When you see celebrities with gorgeous white teeth, chances are they have undergone a smile transformation that involves porcelain veneers. These thin, custom-fabricated shells made of tooth-colored materials are used to resurface stained, pitted, and worn enamel. http://ow.ly/i/5zpzR
Why do dental implants work so well?
Dental implants have become the preferred method of tooth replacement because of their natural look and unsurpassed functional ability. To understand why implants work so well, it is important to understand the process of “osseointegration,” which occurs when bone cells in the jaw attach themselves directly to the surface of the titanium implant. First noted by a Swedish researcher in the 1960s, osseointegration essentially locks the implant in place, enabling it to support anything from a single missing tooth to a full arch (all teeth in the upper and lower jaw). Osseointegration is the same process that hip implants rely on to ensure the functional integrity of replacement joints. It is strength that can be relied upon.
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GOOD AS GOLD
In cases where larger cavities require the removal of so much decay that there is not enough tooth structure left to support a filling, the dental restoration known as an “inlay” may be recommended. Most inlays are fabricated of gold in a process that begins with the dentist making a wax impression of the cavity. After a temporary filling is set in place, the wax impression is sent to a dental laboratory to have a gold casting fabricated. This piece is then sent back to the dentist who replaces the temporary filling with the gold inlay. Once the necessary adjustments are made to ensure a perfect fit, the gold inlay is cemented into place and the surface is polished. http://ow.ly/i/3MtVw
Guess who these celebrities are?
When you see celebrities with gorgeous white teeth, chances are they have undergone a smile transformation that involves porcelain veneers. These thin, custom-fabricated shells made of tooth-colored materials are used to resurface stained, pitted, and worn enamel. They also provide very satisfactory results when used to close overly large spaces and correct minor irregularities and crookedness of front teeth. Materials used for veneers include acrylic plastic and composite, but porcelain is often preferred for its durability, stain resistance, and natural look. The big advantage that veneers provide over tooth crowning is that they require very little alteration of the natural tooth beyond removal of sufficient enamel to accept the thickness of the veneer. The results are extraordinary. http://ow.ly/i/3D7u1
Healthy Gums, Healthy Heart!
Healthy gums not only preserve teeth, they also contribute to the health of the heart. Research shows that if germ-laden plaque is allowed to accumulate on teeth, these bacteria can make their way into the blood stream. At this point, certain germs have been linked to fat build-up in the walls of arteries that causes them to clog. This link between the health of the gums and the heart should not be taken lightly by U.S. adults, 80 percent of whom are estimated to have some degree of periodontal disease. The fact is that adhering to regular visits to the dental office, which include professional cleaning by the hygienist and examination by the dentist, could save your life. http://ow.ly/i/3bV2o
Dental Hygienists’ Stress Prevention
Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who specialize in preventive oral care. By conducting regular, comprehensive tooth cleanings that involve removing calculus and plaque (hard and soft deposits), the hygienist helps patients avoid tooth decay and gum disease. Just as importantly, the dental hygienist can teach patients oral hygiene strategies that help them maintain oral health. This very important member of the dental team also screens for oral cancer and counsels about good nutrition that plays a big role in preserving tooth health. Dental charting, taking x-rays, and reviewing health history are but a few of the other valuable tasks that dental hygienists are trained to perform with the goal of furthering patient health and awareness. http://ow.ly/i/3bUZQ
Are your teeth sensitive?
When a cold drink causes tooth pain, the root structure of one or more teeth may be overly exposed. If so, the focus should be on the “dentin” layer, which lies beneath the enamel and contains millions of tiny tubules connected to nerve endings. Gum recession and enamel erosion lay bare this sensitive tissue, which is usually protected by enamel and gums. Even hard brushing can wear away gum tissue to the point where dentin tubules are exposed to hot and cold drinks. Dentin can also become irritated by the overuse of tooth-whitening agents at home. In any case, the dentist can help reduce sensitivity by sealing exposed dentin and eliminating the cause(s) of dentin exposure. http://ow.ly/i/3bV72