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Mini Dental Implants – What’s The Difference?

You may have seen a mention of MDI on a dental website but not really understood what it meant. MDI, or Mini Dental Implants, as they are otherwise known, do very much what they say on the tin: they are dental implants that are much smaller than the typical ones that have been used for dentists for the last decade. To learn more about mini dental implants San Diego dentist Dr Paige Woods, an expert in MDI, talked us through some of the benefits that these smaller types of dental implants can offer her patients.

Dental implants are a wonderful treatment choice, and there is nothing wrong with them, but now that technology has moved on it has enabled dentists to create dental implants that are smaller. These require less surgery to be able to be placed into the mouths of patients, and this means that the treatment time is much less and so is the recovery time. They also require less interference with any bone or gum in the jawline, which is perfect for people who do not want major surgery. With less surgery comes less pain, and this is of huge benefit to Dr Paige Woods’ patients. Mini dental implants are also popular because they are less expensive as they are comprised of less titanium, and are therefore easily accessible to patients who may not otherwise have been able to afford the larger dental implants.

It takes an hour or less to fit a mini dental implant. That means Dr. Paige Woods can have you in and out of her dental practice quicker than you could have imagined, with a gap in your teeth completely filled with a smaller, cheaper, and easier to receive mini dental implant. Why not discuss your ideas with Dr Paige Woods about having MDI, or mini dental implants?


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Understanding Lyme Disease at the Dentist

Systemic diseaseAnyone who has Lyme Disease will find that they have a flurry of different medical appointments throughout the year, and you may find that you start to get a little tired of having yourself poked, prodded, tested, and lectured by people – even though you know that they are only there to help you keep healthy! However, the last thing that most people with Lyme Disease then want to do is go to the dentist and have the same experience: poking and prodding, testing and diagnosing, and even more treatments. However, out of all the various medical experts that you will see for your Lyme Disease, it could actually be your dentist that makes the biggest difference to the symptoms you experience.

That is because Lyme Disease is a holistic problem; that is, one that affects your whole body. Almost every single one of your body’s systems will be affected by the Lyme Disease, and that means that even if you try to treat the symptoms in one area of your body, you could actually not be getting to the root of the problem unless you treat your whole body. When you visit a holistic dentist – that is, a dentist that treats the whole body too – then you have a natural ally, someone who will work hard with you, rather than lecturing you, to bring your Lyme Disease under control. It could be, in fact, that you get the most understanding of your Lyme Disease when you are at the dentist, rather than at the hospital.

If you want to be able to get the most from your dental visits then make sure that you tell your dentist that you have Lyme Disease. They will be able to bear this in mind when they examine you, and will help in their treatment decisions.

To find out how oral health can improve your overall health, call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation.

The Covenience Of Same Day Dental Implants

For same day dental implants San Diego dentist Dr Paige Woods has been revolutionizing the way people are treated at their dentists. For years, dental implants have been a treatment option that has always taken at least two, if not three appointments with a dentist, and although for some people this does not feel like very many, there are on the other hand plenty of people who would greatly benefit from being able to have everything done in one go, such as people who live a little outside San Diego, or have children, or very demanding jobs where they cannot just take time off work frequently.

That is where same day dental implants come in. These are perfect for people who want to make the move from temporary dentures to permanent dentures, and that means that they can walk into their dentist’s consultation room with one set of teeth and literally walk out with another. This sort of dental treatment simply would not have been possible a few years ago, but we live in a modern age where people can have their smile changed in just a few hours.

After having a CT scan and an x-ray, a surgical guide is created that is purposefully designed for you, and no one else. All of the planning and hard work that is put in is done before you even step into the dental office so that all you have to do is turn up on the day! Whether you need any teeth taking out or any quick procedures to ready your mouth or not, Dr Paige Woods is able to do everything that you need to be able to walk out of the door with your new mouth. Having same day dental implants means that you can say goodbye to ill fitting and uncomfortable temporary dentures and smile hello to comfortable permanent dentures.


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When Might A Dental Implant Be Your Best Option?

When you have a gap in your smile it can really knock your confidence, even if it is something that you have lived with for several years. After all, the ideal smile doesn’t have any gaps and it can cause people to feel very self conscious, and even in some cases to avoid smiling at all because they do not want to feel embarrassed. For other people, having a gap can affect the way that they talk, depending on its location, and even the way that they are able to eat. That is why dental implants are so amazing, because they can immediately take your smile back to how it was before you lost the tooth, and all in one treatment procedure that is really simple.
Made of titanium and often covered in porcelain and so shaped and colored to match your other teeth, a dental implant is not a quick fix just to make a cosmetic change. These dental implants are strong and durable, and will happily sit in your mouth and perform like a normal tooth for many years. Only two appointments are needed in order to have a dental implant removed, and the first one is primarily about understanding your unique teeth and requirements. A full examination will be offered along with a mold so that your dental implant can be customised to your mouth, and it is in the second appointment that the dental implant is fitted.
If you are considering dental implants San Diego offers a wealth of different dentists who have a huge amount of experience in this area – though potentially none so popular as Dr Paige Woods, who has been offering this treatment to hundreds of patients who are astounding by the difference that filling that gap can bring to their smile. Why not give her a call, and make an appointment to discuss whether your smile could be changed by having a dental implant?


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What Is Crown Lengthening?

You may not have heard of crown lengthening, but it is a common dental procedure that is offered to patients by dentists for one of two reasons: firstly, because it can drastically improve the health of the gums of the patient which is essential if they have battled gum disease in the past, or secondly, because it is the perfect beginning to cosmetic surgery to ensure that absolutely everything will work out for the best possible looking result. There are many people who have what is called ‘gummy smiles’, which is a much larger proportion of gum to tooth ratio in their smile, and crown lengthening can address that balance if that is something that you want.

Local anaesthetic is all that is needed for crown lengthening so you do not have to worry about going under and spending any time as an inpatient. The length of time that your dentist will need in order to complete the procedure will greatly depend on exactly what is required, and how much damage, if any, there has already been to the gums. If there has been gum disease going on for a long time, and it has progressed and got very bad, then you may find that a relatively large amount of gum and tissue has to be removed, and as your dentist wants to make sure that they do this as carefully as possible, it may take a little while.

However long it takes, you will be amazed at the results that can be achieved through such a simple procedure as crown lengthening. For the best crown lengthening San Diego dentistry can offer, make sure that you book your appointment with the Brighton Dental San Diego. Their dental specialists have years of experience with patients of all ages and backgrounds, and would be happy to talk through your options with you.


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Complete Arch With Dental Implants – A Permanent Denture Alternative

Implant supported dentures may sound like a slightly complicated thing, but actually it is remarkably basic. Put simply, when a person needs dentures they can either have them as temporary removable dentures that they have to take out every evening, or have them as permanent fixed ones that never come out. The trouble with the temporary ones is that they can cause an awful lot of friction along the gum, causing chafing and sores that are remarkably painful. Permanent fixed dentures, on the other hand, do not have this trouble, but they have to be attached to something in order to prevent them from moving around. Some will attach them using crowns but these can be quite weak, so the strongest way to do is to attach them to dental implants.

If you are concerned about having to have six or more dental implants in order to make implant supported dentures work, don’t worry – dental technology has come a long way since then! There is now a method called All On Four, which means that you only need to have four dental implants in order for the entire denture to be supported, and in many cases a patient will already have one or two dental implants that their dentist can work with. This is much less complicated dental treatment compared to having several dental implants put into a patient’s mouth, and that means that there is not only much less healing that has to be done, but also that it is less painful, and much less expensive!

Implant supported dentures can return complete stability back to you when you thought you may have lost it forever, and without the hassle and pain that you may have expected. Why not make an appointment with Dr Paige Woods, a brilliant dentist who offers the All On Four treatment, to see whether or not you a suitable patient for the treatment?


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The Dental Implant Process

The longer that we live the more likely it is that we are going to experience more things such as losing a tooth. That could come through simple age, or decay, or an accident, or gum disease, but studies show that most of us will lose one at some point, and it is what you decide to do after that that will drastically change the way that you look, eat, smile, and laugh. Although you could just leave your mouth with an unsightly hole in your teeth, you could consider that the dental implants San Diego dentists such as Dr Paige Woods are offering to their patients could be a much better option.

Unlike the horrible Victorian times when patients would be offered a tooth from a street urchin that they had sold, in today’s dental surgeries you will instead be offered a completely artificial tooth, usually made from something strong and non-reactive such as titanium – a very strong and durable material that could mean your dental implant could last longer than your other teeth! When it is carefully fixed into your mouth by your dentist over two appointments, you will find that you’ll be surprised at how natural the tooth looks and feels. At first your dentist will need to take a mold of your mouth so that the dental implant can be made specifically for you and your needs, and it will also be made to look exactly like your other teeth – matching so well that other people may not be able to tell the difference.

Then at your second appointment, the dental implant will be fitted, and you will be able to smile without thinking about that awkward gap, and eat without having to tug on one side because you don’t have a balanced number of teeth. This is the small and simple dental procedure that can give you back your confidence.

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Lyme Disease and the Mouth

x-ray infected toothIt just takes a small bite of a tick, but Lyme Disease is so much bigger than a little rash and a small amount of scratching. Lyme Disease can affect an entire person’s system, and give them painful symptoms that can last for months, if not years. For some reason, many of those symptoms are often concentrated around the mouth area, and this can lead many individuals to think that they have some sort of dental infection, rather than realizing that they do in fact have something completely different wrong with them. So why does Lyme Disease always seem to get worse in the mouth?

Well, that is something that we asked Dr Paige Woods, from Brighton Dental, and she took the time to explain to us that unlike many other health problems, Lyme Disease can actually grow and feed from other infections in the body. This means that if there is anything else wrong with the patient, the Lyme Disease is going to capitalize on that and just get worse, and spread even further. When you team this up with the fact that the majority of people are walking round right now with gum disease, tooth decay, and plaque all in their mouth, you start to realize that people with Lyme Disease need to start paying a lot more attention to their dental hygiene.

As soon as you realize this, however, there is an immediate benefit: the quicker that you treat the infection problems in your mouth, the sooner that you can start to get your Lyme Disease under control. They are truly connected, so when one starts to get treated by Dr Paige Woods or another dentist from Brighton Dental, you will start to see a slow and gradual improvement in your Lyme Disease symptoms.

To book an appointment with Dr. Woods for a free consultation, call (619) 359-6569.

Are Porcelain Inlays Right For You?

For the best porcelain inlays San Diego is the place to go. That is where you can find Dr Paige Woods, a highly respected dentist who has worked for many years offering the best porcelain inlay care for her patients, and many people who did not even realize that such a simple and painless treatment option was available to them. Anyone who has looked in the mirror at their teeth and wished that they had their teeth did not have those gaps in them because of previous tooth decay is the perfect candidate for receiving porcelain inlays, which are specially made porcelain items that are placed into those holes, filling them up, preventing any decay from getting in, improving the look and feel of the patient’s teeth, and often giving them back their confidence again.

In many cases, the patient had to have a large amount of their tooth removed due to decay many years ago, when porcelain inlays were not really a treatment option that had been invented. Nowadays however it is a standard procedure that is offered to people who have suffered tooth decay, and it is possible for people who never thought that they would be able to have their teeth restored to have their mouth feel whole again. Dr Paige Woods in particular has seen many patients come through into her consultation room for something completely different who were then astounded that there was something so simple and fantastic as porcelain inlays available to them.

It is not too much of an exaggeration to state that porcelain inlays really have changed the lives of many patients. If you think that you may be a good candidate to receive porcelain inlays, then do not lose any time: make sure that you book an appointment with Dr Paige Woods to discover whether or not porcelain inlays could benefit you.

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What’s Involved In Having a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns and caps are often something that a person becomes nervous about, because they assume that it is going to mean a lot of dental surgery, pain, and discomfort – when in fact, in many cases that could not be further from the truth! Dental crowns and caps are used by dentists as a tool to prevent further deterioration of the tooth in the future, and so will save the patient discomfort and pain, as this is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy tooth. When you consider dental crowns San Diego residents should think about Brighton Dental San Diego, a renowned dental practice full of dentists who have years of experience of giving their patients expert dental crowns.

So what is involved in having a dental crown? For a start, your dentist will need to give you a full examination to understand exactly what is going on with your tooth, and then they will start to find a porcelain style that matches. Unlike decades ago when dental crowns used to stand out a mile away, it is now possible to have dental crowns made up in porcelain, and shapes and colored to look exactly like the actual tooth, and the teeth around it. Although porcelain is not indestructible, if you look after it properly then you will find that it can last many years without you having to think twice about it, as long as you are brushing your teeth properly and following good dental hygiene.

In most cases, you will only need to have two dental appointments to have your dental crown fitted. After all of the mold has been removed from the tooth, a mold will be taken so the dental crown can be made uniquely to fit you, and then at a second appointment you can walk out with a beautiful new smile.

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