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Are Dentures as Bad as You Think? Nope

Did you know that when George Washington entered office as the first President of the United States, there was only one natural tooth left in his head?

In addition to being a former revolutionary soldier, Washington’s war buddy and dentist also happened to contribute to revolutionary advances with Washington’s teeth in the form of dentures constructed on a foundation of hippopotamus ivory and held together with gold wire springs and screws that held human teeth.

A print of John Greenwood, published by the American Journal of Dental Science in 1839. (Library of Congress courtesy photo)

A print of John Greenwood, published by the American Journal of Dental Science in 1839. (Library of Congress courtesy photo)

 

Washington’s dentures were particularly advanced for their time due to the way Greenwood left a space for Washington’s remaining healthy tooth, all because of his belief that a dentist should never remove a tooth unless he absolutely has to.

 

 

 A New Era for Dentures

Denture technologies pioneered by innovators like John Greenwood solidified dentures as a viable solution for years to come.  Of course, dentures didn’t stay primitive by modern standards. In fact, they continued to get better and better. This constant innovation has made today’s dentures more affordable, easier to use, more comfortable, and more convenient.

Primary among these advancements has been the over-denture.  Over-dentures attach to a few small implants, allowing them to be snapped directly into place, which makes them more functional, sturdier, and more natural-feeling than traditional dentures. On top of this, the cost involved creating a pair of natural feeling and fitting dentures can often be quite similar to implant supported dentures, like over-dentures.

While these dentures still need to be removed, cleaned, and cared for like other dentures, many patients prefer them due to the way they help with eating, chewing, speaking, and comfort.

Say Hello to Confidence

Needless to say, when it comes to dentures today versus dentures the way they used to be, your doctors are capable of quite a lot. The first step: simply asking your dentist what the possibilities are. Everyone’s teeth are unique, and that means the dentures you use to replace them should be unique as well.

If you need dentures, remember one thing: technology has proven that dentures are something you shouldn’t be afraid of.

Whether you’re looking for a full set of affordable dentures or a pair of implant supported dentures that offer you excellent comfort and functionality, your dentist can help. All you have to do is ask.

5 Simple Denture Tips for Greater Confidence

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Wearing dentures with confidence doesn’t have to be an impossible proposition. In fact, it should be the exact opposite.

When you make the decision to get dentures, the goal is to find affordable dentures that feel comfortable and help restore your confidence.

Naturally, that sort of adjustment isn’t always easy. So we’ve prepared a few tips.

Be confident

Whether you have dentures or not. Confidence always starts with confidence, even if it’s the smallest see. If you’ore getting dentures, just remember that. Dentures are designed to improve the way you appear, from your facial structure all the way down to your actual smile. However, they can only do their job when properly cared for, cleaned, and fixed to your mouth.

Take Care of Your Gums

At the very least, your denture provider should have the opportunity to check your gums once a year. Even without your natural teeth, your mouth is still susceptible to bacteria and infections, and your gums are still incredibly important.

Use the Right Amount of Adhesive

Outside of pro[er fit and design, using an appropriate amount of denture adhesive is the first step in ensuring your dentures stay in your mouth and refrain from slipping or sliding. A small amount of adhesive on your upper or lower denture should be all that’s required to ensure your dentures fit more securely. Then again, if you’re forced to use a large amount of denture adhesive, chances are your dentures simply don’t fit properly and should probably be looked at by your dentist.

Keep Your Dentures Clean

Sometimes, patients think that using dentures excludes them from having to brush their teeth. However, this isn’t quite the case. Using a soft toothbrush (or even an ultra-soft toothbrush) at the end of the day removes particles and bacteria from your dentures which can both stain them and “live” on your gums after you’ve put your dentures back in. On top of this, giving your dentures a nice bath in mouthwash will help eliminate this bacteria.

Give Your Mouth a Break

Don’t make wearing dentures an excuse to live uncomfortably. Part of wearing dentures is also taking the opportunity to give your mouth a break. Most dentists recommend removing your dentures for up to 8 hours a day. This can effectively allow your mouth’s soft tissues  to heal from irritation or soreness that can sometimes occur from wearing dentures all day. When you’re not wearing your dentures, store them in warm denture solution to help keep them their shape and suppleness.

3 Dental Pick-Me-Ups

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Many times, your teeth are the first thing that friends, family, and passersby see when they encounter you. When you tell a joke or simply introduce yourself – you’re encouraged subconsciously to smile. Throughout the day, you’re encountered by impulse after impulse, telling you to smile. So it goes without saying that constantly fighting the impulse to show your teeth can get rather old.  For that reason, it’s not surprising that people of all ages and from around the world can often feel self-conscious about their teeth. The good news is, there’s plenty we can do about that.

While some solutions are more expensive than others, your local family dentist can often recommend treatments and procedures with a number of price ranges that can effectively restore your “dental confidence”. This is where cosmetic dentistry comes in, which offers solutions ranging from simple, in-office teeth whitening to dentures. The most important thing to remember? There’s always a solution!

Teeth Whitening

In-office teeth whitening is perhaps one of the fastest, most immediate, and biggest “bang for your buck” cosmetic dentistry procedures you can invest in. In less than a couple hours, you can drastically reverse the damage that smoking, coffee, tea, wine and other “stainers” can have on your teeth. Whitening can also help effectively minimize the staining that simply occurs over time due to genetics, simple “wear and tear”, and diet.

Invisalign

While not quite as immediate as teeth whitening, Invisalign is a relatively new and incredibly effective method for getting better, straighter teeth. The best part is that you can do so with hardly anyone noticing.

Dentures

For older patients, or patients who must replace a number of teeth due to disease or an accident, finding a pair of affordable dentures that look and feel natural is a big decision. However, don’t lose hope! Finding a pair of dentures that don’t break the bank, while also fitting well and feeling sturdy is all a matter of working with your dentist to hone in on the best solution for you.

Just like your teeth, your dentures are unique to you. With that in mind, they need to cater to your physiology and your specific oral health situation. One of the most popular concerns patients have about dentures tends to be about their risk for slipping or falling out. However, by talking through all the options with your dentist you ensure the solution you get is the solution you need. This could mean the use of implant supported dentures and a number of additional measures.

Don’t Fear the Drill: Why Root Canal Treatment Should be No Sweat

There’s something wrong with the way people view root canal treatment around the world. Far too often, we look back on the past as “the good ole’ days”. Unfortunately, when it came to root canal treatment in the “good ole’ days” (which weren’t actually that long ago) dental patients didn’t have things quite as “good” as we have them today.

However, despite monumental advances in dental technology and the tools we have available to us, there aren’t too many other aspects of dentistry that are quite as misunderstood as root canal treatment. So let’s start at the root (ha!) of the problem: the drill.

Don’t Fear the Drill!

Of course, it’s no surprise that you probably want to avoid the dentist’s drill in the first place. However, the image you have in your mind of a dentist bearing down on you with an intimidatingly large drill that’s whirring away with menacing abandon couldn’t be further from the truth. Today’s dental drills are advanced pieces of machinery that are engineered to minimize pain while reducing the amount of time your dentist needs to spend actually “drilling”.

 

Anesthesia Makes the Difference

You still don’t feel comfortable with the drill. We get it. It might help if it wasn’t called a “Drill” but that’s not going to change anytime soon. However, on top of all the technology actually inside the drill to make it a better, less-invasive, and more comfortable dental tool, we have anesthesia. In addition to having a tool that’s more precise, incredible local anesthesia is the “two” of the “one-two” punch that knocked root canal treatment into the 21st century.

Read and repeat: Drilling a tooth that’s been anesthetized will not hurt

Time and time again, we remind our patients that the root canal treatment (despite it’s painful reputation) will actually eliminate the pain you feel.

Do You need a Root Canal?

The first question you should ask yourself when you begin to wonder if you need a root canal or not is, “Am I in pain?” Chances are, if you aren’t in pain you probably don’t need a root canal, but there are a few other symptoms as well. Other symptoms include:

  • Serious dental pain when chewing or when you add pressure to the area
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold that lingers when you remove the stimuli
  • A pimple-like bump on your gum, near a painful tooth
  • Your tooth has become darkened
  • Your gums are tender or swollen near the location of dental pain

We can help!

Whether you have questions about getting affordable dentures or are simply looking for a great dentist near Garden Grove, we’re happy to help! Contact us today to get in touch and schedule an appointment or consultation.

Can a Better Smile Make You Happier? (Could Invisalign Help?)

Could you be smiling more? Maybe Invisalign can help.

Could you be smiling more? Maybe Invisalign can help.

Did you know that smiling can actively change the way your day unfolds and how you feel. Laughter truly is a great medicine, but the more taciturn of you can rejoice! You don’t even have to be audibly laughing to benefit, you can even be doing something as simple as smiling.

We’re not quite sure how Pick the Brain Blog‘s post “15 Fascinating Facts about Smiling” passed under our radar for so many years, but it’s a treasure trove of factoids about how transformative the power of your smile can be. \

Let’s take a look at a few:

  • Smiling Can Boost your Mood: Psychologists have proven that, even when you’re in a bad mood, forcing yourself to smile can instantly lift your spirits.
  • Smiles Can Relieve Stress: Smiling can actively release endorphins, even when it’s a “forced” smile. This effectively helps you de-stress, which has many benefits.
  • Smiling Can Boost Your Immune System: We’ve already learned that smiling can relieve stress. But did you know that stress can negatively impact your immune system? Feel a cold coming on? Turn on your favorite comedy and smile away.

“So what does this have to do with my teeth?” You’re Wondering

Well, it’s no surprise that the state of your teeth has a major impact on confidence. And chances are, your confidence has a very real impact on how much you smile. As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Garden Grove we talk to patients every day about their dreams for a more perfect set of teeth.

Too often, we see patients who are ashamed of their teeth. They would rarely smile. They would make less eye contact, and they would seem less confident. For many of them, that’s where Invisalign came in.

As an Invisalign dentist, we’ve helped countless patients gain the confidence they never knew they had, and witnessing the transformation is something truly special.

More often than not, Invisalign patients change over the course of time.  At first, it’s a gradual change. You really have to look for it to see it. But as time moves on and treatment begins to take hold, they transform from young men and women who are ashamed to smile into positive, confident, and beaming individuals. A whole new personality emerges.

Frankly, we love to see it.

Do you have questions about Invisalign? We’re happy to answer them. If you’re a patient in the Garden Grove area, please feel free to contact us today

….or browse our blog for more posts about Invisalign in our Garden Grove dental office.

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Keeping Invisalign Invisible (and other Invisalign Tips)

Patients around the world have proven time and time again that Invisalign is one of the most convenient, worthwhile, and sneakiest ways to drastically improve your smile.

It’s convenient because you can take it out when you need to (but don’t forget, Invisalign needs to be worn at least 20 hours a day), and it’s still easy to brush your teeth. It’s worthwhile because it can do what traditional braces can in a similar treatment window. And best of all, it’s sneaky — because it’s practically invisible.

But that brings us to the topic of today’s blog, keeping Invisalign Invisible.

Invisalign Tip #1: Keeping Invisalign Invisible

Remember that Invisalign is clear because it’s made out of a special plastic. However, if you don’t clean it properly it can become cloudy — which takes away from it’s invisible nature.  Fortunately, cleaning invisalign is easy.

  • Brush Invisalign like you’d brush your teeth – with a small amount of toothpaste and water
  • Soak your Invisalign aligners in a cup of mouthwash for 5 or 10 minutes, this can help with your breath and will ensure that all bacteria is cleaned off

Invisalign Tip #2: Don’t think of Invisalign Aligners as “Shields” for your teeth

They are actually quite the opposite. With Invisalign, it’s incredibly important to be sure that you stay on top of your oral hygiene by brushing and flossing after every meal. If you don’t your teeth are simply tapped with bacteria, food particles and low-PH saliva.

It’s also important to avoid sugary foods and drinks that can stain your enamel. Drinks like soda, coffee, and wine are even more damaging when you’re using invisalign because they have a tendency to get trapped in your aligner trays. Think about them kind of like bleaching trays, instead of containing whitening bleach, they will contain sugary bacteria and tooth staining crud. Nobody wants straighter teeth at the expense of yellower teeth.

Invisalign Tip #3: Temper Your Expectations

It’s important to remember that Invisalign is primarily for cosmetic dental improvement. They are not typically recommended to make more drastic corrections, such as turning and rotating your teeth, or helping with your overbite. While Invisalign can surely help with these conditions to some degree, more drastic improvements with bite and rotation is typically left to the more traditional orthodontic solutions

Invisalign Tip #4: Wear them As Much As You Can

It’s totally fine to take a night off from your retainers for a special occasion (like a wedding or important meeting). Just remember, the more you wear your trays the faster they can do your job and the sooner you can say goodbye to them forever.

Do Affordable Dentures Even Exist?

Your teeth play a major role in your life. Sure, they help you chew and make sure you get to eat a nice juicy steak every once in a while, but when we worry about the condition of our teeth it’s not just their functionality that we’re thinking about – it’s their appearance. So you wouldn’t be surprised that one of the primary concerns when it comes to finding affordable dentures tends to be how they look, and many times how they work falls by the wayside. So many patients wonder, is it possible to get a set of dentures that look good, work well, and don’t cost an arm and a leg? Those patients are always happy to learn that yes it can be done. But striking a balance between looks, fit, and functionality is the name of the game.

The first thing that many patients wonder is, “Is there a dentist near me that can help?” if you live in the Garden Grove, California area, you fortunately just found one. If you don’t, it all comes down to a bit of research. But here’s the lesson you didn’t want to read: there’s no one-size-fits all solution. It takes finding a dentist that’s happy to work with you and cater a pair of dentures to your situation, your needs, and your budget.

The Difference Between ‘Cheap’ and ‘Affordable’

When it comes to dentures, the difference between cheap and affordable is important, and it has everything to do with how they fit and the materials they’re made out of. “Cheaping out” on a pair of dentures versus finding an option that’s slightly more expensive but of much better quality can backfire for a couple reasons. First, we have the way they fit. If your bargain bin dentures are made of subpar materials there’s a chance that their fit will suffer. This can also occur if your dentist isnt diligent when it comes to their initial preparation. If this occurs, the only fix is the costly repair and re-preparation of the dentures. So when it comes to finding an affordable solution, this is one way going the “cheap” route can really shoot you in the foot (or the wallet).

The difference between immediate and standard dentures

One of the biggest cost factors for denture wearers comes down to the decision on whether or not to use immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are a set of complete dentures made to be placed immediately after your natural teeth are removed. While this can prove to be a major help in terms of confidence and chewing convenience, it can also be much more expensive than the alternative, which is to wait for the tooth extraction sites to heal before your standard denture is made.

However, immediate dentures aren’t free of disadvantages. In addition to being significantly more expensive, immediate dentures also tend to not fit as well as standard dentures and often sacrifice fit and comfort. For many patients, the frugal choice is often to wait.

But don’t forget, it all comes down to you. Talk to your dentist today to learn about your options and what will be the most affordable for you in the long-run.

What Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures “Give the Most Bang for Their Buck”

Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you, and if you’ve ever had a problem with one (or even many) teeth you’ll understand how frustrating it is to be self-conscious about your smile. More often than not, whenever it comes to something cosmetic you tend to notice it more and more, which inevitably leads many patients to seek out the best cosmetic dentistry options available to them.

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Learn about some of the most effective and affordable cosmetic dentistry options.

When it comes to cosmetic dentistry, many times patients aren’t just interested in getting a better smile and the confidence that comes along with it. They’re also interested in not breaking the bank. That’s why the topic of today’s blog post is all about getting the most for your money when it comes to cosmetic dentistry.

Effective and Inexpensive Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

1. Fillings

First we have dental fillings, which remain one of the most common and popular dental procedures around the world. More often than not, a filling is created to repair a tooth that’s become damaged by tooth decay due to lack of proper care, bad diet, or simply genes that are prone to weaker teeth. In most cases, if the tooth can be saved, your dentist will recommend a dental filling instead of a full tooth extraction.

2. Dental Bonding

If you’re looking to fix the unsightly gap in your smile that you’ve grown tired of trying to hide in family pictures, or a good fix for the chip in your tooth that an ear of corn left you with after a particularly forceful bite, dental bonding is for you. As another common and relatively inexpensive treatment, dental bonding involves applying new material to your tooth that is matched in color. This material sticks to your tooth (ideally for a long time) and can both repair damage and fill space (in the case of a gap)

3. Dental Crowns

Crowns are another incredibly common cosmetic dentistry tool used to reinforce, repair, and renew the tooth’s structure by placing a porcelain cap over the tooth. Think of it as a shell for your tooth. This can be done to remedy a number of issues ranging from decay and discoloration to damage, chips, and more.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

Getting your teeth whitened in the dentist’s office is perhaps one of the fastest, most cost-effective, and impactful cosmetic dentistry procedures. While it won’t help you a whole lot if you’re missing teeth (duh) or need a tooth repaired or replaced, if you have healthy teeth that are simply unsightly due to years of smoking, genes, or your diet – whitening can literally transform your smile in the matter of a couple hours.

 

Signs You May Need an Emergency Root Canal (and what it means)

Signs You May Need an Emergency Root Canal

Root canal treatment is never something that dental patients necessarily look forward to. So naturally, the same can be said for emergency root canal treatment. So many patients wonder, “how do I know if I need an emergency root canal procedure?” Well, you’ve come to the right place for the answer. But first, a reassurance. Many patients remain afraid of the root canal procedure. They think it’s painful, bloody, and something to be avoided at all costs. Don’t fall into that mode of thinking! Root canal treatment gets this reputation from many years ago, when the anesthesia used for treatment was much less effective than it is today. In fact, root canal treatment pain is typically only a little uncomfortable, but due to advances with anesthesia many patients report that it is rarely painful. Truthfully, the only real pain associated with the procedure is due to the underlying reason you might require it – a decayed, rotting, or otherwise infected tooth.

So, how do you know when you need an emergency root canal?

Simple. It starts with pain. If you’re experiencing deep, prolonged pain that persists and doesn’t seem to ever give you any relief, there’s a good chance that there’s a problem with the underlying structure of your teeth. While many people refer to the “root canal” as the actual treatment itself, a root canal is actually the inside of your tooth, it is the underlying structure of your tooth – this is why pain is always the most obvious sign that your tooth needs “attention”. Other signs of the need for emergency dental help include:

  • Pain when you apply pressure to the area, or when eating
  • Pain and sensitivity to cold or that doesn’t go away or lingers
  • Your tooth is darkening
  • Your gums are tender or swollen in the same area as tooth pain
  • A small (sometimes red), bump that looks a bit like a pimple near the gums in the same areas as tooth pain

What does a root canal treatment accomplish

During root canal treatment, your dentist cleans the inside of your tooth – which is known as the pulp chamber. This is accomplished by drilling a hole into your tooth’s crown. It is then cleaned out using special files that remove the pulp and nerve. It is then cleaned out with a special rinse that kills the infection. Finally, the tooth is filled with a specific material that safely plugs the filling, which is topped by a permanent filling and crown.

Most people require root canal treatment in only a couple situations. The most common is in the case of infection that’s set in and undermined the tooth’s health. Other times, your tooth has actually broken, and a root canal is needed to enable the use of a filling, prosthetic, or new crown. However, if you’ve broken your tooth, sometimes the break can be severe enough to rule out this form of treatment, making an implant a better option overall. For this reason, it’s always important to consult with your dentist.
have questions about emergency root canal treatment? Drop us a line today!

When to Crown? That is the Question

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What does your tooth require, a crown or an implant? Get the answer today!

Many times, when teeth are injured or infected, it’s time to make a decision. For a lot of patients, that decision comes down to one of implant placement or natural tooth retention. That is, replacing your tooth with something artificial such as a dental crown or bridge or working to preserve your natural tooth as much as possible.

In most cases, this decision comes down to how much natural tooth there is to work with. For example, when a large amount of the coronal tooth structure remains (meaning: near the crown of the tooth), there is often a great chance for success without resorting to a crown or endodontic treatment.

However, when half or more than half of the tooth’s structure near the crown is damaged it’s often necessary to resort to endodontic treatment and the use of a crown to help ensure the long-term health of the tooth.  While a dental crown can be used to protect and support the remaining structure of the tooth, more extensive implant treatment is usually unnecessary, however – treatment is still often very successful, and the natural tooth can still be saved.  This usually occurs when there has been significant but not total damage to the tooth near it’s crown (and above the gumline).

Finally, we come to the most common situation where the tooth is generally not able to be saved (with much success, that is). Most often in cases such as these, your dentist will recommend completely replacing the tooth with a full dental implant.  This is generally recommended due to the fact that attempting to save the tooth is expensive, with a questionable success rate. When a treatment like this fails, the cost is even greater to the patient. For this reason, many dentists recommend that patients opt for an implant and a crown.