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.
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 health? 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.
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.”
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.”
Drugs play an indispensable role in treating disease. For example, life without antibiotics would be much more precarious—common infections we think nothing of now would suddenly become life-threatening.
But even the most beneficial drug can have disruptive side effects. Antibiotics in particular can cause a rare but still disturbing one: a growth on the tongue that at first glance looks like dark hair. In fact, it's often called "black hairy tongue."
It isn't hair—it's an overgrowth of naturally occurring structures on the tongue called filiform papillae. These tiny bumps on the tongue's upper surface help grip food while you're chewing. They're normally about a millimeter in length and tend to be scraped down in the normal course of eating. As they're constantly growing, they replenish quickly.
We're not sure how it occurs, but it seems with a small portion of the population the normal growth patterns of the papillae become unbalanced after taking antibiotics, particularly those in the tetracycline family. Smoking and poor oral hygiene also seem to contribute to this growth imbalance. As a result, the papillae can grow as long as 18 millimeters with thin shafts resembling hair. It's also common for food debris and bacteria to adhere to this mass and discolor it in shades of yellow, green, brown or black.
While it's appearance can be bizarre or even frightening, it's not health-threatening. It's mostly remedied by removing the original cause, such as changing to a different antibiotic or quitting smoking, and gently cleaning the tongue everyday by brushing it or using a tongue scraper you can obtain from a pharmacy.
One word of caution: don't stop any medication you suspect of a side effect without first discussing it with your prescribing doctor. While effects like black hairy tongue are unpleasant, they're not harmful—and you don't want to interfere with treatments for problems that truly are.
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