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By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
March 26, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  

Find out the many benefits that getting veneers in Walnut Creek, CA, can offer your smile.

Do you want to feel more confident in your appearance whenever you smile? Do certain cosmetic dental flaws leave you with a close-dental-veneerslipped smile in pictures? If so, our Walnut Creek, CA, cosmetic dentist Dr. Frank Skiba has a unique cosmetic treatment that could truly transform the shape and overall look of your smile so that you feel more than confident smiling again.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin layers of tooth-colored material that are bonded to the front of your teeth to reshape and improve the overall appearance of your smile while also hiding a variety of common dental flaws such as discolorations, cracks, gaps between teeth and even misshapen or crooked teeth. Since they are often made from porcelain, their durability is comparable to real tooth enamel and they are stain resistant.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

Before you decide whether or not to turn to our Walnut Creek, CA, dentist to find out if veneers are right for you it’s important to understand what this cosmetic treatment can offer. Here are some of the benefits that veneer wearers can enjoy:

A new and improved smile

No matter whether you want to hide minor imperfections or more widespread issues, veneers can be placed on a couple or all of your visible teeth to reshape, resize and even improve the alignment of your smile. That’s right; veneers can even make your smile straighter without the need for braces. You’ll also discover how much your confidence improves when you have a smile you love.

Teeth are more durable

While veneers shouldn’t be considered a restorative treatment, these cosmetic shells can make teeth more durable and resilient. After all, porcelain is amazingly strong and can provide your smile with additional protection against regular wear and tear.

Less tooth preparation is required

When it comes to getting other restorations like dental crowns, we will need to reshape and remove a lot of your tooth in order to make room for the crown. Luckily, very little tooth enamel is removed when you get veneers, making tooth preparation minimal and painless. In fact, this can even be performed without local anesthesia. The less natural enamel is removed the stronger the tooth will be in the long run.

Don’t you want to feel proud of your smile? If imperfections are keeping you from feeling good about the way you look then it’s time to schedule a consultation with our Walnut Creek, CA, aesthetic dentist to find out whether veneers are right for you.

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Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.

Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:

Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.

Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.

Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.

Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.

Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.

After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.

For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”

RegardlessofWhatYouveSeenOnlineDontFearaRootCanalTreatment

With smart phone in hand, you can instantaneously find out just about anything. Unfortunately, online search results aren’t always accurate. Case in point: there’s an idea floating on the World Wide Web that root canal treatments cause cancer.

Sounds ludicrous? Yes, but like other strange ideas this one has historical roots (pardon the pun). In the early 20th Century, a dentist named Weston Price propagated the idea that leaving a “dead” organ in the body caused health problems. By his view, a root canal-treated tooth fell into this category and could potentially cause, among other things, cancer.

But concern over root canal treatment safety is on shaky ground: dentistry examined Dr. Price’s ideas over sixty years ago and found them wanting. But first, let’s look at what a root canal treatment can actually do for your health.

Tooth decay is an infection that first attacks the outer tooth enamel and then continues to advance until it infects the inner pulp. It can then travel through the root canals to the roots and bone. Without intervention, the infection will result in tooth loss.

We use a root canal treatment to save the tooth from this fate. During the procedure we remove and disinfect all of the diseased or dead tissue within the pulp and root canals. We then fill the empty chamber and canals with a special filling and seal the tooth to prevent any further infection. And while technically the procedure renders a tooth unable to respond to thermal sensitivity or tooth decay, the tooth is still alive as it is attached to the periodontal ligament and its blood supply and nerve tissue. The tooth can still “feel” if you bite on something too hard and it doesn’t affect the tooth’s function or health, or a patient’s overall health for that matter.

As to Dr. Price’s theory, extensive studies beginning in the 1950s have examined the potential health risk of root canal treatments. The latest, a 2013 patient survey study published in a journal of the American Medical Association, not only found no evidence linking root canal treatment to cancer, but a lower risk of oral cancer in 45% of patients who had undergone multiple root canal treatments.

While root canal treatments do have potential side effects, none are remotely as serious as this online “factoid” about cancer. It’s far more likely to benefit your health by saving your tooth.

If you would like more information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Root Canal Safety.”

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
February 12, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How your dentist in Walnut Creek, CA, can enhance your smile

Have you discovered the world of cosmetic dentistry? If you don’t know any of the revolutionary procedures designed to make your smile Cosmeticlook great, it’s time to check out them out. No matter what bothers you about your smile, there is a cosmetic dentistry procedure to correct the problem! The only question is, which treatment is right for you?

Dr. Frank Skiba in Walnut Creek, California offers a wide range of services to give you the outstanding smile you deserve. Read on to learn the specifics on how that can be accomplished!

 

How We Can Help You!

There are all kinds of ways your smile can become dull or damaged. Coffee, tea or smoking all stain your teeth and make them look dull. Everyday habits like chewing on ice cubes or pencils can also chip away at the edges of your teeth. Fortunately, cosmetic dentistry procedures can repair and restore your smile. Here’s how:

 

Professional Teeth Whitening

If you have a yellowing smile due to coffee, smoking, or normal aging, think about professional teeth whitening! A professional teeth whitening treatment allows you to whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, and the dramatic results can last up to 5 years! Professional teeth whitening products are tested for safety and effectiveness and approved by the American Dental Association, so you know they will work for you.

To read more about professional teeth whitening, please visit the Teeth Whitening section on the website at https://www.dentistinwalnutcreek.com/library/7756/TeethWhitening.html

 

Dental Bonding

If your teeth are chipped or cracked, think about dental bonding! Dental bonding will repair small aesthetic issues like chips, cracks, or tooth wear with composite, a tooth-colored material that blends perfectly with the color of your teeth. The result is a renewed, beautiful smile that looks completely natural.

 

Porcelain Veneers

If you want to dramatically enhance your smile, think about porcelain veneers! Porcelain veneers will cover up large fracture lines, cracks, broken tooth structure, and other large and small aesthetic issues. Veneers are thin laminates of exquisite, light-reflective porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth.

 

Interested? Give Us a Call!

These are just a few of the many cosmetic and restorative services available from our Walnut Creek office. Dr. Skiba can help you decide which treatment can give you the smile you’ve been waiting for, all you have to do is call (925) 934-8149! Call today and get started on enhancing your smile.

By Frank R. Skiba, DDS
January 24, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tmj disorders   tmd  
BeWaryWhenConsideringBotoxTreatmentforTMD

If you’ve suffered from problems with your jaw joints, known collectively as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), then you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be. You may also have heard about the use of Botox injections to ease TMD discomfort.

Before you seek out Botox treatment for TMD, though, you should consider the current research on the matter. Far from a “miracle” treatment, the dental profession is still undecided on the effects of Botox to relieve TMD pain symptoms — and there are other risks to weigh as well.

Botox is an injectable drug with a poisonous substance called botulinum toxin type A derived from clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes muscle paralysis. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved small dose use for some medical and cosmetic procedures, like wrinkle augmentation. The idea behind its use for TMD is to relax the muscles connected to the joint by paralyzing them and thus relieve pain.

The FDA hasn’t yet approved Botox for TMD treatment, although there’s been some use for this purpose. There remain concerns about its effectiveness and possible complications. In the first place, Botox only relieves symptoms — it doesn’t address the underlying cause of the discomfort. Even in this regard, a number of research studies seem to indicate Botox has no appreciable effect on pain relief.

As to side effects or other complications, Botox injections have been known to cause pain in some cases rather than relieve it, as with some patients developing chronic headaches after treatment. A few may build up resistance to the toxin, so that increasingly higher dosages are needed to achieve the same effect from lower dosages. And, yes, Botox is a temporary measure that must be repeated to continue its effect, which could lead to permanent paralyzing effects on the facial muscles and cause muscle atrophy (wasting away) and even deformity.

It may be more prudent to stick with conventional approaches that have well-documented benefits: a diet of easier to chew foods; cold and heat applications; physical therapy and exercises; pain-relief medications and muscle relaxers; and appliances to help control grinding habits. Although these can take time to produce significant relief, the relief may be longer lasting without undesirable side effects.

If you would like more information on treatments for TMD including Botox injections, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.