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Posts for: November, 2011
It used to be that when it came to treating tooth decay (cavities), your primary option was to have the tooth decay removed and filled with a metal amalgam (silver-colored filling). This treatment sometimes requires a special shape cut called an “undercut” to be drilled into the tooth to hold it in. Unfortunately, it can also involve removal of some healthy tooth structure. Silver amalgam fillings still have limited applications and are still used in back teeth where they don't show in the smile. This is because they are strong and resist biting well; however, over time they can fatigue and fracture.
Older restorative concepts were based upon the development of strong and stiff materials such as gold, which tends to be unyielding and therefore contributed to failures of the remaining tooth substance around restorations (e.g., decay or cracking). Newer concepts tend to get away from the “stronger and stiffer is better” concept and have moved towards safety principles using materials that involve mimicking the properties of natural tooth structure. In fact, it is now clearly established that a new “biomimetic approach” (“bio” – life; “mimetic” – mimicking) to dentistry is possible through the use of tooth-like materials such as composite resins and porcelains. And unlike metal alloys, these newer materials bond directly to the remaining enamel and dentin of which the teeth themselves are made, which both stabilize and strengthen teeth.
These techniques are also suitable for children's teeth and can incorporate fluoride to reduce further decay. But perhaps best of all, using these materials and more modern technologies can restore proper tooth function and normal wear while producing results that appear indistinguishable from natural teeth.
To learn more, continue reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Natural Beauty of Tooth Colored Fillings.” You can also contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your specific questions about replacing your metal fillings with tooth-colored ones.
Because our main goal is to help you maintain optimal oral health, we use the latest proven technologies, techniques, and treatments to ensure we achieve them. One tool, radiographs or x-ray pictures, has been around for a long time with an inordinate amount of scientific research backing up both its safety and value. Here's a brief summary of why.
X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation just like natural daylight, except that they can easily penetrate soft bodily tissues, such as skin and muscles, without causing any harm if used properly. And as you may have guessed, we use them to examine what we can't see with the naked eye. For example, they enable us to see inside tooth structure, bones, and joints of the jaws. This ability makes x-rays a critical tool that we rely upon to monitor your oral health.
How often you need x-rays really depends upon your individual health needs and often is different from family member to family member given their age and oral health. During adolescence, we may need to take x-rays more often, so we can closely monitor the development of the teeth and jaw to check for normal growth and abnormalities, which can be corrected with early diagnosis. We may also need to use x-rays to diagnose trauma if you or any family member has experienced injury or disease. This will enable us to ensure the correct treatment is given and, in fact, is working and that there are no other related concerns.
Today's ultra-sensitive technology uses extremely low dosage x-rays and ensures early diagnosis and monitoring of your oral and dental health in safety and with confidence.
How much do you know about dental implants? Test yourself with this quiz.
- Earliest recorded attempts at using dental implants were from
- Medieval England
- The ancient Mayans
- U.S.A. in the 1950s
- Dental implants are called endosseous. What does this mean?
- They fuse with the bone
- They are inside the mouth
- They are not real teeth
- What are most dental implants made of?
- What part of the tooth does an implant replace?
- The implant is the root replacement
- The implant is the root plus the crown
- The implant is the crown
- What is the success rate of dental implants?
- 50 percent or less
- 75 percent
- 95 percent or more
- What could cause an implant to fail?
- Smoking or drug use
- Poor bone quality and quantity at the implant site
- Both of the above
- What is a tooth's emergence profile?
- The implant and crown's shape as it emerges from beneath the gum line
- A measure of the urgency of the tooth replacement
- A measure of the time it takes for you to be able to chew on the new implant
- What are some of the factors that go into the aesthetics of designing the crown?
- Choice of materials
- Color matching
- Both of the above
- b. The concept of dental implants goes back to the Mayan civilization in 600 AD.
- a. The word endosseous (from endo meaning within and osseo meaning bone) refers to the implant's ability to fuse with or integrate with the bone in which it is placed.
- b. Most implants are made of a titanium alloy, a metallic substance that is not rejected by the body and is able to fuse with the bone.
- a. The term “implant” refers to the root replacement, which is anchored in the gum and bone. A crown is put around the implant where it emerges from the gumline.
- c. The majority of studies have shown long term success rates of over 95 percent.
- c. Factors that could cause an implant to fail include general health concerns such as smoking and drug use, osteoporosis, or a compromised immune system; poor bone quality or quantity; and poor maintenance such as lack of proper brushing and flossing.
- a. The emergence profile has a lot to do with the implant's natural appearance. It involves the way the crown, which attaches to the implant, seemingly emerges through the gum tissue like a natural tooth.
- c. Choices such as materials, color, and position can be worked out in the design of a customized temporary crown, which acts as a template or blueprint for a final crown.
Gum or periodontal disease is a condition in which “biofilms” or dental bacterial plaque sticks to teeth around the gum line in the absence of good oral hygiene. If left untreated, it causes inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissues of the teeth that can result in “pocketing,” gum recession and bone loss that eventually leads to loose teeth, followed by no teeth! And for about 10 to 15% of those having gingivitis or stage 1 periodontal disease, it can get worse by progressing into chronic periodontal disease. However, the good news is that a conservative and simple treatment called root planing combined with good daily oral hygiene may return your gum tissues to health, and even eliminate the need for gum surgery.
Most of the time, root planing is performed with local anesthesia (numbing shots) in the areas requiring treatment. Anesthesia is an important part because you should always feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment. Because inflamed gum tissues may be quite sensitive, these numbing shots enable us to accomplish our goals and thoroughly remove the problematic material from your teeth's roots.
Root planing or deep cleaning is a routine dental procedure usually done in conjunction with scaling, the removal of the more superficial deposits on the tooth surfaces. Root planing involves physically planing (scraping) the root surfaces of the teeth to remove calculus, bacteria and toxins that are ingrained into their surfaces so that the attached gum tissues can heal. It is carried out with manual hand instruments, ultrasonic electronic instruments or a combination of both for your comfort and best results.
I am pleased to announce the "2011 Halloween Candy Buy-Back" by local dentist, Dr. Yati Yadav, DDS, FAGD, owner of Your Family Dentist, PC at 83rd Avenue and Cactus Rd in Peoria, AZ (YourFamilyDentistAZ.com).
Kids bring their candy to Your Family Dentist and earn a free kids meal at Red Robin Restaurant.
All the candy donated will be shipped to our courageous Troops serving our country overseas -- who could use a treat or two.
This is the 4th year YourFamilyDentistAZ.com has collected the treats.
We have teamed up with 2 local elementary schools to collect the candy. In addition, the students will also send a letter/picture to say Thank You and Happy Veterans Day (Nov 11).
NO TRICK, LOCAL DENTIST TO BUY-BACK HALLOWEEN TREATSLocal dentist, Dr. Yati Yadav, DDS, FAGD, owner of Your Family Dentist, PC in Peoria, AZ, is redefining the phrase “put your money where your mouth is!”. This Halloween, trick-or-treaters can bring their candy to the office of Your Family Dentist, PC in Peoria, AZ (8390 W. Cactus Rd.) and receive a free kid’s meal at Red Robin Restaurant. This is the 4th year that YourFamilyDentistAZ.com has collected the Halloween treats for the Troops.
So the kids can feel good about giving up their sweets, the collected candy will be shipped to our courageous Troops serving our country overseas -- who could sure use a treat or two!
“This Halloween, I’m hoping kids will pick out a few favorite pieces and then treat the Troops to the rest. Visiting your dentist twice a year and brushing daily are great preventative measures, but doing away with excess sweets altogether would really give your teeth a healthy boost,” says Dr. Yati Yadav from Your Family Dentist, PC. “Kids can still have all of the fun of trick-or-treating, and also feel good about sharing their treats with the Troops.”
“There is only so much restraint Moms and Dads can put on their children when they are having so much fun during Halloween. But, when kids haul in bags with more than 100 pieces of candy in them, we have to find ways to educate them (and their parents) about the consequences of eating that much candy.”
Dr. Yadav’s philosophy is reinforced by the fact that global sugar consumption for kids increases by about 2% annually and currently is at 50 million tons per year, which means that parents need to be sure their kids teeth are being cared for more than ever. Candy, as well as hurting children’s teeth, can lead to hyperactivity and weight gain. In some cases, the wrong types of candy can also lead to broken teeth and damaged braces.
Candy will be collected from now until Monday, November 7th at Your Family Dentist, PC, 8390 West Cactus Rd #110 (83rd Ave & Cactus Rd) in Peoria, AZ. The candy must be unopened.
In addition to collecting candy for our courageous Troops, two local schools (Arroyo Elementary School, 4535 W Cholla in Glendale and Copper Ridge Elementary School in Scottsdale) will be encouraging the kids to honor Veterans Day (Nov 11) by writing a letter or drawing a picture to say thank you for protecting them. These letters will be included in the packages to the Troops.
Dr. Yati Yadav, DDS, FAGD, owner of Your Family Dentist, PC, is a leader in the anti-cavity movement and is available to provide more information at 623-878-3300, or visit YourFamilyDentistAZ.com.
Halloween Candy Buy-Back
Where: Your Family Dentist, PC 83rd Ave & Cactus Rd. - 8390 W. Cactus Rd #110, Peoria, AZ
When: Now until November 7, 2011
5 Steps To Healthy Teeth:
- Brush twice a day for at least one minute and floss daily.
- Drink waterafter you eat or drink.
- Finish anysweet food, especially candy or soda, within five minutes to avoid longercontact of sugar with teeth.
- Use fluoridemouthwash at night for one minute after brushing and flossing.
- Visit a dentistevery six months.