Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Cosmetic Dentistry

  1. More than 125 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. One solution for this problem is dental implants.

    At Frankel Dentistry, we love to educate our patients about the state-of-the-art technology available at our office, including dental implants.

    Each of our implant cases are evaluated on an individual basis. Therefore, in order to be properly evaluated, we suggest that you call Frankel Dentistry and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Frankel. Additionally, at Frankel Dentistry, we have a periodontist (an expert specializing in periodontal disease and implants) on staff, allowing for you to complete the entire implant process in house. Together, Dr. Frankel and his staff are able to make your dream smile come to life.

    When evaluating patients who are considering implants there are four basic characteristics that are assessed.

    1.) Candidates should have good general and oral health.
    2.) Candidates should have adequate bone in the jaw. This bone is needed to support the implant. If bone loss has become a problem, we may be able to perform a bone graft to help support the implant.
    3.) Candidates should show healthy gum tissues that are free of periodontal disease.
    4.) Candidates should be committed to taking very good care of their implant by brushing, flossing, and visiting Frankel Dentistry at least twice a year for cleanings and oral examinations.

    There are some candidates that are not ideal patients for implants. These people include young people whose jaw has not stopped growing, pregnant women, heavy smokers, people who take certain medications including steroids or drugs that suppress the immune system, people who severely grind or clench their teeth, people who receive high doses of radiation of the head or neck, or people with serious heart disease.

    Tooth loss does not need to be a problem for you. Please call Frankel Dentistry to see if implants are the right option for you.

     

  2. Quiz! What do the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Mona Lisa, the Fibonacci Sequence, flower petals, sea shells, and your smile all have in common?

    They all follow the Golden Ratio!

    The Golden Ratio is a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the shorter part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part. In mathematics this term is often called phi, and is typically rounded off to 1.618.

    Throughout history, this Golden Ratio is seen in many ancient creations including the Great Pyramid of Giza. In 1200 mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci revealed the specific properties of the Fibonacci Sequence, which ties directly to the Golden Ratio. Additionally, several painters during the Renaissance including Leonardo Da Vinci used the Golden Ratio in several of his pieces, including the Last Supper, Vitruvian Man, and the Mona Lisa.

    Today, the Golden Ratio continues to be seen throughout nature. Flower petals, seed heads, pinecones, tree branches, sea shells, hurricanes, and even human fingers all contain sequences associated with this ratio.

    With the new beauty standards of the modern world, this ratio has also been studied in regards to many cosmetic procedures, including veneers. The perfect, natural looking, smile displays the Golden Ratio. The four front teeth from the central incisor to the premolar are the most significant part of the smile and help determine the natural beauty.

    When crafting our veneers, we make sure that each tooth fits with this perfect proportion, giving the illusion of a natural, flawless smile that fits seamlessly into the contours of one’s face, allowing many people to notice that something is different about their smile, yet never realize that their smile has been totally made over.

  3. You are contemplating veneers. Great! The smile of your dreams is only a few short weeks away. You have already researched your local dentists, and have scheduled a complimentary consultation at Frankel Dentistry to gain more information and begin the process of transforming your smile.

    Although veneers have become a common cosmetic procedure, it is important to ask the right questions and have all your concerns addressed before the process begins. Remember that there is no such thing as a bad questions, especially when it comes to your smile makeover. We have noticed, however, that some questions seem to slip our patients mind when they meet us for a consultation. Below are a few common questions that you should remember to ask before you begin the veneers process.

    1.) Ask to see previous work carried out by your dentist, allowing you to vividly see the type of work performed by your dentist. When viewing these images, you should be able to tell the complexity and uniqueness of each case. If you are noticing that many of the ending results are exactly the same, you may want to be sure to ask your dentist how he or she can make your smile personalized for you.

    At Frankel Dentistry, we have a gallery of smiles. You can tour the office and examine many of Dr. Frankel’s smile transformations that line our walls. We are even able to tell you some personal stories of patients love their veneers, or you can watch them now on youtube.

    2.) Ask about hidden costs. Does the quote cover everything? Sometimes dentists may decide to charge you for additional work, giving you unexpected costs. Asking beforehand ensures that you know exactly what you are expected to pay before the process.

    At Frankel Dentistry, our financial manager will sit down and discuss all costs of the process. Additionally, there is a small incentive if you pay for the entire process ahead of time, which means no additional costs can be added.

    3.) Ask if the work is guaranteed.  If so, be sure to find out how long. Get all of these details in writing. If a veneers breaks within the guaranteed time, are you given a replacement veneer for free? Also, you many want to ask if there are discounts available once the guarantee is up!

    4.) Be sure to tell your dentist of any known dental issues or problems; including, sensitivity, grinding, clenching, etc. Ask if these issues will affect whether or not you should have veneers.  It is always advised that people who grind their teeth do not get veneers since they are at a higher risk of damaging their smile.

    5.)  Many times a dentist would like to ensure your smile is healthy before completing the veneers process. Therefore, if you have any issues like cavities or gum disease, these problems should be taken care of beforehand. Not correcting these issues will only mask them and could cost you more money in the long run. Be sure to ask your dentist how they plan on addressing other problems with their smile.

    At Frankel Dentistry, we believe a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Before we complete the veneers process, we do a thorough exam and take care of all small issues before giving you the smile of your dreams.

    6.) If you don’t like needles or have other anxiety problems, especially regarding the dentist, see what other ways they are able to sedate you. Just because you have fears, doesn’t mean that you cannot have a new smile.

    Here at Frankel Dentistry, we offer many different options of sedation, including nitrous oxide, a combination of nitrous oxide and medication, as well as IV sedation. If you are choosing one of these more intense options, be sure to discuss all precautions during your consultation.

    7.) Be sure to ask how long you need to wait between the temporary and final veneers if you have not been told. There are also some additional care recommendations for the temporary veneers.

    These are just a few of the many questions that you should consider before completing a smile makeover. Remember you should be comfortable choosing the right dentist for your needs. The more answers you have, the more comfortable you will be before, during, and after the process.

  4. Dental veneers are a quick, permanent way to replace broken, chipped, stained, or crooked teeth. Beautifully shaped porcelain shells, veneers allow for a smile of ideal proportion and color.

    The process is very quick, typically done in just three short visits. After a thorough evaluation, including dental impressions (a mold of your teeth is made by gently biting into a soft plastic material as it slowly hardens), which are then sent to a dental arts lab, where a wax mock up of your teeth is designed.

    Next, your teeth are prepared and your gum line may be redesigned with a water laser, which will even out irregularities and and make  your teeth appear longer. Temporarily, a provisional veneer will be placed and roughly two short weeks later the permanent veneer is bonded to your teeth.

    At Frankel Dentistry, Dr. Frankel has created hundreds of beautiful smiles. Each one of these patients has stated, “I wish I had done this sooner.” You can tour Frankel Dentistry, meet Dr. Frankel and view his gallery of smiles at the Talmadge Road office. Call today to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if veneers are the right solution for you.

    Watch this video by clicking on the link below!

    Veneers Testimonial

    Dental Veneers are a quick, permanent way to replace broken, chipped, stained or crooked teeth. Beautifully shaped porcelain sheaths, veneers allow a smile of ideal proportion and color.

    The process is relatively expeditious, a brief two weeks. After a thorough evaluation including dental impressions (a mold of your teeth is made by gently biting into a soft plastic material as it slowly hardens) a dental arts lab designs a wax mock-up of your teeth.

    The teeth are prepared and the gum line (if needed) recontoured. Often water laser is used to reshape the gum line (lengthening the teeth and evening any irregularities). Dr. Frankel uses Biolase to reduce a gummy smile or keep the gum line consistent with the smile line. Temporary or provisional veneers are placed. Two weeks later, the porcelain veneers are permanently bonded in place.

    Dr. Frankel has created hundreds of beautiful smiles. To a person, each patient has commented, “I wish I would have done this sooner.” A Gallery of before and after smiles line the Talmadge Office of Jon Frankel Dentistry and complimentary consultations are available at your convenience.

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  5. Are your teeth cracked? Misshaped? Stained? Crooked? When you look in the mirror, do you wish you had a dazzling, white Hollywood smile? One of the easiest ways to help make your smile beautiful is by getting veneers.

    First developed in the 1930’s for Hollywood stars, allowing them to immediately change the appearance of their teeth, veneers are beautifully crafted, thin porcelain “shells” that are artistically placed over your natural teeth. Unlike braces or other orthodontics, veneers are placed within three short visits, creating instant results for a gorgeous smile.

    Due to advancements in technology, veneers are available to everyone who wants beautiful smile. Over the last 30 years, veneers have gained in popularity. With this increase in popularity, many myths have been spread about the procedure.

    This article will debunk those myths, giving you the facts to have you make an informed decision to achieve the smile that you have always wanted.

    MYTH: They are expensive

    FACT: Depending on someone’s income, this may be true. And unfortunately, most insurance policies do not cover cosmetic procedures, such as veneers. Typically, veneers cost roughly $1000-$3000 per tooth; therefore, the cost ranges from how many teeth you wish to have veneered.

    Most dentists also offer additional ways to pay for this procedure, like care credit or additionally discounts when they are paid in full. Be sure to ask your dentist about their financing options. You may be surprised that affording veneers may be easier for you than you originally thought.

    MYTH: My teeth will be more sensitive

    FACT: Your teeth should not be more sensitive once the permanent veneers are placed. Unfortunately, there may be a short period of time where your teeth experience sensitivity. This time is while you are wearing the temporary veneers while the permanent ones are being created. This process usually takes one week. The sensitive feeling will be eliminated once the permanent veneer is placed.

    MYTH: The color looks unnatural

    FACT: Everyone wants their teeth whiter. In fact, over the last 20 years, people have craved white teeth to the point that the color wheel had to be updated. However, others don’t want their teeth to be so white that they appear unnatural, especially if he or she is only placing veneers on a few teeth and would like their smile to match the color of their original teeth. Therefore, your dentist will be happy to ensure that your veneers are whatever color you want them to be. Remember that it is important that this decision is up to the patient and your dentist is there to help make your smile as natural looking and beautiful as possible.

    MYTH: People will know that I have veneers and it is not my natural smile

    FACT: Today, technology has had a great impact on veneers. Because of this, veneers fit seamlessly with the rest of your smile, making your smile appear natural and beautiful. I have had patients tell me that no one knew that they had veneers until they told someone.

    MYTH: The entire tooth has to be cut down

    FACT: Yes, part of the tooth must be cut down in order for the veneer to fit seamlessly into your smile. The amount of the tooth being shaved, however, is often exaggerated. If this step of the process makes you nervous, ask about no-prep veneers, like Lumineers. It is important to note, that Lumineers often feel bulky on the teeth, which is why regular veneers are often preferred.

    MYTH: The porcelain is fragile

    FACT: Most people associate the word porcelain with things that are fragile and should be kept out of the hands of children. How can something that must be handled with such care survive in a mouth? It turns out that in most cases porcelain veneers are just as strong as your tooth’s enamel, and sometimes even stronger. Think of it in terms of this analogy-we all have windows (made of glass) in our house. This glass withstands all of the elements. However, if something like a baseball from the neighbor flies through the window, the glass will break. The same is true for veneers. Any abnormal abuse and the veneer will be damaged. But remember extra abuse on a regular tooth will also cause many problems like chipping and breaking.

    Ultimately, the choice of whether or not to get veneers is completely up to you. With the help of your dentist, you will be able to make a wise, educated decision about the veneers that are right for your smile. Many times, with the help of digital imaging, a dentist will be able create a digital image of what your smile will look like. Don’t be scared to ask your dentist the tough questions in order to help you make the decision that is right for your smile.

  6. The norm for tooth color has changed. Teeth are whiter than ever before. Even professional color guides have been updated to reflect the lighter, brighter, and whiter shades. But, it is important to note that the first step toward whiter teeth is an evaluation and professional teeth cleaning.

    The evaluation determines the current shade of your teeth and detects whether any stains are internal or external. Stains that are external are typically due to bacteria or other outside factors like smoking. These stains can be removed with a professional dental cleaning. However, internal stains will not lighten with a dental cleaning. Fortunately, there are several options toward lightening stains that have penetrated the tooth’s surface.

    It is essential to limit behaviors that darken teeth throughout the whitening process. Coffee, tea, and red wine all leave their mark on your smile. People should pay close attention to avoiding foods that stain teeth, like blueberries, in order to facilitate rapid results when whitening your smile. Immediately after whitening, the teeth are especially receptive to color. It is important to remember that the whiter the food, the whiter your teeth will become. Therefore, it is recommended to eat foods like skinless chicken, cottage cheese, white fish, and plain yogurt.

    Aside from a change in your diet, there are also several other ways to whiten your teeth. The type of stain determined by your dentist will determine which method would work best for you. However, in some instances, time may be a factor, and certain lightening processes will give more immediate results.

    5 Ways to Whiten

    1.) Over the counter whitening strips. Often thought of as the most simple approach to whitening teeth, these strips are affordable and can purchased at most local drug stores. However, the process must be done correctly and can take several weeks before results are noticed.

    2.) Custom made professional whitening systems. With custom made trays and whitening gel, this system allows the patient to manage and control the whitening process. Professional whitening systems are designed to lighten by repetitive daily use. Time options for daily use include 15 minutes, 30 minutes, several hours, or overnight procedures. Proper and daily use are the key to this systems success. Generally, after two weeks the teeth are noticeably whiter.

    3.) In office whitening systems like BriteSmile or Zoom. These methods offer one visit teeth lightening. Patients who have pre-whitened at home often achieve dramatic results. The process typically takes roughly two hours. However, it is also recommended that the patient continues at home whitening to keep the teeth light or increase the results. Because of its more immediate results, this option is popular for individuals with an upcoming event.

    4.) KOR Whitening. This system is an ideal option for deeply stained teeth. It requires an in-office pre-conditioning, uniquely-designed individual trays for overnight use at home for two to eight weeks, followed by an in-office whitening. Teeth previously considered impossible to lighten can be whitened with KOR Whitening. Absolute patient compliance is key to attaining these life changing results.

    5.) Tooth Repair and Crowns. A non-vital tooth has lost its vibrancy. Many times this tooth has died due to injury, decay, or a root canal procedure. Internal bleaching may temporarily lighten the tooth. However, in order to fully restore the tooth’s beauty, a crown is constructed that will match the color of the adjacent teeth. Unfortunately, crowns do not lighten. Therefore, it is important to lighten all adjacent teeth and have the color of the crown match those teeth prior to placing the crown.

    There is an additional benefit to whitening teeth aside from a more radiant smile. After taking the time and effort to lighten your teeth, people often take better care of their dental and oral health. And as we all know, a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.

    Jon Frankel, DDS, specializes in cosmetic and general dentistry. Located in Toledo, Ohio his office has set a high standard of patient care. Dr. Frankel particularly loves helping his patients receive optimal oral health and a beautiful, natural smile. Feel free to browse his website and check out his video about teeth whitening at http://www.jonfrankeldentistry.com, like him on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/jonfrankeldentistry or follow him on Twitter @jonfrankeldds.

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