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.
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.
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.
It could be as simple as a new haircut, but any positive change will always bring a smile to our face. And if that makeover is a smile makeover, all the more reason to show it off. It’s a new year – why not get yourself a new smile? After the year we had, you deserve a reason to show off that gorgeous grin. Here are some benefits to consider:
Improved self-esteem and self-confidence. This is, unarguably, one of the many reasons why people are interested in getting a smile makeover in the first place. And, well, there’s no shame in spending money to improve your own look, which may help improve your self-esteem and self-confidence.
Fixed bad bites. In many cases, especially in orthodontics, braces or Invisalign just aren’t fitted just for esthetic reasons. Many times, it is to correct a bad bite, which can help improve or fix the function of one’s teeth and may even help prevent gum disease.
Prevention of jaw atrophy. Those with missing teeth are candidates for implants, which are great for preventing jawbone atrophy, while at the same time, helps in maintaining that youthful and vibrant smile.
Lowered risk for tooth decay and cavities. Chipped and broken teeth, as well as excessive gaps in between and cavities can all eventually lead to worse complications down the line. Fillings aren’t exactly cosmetic but having tooth-colored fillings is still a far better-looking option. And the use of dental crowns and bridges that are made specifically to blend well with the rest of your teeth means that one no longer has to sacrifice esthetic offer function when it comes to preventing further dental complications.
We all want that perfect smile, and thanks to modern medicine, there are lots of cosmetic dental procedures that can improve those flaws you feel self-conscious about. One of those procedures is veneers. Porcelain veneers are one of the top cosmetic dentistry procedures and you want them to look beautiful and function for as long as they can. The longevity of your porcelain veneers greatly depends on how well you take care of them. Here are a few tips:
Proper dental hygiene. This shouldn’t be a question – dental hygiene is important regardless of your dental work. Brush and floss daily with a nonabrasive toothpaste containing fluoride. Good oral care at home helps prevent periodontitis which can cause your gums to recede. Veneers are placed right at the gum line. If your gums do start to recede the appearance of your veneers could be compromised.
Avoid excessive force. It is a habit for many of us, but your smile doesn’t like it. That means no biting your fingernails, hairpins, ice or hard candy. These types of things can break or dislodge a veneer, and for some, could be the reason you have the veneer in the first place.
No clenching and grinding your teeth. By grinding your teeth your veneers can be chipped or broken due to the force generated by these actions. If you suffer from bruxism at night, find out about getting a night guard to protect your teeth and veneers.
Avoid foods and drinks that stain. And lastly, while porcelain veneers are very resistant to staining the cement used to hold them in place can stain over time. Try to avoid coffee, tea, soda, wine and tobacco.
We all do it – but that doesn’t mean it’s the best idea. In fact, skipping out on your dental appointments is only going to cause more issues for you down the road. And what does that mean? Well, longer appointments, that’s for sure. Naturally, it will take longer to examine a mouth that hasn’t seen a dentist in a while. So, what should you expect when you finally keep that appointment? Here are the basics because patients are like snowflakes – each one is different…
You’ll almost certainly start with x-rays. X-rays allow dentists to get an understanding of the state of your mouth, so there will be quite a few. Once the x-rays are complete, the dentist will likely check your teeth manually for anything that they noticed when reviewing the x-ray, and also check the health of gums for signs of gingivitis or periodontal disease.
If you’re complaining of a specific problem – perhaps a toothache – it’s likely the dentist will identify the cause in his examination and possibly treat the problem immediately. Lastly, your dentist or dental hygienist may follow your examination with a thorough professional cleaning. If you haven’t seen a dentist in quite some time, the professional cleaning may be more involved, with techniques such as periodontal scaling, which can take multiple visits.
So, as you can see, the only reason this appointment may be extensive is because you kept putting it off. Don’t worry about it – dental visits aren’t the scary ones you’re thinking of. Today, a dental checkup could almost be as relaxing as a day at the spa. Don’t believe me? Make the appointment and see.
Waking up with a toothache is one morning most patients hope
to never experience. Not only is the pain relentless, but it will likely end up
in a visit to the dentist. This pain is the reason we avoid the dentist, but
now we need to face facts – we really need to take care of our teeth. Not only is
our smile the first thing someone sees when we meet, but it is also the first
line of defense against lots of our overall health issues. Fortunately, there
is a solution to your tooth pain – root canal therapy.
Root canal therapy, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the nerve of the tooth is infected due to exposure to bacteria. Because the buildup of bacteria is mainly caused by poor oral hygiene, it is essential to maintain excellent oral healthy by brushing, flossing, and using mouth rinse.
Although poor oral health is one of the main reasons for root canal therapy, failing dental restorations and cracked teeth also allow bacteria to leak inside the tooth and infect the nerve. Not only will this situation cause excruciating pain but will result in root canal therapy to treat your condition.
So, how do we prevent endodontic treatment and root canal
Regular dental visits. We are responsible for taking care of our own teeth, but without regular checkups, we won’t be sure if everything is healthy and issue free. Now, do you see how all the pieces fit together? Taking care of your smile is a team sport – everyone needs to pitch in, or we wake up with a toothache.
They happen to the best of us, but they are awful any way you look at it. Those sharp pangs can become unbearable if you don’t get help soon. Unfortunately, you’ve gotten yourself a toothache. And if you’ve ever experienced an extremely painful toothache, you probably weren’t surprised to find out you needed a root canal. And who are we kidding – those two little words are some of the worst your dental professional can utter. But what exactly is a root canal?
A root canal is a procedure that treats the inside of your
tooth. If you have an untreated chip or cracked tooth (or other trauma), it can
expose the pulp which then can become inflamed and infected. Thus, the pulp
inside of your tooth becomes damaged. It is this point where you are likely to
set up an appointment, because if left untreated, the pain will continue to
worsen and may result in an abscess.
When your dentist performs a root canal, the damaged pulp is removed entirely from the inside of the tooth. After it is removed, your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or a filling for protection.
Modern root canal treatment is similar to having a routine
filling and may be completed in one or two appointments, depending on the
condition of the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canals relieve the
pain that an infected tooth is causing. The procedure isn’t as grim as it is
made out to be.
With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime with proper dental hygiene practices.
If you’ve kept up with the news, you know that many developments are being made with creating things with a 3D printingmachine. It is fun to see the funny things being created, but also quite inspiring when they turn out to be advantageous for society as a whole. One of these developments falls in the dental industry. CEREC® allows dental professionals to quickly restore damaged teeth with natural-colored ceramic fillings, saving patients time and inconvenience. But there is something special about CEREC that revolutionizes the dental world – restorations in a single dental visit.
That’s right. CEREC® is the world’s only system for the
fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. Imagine
getting in and out of the dental chair with a permanent, all-ceramic crown,
onlay, or veneer. This means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out
of your hectic schedule for dental care. Here’s how it works:
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 current tooth shade, the digitally designed restoration is sent to a milling
machine where your restoration is cut. 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.
So, if you think you need to have a dental procedure done, contact your dental professional for a consultation. This procedure is great for crowns, veneers and the replacement of old fillings to give you the longest-lasting, best-looking restorations.