DR GLASBAND'S BLOG

Dental Fillings: Metallic vs. Composite Resin

While amalgam (silver) dental fillings have been around since the 1800s, they are fast losing ground to tooth-colored composite resin dental fillings. The most obvious reason for the switch to plastic dental resin has its basis in aesthetics. In the eyes of increasing numbers of patients, it’s far more preferable to have a filling material that nearly matches the color of their teeth, rather than a metallic filling that stands in dark contrast to white teeth. On top of that, composite dental resin actually bonds to the crown of the tooth to create a solid tooth structure. Amalgam, on the other hand, merely fills the cavity, allowing seepage around the “silver” filling over time, which can lead to decay.  The pictures on the right show the dramatic change we can get in one short visit!

Considering your options for dental fillings, inlays, and onlays? Visit our Inlays and Onlays Page for more information.

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Beauty or Health? Choose Both for Your Teeth!

Beautiful smiles don’t always mean healthy teeth and gums. With so many technological advances in dentistry over the last few years, there’s no reason to walk out of the dentist’s office with a beautiful smile that hides rotting teeth, or healthy teeth that are misaligned and discolored. When it comes to taking care of our clients, we will never make you choose. We want all our clients to have healthy and beautiful teeth and gums inside and out.  A healthy mouth and a beautiful smile can both be yours – without breaking your bank. You might be surprised at what modern dentistry can do for you!

Our staff will always put your needs and wishes first and advise you on the best long-term preventative plan for healthy, attractive teeth. We take the time to listen and understand patients, and explain all procedures to patients’ satisfaction.

 

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Crowning Achievement

CEREC CAD/CAM

When the visible portion of a tooth becomes so decayed or damaged that replacement is required, the dentist will fabricate a “crown” to restore functionality to the tooth. Traditionally, this procedure has involved removing the tooth’s damaged crown, Taking impression (upon which the new crown will be constructed), fitting a temporary crown, and cementing the permanent crown in place. Recent CAD/CAM technology (computer-aided design/manufacturing technology) has made it possible to bypass the impression-making step.

It allows for the creation of a permanent crown by using a computerized image to create a restoration through a milling chamber that cuts the tooth-like ceramic material into a precise replica of the image.  When this procedure is done in the office, no impression is necessary.  The benefit to our patients is that we can create a crown for them in just one visit!

If this technology, of chair-side CAD/CAM, is located in the dental office there will be no need for a temporary crown or return visit for the final cementation.  Our staff is dedicated to providing the best dental care in a supportive relaxed environment.

Crowning Achievement

Milling Chamber

Our work is enriched by our staff’s commitment to ongoing education, use of the highest quality materials and technologies and respect for out patient’s active participation in optimal health decision-making.

Call us at 562-425-5511 to schedule your next appointment.  New patients are always welcome!

We offer Gentle Dentistry in a Caring Atmosphere.

 

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What are Dental Bridges?

Bridge

Partial Denture

Over the years I have come to realize that the terms dental professionals use to describe things have a different meaning to my patients then they do to me.  Dental Bridge is one of those terms.  When a patient hears bridge they picture teeth that come out like the ones on the right.

With all the metal and hooks it looks a little like a fishing lure.  That is a lot of hardware to hold in your mouth to replace just two teeth.  This is NOT a bridge , it is actually a removable partial denture.  A lot of old timers will call this bridge work.  The features that most patients say they do not like is that it’s not permanent, you must remove it to clean it and it shows a lot of ugly metal when they talk or smile.

 

When I say bridge, I am referring to the picture on lower right.

Bridge - Sleek Natural Looking

Dental Bridge

The difference here is that the teeth are sleek natural looking and do not have any metal that shows.  I know that patients like these because we cement them in, so they are permanent and very cosmetic.  At my practice we try not to confuse you with technical terms, however with so many new and emerging technologies in dentistry and medicine it is a good idea to ask questions to make sure you and your doctor mean the same thing when you are talking. We can show you a picture, let you handle a model or play you an animation to help explain things better.

 

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Service With a Smile

By maintaining good oral-health practices at home and scheduling regular office visits, most patients can avoid many common dental problems.  Daily brushing and flossing, and the application of sealants, can help youngsters avoid tooth decay.  Adults can avert their most common problem, gum disease, with regular professional care.  In cases where tooth loss, breakage or misalignment does occur, the dentist is expert in a variety of advanced restoration and replacement techniques.  In addition, there are a number of cosmetic procedures, including tooth whitening, veneers, and bonding, that effectively remedy chipped, discolored, and gapped teeth.  The more patients know about dental health, the better their smiles.  In the weeks and months ahead, this column will address all aspects of dental care.

p.s. Flossing is every bit as important as daily brushing in fighting plaque buildup and tooth decay.

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