Posts for: October, 2015

By Malwin & Malwin Family Dentistry
October 29, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
3QuestionstoAnswerBeforeYourSmileMakeover

Transforming your smile can be a huge undertaking. And while we have the technical skills, experience and understanding of aesthetics to perform a smile makeover, your input is just as necessary to achieve a satisfying result.

Your part really has to do with expectations — what do you see when you look in the mirror — and what do you want to change?

Here are 3 questions to help guide you in shaping your expectations for that new, beautiful smile.

What do you dislike about your teeth? This is really about specifics and not just a general feeling of dissatisfaction. Are your teeth misshapen, chipped or missing? Are they discolored or stained? Is the spacing off or do you have a poor bite (malocclusion)? Getting a sense of what you perceive as unattractive will help us formulate a plan to improve the appearance of those problem areas.

Are you concerned with how much your gums show when you smile? Your teeth may be perfect, but if your gums seem to steal the spotlight when you smile (known as a “gummy” smile), you may need some remedy like veneers, crowns or even corrective surgery. Which procedure depends on whether the crowns of your teeth are too short in proportion to the gums, or the muscles in your upper lip are allowing the lip to rise too high when you smile. A dental examination will tell all.

Do you want a “Hollywood Smile” — or just a more attractive, natural you? Smile makeovers aren’t just about clinical alterations — it’s just as much about your personal perceptions of beauty. Some patients want the perfectly shaped, aligned and dazzlingly white smile that’s the epitome of Hollywood. Others want only to enhance their smile, perhaps even keeping a few unique imperfections they’re comfortable with. It’s important to know which person you are, and to communicate that with us when we’re putting together your makeover plan.

Changing your smile is a big step in your life. You can help make the process more satisfying and successful if you understand what you want to change — and why.

If you would like more information on smile analysis and makeover, please contact us to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Great Expectations.”


By contactus@dentistvenice.com
October 28, 2015
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Checking for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. 
During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely 
evaluate the current health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination 
(to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any 
indications of the following: oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be 
surprised if your dentist also examines your throat, bite, saliva and movement 
of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Our hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress 
the importance of daily oral hygiene care at home and between visits.  


By contactus@dentistvenice.com
October 28, 2015
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Checking for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. 
During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely 
evaluate the current health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination 
(to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any 
indications of the following: oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be 
surprised if your dentist also examines your throat, bite, saliva and movement 
of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Our hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress 
the importance of daily oral hygiene care at home and between visits.  


By contactus@dentistvenice.com
October 26, 2015
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Tooth Sensitivity ... also known as dentin hypersensitivity ... can affect a tooth or the exposed root surfaces of a tooth or teeth. This occurs when the enamel that protects our teeth continues to get thinner and thinner, or when there is a case of gum recession that often times exposes areas like the:  the underlying surface or the dentin, which in turn reduces the protection the enamel and gums provide to the tooth and root.  Statistics show that tooth sensitivity affects up to 57% of the population.

Causes of tooth sensitivity include:

*  Worn tooth enamel from using a hard toothbrush or by actually brushing too aggressively

*  Tooth erosion can also take place due to the consumption of highly acidic foods and beverages

*  Not as common but it does occur, tooth erosion can take place due to bulimia or gastroesophageal reflux disease

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms you might be asking what can I do ?  Well, proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If you brush your teeth incorrectly, or tend to over-brush your teeth your gums may become sensitive. If you are concerned that you might be experiencing some of these problems, please call our office at 941-488-1459 to setup an exam an a cleaning appointment with our highly skilled dental hygienist.  Both our doctor and hygienist are more than qualified to also answer any questions you might have. 


By contactus@dentistvenice.com
October 22, 2015
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A full set of permanent dentures is not necessary in many cases.  A dental bridge is used to fill the gap created by one or more missing teeth.  Another option is removable partial dentures for replacing missing teeth.  There are many reasons to keep in mind when opting for removable partial dentures. Not only can partial dentures improve your appearance, but they can also improve your oral health by keeping what remaining teeth you have in place. If you opt for a dental bridge, your dentist will fit customized crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap that will need to be bridged. A false tooth (or in some cases teeth) called a pontic is attached to the crowns and replaces your missing tooth and or teeth.
Depending on your oral health care needs, you can choose partial dentures that are removable, but keep in mind that bridges are permanently cemented into place. There are three main types of bridges that fit or suit a variety of dental restoration:
Traditional:  Which involves placing crowns on the teeth that border the missing teeth.
Cantilever:  This is a type of bridge used if you only have teeth on one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
Maryland Bonded:  This is a type of bridge that consists of a porcelain tooth (or teeth) in a metal framework, with wings to attach this style bridge to existing teeth.
In order to get the maximum benefit from a dental bridge it is important to keep the surrounding, supporting teeth healthy, therefore, be sure to follow a consistent oral care routine of twice a day tooth brushing and daily flossing. If you put this into practice and continue to practice good oral hygiene, and also see a dentist regularly, partial dentures can actually last anywhere from 5 to 15 years.
Feel free to contact Malwin & Malwin Family Dentistry if you have any additional questions or concerns regarding dentures.  




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