Posts for: October, 2014

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
October 23, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Have you been thinking about getting a straighter smile lately? Are you tired of looking at magazines and TV shows and seeing all these perfect teeth smiling back at you? Boy, we’ve heard that before. We know how frustrating it can be to see others showing off their straight smiles; however, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. We might be trying to make light of the situation, but we are serious about getting a gorgeous smile. If you’re ready to change your teeth forever, then find out why Invisalign in Lexington is the best option.

Invisalign ImageReasons Why Invisalign Is Perfect For You

  • It’s easier to clean than traditional braces. Since these aligners are removable, you can take them out to brush and floss. That means you don’t have to worry about getting unsightly food stuck between your braces.
  • You don’t have to keep them in while you eat. Just like with brushing and flossing, you can remove your clear aligners while you eat. So now you can enjoy straightening your teeth and a fantastic meal. Not having ay food restrictions would make anyone happy. Just remember to put your Lexington Invisalign back in right after your meal. You want it to be as effective as possible.
  • It’s clear (Duh!). It might seem hard to believe that braces can be clear, but technology has come a long way since the metal bracket days. If you don’t believe it, ask your Lexington dentist. We will be happy to show you how these clear beauties work. You can give lecturers to a classroom full of students or go out to a concert with friends, and not have to worry that others will be staring at your teeth.
  • They are comfortable. No joke! Our Invisalign patients in Lexington say that sometimes they don’t even remember that they are wearing them. Since they are custom-made to fit your mouth, you can carry on with what’s most important in your life without constantly thinking about your teeth.

Contact Thompson Lee & Chalothorn For Invisalign

If you want to find out if Invisalign is right for you, call your Lexington dentist today at (859) 223-8987. Let us help you get the smile others will envy.
Are you in love with Invisalign in Lexington? Can’t say enough about it? Well then, we most certainly want to hear from you. Tell us what you loved most about this clear alternative. Who knows? Your story could change someone's smile forever.


Supermodel Christie Brinkley has a one-in-a-million smile, but she is just one of millions who have benefited from today's preferred tooth-replacement technique: the dental implant. In a wide-ranging interview, Brinkley told Dear Doctor magazine about a helicopter accident she suffered while back-country skiing.

“I fractured two molars in the back of my mouth and I had to get two dental implants,” Brinkley told the magazine. “I am grateful for the dental implant technology that feels and looks so natural.”

You might think it serves little purpose to replace a missing back tooth that was barely visible in your smile to begin with — especially if you don't spend a lot of time posing for magazine covers. But this is actually not the case. Your molars are extremely important for chewing and even for maintaining a more youthful appearance.

Dentists generally agree that losing posterior (back) teeth can have many consequences for the remaining teeth and their surrounding structures, i.e., bone and gums. If back teeth are missing, the front teeth end up bearing more stress than they were built for. And there are certain things that happen when any tooth is lost, whether front or back, that can affect function and appearance.

For one thing, when a tooth is lost the adjacent teeth tend to drift into the empty space or tip towards it. This can adversely affect your bite. Too much shifting can render a tooth basically useless and also leave it more vulnerable to gum disease.

Another complication is the loss of tooth-supporting bone that inevitably occurs when teeth are lost. When a tooth comes out, the bone under it actually begins to melt away. Since back teeth support the vertical dimension of the face, their loss can cause what's known as “bite collapse” — a reduction in facial height that becomes increasingly noticeable over time and can make you look older.

A dental implant can prevent all of these things, while providing you with a replacement that looks and feels just like the tooth you lost.

If you are interested in learning more about implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you would like to read Dear Doctor's entire interview with Christie Brinkley, please see “The Secret Behind Christie Brinkley's Supermodel Smile.” Dear Doctor magazine also has more on “Replacing Back Teeth.”

By Thompson Lee & Chalothorn
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: osteoporosis   oral surgery  

Although periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of bone loss in the mouth, women at or past menopause face another condition that could cause complications with their oral bone health — osteoporosis.

While normal bone goes through a balanced cycle of resorption (the dissolving of bone tissue) and re-growth, osteoporosis, a hormone-induced disease, tips the scale toward resorption. This reduces bone density, which weakens the bone and makes them more susceptible to fracture.

Some studies have shown a link between osteoporosis and existing gum disease; however, the greater concern at present from an oral health standpoint regards the side effects of a certain class of drugs called bisphosphonates used in the treatment of osteoporosis. Bisphosphonates slow excessive bone resorption, which helps restore normal balance to the bone growth cycle.

Some long-term users of bisphosphonates, however, may develop a complication in their jaw bone known as osteonecrosis in which isolated areas of the bone lose vitality and die. This can complicate certain types of oral surgery, particularly to install dental implants (which rely on stable bone for a successful outcome). While research is still ongoing, it does appear individuals at the highest risk of osteonecrosis are those with underlying cancers who receive high-dose intravenous bisphosphonate treatment every month for an extended period of time.

It’s important then that you let us know before any dental procedure if you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis and what treatment you’re receiving for it. If you’ve been taking a bisphosphonate for an extended period of time, we may recommend that you stop that treatment for three months (if possible) before undergoing oral surgery. While your risk of complications from osteonecrosis is relatively small, adding this extra precaution will further reduce that risk and help ensure a successful outcome for your scheduled dental procedure.

If you would like more information on osteoporosis and oral health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Osteoporosis & Dental Implants” and “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”

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