• Getting rid of Your Gummy Smile with Gum Contouring

    Maintaining straight, white, healthy teeth can help you maintain a beautiful smile for life. However, no matter how beautiful the teeth may be, no smile is complete without a frame of healthy, pink gum tissue. Unfortunately, gums that are uneven, asymmetrical, or disproportionate to the teeth can easily distract from the teeth and mar the appearance of the smile. Gum contouring eliminates excess gum tissue and creates a straight, even gum line to create a proportionate and attractive frame for the teeth. For those who are candidates, this procedure can greatly enhance the overall appearance of the smile.

    Am I A Candidate?

    Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that is well-suited to patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile due to the condition of their gums. Gum contouring can address a number of cosmetic concerns regarding the gum line, including the following:

    • Excessive gum tissue that conceals too much of the teeth
    • An uneven gum line

    As long as patients have good oral health and healthy gums that are free of periodontal disease, they may be ideal candidates for a gum contouring procedure.

    Treatment

    There are two general techniques that will be considered for a gum contouring procedure. Below is a brief summary of each of those techniques:

    Laser Treatment: A dental laser can effectively remove a mild to moderate amount of excess tissue to improve the appearance of the smile. Laser gum treatment is virtually painless and results in minimal bleeding and a very brief recovery.

    Scalpel Treatment: In the case of a large amount of excess gum tissue, we may recommend this procedure. We can permanently remove a larger amount of gum tissue to restore proportion and symmetry to the gum line.

    Schedule An Appointment

    When it comes to a beautiful smile, the appearance of the teeth and gums are equally important. If you have an uneven gum line that is compromising your smile, contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry at (401) 237-4038.

    Dentists at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry

  • Can Dental Implants Improve My Appearance?

    Missing teeth can mar an otherwise perfect smile. When you are missing one or more teeth, you may feel awkward and embarrassed in both social and business interactions. If you feel uncomfortable with the appearance of your smile, dental implants can help restore it to its natural beauty.

    What Are Dental Implants?

    A dental implant is a small titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. Dental implants can be placed in either the upper or lower jaws. Due to the biocompatible properties of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the bone and becomes a good anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used in solutions for replacing single or multiple missing teeth.

    Why Choose Dental Implants?

    Look better and feel better. A major benefit to dental implants is that they preserve bone, preventing deterioration of the facial structure, and therefore improving appearance. When most or all the natural teeth are severely compromised or missing, there is nothing left in the jawbone to stimulate bone growth. The human body senses that the jawbone is no longer necessary and begins to dissolve it away, moving the minerals to other parts of the body. This deterioration of the jawbone can quickly result in facial collapse. The lips fold in, and the lower face shrivels up to create a “witches chin.” Wrinkles also develop around the mouth to create “marionette lines.” This makes the person look much older than they actually are. With dental implants, the appearance of these wrinkles caused by posterior bite collapse, or complete facial structure collapse is virtually eliminated.

    Consultation

    To learn more about the esthetic and functional benefits of dental implants, please contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry to schedule an initial dental consultation at 401-237-4324.

    Dentists at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry

  • Foods That Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy In-between Dental Visits

    Brushing and flossing regularly helps to maintain your oral health by removing sugars and lingering food particles from your teeth that unite with bacteria in the mouth to form plaque. When left on your teeth, plaque produces substances that erode away tooth enamel, creating cavities where bacteria can begin to pool and setting the stage for the development of gum disease.

    In recent years, a growing body of evidence suggests that eating certain foods may actually help improve the health of your teeth and gums. Just as heart healthy foods can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, the following foods may actually help improve your oral health.

    Tea

    Besides being a great and healthy substitute for coffee, black tea has other interesting features. It contains polyphenols, and various studies have shown that three to four cups a day decrease the amount of bacteria found in the mouth. It is not a big deal if you add some sugar, it will still help in fighting tooth decay. Black tea can also help with bad breath issues, as it neutralizes sulfur compounds.

    Cheese

    Cheese lowers the acid levels in the mouth, thus slowing down the development of bacteria and neutralizing the plaque.

    Raisins

    Phytochemicals found in raisins have the ability to destroy the bacteria responsible for the development of plaque. Raisins are also good for the gums, because some of the compounds found in it make the reproduction of bacteria responsible for gum diseases harder.

    Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables Chewing foods with a high water content helps to not only increase saliva, which works to wash away harmful bacteria, these types of fruits and vegetables also help to scrub away bacteria from your teeth.

    Sugarless Gum

    Much like eating vegetables, chewing gum helps to increase saliva flow in the mouth. The more saliva, the more plaque and lingering food particles get rinsed following a meal, helping to lower your risk of decay.

    For more information on keeping your teeth and gums healthy, call Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at 401-237-4585.

    Dentists at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry

  • Restorative Treatments for Worn Teeth: Restore Your Smile Again!

    Tooth wear is a very common, natural phenomenon that occurs as we age. There are also many other factors that compromise the integrity of natural teeth. Certain issues like dental problems, diet, lifestyle habits, genetics and accidents can cause teeth to become worn and damaged.

    At Maple Avenue Family Dentistry we address problems of worn or damaged teeth with a variety of treatment options, but also seek to identify the underlying cause to ensure that any dentistry provides lasting results. Restoring balance to the bite with restorative and cosmetic procedures is as important as addressing the appearance of the teeth and the key to avoiding the development of similar or additional dental problems later on.

    Night Guard

    In order to prevent further damage from teeth grinding, night guards are often recommended. These are fabricated from the impressions of the patient’s teeth and prevent the tooth-to-tooth contact that can occur while sleeping. This helps in the prevention of further wear and tear, as well as helping to alleviate jaw pain that can result from the grinding and clenching of teeth.

    Dental Bonding

    In terms of repairing a smile damaged by this constant wear and tear, dental bonding can be a cost effective way to enhance the smile and hide worn areas for those mild cases of front teeth wear.

    Dental Crowns

    Dental crowns are extremely durable and create a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Dental crowns serve as a great solution for teeth that have had a root canal. Crowns are suitable for both front and back teeth.

    Dental Veneers

    Dental veneers are thin layers of tooth-colored material that are cemented to the prepared tooth surface. These are commonly made of porcelain, which provides durability and a natural look.

    Consultation Appointment

    Our team will work to repair your smile and bring back a youthful, vibrant smile to your face! Call Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at 401-237-4324.

    Dentists at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry

  • Get the Perfect Smile with Veneers

    Porcelain veneers offer a simple, non-invasive solution for chipped, broken and discolored teeth. This dental procedure is a fairly painless process and can be completed in a few visits. Using porcelain veneers has many benefits both for the appearance and health of your teeth.
    We offer beautiful and natural-looking porcelain veneers, you don’t have to be ashamed of chipped, stained or misaligned teeth anymore. You will be able to smile with complete confidence.

    Cover Up Gaps, Chipped, Broken or Discolored Teeth with Non-Invasive Dental Veneers

    Porcelain veneers are made of a strong ceramic material that is custom-made to fit the affected tooth. Unlike a dental crown, porcelain dental veneers cover only a portion of the tooth, enhancing the appearance of your teeth and serving as a reinforcement to the tooth’s structure.

    Porcelain veneers are designed to both look and act like your natural teeth, helping to correct and improve the appearance of common dental imperfections such as gaps, fractured and chipped teeth.

    Porcelain Veneer Procedure

    The procedure is simple and can be completed in two office visits. First, an impression is made to make the veneers specific to your teeth while taking size, shape, and shade into consideration. Then, a temporary veneer will be placed on your teeth while your custom-fit permanent veneers are being made. In your next office visit, the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent veneers are bonded into place.

    Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

    Porcelain Veneers should be treated like normal teeth with a few exceptions. Avoid ripping or tearing motions such as using your veneers as a tool for biting nails or opening plastic bags. Avoid biting down on nuts, ice, finger nails or other hard items, as this can damage porcelain veneers.

    To learn more about porcelain veneers or to schedule an appointment, give our office a call at 203-692-4405. We look forward to speaking with you.