Posts for: July, 2017
Straightening your teeth can seem like a monumental task. However, it is not only your teeth that change. During treatment, traditional braces require that you wear them permanently affixed to your teeth for months or even years, compromising your look for your end result. Luckily, you can avoid all of this with Invisalign. Learn more about Invisalign orthodontic treatment with Dr. David Salah at Progressive Dental in Novi, MI.
What can Invisalign do for me?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which focuses on straightening the teeth and correcting a bad bite, known as malocclusion. Some of the most common conditions that Invisalign treats include:
- misaligned teeth
- overcrowding (overlaps)
- under crowding (gaps)
- uneven teeth
- cross bite
- open bite
How does Invisalign work?
Unlike traditional braces which use metal brackets and wires permanently affixed to the teeth, Invisalign depends on clear, plastic aligner trays to move the teeth and correct the bite. The same gentle pressure placed onto the teeth by traditional braces’ brackets and wires helps move the teeth along a predetermined path slowly and steadily until they reach their final positions in the mouth. However, Invisalign’s aligner trays are clear, comfortable, and removable, allowing patients to correct their smile discreetly and without altering their look. Additionally, patients remove Invisalign’s trays to eat and brush their teeth, making these daily tasks easier and less time-consuming than with traditional braces.
Invisalign Treatment in Novi, MI
Dental issues like tooth decay or gum disease can cause longer treatment times and other complications. Therefore, it is important to your orthodontic treatment to prevent these conditions from happening. You can achieve this by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes to effectively remove the plaque and bacteria on the teeth. Additionally, you should commit to your regular orthodontic check ups every six weeks to ensure that your dentist finds and catches these problems early before they begin affecting your treatment.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. David Salah at Progressive Dental in Novi, MI. Call 248-349-7560 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Salah today!
When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?
For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.
Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.
Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:
- It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
- A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
- Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
- Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!
Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!
You've seen ads for “Teeth in One Day” that promise immediate implant placement at the same time you have the problem tooth removed. But this presumes the gums and underlying bone are healthy and able to support and protect the implant. If that's not the case, it may be ill-advised to place an implant on the same day.
Even with immediate placement, there will be a small degree of bone and gum opening or space around the implant after it's placed into the socket. This can often be remedied by placing a bone graft and sometimes a gum graft when we install the implant. It's also possible for natural healing to gradually fill in the space, but we'll need to monitor the site carefully for several weeks.
On the other hand, if we detect significant bone loss (or strongly suspect it will occur), immediate placement may not be an option — there's not enough bone or it's too weak to support an implant. In this case, it's necessary to wait on placement and focus on improving the bone health and quantity, beginning when we remove the old tooth and place a bone graft.
After completing the extraction, we typically place a bone graft in the empty socket. The graft will become a “scaffold” for new bone cells to grow upon. We may then allow about two to four months for new bone to partially replenish the area and then place the implant. The bone will continue to regenerate as it grows and attaches to the titanium implant to create a solid attachment.
If the site, however, still appears fragile even after partial bone growth, we may opt to wait another two to four months before attempting placement. From a long-term perspective, this is the best scenario for ensuring a durable foundation for the implant. It also allows for a socket severely compromised by disease to heal more thoroughly.
To determine which of these placement scenarios is best for you, we'll first need to conduct a thorough dental examination. From there we'll be in a better position to discuss the right implant timeline for your situation. Our main goal is to ensure we can securely place your implant in just the right position to achieve the most successful and attractive result.
If you would like more information on 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 “Implant Timelines for Replacing Missing Teeth.”