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White teeth equals a youthful smile

Brighten Teeth to Look Young
Looking young stands as the single most important goal to many people who seek cosmetic treatments. The smile, being the most valuable ornament of every individual, gains importance when a person wishes to get a cosmetic treatment. Considering the results from researches and surveys, one can note that the brightness of teeth plays a crucial role in the smile. Did you know that you could look younger by around five years by whitening your teeth? Yes! This surprising yet sweet fact attracts patients towards cosmetic dentistry practices in the city. However, it is important for patients to know that the level of brightness achieved during treatment is different for every individual.

Color of Teeth
There is no scale to measure the exact color of teeth. The commonly followed shade scale has four categories of teeth colors which are reddish brown, reddish yellow, reddish grey and grey. Each of these colors has different levels of darkness. The scale of whitening achieved during the treatment depends on the thickness of enamel and the nature of the stain. Normally patients can expect an improvement of 2 to 7 levels in the shade scale. This is a noticeable difference and surely can improve the aesthetics of the smile.

Bright Teeth and Youthfulness
It is a question as to why teeth brightness is linked with youthfulness. The answer is, because teeth tend to get darker as a person grows older. Teeth wear and improper maintenance of oral hygiene can lead to reduction in the thickness of enamel layer. This shows up the color of dentin through the transparent enamel layer. This can make the smile look dull. In young adults, due to staining, similar yellowish color can ruin the smile. When teeth are brightened, the lost charm is gained back making the patient look more youthful and attractive.

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Are you a Candidate for Dental Sedation?

Sedation Dentistry – Patient Assessment and Care
Dental phobia is one of the most common problems faced by people in the United States. It is a problem that can keep people away from dental treatment, directly affecting their oral health and hygiene. Researchers in dental medicine developed a solution to this fear of dentistry. It is a process which relieves patients from stress and keeps them relaxed during dental treatment. It is called sedation dentistry. The treatment requires professional training and license. Dentists assess patients and ensure that all supporting equipment are available before performing the treatment.

Patient Assessment

In this phase, dentists ask questions related to medical history, sedation history, current medications and find out if the patient is allergic to any particular medicine. Problems related to respiratory system, breathing blocks and cardiovascular problems if any are noted. There is a list of other problems including but not limited to the ones related to lungs, liver obesity and sleep apnea, which dentists will be keen about.

Patient care during sedation dentistry
There are different types of sedation. Dentists take extreme care when the patient is under moderate to deep sedation. General anesthesia is an even more complex process which requires special assessment and the support of a licensed professional who is particularly trained in the field. With moderate to deep sedation, there is a continuum of levels of consciousness and each patient reacts differently to the same amount of sedative. Dentists take the support of assistants to monitor respiration, blood pressure level and heart beat rate. There is additional respiratory support provided to patients based on the needs. Patients are advised to follow necessary post-operative care to ensure safe and successful sedation process.

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5 Tips for using Invisalign

Invisalign® – How to maintain the aligners?
In the mission to straighten teeth, you came across Invisalign® system, which has impressed you. Now your concern is about how to maintain this invisible way of teeth straightening. Align Technology has designed the aligners to be easy to maintain and easy to use. Wearing the aligners 22 hours of a day is a commitment you have to live with. Taking care of Invisalign® system is absolutely necessary to stay healthy. Here are few key factors about Invisalign® you should know.

Wearing Invisalign®

Ensure that you wash your hand every time before you wear the aligners. The aligners can be safely kept in the case when not in use. The system should be fit over the dentition by pushing them with slight pressure over molar teeth. Although this may seem a little difficult during the first few days of treatment, patients can get used to it overtime.

Cleaning the aligner

The aligners can be cleaned using toothpaste and teeth brush with soft bristles. Both the inside and the outside of the Invisalign® should be cleaned to ensure that there are no stains. There are other special products available on the market to clean the Invisalign® system.

Maintaining oral hygiene

It is important for patients to remove Invisalign® system when eating/drinking anything apart from water. They should brush and floss teeth after every meal and drink. This can ensure that teeth are free from dental infection. If the food residue is left without cleaning, there are higher possibilities of periodontal disease and tooth decay. Invisalign® can be a wonderful teeth straightening appliance. However, it is important for patients to maintain the aligners to ensure that the treatment is effective and the aligners do not intervene in daily activities.

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Sedation Dentistry can help you restore your smile!

Oral Sedation – Precautions
Dental phobia is a serious problem that can discourage people from receiving dental treatment. The atmosphere of the practice with the dental chair setup, the sound of the dental instruments in the mouth and the pain caused from dental treatment are often noted as few reasons for the fear. Oral sedation is one of the common methods followed by dentists to counter the fear of patients. This method is recommended for procedures which are time consuming and for patients who express a higher level of anxiety towards particular dental treatment. Like other sedation methods, oral sedative has its set of instructions which should be followed by patient before and after the surgery.

Before Treatment
The dentist may recommend an over-the-counter pill which should be taken the night before or about 1 hour before the treatment. A responsible adult caretaker should escort the patient to the dental office and drive the patient back home after the treatment. Light breakfast with cereals and fruits and non-alcoholic beverages can be consumed before the treatment. The dentist may mention specific diet for special cases.

After Treatment
The next 24 hours after the oral sedation are very crucial for the patient. He/she should not operate machinery or drive automobiles/motorcycles/bikes. The patient should stay away from alcoholic beverages. It is also recommended not to take important decisions or sign legal documents during this period. The patient may follow regular diet unless advised by the dentist. Climbing up/down stairs without the support of a caretaker and taking part in sport activities can be very dangerous to the patient. The dentist may advice patients to drink lot of water to avoid dehydration after the sedation process.

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Dental Implants a permanent solution for missing teeth

Dental Implants – Permanent replacement for lost teeth
Ever since the introduction of dental implants more than 4 decades ago, they have been widely acknowledged in the field of dental medicine for their benefits and longevity. As replacement for lost teeth, dental implants have worked wonderfully in many patients. With development in the field of material science, there are some extraordinary designs which have been developed that have higher success rate and improved functionality. What is the life expectancy of dental implants as compared to natural teeth? The pros and cons of dental implants have triggered the start of many research programs which aim to find the problems with dental implants and work on increasing its life span.

Dental implants – Are they permanent?
Although they cannot be compared to natural teeth in all their functions, dental implants still have few crucial benefits as teeth restoration. The chewing efficiency is very high with implants. The process of Osseointegration ensures that the implant is strong and stable within the jawbone. Since the dental implant is made of strong material they can withstand load. The texture of the titanium is designed for better bonding with the bone tissues. The implant does not decay like natural tooth.

The primary concern with implant is the successful completion of the surgery. The dentist will be keen to note down the small amounts of loss around the abutment area of the jawbone which may occur few months or years after the surgery. The dentist guides patients to maintain good oral hygiene. The food residue around abutment can increase the chances of gum diseases. This condition is called peri-implantitis. With maintenance of proper oral hygiene and regular check ups, patients can ensure that the dental implant is in good condition. The dental implant can last for more than 3 decades depending on the oral health of the patient. If bacterial activity is kept under control, the implant can be a lifetime solution for tooth loss.

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Missing Teeth Can be Replaced in a Variety of Ways

Teeth loss can occur due to several reasons including trauma, periodontal infection and decay. Missing teeth can affect a person’s ability to bite and chew food. The jawbone starts to shrink, speech problems may arise and the oral health worsens over a period of time. There are many varieties of dental prostheses for replace missing teeth. The choice may depend on various factors including the affordability. Our dentist considers all the factors when recommending the best solution for teeth loss. We have patients of all age groups visiting our dental office. Our prosthodontic treatment has helped our patients regain healthy smiles.

Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are prostheses that have one/two anchoring crowns and a false tooth which replaces lost natural tooth. The bridge fills the gap caused from missing teeth. They are either supported by dental implants or by natural teeth. The process is invasive since it involves removal of some portion of teeth enamel in order to make space for placement of anchoring crown. There are different types of bridges and the choice of a particular bridge depends on the tooth that is being replaced. Cantilever bridge, conventional bridge and Maryland Bridge are some common varieties of these prostheses.

Dentures

Dentures or partials are used when the patient is suffering from complete or partial edentulism. Both removable and fixed types of complete dentures are available. The fixed dentures are supported by dental implants. They are more stable and comfortable as a restoration. Dentures are fabricated precisely to replicate the teeth and the soft gum tissues. The dentist either uses screws or bonding cements to fix the dentures over dental implants.

Dental Implants
One of the most recommended methods of replacing a missing tooth is by using dental implants. The implants are metals that are torqued into the jawbone of patient. They are designed to integrate with the bone by forming a strong bond with tissues. An abutment is fixed over the implant and a crown is bonded over it. Dental crowns are precisely fabricated in the lab to mimic the appearance of natural tooth. Since the implanted tooth is highly stable and has high chewing efficiency, the bite feels more natural for the patient. With successful placement and proper care the implant can last for many years.

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Dental Implant – Long Term Success

Dental implants are known to be one of the most successful teeth restorations in the field of prosthodontics. The restoration is mostly opted by patients and dentists for its long-life and functional benefits. With all its characteristics and benefits, it can arguably be one of the best replacements for a lost natural tooth. The restoration has been popular in the US since the 1970s. Despite all the positive points, dental implants do have certain concerns, which should be considered both by the dentist and the patient before dental implant surgery. The long-term success of dental implants depends on these factors. An informed decision can bring a major difference in the life of patients.

Long-term Success of Dental Implants – Deciding Factors
Bone quality
The number one deciding factor for the dentist regarding the recommendation of dental implant surgery is the bone quality. The implant requires sufficient bone volume and density for successful Osseointegration. The bone quality is classified into different types based on the volume and density. Patients who have suffered from bone resorption may have to undergo bone regeneration procedure before getting dental implants.

Dental infection
Periodontal infection and tooth decay are two factors that can affect the long-term success of dental implants. Untreated dental infection, which prevails during implant surgery, can affect the implant site and cause serious problems after the surgery. The dentist will make sure to treat such conditions before going ahead with implant placement. Patients should take care of oral hygiene after the surgery. Food residue, which can accumulate around the abutment of implant, should be removed from time-to-time. If left as such, the bacterial activities can lead to peri-implantitis, which is a condition where bacteria infect gums around the implanted tooth.

Oral habits
Bruxing or teeth clenching is as harmful to implanted tooth as it is to natural teeth. The uneven load on the implanted tooth can lead to the failure of the restoration on a longer run. Smoking, which is known to increase the activity of bacteria in oral cavity, can directly affect dental implants. Dentists believe that there are higher chances of implant failure in patients who have the habit of smoking when compared to non-smokers.

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