Implant-A-Smile

The Diabetes-Dental Work Connection: What you need to know

Diabetes Dental WorkHealthDay Reporter Robert Preidt wrote in the April 4, 2018 issue of US News & World Report, that many adults with diabetes fail to see the dentist enough, which he notes is bad, since diabetic patients face increased risk of gum disease compared to healthier peers:

“Investigators analyzed data from just over 2.5 million American adults who took part in an annual federal government health survey. The survey results showed that people with diabetes or prediabetes were least likely to visit the dentist. The study included about 248,000 diabetics, 30,500 people with prediabetes and over 2.2 million without diabetes.”

Diabetes Dental Health

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags:

Different Types of Dental Cleaning

Tooth Cleaning GlendoraNew patients of Dr. Antoine Sayegh’s Glendora dental practice might be surprised by recommendations given to them regarding dental cleaning. At some dental offices, dental cleaning appointments are all created equal. But, at ImplantASmile.com, during your initial exam, we may determine your dental health requires more frequent or even deeper cleaning than what other dentists and dental hygienists provide. For instance, you may need root planning or periodontal maintenance in addition to a routine clean. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , ,

Jaw Pain & TMJ Dysfunction

 

TMJ

Do you wake up in the morning with headaches and a sore jaw?

Do your ears ache?

Do you sometimes hear “popping sounds” in your ears at time of opening and closing your jaw?

Does your jaw lock or stay on one side or both sides when you open your mouth?

Does your jaw make a clicking sound when you yawn or eat?

Do you have difficulty opening your mouth?

Do you have ear ringing symptom?

Do you suffer from neck and shoulder ache?TMJ Pain

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you could have Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, known as TMJ. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: ,

Bond, Tooth Bond

Bond Tooth Bonding

Bond, Tooth Bond

Dental Bonding

Last week, we blogged about ceramic and composite veneers. In the post, we mentioned the process of bonding, as it is like the veneer process in many ways. But differences exist. This week, we wanted to focus on some of the differences, since bonding as well as veneers help patients achieve a great smile. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,

Veneers

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.

~John Ray

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you may be a candidate for dental veneers:

  1. Glendora Dental VeneersYou are ashamed of your smile.
  2. Your teeth are cracked, chipped or broken.
  3. Your teeth are stained and discolored even though you have tried whitening products.
  4. You have gaps between teeth.
  5. Your teeth are worn down.
  6. Your teeth are misaligned, uneven or irregularly shaped.

If you would like to be proud of your smile, veneers may be the answer for you. At Implant a Smile, Dr. Sayegh and his staff offer two types of veneers, both of which will enhance your smile and boost your confidence. To decide which type of veneer is right for you, read the following, which details the two types of veneers we offer:

Dental Veneers GlendoraCeramic Veneers

The ceramic veneer process:

  • Prepare the tooth by minimally grinding the outside surface of the tooth.
  • Take an impression, which we send it to the lab.
  • Place a temporary veneer on the tooth to prevent sensitivity while the lab fabricates the veneer. (This process takes one to two weeks.)
  • The lab pours the impression into special stone, then lays down layers of ceramic in the requested color.Labwork Veneers
  • The lab processes the veneer in an oven which uses high temperature to set the veneer.
  • Finally, technicians polish and glaze the veneer and send it back to Dr. Sayegh’s office.
  • We cement the veneer to the tooth using dental cement.

Composite Veneers

Chair-side Composite VeneerThe other option for veneers is made with composite materials. Here is the process:

  • The veneer is made chair-side, where Dr. Sayegh will minimally prepare the tooth. For composites, less grinding is required than for the ceramic preparation.
  • The patient and the ImplantASmile.com staff selects the desired color for the veneer.
  • Sayegh applies layers of composite material directly to the tooth.
  • We cure the veneer to the surface of the tooth, using a special light.
  • Then, we polish and shine the surface to make sure the veneers look smooth and pretty.
  • The composite bond is almost the same as a composite veneer, but it does not cover the entire facial surface of the tooth.
  • This is intended to close gaps between teeth and add to certain surfaces to make teeth appear even. This is also done “chair side.”

Pros & Cons of Ceramic vs Composite VeneersVeneers Pros & Cons

Ceramic

  • Time – the process takes approximately two weeks
  • Expense – More expensive than composite
  • Usually involves a little more grinding than composite types
  • Shinier and better color stability
  • Lasts an average 10 to 15 years, although timeframe varies between patients

Composite

  • Time – Composites are quicker than ceramic
  • Expense – A lot less expensive
  • Durability (last an average 4- 8 years) depending on the patient
  • Slightly less glare or flash, which is more natural than the flashy, shiny “Hollywood” smile.
  • No temporary involved, so the process involves less trips to the dentist.

Composite Bond:

Veneers Pros & Cons

With veneers, you could love your smile!

A third option is a composite bond. This process requires the least preparation, is less expensive than either of the other options, and involves fewer surface layers and lasts 4-8 years (depending on the patient).

The success of each of these veneer processes rely on excellent hygiene and consistent maintenance on the part of the patient. In many cases, undetermined patients may begin with composites and then eventually have ceramic veneers, once they are ready to pay for the more expensive process. Or, your options may be limited by available facial surfaces. Dr. Sayegh and his staff can advise you about your best option.Veneer Recommendations

After using the veneers for years, they may wear down or turn dark in color. At that point, you and Dr. Sayegh and his staff will decide whether to replace them or change to a different type of veneer.

About Dr. Sayegh & ImplantaSmile.com

Dentist GlendoraDr. Antoine Sayegh & the ImplantaSmile Team use the latest available dental treatments, equipment, and materials – all of which make a marked difference in our patients’ experiences. We are committed to helping our patients achieve optimal dental health. We creatively combine dental science and artistry — which can literally redesign your smile. Since even a subtle change in your smile will help you to project self-confidence and high self-esteem, we love helping you feel good about yourself. We deliver the finest dental care at the most reasonable cost and accept most dental insurance plans as well as CareCredit. For more about the dental treatment plans we offer or to schedule an appointment, call today (626) 963-7581.

Tags: , ,

A Brighter Smile: Teeth Whitening

White Teeth GlendoraDid you know that studies prove that white teeth lead to greater success at home and on the job? Nothing beats a beautiful smile. And when it comes to teeth, white (not yellow) is the desired color. Dr. Sayegh and the staff at ImplantaSmile in Glendora and Huntington Beach offer a host of dental services, all of which give patients a lot to smile about! Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,

Dr. Sayegh Crowns Patients Like Royalty  

Dental CrownsAs a full-service dentist with offices in Glendora and Huntington Beach, California, Dr. Antoine Sayegh, of Implant a Smile, offers a wide variety of services. By doing a full exam and taking X-rays, when appropriate, Dr. Sayegh and his staff will determine how to get to the root of your dental problems, whether you are missing teeth, experience oral and/or jaw pain or if you aren’t happy with your smile. One of the dozens of services Dr. Sayegh and his team provide are dental crowns and bridges.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,

Missing Teeth? Consider Mini Implants

Mini Dental Implants

Are you missing teeth?

People lose teeth for many reasons:

  • Teeth can grow in at an odd angle, overcrowding your mouth.
  • Cavities can cause infections, which can damage teeth.
  • For myriad reasons, dentists sometimes need to extract teeth.
  • Teeth and crowns can break, leading to tooth loss.
  • Unrepaired broken crowns can lead to additional dental bone loss.
  • The jawbone can deteriorate due to osteoporosis or other diseases, or simply as a natural part of aging.

Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , ,

All About Implants

Dental History ImplantsRise of Cosmetic Dentistry

Before King Louis the 14th, people let their teeth rot until they fell out of their gums or went to the dentist to have them pulled but not replaced. But because Louis was plagued by dental problems his entire life and because he placed such a premium on appearance, French society took notice, still opting for extraction but willingly investing in attractive false teeth. Born with two teeth already in his mouth, Louis’ teeth were eventually pulled. As a result, he suffered large maxillary bone defect, which negatively affected his ability to communicate. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: ,

Healthy Resolutions

HealthyA Healthy Mouth Leads to a Healthy Body 

One of the great things about starting a new year is the opportunity to make a fresh start. In the United States, the most common new year’s resolutions pertain to health. Since we are committed to helping improve our patients’ overall health, we would like to take the opportunity to offer four tips to help you make 2018 your healthiest year ever: Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: ,