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By Countryside Dental
February 22, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Many people choose to settle for a smile that is average or “just okay.” It may be nicely aligned, but it is off-color. It may be relatively veneerssmooth and nicely contoured, but there are unattractive spaces between the teeth. You do not have to settle for average when it comes to your smile, and you probably shouldn't when you consider the benefits of a smile upgrade. See a cosmetic dentist at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY to find out how much better your smile will look with veneers.

Why Veneers Are a Go-To Cosmetic Treatment
Veneers are the secret to most “Hollywood smiles.” Many of your favorite stars have these restorations installed to perfect the way that their teeth look on screen. Veneers are go-to cosmetic treatment because instead of trying to modify your existing teeth they effectively cover up the imperfections. The treatment can be completed inside of a month, and a smile that has been restored with veneers will last for 10 years or longer on average.

Your Veneer Installation Appointments
It only takes a few short appointments with your Chatham cosmetic dentist to get veneers. The first is a preparation visit, to get your teeth ready for the installation. Unlike dental crowns, you only have to have a bit of enamel removed from each front tooth for veneers. Impressions will also be taken at this appointment so that a dental technician can create accurate restorations. The second and final visit is a bonding appointment, where each veneer will be attached to each tooth using a special dental-grade cement.

The Best Smile You’ve Ever Had
It’s natural for your teeth to lose their color, shape, and general appeal over the years. Most people are simply not born with perfectly aligned and structured smiles. A veneer treatment can give you the best smile that you have ever had in your life. Consider the many benefits of having a truly amazing smile—it's a valuable investment in your self-esteem and appearance.

Veneers and Your Smile
No more waiting—it's time for you to present your best smile possible to the world with help from a skilled cosmetic dentist. Call (518) 392-5231 today for a veneer consultation with Dr. Riccobono at Countryside Dental in Chatham, NY.


By Countryside Dental
February 17, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medicine  
WhytheOintmentYoureUsingCouldbeMakingYourFacialRashWorse

The red, scaly rash suddenly appearing on your face doesn’t cause you much physical discomfort, but it’s still embarrassing. And to make matters worse treating it as you would other skin ailments seems to make it worse.

Your ailment might be a particular skin condition known as peri-oral dermatitis. Although its overall occurrence is fairly low (1% or less of the population worldwide) it seems to be more prevalent in industrialized countries like the United States, predominantly among women ages 20-45.

Peri-oral dermatitis can appear on the skin as a rash of small red bumps, pimples or blisters. You usually don’t feel anything but some patients can have occasional stinging, itching or burning sensations. It’s often misidentified as other types of skin rashes, which can be an issue when it comes to treatment.

Steroid-based ointments that work well with other skin ailments could have the opposite effect with peri-oral dermatitis. If you’re using that kind of cream out of your medicine cabinet, your rash may look better initially because the steroid constricts the tiny blood vessels in the skin. But the reduction in redness won’t last as the steroid tends to suppress the skin’s natural healing capacity with continued use.

The best treatment for peri-oral dermatitis is to first stop using any topical steroid ointments, including other-the-counter hydrocortisone, and any other medications, lotions or creams on it. Instead, wash your skin with a mild soap. Although the rash may flare up initially, it should begin to subside after a few days.

A physician can further treat it with antibiotic lotions typically containing Clindamycin or Metronidazole, or a non-prescription, anti-itch lotion for a less severe case. For many this clears up the condition long-term, but there’s always the possibility of relapse. A repeat of this treatment is usually effective.

Tell your dentist if you have recurring bouts of a rash that match these descriptions. More than likely you’ll be referred to a dermatologist for treatment. With the right attention—and avoiding the wrong treatment ointment—you’ll be able to say goodbye to this annoying and embarrassing rash.

If you would like more information on peri-oral dermatitis, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


CouldYourMetalAllergyKeepYouFromObtainingDentalImplants

Dental implants are today’s closest restorative facsimile to natural teeth. And they’re versatile: not only can they replace single teeth but they can also support bridges or dentures.

But since one of their crucial components is made of metal, are you out of luck obtaining this state-of-the-art dental restoration if you have a metal allergy?

The answer is: probably not—it’s rare for implants to cause an allergic reaction. Still, metal allergies can be a potential problem within your mouth as with other areas of health.

An allergy originates from the body’s necessary response to potentially harmful microorganisms or substances. Sometimes, however, this response becomes chronic and exaggerated, creating an allergy. People can have allergies to nearly anything with responses ranging from a minor rash to a potentially life-threatening multi-organ system shutdown (anaphylactic shock).

A small number of people have allergies to particular metals. One of the most common is nickel, which affects an estimated 17% of women and 3% of men; cobalt and chromium are also known to cause allergies. Consumer exposure, particularly metal contact with the skin through jewelry or clothing, is the most prevalent, but not the most concerning. That’s reserved for metal allergies related to medical devices like coronary stents or hip and knee prostheses. And in dentistry, there are rare occasions of inflammation or rashes from metal amalgam fillings.

Which brings us to dental implants: the main metal post that’s inserted into the jawbone is usually made of titanium. It’s the metal of choice for two reasons: it’s bio-compatible, meaning the body normally accepts its presence; and it’s osteophilic, which means bone cells readily grow and adhere to it, a major reason for implant durability.

While it’s possible for someone to have an allergy and subsequent reaction to implants with titanium, the occurrences appear to be extremely low. In one study of 1,500 patients, titanium allergies were estimated to be a factor in implant failures in less than 1% of those studied.

Even so, if you have known metal allergies you should make sure your dentist knows. Being aware of all the facts will help them recommend the best tooth replacement choice for you—and hopefully it will be dental implants.

If you would like more information on dental implant restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Metal Allergies to Dental Implants.”