Cosmetic Dentist in Cincinnati

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Cincinnati Cosmetic Dentist

A gorgeous smile is essential to leaving a lasting first impression and developing a healthy sense of self-confidence. But sometimes, your smile may fall short of its full potential. At Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group, your trusted cosmetic dentist in Cincinnati combines the art and science of dentistry to offer the latest treatment options for enhancing your smile.

When you visit our practice, you can expect to be warmly greeted by our friendly staff with the individualized attention and respect you deserve. Our dental team will take the time to get to know you and understand your goals and expectations so we can draft a treatment plan personalized just for you. Our porcelain veneers are a very popular option among our patients for improving the appearance of their smiles. If your teeth are misaligned, gapped, chipped, or discolored, porcelain veneers may be the ideal solution for you. As a leading cosmetic dentist in Cincinnati, you can rest assured your smile makeover is in capable, artful hands. We’ve helped countless patients transform the appearance of their teeth and we are confident we can do the same for you. Our veneers are fabricated from the highest grade dental porcelain available which not only ensures their durability but lends them a translucent quality that reflects light the same way real teeth do, creating a remarkably natural appearance. Unlike other options available in cosmetic dentistry, veneers are incredibly convenient and require only a few short visits to our office to complete. 

As a leading cosmetic dentist in Cincinnati, we can help improve your overall appearance and boost the confidence you have in your smile. Allow us to assist you in achieving your cosmetic dental goals with our premium veneers and our other options. At Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group, our top priorities are you and your smile. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.        

 

 

105 E. Fourth Street Suite 1175
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 290-1144

 

 

Dentist in Cincinnati

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Cincinnati Dentist

When it comes to providing your family with dental care, you only want the best. The talented team at Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group have established themselves as a leading dentist in Cincinnati by delivering premium dental work that often surpasses the expectations of our patients. At our state-of the-art facility located in the heart of downtown Cincinatti, we offer the latest general, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services to keep your family’s smiles healthy and vibrant for many years to come.

When you bring your family to the office of Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group, you can expect that they’ll receive the individualized attention they deserve. We take our responsibility to our patients seriously. Using state-of-the-art technology, our skilled practitioners provide comprehensive, thorough, caring and gentle dental care. Our treatment plans are personalized to match the unique needs of patients at all stages of life, from the youngest to adults – of all ages. The path to a lifelong healthy smile starts with a strong preventive care regimen. To stay abreast of current innovation, our office is equipped with the innovative, FDA approved Diagnodent system which uses laser technology to find cavities in areas that even diagnostic films fail to detect. 

Providing comprehensive care is our specialty. When it comes to enhancing the appearance of your smile, we offer an exceptional teeth whitening service, veneers, and Invisalign, among many other services. Missing teeth can take a toll on your quality of life, especially as you get older. As a leading dentist in Cincinnati, we offer the finest restorative care solutions. Our premium tooth colored fillings, custom fabricated crowns, bridges, and dentures, and the leading edge in restoration – dental implants - are great ways to reestablish a smile that look and feels remarkably natural!  

 

At Foundation Square Cosmetic Dental Group, we’ve established ourselves as a leading dentist in Cincinnati by consistently providing the highest levels of personalized care. For any of your family’s general, preventive, cosmetic, or restorative dental needs, schedule an appointment today. 

 

105 E. Fourth Street Suite 1175
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 290-1144

 

Welcome to Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group!

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Here at Fountain Square Cosmetic Dental Group, our Cincinnati dentist prides themselves in providing our patients with the highest quality dental care. We value our patients’ health as paramount. Our dental staff understands your concerns and anxieties, and enjoys educating our patients and keeping them informed and at ease about their treatments and procedures at all times. Our dental office uses state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and the strictest sterilization techniques.

We strive to make each dental appointment pleasant and stress-free; serving the Cincinnati community to the best of our abilities is always our number one priority. Our Cincinnati dentist offers comprehensive dental care to our patients ranging from general, preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. From a thorough initial exam, to treating cavities and preventing them with fluoride and sealant treatments, to teeth whitening and dental crowns and implants, having a beautiful smile isn’t only about the aesthetics; maintaining dental health and hygiene is essential to one’s overall well-being.  

Glen R. Meyer, DDS, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati. He then Graduated Cum Laude from Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Meyer lectures on the topic of "Traumatic Dental Injuries" at the Citywide Sports Symposium. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Ohio Dental Association, Cincinnati Dental Society and the Alpha Omega Dental International.

Andrew J. Harris, DDS graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in biology. He then Graduated from Marquette University School of Dentistry. Dr. Harris has extensive training in Comprehensive Reconstructive Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Ohio Dental Association and the Cincinnati Dental Society.

They have a wide range of knowledge and experience in the field of dental health, and we are excited for you to meet them. Make an appointment with our Cincinnati dentist by calling, (513) 290-1144, today!

 

 

105 E. Fourth Street Suite 1175
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 290-1144

 

 

Early Oral Cancer Detection Helps Save Lives

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Most patients have no detectable symptoms during the early stages of oral cancer, but with routine dental check ups we can help you find signs and and review symptoms that might indicate oral cancer.  In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year.  While early detection boosts the survival rate to 80-90%, many times the diagnoses doesn't happen until the cancer has progressed.  For the month of April we are trying to get the awareness of oral cancer out to our patients to help that survival rate go up.  Listed below are some signs and symptoms that you can watch for yourself:

  • Patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, usually red and white in color
  • Mouth ulcers that do not go away
  • A sore that does not heal
  • A swelling in the mouth that persists for over three weeks
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Loosening teeth (tooth) for no clear reason
  • Dentures don't fit properly
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sore throat
  • A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
  • Painful tongue
  • A hoarse voice
  • Pain in the neck that does not go away

If you have some of these symptoms you should see your doctor/dentist.  There are many other conditions and diseases with similar symptoms, but it doesn't hurt to check.


             

Please visit this link to read about an oral cancer survivor:

www.butlerfirststep.org/2012/06/oral-cancer-survivor-impacts-students/ 

Early Oral Cancer Detection Helps Save Lives

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Most patients have no detectable symptoms during the early stages of oral cancer, but with routine dental check ups we can help you find signs and and review symptoms that might indicate oral cancer.  In the United States alone, over 35,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer every year.  While early detection boosts the survival rate to 80-90%, many times the diagnoses doesn't happen until the cancer has progressed.  For the month of April we are trying to get the awareness of oral cancer out to our patients to help that survival rate go up.  Listed below are some signs and symptoms that you can watch for yourself:

  • Patches on the lining of the mouth or tongue, usually red and white in color
  • Mouth ulcers that do not go away
  • A sore that does not heal
  • A swelling in the mouth that persists for over three weeks
  • A lump or thickening of the skin or lining of the mouth
  • Pain when swallowing
  • Loosening teeth (tooth) for no clear reason
  • Dentures don't fit properly
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw stiffness
  • Sore throat
  • A sensation that something is stuck in your throat
  • Painful tongue
  • A hoarse voice
  • Pain in the neck that does not go away

If you have some of these symptoms you should see your doctor/dentist.  There are many other conditions and diseases with similar symptoms, but it doesn't hurt to check.


             

Please visit this link to read about an oral cancer survivor:

www.butlerfirststep.org/2012/06/oral-cancer-survivor-impacts-students/ 

Sport Injuries To Your Mouth - What To Do???

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More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year.  Both adults and children are at risk.  With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been entirely knocked out of its socket often can be successfully replanted and last for years.  Because of this, it is important to be prepared and know what to do if this happens to you or someone with you.  THE KEY IS TO ACT QUICKLY, YET CALMLY, AND FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS:

 

1.  Pick up tooth by the crown (the chewing surface) not the root.

Locate the tooth immediately; do not leave it at the site of the accident.  The tooth should be handled carefully - touch only the crown - to minimize injury to the root.  (see bottom of page for example of the crown portion of the tooth)


2.  If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with cold water, remembering not to handle the root surface.

*Do not use soap or chemicals  *Do not scrub the tooth  
*Do not dry the tooth  *Do not wrap it in a tissue or cloth

3.  Reposition tooth in socket immediately, if possible.

The sooner the tooth is replaced, the greater the likelihood it will survive.  To reinsert, carefully push the tooth into the socket with fingers, or position above the socket and close mouth slowly.  Hold the tooth in place with fingers or by gently biting down on it.

4.  Keep tooth moist at all times.

The tooth must not be left outside the mouth dry.  If it cannot be replaced in the socket, put it in one of the following:

*Emergency tooth preservation kit (Save-A-Tooth)  
http://www.save-a-tooth.com/
*Milk   *Saliva    *Mouth (next to cheek or under tongue)

5.  Call your dentist immediately to have the tooth replaced and splinted.

Time is of the utmost importance, the faster you act, the better chance of saving the tooth- ideally, within 30 minutes.  However, it is possible to save the tooth even if it has been outside the mouth for more than an hour or more.

 

There is something you can do to help prevent your teeth from being knocked out.  Custom mouthguards are available by your dentist for increased breathability, speech clarity, and compliance.  They are more comfortable than store bought guards because they are custom fit and you know your teeth are protected.  Please give your dentisit a call to set up an appointment for your custom mouthguard.  The process usually takes 2 appointments.  The first appointment will be about 20-30 minutes to take impressions of your teeth.  Those impression will be used to fabricate your custom guard in a dental lab.  You will return in about a week to recieve your mouthgaurd for a quick 10-20 minute appointment to make sure the guard fits your mouth properly. 

Good luck with all your sporting events, but don't forget your protective wear!  Have a great Spring and Summer.


*The crown of the tooth is the area you WANT to hold on to if your tooth comes out, NOT the ROOT!

Single-sided Deafness and Your Mouth - A New Device!

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Single Sided Deafness (SSD) is either significant or total hearing loss in just one ear. SSD is usually a permanent condition and every year there are approximately 200 new cases of SSD per million inhabitants in the world. There is no cure for permanent Single Sided Deafness, however, there are treatments available which can restore the sensation of hearing to the deaf side. There are two main treatment options available for SSD – the BAHA (a bone anchored hearing device) and the CROS aid (Contralateral Routing Of Signal) -see below.
                                                                        
   

                  (BAHA)                                           (CROS) 

There is now a new device (shown below) that has been approved to restore single-sided deafness that involves your teeth and mouth.  It helps conduct sound directly through the bones and teeth.  Not only are your teeth important for chewing up your food but they are now an anchor to hold this device in your mouth.  Isn't it amazing how much your teeth and mouth can contribute to the rest of your body? 

  For more information on this device, just click on one of these links:

http://www.ada.org/news/6128.aspx  or www.sonitusmedical.com/product/technology.cfm

Dental Myth Busters

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This article was published last year in the Cincinnati Dental Society Bulletin

Candy is Dandy; cause Sugar Won’t Rot Your Teeth

There, I said it. It’s now off my chest. I have intended for years to expose this dirty little secret, so I no longer care what the Tooth Fairy thinks of me. Yes, the white lie that organized dentistry has been spreading since Sir Hans Adolf Krebs so humbly placed his name on his discovery of the energy producing citric acid cycle, the “Krebs Cycle”, is now out in the open. I’m going to lead you through the discovery that sugar, by itself, does not cause tooth decay. That revelation will provide for you ultimate control over the health of your own teeth.

So let’s first follow the simple science. You can place a real tooth in a saturated sugar solution for a hundred years, but in the absence of bacteria, the tooth will not decay in the least bit. Sugar by itself does nothing at all to the tooth structure. In the mouth, however, millions of bacteria feed on the sugar and poop acid onto your teeth (the Kreb’s Cycle) which in turn digs the hole in the tooth which we so lovingly refer to as tooth decay.

So why am I busting this myth on what appears to be just a technicality? After all, in real life, the result of eating sugar does indeed cause cavities. Well, this distinction between sugar and the acid that bacteria produce from it provides the patient with real choices. All dentists know that it takes 24 to 48 hours to produce the bacterial colonies or “plaque” which cause the dreaded tooth decay. If you can remove the plaque completely on a daily basis you can virtually eliminate tooth decay. Now granted, that is easier said than done. The use of a high quality electric toothbrush, thorough dental flossing, and a water pik irrigation device can go a long way towards achieving this goal. So in theory, you really can have your cake and eat it too.

Let’s take this tidbit of newfound knowledge and see how we can expand on it to improve our odds even further for preventing tooth decay. Every time we place sugar or even the direct acid from soda pop into our mouths, the tooth destroying effects last for approximately 45 minutes. Whether you eat a teaspoon, or a pound of sugar at that moment, it doesn’t really matter, it is still counts as just one episode. Whether you drink a sip of soda pop or chug a gallon at a time, again, it is still counts as just one episode. Remember, the bacteria can only eat a tiny bit. The rest of the sugar or pop passes by and goes right down the tube (weight gain is a whole different lecture). 

How do we apply this revolutionary knowledge to your own personal choices? It really isn’t rocket science. The moral of the story is to reduce the episodes of sugar and pop exposure in order to reduce tooth decay and acid erosion. Don’t place a can of soda pop on your desk and drink one small sip every hour to make it last longer! That’s 12, 1 oz. episodes from just one 12 oz. can. If you drink the whole can quickly, it counts as just one episode. When Halloween comes around, instead of allowing your child one piece of candy several times a day or even over a long extended period of time, encourage them to consume more at once, thus creating fewer episodes. The longer the child drags out the candy, the more tooth destroying episodes the teeth must endure. Who cares if they bounce off the walls for a short while? The cavity lasts forever. I’m sure you can reflect upon your own choices where you too can reduce those harmful episodes. Simply remember, it is the frequency, not the volume.

Now in defense of organized dentistry, we know as a matter of practicality that no one is perfect. Even though you might follow the above suggestions concerning reducing episodes and attempt to clean your teeth thoroughly at home, you will still collect some degree of plaque no matter what. That’s why we still recommend regular continuing care cleanings and checkups to back you up. Together, we hope to minimize your dental treatment in the future and help you make informed choices for you and your family. Bon Appetite! 

More Dental Myth Busters to follow…
 

Respectfully Submitted By:

Glen R. Meyer DDS

Expelled member of the Tooth Fairy Club and

CDS’s Community Relations Committee

A Closer Look at Dental X-rays

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Recently, we have had patients questioning the need for dental x-rays and expressing their concerns about the level of radiation received due to a show that Dr. Oz did about dental radiation and an increase in thyroid cancer. We felt that we should address this issue as the show itself was very misleading and incomplete in its coverage.

Dr. Oz was doing a show on the increase in thyroid cancer and cited dental x-rays as a possible contributor and told viewers to deny having x-rays taken at their dental appointments unless absolutely necessary and demand that a thyroid collar be used.
Below is a photo of a thyroid collar available for use in our office.


By the way, this so-called study he was referencing on the show failed to mention the fact that it only involved 313 people in Kuwait, which incidentally has an abnormally high incidence of thyroid cancer to begin with. Many believe this is because their diet consists mainly of seafood. The study also said the results of their study “should be treated with caution because the data was based on self-reporting by the participants. Comprehensive historical dental x-ray records were not available from the clinics.”

Some of the benefits of dental x-rays and the reason that they are recommended on a regular basis are that it helps the dentist discover decay early so that we can remove it before it reaches the pulp chamber and causes the patient to need a root canal or have the tooth extracted. We can diagnose disease in the bone, infections forming under the gums, and some types of cancerous tumors.

As far as the level of radiation received by the patient, dentists follow the ALARA principle, which stands for “As Low As Reasonably Achievable,” when obtaining radiographs. The level of radiation is limited by 1)using the fastest speed film, 2) reduction in the size of the x-ray beam, 3) use of proper exposer and processing techniques, 4) use of lead aprons and, whenever possible thyroid collars. **Note-thyroid collars cannot always be used because in some types of dental x-rays, such as a panoramic x-ray, they actually block the image we are trying to capture.

A typical dental x-ray exposes you to about 3 mrems. Here are some examples of everyday radiation levels that you may not be aware that you are exposed to: living in a brick house (about 10 mrem per year), cooking with natural gas (about 10 mrem per year), and sleeping next to someone else (about 2 mrem per year). All of us have small amounts of naturally occurring radioactive materials in our bodies. You can even get the equivalent radiation of two dental radiographs from a short plane ride and an entire day in the sun is comparable to twenty dental x-rays.

So, in the end it is not in your best interest to refuse dental x-rays due to the limited amount of radiation received. Your dentist acquires valuable information from those x-rays to assist you in your dental health. Now that you are properly informed, you just have to ask yourself, “do the benefits outweigh the risks”?

Tongue tied?

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Tongue tied, bump in your mouth that annoys you? If we have ever talked to you about a “frenectomy” or “fibroma” and seeing a specialist about having it removed, we have good news for you! We now have a soft tissue laser so we can take care of it right here in the office from now on.

Drs. Meyer and Harris have introduced to the office the Discus NV Microlaser-soft tissue laser in the spring after we attended the Chicago Dental Society Midwinter meeting. This laser can be used for a frenectomy-the removal or loosening of frenums located under the tongue or attaching your upper lip to your gums; gingivectomy-the removal of excess gum tissue creating a better smile line.

In other words, for example, those annoying bumps on the inside of you cheek or lips can now be removed. Tired of biting your lip, we can remove it right here in the office. Or, if you can’t stick your tongue out very far or touch the roof of your mouth with your tongue, most likely you have a very “tight” frenum. This could be adjusted with the laser to allow more range of motion. Most often, all that is needed is a little topical local anesthetic-no shots! One of our assistants, Megan, had this done a little while ago so feel free to ask her how it went!

 
 

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