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Archive for October, 2013

Dental Implants: A great investment into your health

Friday, October 25th, 2013

As a society, it is clear to see that we are leading longer, more productive lives than any of the previous generations in our history. Whereas adults in the 20th century may not have lived actively into their 80’s and 90’s, today’s generations are meeting or exceeding those age limits. In fact, we seem to be outliving some of our most important body parts! Hips, knees, and teeth are wearing out and breaking down when there is still so much living to do!

That’s why so many adults are turning to hip replacements, knee replacements, and dental implants to rebuild the parts that no longer work, extending their lives in terms of quality as well as productivity. Choosing to replace and restore worn teeth, just like hips and knees, means that we can continue to enjoy healthy lives for several more decades.

As we age, our ability to eat nutritiously has a greater influence on the rest of our body. For maximum comfort and versatility, removable teeth like dentures and partials just can’t go the distance. False teeth that are made from plastic or acrylic might be sufficient in the short term, but these types of prosthetics tend to wear out faster, break more often, and require ongoing adjustments and repairs just to provide average performance.

In comparison, by investing in dental implants, you can be confident that your artificial teeth will not need to be removed due to wear and tear or other repairs. These prosthetic teeth are made from top-grade titanium, white gold, and porcelain—materials that have shown proven biocompatibility throughout the body. In fact, titanium hardware has been the material of choice for hip and knee replacements for a very long time.

Dental implants are also noted as the only type of tooth replacement that can prevent the deterioration of the jawbone and the remaining teeth. Therefore, in addition to enjoying comfortable eating, you will also continue to enjoy healthy and youthful facial structures.

To learn more about investing in your health with dental implants, talk to our implant dentist about your options today.

Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Crafting a beautiful smile is a labor of love and passion. For the very best individual experience and for the best results, it should be performed by a cosmetic dentist who is passionate about what they do. They should enjoy improving the smiles and lives of other people. However, there is another side of cosmetic dentistry that isn’t quite so romantic.

There is a side that is driven by science, health, and access to the right tools. The ability to determine which procedure will yield the best results for each patient is a characteristic that can be readily identified in a top quality cosmetic dentist. Your esthetic needs are different from anyone else’s, and it’s important that you select a specialist who is prepared to address those needs. Select a dental professional who offers a variety of the best procedures and materials that have been proven to be predictable, effective, and safe.

The following products, brands, and services are among the most trusted and popular in the dental industry:

  • ZOOM! laser whitening is a powerful in-office whitening product that bleaches out stains and discolorations in your natural enamel.
  • Porcelain veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that can be bonded in place after the natural teeth are slightly reshaped.
  • Lumineers are porcelain coverings for the natural teeth that are also bonded into place, but do not require any modifications to your enamel.
  • Porcelain crowns provide complete coverage of the teeth without the use of any metal additives.
  • Invisalign is a metal-free, removable orthodontic method for adults and teens.

Seek a cosmetic dentist who is happy to educate you on the treatments and procedures that have been recommended for your smile, and ask for advice on how to care for your teeth at home. Lastly, the very best way to choose the right dentist for your needs is to start by contacting our experienced dental team and scheduling a professional consultation.  Call 213-328-9007 today.

How well will I be able to eat with a dental crown?

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Crowning or capping your tooth is among the very best ways to add strength and beauty to your smile. By creating customized dental crowns for your natural teeth, your dentist can literally reconstruct a tooth that would otherwise be too weak to be of any use. This includes teeth that are worn down, patched together with old fillings, broken, decayed, or potentially brittle due to a root canal procedure. The indications for a crown would also include a tooth that requires a substantial cosmetic improvement.

According to professional recommendation of your dentist, with consideration to your personal preferences, a dental crown can be fabricated from porcelain, white gold, or a combination of both. The procedure will typically require two dental visits to complete, and it is the preferred treatment choice under the following circumstances:

  • When it is necessary to recreate the natural anatomy of your teeth due to severe wear, breakage, or extensive cavities.
  • To provide protection and strength to weak teeth due to root canal therapy or a filling that is excessively large.
  • A new crown can be used to replace an old crown that has been found to be defective, broken, or unattractive.

Crowns are designed and then constructed with a fascinating combination of precision, science, and artistry. The ultimate goal is to deliver a crown that will perform all the same functions that would be performed by a natural tooth. For the dental patient, this means that the finished product will look real and feel real, too. The crown will not interfere with your comfort or confidence during meals.

Chewing your favorite foods is an important part of your life, and a dental crown will enhance that experience immediately. In fact, the crown is permanently cemented onto your real tooth, preserving the whole tooth root and the surrounding bone. As you chew, you will feel the complete strength and stability of a normal tooth.

Eat what you like, but remember to treat your smile with respect. Resist the urge to bite directly into very hard foods and don’t chew ice.

To learn more about dental crowns, contact ORA Dental Studio and schedule an appointment today.