The Health And Beauty Consequences Of Missing Teeth

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This message from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati focuses on missing teeth and bone health, and how dental implants can make a difference.

Our teeth have many important functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge.

In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This process is called “bone metabolism.” The movement of the teeth stimulate this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unattractive gap in their smile, they begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It can become difficult to chew food, too, making it harder to get adequate nutrition.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function.

One dental implant can support an artificial tooth. Several, usually four, can support a full dental arch.

Even if you have lost jaw bone mass, bone grafting can promote new bone growth, enough for an implant.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we offer dental implants, as well as a full range of family 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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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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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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Think It’s Not Necessary To Replace Missing Back Teeth?

Some people who lose a back tooth wonder whether they should bother replacing it. After all, it doesn’t show when you smile and there are other teeth to do the chewing. Why not leave it be and save some money? Actually, there are several very good reasons to replace a back tooth with a dental implant from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati:

1. The adjacent tooth (or teeth) may start shifting.

If a tooth tips, moves, or rotates, it can impact the bite. The unopposed tooth can also move, though it generally moves outward from the bone (over-eruption). Teeth that are displaced can become more vulnerable to gum disease, decay, or TMJ pain.

2. The underlying bone will eventually pull back.

Without the tooth root, the jaw bone shrinks. This changes the dimensions of the face and gives it a sunk-in look due to a decline in supporting bone. The vertical shortening progresses and becomes more pronounced as you get older.

3. There will be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions.

This can bring about excessive wear, fracture, or pain.

If you have a missing back tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call us at Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati. We offer comprehensive family dentistry services, and treat patients from Blue Ash, Loveland, and Montgomery OH. 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


Dental Bridge vs Dental Implant

Attention Cincinnati Replace Your Dental Bridge Before You Lose TeethHello Cincinnati visitors, welcome to Endres Gateway Dentistry. Let’s talk about the tooth replacement option known as dental bridges.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for thousands of dental patients, they are not problem free. Many people with dental bridges find it impossible to keep the small areas around the bridge clean. This is not surprising because it is hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course detrimental bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without the dental patient even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, the person is at risk of losing those teeth also.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are great candidates for dental implants.

The crown portion of a dental implant looks just like the crown on a high-quality dental bridge, but the important part is what you don’t see.

The dental implant itself is a titanium post that is screwed directly into the jaw bone. It is not attached to teeth like the dental bridges traditionally used. In a way, a dental implant is a more conservative tooth replacement because it leaves the adjacent teeth intact. The bone and gum tissue mesh permanently with the titanium post that serves as the replacement tooth root.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. Of course patients with dental implants need to brush and floss, but cleaning a dental implant is usually no more difficult than cleaning a normal tooth.

Dental implants have a far better track record in Ohio than dental bridges. With proper care, a dental implant can last a lifetime for smile-smart dental patients.

At Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati we provide dental crowns and dental implants, and many other services. Call our office to schedule an appointement 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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A Great Achievement in Dentistry

Dental implants have been hailed as one of the great advances in the field of dentistry, and with good reason. Implants are an artificial tooth root that is surgically implanted into the jaw of a patient, to replace a missing root. The implant, in turn, can support an artificial tooth; multiple implants can anchor a set of dentures. Dental implants are available from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati.

But first, there are times when we have to take a moment and marvel at human ingenuity. The idea of a dental implant actually goes back at least a thousand years. Ancient implants were a far cry from what we know today: sea shells, pieces of metal, and even bits of bone were placed in the patient’s jaw. We don’t know if any of them were any good, but the idea was there.

Implants as we know them today date back to the early 1950s. The implant is most often made from titanium. One of their great benefits is that they help to prevent bone loss, which is common in people who have lost one of their natural teeth.

In practical terms, the great thing about single implants is that they function like a natural tooth. The titanium post fuses to the patient’s jaw, and integrates with the bone so well that the body seldom recognizes them as a foreign object. Rejection is rare.

Conventional dentures may be more affordable than implant-anchored dentures. But because they are removable, most patients find that traditional dentures can be unreliably loose. They can also affect the ability to enjoy food. These are not issues with implant-supported dentures.

Dental implants from Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati are the closest thing to getting back a natural tooth. Find out more by scheduling a consultation today. We also provide family dentistry, and serve the Blue Ash, Loveland, and Montgomery OH communities.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Cincinnati Jaw Bone DeteriorationIn this post from Endres Gateway Dentistry, we will review jaw bone health, and how dental implants can be beneficial.

To remain healthy and strong, your jaw bone needs to be continuously stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root.

In some cases, tooth damage is so severe that extraction is the only option. However, we make every effort to retain the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the previous root structure begins to recede.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant  a strong titanium post which replaces the natural root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is inserted into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss.

For more information about dental implants, call us at Endres Gateway Dentistry. We serve Cincinnati, Loveland, and the surrounding areas with family dentistry. 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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You Be The Judge

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If you are researching cosmetic dentistry in Montgomery OH, you may have heard claims that it can provide you with a ‘perfect smile’ or a ‘celebrity smile.’ Are these simply exaggerations? We invite you to judge for yourself.

A smile makeover involves multiple procedures which may include the following:

Tooth Implants

A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.

Orthodontia

Orthodontic options include traditional metal or ceramic braces, ‘behind-the-teeth’ (lingual) braces, and clear aligners.

White Fillings

If you had dental caries in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically improving your smile without crowns.

Dental Crowns

There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We perform an intensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays/onlays are indirect fillings, which means that they are fabricated in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional direct filling is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist. Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown.

Composite Veneers

Veneers can correct chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.

Teeth Whitening

There is nothing like a wonderful white smile to give you optimal confidence.

Dental Bonding

Dentists use bonding to correct tooth troubles caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can guard tooth roots if the gums have loosened.

Enamel Shaping

Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the characteristics of a smile even if all the other teeth have a pleasing appearance.

Gum Contouring

If you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation, gum contouring can reshape the gumline and transform your smile.

Perfect smiles with cosmetic dentistry are possible—but don’t just take our word for it. Come see the Endres Gateway Dentistry smile gallery and judge for yourself. Even better, schedule an appointment to visit our office. We serve the Montgomery, Blue Ash, and surrounding Cincinnati area.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


An Ugly Duckling In Your Mouth?

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Do you have a damaged tooth that causes you embarrassment? Even if all of your other teeth are nicely shaped and pearly white, guess what other people notice? Yep, the ugly duckling. If you do, Endres Gateway Dentistry can help with cosmetic dentistry.

A beautiful smile is an important component of your overall appearance. Unattractive teeth draw the eye away from other pleasing features such as thick shiny hair, gorgeous eyes or a peaches and cream complexion.

Fortunately, there are several cosmetic dental procedures to restore or repair one or more teeth. At Endres Gateway Dentistry, we can complete most of them in one short visit. Think about it; you could achieve a stunning smile in less than an afternoon!

Veneers, Bonding and Cosmetic Implant Dentistry
Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic dentistry procedure available for Loveland at Endres Gateway Dentistry. We use dental bonding in a variety of applications. In addition to repairing damage, dental bonding can close gaps between teeth.

Porcelain veneers are another minimally invasive cosmetic remedy. Like cosmetic dental bonding, veneers correct chips, cracks and improve tooth shape.

What if your problem is not an unattractive tooth but a missing tooth? Don’t despair, a beautiful smile is still possible with dental implants.

For more information about veneers, bonding, implants and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Endres Gateway Dentistry at 513-791-8880. We are conveniently located at 9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204 in Cincinnati. We provide advanced dentistry for patients in Loveland, Blue Ash and the surrounding areas.

Contact Endres Gateway Dentistry:

513-791-8880

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

9380 Montgomery Rd Ste 204
Cincinnati, Ohio
45242

 


Live Better With Dental Implants

Cincinnati Implant Dentistry Ill-fitting dentures can bring about more troubles for denture wearers than they solve. If you live with loose dentures, you probably regard them as a necessary evil. With dental implant-supported dentures, they’d be a thing of the past.

Missing Out on Life?

Unfortunately, many frustrated denture wearers have discontinued dining in restaurants or engaging in social activities because they are afraid their dentures will slip.

Implant dental procedures are enabling former denture wearers to re-engage in life. Consider the benefits of implant anchored dentures:

  • They are stable because the implant is anchored in the bone.
  • Your denture is fixed, it will not move around in your mouth.
  • They prevent bone loss that can result when teeth are removed.
  • They eliminate the necessity of regular denture relines.
  • They do not aggravate gums.
  • No denture adhesive is required.

Patients who have replaced their conventional dentures with implant overdentures enthusiastically say that the dental implant cost was more than worth it.

Get Your Life Back

Do you want to eat normally again? What is the value of preserving your facial shape? Can you put a price on confidence?

For more specifics about dental implants, contact Endres Gateway Dentistry in Cincinnati, also serving Loveland and Montgomery. We provide 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