Friday, July 31, 2015

Restore Your Smile In 4 Easy Steps

Your cosmetic prosthodontist, Dr. Judy Strutz is able to complete a thorough exam in order to determine how to restore your smile to its healthiest state. While other dentists you have visited may have been unable to help you, Dr. Strutz can complete an exam and develop a comprehensive plan to fix broken, cracked teeth or missing teeth. You should not have to wait for the smile you want.

First, schedule an appointment to allow for a comprehensive exam. During that exam you will have x-rays taken in order to determine if your roots are healthy. The appointment will also determine if you have any problems in the jaw area or below the gum line.

Once the exam has been completed youll be able to develop a plan that can best address your dental needs. You will be able to get veneers if your other teeth are intact but you just want to have them be more even. Veneers look similar to real teeth and function as your natural teeth as well.  If you have broken, cracked or missing teeth it may be recommended you have a bridge, crown or implant placed.

Now that you have a plan, youll need to set up the necessary appointments to allow your smile to be restored to the beautiful and healthy one you deserve. These appointments may take awhile depending on how much work needs to be completed. Once they are done, the only thing left is to smile for the 'selfie' photo and show off your brand new smile.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

3 Ways To Treat Your Smile Right This Summer

As you put on that bathing suit and head for the beach, or as you enjoy a relaxing vacation to wherever the next great adventure lies, dont forget to treat your smile. We are bombarded with reminders of how to stay fit over the summer or get the body weve always wanted, but often times our smile is left behind as an afterthought. This summer take care of your smile and enhance your overall health because smiles and body health are connected.

Dont forget the toothbrush and the floss while traveling. People travel all over during the summer months enjoying the freedom of seeing family in other states or riding the next big roller coaster, but often times the toothbrush and floss are forgotten and left behind at home.  This summer dont forget the essentials in order to keep your smile in tip-top shape.

Cut back on soda while traveling. It can be easy to consume soda during a road trip because you are up later than you normally would be. Dr. Judith Strutz states, Among the other negative effects of soda is the fact that in only a few short minutes soda can begin to erode the enamel off of your teeth. The enamel is the hard outer shell that protects your teeth from staining, cavities, and ultimately keeps you from losing your teeth. Instead of soda, reach for healthy more naturally caffeinated drinks.

Dont forget the fruits and vegetables. While you may be enjoying more exotic foods or foods that are processed, intermix them with healthy fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables that are packed with water can remove food on the teeth in between brushes and also helps prevent dry mouth. Once your mouth has become dry, it is easier for bacteria to begin to reek havoc on your smile, says Dr.Judy Strutz.

Your smile is designed to last a lifetime, not just a summer time.

Friday, July 24, 2015

4 Facts About Snoring You Need To Know

Laying in bed, you hear a noise come from your partner and realize they are snoring. Light or occasional snoring, while it may be disruptive to your sleep, is common and doesnt usually signify a major problem. But if you are kept awake, night after night, by loud snoring, this could be a sign of a larger problem with your partner. Or if you are someone who wakes up hundreds of times throughout the night because you stop breathing due to an obstructed airway, you have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Most people who have sleep apnea go undiagnosed because they believe it is just them snoring and not a warning of a more serious condition.

If snoring is loud and happens on most evenings it is time to get help. While it may seem strange to go to your prosthodontist for a sleep problem, Dr. Judy Strutz and her team can complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine if your snoring is a sign of a sleep apnea and she can then help provide options to help.

Snoring can be characterized as gasping for air, choking or making snorting sounds. Throughout the evening, due to a partial air blockage, your body may feel it is not getting enough oxygen. In order to compensate for the lack of oxygen, you may wake up several times in order to, “catch your breath,” says Dr. Strutz. This constant waking up can cause problems with overall quality of sleep and can also impact your memory, work performance and ability to function during the day.

Snoring can create sleep deprivation. If your body is waking up all throughout the night you may never hit the REM sleep that is necessary in order to feel restful and not tired the next evening. Individuals who are constantly tired may also struggle with relationships, have less tolerance for others or lose mental focus.

Snoring and sleep apnea should not go untreated, especially now that there are simple ways in which you can fix this problem. Call today to ensure a restful nights sleep tomorrow.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Restorative Dentistry Could Be Your Only Option

If you have cracked or broken teeth it could be impacting your future. The first seven seconds a first impression is made. If your smile is riddled with decay, missing teeth or chipped teeth you are not giving the very best impression. Employers judge your smile and determine in those seven seconds if you are someone who can meet other individuals, make clients feel comfortable, encourage them to order a product or are someone who inspires others to try something new.
Restorative dentistry provides opportunities for your smile to be returned to its natural state through innovative techniques. Dr. JudithStrutz may be able to restore your smile by utilizing implants, veneers or crowns. The options you have available to you will depend on a comprehensive exam completed Dr. Strutz and her team to determine how to best fit your needs.

Leaving your smile alone to its own could cause more damage. Once you have chipped or broken teeth, you may notice your bite to be off, which can cause facial pain and dental discomfort. Your upper teeth fit into the groves on your lower teeth, but if your teeth are cracked, or if you have missing teeth, your bite can shift and teeth may move into a position which means teeth hit at the wrong spot. This can then lead to jaw problems and more teeth cracking.

Don’t let your future be impacted one second longer. Call prosthodontist Dr. Strutz and her team today.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

3 Ways To Keep Your Smile In Tip Top Shape

Your prosthodontist has the responsibility of ensuring your smile is in fantastic shape. If you are struggling with jaw pain, gum recession, chipped, broken or missing teeth she can help. But once she has restored your smile to a more naturally looking and healthy smile, it is back in your hands to keep the health of your new smile on track. Here are 3 tips to keeping your smile in ‘tip top’ shape.

Brush regularly. Brushing your teeth is as important as putting on pants when you leave the house. It is a simple action that can reduce decay - keep food from sticking to the surface of your teeth and increasing plaque. Dr. Judith Strutz suggests, "even if you have crowns, veneers or implants they are susceptible to same problems your natural smile was."

Floss at least one time a day. Food can get stuck between the teeth. Just like brushing, there is no other action that can remove food from between the teeth and below the gum line besides flossing. It will also help to ensure your gums stay healthy and you do not have any gum recession.

Visit the dentist on a regular basis. A professional cleaning and x-rays can ensure there are no major problems going on with your smile.  X-rays can allow the dentist to see if there are any issues brewing below the gum line and regular cleanings will make sure any plaque is removed from the surface of teeth particularly below the gum-line where your toothbrush can’t get.

Contact Dr. Strutz & her team today for more options on how to help your smile.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

3 Things You Should Know About Veneers

 It can be difficult to smile for those selfies when you are not fully comfortable with your smile. Cosmetic Prosthodontist Dr. Judy Strutz recommends, veneers to her patients when they have multiple teeth that are cracked, decayed or misshapen due to a lifetime of habits. Veneers can help restore your smile to its full function. They help cover the front of your original teeth and act and feel like real teeth. 

Veneers are a great option for those who are unhappy with the color or shape of their teeth. Not everyone is a candidate for whitening and if you are one who has resistant stains, veneers might be the option that is perfect for you. Others choose veneers due to the fact that teeth are oddly shaped. Evening out a smile with veneers can quickly improve a less than perfect smile. 

Veneers can help make you look younger, as they have the ability to make your smile wider, and/or accentuate your cheekbones. Done well, veneers can last anywhere from 7-10 years, brightening and showcasing your smile. 

 If you are someone, or if you know someone who struggles with their smile, let them know there are options & contact Dr. Strutz & her team today.  

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Get Excited & Give Yourself The Gift Of A Smile

Are you reminded of some of your decisions from younger days when you look in the mirror? Are your teeth a constant source of embarrassment and pain? You don’t need to spend one more second not loving your teeth and your smile. You have options and your cosmetic prosthodontist, Dr. Judith Strutz, will help you determine which ones are right for you. 
Starting with an extensive and comprehensive exam will allow Dr. Judith Strutz to evaluate any problems you have. You may have cracked or broken, stained or missing teeth. Depending on the severity and the problem, she may recommend implants, veneers or crowns. A comprehensive exam is the first key to getting your smile back on track. 

Once the exam has been completed, you’ll schedule an appointment that will allow you to get started matching your smile to your happy lifestyle. “Patients often tell us they’ve been embarrassed about their smile for years, or that it has caused them a great deal of anguish. Their self-confidence has suffered,” says Dr.Strutz. With today’s awesome advances in dental technology, there is no longer a reason to hide behind a smile you don’t love. 

A smile can become an asset or a liability. In seven seconds, a first impression is made, and this may stop a person from considering someone when interviewing for the new job or promotion. There is no reason to wait a second longer, it’s time to give yourself the life you deserve, and that can include a winning smile to add to your style. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Improve Your Smile By Avoiding These Foods

Our mouth is the gateway to what enters our body. "Not only is the health of your smile and teeth impacted by what we eat, there is a direct connection between the health of your smile and the health of your internal organs," Dr. Judith Strutz. You can make a few small changes to your diet and improve your smile. 

 Fruits and vegetables are an easy fix. By increasing fruits and vegetables that have a high-water concentration, you allow food to be removed from the surfaces of your teeth. There are always bacteria in the mouth, but the negative effect of bacteria is fueled when it has food that can turn to sugar. This sugar damages the enamel and can negatively impact your gums. 

 Cutting down on carbohydrates reduces belly weight, and it decreases decay. Carbohydrates tend to stick to the teeth and are more difficult to remove with just the saliva in your mouth. In between brushing, if you are going to eat something with carbs, you may want to rinse with water to remove some of the food that is sticking to your teeth. 

Avoid foods that are gummy. Like carbohydrates, foods that are gummy bond to the surface of your teeth and do not release their grip until brushing. “If you are out and about for the day and know you will not be home for a while, you may want to avoid sticky foods all together,” suggests Dr. Strutz.  

Enjoy more fruits and vegetables and enjoy a white, healthy smile. 
Contact Dr. Strutz & her team today for more information. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

4 Cosmetic Options For Your Smile

Spending Saturday nights taking a selfie that is missing your smile can become damaging to your self-esteem. While people around you open-mouth laugh, smile at the camera and share in stories, are you thinking about ways to cover up your smile? Well no more, here are four awesome restorative options to fix your smile.
1. Veneers. There has been a lot of recent information on how veneers can help your smile. They cover up your teeth and provide a new looking smile. “They function like your permanent set of teeth and can provide you with a healthy, white smile,” says prosthodontist, Dr. Judy Strutz. Keep in mind, though, they need to be maintained with brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist.

2. Whitening. If your teeth are stained or not as white as they used to be, whitening is an easy option. While there are several at home kits, you may find you get better results by having whitening done in your dental office, either using the same day method, or getting whitening trays that fit to your smile.

3. Replace missing teeth. Bridges can be used to replace a missing tooth.  Dr. Strutz explains, “A missing tooth can be replaced using a fixed bridge or by using an implant depending on what is going to best fit your smile.” An implant to restore a missing tooth will be placed in the jawbone and just restore the one tooth,  while a fixed bridge uses your natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth to hold it in place.

4. Fillings. Fix any fillings that are cracked, missing or damaged. Fillings can decrease not only the ability for your teeth to function properly it can cause your smile to appear unhealthy.

For more options contact Dr. Strutz & her team today.