Dental Implants are an important investment in restoring missing teeth and maintaining proper alignment. That is why we use a specialist to place them. Dr. Heering places hundreds of implants every month. This extensive experience enables a great experience for our patients.
Root Canals are easy to get wrong. In fact, whenever we seek to hire dentists to add to our team, we find that most doctors' resumes state that they do not do Root Canals on the back teeth. That is why all root canals in our office are done by Dr. Abtahi. She excels at performing this procedure and with the extensive experience she has garnered with this procedure, our patients are in very good hands.
Dental studies show a strong correlation between straight teeth and a healthy, long-lasting smile. The Invisalign video below explains how crooked teeth can impact the long-term health of your teeth and gums.
While gum disease has become the #1 reason why adults loose teeth, protecting your enamel is still important. Fortunately that's simple. Brushing at least twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste will help most of us control the buildup of plaque. And whenever you consume sugar or carbohydrates a quick rinse or drinking water after helps even more.
Your dentist will help you decide how often to get professional cleanings. Professional cleanings are necessary because, despite our best brushing efforts, plaque continues to build-up on our teeth. Plaque may be hard to see with the naked eye so below is a picture that shows regularly brushed teeth stained with a special dye that stains the plaque red.
If you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life, the power is in your hands. (To give you an example we have dozens of patients over 80 with all their own teeth.) All you have to do is care for your gums, enamel, and the alignment of your teeth. That means flossing and brushing daily and addressing any alignment problems with your dentist.
The video below shows the right method of flossing which requires "hugging" the curve of the teeth. Think about it this way: you are trying to brush underneath the gum-line where your toothbrush doesn't reach.
The reason brushing and flossing are so important is that any food particles you leave in the mouth will stick to the enamel 24 - 48 hours after you eat. (This sticky film will become harder and harder to remove which is why sometimes your hygienist will need to use special instruments to scrape it off.) This food serves as food for the bacteria in your mouth and they digest it by releasing chemicals to break down the food. These chemicals hurt your enamel and gums and causes caries and gum disease.
If you want to keep your teeth for the rest of your life, the power is in your hands. (To give you an example we have dozens of patients over 80 with all their own teeth.) It's simple: All you have to do is care for your gums, enamel, and the alignment of your teeth. That means flossing and brushing daily and addressing any alignment problems with your dentist.
Since restoring your alignment is so important, we recommend a consultation with our Orthodontist who specializes in both metal and tooth-colored braces. If you or your child have any doubts about whether you have healthy alignment Dr. Rasouli would be happy to provide an evaluation.
When dental procedures are unavoidable we recommend taking care of them as soon as feasible possible. We find that delaying necessary dental treatment frequently leads to more extensive and expensive dental treatment down the road.
In fact, we see every dental procedure we do as a preventive measure for against significantly more costly and complicated treatment. That is why we bring a team of specialists together to bear on our patients' dental needs.