DentalBLU Blog

January 28, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Mini Implants  

Find out whether this type of dental implant is right for your smile needs.

Dental implants are a great and long-term solution for those looking to replace a missing tooth. Implants tout a multitude of benefits that dental bridges and dentures just can’t. While your Northern Kentucky cosmetic dentist often uses traditional dental implants, there are situations that warrant the use of mini dental implants to give you a better smile. Find out more about mini dental implants, when they are most often used and whether they are right for you.

What are mini implants?

Just like traditional dental implants, mini implants are made from titanium and look like small posts that act like a tooth’s roots. The top part of the implant is ball-shaped, to help hold your dentures firmly in place. A fixture will also be placed on the bottom of your dentures to act like a socket to the ball-shaped implant. The dentures are then securely placed onto the implants.

What should I expect during my mini implant treatments?

Mini dental implants can be placed in your Northern Kentucky cosmetic dentist’s office using only local anesthesia or sedation. We use a special surgical technique that allows us to easily place your implants into the jawbone. The top portion of the implants will be exposed to help securely hold your dentures in place. It’s only takes one procedure to get your mini implants and it doesn’t require stitches or months of healing and multiple surgeries like it would with traditional dental implants.

What are the benefits of mini implants?

The more obvious benefits include making it significantly easier to eat or speak without worrying about dentures moving around in your mouth. Plus, these implants are also the only tooth loss replacement treatment that preserves the integrity of your jawbone and facial structure.

Furthermore, unlike with traditional dental implants, you don’t have to worry about multiple, invasive surgeries. The treatment is fast, simple and only minimally invasive. Plus you don’t have to wait months to get your implants. Your Northern Kentucky cosmetic dentist can place them in only one visit, so you could be enjoying a healthy new set of teeth the same night.

Are mini implants right for me?

These are some questions to ask yourself to see if mini dental implants are right for you:

  • Are you missing one or more teeth?
  • Do you currently wear dentures?
  • Are you tired of your dentures moving around and making noise whenever you eat or speak?
  • Do you want to feel more confident in your smile?
  • Do you want to enjoy your favorite meals or talking to friends without worrying about your dentures?

If you said “yes” to most of the questions above, then mini dental implants could be an ideal fit for your smile. However, the only way to truly know whether this procedure is right for you is to examine your teeth. Schedule a consultation with your Northern Kentucky dentists, Ansley H. Depp, D.M.D., F.A.G.D. or Angela J. Arlinghaus, D.M.D. at Dental Blu today to start yourself on the road to a healthier smile.

December 17, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Bonding  

Find out how dental bonding could fix your minor dental flaws and repair your smile.

If you are dealing with only minor dental problems than you probably can’t reap the benefits of certain procedures like dental veneers; however, the good news is if you are dealing with minor chips or cracks, or gaps between teeth these problems can easily be fixed with non-invasive and painless cosmetic dentistry in Northern Kentucky.

What is dental bonding?

This non-invasive cosmetic procedure uses a tooth-colored resin to cover over minor dental flaws to improve the appearance of your Dental Bondingsmile.

What can dental bonding be used for?

There are a variety of ways your Northern Kentucky cosmetic dentist uses dental bonding:

  • To fill cavities
  • To repair chips or cracks in teeth
  • To hide discolorations
  • To fill the spaces between teeth
  • To change the shape of the tooth

What is the tooth bonding process like?

There is little preparation needed since anesthesia is not required (unless you are having a cavity filled first). The first thing your cosmetic dentist will do is match the resin color to the rest of your teeth to make sure you have a uniformed smile.

Then we will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply a liquid that will help the resin stick to the tooth. Then the resin is applied. The resin is very much like putty, as it can be molded and shaped to cover over problem areas. Once we have the look we want, we will shine a laser over the tooth to harden the resin permanently. The whole process takes about 30 to 60 minutes a tooth.

What makes dental bonding beneficial?

You can fix minor dental problems through one easy, inexpensive and non-invasive treatment. Other treatments like dental veneers require a little more preparation and more extensive changes. Plus, dental bonding can be performed in only one visit. Also, for those who are scared of needles, dental bonding is a great choice because it’s painless and doesn’t require anesthesia.

To find out more about dental bonding and whether it’s a good option for your smile, call your Northern Kentucky dentist today to schedule a consultation.

December 10, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cosmetic Dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry has become a popular way to give patients the smiles they want.

You don’t have to go through extensive and expensive cosmetic dental procedures to get the smile you want. You also don’t have to be rich and famous to get a smile that’s worthy of the big screen. Cosmetic dentistry in Highland Heights has been giving patients the smiles they crave without breaking the bank. Some procedures are so simple that they don’t even require anesthesia.Veneers Here are some of the non- to minimally invasive cosmetic options to give your smile that special something.

TEETH WHITENING

While some people are quite satisfied with the subtle results they get from commercial products, there are some smiles that need an extra boost. Whether you’re getting your smile ready for holiday photos or a wedding, sometimes you need a whiter smile fast.

Professional teeth whitening takes as little as 45 minutes to complete. Just by applying a strong bleaching agent and using a laser to activate the gel, we can get your smile up to ten shades whiter in just one visit. Teeth whitening works best on those with yellow stains and will not brighten dental work (e.g. fillings; bridges).

DENTAL BONDING

Looking to fix any of these minor dental flaws?

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Short teeth

If so, dental bonding can do the trick. This procedure is simple and doesn’t even require anesthesia. We will use a special composite resin, like we would to fill your tooth, and match it to the rest of your smile. Then we will roughen the tooth’s surface and apply a liquid that will help the resin bond to the tooth.

Next we will apply the resin and then shape, cut and mold it to give you the look you want. Once this is complete, a laser will harden the resin. Bonding takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour per tooth and it’s considered the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dentistry in Highland Heights.

DENTAL VENEERS

Looking to hide gaps between teeth, minor overlapping, cracks, chips or severe discolorations? If so, these thin porcelain shells will be able to hide all of these problems. Before applying the veneers, we will remove a small amount of your natural tooth’s enamel to make room for the added thickness of the veneers. Then we will use a special cement to apply the veneers to the front of your teeth and use a laser to harden the cement and permanently adhere the veneers.

An important thing to keep in mind is that due to the removal of your tooth’s enamel, veneers are not considered reversible. There are some types of veneers that require no tooth preparation; however, traditional veneers are a permanent cosmetic option.

Call our office today to schedule your next cosmetic procedure! We can wait to help you get that perfect smile.

By DentalBLU
September 09, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Smile Makeover  

Our cosmetic dentistry services can turn imperfect smiles into works of art.

Of course, there’s never any harm in being a happy, positive person; however, there are several other reasons why smiling is good for you. In fact, smiling can lower stress and anxiety, release endorphins (the chemicals that make you happy), and strengthen your immunity (to ward away pesky germs and infections). Not to mention the countless other advantages that come with smiling; however, when your teeth are less than perfect, it can be hard to conjure up even a half-hearted smile. If you’re dealing with chipped, cracked, misaligned or stained teeth, let one of our cosmetic dentistry services in Northern Kentucky turn your lackluster smile into something to smile about. cosmetic dentistry services
 

Teeth Whitening

If you’re a professed coffee lover, then you may have the dental stains to prove it. The foods and drinks we consume can take quite a toll on our smiles. If yellowing teeth has you embarrassed, turn to teeth whitening. Our professional system can get smiles up to eight shades whiter in less than an hour. No over-the-counter product can promise the same instant results. In just one visit you could leave our Kentucky dental office with a visibility brighter smile.
 

Dental Veneers

For those with minor gaps, chips and crooked teeth, dental veneers are a great, non-invasive way to hide these little imperfections. Dental veneers are thin porcelain shells that unlike dental crowns only go over the front of your teeth. Some of your natural tooth’s enamel will be shaved down to accommodate these wafer-thin shells, which will be specially cemented to your teeth. A local anesthesia will also be used to numb the area around your tooth.
 
Dental veneers are not for everyone, however. Nail biting and teeth grinding can fracture and damage veneers. Talk to your cosmetic dentist to see if veneers are the best choice for you.
 

Dental Bonding

If the idea of shaving down your enamel gives you the shivers, then dental bonding might be a better alternative. A tooth-colored resin is applied to problem teeth and hardened with a specialized light to bond the resin to your tooth. Dental bonding is great for those with chips, cracks, minor gaps, as well as those looking to change the shape of their teeth for aesthetic reasons. Bonding is also great for those who want little dental preparation and alterations beforehand. Anesthesia is not often needed with dental bonding.
 

Contouring and reshaping

This is a conservative dental treatment for changing the shape of your teeth. Unlike with some of the other treatments above, however, contouring your smile is for more subtle and minor changes. It will not dramatically change your smile. It’s best used for removing minor overlaps and other imperfections that could cause plaque to build up. Just like with dental bonding, anesthesia is typically not necessary.
 
If any of these cosmetic treatments interest you, then be sure to give our Northern Kentucky office a call. We would love to sit down with you and discuss your options.
 
By Dr. Depp
August 14, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dentistry  
As the nights start to get shorter, you can’t help but realize that summer is almost over! That also means that school will be starting, as well as less time on your hands. Now is the perfect time to schedule regular dental check-ups, before it’s to late and busy school schedules begin. Dr. Ansley Depp wants to inform you about some newer cosmetic dental options offered to the Northern Kentucky & Highland Heights residents. Some of the dental services other than regular teeth cleanings we offer to our patients are: Oral Health Importance
  • Mini implants
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Invisalign treatment
  • Veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extractions
  • TMJ treatment
  • Dental crowns
 

New Options to Make Your Visit More Pleasant

We believe that dental visits should not be feared. We now offer many anti-anxiety alternatives to help you stay relaxed at our office, such as a sedative.
 
Sedatives are used to help the patient relax during a dental visit. One that we offer is in-office IV sedation, which can be used during the procedure to make the patient feel relaxed and at ease. We also give our patients the option of watching TV, as well as:
  • Noise reducing headphones
  • Neck pillows
  • A blanket
  • Warm facial towels

Visiting Us May Be More Important Than You Think

Skipping on dental visits puts not just your mouth at risk, but your whole body health. Research has shown that the health of your body is equivalent to the health of your mouth. Not taking proper care of your smile can promote a range of disease from diabetes, leukemia, oral cancers, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.
 
For your child, oral health is important not just for their teeth and gums, but for their overall health, as well. Tooth decay is almost entirely preventable, but it is the most common chronic disease in children. More than 40% of children from the ages of 2-11 have had a cavity in their baby teeth, and more than 2/3 of 16-19 year olds have had a cavity in their permanent teeth. Keep updated on your dental visits to prevent your child from falling in this statistic.
 
To learn more about our cosmetic dental procedures or to schedule an oral exam, call us today at (859) 442-8200 while you still have time! Our staff works together on a daily basis and is committed to exceeding your expectations.




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