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Can Athletes Get a Dental Implant?

When it comes to contact sports, there’s always the chance for a bump, scrape – or combination of the two, to lead to a tooth becoming dislodged. In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise for a high percentage of young athletes to experience some sort of dental injury at some point in their lives – we could expect this to be true, despite the prevalent use of mouth guards.

But what’s the most effective treatment when it comes to replacing teeth after an athletic injury?

If a tooth’s been knocked out during an athletic performance, the first priority should be saving the tooth by preserving it in milk – or even saliva. If the tooth isn’t salvageable, and can’t be placed back into its socket, the solutions available range from dentures and dental bridges to dental implants.

While dentures and dental bridges have been used for many years and have gotten much better, more functional, and more comfortable – they aren’t the best solution for an athlete. Those with an active lifestyle tend to want a solution that will stay secure and stable while they’re running or moving about. For many, while a dental bridge will often work – a dental implant represents the most secure solution.

This is mostly because of the way a dental implant actually replaces the root of your tooth with a titanium post that fuses into your jaw – becoming virtually permanent.

While this doesn’t happen over-night, in months time the bone and metal will fuse together, creating a root system that copies your tooth’s original root system. When complete, this system ensures that your tooth can be used (and even, abused) without fear of it dislodging and falling out.

Questions about Dental Implants in Orange County? Look no further!

 

 

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Keeping Teeth Safe After Halloween

Every year, children put on masks and costumes and parade around as something they aren’t. From spooky and odd, to funny and culturally relevant – Halloween is a time for fun and – in many cases – candy.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a bit of candy here and there. However, that’s only the case if the person enjoying the candy understands the risk they put their teeth in if they enjoy sugary confections without staying on top of their oral hygiene. This is important because of the way sugar acts as valuable fuel for dental bacteria and decay. If left to fester, it will only contribute to decay at a faster rate.

Our dentists in Garden Grove have compiled a list of ways for children to avoid dental damage in this time of year so filled with sweets and treats.

Don’t just graze on candy….Time it right

Eating candy at the right time is a good way to minimize the damage from the Halloween season. Eating candy during or after meals is helpful because saliva production is already heightened. This helps aid with the minimization of acids and bacteria in your mouth that contribute to decay.

Avoid Candy’s That Stick Around

Try to choose candies that don’t stick in your mouth for an extended period of time. When sugary foods spend more time in your mouth, they have a greater opportunity to put you at greater risk for decay.

Plan Your Intake

It’s not the best idea to leave a bowl full of candy laying around. In fact, in order to limit your stash of candy and minimize the damage it’s often a great idea to pick out your favorite pieces and donate the rest. There are even a number of organizations out there that will help you donate your remaining candy to soldiers fighting overseas, and other organizations.

Drink Plenty of Water

By drinking plenty of water, you help prevent tooth decay by actively washing sugars and other debris off of your teeth. Water intake is perhaps one of the most effective ways to maintain proper dental health.

 

Teeth feeling neglected after Halloween? We can help.

If your family’s complaining about sensitive teeth after the halloween season, know that our dentists in Garden Grove have seen it all. For help with cavities, decay, and sensitivity – we’ve got the answers.

The Hardest Part about Wearing Dentures

Many patients getting dentures in Orange County facing the prospect of dentures are already living with teeth that aren’t quite operating at peak efficiency. With this in mind, the relatively brief adjustment period is a small price to pay for years of fully functioning teeth.

It’s true, getting used to wearing dentures is indeed the hardest part. But don’t let that hide the fact that the true purpose of your dentures is to replace your teeth, and don’t forget that they can accomplish that goal very well.

Are you having a hard time adjusting to your dentures? Follow these simple tips to make the process smoother and less irritating.

Remember: It Takes Time

Don’t forget that adjusting to dentures is a process that takes weeks. A little bit of soreness and irritation should be expected. In this period, it’s also normal to experience increased saliva production. This is because your mouth still views your dentures as a “foreign object”. In time, after your mouth’s become accustomed to your new dentures – this will gradually diminish.

Eat Slowly, and Don’t Hold Off

When it comes to eating, practice makes perfect – so don’t be shy about trying new foods and really perfecting your method. Start out slowly, chewing with both sides of your mouth at the same time. Slowly add tougher foods, foods that involve more chewing, and foods that require more precision.

Tastes Will Come Back

At first, it might seem like food’s have lost some of their flavor. Don’t worry – this is pretty common. For a while, your mouth is going to be sending strong signals to your brain about your dentures – these may drown out information about taste, and texture. But before long, your mouth will get used to your dentures and you’ll notice that tastes slowly become stronger and stronger.

“Hot” Can Mean Hazardous 

At first, while you’re adjusting to your dentures it might be difficult to sense hot drinks and hot food. This is perfectly normal – but do be careful you don’t burn your mouth.

Foods to Try While You Get Used to Dentures

The best foods to eat while you’re adjusting to new dentures tend to be the softer foods, like fish, eggs, cooked vegetables, chopped meat, and pudding. While many patients worry that they won’t be able to enjoy some of their favorite foods – like steak, that’s where they’re wrong. With practice, even foods like steak and corn on the cob aren’t out of bounds.

Do you have questions about getting dentures?

Our dentists in Garden Grove are some of the areas leading experts when it comes to fitting patients for modern dentures that are comfortable, affordable, and long lasting.

Worried About Dentures? Don’t! They’ve Come a Long Way

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It’s not an uncommon reaction for future denture patients to be a bit nervous about their new set of teeth. More often than not, the first emotion you might feel when you learn you may need dentures isn’t exactly excitement, but there’s a chance that reaction is rooted in the fact that, for many, dentures are something “my grandmother wore”.

But just like hearing-aids (which, today – are barely noticeable), dentures have come an incredibly long way. Gone are the days where dentures were obviously fake, incredibly uncomfortable, and hard to clean. In fact, denture technology has come quite a long way. Our denture dentists in Orange County have helped patients from every background make the absolute most of this fact.

How Modern Technology Has Made Dentures Harder to Notice and Easier to Wear

Dentures today are much sleeker and more streamlined.

That’s right, “false teeth” no longer have to feel or appear “false” at all. Dentures of today aren’t the clunky falsies your grandma wore years ago. Just because she hated her dentures, doesn’t mean you’ll hate yours! Our dentists in Orange County use the latest denture technology available to give you the solution that looks good and feels good.

Just because dentures were invented thousands of years ago, doesn’t mean technology left them behind. Like every other dental technology available, dentures have continued to get better and better.

While the actual materials, resins, and composites make the gum material and teeth material stronger, longer lasting, and more comfortable to wear and use – it’s not just the actual dentures that have changed.

As computers and 3D imaging get better and better, so too does our ability to cater your dentures to your mouth. In years past, while every patient got the “same” dentures, today, even the most standard dentures are fitted to your mouth exactly so that they slip over your gums and form a much better seal – improving fit, function, and comfort.

But it’s not just standard dentures that have gotten better. Another modern option that’s become popular is the combination of dental implant science and dentures. With implant supported dentures, your teeth are extracted and replaced with biocompatible, titanium implants that will gradually fuze with your natural jaw. Not only does this make them stronger and more stable, it also ensures that your jaw remains engaged – which prevents atrophy and contributes to a more youthful appearance.

Why Your Dental Bridge Failed, and How to Fix It

You thought you had years. You thought you had time. But here you sit, with your dental bridge loose and ready to fall out. “What happened!” you might wonder, this thing was supposed to last for years. Well, that all depends.

Like any relationship, your dental bridge will give you years of faithful service so long as you treat it well.

In our dental practice in Orange County, we tell our patients that the pitfalls of having a dental bridge are often very similar to those of a dental crown. However, they tend to be a bit more “further reaching” considering a dental bridge involves multiple crowns, and must be supported over a greater span.

For instance, if you have a problem with a single dental crown – you just have to deal with that single crown. However, if you have a problem with one of the “abutment” teeth that support your bridge – there’s a good chance that it can have an effect on the entire dental bridge.

Where does that leave you? Well, unfortunately damage like this can often bring patients back to the beginning, where they require a new or repaired dental bridge. It’s also important to keep in mind that it’s not just your dental bridge that can get damaged. If your dental bridge is damaged and left unfixed, there’s a chance that other teeth can eventually become affected – multiplying the problem (and the cost of repair).

Bottom line: larger dental bridges involve more teeth, which increases the amount of stress placed on the bridge and amplifies the need to be careful. For some patients, this can be a factor that ultimately makes dental implants a longer-lasting solution and a better investment in the long-run.

Can my Dental Bridge Be Fixed?

The ability to fix a bridge all depends. Your dentist will ultimately need to see your teeth and assess whether parts of the bridge can be repaired, or if they need to be replaced.

If you’re experiencing minor decay and catch it early, many times the bridge can be fixed with the same sort of filling that your natural teeth would be treated with. Similarly, smaller cracks and fractures can also be repaired and smoothed over with the composite bonding material that can be matched to make a very minor aesthetic impact.

Even if your tooth’s nerve begins to caused problems, your dentist can  perform root canal treatment on the supporting teeth — sometimes without even replacing the bridge. While this isn’t always possible, it stands as a good reminder that – when it comes to bridge repair, all is not lost.

Have questions about your dental bridge and the potential for repairs? Our dentists in Garden Grove can help! Contact us today to learn more. 

 

Can Kids Get Invisalign?

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In our Garden Grove dental office, we treat hundreds (if not thousands) of children every year. Frequently, parents wonder if “grown up” solutions like root canal treatment and Invisalign apply to their kids as well. Granted, all the treatments out there can be confusing – so we use our blog to clear up some of these questions. Hopefully you find what you’re looking for!

When it comes to braces, many patients simply won’t even consider living for any amount of time with “metal” in their mouths. Of course, we shouldn’t forget the availability of clear braces that have a drastically reduced impact on the appearance of your teeth, but the question still comes up: “Can my child get Invisalign?”

The answer? Maybe. 

While Invisalign can cost more than traditional braces, it can be used to correct a variety of issues in younger patients. However, you do have to keep in mind that Invisalign is designed primarily to handle issues that are primarily cosmetic. While it is surely possible (with tabs, bands, and other addons) to get Invisalign to work for minor occlusion and bite problems, traditional braces tend to be the more effective, efficient, and quicker solution.

While many adults in the working world like Invisalign for its “low key” ability to perfect teeth – this sort of (understandable) vanity isn’t often a factor for kids and teens. For this reason, and the fact that many other kids also have traditional braces – it’s not hard to convince a child or teenager that they’ll be “just like the rest of the kids with braces”

On top of this, there is also the matter of responsibility and maturity. One of the greatest benefits of Invisalign can also be one of its greatest downfalls: it can be removed.

Adult patients love the ability to take their Invisalign retainers out for an important night or big meeting. For kids, these pressures don’t exactly exist. But immaturity is a factor.

In order for Invisalign to work, you need to keep the retainers in for at least 20 hours a day. That means taking them out for meals, the occasional meeting, a night out, and not a whole lot more. For kids, a lack of discipline can mean that treatment takes much longer than it should – which can increase the cost of treatment, or completely undermine it.

Remember Everyone’s Different

It’s always important to remember, however, that everyone is different. Some kids (who are often a bit more mature) are perfect candidates for Invisalign. It’s a case by case basis, and we’re happy to help advise on your case. Have questions? Our dentists in Garden Grove are some of Orange County’s best. Drop us a line today to get the answers you need!

When’s the Best Time to Get Braces?

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Caring parents around the world often hear from their dentists something to the effect of “Your child may need braces.” and begin to panic.

While many kids look forward to getting braces and can’t wait to get their own little piece of bling on their teeth, our dentists in Garden Grove understand and empathize with the parents who don’t mind waiting. More often than not, those parents wonder how long they have to wait before the braces go on, and they do so for good reason — because braces aren’t exactly cheap.

It’s important for kids to get braces for a couple of reasons, and it’s not just to “straighten teeth”. In fact, outside of correcting crooked or misaligned teeth, some of the most important reasons for getting braces include fixing overlap, uncrowding teeth, and resolving a bad-bit or “malocclusion” – which means that either jaw (upper or lower) has a difference in size, leading to overbite or underbite.

There’s no real guideline on when a child should first see the orthodontist about getting braces. In our dental practice in Orange County, we strive to notice any problems early and recommend the best course of action.  Some children see the orthodontist when they’re 8 or 10, which can be helpful to identify any problems that can be solved before braces are needed to help reduce the cost and complexity of treatment.

So, How Early is TOO Early?

The ADA typically recommends that treatment with braces can begin around age 7 or 8 – and it’s very rare that treatment would start any earlier. More often than not, most children don’t need perfectly straight teeth – because it’s perfectly normal for their baby teeth to present a few gaps that go away with the eruption of their adult teeth. However, if there are serious bite or overcrowding problems – it may be time to find a good local dentist and orthodontist.

 

 

Unusual Teeth problems You (Probably) Don’t Need to Worry About

 At our dental practice in Garden Grove, more often than not – our patients sit in our chair with perfectly normal teeth. Sure, there’s the occasional cavity, or problems with decay, gum inflammation and disease – but it’s important to remember that while these are problems that you need to get taken care of (before they become bigger problems), they are common, they’re treatment is well known, and we’ve handled them successfully time and time again.
But what about some of the dental conditions that aren’t quite as common. Of course, in our Orange County dental practice – simply due to the number of patients we’ve seen, we’re not fibbing when we say we’ve pretty much seen it all. But if you’re curious about some of the conditions that we don’t see every day – read on!

 Anodontia/Hypodontia

 Also known as Hypodontia, this condition is an incredibly rare genetic condition where a patient is missing all of his or her teeth. It’s not painful, it’s not sudden, and it’s not exactly a surprise – they simply just never grow in. While this condition sometimes affects the baby teeth of the patient, more often than not it occurs with the permanent teeth.
Typically, dentists that are looking into cases of hypodontia don’t generally see all of the teeth missing and more often see a distinct absence of six or more.  Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot you can do about this situation. The most common treatment is typically dental implants or dentures to ensure the patient can eat and speak properly while also (of course) improving their self confidence.

Hyperdontia

 Hyperdontia – also referred to as “supernumerary teeth” is the exact opposite of hypodontia and means that there are too many teeth in the mouth. More often than not, this fortunately only manifests as one or (sometimes) two extra teeth that don’t erupt like other teeth – but actually develop within the gum. Naturally, this can quickly cause over-crowding, while also delaying the eruption of regular, healthy teeth. In almost every case of hyperdontia – your dentist will most likely recommend having the extra teeth removed as soon as possible so that the remaining healthy teeth aren’t negatively affected.
 

Geminated Teeth

 Geminated teeth are similar to teeth that have been fused together. This condition occurs when multiple teeth develop from a singular tooth bud. The result is an extra-large (or strangely shaped) tooth that may have two pulp chambers but only a single room. The number of problems this can cause are varied, and range from a bad bite or accelerated decay, to the overcrowding of other normal teeth in the mouth.
Do you think you or your child is affected by a rare dental disorder? Our dentists in Orange County can help! When it comes to treating any condition, the best and most reliable method of treatment always starts with careful examination, compassionate advice, and precision.  

When to go to the E.R. Instead of the Dentist

Going to the emergency room instead of the dentist isn’t generally the first choice you’ll really make when it comes to your teeth. In fact, emergency rooms everywhere have seen more and more patients in their waiting rooms for issues as simple as dental pain. Unfortunately, emergency rooms aren’t exactly equipped to treat teeth. In most cases, the damage that causes the problems comes down to simple decay that could have been avoided with simple preventative treatment.

However, there are some situations where you really shouldn’t wait for the dentist and should instead go directly to the emergency room. Read more about them below to know exactly where you should go to minimize the damage and get the treatment you need ASAP.

When to Make the Trip to the Hospital

Sometimes, when your dental emergency is related to the face or mouth, it can sometimes be confusing where you need to go. If your injury involves any of the following, skip the phone and go directly to the emergency room.

  • Dislocation of the jaw
  • Jaw fractures
  • An infection or abscess that’s swollen, painful, and impacting your breathing or swallowing is being affected.
  • Deep cuts to the soft tissue in and around your mouth (gums, hard palate, soft palate, etc)

When to Wait for the Dentist

If you’re not bleeding profusely or the problem doesn’t appear to be “life threatening”, you might still need care as soon as possible, but a trip to the emergency room could likely end with a long wait and the simple instructions to: contact an emergency dentist – because most emergency rooms (as we mentioned above) just aren’t equipped like an emergency dentist. As an emergency dentist in Orange County, we’ve helped countless patients avoid this hassle by offering around-the-clock emergency dentistry services.

If you’re experiencing any of the following problems, a call to your dentist will suffice:
  • Your tooth is broken
  • You have a severely cracked tooth
  • You are experiencing extreme pain from a decayed tooth that doesn’t seem to stop (but it’s not affecting your breathing or swallowing)
  • You’ve knocked out a tooth

Our emergency dentists in Garden Grove have encountered just about every dental issue there is, and offer the most advanced and modern treatments to put your smile back together no matter how severe the damage. Have a question or need emergency service? Contact us today!

3 Key Signs That You Picked the Right Dentist

Finding a great dentist isn’t always easy. In fact, for some patients it can be a downright struggle, because your teeth are important – and dental care isn’t always cheap, so naturally you want to feel like you’re in good, capable hands that ensure you always get the care and the treatment you deserve.

You’re Kept Informed

Simply cleaning your teeth and recommending the right treatments isn’t all there is when it comes to thoroughly caring for your teeth.  One of the best signs that you’ve found a great dentist is that he or she keeps you informed. Nobody wants to feel helpless or unsure of what’s going on when they’re in the dentist’s chair. With that in mind, understanding that you didn’t go to dental school and that you likely want to know what’s going on in your mouth is a vital part of building your trust and keeping you comfortable. At our dental practice in Garden Grove, education is about keeping you informed and keeping you comfortable. Because if you don’t know what’s going on – how can you be comfortable?

Everything You Need, Nothing You Don’t

It’s important that your dentist recommends all of the treatment you need, without recommending products you don’t need. Of course, if there’s something you’re concerned about that isn’t required for your health (like whitening, or even Invisalign) it’s something your dentist might inquire about – but you should never feel pressured!

A Modern, Clean, and Well Equipped Office

Someone, somewhere coined the phrase “a poor craftsman blames his tools”. However, there’s a good chance that person would be singing a different tune if they had to get a cavity drilled with a drill bought at the hardware store. There’s a reason so many dental offices strive to keep the most modern, and updated equipment – because it can really help do the job faster, more precise, and – many times – much more delicately.

On top of this, your dentist’s office should be clean, sterile, and free of dirt, dust, and clutter.

Have questions about finding a dentist in Orange County? We’d love to help! Contact us today to inquire about our specialties or to set-up a consultation.