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FILLINGS

Advances in Bonding Technology

Silver fillings have been the “go to” option for cracked and chipped teeth over the decades. The main downside for silver fillings has always been the fact that silver fillings can crack easily. Dental technology has advanced in many areas, and one of those areas has been bonding technology. This has produced new materials and fillings that are far superior. The advanced bonding technology causes fillings to form a far superior bond with natural teeth. In addition to the superior bonding, it is now simpler for dentists to repair old fillings that are cracked.

Weakness in Silver Fillings

Researchers have always spotted noticeable weaknesses in silver fillings:

  • Silver fillings almost always crack eventually. This is due to the constant expanding and contracting of silver during temperature changes.
  • Silver fillings seem to wear down on the edge. In time, this will weaken them until they break.
  • When the silver filling finally breaks, the tooth is exposed and susceptible to additional cavities.
  • Silver fillings are composed partially of mercury (as much as 50%). If a silver filling corrodes and leaks, there is the strong likelihood of staining in the teeth and gums that surround the filling.
Advantages in Composite Fillings
  • Advanced technology has produced composite fillings that are stronger and more visually appealing.
  • Dentists now have better options for stronger fillings for current dental needs. They also have the opportunity to provide effective repair for earlier silver fillings that may be causing difficulty. If you have had silver fillings done in the past, Dr. Zanzi can reduce the possibility of future dental problems by replacing that old fillings with modern composite fillings.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Do I Need Dental Implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution. You may be missing teeth because of gum disease, tooth decay, or injury. Patients in each of these scenarios have given positive reports about the great results they are seeing with dental implants. Often, these patients see a tremendous boost in their confidence level. They can smile, laugh, eat, and speak without hesitation

What Benefits do Dental Implants Provide?

There are several significant benefits that come with dental implants. We have listed the best ones here:

  • They will last a lifetime. Since bridges and dentures do not provide any real support for the jawbone, it is only a matter of time until the bone structure around your missing teeth begins to dissolve. This will lead to unavoidable major issues regarding bone and jaw structure. Since dental implants are placed directly into the jawbone, they do provide support for the bone structure. This allows the bone structure in your jaw to maintain integrity.
  • They are more comfortable. Dentures and bridges must usually be attached to some type of bulky base. Dental implants are embedded directly into the bone structure and have no need of a base. This means that they feel exactly like natural teeth. This increased comfort will also allow you to feel more natural and comfortable when you eat and talk.
  • They are natural looking. This means that your smile will look natural. Modern dentures have made tremendous progress in the aesthetics department, but implants look even more natural because they are embedded into your gum and jaw in the same manner that real teeth are. Once a patient is aware of this fact, he will have even greater confidence to smile, to speak, to laugh, and to eat without concern for appearance.
What Is the Procedure for Dental Implants?

The dental implant procedure is a relatively simple procedure. Small, titanium posts are implanted into the patient’s jawbone in the place of a missing tooth. Natural-looking replacement teeth are then attached to the titanium posts. It is no more complicated than that.

This treatment follows a three-step process:

  • First, anchors are embedded directly into the jawbone in the place of missing teeth.
  • Next, titanium posts are firmly attached to the metal anchors that were embedded.
  • Finally, the actual replacement teeth are attached to those titanium posts.

While the treatment process may last as long as eight months, you should not need to change your normal schedule throughout the treatment process.

ROOT CANALS

Is a Root Canal Necessary?

An untreated cavity can lead to root canal therapy after an extended period of time. The official name for a root canal is endodontic therapy. When a cavity is left untreated, it begins to cause decay in the pulp tissue of the infected tooth. Eventually, the decay will reach the root and bone structure that surrounds the tooth. This decay has the definite potential to produce some serious issues. These issues will likely include serious pain and other possible health issues in other areas of your body.

Why is a Root Canal Necessary?

Since infected pulp tissue cannot heal on its own, a dentist must perform root canal therapy to deal with the infected tooth. He will have to confront the infected pulp tissue, the root, and the tooth canal in order to completely deal with the infection. This a final effort to save your natural tooth and avoid its extraction. At Advantage Dental Care, it is our desire to save every natural tooth that we possibly can.

What are the Basics of a Root Canal?

Once your dentist confirms that a root canal is unavoidable, he will first remove the infected tissue. After removing the tissue, he will fill the tooth canal as a protecting against additional infection. Often, this will involve rebuilding the core of the tooth and placing a crown over it for strength and protection against future infection.

How Can I Recognize an Infected Tooth?

A seriously infected tooth that is a candidate for root canal therapy will demonstrate one of more of the following symptoms:

  • Extreme sensitivity to temperatures
  • Extreme sensitivity to sugary foods
  • Intense pain
  • Swelling of gums and jaw area
  • Pain while biting or chewing food
  • A bad taste in the patient’s mouth

You should be aware that a tooth with infected pulp tissue may exhibit no external symptoms at all. Sometimes a dentist discovers infected pulp tissue during a regular office exam. This fact also demonstrates the importance of keeping your regularly scheduled checkups.

TEETH WHITENING

The First Impressions of White Teeth

If, as it has been said, you only get “one chance to make a first impression,” you want to make sure you have the best smile available. In an aesthetically-driven culture, many people have discovered that a brilliant smile gives them a head start in confidence. Teeth whitening is the first and simplest treatment to try when seeking to improve the beauty of your smile. It should be clear that tooth whitening is for aesthetic purposes and does not improve your oral health. It definitely provides a boldness for public and social interaction that brings many benefits.

What Are My Options?

If you desire to pursue a teeth whitening option, there are several available choices to consider. Dr. Nader Zanzi is knowledgeable on each option and can help you determine the best option for you. Your regular dentist will be the most aware of your oral health condition and which whitening option will be the most effective for you.

Here is a brief description of the most common whitening options:

  • Dental-assisted whitening – This choice is the one we recommend and it has two clear benefits. This method involves professional assistance. It also provides results that you will see immediately. This option is the perfect choice for a situation where you need to be a few shades whiter quickly for an important job interview or an imminent high-profile social engagement.
  • Teeth whitening gels and trays – While these are definitely less expensive, their results are not as immediate. The reason for the slower results is that these kits use whitening solutions that are weaker than what your dentist’s office has available. There will also be fewer tray sizes available, and this has the potential to bring discomfort to your mouth and gums. Since the trays are not custom fit, they will not fit your mouth as well.
  • Teeth whitening strips – These are easy to use and are effective. Like gels and trays, you will have to wait longer to see the desired result.
  • Teeth whitening toothpaste – While advertised as tooth whitening, these toothpastes are actually more of a polishing treatment.

No matter which method you decide to use, the active whitening agent is most likely going to be peroxide. It essentially bleaches your teeth to a lighter shade of white. The results are not permanent, but they certainly provide a beautiful smile.

Teeth whitening can be the perfect solution for patients with teeth that have been discolored by the natural aging process, by staining, or by chemical damage. The cost of teeth whitening will not break your budget and is a great first step if you are seeking to restore stained teeth.

DENTAL CROWNS

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

A dental crown can provide great aesthetic improvement for damaged and discolored teeth. While a veneer will cover a specific part of a damaged tooth, a crown will cover the entire tooth. The purpose is to restore a tooth that has been broken, damaged, or stained to its original look.

Do I Have Any Options?

There are several options available when it comes to crowns:

  • Metal crowns – This is a common option with the advantages of strength and durability. However, it carries the disadvantage of a metallic look that many patients find undesirable. This option is most commonly used on baby teeth that will eventually be lost and on adult teeth that are not readily visible when the patient smiles and speaks.
  • Porcelain-metal crown – This is a good option for teeth that are more readily visible. It combines the advantage of strong metal with the advantage of natural-looking porcelain on the outside of the metal.
  • Porcelain crown – This is a popular choice for patients who would like the natural, enamel look of natural teeth. A tooth covered with a porcelain crown will appear real and healthy. It is highly unlikely that anyone will even know you are wearing a crown. You will feel confident to smile, laugh, and speak without hesitation.
  • Gold crown – A gold crown requires the least amount of tooth surface to be removed and is also gentle on the mouth. Like silver crowns, the aesthetics of the gold crown will quickly stand out. It is often used on hidden teeth.

DENTURES

When Are Dentures Needed?

Dentures are one of the available options to deal with missing teeth. They can replace the missing teeth as well as provide limited support for the lips and cheek around the missing teeth. Modern dentures have become very natural looking and can provide an increased confidence to speak and smile while interacting with others.

Options for Dentures

Dentures typically come in two different options:

  • Partial Dentures – This is a good solution for patients who still retain most of their natural teeth. Partials can be designed and manufactured to replace the specific teeth that are missing. The partial denture is then attached to a plastic base which fits in the mouth of the patient. For some, the partial is cemented into the patient’s mouth with the natural teeth functioning as anchor points. For others, the partial dentures will replace teeth that are missing as well as provide support that will help the remaining natural teeth stay in their proper place. If the partial denture is replacing upper teeth, the base will be flesh-colored and cover the roof of the mouth. When the partial denture is replacing lower teeth, the base will be horse-shoe shaped to leave room for the tongue.
  • Complete Dentures – This is the necessary option for patients who are replacing all of their natural teeth. These teeth may have been lost to extraction or to an accident. Complete dentures are custom-fitted to meet the specifications of each patient. The final result is a very natural looking smile. Complete dentures will be completely removable. The patient may need to visit his dentist occasionally for minor adjustments.
How Long Do Dentures Last?

Dentures typically must be replaced every 15 years or so due to normal wear or possible misalignment. Occasionally, dentures will need to be replaced because of the patient’s changing jawbone. As time passes, the bone structure in a patient’s jaw will slowly dissolve anywhere that natural teeth are missing. As the bone dissolves away, jaw alignment will slowly change. At some point, the patient will need his dentist to address the alignment issues.

Dr. Nader Zanzi can provide expert advice to help you know if dentures are the best option in your situation. He will also provide professional follow up that is necessary for patients with dentures.

DENTAL CROWNS

Do I Need a Dental Crown?

A dental crown can provide great aesthetic improvement for damaged and discolored teeth. While a veneer will cover a specific part of a damaged tooth, a crown will cover the entire tooth. The purpose is to restore a tooth that has been broken, damaged, or stained to its original look.

Do I Have Any Options?

There are several options available when it comes to crowns:

  • Metal crowns – This is a common option with the advantages of strength and durability. However, it carries the disadvantage of a metallic look that many patients find undesirable. This option is most commonly used on baby teeth that will eventually be lost and on adult teeth that are not readily visible when the patient smiles and speaks.
  • Porcelain-metal crown – This is a good option for teeth that are more readily visible. It combines the advantage of strong metal with the advantage of natural-looking porcelain on the outside of the metal.
  • Porcelain crown – This is a popular choice for patients who would like the natural, enamel look of natural teeth. A tooth covered with a porcelain crown will appear real and healthy. It is highly unlikely that anyone will even know you are wearing a crown. You will feel confident to smile, laugh, and speak without hesitation.
  • Gold crown – A gold crown requires the least amount of tooth surface to be removed and is also gentle on the mouth. Like silver crowns, the aesthetics of the gold crown will quickly stand out. It is often used on hidden teeth.

INVISALIGN

Who Uses Invisalign®?

Invisalign has seen a surge in popularity with teens and adults alike. It is for patients who have the need to straighten their teeth. If you want a beautiful smile, but are not anxious to have metal brackets and wires on your teeth, you will be very pleased with Invisalign.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Invisalign utilizes a series of trays that are clear and plastic. These trays will gradually straighten your teeth in the same way that the brackets and wires of braces straighten your teeth. While similar in method, these aligning trays have a couple of significant differences from traditional wire braces. They are made of transparent material and they can be quickly removed by the patient. Computer imaging technology is used to produce 3-D images of your teeth. Next, the trays are custom-fabricated for the individual situation of each patient.

What Are the Advantages of Invisalign®?

Invisalign has five major advantages over traditional wire braces:

  • Superior Comfort – Since the trays are made of smooth plastic, they are gentle on your mouth and gums. There is not one wire or bracket to chafe or poke at your lips or gums.
  • Superior Treatment Time – Traditional braces commonly take two years to accomplish their purpose. The Invisalign system can produce the same results in 9-15 months.
  • Superior Aesthetics – With traditional wire braces, it is impossible to hide the wire and brackets that are attached to your teeth. On the contrary, Invisalign trays are basically invisible to the human eye. It is highly doubtful that people will even know that you are wearing the trays.
  • Superior Eating Situation – With traditional wire braces, it is absolutely necessary that many foods and candies be strictly forbidden. When you are using Invisalign, there is no list of forbidden food or drink items. When you are ready to eat, you simply remove the plastic trays and eat whatever you are craving. Brush your teeth and put the trays back in after the meal.
  • Superior Oral Hygiene – When your teeth are covered with wires and brackets, brushing and flossing can be a forbidding chore. If you are using Invisalign, you can easily remove the plastic trays while you brush, floss, and rinse. Invisalign will provide absolutely no hindrance to your oral hygiene.

ORTHODONTICS

Why Braces?

Research by the American Association of Orthodontists has revealed that up to 75% of the people living in America are dealing with some type of “malocclusion.” This fancy word simply refers to “irregular contact of opposing teeth in upper and lower jaws.” In other words, their teeth are crooked or misaligned.

What Are the Benefits of Braces?

Orthodontists have the tools to provide relief for the majority of those Americans that are suffering with crooked and misaligned teeth. That relief can produce the following positive outcomes:

  • The benefit of a brilliant smile to your appearance.
  • The health benefit of being able to completely chew your food.
  • The practical benefit of protection for your teeth. A crooked or misaligned tooth is far more likely to crack or break.
  • The health benefit of protecting the bone structure in your jaw. When you constantly put crooked teeth to use, eventually the bone structure of the jaw will break down.
  • The health benefit of improved oral hygiene. There are many crevices where food particles can hide in crooked teeth. This leaves an open door for bacteria to gain a foothold and begin decaying the teeth. It is much simpler to keep straight teeth thoroughly cleaned.
What Are My Options?

For many years, the main tool of the orthodontist has been braces. They get the job done effectively. There are currently several options available in the field of braces.

  • Traditional wire braces are the most common. When properly used by an orthodontist, they will certainly perform the task of bringing crooked teeth into proper alignment.
  • Ceramic braces have gained in popularity. Though they function in the same way that metal braces do, they are not fabricated from metal. Their greatest advantage is that your orthodontist can have them fabricated in a color that matches your natural teeth. Some patients even wear ceramic braces that are fabricated from transparent material. Patients enjoy the fact that, while they can enjoy the practical and health benefits of perfectly aligned teeth, they can wear ceramic braces that are not easily noticed by others.

Dr. Zanzi and his staff are motivated to help you experience the benefits that come from straight teeth. Talk to the office today regarding the options available in braces and their financing.

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

How Early Should My Child See the Dentist?

By getting an early start on your child’s oral health, you can stay ahead of most major dental issues. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry officially recommends that your child visit the dentist by the time he turns one. In many cases, this will mostly be to acquaint him with your dentist and the dentist’s office. However, it makes good sense to take your child even before the age of one if his teeth are already starting to come in. It is a positive thing for your dentist to examine your child’s mouth, teeth, and gums as early as possible. Your dentist will help you establish proper oral hygiene habits in the life of your child. There are numerous benefits to be gained when you instill good oral hygiene habits at a young age. In the early years, parents should be the one brushing and flossing their child’s teeth while teaching them how to do it properly. Eventually, the child can take on more and more of this responsibility.

How Often Should My Child See the Dentist?

When a young child makes regular excursions to the dentist’s office for checkups and cleanings, he begins to develop a relationship with the dentist and staff. This will greatly ease the anxiety for any procedures that need to be done. Children should follow the same recommended schedule for checkups and cleanings that adults follow. A semi-annual exam will provide the best protection against the development of major dental problems throughout your child’s life. With children, their mouth is constantly changing. These regular office visits will also give the dentist a chance to detect the development of any major dental issues. Dr. Zanzi will educate your family in the best preventive practices to keep your child’s mouth healthy and pain-free. He can provide information and help with common dental questions that arise with children such as teeth grinding, thumb sucking, and baby bottle tooth decay.

The habit of semi-annual dental appointments will be a great benefit to your child throughout his life. He will have a great relationship with his dentist. Likewise, your dentist will be very familiar with your child’s oral health and any specific issues that he may be facing. Both your child and your dentist will be helped by this established relationship if major dental issues arise in the future.

PERIODONTICS

What is Periodontal Disease?

Periodontal disease is the official name for gum disease. It is most commonly the result of poor oral hygiene. A lack of regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing allows plaque, and eventually tartar, to build up around the gums. Over time, this irritates the gums until they become infected by bacteria. If left untreated, the diseased gums will eventually allow the teeth in the infected area to become loose. Gum disease is linked to most tooth loss.

How Can I Prevent Periodontal Disease?

Even though gum disease is quite common, it is, fortunately, fairly easily prevented. The number one fighter of gum disease is good oral hygiene. A patient who will be dedicated to daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing will likely be a patient with healthy gums.

How Do I Know If I Have Periodontal Disease?
  • Do your gums bleed when you eat, brush, or floss?
  • Do you have teeth that are loose that shouldn’t be?
  • Is there a new gap between your teeth that didn’t exist before?
  • Do you struggle with chronic bad breath?
  • Have you noticed infection or pus around your gums or teeth?
  • Have you noticed that your gums are puffy or red?
  • Have you experienced any soreness, tenderness, or discomfort in your gums?

Any one of these symptoms could be an indicator of periodontal disease. It is recommended that you contact your office soon for an appointment and additional evaluation by your dentist. Dr. Nader Zanzi and his staff will also be watchful for any symptoms of gum disease when you are in for a regularly planned exam.

Types of Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease can be divided into three main categories:

  • Gingivitis – In this early stage of periodontitis, a lack of oral hygiene allows built-up plaque to begin to irritate the gums. The patient will also notice sore and puffy gums. At times, the gums may bleed.
  • Periodontitis – In this next stage, the untreated plaque has begun to harden and turn into tartar. Eventually, the result is the separation of the gums from the teeth. The separation allows air pockets to begin to form between the infected teeth and gums. As the condition worsens, those air pockets are likely to also become filled with infection and bacteria. The gums will become even more irritated and will likely bleed more than before. This is when the possibility for bone loss begins to set in.
  • Advanced Periodontitis – As a result of bone loss and air pockets surrounding the infected gums, teeth will loosen more and there will be the real possibility of them falling out. The possibility also develops that there will be severe bone loss.
Treatments for Periodontal Disease

Your doctor will help determine a treatment depending upon the severity of the gum disease. If the gum disease is still in its early stages, usually a couple of deep cleanings at the office will solve the problem.

If the gum disease has progressed to something more severe, the doctor may prescribe the use of a procedure called scaling and root planing. This procedure will involve a thorough cleaning of any air pockets around the gums. This will be followed up by smoothing the rough spots on the root’s surface. Usually, the treated air pockets will close of their own accord after being cleaned out. If this does not happen, your doctor may recommend periodontal surgery to reduce the size of these pockets.

Avoiding Periodontal Disease Once You’ve Had It

Since plaque can turn to tartar in less than 24 hours, it is highly recommended that you be consistently dedicated to thorough brushing, flossing, and rinsing. If you have had a severe case of periodontal disease, Dr. Zanzi may recommend a more frequent schedule of dental exams. This will allow him to keep a closer eye on your gums and stop any developing periodontal disease in its earliest stages.

PORCELAIN INLAYS

What is an Inlay?

It is common for dentists to do everything they possibly can to save an existing tooth instead of replacing it. Often, the best solution for saving a decayed or damaged tooth is an inlay. Not only do inlays help reduce the likelihood of additional tooth decay, but they are also known to be very durable. The fact that they are natural looking only adds to their desirability. Inlays can provide strength for the damaged tooth, protect from further damage, and restore the tooth to a natural looking shape.

When is an Inlay Needed?

Inlays can be used to restore teeth with large fillings that are defective. Another use for inlays is to repair teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or some type of accident.

What is the Process for an Inlay?

An inlay treatment will require two office appointments. During the first appointment, an impression is made from which to manufacture a custom inlay. During this same appointment, a temporary tooth is placed until the inlay is ready. At the second appointment, the new inlay is placed and adjusted to ensure a comfortable fit.

PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

Be Proactive

The old saying that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly true in dental care if it is true anywhere. A small investment of time and money now will save you loads of time, pain, and money later. If you wait until you develop a toothache until you go to the dentist, it is very likely that larger problems have already had a chance to compound. Dr. Nader Zanzi and the staff at Advantage Dental Care are motivated to maintain healthy teeth and gums through the use of preventive dentistry.

Research

According to research, there is a clear link between the oral health of a patient and his overall health. For example, periodontal disease can be linked to diabetes. Also, bacteria found in the mouth can be linked to heart disease. Regular exams, checkups, and deep cleanings can stop most of these problems before they ever gain a foothold. We recommend a checkup and cleaning every six months. If you follow that up with a consistent oral hygiene program (brushing, flossing, rinsing at least twice a day) at home, you can avoid most serious dental issues. Call our offices today and schedule a checkup and a cleaning!

We Can Help

Advantage Dental Care offers the following services in the area of preventive dentistry.

  • Cleanings
  • Sealants
  • X-rays
  • Dental Exams
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Fluoride Treatments
  • Oral Hygiene Education

TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Why Tooth Extraction is a Last Option

Even one missing tooth can have negative effects on your oral health. Of course, there is the obvious downside of the appearance of your smile, but a missing tooth can even affect your health.

How to Avoid Tooth Extraction

Once you realize the possible negative results caused by tooth extraction, it becomes readily apparent that consistent oral hygiene is a necessity. Your first line of defense against an extraction is faithful brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Your next line of defense is commitment to your regular office exams and cleanings.

When Is Extraction Necessary?

It is important for you to take every step you can to avoid the necessity of a tooth extraction. There are still situations where extraction becomes a necessity. Tooth extraction may be unavoidable in the following situations:

  • Tooth decay that has reached advanced stages
  • Infection or abscesses in advanced stages
  • Gum disease that has reached advanced stages
  • Teeth that have been impacted into the gums
  • A seriously fractured tooth
What if an Extraction is Necessary?

Dr. Nader Zanzi is committed to preserving your natural teeth whenever possible. When he reaches the conclusion that extraction is necessary, he will make use of x-rays to gather as much information as possible about the tooth and its possible extraction. In the worst cases, he may feel it is best to refer you to an oral surgeon for complicated extractions.

What Does an Extraction Involve?

By definition, extraction involves the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure certainly carries a risk of pain and discomfort. Thankfully, a skilled dentist with proper training is able to reduce your pain and anxiety to a large degree. Also factoring into the extraction is the level of tooth decay, the position of the tooth, the strength of the tooth, and the strength of the attached ligaments. Again, a skilled dentist such as Dr. Zanzi will be able to minimize the pain and discomfort you may feel during the extraction.

After the Extraction

Once the extraction has been completed, your dentist and his staff will use ice packs on the areas of your face that have been most affected by the extraction. These ice-packs will be used at 15-minutes intervals and will provide much-appreciated relief. The dentist will also prescribe a pain killer for you to use as needed. In most situations, the discomfort should gradually subside within three days to two weeks. If severe pain, swelling, bleeding, or fever persists, you will want to contact your dentist’s office.

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