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Posts for: October, 2015

By Patrick Gallagher DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
October 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Find out how veneers can give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

How many times have you hidden your smile from others because dental stains, chips or other imperfections embarrassed you? What if your Westminster dentist Dr. Patrick Gallagher told you that you don’t need to feel this way any longer? Discover how dental veneers Veneers can painlessly and quickly boost your smile’s esthetics for life.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are applied to the front part of each tooth to change the shape, color or overall look of your smile. Veneers can even be used to brighten or straighten a smile.

What makes veneers such a popular cosmetic option is that they are translucent just like natural tooth structures, so no one will be able to tell that your smile isn’t all natural.

Who should get dental veneers?

You could benefit from getting dental veneers in Westminster, MD if you have teeth that:

  • Are stained or severely discolored
  • Are misshapen or uneven
  • Are chipped or worn down
  • Have small gaps
  • Are a bit crooked

If you are currently dealing with any of these issues dental veneers may be able to help. There are so many cosmetic options for those looking for straighter, whiter smiles and we are happy to talk to you about the best treatment options.

What makes dental veneers different from other cosmetic treatments like crowns?

While dental restorations all offer their own benefits, other dental work like crowns or bridges are designed for more serious issues like missing or severely damaged teeth that require extensive treatment in order for the natural tooth structure to be preserved.

Therefore, dental veneers are the best option for those only looking to improve surface issues like stains and chips. On the other hand, a dental crown covers over the entire tooth, which requires us to remove more of your natural enamel to accommodate your crown. If your smile functions perfectly but is in need of a cosmetic lift then veneers could help.

Do dental veneers sound like the perfect cosmetic treatment for you? If so, then it’s time that you turned to your Westminster, MD cosmetic dentist to find out if veneers are right for your smile.


By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
October 22, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
DentalMagicTransformsSmiles

Magician Michel Grandinetti can levitate a 500-pound motorcycle, melt into a 7-foot-tall wall of solid steel, and make borrowed rings vanish and reappear baked inside bread. Yet the master illusionist admits to being in awe of the magic that dentists perform when it comes to transforming smiles. In fact, he told an interviewer that it’s “way more important magic than walking through a steel wall because you’re affecting people’s health… people’s confidence, and you’re really allowing people to… feel good about themselves.”

Michael speaks from experience. As a teenager, his own smile was enhanced through orthodontic treatment. Considering the career path he chose for himself — performing for multitudes both live and on TV — he calls wearing an orthodontic device (braces) to align his crooked teeth “life-changing.” He relies on his welcoming, slightly mischievous smile to welcome audiences and make the initial human connection.

A beautiful smile is definitely an asset regardless of whether you’re performing for thousands, passing another individual on a sidewalk or even, research suggests, interviewing for a job. Like Michael, however, some of us need a little help creating ours. If something about your teeth or gums is making you self-conscious and preventing you from smiling as broadly as you could be, we have plenty of solutions up our sleeve. Some of the most popular include:

  • Tooth Whitening. Professional whitening in the dental office achieves faster results than doing it yourself at home, but either approach can noticeably brighten your smile.
  • Bonding. A tooth-colored composite resin can be bonded to a tooth to replace missing tooth structure, such a chip.
  • Veneers. This is a hard, thin shell of tooth-colored material bonded to the front surface of a tooth to change its color, shape, size and/or length; mask dental imperfections like stains, cracks, or chips, and compensating for excessive gum tissue.
  • Crowns. Sometimes too much of a tooth is lost due to decay or trauma to support a veneer. Instead, capping it with a natural-looking porcelain crown can achieve the same types of improvements. A crown covers the entire tooth replacing more of its natural structure than a veneer does.

If you would like more information about ways in which you can transform your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the techniques mentioned above by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening,” “Repairing Chipped Teeth,” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


By Dr. Patrick Gallagher, D.D.S.
October 07, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
ABirds-EyeViewofToothReplacement

Imagine not having your upper teeth for talking and eating, not to mention your appearance, and you’ll have some idea of what Beauty the bald eagle experienced after losing the top of her beak to a hunter’s bullet in northern Idaho. She couldn’t groom or feed herself and could barely drink water, relying instead on the conservation group that had taken her under their wing for assistance. But the magnificent raptor was eventually made whole and able once again to eat, drink and preen unaided. It took a visionary mechanical engineer and a very skillful dentist who designed and attached the first-of-its-kind bald eagle “dental” prosthetic — dubbed the “bionic beak.”

Prosthetic Teeth for Humans

Fortunately, the field of human prosthetic dentistry (or prosthodontics) is much more advanced than it is for our avian friends. We have several options for replacing missing teeth (as well as parts of missing teeth) that restore aesthetic appearance and functionality while potentially preventing other problems such as the drifting out of alignment or loss of remaining teeth.

Bridges. As the name suggests, these custom-made devices span the area that is missing a tooth/teeth. Fixed (not removable) bridges are made up of an artificial tooth/teeth fused between two crowns that fit over your existing teeth or dental implants (see below) on either side of the gap. There are removable bridges, but they are considered temporary fixes.

Dentures. These are custom-made removable replacements for missing teeth. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to fixed bridges and are used when some teeth are missing in an upper or lower arch (jaw). Full dentures are used when all teeth are missing in an arch. Replacement teeth are embedded in an acrylic base that fits over your gums and mimics their color.

Dental Implants. These are the closest thing to having your own tooth/teeth back. An implant is a small titanium post that is placed in the jawbone beneath the gum to serve the same purpose as a tooth root. Once the bone joins to the implant (a process called osseo-integration), a lifelike crown is attached to it.

We would be glad to discuss which option would be right for you.

If you have questions about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery,” and “Crowns & Bridgework.” Beauty the eagle’s story of rehabilitation can be found here: http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com.