Posts for: April, 2015
April 29, 2015
We perform dental restorations for patients of all ages with a goal of restoring teeth in a way that is natural looking and durable. We have found that many seniors are under the impression that they will lose their teeth, no matter what. This is often not the case, and restorations are one of the reasons why. If you are older and having trouble with your teeth, we encourage you to schedule a dental appointment so that we can examine your teeth and gums and then provide treatment. You may be surprised at the restorations that are available to you as a means for keeping your natural teeth longer. Here are some of the examples of what we offer:
- Dental crowns. These are natural-looking caps that surround your teeth entirely and can be worn in order to keep your natural teeth intact. It is completely normal for teeth to lose their enamel with age. This is called erosion and can be sped up or slowed down based on your oral hygiene habits. Still, most people will experience some level of erosion and sensitivity with age. Simultaneously, teeth can become cracked, chipped, broken or damaged in some capacity. In both situations, a dental crown can be placed over the tooth. Once bonded in place, it will provide a level of stability and protection that your tooth is currently missing. When you bite down, you will be touching the crown and not the tooth underneath which will prevent further irritation and damage. Many of our patients are using this solution to keep their natural teeth in place.
- Dental veneers. If you have some damage, like a chipped tooth, but your tooth is otherwise strong – a dental veneer is an ideal way to restore and save it. Dental restorations come in many forms, and this is one of the more common. Instead of surrounding your tooth, it simply lays on top of it and replaces the enamel on that side. It has less of an impact on your tooth structure as a whole, looks entirely natural, and will allow you to eat and smile comfortably.
- Dental implants. If you do end up losing one, or a few, of your teeth, dental restorations take on a new form. We use dental implants as a way to permanently replace missing teeth and recommend them as our first pick to do so. Implants are better than bridges or dentures because when a tooth is lost, we replace the root system. This is done by implanting a metal post under the gums and securing it to the jawbone. The bone and metal will fuse together through a process called osseointegration and as they do, the jawbone will be strengthened. This is especially important for our older patients that may be experiencing bone loss. In this way, these dental restorations can help to preserve your appearance and facial structure, where dentures may not.
They type of dental restorations that you need will depend on the current condition of your mouth. We can ensure that you remain in excellent health and that you keep your natural teeth as long as possible. With that in mind, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss any health challenges you may be currently facing.
April 2, 2015
As your Invisalign® dentist, we will be the first to tell you that the process takes time. As much as you want to have straighter teeth, and want to have them quickly, there is a gradual process that must be followed in order for the teeth to be moved correctly. The important thing to remember is that at the end of the treatment you will have straighter, more beautiful teeth. With Invisalign®, we use a series of aligner trays that move the teeth over the course of the treatment. Each tray moves the teeth approximately .25 millimeters at a time, allowing time for your teeth to adjust to the new position before moving you on to the next set of aligners. Using a “push” method, the process you will go through in our Invisalign® dentist office is methodical so that the teeth do not revert to their former position and have to start the procedure all over again.
Typically an Invisalign® treatment takes around 12 months to complete. More complicated cases can take up to two or three years of alignment, but this is extremely rare, as is the number of people who have a shorter alignment period of around six months. Understand that from the moment we start the process we will continue to move your teeth until they are properly aligned, but that it will take time so it is important to set the right expectations for yourself.
As your Invisalign® dentist, we will take the time to talk about your treatment, we will also take some time to explain to you the final step of the treatment which may be required. This is known as refinement. Just as the term implies, refinement is the final and finishing stage of the Invisalign® procedure. After your treatment has been completed, there are often small modifications that you will want to make or will be necessary to ensure the perfect completion of your alignments. To this, we will bring you back into the clinic and take a few more measurements. This allows us to get a new set of aligners made, which are designed for those final corrections. The refinement stage is not particularly time bound and can be completed at any time after the final treatment with the Invisalign® main aligners. It is important to know that these refiners are not intended to correct relapses if you do not wear your retainers. If you do allow your teeth to slip, by not wearing your retainers, you could need an entirely new treatment with the full set of Invisalign®. In order to prevent your teeth from slipping into their old position, you need to wear your retainers at night.
An important tip from our Invisalign® dentist office.
During the treatment, the best way for you to achieve the best results is to stick to the schedule. Wearing your retainer at least 20 to 22 hours per day, and change out the aligners at least every two weeks when you get the new set of aligners.
February 24, 2015
Visiting a sedation dentist can calm any fears you have about dental care. If just thinking about dental drilling and numbing techniques can send you running, but you don’t have to run any longer. Sedation dentistry is a great way to eliminate the common dental phobia and anxiety that results from having your teeth worked on. Don’t let people tell you to toughen up and suffer through it when you don’t have to. If you are just visiting us for a general checkup, to have cavities filled, or for more extensive work, we can provide the service you need with a peaceful and pain-free environment.
When asked about visiting a sedation dentist, patients say it was the best, most secure they have ever felt at a dental appointment. Imagine walking in, getting settled, then spending your visit in a calm, happy state during your entire checkup. When switching to a sedation dentist, you can expect to either spend your visits in a contented lightly sedated state or a conscious sedation which is a slightly deeper sedation. Both of these options will wear off quickly after your appointment. We normally save the deepest sedation and unconscious sedation for dental surgery.
During your appointment, you will still be awake, but you will be generally unaware about the ongoings of your checkup or procedure. This method is not invasive or painful. It is a quick and pleasant way to undergo your appointment. The process we use is simple. You will either be sedated by Nitrous Oxide via a mask over your nose, through an IV or through an oral or sublingual form of benzodiazepines. In severe situations or for big procedures, we will use general anesthesia. In most cases, if you opt for a form of benzodiazepines, you will be required to take the medication the night before or 30 minutes to an hour beforehand. Most sedation will still require an application of a local anesthetic at the area that needs work, but the sensation will be dulled.
When you come in, you will need to speak with us about medications you are currently taking that may interfere with sedation medications. This will avoid any unexpected side effects or other issues that may arise from combining too many medications. Otherwise, side effects are very mild or very rare.
If you are searching for an answer to years of apprehension regarding your dentistry care, we promise you won’t regret switching to working with a qualified and experienced sedation dentist. Your well-being during your visit is our top priority. Don’t let dental phobia get in the way of good oral hygiene and other preventative measures to keep your teeth healthy for years to come. Visit us, and you will never have to stress about cavities again. For a dental experience, you won’t be afraid to come back for in the future, switch to our office.
February 2, 2015
There is a lot of talk about teeth whitening right now, and whether you read a magazine or watch television, there is a good chance that you will see an ad for it. The questions become, what products work and what doesn’t? In our dental office, we get a lot of questions from patients that are confused about what they should and shouldn’t try. Given the mixed results that products can deliver, this can become even more confusing. Fortunately, we are the experts and here to help you make sense of it all.
Clearly the best type of teeth whitening takes place at our dentist office. There are several reasons for this including the fact that our whitening solution is stronger and naturally, the stronger the solution, the better the results. Still, it goes far beyond the type of solution that we use. As your dentist, we are invested in your long-term oral health. That means that we will take the time to examine your teeth and gums to ensure that you don’t have any cavities or infections prior to getting started. It also means that we will be careful with how much of the whitening solution we use and how long your teeth are exposed to it, in order to prevent sensitivity. When you schedule an appointment with us, you can get the bright white teeth you are looking for, without the risk that comes from trying an at-home procedure.
If you are going to try a teeth whitening product at home, we recommend that you have whitening trays created using a mold of your mouth. This way the solution won’t leak out. Otherwise, stick with whitening toothpaste. The paste won’t actually remove stains, but it can help to brighten your teeth in between visits to our dental office.
Whitening pens are not what they claim to be. In order for your teeth to actually whiten, you need to have enough solution applied to your teeth, and it must remain there for a period of time. Anything that you simply brush onto your teeth will be washed away quickly due to the saliva in your mouth. It won’t have enough time to penetrate through your enamel and address any of your deep stains. Most people that try a whitening pen are disappointed as a result.
Store-bought whitening trays are also a cause for disappointment. They don’t fit well, and most people end up with solution leaking into their mouth, creating significant discomfort and even gum irritation. This unpleasant situation is entirely avoidable when you have whitening trays created for you. Simultaneously, whitening strips tend to slip out of place and regardless of what the ads claim, you can’t really speak with them in – it’s awkward to try.
You can have a gorgeous smile that lights up the room without a lot of effort. Simply schedule an appointment with our dental office to have your teeth cleaned and a teeth whitening procedure. In no time, you will have beautiful and healthy teeth – something to really smile about.
January 28, 2015
Since dental implants were first invented they have quickly become one of the most promising technologies to replace teeth with. Thanks, in part to modern medical science, dental implants have literally become the future of dental prosthetics. People now have the opportunity to have a permanent replacement, surgically inserted into their jawbone by a skilled dentist or oral surgeon. This innovation is actually changing the way many of our patients think about tooth loss.
While there is no doubt that some of the other techniques have also made some advances, the bottom line is that most of the other means of replacing teeth still depend on antediluvian methods. Dentures depend on adhesives to bond and hold them in place while bridges are still secured using dental cement. This is opposed to dental implants that use titanium screws to create the most stable and secure base for your new fake teeth. Still, some of our patients, especially those that are using different prosthetic devices, have concerns about changing their device. Once we have a chance to educate and demonstrate how a person’s standard of living can improve tremendously once they have the stronger, more durable, and better looking dental implants, this usually dispels the concerns.
The permanent nature of dental implants is a huge success for patients, especially those coming from a different type of prosthetic device. However, the very permanence of the device makes some people want to have all their questions answered before they make the leap to get an implant installed. This is important for you and for us, as it gives us the opportunity to explain things, and we recommend that you schedule an appointment to discuss the procedure in detail. In the meantime, here are a couple of quick facts that may answer some of your questions about dental implants.
How successful is the procedure?
Implants are hugely successful. The installation has an extremely high success rate between 93% and 98%. This means that they virtually never fail, barring some external circumstances.
How long will my dental implants last?
Dental implants will often last up to thirty years (or even a lifetime) though they have also been known to last only seven. The difference between the two is because implants, like real teeth, depend on other factors in your mouth for longevity. Gum disease, for example, can shorten the lifespan of your dental implants while great oral health and hygiene habits can make them last a much longer time. We also cannot predict things like accidents that may influence how long a dental implant lasts, but we do know that it is a long term solution that requires no extra care, other than what you would provide your teeth in the first place.
The longevity of your dental implants starts with a great installation. To do this, we will phase out your installation over several visits. Between these visits, you will be recovering for between ten and fourteen days. On your return, we will make sure that nothing has shifted, make any minor modifications as needed, and then proceed to the next step. Not only does this method increase our chances of success but also dramatically reduces your final recovery time to less than two weeks after all of the procedures are completed. In the end, your new tooth will be beautiful and durable.