Dealing With Dental Emergencies While Traveling Abroad

Posted On Feb 27, 2014 @ 02:41 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Traveling to faraway places is the stuff of daydreams for many people, and even more exciting when the dream comes true. But that excitement could be dampened should you ever be faced with the reality that your medical treatment options abroad can be quite different from what you enjoy at home in the United States.

It Can Pay to Spend on Dental Implants

Posted On Feb 19, 2014 @ 04:38 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

If you’re missing a tooth, you’re not alone; in fact 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth in at least one jaw! Whether it’s one tooth or many, it’s important to replace what’s missing. Depending on the number of teeth lost, the potential drawbacks to doing nothing may become hard to ignore: impediments to eating, interference with speech, and unaesthetic appearance, for example.

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Posted On Feb 16, 2014 @ 09:37 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Periodontal or gum disease is a serious condition that could lead to tooth and bone loss. Unfortunately, you may not even realize you have it — the disease in its early stages can be difficult to detect. If you know what to look for, however, a few signs can tell you something isn’t quite right

Preserving Your Teeth's Enamel Could Preserve Your Teeth

Posted On Feb 11, 2014 @ 02:34 PM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Teeth are composed of layers of different types of tissue. The main inner layers — the pulp and dentin — help the teeth respond and adapt to external forces. But they’re vulnerable to decay and quite sensitive to environmental extremes. They are protected from all these by a coating of enamel, made of the hardest material found in the human body.

Jamie Foxx Gets Into Character With Help From His Dentist

Posted On Feb 7, 2014 @ 08:32 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

If you were a well-known actor, how far would you go to get inside the character you’re playing in a movie? Plenty of stars have gained or lost weight to fit the role; some have tried to relate to their character by giving up creature comforts, going through boot camp, even trying out another occupation for a time. But when Jamie Foxx played a homeless musician in the 2009 film The Soloist, he went even further: He had part of his front tooth chipped out!

Smile Transformation Begins and Ends With Smile Design

Posted On Feb 3, 2014 @ 11:30 AM by Nicholas Pournaras, D.M.D.

Regardless of culture, the smile is a universal gesture of friendship and openness, and an important communication tool in your social and career relationships. But what if you’re not comfortable with your smile because of misaligned, damaged or missing teeth? That could have a dampening effect on your interactions with people and your own self-confidence.