November 15, 2012
Tooth loss can be an uncomfortable and even painful experience for many people. Aside from distracting from your social life and possible job opportunities, missing teeth can effect your ability to eat and can eventually change the shape of your jaw and face. Studies have found that more than 30 million American’s are missing a tooth in one or both jaws. While patients have the option of choosing bridgework over implants, dental implants offer significantly higher benefits over a lifetime. Continue reading
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 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
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.
October 10, 2012
Worn and broken teeth are more frequently a problem for anyone who has issues with their bite, grinding, or has had trauma. Many individuals will look in the mirror and find that their teeth are “dramatically shorter than they used to be.” Doctor, “how can I get my teeth back because I can not see them very much anymore?” Many of us have worn our teeth so that when we look in the mirror–we see a smile that is not what it used to be. Teeth can become worn and broken for many reasons. Our bite can be “off” so that we wear down our teeth over time. We can be excessive grinders and clenchers, or we have experienced trauma. This can happen to us when we are young and as we age. Our front teeth can become thin and break at the edges. At some point, when we look in the mirror we do not see very much tooth structure and our smile has become unattractive. Teeth will generally wear 11 microns per year. So, if we are seeing a millimeter of tooth gone from the incisal edges of our teeth, we have the somewhere in the range of 200+ year old teeth in our mouth. These teeth can be rebuilt to protect them from further wear and create a beautiful smile. A combination of veneers and all porcelain restorations can restore your smile to as good or better than it was prior to the breakage and wear. See the photo below where Dr. Sherri Worth at the Center for Reconstructive Dentistry has taken worn and chipped teeth and created a beautiful smile.
December 6, 2011
We leave our house, go to Starbucks for our “morning jolt of coffee” and we rush off to work. The stain from the coffee stays on your teeth and the build up eventually turns them dark. What can we do for a quick fix? Rinse your mouth out with water right after your morning coffee so that the dark stains are washed away. Also, once a week you can use my “special mix” of a little baking soda and hydrogen peroxide blended into a paste to brush your teeth. Be careful because this can be abrasive so use it sparingly and only once per week. This mix will help remove the coffee stains. You can also come into the office for a Zoom bleaching which takes about an hour and that can bleach out any stains or discolorations from coffee, tea, or red wine. The holidays are filled with fun parties and festive drinking of all different kinds of dark liquids so now is a great time to give a gift certificate for a bleaching to friends or family. Bleaching certificates make a fabulous holiday gift.
May 1, 2011
Dangerous bacteria from you mouth can get into your bloodstream, travel through your body, and increase your chances for many health problems throughout your organs and body systems.
The American Dental Association is introducing an oral-health curriculum to primary-care and other medical clinicians, with a goal of making medical providers aware of the benefits of early dental intervention and prevention. There are many cases of “dental bacteria: (for example: strep mutans) causing problems in other parts of the body. Continue reading
April 27, 2011
We have seen a great increase in tooth decay, head and neck cancer, and stomach cancer–all due to dry mouth caused by either acid reflux or medications taken. We have seen perfectly healthy patients that come in for xrays/exam and almost overnight have extensive decay. Continue reading
April 26, 2011
Everyone grinds and clenches their teeth – the question is just “to what extent?” Some individuals have ground their teeth down so much that the distance between their nose and chin has decreased. This can create a lack of vertical support of the teeth and the skin in the mid-face. Continue reading
April 26, 2011
It has been the craze for a while in the ROCKSTAR world. Yes, diamonds embedded perfectly in your teeth – the stone is slightly raised but blends right into the porcelain. When you smile, a sparkle of bling shoots out. Continue reading
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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