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How the Halimeter can fight bad breath

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 14, 2014 6:59:00 PM

Bad breath, medically known as halitosis is an embarrassing problem. It is embarrassing to the person who has the problem and those around them like friends, family and colleagues who may find it difficult to approach them about their problem.

Odd reactions from people around you may tip you off that you may have halitosis. If you suspect so, it is advisable to take measures to take care of the problem right away.

Why use a halimeter ?

A halimeter is a small machine that is used to take a reading of your breath. It resembles the desktop breath analyzer machines used by police officers. It was first invented in the 1970s to measure the level of pollutant volatile sulfur in the air. It was later developed for oral use. You will blow into a special tube and the machine will indicate the enzymes and chemicals that are in your breath. You then keep using the halimeter regularly at the dentist's office to monitor the levels of these enzymes and chemicals while continuing with measures to remedy the problem.

What causes halitosis

Halitosis is most commonly caused by three chemicals; dimethyl sulfide, hydrogen sulfide and methyl mercaptan. When you find out which ones are giving you bad breath, you have a better chance of getting rid of the problem for good.

Working with the dentist

It is advisable to work on the problem of bad breath with a dentist. In addition to administering a breath test with the halimeter, they will also give you a complete dental exam and note down your health history. Doing so may unearth other causes of the problem such as a decaying tooth that needs to be removed, a cavity, gum disease or an abscess.

With the check-up and your health history, the dentist may unearth other causes of bad breath which sometimes are medical reasons. If they suspect that you have an underlying medical condition like problems with your liver or heart which are potentially fatal, they will refer you to a doctor for a check up.

Another way a dentist will help you conquer the problem is by charting your progress as you go on with measures to counter it. They will keep giving you breath tests using a halimeter to see if the measures you are taking are working.

Cure, don't cover

Perhaps you have tried to get rid of the problem yourself by using breath sprays, breath mints and chewing gum. These may cover up the problem for a while after using them but they will not get rid of the problem completely. Also, sometimes the problem may be chronic halitosis.

Chronic halitosis


The problem of bad breath is chronic in some people. This means that with some measures, the problem goes away only to reappear again after a while. This is why working with a dentist is important. If the problem is chronic, the dentist will definitely send you off for a physical examination.

Possibilities like medication that you are using long-term such as for the heart, liver, blood pressure and diabetes which may be drying out your mouth will be explored. The dentist will also look closely at your lifestyle habits. Your diet and how much water you consume per day will also be looked at.

Consuming heavily spiced foods for instance, will definitely compromise efforts to completely eliminate your halitosis problem. Drinking heavy amounts of alcohol frequently also contributes to the problem. Another habit your doctor will look at is how much water you consume every day. When you have a problem with bad breath, it is important to keep sipping on water frequently. This increases the flow of saliva in the mouth which keeps washing away the bacteria that would otherwise linger in the mouth and cause bad breath.

Sorting out teeth problems

Another reason that it is best to work with a dentist is that they can advice you on treatments that may help to sort out the problem. For instance, if you have gaps in between your teeth or if they are crooked, there will be food particles that remain lodged in them even after brushing and flossing. This is the reason why older people, who typically have missing teeth, tend to have the problem of halitosis compared to young people.

It would therefore be advisable to have treatments done to straighten your teeth and close the gaps in between. There are a number of effective ways to do this including wearing braces or Invisalign which are invisible aligners.   

All fresh, all the time

It is rare that a dentist using a halimeter will be unable to get to the root of the problem of bad breath and prescribe measures to combat it. Engage one and get rid of the embarrassing problem once and for all.

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Invisalign Vs. Braces | The Difference You Need To Know

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 14, 2014 6:31:00 PM

Ideally, when the baby teeth fall out from the age of six, the permanent teeth that grow in to replace them grow in straight and even. This is not the case for everyone. Some people have teeth that have gaps in between or that are not straight. The good news is that there are ways to remedy this and get a perfect set of teeth that can be displayed in a smile with no embarassment. Invisalign and braces are two of the most popular methods of correcting teeth alignment anomalies.

 

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Why teeth alignment matters

Having straight teeth is important for reasons that go beyond cosmetics. Teeth that are crowded or that are spaced too widely can result in red, swollen gums. Properly aligned teeth have the gums securely surrounding the teeth which acts as a barrier against problems like periodental diseases. Straight teeth are also easier to clean as food does not get trapped in between the crooks and cause decay and other problems like bad breath and possible loss of teeth. Having the teeth straightened can also take care of problems caused  by  uneven teeth such as an improper bite, difficulties with chewing and speech,  misaligned jaws and more wear on the enamel. 

How braces work

Braces have come a long way from the very prominent metal tracks that they first were. The braces of today are much less noticeable and much more comfortable to wear even though they are still made of metal. Braces have three main parts. There are the brackets that are attached to every tooth and there is the bonding or band which is what attaches the bracket onto the teeth. The third part is the archwire. This is a narrow metal wire that runs from one bracket to the next. The wire is attached to the bracket which is attached to the tooth. It is this wire that causes the teeth to move into place bit by bit until they fall into the right position and are properly aligned.

How Invisalign works

This option was created as an alternative to braces which many shunned because they were quite prominent, especially adults. This method straightens teeth without the brackets and wires. The aligners that are used are virtually invisible. This is in fact how the product got its name. Invisalign is a combination of two words, invisible and alignment which are put together and shortened to invisalign.

This option uses computers to generate an image of the perfectly aligned teeth based on an individual's dental alignment. The orthodonist takes pictures and impressions of your teeth and digital 3-D image of them is created.  Customized aligners are then created following these patterns and the set of aligners are created to gently coax the uneven teeth into perfect alignment following the computer-generated image of perfectly aligned teeth. A set of aligners are worn for about two weeks before they are removed and another set is  put on to keep moving the teeth towards perfect alignment. This is done until they are correctly aligned.

The length of time that aligners are worn varies. It will depend on how misaligned the teeth and how many are misaligned. A person who only has one or a few teeth that are misaligned may be done with the treatment in as little as a few months while another person who has a lot of teeth that are out of alignment or whose teeth are very badly misaligned could need to go on with the treatment for up to a year.

Invisalign Vs braces

Whether Invisalign or braces are better is an individual matter. The call is made by the orthodontist on a case by case basis. Generally speaking though, Invisalign has become the more popular option over braces. There are a number of reasons for this. One is that you can enjoy any food that you want. Braces present the challenge of removing all the food remains that are trapped in wires and brackets. Invisalign aligners can be removed so you can thoroughly brush and floss your teeth. Another advantage over braces is that aligners are made of plastic which is smooth and comfortable as opposed to sharp metal that can irritate the cheeks and gums.

Invisalign is also less demanding in terms of time. You only have to see the orthodontist every four to six weeks to get new aligners put in as opposed to braces which have to be adjusted every two or three weeks.

There is also the greatest advantage of all which teens and adults really appreciate which is that Invisalign is completely invisible. Nobody will know that you have crooked teeth and that you are working on straightening them. They will only notice after some time how perfect your smile is and how confidently you share it.

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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath Permanently

Posted by Darren Martin on Jun 12, 2014 11:03:00 PM

Everyone wakes up with breath that is not fresh in the morning. This is because bacteria keep multiplying in the mouth at night and there is no continuous flow of saliva to get wash it away as is the case during waking hours. This is easily sorted out when the teeth are brushed and flossed. Eating specific foods such as onions, garlic and heavily spiced food can also leave one with bad breath. Again, this is easily taken care of with a toothbrush and toothpaste or some gum.

 

If the problem goes beyond this for you and bad breath persists throughout the day, then it is necessary to take measures to get rid of bad breath that go beyond brushing and flossing the teeth.

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Not sure you have the problem?

Not everyone who has bad breath is aware that they have the problem. People's odd reactions when you open your mouth to speak are a clue but there are ways to confirm your suspicions. The scientific way is to use a bad breath meter which measures the quantity of sulfides in your breath.

At home, one way to find out if your breath smells is to take a piece of gauze and wipe it on your tongue. If the gauze comes out with a yellow color or with a smell, it is an indicator of high levels of sulfides in your body. Sulfides are the cause of bad breath. Another way is to lick the back of your hand and smell it after 10 minutes. If they are present, sulfur salts will remain and they will smell. A third way is to floss your teeth at the back and smell the floss.

 

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath 

Having established that there is a problem, do the following to get fresh breath;

  1. Don't slack off about brushing and flossing your teeth. Do so after every meal. Carry a travel toothbrush and toothpaste to work if you have to so you can brush your teeth after lunch. Getting dental check-ups twice a year is also important. Sometimes, bad breath is an indicator of a serious problem like unclean dentures, an abscess, gum disease or a tooth that is decaying.
  2. Clean your tongue as you clean your teeth. The top of the tongue is a place that bacteria love to lodge, especially at the back of the mouth.  If the mouth is not cleaned after eating, a lot of remains are left here which bacteria start working on and causing odor. Swirling water around the mouth after eating can take care of this such as after having a snack when the teeth won't be brushed. Using a tongue scraper every time along with brushing the teeth is also advisable.
  3. What you eat also matters in you are trying to get rid of bad breath. Crisp, fresh foods naturally clean the teeth. This includes fruits and vegetables like apples, lettuce, carrots, pears and raw cucumber. Such foods also add antioxidants that boost health, including dental health.
  4. Another way to use what Mother Nature provides to get rid of bad breath is to use herbs. Chewing raw parsley naturally cleans the palates and gets rid of odors. Cardamom is also effective in fighting bad breath when used to cook meals. Sipping on black and green tea as well as herbal tea like peppermint tea also works
  5. Eating a diet low in carbohydrates to lose or maintain weight can also result in bad breath. Such a diet makes the body release ketones. These are foul-smelling chemicals that are released from the body through the breath.
  6. Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva in the mouth so bacteria are washed away. The key is to ensure that the gum is sugarless. Gum with sugar should be avoided because sugar ferments bacteria which will worsen the problem. Apart from sugarless gum, try and drastically cut down or completely avoid sugary foods and drinks and minimize the amount you add to your tea and coffee.
  7. Dehydration also causes bad breath. Increase your intake of water. Keep sipping water all day rather than lug it down only after meals. It will keep your mouth clean and odor-free.
  8. If the problem of a smelly mouth comes on suddenly, the culprit might be medication you have started taking. Some drugs given for high-blood pressure, allergies and depression may make your mouth dry which can cause it to smell. Talk to your doctor or take extra water and chew sugarless gum.
  9. Using mouth washes also helps to get rid of bad breath. Just avoid the type with alcohol as they make the mouth dry and worsen the problem.
  10. If all fails, visit Davis and Dingle. We've got you covered. 

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What Really Causes Bad Breath?

Posted by Darren Martin on May 14, 2013 12:00:00 PM

Most people take the time to groom themselves and make themselves presentable including by brushing their teeth. However, some people have the problem of bad breath. This may be unknown to them but it is very apparent and disturbing to people around them.

Also known as halitosis, the problem is short lived in some but in others it is a constant problem. The odor that those who have this issue emit varies depending on the underlying cause of the problem.  Also, there may be additional symptoms other than the bad smell. There may also be a kind of coating on the tongue, a mouth that is dry and a bad taste that may change from time to time.

Causes of bad breath

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The problem may be caused by a number of different things. For it to be eliminated completely, the treatment that is administered must be given according to the cause.

Diet
Diet can cause bad breath if you do not brush the teeth thoroughly and floss as well. This is the way to remove even the tiny food particles that tend to get lodged in between teeth. If they are not removed, the particles can cause tooth decay as well as leave the mouth with a bad smell as bacteria start to grow on them. Foods that have strong odors can also leave the mouth smelling bad. This includes foods like garlic, onion, spices like curry, some kinds of cheese, fish and beverages that are acidic such as coffee.

When foods are absorbed into the bloodstream and then moved to the lungs, odors are notable when you exhale. Such foods can also bring on an upset tummy and cause you to belch during which a bad smell is released.  A person on a diet that is low on carbohydrates can also have a mouth that smells. This kind of bad breath is known as ketone breath.  On such a diet, the body burns the fats it has for energy. The final product of this is ketones which leave an odor similar to that of acetone when one exhales.

Dry Mouth

A mouth that is dry because of decreased saliva flow can also leave your mouth smelling. Saliva is essential for digestion and it also removes food particles that would remain in the mouth and start smelling. Medically known as xerostomia, a dry mouth can be caused by some kinds of medication, problems with the salivary gland and drawing breath through the mouth.
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Consumption of tobacco products

Apart from leaving the teeth stained, irritating the gum tissues and causing and worsening tooth decay, smoking cigarettes or chewing products made with tobacco can also cause bad breath.

Illnesses
There are illnesses that can leave the mouth with a foul odor.  Some of these are diabetes,  intolerance to lactose,  gum diseases or periodontal infection,  local infection of the respiratory tract and  infections of the throat such as tonsillitis and pharyngitis.  Others are Sjogren's syndrome which leaves the mouth dry, disease of the liver or kidney, chronic bronchitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and chronic sinusitis which may be aggravated  by a post-nasal drip.

Use of dentures and dental appliances
When devices are used in the mouth to correct different dental anomalies, they can cause bad breath. This usually develops from the food particles that are not properly cleaned from the appliances. They then start forming bacteria and causing the teeth to rot as well as emitting a foul smell.

The same problem can also develop when dentures are loosely fitted in the mouth. They can keep grazing against the gums and leave sores and sometimes infections which can start giving off a bad smell.

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Morning breath

When you sleep, bacteria accumulates in the mouth which is why people wake up with a smelly mouth in the morning. When you are awake, saliva is continuously being produced and it cleanses the mouth of food particles thus odor-causing bacteria do not accumulate.

Also, some people tend to breath through the mouth when they are sleeping which incidentally also causes problems with snoring.  Breathing through the mouth leaves it dry which can make morning breath that much worse.

Curing bad breath

Fortunately, bad breath is a problem that can effectively be cured.  For starters, examine your diet if you find  some foods leave you with a smelly mouth. Eliminate them, consume them less frequently or reduce how much of them you use such as ginger and garlic. Also, examine your dental habits. Do floss as well brush and do replace a toothbrush with worn down bristles.

Morning breath can be tackled with mouth washes that are specially meant for use at night when saliva flow is reduced. Using mouthwash after brushing the teeth in the morning, sucking on breath mints and chewing sugarless gum also helps keep odors at bay after a spicy meal.

 

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10 ways to know you have bad breath

Posted by Darren Martin on Apr 15, 2013 5:24:00 PM

bad breathIf people tend to rub their noses or step back and start talking, you should get a clue. Also, if everything seems to be going well but your date suddenly pulls away when you go in for a kiss, bad breath may be the problem.

There are nine other ways to tell that you have a problem with bad breath.

1) Ask
Some people try to get a whiff of their breath by cupping the hand to the nose and sniffing. This only gives you the smell of your hand.  The human body tends to adopt so that you can smell other beings and things apart from yourself so you cannot an odor just by breathing into your hand.

If you see people tending to move away from you when you speak, ask someone whether you have bad breath. They may  have noticed it but avoided telling you because they didn't want to embarrass you.

2) Use a kit: 
If you are too embarrassed to ask, use a home testing kit to test your breath. The kits are available in chemists and they are very well priced. One version of it is a pocket-sized kit.  If the kit comes out clear after you put some saliva on it, you are in the clear but if comes out blue, your breath is less than fresh.


Whether you want to be sure that your breath is fresh before you step in for a job interview or ahead of a date, you can quickly use the kit and remedy the problem with a breath mint or breath spray if necessary. There are different versions of it which the smallest ones similar to a pack of gum in size to fit in a pocket or purse.

3) Wrist test
You can also be able to tell whether your breath is stale by licking the inside of the wrist, leaving this to dry for a minute and sniffing. The inner wrist is not constantly handling things so it can give you a true reading of your breath. You can also do this on the back of your hand. It works because if you have halitosis, sulphur salts will be transferred from your tongue to your skin.

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Another pointer to bad breath is a bad taste in your mouth. Your may not be able to smell your breath by cupping your hand to your noise and smelling it but you can certainly taste it.  You may notice an odor after a heavily spiced meal or after  taking an alcoholic or sugary drink.  Brushing and a swirl of mouthwash usually takes care of incidental causes of halitosis.

5) Halimeter test
The best way to test your breath is to have it checked at the dentist's office where it is tested with a halimeter.  A halimeter is an instrument that accurately measures the concentration of sulfide molecules in the breath and saliva.  There is a big difference in sulfide concentration between breath that is fresh and breath that is stale and this is the basis of the test.  The instrument is now widely used in dentists clinics and  it's the most accurate and honest way to test the state of your breath.

6) Testing with cotton
Another way to test is to with a piece of cotton gauze. Use some to wipe the back of the tongue and sniff it.  If it smells, then your breath smells. You may also see a yellow colored stain which is an indicator of higher than normal production of sulfide.

7) Testing with dental floss
You can find out if your breath is fresh using dental floss. Use some in between the teeth at the back which is where food particles are most likely to get caught. Smell the floss and you will get an idea of the odor others get whenbadbreath3 you speak.

8) Test with the mirror
Here is another method: stick out your tongue. Do this in front of mirror, bringing out your tongue as far as possible. If there is a white colored film on your tongue, you may have bad breath because of bacteria that lingers on this bio-film layer which keeps you emitting a bad smell.

9) The spoon test
You can also use a spoon to get to the back of the tongue. Invert a teaspoon and use it to scrap the back of your tongue. Do it gently so that you don't gag. If there is a whitish coating on the spoon, sniff it. It will most likely smell bad if there is a coating.

Help available
The first step to solving a problem is being aware of it. Take a first step with these nine testing methods or the first of paying attention to a tendency to turn away or step back when you speak. Then, take the next step of finding  effective solutions which are available.

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Let Your Smile Shine With Dental Implants

Posted by Darren Martin on Mar 5, 2013 1:18:00 PM

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of that badly chipped or missing tooth? Did you lose a tooth in a fall or a brawl and now can’t find that special someone because of the gap in your smile? Consider a dental implant.implants

 

Back in the day, dental implants used to be quite painful and laborious, sometimes taking almost a year to complete, and all the while burning a hole in your pocket. But today, you can receive a full dental implant in just a few months and at a fraction of what it used to cost

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and function as artificial roots for false teeth. A dentist or periodontist, working with a gum and bone specialist, surgically inserts the implant into the jaw bone. In a short amount of time, you have a durable, strong, stable, realistic looking new tooth or set of teeth.

 

A second type of dental implant functions as an anchor for dentures that can replace multiple teeth and be removed at will.

Dental implants are great for filling in that missing tooth and for replacing multiple missing teeth. They look and feel just like your real teeth and can greatly increase your chewing and flirting capacity.

A few other reasons to consider dental implants include:

 

 

  • Implants don’t slip like dentures or bridges.
  • Dental implants look more natural than dentures because the imitation tooth is directly attached to the implant in your jaw bone.
  • Implants require no annual or bi-annual maintenance and they last your whole life.
  • Implants create healthy, happy gums and bones since the anchor is not filled with bacteria from a sickly root or tooth.

The way it works is fairly straight forward, with the amount of time varying depending on the individual needs of each patient. It starts at your dentist’s office.

After the initial examination and consultation, you will receive a temporary cosmetic device to wear until your permanent dental implant is secured.

 

A team of dentists and specialist develop a surgical plant, which usually involves inserting a root replacement through the gum and into the jaw bone. Time is needed after the initial surgery for the implant to fuse to the bone before attaching the tooth. You feel no pain during this process as the anesthetic delivery is very sophisticated and effective.

The fusing of the bone and implant is a process called osseointegration. During this time, the gums also heal and become strong enough for the permanent tooth to be inserted by attaching the tooth to the implant. A custom designed crown can be attached to the post until the implant and gums are ready for the actual prosthetic tooth attachment. When the whole procedure is complete, the implant will be your new tooth or set of teeth for the remainder of your life – unless you find yourself in another brawl or fall.

 

So take care of your teeth.  They can make or break your smile and your smile can make or break that important interview, or that romantic date you’ve been trying to make happen.

How great will it feel to be able to smile without having to feel stressed out about your missing teeth? In fact, smiling is known to actually relieve stress. You deserve a smile that makes you feel good, not stressed. Consider a dental implant – talk with your dentist today and take your smile and your self seriously – and don’t forget to laugh too.

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The 10 Dental Mistakes That May Require An Emergency Dentist

Posted by Darren Martin on Jan 16, 2013 11:18:00 PM

If you have ever had to find an emergency dentist because you had excruciating pain, chances are that there are dental mistakes you have been making that led to such a situation.  Emergency trips  to the dentist  can be avoided if some dental mistakes are avoided.Dental Mistakes

1. Brushing too fast and too hard

Brushing too hard and too fast is actually scrubbing rather than brushing. This causes the enamel to erode so that with time, the teeth may become sensitive.  Gums can also start receding. It is enough to brush with firm strokes and not with a hard toothbrush.

2. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic food and drinks
Acid is another thing that wears out the enamel. Brush your teeth at least half an hour after consuming something acidic or else you will be brushing the acid in and weakening the enamel.

3. Not brushing the teeth regularly
Ideally the teeth should be brushed after every meal so that the plaque does not get a chance to start causing havoc. This may be impractical but at the very least  teeth should be brushed at least twice a day.

4. Not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth
Another common mistake people make that could lead to a trip to an emergency dentist is not brushing all the surfaces of the teeth. A lot of people concentrate on the front surfaces and neglect the back of the teeth and the upper surfaces. With time, the plaque will start to eat into the teeth and cause cavities and loosen teeth as well as causing gum disease.

5. Not flossing
Flossing is as important as brushing. The fine thread gets in where brush bristles do not and it removes the fine scraps that will cause tooth decay as over time as plaque accumulates.
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6. Ignoring problems like bleeding gums
Signs like gums that bleed when the teeth are brushed should not be ignored. They are signs of a deeper underlying problem like gum disease. Some people just ignore this and other signs like bad breath that persists even soon after brushing.  It is not until there is excruciating pain or other symptom that a dentist is seen and most likely it will be an emergency dentist.

7. Not having regular check ups
This is something most of us dread right from childhood. This is mainly because we were taken to see the dentist for a aching tooth which has to be filled because there was a cavity. Dental visits were therefore associated with pain so even as grown-ups we tend to avoid the dentist. This is ironical because with frequent check-ups, problems can be caught early and addressed with no long or painful procedures.

8. Going for the least expensive and not necessarily the best dentist
Many people give priority to health insurance and many do not have adequate cover.  Standard health care policies don't include dental insurance so dental care visits have to be paid for out of pocket. Most people therefore opt for the cheapest dentist and don't bother to verify their credentials.

9. Not changing your toothbrush often which makes brushing ineffective
For a toothbrush to clean teeth well, the bristles have to be straight and firm. Toothbrushes should therefore be changed periodically because soft and bent bristles don't clean well. Even better, get an electric toothbrush that  cleans thoroughly every time.

10.  Excessive consumption of sugary and spicy foods and drinks

Diet and other lifestyle habits affect the state and appearance of the teeth. Those with an affinity for chocolates, candy, soda and other sugary things can expect cavities and frequent trips to an emergency dentist.  Smokers and  fans of spicy food can expect pronounced staining.

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The Price is Right: Inside look at cosmetic dentistry prices

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 2, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any kind of dental procedure that is done to

improve the appearance of the teeth rather than their function. It is used to solve problems like teeth that are uneven, chipped, missing teeth and discoloration among others. The Oral Cost!

Cosmetic work is usually not covered under dental insurance which covers work that is done to restore the function of teeth.  It is therefore important to get an idea of the cost of the cosmetic dentistry procedure one wishes to have done.

Dental veneers
These are made of porcelain or compost and they are used to replace tooth enamel that is worn out, to correct teeth that are not aligned evenly,  abnormally spaced teeth and those that are chipped and cracked.  Dental veneers cost more than direct or indirect composite veneers but they last longer and look completely natural. 

Cost of dental veneers
Dental veneers cost between $ 925 and $ 2,500 per tooth and they are well worth it. They last for 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers on the other hand cost less, starting at $ 250 to $1, 500. They only last for 5 to 7 years.

Dental  implants
Implants are used where there is permanent tooth loss. When they are used to anchor a dental crown or bridge because more than one teeth is missing, they act as a foundation that is stable and resistant to cavities.  They are very effective for this and very durable.

Cost of dental implants
The cost depends on various factors. They include which type of implant is used, the dentist that performs the procedure,  where the procedure is performed and the material that is used for the implant.

Single implants cost from $900 to $ 3,000 depending on the factors above.  If the procedure is full mouth reconstruction using dental implants, the cost can reach as much as $ 24,000 to $ 96,000.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is commonly sought by men and women alike and there is no one that is does not work for.  It lightens the teeth by several shades which gives you a brighter smile. It is also effective in lifting deeper tobacco stains that smokers inevitably get because of smoking.

It can be doneWe offer ZOOM! Whitening in a number of different ways. It can be done on the dentist's chair in an hour's time or it can be done through whitening products like toothpaste and whitening trays. The treatments done by dentists give the best results and in the shortest time. The effect also lasts longer.

Those interested in this cosmetic dentistry procedure should know that they are two options of teeth whitening. There is bleaching and whitening.  It is a stipulation of the FDA that bleaching is only done when it is not possible to whiten the teeth. This strictly applies to products that contain bleach as an ingredients which are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. With whitening, the color of the tooth surface is restored by removing the dirt and debris on it.

Cost of teeth whitening
Whitening that is done in the dentist's office costs about $650 on average all around the country.  The option is take-home whitening kits that are professionally dispensed costs  between $100 to $400.  The third option is over the counter whitening products and these are the least expensive ranging from $ 20 to $100.

Dental bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth much like partial dentures and implants. There are different types of fixed dental bridges including resin-bonded, cantilever bridges and the more common fixed bridges.

Cost of dental bridges
Several factors determine the cost of dental bridges.  One is whether additional cosmetic dentistry procedures such as fillings and root canals will be needed in one or more adjoining teeth. Where the dentist is located and the artistic technique they and the lab technician will use also influence cost. The material that will be used in the bridges and  the preparations that will needed on the teeth before the procedure can be carried out also come into play. The cost ranges from $ 700 to $ 1,500 per tooth depending on the factors above.

Invisalign
Invisalign are a type of invisible braces made of clear plastic that work like conventional braces to straighten teeth that are uneven and that have a poor bite.

Cost of Invisalign
The braces used are custom made so cost will depend on one's specific needs, the extent of the problem and how long treatment will last. On average though, this treatment costs $ 3,000 to 5,000 countrywide.

Smile again
A smile is one of the best gifts to give and receive. If you have been hiding yours because of the state of your teeth, look into one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments and get your smile back.


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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

Things you need to know about Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Sep 17, 2012 1:48:00 PM

First impressions mean a lot; that split second when you meet someone for the first time can set the tone for your whole relationship and even prevent a relationship from growing. As human beings, our primary mode of communication is verbal, words coming from our mouths. This means that we instinctively look at each other’s mouths and faces when we talk to each other. Having a mouth full of discolored, chipped, or missing teeth will be noticed immediately. Many a job, friendship and romance have been kept from people, purely based on these first impressions. Fortunately, thanks to the world of cosmetic dentistry, those missed opportunities can be turned into doorways to success and happiness.Bright Smiles

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is one of medicine’s quickest growing areas. In recent year, the popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown and become an integral part of our oral hygiene and care. It not only improves your looks, but it also enhances your whole life by boosting confidence, contributing to oral health, and swaying that important first impression in your favor.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Today, cosmetic dentistry is more than just fixing a chip or fitting a bridge, that is ancient history. The field has grown to include simple non-invasive procedures like teeth whitening and more involved procedures like periodontal surgery. Of course, with this heightened interest in the field comes the creation of new technologies that aid in the ease and effectiveness of cosmetic dental procedures. Here are some of the most popular procedures.

  • Whitening
  • Orthodontics and straightening
  • Implants
  • Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal surgery

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Clients Responsibility

After you have chosen your dentist, it is important to listen and follow the dentist’s instructions. Cosmetic dentistry is complicated because you are dealing with an area of you body that is in constant use, it’s relied on for communication an taking in sustenance and oxygen. Depending on the procedure, the look of your moth and teeth may be different from what you have been accustomed to, and that can take a little adjusting. Your teeth are extremely important and you dentist knows that; they will provide you with the options and aftercare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle. People’s mouths are like fingerprints, each one is unique and special to that person. Your cosmetic dentist will solve your dental problems, address you individual needs and expectation, and most definitely enhance your life by restoring your beautiful, healthy smile.

What kind of Materials Will I be Living With?

We all know the story that our first President, George Washington, had wooden dentures. But don’t worry; those days are long gone. Technology has contributed greatly to the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dentists now work with a variety of materials so that everyone can smile easily for a long time. Here are some of the materials used in cosmetic dentistry today.

  • Ceramic and porcelain have long been popular materials to use. Over time the compounds have changed and helped the material to increase its strength and reliability.
  • Resin is a newer compound that allows cosmetic dentists to adhere bridges and crowns in a near permanent fashion. The result is strong products with little or no chance of having to repeat the repair.
  • Cast gold was commonly used for implants; repairs were primarily gold with porcelain facing. Thanks to technology we are able to use different materials to improve on these procedures. Even glass and gemstones have been viable alternatives.

You will be very happy with the outcome of your cosmetic dentistry adventure. Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry is here to help. Erase years of abuse and neglect; obtain that perfect yet natural healthy smile you, your loved ones and the new people you meet, deserve.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, childrens teeth, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits

Dental Implants vs Crown and Bridge: Which is better?

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Jul 25, 2012 12:17:00 PM

To replace lost teeth, you can either get a dental bridge or you can rely on dental implants. Do you know the benefits and disadvantages of each option?

 

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they protect the other teeth. In the case of a dental bridge, the natural teeth have to perform the function of support. The implant is not putting any strain on other teeth.

 

Another great advantage of implants is that they can be used to replace more than one missing natural tooth. In the case of a bridge, a dentist will need healthy adjacent teeth for support. Various combinations are possible in the case of implants. The dentist can replace a single missing tooth or a denture.

 

Implants require little maintenance. This is one of the biggest differences between this option and dental bridges. High quality implants can last a lifetime. Dental crowns and bridges will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

 

If you are considering implants, you should take in consideration another important advantage – implants are easier to maintain. The cleaning process is very simple and flossing between implants is possible. In addition, implants look more natural and facilitate chewing, since the dental bridge may slip.

 

Dental bridges, on the other hand, come with a number of advantages, as well. To get a bridge, you will have to undergo a simple dental procedure that involves no surgery. In order to be placed in the mouth, dental implants require surgical intervention.

 

It is easier and quicker to get dental bridges. The entire procedure will visit in approximately two to three visits to your dentists.

 
A dental bridge is recommended in the case of jaw bone loss or significant damage. The process will be simpler, less painful and less expensive in such instances. It is important to know that the positioning of dental implants demands healthy bone.

 

Once fixed, the bridge is very stable. It will provide for effortless chewing of food and it will feel comfortable, once you get familiar with it. Dental bridges are also a less expensive option than other dental methods for the replacement of missing teeth.

 

Knowing these factors will help you make an informed decision about dental implants and bridges. Each option has its advantages that need to be compared for an informed decision to be made.

Topics: dental implants