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

5 Things You Need To Know About Getting A Dental Crown  

5 Things You Need To Know About Getting A Dental Crown     Has your dentist recommended a dental crown? Dental crowns are a great way to protect your natural tooth and avoid an extraction. Is a dental crown right for you? Here are a few things you need to know about getting a dental crown.   At Dean Dental Solutions in North Little Rock, we specialize in helping you maintain a healthy smile. Your teeth are important for your overall health in many ways. Even if your tooth has severe damage or breakage, you don’t need to remove it. Dental crowns have been a great solution for many patients.  1. Your tooth with a dental crown is still a tooth.  Dental crowns are not indestructible. Even though they are often made from metals and dense ceramic and porcelain materials, they can be damaged just like any other tooth.  It is important that you practice good dental hygiene with your new crown. Just as if it were a normal tooth.  2. Dental crowns are used to restore a broken or severely decayed [...]

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22 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Veneers 

22 Things You Need to Know Before Getting Veneers    If you've ever considered getting veneers — a thin wafer of porcelain that is permanently bonded to a tooth to mask its color, shape, or positioning in the mouth — read this first to understand the full experience, courtesy of Michael Apa, DDS, a cosmetic dentist in NYC (aka the pioneer of porcelain). Because veneers are A) forever (well, kind of) and B) very pricey.  You need to go to someone incredible to get fantastic results.This is an aesthetic procedure but it’s also a serious dental procedure, so you’re going to want to see the cosmetic dentist's work to make sure they're good and that you like their style. Also, make sure you approve of their before andafters, and that you're able to see their work 10 years later and still like it.  Veneers aren't a must, but theyarean option. Anyone can benefit from veneers if they don't like the looks of their teeth or overall smile, but Dr. Apa mainly sees people who want to correct an issue. For example, [...]

Do Teeth-Whitening Kits You Use at Home Really Work? 

Do Teeth-Whitening Kits You Use at Home Really Work?  5 things to do before using bleach or chemicals  Most of us wouldn’t mind making our pearly whites a little brighter. Teeth can get discolored from tea, coffee and wine stains, smoking or simply from growing older. But if you want to whiten your teeth at home with a teeth-whitening kit, here are five things you should do.  Know the risks of using teeth whiteners “Whitening is very safe, but you should use it judiciously,” says Hadie Rifai, DDS. “Overuse can cause tooth pain or sensitivity. You should consult your dentist before using prescription dental whitening products.”  Additionally, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs has monitored the development of tooth-whitening products for roughly two decades, as they continued to become more popular.  However, Dr. Rifai cautions that if you have periodontal disease, you should not use the home whitening products without first consulting a professional.  Be aware of the different types of whiteners The ADA worked to define exactly what “whitening” means and how the process of making teeth appear whiter works. You can whiten your teeth [...]

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What Should Be Known Before Getting a Root Canal? 

What Should Be Known Before Getting a Root Canal?    Root canal therapy is generally performed when a cavity is so deep that is causes pain and infection inside a tooth.  Teeth are made up of three layers.  The outer two are hard and bony, the deepest, called the dental pulp is is comprised of blood vessels and nerves.  A root canal is a procedure where the dentist drills through the outer two layers and exposes and removes the soft innermost layer and replaces it with a root filling.  This treatment is done to attempt to keep a tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted and has a high success rate.  Following root canal therapy the tooth would require a foundational filling followed by a full crown in order to restore the biting strength of the tooth in order to prevent a non-repairable fracture.    Root canal therapy has close to a 97% success rate these days. Compared to 40 years ago, the success rate was probably closer to 60% for ten years. Newer techniques in sterilization, cleansing, filling, finding canals and [...]

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Biomaterial could keep tooth alive after root canal 

Biomaterial could keep tooth alive after root canal  A root canal ranks high on most people's list of dreaded dental procedures. Although the lengthy and sometimes painful surgery relieves the agony of an infection, a root canal results in a dead tooth with no living soft tissue, or dental pulp, inside. Today, scientists report development of a peptide hydrogel designed to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and dental pulp within a tooth after the procedure.  The researchers are presenting their results today at the 256th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).  "What you end up with after a root canal is a dead tooth," Vivek Kumar, Ph.D., the project's principal investigator, says. "It's no longer responsive. There are no nerve endings or vascular supply. So the tooth is very susceptible to subsequent infection and, ultimately, falling out."  During a root canal, the dentist drills off the top of an infected tooth to access the soft tissue inside. The dentist then removes the infected dental pulp and fills the space with tiny rubber rods called gutta [...]

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Dental Implants  Evaluating Your Professional Options for Care 

Dental Implants  Evaluating Your Professional Options for Care   Millions of people throughout the world now have a better quality of life because of dental implants. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that preserves bone and doesn't compromise the health of adjacent teeth — and they can potentially last a lifetime. Implants are today's preferred choice for restoring your natural smile with replacements that look, feel and function like natural teeth.  In Part One of our series we discussed the problems that follow tooth loss — the loss of alveolar (tooth-supporting) bone, changes to the face and jaws — and the subsequent impact on personal and social well-being. Maintaining alveolar bone is necessary for proper tooth replacement with dental implants, which are state of the art dentistry. We also considered other tooth replacement alternatives and why implants, long term, are the most cost effective.  In Part Two, we'll discuss the most suitable dental health professionals for both placing implants and fabricating the teeth that attach to them. We'll also give advice on where to go — and why, [...]