Moms-To-Be Can Protect Baby With Healthy Smiles!

Here is some important information for women who are pregnant or those trying to become pregnant: Research has shown that pregnant women with periodontal (gum) disease have higher risk for pre-mature birth or low birth weight babies.

Studies indicate that women with gum disease are more likely to deliver babies prematurely or with low-birth weight than mothers with healthy gums. This includes babies with birth weights of less than 5.5 lbs. or at least 3 weeks prior to the due date. These can result in long-term problems such as delayed motor skills, social development or learning disabilities as well as respiratory problems, reduced vision and hearing, or digestive complications.

Periodontal disease is the result of bacteria buildup and the nation’s leading cause of tooth loss. It is also an inflammatory condition that has been associated with other serious health problems, such as diabetes and heart disease. Symptoms include tender, swollen gums that are red in color rather than a healthy pink, gums that bleed when brushing, persistent bad breath and receded gums that expose tender tooth roots.

Both medical and dental professions agree that oral health plays an important role in a healthy pregnancy. Non-surgical gum therapy is safe and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourage pregnant women to continue regular dental cleanings during pregnancy.

Gum disease does not improve without professional treatment. The earlier treatment is provided, the less involved treatment is needed.

A healthy mouth not only supports your overall health, it plays an important part in your baby’s well-being throughout your pregnancy. Keep your regular dental check-ups and watch for any the symptoms of gum disease. If any exist, call 1-866-9-Smiles soon so we can help restore your oral health for the good of you both!

Many Advantages Of All-On-4 Dental Implants!

If you are missing all of your upper or lower teeth (or all teeth in your mouth), you probably experience the common frustrations of most denture wearers. Typical complaints are difficulty chewing, slips that can be embarrassing, and sore spots on the gums where dentures have rubbed.

It’s no surprise that many denture wearers are turning to the All-On-4 Dental Implant system. This is a highly-successful type of implant that is:

• Affordable – Since the cost of implant treatment is largely based on the number of implants placed, this system uses just 4 implants on the upper arch and 4 on the lower, creating a less expensive option.
• Non-Removable – Once the implants are secured, the attached teeth are designed to remain in the mouth always. You’ll wake up with a terrific smile and brush your teeth in your mouth again!
• Provides Immediate Attachment of Teeth – Many adults fear having to go without their teeth during various stages of treatment. Not with the All-On-4 system that allows for the attachment of teeth as soon as your implants are placed.
• Overcomes Bone Loss Issues – Some adults have been told they are not candidates for dental implants because they’ve experienced too much bone loss. Because the All-On-4 system was designed with unique angles, it does not need the same amount of bone depth as traditional implant types.
• Existing Dentures May Be Used – Some adults have good-condition dentures and like the appearance. In some cases, we can attach an existing denture to All-On-4 implants for additional savings.
• Designed For A Lifetime – Like traditional dental implants, the All-On-4 system is designed to last a lifetime. With proper maintenance, you’ll enjoy a secure, confident smile for all of your life!

The All-On-4 implant system restores your ability to bite, chew and savor all the foods you love. You’ll be able to laugh and even sneeze again without worry!

Begin with a no-cost consultation appointment. I’ll explain your options and answer your questions so you can make the decision that is right for you. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.

How To Have A Terrific Smile This Holiday!

As we near the beginning of the holiday season, when socializing and group gatherings are at the year’s peak, rethink the money you’ll spend on that sparkly new dress or designer shoes. Research shows that the first thing people notice about others is their SMILE! If you truly want to sparkle and stand out in a positive way, give your smile a close look in the mirror.

Is your smile a dull gray, brown from coffee stains, or has it yellowed?
Does your smile look healthy and clean?
Is your breath fresh? Does your mouth ‘taste’ clean?
Do some teeth look long, showing dark tooth-root areas?
Are some teeth chipped or uneven so they distract from your smile?

A healthy smile projects positively on the one who shares it, even when crooked or chipped teeth are present. Be sure your at-home oral hygiene routine includes twice-daily brushing and flossing each night. In the morning, use a tongue-scrapper to remove bacteria embedded in the tongue. And, keep those 6-month cleaning appointments that remove plaque build-up.

Whitening your teeth is simple, affordable and can give your smile an appealing appearance, also. White teeth help to camouflage flaws such as chipped or crooked teeth. We use Zoom II, which is an affordable whitening system that creates dramatic, long-lasting results quickly, safely and comfortably.

To ‘patch’ chips or even out your smile line, bonding is an affordable method that can make a tremendous improvement in the appearance of your smile. Today’s bonding materials and the techniques we use create highly-natural results.

Rethink your party clothes, jewelry or accessories this year. Stand out beautifully with your smile! That’s the terrific ‘sparkle’ they’ll remember!

For a free consultation to discuss your smile, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.

Overcome Dental Fear – For Good!

It is estimated that nearly 70% of American adults have some level of dental fear, and about a third of those have such deep levels of fear that they’re classified as ‘dental phobics.’ These are people who find it difficult to even call a dental office.

We realize the majority of these fears began from a traumatic dental experience in the past. Those with severe levels of dental fear often avoid dental care until they have an emergency need. Typically, the discomfort becomes so intense that it forces them into a dental chair for treatment. What I often see, at this point, are problems that could have easily been avoided had they been able to receive regular check-ups and cleanings.

Regardless of an individual’s level of fear, we know they must feel a sense of trust that we won’t hurt them. We commonly start with a conversation in our Consultation Room sitting in comfortable arm chairs. This room is removed from the clinical side of the office so you won’t hear sounds or see a treatment chair.

We discuss your oral problems, what you want to accomplish and when your dental fears began. We realize that dental fear can be uncontrollable, like shivering in the cold. So, our first goal is to assure patients that their comfort is a priority at all times in our office.

I explain the options we use for enhanced comfort. Since many people feel stressed even before they walk into a dental office, I may recommend oral sedation. In pill form, oral sedation is highly-effective and safe. The patient takes the pill before leaving home (having a companion drive them to our office). By the time of arrival, they are very relaxed.

Before treatment begins, the medication has taken full effect. Sedated patients are monitored by a trained staff member along with monitoring equipment to ensure safety and comfort. Too, I administer numbing medication to the areas being treated so there are no worries about discomfort.

Another advantage of oral sedation is its ability to erase most or all memory of treatment afterwards. Some patients recall hearing my voice but most have no memory of their time in the chair whatsoever. Oral sedation has a quick recovery as well. After a brief nap at home, most patients feel refreshed and back to normal. Although we also offer I.V. sedation, it requires greater recovery time and is more expensive than oral sedation.

Oral sedation is a practical way for fearful adults to achieve the dental care they need. As research has shown, a healthy mouth plays a significant role in your overall health. Oral bacteria can become bloodborne in the body and has been linked to heart disease, memory loss, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and some cancers.

Just as positive, however, is seeing people who once had dental fear overcome their fear altogether. Often, after one or two visits with oral sedation, patients feel they no longer need sedating. We are always thrilled when a formerly fearful patient is relaxed in the treatment chair from start to finish!

If fear prevents you from a healthy, attractive smile, begin with a friendly phone call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles.

When You Lose Teeth, Your Jaw Bone Also Loses

What we DON’T know CAN harm us. As a dentist, I wish every American was aware of what takes place in their mouths when they lose teeth. By understanding the ‘domino effect’ created by tooth loss, I believe the oral – and overall – health of the U.S. population would significantly improve.

When natural teeth are lost, some adults still believe that the sufficient replacement of teeth is through a denture or partial. Although this does, indeed, replace teeth, these are rarely ideal solutions.

When a tooth is lost, surrounding natural teeth shift out of proper position if the tooth is not replaced. However, using a denture or partial to replace teeth puts pressure on the gum-covered ‘ridge’ that once held natural tooth roots. This pressure accelerates the rate at which the underlying jaw bone shrinks.

Without natural tooth roots in the bone, the jaw bone will shrink in mass. Over time, it declines in height and thins. This not only puts the bone at risk for fractures and breaks, it can lead to changes in one’s facial appearance. Bone loss causes deep wrinkling around the mouth with corners of the mouth that turn downward, even in a smile. The chin takes on a more pointed look and the mouth tends to collapse into the face, creating what is known as a ‘granny look.’

Bone loss can be halted with the placement of Dental Implants. One type of implant is suitable even when severe bone loss has occurred. For those missing all of their upper or lower teeth, the All-On-4 Implant system is affordable, placed in a simple procedure, and can have teeth attached immediately.

Few things in life deserve more than a healthy smile. We rely on it to bite, chew, speak, and express ourselves. It is the beginning of the digestive process and the “window to our bodies.” Consider your options for replacing teeth so you can enjoy a healthy, worry-free smile. And remember, bone loss will not stop on its own. The sooner you put a halt to the process, the more options you’ll have.

Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation to discuss tooth replacement in a personal conversation. I look forward to hearing from you!

Tooth Replacement With Lifelong Dependability

When I see a new patient who is missing teeth or needs one removed, replacing the tooth (or teeth) is very important. Each tooth in your mouth holds neighboring teeth in proper position, including those on each side along with the one above or below. Without it, other teeth begin to shift. This can alter your bite alignment and lead to a long list of problems, including chipped or cracked teeth, greater susceptibility for cavities and TMJ disorders.

Replacing teeth with today’s exceptional materials, techniques and technology can provide a highly-natural look and feel with exceptional longevity. Crown-&-Bridge combinations, once considered the best option for replacing one or several teeth in a row, are still good choices. However, the modern ‘ideal’ in tooth replacement has become Dental Implants, for many reasons.

Unlike Crown-&-Bridge, Dental Implants do not rely on healthy, natural adjacent teeth to be crowned for the mere purpose of supporting a bridge. Implants are positioned into the jaw bone, just as natural tooth roots, giving the same, sturdy foundation as that of natural teeth. Too, one implant can hold several teeth, so you don’t necessarily need an implant for each missing tooth.

The other – and even greater – advantage of Dental Implants is their longevity. Dental Implants are designed to last your lifetime. There are few things that give that much staying power and Dental Implants can truly be permanent when properly maintained.

If you’re facing tooth replacement and would like to examine ALL your options, provided in one location, schedule a free consultation. I can explain the implant type best suited to your needs and answer your questions thoroughly. For those with fear issues associated with dentistry, we offer Oral and I.V. sedation to ensure you are comfortable throughout your visit.

Begin by calling our friendly staff toll free 866-9-Smiles to arrange a consultation. A ‘lasting smile’ can be yours!

Begin Fall Season With A Sparkling Smile!

With the conclusion of the Labor Day holiday, school is back in and adult routines begin at a normal schedule. And, although we’re still months away, holiday gifts and parties and fashions will be upon us in no time.

Research has shown the first thing noticed when you meet someone is your smile. A white, bright smile not only reflects more positively on your overall facial appearance, it tends to lessen the severity of smile ‘flaws,’ such as crooked teeth.

While many drug store whitening kits help, the whitening systems offered in dental offices give a more dramatic level of brightness and far greater longevity.  This is why we offer Zoom II.

Zoom II uses light activation technology, causing a “photo-fenton” reaction of peroxide and iron in the Zoom II gel. The peroxide reacts with the iron, producing stain terminators as the light cyclically renews the iron, significantly enhancing whitening results.

Zoom II is also highly acclaimed for its comfort. Many people who experience gum sensitivity with other whiteners find Zoom II has overcome this dilemma for a pleasant experience with dramatic results in an hour.

If you’re ready to flash a fabulous smile this holiday season, and beyond, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. We also have gift certificates available so you can give someone special a gift they’ll love and will never go out of style!