History of Same Day Dental Treatments

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In our dental practice, we pride ourselves on staying at the forefront of new techniques and advances in dentistry. Our patients are always pleased to learn about the latest and fastest dental treatments available. One advancement, in particular, is extremely popular with our patients, same day dentistry.

Our dentist in Huntington Beach understands that our patients lead hectic lives. For some, just carving out the time for a single dental appointment is a significant achievement. To help our patients receive the care, they need in a relatively short amount of time; our office is happy to offer various same day dental treatments.

While dentistry began around 7000 B.C. in the modern-day Middle East, the same day dental treatment has a much shorter timeline. We only need to look back about 25 years to see the advent of the technology necessary to make procedures like same day crowns possible.

In the mid-1980s, the first chairside ceramic inlays debuted. The premise was to replicate the dental treatments that generally took an off-site dental lab two weeks to manufacture. Rather than several weeks with a temporary protective covering, the patient would leave with their permanent dental work in place. The results were encouraging. However, computer limitations reduced the efficiency needed to make inlays in a reasonable amount of time.

The many advances in technology continued to advance the ideas of same day dental treatments. The adaptation of computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to a dental office was the breakthrough necessary to make the same day process a viable option for dentists and their patients. A process of consistent fine-tuning and upgrading over the past two and a half decades brings us quick and comfortable porcelain dental work and eliminates the need to spend two weeks waiting for another appointment to complete the task.

Our office offers many same day options; eligibility for same day care varies as we look at numerous factors including your overall health. If you would like to know more, please contact our office. We are happy to arrange a no-obligation consultation with our dentist so that you can learn more.

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What Causes Gum Recession

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Receding gums are a common dental problem. We see many patients who have issues with varying degrees of gum recession, and even though it is not rare, it is still a serious condition that you should not ignore.

Gum recession happens when the gums that are usually snug against your teeth start to pull back or wear away. Eventually, pockets between teeth and gums form, creating a breeding ground for bacteria and plaque. Some of the dangers of untreated receding gums are an infection, potential tooth loss and bone loss in the area where your gums are pulling away from your teeth.

There are several reasons for gum recession, some of these include:

• INADEQUATE BRUSHING AND FLOSSING- Most of our patients know the suggested oral health routine our dentist recommends. We advise patients to brush at least twice a day (although brushing after each meal is preferable) and thoroughly floss at bedtime. These ordinary activities are the first line of defense against numerous dental problems, including receding gums.

• PERIODONTAL DISEASE- Bacteria causes these infections, which are the leading source of gum recession. These infections are preventable, as proper brushing and flossing remove bacteria.

• TOBACCO PRODUCTS- Those patients who use tobacco have a higher amount of sticky plaque on their teeth. The plaque eventually leads to receding gums as well as gum disease and tooth loss.

• CLENCHING AND GRINDING YOUR TEETH- When you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, you are exerting a considerable amount of pressure on your teeth. Often, this persistent pressure leads to gum recession.

• BODY PIERCING OF THE TONGUE AND LIPS- The metal studs cause friction along the gum line. The consistent friction wears away the surface of your gums and causing them to retract away from the metal.

Often, our patients do not notice their gums are receding because it is a slow process with nearly imperceivably small changes. There are a few signs that indicate you have gum recession including tender or swollen gums, teeth that appear longer, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. Any of these conditions are a good reason to make an appointment with our dentist.

Treatment Options for Gum Recession

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We often speak with patients who notice changes in the appearance of their teeth. The teeth may be noticeably longer with less gum showing. This is a sign of gum recession, a treatable condition where your gums pull back exposing more of your tooth including the root. Gum recession is not only unsightly; it exposes your teeth and gums to decay and disease.

We treat a mild case of gum recession with a deep cleaning called scaling and planing. Our dentist or hygienist scrapes away built-up plaque and tartar on your teeth and below the gumline. Your gums go back into place, and you may receive an antibiotic to prevent bacteria growth.

Years ago, a gum graft was the solution to gum recession. Our dentist would suture donor tissue to your gums with the hope that the new tissue would attach, or graft, to your existing gum tissue and cover the exposed parts of your teeth. As you can imagine, this involved a recovery time which could be lengthy.

Fortunately, modern dentistry allows our dentist to offer you an alternative to the gum graft. A treatment which is known as Pinhole surgical technique or PST makes treating gum recession simpler with faster recovery time.

The PST procedure begins with local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding your receding gums. Then our dentist makes a tiny hole in your gum and inserts special dental instruments between your teeth and gums. Your gums are gently expanded and slid into their correct position, covering your teeth and roots.

Our patients give us positive feedback about the PST treatment especially regarding the fast recovery time and minimally invasive nature of the procedure. We also hear from patients who appreciate the fact that there are no grafts or donor tissue with the Pinhole surgical technique.

If you believe you may have gum recession, contact our office as soon as possible. Treating the condition at the earliest possible point in time will help to prevent damage to your teeth, roots, and gums. If you would like more information about PST, please reach out to one of our staff, we are always happy to help you.

What are One Visit Crowns?

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Our staff is pleased that advances in dentistry allow us to meet your needs efficiently while giving you the same high caliber of service you have come to expect from us. One of the best improvements that we frequently offer to our patients is the option for one visit crowns.

Until recently, when a patient needed a crown, we would create a mold and send it along with the specifications to a dental lab. Then we would fit a temporary plastic or resin crown for our patient to wear until the crown arrived. This meant two visits to solve one problem, and our patient wore an uncomfortable interim crown for a week or longer.

Our dentist in Huntington Beach has cutting edge technology which allows us to craft your permanent crown in the office while you wait. For you, this means, no unpleasant plastic crowns and no need to return for a second visit. Our one visit crowns are durable natural looking porcelain, which we will customize to blend in with your teeth. Additionally, these crowns are a type of porcelain which has similar characteristics and a finish which mimic your natural teeth.

The process for one visit crowns is simple and straightforward. Our dentist numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. To prep your tooth for the crown, our dentist clears away diseased and decaying tissue, then shapes your tooth and carefully cleans it.

Once your tooth is clean and shaped, our dentist uses a small portable tool to create a digital impression of your tooth. The digital image goes to the milling section of our office where we make your new crown from a small individual block of porcelain. Once complete, the crown will match the size, color, and shape of your existing teeth. Our dentist then tests the crown’s fit to be sure you need no modifications and the bonds the crown to your tooth.

The one visit crown is a prime example of dentistry and technology working together. If you believe you need a crown, contact our office and make an appointment soon.

Benefits of Same Day Dentistry

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For individuals suffering from advanced cosmetic degeneration in one or more teeth beyond the help of a simple cleaning or whitening, more drastic measures of improvement may be required. This prognosis can certainly be an unwelcome one, as many of the cosmetic procedures in this category require a significant time commitment on the part of the recipient to give your dental lab an adequate window of time in which to manufacture your crown, bridge, implant, or set of veneers. Same day dentistry is a revolutionary new way of working that allows your dental care provider to evaluate your mouth, collect the relevant data using special equipment, and actually have the restorative implement made in-office that day, allowing them to perform the procedure with no waiting period required.

 

During the appointment, our dentist will clean out any debris. Measurements will be taken and instead of an x-ray you will be put through a much more accurate CT scan, capable of gathering much more data about your mouth and teeth than technology of the past. This information will be fed into a 3D printer, and once the machine is done making your new implant or crown a reality, the rest of the process is a simple as having it placed and cemented to your teeth.

 

Those with active adult lives probably stand to benefit the most from a same day workflow when it comes to enhancing their smiles. A same day procedure eliminates the hassle of endless trips to and from the office and less time wasted in the chair. It also makes the need for temporary measures of protecting exposed, sculpted teeth with non-permanent crowns and retainers obsolete, minimizing the risk of bacteria complicating any part of the process. A same day procedure also requires less long-term planning, which makes it ideal for individuals whose teeth have become lost or damaged unexpectedly, such as in the case of a car accident. A same day restoration will allow you to walk out of the office with teeth just as radiant as they were before.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth whitening has many benefits, which is why it is quickly becoming one of the most asked for cosmetic treatments in dentistry today. Several bleaching options are available, including in-office and at-home procedures, and patients can choose the type that best meets their needs.

Some of the benefits of teeth bleaching include:

  1. Speed

An in-office whitening procedure can be completed in just about an hour. Professional at-home kits can take longer, but because they use higher concentrations of active ingredients, they are still faster than OTC options.

  1. Effectiveness

The results from professional bleaching treatments are impressive, and many patients experience lightening of up to eight shades or more.

  1. Great results

With a whiter smile, many patients feel more confident. Removing stains from teeth can leave them looking brighter, more youthful, and more attractive.

  1. Safety

Each step of the process is performed under the supervision of a skilled dental professional, so you can be confident that your dental health is guarded throughout the whitening procedure.

  1. Dental health

Not only are whitening treatments safe for your smile, but many patients find they are more committed to good dental habits after a whitening treatment because they want to keep their teeth looking great.

Call our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.