We all want to have a great smile and will jump through some dental hoops to get it. We will even buy various over-the-counter products, like teeth whitening kits, in order to get the smile that we dream of. Cosmetic dentistry is the best way to achieve the more intricate work we need done. However, you may not know that depending on your smile’s health, you may not be eligible for the work you’d like done. For example, some patient’s teeth may be too crooked to use invisible braces like Invisalign, or gum disease could prevent you from getting other types of cosmetic dental work, like dental implants.
If your dentist claims that you are ineligible for traditional dental implants, there is no need to fret – there is a new option that can help to get that smile you want. Dr. Yankowkas has integrated Hybridge implants to create the smile you’ve always wanted. These dental implants are ideal for patients for those that don’t qualify dental implants.
Hybridge is a specific technique/protocol that results in a fast, cost effective, simplified treatment approach. The final prosthetic restoration is a cross-linked PMMA and chrome cobalt bridge replacing up to 12 teeth, supported on 5 or 6 dental implants. Told you can’t have an implant? The Hybridge process utilizes bone that all patients already have. The result is full dental function for less than half the cost of conventional implant bridgework and in a fraction of the time. In fact, The Hybridge treatment process can be completed in as little as two weeks, but ultimately depends on the patient’s individual case.
You can have the smile you’ve always wanted. Dental technology is pretty fantastic these days.
Galileo was a philosopher that helped shape the world we know today. Can he help you get a healthy smile? Not exactly. But thanks to the ever-changing advancements in dental technology, there is a piece of dental equipment that will give your dental appointments a revolutionary improvement. Not only can it give your dentist better visuals of your smile, but it will flag any issues that are beginning to develop in the future. That equipment is the Galileo 3D CT scanner.
You may be thinking, why do we need 3D scans of my mouth? Interesting enough, these scans will give your dental professional a live feed of your dental anatomy from various angles. The various perspectives allow for a better view of the structure of the bones, making it easier to locate root fractures and canals. Even more importantly, 3D scans provide dentists the ability to gain more accurate measurement of their patient’s dental structure. These scans can be used in both diagnosis and treatment planning to increase its possibility of success and allows dental practitioners to be more confident in preparing for various dental procedures, such as extractions, root canals, implants and so on.
The use of 3D dental scans also creates a more engaging environment where dental practitioners and professionals can assess their patient’s dental health, while at the same time the patient can also ask questions about what they see on the screen. This allows for constant communication between patient and doctor, allowing for a more comfortable dental visit for the patient, which may help put them at ease, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety.
When we begin to consider making improvements to our smile, the smartest thing to do is to schedule a dental appointment in order to discuss your ideas with your dental professional. They know your smile best and can give you proper feedback as to what your options are. Together you will devise a plan to ensure you will get the smile you’ve always wanted. Here is a rundown of the more common cosmetic dental procedures. Each has its own improvement, but not all are going to be necessary.
Bleaching. Bleaching is a common and popular process in which individuals use chemicals to whiten their teeth. This can be performed by your dentist or at home through a series of dental supervised techniques.
Bonding. Bonding is tooth-colored material in which is used to fill in gaps or change the color of teeth. This usually only requires a single dental visit and bonding lasts for several years.
Crowns. Crowns are caps that are placed over teeth in order to restore it to its natural shape and appearance. Crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations, but also take the most time to complete.
Veneers. Veneers are pieces of porcelain or plastic placed over the front teeth in order to change the color or shape of teeth. This procedure requires your dentist to take an impression of your tooth. Before the custom veneer is cemented directly onto the tooth, your dentist will lightly buff your tooth to compensate for the added thickness.
Contouring. This is a procedure used to correct crooked teeth or irregularly shaped teeth that may overlap. This is commonly used to alter the length, shape, or position of your teeth. Contouring teeth may also help correct small problems with bite.
In order to have a relaxing dental checkup, we need to take care of our teeth. But let’s not pretend it isn’t tough to do when we are outside having fun in the summer sun. We are surrounded by delicious frozen confections and sweet treats! Hate to break the news, but if you want to keep your smile healthy and bright, we need to look after our smiles, and that includes what we put into our mouths. So, what are our options to get back the “pearl” back in our pearly whites? Believe it or not, it’s fresh fruits and vegetables. Since this is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, here are some options you may want to consider:
If you’re looking for a tastier teeth whitener, the crispiness of the apple is helping to strengthen our gums. And the juiciness of the apple produces saliva, which clears out cavity-causing bacteria. If you’re looking for a citrus version, try the orange. Not only is the vitamin C good for you, but citric acid also scours your teeth. Just keep in mind – too much can wear enamel. Even strawberries can benefit our smiles.
Lastly, the vegetables. Correlating an onion as a dental secret seems improbable, but this colorless veggie prevents stains on your teeth, and if you eat anything with onion, you’re much more apt to brush your teeth afterwards. Broccoli is Mother Nature’s most blatant toothbrush, while giving us an iron boost. Carrots and celery are the next in this line of veggies. If you think about it, celery is like nature’s dental floss so grab some peanut butter and celebrate!
Traditional x-rays we a commonplace in dental visits, especially when it is a new dentist, or you haven’t been to the dentist in a while (something we don’t suggest). There would be hard objects put inside your mouth and a heavy blanket over you while someone leaves the room to snap your mouth’s photo. Then the dentist uses the x-rays once developed to show you things that have gone wrong or are in the process of going wrong in order to explain a treatment plan.
These days, we have digital photos to replace these large clunky images of yesteryear. The process is somewhat similar – a sensor is inserted into your mouth and images of your mouth and jawbones are digitally taken. The difference is that these images are immediately sent to a computer for viewing. No more waiting for the images to develop. Your mouth can now have selfies!
Not only is the technology faster, but it is also more in-depth. Because digital x-rays, like Schick, are on a computer screen, it is easier to zoom in and analyze multiple angles within your mouth, giving you a more thorough examination. Digital x-rays will be able to diagnose even the smallest of cavities and other issues that may be developing. What is better than catching a dental issue before it becomes an entire headache?
As if you need even more reason, digital x-rays taken are also great for the environment. No more film to develop with chemicals, and if you decide you need to show a specialist or other dental professional these x-rays, they can now be emailed directly.
We do our best to maintain the healthiest, brightest smile we possibly can through our daily dental hygiene routines. Each day we brush, floss and rinse, hoping that we are doing everything we can to keep out of the dental chair for some painful procedure. But accidents happen, and sometimes our mouth is the victim. It’s time to get spend loads of time in the dentist chair, trying to repair our broken tooth, right? Not so fast…
CEREC® is the world’s only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. That’s right – with CEREC® you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all-ceramic crown, onlays, or veneers. This means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.
A tooth-colored restoration means no more silver fillings or discoloring smiles. The filling is natural-looking, compatible with tissue in the mouth, anti-abrasive, and plaque-resistant. We no longer need to create temporaries or take impressions and send them to a lab. Because of this, the traditional second visit has been eliminated.
The tooth that requires a CEREC® restoration is prepared and a 3D photograph is taken of the prepared tooth. From there, we use computer-aided design CAD software to create the restoration digitally. Using a single block of porcelain that is color-matched to your tooth, the digitally designed restoration is sent to a milling machine for shaping. The milling process usually takes about 15 minutes per restoration. Once the restoration is finished being milled, it is fitted onto the prepared tooth and adjusted until the bite is accurate.
When the weather is chilly, nothing warms us up like a nice hot cup of tea. When the weather is warm, a tall glass of iced tea hits the spot like no other. It doesn’t matter the time of year – there is a perfect time to enjoy some tea. So much so, the world consumes 25,000 cups of tea every SECOND. That’s 2.16 billion cups a day! Tea is a centerpiece for some cultures and has some incredible health benefits, making it the most consumed beverage after water. It’s no wonder that the United Nations created International Tea Day on May 21, 2020.
While green tea seems to have more health benefits than black tea, tea in general has tremendous ways of keeping us healthy. Just look at all the benefits from one little beverage:
You read it right – drinking tea helps prevent tooth loss. But if you’re an avid tea drinker you know that after a while, your teeth begin to stain. It’s going to happen – it’s part of its chemical makeup. But that doesn’t mean you need to walk around with a dingy grin – there are plenty of options you can do to brighten a stained smile. But it all starts with good dental hygiene. Brushing twice a day, combined with flossing and rinsing will only keep those tea stains at bay until your checkups. So, enjoy your tea, whichever way you prefer it. Your teeth will thank you for it.
Having a crooked set of teeth is nothing to smile about, especially if you are an adult. But through the advances of cosmetic dentistry, we now have Invisalign. Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted, Invisalign may be right for you.
If it is determined that Invisalign is right for you, a treatment plan is created, and an impression of your teeth will be taken to create a series of precisely customized aligners. The aligners will move your teeth gradually week by week until you achieve the smile you have always desired.
An Invisalign treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position.
Dr. Yankowskas will show you a virtual treatment plan generated by Align Technology’s unique ClinCheck® software shows the series of movements your teeth will go through over the course of the treatment. This allows you to see upfront what your teeth are expected to look like at the end of the treatment. From the results of the ClinCheck software, your custom-made, clear aligners are produced especially for you.
If you’re ready for a smile that transforms your appearance, Invisalign is your answer. Although there are many choices out there, no other treatment works as comfortably as Invisalign.
Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life.
There is one hygienic tool we interact with on a daily basis. In fact, if we are using it correctly, we use it on a couple of occasions throughout the day. That handy tool? The toothbrush. Manual or electric, soft or hard bristles, our toothbrush not only keeps our smiles bright, but it also affects our overall health. Unfortunately, there may be things left on your toothbrush after these cleanings you may not notice after the rinse.
Blood. When you brush your teeth, it is not uncommon to find traces of blood from time to time. It may be the way you are brushing, it may be something more serious, like the beginnings of gum disease. So, if you find that you have begun bleeding during a tooth-brushing session, make sure you rinse your toothbrush well. Also, make an appointment for a check-up so you can catch any developing issues.
E.Coli. We don’t want to bring up anything gross, but there is the likelihood of fecal matter being on your toothbrush, especially if you store your toothbrush on the sink. What’s worse is that dangerous bacteria, like E. Coli, can come along with it. If you brush with a toothbrush that has E. Coli on it, it can make you very sick.
Staphylococcus Aureus. These bacteria live in our respiratory systems and on our skin. While rare, if conditions are just right, it can lead to a MRSA infection.
Thankfully, your mouth doesn’t need to be a vessel of terrible things. Here are ways to keep your toothbrush bacteria-free:
Don’t let anyone use your toothbrush.
Let your toothbrush air-dry upright.
Store your toothbrush at least six feet from your toilet.
Theoretically, our teeth are designed to last our lifetime with proper care. And we all hope this is the case, but life happens, and there are times that life has left us with some missing teeth. Because having missing teeth can cause additional dental issues down the road, it is important to remedy these issues with the use of dental implants. Another permanent option is having to wear dentures, but full arch dental implants are a great way to achieve a natural looking smile without having to deal with the initial problems patients find when getting used to wearing dentures.
There are a number of options when it comes to dental implants – removable and non-removable – and both have their own advantages.
Semi-removable prosthetics means that the prosthesis (the teeth) is non-removable by the patient but can be removed by the dentist if necessary, making this variation a great option for many patients because there is no clumsiness. Another advantage is the various materials that can be used. Some options include an acrylic denture with acrylic teeth, or mental reinforced porcelain gums with porcelain teeth. The semi removable option is often used when there is a lot of bone loss and extensive areas of the gums are replaced in addition to the teeth.
Full dental arch implants that are non-removable are the ultimate permanent replacement option. Usually each replaced tooth has an implant and crown. Bridges can also be done where some teeth are attached to the adjacent implant teeth and therefore fewer implants are required. There are many factors that influence a successful result, including bone quality and quantity, bite, opposing dentition and habits such as bruxism.