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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wisdom Teeth

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Wisdom teeth, or third molars, usually appear in adults between the ages of 17 and 25 and are the final set of molars that most people get.  While most will eventually have their wisdom teeth removed, not everyone needs to do so.  Most dental professionals will recommend having your wisdom teeth removed if you experience any of the following scenarios:

    1. Your wisdom teeth do not fit in your mouth.  Most people have 28 teeth before wisdom teeth erupt.  Many do not have enough room in their jaw for 32 teeth and this may cause teeth to become impacted.  Impacted means the wisdom teeth cannot fully erupt or they may become misaligned.  Removing the wisdom teeth can prevent impaction and overcrowding in your jaw.

    2. You experience chronic pain in your gums around your wisdom teeth.  Pain in your gums can be an indication of infection.  Infections are common around partially erupted wisdom teeth because food and bacteria get trapped in these areas.  Having your wisdom teeth removed can prevent further infection.

    3. Your wisdom teeth do not come in straight.  Often, wisdom teeth will not grow in straight and can cause your teeth to shift and move over time.  To prevent your teeth from moving, removing your wisdom teeth is often recommended.

    4. Your wisdom teeth are causing tooth decay to adjacent teeth.  Wisdom teeth can be difficult to keep clean because of their location in the mouth.  Flossing and brushing can be challenging and without good oral care, gum disease and tooth decay can develop.  Removing your wisdom teeth can prevent tooth decay issues in surrounding teeth as well as the wisdom teeth.

What happens during surgery?

Prior to the surgery date, your doctor will discuss the procedure with you and let you know what to expect before, during, and after the extraction. On the day of your wisdom tooth extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area.  You may also be given a general anesthetic especially if all of your wisdom teeth will be removed at one time.  The general anesthetic will prevent pain and will give you the illusion of having slept through the entire procedure.

To remove the wisdom teeth, your doctor will open the gum tissue over the tooth and remove any bone that is over the tooth.  The whole tooth is then either extracted or cut into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove.  After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches.

There are several factors that will affect how easy it is to remove the wisdom teeth.  If the tooth has fully erupted, it is a similar procedure to a typical tooth extraction.  However, if the tooth is fully impacted or if the teeth have not erupted through the gums the surgery may be more complicated.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tooth Extraction

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Dental extractions are performed for a variety of reasons including tooth decay, injury, and for orthodontic treatment.  Extractions are a relatively common procedure in most dental offices.  The difficulty of the procedure varies depending on the case and the patient, however anesthesia is used to numb the area and prevent pain during the procedure. 

Types of Extractions

There are two forms of extraction: simple and surgical extractions.

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that can be seen in the mouth.  They are removed due to decay or injury and are usually performed under a local anesthetic.  During this procedure, the doctor will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth.  The loosened tooth will then easily come out. 

Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that have broken off at the gum line or that have not yet come in (ie: wisdom teeth).  To remove the tooth, the doctor will have to cut and pull back the gums, which allows access to the area.  This is necessary so that they can see the tooth that needs to be removed.  Surgical extractions are usually done with local anesthesia but a general anesthesia is sometimes preferred.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

TMJ

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Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) occurs as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control movement of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone of the skull. This joint is located immediately in front of the ear on each side of the head. The muscles attached to the jaw allow the jaw an incredible amount of movement: front side to side and up and down. This flexibility allows us to chew, talk, and yawn.  

What is TMJ?

Those who suffer from TMJ experience severe pain and discomfort.  This pain can last for as many as several years or a few months.  More women experience TMJ pain than men and the disorder is seen in people between 20-40 years of age.

Some symptoms of TMJ include:
  • Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or yawn
  • Limited ability to open the mouth wide
  • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open-or closed-mouth position
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the joint when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Tired feeling in the face or neck
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Sudden uncomfortable feeling when biting
  • Swelling on the side of the face
  • Toothaches
  • Headaches or neck aches
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Hearing problems
  • Upper shoulder pain
  • Ringing in the ears

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by interruption of breathing that occurs while a person sleeps. A person with undiagnosed sleep apnea may stop breathing hundreds of times a night. This disorder is very serious due to the threat of oxygen starvation, which can be extremely hazardous if the person does not seek treatment. Sleep apnea dentistry is sometimes employed in situations where the person cannot tolerate continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a common remedy that keeps airways open using mild pressure. At Adriatic Dental in San Marcos, Dr. Valentina Obradovic offers sleep apnea dentistry and can help patients understand what causes sleep apnea.

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, but several factors can increase your risk, including:

Sex. Males are more prone to develop sleep apnea.
Age. The risk increases for people over the age of 40.
Weight. Overweight people are at a greater risk.
Family history. Genetics play a role in sleep apnea.
Jaw Bone and Tongue/Tonsils Size. People with smaller than average jaw bone or larger than average tongue and/or tonsils are at a greater risk.
Neck Girth. A bulkier neck, measuring 17 or more inches in men and 16 or more inches in women, increases the risk.
Gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). People with GERD or more prone to sleep apnea.
Nasal Blockage. People with nasal blockage caused by allergies, sinus problems, or a deviated septum are more likely to develop sleep apnea.

Common Sleep Apnea Dentistry Appliances

Many different sleep apnea dentistry devices are available, and Dr. Obradovic can help you determine the best one for your needs. Two devices commonly used in cases where patients cannot CPAP include:

• Mandibular advancement device (MAD), which resemble a sports mouth guard. This keeps the airways open by pushing the lower jaw forward and slightly downward.

• Tongue retraining device (TRD) is a splint that keeps the airways open by holding the tongue in place.

If you would like to learn more about what causes sleep apnea and sleep apnea dentistry, please call and schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Valentina Obradovic.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Scaling and Root Planing

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If plaque and tartar is left on the teeth, as we mentioned before, it provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria irritate the gums which can cause them to bleed more easily. You may notice this if you are brushing your teeth or eating, and your gums bleed a bit. This is the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis.

If you have gingivitis, your dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth by scaling and polishing them. They may also recommend an antiseptic mouthwash containing chlorhexidine and show you how to brush and floss your teeth effectively. Most adults have some degree of gum disease.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Root Canal

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Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected.  Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy.  The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health. 

The Procedure

Before the procedure begins, the area is completely numbed using a local anesthetic.  Once the area is numbed, a rubber dam is placed around the infected tooth to protect the mouth and to prevent anything from falling into the back of the throat. 

In order to access the infected tooth pulp, an opening is made through the top of the tooth to get down into the pulp chamber.  A tiny instrument, called a dental file, is then carefully used to clean out the infected tissue and to shape the root canals to receive a filling.  X-rays may be done to ensure that all of the infected pulp is removed before the filling is placed.

After the infected pulp is removed, the restoration is placed.  In most cases a crown is placed to protect and strengthen the tooth.  However, if the tooth is severely broken down, it may be necessary to start by building up the tooth with a post and core.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did my tooth become infected?

There are two common causes of infection: cavities and fractured/broken teeth.  Both expose the pulp area to bacteria that live in saliva.  These bacteria can cause an infection that can kill the pulp.

Do I really need treatment?

Without treatment, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone.  This can cause an abscess (a pus pocket) that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth.  The pressure this causes can cause excruciating pain and, left untreated, can be life threatening.  An infected tooth can not heal on its own and will only get worse.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms tend to vary from patient to patient.  Infected teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold, the area may be swollen or painful, or there may be a bad taste in the mouth.  Occasionally there will be no symptoms at all.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Preventive Dentistry

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Here at Adriatic Dental we help our San Marcos patients with preventive dentistry. If you have ever heard the old saying ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’, it definitely applies to oral health. A few minutes per day spent cleaning teeth at home can contribute to years of excellent oral health. Preventive dentistry is the best way to avoid painful, expensive dental procedures as it stresses at-home dental care that will help prevent decay or disease. Preventive, or at-home, dental care is important because it results in healthy teeth and gums throughout one’s life.

Avoid or Delay the Need for Costly and Painful Dental Treatments

We Can Teach You How to Care for Your Teeth

Many at-home treatments can help prevent disease or decay including brushing your teeth at least twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash. However, it’s important to know how to floss and brush properly. Proper brushing techniques include using a soft, nylon toothbrush with round-ended bristles. Place the toothbrush at the gum line at a 45-degree angle to cover the tooth surface and the gum line. Move the brush back and forth, gently brushing away any plaque or tartar from the surface of the tooth and the gum line. Patients should be sure to brush the insides and outsides of all teeth, including the hard to reach back teeth. Floss should be used to clean in between teeth. Proper flossing techniques include using an 18-inch strip of un-waxed floss wrapped around the middle fingers of both hands. Insert the remaining 2 inches of floss between each tooth, using your thumbs to direct the movements. Gently scrape the plaque out from between each tooth. You should always floss below the gumline to remove any harmful plaque that is found under the gumline.

When you visit our San Marcos dental office we will be able to assess your current state of oral health. We can then recommend treatments, if needed, and provide maintenance advice so your smile stays perfect for a lifetime. You can set up an appointment now by calling us at (760) 621-8830 or fill out the form on this page.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pediatric Dentistry

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Parents usually have a lot of questions about when they should first take their child to see a dentist. Healthy smiles begin in infancy!  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first see the dentist at one year old or when the first tooth emerges.  It’s important to see a dentist early in a child’s life because it allows the doctor to examine his/her mouth and discuss specific oral hygiene instructions for the child.  Parents should begin brushing and flossing their children’s teeth when the first tooth emerges.  When the child is old enough, parents should teach their children how to brush and floss properly.  Setting a high standard of oral hygiene early in life will help children develop healthy oral hygiene habits for life!
Dr. Obradovic is accepting new pediatric dental patients. Parents can set up an appointment for their child by calling 760- 621-8830 or fill out the form on this page.
Many parents ask: How often should we bring children to see the dentist? Just like an adult, children should see the dentist a minimum of twice a year.  The mouth is constantly changing and growing in childhood and along with this growth can come injuries and issues that, when addressed early, can be easily treated.
Another question that parents often ask is: What does pediatric dentistry cover? How can it help my child? Pediatric dentistry focuses on preventive care.  Emphasis is placed on home care, regular check-ups, and cleanings.  There are many preventive measures available to keep children’s teeth healthy and clean, including sealants and mouth guards.  Part of preventive dentistry also focuses on educating the parent about common dental issues kids may have such as bruxism, thumb sucking, and baby bottle tooth decay.
Need tips to help keep your child’s teeth healthy? Ask Adriatic Dental. Our San Marcos dental office offers complete pediatric dentistry services. Call us today at 760- 621-8830.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Oral Pathology

Examining mouth




Oral pathology involves diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth such as cysts, tumors, and precancerous and cancerous lesions.  Many patients experience unusual changes in the mouth, teeth, gums, tongue, or throat that may be caused by disease.  Diagnosing diseases in the mouth as early as possible is very important.  The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the faster treatment and healing can begin. 

What can I expect during the exam?

Your doctor may perform a number of tests or exams to determine what is causing the symptoms you are experiencing and diagnose the disease.  Usually, biopsy or tissue removal is the best way to determine a diagnosis as the sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis. 

How will I be treated?

Treatments vary depending on the type of disease that is present.  Each patient’s needs will be addressed on a case-by-case basis in order to achieve the best results.  Our office is dedicated to making any procedure performed as comfortable as possible. 

Dr. Obradovic works closely with Linda Hayes who performs thermal imaging to help in early oral cancer detection.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Occlusal Adjustment

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Occlusal, or bite, adjustment is a procedure performed to remove tiny interferences that keep teeth from coming together properly.  These interferences can prevent the jaw from closing in its anatomically correct position.  Interferences can develop as teeth develop, can occur following an accident, or they can accumulate over time with wear.  Dental work such as fillings, crowns, bridges, and extractions can also cause interferences. 

Interferences can prevent the jaw from fully sliding into its anatomically correct position.  This means that the muscles of the jaw and neck are never able to fully relax.  This may result in severe headaches and neck aches.  Many develop bruxism, or teeth grinding, as their jaw seeks its natural position.  Bruxism can cause bone loss, tooth loss, and receding gums.  Overtime, patients may develop tempromandibular joint issues, or TMJ, if they go untreated.

How can I know if my bite is “off”?

During your examination, your doctor will examine your jaw closely and may notice symptoms that your bite may be off.  Some symptoms include if the jaw does not open evenly on both sides, if the jaw makes a clicking noise as it opens, if the enamel has been ground away in certain areas, or if there are fractured teeth.  Chronic symptoms of bruxism, headaches or neck aches, are also clues that the bite may be off. 

How is my bite fixed?

Before the procedure begins, the doctor will have you bite on a very thin piece of mylar paper.  The mylar paper transfers color to the areas where contact occurs.  The doctor will then smooth the area where the marks have been left removing just enough of the tooth or restoration to eliminate the interference.  This process will be done on all areas where the mylar paper left color on the tooth until the jaw is able to get into its normal position.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Implant-Supported Dentures

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Dentures supported by implants differ from traditional implants in that they are anchored to your mouth with dental implants. Because they are secured to the implants, dentures supported by implants offer more stability than traditional dentures that sit on the gums and are removed nightly for cleaning. This stability decreases the chances of an embarrassing situation occurring from dentures coming loose and sliding around in the mouth. Traditional dentures are also infamously bulky and can complicate eating and impact your speech. Implant supported dentures; however, are snapped into place using the implant to fortify them. Dentures feel more secure and maintenance is easier, as you no longer need to fuss with adhesives or denture paste. Dr. Valentina Obradovic, a San Diego dental professional, offers implants and dentures supported by implants at Adriatic Dental.

There are two types of dentures supported by implants: bar-retained dentures and ball-retained dentures.

 

Bar-Retained Dentures


Bar-retained dentures need a minimum of three implants surgically placed in the gums. The denture is fastened to a metal bar that runs along the gum line. The denture sits on the metal bar, affixed with clips or some other kind of attachment. Many patients report less discomfort and rubbing than with traditional dentures.

Ball-Retained Dentures


Ball-retained dentures, also called stud attachment dentures, employ a ball-and-socket design to attach dentures to implants in the gums. With ball-retained dentures supported by implants, Dr. Obradovic fits the denture with sockets and places the ball on top of the implants, allowing the denture and implants to be snapped together in the sections where they meet. Ball-retained dentures are exceptionally secure and can be used for an open upper jaw denture.

If you would like to learn more about dentures supported by implants at Adriatic Dental, a San Diego dental practice, call Dr. Obradovic.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Dentures

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Tightest fitting dentures anywhere!
 

Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Here at Adriatic Dental, we can create and fit dentures so they’ll look great and function properly for you. There’s no need to put off a visit to our San Marcos dental office to inquire about dentures; today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. Even with these advances, dentures do take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth. We can help you during this transition period to understand how your dentures will function and what you can expect.

There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. Obradovic will help you choose the type of denture that’s best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Composite Fillings

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Composite fillings are just one of the many top-of-the-line cosmetic dentistry services Dr. Valentina Obradovic offers at Adriatic Dental. Although composite fillings can be used to restore function as well as appearance, many patients ultimately choose this type of cosmetic dentistry procedure for aesthetic reasons. Traditional fillings are much more conspicuous than composites because they are constructed from metals like silver and gold. The metal fillings can become visible when a person laughs or smiles. Fortunately for cosmetic dentistry patients in San Marcos, advances in dental techniques and the utilization of new materials has greatly expanded the services available in cosmetic dentistry.

 

Advantages of Composite Fillings in Cosmetic Dentistry

 

Composite fillings offer the advantage of discretion as well as versatility. Unlike traditional metal fillings with their telltale silvery glint, composites are fashioned from a glass and plastic mixture that allows them to blend in seamlessly with the tooth. This chameleon-like quality makes composites an obvious choice when it comes to restoring the front teeth.

Traditional fillings are still frequently used, particularly when patients need tooth restoration in the back of the mouth. Fillings placed in the back of the mouth must be extremely robust to handle the increased bite pressure in this region. This is not to say that composite fillings cannot be used in the back of the mouth; they are also extremely strong, so Dr. Obradovic can use them for both functional and cosmetic dentistry purposes. That being said, metal fillings are still favored for the back of the mouth because they are less costly than composites. Most patients elect to invest in that money in the front fillings where they are more inclined to stand out.

 

Placing Composite Fillings

 

The process for placing composite fillings is very similar to traditional fillings. After Dr. Obradovic numbs the tooth and surrounding area to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, she will proceed to do the following:

1. Apply the composite in layers, using a light after each application to expedite hardening.
2. Shape the composite to fit each tooth.
3. Polish the composite to prevent early wear and staining.

If you would like to learn more about composite fillings and other treatment options in cosmetic dentistry, the San Marcos office is just a phone call away!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Teeth Whitening

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If you are serious about attaining your whitest, brightest, and most beautiful smile, it’s time to drop the at-home whitening trays and schedule a cosmetic dentistry treatment with Dr. Valentina Obradovic at Adriatic Dental. Like many patients, you may be tempted by the low cost and convenience of a store bought whitening products, but with cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, you can receive more predictable results.

Don’t Believe the Hype!

 

Many ads and companies claim that their at-home whitening products can achieve the same results as an in-office cosmetic dentistry treatment, but unless you’re interested in investing several costly weeks of treatments, dealing with cumbersome mouth trays, and achieving relatively limited shade improvements, then consider the revolutionary, safe, and easy “One-Hour Rembrandt®” process available at Adriatic Dental.

 
Want Results Fast? Try Adriatic Dental’s Rembrandt® One-Hour ’Perfect Smile’ Whitening Process

 
If you can spare an hour, we can transform your smile. Dr. Obradovic uses the Rembrandt® One-Hour ’Perfect Smile’ Whitening Process to help patients achieve dramatic results. Patients see results through cosmetic dentistry at San Marco; after the Rembrandt® One-Hour ’Perfect Smile’ Whitening Process is complete, most patients will see a difference of about eight to 10 shades lighter on average. Unlike many at-home treatments, most patients do not experience any discomfort or sensitivity during this particular cosmetic dentistry procedure.

 

Why the Disparity?


Why is there such a discrepancy between at-home whitening treatments and the results you can achieve through cosmetic dentistry at the San Marcos office?

At the end of the day, the difference comes down to numbers. Dr. Obradovic and other dental professionals use products with significantly stronger bleaching agents than can be obtained in any over-the-counter product. The difference can range anywhere from 15 to 43 percent (for dental professional products) compared with 10 to 22% percent (for over-the-counter product whitening products).

 

Results May Vary!


Although Adriatic Dental’s in-office whitening treatment typically produces excellent results, every patient is different. There are factors that can change the success of your teeth whitening such as age, coffee, tea, or smoking. Other factors that can detrimentally affect your results include periodontal disease and worn enamel.

If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA, call and schedule a teeth whitening consultation with Dr. Obradovic.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Porcelain Veneers

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If you want straight, white, natural looking teeth without the use of braces or surgery, you may want to consider porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can resolve a variety of cosmetic dental issues and dramatically improve the look of your smile. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic specializes in cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA and can usually complete a porcelain veneers procedure in just three visits.

 

What are Porcelain Veneers?


Veneers are constructed out of ultra-thin shells of tooth-colored material that are custom-made to fit each tooth they are placed over. Dr. Obradovic bonds these shells to the surface of the teeth, allowing her to significantly alter the color, shape, length, or size. Porcelain veneers offer a few advantages over other types of veneers and cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as their ability to reflect light in a way that mimics real teeth. This gives them a more natural look. In addition, their material gives them extra stain resistance. All veneers usually need to be replaced after eight to 10 years.

 

Am I a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?


Porcelain veneers can be used to rectify several different cosmetic dentistry concerns. If you are ineligible for surgery or simply do not wish to undergo a more invasive procedure, porcelain veneers may be the ideal solution for helping you achieve the beautiful smile you desire.

Depending on your individual situation, Dr. Obradovic may recommend porcelain veneers as an alternative to braces or surgery if you have one or more of the cosmetic dentistry issues below:

• Wear and Tear
• Worn Enamel
• Uneven Teeth
• Stains and Discoloration
• Dissimilarity in Contour or Color
• Genetic

All types of patients may qualify for porcelain veneers, but smokers and patients with weak teeth will not be eligible. In addition, those with gum disease, missing teeth, decay, or patients who require major orthodontic work may require other treatments prior to the placement of their porcelain veneers.

Before porcelain veneers can be replaced, some of your teeth’s natural enamel must be removed to make room for it. Since this is permanent, Dr. Obradovic may suggest alternative forms of treatment if your teeth are still functioning adequately.

To learn more about porcelain veneers and cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, please schedule a consultation today.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lumineers

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If you want to transform the look of your smile without undergoing an invasive procedure, Lumineers ® by Cerinate® may be the ideal solution. Lumineers ® are a type of porcelain veneers that instantly give you a smile of perfectly white and aligned teeth. At Adriatic Dental, Dr. Valentina Obradovic provides Lumineers ®, veneers, and a variety of other options for cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos, CA.

 

Cosmetic Dentistry: Differences between Lumineers ® and Traditional Veneers


If you are considering Lumineers ®, it is important to understand the key differences between Lumineers ® and traditional veneers. To begin, Lumineers ® are much thinner than other types of veneers, measuring only about 0.2 mm. They are also highly translucent, a characteristic that enables them to replicate the look of natural enamel. As with other types of veneers, Lumineers ® are custom-made to fit over each tooth. However, unlike traditional veneers, these “smile shapers” are so thin that they can be applied to your teeth without shaving off enamel to place them. As a result, there is minimal pain involved with this procedure.

Dr. Obradovic can even place Lumineers ® over your existing bridgework or crowns without replacing them. They are an enduring cosmetic solution for discolored, chipped, or misaligned teeth. In just two or three visits, you can have a gorgeous custom-made smile that you can enjoy for decades. The Lumineers ® procedure takes about one hour. Because your natural tooth structure is still intact, this cosmetic dentistry procedure is completely reversible.

You can have a more beautiful smile without the removal of tooth structure, even with old crowns and bridges! Call Adriatic Dentistry to learn more about cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos and see how Lumineers ® can change the way you smile and feel about yourself.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Invisalign

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Invisalign is a cosmetic dentistry treatment that enables patients to straighten their teeth and attain a more beautiful smile without the conspicuous metal brackets and bars of traditional braces.

Invisalign gradually shifts teeth into place using clear, custom-made aligner trays that need replaced on a biweekly basis until the Invisalign cosmetic dentistry treatment is complete.

 

The Invisalign Cosmetic Dentistry Process

 
After determining that you are a good candidate for Invisalign cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Valentina Obradovic takes x-rays and makes impressions of your teeth to create a 3-D digital image and formulate an individualized plan for your teeth straightening treatment. Using the impressions and x-rays, Dr. Obradovic makes customized aligner trays that are worn night and day during the treatment. The trays are only to be taken out while you are eating or cleaning your teeth.

Your aligner trays will be replaced approximately every two weeks, advancing you to the next level of treatment. In most cases, the Invisalign treatment will achieve the desired straightening results within a year. During that period, you will meet with Dr. Obradovic every six to eight weeks so that she can monitor your progress.

Cosmetic Dentistry in San Marcos: Invisalign Advantages


Invisalign offers many benefits, including:


Eat without restriction. Removable trays that allow you to eat and enjoy your favorite foods without the restrictions of traditional braces.

Subtle straightening. Invisalign trays are so discreet that most people won’t even notice them.

Easy maintenance. The trays are easy to remove and clean, so you can maintain good oral hygiene.

Comfort. Unlike traditional orthodontia, the Invisalign aligner trays are very comfortable and cause little to no irritation.

Confidence. Invisalign cosmetic dentistry in San Marcos allows you to obtain a beautiful smile without wearing embarrassing metal braces.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Dental Implants vs. Dentures

 



If you have been searching for a viable alternative to dentures and you reside in San Diego, dental implants can be conveniently obtained at Adriatic Dental. Whether you’ve grown tired of your dentures or you still need to replace missing teeth, Dr. Valentina Obradovic can explain your options and help you determine if dental implants are right for you.

 

Dental Implant Basics


Dental implants are made up of three important parts: the titanium implant, the abutment, and the crown. After the implant is surgically placed in the jaw bone, the integration process begins, creating a connection between the jaw and implant that mimics the one between the jaw and a natural tooth. The abutment is fitted over the exposed part of the implant followed by the crown, which resembles a natural tooth.

 

Dental Implants vs. Dentures


Strength and Stability

• Implants are surgically embedded into the bone socket like natural teeth, giving them superior strength and stability.
• Because they are not secured to anything, dentures are prone to slippage.

Resilience

• Implants can last a lifetime with proper care.
• Dentures eventually break down and need to be replaced.

Material Compatibility

• Implants are made from titanium, which is naturally compatible with the human body.
• Dentures are made from incompatible materials such as flexible plastic, acrylic, and cast metal that cannot be maintained in the long run.

Bone Growth and Deterioration

• As the implant integrates with the jaw bone, it supports the bone and preserves the structure of your jaw, encouraging growth and preventing deterioration.
• Dentures do not stimulate bone growth; they simply rest on the gums and do not ward off further deterioration.

Adriatic Dental, a San Diego dental practice, can replace your dentures or missing teeth with dental implants.