DiMariano Family Dentistry Blog

Posts for: August, 2017

August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from Sacramento, California, can remake your smilecosmetic dentistry

If you are unhappy with your smile, it’s time to give yourself a smile you will love. You deserve to look and feel your best, and that begins with your smile. Now, thanks to state-of-the-art cosmetic dentistry services, you can have a smile you will be proud to show to the world. Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano in Sacramento, California, want to help you explore what cosmetic dentistry can do for you.

Not too many years ago, you visited the dentist because you had tooth pain. Times have changed! You can now visit the dentist to improve the appearance of your smile and feel great about how you look. Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano have many cosmetic dental services available to help you get the look you want. These are just a few to consider:

  • Dental bonding, the answer to repairing small cracks and chips in your teeth due to trauma, overuse, or aging; bonding can also close small gaps between your teeth, and cosmetically change the color or shape of your teeth.
  • Contouring and reshaping, the answer to creating a more uniform smile; this procedure is often combined with dental bonding to repair teeth that are worn-down, rotated, or damaged.
  • Teeth whitening, the answer to whitening and brightening a dull, yellow smile due to tobacco use, coffee, or aging; professional teeth whitening can whiten your teeth several shades whiter, and the results can last up to 5 years.
  • Porcelain veneers, the answer to creating a celebrity-perfect smile; porcelain veneers are cemented onto the front surfaces of teeth to hide cracks, chips, excessive wear, gaps between teeth, overlapped teeth, and other cosmetic dental issues.

Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano also offer a smile makeover which combines several procedures to give you the smile you love and deserve. You and will sit down with either doctor and carefully plan out your cosmetic treatments. You will get an idea of what your new smile will look like, cost, and scheduling of treatment. Smile makeovers are a great solution if you have more than one or two cosmetic issues with your smile.

It’s time to give yourself a present, a smile you will love! You deserve to look your best, and that begins with your smile! For more information about cosmetic dental procedures call Dr. Jeff and Shaina DiMariano in Sacramento, California today!

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
August 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

A child with a chronic illness or condition often requires a lot of focus on care for their special needs. Other aspects of their health can often take a back seat — too often including dental care.

Proper dental care can be a challenge for special needs children if they have diminished physical, intellectual or behavioral capacities. Children with autism or attention deficit disorders may not be able or willing to perform tasks like brushing and flossing. Other conditions could make them intolerant to toothpaste in the mouth, or create an inability to keep their mouths open or to spit.

Some chronic conditions also seem predisposed to dental defects. For example, enamel hypoplasia, a lack of sufficient tooth enamel, is common with Down, Treacher-Collins or Turner Syndromes, and can greatly increase the risk of tooth decay.

But even though difficult, effective dental care isn't impossible. It begins with your dental provider.

Pediatric dentists are often excellent in this regard: they often have the training and experience to treat children with chronic conditions. Whoever you choose must be able to partner with you in caring for your child's dental needs.

Daily hygiene is also a critical factor. Your goal should be the same as with any child — to teach them to brush and floss for themselves. Depending on their condition, however, you may need to assist them for a longer term, perhaps permanently. But it is imperative — daily hygiene is their best defense against oral diseases.

You should also consider their medication and how it may impact their dental health. Antidepressants, antihistamines or drugs that assist with breathing function can cause mouth dryness. This, as well as drugs with sugar or acid compounds, can increase risk for dental disease. If they must take these types of medications, try to give them at mealtime to reduce their effect in the mouth.

Above all, pursue the same professional dental care as you would for any other child. Keep up regular dental visits beginning around their first birthday for cleanings and preventive measures like topical fluoride or sealants. By taking these measures you'll help ensure their dental health won't suffer.

If you would like more information on dental care for special needs children, 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 “Managing Tooth Decay in Children with Chronic Diseases.”

By Drs. Jeff DiMariano & Shaina DiMariano
August 04, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.├é┬áRecently, 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.”