Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
The goal of Cosmetic Dentistry is to transform an average smile into a terrific smile. We all feel we know a beautiful smile when we see one, there is no perfect smile, because each person has a different perception of what is a beautiful smile.
What makes a beautiful smile?
- Teeth that are straight not crooked.
- The teeth that are evenly spaced with no gaps.
- The teeth that are white not stained.
- The top teeth show when you smile, but not the gums.
- The gumline is smooth, not uneven
- The edges of the top teeth follow the curve of the lower lip.
What are some Cosmetic Procedures in Dentistry?
- Teeth Whitening is done in-office in about an hour or at home with custom trays.
- Tooth color fillings have replace the old silver fillings (mercury). These composite/porcelain materials more naturally mimic the look, feel, and function of natural teeth and actually bond directly to the remaining enamel and dentin. These modern filling materials are also more natural in appearance; it’s almost impossible to tell that your tooth has a filling.
- All Porcelain Crowns these dental crown materials offer the most natural look in your mouth, since they can be made to look just like real teeth. For those people who are allergic to metal, or who prefer not to have any metal crowns, all porcelain or all ceramic crowns can be a good option.
- Veneers a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the tooth to improve it's color, close spaces between teeth, lengthen small or misshape teeth.
- Dental Implants along with a crown built on the implant–replaces a missing tooth or teeth and helps to maintain the bone support of the adjacent teeth, extending their life span. Dental implants are considered a permanent service and can be expected, in most cases, to last many, many years. They are the optimum choice for replacing missing teeth.
- Orthodontics our cosmetic dentist now has many options available, from conventional braces to “invisible braces” (clear orthodontic aligners) and reduced treatment times.
- Dentures rest on teeth and gums for stability, which can encourage bone loss, tooth decay, and periodontal disease. However, dentures can be relined every few years to compensate for bone loss and any compromised facial integrity. Overdentures are a combination of traditional dentures and the newer science of dental implants to prevent bone loss that could result from dentures alone. Hybrid dentures are fixed dentures a proven replacement for removable prostheses worn by edentulous patients, offering excellent predictability, esthetics, and function.
- Periodontal plastic surgery is often used to correct irregularities in the gums. This is done by adding or removing gum tissue in certain areas. The objective of periodontal plastic surgery is to give a proper framework to the dental work, much as an attractive frame and matting enhance a beautiful painting.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Periodontal disease is an infection of the teeth, gums, and the bone that surrounds the teeth, and it's the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Stopping this condition begins with a thorough diagnosis.
What causes periodontal disease?
The main cause of periodontal disease is the accumulation of plaque, the sticky film of food and the bacteria that forms constantly on your teeth. If plaque isn't removed each day, the bacteria in plaque invade the spaces between the teeth and gums and begin producing toxins. These toxins, combined with your body's reaction to them, destroy the bone around your teeth. And once the bone has been lost, it never grows back on it's own. When too much bone is lost, there's so little support for the teeth, they get loose and have to be removed.
Monday, August 5, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Oral cancer is the largest group of those cancers which fall into the head and neck cancer category. Common names for it include such things as mouth cancer, tongue cancer, tonsil cancer, and throat cancer.
Approximately 42,000 people in the US will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2013. This includes those cancers that occur in the mouth itself, in the very back of the mouth known as the oropharynx, and on the exterior lip of the mouth. There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV-16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), a newly identified etiology, and the same one which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. A small percentage of people (under 7 %) do get oral cancers from no currently identified cause. It is currently believed that these are likely related to some genetic predisposition
According to the American Dental Association, there is recent good news about progress against cancer. It is now easier than ever to detect oral cancer early, when the opportunity for a cure is great. Currently only half of all patients diagnosed with oral cancer survive more than five years.
Know the early signs and see your dentist regularly.
You Should Know:
Regular Dental Check-ups Important
Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.
Our practice has the skills and tools to ensure that early signs of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. We can help you fight and win the battle against oral cancer.
Request an appointment or call our office to schedule a personal consultation during your next visit.
Daniel R. Pestana, D.D.S.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
It's very important to treat gingivitis early, before it progresses to periodontal disease and results in bone and tooth loss.