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By P Steven Wainess DDS
February 23, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

By P Steven Wainess DDS
November 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal   Tooth Pain  

ToothacheIf the thought of undergoing root canal therapy scares you, you are not alone. Given the images that a root canal conjures for most people thanks to jokes and urban legends about the horrors associated with the procedure, it's no surprise that most people would do just about anything to avoid hearing the dreaded words from the dentist. But not only are the rumors about root canal therapy untrue, the truth is that ignoring dental problems for fear of treatment will actually do more harm than good. Dr. P. Steven Wainess, a dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI, offers general, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry services to help improve your smile and oral health.

Root Canal Therapy in St. Clair Shores, MI

Root canal therapy is usually necessary when a tooth becomes infected. If bacteria reaches the pulp (the nerves, blood vessels, and soft tissue inside the tooth), the root and damaged tissue are removed to clear the infection and save the tooth from permanent damage. In reality, the procedure is not especially traumatic and is actually fairly similar to filling a cavity. The dentist drills a small hole in the tooth (after applying anesthesia to numb the area to minimize any pressure or discomfort), removes the damaged tissue, cleans the tooth from the inside out and removes all bacteria, and then seals the tooth.

How to Know if You Need a Root Canal

A dental exam and x-ray are necessary to determine whether you need root canal therapy, but here are a few signs and symptoms that may indicate that you will need a root canal:

  • Moderate to severe toothache
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Dark stain or discoloration
  • Inflammation/swelling
  • Pus or other signs of infection

Find a Dentist in St. Clair Shores, MI

For more information about root canal therapy, contact our office by calling (586) 293-1515 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wainess today.