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Monday, September 26, 2011

Porcelain Veneers vs. Dental Crowns

Your aesthetic goals, and the general appearance and health of your teeth, will help decide if you are better served by getting porcelain veneers or dental crowns. Each one improves the appearance of your smile and both will last for years when taken care of properly. However, there are differences in what they are best used for.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a very popular choice for improving teeth that are uneven, gapped, or chipped. They can also be used to cover discolored teeth that teeth whitening won’t help. This is a cosmetic dental procedure that takes two to three visits to Dr. Janes’ office, but is fairly simple. They are used for purely cosmetic reasons.

Having a porcelain veneer placed on your tooth involves the removal the enamel so that the veneer can fit correctly. They can be matched to the color of your natural teeth so that no one can tell that you’ve had work done.

Dental Crowns

Like veneers, crowns can be used to improve the appearance of damaged teeth. A dental crown covers most of a tooth that has been severely broken off or to cap a dental implant when a tooth is missing.

Dental crowns may be recommended to strengthen teeth, improve appearance of the teeth, or restore a tooth. The tooth with a crown also strengthens the abutting teeth and keeps them in place. They improve the function of your bite and your smile.

While both porcelain veneers and dental crowns can help improve your smile, each has its own advantages.

If you are interested in finding out more about porcelain veneers or dental crowns, and you are in the Hannibal or St. Louis, Missouri area, or the Quincy, Illinois area, please contact experienced dentist Dr. Charles Janes, DDS today.

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At Home Teeth Whitening

Many people wish their teeth were whiter than they are. The easiest thing for these people is to simply go down to the store and buy over-the-counter teeth whitening products. Different toothpastes and whitening strips are available for anyone. In this sense, at home teeth whitening is much easier to get than teeth whitening performed in the office of a dentist, like Dr. Charles Janes.

Professional teeth whitening that is done in a dentist’s office offers several advantages over at home teeth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening can get your teeth much whiter and gives a more natural appearance due to using higher concentrations of the whitening gel and hydrogen peroxide than is available in over-the-counter kits. It is performed quickly and the results last longer than with at home teeth whitening products.

Another thing that can be done when you have your teeth professionally whitened is that custom take-home trays can be made so you can continue to keep your teeth white. These custom-fitted mouth trays are able to give you very good results in much less time. Best of all, you do it on your own time.

If you would like more information on professional teeth whitening in the Hannibal or St. Louis, Missouri area, or the Quincy, Illinois area, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Charles Janes, DDS today.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a common cosmetic dental procedure at the office of Dr. Charles Janes, DDS. Since many people tie a bright smile and self-confidence together, it’s easy to see why so many are looking for ways to whiten their teeth.

Having your teeth whitened professionally by Dr. Janes has several advantages over whitening your teeth at home.

Dr. Janes uses custom fitted trays over your teeth that are made especially for you. This way, the whitening process is controlled and even, which gives you the same shade across all your teeth.

In addition to the evenness and whiteness, professional teeth whitening is quick and less messy than many over-the-counter teeth whitening brands. In less than an hour, you can have the white teeth you’ve been looking to get. Professional teeth whitening also keeps your teeth whiter longer than does a kit you use at home.

Professional teeth whitening with Dr. Janes can be done on your lunch break so you can get back to work or your busy life as soon as possible.

If you would like more information on professional teeth whitening, and are in the Hannibal or St. Louis, Missouri area, or the Quincy, Illinois area, please contact experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Charles Janes, DDS today.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Replacing Missing Teeth

A missing tooth is more than just an aesthetic problem: it can have a significant negative effect on your long-term oral health. As soon as a tooth is lost – whether from disease, traumatic injury, or extraction – the supporting bone in your jaw will begin to diminish. The longer a tooth remains missing, the greater the amount of bone loss you will sustain. Additionally, food can become more easily trapped in the gaps left by missing teeth, increasing the risk of decay and disease.

Because of this, it is important to replace a tooth as soon as possible after it has been lost. There are two main ways of permanently replacing a missing tooth: dental implants and dental bridges.

Dental implants are the most effective, functional, and durable way of restoring missing teeth. Involving a titanium screw and a dental crown, implants are bonded to your jaw bone through a process known as osseointegration. It takes around three to six months for osseointegrated implants to heal and properly anchor a dental crown. Dental implants are one of the most consistently successful cosmetic dentistry procedures today, with a five-year success rate of around 95%.

Dental bridges are another popular option for replacing missing teeth. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is held in place by two porcelain crown attachments on your surrounding teeth. There are several different types of dental bridges that can be used, depending on where in the mouth your tooth is missing, and the state of surrounding teeth. Dr. Janes will be able to determine which type of bridge is right for you.

An experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist will be able to fine-tune your dental crown and/or bridge so that it matches the color of your natural teeth and improves the overall appearance of your smile. Not only will your tooth be restored, but your oral health will be preserved.

If you live in the Quincy, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, or Hannibal, Missouri areas and need a tooth replaced, please don’t hesitate to contact experienced Quincy dentist experienced in implant dentistry Dr. Charles Janes today to schedule a consultation.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Causes of Tooth Loss

We usually associate tooth loss with children, where it is normal and natural. Unfortunately, tooth loss can also happen to adult teeth through traumatic injury, disease, or decay. The condition of missing teeth is technically termed edentulism.
There are three main ways in which tooth loss occurs:

• Physical injury or trauma – A severe blow to the face can cause teeth to displace from their sockets and fall out. People who regularly play contact sports are often at risk of this occurring.
• Periodontal (gum) disease – Untreated gum disease is the leading cause of missing teeth in adults. Once the disease has advanced, it can cause the bone structure supporting your teeth to degrade, a process called resorption. Eventually, a tooth can loosen and fall out.
• Dental caries – Better known as tooth decay or cavities, this microbial tooth disease causes damage to the entire tooth structure, eventually leading to tooth loss if not treated.

Preventing and Treating Tooth Loss

While traumatic injuries are by nature unexpected and thus unpreventable, you can work to reduce your risk of tooth loss relating to disease or decay by establishing a strong oral hygiene regimen. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day helps keep a variety of dental problems under control. Regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings and check-ups are also important in order to catch any problems in their early stages.

If you have lost a tooth due to traumatic injury or disease, you can restore your smile with cosmetic dentistry. One of the best ways to replace missing teeth is through dental implants, which are designed to look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth.

If you live in the Quincy, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri or Hannibal, Missouri areas and have further questions about tooth loss, or need to have a missing tooth replaced through a cosmetic dentistry procedure, please contact experienced Quincy implant dentist Dr. Charles Janes today to arrange a personal consultation.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why Should I Floss?

Next to brushing, flossing is the most important way you can ensure your oral health. As the old cliché goes: “Floss the teeth you want to keep!” To better understand how crucial flossing is, it might help to know what happens when you don’t floss.

If plaque is allowed to remain between your teeth, it will eventually harden into a substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed through either brushing or flossing. It must be removed by a dentist. Over time, different levels and types of bacteria will build up within the tartar, producing toxins which inflame and irritate your gums – a condition known as gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis will eventually become periodontal disease, which does not just affect your gums but the bone structure that supports your teeth. Unchecked periodontal disease leads to bone loss and loose teeth that are at risk of falling out entirely.

If it’s been awhile since you last flossed, you might notice blood on your floss after using it. This means your gums are inflamed and in dire need of flossing to remove bacteria. If you make flossing a regular part of your oral hygiene regimen, your gums should eventually stop bleeding. Meanwhile, making an appointment with your dentist for a cleaning will ensure that any tartar that has built up gets removed.

If you live in the St. Louis, Missouri, Hannibal, Missouri or Quincy, Illinois areas and are looking for dental care you can trust, please contact experienced Quincy general dentist Dr. Charles Janes to schedule a personal consultation.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

There are a number of options available for replacing missing teeth, including traditional dentures.

While advances in materials and technology have helped make dentures fit better and more comfortably, many denture wearers still complain of discomfort, slippage and difficulty eating. Dental implants, meanwhile, offer a durable, natural looking, and often permanent solution for missing teeth.

Advantages of Dental Implants

One of the misconceptions about dental implants is that they’re not suited for replacing multiple, adjacent teeth, which is one of the reasons many people choose dentures. But if you’re a candidate for dental implants, two or more dental implants can be anchored next to each other, allowing durable functionality and helping prevent bone loss.

Other advantages of dental implants over dentures include:

• Dental implants can be permanent with proper oral hygiene
• Dental implants resemble your natural teeth
• Dental implants are cared for like your natural teeth
• Dental implants are fixed in place

Although dental implants are meant to provide a long-term solution that dentures and dental bridges can’t, dental implants come with a few drawbacks.

Disadvantages of Dental Implants

In addition to providing strong, potentially permanent tooth replacement, dental implants don’t rest on the gum line like removable dentures or use surrounding teeth as anchors like dental bridges. But they do have disadvantages that must be considered:

• Dental implants are more expensive than other tooth-replacement options
• Dental implant installation is a time-consuming process, involving several visits over many months
• Dental implant surgery is minimally invasive and requires local anesthesia
• Dental implants are not for everyone, including those with certain medical conditions or lack of jawbone density

However, dental implants offer you the benefit of being able to maintain a diverse diet with replacement teeth that function like your natural teeth.

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