Posts for: October, 2014

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

Here’s a quick quiz: What recent activity did domestic guru Martha Stewart share via social media for the first time? Need a hint? Was she following the lead of other celebrities like rapper 50 Cent (AKA Curtis James Jackson III), actress Demi Moore and country music star LeAnn Rimes?

Give up? The answer is… she live-tweeted her visit to the dentist! Not only that, she also posted pictures of her mouth as she was undergoing an in-office whitening procedure.

Now, we understand that some might feel they don’t need to see close-ups of Stewart’s teeth under treatment. But we have to admire her for not trying to hide the fact that she’s had the same procedure that has benefited so many people, whether famous or not. Plus, her pictures actually provide a good illustration of how the treatment works.

In-office whitening treatments are the fastest way to brighten up your smile. In a single one-hour visit, your teeth can be lightened by three to eight shades — and that's a big difference! How can we achieve such dramatic results? When you’re under our direct supervision in an office setting, we can use the most concentrated bleach solutions safely and effectively. You can get similar results with custom-made trays and take-home lightening solutions we can prepare for you, but then the process will take longer.

If you look closely at her photos, you’ll see that Stewart’s lips, gums, and face are covered up to prevent any contact with the bleaching solution. She’s also wearing protective eyewear, which not only keeps chemicals away, but also guards her eyes against strong lights, which are sometimes used in conjunction with bleach. When we perform in-office whitening procedures, we use safeguards like these for all of our patients — not just celebrities!

We also perform a complete oral examination before starting any whitening procedure, to be sure you don’t have any underlying conditions that need to be treated before teeth whitening begins. That’s something you just can’t get from an over-the counter whitening product.

Teeth whitening is an effective and affordable way to give your smile a quick boost. But whether you decide to live-tweet your procedure — or keep your fans guessing about why your smile looks so good all of a sudden — that’s up to you.

If you would like more information about the teeth whitening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Important Teeth Whitening Questions Answered.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
October 13, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: medication   aspirin  

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA), better known as aspirin, is an effective pain reliever and fever reducer. More recently, its anti-inflammatory properties have become part of the management of cardiovascular disease. But while regular use may benefit your general health, it could complicate your dental care.

Aspirin helps reduce inflammatory pain or fever by blocking the body’s formation of prostaglandins, chemicals that contribute to inflammation after trauma or injury. It also prevents blood platelets from sticking and clumping together. While this can prolong normal bleeding and bruising, it also helps the blood move freely through narrowed or damaged blood vessels, which reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke in at-risk cardiovascular patients. Due to side effects from prolonged aspirin use like kidney damage, stomach bleeding, or ulceration, physicians normally prescribe a low aspirin dosage (81 milligrams) to minimize these effects.

Because of its effect on bleeding and clotting, it’s important that every member of your healthcare team — including your dentist — knows how much and how often you take aspirin. The change it causes in your body’s clotting mechanism may also affect how dental procedures are carried out; by knowing you take aspirin regularly we can take extra precautions to ensure your safety.

In fact, if you’ve been prescribed aspirin for a heart condition, you may be tempted to stop taking it before a dental procedure out of fear of profuse bleeding. This is highly unadvisable — the sudden discontinuation could increase your risk of heart attack, stroke or even death. You should only discontinue aspirin treatment at the direction of your prescribing physician.

Another aspirin-related effect may involve your gums and other soft tissues. You may notice gum tissue bleeding after brushing or flossing; while this is normally a sign of periodontal gum disease, it could also be the result of your aspirin therapy. The only way to know for sure is to schedule a visit with us to examine your gums.

When it comes to aspirin or other blood-related therapies, the key is to communicate your health status with us, including all medications you are taking. With that knowledge we can provide you with the most informed and safest dental care we can.

If you would like more information on the effects of aspirin on your dental care, 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 “Aspirin: Friend or Foe?

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
October 13, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Do you miss the smile you once had? Would you love to get it back? Then dental implants may be for you. Dental implants are an effective and popular way to replace your missing teeth to help you get the smile that you deserve. They are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. Dental implants are made to look and feel completely natural. Dr. Peter Cooper believes that patients deserve a smile they are comfortable with, and dental implants may be a great option for you.

The Dental Implant Proceduresideview of a dental implant

Dental implants are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. Here they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. After the implants are put into place, the bone around the implant heals. The implant stays strong by the bone holding it into place. This process allows the implants to never slip or make embarrassing noises like dentures. Some patients may need to wait until the implant is completely unified, which can take several months. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed in one visit.

Dental Implant Options for You:

  1. All-On-Four Implants: Patients who need to replace a full upper and/or lower set of teeth. Four implants are placed and attached for a full arch of teeth.
  2. Multiple Implants: For patients who are missing more than one tooth, but still have health gums and surrounding teeth. Two fixtures are implanted and the crown is attached. The natural teeth stay intact.
  3. Single Implant: If a single tooth has been lost, it can be replaced with a dental implant. The new tooth will look and function like your natural teeth.

Don’t Wait: Acquire That New Smile

If you feel you are a candidate for a new smile through dental implants, discuss it carefully with Dr. Cooper. Dental implants have an overall success rate of about 95% when properly taken care of. Some patients may see an improvement in their overall health and may be able to eat hard foods again like nuts and certain fruits.
Choosing to change your lifestyle through dental surgery is a big decision to make. Contact our Pasadena office today to discuss dental implants with Dr. Cooper and to see if implants are a perfect opportunity for you.

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