Inlay/Onlay are restorations that are placed to replace missing tooth structure. Inlays and onlays are more conservative that full coverage dental crowns. They only replace the missing tooth structure that has been cause from decay, fractured tooth, or other damages to the tooth. Dental inlays and onlays are recommended when a patient has large decay on the tooth structure and cannot be treated successfully with a dental filling, but haven enough healthy tooth structure to avoid a dental crown. This treatment allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s tooth structure.
The benefits in having an inlay/ onlay rather than a dental filling are that they are made with very durable solid materials such as porcelain or gold, these materials can last up to thirty years in the mouth if taken care of properly. Inlays/ onlays help strengthen teeth, they also prolong tooth life and prevent any future dental treatment if inlay/onlay is finish correctly. The lifespan of a regular dental filling can be from eight to ten years, and the material is not as strong as the inlay/onlay material. Dental fillings such as composite or amalgam shrink a few percent in volume during hardening, inlays/ onlays exclude this problem.
The difference between an inlay/onlay will be on the surface of the missing tooth structure. The inlay is similar to a dental filling it fits inside the top edges of the tooth. The onlay is recommended when a top edge of the tooth is missing. Onlay is similar to replacing the wall of the tooth. The treatment is similar to a dental crown preparation but instead of preparing the whole tooth they prepare the area where the inlay/ onlay will be placed. An impression is taken and sent to the dental laboratory for fabrication, the inlay/ onlay will be cemented on a following visit. The inlay/onlay blends will have a natural appearance.
To maintain your new dental inlay/onlay you will have to care for it like if it was your natural tooth. Brushing and flossing daily to maintain good oral hygiene, and regular dental visits. If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari please contact your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us
Pericoronitis is when gum tissue becomes red, swollen and infected around the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) area. These are the final set of molars that begin to erupt in the late teen or early twenties. Usually when there isn’t enough space for the 3rd molar to erupt, it will only grow partially out of the tissue or in some cases it will not grow at all. When it does grow partially out of the tissue it can create a flap on the area where the tooth is erupting. This flap or gum tissue can hold bacteria and food particles causing the area to become swollen and infected. In some instances, pericoronitis can occur on a wisdom tooth that is still under the gums. The symptoms for pericoronitis can be pain and swollen tissue, bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge of pus near the tooth area, difficulty opening mouth and feeling ill. Pericoronitis can be diagnose by visiting your dental office, in the visit your dentist will recommend an x-ray and will evaluate visually and look for any red, swollen, or pus around the wisdom tooth. Pericoronitis can be treated by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. This is of course if the redness and swollenness has not spread. If the infection is growing your dentist can treat the infection with antibiotics. If inflammation is severe and pericoronitis recurs it may be necessary to have oral surgery to remove gum flap or wisdom tooth. Once the flap or the wisdom tooth is removed you shouldn’t have a problem with pericoronitis. If the wisdom tooth is removed it is highly recommended to extract the opposing wisdom tooth so that you won’t bite down on the tissue. The dentist might also prescribe pain medication to help relieve some pain. You can prevent pericoronitis by maintaining good oral hygiene and making sure that no food particles and bacteria do not accumulate under the flap when there is a wisdom tooth erupting. If you are experiencing some pericoronitis symptoms you can always contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Kalantari or your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jaw, this artificial root will hold the replacement tooth or bridge. Dental Implants are an option for patients that have missing teeth or tooth due to periodontal disease, injury or other reasons. Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are good long term options for restoring your smile.
There are two common types of dental implants that are placed in the jaw. There is Endosteal (in the bone) and Subperiosteal (on the bone). Endosteal is the most common used implants, they come in various forms like screws, or cylinders. Each implant holds a prosthetic tooth or teeth. Subperiosteal are placed on top of the jaw usually in metal framework post coming out through the gums to hold the prosthesis. This type of implant is placed on patients that are unable to wear conventional dentures due to minimal bone height.
The dental implant procedure is done in several appointments. It begins with your dentist surgically placing the dental implant into the jawbone. It takes a few months for the bone to accept the implant.This step is called Osseointegration which means combines with bone. Next a healing abutment is placed and the patient waits a few weeks after the healing abutment for the next step. The next step is placing the artificial tooth or teeth, this tooth will be based on the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. The replacement tooth is deisgned to blend in with your other teeth. This procedure takes a couple of months, meanwhile your dentist will give you a temporary crown , bridge or denture to replace the missing tooth/ teeth.
The advantages of dental implants are they improve your appearance, the implant replacement tooth feel and look like your own teeth. Dental Implants are very durable, they can last many years with good care they can last a lifetime. They are also very comfortable, they become part of you and feel like your natural teeth.
Dental Implants are not for everybody, and patients with uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, or heavy smoking should be evaluated on an individual basis. Most patients are able to get dental implants, they just need to have enought bone to hold the implant and healthy gums. In Santa Ana Smiles on Bristol Dr. Danial Kalantari evalautes each patient by individual basis. If you would like to schedule a dental implant evaluation please contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us