Posts for: July, 2017

By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
July 17, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   veneers  
VivicasVeneerstheMakingofaHollywoodSmile

What's an actor's most important feature? According to Vivica A. Fox, whose most recent big-screen role was in Independence Day: Resurgence, it's what you see right up front.

"On screen, your smile and your eyes are the most inviting things that bring the audience in" she said. "Especially if you play the hot chick."

But like lots of people, Vivica reached a point where she felt her smile needed a little help in order to look its best. That's when she turned to a popular cosmetic dental treatment.

"I got veneers years ago," Ms. Fox told Dear Doctor magazine in a recent interview, "just because I had some gapping that probably only I noticed."

What exactly are dental veneers? Essentially, they are thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of the teeth. Tough, lifelike and stain-resistant, they can cover up a number of defects in your smile — including stains, chips, cracks, and even minor spacing irregularities like the ones Vivica had.

Veneers have become the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebs — and lots of regular folks too — for many reasons. Unlike some treatments that can take many months, it takes just a few appointments to have veneers placed on your teeth. Because they are custom made just for you, they allow you to decide how bright you want your smile to be: anywhere from a natural pearly hue to a brilliant "Hollywood white." Best of all, they are easy to maintain, and can last for many years with only routine care.

To place traditional veneers, it's necessary to prepare the tooth by removing a small amount (a millimeter or two) of its enamel surface. This keeps it from feeling too big — but it also means the treatment can't be reversed, so once you get veneers, you'll always have them. In certain situations, "no-prep" or minimal-prep veneers, which require little or no removal of tooth enamel, may be an option for some people.

Veneers aren't the only way to create a better smile: Teeth whitening, crowns or orthodontic work may also be an alternative. But for many, veneers are the preferred option. What does Vivica think of hers?

"I love my veneers!" she declared, noting that they have held up well for over a decade.

For more information about veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
July 10, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you ready to get some of your questions about dental implants answered?

You’ve been considering getting dental implants but you still aren’t sold. That’s okay. Maybe you just don’t know enough about this dental implantsrestoration to make an informed decision. This is where our Venice, FL, dentist, Dr. Clark Wright, can step in to answer your questions about implants to make the decision-making process a bit easier.

Q. What are dental implants?

A. A dental implant is made up of three parts: the implant, abutment and false tooth. The implant itself is a tiny metal post that is used to take the place of tooth roots. Then an abutment is placed on top of the implant to connect the implant and the artificial tooth. From there, the crown or other tooth replacement is placed over the abutment.

Q. How are dental implants placed?

A. During the procedure, the oral surgeon will place an implant into the jawbone where your missing tooth roots once were. Then, over the course of the next several months, the jawbone and implant will integrate.

Q. How long does it take to get dental implants?

A. This process will be different for everyone. Some patients may heal more quickly than others. There are a few factors (e.g. your health) that will play a role in how fast your recovery period is. During your consultation and treatment plan phase we will be able to better determine the length of your treatment. You can expect it to take up to one year or more to get implants depending on how many implants you are getting and where the implants are being placed.

Q. Who is a good candidate for this restorative dentistry?

A. Adults who maintain good hygiene and have good general health are typically perfect candidates for dental implants. Women who are pregnant, those who are smokers and those with compromised immune systems will not be right for implants.

Q. How long do dental implants last?

A. Implants are very reliable and durable, so they should last you the rest of your life if you care for them properly. We will provide you with all the information you need to give your implants the care they require to last.

If we still haven’t satiated all of your dental implants questions then it’s time to call our Venice, FL, dental office to learn more. Let us know that you are interested in getting implants and we will be happy to schedule your consultation.


By Clark J Wright, DMD, PA
July 09, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: metal allergies  
HerearetheFactsontheImpactofMetalAllergiesonDentalWork

Allergic reactions aren't necessarily bad: they're your body's responses to possible threats from foreign substances. But the response can go too far and cause a reaction as minor as a skin rash or as life-threatening as a multi-system shutdown called anaphylaxis.

Anything can cause an allergy: animal fur, food, chemicals — or metals. Because metals play such a large role in dental care, it's only natural we're alert to the possibility of allergic reactions from a procedure.

But don't postpone your implants or other dental work just yet — the threat isn't nearly that ominous. Here are a few facts about dental metal allergies to help you sort it out.

Allergic reactions are rare for metals used in medical and dental procedures. Although reactions to metals in joint replacements or coronary stents leading to failure do happen, actual occurrences are rare. Most metal allergies manifest as a skin reaction to jewelry or clothing. It's less likely with medical or dental metals because they're chosen specifically for their compatibility with living tissue.

Amalgam fillings account for most dental work reactions. Dentists have used this multi-metal alloy for fillings and other restorations for well over a century. Tooth-colored resins are now used for most fillings, but amalgam is still used in less visible back teeth. It's very rare for a person to experience a reaction to amalgam, but when it does occur it usually results in minor inflammation or a rash.

Implant titanium isn't just bio-compatible — it's also osteophilic. Titanium is the perfect choice for implants not only because it's tissue friendly, but also because it's bone friendly (osteophilic). Once implanted in the jaw, bone cells naturally grow and adhere to it to create a more durable bond. Not only does the body usually tolerate titanium, it welcomes it with open arms!

While it's still possible for you to have an allergy to implant titanium, the chances are remote. In one recent study involving 1,500 implant patients, titanium allergies occurred in less than 1%. So the chances are high a metal allergy won't stop you from obtaining a smile-transforming restoration with dental implants.

If you would like more information on allergies and dental work, 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 “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”




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