Orthodontic Treatment is more affordable than ever!

Why Is Orthodontic Treatment Important?

Orthodontic treatment is critical for a healthy mouth and for preventing further dental problems later in life. It provides a foundation for proper tooth, jaw and lip support. If you get the treatment you need at an earlier age, chances are you are less likely to need extensive dental treatments down the road. Who doesn’t want to prevent extra dental treatment and financial expenses later in life?

If you have crooked or crowded teeth, cleaning and maintaining your teeth properly becomes difficult, you can suffer problems with chewing, and can have extensive plaque buildup. It is recommended your child have an Orthodontic Consultation by the age of 7, however, teeth can be moved at any age. 

Like all medical professions, orthodontic treatment is a partnership between the patient and the orthodontist. Your orthodontist can provide the tools needed to improve your smile but you have to follow their instructions to maintain proper oral hygiene and health.

 

When Should You See An Orthodontist?

Knowing when to see an orthodontist is as significant as recognizing signs or concerns we have. DON’T WAIT! If you are concerned about your teeth, seek dental attention to solve the problem in advance instead of waiting for the problem to worsen. Below you will find a list of signs and concerns indicating it is time you see an orthodontist, the soon the better. 

    • Crowded, misplaced or blocked-out teeth
    • Jaws that shift, make sound, or protrude
    • Speech difficulty
    • Protruding teeth
    • Teeth that meet abnormally or don’t meet at all
    • Facial imbalance or asymmetry
    • Grinding or clenching of teeth
    • Inability to close lips comfortably

If you or your child have been showing one or more of the signs listed above, then schedule a consultation with an orthodontist.

 

What the Center of Dental Professionals Can Offer You:

We know the cost of orthodontic treatment can be of concern when it comes to getting treated. However, we offer a low fee of $3,999 with payments of just $97 a month!

At our office, you will be able to sit down with our treatment coordinator to work with you one-on-one to accommodate your financial needs and create a payment plan that fits within your budget. Our staff will ensure you are well informed of treatment options and available payment plan options for you to decide which is best suited for your needs.  

We accept major credit cards, cash, insurance plans, CHIP, Medicaid, and even have a financing option available through CareCredit.

So what are you waiting for? Get the orthodontic treatment you need now for the low price of $97 a month when you come to The Center of Dental Professionals. Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to get started with the initial steps of getting treated for beautiful smile and healthier mouth.

Insurance Denied Your Claim? We Are Here To Help!

Has your insurance denied your dental claim? Not to worry, we are here to help! Most dental insurances usually refuse dental claims that are common, easy corrections. We suggest being well-informed on your insurance policies before starting a dental procedure to prevent additional cost from your pocket. Identification is necessary when it comes to insurance, so, let us begin there.
We recommend reviewing your information and benefits thoroughly for your records and our own. The most common dental claims come from incomplete, inaccurate or unreadable claim information which can delay or deny the claim. Always make sure your coverage and group number haven’t changed, even if you still have the same employer. Legibility is a must when it comes to filling out your information since electronic scans input claims.

Unreadable documentation such as X-rays or charts can cause delay or denial of claims because they are difficult to interpret. X-rays might be necessary to show the necessity of the treatment you need. If x-rays are needed, make sure there is a form narration reasoning why you need the treatment.

Of course, not all dental contracts cover all dental services. Familiarizing yourself with the benefits and the services your insurance pays in handy when it comes to getting a procedure. Some insurances might exclude services or have them at a lower cost. It’s better to know how much of the cost of treatment could potentially cost you out of pocket.

Beware of the limitations of your dental contracts! The control of dental cost comes from the limitations you are allowed in a year. Restrictions can vary based on age and frequency. An age limitation can restrict you from getting certain procedures. Frequency is another limitation that places restrictions on the number of services covered within a given year. This could be for example, how many cleanings and x-rays you are allowed to get. Know the specifics of your plan to see what it includes and excludes. However, if you find you have an outstanding dental claim, our team is here to help you.

Depending on the denial reason and insurance, we assist in sending an appeal on patient’s behalf or provide our patient with all the information the insurance needs to handle the appeal. Our account managers are here to answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding denied claims, so just ask us!

If you have a denied dental claim, learn why it’s been rejected. You can call inquiring for more information on the reason of the denied claim and what additional information the insurance might need to pay the claim.

To help prevent getting a denied dental claim, we strongly recommend requesting a list of the services your insurance covers, plan limitations, in/out network providers, maximum benefits and patient/family eligibility. You might also want to know about your primary and secondary insurance is for setting it up correctly. The more informed you are about your insurance, the smoother the procedures will be in getting the dental work you need.

So please, give us a call, and our Account Managers would be more than happy to assist you!

Everything You Need to Know About Implant Supported Dentures

Implant Supported Dentures; Are they Better than the Conventional Dentures?

According to the American College of Prosthodontics, more than 35 million US citizens have lost some, or all, of their natural teeth. Until recently, the most common option for replacing missing teeth were removable dentures, which derived their support and retention from the underlying soft tissues and the jaw bone. However, removable dentures are unable to restore chewing and speech efficiency, and facial aesthetics completely. Wearing dentures also results in an accelerated resorption of the underlying jaw bone which supports them and provides retention.

Alternative Options for Missing Tooth Replacement
Thanks to modern dentistry, multiple options are available to dentists for replacing missing natural teeth. Gone are the days when missing teeth could only be replaced with removable dentures. There are a variety of options to replace missing teeth. Some of them being:
1. Dental Bridges
Unlike removable dentures, bridges are fixed appliances that get their support from the adjacent natural teeth. In comparison to removable dentures, bridges provide superior aesthetics and tooth function. However, placement of dental bridges requires extensive removal of the sound enamel from the adjacent teeth, which may result in tooth sensitivity.
2. Implant Supported Prostheses
An implant is a metal fixture that is surgically placed inside the jaw bones, and functions as an artificial root. Just like the natural teeth, implants provide support for the artificial teeth that are attached to them with the help of abutments. Due to their ability to anchor themselves by fusing with the jaw bone, they have become the most preferred option for tooth replacement throughout the world. In addition to their use in replacing a single missing tooth with the help of a crown, dental implants can also be used to replace multiple teeth.
What are Implant Supported Dentures?
An implant supported denture is attached to one or more dental implants. Since dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone, they provide excellent retention and support to teeth which are attached to them.

What are the Different Types of Implant Supported Dentures?
There are three types of implant supported dentures:
• Fixed Dentures – in this type of prostheses, one or more implants are used to support a dental bridge. These dentures remain permanently attached to the implants, and they cannot be removed by the patient.
• Removable Partial Dentures – These are known as hybrid prostheses. These dentures are used for replacing multiple missing teeth. Implant supported removable dentures get attached to the implants with the help of “precision attachments” which allow for their easy insertion and removal. These precision attachments ensure that the implant-supported dentures do not move or slip while eating or speaking.
• Complete Dentures – dental implants can also be used to replace all missing teeth in a jaw. The best thing about these dentures is that only 4 implants can be used in each jaw for supporting a complete denture. Such type of prosthesis is known as an “all-on-four implant supported denture”. In cases where increased support is required from the implants, up to 6 or 8 implants may also be placed in a jaw for supporting the denture.
• Minis – In addition to conventional dental implants, which are relatively longer, mini dental implants are also available for replacing missing teeth. Mini implants are used in cases where there is very less space available for the placement of the longer conventional implants. They can also be used when patients cannot afford treatment with conventional implants, which are relatively expensive.

How are Implant Supported Prostheses Placed?
Placement of implant supported prosthesis is carried out in two phases. The first phase involves the surgical placement of the implant. While the healing of the implant placement site is underway, a suitable removable or fixed prosthesis is designed for replacing the missing teeth. Once the implant site has healed, the dentures can be attached.

What are the Pros of Implant Supported Dentures over Conventional Dentures?
You must be thinking, “why have implant supported dentures have become so much popular?!” Here are a few reasons:
• Excellent Esthetics – No matter how much effort your dentist has put in preparing your dentures, they will never be able to restore your natural smile! On the other hand, dental implant supported removable or fixed dentures appear and feel just like your natural teeth. Therefore, they not only give you a beautiful smile, but they also boost your self-confidence and personality.
• Durability – When placed carefully by an experienced and qualified dentist, implants can last a lifetime! On the other hand, both removable dentures and teeth bridges have a limited lifespan, and they require frequent repair or replacement. So, once you get your missing teeth replaced with implant supported dentures, you are basically set for life!
• Improved Chewing and Speech Capability – conventional denture wearers find it extremely hard to eat or speak properly. This is because they need to continuously use their tongue to keep the dentures from slipping out. Since implant-supported dentures are fixed in the mouth, they significantly improve your chewing efficiency, so that you can enjoy all those foods which you were unable to after losing your natural teeth.
• No Bone Loss – whenever you wear the conventional dentures, they directly exert forces onto the underlying jaw bone. This causes a rapid bone resorption in that region, thereby resulting in a change in shape and thickness of the bone. The bone becomes so thin that it can no longer support removable dentures. The reduced density of the jaw bone also increases the chances of fracturing on the upper or lower jaw. Implant supported dentures promote bone formation in their surroundings, thereby improving the success and longevity of the prosthesis.

What are the Cons of Implant Supported Dentures over Conventional Dentures?
Despite the virtually unlimited benefits of implant supported dentures, they also have their drawbacks:
• Complex Procedure – placement of implants is a complex procedure which requires extensive treatment planning. Placement of implant supported prosthesis is carried out in multiple steps. Therefore, the procedure may take up to 6 months, even a year for completion.
• Expensive – dental implants are more expensive than the conventional dentures or teeth bridges, and they are not covered by many insurance plans. As a result, many individuals cannot afford them.
Despite their few drawbacks, implant supported prostheses are still the treatment of choice for replacing missing teeth. If you are looking for lifelong replacement option for your missing teeth, then implant supported dentures could be the right choice for you!

 

3 steps to Naturally Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is your smile’s worst enemy. It takes everything and leaves you with nothing, except pain. Kind of like what your ex did to you, but worse. The worst part is that it also affects your dental health, which means you could be changing your bodies overall health. Tooth cavities not only rob you of your beautiful and charming smile, but they also make eating difficult and painful, and, can also cause you to mispronounce certain words.

Tooth decay occurs because of certain careless habits. Luckily for us, it is very easy to prevent, and you can fight tooth decay through natural methods. In the paragraphs below, we will discuss how you can prevent and fight tooth decay using these natural methods. However, first, let’s go over what tooth decay is, and how it’s caused.

Tooth Decay

Have you ever seen a person with teeth that look green or black and they are missing a tooth or two? Well my friends, that is what tooth decay can do to you. Tooth decay is the erosion of a hard armor that covers the visible parts of your teeth. This super armor is called tooth enamel. It is the hardest of all tissues in the human body and is also responsible for the sparkle in your smile.

If the saliva becomes somewhat less alkaline, the enamel there starts losing its apatite crystals to saliva. This process is called demineralization of enamel. The less alkaline the saliva, the faster the demineralization, or erosion of the enamel. Also, the longer this state remains, the greater the cumulative erosion becomes. As a result, cavities start forming on the teeth. So, tooth decay is the product of two factors, reduction of alkalinity of saliva, and the period over which it exists. The key to preventing and fighting tooth decay lies in controlling these factors.

What Reduces Alkalinity of the Saliva?

What reduces the alkalinity of the saliva? You guessed it, bacteria! Bacteria is always present in our mouths. It is also on the food particles that keep sticking to your teeth after eating and drinking. The bacteria are quick at converting sugars and starches in our food to acid, and wherever the food particles are sticking, the saliva around those teeth loses alkalinity. This process creates Erosion.

How To Kick Tooth Decay’s Butt!

 

Natural Method 1 – Avoid Excessive Sugar and Starch

Avoiding excessive sugar and starch is the first, easy and natural step to reducing tooth decay. It will protect not only your teeth but also your general health by controlling the calories, breakouts, etc. Avoid foods rich in sugars and starches, such as fast food, bakery products, chocolates, and candy. When high-sugar foods are partially digested inside the oral cavity, their degradation products are acidic in nature, and they promote enamel demineralization. It must be noted here that it is not the quantity of the sugar intake that is important – rather, it is the amount of time between the intake of sugar that is crucial.

 

Natural Method 2 – Eliminate Phytic Acid from your Diet

Phytic acid is a known mineral and enzyme inhibitor and is found in whole grains, seeds, and nuts. Since minerals are the building blocks of the dental enamel, eating a diet that is rich in phytic acid can result in an accelerated demineralization of the teeth. Besides, phytic acid also devoid the body of various nutrients that are essential for ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. So let’s keep the Phytic Acid at to a healthy limit, for our beautiful smiles!

 

Natural Method 3 – Oil Pulling

Oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice, dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years to traditional Indian medical remedies. Interestingly, swishing a tablespoon of any medium-chain triglyceride based oils, such as coconut, sesame, olive, and sunflower oil, can stop teeth cavities! These oils enhance the resistance of teeth against demineralization and prevent various dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. All you need to do is to swish coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Not only will your teeth look sparkly white, but you will also never complain of teeth sensitivity or cavities again! Just make sure you do not swallow the oil, this could cause diarrhea or upset stomach. Dispose of the oil in your garbage can, not your sink, because the oil could cause your pipes to become clogged!

By following these three simple natural tips, you can ensure that you and your family are limiting tooth decay. However, it should be emphasized here that these natural remedies are not an alternative to regular dental visits. After all, your dentist can detect and treat dental problems which are not even visible to the naked eye. Therefore, natural dental health remedies and regular dental visits must go hand-in-hand.

Happy eating! Moreover, happy smiling!

Considering Teeth Whitening? This is a MUST read!

You want to have teeth that look like the celebrities. Perfect shape, alignment, and teeth that are so white it looks like they are glowing. Don’t worry; we will get you there! However, there are some steps we need to take to ensure your teeth are healthy enough for the whitening treatments.

 

Overall Oral Health

Most dental professionals suggest meeting with your dentist for an exam to ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy enough to begin whitening. Dr. Robert Fields, DDS says that “It would be less painful for the patient doing the whitening and, honestly, the patient, as well as the dentist, need to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy.” You can save yourself a lot of pain, sensitivity, and money if you check in with your preferred dentist before whitening.

 

Restoring Tooth Decay

If you do have any teeth that need dental treatment, it is important to fix any underlying oral health issues before beginning cosmetic whitening. Any cavities, dental fillings, crowns, or decay that are left untreated, will only lead to a variety of oral health problems in the future such as costly, intensive procedures, and even extraction of teeth!

Whitening may make your teeth and mouth look more appealing, but in reality, whitening may mask other oral health problems you may be experiencing. Whitening is not a fix for poor oral health or decay.

 

Whitening Can Damage Enamel

The whitening process is hard on your teeth’s enamel, so you want to ensure that you are not using too much whitening or that you are not whitening too often because this can also have an adverse effect on your oral health. It is important to consult your dentist to determine the appropriate amount of whitening you should use.

 

Routine Checkups With Your Dentist

Once your teeth begin to grow in, it is important to schedule routine check ups with your dentist so you can continue to monitor your oral health. Proper oral health and routine dental cleanings can help to prevent bad breath, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Not to mention, poor oral health is linked to a variety of other illnesses such as heart disease. A healthy smile leads to gained confidence! Now go show off your healthy teeth!

Whose diagnosis do you trust?

Suppose a friend of yours with a number of teeth damaged by disease or accident, goes to a number of dentists in turn. What will the dentists advise him? You can be very sure that the advice can range from a complete set of implant supported permanent dentures to a mere partial denture, or even, an advice to live with whatever healthy teeth your friend has. This is quite natural. Human judgement in the same matter varies. The most critical judgements are judgements in a court of law, where matters of life and death of the accused are decided. Are there not cases where a bench of judges hearing the case differ in their findings and awards? Assessments and recommendations by professionals in their field also vary similarly.

What are the reasons?

Dentists are just another qualified profession.  They also suffer from human limitations- and significantly- to different extents. Dentists differ in inherent intelligence, education, experience, confidence, temperament, attitude and sincerity, diagnostic facilities, treatment facilities available, and momentary influences, etc. The customer differs also, in description, patience, temperament, desires, financial resources, and momentary influences. The dentist has to work to the satisfaction of the patient. Such a variety of factors is bound to produce a much wider variety of opinions and prescriptions. In the paragraphs below, we discuss these factors separately.

  1. Level of Education and Training

The level of training of a dentist matters. A given degree ensures that all trainees acquire a certain ability to diagnose and treat. A better qualified dentist, is likely to be more aware of pertinent factors, and may reach a different diagnosis for the same apparent symptoms.

  1. Inherent Intelligence

Every dentist possesses a different level of intelligence. Intelligence polishes the knowledge and skills obtained during training, and facilitates better decisions in diagnosis and during treatment. While one dentist may be very dexterous in various procedures the other may fumble in places.

  1. Differences in Training Philosophy  

No doubt, dentists undergo rigorous training for many years before they can practice independently. However, the way each dentist diagnoses every patient, is dependent upon the way he or she was educated during their training. Some dentists are quite careful, and follow the principle of “maximum tooth conservative” while diagnosing patients and fabricating a treatment plan. This means that these dentists make sure minimal loss of natural tooth structure occurs during dental treatment. Other dentists are more “rigorous” in their approach, and would rather remove slightly excess of the natural tooth structure in attempts to prevent re-infection.

  1. The Trend of Holistic Dentistry

Some dentists around the world are now following the “holistic” approach to dental treatment, which basically involves the use of dental biomaterials that are not only safe inside the oral cavity, but they also do not cause any harmful effects on the rest of the human body. Differences in diagnoses among “conventional” and “holistic” dentists may often arise due to their different methods of solving dental problems.

  1. Different Diagnostic Facilities

If you visit dental practices around your locality, you will find that each practice has different diagnostic equipment. The quality and capability of these diagnostic machines matters deeply how a dentist can investigate the problem, and this can matter in resolving between two possible causes, and hence, deciding a treatment.

  1. Experience

Just like training, experience also matters. A more experienced dentist is more likely to be aware of various possibilities than a dentist with equal qualifications and less experience. This again can cause a different diagnosis. Generally, the more experienced dentists are, the better are their diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. But that is not always true!

  1. Attitude and Sincerity

Attitude of a person matters. It is unfortunate, but a fact of life that different persons have different attitude towards the same issue. Some dentists will take extra pains to reach the technically best conclusion. Others may take a rather simplistic view. Again, some will tend to prescribe a treatment without considering the cost. Others may consider the resources of the patient and honestly try to make a trade-off. There may be some, unfortunately, who will love the dollars coming their way. The fact is that everybody is working to earn as much as he or she can, and therefore, professional scruples may sometimes be compromised.

  1. Momentary Influences.

The current state of mind of the dentist as well as the patient may also have a minor influence. A tired dentist is more likely to take a summary decision, while a fresh and patient dentist may dig deeper and do a more thorough treatment job. Similarly, the apparent condition of the patient can also influence the decision of the dentist. A cool patient is likely to allow the dentist to make a better judgement, while a wailing, crying patient may switch the dentist into an emergency mode. The dentist may extract a tooth instead of going for a root canal treatment.

 

Just like we find both good and bad people in this world, we can also come across dentists with different attitudes and treatment philosophies. Therefore, whenever in doubt, it might be a good idea to go for a second, even a third opinion. After all, it’s a matter or dental and physical health, and you have every right to seek the best dental care for yourself and your family!

 Do Teeth Cavities Go Away?

If the human body fights disease and cures itself, will my teeth cavities also be cured automatically? That is, perhaps, the question most frequently asked by patients from their dentists. The answer is both “yes, and no”. To understand this double-talk, you need to understand how and why cavities develop, and how our system fights them.

Why do teeth Cavities Form?

Our teeth have a layered structure. The outermost and the pleasant looking layer is the enamel which covers the entire visible part of the tooth including the chewing and biting surfaces. Underneath the hard enamel, is the dentin layer which covers not only the visible part of the tooth but also the root within the gum, and is not as hard as the enamel. The structure of enamel is majorly composed of minerals called apatites, which are also abundant in the saliva. As the saliva keeps wetting the teeth in a healthy person, a two-way chemical process goes on all the time. Minerals from the enamel move into the saliva (demineralization of enamel), and an equal amount keeps entering the enamel from the saliva (remineralization). The process is balanced under normal conditions and the enamel remains intact. Two things affect the balance.

  • Demineralization– Saliva is normally basic (alkaline). If tiny food particles or paste remain sticking to the teeth after food, bacteria always present in the mouth start converting it to acid. The presence of acid in spots upsets the mineralization balance. More minerals leave the enamel around those spots than enter the enamel. If one does not maintain good oral hygiene, the bacteria get a walk over, and erode the enamel in those spots. Cavities start forming.
  • Remineralization– Fluorides help reduce demineralization and promote remineralization of your enamel. That is why your dentist may occasionally recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride rich food. Of course, better oral hygiene will not allow the bacteria much time to act, and the demineralization process will be overcome by the remineralization from the saliva.

Cavities Will go Away in the Initial Stages

When remineralization is supported, and demineralization inhibited by the combined effect of good oral hygiene and use of fluorides, cavities in their initial stages, can go away. This process of re-mineralization occurs by taking up minerals from the saliva and replenishing the appetite crystals that were lost because of excessive demineralization. Teeth can also be re-mineralized at the dental office by using topic fluoride application.

Not All Teeth Cavities can Go Away

Cavities go away only during the early stages of cavity formation, that is if the enamel layer has not been damaged badly damaged by the cavity. However, cavities that have extended beyond the enamel and penetrate the dentine, are permanent. This is because the underlying dentine and pulp layers are very soft, and they provide little resistance to the advancing bacterial infection. In such cases, the teeth are restored by removing the carious portion and replacing it with a suitable filling material.

The Role of Fluoride Application in Remineralization of Teeth

Naturally, the mineral content in our teeth is composed of Calcium apatite crystals. These minerals not only make the enamel hard, but they are also responsible for preventing teeth sensitivity. Fluoride containing food supplements and professional remedies have shown be effective in preventing teeth cavities. When a fluoride varnish or gel is applied onto the teeth, calcium in the apatite crystals is replaced with fluoride, and the resulting fluorapatite is much stronger and is more resistant against demineralization. This is why topical fluoride application is routinely performed by dentists during dental checkups, especially in case of patients who are prone to formation of teeth cavities.

The Take-home Message

By now, we know that cavities may go away in the early stages only, provided optimal conditions are reinstated. These include good oral hygiene care, and ensuring intake of appropriate levels of fluoride in the form of food supplements. Also, this does not mean one should not be worried about preventing cavity formation at all. Teeth cavities can be prevented by a double-action formula.

  • Personal care– Always observe good oral hygiene in the form of regular brushing and flossing. Also, make sure you eat a balanced tooth-friendly diet. Take special care of fluoride content in drinking water in localities where people are known to develop cavities.
  • Regular dental inspections– You can only inspect your teeth indirectly. Hence, it is not possible to clean properly and even inspect certain parts of your mouth. Dental plaque can set in and permit bacteria time to play. It is, therefore, important to have your teeth inspected by a qualified dentist, almost every six months.

Preventing teeth cavities is very simple! All you need to do is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. So, what would you prefer? Having no cavities at all, or having to spend money on teeth fillings? The choice is yours!

Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Living with a missing tooth is not easy! First, a missing tooth ruins your smile and personality; especially when you’re missing a front tooth. Secondly, you will have difficulty eating and digesting food properly, as each tooth has a role to play in breaking food into smaller particles to be more easily absorbed. A missing tooth (or teeth) will make it difficult for you to speak, and pronounce words clearly.

If you have lost one or more of your teeth, we suggest getting them replaced immediately with an artificial one. Replacing missing teeth is not only necessary for restoring your smile and facial aesthetics, but it is equally important for restoring your optimal chewing and speech capability. Currently, the most common options for missing teeth are dental bridges and implants. Both these options carry their own merits and demerits. Let’s look at which tooth replacement option is best for you!

You can watch a video of Dr. Hemmert explaining both processes by clicking this link. 

Dental Bridges; What are They?
A dental bridge is fixed prosthesis that is used for replacing one or more missing teeth. For placing a bridge, healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth gap are prepared, and crowns are placed over them. These teeth are known as the abutment teeth. For replacing the missing tooth, a crown, also known as the pontic, is placed over the space which is then connected to the abutment teeth on both the sides.

  • Advantages of Dental Bridges:
    • Fixed Prosthesis – unlike the removable dentures, which need to be taken out of the mouth while sleeping or brushing, dental bridges remain fixed inside the mouth. They also possess better strength and durability than removable dentures.
    • Cheaper – when compared with dental implants, bridges are less costly. Therefore, they can be used for missing teeth replacement in cases when a budget is an issue.
  • Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:
    • Loss of Natural Tooth Structure – for attaching crowns on the abutment teeth present on either side of the missing tooth gap, a layer of enamel needs to be removed. Therefore, dental bridges are less tooth conservative in comparison to dental implants.
    • Secondary Caries – if optimal cleaning is not maintained around a bridge, there are high chances of development of teeth cavities (also known as secondary caries) in that region. If these cavities are not immediately restored, bacteria can travel into the underlying dental pulp or the gums and cause severe infection.
    • Limited Lifespan – even the highest quality dental bridges have a limited lifespan, despite your best efforts to maintain optimal oral hygiene. In contrast, once an implant has been used to replace a tooth, it tends to serve for a lifetime.

Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth
Nowadays, dental implants are considered as the best option for replacing missing natural teeth. This due to their ability to provide excellent aesthetics, their durability as well as their natural feeling.

What are Dental Implants?
An implant is simply a fixture that is surgically placed inside the jaw bone where a tooth is missing. One embedded inside the bone, they serve as the root component of an artificial tooth. A suitable prosthesis such as a denture, crown or bridge is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Currently, the most commonly used material for fabrication of dental implant is Titanium alloys. However, implants based on zirconia are also being introduced into the dental industry.

Who can Benefit from Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option for anyone who needs replacement of one or more missing teeth. However, an essential requirement for placement of the implant is the presence of healthy jaw bone in the region where the implant is to be inserted. If the bone in that region is not sufficient, a bone augmentation surgery needs to be performed before implant insertion.

  • Advantages of Dental Implants:
    • Excellent Durability – dental implants are fabricated from high-quality materials, which make them sufficiently strong and durable. If you ensure optimal oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly, you can expect your implants to serve for a lifetime.
    • Aesthetics – dental implants are perhaps, the most aesthetic tooth replacement option available currently. Highly aesthetic crowns can be attached to the implants, which will not only restore your smile, but your confidence and self-esteem as well.
    • Natural Feeling – just like the natural teeth, dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone. Due to this, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, and they won’t cause any discomfort or irritation.
    • Eat Anything You Like – dental bridge wearers are advised not to eat hard and sticky foods directly from the bridge, as it can lead to dislodgement. This is not the case with implants because they are firmly anchored in the bone. Therefore, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without having a fear of breaking or dislodging your artificial teeth.

What are the Conditions Where Dental Implants are Not Indicated?
There are certain situations where it is not possible to use dental implants for tooth replacement:

  • Poor Density of Jaw Bone – in senior patients, and those who have an underlying bone pathology, the quality or quantity of the jaw bone in the edentulous region is not sufficient to allow for implant placement. However, in these cases, bone augmentation can be performed to restore the density of the alveolar bone.
  • Underlying Medical or Dental Pathology – implant placement should also be delayed in patients who are having chronic medical issues such as renal, liver, immunodeficiency problems or tumors. Also, implants should not be placed in cases of active dental pathologies like gingival, periodontal, and alveolar bone infections. Once complete healing has taken place from these infections, placement of implants can then be considered again.

In cases where dental implants cannot be placed, dentists usually opt for tooth replacement with dental bridges, or with the help of removable dentures.

From the above discussion, we can see that dental implants offer more benefits in comparison to the bridges. If you want to enjoy a perfect smile and a set of teeth which give you a “natural” feeling, then Dental Implants are the choice for you! However, your dentist is the best person to guide you about a tooth replacement option that is best for you.

The Importance of Regular Dental Checkups

Many people are unsure why it’s necessary to see a dentist every six months. For some, going to see the dentist makes them anxious and uncomfortable, but seeing the dentist twice a year is necessary to maintain proper oral health including teeth and gums. In fact, by having regular dental checkups not only do you achieve optimum oral health, but you could also help prevent a variety of health concerns such as heart disease or stroke!The American Dental Association (ADA) advises adults and children to visit the dentist every six months for an oral exam and cleaning. Your dentist will check for signs of oral cancer or issues of misalignment, gum disease, or tooth decay.

The health of our teeth can go from bad to worse quickly which leads to a variety of oral health problems unless we maintain routine dental check-ups.

Our teeth become stained from tobacco, food we eat, and the beverages we consume.

  • Tooth decay can result from the build-up of tartar or plaque if we do not floss and brush properly. Once tooth decay forms, your teeth begin to rot and the only option is dental implants.
  • Soft plaque, if not cleaned off properly, sticks to the teeth and leaves the gum tissue irritated, which leads to gum disease.
  • Research shows that poor oral health is an underlying cause of several other health issues and you can prevent these occurrences by maintaining good oral health.

When is the right time to begin routine dentist visits?
It is recommended that you start regular visits to the dentist for dental check-ups as early as age one. You should teach your children the importance of proper dental care so that severe dental problems do not emerge from bad oral care.

What to Expect During Regular Visits
A thorough examination at the dentists’ involves a lot of procedures and checking for tooth decay is just one of them. Your dentist or hygienist will assess gum health, look for signs or oral cancer, and check for vitamin deficiencies including diabetes. Lower jaw joint movement, face, saliva, and your bite may also be examined. Your teeth will be cleaned, and the doctor will cover tips for maintaining proper oral care. The simplest way to maintain healthy teeth and gums is by visiting your dentist regularly. Remember, preventive dentistry remains your best bet in dealing with potential oral health issues before they lead to other complications.

March’s doTERRA Essential Oil Product Highlight: Deep Blue

Our office is very familiar with this amazing oil! Deep Blue is one of the many essential oils we offer in our clinic for our patients to experience. Our hygienists love offering this soothing oil after routine cleanings. It is a fantastic addition post appointment to relax the neck and jaw muscles. We hope you have enjoyed this added oil experience during your visits.

Watch the video below and see for yourself how wonderful this oil is and how we use it here in the office for our awesome patients:

Additionally, doTERRA Deep Blue is perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of work.  This powerful oil includes a combination of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus which all collaborate to soothe and cool.

A few drops of Deep Blue Soothing Blend diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil, or Olive Oil can be used as described below.

  • After a long day’s work, here are some useful tips on how you can use Deep Blue at home:
  • For long hours working on a computer: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck.
  • For long hours on your feet: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on your toes, balls of feet, and calves.
  • For sore muscles from a workout: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend directly on the painful area.
  • For a long day of lifting: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on your back and neck area for soothing relief from back pain.
  • For the kiddos with growing pains: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on their calves just before bedtime.
  • For the athletes: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on those sore, achy muscles for instant relief.

As you can see, there are many ways you can use this essential oil for natural and effective joint and muscle aches and pains.

Check out this One-Time-Offer for March Only!

For the month of March you can get a FREE Deep Blue Rub and FREE Deep Blue Roller ($94.67 Value), with any order of 200 PV (point value), if you order direct from our website and create a wholesale customer account, which you can easily do here:

https://www.mydoterra.com/savvychristinemarie

You can also purchase directly from us, by easily coming into our Downtown office location or emailing our patient care coordinator at info@dentalprosutah.com.

We place an order every Friday!

As a bonus, we are giving out FREE samples of Deep Blue Essential Oil the entire month of March, so come in, let us take care of your oral health needs and leave with this wonderful sample.

As always, we look forward to providing you and your family with exceptional care and we Thank You for choosing us as your oral health care provider.