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Posts for: November, 2013

By Osmanski Dental
November 27, 2013
Category: Dental Procedures

Fans of the classic bumbling-buddies comic film “Dumb and Dumber” will surely remember the chipped front tooth that Jim Carrey sported as simpleminded former limo driver Lloyd Christmas. Carrey reportedly came up with the idea for this look when considering ways to make his character appear more “deranged.” He didn't need help from the make-up department, however… He simply had his dentist remove the dental bonding material on his left front tooth to reveal the chip he sustained in grade school!

Creating a Bond
A dental cosmetic bonding involves application of a composite filling material that our office can color and shape to match the original tooth. Bonding material can be used to replace the lost portion of tooth or to seamlessly reattach the lost portion if it has been preserved and is otherwise undamaged. Little to no removal of existing tooth surface is needed. This is the quickest and lowest-cost option to repair a chip.

When a relatively large portion of the tooth is missing, a crown is often the better choice. It fully encases the visible portion of the remaining tooth above the gum line and is shaped and sized to match the original. It can be made of tooth-colored porcelain fused to metal crowns or all-ceramic (optimal for highly visible areas). A small amount of the existing tooth surface will be removed to allow the crown to fit over it.

A veneer can be used to hide smaller areas of missing tooth. This is a thin, custom-made shell placed on the front of the tooth to give it a new “face.” Some removal of existing tooth surface also may be necessary to fit a veneer.

A chipped tooth makes an impression, but generally not a flattering one. Nearly 20 years after “Dumb and Dumber” hit the theaters, the only thing Jim Carrey had to do recently to hint at a sequel for his nitwitted character was tweet a photo of that goofy grin!

If you would like more information about repairing a chipped tooth, 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 “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”

November 25, 2013
Category: Holidays
Tags: Special  


Festival of Lights Parade in Downtown Crystal Lake Friday, November 29th at 7 p.m.   

Santa will arrive in a horse drawn sleigh while decorated floats, marchers and music will escort the guest of honor.  Come and enjoy this evening of enchantment.  

Take advantage of our Holiday Teeth Whitening Special and enter 2014 with a smile you can be proud of!  


November 25, 2013
Category: Holidays
Tags: Thankful  

With Thanksgiving this week, we focus on some of the many things we're thankful for: 

Our patients. We are thankful for our patients and their families. We love and appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you for trusting us as your partner in your dental health. 

Our team. We are thankful for our dedicated, talented, and hardworking "work family." Thank you for spending your time helping serve the patients in our community.

Our colleagues. Thank you to all of our professional colleagues and specialists that allow us to refer patients to them. We honor your knowledge and appreciate your teamwork and camaraderie in bringing our patients into wellness.

Our community. We are honored to be a part of our local community and to serve patients and their families.


By Osmanski Dental
November 12, 2013
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

One of your teeth's best defenses against tooth decay is its hard, outer layer made of a mineral-rich substance known as enamel. This great protector, however, has an enemy — acid — from the foods and drinks we consume as well as the acid byproducts from bacterial plaque. A high acidic level in the mouth could lead to the complete erosion of enamel, leaving teeth more susceptible to decay.

When the acid level in the mouth rises, calcium and other minerals in enamel become soft and begin to slough off, a process called de-mineralization. But the body can reverse this process with the help of saliva, which can neutralize acid. Saliva also contains calcium that can bind to the tooth surface and help replace what was lost during de-mineralization — a process known as re-mineralization. Saliva can normally accomplish this in thirty minutes to an hour after eating.

Unfortunately, saliva's neutralizing power can be overwhelmed when there is too much acid present. This occurs when we ingest substances like sodas or sports drinks that are high in citric acid. Many of these same beverages also have a high buffering capacity that slows the neutralizing effect of saliva. Ironically, we can also interrupt re-mineralization if we brush our teeth too quickly after eating or drinking something acidic. The enamel has been softened by the acid and when we brush before re-mineralization we can actually brush away some of the enamel.

There are some steps you can take to help this natural process for maintaining a healthy pH balance in the mouth. First, limit your intake of acidic foods and beverages. Drink water for rehydration, or at least acidic beverages enriched with calcium. If you do drink an acidic beverage use a straw to reduce acid contact with teeth, try not to swish it around in your mouth, and try to drink it during mealtime. Finally, wait 30 to 60 minutes before brushing your teeth after eating or drinking something acidic.

Tooth enamel is a key component in maintaining healthy teeth. Protecting this prime defense against decay will pay you dividends for many years to come.

If you would like more information on enamel erosion, 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 “Dental Erosion.”

To Brush or Not to Brush right after a meal......a  study has shown that the practice is not in the best interest of your pearly whites to always brush immediately after a meal.  The problem is that the sugar in foods is metabolized by the bacteria or plaque on enamel, producing acids that lead to gum disease and cavities.

What was found is that much of the things that cause cavities, are not only sugar-containing, but they are very acidic themselves. Even after drinking a diet soda, it can take a while for the mouth to return to a normal pH level. Acid weakens the surface of the tooth, which can invite decay.

So when it comes to brushing your teeth when the mouth is in an acidic state, it actually exacerbates the problem.  But if you give your mouth some time – around a half an hour – your saliva will have worked to neutralize the acids.

There are some things that can be done to help instead of immediate brushing. Both rinsing your mouth with water or using an antibacterial mouthwash can help balance the pH and prevent plaque from creating more acids.  Also chewing sugarless gum is recommended as some studies have shown that the sweetener, xylitol, has benefits for the teeth. But perhaps the more satisfying option? Eat cheese. Oddly enough, chewing cheese reduces the pH of bacterial plaque.  Chewy things encourage salivation and proteins in your saliva will buffer acids; as well, naturally occurring chemicals in cheese encourage the tooth to remineralize.