Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Teeth in a day? What is All-On-4?

No More Dentures. Get A Set of Fixed Teeth in One Appointment.
Smiles for a Lifetime. Replace missing teeth with dental implants and fixed bridges. An extraordinary procedure has been developed that permits the placement of 4 dental implants and a fixed bridge in as little as one appointment. In its most extraordinary application an entire mouthful of teeth may be replaced with implants and non-removable set of new teeth in as little as an hour. In most cases there is no bone grafting, no sinus grafting or lift, no incision or suture placement and no healing time required. This procedure is call "Teeth in a Day". The same technique may be used for the replacement of a single missing tooth.
TEETH IN ONE DAY can change your life. Patients who benefit most from this revolutionary and highly sophisticated system are those toothless with dentures or with teeth so compromised, they have no option but to pull all their teeth and then select from several less-than-desirable scenarios:
Removable dentures, which everybody hates aesthetically, along with greatly reduced chewing function - only 10-20 percent of what is normal.
Getting numerous implants on each arch and a fixed bridge; very costly and requires numerous appointments, months of healing and sometimes bone and sinus grafting.
Have a denture connected to two or four implants with attachments, for more stability and restoration. Less expensive, but still not an ideal choice, since it isn’t fixed and patients have to snap the dentures in and out for hygiene. Studies show that patients with dentures connected to implants recover only 50-60 percent of their chewing function, better than that of dentures alone, but still greatly impaired.
Finally, there is a better alternative to those we’ve had in the past. A new technique gives patients 90 percent of their chewing ability back in a single appointment, with less pain and at a much lower cost. This revolutionary technique is called TEETH IN ONE DAY or All-On-Four

This amazing advancement in dental care is now possible thanks to the evolution of science and computer-aided surgical techniques. With CT scanning fully recreating a three-dimensional surgical site and the help of Nobel Biocare’s CAD/CAM surgical guide, the lives of toothless patients can be transformed in a single visit. This highly sophisticated software allows us to fabricate a precise computerized surgical guide, and, because we know exactly where the four implants are being placed, model and create the fixed bridge in advance. There is absolutely no bone grafting, no sinus grafting or lift, no incision or suture placement and no healing time required. This technique has revolutionized the field of dentistry, being the least invasive and most cost effective protocol available for patients with dentures or severely compromised teeth.
Last but not least are aesthetics, my specialty and passion, an area where I refuse to compromise. By working with a master lab technician and a dental laboratory that uses the most cutting-edge materials, tools and techniques, you will get what I demand for all my patients - a beautiful, healthy smile you can flash with pride and confidence.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Here are some fun facts

How much is the Tooth Fairy paying per tooth? Around $2 per tooth, according to Securian Dental Plans, an insurance provider. (12/05, Money Magazine)
Top of the American teeth stakes in the poll for greatest looking teeth were Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts.
AAP’s recent consumer survey found:
50% consider the smile the first facial feature they notice
80% are not happy with their smile
Respondents were 7 times more likely to have periodontal, smile enhancement procedures, than facelifts
Smile enhanced procedures outnumbered eyelid surgeries 5 to 1
32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers. 38.5 total days an average American spends brushing teeth over lifetime. 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.
60% of people who don't know that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack-especially in women
38.5 = the total days an average American spends brushing teeth over a lifetime.
73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.
A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum.
ADA video news releases: Visit ADA org: Video
More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
The average toothbrush contains about 2,5000 bristles grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush.
The average woman smiles about 62 times a day!A man? Only 8!Kids laugh around 400 times a day.Grown-ups just 15:-(Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers and marriages than poker faced peers
According to a 1997 Gallup Poll, dentistry is the fifth most trusted profession in America. Another recent Gallup Poll indicated that dentists generally get high marks from consumers for their interpersonal skills and delivery of quality care. A survey by Louis Harris and Associates reported that 83 percent of American adults were very satisfied with services received from their dentists. A recent Gallup Poll also reported that 92 percent or the respondents stated that they would recommend their dentist to someone else.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Using mouthwash for bad breath?

Everybody has bad breath now and then, depending on what you’ve eaten and what time of day it is. But besides the run-of-the-mill garlic breath, some people have chronic breath problems. If that sounds like you, see your dentist. He or she may be able to help you develop a plan to deal with the problem. And if the cause is poor dental hygiene or gum disease, your dentist is the obvious choice for help.
The medical term is halitosis, and most of the time, it is caused by bacteria (known as anaerobic oral bacteria) that builds up on the tongue and around and between the teeth. It could just be that a person is not taking good care of his or her teeth. Or, it could mean something more serious, like intestinal problems.
When you wake up in the morning, you may be able tell you have bad breath just by the pasty feel in your mouth. Most of the time though, you probably can’t tell if your bad is questionable until you get an embarrassing reaction from other people. Your nose tends to filter out some background odors, making it unlikely that you can tell if you have bad breath. Leftover particles and other debris that aren’t removed from your mouth begin to emit a sulfurous substance that can become very smelly. Sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? Stress or an unhealthy diet can also be the culprit. But there are some causes of bad breath that are more serious, like diabetes, drugs, gum disease, heavy metal accumulation, infection, liver disease.
Here are some common sense tips to help you prevent bad breath:
Of course, brush and floss regularly. If that’s not enough, try also brushing the roof of your mouth and your cheeks.
Or, instead of flossing you can use an intra-dental device, a small ski-shaped flexible instrument that glides between your teeth to remove debris.
Clean your toothbrush often and replace it regularly.
If you use a mouthwash, find one without alcohol, dye, or flavor, all of which can actually make the problem worse.
Beware foods that get stuck in your teeth or leave a film (cheese is an excellent example).
Learn to relax so you avoid stress.
Chew parsley, which has properties that will act as a natural mouthwash.
Other points to remember
It won’t surprise you to learn that your breath can be affected by strong foods. Eat a plate of garlicky dish and you’ll pay the price, or at least those around you will. Foods like garlic are absorbed into your bloodstream and expelled through your lungs…thus the problem. Brushing, flossing, and mouth washing are only temporary cures. Until the food has been completely eliminated from your body, you’re stuck with the smell, so be mindful of what you eat and when. If you’ve got a big interview in a day or two, do yourself and your interviewer a favor and hold the onions.
Before a big event (like a special date) you might be too nervous to eat, but sometimes an empty stomach can produce a sewer of breath. You don’t have to have a meal, but get a few crackers or some other bland food in your tummy.
Finally, saliva is key in keeping your breath normal. Just think how bad your mouth feels and tastes first thing in the morning if you slept with your mouth open. If your mouth dries out when you get nervous, keep it moist with water or hard candy or better still…a hard candy mint.
Most importantly, if you have bad breath that just won’t quit, talk to us. If the cause is more significant than poor dental hygiene or eating habits, we will direct you to the next step in dealing with the problem.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Are over the counter teeth whitening systems safe to use?

The patients in my private practice often question me about tooth whitening products. My response is always the same: how much result are you looking for? If you want to slightly lighten the color of your teeth you could use a safe OTC product like Crest Whitening Strips. A box or 2 and you can get a shade or 2. WARNING: most over the counter whitening systems cotain an acid that will damage the tooth enamel, AND titanium dioxide which is the pigment found in white paints! Not good. The only safe product I know of is the one I mentioned earlier.
If you are looking for a WOW effect (9-15 shades) only professional whitening systems will do. They are proven clinically safe and effectve. In my office we have both easy to use Take Home systems and the In Office system known as ZOOM! Visit my web pages @ for information on whitening and other dental goodies.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Welcome to drg'ddentaltalk blog. I am here as a information sourse for all your dental concerns.Try it out!