Several treatments in dentistry have become easier, faster, and more precise with the help of 3D printing technology.
Common treatments that have been revolutionized with 3D printing include:
Night Guards and Clear Aligners
Night Guards are beneficial for everyone as all of us move our jaws when we are asleep. Some of us tend to clench and grind in our sleep, which over time, can cause pain and wearing away or our teeth, as well as our jaw joint (TMJ). After a quick 3D scan of your mouth (no more gooey impressions!), a night guard can be made in your dentist’s lab that is custom fit and comfortable to you.
Clear aligners are made exclusively with 3D printers. With the printer and physics combined, dental professionals can map out your teeth alignment plan.
Dental crowns restore teeth that have too much decay for a filling to fix. These are commonly referred to as “caps,” that fully cover your tooth that’s been shaped by a dentist. The start-to-finish time for this type of procedure is becoming as short as 1 hour from the use of 3D printers! Dentists are now able to print your crowns in their own lab and deliver it to you the same day, rather than waiting a few weeks.
Some offices use surgical guides to give a life-like model of the jawbone where an implant is being placed. With this technology, implant surgeon’s cases are more predictable and precise.
Though dental implants are the most expensive procedure available to replace a missing tooth, they are also the best resolution. There are several options you can choose when you have a missing tooth:
Opting to not receive treatment for a missing tooth may result in further problems in the future, such as bone resorption and adjacent teeth becoming loose, shifted, or damaged.
Getting a partial denture made is one of the quickest options to take care of a missing tooth. Cosmetically, a partial denture fills the gap from a missing tooth with a natural looking, acrylic tooth. A partial denture helps keep adjacent and opposite arch teeth in place, however, it does not address the bone below the device. Bone resorption may still occur with a partial denture.
Constructing a dental bridge from two adjacent teeth is a more permanent solution for cosmetically replacing a missing tooth than a partial denture. A dental bridge is just like a dental crown, however, usually made with 3 or more crowns in one unit. A dental bridge lasts approximately 5-10 years depending on home care and quality. If the adjacent teeth to your missing tooth were not in are not in need of treatment, a dental bridge may not be the best option, but rather, keeping your healthy natural teeth untouched by the drill. Also, bone resorption may still occur under a dental bridge, as well as potential bacteria and food collection.
Placing a dental implant addresses both adjacent teeth health and bone health. A dental implant is placed directly in the bone, continuing to stimulate it just like the previous tooth did. Because of the continuous stimulation, little to no bone resorption will occur. Also, with a dental implant and crown in place, adjacent teeth will stay put, keeping their optimal health.
There are several different options for replacing a missing tooth. A dental implant is the best investment that can be made to restore not only a missing tooth, but also maintain bone and adjacent teeth health in the product.
Do you struggle with keeping a commitment to flossing? Do you feel like there isn’t enough time to floss properly? You are not alone. Only 30% of the population reports to floss daily! With this shocking statistic, a new startup company, FlossQuick, is trying to help flossing become easier, faster, and better. Their website is: https://flossquick.com/.
The mission of FlossQuick is great, to help more people floss daily. The concept behind their product is quite unique – we would have never thought of an all-in-one flossing device! Kudos to you, FlossQuick!
At your Havasu dentist, we recommend daily flossing. If FlossQuick is the company that helps you do just that, we highly recommend their product! Check out our flossing blogs to see why dentists recommend flossing in the first place at https://www.serenityhavasu.com/blog/.
How does FlossQuick work? FlossQuick sends you exactly what you need in a convenient kit to get your all-in-one flossing journey started. Inside your first box, you will have a kit to make and take your own impressions at home. As you’ll see in our VLOG soon, we highly recommend being as precise as possible with your impressions. Dr. Trent’s impressions were hard to take on himself, as a dentist! We advise that you practice putting the tray in your mouth before you set the material. Also, it is crucial that you bite down normally. Practice this too!
Once you send in your impressions, FlossQuick fabricates a pre-threaded, all-in-one device for you. FlossQuick’s site says that you can use your floss a few times before re-threading. We recommend that you use clean floss as often as possible, if not with each use. (Threading may become a pain… or be a fun time!)
FlossQuick benefits? FlossQuick looks like a great product for super busy people, or people that don’t like flossing in general. FlossQuick helps people very quickly floss all of their teeth at once. That’s pretty cool!
What do we recommend? Bottom line is, we recommend that you floss daily! Make sure to check out our VLOG soon where Dr. Trent reviews FlossQuick in more depth with his very own device!
With that answered, however, a new question arises: Why do dental implants NOT set off metal detectors? This has even puzzled dentists!
Though we don’t have the answers from TSA, there’s a few possibilities that help guess why dental implants are not detected when crossing metal detectors:
- Dental implants are smaller than the size of a dime. The most commonly placed dental implants range from 3.0 mm to 6.0 mm. Considering the size as well as where they are located on the body, metal detectors may be programmed to look past it’s shape and size.
- Dental implants are made of a metal that’s harder to detect. Made of titanium, it may be difficult to detect this type of metal in a metal detector (also considering it’s small size).
- The insulation around the dental implant may reduce its need for being stopped at a metal detector. Considering that a dental implant is untouchable as it is below the gums and within your bone, it may not be of concern to the metal detector operator.
Dental implants are a technological advance that is being recognized by the technologies outside of the dental office. Dental implants are a “norm” that help you keep a secure smile. Happy travels!
When you’re on the go, it’s hard to be proactive about keeping your smile healthy. Consuming foods or drinks with sugar and acidity can have damaging effects, especially when enjoyed throughout the day or for long periods of time. If you’re unable to brush, floss, or rinse on the go, luckily, sugar free gum freshen your breath and keep your teeth healthy!
When you chew sugar free gum, it improves your oral health by:
- neutralizing acids in your mouth
- offering healthy minerals and freshness to your teeth, tissues, and tongue
- containing xylitol (usually) which loosens the sticky bacteria stuck to your teeth and gums
- increasing saliva production, which naturally cleanses your palate throughout the day
Adding sugar-free chewing gum to your active and busy lifestyle will reward you with fresher breath and better oral health throughout your day. Make sure you check the label on gum to ensure that it is sugar free!
Laughter is a daily part of life. We’re serious when we say that laughing is one of the best medicines. A laugh a day keeps the doctors away, perhaps?
What exactly is a laugh? Psychology Today says that “laughter is primarily a social vocalization that binds people together.” Interesting, right?
What does laughter do to us? Here’s some physiological benefits to laughing:
- The act of laughing increases your blood flow. Elevated blood flow increases healing rates, and sends oxygen to your brain and organs.
- Laughing may help combat infections, helping the ill get back to health faster.
- Laughing can aid in regulating blood sugar levels in your body – an important function. How sweet!
- Research correlates more frequent laughing to better sleep and relaxation.
- Laughter can boost your brain chemistry in all the right ways, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety.
Recently, tooth gems have made a comeback in cosmetics. Tooth gems are just like it sounds – blingy, shiny adhesive gems that are bonded to your teeth by a strong glue. Tooth gems are originally a Swedish trend. Nowadays, United States celebrities are supporting their dazzle, making sure to smile for the camera to show them off. Usually applied by an esthetician, tooth gems can last anywhere from 3 months to 1 year.
Though tooth gems are appealing to the eye, the little gem may cost significantly higher than it is worth. How? Everything may appear fine when smiling in the mirror at a diamond, however, your tooth may be at risk for needing dental treatment once it’s gone! Underneath the attractive gem might, unfortunately, be some unattractive marks, such as discoloration, decay, or enamel loss!
There is a news article floating around where a woman’s tooth gem lasted 5 years! After 5 years of bling, her tooth had a hole. She had to cap the tooth with a crown, which is a more costly procedure than the application of the gem. And yes, she upgraded from one gem to a whole crown…. but her tooth was left worse than before she applied the gem!
If you want to have fashionable tooth gems, we have a few suggestions. We recommend that when you get the tooth gems, do not shy away from cleaning around them. It is imperative to clean around the gem to help reduce and prevent the amount of bacteria that can get its way underneath the gem, to a place that you cannot reach with your toothbrush. When you go to your Havasu dentist for regular cleanings, make sure that your gem teeth are checked for evaluation of their condition!
Partial dentures are a solution for those who are not missing all of their teeth, but one or more on the same arch (upper or lower). Partial dentures are designed to be an affordable, quick solution for patients who need to fill the gaps between the missing teeth. Also, partial dentures help keep patient’s remaining teeth in place so further problems don’t occur, such as shifting of teeth or bone loss near existing teeth due to looseness.
Partial dentures are crafted around your arch anatomy so that they fit in place as best as possible. Style, shape, and color of the teeth will match your existing teeth so that your partial denture is discreet.
The process of making your dentures is easy and will give you instant, gratifying results of filling the gaps between missing teeth. Make sure to check out the rest of our blogs on our website for more information about partial dentures!
If you have any questions or would like to talk to someone about partial dentures, please contact us today at 928-854-8540.
Antibiotics are powerful medications that combat infections and can be live saving. In the dental office, some patients come in with pre-existing infections in the mouth from the roots of teeth that have deep decay, or pus-filled abscesses. Oral infections are just as dangerous as anywhere else in the body. These specific bacteria that breed in oral infections can spread to other parts of the body, such as into the cardiovascular or renal systems, potentially causing serious complications.
The use of antibiotics in a dental office are to combat an existing infection or to help prevent infection in those with compromised immune systems. Common antibiotics prescribed in dental offices include Augmentin and Cephalexin. When used properly and for the duration of the prescription, antibiotics have very high success.