As we enter into the holiday season, Dr. William L. Eick and team have two questions for you. Have you used your dental insurance benefits in 2016? And if not, what are you waiting for? November and December are the busiest months for Dr. Eick in Rocky River, so don’t put off scheduling an appointment to maximize on your dental insurance benefits before your plan renews on January 1!
November 22, 2016
November 16, 2015
If you find yourself hiding your smile, covering your mouth while you talk, or if you’re the only person in every family photo that’s frowning, it might be time to make a change. A recent University of California Berkley study revealed that people who smile more are less likely to get divorced or experience depression, and are more likely to get hired or promoted. However, similar studies reveal that those whose smiles are unappealing would do better to hide their smiles as they are perceived as less intelligent and unhealthy. If you’re ready to achieve your full smile confidence and potential, Rocky River cosmetic dentist, Dr. William L. Eick, and his team can help. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry services to correct, conceal, or transform your smile.
November 6, 2015
Root canal infection, like many oral health issues is more devastating because these infections are usually preventable. At Dr. William L. Eick’s Rocky River, OH dental practice, we emphasize preventive dentistry to avoid extensive procedures such as root canal therapy. When the alternative is an extracted or severely compromised tooth, root canal therapy is a safe, effective means of preserving dental structure. Most root canal infection occurs due to tooth decay or trauma, and in both cases, there are typically steps that can be taken to avoid the necessity of root canal treatment.
July 24, 2015
Do the words natural, functional, or comfortable come to mind when you hear the word, “dentures?” Probably not. For years, dentures have been perceived as being bulky, making eating and speaking more difficult, and slipping and sliding uncomfortably. Possibly worst of all, dentures were obvious. You knew right away if someone was wearing them. Innovations in dentistry allow your Rocky River, OH dentist, Dr. William Eick, to create custom dental prosthetics to not just replace your teeth, but to restore your smile to its natural beauty. If you’re unhappy with your current dentures or are in need of dentures, call our office to schedule a denture consolation. (more…)
April 13, 2015
Tooth loss affects millions of Americans and is most often caused by advanced periodontal disease. When you lose a tooth, the entire dynamic of your bite changes, frequently leading to future problems that could have been avoided had the tooth been replaced in a timely manner. At the Rocky River, OH dental office of Dr. William Eick, our team offers a comprehensive range of restorative dentistry solutions for patients with missing teeth, including dental implants.
Do I Really Need to Replace a Lost Tooth?
A common question we hear at the office is, “The tooth I’m missing is way in the back. Why do I need to replace it?” While it is true that a missing front tooth is considered highly unattractive and socially unacceptable, replacing posterior (back) teeth is just as important. A missing tooth anywhere in the mouth can lead to a variety of problems, including:
- Diminished chewing ability
- Nutritional issues due to difficulty eating
- Bone loss in the jaw, resulting in the loss of additional teeth
- Remaining teeth begin to tip, rotate, and migrate
- Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
- Decreased facial height over time, causing a sunken appearance
Fortunately, dental implants effectively prevent all of these complications, replacing not only the missing root within the jaw but the crown as well. The implant stimulates the jaw bone, preventing further tissue loss and restoring your smile in a way that looks and feels completely natural. Dr. Eick will work with you to develop a restorative treatment plan that specifically addresses your goals, giving you the strong and healthy new smile you deserve.
Schedule Your Dental Implants Consultation
If you are missing one or more teeth and you want to learn more about your restorative dentistry options, please don’t hesitate to contact our office today. Our entire team is committed to helping each of our patients achieve healthier, more beautiful smiles, and we’d love to do the same for you. Conveniently located in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick’s office proudly serves patients from communities in Westlake, Fairview Park, Lakewood, and more. Explore the possibilities afforded by dental implants, and see what an incredible difference our advanced technology can make for your smile.
December 14, 2014
With preventive dentistry services like routine exams, cleanings, and patient hygiene education, Dr. Eick and dentists all across America help their patients preserve the health and beauty of their natural teeth. When these proactive measures aren’t enough to save those teeth, however, restorative dentistry becomes necessary in order to reestablish oral health, dental function, and aesthetic appeal. One of the ways that we help our Rocky River, OH patients reclaim the form and function of their smiles following tooth loss involves the use of dental implants and implant-retained dentures.
Comprehensive Tooth Replacement Solutions
In the past, men and women suffering from total tooth loss were offered limited options regarding replacement of their dentition. While traditional dentures and partials do offer sufficient bite strength and stability for some patients, many others discover that wearing these removable prosthetics leads to embarrassment, diminished facial contours, considerable discomfort, and difficulty when eating or speaking. With implant-retained dentures, these and other problems associated with removable dentures are no longer a concern. Your lifelike, customized replacement teeth are firmly anchored in place with biocompatible dental implants, each of which is secured within the bone of the jaw for unparalleled stability.
The first step to determining your candidacy for dental implants or implant-retained dentures is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eick for your consultation. Our primary goal during this consultation is to give you the information and counsel you need to make an informed decision regarding your oral health. In addition to performing a thorough exam and providing you with your restorative options, Dr. Eick will happily answer any questions you may have about implants or your proposed procedure.
Discover the Benefits of Dental Implants with Dr. Eick
Whether you currently wear traditional dentures or you are considering a removable prosthesis as your tooth replacement solution of choice, we invite you to contact us today to learn more about your options. With decades of experience and a genuinely caring, patient-centric approach, Dr. William Eick is your trusted source for all restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services in Rocky River, OH. Ask our team about implant-retained dentures, and find out if you are a good candidate for this effective, increasingly popular restorative solution to missing teeth. Our office is privileged to serve patients from throughout Rocky River, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Cleveland, Westlake, and beyond.
November 14, 2014
Cracked teeth, also known as tooth fractures, may range from painless, minor chips in enamel to serious cracks that compromise the root and the viability of the tooth as a whole. At William L. Eick, DDS in Rocky River, OH, Dr. Eick and his experienced team offer an extensive selection of restorative dentistry solutions, including diagnosis and treatment of cracked teeth. Today, we’d like to address and explain some of the most common causes, complications, and treatment options for tooth fractures.
Repairing Cracked Teeth in Rocky River, OH
The type of repair needed for a cracked tooth is contingent upon the cause of the injury, the location of the fracture, and the depth to which it extends toward the root. Some of the most common causes of cracked teeth include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching; this places an excessive amount of force on the teeth
- Biting down on something hard, including ice, unpopped popcorn kernels, hard candies, and non-food items like pens or product packaging
- Trauma to the mouth or lower jaw
- Large or ill-fitting fillings that weaken enamel
- Sudden, extreme changes in temperature within the mouth
- Advanced periodontal disease; bone loss within the jaw can compromise structural integrity of the teeth
If a portion of your tooth breaks off and you are able to locate it, use a sterile saline solution or clean water to gently clear it of any debris and place it in a container of milk until you can reach our office. As a general rule of thumb, always wear an athletic mouthguard when participating in sports, and never use your teeth as tools to open packages or remove price tags from clothing. Though tooth enamel is the most highly mineralized substance in the human body, it is far from indestructible.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Cracked Teeth
Cracked teeth that are left untreated may result in increased sensitivity, pain while chewing, and even the need for extraction. This is why acting promptly is such an integral component in successful treatment. A visual exam and x-rays are used to diagnose the type of crack in any tooth. Depending on the severity of the fracture, Dr. Eick may recommend one or more restorative solutions, including dental bonding, a filling, endodontic treatment, a crown, or dental veneers. Our team is always ready to discuss your restorative options with you to formulate a treatment plan that best suits your unique needs.
What to Do if You Have a Cracked Tooth
In many cases, a cracked tooth can be treated and saved before more serious, irreparable damage is sustained. If you notice a crack or chip in any of your teeth, no matter how small it may seem, please do not hesitate to contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment with Dr. Eick. From our comfortable, welcoming dental practice in Rocky River, OH, we happily serve patients from throughout nearby communities in Cleveland, Fairview Park, Lakewood, Westlake, and the surrounding areas. Dr. Eick is genuinely committed to helping his patients and their families achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy smiles with exceptional cosmetic and restorative dental care.
March 4, 2014
Your smile shows the world who you are and how you feel; in fact, studies show that your smile is among the very first things that others notice about you. If you are missing one or more teeth, however, you may feel less willing to show off your smile to family, friends, coworkers and new acquaintances. At the office of Dr. William Eick in Rocky River, OH, we restore incomplete smiles with a comprehensive menu of restorative dentistry services, including dental implants.
Are Dental Implants the Right Choice for Me?
Most individuals who have healthy gums and sufficient bone tissue in their jaws are able to receive replacement teeth in the form of dental implants. A consultation and assessment with Dr. Eick can help determine if you are a good candidate for this type of restorative procedure. When you visit our office, we’ll walk through the steps of dental implant placement so that you feel comfortable and informed from the very start.
The dental implants process is relatively simple. First, a sturdy titanium post will be placed in the jaw where you are missing a tooth. This post will serve as a secure pillar to which your brand new tooth will be affixed. The porcelain crown that will replace your missing tooth will be customized in color, shape and size to match your natural teeth for a flawless smile and optimal comfort. Even better still, you’ll be able to speak and eat normally again with a full set of teeth.
Get the Complete, Beautiful Smile You Deserve
If you’ve been dealing with missing teeth and you’re ready to rediscover the many benefits of a complete smile, contact our office in Rocky River, OH and schedule your appointment today. Dr. Eick and his experienced team can help you repair and restore your teeth so that you can smile with confidence once again. We also happily welcome families from nearby communities in Fairview Park, Westlake, Lakewood, the greater Cleveland area, and beyond. We can’t wait to see your smile!