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Can I Objectively Evaluate My Smile?

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It is no secret that a beautiful, pleasing, healthy smile can be your most prized physical attribute. After all, people notice your smile first thing. How do you know if your smile is detracting from your appearance?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder; if you look at your smile in the mirror and believe it is unattractive, it doesn’t really matter what anybody else thinks. But what if you are not sure?

There are many issues that are generally considered to detract from beautiful smiles. Missing teeth is a biggie. People who are missing teeth in the back of the mouth may mistakenly believe that the gap doesn’t show. They are usually wrong. When smiling, talking, laughing, or eating, a missing tooth definitely shows – even if the missing tooth is the very last molar. Dental implants can help restore missing teeth and give you a full smile again.

Yellow or gray teeth diminish the appeal of a smile – even one that is perfectly healthy and aligned – and crooked teeth are typically considered unattractive. Teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are two options that can assist with these smile speedbumps.

There are a few unique smile characteristics that some people proudly show off and others wish to change. For instance, a gap between the two front teeth can become your trademark. True Blood star Anna Paquin, actor Woody Harrelson, and singer Seal have retained their spaces. Perhaps the most famous gap-toothed smile belongs to seventy year-old model Lauren Hutton who has proudly flashed it throughout her fifty-year career. Other celebrities such as Zac Efron, Tom Cruise, and Keith Urban weren’t happy with gaps so they transformed their smiles with innovative cosmetic dentistry.

If you want an objective aesthetic evaluation of your smile, how can you do this? You can’t see your smile from every angle when you look in the mirror. If you want an expert opinion on the attractiveness of your smile, talk to a North Penn cosmetic dentist. There are a surprising number of design principals that are used in cosmetic dental smile makeovers. These include size, shape, alignment, proportion, color, and translucency. Additionally, cosmetic dentists also consider the characteristics of the gums, lips, and facial features.

When you have a cosmetic dental consultation, you will be able to see how the essential elements work together to create a natural-looking, notable smile. Bottom line? If you want to change your smile, you can! Schedule a consultation today by calling 267-498-5297.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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Behind The Scenes: Dental Crown Fabrication

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Today’s post looks at the complex process required to fabricate a dental crown. Dental crowns can be constructed with metal, ceramic (porcelain), plastics, or varying combinations of these. We will describe the process used to create a porcelain crown, though the steps are similar to those used for other materials.

Modern porcelain crowns are a technological and artistic marvel that make successful reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible. This picture shows three crowns attached to two tooth implant posts. While the most advanced North Penn dental lab techs and experienced ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as pleasing and natural looking as real life teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.)

When one of our Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry patients needs a crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a laboratory where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the specific dimensions to send to the factory.

The cutting-edge factory has a computerized machine that will then pour plaster into cylindrical molds, creating blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

The machine then takes the scanned data from the impression and begins carving out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a gleaming, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

This shell, or coping, will then be exposed to a high temperature for increased stability. It also shrinks to the proper size when exposed to the high temperature. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

The shell then leaves the factory for the lab, where layers of colored porcelain are painted on it. A skilled ceramist – an artist in every sense of the word – may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive process accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more impenetrable throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed, and then is finished with a clear, ceramic gloss.

All of this work results in an outstanding tooth crown for one of our patients!

If you have a broken tooth or old, unattractive crown, or want specifics about cosmetic dental smile makeovers, call 267-498-5297 to discuss the possibilities.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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Halitosis And Xerostomia (Bad Breath And Dry Mouth)

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While dissatisfactory oral hygiene is the most prevalent cause of halitosis, many elements can contribute to or exacerbate the condition. One of these is the lack of saliva or xerostomia.

Saliva and Oral Health
Saliva moistens the teeth and gums and cleans away odiferous dead cells. Saliva also neutralizes the ever-present acids on the tongue, gums, and cheeks and the minerals in saliva help to maintain enamel strength. Immunoproteins in saliva curb the overgrowth of microbes in the mouth, thereby safeguarding the gums from gingivitis. Saliva also functions as a disinfectant by cleansing the mouth of leftover food, bacteria, and fungi. This protects against tooth decay and infections.

Many individuals experience dry mouth occasionally; perhaps when they are feeling anxiety or stress. Limiting caffeine, chewing sugar-free gum, using OTC saliva substitutes, and using a humidifier can add moisture to the mouth.

If you have infrequent periods of dry mouth, there is probably nothing to worry about. Constant dry mouth, however, can lead to additional oral and physical health problems.

I am Dr. Lawrence Black of Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. I have been treating xerostomia and bad breath since 1989. If you experience either condition, I invite you to schedule an exam and consultation. If you struggle with bad breath regardless of dutiful oral hygiene, let me help you identify the source.

With help from my calm and comfortable team of dental professionals, I provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and dental implants.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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3 Point Checklist Before Your Dental Consultation

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Looking for a dentist because you’re losing the battle with plaque build-up, chipped teeth, tooth pain, stains, or dental caries? I’m Dr. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black with Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry.

Today’s post offers 3 steps to take before you arrive at our office for a consultation.

The state of your mouth is important to your energy both emotionally and physically. Everyone wants to make a winning impression when they smile or speak. We understand that.

The look, the odor, the feel, the functionality of your biting surfaces are so important to your everyday experience that we recognize our critical role in finding solutions to these problems.

Of course, your very first step is making contact. Please call 267-498-5297 or visit us at 410 N Broad St Lansdale or online at http://www.blackandbass.com/meet-our-dentists/.

After you schedule a consultation with our team, please take a moment to review the following checklist for a productive appointment experience:

1. Identify your hygiene routine and gaps in technique or consistency.
When do you brush your teeth? Do you floss? How often? If not, why? We can review your habits and determine what is holding you back, if anything.
2. Pinpoint pain or problem areas throughout your mouth.
Persistent or intermittent? Sharp or dull? Triggered by hot or cold? Living with pain is needless with the technology and expertise available these days. Usually there are simple solutions to seemingly big pains. Let us address all your aches.
3. Identify and explain what you want your smile to look like.
If you can describe your prime smile, we can look at how to attain it. There are numerous possibilities for a phenomenal smile transformation as well as dental maintenance services. Cosmetic dentistry runs the gamut from teeth whitening to veneers to dental implants.

We anticipate you’ll have questions about the cost of dental implants, the price of filling a cavity, or placing a crown. We have answers for you. We are equipped and trained in procedures perfect for your needs. We see patients for dental implants, anxiety-free dentistry, and cosmetic dentistry, to name a few.

When it comes to looking for a dentist in Lansdale or the surrounding communities, please know that you will be in gentle and capable hands with me, Dr. Lawrence Black, and my calm and comfortable team.

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Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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Mouthwash Facts In Lansdale

Mouthwash Facts In Lansdale

Hi, We are Dr. Kevin Bass and Dr. Lawrence Black.  Thanks for visiting our Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry blog. In today’s post we would like to discuss mouthwash. Many North Penn residents use mouthwash to freshen their breath and help retard tooth decay. Mouthwash should never be used exclusively though, good oral hygiene starts with thorough tooth brushing and flossing. Mouthwash is an optional tool in your dental health tool box.

It is important for Lansdale residents to know what kind of mouthwash they are using. Some mouthwashes merely mask bad breath while others help reduce the bacteria that causes plaque and bad breath.

If you are one of the Lansdale residents that suffers from bad breath it is important to choose a mouthwash that contains ingredients that help prevent tooth decay such as fluoride. But general dentistry patients also need to use caution when using mouthwashes because many of the ingredients are dangerous when the recommended amount of mouthwash is exceeded.

Some of the poisonous components are chlorhexidine gluconate, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and methyl salicylate. If you experience throat pain, vomiting, headache, or abdominal pain after using mouthwash, seek medical help immediately. The National Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) can answer questions about mouthwash ingredients.

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we want everyone to have great smelling breath, but to use caution when treating their bad breath. Make sure to read your mouthwash label and follow all instructions given.

In addition to preventative dental care, Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers a wide range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you are anxious to have a whiter, brighter smile talk to Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry about teeth whitening. Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry also provide painless injections and cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry we have been improving the smiles of residents in Lansdale, Doylestown and the surrounding areas since 1989. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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Not Too Late To Get Them Straight

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Are you an adult in Quakertown with misaligned teeth? Do you regret not having orthodontic treatment when you were a teen? It’s not too late to straighten your teeth – and there are more types of braces available than ever before.

Perhaps you are not familiar with the latest types of braces. Here is a quick rundown of the most common types used in cosmetic dental practices.

If you don’t want the whole world to know you are wearing braces, ‘behind the teeth’ or lingual braces may be a good option. So-called ‘invisible braces’ work great for many Lansdale men and women of all ages. Some types of braces are offered in ceramic, which are also less visible than metal braces. These are often called ‘clear braces.’

Invisalign, Damon, and iBraces, are some of the trade names of proprietary orthodontic systems used in the Pennsylvania dental community.

Once the orthodontia patient has completed treatment, he or she needs to wear a retainer to keep those pretty teeth in line. The traditional Hawley retainer consists of a metal wire that surrounds the teeth and holds them in place. The metal wire is attached to a molded acrylic form that fits snugly in either the upper or lower part of the mouth.

Clear retainers are also popular with orthodontists and their patients. They fit the teeth like a transparent glove without the need for hardware. Some Quakertown patients believe clear retainers are more comfortable than other types.

If you want more beautiful teeth, come into Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale and discuss your goals with Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black, DMD, DDS. Dr. Lawrence Black will examine your teeth and recommend the most effective system for you.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is a full-service general, family, and cosmetic dental practice. We have been exceeding expectations since 1989. Ask us about cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and anxiety-free dentistry.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

Not Happy With Your Dentist?

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Hello, friends! Welcome to Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale. We provide general dentistry, restorative dentistry, and innovative cosmetic dentistry for the whole family. Our services include:

  • cosmetic dentistry
  • restorative dentistry
  • dental implants
  • family dentistry
  • Immediate care for dental emergencies
  • Strong, natural looking restorations
  • A clean, comfortable, and friendly dental atmosphere to make your experience as pleasant as possible

We’re Drs. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black, located at 410 N Broad St in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Our talented dental hygienists perform thorough deep cleanings to remove plaque and tartar and keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you don’t currently have a dentist, or are not satisfied with your current dentist, we invite you to visit Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry for an informative consultation and examination.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

Posted in Cosmetic Dentistry

4 Reason To Look For The ADA Seal

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When you go to your drugstore or supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, teeth whitener, or another oral care product, be sure that the product you select carries the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.

Today in our dental blog, we look at 4 ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your money on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.

2. The American Dental Association (ADA) only places their seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.

3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with your Lansdale dentist or dental hygienist right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?

4. The ADA Seal is not an endorsement of one particular product or another, but rather is a verification of the claims made by said product, claims on which savvy consumers can rely.

Hi, we’re Drs. Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black of Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale. We also serve the Quakertown, Harleysville, and North Penn areas. We take pride in caring for our patients and, like the ADA, want you to have a healthy, beautiful smile.

Many of our patients want information about smile makeovers. If you’d like more information, schedule an appointment and we’ll take a look! Even just one procedure such as porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, or teeth whitening can significantly enhance your smile.

Our practice offers comprehensive general and cosmetic dentistry including the following services: cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, dental implants and family dentistry.

Contact us at 267-498-5297 to schedule an appointment.

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/ada-seal-products/, accessed on June 5, 2013

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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Protect Lansdale Kids’ Teeth With Custom Mouthguards

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At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we see many children and teens with serious mouth and tooth injuries that could have been prevented had they been wearing a mouthguard. A missing tooth makes activities such as eating and talking difficult.

We recommend that parents encourage their children to wear mouthguards when participating in team sports, skateboarding, skiing, and ice skating. Ask us about custom mouthguards that will fit your child perfectly and offer excellent protection. Stock mouthguards found at most sporting goods stores are also an option, they just might not fit as well.

If you or your child is in need of cosmetic dentistry due to an injury or an accident, we offer many restorative procedures.

If the tooth is cracked, porcelain veneers may be the best remedy. This procedure is done by bonding a custom-fitted porcelain veneer to your tooth or teeth. This can cover a crack, chip, or discoloration.

Cosmetic bonding is also an option for a chipped or cracked tooth. A composite material is matched to your tooth color and then sculpted around your existing tooth to repair the crack or chip. This procedure is less expensive than veneers and gives beautiful results.

If a crown or dental implant is required to repair your tooth, my staff and I at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry will provide quality crowns made from high-strength ceramic or porcelain with beautiful shape, color, and translucency.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has been offering family and cosmetic dentistry to the people of Pennsylvania since 1989. My staff and I would love to serve you and your family. We invite you to contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

Posted in Family Dentistry

How Do You Measure Dental Success?

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How do you measure “dental success?” A check-up with no cavities? A perfect smile? A crown that looks as natural as the surrounding teeth?

It could mean all those things and many more.

For a child, dental success could be defined as a childhood free of cavities, learning daily dental hygiene practices, and gaining an understanding of why it’s essential.

For a local daughter or son who is hesitant to smile because of misaligned teeth, dental success could be measured by a successful course of orthodontic treatment resulting in a beautiful smile that restores confidence and boosts self-esteem.

For a middle-aged Lansdale man who neglected his teeth in his youth, dental success could be defined as restorative dentistry that stabilizes his dental condition and improves his oral health.

For a woman with tetracycline stains but otherwise healthy teeth, dental success may be as simple as speedy in-office same-day tooth whitening.

Consider a man with several missing teeth who can only eat soft foods. Dental success might require natural-looking implant-anchored dentures that allow him to eat steak for the first time in years.

What are your goals for your smile? What is the current state of your oral health? Schedule a consultation with Kevin Bass and Lawrence Black.

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, our goal is your complete satisfaction. We are passionate about providing patient-focused dental care of the highest standard. We look forward to discussing your goals. You could be our next success story!

Contact Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry:

267-498-5297

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

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