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By Esthetic Enhancement
February 19, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Tooth Pain   Tooth Decay  

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.


By Esthetic Enhancement
February 18, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Porcelain Veneers  

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:

  1. Realistic shape, size, and color
  2. Durability (veneers even improve tooth strength)
  3. Comfortable bite
  4. Accurate fit
  5. 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.