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Need a Dental Crown? Here’s a Refresher

Every week, our dentists in Garden Grove help patients overcome a wide variety of problems with dental crowns. But it’s been a while since we’ve talked about what a dental crown actually helps you accomplish.

Dentists typically recommend a dental crown for one (or more) of several reasons. One of the most common reasons for this is that a tooth is too weak and needs some extra support.  In other cases, your tooth might be damaged or severely discolored.

For problems like this, there are a few different kinds of dental crowns available ranging from ceramic and porcelain to stainless steel and resin. However, there are upsides and downsides to each kind. For example, a rear tooth that’s harder to see might be better served by a crown that’s stronger but not necessarily natural looking. This is because the tooth is in the back, and it’s not going to be seen that often. In other cases, a crown that looks as realistic as possible might be the best option.

Generally, the dental crown procedure involves two appointments with the dentist. In the first appointment, your dentist will examine the tooth and determine which kind of dental crown is the best solution for the task at hand. Then, she will file down the tooth to prepare the space for the crown. In some cases a root canal procedure may be required if the tooth is particularly damaged. next, the tooth will usually need to be filled.

Once this is complete, your dentist will make an impression of the tooth and the tooth alongside it so that the molds can be sent to a dental lab and transformed into the permanent crown.

At the end of your first visit, your dentist will usually fit you with a temporary crowd to protect the tooth until the permanent crown is ready to be installed. When this happens, the crown can last between five and fifteen years.

Does your tooth need fixing? A dental crown could be the option you need. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact our dentists in Garden Grove today.

 

Did You Know Your Dentist Can Help Diagnose Diabetes?

Did you know that your dentist might be more apt to diagnose you with diabetes than your family doctor? That’s right. If you think you might be susceptible to diabetes or if diabetes runs in your family, don’t be surprised if your next visit to your dentist involves checking your blood glucose.

Why?

Well – while diabetes manifests in the form of high levels of sugar in your body as well as higher blood pressure, heart disease, and kidney malfunction – it’s not entirely uncommon for your dentist to notice gum disease as an early sign of diabetes.

If you already know you have diabetes, you have to be extra careful. Because periodontal diseases directly impact your gum and bone’s ability to hold your teeth in place.

While you’re dealing with the potentially inconvenient (and diet affecting) symptoms of diabetes, the last thing you want to worry about is your teeth. But because diabetes can impact the health of your teeth – you have to be extra careful to make sure that you are babying them and your gums as much as possible.

Why does diabetes impact gum disease? 

This is a topic our dentists in Garden Grove are very interested in. Unfortunately, there could be a number of factors at play.

Blood Vessels: One of the primary complications causes by diabetes is the thickening of your blood vessels. Because your blood vessels deliver vital nutrients to your gums while also helping to carry away waste – thicker blood vessels tend to slow these vessels down.  This can lead to a slower flow of nutrients combined with a slower expulsion of harmful bacterias.

Bacteria: Bacteri is always something you should be aware of  in your mouth. Unfortunately, when your diabetes if poorly controlled – high levels of glucose in your mouth can provide bacteria a perfect breeding ground to do their dirty work.

Have more questions? We have answers! 

Are you a diabetic experiencing problems with your teeth? Our Orange County dentists can help. Contact us today to learn about new patient specials, 24 hour emergency dentistry, and more.

How to Get Your Children to Appreciate the Dentist

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it numerous times. Starting your child early with a good dental hygiene routine is the best possible way to ensure that they live with healthy teeth for the rest of their live.

Why?

Because good habits are lasting habits, and one of the best habits you can impart to your children is a positive oral hygiene habit. Because with it, they will go through their entire life with the notion that it’s important and healthy to actively and regularly brush their teeth. But what if your children don’t want to brush?

There are a few tips you can follow. But the most important tip: don’t give up. Teaching your children to brush and floss can truly save you thousands of dollars in dental costs. But if you’re struggling, our dentists in Garden Grove have a few simple tips to encourage your children to brush.

 

Start As Early As Possible

The sooner the better. And the sooner your child sees their family dentist, the sooner they get a chance to understand that we’re here to help and that a regular dental check-up doesn’t hurt at all.

Have Your Child Tag Along

If your child has a hard time at the dentist, giving them the opportunity to see you at the dentist can go a long way when it comes to convincing them that brushing, flossing, and all of your dentist’s suggestions are worthwhile.

Keep Your Fears to Yourself

The thing about “fear of the dentist” is that it can easily pass from you to your children. If you have anxiety about going to the dentist – do your best to keep it to yourself. Otherwise, it’s easy to pass these fears on to your child.

Have a question about getting your child to brush, floss, or take better care of their teeth? Our dentists in Garden Grove can help. 

An Automatic Toothbrush? Welcome to 2017 – But Should You Use It? Our Dentists in Garden Grove Weigh In

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Have you heard of this new automated toothbrush yet?

That’s right – as Geek.com so helpfully explains – it’s an all-new toothbrush that does all the work for you.

The concept behind the contraption is pretty simple (and quite ingenious) – just think of one of those automated vacuum cleaners that dutifully cleans up every corner of your home without you even lifting a finger.

However, when it comes to an automated robot cleaning up your carpets and floors – the concept is just a little bit different. Because if you miss a spot of dirt or debris here or there on your floors, it won’t get any bigger or more dangerous for your home. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for your teeth. When bacteria and decay aren’t properly handled – they spread and get worse. That’s something you don’t want happening.

What the company behind this “automatic” toothbrush claims is that you can save up to 22 hours a year by tossing aside your “analog” toothbrush and adopting this new, high-tech toothbrush of the future.

But you should remember – our dentists in Garden Grove (and probably dentists around the world) are taking this with a grain of salt. Unlike an invention that would eliminate cavities forever or prevent sugar from contributing to dental decay – a toothbrush that does the work for you might not help you as much as you think. How do you know what spots it’s missing? How thorough is it? Do you trust it to do as good a job as you can do yourself? And finally – are you really not going to waste those 22 yearly hours on something else?

Here’s a word to the wise – when it comes to brushing your teeth don’t jump on the latest technology until it’s absolutely proven. And never buy a dental product that hasn’t been tested and approved by the ADA.

Have questions about your teeth? We have answers! If you’re a patient in the Garden Grove area – get in touch today to learn about new patient specials, our 24 hour emergency dental clinic, and more. 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Get Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

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As our dentists in Garden Grove will tell just about any patient, the easiest way to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime is pretty darn simple: take care of them. And while that might seem vague, it’s really not. It’s actually really simple – and it all starts with brushing.

But what do you if you can’t get your kid(s) to brush (we won’t even start on flossing yet)? The thing is – it’s a habit. If you have a 9 or 1 0 year old that won’t brush their teeth, there’s a good chance they didn’t make brushing a habit when they were 9, 8, 7, or 5 years old for that matter.

Fortunately, though – if you have a child that refuses to brush their teeth, you have. And it’s definitely a lot better than being stuck with the numerous dental problems an adult would have after neglecting brushing for so many years.

Our tip: change the entire conversation around oral hygiene in your home. But how?

Try Data

People love tracking their progress with anything. Kids are no different. Take some pictures of your kid’s teeth and show them what they look like over time. Brushing and flossing (combined with a healthy diet) will only make teeth cleaner and brighter, and tracking progress should help give your children a new perspective and a personal stake in their dental health.

Try Positive Reinforcement

Easy right? All it takes is a nice word or two (every once in  a while)

“Your teeth look so shiny!”

“Look at those pearly whites!”

“What amazing teeth you have!”

Positive feedback can encourage your kids to actively want more. In this case, that requires keeping up with their oral hygiene.

Call for help

This doesn’t need to be complicated, and it shouldn’t be a fight. But sometimes – you need to call in the “big guns” and in this case, that means your local family dentist. Sometimes, kids just won’t listen to their parents. We get it! But when it’s not just mom or dad telling them their teeth are going to fall out – a few carefully chosen words (and sometimes even photos) by your dentist can go a long way.

 

Are Veneers Worth It? Explore the Pros and Cons Today

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Ever wanted “movie star” teeth? Chances are, the picture perfect smiles you see in Hollywood and on the big (and little) screen aren’t natural – but the crafty work of skilled cosmetic dentists. That’s right, nobody’s genes are that good. Chances are you’re looking at veneers.

But if you’ve ever considered getting that “perfect” look for yourself – you might wonder if the investment is worth it, and what sort of benefits and downsides there are to living with veneers.

First, let’s start with the why and what behind veneers. What can they treat? In most cases, the goal of a dental veneer is to change the color, shape, size, and (sometimes) to mask other, more tricky cosmetic problems including:

  • Discolored teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Broken teeth
  • Teeth that are irregularly shaped

How long do veneers last?

A typical “set” of veneers will last between 6 and 15 years before needing to be replaced. Unfortunately, this is generally considered an “elective” procedure and isn’t covered by insurance.

What kind of veneers are available?

Veneers are available in a few different compositions. This includes:

  • Porcelain veneers: The most expensive and the most natural looking, porcelain veneers are made to look exactly like your natural teeth (minus the imperfections).
  • Instant veneers: Instant veneers are a fast option that can often be applied during the same dentist appointment as your initial consultation. In many cases they are used to cover up a broken tooth and are generally less expensive than porcelain because they aren’t as closely matched to your original teeth.
  • Removable veneers: Removable veneers are a newer type of veneer that fall somewhere between instant and porcelain veneers. Unlike instant veneers, they are custom made to match your teeth and can be removed – but they are not as suitable a long-term solution.
  • Composite veneers: While instant veneers and removable veneers are better suited to specific scenarios, unique to the patient. Composite veneers are most like porcelain veneers in that they can address the widest range of general cosmetic problems faced by the average dental patient. Composite veneers are less expensive than porcelain but are usually a little less durable. Fortunately, as dental technology gets better and better – the aesthetics of composite veneers have as well. Meaning composite veneers can often be as good looking as porcelain.

Are there any disadvantages?

While veneers are a great way to correct imperfections and boost your self-confidence, there can be some downsides.  One of those – is the fact that veneers don’t change color like your natural teeth will. This can lead to some slight variation between natural teeth and veneers. Fortunately, this can be corrected at your dentist’s office. But it is something you should be prepared for.

Porcelain is also delicate, so veneers sometimes seem more prone to damage than your natural teeth might. so – if you’re a nailbiter, a night-grinder, or ice-chewer, change your habits or the repairs could get costly.

And under it all – your teeth can still become decayed when they’re under a veneer. This can sometimes lead to the need for root canal procedures or even a dental crown further down the road. This is a concern for patients who have a history of gum disease, weak or compromised enamel, and other underlying dental problems. Healthy teeth are the best candidates for veneers.

 

 

 

 

Why Do Dental Implants Cost More Than Dentures?

With all of the solutions available for replacing lost, broken, or damaged teeth – many times options that are truly available come down to one simple factor: cost.

Typically, when patients are replacing a tooth – two of the most common options available tend to be either a dental implant or a denture (as well as a”fixed” denture, which is also often referred to as a dental bridge).

For patients replacing all of their teeth – dental implants are often considerably more expensive than dentures, with the benefit that they will likely never have to be replaced, while offering nearly identical performance and durability when compared to natural teeth.  For patients replacing single teeth, the cost difference can seem a little less drastic. But despite the fact that dental implants often represent one of the best, most long-lasting solutions for replacement teeth, it’s not uncommon to experience a little shock at the price-tag.

What many patients wonder about the cost of dental implants is “what exactly am I paying for?” This includes:

The cost of the implant itself: Dental implants rely on special titanium posts that screw into your jaw bone. The special thing about these posts is that they are designed to mimic the function and form of your tooth’s root system, and are responsible for making the implant as strong and functional as your natural teeth are (or were).

Next, you have to consider the porcelain crown: Just like a dental crown over an existing, natural tooth requires careful preparation, installation, and customization to look and feel like a natural tooth – so too does the crown that completes the look of a dental implant. From color to shape, custom fitting the crown to your very unique mouth takes time and expertise.

Finally, consider the surgery: What many patients forget to consider as part of the total cost of a dental implant is the actual procedure that relies on years of training, specialized equipment, and medical expertise.

All of the factors above come together to give you the teeth you always wanted – teeth that are ready to serve you just like natural teeth for years to come. At Garden Grove’s Primary Dental Care, our dentists are committed to the best possible end-result. For questions about dental implants and more, contact our experienced team today.

An Introduction to Dental Implants and Dentures

When it comes time to replace a damaged, broken or missing tooth – it’s good to know that there are options available. Among those options, dental implants and dentures are often some of the most common choices chosen by patients at our dental practice in Garden Grove, California.

But the question many patients struggle with tends to be one that really depends on the person asking. That is: “which is better – implants or dentures?”

A Brief Intro to Dentures

For quite a while, dentures were the only viable option there was for replacing a tooth (or teeth) that had gone missing. In fact, you probably won’t have a very hard time thinking of a friend or family member that had some sort of denture (including “permanent dentures” – otherwise known as a dental bridge.)

A typical denture is sculpted to fit your mouth and be held in place by a dental adhesive. The big difference is that they are usually removed every night and soaked. Because of this, a pair of dentures – no matter how good, might not ever feel 100% like your natural teeth.

Then again, many people really enjoy the ability to remove their teeth whenever they need to. For some patients – it’s just more comfortable.

The major factors patients should be aware of when selecting dentures is the health of their jaw and quality. Quality and the quality of your denture’s fit are important because you’ll be using them a lot, and you want them to be as comfortable and useful as possible.

On average, a quality set of dentures will last between 5 and 7 years.

A Brief Intro to Dental Implants

Unlike dentures, dental implants can’t be removed. They consist of a bio-compatible titanium post which is then covered by a crown (or over-denture). The major difference here is that – because of the bio-compatibility of titanium posts – the dental implants actually fuse with your jaw bone, which makes them feel just like your natural teeth in as little as 3 or 4 weeks.

Because of the way the titanium post mimics the root of your teeth and engages the jaw bone – a primary benefit of dental implants is their ability to maintain the strength and density of the jawbone, which helps prevent facial changes like sagging or drooping in the future.

Sometimes, our dentists in Garden Grove combine the technology of dental implants with the technology behind dentures, which is typically called an “over-denture“. This results in a solution with the removable convenience of a denture and the stability and natural-feel of implants.

Unlike dentures – a dental implant should last you a lifetime, as long as you take care of them. While they are more expensive than dentures – it’s important to remember that they will never have to be replaced, whereas a denture wearer might have to replace their denture at least once or twice.

What’s the best age for braces?

If there’s one “Category” of question our dentists in Garden Grove get asked about a lot – it has to come down to braces.  This is understandable, of course, because not only are braces a large source of question for the patients getting them (what will I look like? will people notice? what color will they be? will it hurt?).  They also pose a number of questions for the person paying for them – especially when the braces are for your kids.

Along these lines, one of the most common questions we receive about braces has to be “What is the best age to get braces?” and as usual – the answer will vary from patient to patient.

Think about it this way. When a newborn speaks a little early or walks ahead of the pack – it might seem notable, but there’s a great chance that that child isn’t any smarter or more capable than the baby who’s still crawling. The simple fact is that every body is different, and so is every mouth.

Early Intervention

When it comes to early preventative care in adolescent mouths – kids are generally evaluated for braces between the ages of 7 and 9. But that doesn’t mean that kids will be getting braces that early, it just means your family dentist wants to start keeping on eye on “how things are looking” around these pivotal ages to obtain a better gauge on what treatment might look like if it’s truly necessary.

This is because most baby teeth will have come out by the time a child is 7, and a family dentist can get good idea as to how things will look in the coming years.

“Are there any situations where a child would get braces early?”

A child under the age of 9 might get early braces if they’re having any sort of speech or diet problems because of the way their teeth are aligned.  They might also be a good candidate for early braces if they have a crossbite, excessive crowding, or protruding teeth. By catching and correcting these symptoms early on – it can drastically reduce the chance that the problems become worse when permanent teeth arrive. Which leads us to an even more important point.

DO NOT Think Permanent Teeth Will “Replace” The Problems of “Baby” Teeth

If your child is experiencing alignment issues with their baby teeth, they will experience problems with their permanent teeth as well.

Primetime for Braces

“Primetime” for treating adolescents with braces is typically between the ages of 10 and 14. By this point, all baby teeth have fallen out and the adolescent jaw is sufficiently strong and sturdy enough to handle orthodontic treatment.

By waiting until kids are a little older for braces, it also ensures they’re mature enough to understand how important their teeth are and how critical it is that they take the extra time necessary to take care of their teeth and their braces.

Have questions about braces near Garden Grove? Our experienced family dentists have the answers. Contact us today to learn more about our dental team, or to inquire about new patient specials

Dental Dangers You Might Not Know About

Every day, our dentists in Garden Grove encounter patients living their lives, day in and day out with an incredibly diverse range of experiences, lifestyles, and habits.

While the common threats to your teeth like poor hygiene and excessive sugar intake are fairly obvious (and beaten into the ground) – there are quite a few dental dangers that you might not be aware of.

The first of these, is Lemonade.

Otherwise a delicious, cirtus beverage enjoyed by people (in various forms) around the world – lemonade does have a bit of a dark side. That is, it can sometimes be the culprit behind serious dental damage – especially if you enjoy it frequently.

Compared to other, safer beverages – there is a lot of acid content in lemonade. If left unchecked this acid can lead to the gradual erosion of your dental enamel, which protects your teeth from invading bacteria and decay. In some cases (depending on how much lemonade you enjoy) it might not even be gradual at all – especially if you’re not good about brushing.

Our tip: Don’t stop enjoying lemonade. But do be careful. If you drink lemonade – the best idea is to drink it through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

 

Birth Control Pills

Many, many, many women around the world are prescribed birth control pills  to both prevent pregnancy and to assist with hormone balance. But if your dentist asks you about birth control – don’t think it’s a strange question. Did you know that many forms of birth control can contribute to an increase in bacteria in your mouth? Naturally, this can lead lead to more decay and cavities. So women on birth control should be especially dutiful about brushing – or, if you’re experiencing problems with decay or cavities, consider talking to your family doctor about additional contraception options.

Extended Time in the Pool

Whether you’re a competitive swimmer or you just love to be outside in the pool (note: this is just pools, not the ocean), you should keep an eye on your teeth. Despite the fact that swimming is incredible for your body – the chlorine and other chemicals in the pool can contribute to erosion and the development of stains on your teeth. To minimize this, opt for fresh whatever whenever possible – and always try to at least rinse your mouth out after swimming.

Are your teeth not looking like you want them? One of the above factors could be the case. To be sure, trust the expertise of our dedicated cosmetic dentists and family dentists in Garden Grove, California. For more information or to inquire about new patient specials, reach out today.