Posts for: August, 2015

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 30, 2015
Category: Oral Health

As is the case with most celebs today, Beyonce is no stranger to sharing on social media… but she really got our attention with a video she recently posted on instagram. The clip shows the superstar songstress — along with her adorable three-year old daughter Blue Ivy — flossing their teeth! In the background, a vocalist (sounding remarkably like her husband Jay-Z) repeats the phrase “flossin’…flossin’…” as mom and daughter appear to take care of their dental hygiene in time with the beat:

We’re happy that this clip highlights the importance of helping kids get an early start on good oral hygiene. And, according to authorities like the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, age 3 is about the right time for kids to begin getting involved in the care of their own teeth.

Of course, parents should start paying attention to their kids’ oral hygiene long before age three. In fact, as soon as baby’s tiny teeth make their first appearance, the teeth and gums can be cleaned with a soft brush or cloth and a smear of fluoride toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Around age 3, kids will develop the ability to spit out toothpaste. That’s when you can increase the amount of toothpaste a little, and start explaining to them how you clean all around the teeth on the top and bottom of the mouth. Depending on your child’s dexterity, age 3 might be a good time to let them have a try at brushing by themselves.

Ready to help your kids take the first steps to a lifetime of good dental checkups? Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft-bristled brush, and gently guide them as they clean in front, in back, on all surfaces of each tooth. At first, it’s a good idea to take turns brushing. That way, you can be sure they’re learning the right techniques and keeping their teeth plaque-free, while making the experience challenging and fun.

Most kids will need parental supervision and help with brushing until around age 6. As they develop better hand-eye coordination and the ability to follow through with the cleaning regimen, they can be left on their own more. But even the best may need some “brushing up” on their tooth-cleaning techniques from time to time.

What about flossing? While it’s an essential part of good oral hygiene, it does take a little more dexterity to do it properly. Flossing the gaps between teeth should be started when the teeth begin growing close to one another. Depending on how a child’s teeth are spaced, perhaps only the back ones will need to be flossed at first. Even after they learn to brush, kids may still need help flossing — but a floss holder (like the one Beyonce is using in the clip) can make the job a lot easier.

If you would like more information about maintaining your children’s oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Top 10 Oral Health Tips For Children” and “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 15, 2015
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: dental implants   crowns  

In the realm of restorative dentistry, dental implants are king. A dental implant can replace a tooth with a permanent, life-like restoration with a solid reputation for durability.

Implants are also known for one other quality — variety. Not all implants are alike, and they have varied applications for use. Available in various shapes and sizes, they can be used for a single tooth or as part of a multiple tooth bridge or overdenture. And while their basic architecture is the same, you also have two options for how the permanent crown (the visible tooth portion) attaches to the implant: screwed or cemented.

A screw attachment can securely fasten a crown to an implant without the need for cement; it also allows for easy removal for repair or replacement should the crown become damaged or worn. On the other hand, it could pose a cosmetic problem — even though the access hole for the screw may be covered with a tooth-colored filling, it could still be distinguishable from the rest of the crown. There’s also a slight risk of the crown chipping around the access hole.

A crown cemented to the implant won’t have this cosmetic issue with an access hole, and will look just like a natural tooth. But unlike a screwed crown, removing a cemented crown can be more difficult. The cement may also cause gum inflammation and potential bone loss in sensitive patients.

The condition of your mouth, the type of implant you’re receiving and other circumstances will all factor into determining which method is best for you. If we’re “immediately loading” the crown (meaning we’re affixing a temporary crown to the implant immediately after placement in the jaw), then the screw method may be more advantageous. Aesthetically speaking, though, a cemented crown may be a better option in terms of final smile appearance.

But whichever method is used, you’ll still benefit from what implants do best — help you regain the function lost from a missing tooth and change your smile for the better.

If you would like more information on your options with dental implants, 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 “How Crowns Attach to Implants.”

By Pasadena Dental Implants
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Has a birth defect, medical condition or trauma affected your jaw alignment to the point where your quality of life is suffering? If so, it may be time to visit Peter G. Cooper, DDS at Pasadena Dental Implants to discuss the possibility of corrective jaw surgery, or oral Corrective Jaw Surgerysurgery.

What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery is a surgical procedure designed to treat functional problems resulting from the misalignment of the jaws or teeth.

What Problems Can Corrective Jaw Surgery Treat?

Corrective jaw surgery can be used to treat structural imperfections that have been caused by genetics, birth defects, certain medical conditions, and trauma. These problems may include issues such as chronic jaw pain, difficulty chewing, swallowing or breathing, excessive wear of the teeth, and sleep apnea. Oral surgery can also be used to help the upper and lower jaw come together more naturally for a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing fit.

How Do I Know If I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery is an invasive surgical procedure, so Dr. Cooper will not likely recommend it unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have one or more of the symptoms listed above, you have had them for a while, your symptoms are severe and interfere with your daily life, and other treatment methods have failed, your Pasadena dentist Dr. Cooper may recommend oral surgery. You will need to set up an appointment to know for sure, however.

What is the Procedure for Corrective Jaw Surgery?

If Dr. Cooper does recommend corrective jaw surgery, you will likely begin the process by wearing a set of braces. This will help move your teeth into proper alignment in order to prepare for the surgery. You may feel as though your bite is worsening during this time, but rest assured this is normal. Your teeth will be properly aligned after your surgery.

Once your teeth are in their new alignment, you will undergo the procedure under general anesthesia in a hospital or other surgical center. The exact procedure will vary depending on what problems you need to have corrected, so be sure to talk to your doctor to find out exactly what your procedure will entail.

An invasive procedure with a substantial recovery time, corrective jaw surgery is not a procedure that is recommended lightly. If you are currently suffering due to a misaligned jaw, however, oral surgery may be just what you need to restore proper dental function once again.

If you think you may be a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery, call Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants and set up an appointment for an oral surgery consultation today.

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