Posts for: March, 2017

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
March 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Fall in love with your smile all over again when you get cosmetic dentistry.cosmetic dentistry

For most, a smile is the first feature someone notices about a person. What does your smile say about you right now? Do you want a smile that exudes confidence? While you may not have that confidence level now, our Marion, AR, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Wayne Cook, can certainly help you get there with these cosmetic dental services:

Dental Bonding

Also referred to as composite bonding, this simple cosmetic treatment is one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to change the color or shape of one or more teeth. Often used to hide small discolorations and cracks on a tooth, dental bonding can also be used on multiple teeth to fill small gaps between teeth and to make teeth look longer and evener.

During dental bonding, our Marion dentist will apply a tooth-colored resin over the tooth to shape and mold it over these imperfections. From there, the resin is then hardened to the tooth using a laser.

Teeth Whitening

You’ve tried commercial whitening strips and whitening toothpastes but they just aren’t giving you the results you had hoped for. Professional in-office whitening is the only way to truly get your smile several visible shades whiter in often just one whitening treatment. Within one hour, your smile could become several shades whiter. Remove those nasty coffee, tea, wine and tomato sauce stains and say hello to a fresh, new look.

Dental Veneers

If your imperfections are just too much for dental bonding to take on this doesn’t mean you are out of luck. On the contrary! The next step is to consider these thin layers of porcelain, which are each custom made to bond to the front surface of your teeth to hide these flaws and to give you a more attractive, whiter and straighter smile.

Before veneers can be bonded to your teeth, some bits of enamel will need to be filed away from the tooth to make room for the veneers. This process is painless and doesn’t usually require local anesthesia. Once enamel is removed it cannot be reversed, however,

What have you got to lose but a more fabulous smile? Call our family dental office in Marion, AR, to schedule your cosmetic consultation. Let’s talk about what we can do for your smile.

By Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
March 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.

First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.

Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?

Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.

Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.

So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.

If you would like more information about mouthrinses and oral hygiene, contact us or schedule a consultation.


What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?

Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.

There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.

The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.

There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.

It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.

Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.

Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.

You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, beautiful smile.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 Implants 101.”

Marion, AR Family Dentist
Wayne Cook, D.D.S.
303 Bancario Rd.Suite 7
Marion, AR 72364
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