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Finding Balance & Harmony within Your Smile

January 21, 2015

A few months ago, I found myself trekking through the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico, enjoying the magnificent scenery and everything the living desert has to offer. Hardy brush, blooming wildflowers, unique cactus formations, and centuries-old rock formations greeted my eyes at every turn. I did, however, come across something completely unexpected during my hike: this astounding structure in the middle of nowhere.

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As an avid admirer of balance and harmony in daily life, I was immediately struck by the beauty and composition of what I’d discovered. The stones, meticulously placed, exhibited such harmony within an undeniably intense environment like the desert. Even so, they just seemed to fit so well there, and the experience left me thinking about the concepts and techniques I apply while creating balanced, harmonious smiles. (more…)

Ringing in the New Year in a Brand New Way

December 17, 2014

I can’t believe how this year has flown by! Christmas is right around the corner and, before we know it, the New Year will be upon us. As I spent some time decorating the office for Christmas this week, one decoration in particular made me stop and think for a moment about something I believe is especially important this time of the year.

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This festive little sleigh, adorned with twinkling lights and gingham ribbon bows, has been one of my favorite holiday decorations for more than ten years. Every Christmas, I bring out the sleigh with its smiling snowmen and pine needle boughs, and I have to smile at all of the memories it carries. I love this cheery addition to the office and the unmistakable holiday spirit it contributes to the ambiance of this space. (more…)

Home is Where the Heart Is: Giving Thanks for Our Dental Family

November 13, 2014

Our magnetic map, where our patients are invited to place pins showing where they’ve been and how far they’ve come.

Our magnetic map, where our patients are invited to place pins showing where they’ve been and how far they’ve come.

November has finally arrived, and with it comes the season of giving, togetherness, and genuine gratitude. In light of the Thanksgiving spirit, I’d love nothing more than to take this moment to pause and give thanks for each and every member of our dental family. From the precious smiles of your little children as they toddle in for their very first visit to the cherished patients I’ve been serving for years, all of you represent a special place in my heart. That connection is what I’m most thankful for this year and every other year I’m fortunate enough to serve as your dentist. (more…)

Inspiration through St. Apollonia: The Patron Saint of Dentistry

October 30, 2014

00001 St. ApolloniaNovember 1st is All Saints’ Day, and I can think of no better time of year to recognize one of my favorite saints: St. Apollonia. As the patron saint of dentistry, St. Apollonia serves as a welcome refuge for those suffering from dental pain, particularly toothaches. As a dentist, I often call upon St. Apollonia as a source of continuing inspiration and strength as I provide my patients with the dental care they need.

The account of St. Apollonia’s life was written by Dionysius (then the Bishop of Alexandria) and relayed to Fabian, the Bishop of Antioch. Dionysius recounted the story of Apollonia, an aged deaconess, whose refusal to renounce her faith resulted in her torture and eventual death at the hands of her persecutors. After having all of her teeth forcibly removed, Apollonia whispered a prayer and committed herself to the flames of her attackers.

In her final moments, Apollonia serenely and voluntarily brought an end to the torture inflicted by Emperor Philip’s mobs, even as they continued to demand that she forsake her God. Her martyrdom has since been seen as a testament to her heroic faith, and she is invoked and remembered fondly by millions, particularly those in the field of dentistry.

In my practice, I like to emphasize the importance of maintaining an environment that is balanced, harmonious, and imbued with positive energy. Recognizing and honoring St. Apollonia’s enduring spirit is just one way that I strive to do this every day.

Porcelain Veneers in Erlanger, KY

September 11, 2014

Filed under: Cosmetic Dentistry,Restorative Dentistry — kentuckydentalnew @ 3:14 pm

Porcelain Veneers in Erlanger, Ky

A common attribute I see in my patients is the desire to have a beautiful smile that is both flawless and healthy. Many of my patients fear that since they were born without a perfect smile, they will never achieve this goal. I often worry that this keeps patients, and prospective patients, from pursuing that “Hollywood smile.” I feel like I should let people know that no matter what their smile currently looks like, when they come into Dr. Darlene Sand Wall’s office they will leave with a gorgeous smile they can be proud of. One way we can accomplish this is through porcelain veneers.

Not too long ago, a patient named “Hannah” came in to Dr. Sand Wall’s office. Hannah had been unhappy with her smile for a long time. She had gone through a divorce a few years earlier and had noticed that her smile was making her self-conscious. She explained that she was unable to open up, making life in the dating world hard. She decided that it was time to do something about it which led her to sit down for a consultation with Dr. Sand Wall to determine what could be done. Together we discussed a few options which included porcelain veneers, and dentures. When the topic of dentures got brought up Hannah became really emotional, it was obvious that it was important for Hannah to keep her teeth, she told me she would be too embarrassed to have dentures at her age. I remember Hannah really used this time to ask questions and express any concerns she had about the procedure. By the end of our meeting we decided that Hannah could get her dream smile with porcelain veneers.

Hannah came in and got impressions made of her mouth which allowed me to make her veneers custom fit to her teeth and facial features. As a cosmetic dentist I think it is important that these veneers fit comfortably. However, I want them to look natural as well. Hannah walked out of my office with a set of temporary veneers while I had the permanent ones made. Sometimes the process of fabricating these veneers can be difficult because my goal is always perfection. Hannah came back to my Erlanger, KY office when we were ready to outfit her with the smile she always wanted. As soon as the procedure was completed we couldn’t have kept Hannah from smiling ear to ear if we wanted to. She was surprised at how quick and painless the whole operation was, and ecstatic about the end result.

If you feel like you could benefit from porcelain veneers like Hannah did, contact Dr. Sand Wall and set up a consultation. We are able to take care of whatever general, preventative, or cosmetic dentistry procedure you need! We serve patients from Erlanger, Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, Taylor Mill, and the surrounding communities.

 

Restore Your Smile with All-on-4 Dental Implants!

July 14, 2014

Having teeth missing from your smile is never an easy thing to deal with. If you have gaps in your smile where teeth used to be, it can be detrimental for your mouth as well as your body. Having teeth missing can also affect the way you feel about yourself. Many people consider a smile a first impression, and when your smile is not where you want it to be, it can be devastating. Dr. Darlene Sand Wall understands how her patients feel when it comes to their smile, which is why she offers all-on-4 dental implants.

The wonderful thing about all-on-4 dental implants is the fact they office an incredible amount of convenience for our patients. With four, small implants, we are able to give you your life back! It starts with a consultation with Dr. Sand Wall. During that consultation, she will be able to fully assess your smile in its current state, as well as get a better idea as to your goals regarding your smile. If you have the sufficient amount of bone density, oral health, and overall health, the process to getting your new smile begins! Four titanium implants are embedded into your jaw bone, and those four implants are able to support an entire arch, upper or lower, of prosthetic teeth. Instead of having to apply your dentures or other prosthetics every day, all-on-4 dental implants are able to make your smile permanent and forever beautiful!

The wonderful thing about all-on-4 dental implants is that you are able to have your new smile in a single appointment! Also, bone grafting is not usually required with this form of dental treatment. The amazing convenience our patients experience with all-on-4 dental implants as well as the benefits are something to behold, and we want you to experience it yourself! If you are curious as to how Dr. Sand Wall can help you achieve the smile of your dreams with all-on-4 dental implants, make an appointment at our dental office today, and we would love to help!

Contact our Erlanger, KY dentist office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation. We are able to take care of whatever general, preventative, or cosmetic dentistry need you may have! We serve patients from Erlanger, Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, Taylor Mill, and the surrounding communities.

Thank You for 25 Amazing Years!

June 11, 2014

Filed under: General Dentistry — kentuckydentalnews @ 3:00 pm

shutterstock_166112729There are a couple of expressions that stand out when it comes to Dr. Darlene Sand Wall. The first one being how much time flies when you are having fun, and the second being how when you do what you love, you never work a day in your life. Dr. Sand Wall has dedicated her life to offering the best dental service to her patients in her Erlanger, KY community, and, believe it or not, it has been an astounding 25 years since she began her dedication to the Northern Kentucky community. Knowing she wanted to be a dentist from a young age, she has made it her mission to make a difference in her community one smile at a time. With the 25th anniversary of Dr. Darlene Sand Wall’s delivering exceptional smiles being at the end of this month, we wanted to take the time out to thank Dr. Sand Wall as well as the amazing team members that made these 25 years the most amazing years possible.

Our practice would be nothing without the woman in charge, Dr. Darlene Sand Wall. We thank you for your love, devotion, and dedication to your field and to your patients. Your allegiance and love of your profession and patients truly shows with everyone you meet, and your work is always above the rest. We only hope that you are able to serve our community for another 25 years, changing lives and smiles every single day!

Cathy Humphreys, thank you for your dedication to our practice for so many years. You have been a key component in making sure our practice runs as smoothly as possible, and we would be absolutely nowhere without your hard work and your expertise. Cindy Carsman, thank you for your commitment to your patients. Your support and warm demeanor is one of the amazing things that keep our patients coming back, and your gentle touch is always appreciated and admired.

Diane Wisnieski, your profound talent of making our patients feel at home every time they come into our office is nothing short of a gift. Your hard work and genuine interest in getting to know our patients is always appreciated, and we would be nowhere without you.  Mary Ann Judge, your gentle demeanor and ability to make our patients laugh and smile is surely something to be treasured. Thank you for everything you do for our practice. Any dental practice would be lucky to have you in their office!

If you would like to help celebrate Dr. Darlene Sand Wall’s 25 years of dedication to the Northern Kentucky area, call to make an appointment. There’s no doubt our amazing team will be able to give you the perfect smile you have always wanted!

Contact our Erlanger, KY dentist office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation. We are able to take care of whatever general, preventative, or cosmetic dentistry need you may have! We serve patients from Erlanger, Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, Taylor Mill, and the surrounding communities.

Erlanger KY Cosmetic Dentist Compares Professional Teeth Whitening with Store-Bought Whiteners

July 18, 2013

lovely smileAre you unhappy with a dull or yellow smile? Do you want bright teeth that make you stand out? If so, you have probably considered whitening your teeth. But with so many products available claiming outstanding results, how do you know which one to choose? Your Erlanger KY dentist, Dr. Darlene Sand Wall, is here to help. She compares professional teeth whitening treatment with store-bought whiteners and toothpastes below. (more…)

Erlanger KY Dentist: Can an Athletic Mouthguard Improve Your Performance?

July 11, 2013

mouthguard 1Do you play a sport, such as football, hockey, or boxing, that could result in damage to your mouth from a jarring collision? If so, you probably wear a mouthguard to protect your teeth. But did you know that recent research suggests that an athletic mouthguard can actually improve your performance? To learn more about this research, read the explanation from your Erlanger KY dentist, Dr. Darlene Sand Wall, below. (more…)

Erlanger KY Dentist: Is Your Popping Jaw a Symptom?

June 27, 2013

woman jaw painDoes your jaw pop or click when you open and close your mouth? If it does, you probably find the noise distracting as the opening and closing of the mouth is a frequent occurrence throughout the day. In addition, a popping jaw may also be accompanied by soreness or outright pain in the jaw area. But what causes a popping jaw? Your Erlanger KY dentist explains below as she takes a closer look at the jaw joints. (more…)

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