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Dental Implant Treatment Greatly Improved Thanks To All-On-4

Dental implants are the obvious choice for a patient that has a tooth – or several – missing, because it allows you to not only be able to eat and talk normally again, but it will restore that beautiful smile that you were missing. However, not all implants are the same, and it’s important to educate yourself so that you know what your different options are. We’ve put together this quick and easy guide to help you.

Some patients will only need one dental implant, whereas others will replace almost the majority of their teeth with implants. The trouble is that dental implants can take a long time to heal, and often require several trips to the dentist so that you can get the treatment finished. Many patients want a quick, modern, and completely permanent dental implant treatment, or an implant dentures combination, and dentistry is definitely advancing in this area.

When would you recommend one dental implant?

One dental implant is the perfect choice for a patient with just one missing tooth, and this will be made up of a titanium post covered with a porcelain crown that will blend seamlessly into your mouth. It will be a while before the dental implant has healed enough for you to use it. If you need more than one tooth replaced, then having individual implants may not be cost effective, or be the best dental choice for you.

What do dental implants do?

When you have a missing tooth, that can cause problems with your jaw, your bite, how you speak, and how you eat – and even the shape of your mouth when you smile. Dental implants can correct all of those problems. Dental implants are also used to support larger treatment options, such as arches and bridges.

What happens when you get a dental implant?

Your dentist will take a mold of your teeth and gums, and they will create a titanium screw and porcelain crown to fit the size, shape, and color of your other teeth. However, the healing period for this process can be up to six months, because the bone in your jaw will need to grow around the implant and heal. Your dentist will also need to see you two or three times in order to make sure that the fit is natural, functional, and permanent.

Is dental implant technology advancing?

Most definitely – and many people will put off going to see their dentist because they are not aware that dental implant surgery is not the same as it was twenty years ago, or even five! Now the success rate is almost 100%, and we use smaller implants that are less painful and heal much quicker. We can also now use dental implants to fix permanent dentures onto, and not just to replace a tooth.

Can dental implants replace all my teeth?

While we wouldn’t recommend individual dental implants to replace all of your individual teeth, there is a dental implant solution. The All-on-4 procedure is a modern method of replacing all the teeth on one jaw, and the entire arch is secured onto four small implants, making it possible for you to walk into the dental office without teeth, and leave with them. This treatment plan is completely stable, and will improve your ability to eat, talk, laugh, and smile. This treatment is particularly popular because it requires fewer implants, much fewer surgeries, and much less healing time.

Implant Complete Arch

All on Four Complete Arch

Is the All-On-4 really the best option?

If you need a complete replacement of all of your teeth on the top jaw, the bottom jaw, or both, then this treatment is the best option: it offers quick results with a great appearance, excellent stability in your mouth, improved quality of life through the ability to eat properly and speak properly, a treatment plan that is easy for you to take care of at home, and best of all, such durability that you will probably only need the treatment once in your lifetime.

If this sounds like something that would really transform your life, then contact us now at (619) 359-6569 for more information about the All-On-4 treatment, and many others.

Our ‘Gentle Dental’ Protocol

Brighton dental & Dr. Paige Woods have become well known for what she calls the Gentle Dental Protocol (shortened to just gentle dental), which aims to make sure that their patients experience the minimum of discomfort during their treatments. This involves the use of five different techniques, all of which are used for all patients, and they have proved to be very successful:

Diagnodent Laser Diagnostic Wand

Laser Diagnostic Wand

  1. Laser diagnostics. This small tool that can be held in the palm of your hand is used by the dentist in order to find out whether or not a filling is required, in a completely safe and non-invasive manner.
  2. Micro-abrasions. Cutting edge technology has been introduced by this technique, which removes decay using air, without the need for drilling or inflicting pain in that way. As the laser diagnositics has given the dentist an exact map of what needs to be done, the absolute minimum required is performed with no pain.
  3. Double anaesthic. The first round of anaesthic is topical, which is standard practice, but the second round of anesthetic is pH nuetralising, which ensures that the body is ready for the surgery or whatever it is that the dentist is going to perform.
  4. Low speed, cool drilling.Many people are unaware that the reason they feel pain from drilling is not due to the drill itself, but the heat that it causes. That is why the dentist uses a special electric drill which is used at a much lower rpm, which removes the heat that in turn, removes the pain.
  5. Patient control. Used to put patients at complete ease, patient control means that whenever a patient becomes uncomfortable they can raise their hand – and this immediately stops the procedure. This gives patients confidence and reassurance that nothing will happen until they are ready.

This gentle dental approach means that patients can easily receive treatment from the dentist without experiencing the pain and discomfort that they would have experienced if they had gone to see a different dentist.

To experience the gentle dental treatment, call (619) 359-6569 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paige Woods.

Permanent / Fixed Denture Options

For some people, it’s because they already suffer with ill-fitting dentures; for others, it’s because they know that they will be needing dentures in the future. Whatever the reason, now is the perfect time to look into the different options that you have available, including different procedures and restoration methods.

Can I have permanent dentures?

Patient With Fixed DenturesPermanent dentures are a great alternative to removable dentures, and only a trained dentist will be able to tell you if you a good fit. Although permanent dentures are more expensive that removable ones, and your mouth will take a little time to heal, they do have the benefits of not creating bone loss or ridge deterioration.

Why should I get removable dentures if I can get permanent ones?

Permanent dentures are much more expensive that the removable kind, and many people will find that removable dentures are a good fit for them, and they do not mind putting them in and taking them out.

I’ve got a few missing teeth – how do implants work?

There are three different options when it comes to have dental implants. In some cases, one missing tooth will be replaced by one dental implant, which is usually made of titanium, and is screwed into your bone. After the healing process, a crown will be placed over it. In other cases, two implants will be used in order to support a bridge, or another piece of dental restoration work, because two or more teeth are missing. Lastly, some people will have several dental implants in order to fit permanent dentures into a patient’s mouth.

I’ve heard of implant-supported dentures – what are they?

Dental bridges will often need the support of dental implants, because they need to be fixed onto something in order to be put into the mouth. This will often require a long healing time, and the patient will have to wait for this to be over before their bridge can be placed into the mouth. However, there is a procedure called All-On-4 which has been designed to allow an arch of dentures to be fitted onto just four posts, and this procedure does not require any bone grafting either. This new treatment is not only much cheaper, but it has a much small healing time, and is less painful.

Can I have the All-On-4 procedure?

If you want permanent dentures with the minimal amount of pain throughout the treatment, at a much lower cost than permanent dentures would usually be, and with a smaller amount of healing time, then the All-On-4 treatment is definitely one you should consider. It has been designed for patients who have no teeth on either their top or bottom jaws.

All on four dentures

All on four permanent dentures

What happens during the All-On-4 treatment?

If you decide to go for the traditional permanent denture treatment, then you will need to have quite a few dental implants placed into your mouth, and this will require a long recovery time. The All-On-4 treatment plan however just requires four implants, and they will support an entire arch. Your dentist will place two shorter implants at the front of your mouth, and two longer ones at the back of your jaw, and you can have all of this done in just one dental visit – so you can leave with beautiful teeth in just one day.

This is the modern equivalent to the outdated technology of traditional permanent dentures: an improvement on the old removable design, of course, but the All-On-4 treatment is the next step in modern dentistry.

Many patients choose the All-On-4 treatment plan because it allows you chew much easier than with other dentures, returns fullness to your face, and is easier to speak and laugh with than permanent or removable dentures. We have dedicated ourselves to becoming experts in the All-On-4 treatment method, and we would love to talk to you about your different options – because there are always options when it comes to dentures, and we want to help you explore all of yours, so you can make an informed decision that you are comfortable with – (619) 359-6569.

Pros and Cons of Denture Adhesive

No matter how well made a set of dentures are, there will always be a very small gap between the bottom of the dentures, and the actual gums of the patient. At the beginning of using those dentures the gap is so small and the patient’s saliva fills that gap so well that usually the patient will not notice.

However, over time the bone and the gums of the patient may change, and this could increase the size of the gap and therefore the way that the dentures fit in the patient. If dentures dry out, or are put in hot water, they can warp and change their shape, which is another way that dentures can stop fitting. If the gap between the dentures and the gums gets very large, the dentures will no longer be secure and will start to move around in the mouth.

Denture Adhesive

Denture Adhesive

That is why denture adhesives were created, so that this gap could be filled and the dentures helped to stay in the place where they are meant to be. Many people who wear dentures prefer to use adhesive pastes rather than adhesive powders, because they will be much easier to use.

However, there are side effects and consequences to using dental adhesive. In particular, it can create a false sense of security of the patient, because although the initial problems may have disappeared, the problem causing them has not: the dentures no longer fit the patient that well, and they will only fit better if they are remade.

Adhesives are not easy to apply either, but are incredibly messy – and the patient will need to clean all of the adhesive off the dentures at least once a day, which can be very time consuming. It can also be difficult and very messy when you try to remove it, and when you factor in the cost of buying the adhesive every week or so, you start to think that there must be an easier way around it.

Implant Supported Denture

Implant Supported Denture

And there is. There is a new technology called miniature implants, and these can be put into your mouth to give much superior stability and hold to your dentures, and they do not require any sort of adhesive. Only local anaesthetic is needed to place them into your mouth, and you can even have your current dentures re-fitted to work with the implants perfectly.

Implants also have a great secondary benefit which is that it slows down the erosion of the bone and gum line, reducing friction sores within the mouths of patients who have dentures.

To find out which options are best for your dentures, call (619) 359-6569 today.

What is Invisalign?

Braces have been around for many decades, but Invisalign braces have taken the technology to a new level. This revolutionary method enables a patient to have their teeth straightened with plastic trays that are not only smooth and clear, but also comfortable and almost invisible, hence the name. These trays are made uniquely for each patient, and sit over the teeth, gently moving your teeth to the place where your dentist knows is best.

Invisalign DiagramOne of the key benefits of Invisalign braces is that there is no mental or wires within their construction – all you have to do is pop a new set of Invisalign braces into your mouth every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved gradually. By using Invisalign braces, your daily life will hardly be altered at all, and many people will not even realise that you have them on.

Patients with crooked teeth or protruding teeth are often good matches for Invisalign braces, as are those with underbite or overbite. Other patients may have gaps in their teeth, or overcrowding which is too many teeth, and Invisalign braces can help them too, giving you that perfect smile.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Traditional metal braces were useful when they were first invented, but now Invisalign braces are here, they are many clear advantages to the new treatment.

For those patients were are working professionals, they know that wearing metal braces would greatly affect their confidence when they gave presentations or held meetings. Invisalign braces will not be noticed by any of their colleagues.

For those patients who are looking for love, Invisalign braces make it easy to avoid bringing up the subject until you are completely happy with that individual, making meeting new people much less stressful.

For patients who are in high school, you may have already turned down traditional metal braces when you were younger because they looked awful, but you now may want to have those perfect teeth. Invisalign braces can change your teeth and transform them without any unsightly metal.

If you are curious as to what Invisalign braces could offer you and your teeth, then you should get in touch with us for a completely free consultation.

Why Not Traditional Braces?

Invisalign braces are not the only option when it comes to straightening teeth, but no others can give the same levels of convenience, comfort, and real confident. It doesn’t matter how old you are: Invisalign braces will almost certainly be a much better way for us to treat your teeth without the rest of your life being affected.

Invisalign vs Braces

Invisalign at Brighton Dental San Diego

Invisalign braces are a set of clear plastic trays that slot over your teeth and will gently and gradually over time move them to better positions in your mouth, without any metal and without any obvious sign of braces. Here in san Diego, we offer this treatment to our patients with the knowledge that over one million people have already tried it, and found it to be a complete success.

If you do not want anyone to know that you are wearing Invisalign braces, then they don’t have to. They blend in seamlessly with your teeth so that no one has any idea, and because they are easily removed, you can eat normally without worrying about food getting stuck in your braces!

The Benefits of Using Invisalign

#1: Easy to Use

Comfortable enough to wear all day, Invisalign braces can be worn without any discomfort and any disruption to your day.

#2: Simple to Clean

It can be difficult to keep your teeth clean if wearing traditional metal braces, but Invisalign braces are removable and so you can ensure that every single part of it is kept clean every day. You can also brush and floss your teeth completely normally, without worrying about getting in the way of the braces.

#3: Eat What You Like

So many people avoid traditional braces because they have to put restrictions on your diet when you have them – but Invisalign braces are removable, and so you can eat whatever you like. There is no stress or worry concerned, and all you have to do is ensure that your teeth and Invisalign braces are kept clean after the meal.

#4: Perfect for Contact Sports

People who love playing contact sports will love Invisalign braces, because they all you to wear them without having to think about wires breaking or metal pushing into your delicate gums or cheeks. You can even remove your Invisalign braces for the game and wear a normal gum shield, giving your teeth the ultimate protection.

Nothing really has to change either when it comes to going to bed. The only addition is that you will need to clean your trays, but as you were cleaning your teeth anyway that is not a massive change, and you do not have to struggle to clean in between metal wires and brackets as you would have to do with traditional metal braces. The Invisalign braces trays just pop out, and you clean them and pop them back in.

The Holistic / Biocompatible Perspective

  1. By using Invisalign braces, you avoid introducing Bisphenol-A (or phthalate plasticisers) into your body, as the trays are made of medical grade polyurethane resins
  2. If crowded teeth or gaped teeth are left untreated, it will be easy for gum disease to move in and cause health problems. Invisalign braces ensures that your teeth become properly aligned, and therefore easier for you to keep gum disease at bay
  3. If teeth are out of alignment, over time this can make chewing difficult, and that means that you will not get all of the nutrients out of your food as you would want. A holistic viewpoint would say that Invisalign braces are a brilliant way to treat this problem

How Does Invisalign Work?

There are five key stages to receiving Invisalign braces treatment:

  1. Initial Consultation
    This consultation will ascertain whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign braces. It is very rare that a person is not, but we always want to offer the absolute best treatment options to our patients.
  2. Create a 3D Image of Your Teeth
    Through using photographs, impressions of your teeth, and x-rays, a 3D image of your teeth will be created for your dentist to map out a treatment plan, so you will be able to see exactly how your teeth will move for each set of Invisalign braces.This will help you to understand exactly how the Invisalign braces treatment will work, individually and customised for your exact teeth structure now.
  3. Receive Your Custom Aligners Based On Your Personalized Treatment Plan
    Now the individual Invisalign braces trays will be made based on the agreed treatment plan with your dentist. They will be smooth and comfortable, and all you will need to do is remove them when you eat and when you clean them. Each set will move your teeth gradually.
  4. Change to a New Aligner Every Two Weeks
    Although the exact dates may be different depending on the patient, around about every fortnight will you return to the dental practice for your new set of trays. Every six weeks or so, you will have a check up to make sure everything is going well.
  5. Reveal Your New Smile
    Every patient will have a different journey, but for most adults it will take a year for the Invisalign braces  treatment to be completed.

In order to get the very best results, your Invisalign braces should be worn between twenty and twenty two hours a day, including when you sleep.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free Invisalign consultation.

Homeopathic Remedies Enhance Comfort And Safety During Root Canals And Implants

For many of our patients, we offer homeopathic remedies which are both safe and very effective, combining them with traditional treatments for your dental health issues. We work using the law of similars, just as health professionals have done since the 1800s in order to treat a variety of health issues.

Homeopathic Tablets

Homeopathic Tablets

Many people believe that the use of homeopathic remedies goes a lot further back that the writings that we are aware of from the 1800s – perhaps even as far back as history itself. From our own experience, we know that when taken at the right time, these homeopathic remedies can make a real difference to the infection, swelling, bruising, pain, and other side effects when a patient receives an implant or root canal.

A Wide World Of Homeopathic Options

Our recommendation for root canals and dental implants are alpha lipoic, which is a very powerful antioxidant, and two other choices that are taken three times a day until they are not necessary any more. Arnica is also a great choice, because of its ability to lessen swelling and bruising, and reduce pain in the nerves. It is chosen by health professionals of all specialities for these reasons.

Some dentists also use the following remedies:

  • Hypericum: for nerve pain and used after surgery, as well as those who have dentures
  • MyristricaSebifera: when taken before surgery, can prevent nerve abscesses
  • Belladonna: used in situations of inflammation and throbbing
  • FerrumPhos: perfect for bleeding after surgery if gauze is not working
  • HeparSulphurisCalcareum: used for dental abscesses in their early stages, especially when there is pus or bleeding gums
  • Silicea: used in the drainage of pus
  • Myristica: commonly used for wisdom teeth, or any other swelling and numbness
  • Ledum: often chosen for dental injections to help with the trauma
  • Staphysagria: soft tissue and gum problems can be greatly helped with this
  • Apismemifica: burning pains and sudden swelling are the uses for this

As well as many others. Simplicity is key within our practice, and thanks to our years of experience with homeopathic remedies, we like to introduce them to our patients to help their healing process.

Prefer Modern Medicine?

There will be some patients, and you could be among them, that question us about whether homeopathic treatments actually work – and we welcome such questions. Using homeopathic remedies is not compulsory, and if you do not wish to use it, that is your choice. We choose to offer it because of the evidence of the last two hundred years from patients, dentists, and doctors, and so we believe that we would be failing in patient care if we did not offer it.

That does not mean that we seek to replace traditional treatments with homeopathic remedies; instead, we use them together. The latest procedures and most modern technology is used to make surgeries less painful and invasive, and by bringing homeopathy and Eastern medicine together with this modern understanding, this gives us the most choices when it comes to helping our patients get the healthy and happy teeth that they deserve. Every patient is different, and every patient will choose a different treatment path to help them get there.

To see how homeopathics can improve your dental experience, call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation.