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At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
Screening and Sealant Day was a very successful collaboration between the Montgomery Bucks Dental Society, the Valley Forge Dental Association and the Abington Police Athletic League. We started planning in Nov. 2011 and targeted children between the ages of 7—18, registered with PAL. The services received were oral screenings, bite wing x-rays, orthodontic and periodontal screenings. If permanent molars were healthy, sealants were placed on them and each child received 4 quadrants of fluoride varnish. Volunteering their time were 5 doctors and 2 residents from Abington Hospital’s residency program, Manor College’s Director of their EFDA Program and Education Coordinator who brought along 6 second year and 8 first year students. Our office and another in Jenkintown worked to attend to 19 children, who received over $7300.00 worth of FREE dental services! VOCO Dental donated all our sealant material and fluoride varnish. Each child also went home with a “goodie bag” filled with donations from, Aqua Fresh, Crest/Oral B, Colgate, Listerine and VOCO Dental. We have started to plan now for our 2nd Annual Event with hopes that it will be bigger and better to help our community children who truly need care.
A great BIG THANK YOU to all who participated and made a difference in the life of each child seen.
On Thursday July 5th I got up early and spent a very constructive hour with PA State Representative Todd Stephens. As this year’s president of the Montgomery Bucks Dental Society, I lead a local delegation to Harrisburg on June 5th to address legislative issue which impact the dental health of all Pennsylvanians! This meeting with Representative Stephens gave me some quality time at his office to discuss additional concerns! I am worried that with 3 of the country’s top dental schools in our state, only 30% of new graduates stay. I believe it is because the two state-supported schools don’t give preference to state residents! I’m concerned that outside lobby groups will push to allow auxiliaries with under 2 years of training to treat patients independently, when the real access to care issue is education and prevention!!! And I wanted to address the tremendous student debt new graduates face and feel that the state can help with realistic programs where state service can reduce indebtedness or student loans with very low-interest rates if they stay on PA. Over the summer, I plan to meet with several other of our local state officials to deliver these messages!
The above before and after photos demonstrate how in one visit, a damaged/broken tooth can be easily reborn! So many times a new patient emergency will present at the office with the same story. A filling broke months or even a year ago and now they are in my chair because of a terrible toothache, an infection and swollen face or all of the above. Instead of a simple replacement of an old, defective filling or repair of a broken tooth, this new patient emergency is confronted with either the more costly options involved in saving or replacing a severely decayed tooth (not to mention the time involved in multiple visits) or for probably the same expense that they will incur to have that diseased tooth removed, they could have had it simply restored when it broke.
A broken tooth can be like your engine light coming on in your car. Fixing it now is usually simpler, less costly and more convenient. The patient who’s tooth is shown above wasn’t in pain, but felt the hole in his tooth. He called to have his problem evaluated and was given an appointment. I always like to provide my patient’s with the best overall solutions to their problems and while this tooth will eventually need a crown (cap), first the tooth’s damage had to be repaired. All the old restoration was removed along with the underlying decay that caused the break. Than using space age materials, the tooth was restored to it’s original shape, contour and is fully functional all in under an hour! You have to admit that it’s a better outcome than waiting for that eventual toothache, possible swelling, and very likely a space where a tooth used to live.
So if you have a tooth like this or have a friend or loved one with a similar situation, tell them to call and get it fixed today while it is still simple!
The X-Ray above was taken a little over a year ago when this patient presented for a routine exam. A circle has been placed around an area of decay, to allow my readers to easily identify the problem with this tooth. This tooth is a second upper molar, which has a very important role in chewing. At this point in time the tooth required a restoration (filling) after the decay was removed. After a check-up visit, this is probably one of the most common and simple procedures that is done here at my office. The patient did not schedule to repair his tooth at the time the decay was detected and said he’d call us to make an appointment.
Over the course of the year, we made multiple attempts to contact the patient in an attempt to correct this dental problem while it was still simple. All our efforts were in vain! Fast forward to the middle of last month and the patient finally calls us for an appointment because now that tooth has really been hurting and has kept him up for days. Part of his emergency exam was a new X-Ray.
Once again, but this time on the new X-Ray, a circle has been placed around the area of decay. It is very apparent that in the one year since the first X-Ray was taken, the decay has grown significantly! This tooth is no longer fixable with a simple filling, but with the decay having reached the soft tissue in the middle of the tooth (the “nerve”), now only a root canal will allow this tooth to be saved. And as this is an important chewing tooth, a restoration called a “build-up” will be required to replace the tooth structure lost to decay and that will need to be followed by a crown (commonly referred to as a “cap”) to restore the tooth to full strength!
So by simply letting a year pass, it will now cost 10X the cost of the originally treatment planned filling to save this tooth and take three to four appointments to complete the necessary procedures instead of one!
The patient opted to have this important chewing tooth extracted because of the expense and so for the same cost as it would have been to fix the tooth a year earlier, the patient now has no tooth for the same cost as fixing it a year earlier!!!
The moral of the story – Fix it today and keep it simple and cost effective!