Do you know why your tooth hurts? Your Olathe, KS, family dentists, Drs. Anthony Marengo and Jacob Sylvester, can determine the cause of your toothache and offer treatments to end your pain.
Common tooth pain causes
That ache in your tooth may be caused by:
- Tooth Decay: Although small cavities are usually painless, you may begin to notice twinges of pain as the decay spreads. Pain may worsen when you bite down on the tooth, and you may notice a dark spot or hole on the surface of your tooth.
- A Crack: Even a tiny crack in a tooth can cause pain. If you have a crack, you may experience pain when you chew or eat or drink hot or cold foods and beverages. It's important to treat cracks promptly, as they weaken your teeth and also make it easier for bacteria to enter.
- Wisdom Teeth: Pain is a common symptom if your wisdom teeth are impacted, a condition that occurs when teeth can't erupt because they're blocked by gum tissue and bone. Fully erupted wisdom teeth may be weaker than other teeth and more likely to develop painful cavities.
- Grinding: Do your teeth or jaw hurt when you first wake up? The pain may occur if you grind or clench your jaw when you sleep. The habit can damage teeth and increase your risk of developing temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
- A Dental Abscess: A bacterial infection in your tooth pulp may be to blame for your pain. Other abscess signs may include fever, facial swelling, pus around your tooth and swollen lymph nodes.
Your family dentist offers a variety of treatments for tooth pain, including fillings, wisdom tooth extraction, nightguards to stop grinding, crowns to restore cracked teeth, and antibiotics and root canal therapy to protect infected teeth.
Relieve your tooth pain with a visit to family dentists Drs. Anthony Marengo and Jacob Sylvester. Schedule an appointment by calling their Olathe, KS, office at (913) 829-9222 to schedule an appointment.
For quality cosmetic dental improvements, see your family dentists at Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe, KS. Here, Dr. Anthony Marengo, Jr. and Dr. Jacob Sylvester craft unique aesthetic care plans designed to meet each patient's expectations for a beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers, tooth-shaped shells of lifelike ceramic, are one of the offered treatments. Could they be right for you?
How do you want your smile to look?
If you're like most people, you appreciate an attractive smile. In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry states that the majority of American adults believe a good-looking set of teeth is a wonderful personal asset that helps professional and social interactions.
If this sounds like you, consider how you wish to improve the appearance of your smile. Then, come to Esthetic Enhancement in Olathe to talk to your family dentist. During a consultation, Dr. Marengo or Dr. Olathe will perform a complete exam and take digital images of your teeth. Together, you'll discuss what you'd like to improve and craft an individualized care plan to accomplish your goals.
What are porcelain veneers?
Also known as dental laminates, veneers are thin ceramic covers bonded to the front of healthy, but flawed, teeth. Veneers remake:
- Tooth size and shape
- Surface defects, such as pits, fissures, cracks, deep stains and craze lines
- Color and sheen
- Gaps and mild overlapping
If veneers are right for you, your dentist will remove some enamel from each tooth receiving a laminate. He'll take oral impressions, photos, and more to detail how your veneers are to be made. A skilled lab technician crafts each laminate, and once they're ready, your dentist bonds them in place using a strong, tooth-colored adhesive.
Benefits of porcelain veneers
There are many benefits to this popular aesthetic treatment:
- Realistic shape, size, and color
- Durability (veneers even improve tooth strength)
- Comfortable bite
- Accurate fit
- Ease of maintenance
In fact, veneers require no special care. Just brush and floss carefully as you usually do, and see your family dentists every six months. There, they will examine the condition of your veneers as part of your routine check-up and cleaning. Finally, avoid very hard foods, such as candy apples and peanut brittle.
Get ready for a new smile
Contact Esthetic Enhancement for a cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Merengo or Dr. Jacob Sylvester. Your dentist will help you imagine what's possible with porcelain veneers. Phone the office team at (913) 829-9222.
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.
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