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Teeth Whitening Options at Our Office

Posted on 06/14/2018

As the saying goes; “You only have one chance at a first impression.” And what’s the first thing you notice during a  first impression? Their smile! Here at 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we see white teeth and a bright smile as a golden opportunity to make an outstanding first impression.

White teeth communicate health, beauty, and success. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular services in the cosmetic industry. It is a quick and somewhat easy way to greatly improve your overall appearance.

Many people yearn for a sparkling smile but are held back by stained or yellowed teeth. Several factors can cause teeth discoloration. If you suffer from tooth discoloration, you are not alone. Dr. Imm and his staff here at our office can help to restore your healthy smile!

What Does it Involve?

The color of your teeth is a result of a combination of the color of dentin under the enamel and the reflection of light off the enamel.  Every day the outer coating of the enamel picks up stains. Aging can also make your teeth less bright because the dentin gets darker while the enamel becomes thinner. This discoloration can be mitigated through advanced whitening technology.

The Most Effective Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

If drugstore whitening products aren’t working for your teeth, it may be time to seek help from a professional. There are several reasons why you may benefit from whitening your teeth at our office. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, you will receive specialized care from Dr. TJ Imm and his team. You will have the opportunity to choose the option that best fits your budget, schedule, and preference. Through Zoom!® advanced teeth whitening technology, we can gently lighten up your teeth.

The best thing about our Zoom! whitening system is that it is suitable for everyone; the treatment can be customized to for your specific needs. After making all the necessary arrangements, the doctors will apply whitening gel to the affected teeth to activate the process.

After the procedure, you will be given Zoom! gel to carry home for touch-ups. You will be provided with post-whitening instructions. Our in-office procedures are suitable for anyone looking for a safe way to get a whiter smile instantly. So, if you have a special event coming up such as a graduation or a wedding, our in-office whitening treatment will get your smile ready to go.

Most patients experience impressive results with this whitening treatment. Teeth whitening treatments are effective in removing brown, orange or yellow tinges caused by beverages, smoking or aging. Dark grey stains as a result of smoking, fluorosis or tetracycline may take time to whiten. Besides this, patients with periodontal disease, sensitive teeth or worn enamel may not do well in whitening treatment. The best solution for these cases may involve dental crowns and bridges.

How to Prepare For Treatment

When you schedule an appointment, Dr. Imm will examine your teeth to help evaluate the best course of action. In the examination, he will photograph your mouth. Other dental problems can affect the whitening treatment. In most cases, some conditions such as cavities must be treated first before whitening.

Before the whitening process, our team will clean your teeth. This will remove the food residues, bacteria, and other substances that may contribute to the yellowing.

Benefits of In-Office Whitening

Instant Gratification: You will leave our office with a healthy smile. You will have whiter teeth within two hours. In most cases, a whitening session lasts less than an hour.

Safe and Painless: 5 Points Advanced Dentistry utilizes the latest technology in teeth whitening. This results in a low risk of developing long-term sensitivity issues. This is safer than over the counter whitening treatments.

Improve Your Image: Most may argue that our eyes are the window to our soul. While this is true, teeth are also the window to our health and lifestyle. Dull teeth can signal ill health or a nutritional deficiency.

Improve Your Self-Esteem: If you are less confident about yourself especially because of stained teeth; it is possible that you avoid social gatherings. Whitening can improve your self-esteem and can help you regain your social life. While some events such as a graduation, a wedding, the photos you take at these events are permanent. With our in-office whitening, you can shine through the years courtesy of a beautiful smile.

Improve Interview Performance: A bright smile projects confidence, capability, and energy. These are the traits that most employers are looking for.

If you are ready to improve your appearance with a healthy smile, please call us at 5 Points Advanced Dentistry today! Our team will have your smile looking “first impression ready” in no time at all!

 

Restore and Brighten Your Smile for Weddings and Graduations!

Posted on 04/13/2018

Most of us would agree that your most magnetic facial feature is your smile. Since the field of dentistry has seen tremendous advances in technology and procedures to help restore and maintain great smiles, you don’t have to worry about having chipped, uneven, stained or crooked teeth on your wedding day, graduation, or any other upcoming event! 5 Points Advanced Dentistry offers procedures that can help you smile with confidence as you prepare for a graduation or a wedding. Dr. Imm will help you in the selection of the most suitable options, depending on your desired results.

Teeth Whitening At Our Office

Restore and Brighten Your Smile Weddings Graduations

Teeth whitening is probably the easiest way to make your smile stand out and help you feel more confident attending any upcoming events. There are many different options for teeth whitening. In our office, we use the ZOOM! Whitening system to help our patients have white smiles. It is very convenient for busy patients, as we can brighten and whiten your smile by several shades in just a single visit! The ZOOM! system is suitable for almost anyone and we customize the treatment to help you achieve the results you want. Schedule your in-office teeth whitening session today at 5 Points Advanced Dentistry to enjoy the benefits of Zoom!® advanced teeth whitening technology!

At-Home Teeth Whitening Kits

There are also other options if you don’t want to get your teeth whitened in the office. If you would prefer to whiten your teeth gradually in the comfort of your own home, talk to us about the DayWhite® or Opalescence® Boost teeth whitening kits. You can wear a tray filled with whitening solution when it is most convenient for you and see results within 10 to 14 days. We have many busy patients looking for a simple and effective teeth whitening solution that love their results with our take-home whitening systems.

Dental Crowns

The purpose of dental crowns is to restore the normal size, shape and strength of your tooth, and also to cover any imperfections in your teeth. Unlike teeth whitening that cleans the teeth, a crown covers the tooth. A crown can make teeth look great and feel stronger. If you have a tooth filling you don’t want to be seen, for example, a crown can cover it up, whereas teeth whitening cannot. A crown is a great way to cover teeth that are out of position, uneven, or discolored.

Do you have weak teeth that you and your dentist are concerned might break? Dr. Imm can prepare a crown to prevent brittle teeth from chipping or breaking, as well as to restore already broken teeth. This is a great treatment option that allows you to keep your natural tooth, but ensure that it will be stronger and aesthetically pleasing. There are several materials that are used to make crowns and they range from very strong to very aesthetically appealing. With your help, your dentist will choose the right one for you. The crown is custom-made to fit your tooth and goes over top of the natural tooth. Essentially, it looks like a thimble and it is cemented to your tooth. If a crown is recommended by your dentist, then it is the chosen procedure to solve the dental issues listed above. Always remember that the primary objective of the dentist is to ensure that you have a healthy smile for life!

Bridges and Implants

Do you have missing teeth that are affecting your confidence in your smile? Or do you have a hard time chewing or speaking due to a gap in your teeth? To replace missing teeth, there are two types of replacement procedures: an implant and a fixed bridge. Bridges or dental implants are used to fill in this space and help you to be more confident smiling as well as reduce discomfort when you are eating and drinking.

In a fixed bridge replacement procedure, an artificial tooth is used to replace the missing tooth. For bridges, the restoration can use alloys, gold, porcelain or combinations of those materials, and it is hooked to the teeth to close the gap for support. It is a great alternative because it looks great and it can even fill the space of several missing teeth.

Implants are installed by placing a titanium fixture directly in the jawbone and screwing in a fully-functional fake tooth into your gums.They can take some time to heal, however, implants are a great permanent solution for tooth loss that can give you confidence smiling, as well as eating any type of food. You can have no fear biting into an apple or an ear of corn after dental implants!

The success of an implant or a bridge depends on the foundation of the teeth, the gums, and the jaw bone. It is important to keep your gums, teeth and a jaw bone healthy to help these procedures be successful!

What’s the best procedure for me?

The decision of which procedure to go for will be different for every patient, and cannot be made before visiting your dentist! The final decision is made after your dentist has examined your mouth and spoken to you about your desired outcomes, and any questions or concerns you have. Each of these procedures have different results, costs, recovery, and time associated with them. But before you go in to your appointment, it’s great to know what options you have and help yourself become educated on the different procedures we have available! We are always more than happy to discuss each option in detail and advise you what we would suggest for your individual treatment plan.

No one wants to feel uncomfortable smiling, especially with all of your upcoming spring and summer events! We love transforming our patients’ smiles and getting to see them become excited to show them off! Schedule your visit with us today to discuss your ideal results and how we can get you there! We look forward to speaking with you about your vision for your smile!

What is a Smile Makeover?

Posted on 03/23/2018

If you have cracked or dull teeth, you may suffer from low self-esteem. If this is the case, and you no longer want to be embarrassed by your teeth, a smile makeover may be a worthwhile consideration. A smile makeover begins with a dentist looking at your entire mouth, discussing your concerns, and choosing procedures that will improve your smile. Afterward, you will want to show off your pearly whites instead of hiding them.

What are the Benefits of a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover will restore both function and aesthetics to your mouth. For example, if you have a misaligned bite, we can correct the problem so you can chew properly and smile without being self-conscious. Damaged or crooked teeth can also be repaired, and missing teeth can be permanently replaced. After a complete smile makeover, you will enjoy a beautiful smile, enhanced tooth structure, better jaw health, and improved self-confidence.

What Procedures are Involved in a Smile Makeover?

A smile makeover usually consists of numerous cosmetic procedures.  For example, a patient may receive dental implants, veneers, Invisalign, or whitening treatments. Before forming a plan of action, a dentist will examine your gums, teeth color, and the overall condition of your mouth. smile makeover

Color. If your teeth are stained, or you have amalgam fillings that bring a damaged look to your teeth, the color can be improved with white fillings or a whitening procedure. Thanks to today’s technology, it is possible to perfectly match the color of your existing teeth. A professional whitening treatment provides faster and better results than an OTC product or kit. In-office procedures include the application of high-dose hydrogen peroxide. When performed correctly, it is possible to whiten teeth a few shades after one visit. Also, veneers may be placed over teeth to improve their shape and color.

Alignment and Spaces. If your teeth are crooked, or your mouth has visible gaps, we can correct this as well. Invisalign is a set of clear molded braces that straighten teeth without the use of traditional metal brackets. Clear trays are custom fit and work to correct misalignments.  It is possible to wear them without people noticing, and remove them for cleaning. Also, veneers may be applied to teeth that are chipped, leaning, or imperfect in other ways.

Missing Teeth. One of the most common ways that a smile makeover improves a person’s appearance is by replacing missing teeth. If you have spaces in your mouth, it may be impossible to eat or speak correctly. Dental implants are permanent solutions that look and function like real teeth. They are implanted into the jaw, which means that they are not removable like dentures. Dental crowns are placed over the implants to make them look just like your natural teeth. These may also be used as part of a bridge. Both bridges and crowns are cemented on top of existing teeth to repair them. Bridges are used to fill spaces where more than one tooth is missing.  By filling in these gaps, your jaw and facial shape can be preserved. Crowns offer strength to damaged teeth as well.

Bone Reshaping.  If you have lost one or more of your teeth, there will be a hole left behind in your jawbone. Your gums will eventually heal, but the bone will encounter various highs and lows. These can cause dentures or similar restorations to rub and cause soreness. In time, bone will become lost. To smooth the bone, a reshaping surgery, or alveoplasty, may be necessary.

Targeting Teeth in a Smile Makeover

A smile makeover targets your teeth so that they look aesthetically pleasing. It is important to pay attention to the smile line. This goes along the upper teeth and should follow the curve of your lips during a smile. It is essential to adjust tooth length and proportion as well. When a person is young, his or her teeth are longer. With time, teeth begin to wear down and become shorter. Veneers can restore length. Also, it is possible to modify the gums. Gum tissue reshaping helps people who have uneven, obtrusive, or receding gums.

Besides leaving a smile looking better, it also helps to prevent periodontal disease. When gums are receding, teeth are left exposed, and pockets commonly develop. These pockets accumulate bacteria that can cause severe problems.

Who is a Good Candidate for a Smile Makeover?

Anyone looking to improve their oral and overall health may take advantage of a smile makeover. If you are unhappy with the look of your teeth, Dr. Imm, who specialize in cosmetic dentistry, can help. He can meet with you to do a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth and discuss exactly what results you are looking for in the smile makeover.

How to Maintain Results of a Smile Makeover

After undergoing a smile makeover, a patient must change his or her oral hygiene routine in order to maintain positive results. It is essential to brush with a non-abrasive toothpaste and to floss each day. Removing debris from between teeth will elongate the lifespan of any cosmetic procedure and keep tooth decay from starting.

If you receive composite fillings or crowns, it is best to avoid mouthwash that contains alcohol. This is known to have negative effects. Also, we will advise you to avoid foods that are packed with sugar and items that are known to cause staining (coffee, cigarettes, etc.).

Finally, please avoid biting or chewing hard objects (such as ice). Even though cosmetic restorations are sturdy, the best way to ensure a long life for your new smile is to act with care. Your dentist will be able to provide more advice when you meet, so that you can easily maintain the results of your smile makeover.

Before you decide to pursue a smile makeover, it is vital to understand what can realistically be accomplished. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we offer all patients previews of expected results. We use state-of-the-art imaging technology and various mock-ups so that it is possible to see all of the improvements that a smile makeover will bring. We provide customized plans for all of our patients so that individual needs are targeted. For more information, call our office today.

Why Should You Choose 5 Points Advanced Dentistry As Your Family and Cosmetic Dentist?

Posted on 03/12/2018

Did you know that 48% of people will say that a smile is the most memorable feature after they meet someone for the first time? At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we understand that the aesthetics of your smile are just as important as your oral and overall health. One of the most important parts of ensuring healthy teeth and gums is choosing the right dentist for you and your family. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we are ready to meet and exceed your needs.

Dr. John Imm is the dentist at our office. He has had extensive education and experience, including The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a fellowship at The International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He did his residency in Advanced General Dentistry at the University of Florida. This residency education is part of the reason he chose to name his practice 5 Points Advanced Dentistry. Dr. Imm is passionate about continuing his education and keeping up with all of the advancements in dental care and technology.

Why Should You Choose 5 Points Advanced Dentistry as Your Family Dentist?

Preventive dentistry is important for individuals of all ages. Semi-annual dental exams are not just for cleaning, but for screening for underlying issues like cavities. If there are more serious issues, like precursors to gum disease, we will be able to catch it before it progresses further.  From routine checkups and cleanings to information about home oral care, every visit to 5 Points Advanced Dentistry will help improve your dental and overall health. choose 5 points advanced dentistry as your family dentist

Dr. Imm is passionate about creating a positive, caring dental experience for every patient—old and young. Our highly trained team will do all we can to make you feel comfortable as soon as you arrive at our office. We hope that we show you that we truly care about each patient, so you know you have a found a dentist you can trust.

Our compassionate approach is especially great for young children and adults who have had bad experiences in the past. Fear is one of the main reasons people avoid dental visits, so everyone in your family will appreciate our down-to-earth approach. From toddlers to grandparents, we will do all we can to ensure your entire family looks forward to appointments. Our personalized care will make every visit a pleasant experience.

You should visit the dentist at least twice each year.  A comprehensive exam will help us detect dental issues in their earliest stages. Early treatment costs less, involves less discomfort, and produces the best results. The exam will provide a whole picture of your oral health.

A thorough cleaning can also prevent future dental problems. During a professional cleaning, our hygienists are able to remove tartar and plaque that cannot be removed with your toothbrush and floss. When combined with a solid home oral care routine, a semi-annual cleaning will help you avoid cavities and gum disease. General dentistry should be one of the top priorities for you and your family.  

Why Should You Choose 5 Points Advanced Dentistry as your Cosmetic Dentist?

 

We believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile. At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, our cosmetic dentistry procedures include:   

  • Smile Makeovers
  • Invisalign
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crowns and Bridges
  • Composite Fillings
  • Dental Implants

Smile Makeovers

At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Imm will consult with you about your goals for your dental health and appearance.  Then, he will develop a smile makeover treatment plan that will focus on reaching those goals.  Because every patient is different, each smile makeover process will be unique.  When we consult with our patients about a smile makeover, procedures we may recommend include composite bonding, dental implants, Invisalign, teeth whitening, and others.

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Invisalign

Adults and teenagers who need braces often hesitate when it comes to old-fashioned metal braces. These braces may be viewed as unattractive and can be uncomfortable. One alternative option to consider is Invisalign. This orthodontic treatment is effective, fast, and discreet because the customized, clear braces are nearly invisible. Invisalign braces are easy to clean as well because they can be removed.

Teeth Whitening

We provide a few different teeth whitening options for our patients. Our Zoom! In-Office Whitening procedure is fast, effective, and customized for you specifically. With this treatment, will be able to whiten your teeth several shades in just one visit.

Our DayWhite® or Opalescence® Boost take-home teeth whitening kits are affordable options for patients who want to whiten their teeth. For this treatment, we will prepare trays filled with the whitening solution for you to take home. You will be able to wear these trays when it is most convenient for you and you will see results within 10 to 14 days.

Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a custom-made “cap” that fits over your tooth to repair and strengthen it. These are necessary after you undergo a root canal treatment or if your tooth has sustained damage or trauma. Because each crown is custom, it will be made to match your surrounding natural teeth.

We can use a bridge to fill a gap between two teeth. A bridge is a set of two or more crowns custom-made to resemble your missing teeth. These are attached to the surrounded teeth to fill the gap and recreate your smile.

Composite Fillings

After Dr. Imm cleans out a cavity, he will fill it with a composite filling. This is a tooth-colored filling that will protect your tooth from further decay.

Dental Implants

Dr. Imm can use dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth in your mouth. Implants can preserve your jaw bone, so you do not experience bone loss, and will fill the gap between your teeth, so your natural teeth will not shift.

Dental Procedures For Special Problems

At 5 Points Advanced Dentistry, we are ready to assist with all of your dental care needs. Dr. Imm also takes special care to focus on your whole mouth and overall health. Studies have found that the condition of your gums and teeth is actually linked to your overall health, so Dr. Imm has become more focused on this and making sure we uncover all underlying problems.

If you are experiencing oral pain or discomfort, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. It’s not necessary to wait until your semi-annual exam if you have an immediate problem.  Dr. Imm will be happy to take a look and determine which route would be best for treatment. 

For example, if you are experiencing jaw pain or popping, you may have a disorder called TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) Disorder. Many people develop this disorder if they grind their teeth at night. This is something Dr. Imm has a lot of experience diagnosing and treating. At 5 Points, we can create a custom mouthguard to prevent further grinding, and provide more advanced treatment if necessary. Taking these measures against nighttime teeth grinding can preserve your gums and teeth, and keep your jaw healthy.

If you do have TMJ, the condition affects the placement of your ligaments and jaw bones. This altered position can cause your airway to be narrowed. A narrowed airway can lead to mouth breathing during sleeping and snoring and can even cause your airway to collapse. This is one of the things that Dr. Imm is particularly focused on uncovering if the problem exists. Your health is important to him and all of us here at 5 Points.

If you have tooth pain, there are several causes that could be behind it. You may need to have a tooth extracted, periodontal care, bone reshaping, or crowns. Whatever your particular situation may be, we are here to help. So, don’t wait until your regularly scheduled appointment if you have an oral health concern—contact 5 Points Advanced Dentistry.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

We are the dental team for your toddlers, teens, adults, and seniors. Whether your family members all come in at the same time, or appointments are scheduled on different days, you will quickly see why so many people in the Columbus, Ohio area choose us.

If it has been more than six months since you have had a checkup, you are experiencing an oral problem, or you have questions, this is the ideal time to contact us for an appointment.  Simply call us at 614-961-4351 or email us at info@ua5pointsdentistry.com. Our friendly, compassionate staff wants to meet you, and help you have the best oral health possible! We look forward to meeting you and your family.

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