President: Dr. Steven Marsh DDS

December 30th, 2016

Serving the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity

The Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity hosted its annual meeting in San Francisco this December.  I have been fortunate enough to be asked to serve as President-Elect of this worldwide organization for the year 2017, followed by a term as International President during the 2018 year, starting with next year’s meeting  in Fort Lauderdale.

Dr. Adam Stabholtz and Dr. Marsh

Dr. Adam Stabholtz, dean of Hadassah School of Dental Medicine

With nearly 100 chapters, this group sponsors programs throughout North America, Europe, and the middle East and helped found two dental schools in Israel.  My father, the late Dr, Sam Marsh, served as president of the Cleveland chapter and inspired my activity in this fabulous organization.

In my service, I hope to honor his name!

Spreading Smiles: Flashes of Hope & Scott Hamilton Cares

December 25th, 2016

Cleveland Smiles’ Patients Hosted Two Events

In November, there were two well-attended benefits in greater Cleveland hosted by two of our patients.  The first, “Flashes of Hope,” focused on children who have been affected  by cancer; Allison and Kip Clarke founded the organization which has spread to many cities in the United States. In Northeast Ohio, it is well-supported by the Cleveland Cavaliers, whose players walk the runway with cancer patients. We were pleased to be in attendance and had the opportunity to see our friend Quinn Clarke, looking dapper and smiling brightly.
The Cleveland Clinic’s Tausig cancer center was the beneficiary of the “Scott Hamilton Cares” evening, organized by our patient and friend Liz Lindecke.  It, too, was a great success which featured performances by Olympic skaters at the Q with a wonderful reception following the event at the beautiful new Hilton Hotel in downtown Cleveland.
Congratulations and thanks to these wonderful people!

Tune In to Learn About Dental Implants

December 19th, 2016

Learn All About Dental Implants with Dr. Marsh

With all of the media attention given to dental implants, we thought we’d spend some time discussing them on January 1st, 2017, Cleveland dental segment on NBC/WKYC/Channel 3’s “Golden Opportunities.”  Please look for the Sunday morning 11:30 a.m. show following “Meet the Press.” 

If you miss or are unable to watch the segment, you can watch it at your leisure by going on the “Golden Opportunities” website at GoldenOpportunities.TV or on the YouTube channel.  And speaking of “GO,” if there are any topics you’d like to see us cover, please contact us!

Ceramic Fillings: Pros and Cons with Dr. Steve Marsh DDS

November 17th, 2016

Pros & Cons of Porcelain Fillings

One of the main reasons many of our patients visit Dr. Marsh’s Cleveland office is to address the problem of a troubling cavity. Every patient wants their pain to stop and the cavity to be halted before it does further damage to a valuable tooth!

But beyond the health-based concerns for their teeth, the appearance of the fillings is of great concern to many patients.

removing gold fillings

Before Ceramic Fillings

Benefits of ceramic fillings

Replaced With Ceramic Fillings

Having a mouthful of visible fillings can make one very self-conscious. It can even cause individuals to fear smiling openly. And of course, having multiple visible fillings also may suggest that a person is unhealthy, or that they have been irresponsible with their dental health. This of course, may not be the case.

These negative associations are never pleasant. Fortunately, ceramic fillings solve this problem gracefully.

Ceramic Fillings Defined

Ceramic fillings – sometimes also known as porcelain/composite fillings – are designed to match the color of the tooth or teeth they are used on. This is unlike fillings made of silver, gold, or amalgamations of silver and other minerals.

Instead of fillings comprised of metallic substances that stand out visually in the mouth, porcelain is the main material used for ceramic fillings. It can be mixed to match the exact color and hue of any tooth in a patient’s mouth.

The result – a tooth that has been cleaned and purged of a cavity and is sealed with tooth enamel-colored ceramic material – is much more visually pleasing and much less noticeable as a damaged tooth.

Ceramic fillings can be used in teeth that are under great chewing pressure such as molars and bicuspids, and now thanks to improved technologies such as “directed shrinkage” of the ceramic polymer material used to fill cavities, these porcelain fillings are reliable and are fast becoming the standard of care for forward-thinking dentists and cosmetic dentists across the USA and globe.

Below are some considerations commonly asked to Dr. Marsh. Read on to learn about the use of ceramic material for fillings compared to other substances.

Pros and Cons of Ceramic Fillings

The largest benefit of using porcelain ceramic fillings is the completely natural appearance of the repaired tooth or teeth once the procedure has been completed. Whether used for inlays and onlays, crowns, implants, veneers or orthodontic brackets, repaired teeth look indistinguishable from healthy teeth thanks to the ceramic filling material coloring process.

Many patients are so happy with the appearance of their treated teeth that they eventually have all their old fillings removed and replaced with ceramic fillings.

Another strong advantage of ceramic porcelain fillings is that the material is very durable, rugged and capable of lasting longer than composite and amalgam fillings. On average, composite fillings tend to last 5 to 10 years, while amalgam fillings last from 10 to 15 years.

Meanwhile, well-installed ceramic fillings can last up to 20 years or so in a patient’s mouth, which is certainly a blessing in numerous ways!

Less Toxic – Goodbye Mercury & Amalgam Fillings

Safety of materials is positive focus when discussing ceramic fillings. Particularly with amalgam fillings and their mixture of silver and other minerals, there’s always the possible allergic reaction to one of the metals being used.

In the past, mercury was an accepted material in-use within amalgam fillings and mercury has proven to be toxic as well as allergenic to some patients; additionally, mixing capsules which may contain mercury residue are extremely harmful to our environment. Ceramic porcelain fillings offer none of these potential dangers.

Improved Stain & Abrasion Resistance

Lastly, ceramic fillings are more resistant to stains and abrasions than conventional fillings, and do not run the risk of developing micro cracks and fissures as amalgam fillings do. These cracks and fissures in the fillings can lead to further decay within the sealed tooth where the cavity had existed.

Considerations of Ceramic Fillings

One con may be that ceramic fillings often take two appointments to accomplish. However, this technique ensures that the treated tooth is healthy before the final restoration.

However, their superior durability and strength means the reduced need for touch-up treatments over time. Ultimately, this can translate to fewer dental visits.

Ceramic fillings such as inlays or onlays need to be large enough to prevent them from breaking away with use. Often, a tooth must be reduced in size to make room for the extra bulk of the ceramic filling so that it can bond completely to the remaining tooth surface.
Watch a video interview with a patient who gained tremendous self-confidence after Dr. Marsh improved his smile

All in all, ceramic porcelain fillings for teeth look wonderful and hold-up well for years and years of trusted service. Dr. Marsh and his staff believe that his Cleveland-area patients and their smiles are well worth it!

Interested in Ceramic Fillings from Dr. Steve Marsh?

Dr. Steven Marsh and his professional cosmetic dentistry team are here for you. Please contact them for ceramic and/or tooth-colored fillings that seamlessly match your healthy teeth and give you a healthy “Cleveland Smile.” You can also learn more about Dr. Marsh’s ceramic fillings procedure here.

How We Handle Emergencies at Cleveland Smiles

November 14th, 2016

We often are asked how we handle emergencies.   We will always get you in the same day if you need us, and if you have a problem in the evenings or weekends, we have an answering service that can reach us at any time so that we can call you right back.  (We’ve even had patients send us photos – in the case of a chipped or fractured tooth – so that we could “triage”  the issue more effectively).  Most importantly, please know that we are always here for our patients at ClevelandSmiles!