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Different Types of Dental Bridges?

Posted on Feb 21, 2018

Different Types of Dental Bridges?

  If you are missing a tooth or several consecutive teeth, dental bridges help to conceal the gap and give you a more attractive smile. They also prevent nearby teeth from shifting into the open spot, which could eventually cause problems with your bite and alignment. Because dental bridges are a more conservative approach to tooth restoration, most insurance providers offer at least some coverage for them. When you come in for your dental bridge procedure at Pearl Dental Care, Dr. Bhavin Changela affixes the supporting anchors to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This holds the new dental bridge firmly in place. He then attaches your replacement tooth to the posts of the supporting teeth. Dr. Bhavin Changela takes special care to ensure that your new tooth matches the shape and shade of your existing teeth as closely as possible. Different Types of Dental Bridges Depending on how many teeth you are missing and your overall oral health, you will receive one of these types of dental bridges: Cantilever Bridge: This type of dental bridge is most appropriate for the back teeth because it only attaches to one nearby tooth for support. However, Dr. Bhavin Changela may place it elsewhere in your mouth when you only have one healthy tooth to support a dental bridge. Fixed Bridge: A fixed bridge comes with a dental crown at either end with one or several replacement teeth between them. Dr. Bhavin Changela places the crown over the natural teeth to the immediate left and right of the gap left by the missing teeth. The false teeth attached to the bridge then rest on the gums. Since a fixed bridge is highly durable, your dentist can place it anywhere in your mouth. esin-Bonded Bridge: Also known as a Maryland bridge, this type includes artificial teeth that span a gap in the patient’s mouth. Dr. Bhavin Changela attaches the replacement teeth to nearby teeth with metal bands rather than with a dental crown. This is a good option when the supporting teeth are healthy. The metal bands go behind the teeth, making this a good choice for replacing front teeth. A pus-filled sac on the gum line Contact Pearl Dental Care to Discuss Your Tooth Replacement Options Before recommending a specific type of dental crown, Dr. Bhavin Changela must examine your existing teeth and gums to determine which type would work best. You may also wish to consider other possibilities, such as dental implants. We’re happy to discuss your treatment choices during a personal...

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Reasons To Visit The Dentist And Use Year End Benefits

Posted on Dec 12, 2017

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...

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Valid Reasons Why You Should Choose Invisalign

Posted on Nov 22, 2017

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...

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Facts About Teeth Bonding

Posted on Sep 27, 2017

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...

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Facts about dental X-Rays

Posted on Mar 4, 2016

Facts about dental X-Rays

X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. Intraoral X-rays are taken inside the mouth. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays allow dentists to: Find cavities Look at the tooth roots Check the health of the bony area around the tooth Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue See the status of developing teeth Are dental x-rays safe? Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and may be used when it will not interfere with the acquirement of the x-ray. Also, a leaded thyroid collar can protect the thyroid from radiation, and should also be used whenever possible. The use of a leaded thyroid collar is recommended for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children. You may have heard getting an x-ray during pregnancy can harm your baby. This can be true, but in some cases not getting an x-ray can harm you more than it can harm your baby. Remember, a healthy mom means a healthy baby. Not all x-rays are the same, but most pose little exposure to the uterus and developing fetus. With dental x-rays there is hardly any exposure to any part of the body except the teeth. X-ray examinations on the arms, legs, or chest do not expose your reproductive organs to the direct beam. **Always let your health care provider know you are pregnant. Dental x-rays are safe. Any kind of x-ray requires radiation, but with dental x-rays, the amount of radiation is very small. And today’s modern digital x-rays require much less radiation for exposure than traditional film x-rays do. Four bitewing x-rays, which is what many people get in a routine exam, give about .005 millisieverts of radiation, that’s about the same amount of radiation you get in a normal day from the sun and other sources. Most of our daily activities expose us to some level of radiation. Your microwave and other home appliances, sunlight, and minerals in dirt also give off radiation. That is why the dental assistants take precautions and put those heavy aprons on. There’s lead inside, which blocks the radiation from your body, and the little collar part of it helps to protect your thyroid, all of which minimizes your...

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Facts about dental implant supported dentures

Posted on Dec 16, 2015

Facts about dental implant supported dentures

What are implant supported dentures? An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants. The use of dental implants to stabilize dentures has proven to be successful for many people. The number continues to grow as word spreads about the effectiveness and long-term durability of the treatment. Why implant supported dentures? Many people struggle to keep their dentures secure, particularly in the lower jaw due to aging and bone loss. This causes dentures to become extremely loose and therefore hard to eat, drink, and even to speak. Although there are adhesives for loose dentures not everybody is too fond of it. It can get messy and frustrating having to put so much adhesive throughout the day. Fortunately, there is a way to make your denture work the way it was intended stabilize it with dental implants. Benefits of denture stabilization: Restores proper chewing, allowing a better diet and improved health Improves speech and confidence Increases comfort with less irritation of gum tissue Ends the cost and inconvenience of denture adhesives What can I expect? During your first surgery, implants will be placed into your jawbone. You’ll be required to wait three to six months before you can have the second surgery; this period of time allows the implants to fuse to your jawbone. The second surgery exposes the tops of your implants. Then a “healing cap” is placed at the top of the implant for about 10-14 days. After that your dentist will then take impressions to start the fitting process of your dentures. This process is fairly long but in the long run it will be absolutely worth it! If you would like to know more, please call our office at 909-839-1004 Do you know someone thinking of getting dental implants or dentures? Then please share this post by clicking the share buttons...

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