Posts for: July, 2015
Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone. Ultimate success — a natural and beautiful smile — requires painstaking attention to detail and artistry.
Here are a few of the factors we must consider to achieve a smile with dental implants you’ll be proud to display.
The amount of available bone. For the permanent crown to appear natural, it’s crucial to position the implant precisely. To achieve this precision requires an adequate amount of bone to be present. Unfortunately, bone loss is quite common after tooth loss; to minimize this we place bone grafts in the empty socket if at all possible after extraction to encourage bone growth. It’s also possible in some cases to perform bone grafting surgery before implants to build up bone volume.
Your genetic gum tissue type. There are basically two types of gum tissue people are born with: thin or thick. Thin tissues are more subject to wear, difficult to work with during surgery and can make it difficult to hide the metal components of an implant. Thicker tissues are easier to work with, but can have a tendency to overgrow.
Achieving a natural “emergence profile.” To look natural, the implant crown must appear to seamlessly emerge from the surrounding gum tissue. To achieve this, we must carefully plan and place the implant in the precise location in the bone, taking into account the implant shape and how far it should be placed within the bone to match the position and height of adjacent teeth and gum tissues.
Blending color shades with adjacent natural teeth. When it comes to color, everyone has subtle differences in tooth shades and hues. In fact, there are slight color variations within individual teeth, from the root to the tip of the crown. To make sure the implant blends in with adjacent teeth, it’s important to match the color incorporated into the porcelain crown with the natural crowns beside them.
These and other factors require both technical expertise and a sense of artistry. Carefully considering all of them will help ensure your dental implants result in the smile you want.
If you would like more information on smile transformations with dental implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Matching Teeth & Implants.”
As we continue our mindful and salutary journey this week, our focus will be on the Japanese technique of Reiki, as it relates to stress reduction, relaxation, and healing. The word Reiki literally translates to “spiritually guided life force energy,” and that is basically the definition, as well. A Reiki treatment focuses on the receiver as a whole person: the mind, the body, and the soul. The results of a Reiki session will vary, but the intention is to promote peace, relaxation, and overall wellbeing.
Reiki is not a religion or dependent upon any level of spirituality, which makes it available to everyone and beneficial to anyone who chooses to learn it, teach it, practice it, or receive it. We are all made up of energy, and therefore are capable of exuding and receiving energy to and from one another. When one’s life energy, or Ki, is high, one is more likely to be healthy and happy, while the opposite is true for low levels.
Stress and anxiety are two powerful responses to an endless list of possible triggers. The effects of these responses can be psychological, emotional, and oftentimes, physical. It is important as an individual to identify personal and effective methods for coping with feelings of anxiety, stress, discomfort, restlessness, or any other negative influences on your wellbeing, as they arise in your life. Reiki is a proven method that can be greatly beneficial for individuals that are struggling in a moment or long-term with any personal issues. The practice can help promote healing and recovery with almost any type of malady.
Some people feel an immediate physical result, while others don’t noticeable feel anything during the immediate session, but will reap all sorts of different benefits after receiving Reiki. Reiki is a non-physical, non-invasive healing approach. While the Reiki practitioner cannot share the techniques and practices learned during training, or prior to starting the session, it can be shared that it involves various placements of the hands, breathing techniques, and the sharing of energy. It is a powerful, but gentle approach to healing and promoting peacefulness.
Did you know that Honi is level 1 and 2 certified in Reiki? She completed this training as part of her 200-hour yoga teacher certification last year. She has shared her knowledge and energy with several members of the Parker Dentistry team, including Ivonne, Jackie and Dr. Steve. A simple twenty to thirty minute session can provide numerous and noticeable benefits. She would love to offer this gift to anyone whom would like to receive it before his or her appointment. This is a service that is completely free of charge. Whether are you having a little nervousness prior to sitting in the dentist’s chair, or you are just in need of some relaxation before returning to the rest of your day, she is happy to perform a session. If this is something you would like to try, especially since there are zero negative side effects, please let us know prior to your appointment, and Honi can schedule a session for you. If you are not sure, and you just want to know more about Reiki, Honi is incredibly knowledgeable and can answer all of your questions and concerns.
Parker Wellness highly recommends that you give this a try! You might be surprised what a positive influence it can have over you. Reiki is just one of the many ways to contribute to one’s living a mindful and happy life.
Thank you for sharing a smile with us, and we look forward to continuing this journey with you next week!
Could those pesky symptoms be a sign that it’s time to see your Hollywood, FL dentist?
Whether you are suffering from a serious cavity or a sports-related injury has caused a serious blow to your smile, there are a variety of factors that could warrant a root canal. It may be hard to know when it’s time to strongly consider this procedure, which is why your Hollywood, FL dentists are here to help. With a proper exam we can diagnose your issue and determine whether a root canal is the best course of action to preserve your damaged tooth.
Why do I need a root canal?
Root canals save millions of teeth each year. This simple procedure is performed when the inner structure of a tooth, also known as the pulp, is infected or inflamed. A tooth’s pulp contains tissue, blood vessels and nerves, making it sensitive to problems. If you are experiencing a tooth pain, blame your infected or inflamed pulp for this discomfort.
What can cause an infected pulp?
There are a variety of reasons why your tooth’s pulp may have become infected including serious decay, a defective dental crown, a crack in the tooth, repeated dental work or trauma to the tooth itself.
How will a root canal save my tooth?
During your root canal, your Hollywood, FL dentists will go into the tooth, remove the problematic pulp and clean out the infection. Once we have thoroughly treated the infection we will seal the tooth with a special material to prevent bacteria from reinfecting the tooth. Then the tooth is usually covered with a dental crown to restore complete function and to prevent further damage.
If you are experiencing a toothache, this is the number one sign that something isn’t right. Most toothaches won’t go away on their own and often get worse over time. The best thing you can do is to see your Hollywood, FL dentists Drs. Stephen Parker, Blake Parker, and Thomas Parker right away for treatment. Call our office today at (954) 983-5450!
Children losing their primary (“baby”) teeth is both natural and necessary. So, is it really that much of a concern if they lose one early?
The answer is yes — premature primary tooth loss could have long-term consequences for the permanent teeth as they develop within the jaw before eruption. Primary teeth play a crucial role in this development: as the permanent teeth form and grow the primary teeth serve as placeholders until they’re ready to erupt. A natural process then takes place in which the primary tooth’s roots dissolve (resorb) to allow them to fall out. Once they’re out of the way, the permanent teeth can then erupt.
If, however, they’re lost before the permanent teeth are ready, it leaves a space in the child’s bite. The dynamic mechanism between teeth and the periodontal ligament causes adjacent teeth to move or “drift” into the space. This can crowd out the permanent tooth intended for the space, causing it to come in improperly forming a malocclusion (bad bite), or it may become impacted and remain partially or fully below the surface of the gums.
This poor dental development could lead to extensive orthodontic treatment later in life, which is why we seek to preserve even decayed primary teeth for their entire natural lifespan. If the tooth is lost, however, we need to take action to preserve the space for the permanent tooth and avoid costly treatment later.
This usually calls for a “space maintenance” appliance — a type of orthodontic “retainer” — worn by the child to prevent other teeth from drifting into the space. Designed by your orthodontist, the appliance can also perform a cosmetic and social function by causing the space to appear unnoticeable.
Maintaining that space requires monitoring — especially by an orthodontist — and continued dental hygiene and care both at home and at the dentist’s office. The extra care preserving the space caused by premature tooth loss will help to ensure your child’s dental structure develops properly and their future smile will be an attractive one.
If you would like more information on the care and treatment of primary teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Early Loss of Baby Teeth” and “Losing a Baby Tooth.”
Restoring missing or unattractive teeth can often be a lengthy process. Months may elapse between initial teeth preparation and final placement to allow time for tissue healing and permanent crown manufacturing. During that period you will likely wear temporary (provisional) crowns to protect the teeth while improving function and appearance.
In the past, provisional crowns were fairly uniform. Today, though, there are provisional crowns available that conform exactly to a patient’s individual mouth. These crowns not only enhance function and appearance, they’re an excellent way to “try out” your new smile before the permanent restoration.
Customized provisional crowns are part of a concept known as “smile analysis.” A new smile involves more than restoring affected teeth: we also consider the overall health of your mouth, the shape of your face, and your own desires and expectations. Your final smile design is a joint collaboration between you, our office and the dental laboratory that will fashion the final restoration.
There are a number of techniques for creating customized provisional crowns. Some techniques involve bonding tooth-colored materials like composite resin directly to the teeth. Others use impression models of your teeth to create an outline or shell that’s filled with an acrylic material and then affixed to your teeth. The aim with any of these techniques is to produce a provisional crown that accurately reflects the final crown’s appearance.
With these types of provisional crowns, we can see how the new teeth will look (their color, shading, shapes and proportions) against the gums, and if they appear to be in balance and harmony with the entire face, including your lips, jaws and facial contour. We can also evaluate how well the new teeth function as you chew, speak or smile.
It takes some extra effort to prepare customized provisional crowns rather than the more uniform version. But this effort is well worth it: by helping us anticipate more accurately how your new restorations will appear and function, customized crowns help ensure your new smile is an attractive and satisfying one.
If you would like more information on temporary restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Concepts of Temporary Restorations.”