Are You Missing Teeth? | Tustin Dentist

 

People can lose their natural teeth for a myriad of reasons. It could be due to injury, tooth decay or a number of different oral health problems. If you’ve lost some, many or even all of your teeth, there are several options for you to consider.  Dentures are considered an option for many; however, don’t let the term “denture” discourage you.  There are many ways that a denture can be the choice of treatment, depending on the situation.  We encourage you to obtain more information before you decide that a “denture” is not the option for you, because it may end up being the BEST option for you.

Understanding your situation is the first and most important aspect when deciding on what treatment options are the best for you.  What are you looking for?  Do you have difficulty eating? Are you embarrassed being in social situations because of your missing teeth?  These are very important and understandably sensitive questions.

We take the time to get to know you and what your concerns are. We are very discreet and sensitive towards our patients considering dentures and understand that everyone has different opinions and different concerns.  Your “prosthetic privacy” is always kept in mind.  We pay attention to certain characteristics, like size, shape and shade of the denture teeth.  We look at the shape of the face, the support of the lips; even the color of your eyes can play a vital role in achieving a very natural looking appearance.

All your concerns are discussed in detail and prioritized into a treatment plan designed just for you.  That way you can make your own informed decision with confidence.  We are here to help you achieve your dental desires, whether it is big or small.

If you are considering dentures, have missing teeth or would simply like to hear the options that you or even a loved one may have, we encourage you to call our office for a denture consultation.  You may be pleasantly surprised to hear what can be done for you.

For more information on dentures, contact Transformation Dental Partners in Tustin, CA at 714-832-2672 today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

Replacing Teeth Is Quick and Easy with All-on-Four Implants | Tustin Dentist

Dental implants, crown with pin isolated on whiteBelieve it or not, but 35 million Americans are missing all of their upper and/or lower teeth. And as most of you know, if you’re missing your teeth, you get dentures. A perfectly fine solution, but what if it was possible to replace your missing teeth with actual teeth? No more dentures– a whole new set of teeth that appear just like your natural ones? Now what if it was possible that this new smile can be in your mouth IN ONE DAY? It is now possible with All on Four dental implants.

Dental implants involve replacing each tooth with a small titanium screw that fits inside your jawbone, eventually replacing the root-part of a missing tooth. Minor surgery is required, but once the implant is in place, a crown is attached to give you a realistic-looking, functional prosthetic tooth.

If you need a whole set of teeth, dentures are still a logical alternative for some. Unfortunately, over a period of time a long term denture wearer can expect Facial Collapse Syndrome.  A long term denture wearer can also expect the underlying bone to dissolve and fade away (atrophy) causing the denture to eventually become loose and ill fitting.   Bone atrophy will develop as nothing is preventing your jawbone from shrinking.   By the use of dental implants, the bone is stimulated and has reason for new life; therefore the likelihood of atrophy is avoided.

All-on-four implants combines the two procedures by inserting four dental implants into your jawbone, then attaching an entire set of teeth to these four implants, making them much stronger and protecting the underlying bone at the same time.

We invite you to come in for a consultation and see if this is the right alternative for you or a family member.

For more information on All-on-Four implants, contact Transformation Dental Partners in Tustin, CA at 714-832-2672 today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

New Year, New Smile | Tustin Dentist

Happy New Year from Dr. Boskovic and Dr. Srbinovska! As we begin 2017, it is important to take an inventory of our current habits in order to make any changes necessary for a successful new year. One aspect of our resolutions is always our health, but our dental health isn’t always the top priority. But if you keep up with the following dental hygiene strategy, you can be sure that this year will be one to smile at.

Keeping up with your dental hygiene is important in order to prevent any issues from arising. So, brush twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, floss and use a fluoride rinse.

Keep your dental appointments.  By keeping these appointments, you are taking the preventative measures to ensure your teeth are in good health and that your smile is bright and shiny and so you can avoid bad news at your check-ups.

Cut down on the sugar. Sugar may taste yummy, but our smiles are not it’s biggest fan. Sugars are the prime contributors of tooth decay. The more you eat, the more important it is to brush afterwards to make sure cavity-causing bacteria doesn’t stick around and flourish on the sugar. Try sugar-free options.

Eat your daily intake of fruits and veggies. Fruits and veggies are chockful of vitamins that keep our overall health intact, but these yummy foods can help keep our teeth and gums healthy at the same time. Think of broccoli and celery as nature’s toothbrush and floss.

Get started on your New Year’s resolution to keep your oral health in tip top shape and make an appointment today at 714-832-2672.

Dental veneers: A custom cosmetic dentistry solution

Dental veneers are one of the best ways to restore teeth that have been severely discolored or that have surface damage. The procedure is non-invasive and provides a natural-looking restoration that can last for many years, making your smile look like new again.

What are Veneers?

Dental veneers are very thin shells made of porcelain. They are affixed to the fronts of the teeth by a cosmetic dentist. The adhesive used to cement the veneers in place creates a strong bond between the porcelain and the tooth enamel. Veneers are very durable and also produce a sheen that mimics that of natural enamel.

Veneers can be used to correct many minor cosmetic issues including:

•    Severe or intrinsic discoloration
•    Chipped, pitted, or cracked teeth
•    Minor gaps between teeth
•    Minor misalignment

Although these issues are not serious enough to threaten your tooth, they can lead to self-consciousness about your smile. With veneers, you can have a perfect smile that is easy to obtain and relatively easy to take care of.

How Veneers are Placed

Placing veneers is a two-step procedure. It is relatively non-invasive, and can be accomplished in the dentist’s office. First, molds are made of your teeth. These molds will be used to create your custom-made and color-matched veneers. After the molds are complete, your teeth are slightly restructured to make room for the veneers. This typically involves removing a thin layer of enamel from the surface of the teeth. Your dentist will then place a temporary veneer to protect your teeth while your permanent veneers are being prepared.

Creating custom veneers usually takes two or three days. When they are complete, you’ll return to the dentist to have them affixed permanently. Veneers are permanently affixed with an adhesive that bonds strongly with the tooth surface and the porcelain, making the veneers very strong and durable. Be sure to keep them clean and avoid staining agents for the best possible long-term results.

To learn more about the benefits of dental veneers and how they can help your smile, contact us at Transformation Dental Partners at our office to schedule an informative consultation.

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TMJ: Symptoms and Treatments | Tustin, CA

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Do you experience unexplained headaches, popping or click of your jaw, or pain in your face neck or shoulders? If you answered yes, then you may be suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder. Temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ, is a complex issue where the hinge that joins your upper and lower jaw aren’t working properly. This very hinge is one of the most complex joints in the body, considering that it’s responsible for moving your lower jaw up, down, forwards, backwards and even side to side. The temporomandibular joint hinge is what allows us to chew, speak and yawn. In many cases, patients have said that TMJ feels like your jaw popping, clicking, locking or “getting stuck” in place. Many times patients notice symptoms appearing with no apparent cause.

What are the Symptoms of TMJ?

There are several signs and symptoms that you may notice with TMJ. However, it may be difficult to diagnose yourself, as these signs can be present due to other medical problems. With that being said, you should seek help from your dentist to get a proper diagnosis.

Most Common Signs and Symptoms of TMJ Include:

  • Experiencing clicking and popping when opening and closing mouth
  • The feeling pain or tenderness in the jaw muscles
  • Headaches (that mimic migraines) earaches and pain behind the eyes
  • Experiencing pain in the face, neck and/or shoulders
  • Jaw “gets stuck” , locking or moving out of place
  • A sudden change in the way the lower and upper jaw fit

How can TMJ be treated?

Most experts strongly suggest that patients treat TMJ using the most conservative, reversible methods possible, as more research needed on the effectiveness and safety of alternative treatments. Each treatment varies each patient. For example, if you have misaligned teeth causing your jaw to move out of alignment, an orthodontic treatment such as braces may be appropriate. Also, if you have missing teeth that have cause malocclusion, you may need to have your missing teeth replaced. In extreme cases of misalignment oral surgery may be necessary.

Before you receive any type of TMJ treatment, be sure to get properly diagnosed by a professional. If you end up being diagnosed your dentist will help you choose the most appropriate treatment for your individual case.

If you suspect that you may be suffering TMJ, contact Transformation Dental Partners in Tustin, CA at 714-832-2672 today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com for additional information regarding TMJ.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

Why Your Jawbone May Feel Sore | Tustin Dentist

thinkstockphotos-470570966Often times we don’t notice it. It’s more of an instinctual reflex than it is a conscious effort, which is why grinding or clenching your teeth isn’t the easiest habit to notice. The only way to really notice is by either catching yourself or the dull pain you have in your jawbone as a result. It may not seem to be a major issue, but in fact, teeth grinding and/or clenching is a common problem that can lead to serious long-term issues. A routine dental check-up may be able to diagnose the issue, but you may need to contact Srbinovska and Boskovic to be able to identify the issue and recommend proper treatment.

The first question you may have is, why am I doing this? One of the most common causes of grinding and clenching, or bruxism, is due to the alignment, or misalignment, of your jaw. If your teeth do not align properly, clenching and grinding your teeth is a common response, especially while asleep. Over time, your teeth can become seriously worn down, which is its own set of issues. But your teeth may even chip or break because of this unconscious habit, and that’s a different set of remedies.

Another cause for bruxism is stress. Labeled as one of the most dangerous afflictions, most people live and work in stressful environments these days, so developing a habit like grinding your teeth is not uncommon. If your grinding is due to stress, try to identify the reasons you have the stress and try to alleviate those stressors so it is possible to learn to stop. Stress’ natural enemy is relaxation so take some time out for yourself. Have a massage, learn to meditate…just the simple act of taking a little time for yourself can help reduce the chances of your teeth suffering from long-term damage.

Habitual, long-term bruxism can cause a number of problems if left untreated. It can cause your jaw to move out of proper alignment, leading to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Excessive grinding can even cause you to lose your teeth.

Grinding your teeth is a habit that can lead to dental issues, but there are ways to quit the habit and cosmetic dental procedures fix your smile. It’s important to see Srbinovska and Boskovic if you feel that you are developing bruxism in order to diagnose the problem and find a solution.

If you suspect that you may be suffering TMJ or bruxism, contact Transformation Dental Partners in Tustin, CA at 714-832-2672 today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com for additional information regarding TMJ.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

What Are The Stages of Periodontal Disease? – Tustin, CA Dentist

The stages of periodontal disease

Did you know that nearly 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease? Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a chronic inflammation of the gums that can progress to affect the bone and tissue that surrounds and supports your teeth.

People typically develop periodontal disease by not practicing proper oral hygiene, however in some cases it can be caused by certain medications, hormonal changes, among more. If you don’t keep up with proper oral hygiene you’re allowing the bacteria in plaque, a sticky colorless film, to remain on your teeth, which will infect your gums. As mentioned earlier, the plaque buildup and the bacteria will infect not only your gums and teeth, but your connective tissue and bone that supports your teeth. There are three stages of periodontal disease which are gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontists; and each stage varies in severity.

  • Gingivitis. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of periodontal disease, and can be noticed by inflamed gums or swollen gums, which is mainly caused by plaque buildup. This stage of periodontal disease can also cause the gum to bleed, which you may notice when brushing or flossing your teeth. Gingivitis is the only stage of periodontal disease that’s reversible with periodontal therapy and proper oral hygiene.
  • Periodontitis. When gingivitis is left untreated it will progress to periodontitis, a more advanced stage of periodontal disease. This is the stage where the damage is usually irreversible. Your gums will start to form pockets below the gum line, where food debris and plaque can get trapped, which in turn will worsen the condition. With periodontal therapy and improved oral hygiene you and your dentist can typically prevent further damage.
  • Advanced Periodontitis. Advanced periodontitis is final stage of periodontal disease, not only has the infection affected your teeth, but has also destroyed the fibers and bones that support your teeth. This can affect your bite and cause your teeth to shift, loosen or even fall out. If periodontal therapy can’t save your teeth, a dental professional may have to remove them.

Periodontal disease can occur at any age, however, it is more common in adults. As stated earlier, if periodontal disease is detected in its early stages, it may be reversed. If the condition is more advanced, professional periodontal therapy will be required.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from periodontal disease, contact Transformation Dental Partners to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com for additional information regarding periodontal disease.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

How to Properly Care For Removable Dentures

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If some a few or all of your natural teeth have fallen out or have been removed, you dentist may have recommended that you get dentures. Dentures are artificial teeth that are designed to replace missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth whenever you need.

There are two types of removable dentures: partial dentures and full dentures. Full dentures are used when a patient has lost all of their permanent teeth, as where partial dentures are used when a patient is missing one tooth or a few teeth. Just like any other dental restoration, removable dentures require proper care to keep both the restoration and your mouth healthy. The following list can help you take the best possible care of your dentures, so they last for many years to come.

  • Handle with care. Be sure to be gentle while brushing/cleaning your dentures so you don’t bend or damage the plastics. Always be sure to moisten your denture brush before cleaning your dentures to avoid scratching the surface.
  • Remove and rinse after meals. Rinse your dentures with water to help loosen and remove any leftover food debris. As a precaution, you should place a towel underneath your dentures while cleaning them so the dentures don’t break if you drop them by accident.
  • Brush dentures daily. It’s important that you clean your dentures at least once a day by soaking and brushing them with a non-abrasive denture cleaner. Never use denture cleaner in your mouth.
  • Keep mouth clean. After removing your dentures for the day, use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean your mouth. Be sure to brush any remaining natural teeth, gums, palate and tongue.
  • Soak dentures overnight. All types of dentures need to stay moist to uphold their form. Store your dentures in a denture soaking solution or water overnight. Always be sure to rinse them before putting them back into your mouth, as denture soaking solutions can be harmful.

What to Avoid:

  • Hot Water. Never, ever, use hot or boiling water to clean your dentures. This could warp the shape of the denture.
  • Whitening Products. Don’t use whitening toothpaste or any other type of whitening product. Teeth whitening products contain bleach, which can cause your denture to become discolored. As where whitening toothpastes can be especially abrasive.
  • Abrasive Cleaning Products- Avoid using hard-bristled brushes, harsh toothpastes and heavy cleansers.

If you have any further question regarding proper denture care, contact Transformation Dental Partners today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com for additional information regarding removable dentures.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

Tustin, CA Dentist – Three Common Types of Dentures

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There are several reasons a person can lose their natural teeth. It may be from factors such as gum disease, tooth decay, trauma or a number of other reasons. If you do have missing teeth, I’m sure your dentist has suggested denture. Dentures are artificial teeth that are designed to replace missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth, and can also be permanently placed with dental implants. Although dentures may take some time getting used to and may never feel like your natural teeth, they have become more pleasing in appearance and are more comfortable than ever before.

There are three types of dentures: full dentures, partial dentures and implants dentures. Your dentist will be able to help determined which type of dentures are suitable for your individual needs based on whether you need some or all of your teeth replaced.

Types of Dentures

  • Full Dentures. Full dentures are in cases where the patient is missing a full set of teeth, either in the top arch, bottom arch or both. A set of artificial teeth are permanently placed into a gum colored base and are kept in place with adhesive or suction.
  • Partial Dentures. This type of denture is used in cases where a patient is missing multiple teeth but not all of them in a single arch. Artificial teeth are attached to a gum colored base, which is connected by metal frame work that holds the denture in place in the patient’s mouth.
  • Implant Dentures. Implants-supported dentures are a type of denture that is supported by and attached to dental implants, instead of just resting on your gums. Implant dentures are used when a patient doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but have enough bone in their jaw to support implants. This type of denture offers more support and prevents them from slipping or shifting when you eat or talk.

Having missing teeth replaced is extremely important, as missing teeth can cause additional oral and overall health problems. Don’t let your missing teeth cause further dental problems, and contact your family dentist today.

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dentures, contact Transformation Dental Partners to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com for additional information regarding dentures.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.

The Benefits of Dental Implants – Tustin, CA Dentist

dental implantsYour natural teeth are supposed to last your entire life, however, that’s not always the case for some people. As we age there are many risks that could cause one to potentially lose their teeth. Some of those factors includes accidents, gum disease and severe tooth decay or damage.

Luckily, there are dental procedures that can replace missing or severely damaged teeth. One of the better options are dental implants. Dental Implants have been a wonderful addition to modern dentistry and are highly recommend by dental professional. The end results are extremely natural looking, which leaving patients thrilled with their improve smile.

What’s a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s integrated into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth. The tooth root is typically made out of titanium and the replacement tooth is usually composed of porcelain. There are three components to a dental implant: the post, abundant, and restoration. The implants post look like a screw and the abundant is attacked to the post.

Before the implant is topped with the restoration or crown, the dental implant must first fuse with the jawbone, which can take three to six months. The restoration is either cemented or screwed onto the abundant. This type of dental restoration is considered a long-term solution since the dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw bone.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

There are several benefits to having dental implants, which include:

  • Improved Appearance. Implants look and feel just like your natural teeth. And because they fuse with the bone, they’re considered permanent.
  • Improved Speech. If you’re missing teeth or have poorly fitting dentures that slip, it cause you to slur your words. Dental implants allow you to speak clearly with confidence.
  • Improved Comfort. Unlike dentures, dental implants are permanent. Because dental implants become a part of you and eliminate discomfort.
  • Easy Eating. Poorly fitting dentures cause make chewing difficult. Dental implants on the other hand function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat your favorite foods at ease.
  • Improved Confidence. Dental implants have the ability to improve your overall smile and help your feel better about flashing your pearly whites in social situations.
  • Dental implants are very durable and last many years. Dental implants can last a lifetime, though long they last ultimately depends on you.
  • Dental implants eliminate the need to remove dentures or other removable dental appliances.

As you can see, this type of dental restoration is the best choice to replace missing or damaged teeth. Not only do dental implants restore function, they provide extremely natural looking results. Both of the latter can change your life in the most positive way.

If you’re interested in improving your smile with dental implants, contact Transformation Dental Partners to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.transformationdental.com for additional information regarding dental implants.

Transformation Dental Partners proudly accept patients from Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach, Orange, Santa Ana and Tustin.