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By Douglas Goff, DDS
September 25, 2014
Category: Dentures

DenturesWe tell you what makes these two tooth replacement procedures different.

When it comes to replacing a tooth, the online literature can be a bit mind-boggling. It can either be too complicated or laden with heavy medical terminology, or it can be altogether inaccurate. So let’s make this a bit easier. If you’ve been doing your research and trying to find out more about dental bridges and partial dentures in Columbus, but you still find yourself scratching your head, then let’s break this down for you!

What are partial dentures?

Sometimes simply referred to as partials, this prosthetic contains an artificial tooth or teeth that are attached to a gum-colored plastic. Unlike bridges, partial dentures are removable. There are clasps or hooks attached to the plastic that fit around existing teeth to stabilize the partial dentures.

What are dental bridges?

While they also fill in gaps in your smile, dental bridges are permanent and fixed structures in the mouth (so you can’t remove them like you would partials). There are different kinds of dental bridges available including traditional fixed bridges and resin-bonded bridges.

What are the major differences?

Besides the removable versus fixed characteristic, there are several other traits that make these treatments as different as night and day:
  • Partials are often a more practical option when future tooth loss might occur. Also, new teeth can be added to partial dentures easily and rather inexpensively, too. Dental bridges are only a good option if your neighboring teeth are strong enough to support this prosthetic. Your Columbus dentist will be able to determine if you possess strong enough bone support to get dental bridges.
  • Since partials are removable, they are often easier to clean; however, this also means they are less likely to retain their shape then a fixed dental bridge.
  • While the partial has hooks that attach to neighboring teeth, dental bridges have a more in-depth process. This involves shaving down the neighboring teeth to prepare them for crowns. These two crowns are on either side of the pontic, which is an artificial tooth used to replace the missing tooth.

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To find out which option is best for you when it comes to replacing missing teeth, it’s important that we exam your smile first. If you’re interested in getting partial dentures or dental bridges in Columbus, then let’s set you up with a consultation. Once we see what we are working with, we’ll be able to recommend a procedure to fully restore your smile.
Have you gone through the partial denture versus fixed bridge decision-making process? If so, what was the deciding factor for you and how did your smile improve after the procedure? Share your stories with us!
By Douglas Goff, DDS
September 15, 2014
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

Can Teeth Whitening Damage the Enamel?
Have you ever tried whitening strips or paste? Did you notice a little bit of sensitivity? That’s normal—most whitening treatments cause minorTeeth Whitening tooth sensitivity—that’s due to the concentration of hydrogen peroxide on the enamel.
The Effectiveness and Safety of Teeth Bleaching Products
The dental industry and companies produce a variety of whitening solutions for patients, and they come in different forms: trays, strips, paint-on and toothpaste. And these different forms of whitening also vary depending on:
·      Active ingredients
·      Percent of hydrogen peroxide
·      How the product is applied
While it’s rare for teeth whitening treatments to damage the enamel, it’s still important to follow directions, helping to minimize tooth discomfort and soft tissue irritation.
When to Visit a Dental Professional
Whitening formulas can range from mild to strong, and it’s important to understand when to visit a dental professional. If you have minor surface stains, simple changes in food and beverage choices and whitening toothpaste can help battle and buff them out.
Some people may prefer to purchase whitening products at the store, but we recommend a professional handle tough dental stains. Strong hydrogen peroxide needs to be monitored by a dental professional, such as a dentist or dental hygienist. Our trained dental staff know how long whitening gel should be in contact with teeth.
If you want to consult with a dentist about your dental stains, call our dental practice at (614) 451-1300. 

By Dr. Doug Goff
May 23, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: May   Dentist  
May is the perfect month to recommit to the dentist. Why, you may ask? May is recommitment month! Now is the dentistperfect time to get back to regular dental visits. Dr. Douglass Goff wants to inform you about some newer options they are offering to the Columbus, Ohio area. Some of the services besides regular teeth cleanings we offer to our patients are:
  • Dental implants
  • Custom cosmetic dentures
  • Crowns and bridges
  • Veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Extractions
  • Numerous cosmetic dentistry procedures
New Options to Make Your Visit More Pleasant
You may be like many other patients and stopped going to the dentist merely because you didn’t like the sounds and anxiety that the dentist caused. We heard your concerns and have different options to help you.
  • Air Abrasion – The new drill. Instead of that high-pitched dental drill, air abrasion uses aluminum oxide to remove debris and decay. It usually does not require anesthesia and is painless!
  • Sedatives – Used to help the patient relax during a dental visit. Sedations are a medicine that can be used during the procedure to make the patient feel relaxed and at ease.
Visiting Us May Be More Important Than You Think
Skipping on dental visits puts not just your mouth at risk, but your whole body health. Research has shown that the health of your body is equivalent to the health of your mouth. Not taking proper care of your smile can promote a range of disease from diabetes, leukemia, oral cancers, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.
Make a change for the better and contact us today. Our staff works together on a daily basis and is committed to exceeding your expectations.
For many of us, crowns and bridges may sound like some you are more likely to find in Great Britain than in the United States. But fortunately for my Columbus dental patients, crowns and bridges also refer to aspects of restorative dentistry, where each can be used to restore or revitalize your smile. In the case of bridges, a bridge can take the place of a lost or missing tooth. Crowns can be used as a method to protect against a damaged tooth or improve the appearance of a highly stained tooth.
If you're already interested and want to hear more, here are some additional facts on crowns and bridges that may interest you:
Crowns are so named because they accomplish a similar feat to the kind of crowns royalty wear: Top something crowns and bridgesand enhance its appearance. We custom-make crowns at our office to mimic how your tooth appeared before it was damaged -- or sometimes we even create them to look better than your tooth did previously. Crowns are a good option if you have undergone a root canal or experience a severe cavity that cannot be corrected with a traditional filling. They have both cosmetic benefits as well as structural benefits for your teeth. However, applying a crown does require removing a portion of dental enamel so the crown can fit easily over your existing tooth structure. In this way, a crown is different from veneers that only require removing a small amount of dental enamel and is typically used to cover smaller areas.
Interestingly enough, crowns can be used as a part of a dental bridge. Dental bridges don't have areas you can walk over, but they do connect one area to another. Bridges are used to bridge the gap between a missing tooth and your existing teeth. To create a bridge, crowns are placed over the teeth on either side of your missing tooth and a false tooth known as an abutment is in the middle of the other teeth. Bridges are an excellent alternative to a removable partial denture because they are firm and secure when eating and speaking -- you may even forget you had the missing tooth in the first place.
Bridges come in a variety of materials, and Dr. Goff can work with you to establish the material that will best fit your needs. For example, porcelain looks the most natural, but metal alloys are strong and durable and designed to stand the test of time.
Regardless of the option chosen, many patients find it reassuring to know that these selections are custom-made just for you to enhance your smile and keep your surrounding teeth healthy. Dr. Goff can discuss these and other restorative dental treatment options with you at his Columbus dentist office to determine what option may help you smile with more confidence.
For more information on crowns and bridges, please call our office at 614-451-1300.
By Dr. Doug Goff
February 19, 2014
Category: Dentures
Tags: Missing Teeth  
Are you a history buff, or maybe you are just a random fact finder? If you are, this blog post will piquedentures your interest—four fun facts about dentures. There are quite a few interesting facts about dentures that many people haven’t heard of before. Drs. Douglas Goff and Andy Gilbert, Columbus dentists, hope you enjoy!
Fact 1
In the past, natural materials were used to construct dentures. Of course, this was way back in the day—from 700BC to the 1800’s. These natural materials included human and animal teeth and ivory from a walrus, elephant or hippopotamus’s tusks.
Fact 2
George Washington’s dentures weren’t wooden! Yes, this is true. Hidden behind his serious demeanor, for years people thought that Washington’s set of choppers were made of wood. Research has revealed that Washington had four sets of dentures made of different materials: gold, ivory and human and animal teeth.
Fact 3
Paul Revere dabbled in dentistry. After the Battle of Bunker Hill, Revere was able to identify his friend’s, Joseph Warren, dental work—a false tooth supported by a wire. This is also one of the first cases of forensic dentistry.
Fact 4 
In 2010, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s partial dentures were sold at an auction for a whopping $23, 723! Although many respected him for being one of the greatest wartime leaders, that’s still a lot of money for a pair of teeth.
Have fun chewing on these small tidbits about dentures! Columbus residents, if you have any interesting dental facts, please share them in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you! If you need more information about dentures in Columbus, feel free to call (614) 451-1300.

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