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By Madera Family Dental Care
September 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: teeth whitening  

Find out when it might be time to turn to the dental professionals for a whiter smile.

Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments that our family dentist Dr. Ahmed ElSayed offers in Madera, CA. It teeth whiteningseems that everyone wants to get a brighter smile. While there are so many at-home whitening options to help you achieve a brighter smile not all of them are able to effectively remove darker and more stubborn stains. This is where this cosmetic dentistry procedure can help.

Many people turn to in-office teeth whitening because they can sit back while our Madera, CA, cosmetic dentist does all the work. It’s truly the fastest way to get your smile several shades whiter. A single one-hour whitening session could remove those stubborn stains and give you the results you are looking for.

However, in-office whitening does require coming into our office for an hour or more for treatment, and this whitening method is more expensive than other options. Therefore, if you are looking for an effective but budget-conscious whitening treatment that doesn’t require spending a lot of time in the dental chair then our home whitening kit may be the best option for you.

How do professional home whitening kits work?

You won’t be able to find our whitening kits on any drugstore shelf. Besides offering a stronger whitening gel our dentist will also take impressions of your teeth to make custom-fitted whitening trays. Normal commercial whitening kits offer one-size-fits-all trays; however, custom trays ensure that all surfaces of the teeth come in contact with the whitening gel for more even results.

Once your trays have been made, you will come back into the office so that we can give you full instructions on how to use the whitening kit to achieve the best results. Before whitening your teeth each night you will want to brush and floss.

You will typically need to wear your whitening trays 30 minutes a day for two weeks before seeing results. Some whitening trays may be worn overnight. After whitening treatment you will want to avoid food or drinks for at least 30 minutes.

If you are dealing with a dull, yellowing smile in Madera, CA, then it might be time to talk with our dental team to find out if you are an ideal candidate for professional teeth whitening. Call Madera Family Dental Care today to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry procedure.

By Madera Family Dental Care
July 10, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth whitening  

Whether you are just looking to brighten a dull, yellowing smile or you have a special occasion coming up, there are many reasons people turn to our Madera, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Ahmed ElSayed, to get professional teeth whitening. Sure, you could whiten your teeth at home, however, if you are looking to get a brighter smile quickly, there is no better option than in-office whitening. Read on to learn why

What kinds of stains can professional teeth whitening treat?

The benefit of turning to your dentist in Madera, CA, for whitening treatment is that this powerful system can target more serious stains that may not respond as well to at-home whitening treatment. While it is true that yellow stains do respond the best to bleaching, even brown stains can be treated with teeth whitening. Just remember: the darker the stain the more whitening sessions you may require before you get the results you want.

What should I expect from whitening treatment?

This will depend on whether you choose to have our dentist whiten your teeth right here in our office or whether you want to get at-home whitening from us. In-office whitening is more expensive than professional at-home systems because you will often see visible results in just one session. Although in-office is the fastest way to get a whiter smile if you aren’t on a time crunch and are on a budget, than our at-home whitening system may be a better option for you.

With our in-office whitening system, you can expect the process to take anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour. We will need to clean the teeth and remove any plaque and tartar buildup beforehand. From there, we will place a protective barrier over the gums and lips before placing the bleaching gel over your smile. The bleaching gel will then be left on for an extended period of time before being rinsed off and reapplied. Sometimes a light is directed over the teeth to activate the gel.

With our at-home system, we will provide you with custom-fitted, sometimes pre-filled whitening trays so all that you have to do is pop the trays into your mouth when it’s most convenient for you.

Interested? Give us a call

Madera Family Dental Care is dedicated to providing preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry to patients of all ages. If you are interested in getting professional teeth whitening in Madera, CA, then call us today at (559) 661-4114 to schedule a consultation.

By Madera Family Dental Care
April 29, 2019
Category: Braces
Tags: braces   oral health  

You might know that braces are an excellent way to achieve a straighter smile, but did you know that braces can also improve your oral braceshealth? Some ways braces improve oral health is by improving tooth functioning and making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene. At Madera Family Dental Care, Dr. Ahmed ElSayed is your dentist for braces in Madera, CA.

Better Oral Health

No matter how diligently you brush and floss daily, maintaining good oral hygiene can be difficult if you have teeth that are crooked or crowded together. It can be challenging to thoroughly clean all around teeth without proper alignment or sufficient spacing between them. Teeth that are crooked or crowded together create more places for food particles and cavity-causing bacteria to become trapped where it is not easy to clean them away. By correcting spacing and alignment issues with braces, it will be easier to thoroughly clean the teeth.

Braces also help improve oral health by improving tooth functioning. Tooth functioning can be adversely affected when the top and bottom rows of teeth are not properly aligned. Examples of alignment problems include underbites, overbites, and crossbites. When the teeth are not properly aligned, biting and chewing functions can be unevenly distributed across the teeth. That means some teeth might do more work than others, which puts excess strain on those teeth and can cause them to wear down faster.

Types of Braces

There are several types of braces in Madera, CA. Dr. ElSayed can help you decide which type is best for you. The three main types of braces are metal, ceramic, and clear aligners. Metal and ceramic braces utilize brackets and wires to gently move the teeth into the desired position. The brackets and wires are placed on the front of the teeth with both metal and ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are also quite discreet as the brackets are clear. Clear aligners are more discreet because the aligners are made of clear plastic and have the added benefit of being removable.

Let braces improve your smile and your oral health. Dr. ElSayed can help you choose the right type of braces for you. For braces in Madera, CA, schedule an appointment with Dr. ElSayed by calling Madera Family Dental Care at (559) 661-4114.

By Madera Family Dental Care
April 28, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   gerd  

Most dental problems arise from tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. But they aren't the only source of danger to your teeth—gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) could be just as damaging to your tooth enamel as dental disease.

GERD usually occurs when a ring of muscles at the top of the stomach weaken, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus. This resulting acid reflux can make life unpleasant and pose potential health dangers—over time it can damage the lining of the esophagus and cause ulcers and pre-cancerous cells. It can also erode tooth enamel if acid enters the mouth and raises its level of acidity.

This can be a problem because acid can soften and dissolve the mineral content of tooth enamel. This is the primary cause of tooth decay as acid produced by oral bacteria attack enamel. The more bacteria present, often thriving in dental plaque, the higher the potential levels of acid that can damage enamel. Stomach acid, which is strong enough to break down food, can cause similar harm to enamel if it causes higher than normal acidity in the mouth.

There are some things you can do to protect your teeth if you have GERD, namely manage your GERD symptoms with lifestyle changes and medication. You may need to avoid alcohol, caffeine or heavily acidic or spicy foods, all known to aggravate GERD symptoms. Quitting smoking and avoiding late night meals might also ease indigestion. And your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription drugs to help control your acid reflux.

You can also boost your teeth's enamel health by practicing daily brushing and flossing—but not right after a reflux episode. The enamel could be softened, so brushing can potentially remove tiny particles of mineral content. Instead, rinse with water mixed with or without a little baking soda to help neutralize acid and wait about an hour—this will give saliva, the mouth's natural acid neutralizer, time to restore the mouth's normal pH level.

And be sure you're using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens enamel—in fact, your dentist may recommend topical fluoride applications to boost the effect.

These and other tips can help minimize the effects of GERD on your dental health. With an ounce of prevention, you can keep it from permanently damaging your teeth.

If you would like more information on managing your dental health with GERD, 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 “GERD and Oral Health.”

By Madera Family Dental Care
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.

"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."

Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!

“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”

Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.

Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.

Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.

Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.

If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”

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