What are the Different Types of Dental Implants?

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There are different types of implants used in dentistry, as different cases call for different types of restoration. Patients may need more than one tooth in a row replaced, while others require a full set. This is why our dental implant dentist can perform many types of procedures to restore your smile to its full potential.

 

Types of dental implants

Single tooth implants — Used to replace just one tooth, this requires the use of a temporary implant while the base fuses to the jawbone over the course of several months or weeks, before the permanent implant is placed.

Multiple tooth replacement — When several teeth in a row are missing, a dental bridge is used. The implants are attached to crowns on either side, which are placed on top of the healthy adjacent teeth. This allows the implants to receive extra support.

Full arch replacement — this is necessary when most or all of the teeth on the top or bottom of your mouth are missing. Any left intact will be extracted to allow for full arch implants. Typically, five implants are placed evenly into the jaw, and temporaries are placed until the healing process is over. At this point, several bridges are placed to complete the restoration.

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What You Should Know about Teeth Whitening Gels

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Teeth whitening is used by people everywhere to achieve a brighter smile. Most whitening products use a gel as the whitening agent. To whiten teeth, the gel contains peroxide, which bleaches the teeth, altering their color. The amount of peroxide in the gel varies depending on the product.

Professional gels administered by a dentist have a higher concentration of peroxide than over-the-counter gels that you can buy and use on your own at home. Whitening gels can have unpleasant side effects if not used properly. The most common of these is gum irritation, but tooth sensitivity can also occur. Here are a few tips that can help you avoid these issues.

• Get a custom fitted mouth tray from your dentist. A custom tray will fit your teeth better than a one-size-fits-all tray that comes with OTC kits, reducing the risk of gel coming into contact with your gums.
• Follow all packaging instructions, and do not leave the gel on your teeth longer than is indicated in the instructions.
• After each treatment, thoroughly clean off any excess gel from your teeth.

The key to avoiding side effects from teeth whitening products is to use them under the care of a dentist. For more information on how to safely use teeth whitening products, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our experienced dentist.

Common Types of Orthodontic Treatments

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Orthodontics is the treatment of irregularities of the teeth and the jaws, especially regarding alignment and occlusion. Our Rocklin orthodontist is an expert in this area. They employ several different tools and appliances in order to correct crooked, rotated, and poorly spaced teeth, as well as over, under, and crossbites. There are several types of orthodontic treatments used commonly.

Traditional braces were for a time the only option available for corrective issues. They consist of metal brackets on the surfaces of the teeth, and a metal wire running through them. They can also involve splints and bands. These apply slight yet consistent pressure in order to move the teeth over a period of months or years. Metal braces are able to treat all types of issues, yet are the most noticeable option. Variations of traditional braces include ceramic braces, which feature tooth-colored brackets, and lingual braces, which are placed behind the teeth as opposed to the front surfaces.

Invisalign treatment is currently the most popular braces option. While they also apply consistent pressure to the teeth, they are also removable, as well as nearly invisible. Patients can remove the Invisalign aligners to eat and clear their teeth, and may even go a considerable amount of time without others knowing they are undergoing treatment.

Other appliances from an expert in orthodontic treatments in Rocklin include Veneers, Damon braces, and palatal expanders.

Dental Veneers Compared to Dental Bonding

two beautiful young girls in elegant dressesBonding has a variety of uses in dentistry. Made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is placed on the tooth and hardened, it can be successfully used to whiten teeth, repair chips, fill in gaps, lengthen teeth or change their shape. Though it is versatile, it does have some drawbacks compared to the other options for treating these issues.

Porcelain veneers are bonded to the front of your teeth. By hiding imperfections in teeth, they provide the same improvements as dental bonding. Certain characteristics of porcelain veneers, however, make them superior to dental bonding.

Staining
Dental bonding is quite porous, and can become stained or discolored over time from consuming things such as coffee, tea and red wine. Porcelain, on the other hand, is very stain resistant, so porcelain veneers will not become discolored due to the foods you eat. Any surface staining that porcelain does acquire can easily be removed during a professional cleaning.

Durability
Porcelain is stronger than dental bonding, so veneers are less susceptible to damage from eating certain foods. Porcelain veneers will typically last significantly longer than dental bonding.

To learn more about veneers and bonding and find out which is best for your situation, contact our Los Angeles dental veneer expert to schedule an appointment.

What Does CAD/CAM Technology Do?

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As we progress further into the twenty first century, we are greeted with new tools and technologies affecting different areas of our lives. The dentistry field is not exempt from these innovations. CAD/CAM technology is changing the way we practice dental care at our downtown San Francisco dentist location, and allowing for more convenient and efficient treatment.

CAD, or Computer Aided Design, is a form of technology that assists in the drawing and technical drafting of products. In other words, CAD technology can allow designers (or more specifically, dentists) to develop 3D models for medical use. Dentists and specialists can scan patient’s teeth and create crowns more quickly. A process that used to take weeks can now be completed in a matter of hours.

Molds and impressions of teeth requiring crowns once needed to be sent to labs, where technicians required weeks to create the coverings. Now, dentists can use a variety of tools and technologies to scan teeth, and digitally send them to a milling or 3D machine located right in the office. The machines are then able to carve or print the crown from porcelain or resin.

This new ability allows for quicker, more convenient treatment. Patients no longer need to wait to fix their broken or otherwise damaged teeth and can spend less time in the dental office and away from work. If you are interested in learning more, contact our expert in CAD/CAM technology in San Francisco.

What Patients Think about Invisalign

Invisalign is a treatment for those who require mild to moderate orthodontic care, including spacing adjustments, straightening teeth, and other similar basic issues. The treatment involves a series of aligners that look much like mouth guards one would wear while playing a sport. The process typically involves fifteen to forty-five trays, or aligners, which apply constant pressure on your teeth to slowly move them to the desired spots.

There are two factors of Invisalign that patients love the most. The first is that they are practically invisible. Even your closest friends and family member may not be able to tell that you’re wearing them. This eliminates the main issue patients have with traditional metal braces, which is that they are very noticeable, and can leave the wearer feeling socially awkward and uncomfortable. Invisalign trays are completely clear, so all anyone sees is your teeth themselves through them.

The other factor frequently brought up in Invisalign reviews is that the aligners are removable. This means that you can take them off to eat, drink, and clean your teeth. Furthermore, this also means you can enjoy the foods you would have to abstain from with other types of braces, such as caramel, whole apples, popcorn, and foods with gummy textures.

If you are curious about what else patients think about Invisalign, ask your Los Angeles Invisalign expert.

What is the Cause of TMJ?

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There is no single cause of TMJ disorder. This painful condition can cause a variety of symptoms ranging from a jaw that locks into position to pain that affects the jaw joint, the face, and the ear or that radiates into the neck, shoulder, and back. If you have symptoms of TMJ problems, our Huntington Beach dentist will work with you to identify the cause and develop an appropriate treatment plan to bring you relief.

The temporomandibular joint is a complex joint that both hinges and slides. The joints are protected with cartilage, and special shock-absorbing discs keep the movements smooth and comfortable. When any of these parts become damaged or injured, TMJ disorder can develop. Treatment will be needed to restore comfort and range of motion to your jaw.

Common causes of TMJ disorders can include:

  • Arthritis, which damages the joint’s cartilage
  • A direct blow or impact to the jaw, which can damage the joint or any of its components
  • Erosion of the disc
  • Misalignment of the disc

Orthodontic problems, bruxism, gum chewing, and age can increase the risk of developing TMJ disorders. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in TMJ in Huntington Beach.