A dental implant is an artificial tooth root placed in the maxillary or mandible to support a crown, bridge or denture, to replace one or more missing teeth. It is the optimal solution in restoring missing teeth and has several shapes, but the most commonly used is in the form of a screw.
There are new dental materials that have revolutionized dentistry. One of these is Zirconia. Zirconium oxide is the most durable type of dental material available on the market. It is 5 times more resistant than the traditional porcelain fused-to-metal restorations.
Dental veneers are used in dental cosmetics, they are the most conservative solution (minimally invasive) in correcting aesthetic problems of the front teeth. The veneering procedure is an alternative to using porcelain crowns, where the loss of dental tissue is higher.
Professional bleaching, contrary to rumors, does not affect dental health. It penetrates enamel only for a few tens of microns deep, removing from it the elements that give the yellowish color, remineralizing it after in the new color. The difference between the professional and the at-home whitening is the much shorter time than the second option.
Cosmetic dentistry uses cutting-edge treatments that are able to transform smiles and erase dental signs of aging. It is the dental treatment that enhances the beauty and health of your smile and covers a range of procedures from teeth whitening, dental metal fillings and restorations replacement.
Sealing is a method of preventing dental decay, used both in pedodontics (pediatric dentistry) and adult general dentistry. It is usually indicated on the teeth that are not affected by caries. It consists in applying of a very thin layer of flowable composite (dental sealant) on the chewing surface of the teeth in the grooves and fissures.
When you first have contact with your new dentures it is generally indicated for them to be worn as much time as possible until the next dentist appointment. It is normal for the prosthesis to initially push certain areas of the gums where sores lesions might appear.
Some of our clinical cases with patient pictures and explanations. Patients with functional or aesthetic problems, either genetic or acquired, which have been successfully treated. Dental veneers, dental implants, Zirconia, all-ceramic or fused-to-metal porcelain crowns.
After receiving dental implants, contrary to the expectations of most patients, postoperative pain is lower than that after tooth removal. The swelling of the area is normal and expected. The recommended medication is based on antibiotics for 8 to 10 days, regardless of the symptoms.
The tooth extraction often involves antibiotic treatment for about 5 days to a week if there is a preoperative infection involved (dental abscess). Good nutrition and hydration are very important to the patient postoperatively. Many patients, in order to keep the extraction place clean, avoid to feed themselves or do it poorly.
After a root canal treatment, our recommendation is to take an Ibuprofen based anti-inflammatory in the day of the treatment, no matter the symptoms. This helps reduce the apical inflammation or pain that may occur.
Once you have your teeth restored with composite materials, these type of restorations will serve you well for years. The materials used contain tiny particles of glass and enamel structure for strength and abrasion resistance. They are the best and newest materials available today to restore the dental structure affected by a superficial cavity.
Instructions for dental crowns and veneers. Brushing performed twice a day and the daily cleaning of interdental areas using dental floss or specially designed toothbrushes, are extremely important in the case of crowns or dental veneers. These hygiene measures remove a layer of sticky bacteria called plaque.
Who needs Nightguards? Mouth guards for grinding teeth are plastic devices worn during the night while sleeping to protect the teeth from becoming worn-out or chipped. Teeth abrasion is most often caused by bad habits (bruxism - "teeth grinding") manifested particularly at night, subconsciously.
Find more time to give enough attention to your teeth. Did you know that you should brush your teeth for 3 minutes? Most people do it for less than 30 seconds. Why is it so important to brush for so long? It's all about the plaque.
Deciduous dentition also known as baby or temporary (milk) teeth are the first set of teeth erupting in childhood. Milk teeth begin their development from embryo stage and become visible in the mouth after birth, when the child is a baby. They will be lost later and be replaced by the permanent teeth.
Around the age of 6 the development of permanent teeth within the bone causes root resorption to temporary teeth until they start to become more and more mobile and finally they are exfoliated and replaced one by one by similar definitive teeth. During this period the child has mixed dentition (temporary and permanent teeth are present in the mouth).
Amelogenesis Imperfecta is a rare congenital disorder in which the teeth exhibit an abnormal development and mineralization of enamel unrelated to other systemic or general diseases. It is due to the malfunction of the enamel proteins.
Soda, even diet soda, contains phosphoric acid and citric acid which erodes tooth enamel over time and make them more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Gummy Bears, besides the fact that they have high sugar content and helps in the formation of cavities, are very sticky and can remove old restorations or fillings.