Posts for: April, 2016

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
JimmyFallonCanrsquotCatchaBreak-ExceptinHisTooth

Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.

What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!

Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.

If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.

For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.

Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.

Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.

So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.

If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 27, 2016
Category: Dental Health

Ready to find out if oral surgery is the next best dental option for you?

Did your Pasadena periodontist Dr. Peter Cooper mention oral surgery the last time you came into the office for your routine cleaning? oral surgeryThere are many situations in which oral surgery is the best option for maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Find out more about the issues that oral surgery can handle and why it might be right for you.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Often times this third and final set of molars to erupt don’t actually erupt properly or fully. If this happens to you this means you are dealing with impacted wisdom teeth. Molars that only partially emerge from the gums leave an opening in the gums where food, plaque and bacteria can get trapped. Over time, this increases your chances of developing issues such as cavities, gum disease or an infection.

Problematic wisdom teeth can also affect the health of neighboring teeth and bones. If this is something you are dealing with then your general dentist in Pasadena will recommend that you get these teeth extracted.

Tooth Loss

No one wants to face tooth loss but millions of Americans are missing one or more permanent teeth. If you are dealing with this issue we have the solution for you! Dental implants are a long-term restoration for replacing one or more missing teeth. What makes implants so popular is that they offer so many aesthetic and functional benefits that other tooth replacements can’t. When you opt for dental implants, the implant will need to be surgically placed into the jawbone so it can fuse together with the bone to become one.

Dental implants are used to hold everything from a single dental crown to a full set of dentures. If you are dealing with tooth loss then it’s time to find out if you should consider getting dental implants in Pasadena.

Gum Disease

While some cases of gum disease can be treated non-surgically, there are some more severe or unresponsive cases that require surgery in order to improve gum health. Known as flap surgery, this procedure lifts the gums away to remove tartar buildup and to smooth surfaces to reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth that could cause further issues.

If you are dealing with any of these problems isn’t it time you found out your treatment options? Call Pasadena Dental Implants and schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper today!


By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
April 13, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: smoking  
QuittingSmokingcanImprovetheHealthofYourTeethandGums

While cigarette smoking has been linked with lung cancer and heart disease, it, can also contribute to dental disease. You can reduce these risks by doing one thing — quitting smoking.

But that’s easier said than done: forty-six percent of smokers try to quit every year, but only one in ten are successful long term. The difficulty is tied to tobacco’s active ingredient, nicotine, an addictive substance that triggers chemical and behavioral dependence. Nicotine “re-wires” the brain to feel pleasure when it encounters the chemical, and to feel bad when it’s deprived. Social, occupational or recreational activities can further reinforce the habit.

Many smokers try to quit through sheer willpower or “cold turkey.” Because of nicotine’s addictive properties, this rarely works — instead, you need a comprehensive strategy tailored to you.

You should begin first with trying to understand your individual smoking patterns: when do you smoke, how frequently, or during what activities? To help with this you can use a “wrap sheet”, a piece of paper you keep wrapped around your cigarette pack. Each time you take out a cigarette, you would record how you feel on the sheet. This also slows down the action of taking out a cigarette and lighting it, which can help you become less mechanical and more mindful of your habit.

You can also break your dependence by gradually introducing restrictions to your smoking: smoke only in certain locations or at certain times; substitute other stress-relieving activities like a walk or other physical exercise; or gradually reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke. You can do the latter by setting a goal, say to smoke 20% fewer cigarettes each successive week; this will force you to increasingly make choices about when you smoke.

Finally, don’t try to go it alone. You can benefit greatly from professionals, including your dentist, to help you kick the habit through Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NTR) with prescription medication, counseling or smoking cessation support groups.

Quitting smoking isn’t so much stopping a behavior as it is “unlearning” one and establishing new, healthier ones. The first step, though, is accepting you need a change, one that will benefit your whole life.

If you would like more information on quitting smoking, 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 “Strategies to Stop Smoking.”




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