Costa Rica Dental Team – Blog 2017-11-16T00:13:10+00:00

Dental Bonding Can Alter the Look of Your Teeth

How Dental Bonding Can Alter the Look and Feel of Your Teeth Dental bonding can be an economical solution for stained, broken, or chipped teeth and other minor cosmetic dentistry issues. Have a chipped, broken, or stained tooth? Dental bonding can make it look like new again without causing too much damage to your budget. “Bonding is a relatively inexpensive way to make minor dental repairs,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, a dentist in Farmington, Minn. and consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (ADA). Plus, dental bonding is sometimes covered by insurance. What Is Dental Bonding? Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It’s called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. Dental bonding is ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work, such as fixing a broken or chipped tooth or closing small gaps between teeth. Dental bonding is also used as a tooth-colored filling for small cavities because it’s more cosmetically appealing than silver fillings. What Does Dental Bonding Involve? Your [...]

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Removable Partial Dentures

Removable Partial Dentures Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases. Depending on your needs, your dentist will design a partial denture for you. A partial denture may have a metal framework and clasps that connect to your teeth, or they can have other connectors that are more natural looking. In some cases, a removable partial denture is made to attach to your natural teeth with devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than clasps. Crowns on your natural teeth are sometimes needed to improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Partial dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with clasps. Consult with your dentist to find out which type is right for you. What to expect:   In the beginning, your new partial denture may feel awkward or bulky. This is normal, and you will eventually become accustomed to wearing it. Inserting and removing the partial denture will require some practice. Follow all instructions given by your dentist. [...]

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Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

Dental Crowns A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Why Is a Dental Crown Needed? Dental crown may be needed in the following situations: To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left To hold a dental bridge in place To cover miss-shapened or severely discolored teeth To cover a dental implant To make a cosmetic modification For children, a crown may be used on primary (baby) teeth in order to: Have a tooth that has been so damaged by decay that it can't support a filling. Protect the teeth of a hild at high risk for tooth decay, especially when a child [...]

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The Scariest Dental Procedures, Explained

The Scariest Dental Procedures, Explained 1 / 8 Does the thought of visiting your dentist’s office give you the heebie-jeebies? You’re not alone. "About 50 percent of Americans admit some fear of dental procedures and about 10 percent have so much fear and anxiety that they actually avoid dental care," says Sheela Raja, PhD, director of clinical behavioral sciences at the Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. What’s even scarier than dental procedures? Skipping out on important treatments so that you end up doing more damage to your dental health. If your dental phobias are threatening your tooth health, read about these “terrifying” procedures that actually aren’t that terrifying — and find out how to ease the discomfort and quell your fears. 2 / 8   Frightening Fillings Got a cavity? This small hole in your tooth, which is usually caused by germ-containing plaque, is simple to treat. But for many people, the sight of the needle dentists use to numb the mouth before giving a filling can make treating cavities simply unbearable. Keep this in mind: If you don’t treat [...]

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An Overview of Root Canals

An Overview of Root Canals Root canal therapy is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. Root canal therapy is performed when the pulp which is composed of nerves and blood vessels in the tooth becomes infected or damaged. During root canal therapy, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. People fear root canals because they assume they are painful. Actually, most people report that the procedure itself is no more painful than having a filling placed. The discomfort experienced in the period leading up to seeking dental care is truly painful, not the procedure itself. What Is Dental Pulp? The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the center of the tooth and contains the nerve, blood vessels, and connective tissue. The tooth's nerve is in the "root" or "legs" of the tooth. The root canals travel from the tip of the tooth's root into the pulp chamber. A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the [...]

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Efficient dental implants: Incorporating 3-D printing into digital implant planning

Efficient dental implants: Incorporating 3-D printing into digital implant planning Prosthetic-driven dental implant planning and placement form the foundation for success in implant dentistry. Dr. Murtaza Paghdiwala presents a case study that describes how a surgical guide can be planned and fabricated using CBCT technology combined with powerful planning software, and then printed from a mid-level 3-D printer in-house. Prosthetic-driven dental implant planning and placement form the foundation for success in implant dentistry. CBCT technology combined with powerful planning software has simplified the achievement of ideal implant positioning. Incorporation of 3-D printing is the final step in taking the digital implant workflow to the mouth. Having the proper diagnostic information can facilitate success even in less than ideal clinical presentations. CBCT scans are becoming the accepted standard of care in dental implant placement. (1) A fully limiting surgical guide based on a CBCT scan has been shown to be the superior surgical guide design. (2) Previously, the high costs associated with lab planning and lab fabrication of surgical guides forced practitioners to limit the use of guided surgery to large cases or to use inferior [...]

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