Posts for: January, 2014

By Charles Dean
January 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

Your mouth’s biting and chewing function is an intricate interplay of your teeth, jaws, lips, cheeks and tongue. Most of the time everything works in orderly fashion, but occasionally the soft tissues of the tongue or cheeks get in the way and are accidentally bitten. The resultant wound creates a traumatic fibroma, an overgrowth of tissue that develops to cover the affected area.

A fibroma consists of fibrous tissue made up of the protein collagen; this traumatized tissue functions much like a callous on a tender spot of skin by binding together the new tissues forming as the wound heals. But because the fibroma is raised on the surface of the cheek more than normal tissue, the chances are high it will be bitten again and reinjured, even multiple times. If this occurs the fibroma becomes tougher and more pronounced.

As it becomes raised and hardened in this way, it becomes more noticeable. More than likely, though, it poses no danger other than as an inconvenience. If it becomes too much of a nuisance, or you have concerns that it’s more than a benign growth, it can be removed with a simple fifteen-minute procedure. An oral surgeon, periodontist or dentist with surgical training will first anesthetize the area with a local anesthetic; the fibroma is then completely excised (removed) and the wound opening sutured with two or three small sutures. Any post-procedure discomfort should be mild and easily managed by pain medication like aspirin or ibuprofen.

Although it’s highly unlikely the fibroma is cancerous, the excised tissue should then be sent for biopsy. Viewing the tissue microscopically is the only definitive way to determine the true nature of the tissue and confirm any diagnosis that the tissue is benign. This is no cause for alarm as it’s a standard healthcare procedure to biopsy this particular kind of excised tissue.

“Bumps and lumps” are common occurrences in the mouth. It’s a good idea to point them out to us during your regular checkups or at any time if you have a concern. In either case, this bothersome problem can be easily treated.

If you would like more information on traumatic fibromas, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”


Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”

By Charles Dean
January 03, 2014
Category: Invisalign
Tags: Untagged
You probably have a full list of things on your to-do list, which means you are running around all of the time. Add orthodontic treatment to the mix, and you probably feel like your plate is overflowing. You will need to plan around orthodontic appointments and extend your oral hygiene regiment. So maybe traditional braces don’t seem like the best fit for you. Why not consider Invisalign as your orthodontic treatment. The invisible aligners are virtually invisible and can be more accommodating to a hectic schedule. In Beavercreek, braces and Invisalign are available at Dr. Charles Dean’s, Beavercreek dentist, practice. If you are looking for an alternative to traditional braces, check out some of Invisalign’s advantages for the on-the-go people.
Oral Hygiene: Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign
Typically, you are supposed to brush your teeth after every meal for at least two minutes and then floss. With traditional braces, you need to spend extra time brushing and flossing to remove all food particles, bacteria and traces of cavity-causing acid. With Invisalign, all you need to do is remove the aligner before a meal and brush afterwards. It’s simple and maintenance is a breeze.
Aligners and appointments
Once your dentist maps out your customized treatment plan, you only need to check in approximately every six weeks. Just like your treatment plan, you can map out your dental visits. Plus, unlike traditional braces, you don’t need to worry about a bracket or wire breaking and having to make an emergency dental appointment. You can continue your normal routine without any interruptions.
If you are unsure whether Invisalign or traditional braces in Beavercreek is the right treatment for you, talk to Dr. Charles Dean. Or leave your questions in the comment section below!

By Charles Dean
January 03, 2014
Category: Snap On Smiles
Tags: Dean  
A Hollywood smile—it sounds to good to be true, and it seems like a lot of visits to the dentist. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Actually, Dr. Charles Dean, dentist in Fairborn, is making it a snap to get a Hollywood smile. All you need is Snap-on-Smile!
What is Snap-on-Smile?
It’s like veneers and a retainer wrapped up into one device. A Snap-on-Smile is made of a resin shell, so it resembles the natural tooth. Your cosmetic dentist in Fairborn provides this innovative treatment for all of his patients. And thousands of people worldwide are requesting Snap-on-Smiles. There are many advantages:
  • There is no drill and no shot
  • You don’t need adhesive
  • Completed in two dental appointments
Top Celebrity Smiles
Snap-on-Smile inspires many people to be just like their favorite celebrities. Some of the top smiles in Hollywood are becoming the hottest Snap-on-Smile trends. Just like these celebrities:
  • Halle Berry
  • Brad Pitt
  • Cameron Diaz
You simply snap on your new smile—that’s it. Similar to a crown or veneers, Snap-on-Smile covers intrinsic and extrinsic stains, chips and minor misalignment. This device can also cover missing teeth, but it’s recommended that you discuss other alternatives for dental restoration and replacement, such as a bridge or implants in Fairborn.
For minor imperfections, Snap-on-Smile may just be the cosmetic device to seriously consider. Maybe you can have the same smile as one of your favorite celebrities, or you can choose to get a more customized Snap-on-Smile that will best compliment your facial structure. Would you like to know more about Snap-on-Smile? Check out additional information on our website! Or leave a comment below!

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