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Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand. Recently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
August 23, 2017
Tags: Crowns and Bridges  

Crowns and bridges give new life to your smile. But what conditions do these restorations treat? How can they help you? Finding theCrowns and Bridges answers you need is an important part of determining if these procedures are your best treatment option. You can learn more about dental crowns and bridges, answer these questions, and more with Dr. Vincent Grosso II at Grosso Dental in Kissimmee and Hunters Creek, FL.

What are crowns and bridges made from? 
A dental laboratory creates crowns and bridges from porcelain. Each crown or bridge is specially made by a laboratory technician based on an impression of the mouth, taken after preparing the tooth or teeth to receive the restoration. The process takes about two weeks total.

Will crowns and bridges blend into my smile? 
Porcelain mimics the natural teeth’s light-reflecting qualities and color. Additionally, the dental laboratory can create the crowns or bridges with the color of your natural teeth in mind, ensuring they blend in naturally regardless of the shade of your teeth.

Can crowns and bridges help me? 
Dental crowns and bridges are similar in their design but accomplish different things. A dental crown prevents further damage to a weakened tooth. Crowns are often used after a root canal to stabilize the large filling, but can also help improve the appearance of a tooth, restore the surface of a worn tooth, hold a dental bridge in place, or replace a tooth alongside a dental implant. A bridge replaces a missing tooth surrounded by two natural teeth.

Crowns and Bridges in Kissimmee and Hunters Creek, FL 
Crowns and bridges are an important part of repairing and restoring your damaged teeth. The process requires the help of a dental laboratory, where your restoration is customized to the exact specifications to fit and blend into your smile. Your dentist will work with you to ensure you get the results you want.

For more information on crowns and bridges, please contact Dr. Grosso at Grosso Dental in Kissimmee and Hunters Creek, FL. Call (407) 350-5969 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Grosso today!

By Dr. Vincent A Grosso, II
August 15, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental injuries  

Once they learn to walk, there's no stopping most children. Sometimes it can be a little jarring, as when you discover your toddler on top of the kitchen counter reaching in the cupboard on tip-toes for a snack!

Fortunately, children are fairly resilient. Unfortunately, they're not invincible — some of their adventures could result in physical injuries, especially to the highly vulnerable area of the mouth.

Even if you've carefully “child-proofed” your home, it's still best to be prepared for mishaps. Here are 3 common dental injuries and how to handle them.

Soft tissue injuries. Making contact with the ground or hard objects like furniture can injure the lips, tongue, cheeks or gums and cause bleeding, cuts or bruising. First, clean the area with clean water and a cloth or gauze as best you can, making sure there aren't any trapped pieces of tooth or dirt. Apply gentle, continuous pressure with a clean cloth to control bleeding, and apply ice packs or cold compresses for swelling. Don't apply bleach, aspirin or similar medications to open wounds. If the bleeding won't stop or the wounds look serious or deep, go to an emergency room.

Chipped or displaced tooth. A blunt force mouth injury can chip or push (displace) teeth out of position. In this case try to save any chipped pieces you find — your dentist may be able to re-bond them to the tooth. A displaced tooth is a dental emergency, so contact your dentist immediately. Don't try to re-position the tooth yourself unless it's completely knocked out.

Knocked-out tooth. Actions to take with a knocked-out tooth depend on whether it's a permanent or primary (baby) tooth. If permanent, rinse the tooth with clean water. Handle it by the crown (never by the root) and gently place it back in the empty socket. If that's not possible, place the tooth between your child's cheek and gum (if the child is old enough not to swallow it by mistake. You can also place it in a glass of cold milk. Get to a dentist or an emergency room as soon as possible — minutes count for a successful reattachment. Conversely, don't try to put a primary tooth back in its socket — you could damage the developing permanent tooth beneath the gum line. But do see a dentist as soon as possible for an examination.

If you would like more information on responding to mouth injuries in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.