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Dental Implants

 

Dental Implants

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.

dental-implants-preciseThe 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

 

What is tooth enamel?

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What is tooth enamel?

Tooth enamel is one of the hardest tissue in a human body. This is a thin but, very strong coating that allows for our teeth to be protected from plaque bacteria. This coating covers the complete crown of your tooth this is a protection from an everyday use which includes chewing, biting, and grinding. This strong coating is a protection for the underlying dentin in our teeth, which is the major component of all our teeth. It is a great protection for our teeth, making them strong for all the biting and chewing that goes on. This is where the good oral hygiene comes in, as your enamel is translucent and it is easily stainable. Therefore, brushing and flossing daily should be on the top of the list when it comes to having a good oral hygiene.  Having a good oral hygiene is very important as it helps us maintain healthy living by having health teeth.enamel

If our tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in our human body, why is it so sensitive?  This all comes down the second layer of our teeth the underlying dentin. Dentin is made up of tiny tubules that serve to connect the tooth’s surface to the nerves, which is what causes for us to feel at times sensitivity towards the hot and cold, and sometimes even pain. The dentin is what makes up most of our teeth allowing your teeth have its structure and its color. However, dentin is soft this is why the enamel is needed to protect it. The enamel serves with the purpose to protect the crown of the tooth which is the visible part of our teeth. Nonetheless the roots of our teeth are not protected by enamel which makes them vulnerable and if not well taken care of by your oral hygiene, our teeth can be exposed to gum disease and sensitivity. This is why tooth enamel is so important and why we should be taking care off it. Unfortunately, even though tooth enamel is the hardest tissue in our body it can wear away this is called enamel loss or enamel erosion. This is usually due the consumption of acidic foods or drinks that go on a daily basis, and our tooth enamel does not grow back as it is a non-living substance and it cannot regenerate.  What we can do to maintain our tooth enamel healthy is avoid having acidic foods and drinks like soda, wine, even coffee on a daily basis. If avoiding such acidic drinks is not cutting in drinking through a straw can sure lessen contact with teeth. Drinking plenty of water and always brushing and flossing on a daily basis and be sure to have your regular dental visits.

If you have any symptoms such as sensitivity to hot or cold, if you see any discoloration on your teeth, any cracks or chips, or teeth that have any rounded and/or transparent appearance. Let your dentist know, only your dentist can let you know with a proper exam if you are suffering from enamel loss. Tooth enamel loss or enamel erosion can be preventable if following tips above, and also following up with your regular dental visits. If you have any questions regarding enamel loss, please be sure to contact our dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our dental office Smiles on Bristol. Contact Us

Dental Attrition

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Dental Attrition

Loss of tooth tissue also known as dental attrition can usually start as an incisal or occlusal wear away of the tooth surfaces. This is commonly as normal part of aging due to common grinding throughout the years. If tooth wear becomes excessive it can be defined as pathological in nature, if this is your case intervention by a dental professional is needed. This pathological wear is usually caused by bruxism the clenching and grinding of teeth. If attrition becomes severe and teeth are worn away leaving them with only underlying dentin they can be exposed to dental caries and/or dentin hypersensitivity.

             Some signs and symptoms for attrition are loss of tooth anatomy, sensitivity or pain. The loss of tooth anatomy includes loss of cusps and fractures on teeth. Also if rounding or sharpening of incisal edges occurs this is an apparent sign for attrition. Attrition can cause dentin hypersensitivity this is when pain and/or sensitivity occur. If attrition becomes severe secondary loss of enamel can occur and bring sensitivity as dentin is now exposed. Another sign you might see is tooth discoloration, teeth can have a yellow appearance or can become darker. The enamel is the protection of your tooth when worn away by attrition your teeth are at higher risk to dental caries.

            Several causes for this dental attrition are tooth grinding, such as bruxism. Also, inappropriate alignment of teeth can contribute to have teeth worn away such as malocclusion. Not only are these causes for attrition but also an absence of posterior teeth, or having a rough-textured diet. Having a good diet can help when preventing attrition as many foods which contain acids can help become attrition a greater problem. There are ways in which we can help prevent or manage attrition, several ways are:  an orthodontic examination, a mouth guard/night guard, a particular diet, and an intraoral soft tissue analysis. It is important to know every patient is different for this you should contemplate on making a dental visit.Attrition-1-0-400-0-400

           To also help with dental attrition a correct technique of tooth brushing should be put into practice. Tooth brushing should be established on a daily routine starting from early childhood. To help with the attrition a gentle scrub technique with short horizontal scrubs that allow for plaque to be dislodge from gum margins. Scrubs must be gentle using a soft bristle tooth brush, allowing for you to brush lower teeth upwards and upper teeth downwards. Tooth brushing skills should be taught to people all ages to help prevent from any damages down the line. Using precise techniques such as brushing at a 45- degree angle to the gums, brush on both outer and inner surfaces of lower and upper teeth.  By using brushing techniques you will help prevent from any further dental attrition. A dental night guard can also be a great help when it comes to helping control dental attrition.  If you have any questions regarding dental attrition please feel free to contact your Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles on Bristol.Contact Us

Oraqix

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Oraqix

In our recent blog we talked about patients that do not schedule dental appointments because they are terrified of needles and dentist. They miss appointments and jeopardize their health, avoiding the dentist and creating more of a problem in their oral health. This is dangerous especially when there is periodontal disease involved. Periodontal disease has to be taken care of A.S.A.P. and the way you treat periodontal disease is with a deep cleaning. For the deep cleaning also called SRP, local anesthetic is involved. The reason why the local anesthetic is involved is so that the patient doesn’t feel pain when the dentist or dental hygienist is removing calculus from below the gum level. What if I was to tell you that in Smiles on Bristol Dentistry in Santa Ana there is a way to do your SRP (deep cleaning) WITHOUT local anesthesia?

So imagine getting your teeth cleaned without feeling your cheek or face numb. There is new method called oraqix. Oraqix is a needle-free subgingival anesthetic, that is used on adult patients that need local anesthetic in periodontal pockets during deep cleaning. Oraqix comes in a gel form, and it’s a combination of lidocaine and prilocaine, when combined they create an anesthetic effect. The oraqix gel is applied to the patients gums and pockets of the teeth and in as little as 30 seconds the patients begin feeling the effect. The anesthetic effect begins to wear off in about 20 minutes of when applied, it can be reapplied as needed.oraqix picture

Oraqix is not for every patient. It is not recommended on patients who have hypersensitivity to local anesthetics or that are taking medication with methaemoglobinaemia. It is also not recommended patients that are 18 years old and younger; or not for any other dental treatment other than SRP (deep cleaning).It is a good idea to let your dentist know of the medication that you are taking. If the periodontitis is severe it’s recommended to talk to your dentist to see if oraqix will work for you. So if you want to try the needle free system feel free to contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

Malocclusion

Malocclusion

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Malocclusion has been shown to be a number one reason why patients are diagnosed with tooth decay and build up plaque and other similar problems. This condition of malocclussion is the imperfect positioning of the teeth. How might this affect your dental health ? It can affect in many ways as your bite will irregular for one problem that can come out of this would be tooth decay as having a bite off can make your daily oral hygiene more difficult than it should be. How can a malocclusion be adquired? This condition can be adquired from many habits like thumb or finger sucking, premature tooth loss from either an accident or dental disease and also several medical conditions. Not only can malocclusion come from these habits or medical conditons but also, from just genetics such as extra teeth, impacted teeth, abnormally shaped teeth, pacifier use beyond the age of 3 can be all causes for a malocclusion.

Oral hygiene can be difficult when malocclusion is present as teeth are in misalignment within the two dental arches. This causes for oral hygiene to be a challenge for some as tooth brushing can become more difficult and flossing can for some seem like an impossible. With that in mind many people with this condition can begin with negligence when it comes to oral hygiene due to having some sort of difficulty but, this should not be the case. A good oral hygiene should always be a good number one priority for people as it has been shown your overall health does depend on your dental health. Unfournatelly, malocclusion is not preventable but can be minimized by controlling such habits as mention before like finger or thumb sucking for example and other habits similar. To treat this condition you should visit your dentist to see what he decides it’s best for you. For most with overcrowded teeth it can be treated with orthondontics, also often tooth extraction can be necessary. However, for others treatment can be different surgery can also be an alternative for those who have underbites or overbites.malocclusion

With all this in mind malocclusion can affect as far as you can let it affect when it comes to your oral hygiene. It can be a harder task to brush and floss but it can surely be accomplished. Prevent from obtaining tooth decay or dental plaque before it is too late by brushing twice daily and flossing at least once a day. If you have this condition of malocclusion don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you have any questions or concerns about treatment for malocclusion such as orthodontics or other treatments. Please feel free to contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial  Kalantari if any questions or concerns regarding malocclusion at our office Smiles on Bristol.Contact Us

 

Listen Seniors

Listen Seniors

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If you are a senior I’m sure you are noticing some changes happening to your body and to your mouth as well. The aging process is a process that everyone has to go through at some point in life. At this point many seniors might think it’s not worth taking care of their teeth as much as they used too, but remember your teeths/ mouth health is your overall health. Therefore, you should always be taking care of what matters like your health. With all those changes happening you should be aware of what is normal and what is not to help determine if there is something to be worried about or not.

What are are some oral health changes you should expect for an aging mouth, a common changes for seniors is tooth wear. Why is this ? Well after so many years of using your teeth to chew and bite it is normal for your teeth to start to wear out. As we all know everything over time it wears out and this goes the same way with teeth. Seniors who suffer from a condition called bruxism are more likely to have tooth wear at a faster rate. The apperance of darker tooth color is another change you might see in your teeth as the aging dentin tends to hold stains easier making your teeth look darker than their normal stage. Gum changes are also in this list as gums with the time tend to recede and move away from teeth/roots making the tooth as a whole more vulnerable to tooth decay and sensitivity to hot or cold. Tooth decay also known as cavities are not left behind as we age as we are losing the minerals that made our teeth strong making them a perfect target for bacteria to store and create a caries.seniors

Other changes that if you are experiencing are not normal and should be taken into a serious note are the sudden start of tooth loss, as we know dental cavities and gum disease are a number one reason to leading tooth loss but a with a good oral hygiene and your regular dental visits your teeth should last you a lifetime. Dry mouth is another change some seniors ght experience due to the reduced flow of saliva, saliva is needed to help lubricate the mouth and also help neutrilize acids from acidic foods that can produce plaque. Dry mouth can also be a consequence of medical conditions that can have that side effect. If dry mouth is untreated this can cause tooth decay in the long run and also tooth loss. Another condition you should take note on are bleeding gums, bleeding gums can be a sign of gum disease. This disease is produced from build up plaque that has been left over the years. Mouth pain is also in this criteria, if you are having mouth pain make a quick dental visit to be examined and check for any sores that can be a signal of a gum disease or even oral cancer. High at risk, seniors who are heavy drinkers or smokers are at higher risk of obtaining oral cnacer.

If you have any of these abnormal changes going on don’t hesitate to make a quick dental visit to make sure you are getting the proffesional help you are in need of. Continue with your good oral hygiene and your 6 months dental visits to ensure the health of your mouth. Remember you can help your aging mouth by putting some of part and brushing and flossing daily! Seniors please feel free to contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles on Bristol if you have any concerns about your dental health.Contact Us

 

Regular Dental Cleanings/ Check ups

Regular Dental Cleanings/ Check ups

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Most of us know how important it is to have our regular checkups and cleanings done, but do we take this seriously? This is a very essential part to help keep our teeth in a healthy and good shape.You should be aware of how your dental health can affect your overall health therefore dental cleanings should be in your mind. Not only are these dental cleanings helping you stay away from plaque ,but also they help to prevent caries. Knowing this you should be visiting your dentist two times in a year to get your regular check ups and your regular cleanings to be on a tip top shape. By doing this you will be less expose to several oral conditions such as oral cancer, and gum diseases.

What should you expect from your regular dental cleanings and check ups ? At your dental visit you should expect to get several x-rays taken to allow your dentist to check for any tooth decay. If any tooth decay is present you can proceed to get treatment done either before getting your regular cleaning or after. Depending on your choice treatment will proceed as needed. The regular cleanings are helping you remove all plaque that has been built over the years. Also, it will help remove and coffee or tea stains that you are not able to remove with simply brushing your teeth. However, brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is something you should be doing to help avoid the plaque and stains from being formed. By doing all this done you are helping to prevent from other problems that can lead to tooth loss. There are many problems that can appear from not having a good oral hygiene that can be crucial in the end . Always remember your dental health can affect your overall health.teeth-cleaning-01

Don’t forget your regular dental visits are always necessary don’t let them slide so easily help yourself maintain your teeth on a healthy tip top shape. Allow yourself to maintain a healthy life by having healthy teeth. Keep brushing and flossing daily this combined with your regular dental visits you will be in the right path to a great healthy smile. If you have any questions or concerns regarding dental cleanings or regular check ups please feel free to contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our Smiles on Bristol.Contact Us

Oral Habits

Oral Habits

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Have you thought of the good and bad oral habits you have and how they can affect you in the long term? Well there are things that you are doing on a day to day basis that you have never thought can be affecting you. Some bad oral habits that you should be avoiding are using your teeth as tools, using a hard bristle toothbrush, eating too many sweets on a daily basis, and let’s not forget not brushing and flossing properly. These bad oral habits can lead to having a bad oral hygiene that with time will cost you, your teeth. Unfortunately many people have these habits on a day to day basis causing them not only tooth decay but also gum diseases, tooth discoloration , and bad breathe, all leading up to tooth loss.
When having bad oral habits not only are your teeth going to have consequences but also your bite can change as loss of teeth is occurring the remaining of your teeth have all the pressure taking your smiles to a drastic change. Furthermore your self-esteem is another one to take a hit as bad breath starts to appear, also tooth discoloration this can bring anyone’s self-confidence down. Other serious problems that can come with bad oral habits are gum diseases and tooth loss. Swollen, red, inflamed, and sensitive are some sign for gum diseases. To be able to break this cycle of bad oral habits, we should start practicing good oral habits, such as tooth brushing correctly using a tooth brush with soft bristles or bristles that accommodate to you, and flossing daily. Bad habits are hard to get rid of, but with the practice and determination anyone can break through these bad oral habits. By flossing at least once a day daily, this helps remove plaque and food particles that the tooth brush bristles can’t reach to keep your gums in a healthy shape. Also, brushing at least twice daily or after every meal to help was out any food particles or any acids from food left over from food. By doing this and having your regular dental visits you will learn to break through the bad oral habits you are having. bad o habits
Don’t forget to have a balanced diet giving your body what it needs, remember your mouth and body are all connected to have a good overall health you should take care of your teeth. Avoid using your teeth as tools to open objects or chewing on ice cubes even pencils or pens. By avoiding this bad habit and the others your teeth will be in much better shape than before. Be sure to change your tooth brush regularly before tooth brush bristles grow old. Keep the good oral habits and kick the bad oral habits out! If you have any questions or concerns regarding good or bad oral habits please don’t hesitate to contact or friendly Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari at our office Smiles on Bristol.Contact Us

Smoking / Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Smoking can lead to serious health issues like lung disease, heart disease, and stroke. There are ingredients in cigarettes that attack vital organs. The most common problems smokers face is lung problems. Did you know that smoking also affects your oral health? It can lead to problems like staining of the teeth, bad breath, periodontal disease, oral cancers, and many more. It is very important to stop smoking or limit the amount of smoking because of the effects that it has on your health.Bad teeth, smoker

Smoking leads to periodontal problems. Smoking stops the salivary glands from saliva flow, causing dry mouth. The stop in saliva makes the mouth more vulnerable for plaque to build up on your teeth. The buildup affects the gum and causes them to recede. The buildup also affects your bone, and if its left for long times it causes to the bone to recede and this bone does not grow back.

Chewing tobacco or smoking can also lead to oral cancer. This is because of the ingredients that are in the cigarette or tobacco. The first signs of oral cancer are swelling or lumps inside the oral cavity, sores that do not go away within two weeks, bleeding constantly from the mouth, and difficulty swelling or chewing. There are also not visible signs and dentist use a special light to spot abnormalities. These are key signs that you should see a dentist if you have been smoking or chewing tobacco for a long time.

If you have missing teeth and are planning to replace those teeth it is very important to quit smoking. If you plan on an implant it is very difficult for an implant to be successful. The surrounding tissues will have trouble adapting to the implant causing it to fail. Dental bridges will be very difficult to match because of bone lost. Our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari gives tips to his patients on how to find alternatives to quitting. He tells them to try chewing gum if they feel the need to chew tobacco or exercise if they find an urge smoke.

If you have trouble quitting your dentist can also recommend or nicotine patches to help the urge of smoking. Smoking is an expensive habit that affects your health. If you have any questions regarding smoking, you can contact our Santa Ana dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/

Flossing/ Smiles on Bristol Dentistry

Flossing plays a very important role in your oral hygiene. Flossing is the only way to clean in between your teeth. You can brush three times a day, but you are still not cleaning in between your teeth if you aren’t flossing. Using your dental floss at least once a day, especially at night before going to bed can help prevent cavities. It removes plaque or food particles that are stuck between your teeth. Flossing also helps you from having bad breath, the bad breath usually comes from food that is left in between your teeth. Our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari always recommend his patients to floss between each meals, or least once a day. For children he recommends that the parents floss their kid’s teeth until they learn how to on their own. If you aren’t flossing regularly it is very common for your gums to bleed. This is gingivitis which means swelling of the gums. The way you treat gingivitis is by brushing your teeth and flossing regularly. The gums will become to turn a pink color and the bleeding stops. Flossing also prevents periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is caused from buildup that is under the gum. The buildup attacks the bone and gums causing them to recede. Plaque that is left on the teeth becomes to harden up with the saliva causing it to stick to your teeth. Once the buildup is stuck to your teeth it is very hard to remove with just a regular toothbrush. You will have to go to a professional to remove the buildup. There are many products in the market that help with cleaning in between your teeth, but the one that our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari recommends is regular wax dental floss. It is very affordable and easy to use. If you have braces or a dental bridge it is very important you floss with the help of a floss threader. The threader helps the floss go in the space where it’s desired to go. Brushing and flossing correctly will help you maintain a good oral hygiene. The way your floss is you pull the floss out to about 2 to 3 inches. You wrap the ends against your fingers and place it in between your teeth. When the floss reaches the gum line, rub the floss gently along your teeth and under your gums and then away from the gum line. Do not force the dental floss in between your teeth you can hurt your gums. Continue the method in between all teeth. If you have any questions regarding dental floss or flossing, please contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly dental office Smiles on Bristol Dentistry./contact-us/4429422_267894_flossing