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Reasons To Visit The Dentist And Use Year End Benefits

Posted by | Posted on Dec 12, 2017

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The end of the year is fast approaching! Have you made the most of your dental benefits? If you have any benefits remaining, there is still time to use them before you lose them come January. While the holiday season can be crazy for everyone, scheduling a teeth cleaning or other dental treatment before the holidays is a must if you want to maximize your benefits, and ensure that your last appointments make it on the books.

From teeth cleanings and exams, to tooth fillings, and root canal treatment, our dentists can help you maximize the dental care you are still eligible to receive based on your insurance coverage. You can even get started on a more complicated dental procedure like dental implants or dental crowns before the year ends.

Why Use Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year?

There are many reasons why we ask our patients to make dental appointments before the end of the year.

Your unused benefits won’t rollover. If you have unused benefits and haven’t met your yearly maximum the amount will renew in January. This can be concerning to patients since any insurance benefits not used within the calendar year will not rollover to the following year.

Your premium payments will go to waste. So, you’re paying your dental insurance premiums every month? Great! But shouldn’t you be using those benefits since you’re paying for them? Schedule a teeth cleaning, or get those fillings you’ve been putting off. Your bank account will be glad you did.

Your out of pocket amount can increase. Your deductible is the money you pay your dentist out of pocket before your dental insurance company will pay for services. This means that if you have already met your deductible this year, you shouldn’t risk putting off important dental procedures until the following year when the deductible starts again.

Your dental issues may get worse. If you delay dental treatment during the holidays because you are just “too busy,” you could be putting your oral health at risk and even have to pay extra money for more extensive dental treatments next year. If you have a cavity that needs placed, getting it done now will be far better than having to get a root canal next year.

End of Year Dental Appointments in Pomona CA

Don’t wait until it’s too late to schedule! If you need an end-of-year dental exam or other dental procedure. Contact us now to schedule your appointment before the hustle and bustle of the holidays!

You can also visit our other office, Dental Care of Chino Hills.

Valid Reasons Why You Should Choose Invisalign

Posted by | Posted on Nov 22, 2017

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Invisalign uses a 3D computer imaging system that illustrates the full treatment that the patient needs, beginning with the primary placing of the teeth towards the best position possible. It is made up of clear aligners that make the teeth move incrementally in about 2 weeks. After that time period, a replacement of the aligner is being done until the whole series is finished and the final outcome is accomplished.

Another great feature about it is that the aligners look almost invisible. The word Invisalign actually came from the term invisible aligners that are made up of well-built, plain medical grade plastic. These clear aligners are custom-made for every individual.

Advantages of Invisalign

One of the most apparent benefits of this dental treatment has something to do with cosmetic. Invisalign aligners are entirely translucent which make it hard to identify compared to the regular wire braces. This thing is very much favorable especially for the adults who want to have their teeth straightened without worrying about the appearance of the good old metal braces which are common to young kids and adolescents. Additionally, Invisalign is known to bring more comfort because this dental device can be removed and you can eat your meal without any inconvenience.

Invisalign Costs

The price usually varies, depending on the fee that is required by your dentist or orthodontist. The price is normally based upon the intricacy of the treatment and time duration.

Invisalign Treatment

The process begins when the dentist or orthodontist conducts dental impressions, taking x-rays and photographic images of the teeth. A CT scan is being used in this method. Attachments, also termed as buttons, are occasionally connected to teeth that need to be moved more than the other one.

Every time there is a replacement of new aligner, there may be a momentary pain while the teeth change to their new placing. This is part of the normal process which is also a healthy sign that the treatment is really working.

Invisalign can be utilized to treat a wide range of dental problems particularly with exceedingly crowded teeth, distant teeth, even crossbite, overbite and underbite.

Call our office today and discover how these invisible aligners can give you a healthy and beautiful smile!

How Safe Are Dental Implants?

Posted by | Posted on Oct 15, 2017

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When patients consider their options to replace missing teeth, many appreciate the numerous benefits that dental implants offer over traditional removable dentures.

Among the many dental implant benefits you get from Pearl Dental Care are:

  1. renewed ability to bite and chew firmly,
  2. not having to remove removable teeth replacement (dentures) for special care
  3. implants match the color and shape of existing teeth

It is only naturally for patients to have concerns when getting dental implants. One of the most typical questions they ask before deciding to undergo this procedure is “Are dental implants safe?”

The Safety of Dental Implants

Dental implants provide you with replacement roots for the teeth that you have lost. These rods are constructed from titanium in most cases. Since titanium is a biocompatible material, your body should have no problem accepting it. Your dentist implants the titanium rods, called abutments, into the spot left open by the missing teeth. These provide a sturdy foundation when your dentist attaches your permanent dentures several weeks or months later.

The reason you must wait to have the replacement teeth attached is that the bone surrounding the implant needs time to fuse together and attach itself to the new roots. The term for this process is osteointegration. It is necessary to enable your new permanent dentures to function in the same capacity as your remaining teeth. Dental implant surgery is the only restorative dentistry procedure that stimulates natural bone that remains under the missing teeth.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

Although most people with missing teeth are eligible for dental implants, there are a few health conditions and lifestyle habits will exclude a small percentage of patients. If you want the convenience that you just can’t find with removable dentures, we encourage you to contact our dental office in Pomona to request a free consultation and CT Scan with Dr. Changela. In addition to answering questions about safety concerns, he will discuss the procedure in-depth and describe how to care for dental implants after placement. We look forward to helping you improve the aesthetics and functionality of your teeth.

Facts About Teeth Bonding

Posted by | Posted on Sep 27, 2017

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Patients sometimes feel discouraged at the cost and length of treatment necessary for procedures such as crowns, veneers, bridges, and orthodontic work. This leads them to explore other options to improve the look and function of one or more of their teeth.

Teeth bonding is much less expensive and invasive when compared to other types of cosmetic and restorative dental procedures.

Teeth Bonding Process

Teeth bonding is quick, painless, and requires no anesthesia. To start the process, your dentist molds, shapes, and layers the bonding material so it matches the appearance of your natural teeth as closely as possible. If you have ever had a cavity filled, you will recognize the substance that we use for teeth bonding.

Once your dentist applies the bonding mixture to your teeth, laser will be used to harden the material. You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you have any of the following dental issues:

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Large gaps between teeth
  • To stabilize teeth that have become loose if the problem is only minor
  • As part of an overall treatment plan to correct severe gum recession

Teeth Bonding Benefits

Besides offering a reduced cost and a non-invasive procedure, the composite resin used in dental bonding is extremely resistant to teeth staining. That means your treated teeth will remain a bright white color regardless of what you eat. However, it’s still important to avoid habits such as smoking, chewing tobacco, and excess caffeine consumption in addition to practicing good oral hygiene. As long as you commit to these things, you can expect the bonding to last up to a decade before you need to replace it.

If you have put off dental work due to concerns about cost and length of treatment, we encourage you to consider teeth bonding.

Reading Dentist Reviews: Pomona Dentist Search

Posted by | Posted on Aug 25, 2017

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When you need dental care, one of the best ways that you can find a good dentist is to read through dentist reviews.

A dentist review is a written account authored by a professional or a patient of based on their experience in the dental office. It is an unbiased view of the dentist’s professionalism, work ethic and skill — and should help patients decide on whether or not it is the right way to go.

Your choice of dental office is important because it determines the kind of experience you enjoy. When you choose right, you enjoy a highly positive experience; if you choose badly, then you may have unfortunate tales to tell. Reading dentist reviews are helpful because you somehow get a closer look into the real picture.

If you are in the search for a good Pomona dentist, and are reading into dentist reviews, the following are some things that you need to look into, quite closely:

The author of the review.

Looking into the writer is important because you want to make sure that you are relying on the words of a credible person and not someone random who anonymously published supposed facts to degrade the personality of the dental professional.

The place of publication.

Where did you find the review? This is important too because you want to have located it at a trusted site and not some random forum where anyone can throw whatever they wish to throw on anyone, if they want to.

The consistency of said review.

You should always be aware that no one is perfect. Surely a negative review can say so much about a dentist but if there is only one negative review going against a collection of praises about the work of the professional, then perhaps you should make a consideration. You look for consistency because patterns reveal truth rather than isolated

The tone of the writing.

While you are not exactly after scrutinizing the writing prowess of the author who penned the review, what you are looking for is some semblance of professionalism, sophistication and good nature. You want it written constructively, whichever the tone — because an ill-written review may easily be disregarded.

When you have a chance you take the advantage and read dentist reviews. Pomona dental patients can learn so much from reviews because they are quite informative.

Importance of Children’s Teeth from 6-12

Posted by | Posted on Mar 9, 2017

Children’s Teeth
Now that your child has all of their teeth and have a cute smile, take lots of pictures, because now comes the part where all their little teeth are going to start falling out!

At about age five or six, children begin to lose their top and bottom front teeth. Between the ages of six to 12, they will usually lose all of their baby teeth.

Besides helping children chew and pronounce words, the baby teeth hold a place in the jaws for the permanent teeth, which begin pushing the baby teeth out. The first permanent teeth come between six and seven years, which are the molars. During this time your child’s smile will be uneven, with some big and small teeth and even some gaps or baby teeth. By age 12 or 13 most kids have lost all of their baby teeth and have a full set of permanent teeth.

Keeping your child’s teeth clean is a very important step in preventing cavities. By the age six or seven children should be able to brush their own teeth, with child supervision of course. Child-sized toothbrushes are easiest for kids to use. The head of the toothbrush is a lot smaller so it’s easier to fit in their mouths and reach further back.

Around age 10 or 11, most children should be able to brush their teeth with no supervision.

Here are a few brushing tips:

  1. Place toothbrush against the gums.
  2. Move brush in a circular motion.
  3. Brush the outer, upper and lower surfaces of the teeth. Repeat same method on the inside and chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  4. Finish by brushing the tongue to help freshen breath and remove bacteria.

Flossing is another important part of keeping teeth clean and healthy. Flossing removes plaque from between the teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. When your child is ready to floss and gently clean between the teeth, they should be flossing at least once a day.

You can protect your child’s teeth with sealants. A sealant is a material that is applied to teeth where decay occurs most often, which is usually the back molars on the chewing surfaces. These teeth have pits and grooves that are hard to clean, the sealant bonds to the tooth and protects teeth from plaque and acid attacks. Sealing a tooth is fast and painless. Sealants can last several years before they need to be reapplied.

Wisdom Teeth

Posted by | Posted on Nov 10, 2016

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Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They come out in the late teens to early twenties. When they come through correctly, healthy wisdom teeth can help you chew.

It’s normal to feel a little discomfort when your wisdom teeth appear, but if you have pain, see your dentist immediately. If there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth to come out they will be misaligned and require removal.

When the wisdom teeth are misaligned they can cause crowding of the teeth and can damage the teeth that are around them and can also cause damage to the nerves.

Wisdom teeth can also be impacted which can cause some pain, including jaw pain and tenderness, redness and swelling of the gums around the tooth, bad breath, or a bad taste when you bite down on food.

You can sometimes relieve minor irritation by rinsing with warm salt water. Over-the-counter pain relievers also may help. If the tooth continues to cause pain, is infected or interferes with nearby teeth, the usual treatment is to take it out. Extracting one tooth can take 5 to 30 minutes, depending on where it is. In some cases, an infection requires antibiotics.

Impacted wisdom teeth do not always show symptoms, meaning you could have impacted teeth and not even realize it. If symptoms do start, it is usually the result of the gum on top of the tooth becoming infected or swollen.

Symptoms may include pain, swollen and bleeding gums, swelling around the jaw, bad breath, headache or jaw ache, and an unpleasant taste when eating. Impacted wisdom teeth that are left untreated can lead to gum disease and tooth decay, not only to the wisdom tooth itself but to the teeth around it.

If you do not experience any of these symptoms then you are one of the lucky people that get to keep their wisdom teeth. But keep in mind they are all the way in the back of the mouth so they will be a little harder to clean. The toothbrush head doesn’t always reach back there, so make sure to visit your dentist regularly for your cleanings.

Dental Health During Pregnancy

Posted by | Posted on Oct 4, 2016

Dental Health during Pregnancy

Did you know that pregnancy can cause changes in the mouth gums and teeth, even in the healthiest women? That’s why it is important to go to the dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings.

Dental x-rays and anesthesia are rarely dangerous to unborn baby, even during the first trimester. Dental X-rays are among the safest, and there is no reason to avoid them if your treatment cannot wait until after the baby is born.

The risk of an undetected dental problem could have a larger impact on an unborn baby than the x-ray itself. Dental X-rays are now digital so they give off less radiation than the traditional x-ray method. Lead aprons are provided when taking x-rays to protect your abdomen.

Morning sickness can affect your oral health. If you experience morning sickness frequently, the acid from your stomach can wear off your enamel. Be sure to rinse your mouth out with water or with a fluoride mouthwash to keep the acid level under control.

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection, which can produce toxins in the body. Growing evidence suggests a link between gum disease and premature, underweight births. More research is needed to confirm how gum disease affects pregnancy outcomes. But it appears that gum disease triggers increased levels of biological fluids that induce labor. Gum disease doesn’t always show symptoms, some women may not know they have it. The only way to know for sure is by going to your local dentist for your routine checkup during pregnancy.

Pregnancy gingivitis occurs more frequently during pregnancy because the increased level of hormones. When you get pregnant, your body begins producing maternal hormones, which can affect your gums and make them red, swollen and inflamed. It can also make your gums more likely to bleed. Keeping your teeth clean especially focusing a little more around the gum line will help reduce or even prevent pregnancy gingivitis. Also instead of eating sweets substitute them with fruits, vegetables, and cheese.

Dry Mouth Causes and Treatment

Posted by | Posted on Jul 22, 2016

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Dry mouth, sometimes referred to as xerostomia, can happen to anyone.

This condition occurs when your mouth doesn’t produce enough saliva to keep it moist. Everyone experiences dry mouth from time to time, such as when thirsty, hot, stressed, or anxious. Chronic (recurrent) dry mouth, however, is a medical condition requiring attention.

Causes of Dry Mouth

Medications: Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can cause an array of symptoms including dry mouth.

Cancer treatments: including radiation treatment and chemotherapy.

Nerve damage: If an injury to your head or neck has caused damage to nerves, then your salivary glands may no longer produce saliva.

Salivary gland dysfunction

Diabetes, jogren’s syndrome, HIV, sleep apnea, tobacco use

How to relieve dry mouth

Follow these tips to get relief and protect your teeth:

  • Drink more water.
  • Brush and floss twice a day.
  • Eat regular meals.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages and smoking.
  • Avoid overly salty foods.
  • Avoid overly salty foods.
  • Use artificial saliva, available at your local pharmacy.
  • Use nonprescription saliva substitutes that you can buy at a pharmacy.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Ask your dentist for advice specific to your situation.

The importance of oral health and your body

Posted by | Posted on Jun 17, 2016

 

oral healthNew research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy,chances are your overall health is good, too. Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring. In some cases, oral problems can be a symptom of other diseases, such as diabetes. Research has also linked gum disease to heart disease, premature birth and even knee arthritis.

Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease cause by bacterial species found in plaque below the gums. Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. It can cause swollen gums, irritation and bleeding. Often people learn they have been living with diabetes because their dentist or periodontist told them. Then when they go and get tested they find out they have diabetes. There are distinct oral signs on the gums that dentist and periodontist can see that make it known that you may have diabetes. The diabetes and periodontal disease feed off each other.

The reason the negative impact of gum disease goes beyond the mouth is gum disease is an active bacterial infection that has access to the whole body via the bloodstream. The bacteria can destroy flesh and bone tissue in the mouth, leading to severe gum problems and tooth loss. The immune system recognizes the gum disease as the rampant bacterial infection it is. One way the body defeats an infection is to increase the inflammation in the local area of the infection in an effort to increase blood flow thus increase the number of white blood cells to fight the infections. Swollen, painful gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing are clear signs of an active bacterial infection in the mouth and an early warning sign of serious gum disease (this is also a sign that many people ignore).

More serious problems begin to occur when the bacteria present in the mouth from gum disease travel to other parts of the body.   At this point, it is now a system wide chronic inflammation that contributes to and sets the stage for other diseases like arthritis, diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Thus, gum disease really is one of the main pathways, like a gateway disease, that helps support the conditions that allow system wide diseases to establish and flourish.

Healthy smile, Healthy you.