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Monday, January 13, 2020

Saliva's Role in Oral Health

Saliva or "Spit" as some call it, plays a significant role in maintaining oral health. It is derived from blood and acts as the bloodstream of the mouth. Like blood, saliva helps build and maintain the health of soft and hard tissue in the mouth. It washes away food from teeth and neutralizes acid produced by bacteria which reduces the possibility of cavity formation .  Sufficient amount of saliva in the mouth keeps the surface of your teeth strong by providing high level of calcium, fluoride and phosphate ions.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

A Temporary Flipper

Do you have a tooth that needs to be extracted and you are concerned about the temporary aesthetic of a missing tooth? A temporary flipper can take carer of that concern.

In this picture you can see that an extraction of a compromised front tooth was done. Bone graft was also placed to preserve the bone for a future dental implant. A temporary flipper was made prior to the extraction and placed to cover the space of the missing tooth while the patient is healing.

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Monday, February 4, 2019

Gum Disease

Gingivitis (inflammation of the gum) as shown in this picture, is the first sign of gum disease. If left untreated, it could lead to periodontitis which is a more severe form of gum disease. This condition develops from long term exposure to bacteria and its toxins inside the gum. Over time, it destroys connective tissue and bone around the teeth. Excessive bone loss is irreversible and may lead to loss of teeth.
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Monday, January 28, 2019

A Special Smile

Yesterday, January 27th 2019 was the 74th Anniversary of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today, I had the honor of restoring our beloved patient's smile who is also a holocaust survivor. During office visits, she told us stories about her personal experiences in the concentration camp and her liberation at the end of the war. It was truly a pleasure for me and the office staff to get to know her on such a personal level. On Thursday, she will be celebrating her 94th birthday looking fabulous.
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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Tooth Pain

Many times I hear patients say " but doc I have no pain , the tooth is okay" Unfortunately, pain could be the last symptom to a tooth problem, not the first. This tooth was on its way to creating a potentially serious infection. The patient had no pain at the time but it was apparent that the tooth was not salvageable. Upon extraction the sac of infection could be seen by the root tip. If left untreated, this could cause additional bone loss and a fistula which is an infection through the bone. The gradual loss of the bone surrounding the tooth is the most detrimental and irreversible condition which could limit a patients ability to replace the extracted tooth with dental implant.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Advantages to Porcelian Veneers

Porcelain Veneers can be one of the most successful treatment dentistry has ever offered for restoring a smile to optimal beauty and function. Its use depends on the preexisting conditions and positions of the teeth. If done correctly, Veneers can last for years and create the most beautiful smiles.  Veneers are made with the same material as  porcelain crowns but they can be bonded to the tooth in such a way that less of the tooth structure is removed than for a crown.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Habits that may be damaging your teeth

Are you destroying your pearly whites without realizing it? You might be doing permanent damage if you’re a nail biter or using your teeth to rip off the price tag from that new dress.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Children's Teeth Development

The following chart shows when your child's primary teeth (also called baby teeth or deciduous teeth) should erupt and shed. Some children may not have any erupted teeth until well after their first birthday and that is ok. Eruption times vary from child to child but a general rule of thumb is that for every 6 months of life, approximately 4 teeth will erupt.

Girls generally precede boys in tooth eruption and lower teeth usually erupt before upper teeth. Teeth in both jaws usually erupt in pairs, one on the right and one on the left. Primary teeth are smaller in size and whiter in color than the permanent teeth that will follow. By the time a child is 2 to 3 years of age, all primary teeth should have erupted.

Shortly after age 4, the jaw and facial bones of the child begin to grow, creating spaces between the primary teeth. This is a perfectly natural growth process that provides the necessary space for the larger permanent teeth to emerge. Between the ages of 6 and 12, a mixture of both primary teeth and permanent teeth reside in the mouth.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Prevention of bone loss with Dental Implants

If you are among the millions of Americans who are missing one or more teeth, then you can benefit greatly from dental implants. Missing teeth can lead to an unattractive smile, embarrassment, difficulty speaking and eating, and even low self-esteem. While traditional dentistry can replace missing teeth with the use of bridges or removable dentures, these options have their disadvantages. Bridges require shaving down the healthy teeth on either side of the space in order to support to replacement tooth. Dentures can be unstable and uncomfortable and can lead to mouth sores and trouble eating and speaking. Dental implants are an ideal option to replace missing teeth because they do not involve shaving down healthy teeth and they eliminate the need for unstable dentures.

Dental implants also help to avoid bone loss. When teeth are missing from the mouth, the jawbone that once supported the teeth begins to shrink away. This process is known as bone atrophy. Bone atrophy causes irreversible facial changes and makes wearing dentures even more difficult. Furthermore, once too much bone has shrunk away, you will no longer be a candidate for future dental implants. It is important to have your dental implants placed while you still have enough healthy bone available to stabilize the implants.

Dental implants restore missing teeth and eliminate the problems associated with bridges, dentures, and bone loss. People who have teeth replaced with dental implants report better ability to chew food and eat properly, renewed confidence while speaking and smiling, and better self-esteem.

Call us for a free consultation. My staff  and I will answer all your questions and concerns. We have payment options to help should you need it and the best part is that all the phases of dental implant is done conveniently in one office saving you time and money.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Holiday Wishes

During the Holiday Season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible. In this spirit we sincerely say Thank You and Best Wishes for the holiday season and a Happy New Year!

Durante la temporada de vacaciones más que nunca, nuestros pensamientos gire con gratitud a aquellos que han hecho nuestro progreso posible. En este espíritu sinceramente decir gracias y mis mejores deseos para las fiestas navideñas y un feliz año nuevo!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Root Canal

Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected.  During a root canal procedure the root and the pulp which is the soft area within the center of the tooth are removed and  the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. 

When nerve tissue or pulp is damaged, it breaks down and bacteria begin to multiply within the pulp chamber. The bacteria and other decayed debris can cause an infection or an abscessed tooth. An abscess is a pus-filled pocket that forms at the end of a tooth’s root. If left untreated, the infection can cause swelling that may spread to other areas of the face, neck, or head. In addition, bone loss around the tooth due to infection could make the tooth unstable and much harder to save.

Some symptoms or signs that you may need root canal would be sever tooth ache upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling and tenderness in nearby gum and discoloration of the tooth. Root canal procedures have the reputation of being painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly painful, not the root canal procedure itself.

The root canal procedure should relieve the pain. Until  root canal procedure is completely finished which is, the permanent filling  and a crown is in place, it's wise to minimize chewing on the tooth. This step will help prevent a fragile tooth from breaking before the tooth can be fully restored.

I have preformed thousands of root canals throughout my dental career, many of which could have been prevented if only daily oral care and six months dental check ups had been maintained. Unfortunately some patients have this preconceived notion that if they don't have pain than all is will and no action is necessary. However, the truth is that by the time pain sets in, it is too late. So take care of your pearly whites and come visit us every six months.



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