We all desire a whiter and brighter smile. Unfortunately, heredity, lifestyle choices, and common drinks, such as coffee, tea, soda, and wine, all leave residue on our teeth and diminish the clean color we strive for. Advertisements for teeth whitening products are frequent, and all of them promise your brightest smile yet; however, how well do these products work? When given a choice between in-office teeth whitening and at-home teeth whitening, many patients would likely choose the at-home products, as they can be used on a patient’s own time and in the comfort of their own home. But are the results comparable to the reliable in-office treatment provided by your dentist?
Types of Teeth Whitening
Teeth discoloration often leads to diminished confidence and even hiding your smile from others. Instead of feeling like you need to shy away, consider whitening your teeth with either at-home or in-office whitening procedures.
- In-office whitening with Dr. Tomazin involves the Venus White® Max Whitening System. This product is a chemically activated whitening gel that provides substantial results in a single visit. With this treatment, Dr. Tomazin includes extra whitening syringes and custom trays for you to take home so that you can further enhance your teeth whitening experience.
- At-home whitening consists of whitening trays that provide gradual whitening results. These custom-fitted systems are easy to use, comfortable, and can even be worn overnight for hassle-free whitening. Results often become apparent in as little as two weeks.
The Final Verdict
Fortunately, with all of the improvements to teeth whitening that have been made over the years, there are now many options for achieving the bright and white smile you desire. These options include both in-office and at-home whitening, and truthfully, neither one is better than the other. It comes down to personal preference. When teeth whitening is performed in-office with a trained dentist, you know that the job will be done correctly. In the office, you can learn the proper way to apply and wear the trays that you take home and ask any questions that you may have.
At-home teeth whitening may not have the same hands-on approach that in-office whitening does; however, these systems have improved so much that you can attain the same level of improvement as in-office treatments without ever having to leave your home. You can wear the trays when you are watching TV, checking emails, or finishing up household chores. Whatever you choose for your treatment, know that your teeth will be in good hands and that a brighter smile is in your future.
Achieving a whiter smile is attainable. To get more information on both in-office and at-home teeth whitening treatments, call Dr. Tomazin today at (951) 686-3666.
You may be hard-pressed to find a person who loves going to the dentist, and while it is true that dental work and visits are far from anyone’s perfect day, it’s a necessity to ensure that your oral health remains strong. Cavities (dental caries) present some of the earliest threats to your oral health and, when they are not addressed, can lead to many more significant and dangerous concerns.
Thankfully, when dental visits are part of your routine, you can rest assured that any potential issues are handled before they become overly worrisome. To enhance his ability to detect these harmful cavities, Dr. Tomazin offers laser technology to go beyond what traditional X-ray imaging can identify, allowing him to see even the earliest stages of cavities.
The DIAGNOdent™ Laser
While X-rays are still a vital tool in detecting cavities, they can only spot trouble areas once they reach a certain size. The DIAGNOdent™ laser is different, working tooth by tooth to see every crevice and blemish on your smile. This enhanced view allows Dr. Tomazin to identify and treat cavities at a much earlier stage. With this technology, the risk of waiting too long is gone, and you are saved from more extreme and expensive dental procedures.
The DEXIS™ CariVu™ Laser
The CariVu™ laser makes use of infrared light. Similar to the DIAGNOdent™, this laser also works tooth by tooth. By making the healthy parts of the tooth appear transparent and darkening any fractures or damage to the tooth, this technology allows for the earliest detection of dental caries. A camera then captures the image so that Dr. Tomazin can correctly diagnose and treat the problem. This machine uses no ionizing radiation for the safest and most effective identification.
What Can Early Detection Do?
While early detection of cavities still requires dental work, the work being done is far less invasive than if you had waited. Instead of a root canal or an extraction, a small filling may be all you need, which helps to both minimize the severity and cost of dental procedures.
To save yourself from the future stress of dental work, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tomazin today by calling 951-686-3666.
A full and healthy smile can be one of the most confidence-enhancing features you can hope to have. Your smile is often the first thing someone notices about you, and it can have a significant effect on their first impression of you.
Unfortunately, dental conditions are common, and many people find that they have teeth that are chipped, discolored, damaged, or missing altogether for a variety of different reasons.
These conditions can make you feel like you need to hide your smile, and by extension, part of who you are. Dental implants can relieve that stress and give you the healthy teeth you have been dreaming of.
What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal procedure for patients who are missing teeth due to conditions like periodontal disease, cavities, or injury. Implants are inserted into the jaw bone to support a replacement tooth or bridge. These replacements can restore your confidence to smile, speak, and eat comfortably in public. Aside from giving you a beautiful smile, dental implants:
- Look and feel like your natural teeth
- Are durable, reliable, and long lasting
- Don’t sacrifice the health of your surrounding teeth the way traditional bridges do
- Prevent further bone loss and gum recession
- Are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to dentures
What Can You Expect With the Procedure?
Dental implants are placed in a two-step process. The first is the insertion of the implant, which looks very similar to a screw. This screw is placed directly into your jaw and, over the course of a few months, will bond with the bone to create a strong base for the replacement tooth. During this time, a temporary tooth can be worn to mask the appearance of the missing tooth. After the implant has bonded with the bone, the replacement porcelain crown is attached, and your smile is complete. Dental implants can improve the appearance of a single tooth, multiple teeth, or an entire smile.
Take back confidence with your smile. If you have missing or damaged teeth that make you self-conscious, call Dr. Tomazin today at 951-686-3666 to see if you may be a candidate for long-lasting dental implants.
Porcelain veneers are a beautiful addition to your smile. These natural-looking sleeves of porcelain slide over and are bonded to the face of your tooth to correct damaged, discolored, or crooked teeth. While veneers are durable and long lasting, they still require maintenance and proper oral care, just as your natural teeth do. By keeping the following in mind, you can assure that your veneers will keep you smiling for years.
Continue Proper Brushing and Flossing
Good at-home oral care starts and revolves around proper brushing and flossing. This principle must also be applied to your veneers. Even though veneers will not decay, the tooth it is bonded to will unless you practice consistent brushing and flossing. This means that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day (after every meal if possible) with a soft, extra soft, or electric toothbrush, and floss at least once a day (before bed is preferable) to keep both your veneers and natural teeth looking and feeling healthy.
Usage of any tobacco products will affect the lifespan and appearance of your veneers. Smoking not only stains your beautiful white smile, but it can also be detrimental to the underlying teeth responsible for keeping your veneers in place.
Limit Tooth Staining Foods
Foods such as soda, coffee, tea, and wine are known to stain teeth. Consuming them in moderation and brushing or rinsing your teeth soon after having these drinks can help avoid staining both the veneers and your natural teeth.
Stop Biting Your Nails
Biting your nails and similar bad habits damage both your veneers and natural teeth. Chewing on any non-edible item can wear down the surface of your veneers and cause them to chip or crack.
Use a Mouthguard
Essential for patients that grind their teeth at night, a mouth guard can help protect and prolong the lifespan of your veneers. While you can get a mouthguard at any drug store, custom-made mouthguards from your dentist will better protect your beautiful smile.
Schedule Routine Check Ups and Cleanings
The best way to ensure that your veneers are staying healthy is to treat them the same as you would your natural teeth. Routine dental check ups and cleanings, meaning appointments twice a year, will keep your entire smile looking its best.
Good oral hygiene is a necessary part of keeping our smiles both healthy and looking great. However, even with diligent brushing and flossing, plaque can form, and when left untreated can lead to gum disease and tooth loss. While preventable, gum disease is nothing to shrug off and can present itself two different ways. Gingivitis is a mild and easily treatable form of gum disease that occurs when bacterial growth is left unchecked. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress into periodontitis. Periodontitis involves bacteria and plaque spreading beneath the gum line forming pockets between the inner layer of the gum and bone. Gum disease results when these pockets become infected and begin to break down the bone and connective tissue that hold your teeth in place. When this happens, tooth loss can follow.
Causes of Gum Disease
While built-up plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, several other factors can contribute to the formation and progression of periodontitis. These factors include hormonal changes (for women this includes during the times of pregnancy, menopause, and menstrual cycles), illnesses such as diabetes and cancer, use of medications that limit saliva flow, smoking, poor oral hygiene, or, unfortunately, just your genetics.
Symptoms of Gum Disease
While some symptoms of gum disease don’t show until the disease has already progressed, one common trait of gingivitis is bleeding gums either during or after brushing your teeth. Other warning signs to keep an eye out for are swollen or tender gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, changes in your bite, and ultimately, loose or shifting teeth.
Keep Your Gums Healthy
The best way to prevent any stage of gum disease is through proper oral hygiene and maintenance. As simple as it sounds, consistent brushing and flossing remove much of the food particles and bacteria that cause plaque. Using mouthwash can also reduce bacteria. Additional benefits can come from not smoking, eating a well-balanced diet, and reducing your stress levels. Finally, bi-yearly professional cleanings are recommended to target everything that personal brushing and flossing may have left behind.
Good oral health contributes to your overall health, and that is something that everyone can desire.
Bruxism is characterized by the clenching and grinding of your teeth, typically while you sleep. Not only can bruxism, which is reported to affect 10 percent of adults and 15 perfect of children, cause headaches, disruption to your sleep cycles, and jaw problems, but it can also cause lasting damage to your smile in the way of chipped and fractured teeth, and worn tooth enamel. Although it is difficult to pinpoint, stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, and the consumption of alcohol and tobacco use are common links to teeth grinding.
What Can I Do if I Grind My Teeth?
There is no cure or prevention for teeth grinding. Since teeth grinding is associated with stress and anxiety, reducing those feelings may help with the relief of your migraines, although this is not guaranteed. If you suspect or know, that you grind your teeth when you sleep, the best option is to invest in a nightguard to protect your smile and ensure a restful night’s sleep.
Where Can I Get a Nightguard?
Nightguards can be found everywhere from the internet to your local drug store. While these nightguards can be effective in the immediate sense, these guards can prove to be counterproductive because they are essentially a one-size-fits-all model. As you would expect, your smile is unique to you, and you may find that not only are these store-bought guards uncomfortable, but they can also shift your teeth, creating more issues down the line.
Ideally, your nightguard should come from your dentist. A nightguard can be made from the mold of your teeth, ensuring that it will not only be comfortable to wear, but it will also provide the safe and reliable protection that you and your smile needs. Nightguards are durable, long lasting, and a cost-effective way to guard your teeth against future damage, while also reducing headaches. Although store-bought nightguards may seem to be a more convenient and cheaper option initially, imagine the possible future costs of dental work and the disruptions that an uncomfortable mouth guard can have on your sleep.
Do you love your smile, or do you tend to hide it? Aesthetic problems such as chips, cracks, and gaps could be the reason you stay tight-lipped for photographs. Luckily, bonding and attaching porcelain veneers can help you restore a beautiful, natural-looking smile free of cracks, chips, and gaps. One of these techniques could be the perfect way to correct and enhance your smile.
Porcelain veneers can correct the appearance of teeth that are chipped, cracked, gapped, discolored, crooked, or even missing. Veneers are thin sheets of white porcelain that are cemented to the front of the teeth to improve their appearance and function.
To attach a veneer, your dentist will first shave off a thin layer of enamel and take a mold of your teeth so that customized veneers can be made. Next, you will be fitted with temporary veneers while the permanent veneers are being fabricated. Just two or three weeks later, your personalized veneers will be permanently cemented to your teeth. However, depending on the situation, sometimes the veneers are made in the office and can be ready the same day.
Advantages and Disadvantages
The most significant advantage of porcelain veneers is that they have versatile uses and can improve a variety of cosmetic complaints. For example, if your teeth are discolored in addition to being chipped or cracked, veneers can resolve both problems simultaneously. They can also be designed to match your surrounding teeth perfectly. However, due to the process of shaving your teeth, veneers are permanent. The procedure must also be performed in two stages. Although the process does not need anesthesia, it often times requires numbing. The results are immediate and long lasting. On average, veneers may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years (they last at least two or three times longer than bonding).
Tooth bonding corrects the appearance of chips, cracks, or gaps using tooth-colored composite resin materials. The composite resin is hardened to the tooth’s surface and can be used to improve the appearance of teeth and to repair or protect teeth.
For this procedure, your dentist will apply a natural, tooth-colored composite resin to your teeth. First, a gentle acid solution will be applied to your teeth to prepare them for the bonding material. A liquid bonding will then be molded to the tooth to fit the desired shape. Finally, an ultraviolet light will be placed to harden the resin until it is cemented to your tooth.
Advantages and Disadvantages
While veneers require two office visits, bonding can usually be accomplished in a single visit. The procedure is quick and comfortable. However, bonding is more limited in its uses. Additionally, the bonding material may need to be replaced after three to five years, which is typically sooner than necessary with veneers. Nonetheless, bonding does have the ability to correct cosmetic issues such as gaps, cracks, and chips, and it can repair or protect damaged or vulnerable teeth.
Dental crowns are placed over damaged, weak, fractured, or otherwise dysfunctional teeth to improve their function, alignment, shape, or appearance. Even though they are cemented on, a crown may occasionally fall off of the tooth. If your dental crown falls off, you need to make a dental appointment as soon as you can. Dr. Tomazin offers same-day crowns for your convenience and can replace your broken or loose crown in just one office visit.
Why Dental Crowns Might Fall Off
A dental crown might fall off for a few reasons. One of these is due to tooth decay beneath the crown that destroys part of the tooth so that the crown no longer fits tightly onto the tooth. Another reason is if the cement bonding holding your crown to your tooth isn’t strong enough. One of the most common reasons a dental crown might fall off is due to abuse. If you grind your teeth, use them as tools, subject your crown to unnatural stress or force, or eat too many hard or sticky foods, you can weaken or break a dental crown.
Contact Your Dentist
Losing a dental crown is rarely an emergency that requires immediate rectification. Still, it should be corrected as soon as possible. The newly exposed tooth may be weak and sensitive to temperature, friction, pressure, or air. Contact your dentist and let him or her know what happened, then schedule the next available appointment to go in and have the crown replaced. In the meantime, you can use dental cement to protect your tooth or temporarily seal the old crown on it until you see your dentist. This temporary “solution” should only be used for a short while until you can get a crown replacement.
Same-Day Crowns With Dr. Tomazin
Dr. Tomazin uses CEREC 3D technology to fabricate same-day dental crowns. Often with traditional crown replacement, a new crown must be made to ensure that it fits securely over the tooth. Thus, a temporary crown is placed at your first appointment, and the new crown is fitted at a later date. But with CEREC 3D technology, if your crown falls off, Dr. Tomazin can replace your crown the same day you come in for your first appointment.
For your same-day crown appointment, the area will be numbed, your tooth will be prepared, and the CEREC will take a digital impression. This impression will be transferred to a software program where Dr. Tomazin will design the new dental crown on the spot. The milling unit will fabricate the newly designed crown while you wait. Then the crown will be bonded to the prepared tooth, fully restoring your crown. Dr. Tomazin can fix broken teeth and old silver fillings in one visit with tooth-colored porcelain crowns to restore the appearance and function of your smile.
Children are taught from a young age to brush their teeth every morning and night. It is well-established that brushing, flossing, and oral hygiene are vital to dental health. One of the best ways to ensure that you have clean and plaque-free teeth is to use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes are better for your teeth than manual brushes and can more effectively get rid of dental plaque.
What Makes Electric Toothbrushes Better?
Electric toothbrushes are better than manual toothbrushes because they are more efficient in cleaning the surface areas of your teeth while guiding the pressure we apply. When brushing our teeth, many of us tend toward laziness, and either don’t get in and around every tooth or don’t brush for a full two to three minutes. An electric toothbrush can clean more teeth in a faster period of time, helping you cover more ground. This results in cleaner teeth and less plaque.
What Does the Research Say?
A wealth of studies show that electric toothbrushes tend to remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes. Electric toothbrushes also lower the risk of gum disease, reduce existing gingivitis, and may be safer and softer on the gums than many manual toothbrushes. Power toothbrushes are proven to remove stains and whiten teeth more effectively than manual toothbrushes. Furthermore, research has established that the improved cleaning ability of electric toothbrushes encourages continued use, meaning patients are more likely to continue using an electric toothbrush once they have seen the benefits for their teeth.
Who Can Benefit From Electric Toothbrushes?
Everyone can benefit from electric toothbrushes, especially those who are lazy or inefficient brushers. Your dentist may recommend an electric toothbrush if your current efforts aren’t removing enough plaque. People that may find electric toothbrushes especially useful include children, people with braces or dental implants, and individuals who have trouble using their hands. Studies have suggested that patients who use power toothbrushes appreciate their results and tend to continue using them long term, which contributes to better dental health in the future.
Dr. Chad Tomazin, DDS and our team at IE Dental are focused on helping you achieve the best oral health. We carry high-quality electric toothbrushes designed to create healthy hygiene habits that will improve your dental health. For more information, contact us at (951) 686-3666 or through our online contact form today.
Some people experience anxiety and fear when visiting the dentist. To make the experience of caring for your teeth as pleasant for you as possible, we offer sedation dentistry. Dr. Tomazin is a dental anesthesiologist and can use anesthesia to help nervous adults, children, or patients with special needs be more comfortable during their dental visit.
Why We Offer Sedation Dentistry
Dr. Tomazin is a deeply caring dentist who makes every effort to provide the best dental care experience for his patients. However, some people still feel anxious or scared about going to the dentist. Children may become uncooperative and restless in the dentist’s chair. Individuals with certain health problems such as heart troubles, gag-reflex, and disabilities may require sedation for safety. A previously unpleasant dental visit can affect individuals so strongly that they may avoid the dentist altogether, and the resulting lack of regular checkups can lead to tooth decay and permanent tooth loss.
To assuage these problems, we offer sedation dental services. Sedation dentistry allows vulnerable individuals to get the dental care they need without the apprehension or fear. Various treatment modalities offered by our expert dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Chad Tomazin, help patients feel comfortable and allow the dental treatments to proceed as smoothly as possible. With sedation dentistry, patients who have previously been unable or unwilling to go to the dentist as frequently as they need to can receive the necessary dental treatments that will help prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.
Our Sedation and Anesthesia Services
We offer a variety of sedation and anesthesia services to accommodate every patient’s needs. In addition to local anesthesia and oral sedation, we offer intravenous sedation to help patients relax more deeply. Our sedation treatments range from minimal (aware but relaxed) to deep sedation (not easily aroused). We also offer general anesthesia so that the patient can be completely unconscious and unresponsive for the duration of the procedure. The patient is carefully monitored while under any of these forms of sedation and anesthesia. Dr. Tomazin finds sedation dentistry to be incredibly beneficial for many patients. Thanks to sedation dentistry, all interested patients—even those who dread going to the dentist—can receive dental treatment in a relaxed or sedated state.
Sedation dentistry can help you or a loved one have a more positive experience when visiting the dentist. To learn about sedation dentistry with our dentist and dental anesthesiologist, Dr. Chad Tomazin, schedule your appointment by calling (951) 686-3666 or by completing our online contact form today.