Creating and Protecting Your Beautiful Smile

We live in an exciting time when it comes to modern dental procedures and technology. Virtually anyone today can shine a beautiful smile, thanks to technology and techniques that correct many common dental problems.

The following infographic developed by Carrington.edu illustrates some of the most interesting and surprising findings about dental health. According to the research, attractive white teeth can make a person appear at least 20 percent more attractive and can shave off as much as five years from your apparent age.

Understanding the Possibilities

Both children and adults can benefit from correcting missing, misaligned or discolored teeth. However, achieving and maintaining that brilliant smile often represents a significant investment in time and money.

The infographic points out that a whopping 164 million work hours are spent by adults receiving dental care each year, and another 51 million school hours are required for the dental needs of children.

The dollar cost also represents a significant investment. A few of the more common procedures average:

  • Braces – $5,000
  • Veneers – $ 10,000 to $30,000 per set
  • Dental implants – $2,000 to $4,000 per tooth
  • Root canal – $1,000 per tooth

Of course, those costs are a minor consideration for a lifetime of healthy teeth and beautiful smiles. In the first place, dental health plays a very big role in your overall physical health. The highly regarded Mayo Clinic has identified many ways poor dental health may affect you, including aggravating several serious medical conditions.

The cosmetic value of a great smile cannot be overstated, either. A number of different surveys continue to document that the appearance of your teeth and smile is a major factor in your success and social acceptance. With this perspective, you can see why a reasonable investment in your dental health and appearance is extremely important.dental-care-chart

Proactive Protection Is Essential

It is equally as important to protect your investment in a great smile by ensuring proper dental hygiene. For example, you can damage your teeth from poor dental habits such as frequent teeth grinding. If you feel this is a problem, check with your dentist for solutions, or take time to explore how it may be rooted in such factors as frustration and feelings of anxiety and anger.

You could also benefit from paying attention to what you eat and drink to better avoid staining and damaging your teeth. Certain foods and beverages have chemicals and acids that can stain and etch teeth very quickly. These include:

  • Coffee
  • Wine
  • Colas
  • Berries
  • Tea
  • Candies

If you drink these liquids, try to use a straw and always swallow as quickly as possible. Also, rinse with water as soon afterwards as possible. A beautiful smile is something everyone can aspire to, and could be well worth the investment. Be sure to regularly schedule dental checkups and maintain good oral hygiene.

 

Your Health, Your Future, Your Choice, Silberg Center for Dental Science

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Start 2016 Off Right

At the dawn of a New Year, millions of Americans resolve to make healthier choices and turn over a new leaf. Here at the Silberg Center for Dental Science, we would like to encourage all of our patients to make 2016 their year to return to dental health. Whether it might be coming in for regular checkups or finally addressing that root canal you have been putting off, we know that making a commitment to dental health will pay off in the long run.

Also, we want you to know that we will do everything in our power to make your dental care experience as pleasant as possible. We want you to feel comfortable, welcome, and safe in our office, which is why we offer conveniences such as in-office sedation. In 2016, make a commitment to keep your teeth healthy, beautiful, and comfortable.  

 

Preventive Care Is Key

Did you know that a staggering 27.6% of adults between the ages of 20 to 44 suffer from untreated dental cavities? If this decay is allowed to stay and grow, it can harbor bacteria that can cause dental abscesses and periodontal disease. Fortunately, you can stop decay in its tracks by focusing on preventive care.

We encourage our patients to come in for a checkup twice a year, and not to put off recommended dental care procedures. Please keep in mind that we offer a range of payment plans to make your experience as convenient as possible. Our dentists are also happy to discuss the basics of oral hygiene and preventive care with you, if you feel like you need additional education. By maintaining healthy teeth, you can keep your body healthy, and fulfill your commitment to a healthier self in 2016.

 

Our Promises

We have also made a few resolutions of our own. Here are a few of the promises we want to make to our patients:

  • We promise to treat each of our patients with the dignity and respect that they deserve.
  • We promise to recommend treatment options that are safe and correct for your individual case.
  • We promise to facilitate your dental care with education, compassion, and kindness.
  • We promise never to pressure you into accepting treatment. We will always support your decisions.
  • We promise to provide a safe office environment and to include you in your dental care decisions.
  • We promise to maintain our commitment to continuing education and to provide state-of-the-art services for our patients.


We look forward to serving you in 2016. If you know that you are due for an appointment, call us today to set up a dental checkup.

Happy New Year from The Silberg Center for Dental Science

Make Oral Health A Priority In 2016!

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Don’t let those teeth go another year without being cared for. Join with us to make 2016 the year that you start focusing on your oral health! We are encouraging all of our patients to make dental care part of their New Year’s resolutions. It might seem silly, but by taking the time to perfect your oral hygiene regimen and visit with Dr. Silberg, you might be able to enjoy a healthier smile than ever before.

A great place to start is by making an appointment for a preventative checkup. You don’t have to wait until you have serious dental problems to visit with Dr. Silberg. In fact, early appointments can help us to identify issues with your teeth and stop decay before it starts spreading.

Let Us Help You to Perfect Your Smile

Here are just a few ways we can help you to have the smile you have always dreamed of:

  • Discolored, Damaged Teeth: Here at the Silberg Center for Dental Science, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry options such as teeth whitening, bonding, or even reshaping. If your teeth are discolored or damaged, we can brighten them, smooth out the surfaces, and replace decay with tooth-colored resins or porcelain crowns.
  • Uneven or Blotchy Gums: Don’t let those splotchy or uneven gums make your smile look strange. We offer laser treatments to bleach away spots or to remove and reshape tissue. After all, your gums provide the frame for your smile.
  • Missing Teeth: Don’t let those missing teeth make your smile look damaged. We also provide custom-designed dental implants that can be anchored right into your jawbone. These implants are comfortable, natural looking, and can transform your smile.
  • Gingivitis: We can even treat advanced gingivitis at our office. Dr. Silberg can remove plaque and tartar pockets that might be inflaming your gums or contributing to periodontal disease.


Don’t hesitate to make your New Year’s appointment today! The sooner you start focusing on your oral health, the better.

Happy Holidays from Silberg Center for Dental Science!

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Dr. Silberg here! I just want to wish all my patients and my staff happy holidays. We’ve had a great year, and I’m looking forward to another.

To my patients, thank you for allowing me to be part of keeping your smiles bright. I hope you’ll have many reasons to smile over the holidays, and that you’ll stay safe and warm this season.

To my staff, I couldn’t keep the office running without you. Thank you for your hard work and for the positivity that you bring to the practice. Have a great holiday and I’ll see you all after the new year!

Best wishes,


Dr. Silberg

Taking Care of Your Dental Implants

After going through life with a few missing teeth, you might feel ready to meet with Dr. Silberg to have a few dental implants placed. However, just because those implants are man-made doesn’t mean that they require any less care than your normal teeth. Here is some crucial information regarding dental implant maintenance.

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How To Care for Dental Implants

If you care about your implants, make sure to take care of them. Here are a few ways to keep those new teeth pristine:

  • Brush Twice Daily: Plaque and tartar can build on your implants just like your regular teeth, which is why brushing is so important.
  • Floss Around the Implants: Bacteria can collect between your teeth and feast on food particles, which can irritate your gums and cause problems with your implants. To make flossing easier, some periodontists recommend interdental cleaners or irrigation flossers for people with dental implants. Both devices are gentle and easy to use. Irrigation flossers even have adjustable water jet levels, which makes it easier to blast away debris.  
  • Use Products Made For Implants: Think twice before you use that heavily abrasive toothpaste. Instead, ask Dr. Silberg which toothpastes are safe for the smooth surface of your dental implants. If you aren’t careful or you use the wrong products, you could permanently scratch your implants.  

Also, don’t forget to schedule regular dental checkups with your dentist. If you get your dental implants from the Silberg Center for Dental Science, Dr. Silberg offers free annual implant check-ups for the first three years after placement. He also guarantees your satisfaction, and will address any concerns that you have promptly.

The Importance of Diet and Exercise

Proper diet and exercise can do more than tone your physique. In addition to helping you to fight obesity and disease, staying fit can also help you to keep your jawbone healthy and strong. Exercise can also improve circulation, which can keep your dental implants anchored in place. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables can also help to stimulate your jawbone, so that the bone stays strong and resilient against damage.  

Know the Signs of Problems

If you want to make your dental implants last and last, it is also important to be able to identify signs of problems early on. Pay attention for issues like red, swollen gum tissue or an uncomfortable implant. Never assume that a dental implant problem will go away on its own. Instead, report new symptoms to Dr. Silberg, who can inspect the area and treat the problem quickly and effectively.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

iStock_000021905716_XXXLarge compressedWe hope that all our patients enjoy their holiday plans! This is a great time of year to stay warm at home during the cold weather, to get closer to family and loved ones you don’t see often, to celebrate the good things in life–and, of course, to eat a whole lot of good food!

Just make sure that, after you finish your Thanksgiving feast, you are extra careful to clean your teeth thoroughly. Bacteria LOVE sugar, and several of the traditional Thanksgiving foods you’ll be eating have a high sugar content. Pie, cranberry sauce, and candied yams are especially sweet, which tastes great but can be hard on your teeth. While you’re having your meal, the bacteria will be enjoying a meal of their own, one which can cause the growth of plaque and put your teeth in danger of decay. In addition, teeth can be stained by wine and coffee–both of which you’re more likely to have during the holidays. So be sure to brush and floss carefully to keep your teeth healthy and bright.

At Silberg Center for Dental science, we want you to be proud of your smile. Make sure to take good care of it–especially during the holidays, when there’s so much to smile about! No one wants a toothache as a holiday gift, and

We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and an excellent end to the year!

Sincerely,

All your friends at the Silberg Center for Dental Science

Taking Care of your Dental Implant

shutterstock_109993853_compressedDental implants are often utilized when a patient is missing one or more teeth. It acts as a substitute for the missing tooth; restoring function to the patient’s mouth while improving the aesthetics of the patient’s smile. Just like your regular teeth, dental implants require special care in order to keep your oral health in good standing. We’ve provided some dental implant care tips to help our patients get a better understanding of how to care for them!

Dental Implant Cleaning and Caring

You ultimately need to care for your dental implants like you would your natural teeth. This means that you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene in order to prevent diseases from occurring. You will need to utilize standard home oral care like teeth brushing, flossing, and mouth rinsing alongside regular dental visits and professional cleanings. When brushing and flossing at home, make sure you are using proper technique so that you don’t harm your natural teeth.

Beyond that, you’ll need additional dental tools to properly take care of your dental implants. There are numerous products out there that can assist you with cleaning your dental implants. We can recommend some of these products for you based off of your own individual needs. For example, there are water picks and toothbrushes that have various attachments with angled necks or also they can apply a different kind of pressure to allow for the utmost cleaning. There also are flossing tools that can help clean around the dental implant and prevent infection for stuck food particles. Infection around the base of your dental implant can cause it to loosen and ultimately fall out.

Once you have a dental implant placed, it is very important that you maintain it properly. In the end, you want to be sure that you are not only using the right cleaning techniques, but that you also have the right dental tools that you need to care for them.
You’ll want to remember these key pieces of information when practicing proper dental implant care:

  • Utilize proper technique: when it comes to your dental implants, you need to exercise proper dental care. This includes flossing and brushing in the right way.
  • Use the right tool for the right job: dental implants can require additional dental tools beyond floss and a toothbrush. Speak with a Dr. Silberg and he’ll be able to recommend any specific tools that you’ll need for your dental implants.
  • Get help: If you need to reach out and ask some questions about your dental implant visit with Dr. Silberg and make sure you get the help that you need. This includes regular checkups with Dr. Silberg and cleaning appointments.

Questions?

Taking proper care of your dental implants is the most important thing you can do for your oral health. Your dental implants serve a major role in your overall well being and the aesthetics of your smile. Should you have any questions regarding dental implant care, please do not hesitate to contact us!

A Crown Restoration

iStock_000020869654_XXXLargeIn the past, getting a crown was a lengthy procedure, involving weeks of waiting. The process of taking a cast of your tooth, sending it to an outside lab, waiting for them to complete the crown, getting it delivered to your dentist’s office, and finally having it placed in your mouth was a major inconvenience. And the wait for tooth replacement was even worse: a standard wait time between placing the post of an implant and actually installing your custom crown was six months. But thanks to the use of new technology, we are able to offer you teeth in an hour: custom crowns and replacement teeth which can be installed in a single visit.

At the Silberg Center for Dental Science, we understand both the value of your time and the importance of a healthy smile. Working with Dr. Silberg, you can have both. We use computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) to provide you with crowns and replacement teeth that are ready in minutes and a perfect fit for your mouth.

When you come for your appointment, your existing tooth will be ground down and shaped to receive a crown. Then, instead of taking a physical cast, we capture images of the tooth using a tiny camera which relays the data to a computer. The computer creates a 3D model of your tooth and uses that to determine the final shape of your crown. The crown is then milled on-site from a block of porcelain, using delicately calibrated machinery to produce a perfect fit, and can leave our office with a complete, healthy smile. If you are receiving a dental implant, the procedure is much the same; but instead of taking pictures of a ground-down tooth, the crown will be fitted to the post of your implant. The porcelain crowns we produce mimic the shape and shine of a natural, healthy tooth and will leave your smile at its best.

If you are experiencing tooth decay or damage, or are in need of a tooth replacement, call us or request an appointment online. We will be glad to help repair your smile with a dental crown.

What is a Perioscope?

If you are suffering from gum disease, cleaning of the periodontal pockets—the space between your gums and your tooth roots—is essential to recovery. In a patient with gum disease, the periodontal pockets deepen and provide homes for harmful bacteria which infect the gum tissue and damage the teeth. In some cases, surgery has been the method of choice for treating gum disease; but the Silberg Center for Dental Science now offers an alternative in the form of perioscopy.

PeriodontitisA perioscope is a tiny camera attached to the end of a dental probe. The perioscope can be inserted below the gumline to allow your dentist to see inside your periodontal pockets, assessing and treating your gum disease without the need for surgery. A perioscope offers up to 48 times magnification, providing a clear view of details that might otherwise be missed. Using a perioscope allows Dr. Silberg to clean your periodontal pockets thoroughly, giving your gums the chance to heal.

What are the advantages of perioscopy?

Visibility: The use of a perioscope allows Dr. Silberg to examine the inside of your periodontal pockets, an area which is normally invisible without surgery.

Magnification: The magnifying power of the perioscope allows examination at a level of minute detail that was previously impossible, making flaws, cracks, perforations, and accumulations of bacteria visible.

Avoid surgery: While other treatments for advanced gum disease often require surgical solutions, perioscopy can in many cases eliminate that need and allow treatment without the pain and inconvenience of surgery.

Quick and thorough: Treatment using a perioscope can usually be completed in one to two hours, only slightly longer than an ordinary dental checkup.

Cost effective: Perioscopy generally costs the same or less than surgery to treat the same condition.

Little pain: Our patients report little or no discomfort even when being treated without anesthesia.

 

The next step in the treatment of gum disease

 

Perioscopy represents the most recent advancement in the treatment of periodontitis. At the Silberg Center, we are excited to be able to offer you this new procedure. If you believe you may be suffering from gum disease or have other concerns about your teeth, please call our office today or request an appointment online with Dr. Silberg.

The Effects of Tooth Loss

When most people lose a tooth, they start thinking about how it will affect their appearance. Unfortunately, most people imagine gap-toothed photos instead of life-altering bone loss. Believe it or not, if your teeth go missing and they aren’t replaced the right way, you might be left suffering with more negative consequences than you think.

Tooth Loss Can Affect More Than Your Teeth

In addition to helping you to chew your food, your teeth also help to stimulate your jawbone and keep your mouth healthy. Unfortunately, missing teeth can cause these problems:

  • Missing Jaw Tissue: Your teeth are held in place by strong ligaments that are rooted in your jawbone. As you talk and chew, the impact stimulates these ligaments, which keeps your jawbone strong. Unfortunately, after a tooth is lost, your jaw won’t receive this stimulation, and the bone will actually start to shrink away. In fact, most people lose about 25% of jawbone width within the first year of missing a tooth.
  • Altered Face Shape: Once your jawbone has started to melt away, it can start to affect the shape of your entire face. Over time, a smaller jawbone might make the lower part of your face look caved in, like someone who is elderly.

How Dental Implants Can Help

iStock_000019922655SmallFortunately, you don’t have to let a missing tooth destroy your physical appearance. Because dental implants are anchored directly to your jaw with a strong abutment, they stimulate your bone tissue just like your natural teeth.

However, keep in mind that dental implants need to be placed soon after you lose your teeth to avoid problems. If your jawbone has melted away, your dentist might have to place bone grafts near the area of the missing tooth to properly anchor your implant. Without this graft, your implant might not be as strong as surrounding teeth.

To avoid problems, meet with your dentist as soon as one of your teeth falls out. In addition to patching up your smile with a temporary bridge or false tooth, your dentist can start making plans for how your implant should be placed.

The Cosmetic Benefits of Dental Implants

Are you worried that your dental implant will stick out like a sore thumb? Believe it or not, dental implants look even more natural than porcelain veneers, since the surface is level with the rest of your natural teeth. Dental implants can even be dyed to match surrounding teeth, so that you won’t have to worry about color inconsistencies.