October 12th, 2017
In lieu of dental hygiene month, I would like to discuss flossing! It is a undoubtedly a favorite topic.
The goal of flossing is to clean in between the teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. There are several different methods and tools that can be used to achieve this goal. This particular blog will tell how to use traditional rope floss. I prefer Reach (waxed mint). However, if you have difficulty getting floss in between your teeth, I would recommend Glide. The technique for flossing with rope floss is as follows.
Break off a sizeable piece of floss (maybe 10 inches). Wind the floss around one of your middle fingers. Then wind the remaining around the middle finger on the other hand. There should be about two inches of floss between your fingers. Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers while guiding it between your teeth using a gentle motion. Gently rub the floss against the teeth removing any debris. Use a clean area of floss when going between different teeth. Do this throughout the entire mouth. This technique is the most cost effective way to remove debris from in between the teeth. There are other ways to floss that are also beneficial. We will discuss them in the next blog.
September 23rd, 2017
There are many whitening products and systems available today. The Philips Zoom whitening system is a well-known in office treatment. Let’s discuss why Zoom is used and how the system works.
Most choose to whiten their teeth to improve the appearance of their smile. Staining on teeth can make the smile look dull or aged. Mostly stains are on the enamel or just below in the dentin. Stains are caused by food and drinks (such as blueberries, tea, coffee, and wine) and smoking. Over time the stains change the color of the dentin causing the appearance of the tooth to darken or become yellow.
Some whitening products include hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide. These gels break apart specific carbon bonds that create yellow stain. Once these bonds are broken, they no longer reflect the yellow color. Zoom uses a blue LED light activated system that accelerates this whitening process. This technology allow for rapid results in forty-five minutes to an hour. Some patients can go to 8 shades lighter after the treatment. Zoom is best for those that want to have immediate results.
Most whitening services are designed to last for a long period of time. However, relapse does happen due to the causes listed above. Included with the Zoom treatment are take home touch up whitening trays to help maintain the initial results. We have been using this technology for some time and are pleased with the outcomes. Prior to any whitening treatment it is important to talk with a dental professional to see which products or systems are best for you.
September 14th, 2017
Dental implants are an important and helpful tool in dentistry. Technically a dental implant is an anchor that is surgically inserted into the jawbone. Once osseointegration of the dental implant occurs with the bone, it is used to support a fixed or removable prosthesis in the oral cavity.
Simplified, a dental implant is the “root” that holds onto the new tooth that will be going into the mouth. It is the unseen foundation nestled in the supporting tissues of bone and gingiva. It provides a platform for the visible and functional prosthesis.
Modern titanium dental implants were engineered by an orthopedic surgeon and research professor, Dr. Branemark. Luckily for dentistry, he was able to envision the osseointegration of titanium implants in the oral cavity to help replace missing teeth. His dental implant design was used clinically in 1965. The technique and the parts, however, only continue to improve as technology advances. The majority of dental implants are still titanium with several different dental implant systems available. We like to use the Nobel Active and Astra.
Implants are important and helpful because they give patients another treatment option when a tooth is missing or lost. Before dental implants the treatment options for a missing or lost tooth consisted of:
- Do nothing
- A removable prosthesis (A partial denture)
- A fixed bridge (Crowns attached to the teeth closest to the space where the missing or lost tooth is)
Dental Implants allow for a fixed (one that doesn’t leave the mouth) solution without doing treatment on the surrounding teeth. The fact that dental implants are an independent solution is nice because the surrounding teeth do not have to be used in the restoration process.
Implants are a great option when a tooth is lost.
September 10th, 2017
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