Posts for: April, 2018
Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.
In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.
For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.
Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.
It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.
That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”
We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?”
A younger, healthier look--that's what cosmetic dentistry from Hampton's own Dr. Harbpinder Shevchenko offers. From whitening treatments to lifelike veneers and crowns, Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry delivers it all to your complete satisfaction. How would you like your smile to improve?
Changing your smile
A cosmetic smile makeover starts with a consultation with Dr. Shevchenko. You'll discuss what changes you'd like to see. Do you have smile gaps, dark stains or chips and cracks? Your cosmetic dentist in Hampton can make them disappear without affecting your good oral health. In fact, some aesthetic treatments, such as Invisalign aligners, not only rejuvenate your appearance but improve your oral health with teeth that are easier to clean and that bite together properly.
Additionally, your consultation will include a complete oral examination, digital X-rays, other imaging (as needed), and oral impressions. Then, you'll discuss a treatment plan which fits your budget and timeline. The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry encourages patients to think carefully about the changes they desire and if they are realistic for their age, budget and personal schedule.
What can change
It's astounding what modern cosmetic dentistry in Hampton, NH, can do to improve smile aesthetics. And, along with the physical changes comes a great boost in self-image. A Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry patient can leave with a completely rejuvenated look and soaring self-confidence.
Here are services Dr. Shevchenko offers:
- Invisalgn clear aligners, the clear choice in modern orthodontics
- Composite resin bonding to repair small dental flaws
- Professional teeth whitening which brightens tooth color by several shades
- Cosmetic contouring to normalize dental shape by removing small amounts of tooth enamel
- Porcelain veneers, or dental laminates, which permanently disguise the front of flawed teeth
- Dental implants, complete artificial teeth from roots to crown
- Bridgework, to replace one, two or more missing teeth in a row
- White fillings, made of natural-looking and durable composite resin
- Dentures, both removable and implant-supported
- Porcelain crowns which support and protect teeth damaged by decay, injury or multiple restorations
Find out more
Dr. Shevchenko and her staff would love to see you love your smile. They have helped scores of patients achieve their best looks easily and comfortably, too. For your one-on-one consultation with this highly skilled dentist, call Smiles by the Sea Family Dentistry in Hampton, NH, at (603) 926-8827.
One of the most important revolutions in healthcare in recent decades is the increasing use of lasers. Now, laser technology is making a showing in dental care for the treatment of periodontal (gum) disease.
Lasers (an acronym for "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation") narrowly focus and amplify light within a small area. First developed in the early 1960s, laser technology rapidly advanced in the ensuing decades with more compact and precise devices that were eventually safe and effective for many types of medical procedures. Its remarkable features are now available for the primary focus of gum disease treatment—removing bacterial plaque.
Plaque is a thin, built-up film of bacteria and food particles on tooth and gum surfaces that serves as a haven for the bacteria that cause gum disease. The continuing presence of plaque and calculus (tartar) enables the infection to thrive and advance within the gum tissues, ultimately damaging them along with supporting bone. As the tissues weaken and bone volume diminishes, the teeth are at greater risk for loss.
It's necessary, therefore, first and foremost to remove all detectable plaque and calculus to stop the infection. This is traditionally done with special hand tools called scalers used to manually remove plaque, or with ultrasonic equipment that vibrates plaque loose to be flushed away with water. These procedures can take numerous sessions and may result in some minor post-procedural discomfort and bleeding during the cleaning.
But lasers specifically designed for plaque removal can minimize tissue damage and resulting discomfort. Because the particular laser light used reacts only with plaque and diseased tissue, it can remove them without disturbing nearby healthy tissue usually more efficiently than traditional scaling. Dentists who've used the technology frequently report less bleeding and higher patient satisfaction.
But before lasers for gum disease treatment are widely adopted, the procedure must undergo further scrutiny. Reports from dentists notwithstanding, not enough research studies have been performed to date that meet the necessary scientific criteria. But if the evidence so far from the field holds up, it's quite possible lasers will one day become a regular part of dental practice for treating gum disease.
If you would like more information on treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Lasers Versus Traditional Cleanings for Treating Gum Disease.”