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Porcelain Partial Crowns Close Gaps in Your Smile!

February 10, 2017

Filed under: Missing Tooth or Teeth,Smile Makeover,Uncategorized — Tags: — Dr Gillis @ 7:30 am

Would you like to close the gaps in your smile with Porcelain Partial Crowns, veneers, or bridges?  Many would like to do this but they could use more information!

This blog reviews one method for closing gaps between teeth with Porcelain Partial Crowns and Bridges.  Porcelain partial crowns are described as well as the benefits of this treatment.

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth. Porcelain partial crowns, veneers and a bridge were the answer.

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth. Porcelain partial crowns, veneers and a bridge were the answer.

The restored smile is much more pleasing and natural looking.

The restored smile is much more pleasing and natural looking.

 

If you are one of many people with gaps in your smile, I hope this blog has some good information for you!  Our office has been using the wonders of porcelain veneers, porcelain crowns or partial crowns and bridges to close spaces for years.  We often see people who have missing teeth or who have teeth that just don’t seem big enough to fill the space available st that even though they have the correct number of teeth, there are still gaps between the teeth.

We work with a high quality dental laboratory that has been completing porcelain restorations for years.  Our dental laboratory technician is accredited with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD).  Please wee our web site at www.juliegillisdds.com for more information on the accreditation process and what that means for our patients.  Dr. Julie Gillis is also accredited with the AACD.

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth. Porcelain partial crowns, veneers and a bridge were the answer.

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth. Porcelain partial crowns, veneers and a bridge were the answer.

Porcelain partial crowns are very esthetic and natural looking.

Porcelain partial crowns are very esthetic and natural looking.

What are porcelain partial crowns and bridges?

Porcelain is stacked or pressed on a model of your tooth to create an ideal form and color.  Because porcelain restorations have improved significantly, a talented dentist and laboratory technician team can create restorations that mimic tooth structure.  If the porcelain material is applied in layers, the lab technician may use 10 – 20 layers or more to create the shape, form and color that is required along with any special characteristics that are present in the natural dentition that you want to duplicate.  Gone should be the days when it was obvious if someone has had dental work!

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth.

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth.

Our patient did not like the gaps present between her teeth or the missing lower tooth. Porcelain partial crowns, veneers and a bridge were the answer for this beautiful and healthy smile!

Porcelain partial crowns, veneers and a bridge were the answer for this beautiful and healthy smile!

You should not be able to look at someone’s teeth and know that they have had dental work done to create their beautiful smile!  Porcelain partial crowns and bridges should look very natural in all areas of your mouth.  They must also be easy for you to clean so that you can make your new restorations last as long as possible.  The goal is to conserve as much of your teeth as possible, while creating ideal restorations.  Technically, a porcelain veneer covers just the front of the tooth.  When we are adding width and length to the tooth, the porcelain will need to wrap the sides and the top (incisal edge) of the tooth.  This becomes a porcelain partial veneer.  When there is enough of your own tooth wrapped with porcelain, the correct term would be a porcelain crown or cap.

When porcelain crowns span a gap between teeth and are joined together with one or more artificial porcelain crowns between them, you have a porcelain bridge similar to the one shown here.  There is a limit to the length of span that two teeth should support as this puts extra stress on the supporting teeth.

Our office would be happy to offer a consult to review is porcelain partial crowns or bridges are right for you!  We are in Mesa County, Colorado.  Please visit our Facebook page at Julie M Gillis DDS to see some of our cases!  Or visit our website at www.juliegillisdds.com for more information.

Yours for better dental health,
Julie Gillis DDS
Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

Gingival Papilloma or Lump on the Gums – Concern?

January 19, 2017

Filed under: Gum Surgery,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Dr Gillis @ 11:32 pm

What is a gingival papilloma?  Should you be concerned if you think you have one?  What treatments are available?

Small lump seen on gums between the central incisor and the lateral incisor is a gingival papilloma.

Small lump seen on gums between the central incisor and the lateral incisor in the photo to the left is a gingival papilloma.

 

A gingival papilloma is simply a lump of tissue on the gums as seen in this photograph.  The gingival papilla is a common location for a gingival papilla. If you see any lumps on your gums that you are concerned about you should ask your dentist for advice!

Gingival papillomas often have the following characteristics:

  • The gingival overgrowth usually occurs over time
  • They are usually painless
  • They may slowly increase in size over time
  • They can recur or return if removed
  • Often the only reason to treat a gingival papilloma is cosmetic – they look funny in a smile
  • They are usually pink, firm, and often lighter in color than the surrounding gum tissue
Gingival papilloma treated with a diode laser similar to this one.

Gingival papilloma treated with a diode laser similar to this one.

If the decision has been made between you and your dentist to remove the gingival papilloma this is usually a simple soft tissue surgical procedure.  If completed with a diode laser there is usually no bleeding and very little discomfort.  Your dentist may be comfortable removing gingival papillomas in her office as Dr. Julie Gillis does, or she may refer you to an oral surgeon or dermatologist.

Note same area in gums after healing for two weeks. Lesion treated with a diode laser.

Note same area in gums after healing for two weeks.  Gingival papilloma removed with a diode laser.

Gingival papillomas can be removed with a scalpel or more comfortably with a laser.  In our office, we do not see these lesions recur or come back but statistically they may.  If this happens, a second surgery – possibly deeper – can be completed.

Our office only recommends removal of gingival papillomas if they are bothersome or unaesthetic to the patient.  Often, we just point them out to you so that you can follow the gingival papilloma and note anything unusual such as redness, pain, rapid growth, or bleeding.

Yours for better dental health,

 

Julie Gillis DDS

Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

 

Flossing, necessary or optional??

December 14, 2016

Filed under: Dental floss,Dental Hygiene,Oral Hygiene,Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 1:43 am

Flossing, necessary or optional??

People are still asking is it necessary to floss?  They read the recent news article that said in effect that no studies have proven that flossing is beneficial.   Many people were left questioning, ‘flossing, necessary or optional?’ It is amazing to me what a controversy a news article can cause.  The simple answer is YES we should floss!

Let me be more clear.  We should floss or do some activity to clean between our teeth that is as good as flossing every day!

Just a tip - do this to avoid strangling your fingers when you floss!

Just a tip – do this to avoid strangling your fingers when you floss!

This is in response to ‘an ADA News inquiry about why flossing was not included in federal dietary guidelines released in 2015.  The Associated Press noted the omission in an August news story that questioned the benefits of using dental floss’. (See ADA News August 8th, 2016 ‘National media focus on floss; government confirms importance’ for many comments in this blog)

Dental floss or the use of tools such as between the teeth cleaners really is important oral hygiene if you want to have healthy teeth, and gums.  Professional cleanings remove the hard deposits and stain that you cannot do at home.  Brushing your teeth and cleaning between the teeth has been shown to remove gooey plaque.  Plaque is the sticky film that contains bacteria and food that builds up constantly and must be removed daily to maintain or to obtain health.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agreed to this in a statement August 3rd, 2016 (also from the ADA News article August 8th, 2016).

Flossing, necessary or optional Wrap the floss gently around the tooth in a "C" shape to clean the side of the tooth.

Wrap the floss gently around the tooth in a “C” shape to clean the side of the tooth.

Flossing is beneficial starting at an early age - whenever there are teeth touching!

Flossing, necessary or optional? Flossing is beneficial starting at an early age – whenever there are teeth touching!

The ADA News asked the governmental agency why the guidelines did not mention flossing.  The U.S. Department of health and Human Services sent a statement that called flossing “an important oral hygiene practice” and said that by not mentioning flossing it did not imply otherwise.

 

The ADA News August 8th, 2016 article goes on to say that the ‘primary emphasis (of the guidelines) was on the nutrition-based recommendations to reduce added sugars’.

In our office, we routinely see the improved health changes that result from using dental floss.  Flossing is great especially when done well but there are alternatives out there for people that just don’t like to floss.

If you are one of the people that wants the benefits of floss without sticking your floss holing fingers in your mouth, try one of these:

  • soft picks or go betweens
  • floss holders
  • the air flosser
  • water pics
  • toothpicks (especially when used carefully in a toothpick holder that allows better access to the insides of the teeth)

Our office loves to help our patients improve their oral health and we will be glad to come up with a plan that works with your life to help you achieve and maintain ideal oral health!

Yours for better dental health,

Julie Gillis DDS, PC

Restoring Smiles/Restoring Health

 

Meet Dr. Julie Gillis, her Team, Some of Her Office!

October 27, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 4:43 am

 

Let us know what you think of Dr. Julie Gillis‘ first office video!

Dr. Julie Gillis would like to say thank you so much to my patients and my team! And a big Thank you to TNT Dental for helping to put together this video.  #nogrumpydentist, #COdentistjuliegillis, #cosmeticandgeneraldentistGrandJunction, #juliegillisdds, #juliegillisdentist A welcoming video for our patients current and future that showcases our office, our dentist, our dental team and a few of our patients!

Our office and Dr. Julie Gillis would love to meet you and we will do our best to meet your dental needs in a caring and comfortable environment.  Come and visit us in our Grand Junction, Colorado office.  Learn more about us on our website at www.juliegillisdds.com.  Or call our office at (970)242-3635.

Tips For Balancing Life, Part Two

September 22, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr Gillis @ 12:29 pm

Tips for balancing life with career, family, friends and self.

See part 1 on balancing life in a previous blog! Julie Gillis, DDS, AAACD submitted this article to the American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry to keep the membership abreast of what’s happening in the world of credentialing.  Dr. Gillis notes, “I am far from an authority on balancing life or life management but I do work on this daily and have found the following bullet points useful.”  These ideas are intended to assist dentists who wish to improve their cosmetic dentistry skills by pursuing accreditation in the AACD, but I think the general principles apply to most of us. Hopefully you will too!

  • Make time for family and friends.

Wake up each day and put a smile on your face.  Stretch in bed if it feels good. Each day is a gift. Smooch your spouse or significant other.  Hug your children.  Maybe bring them ‘room service’ by bringing a treat to their bedroom. Toss a ball for the dog.  When you come home from work take a breath before you drive into the driveway and enter your home with a smile.  This is family time (for me) time to hear about their day, what happened at school or sports, time to enjoy dinner. If you talk about work, share positive stories more often than annoying ones.

I’ve never been a big fan of ‘quality time’ but there is something to be said for doing something unique and special on a regular basis with the ones you love. Too often we miss out on the fun of the simple things in life.

  • Appreciate the little things.

That good grade your child received, the sparkle in a smile, bubble baths even if the dog jumps in, the extra chocolate chunks in the cookie you are eating, the sunrise, how handsome your spouse is, how well centered your 1:2 retracted photo of Case Type 1 turned out . . . Oh my goodness, I could go on and on.  Tiny special moments if appreciated, will fill your life with joy.

Showing a little 'necklace bling'

My dental team balancing life, giving back, and showing a little ‘necklace bling.’ The purchase of these necklaces benefits ovarian cancer research.

  • Simple is better, people are important, always strive for improvement.

This simple saying has made a difference in my life and I try to live with this philosophy daily.  I’m not sure who said this first, but for me it is a great quote!

  • Exercise with purpose sometimes and other times just for fun!

This is huge for me!  I exercise just about every day and I am always glad that I did even though sometimes I have to talk myself into it.  Choose different types of exercise from easy to hard.  Don’t let exercise be the thing you do ‘if you have time’.  You will only have time for the things you make time for.  I believe that your physical and mental health will be better with regular exercise.  I currently enjoy running, hiking, biking, swimming, paddle boarding, yoga, photography, cross training, and weight lifting.  Is cooking exercise?  I get outside for exercise in all types of weather and I almost always have fun.  I think this makes me a better dentist, wife, mom, and friend.  I have more energy to get things done and it feeds my personal and mental health needs.

  • Eat well.

I like this Greek saying that was inscribed on one of the temples I visited there. It said “Naught in Excess”.  (It was in Greek and this is how it was translated for me!)  I think this applies to all things (food, exercise, work, play, alcohol, etc.) So I try to eat foods that are good for me, tasty, interesting, and varied.  I remember the difficulties of feeding my family and trying to please my husband, my children and myself while selecting ingredients that were good for us. Even harder to do this while wishing you had the evening to yourself to work on your accreditation cases!  The answer seems to be balance.  Sure, have some dessert, a beer or two, and some salty chips but drink a healthful smoothie daily, eat lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and remember ‘naught in excess.’

  • Periodically ask yourself, “will this matter in a day, in a week, in a year” How you plan your time and focus your efforts should be related to this.

You cannot do everything so some things will fall behind and that is ok! Just apply the principle above often and I think you will find this useful.  For example, going to your child’s recital or soccer game.  Hugely important if it is important to your child.  Cleaning your house?  Maybe this can be delayed.  Stressing over a patient who left your office?  Not that important.  Ponder for a minute whether this matters in a day – maybe.  In a week? Less so.  In a year? Not at all.  You really don’t have to stress over every detail when it comes to accreditation either.

  • Finally, have something to look forward to, have someone to love and spend time with, and do rewarding work.

So there it is, or there they are, the things that help me try to keep balance in my life and achieve goals. Maybe some of these things will be useful to you. I hope so. Accomplish accreditation in small bits at a time, use your mentors, appreciate your team, love and appreciate your family and friends, Have fun!  Run or walk in the rain. Go for your goals and if you are a dentist, I do hope accreditation in the AACD is one of them!  Our office would love to hear your thoughts!

Yours for better health, Julie Gillis DDS, Restoring Teeth/Restoring Smiles

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