Choosing White Fillings (No Metals) Over Silver Fillings

fillings-whiteEveryone wants to have that perfect smile. But what makes it really perfect? A complete set of perfectly white teeth, or a smile that gives confidence to the person wearing it? No matter how you define a perfect smile, it is a must that the teeth should be well taken care of for hygienic purposes. Having cavities and tooth decay do not only compromise the confidence of the person, but his health as well.

Fortunately, there are dentists who can help with tooth problems, whether you want a root canal surgery, extraction, whitening, or white fillings (no metals).

Cavities are one of the most common problems anyone can experience today. These cause teeth to be broken, but they can be restored easily through fillings.

What are white fillings?

They are also referred to as composite fillings. These are made of plastic material that is designed to match the color of the teeth. Any defective or decayed tooth can be restored through it, but the tooth should be strong in order to support the filling.

Where is it placed?

A filling is naturally placed on the front of the tooth, but there are instances wherein a part of the back tooth needs to be restored as well. For small areas that need fillings, a white filling is often chosen.

How are fillings done?

The process starts by removing the decayed portion of the tooth. An acid solution is applied to the surface of the tooth to prepare it for cleaning. A bonding agent is then applied, followed by a composite filling. A special light is used to harden and polish the surface.

Two types of fillings:

  • Silver fillings – These contain mercury, silver and copper filling, and are silver in color
  • White fillings – These are made of acrylic plastic, powdered glass, and true porcelain, and are tooth-colored

Which one to choose?

When choosing the type of filling, most patients today prefer white fillings. One of the common reasons is because they look more like natural teeth, so patients won’t feel embarrassed or conscious when they smile even if they have fillings because people won’t notice. Another reason why white is preferred over silver is because of the presence of mercury in silver fillings. Some patients believe that this is harmful to them.

But which lasts longer? White or silver? Some patients would say that silver lasts longer. But the good news is that white fillings now have new materials that make them last longer, similar to that of silver. But there are factors that affect the longevity of the fillings as well, such as its location, how a person bites, etc. You can ask your dentist about how long your filling can last and when it needs to be replaced.

When you decide to replace your silver fillings with white ones, remember to consult your dentist about it. There are different scenarios, so talking to your dentist will ensure that the procedure will be successful.

What You’ve Always Wanted To Know About Invisalign (Invisible Braces)

invisalign1Not everyone is born with a good set of teeth. Some kids might need preventive measures to correct possible dental problems while some adults may need to put their teeth into the ideal position (i.e., overbites or underbites). These types of dental problems are generally resolved with dental braces, which come in traditional or metal, the more expensive ceramic brace, and the more difficult to clean lingual brace.

 

There is one other kind of brace that takes a modern approach to straightening your teeth. Not only does it take out the discomfort and embarrassment of traditional braces, but it also delivers a much more convenient option to correcting dental problems. And it is called, quite appropriately, Invisalign (Invisible Braces).

 

Invisalign uses a series of custom-made aligners to straighten your teeth. This means that both the fit and the construction perfectly suit your teeth. The smooth and almost invisible plastic will slowly shift your teeth into proper place, eventually leaving you with the perfect smile you’ve always wanted.

 

Since you will need to wear a new one every two weeks, Invisalign may be a tad pricier than traditional braces. You have to wear a new one every two weeks because the clear plastic aligners are customized according to your progress. But the upside is that since it is made of clear plastic, you will look like you’re not wearing any braces at all. People will not know you’re even straightening your teeth.

 

Aside from that advantage, Invisalign can actually correct most dental issues such as crossbite, overbite, underbite, spacing, and crowding. Unlike traditional metal braces, you can eat whatever type of food you want, from corn on thecob to pizza. You can even remove the clear plastic aligners if you want to go to a special event without wearing braces. But it is recommended that you have it on for 20 to 22 hours a day to get the best results.

 

Also, you can brush and floss your teeth without difficulty. There is no need to take some 30 minutes for your oral hygiene with Invisalign.

 

Since Invisalign is made of BPA-free plastic, you don’t have to worry about getting sores or irritated gums, which usually happens with metal braces. Invisalign is smooth and comfortable to wear.

 

A usual treatment process will entail going to the right dentist; always choose a recognized Invisalign provider. Once you’ve chosen your Invisalign provider, a customized treatment plan will be made for you, and this will require taking X-rays and impressions of your teeth to come up with the perfect 3D image. Your dentist will then include movements of your teeth and the length of the treatment into the plan. And soon enough, you will get your customized clear plastic aligners.

Here’s Something to Smile about: Restore Your Teeth’s Brilliance with Lava Crowns (No Metals)

bruxzirAside from your eyes (which are often considered the first things that people notice about your face), your smile and the way it lights up your face can easily catch other people’s attention and draw them to your presence. When you flash a beautiful smile and share a laugh, you can let your warm and sunny personality shine through.

 

Some people, however, may not have as much confidence to show their smile because of imperfections in their teeth. Signs of decay or breakage can seriously affect someone’s appearance or even their ability to eat and speak, so not only are they unpleasant to look at, but they can be inconvenient as well.

 

Here’s your best bet

Pay a visit to your dentist and he will likely recommend using dental crowns to correct your teeth. A dental crown is a “cap” shaped like a tooth, so when it is placed over the tooth, it helps restore the size and shape of that particular tooth, as well as its strength. And because there is no longer any decay or damage visible, your appearance is consequently improved.

 

Aside from restoring broken or worn-down teeth, dental crowns can also be used to protect a weak tooth from breaking, prevent an already cracked tooth from falling apart, and support and cover a tooth with a filling when there’s  little left of the actual tooth. In addition, a crown can cover a dental implant or help keep a dental bridge in place.

 

Are there different types available?

Depending on your particular dental needs, your dentist can recommend the best type of dental crown for you. There are crowns made of stainless steel, metals, porcelain-fused-to-metal, all-resin, and all-ceramic or all-porcelain types.

 

Among these, you may want to consider opting for the all-ceramic variety, such as Lava Crowns (no metals). The Lava™ All-Ceramic System from 3M™ ESPE™ utilizes CAD/CAM precision technology to produce all-ceramic crowns with an extremely durable and fracture-resistant material called zirconia. Such ceramic crowns match the tooth’s natural color best among all the crown types and are thus ideal if the tooth that needs to be restored is a front tooth. Ceramic crowns are also the best option for people who have allergies or sensitivities to metals.

 

With the expertise of your trusted dentist, you can achieve excellent restoration of your teeth characterized by durability, endurance to wear and tear, and a precise, comfortable fit. So are you smiling now? Head on out to your dentist and rediscover your beautiful, happy smile.

Achieving That Picture-Perfect Smile Through Teeth (Zoom) Whitening

zoom-teeth-whitening-las-vegasAs you get older, the condition of your teeth also starts going downhill. Your natural set of teeth always gets a bit of wear and tear every day. Even if your eligiously practice proper dental hygiene and care, problems with your teeth will still eventually come up.

And just like any grown-up person, you probably also have one or more vices: coffee, alcohol, cigars, unhealthy carbonated drinks, chocolates and sweets, etc. These vices also contribute to your teeth being more prone to tooth decay and discoloration.

If you are already at that stage when you’re not feeling too confident about flashing your pearly whites, this is the right time for you to think about approaching your dentist and asking about the best kinds of treatments for you.

Since one of the reasons behind your lack of confidence in smiling is your stained or discolored teeth, one of the solutions your dentist may recommend to you is teeth (Zoom) whitening. This particular type of dental solution or procedure is an in-office bleaching process which quickly whitens stained and discolored teeth.

The process usually starts with checking the patient’s teeth first to determine if the procedure is safe to be used on the patient. Once it is deemed safe to do the whitening process on the patient, the dentist will then clean the patient’s teeth. The dentist will then cover the lips and gums of the patient and will apply a patented 25 percent Zoom hydrogen peroxide gel on the teeth. This gel is applied on the teeth three times, every 15 minutes. After each application of the hydrogen peroxide gel, a sensitivity-reducing fluoride paste or gel is also put or rubbed on the patient’s teeth.

The dentist will then use the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp, which emits safe amounts of ultra violet light.While the hydrogen peroxide is broken down, oxygen and dentin also penetrates the teeth to break up all the stains and discoloration and make them whiter.  The whole teeth whitening process usually takes an hour but it can take longer if the dentist takes some time with the pre-cleaning procedure.

This particular method is not as time-consuming as the other whitening procedures and you will immediately see an improvement in the color of your teeth as soon as the whole process is over. This teeth bleaching process can also give your teeth a more natural white color or appearance rather than one that looks quite “forced or artificial.”

To always have that picture-perfect smile, you still need to follow good dental practices and you also have to start avoiding certain types of food and beverages such as coffee, tea, sodas, chocolate drinks and red wine, or consume them in moderation so that your pearly whites won’t easily get stains and discolorations again.

 

 

 

The Pros And Cons Of Using Lumineers / Porcelain Veneers To Fix Your Gapped Teeth

Screen-Shot-2014-01-09-at-12.16.48-AMAn American reality TV series showed an episode where the contestants were to embrace, make the best of and highlight their personal “flaws.” From this episode, the term “flawsome” was coined. One of the flaws featured on the show was “gapped teeth.”

At present, having gapped front teeth is possibly one of least difficult dental problems people may face. It is now also one of the easiest dental issues to correct. Back then, wearing braces to correct gaps and align one’s teeth was the only solution. Braces, however, tend to be very chunky and are quite high-maintenance. Although they were effective in correcting orthodontic problems, many individuals who used them had a difficult and awkward time going through their everyday lives, most specifically with their food choices and diet.

With the introduction of the problem with having gapped teeth was more easily treated.  Dental veneers are usually made of thin sheets of porcelain which are bonded on the teeth with gaps.

However, just like with other treatments, there are two sides to this dental solution. Below are the pros and cons of using porcelain veneers:

Pros:

  • Lumineers are very durable and can last up to 15 to 20 years, if they are regularly and properly maintained. They are also low-maintenance; simply brushing and flossing them are the basic maintaining practices you should regularly employ.
  • They are very effective in fixing gapped teeth and other types of dental imperfections such as cracked and malformed teeth.
  • You can see signs of immediate results when you choose to have porcelain veneers. You can see changes or improvement on your teeth and your smile within a month.
  • Porcelain veneers can resist coffee, alcohol and other liquid stains.
  • The material used is also specifically made and shaped to the patient’s set of teeth, giving it a natural-looking appearance.

Cons:

  • Porcelain veneers can be quite costly.
  • Not everyone can get and use porcelain veneers. If a patient has advanced stages of tooth decay or periodontal diseases and suffers from bruxism, this treatment won’t be recommended at all.
  • Although dental veneers are durable, if you grind your teeth, eat hard food or accidentally receive some form of extreme force on your teeth, they can still break.
  • Some users of Lumineers have also complained of the pain they experience due to their original teeth being “shaped or sculpted” first before the veneers can be worn.
  • There will also be an increase in teeth sensitivity since the enamel of your teeth will be removed if the porcelain veneers will be installed on your teeth.

Porcelain veneers can really be a hassle-free and effective way of correcting your gapped teeth and other dental problems you may have. But make sure that your dentist recommends and approves of this treatment before you invest in it.

 

 

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Basic Periodontal Care Tips You Should Regularly Practice

Dentist ExaminingThe latest studies show that about 75% of American adults have some form of gum disease, and the majority of them do not even know that they have a periodontal issue or condition. The big problem with not being aware of and preventing the onset of gum disease is that if they are not detected and treated properly and immediately, the condition can worsen.

Gum disease has two types or stages: gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is regarded as the “early gum disease” and it happens when there is a build-up of plaque on your teeth. The usual signs of gingivitis include bleeding, swelling and redness of the gums. If gingivitis is not treated correctly and immediately, it can worsen and develop into periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease. The usual symptoms of periodontitis include gum bleeding, swelling, bad breath, loose teeth and receding gum lines.

To help prevent the onset of gum diseases and to maintain the healthy condition of your teeth, there are several basic periodontal care tips and practices that you already know but are probably not doing properly or regularly. The following are the common oral care practices that you should never take for granted and that you should regularly do to have a healthier set of teeth and gums:

  • Brush at least twice a day and make sure you follow good brushing techniques. The correct brushing technique recommended by dentists pertains to positioning the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle where your teeth and gums meet and using firm pressure to insert the bristles between the two. Use this technique as well in brushing the surface of your teeth and inside it. And when it’s time to brush the inside areas of your lower and upper front teeth, hold the toothbrush vertically.
  • Floss after each meal. There are certain areas in your mouth that the bristles of your toothbrush can’t fully reach or get into. And these areas are the usual ones where some food particles can get stuck in, and when they are not removed immediately, bacteria can feed on them and grow. But when you regularly floss, you immediately remove these food particles and you prevent the growth of these bacteria in your gums.
  • Change your diet. This means avoiding the consumption of too much sugary and sweet food products. You also need to take in more vitamin C or foods that are rich in this particular nutrient. You can also start drinking more brewed tea and unsweetened cranberry juice because they prevent the growth of bacteria in the gums and teeth.
  • Lastly, change your toothpaste. Look for and use toothpaste that has vitamin E, Allantonin and Triclosan since they help promote healthy gums by stimulating the growth of new tissues, and they reduce plaque and tartar build-up as well.

Oral Cancer Prevention, Symptoms, Risk Factors And Other Important Facts

types-of-mouth-soreMouth or oral cancer is a type of head and neck cancer. It refers to the uncontrollable growth of cells in the tongue, cheeks, lips, palates, throat and sinuses. Annually, about 34,000 Americans are diagnosed with this type of cancer. Patients diagnosed with mouth cancer have an 85 percent survival rate during the first year.

The first crucial step toward oral cancer prevention is knowing and understanding the facts surrounding it including risk factors, symptoms and available treatments. Here’s a brief glance at each.

Oral cancer symptoms

During the initial stages of mouth cancer, the symptoms do not immediately manifest themselves. Dentists, on the other hand, can immediately detect some of the signs of oral cancer. What are these symptoms?

 

  • Mouth ulcers and sores that linger
  • Swelling in the mouth that last for more than three weeks
  • Reddish/whitish patches in the mouth or tongue
  • Lumps found in the tongue or mouth lining
  • Painful swallowing
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Jaw pain and stiffness
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Persistent neck pain
  • Ear pain
  • Weight loss
  • Improper fit of dentures

 

Who’s at risk?

The American Cancer Society reports that men are twice as likely to contract mouth cancer as compared to women. This risk increases for people who smoke cigarettes and cigars, people who chew tobacco, heavy drinkers, people with a history of cancer in the family, and those who have been excessively exposed to the sun at a young age. However, it is worthwhile to mention that 25 percent of oral cancer occurs among non-smokers and light alcohol drinkers.

Other people who are at high risk of getting oral cancer are those who consume a large amount of red meat and processed food, those who have reflux disease, people who have HPV infection, and persons who have previously undergone radiation treatment.

Diagnosing mouth cancer

Dentists and general practitioners are fully equipped and trained to conduct a diagnosis for oral cancer. For reputable dentists, oral cancer screening is a vital part of the dental exam they offer. Your dentist will look for unusual lumps and changes in the neck, head and mouth.

Should your dentist or GP suspect that you have oral cancer, you may be referred to specialists like oncologists or ENTs for further testing who will conduct a biopsy.

If the biopsy confirms the presence of mouth cancer, the next order of business would be determining the stage of the cancer. For this goal, your specialist may conduct endoscopy, x-rays, CT, MRI and PET scans. Determining the stage of the cancer will enable the health care professionals to develop the appropriate treatment methods.

Prevention

Apart from quitting smoking and chewing tobacco and limiting alcohol, it is worthwhile to modify one’s diet into one that is rich in fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and healthy oils. Excessive sun exposure should be avoided. It would also be helpful to visit the dentist regularly to quickly identify symptoms of cancer and remedy the problem before it gets worse.

Restore Your Teeth’s Luster With The Right Whitening Systems

brunettlargeTeeth discoloration is an inevitable part of the aging process. As more candles are added onto your birthday cake, it is perfectly normal for your teeth to lose some of its luster. Over time, human teeth become thinner and their dentin begins to show. In turn, this leads to the familiar yellowish tinge that is noticeable among older people.

 

However, there are certain factors which can hasten the process even among otherwise healthy young adults. One major contributor to teeth discoloration among adults are food and drinks. Some fruits, veggies, wines, coffee and tea stain the teeth. load testing website Smokers are also prone to teeth staining.

 

Poor oral hygiene is another major factor of teeth discoloration. Diseases which affect the teeth’s enamel and dentin can also lead to teeth discoloration. If you have been advised to take antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline, as well as medications like antihistamines and those for high blood pressure, you become more prone to discoloration.

 

Other common causes of this dental issue include genetics, exposure to high amounts of fluoride, and traumas.

 

If you want to keep your beaming white smile, there are several measures you can observe to keep teeth discoloration at bay. These include cutting back or even avoiding smoking and food and drinks that stain the teeth, and maintaining good oral hygiene (including regular visits to the dentist).

 

If you want to restore your teeth’s luster and color and give your confidence a big boost, Dr. Samuel Moche can help you achieve these goals. Dr. Moche offers two whitening systems to his patients: the conventional teeth whitening method and Zoom Teeth Whitening.

 

The conventional teeth whitening method involves the use of a customized mouthpiece tray as well as whitening gels. But unlike over-the-counter products, this tailored service is deemed safer and effective because the system accounts for the patient’s unique oral anatomy.

 

The Zoom Teeth Whitening system is preferred by patients who wish to see marked results within one session. This is an in-office system which is divided into three 15-minute sessions. It utilizes both ultraviolet light and peroxide gel to deliver quality results.

 

Do note that these cosmetic procedures are not for everyone and Dr. Moche has to examine your teeth first in order to determine the best option for you.These cosmetic procedures are typically recommended for patients who have an otherwise healthy set of teeth and gums and have had a minimal amount of teeth restoration done to them.

Top 10 Facts About Your Oral Health

ec1391eabf343d71726b74f8e64f0658-617x411You may already know that lollipops, chips, and sugary drinks are not doing your dental health any good. Not only do these types of food lack any nutritional value, but most of them will also bathe your teeth in sugar, which leads to tooth decay. But did you know that there are also good foods that benefit your dental health, like cheese, calcium-fortified tofu, and leafy greens? Not only are these healthy but they also contain high amounts of calcium, which your teeth need.

Eating the right foods is just the tip of the iceberg in maintaining good dental health. You will, of course, want to get checked and cleaned by your dentist, to brush your teeth and floss — and to be guided by these 10 facts on

1.Pain and infection due to tooth decay could potentially cause problems not just with eating, but also speaking and learning. Know that dental disease has been linked to stroke, diabetes, and heart disease, among others.

2. According to the National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, for every $1 spent on preventive measures for dental health, you get to save as much as $50 on restorative and emergency procedures if you were insured or underinsured.

3. The risk factors for oral diseases are not limited to poor oral hygiene and an unhealthy diet. Harmful alcohol use, tobacco use, and social factors also contribute to potentially developing oral diseases.

4. The World Health Organization reports that the most common oral diseases include gum disease, dental cavities, oral cancer, hereditary lesions, and trauma from injuries.

5. The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation has discovered that 51 million school hours plus 164 million work hours are wasted each year because of dental diseases.

6. You can prevent oral diseases (as well other chronic conditions) by eating a nutritionally balanced die. Cut down on sugar consumption and eat more fruits and vegetables.

7. The best way to brush your teeth is to do it twice a day, for two minutes. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth as well as the chewing surfaces, gently but firmly — never vigorously. Also, brush your tongue from back to front. This will help to remove plaque, which causes bad breath. And floss twice a day, too.

8. Sugar-free chewing gum can be additional protection for your dental health because it increases saliva flow. Saliva naturally washes away bacteria and neutralizes acid.

9. Fluoridated water is the best beverage for maintaining your dental health. Fluoride keeps your teeth resistant to acid that causes cavities.

10. Finally, did you know that kids smile about 400 times a day while women do so around 62 times? Men, it turns out smile eight times, on average, a day.

 

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Quick Tips On Proper Brushing & Flossing

brushing-teethHaving sparkling white teeth can do wonders for your overall look, and if you also have fresh breath throughout the day, that’s definitely going to contribute more to the positive impression you leave on the people you interact with. The principles behind a great smile and fresh breath are pretty basic, though — proper brushing & flossing every day, paired with regular dental treatments such as whitening, and scaling or oral prophylaxis, are really all it takes.

A lot of people complain, however, that brushing three times a day and flossing once or twice a day are not that effective in preventing plaque and cavities. The question here is,“Are they brushing and flossing properly?”These oral maintenance efforts really will fail at maintaining dental health if they are not done correctly. For example, using the wrong type of toothbrush can do more harm than good; if the bristles are too stiff, they can bruise the gums and scratch the surface of your teeth. parental security . Flossing, on the other hand, if not done right, can cut through gums and cause bleeding.

For proper brushing and flossing, take note of the following tips listed below provided by dental health experts.

  1. Devote at least five minutes for brushing and flossing. Don’t speed through the process if you really want a thoroughly clean mouth.
  2. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent scratches on your teeth (that often become “shallow” cavities) and bruising on your gums.
  3. Start brushing the chewing surface of your teeth in a back and forth motion to get rid of food particles lodged in the crevices.
  4. Next, brush the sides of your teeth in a circular motion and keep the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gums; this will get rid of the food particles stuck between your teeth without scratching the gums too much.
  5. Do the same thing on the inner surfaces of your teeth.
  6. Repeat all these steps on your lower teeth.
  7. Rinse your mouth to see if your teeth are thoroughly cleaned and no food particles remain.
  8. If you still see some stuck food, proceed to use floss. Make sure that the floss is about 12 inches long if you’re not using those floss rings.
  9. Slide the floss between your teeth, making a C-shape to prevent cutting your gums.
  10. Make three scoops around the gum line between the teeth to make sure that all food particles are dislodged from the crevices.
  11. Rinse again.

There are people who prefer to floss before brushing; dentists say it doesn’t really matter as long as all food particles are removed. For those with sensitive gums who cannot use a regular floss, an airfloss is recommended; it’s similar to what’s used in dental offices. Just point the airfloss between your teeth and click to release a quick, cleansing burst of air and micro droplets of water. This will take care of all those pesky food particles that build up to become plaque.