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By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
April 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
MasterIllusionistBenefitsfromtheMagicofOrthodontics

Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”

WhyAlfonsoRibeiroIsGratefulforRootCanalTreatment

As the host of America's Funniest Home Videos on ABC TV, Alfonso Ribeiro has witnessed plenty of unintentional physical comedy…or, as he puts it in an interview with Dear Doctor–Dentistry & Oral Health magazine, "When people do stuff and you're like, 'Dude, you just hurt yourself for no reason!'" So when he had his own dental dilemma, Alfonso was determined not to let it turn onto an "epic fail."

The television personality was in his thirties when a painful tooth infection flared up. Instead of ignoring the problem, he took care of it by visiting his dentist, who recommended a root canal procedure. "It's not like you wake up and go, 'Yay, I'm going to have my root canal today!'" he joked. "But once it's done, you couldn't be happier because the pain is gone and you're just smiling because you're no longer in pain!"

Alfonso's experience echoes that of many other people. The root canal procedure is designed to save an infected tooth that otherwise would probably be lost. The infection may start when harmful bacteria from the mouth create a small hole (called a cavity) in the tooth's surface. If left untreated, the decay bacteria continue to eat away at the tooth's structure. Eventually, they can reach the soft pulp tissue, which extends through branching spaces deep inside the tooth called root canals.

Once infection gets a foothold there, it's time for root canal treatment! In this procedure, the area is first numbed; next, a small hole is made in the tooth to give access to the pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels. The diseased tissue is then carefully removed with tiny instruments, and the canals are disinfected to prevent bacteria from spreading. Finally, the tooth is sealed up to prevent re-infection. Following treatment, a crown (cap) is usually required to restore the tooth's full function and appearance.

Root canal treatment sometimes gets a bad rap from people who are unfamiliar with it, or have come across misinformation on the internet. The truth is, a root canal doesn't cause pain: It relieves pain! The alternatives—having the tooth pulled or leaving the infection untreated—are often much worse.

Having a tooth extracted and replaced can be costly and time consuming…yet a missing tooth that isn't replaced can cause problems for your oral health, nutrition and self-esteem. And an untreated infection doesn't just go away on its own—it continues to smolder in your body, potentially causing serious problems. So if you need a root canal, don't delay!

If you would like additional information on root canal treatment, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “A Step-By-Step Guide to Root Canal Treatment” and “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
March 06, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal Therapy  

How a root canal from your dentists in Abington, PA, can save your smile

Tooth pain isn’t just annoying; tooth pain can be acute and it can interfere with your ability to enjoy your life. A toothache can take over, root  Canalmaking you unable to think about anything else. All you want to do is put an end to your pain. In the not-too-distant past, the only option to deal with tooth pain was to remove the tooth.

Fortunately, there is another option which relieves pain, but allows you to save your tooth. It’s called root canal therapy! Drs. Cary L. Limberakis and Jonathan C. Limberakis at Limberakis Family Dentistry In Abington, PA, offers root canal therapy to save your tooth and save your smile.

Root canal therapy, also known as endodontic therapy, works by removing the diseased and dying tissue inside of your tooth, reducing pressure, inflammation, and pain. Your dentist will create a small opening in the top of your tooth. The inflamed tissue, nerves, and blood supply inside your tooth are drawn out through the opening using ultra-thin instruments called files.

Your dentist will place a sedative material inside your tooth temporarily. This material reduces inflammation, pressure, and pain. After your tooth has “calmed down” an inert material is placed inside of your tooth and the opening is sealed up with a small metal filling. The entire root canal process eliminates infection, disease, and pain, but you still get to save your tooth. Saving your tooth means you won’t be faced with expensive tooth replacement options like dental appliances, bridges, or dental implants.

You may need a root canal if you have severe tooth decay which has spread to the innermost layer of your tooth, an area known as the pulp chamber. Once the pulp is damaged, your tooth begins to die, often producing painful symptoms including temperature sensitivity, throbbing, or acute pain.

Tooth decay is only one way your tooth can become damaged. You may also need a root canal if you have experienced trauma to your teeth which has bruised the pulp. Even a common occurrence like repeated grinding or clenching can cause you to need a root canal.

No matter what has caused you to need a root canal, don’t worry. Root canal therapy can save your tooth and your smile. For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you and your smile, call Drs. Cary L .Limberakis and Jonathan C. Limberakis at Limberakis Family Dentistry In Abington, PA, today!

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
February 16, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: local anesthesia  
LocalAnesthesiaTakesthePainOutofMostDentalWork

Long ago dental work could be painful and stressful—often for both patient and practitioner. Thankfully, that time is long past: today, most procedures are painless in large part due to local anesthesia.

Local anesthetics are numbing substances applied to specific areas of the body like the teeth and gums to temporarily block pain during a procedure. And because they only affect a localized area of the body, you remain conscious and alert throughout the procedure.

To achieve the level of numbing necessary for dental work, we often need to deaden the gums using a needle to deliver the anesthetic. But then this poses a secondary pain concern—the needle stick itself.

Again, topical anesthesia comes to the rescue in the form of a swab, patch or spray applying an anesthetic directly to the top layer of the gums at the injection site. This numbs the area and prevents you from feeling the needle stick. It's highly probable, therefore, that from start to finish you won't feel any discomfort during your dental work except perhaps for a little pressure.

Local anesthesia truly is a game changer for dental care—and not just for the patient. A dentist who's concerned about their patient's comfort level may work hurriedly to complete a procedure. But if their patient is relaxed, the dentist can work calmly and methodically. The result is better, more focused care.

For all its improvements in the patient experience, though, there has been one consistent complaint—the numbness that often lingers for a while after the procedure is over. But there have been advances in recent years that have helped reduce this irritation: new anesthetic agents (even some that can reverse the anesthetic effect) and fine-tuned dosages can help keep residual numbing to a minimum.

Not all procedures like routine teeth cleanings or enamel shaping require anesthesia. But when it's appropriate, local anesthesia can make your next dental visit much more pleasant.

If you would like more information on how anesthesia benefits your dental care, 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 “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”

By Cary J. Limberakis, DMD
January 17, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental CrownsNow you can restore a damaged tooth in just one dental visit.

Are you dealing with dental damage due to an injury, decay or an infection? If so, the health of your tooth may be compromised. When this happens one of the best ways to restore a tooth is with a dental crown, a tooth-shaped restoration that covers over a tooth to protect it. While getting a traditional crown often take 2-3 visits, our Abington, PA, dentists Drs. Cary and Jonathan Limberakis can now restore a tooth with a dental crown in just one visit with help from CEREC technology.

Preserve a Damaged Tooth

The purpose of a dental crown is to cover the entire visible portion of a tooth to protect it from further damage. A crown will strengthen and restore the tooth while preventing the tooth from becoming weaker over time. If a tooth is cracked, severely decayed or has an infection, our Abington, PA, general dentists may recommend getting a dental crown to restore your smile.

Save Yourself Time

Our goal as your dentist is to make sure that you always have a pleasant experience whenever you walk through our doors. With that said, we also understand that our patients lead busy lives and often find it difficult to keep coming back for multiple appointments.

Now if you need to get a dental crown in Abington, PA, you can get your new restoration created and placed in the same day, which will significantly cut down on your treatment time and allow you to get back to your daily routine faster.

Say Goodbye to Temporary Crowns

When it comes to getting a traditional crown, the tooth always has to be prepared to make room for the new restoration; however, it can take up to a week or more to get a permanent crown, which means that a temporary crown has to be placed to protect the tooth in the interim.

Unfortunately, temporary crowns aren’t as strong as permanent ones and you may have to avoid certain foods, which could damage the crown or cause it to fall out. However, when you get CEREC crowns you don’t even have to worry about wearing a temporary crown.

Do you want to find out if same day crowns are right for you? Want to learn more about this restorative dentistry technique that could improve the health of your smile? If so, call Limberakis Family Dentistry in Abington, PA, today to schedule a consultation with us.



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