General Dentistry

Everything about Invisalign

So someone told you about getting Invisalign for your teeth and you had never heard about it before then you have come to the right place. Here we answer some faqs about invisalign that people usually ask us –


What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a very popular method to straighten the teeth or correct overbite or under bites in children as well as adults. They are an alternative to traditional metallic braces and appeal to people for their aesthetics as they are clear or almost invisible.

How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligner trays to move crooked teeth in place instead of metallic brackets and arch wires.
How is it different from braces?Invisalign is clear, removable and very convenient to use so you can remove them to eat your favourite food and they are easier to maintain as well.
What are these clear aligners made of?They are made of FDA approved BPA free plastic with no BPS, latex or gluten.
Are they custom made?Yes, if you decide to go for invisalign then your dentist will create a customized plan for straightening of your teeth.
Is Invisalign suitable for all?It is generally more suitable for teens and adults but this totally depends on the age of the patient and the complexity of the dental problem.
What is the treatment process?Once your dentist approves your customized plan, the customized clear aligners are made and you have to wear the clear aligners for up to 22 hours a day and will need to change them every week or 2 weeks or so as advised by your dentist.
How long does it take to straighten the teeth using this method?This period may vary from person to person but is generally one year.
Can I get Invisalign only for my top or bottom set of teeth?Yes, it is possible.
What is the cost of Invisalign as compared to traditional braces?The cost of Invisalign is comparable to that of the braces and many insurance providers cover this cost. You will need to however check these with your dentist.
Are these aligners painful?You may feel slight pain or soreness every time you get a new set of aligners.

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Top 7 Myths about Dentures You Should Not Believe In

Know Myths about Dentures

If you are thinking of getting dentures or already using them this blog is for you. It does not matter whether you are using complete dentures or partial dentures, whether they are removable dentures or not these are common myths surrounding dentures and we are here to bust them.

Myth 1

Dentures are unattractive and fake

With so much progress in dental technology and cosmetics dentures are no longer ugly. In fact, they now look almost like your natural teeth. If you are planning on getting flexible partial dentures or metallic partial dentures then you can work with your surgeon to customize the dentures to blend with your natural teeth.

Myth 2

Eating is difficult with dentures

Well, this is partially true that it takes a few weeks to adjust to the new dentures and you may need to start with eating liquid or soft foods before you go back to eating what you used to before getting the dentures. If you have got the right fit then it will never be difficult to eat with dentures.

Myth 3

If I get dentures I cannot get dental implants

Dentures and dental implants are the most commonly used procedures for the replacement of missing or lost teeth and a lot of time are presented as alternatives to one another however this does not mean you cannot get a dental implant if you opt for dentures. One can always go for a dental implant if one has dentures.

Myth 4

Dentures will fall out when I eat or talk

This is one of the most feared consequences of dentures that potential users are worried about. However, this is not true. It totally depends upon the quality of the dentures. A cheap denture that does not fit your jaw properly can fall out during eating or talking but not a good quality one. It’s always best to communicate well with your dentist while getting fitted for dentures. Your feedback at that time can ensure your dentures fit you well.

Myth 5

Dentures mean I need not worry about dental hygiene

While dentures are not natural teeth but they still need proper and regular cleaning. One should ideally remove and clean dentures overnight and one should also use a soft wet cloth to wipe the gums gently to remove any bacteria.

Myth 6

Dentures last for eternity

This is not true. A denture can last anywhere between 5 to 10 years depending on usage and its upkeep. One must regularly visit a dentist even after getting dentures so that they can evaluate for wear and tear or any fitting issues.

Myth 7

Dentures is for old people

While most people who use dentures may be old this statement is completely false. Dentures are for all those who have one or more missing teeth and this has nothing to do with the age of the person.  

Whether you opt for complete dentures or partial dentures or flexible dentures or removable dentures make sure you consult your dentist so that you can choose what is best for you.

To know more on the subject, you can call us on 940-274-6181 to walk into Ensure Dental Care today. All major insurance plans accepted.

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Dentures

Dentures

Loss of teeth at any age can make life difficult for anyone. While dental implants are catching up dentures traditionally have been the go to solution used by people to fix the problem of loss of teeth. And they still remain widely used and accepted method because they are more cost effective, quick and non invasive as compared to dental implants.

If you are trying to decide whether dentures are the way to move forward for you, you have landed at the right place. Dentures are removable devices that replace missing teeth and also some surrounding tissue. There are mainly 2 kinds of dentures.

  1. Partial Dentures – are used when there are still some natural teeth remaining and the purpose of the denture is to fill the gap by cementing a bridge which replaces the missing teeth. They also help in making sure that other surrounding teeth don’t change their position because of the one or more missing teeth. These are also called removable partial dentures as they can be removed and can be of 2 kinds –
    1. Metallic partial dentures made of acrylic metal cast.
    2. Partial flexible dentures made of nylon or valplast.

These are not to be confused with interim partial dentures which are fitted temporarily for improving speech or help in chewing or for aesthetic purposes.

  1. Complete Dentures – are used when all teeth are to be replaced (either because teeth have been lost naturally or have been removed). Complete dentures rest directly on the gums and are also removable.

There are many advantages of going for dentures either partial or complete and these include the following –

  1. Dentures are easy on your pocket.
  2. Fixing dentures is a fairly easy and quick process and can be done in 4 to 6 sittings.
  3. It’s a totally non invasive procedure.
  4. Even people who have gum or bone loss can use dentures.
  5. Dentures can be removed or replaced easily.

There are also some cons of using the dentures which include –

  1. They may need some readjustments with age.
  2. Dentures need some getting used to. Some people experience pain, increase salivation, difficulty in chewing or speaking.
  3. Dentures also need care just like natural teeth and if not taken care of can still lead to gum diseases.

Modern dentures are no longer what they used to be 20 years ago. Today one can make them with minutest details and customizations of shade, shape and positioning so as to achieve the overall natural look one desires. They are also lighter, flexible and fit better.

The process of denture development involves –

  1. Taking series of impressions and measurements of your jaw.
  2. Creating models of final dentures which need to be tried multiple times for correct customization.
  3. The final denture is then cast.
  4. Any adjustments if needed are done post that.

New dentures take a little time to get adjusted to and may be accompanied by some discomfort as mentioned above. Your dentist can advise on how many hours a day you must wear your dentures and how to take care of them.

If you are thinking of partial dentures then its best to consult your dentist to better understand what kind of removal dentures (partial metallic dentures or partial flexible dentures or interim partial dentures) best suit your problem and your pocket.

To know more on the subject you can call us at at 940-274-3229 to walk in to Ensure Dental Care today. All Dental insurance in Texas plans accepted.

Dentistry And The New Corona Virus

Dentistry And The New Corona Virus

Most of us had never even heard of the word corona virus before the advent of 2019. But it became the buzzword of 2020. While the whole world has been grappling with this hitherto unknown disease every one of us had to adapt quickly to the new at the same time rapidly changing situation. More people started working from home, schools went online and social contact came to an almost standstill. In fact there is no part of our lives which has not been affected by the corona virus.

Even dentistry is no different. While dental services were reduced to minimal and emergency services during the initial stages, dentists have made many changes to ensure not only safety of their patients but also providing regular and efficient services to their customers.

CDC recommended using additional infection prevention and control practices during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with standard practices recommended as a part of routine dental healthcare delivery to all patients. Separate guidelines were issued for treatment of a patient suspected of being Covid positive.CDC directed dentists to ensure provision of PPE kits and other supplies to their patients while treating them and incase the same were limited then prioritize dental care for those who needed it the most and who were most vulnerable if not treated quickly.

Some other important measures included –

  1. Telephone screen patients for any symptoms of Covid 19. If symptoms exist, delay or defer treatment and avoid non emergency treatments.
  2. Use teledentistry to provide care for patients.
  3. Limit patient visits and give dental appointments only those necessary.
  4. Advise patients and people coming with patients to wear a face mask.
  5. Post visual alerts at strategic places for cough etiquette, respiratory and hand hygiene.
  6. Provide alcohol based handrubs, alcohol tissues and no touch receptacles.
  7. Install barriers at different places to limit contact between patients and dentists/ dental staff.
  8. Remove items from the waiting room that are frequently touched like magazines, toys which cannot be regularly disinfected.
  9. Take temperature and document absence of any symptoms of Covid 19.
  10. Ask them if they have been advised quarantine because of exposure to any Covid 19 patient.
  11. Encourage physical distancing.
  12. All staff to take appropriate precautions and wear all safety gear while treating patients.
  13. Schedule appointments to avoid overcrowding in the waiting room.
  14. Seating in waiting room to have appropriate physical distancing.
  15. Educate patients on hand and respiratory hygiene and cough etiquette.
  16. Ensure all equipment and supplies used are sterile and disinfected after every use.
  17. Avoid aerosol generating procedures.
  18. Wear surgical masks, gown, eye protection and gloves during procedures which may involve splashing of bodily fluids.

These are some of the many guidelines issued to ensure patient safety and smooth delivery of dental services to maximum people. Do check out our website to know more about our services at Ensure Dental Care Saginaw TX or contact us at 940-274-3229 to book an appointment at Ensure Dental Care today. All major dental insurance in Texas accepted.