Space age technology is part of dentistry today. When Dr. Sheldon Frankel opened Frankel Dentistry in 1946, he was making gold crowns with the lost wax technique. He melted down the gold and poured it into a plaster cast embedded with a wax model of the crown. Pouring the molten gold into the plaster cast melt the wax. The gold-filled void held the new crown. While the crown was created, the patient cautiously wore a temporary crown for 2 or more weeks.
Now CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacturing) is used daily. Images of the prepared tooth are uploaded into the computer with a camera wand. The doctor designs the crown in the computer. It is routed to a milling system in the office. Milled then polished and shined, the new crown is seated in the patient’s mouth. All done on the same day.
I’m a new patient at Frankel Dentistry. My first appointment was in January of 2020. I’ve been so happy with the care that I’ve received from them. The staff and doctors have been so friendly to me. I was so pleased to see that the practice uses the state-of-the-art dental equipment for their procedures. My last visit was for a crown. It was amazing to see Dr. Smith measure and make my crown right in the office lab, all in one appointment. I had a perfect fit crown installed with no grinding to fit it. It just dropped into place with a perfect fit. I’m very happy with my new crown. Thank you, Dr. Smith and staff. WH
Frankel Dentistry has been serving the Toledo, Ohio community through dentistry with an always better philosophy since 1946. They are grateful to be changing lives a smile at a time.
Today is National Corn on the Cob day. Generally, in the Toledo area the corn fields are knee high by the 4th of July. A scenic drive in this area usually yields an eyeful of corn fields.
Toledoans seem to love corn and especially corn on the cob. Local county fairs offer roasted corn on the cob. Families pass down recipes for corn chowder, corn pudding, and corn bread. It is important to understand corn requires more than just a happy smile.
A beautiful smile can be life changing. Psychologists report that smiling reflects on how your feel and how you make others feel. Dentists will tell you a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Speech therapists share how teeth assist in communication. But here in Ohio it is well known that a healthy set of choppers is required to enjoy corn.
So, start young and visit regularly. Your corn dining delights depend on strong healthy teeth. Keep the dentist on your calendar. Always have an appointment on the books at least 2, 3 for 4 times a year.
Save your smile. Enjoy your corn on the cob. Remember Dr. Frankel wants to see your smile!
Frankel Dentistry is known for having terrific staff. The caring, family feel is contagious from the minute you walk in to the moment you leave. We thought you might like to get to know this dental family better.
We asked a few questions of our Frankel Staff to share with you.
Name: Kenyetta Lee
Brief Description of your position.
Why did you chose your career?
I am a people person. I want to make people feel and be better. Also, for some strange reason I like teeth!
Why do you love Frankel Dentistry?
You are not just a number or a person. At Frankel Dentistry you are considered family.
What is your favorite recipe?
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
What is your favorite snack on the go?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
What is your favorite way to exercise?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so what is it?
I am an empath. I love to make people feel comfortable especially when they are upset.
What is your dream vacation?
What is your favorite leisure activity?
Watching movies at the theater.
If you had a power, what would it be?
If you could relive any day in the past, what would it be?
The day my extended family went to the Ohio State Fair. I was 12 years old.
The baseball season has ended. The Toledo Mudhens won their last game. There are two Toledo dentists committed to keeping your childrens’ smiles healthy season through season. As we switch out summer sports bags for book bags, it’s a great time to check out oral health habits.
Toledo Dentists’ Keep Parents Up on Fall Dental Care
Summer is over and school is back in session! Back to school means getting organized and ready to start a fresh year! There will be a lot of knowledge to gain and activities to keep busy. Your student’s health should be at the top of the list – this should include physical, mental and dental health.
Dr. Frankel and Dr. Puhl’s A-B-C’s for Back to School
A. An Apple a Day….apples are wonderful food for your teeth and your body. (Dr. Frankel eats an organic apple every day!) Fill up on nutritious snacks at school and after school.
B. Brush! Staying on a strict brushing schedule is very important to incorporate with your child’s school routine – aim to brush after breakfast and before bedtime.
C. Cavity-free is the way to be! Make sure your child is up-to-date on dental exams not just for school records, but for their health.
It’s important to teach children how to care for their teeth and what healthy teeth mean for their body. Has your tiny tot been to the dentist yet? Now is the time to get that appointment scheduled.
Sometimes, it’s just great to be part of a city, a city that cares. Toledo, Ohio shows her stuff at Tent City. It is a melding of Corporations, Schools, Medical Professions, and Volunteers; all dedicated to assisting the under-served and at risk members of their community. It is a beautiful thing.
Lindsay Stanley, Pamela Weitzel and Debbie Oliver participated in the Dental Area of Tent City last weekend. All three are dental hygienists at Frankel Dentistry. Deb heard about Tent City from patient, Ken Leslie, a Toledo Tent City founder. Inspired to give back, she contacted Colgate through Coleen Knepper, Sensosdyne through Mike Leonard and Henry Schein Cares. Their generous donations were essential for the Dental and Oral Cancer Screening offered at Toledo’s Tent City.
Beth Tronolone, Director at Owens Community College and her Hygiene Team welcomed and prescreened individuals. Oral Surgeons, Lauren Bourell and David Shall did dental and oral cancer screenings. Ann Britt and Jayne Klett guided the referral process for treatment at the Dental Center. Complimentary transportation to dental care appointments was offered and thoroughly explained by Jill.
A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Tent City’s dental area offers guidance toward health. It doesn’t get better than that.
We listen to our dental family. Often times they make our day with their comments. We thought we might share a few of the most recent observations.
I have been embarrassed by my smile for years and terrified to go to the dentist to do anything about it. It’s been a long journey and I still have a way to go, but the light is at the end of the tunnel. EVERY one of your staff members that I have met along the way have been beyond exceptional. Thank you to all of you! I left grinning from ear to ear today confident that I will finally have a smile I love!
I am an RN Geriatric Care Manager who personally takes her clients to all doctor’s appts including dental. One of my patient’s had Dr. Frankel as her dentist. Quite frankly, I have never been to such a caring, professional and high-tech dental office. I immediately switched my dental care to Dr. Frankel. I have also recommended him to several of my clients and they are now his patients as well.
I hate going to the dentist! I have not been to one in 30 yrs but Frankel dentistry has impressed me enough to return to them for the needed care. I still don’t like dentist visits but they make it a pleasant as possible experience thanks to the great staff.
They are very quick to get their patients in as needed. I had a broken tooth and Dr. Jon called me personally to get me in. Thank you very much for all your work and making me feel I matter.
Need a crown on a tooth and was pleasantly surprised to find they can prep the tooth and make the crown and place it all in the same visit. As always the staff was friendly and make you feel comfortable!
Age is one factor that we can’t fight, although we really, really try. Truth be told, with all the other age defying tricks out there to help keep our youthful appearance, our smiles should not be one that we neglect.
Here are 5 areas where teeth can tell our age.
Tooth decay. Yes, we warn our children and grandchildren about too much sugar and cavities. But just because we are older doesn’t mean we are immune to tooth decay. It is important to still brush for two minutes twice a day, floss daily, and visit Dr. Frankel for an exam every six months. A clean, healthy, white smile is also a nice trick to help keep you looking young and vibrant.
Dry mouth. As we age and are prescribed different medications, we may start to experience dry mouth. Saliva is important part of protecting our teeth from decay, therefore, a dry mouth could be detrimental toward our oral health. Make sure you are staying properly hydrated, and sip and swish water whenever you notice your mouth may be dry.
Too crowding. Pre-teens are not the only ones who experience tooth crowding. As we age our teeth move and shift. This may cause our teeth to crowd. Crowded teeth give bacteria many places to hide, where our tooth brushes and floss may not reach effectively. This breeding ground for bacteria may lead to tooth decay or worse, gum disease.
Gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontal disease effect nearly half of American adults, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, which left untreated can affect the gum tissue and lead to tooth loss. The Frankel Dentistry team has a practicing Periodontist on staff, who will be able to treat patients with gum disease. Although gum disease cannot be reversed, there are plenty of ways to manage it, keeping your gums and teeth healthy.
Oral Cancer. 43,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer and nearly 8,000 will die from it (Oral Cancer Foundation). It is best to catch oral cancer in the earliest stages. While at Frankel Dentistry we will do a comprehensive exam, including an oral cancer screening, which will help ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer free.
You probably thought we were going to discuss halitosis. Yes, we can help you bring back your baby fresh breath. Causes may range from inadequate home care, gum disease, dry mouth to sinus infections, acid reflux, diabetes and liver and kidney problems. There are solutions to halitosis. But the smell of your breath isn’t being challenged here.
It is snoring.
You know that loud cacophony that keeps your spouse without sleep and ready to bolt. It is important to rule out sleep apnea and find the ideal solution. We offer a complimentary pulse-ox screening at Frankel Dentistry. If the screening finds you at risk, we or your family physician can order a sleep study. The solutions vary from oral appliances to use of a c-pap. The results are unanimous. Dozens of thankful spouses have let us know. Give it a rest. Check out the cause of your snoring.
Keep you Healthy
You have probably heard a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Gum disease appears to contribute to diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, low birth weight in newborns, miscarriage and Alzheimer’s disease. Regularly scheduled dental visits help you to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
You might not realize routine dental re-care visits include an oral cancer screening. Your dentist is also reviewing your medical history and checking for other health issues that can be detected early.It’s just another way your dentist keeps you smiling.
Make you look good
A beautiful, bright, healthy smile can be a life changer. We have seen hundreds of patients at Frankel Dentistry who have opted for teeth whitening, orthodontic or cosmetic treatment. Almost to a person, they mention they wish they would have sought treatment sooner.
There is a look good, feel better factor. An open, inviting smile triggers pleasant looks and an involuntary “smile-back” response. Balanced teeth enhance natural features making the makeover notable but challenging to detect. Close friends and family compliment the change but are at a loss as to what is different. They often ask if hair color or style has been altered or if weight has been lost.
Your dentist can bring you out of hiding allowing you to share your greatest gift, the real you.
Show you the way
The real reason you did not floss until you met the dentist of your dreams and his team is simple. You did it wrong and it did not help. Instructing you through the mysteries of personal dental hygiene is invaluable. Your dental team will show you proper flossing technique, how to find the ideal electric toothbrush, little brushes for between your teeth, and help you dive into oral water irrigation.
Before you know it, these habits will bring you better breath, healthy gums and bright and shiny teeth. Looking forward to dental visits is inevitable when you are no longer confused regarding how to care for your teeth and gums and have a dentist you adore.
Preserve your Interests
Regularly scheduled preventative visits to your dentist allow you to take care of small issues before they become big problems. It safeguards your health as a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. In addition, your dental visits allow for detection of other health issues that might potentially go unnoticed.
Re-care dental visits save you teeth, time and finances.
Nudge your Nerd
You likely have noticed your dentist has gone techie. Cerec 3D crowns are designed in the computer, milled in the office and placed in your mouth on the same day. X-rays are digital. Before and after cosmetic digital photos show you your future smile. Short cone imaging allows the doctor to find the ideal spot for a dental implant and design a guide to assure optimal placement.
Appointments can be scheduled online and confirmation received via email or text.
IT is an integral component of dentistry. It just can’t get better!
It’s Memorial Day weekend. The kickoff to summer. Kids are off of school and many of us plan our summer vacations. Here are a few tips to help with your packing before you travel.
It is time to get a 6 month check-up, get it before you travel to ensure that your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy and that you have a beautiful Frankel Smile in all those pictures that you take. Also, by getting your routine check-up you ensure that your mouth is healthy and that small problem are taken care of before they become big issues. It is also a great time to ask Dr. Frankel about how to avoid travelers breath or if you have any mouth sensitivity while traveling at a high altitude.
2.) Pack- It!
Don’t forget to pack your oral hygiene care. Your list should include: toothpaste, toothbrush (manual or electric- if electric don’t forget your charger), dental floss, mouth rinse, sugar free gum, plastic baggie (you don’t want your toothpaste exploding all over your clothes), disposable toothbrushes if you are traveling to a place where the water is not safe, and a toothbrush cap. **Special note about those caps- Yes, they protect your bristles, but they also breed bacteria. Be sure to take the cap off your toothbrush once you arrive at your destination.
Caught somewhere without your toothbrush? Swish your mouth with water.
Pack healthy snacks to share with your family while traveling. Bring fruits, veggies, nuts instead of candy bars and soda.
Dental emergencies happen. Have a plan in case something occurs. Many times it is as simple as asking your hotel concierge for a recommendation in case of an emergency. This video is great for special tips in case of an emergency. Be sure to click it and watch!
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, we will be reflecting on all those things we must thank mom for. But connected with each of those events is a smile!
Here at Frankel Dentistry, we also need to thank mom for helping us with those smiles. Without her we would have less to smile about and perhaps less teeth to smile with.
Be sure not to forget about these three things as you show gratefulness to your mom!
1.) She makes you smile! From the time you were young she made funny faces and played games to get you to smile. Smiling is still a way of feeling good. Not only can a simple smile enhance your mood, but it can help others feel better as well. Be sure to smile this Mother’s Day- we are pretty sure there is plenty to smile about.
2.) Who made sure you brushed your teeth before you went to bed? Who handed you floss each morning? Who was honest with you when you had bad breath or something in your teeth? That’s right, Mom! These childhood lessons have turned into adult habits that you too have (or will) pass on to your children. Be sure to thank mom for teaching you that a healthy mouth is part of a healthy body.
3.) Don’t forget to thank her for keeping your schedule. Aside from running you to soccer practices, dance lessons, or school, mom also scheduled (and most likely took you) your appointments at Frankel Dentistry. Today many of our families continue to bring their next generation through the doors of Frankel Dentistry.
So, Thanks MOM! Our smiles would not be the same without you!