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Love Your Smile: Teeth Whitening in Lansdale

Love Your Smile in Lansdale There is nothing like bright white teeth. They light up a person’s whole face whenever they smile and laugh. And with professional teeth whitening from Black & Bass, no one in Lansdale has to settle for dull, yellow teeth.

We have all seen the ads in print and electronic media, promoting any number of sure-fire ways to whiten your teeth. Over-the-counter products all work, up to a point. But they cannot deliver the kind of dazzling white teeth you’ll get from a professional whitening at Black & Bass.

There are two basic types of teeth whitening: bleaching, and non-bleaching. Simple, right? Non-bleaching procedures remove stains on the teeth with physical or chemical actions. These include whitening toothpastes, and the physical part, as you can imagine, is the brushing.

It’s considered an abrasion method. There are professional abrasion techniques, too.

Bleaching does a far superior job of whitening the teeth. At Black & Bass, we offer our patients Zoom! teeth whitening. Zoom! can whiten your teeth in just one visit to our Lansdale office.

The  process is simple and painless. We prepare your gums and lips, then paint on a special tooth bleaching gel. Next, LED lamps activate the gel, and Zoom! penetrates deep into the enamel to bleach away stains and discolorations.

To find out more about professional teeth whitening, and other cosmetic dentistry services, call us at Black & Bass in Lansdale, to schedule a consultation or an appointment.

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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Have Your Teeth Cleaned Lately? Dental Health in Lansdale

Lansdale Tooth WhiteningAt Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale, we provide full service dentistry for our patients. Our team is committed to the dental health of each one; we understand the value of a healthy and beautiful smile.

We remind each patient that it is important to brush and floss their teeth daily; we recommend two times per day. Even if you stay on top of your dental health at home, you still need to see us regularly for a cleaning and checkup. Every six months is best.

The reason we stress regular visits to our office is that checkups can reveal problems that are not readily apparent to you. Many dental issues aren’t visible, or don’t cause you any pain, until they reach advanced stages. Cavities are the obvious example, but it also includes gum disease and oral cancer.

If you were blessed with a beautiful smile, we can help you keep it that way with professional deep cleanings and thorough examinations. If you were not so lucky, and that’s most of us, let’s consider how we can improve it. Modern cosmetic dentistry provides a remedy for virtually every aesthetic trouble.

If it has been a while since you have received a professional teeth cleaning, call Black & Bass in Lansdale to schedule a cleaning with one of our experienced hygienists. Your teeth will feel great afterward, and you’ll also have the peace of mind that comes knowing you have good dental health. Our services include general and cosmetic 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

 

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21st Century Tooth Replacement: Dentures in Lansdale

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“The Good Old Days.” We’ve seen so many technological advances since the good old days! Take dentures, for instance. Dentures have been around for generations and have certainly improved the lives of thousands of people. But today, there are better options than old-school false teeth, in Lansdale and everywhere else.

Traditional dentures can impede many vital oral functions: chewing, tasting, swallowing, talking, and smiling. Some people have stopped attending social activities because they’re embarrassed by dentures that are too conspicuous. Some have even stopped eating their favorite foods because their dentures diminish their capacity to taste and/or chew.

Let’s hear it for the twenty-first century! For many patients, implant-anchored or implant-supported dentures are far superior to old-school dentures. So much better, in fact, that there really should be another term for this industry-leading tooth replacement system – a term that doesn’t include the word “denture.”

There are two types of implant anchored dentures: removable and permanent. No adhesive is needed for either system. With the permanent implant-supported dentures, screw retentions are anchored in the jaw to serve as denture attachment points. This type is very stable. The cost varies, depending on the number of implants required and other factors.

Implant-supported dentures require enough bone thickness to allow the implant to securely mesh with the existing bone. Some patients who have been missing teeth for a long time have experienced bone loss. For these patients, mini-implants may be an alternative.

Removable implant anchored dentures have a locator attachment that allows the wearer to snap the appliance in place. Some patients prefer this type because they can remove them at night for cleaning.

For more information about dental implants and dentures, call Black & Bass to schedule a consultation. We have been providing quality care, including general and family dentistry, since 1989.

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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Hiccups In Your Routine: Family Dentistry in Lansdale

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The most common times people brush their teeth are morning and night – either before or after breakfast, after dinner, or at bedtime. But sometimes there are hiccups in the schedule, due to family life, shift work or exhaustion.

There are so many things that can interrupt our routines! As the school year progresses, Lansdale families have games to attend, band concerts, play practice, youth groups, or other evening commitments. An irregular schedule often disrupts regular dental maintenance.

Many others have daily commutes or shift work to battle with. Due to the changing landscape of Lansdale’s job market and the greater variety in shift schedules, we see patients who are adjusting to irregularities in sleep patterns. This leads to exhaustion, and sleep often takes priority over consistent brushing.

The most important time to be sure to brush is after eating sugary or carb-intensive foods. These foods kickstart bacteria growth on the teeth without vigilant attention.

Highly acidic foods weaken the enamel, so it is best to swish some water around your mouth immediately after consuming them, in order to reduce the acid. Then brush about 30 minutes later when the mouth is less acidic. The fluoride in toothpaste helps remineralize the enamel.

Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry has been assisting Lansdale with general and family dentistry since 1989. We want to help prevent hiccups in dental routines and promote excellent oral health. We also provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry, and are committed to making your visits anxiety-free.

Regular checkups are important for catching decay, infection or other problems early so let us make an appointment for your next preventative visit. Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry helps Lansdale keep those hiccups from causing permanent damage.

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, Family Dentistry, General Dentistry, Oral Health

Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not, plaque can appear in any Lansdale mouth, no matter how meticulous you are about dental health. If your teeth have deep grooves, watch out. If you have receding gums, watch out. And if you have a sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this: bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth. Bacteria tries to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it is soft enough to come off with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it begins to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.)

This bacteria feeds on sugars and produce acid that eats away the tissues of the tooth and leads to cavities. Cavities originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process – that is, regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping. Teeth cleanings, part of the general and family dentistry at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, is part of the equation.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality. We encourage everyone in the Lansdale area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment, but may be more affordable than you think. At our Lansdale office you can expect anxiety free dentistry with our wide range of dental services.

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, General Dentistry, Teeth Whitening

Youthful Smiles: Cosmetic Dentistry in Lansdale

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Black & Bass Cosmetic Family Dentistry provides cosmetic dentistry services to patients young and old, throughout the Lansdale area.

With declining health and limited mobility, aging is not for wimps. Though some challenges cannot be avoided, others can. Dental issues, for instance.

Many dental problems common among retirees such as missing teeth, gum recession, tooth damage, and yellowed enamel, can be remedied.

With modern cosmetic dentistry at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, mature men and women can have a terrific smile that looks as young as they feel (or wish they felt!). Regardless of your age, it is not too late to improve your smile – even if you have some missing teeth.

At Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Lansdale, we pamper our revered patients. We offer comprehensive general and innovative cosmetic dental services including painless injections and cosmetic and restorative dentistry.

If you are looking for a friendly, experienced dentist, call 267-498-5297 to schedule an exam and consultation. You can meet with us about porcelain crowns and veneers, implant-supported denturesteeth whitening, and more.

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

410 N Broad St
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
19446

 

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Avoid Bone Deterioration Following Extraction

Lansdale Jaw Bone Deterioration Hello friends of Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry! In today’s post, we will talk about jaw bone health.

To remain healthy and dense, your jaw bone needs to be continually stimulated by the pressure of chewing, biting, and talking. Each tooth has a root structure the extends into the surrounding bone material. As each tooth absorbs the forces of everyday mouth function, it stimulates blood flow in the bone surrounding the root. 

In some cases, tooth extraction is the only possible dental service for people with tooth damage beyond repair. However, we make every effort to preserve the root structure. When a tooth is extracted, the jaw bone that surrounded the former root structure begins to recede.

Fortunately, dental implants provide a new, artificial root which helps to keep the surrounding bone healthy and strong. A dental implant  a strong titanium post which replaces the natural root and eventually integrates into the surrounding bone.

After the implant has been placed and the surrounding bone has healed and meshed with the implant, a post is placed into the implant. The new artificial tooth, or dental crown, is then attached to the post. Implant restoration is a safe and effective treatment for tooth loss. 

For more information about dental implants, call Dr. Kevin Bass and Dr. Lawrence Black at 267-498-5297. The calm and comfortable team at Black & Bass Cosmetic and Family Dentistry provide world-class dental treatment for patients in Lansdale and the surrounding areas.

We cater to patients with dental anxiety.

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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For A Healthier Smile, Stop Doing This

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Chewing sugared gum all day.
Cavities, a sore jaw, or damaged dental bridges may result. If you must chew, select gum with Xylitol.

Drinking soda and energy drinks.
These sugary, acidic beverages are unusually efficient at eroding enamel.

Chewing ice or hard candy.
Your enamel is quite strong. But so are ice and hard candy, and head-to-head, every so often they win, resulting in a broken tooth.

Skipping flossing.
Maybe you think brushing is enough. Following brushing with a careful flossing job removes bits of food and plaque between teeth.

Using a firm bristled toothbrush.
A soft bristled brush is the best suited tool for the job. Save your firm brush for cleaning the grout around your bathtub.

Delaying general dentistry checkups.
Don’t wait until you have a problem. Call 267-498-5297 to book an intensive exam and the best deep dental cleaning you can get anywhere. Our superb hygienists really are the best!

Dr. Kevin Bass and Dr. Lawrence Black have been providing trusted general and cosmetic dentistry in the Lansdale area since 1989. For more information on how to keep your smile healthy, call 267-498-5297 to schedule an appointment.

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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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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