthony Marengo, Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, or Dr. Matthew Kolarik.
Let's say you're worried about a molar: chewing and cold beverages cause a stab of pain and sensitivity, letting you know something is definitely wrong. Must you lose this tooth? At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, family dentists, Dr. Anthony Marengo, Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik, offer state-of-the-art treatments to restore teeth to excellent form, function, and health. One such treatment is root canal therapy. It could save your sick tooth. Learn the signs that you may need a root canal.
What is a root canal?
Actually, a root canal is part of your tooth anatomy. Molars, such as your painful one, usually have three to four of these interior chambers, or canals, within them—one in each tooth root. Filled with connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, root canals are susceptible to damage, inflammation, and infection from deep decay, oral injury (cracks), infection, and other dental problems.
Fortunately, dentists have long used root canal therapy, also known as endodontics, for generations, removing diseased interior pulp, relieving uncomfortable and dangerous symptoms, and saving the tooth from extraction. At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, your family dentists gently and expertly perform this restorative service on scores of patients. After treatment, your teeth will feel better and last for many years, possibly even a lifetime!
To confirm you need a root canal, your dentist will examine and X-ray your tooth. Then, the treatment takes two office visits: one to remove the diseased pulp, add antiseptic medication, and seal the tooth, and another to cover the tooth with a lifelike dental crown made of porcelain.
Symptoms of a problem tooth
Signs you need endodontic therapy include:
- Severe toothache
- Drainage which smells and tastes bad
- Reddened gums
- Pus at the gum line
- A pimple on the gums near the affected tooth
- Change in the color of tooth enamel
- Swelling of the jaw
- Dental sensitivity to cold, heat, pressure, or sugar, that does not resolve quickly
- Cracked or missing tooth structure
It's not difficult
Root canal therapy does not cause dental pain or illness throughout the body. Instead, the process is comfortable, cures the infection and increases the strength and lifespan of the affected tooth. In just two visits, endodontics alleviates the dangers of abscess, decay, and other problems which threaten oral health.
To find out if a root canal could help you, please contact Esthetic Enhancement for an appointment. Family dentists Dr. Marengo, Dr. Sylvester, and Dr. Kolarik will be happy to help you and your tooth. Phone (913) 829-9222.
At Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, your dentists - Dr. Anthony Marengo, Jr., Dr. Jacob Sylvester, and Dr. Matthew Kolarik - love seeing healthy, bright smiles. The doctors teach their patients that good oral hygiene habits support outstanding dental health, fewer restorative procedures, and a great sense of well-being. Here are some tips on at-home hygiene. Try to incorporate them into your daily routine.
Brushing twice a day
That's a rule established by the American Dental Association (ADA). Brushing with a soft toothbrush which fits comfortably inside your mouth removes plaque from tooth surfaces and the gumline, promoting a cavity-free smile with healthy gum tissue. When you brush, be sure to stay at it for a full two minutes (set the timer on your phone if necessary). Place the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth and use a gentle, sweeping motion to cleanse front, back, and chewing surfaces.
Flossing once a day
The ADA recommends this, too. Both you and your dentist can tell if you neglect flossing, as the red, sore, bleeding gums which indicate gingivitis (an early stage of dangerous gum disease) appear.
So, to prevent gum disease, take a couple of minutes each day to wind a single strand of dental floss around your index fingers and clean between your teeth. Or, if you prefer, use a Y-shaped flosser, small interproximal brush, or WaterPik. You'll remove a lot of plaque and debris, leaving your teeth and gums cleaner and protected against cavities and gum issues.
Eat tooth-friendly foods
Reduce sugar and carbohydrate intake as much as possible. Eat plenty of:
- Calcium-rich dairy products
- Low-fat proteins
- Whole grains
Drink water instead of soda pop, sports drinks, and staining beverages such as coffee and tea.
Think about your oral health. Avoid smoking and chewing tobacco. Both contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
Take a toothbrush and floss with you to work or school. Use a fluoride mouth rinse to strengthen tooth enamel. And, of course, see the friendly team at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe every six months.
Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums, checking for decay, gum disease, oral cancer, TMJ, and more. Your hygienist will scale your teeth to remove any plaque and tartar you miss when brushing and flossing at home. You'll love how your teeth look and feel!
Check your habits
At your next routine check-up, ask your hygienist how you're doing and if she can suggest ways to improve. Using an electric toothbrush, special floss for cleaning around implants, bridges, and crowns and other tools and products can give you the clean you need for a long-lasting smile.
Why not call Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS, now to arrange your routine exam and cleaning? Call us at (913) 829-9222.
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