Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had a rough Stanley Cup final against the St. Louis Blues this past June. Not only did the Bruins ultimately lose the championship, but Chara took a deflected puck shot to the face in Game Four that broke his jaw.
With the NHL season now over, the 42-year-old Bruins captain continues to mend from his injury that required extensive treatment. His experience highlights how jaw fractures and related dental damage are an unfortunate hazard in hockey—not only for pros like Chara, but also for an estimated half million U.S. amateurs, many in youth leagues.
Ice hockey isn't the only sport with this injury potential: Basketball, football (now gearing up with summer training) and even baseball players are also at risk. That's why appropriate protective gear like helmets and face shields are key to preventing injury.
For any contact sport, that protection should also include a mouthguard to absorb hard contact forces that could damage the mouth, teeth and gums. The best guards (and the most comfortable fit) are custom-made by a dentist based on impressions made of the individual's mouth.
But even with adequate protection, an injury can still happen. Here's what you should do if your child has an injury to their jaw, mouth or teeth.
Recognize signs of a broken jaw. A broken jaw can result in severe pain, swelling, difficulty speaking, numbness in the chin or lower lip or the teeth not seeming to fit together properly. You may also notice bleeding in the mouth, as well as bruising under the tongue or a cut in the ear canal resulting from jawbone movement during the fracture. Get immediate medical attention if you notice any of these signs.
Take quick action for a knocked-out tooth. A tooth knocked completely out of its socket is a severe dental injury. But you may be able to ultimately save the tooth by promptly taking the following steps: (1) find the tooth and pick it up without touching the root end, (2) rinse it off, (3) place it back in its socket with firm pressure, and (4) see a dentist as soon as possible.
Seek dental care. Besides the injuries already mentioned, you should also see a dentist for any moderate to severe trauma to the mouth, teeth and gums. Leading the list: any injury that results in tooth chipping, looseness or movement out of alignment.
Even a top athlete like Zdeno Chara isn't immune to injury. Take steps then to protect your amateur athlete from a dental or facial injury.
If you would like more information about dealing with sports-related dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
Isn’t it time that you felt more confident in your smile?
In this day and age, there is no reason for people to feel embarrassed by their smiles. Here at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Denise Stone, offers the latest aesthetic treatments and techniques to tweak common imperfections and to give people the smiles that they’ve always wanted. Are you contemplating your cosmetic dentistry options? Here’s what you should know,
What is Cosmetic Dentistry?
While preventive dentistry provides you with the dental care you need to prevent cavities and keep your teeth/gums healthy, cosmetic dentistry’s main focus is on the look of your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry can be a great option for any healthy adult in Charleston, SC, who wants to enhance their teeth, gums or overall appearance of their smile. Here are some of the most popular cosmetic treatments that we offer:
While there are ways to whiten teeth on your own, they are often slow-to-work and provide disappointing results. Conversely, professional bleaching options provide quick results and dramatic improvements.
Professional bleaching is the perfect option for those looking to get a whiter smile before their wedding day or a special occasion. For those who would like to brighten their smiles on their own schedule, we provide at-home whitening kits.
If one of your teeth is slightly cracked, stained or misshapen, dental bonding can help reshape it. During treatment, Dr. Stone will apply a tooth-colored resin to these areas of the tooth to cover imperfections and to improve its appearance. Once the resin is shaped, it’s hardened into place as a permanent solution to the issue. Bonding is a great and affordable way to enhance your smile.
If you wish to alter the shape, size, color, or alignment of your smile, dental veneers could be the solution. These fingernail-sized porcelain shells are bonded to the front of teeth in order to hide common imperfections. The porcelain is also matched to the shade of your teeth to give you natural results. Veneers can improve misshapen or oddly shaped smiles while covering stains, gaps between teeth, and other flaws.
Interested? Give Us a Call
Your dream smile is waiting. Call Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC, today at (843) 556-6566 to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options with Dr. Stone.
Veneers have helped people all over the world acquire a perfect smile, and these simple restorations could also hide the imperfections that you personally feel embarrassed about. While most people aren’t born with perfect smiles, our Charleston, SC, dentist, Dr. Denise Stone, can help make that possible thanks to this cosmetic treatment!
What are dental veneers?
Veneers are very thin, custom-created porcelain shells that are bonded to the front of your teeth to hide flaws and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Most adults with healthy teeth that are looking to improve the shape, size, color, or alignment of their smile could benefit from veneers.
Are you a good candidate for veneers?
So, you may be wondering whether you should get dental veneers from our Charleston, SC, cosmetic dentist. You may want to consider getting veneers if,
You have chips, cracks and other imperfections
If you are embarrassed by your smile because you have some teeth that are cracked, chipped, or have other mild cosmetic flaws, then veneers could easily correct all of these problems and more.
You have severe stains
Some discolorations will respond well to whitening treatment, but not all stains will. If you are dealing with stains that are internal or extremely dark, then the easiest and most effective way to get a whiter smile is with porcelain veneers. Your veneers are custom-made for you, allowing us to choose a natural-appearing, yet radiant, shade of porcelain from which to create your veneers.
You have strong teeth
It’s important that your teeth are strong enough for veneers. This is why every patient needs to come in for a consultation no matter what kind of cosmetic treatment they wish to undergo. In some cases, we may need to take x-rays in order to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of enamel to support the veneers.
You have slightly crooked teeth
If your teeth are just a little crooked or crowded, then you may want to consider veneers. While veneers won’t be able to do the same teeth-shifting job of braces, it can hide some of these misalignments to create a straighter-looking smile.
Interested? Give us a call
Are you ready to get dental veneers from our Charleston office? If so, call Stone Family Dentistry today at (843) 556-6566 to schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Stone.
Damage, discolorations, and other tooth issues don't have to be permanent smile issues. Your Charleston, SC, dentist, Dr. Denise Stone of Stone Family Dentistry, offers teeth whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry treatments that can renew the look of your teeth!
Brighten your smile with teeth whitening
Stains from dark-colored foods and beverages can dull your once-bright smile. Your Charleston dentist uses professional-strength hydrogen peroxide to safely break apart stains in your tooth enamel. In-office treatment only takes about an hour and can lighten your teeth by three to eight shades. Take-home kits are also available if you want to touch up your whitening results occasionally or want to whiten at home.
Hide flaws with dental veneers
Dental veneers improve flaws by concealing them behind a layer of plastic or porcelain. The tooth-shaped shells are about as thick as a contact lens yet completely cover a variety of imperfections. Your dentist may suggest veneers if you want to change the length or shape of a tooth, make the gaps between teeth disappear, or conceal cracks, chips, or uneven surfaces. Stain-resistant veneers also offer a long-lasting alternative to teeth whitening.
Replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures, or dental implants
If you're like most people, you probably took your ability to chew for granted until you experienced tooth loss. Although appearance is a key consideration after the loss of one or more teeth, it's not the only effect of tooth loss. For example, jawbone deterioration is common in those who have lost teeth, and eating becomes much more difficult with a damaged smile.
Fortunately, one of these options can make your smile full again:
- Bridges: Bridges are a good choice if you've lost one or two teeth. These restorations consist of one or more artificial teeth between two anchoring crowns.
- Dentures: Dentures a good choice if you've lost either all of your teeth or several in a row. Partial dentures are used to replace several missing teeth, while full or immediate dentures restore your smile if you've lost all of your upper or lower teeth.
- Dental Implants: Unlike bridges or dentures, implants restore both the roots and crowns of missing teeth. Consisting of dental crowns connected to jawbone-bonding-titanium implants, these restorations are very comfortable and feel nearly identical to natural teeth. Implant-supported dentures offer an alternative to traditional full dentures.
Need some cosmetic dentistry work? Give us a call!
Upgrade your smile with one of our cosmetic dentistry treatments! Call our Charleston, SC, office today at (843) 556-6566 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stone.
Dental crowns can help your smile in many situations, such as if a tooth becomes damaged, broken, or heavily decayed. Learning about how dental crowns can help your smile can help you ensure that this is the best treatment for you. Find out more about dental crowns and what they can do for you with Dr. Denise Stone at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC.
What is a Dental Crown?
Dental crowns are a porcelain dental restoration which protects, stabilizes, or renews a damaged tooth. Crowns can help your smile in numerous ways:
- Replace a missing tooth as part of a dental bridge
- Stabilize a damaged or broken tooth
- Protect a compromised tooth
- Renew the appearance of a misshapen, stained, or discolored tooth
- Cover a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
How does the Crowning Process Work?
The crowning process spans over two phases: one to prepare the tooth and take a mold of the mouth to use in the design process, and one to place the crown permanently onto the tooth. There is usually a two-week window between the appointments, which allows a dental laboratory to create the crown by hand.
First, your Charleston, SC, dentist must prepare your tooth to receive the crown, then take the mold to send to the lab. Then, Dr. Stone will place a temporary restoration to protect the tooth while the lab works on creating the crown itself. Your second appointment will include removing the temporary crown and replacing it with the final restoration.
Dental Crowns in Charleston, SC
If your dentist suggests a dental crown, a consultation will be scheduled to go over the procedure’s pros and cons, process, and other information that can help you decide if this is the best treatment for your tooth.
For more information on dental crowns, please contact Dr. Stone at Stone Family Dentistry in Charleston, SC. Call (843) 556-6566 to schedule your appointment today!
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