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The Way of the Future

The year 2000 didn’t bring with it the flying cars and the teleporting devices that every science fiction author promised us, but it did bring some pretty awesome inventions. One of these many inventions was the “Dental Diagnostic Wax-Up.” Okay, so maybe it’s not as cool as flying cars, but haven’t you ever wondered what you would look like with a different color of hair; or a different nose; or a different smile? Well, with Wax-Up digital photography, we can at least put your mind at ease in one regard.

The wax-up is created by taking an impression of your teeth with a putty material. In the mouth, the temporaries are contoured and customized to your facial features. Once this is done, occlusion and phonetics can also be evaluated, and when these, along with aesthetics, are deemed satisfactory, an impression is made to communicate the proper size, shape, length and form to the laboratory ceramist.

The wax-up is used by many cosmetic dentists today because of the “almost glimpse into the future” it can provide (and because it eliminates the communication meltdown between your dentist and the laboratory ceramist). The Dental Diagnostic Wax-Up is a 3D model of your ideal smile. Once your cosmetic dentist has the wax-up prepared for you, you can evaluate and discuss every aspect of it together. You will be able to see exactly what your smile will look like, before your dentist does any work. This is great for you and your dentist because, instead of going in to a cosmetic dental procedure nervous about the results, you can go into it knowing that you will come out of it with the smile you’ve always wanted.

To find out why wax-ups are important for you, check out our website: http://www.nicevillefldentist.com/cosmetic-dentistry/

10:40:00 am, by admin   ,

Sedation Dentistry Reduces Anxiety

There’s an informative article on WebMd about Sedation Dentistry that I thought might interest you.

“Does the thought of having your teeth cleaned make your entire body tense with fear? Would you rather endure the agony of a toothache than step foot in a dentist’s office? You’re not alone. A lot of people are so phobic about going to the dentist that they prefer not to have any treatment.

For people who avoid dentists like the plague, sedation dentistry may take away some of their anxiety. Sedation can be used for everything from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. How it’s used depends on the severity of the fear.” Does this sound like you? Know there is a better option for you nowadays. Here’s the rest of the article if you want to read for yourself. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/sedation-dentistry-can-you-really-relax-in-the-dentists-chair

10:39:00 am, by admin   ,

Teeth Are Contributing to Solar Power—Maybe Not Your Teeth Though…

Off the coast of California, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering, is experimenting with snail teeth—yes, you read that correctly—snail teeth. Why? Amazingly, he found that the teeth of a marine snail—a chiton—create less costly and more efficient materials to improve solar cells and lithium-ion batteries.

I’ve always been one to argue the importance of functioning teeth, but this scientist—David Kisailus—and the chiton are taking that belief to a whole new level. These chitons go up and down the west coast, between Alaska and California, eating algae that grow on the rocks on which they live. They are able to do this using a conveyor belt-like organ called a radula, which has 70-80 parallel rows of teeth. The first few rows of teeth have the sole purpose of grinding the rock to get at the algae. Yes, these teeth do become worn, but new teeth are continuously sprouting up in their place, at the same rate at which the old teeth are shed. As if that’s not amazing enough, their teeth have actually become the newest inspiration for Kisailus’s next engineering design.

After five years of closely studying this marine animal, Kisailus has come to the conclusion that chiton teeth contain the hardest biomineral known on Earth—magnetite. Magnetite is not only the mineral that makes the tooth hard, but it is magnetic, and, if you paid attention in your high-school chemistry class, you would know that magnetism is what allows batteries to work so well.

Check out this article, Using Snail Teeth to Improve Solar Cells and Batteries, at http://bit.ly/Wekcuf to learn more about how a marine animal’s teeth might change the very face of our planet as we know it. And remember: Just because it isn’t our teeth that are at the center of a major discovery does not mean we shouldn’t still keep them strong and healthy—you know, just in case.

10:38:00 am, by admin   ,

Dental Implants: Out With the Old, In With the New

“No one knew she had a dental implant until it came out in a conversation.”

Dental implants are a great option when you’re thinking about getting your teeth restored to a healthier, stronger and more beautiful state, not only because they give you back function, but because they are discreet. And despite what the above joke implies, they’re almost 100% guaranteed to last.

I understand though that getting this kind of work done takes a lot more persuasion than me, or any other dentist, telling you that you will have strong, beautiful teeth again. I know that you need to have all of the facts before making any final decisions. Dental implants are a huge investment, so I want to take this time to cover the more basic, and not so basic, questions and concerns that many people have about implants.

What are dental implants?

Most people think that they know what dental implants are, but when I describe the process to new implant patients, many are surprised about the steps I need to take to get them to their new smile, and I don’t begrudge them their shock. A lot of the work that we do isn’t explained, or even brushed over, in commercials or magazine advertisements, not because the process is necessarily scary, but because it isn’t what most people want to hear. When many people consider getting implants, it is because they want that shiny, new, bedazzling smile—which is the effect of the prosthetic, and not the implant itself. The implant itself is entirely different than what the media leads you to believe.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth—the prosthetic.

Implants are the best option for you if you are missing any teeth. Rather than resting on the gum line like removable dentures, or using adjacent teeth as anchors like fixed bridges, dental implants are long-term replacements that are placed in the jawbone. They are composed of titanium metal that fuses with the jawbone through a process called Osseointegration. Implants never slip if placed properly, they look and feel natural and they never decay like teeth anchoring fixed bridges. Because dental implants fuse with the jawbone, bone loss is generally never a problem. If properly cared for, your dental implants will last you a lifetime.

Can I get implants?

I’ve had patients come to me telling me that they’ve heard stories about how their friend didn’t qualify for implants. This rarely, if ever, happens. Anyone healthy enough to undergo a routine dental extraction or oral surgery can be seriously considered for dental implants. However, you must have healthy gums and bones in order for the implants to take; if you don’t, there are treatments and procedures that will give you the strong bone structure and healthy gums needed for implants to be successful.

Are implants painful?

Many of my patients who have received dental implants say that there is very little discomfort involved in the procedure. We make sure that you won’t feel a thing during the procedure; we use local, which is so successful that most patients report that implants are less painful than a tooth extraction.

Many people worry about the pain after the procedure as well; again, there is mild discomfort, but that can be easily treated with over-the-counter pain medications, such as Tylenol or Motrin.

How successful are implants?

Many people ask this question, and for good reason. If you are going to spend the kind of time and money that great implants require, then you want them to be successful. I would love to tell you that dental implants are successful 100% of the time, but that just isn’t the case. However, when I said that they’re successful nearly 100% of the time earlier, I wasn’t kidding: The success rates of dental implants vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%.

An important thing to consider, however, is that once you even make the decision to get implants, you must commit yourself to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Heavy smokers and people suffering from uncontrolled chronic disorders, such as diabetes or heart disease, should be especially careful. Remember, dental implants are your new teeth, and you need to take care of them as such. If your natural teeth deteriorated the first time around, make sure you take steps to prevent that same fate for your dental implants.

Implants are not a hall pass on good oral health habits, but a reminder to –pick-up and maintain good oral health habits. With proper care, implants can, and will, last forever.

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