Posts for: May, 2019
Each year thousands of people develop sinus infections from various causes. But there's one cause for sinusitis that might surprise you—tooth decay.
Tooth decay begins when the acid produced by oral bacteria erodes a tooth's enamel protection to create a small hole or cavity. Left untreated, the infection can move into the inner pulp of the tooth and tiny passageways leading to the roots called root canals. The decay can then infect and break down the structure of the supporting jawbone.
This could affect the sinus cavities, hollow air-filled spaces in the upper portion of the face. The maxillary sinus in particular sits behind the cheek bones just above the upper jaw. Tooth roots, particularly in back teeth, can extend quite near or even poke through the floor of the maxillary sinus.
If decay affects these roots, the bone beneath this floor may begin to break down and allow the bacterial infection to enter the sinus. We call this particular kind of sinus infection maxillary sinusitis of endodontic origin (MSEO), "endodontic" referring to the interior structure of teeth.
While advanced decay can show symptoms like pain or sensitivity with certain hot or cold foods, it's also possible to have it and not know it directly. But a recurring sinus infection could be an indirect indication that the root of your suffering is a deeply decayed tooth. Treating the sinus infection with antibiotics won't cure this underlying dental problem. For that you'll need to see a dentist or an endodontist, a specialist for interior tooth issues.
The most common way to treat deep tooth decay is with root canal therapy. In this procedure, the dentist enters the decayed tooth's pulp (nerve chamber) and root canals and removes the diseased tissue. They will then fill the empty pulp and root canals with a special filling and seal the tooth to prevent future infection. The procedure stops the infection and saves the tooth—and if you have MSEO, it eliminates the cause of the sinus infection.
So, if you're suffering from chronic sinus infections, you might talk with your dentist about the possibility of a tooth infection. A thorough examination might reveal a decayed tooth in need of treatment.
Porcelain veneers, offered by your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, provide a simple solution for many cosmetic dental issues.
What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are only attached to the fronts of your teeth, the area where imperfections are most noticeable. The fingernail-thin shells are crafted from an impression of your mouth. In most cases, your Farmington dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel to ensure the best fit.
How can veneers improve my smile?
Veneers are an excellent option if you're concerned about one or two discolored teeth or want to brighten your entire smile. The restorations are available in many shades and can match the color of surrounding teeth or whiten your smile. In fact, veneers are often the reason that celebrities have such white teeth. The restorations are very resistant to stains.
Wear and tear can take a toll on your body and your smile. Unfortunately, even minor imperfections, like chips or cracks, can be very noticeable. Veneers conceal flaws between a thin layer of porcelain, improving the appearance of your smile.
Do you dislike the shape of a few of your teeth? Even one oddly shaped tooth can be distracting. Veneers improve the shape of problem teeth and make your entire smile look more uniform.
Short teeth can benefit from veneers too. If your teeth have become a little worn down because you grind or clench them while you sleep, you may be a perfect candidate for veneers. Of course, once you receive your veneers, you'll want to wear a nightguard to prevent damage to your restorations or your teeth.
Even slight gaps between your teeth can make you want to hide your teeth. Luckily, veneers cover those annoying spaces. (Large gaps may require orthodontic treatment.)
Are you ready to transform your smile with porcelain veneers? Call your Farmington, MI, dentist, Dr. Stephen Harris, at (248) 478-4755 to schedule an appointment.
Dental veneers are a great way to transform a smile without the expense or effort often required of other restorations. These thin layers of dental material adhere to the front of teeth as a "mask" to cover chips, heavy staining or other blemishes.
Still, veneers require attention to detail for a successful outcome. Here's a step-by-step look at changing your dental appearance with veneers.
Step 1: Considering your options. While most veneers are made of dental porcelain, composite resin materials are increasingly popular. Although more prone to chipping or staining, composite veneers don't require a dental lab for fabrication. Another option, depending on your dental situation, are ultra-thin veneers that require little to no tooth preparation. Your dentist will help you decide which options are best for you.
Step 2: "Test driving" your new smile. We can help you "see" your future smile with special software that creates a computer image of your teeth with the planned veneers. We can also use composite material to fabricate a "trial smile" to temporarily place on your teeth that can give you the feel as well as the look of your future smile.
Step 3: Preparing your teeth. Unless you're getting no-prep veneers, we'll need to modify your teeth before attaching veneers. Although only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. They'll look more natural if we first remove a small amount of enamel. A word of caution, though: although slight, this enamel removal permanently alters your teeth that will require them to have some form of restoration from then on.
Step 4: Attaching your new veneers. After the planning phase (which includes color matching to blend the veneers with the rest of your teeth), a dental lab creates your veneers if you've opted for porcelain. After they're delivered, we'll clean and etch the teeth with a mild acidic gel to increase the bonding effect. We'll then permanently attach the veneers to your teeth with a very thin but ultra-strong resin luting cement that creates a unified bond between the veneers and teeth.
Following these steps is the surest way to achieve a successful outcome. With due care you're sure to enjoy the effects for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on changing your smile with veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”