Posts for: October, 2015

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 23, 2015
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By Mazhar M. Butt, D.M.D.
October 09, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: veneers  

Wishing your smile had the brilliance it used to? Tired of a chip or stain? Let the professional team at Dr. Butt’s office help you improve your smile with porcelain veneers. A long-term and high-quality solution to discoloration, gaps, chips, blemishes, and other unsightly Veneersdental wear-and-tear, choose your own smile and make an appointment today!

What is a Dental Veneer?

A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain (about half a millimeter), that covers the front-facing surface of your tooth (or teeth) to improve the aesthetic appearance and coloration. They can be extended to fill gaps, cover chips and mask wear as well, making them an excellent choice to rejuvenate your smile and fix all your cosmetic concerns with a single treatment. The porcelain is stain-resistant and can last for up to 10 years before needing replacement. Unlike crowns, veneers are not meant to repair decayed teeth- they are primarily an aesthetic treatment.

What Does the Application Procedure Involve? 

Due to recent improvements in the technology, the procedure can be very simple. In many cases, the veneers are cemented directly onto the tooth surface. Sometimes, to ensure proper adhesion, a thin layer of enamel must be removed and ‘sanded’ lightly to roughen the surface for better bonding, prior to taking the mold. Once you have discussed your choices and goals with your dentist, molds are taken of your teeth and sent to have your veneers custom manufactured. You may have temporary veneers applied during this period between appointments if necessary. When the veneers are ready, you return for a second appointment at which the veneers are cemented on to the teeth. A follow-up appointment is often a good idea to make sure the gums and teeth remain healthy, and ensure your satisfaction. 

A Completely Personalized Solution

Veneers can be designed to bring your smile back to look the way it used to, or you can create an entirely new one! As veneers are a very flexible cosmetic solution, make sure you consider what you want to change and communicate it to your dentist. 

It’s never been easier- come in to see Dr. Butt this fall to take action and get your smile back the way you want it! Call now for service in the Carbondale, IL area at 618-457-2123.


Like the rest of their bodies, children’s teeth and mouth are on a rapid development track. By the time they’re young adults, they will have had two sets of teeth, extensive bone growth and a noticeable change in their features. The natural process is truly amazing.

But dental disease can easily derail their development, with tooth decay the most common problem children encounter. More than at any other time of life, preventive dental care is a top priority.

True preventive care for your child includes the entire mouth, not just the teeth. Our main focus, of course, is to head off tooth decay before it develops, including the application of topical fluoride or sealants when appropriate. But we also monitor bite development and provide protection against sports injuries or other forms of trauma with customized mouth guards.

You also have a part to play in your child’s preventive dental care. It begins when your child’s first teeth begin to emerge in the mouth — the point when you should begin brushing them. You can also reduce the risk of dental disease by providing a nutritious diet that’s high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in sugar, especially between-meal snacks.

You should also start regular dental visits around their first birthday. This is not only the best time to begin professional care, but your child will also have an easier time at this age becoming comfortable with visiting the dentist than waiting until they’re older.

Taking care of your child’s teeth is a working partnership between you and us: we provide the professional care your child needs to develop properly, while you look to their daily hygiene and nutrition, which is just as important for your child’s healthy development. Through our partnership, we can ensure your child is getting the very best start toward a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

If you would like more information on preventive dental care for your child, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.