Archive for October 2017

5 Ways to Achieve Dental Implant Success

5 Steps You Can Take to Improve Your Chances for a Successful Dental Implant:

As you prepare for your dental implants, you may wonder what you can do to make sure you get the best results. Dental implants have a high success rate, but there are still simple things you can do to make sure you enjoy your implants for a lifetime.

1) Don’t smoke.

Some dental surgeons refuse to give implants to patients who smoke. More often, they encourage them quit before the procedure and abstain during recovery. Smoking interferes with the healing process by reducing the flow of blood in the mouth. Impeded healing can jeopardize bone grafts and the implant itself. Heat in the mouth can lead to oral-burn syndrome that damages bone and soft tissue.

According to a University of Minnesota study, the dental implants of smokers are twice as likely to fail as those of non-smokers. In addition, smokers experienced major or minor complications 15% more often. Smokers also experience higher post-operative infection rates than non-smokers. Gaps and cavities may develop between the implants and the gums that fill with bacteria and become swollen and inflamed.

 

2) Follow your recovery directions to help healing.

Post-procedural instructions are easy to follow and help create the best conditions for healing during your recovery. Right after your surgery, limit your diet to soft foods. Our surgeons at Cumberland Surgical Arts recommend that patients avoid chewing foods near the surgical site until after your first follow-up appointment.

During recovery, you may experience some swelling or minor bleeding, which can be managed easily. Avoid spitting and rinsing. Instead, use compresses of gauze or herbal tea bags to control bleeding.

If your surgeon prescribes pain medications or antibiotics, follow the directions on the bottle carefully and refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery. While you can engage in normal, daily activities, you should avoid rigorous activities, such as exercise.

For more advice on having a successful and painless recovery, visit our After Dental Implant Surgery.

 

3) Keep your follow-up appointments.

The first year after your placement is a crucial time. Studies show that, while there is an , the rate falls to 1% after that.

To ensure the best chance for success, your surgeon will schedule follow-up appointments during the first, third, and sixth months after your procedure, then yearly after that.

During these follow-up visits, dental x-rays can be used to examine the fusion between the implant and the jawbone. Thorough examinations can catch any infection or disease that may have developed before it goes too far.

4) Visit your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams.

Appointments with both your dental surgeon and your dentist will ensure that you achieve the best results possible. On top of the follow-up appointments you have with your surgeon, you still need to meet with your dentist for routine x-rays and cleanings.

These routine dental appointments help guarantee that your surrounding teeth and soft tissues remain healthy. If periodontal disease develops, your dentist can propose treatment to control it and prevent it from compromising your implants.

 

5) Maintain your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing twice a day.

Even though dental implants are made of materials like porcelain and titanium, they still need to be cared for like your natural teeth. While cavities cannot develop on implants, surrounding teeth can be affected if your prosthetic crown and surrounding gums aren’t being cleaned regularly.

You should brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Flossing regularly will help remove any debris that might create plaque build-up or contribute to an infection. Using an antibacterial mouthwash also kills germs and fights plaque.

The path to a successful dental implant is straightforward. Patients who dedicate themselves to maintaining their oral health have the best chance of success. While some steps can be taken directly after the surgery, continued communication with your surgeon and dentist combined with regular oral hygiene ensure success for the long term.

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Creating Brighter, Better Smiles

From subtle repairs to major procedures, cosmetic dentistry has evolved to improve every aspect of better smiles. From teeth whitening, to replacing missing teeth and everything else in between, smile enhancements are proven to boost a person’s overall appearance and self-confidence. At Dentcare Clinic, our cosmetic dentists work hard to create results that make you want to smile even more.

Today, cosmetic dentists have a variety of techniques and tools in their arsenal to reshape teeth, close gaps between teeth, fix broken or chipped teeth, restore worn teeth and even alter the length of your pearly whites.

In the UAE, smile makeovers are getting more popular than ever. Our dentists have been helping countless patients achieve the smile they truly desire through dental veneers.

Here’s a quick list of what cosmetic dentistry can offer you.

Teeth Whitening

At its best, in-office teeth whitening or “bleaching” restores your teeth’s natural,  youthful radiance. To get the best results, we suggest that you book a whitening consultation with your dentist/dental hygienist to discuss your concerns and expectations.

Dental Fillings

There’s no need to rely on unsightly (and sometimes weird-looking) metals to replace tooth structures lost to decay. Today, dentists make use of state-of-the-art composite resins and porcelain materials that naturally mimic the look, feel and function of natural teeth.

Crowns or Caps

Dentists use a crown to cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. These are made to match the color of your natural teeth, and can be used to improve your teeth’s appearance, shape or alignment.

Bridges

Bridges also known as fixed removable dentures, literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Veneers

Veneers are very thin custom-made laminates crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front side of the teeth. These are a great option for correcting stained, chipped or crooked teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots surgically fused in the jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge for those who have lost a tooth or teeth. For almost 50 years, implants have been recognized by dental experts as procedure of choice for teeth replacement.

Bonding

Through bonding, cosmetic dentists are able to fix chipped teeth, close spaces between teeth or cover the entire external surface of a tooth using materials (porcelain and composite resins) that look naturally like the original tooth.

Periodontal Plastic Surgery

Periodontal plastic surgery is performed to restore the form, function and correct irregularities in the gums. According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the real long-term goal of any periodontal surgery is to increase the life expectancy of the teeth and their usefulness; it is not a cure for periodontal disease.

Be sure to ask your dentist any questions you may have about techniques used to improve your smile and get better smiles. To get the best results, remember to communicate your expectations with your dentist prior to any procedure.

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Choosing The Best Crown For Your Tooth

Are you thinking of getting a dental crown? If so, then this guide may be of help to you in deciding which one fits the bill perfectly.

There’s no single type of dental crown that offers the best solution for all types of patients. So, if you’re getting a dental crown, ask your dentist about the different types of crowns available. If you are after durability and superior aesthetics, the right choice of material will really matter. Here are few things to consider when choosing the best crown for your tooth.

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All-metal dental crowns are the most durable type of cap. They don’t easily crack or break. They’re also very biocompatible; they will not wear down opposing teeth unlike porcelain crowns.

If you’re up for durability, gold crown is a solid choice – although it’s not much of a practical option for aesthetics. For the most part, metal is highly dependable in terms of sturdiness and optimum strength. This material is least likely to chip off, break, or crack. However, it’s not quite the most attractive choice because of the less subtle color. If you need a dental crown for your teeth at the back part of your mouth, though, gold should not be an issue.

All-porcelain/All-ceramic Crowns

The advantage of all-porcelain/all-ceramic crown is aesthetic pleasure. If cosmetic consideration is your concern, then they’re your perfect choice. However, all-porcelain crowns cannot match the durability of all-metal crowns, and they cost about 10-20% more.The Best Crown For Your Tooth - ceramic crown

Porcelain or all-ceramic dental crowns are great in terms of appearance and maximum durability. This is the common choice for a crown material when you need one for your front tooth since it looks quite like your original tooth. The only thing you will have to factor in when deciding to get a porcelain crown is the cost since it’s usually 10 to 20 percent more expensive that the all-metal ones.

Ceramic crowns are great for upper front teeth. However, for bicuspids, molars, or lower front teeth, they’re prone to fracture.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) Crowns are Practical in Terms of the Price

If you’re on the fence when it comes to choosing between all-ceramic and all-metal crowns, then you may consider the PFM or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns as a viable choice. This material usually makes up for whatever may be missing with metal crowns or the price point that comes with all-porcelain.

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As for the aesthetics, PFM crowns are not as translucent as all-porcelain. Yet, these are good enough and look more like your natural teeth than what all-metal can offer. However, if you have receding gum lines, the metal edge of the PFM crown tends to show, thus spoiling the rather natural appearance of the tooth that you’re aiming for.

These crowns are the middle ground between all-ceramic and all-metal caps. PFM crowns are structured with an overlying surface of porcelain that is combined to an underlying thimble of metal. This combination offers the benefits of both all-ceramic and all-metal crowns.

PFM crowns are durable but not as strong as all-metal crowns. Dentists usually place PFM crowns on the back teeth. Additionally, PFM crowns produce pleasing aesthetics.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal caps can have some disadvantages:

  • If a tooth’s gum line recedes, the edge of the cap’s underlying metal may show. This might not look good on the front teeth.
  • When the bite of a PFM cap is adjusted, the porcelain surface may wear the opposing teeth.
  • Portions of the cap’s porcelain covering can possibly fracture

Understand why a dental crown has been recommended by your dentist

Getting a dental crown may serve many important functions. Make sure to get a proper explanation from your dentist as to why you need a dental crown. Other dental procedures may be a better choice if your tooth doesn’t really need caps.

Consider the Cost

Generally, PFM and even all-metal crowns are priced about 30 to 45 percent cheaper than the all-ceramic options. There are some points to think about such as the lack of benefits for replacing dental crowns under 5 years old, as well as the absence of coverage for crowns placed for cosmetic reasons.

Consider these things before getting a dental crown. It’s always important to do proper research to know more about your options. You surely don’t want to have regrets over your dental care decisions. Be sure to keep all these points in mind when thinking about getting a dental crown to obtain maximum benefits without going beyond your budget.

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Everything You Need To Know About Fluoride

fluoride treatmentsYou hear it all the time: Fluoride is good for your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. But do you know how it works? We are going to concentrate on how fluoride combats the effects of tooth decay and the different kinds of fluoride treatments you can get to help prevent these problems with your teeth.

From the moment your teeth begin growing as a child, fluoride is helping protect them from plaque and sugar. Fluoride is a natural element, found in foods and water, that mixes with your enamel and makes your teeth much stronger. Take that, plaque! Even after your teeth are formed, fluoride works with your saliva to protect the enamel on your teeth. Stronger teeth get fewer cavities. Fluoride protects your teeth in three different ways:

  1. Fluoride promotes tooth remineralization and helps heal damaged areas on your teeth.
  2. Fluoride makes your teeth decay resistant. The remineralization process also creates a tooth mineral that is harder than the original tooth itself.
  3. Fluoride has antibacterial properties and combats the bacteria that causes tooth decay in your mouth.

Types of Fluoride Treatments

Fluoride is in your toothpaste and drinking water, but some people may need a little extra dose to keep their teeth happy and healthy. We may prescribe treatments based on the status of your oral health.

There are two types of fluoride treatments:

1) Topical treatments are applied directly to the tooth enamel. Typical examples of this topical treatment include prescribed toothpastes, mouthwashes, and gels. We often recommend an over-the-counter mouthwash, for instance. Please follow the directions carefully for those products, which may require a longer swish time than you are used to.

We might also suggest fluoride trays, which you can do at home. We will make an impression of your teeth so that the trays fit well, giving your teeth the most exposure to fluoride. Pour the fluoride gel into the tray and apply it to your teeth once a day for five minutes and then remove the tray and spit out the fluoride. Do not swallow the fluoride. However, if you do, drink a large glass of milk, which will combat the possible side effects of fluoride on your stomach.

2) Systematic treatments are swallowed. Examples of the systematic treatment include the water and food you ingest. These systemic treatments are also available as drops, tablets, and gels that we can prescribe. We often do this for younger children who find it difficult to wear trays.

Note that any extra fluoride treatments are not a substitute for daily brushing or flossing.

Depending on the status of your oral health, your dentist might recommend fluoride treatments every three, six, or twelve months. We may also recommend additional preventative actions if you have a moderate to high risk of tooth decay. If you have any questions regarding fluoride treatments or how we can help improve the quality of your oral hygiene, contact us today.

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Easy Ways To Improve Your Dental Health

We’ve all heard that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year.

Definitely keep doing those things, but if you want to step up your oral health game, here are a few easy ways to do that.

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One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Vigorous brushing will make the bristles fray and reduce the brush’s cleaning ability, but that’s not the only reason toothbrushes should be replaced often.

A lot of the bacteria we brush off our teeth stays on the bristles of our toothbrushes. Proper storage–meaning storing the toothbrush upright and letting it dry out between uses–can keep a toothbrush from getting smelly and nasty too fast, but it’s still important to replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.

Use A Tongue-Scraper

Brushing your teeth twice daily is a no-brainer, but don’t forget your tongue! The same bacteria and gunk that flourishes on teeth can hide on your tongue too. Using a tongue scraper or just running your toothbrush over your tongue will leave your mouth feeling much fresher than if you only focus on your teeth and gums.

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Don’t Brush Too Hard

Sometimes it seems like we need to really work at those teeth when we brush, to get absolutely all of the food particles and plaque out. However, if we brush too hard, we risk scraping away at the tooth enamel, which is your teeth’s first line of defense against decay. Brush gently or use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your teeth. How to Brush Your Teeth the Right Way

Eat Teeth-Friendly Foods

Many foods are bad for your teeth. Sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth.Improve Your Dental Health - Apple

Adding more cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds to your diet will make your teeth happy, whether by scrubbing them as you eat, fighting bad bacteria, treating gum disease, neutralizing your mouth’s pH, or remineralizing your enamel. Healthy Foods List: Seven Best Foods For Your Teeth

We’d Love To See How Your Teeth Are Doing!

If it’s been a while since your last dental exam, we’d love to see how your teeth are doing, and we’ll be excited to see how adopting these simple habits will affect your oral health by the time we see you again!

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