February 12, 2013
New advances in dentistry allow patients to relax and enjoy their teeth cleanings. Peoples fears of the dentist often develop from poor prior experiences at the dentist when children or as adults. Horror stories from family and friends can also cause patients to fear coming in for a cleaning. Often just the fear of the unknown and thought of “something being wrong in their mouth.” However the fear develops there are ways to ease your fears. The simple way to relax is take medication one hour before that will relax you for your appointment. You can then have your teeth cleaned and not be anxious–this can also help you to come in on a more regular basis because you had a pleasurable experience. The infamous nitrous is also a fabulous tool to help ease the stress of cleanings or restorative dental work. Nitrous can make you feel as though you have had a glass of wine. The use of “twilight” or ” IV sedation” has become very popular to ease the stresses and fears of dental work. At the office of the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry, the on staff anesthesiologist, Dr. Glenn Izmerian, uses IV sedation for patients to make the visit confortable and the work bearable. One patient commented, ” I would have done this work years ago if I knew that I would not feel it and not know anything was going on.” IV sedation is a safe way to combat dental fears and anxiety,”
January 29, 2013
You see it from cartoons to comedies- characters expressing frustration by grinding their teeth or clenching their jaw. While those expressions can portray strong emotion, behind those actions lay a very serious dental issue. According to research done by a Chicago Dental Society, nearly 82 million (roughly 25%) Americans clench or grind their teeth to the point where dental work is necessary to repair any damage done Continue reading
November 9, 2012
Before you know it invites for holiday shindigs, work parties, and family gatherings will be filling up your calendar. We know you want to look your best before greeting distant relatives, meeting prospective new clients, or catching an attractive someone’s eye. That’s why we recommend having teeth whitening performed before the holidays begin in full force. Spare yourself from hours in the dressing room or unfruitful web surfing for that perfect sweater. White teeth match everything and add polish to every look. At the Center For Reconstructive Dentistry, we have three brightening options to make sure your smile compliments your holiday style. Continue reading
October 18, 2012
First of all, what causes halitosis (aka…bad breath)? Bad breath is caused by a multiple of things, poor diet, poor digestion and the most common… an overgrowth of oral bacteria (plaque). Halitosis is not caused by the stinky cheese man…well maybe! To fix the problems of bad breath, a person must do a thorough removal of plaque by brushing, flossing, and water piking their teeth. They also should brush their tongue. Another very important step to prevent bad breath and periodontal disease is to see their dental hygienist every 3-4 months for a professional cleaning! Regular dental cleanings are key to maintaining oral health and “fresh” breath! How long has it been since you have seen your dental hygienist for that all important cleaning? Too long? Then there is nothing like the present to call and make that appointment for clean teeth and fresh breath at the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry.
October 17, 2012
Decay or cavities in your teeth “DO HAVE REVERSIBLE STAGES.” The enamel on your teeth that is solid and sound are surrounded by non-mutans streptococci and actinomyces, which have mild and infrequent acidification. An acidic environment is what causes demineralization of enamel to decay/cavities. When sugar is applied to the surfaces of enamel, the acidification becomes moderate and frequent. THis environment can enhance the acidity and then shift the demineralization-remineralization balance toward net mineral loss. This leads to the initial development of caries/cavities in the teeth. How can we stop the process of de-mineralization turning into decay or cavities? The Center provides a caries prevention management protocol that involves flouride application, treatment rinses, sealing the potential areas, and continuous care with a preventive hygiene care system. Re-mineralizing the enamel and using the prevention management system can be effective in stopping the decay process.
October 16, 2012
We hear everyone talking about TMJ disease or I have “TMJ.” Well, we all have a TMJ–temporomandibular joint, but we all do not have Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The dental profession has many names for problems with the temporomandibular joint. The Center for Reconstructive Dentistry treats symptoms and disease of the temporomandibular joint. These disease states can be involve the “masticatory musculature”–the muscles that make us chew; the structures or bone that are associated with the joint; and or both of these. Problems or pain with the TMJ can also be called Craniomandibular disorders or Temoromandibular Dysfunction Syndrome. SO–there are many classifications. According to Dr. Sherri Worth, pain in and around the TMJ can manifest itself in many ways. Patients will complain of headaches, ear pain, noises in the ear (ringing), head pain, neck and back pain, and restless or lack of sleep–these can all be attributed to issues with the TMJ. There are treatments such as an occlusal guard that can be fabricated at the center and adjusted to alleviate pain, ear noise, and decrease headaches. These are also other modalities that Dr. Sherri Worth and the team can proscribe to treat TMD. Dr. Worth also states that many of her patients complain of restless and lack of sleep that is due to their TMJ problems–”often, a well fitting and well made night guard can help patients get a good night sleep again.” You may call the Center at 949-644-6988 for more information regarding joint and head and neck pain due to TMD or Craniomandibular Disorders.
October 12, 2012
Our teeth can degrade, break, or wear due to many reasons–here are some top culprits: attrition of the teeth due to to wear and grinding or a poor bite; Fractures of the enamel near the gum line (abfraction) due to intense force put on the teeth; abrasion from heavy aggressive brushing–yes, you can actually scrub your teeth away. There are some other factors such as diet and acid erosion from eating disorders, acidic food, and carbonated beverages. At the office of Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. Sherri Worth, there are some simple ways to avoid this damage. Dr. Worth informs that, “as a whole the population is keeping their teeth much longer so we see abraded, cracked, and eroded teeth much more than we did because our teeth live so much longer.” If you are drinking sodas–please try to decrease the amount or change your soda to a less acidic beverage to increase the pH in your oral cavity. The incidence of head and neck cancer has increased and some of the influences are thought to be an increased acidic environment–which can be a breading ground for cancer. You can also add over the counter products that will encourage a basic environment in your mouth. Eating disorders are a very common disease that can destroy your dentition. A beautiful healthy smile can be destroyed by eating disorders. Measures such as mouth rinses, diet, and oral home care can help prevent problems or further destruction of your teeth. Cosmetic dentistry is the hype of discussion in the media and we are all concerned about what our smiles look like. Some of treatment for tooth loss can enhance your smile and create a more pleasing appearance. The tooth structure loss can be restored with bonding and/or porcelain restorations that can repair or replace the missing dentition. At the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry the team can give you individual alternatives to tooth structure loss. You can call 949-644-6988 to make an appointment for an initial consultation with Dr. Sherri Worth and the team.
October 11, 2012
How your teeth come together can make or break your teeth in the long run. Dr. Sherri Worth states, “if your teeth are coming together incorrectly when you bite, chew, and function you may be causing irreversible damages. For example, please see the photo below:
In this photo the patient was hitting only on these two teeth on this side of the patients mouth–the patient has worn on the entire top surface of the tooth. Many individuals do not know that they are wearing or destructing their teeth with daily use. If you are having these problems there are many alternative treatments to help stop this process before it gets any worse. The Center for Reconstructive Dentistry at 949-644-6988 to evaluate whether your bite or occlusion is healthy and or unhealthy. The Center can also give you alternatives to treat any occlusal problems.
October 11, 2012
According to Dr. Sherri Worth, celebrity cosmetic dentist states that what we drink can erode our teeth. WHat are these liquids that can literally eat our enamel away? Soda are a big culprit. The pH levels of your favorite beverages such as: coke, diet coke, root beer, and sprite are in the range of 2.2-4.o–this is an acidic range. This drinking of acidic beverages can erode your teeth and you can loose enamel. There are some tips that you can do to prevent erosion of enamel. First, try to decrease the amount of acidic drinks. Your saliva works to neutralize the acidic environment in your mouth from the sodas, so you can use chewing gum or lozenges to increase saliva flow in order to decrease the acidic environment. You can also use CTx4 Gel which contains Xylitol and optimal levels of nano-partical hydroxyappetite at an elevated pH to neutralize the acids and promote enamel re-mineralization–to avoid erosion. Always use a soft brush and eliminate scrubbing your teeth too hard in order to not abrade the enamel surface when brushing and cleaning your teeth. You can call the Center for Reconstructive dentistry to schedule an appointment to evaluate your teeth and get instructions on how to manage the erosion and try to eliminate any further problems. The office of Dr. Sherri Worth has many treatment and management options for their patients who suffer from erosion and abrasion of their teeth. You can contact Jacki at 949.644.6988.
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Dr. Sherri Worth is best known for her exceptional work in cosmetic dentistry and participation in Fox's hit show, "The Swan," where she helped over 40 different women. Read more about Dr. Worth