TMJ & Botox

Temporomandibular joint disorders are difficult to diagnose. There are several options as far as treatment. Some patients may react differently to each treatment; some may cause better effect on your specific situation. However, Botox has a greater effect compared to the other methods to treat the same disorder. It has become more and more popular with time, as the use of Botox is associated with other cosmetic practices, not only used for TMJ. Several benefits of using as treatment for TMJ [...]

Nitrous Oxide

Fear or phobia to the dentist still exists; it’s one of the most common shared fears and one that must be faced eventually. Many people don’t routinely visit the dentist for this reason and many can spend years concerned about their oral health and not go. Problems may be begin to accumulate and present themselves painful. There is something that can ease a dental appointment, make a tense and anxious visit a smooth and relaxing one: nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide [...]

Periodontal Regenerative Surgery (osseous rejuvenation)

The advances in the understanding of the biology of wound healing and periodontal regenerative technologies are applied to improve long-term clinical outcomes of teeth which are periodontally compromised by intrabony or inert-radicular defects.   Periodontal regeneration is selected to:   1. Increase the periodontal attachment of a compromised tooth. 2. Decrease in deep pockets to a more maintainable range. 3. Reduce the vertical and horizontal components of furcation defects.   There are different types of defects: suprabony (horizontal) defects, infrabony (vertical) defects and inter-radicular (furcation) defects. Suprabony [...]

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)

Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP) This process entails in extracting from the blood plasma the proteins in charge of scaring of wounds and regeneration of tissues. It is administered in a therapeutic dosage in the area to be treated, with the objective of optimizing and accelerating the restorative process naturally.   Dental Process In the dental field, a small blood sample is extracted from the arm some minutes before the dental procedure (Extraction, implants, gum surgery, apicectomy, gingivectomy, bone graft, gum graft, and others). This [...]

Generations Caring For Your Oral Health

Toothpaste as we know it began to be marketed and became popular until the 1920’s while the foundation and basics of dentistry were published in the 1700’s. With each generation there are new discoveries which in turn catapult technological advances. We are at a point in history wherein the dental concerns of our grandparents can be easily solved with oral surgery, implants, crowns, veneers and more. And what is even more exciting is that more advances and discoveries [...]

Considering a Full-mouth Reconstruction?

During a full-mouth reconstruction or restoration several procedures are involved with the intent to improve not only the appearance of your smile but also to improve your oral health and functionality. People with teeth with some type of damage, are worn down or are missing completely are good candidates to have reconstructions. Damaged teeth do not only affect the way you look, your self-esteem and image it can also create bite imbalance and affect your chewing ability. Some [...]

Dental Implants vs Bridges

Both dental implants and bridges are great alternatives for lost teeth but which one to choose? In order to install a bridge, supporting teeth are needed as they are used as anchors for the bridge. These supporting teeth need to be recontoured and some of the enamel of the supporting teeth need to be removed leaving them unprotected. Since the bridge will count on the support of healthy adjacent teeth they will be somehow strained. In the [...]

What to Expect When You are Getting a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are a great solution for missing teeth, depending on the position of missing teeth different types of bridges can be used. On your first visit you will have the abutment teeth prepared. They will usually be recontoured and a portion of the enamel will be removed so as to fit the crown that will be placed over them. Then impressions of your teeth will be made, this will be necessary for the dental lab to create the model [...]

Implant Technology at Your Fingertips

We live in an era when impressive discoveries have been made in the fields of medicine and dentistry. Nowadays, for example it is possible to lose a tooth and have it replaced in such a way that this new tooth feels like the real one you lost. The materials used are biocompatible which means that your body will not reject it and they can integrate so well into your bone that after some time you will not even feel the [...]

The Size of Our Jaws Shrink With Age

We have heard over and over again about the challenge that senior citizens face in terms of their oral health, usually the topic is tooth loss. However a group of dentists of the Faculty of Dentistry at Malmö University, one of the most prominent universities in Sweden have conducted a unique study which revealed that the size of our jaws decrease as we age. This initiative started in 1949, when plaster molds were made of the jaws of 30 [...]