Happy Teeth Don’t Just Happen

Your Ohio Dentist And Cleaning Your TeethKeeping your teeth clean is a critical factor in maintaining a beautiful smile. One of the advantages of visiting us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati is having a thorough teeth cleaning and a review of your brushing habits.

Your Partner in Oral Health

Our dental hygienist can professionally clean and polish your teeth at your semiannual check-up. The hygienist also helps you keep your teeth clean by assessing their condition and recommending improvements to your daily teeth cleaning habits.

Having a professional dental cleaning is the only way to eliminate tartar, a calcium deposit that forms on teeth and contributes to decay.

Don’t Forget Basic Dental Hygiene

Brushing and flossing at least twice each day can keep plaque and tartar from collecting on your teeth and results in a cleaner, healthier smile.

To keep your teeth and gums in first-rate condition, come in to Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati for a check-up and cleaning. Patients come to us from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montgomery OH, and throughout the area. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile

Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile In Cincinnati

You know the old saying: prevention is the best medicine. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we are big advocates of preventative dentistry as the best way to maintain dental health.

Preventative dentistry, though, is more than healthy teeth and gums. Your dental health is directly related to your overall health. Poor dental health has been linked to various diseases and conditions, such as heart disease, premature birth and low birth weight, and diabetes.

Furthermore, poor dental health leads to gum disease. With regular brushing and flossing, and twice yearly dental checkups, gum disease is 100 percent preventable.

More Reasons
The above should be enough to get anyone in to the dentist’s office twice a year. But if it isn’t, here are three more very good reasons why you should get a cleaning and checkup every six months.

  • Plaque and tartar. Even with brushing and flossing twice a day, plaque can build up on the teeth and gums. Plaque hardens into tartar. Simply put, there are areas in the mouth that your floss and toothbrush just cannot reach. Professional cleanings, however, can.
  • X-rays. By taking dental x-rays and updating them regularly, we can detect problems that a simple visual inspection won’t turn up. The sooner new issues are treated, the better: treatment will be easier, less painful, and less expensive.
  • Oral cancer. It isn’t just smokers who need to be concerned about oral cancer; anyone can get it. Finding it in its earliest stages gives you the best chance for successful treatment and a full recovery. We can check for any symptoms, and if we find them, tell you what you need to do.

As you can tell, there are lots of reasons why it’s important to see us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati twice a year for a cleaning and checkup. Patients come to us from Loveland, Blue Ash, Montgomery OH, and throughout the area. Services include family and restorative dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Children’s Dental Restorations

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, there is more than one way to fix a child’s tooth. Whether it’s decay or a crack, we have a restoration option.

1. Dental Bonding

Bonding is used to correct chips, cracks, stains, and make teeth longer. It is also sometimes used to fill cavities. We apply a soft composite resin and mold it to the specific shape necessary. The resin is hardened with a special curing light.

2. A Filling (Inlay or Onlay)

A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are constructed in a dental lab, they are commonly called indirect fillings. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are typically smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

3. A Dental Crown

A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. Crowns are used for teeth that have had a root canal, teeth with acute decay, or the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Crowns can be made of all metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we offer complete family dentistry services, along with cosmetic dentistry. Our patients come from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montgomery OH, and throughout the area. Call to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year. Many of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth necessitates several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration outlays. Not to mention pain!

Most parents require their youth to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer.  We encourage them to emphasize the importance of mouth protection.

There are three main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed and ready to wear. Unfortunately, they rarely fit well. (Though they are better than nothing.)

You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at Cincinnati sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s directions).

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want all our patients to safeguard their teeth. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Stick Out Your Tongue!

Cincinnati oral cancer examsLike all dentists, we diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. These conditions can affect the tongue. Let’s review the tongue.

Have you ever considered all the vital things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.

This strong and nimble gymnast is in near-constant motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.

Your tongue can also reveal physical ailments. This may include digestive problems, infections, and diseases of the blood.

When we perform oral exams, the tongue is always looked at for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:

  • Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
  • White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency
  • Canker sores: may be linked to stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.

If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try avoiding products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. We have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands. (Endres Gateway Dentistry has no affiliation with any of these companies.)

  • Biotene
  • Sensodyne Pronamel
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Rembrandt Low Abrasion

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we offer family and restorative dentistry, and many other services. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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The Final Step For A Tooth Implant: A Beautiful Crown

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When you receive a dental implant from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, the final component is called the crown.

Let’s discuss the process required to construct a dental crown.

Dental crowns can be produced with metal, ceramic (porcelain), resins, or varying combinations of these.

Modern porcelain crowns are an engineering marvel. They make reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible.
This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced dental lab techs and ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as authentic teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Endres Gateway Dentistry.)

To create a model for the crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a lab where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the specific dimensions to send to the lab.

The state-of-the-art lab has a computerized machine that pours plaster into cylindrical molds, resulting in blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

The machine takes the scanned data from the impression and begins carving out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a glossy, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

This shell, or coping, is then exposed to a high temperature for increased durability. It also shrinks to the proper size. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

The next step is the application of layers of colored porcelain. A skilled ceramist—an artist in every sense of the word—may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more impenetrable throughout. More hand contouring follows, as required. The final step is the application of a clear, ceramic gloss.

This intensive process results in a fantastic crown.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, dental implants improve lives. We also offer family dentistry services. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Look And Feel Better With Cosmetic Dentistry

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Cosmetic dentistry from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati can not only upgrade your smile, it can improve the health of your teeth and make your face more attractive and younger-looking.

If you have teeth that are decayed or otherwise damaged, there are multiple remedies. Porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays, dental bonding, and veneers are some of the effective procedures available. What if a tooth is missing entirely? A dental implant is a complete restoration.

Even one procedure can have a big impact on how you look. Procedures like teeth whitening and tooth-colored fillings are simple, but have dramatic results.

Regardless of your dental issues, chances are cosmetic dentistry can help. Some people believe they have to live with stained, chipped, cracked, crooked, or missing teeth, but today’s dentistry can correct most dental issues.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we create beautiful smiles with cosmetic dentistry every day. We also offer a full range of restorative dentistry. Our patients come from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montgomery OH, and throughout the area. Call today to schedule an appointment!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Watch Out For Hidden Sugar

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Every health-conscious parent knows that sugar is the number one cause of cavities. Plenty of us adults also snack on too many sweet snacks and beverages. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want you to be aware of hidden sugar and its risks to your dental health.

Because of cavity risks, low nutritional value, and high-calorie content, many parents want to limit the sugar in their children’s diets. Bubble gum, lollipops, and chocolate bars are among the obvious ones, but there is also sugar lurking in so-called ‘healthy’ snacks.

Here are some popular kid’s snacks with significant amounts of sugar:

  • yogurt covered raisins
  • fruit snacks including the roll-up and syrup-filled varieties
  • rice cakes
  • many brands of yogurt, including the hand-held type
  • juice drinks
  • flavored milk
  • barbecue sauce
  • fruit smoothies
  • cereal bars

Controlling sugar intake is essential for lifelong oral health. When choosing lunchbox or after-school snacks for your child, make sure you read the labels. Sugar content varies among brands.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we want the best dental health for you and your kids. Our services include family and restorative dentistry. Our patients come from all over, including Loveland, Blue Ash, and Montgomery OH. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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3 Smart Smile Solutions

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In this blog post from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, we focus on three innovative procedures used in smile transformations.

1. Dental Implants
Dental implants are transforming the face of dentistry. For most patients, an implant is the ideal solution for a missing tooth. They consist of a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace a missing root. A crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

Once the crown is placed, the result is indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

2. Clear Braces
Clear braces allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly because it is nearly impossible to see them while they are being worn. We offer clear braces from Invisalign.

3. White Fillings
If you had decay in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, significantly improving your smile without crowns.

Endres Gateway Dentistry is located in Cincinnati, but serves patients from Blue Ash, Loveland, Montgomery OH, and the surrounding area. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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When people think about improving their smiles with cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers are a popular option. At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, veneers correct flaws and leave you with a magnificent smile.

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic or composite resin. We custom fit veneers one at a time to go over the front of your teeth, giving them an attractive, completely natural appearance. You can use veneers to fix stained or chipped teeth, slightly crooked teeth, or abnormally spaced teeth.

Veneers are one of the most in-demand options available from modern cosmetic dentistry. They are very strong, and are made to match the color and shape of your teeth.

One thing to remember: a thin layer of enamel must be removed from the front of each tooth being covered with a veneer, in order for them to properly adhere. Once they’re cemented in place, they are permanent. But once they are in place, you’ll have the best-looking teeth of anyone you know.

Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. Call our office to schedule an appointment today!

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 

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