Missing teeth cause damage to your smile that is easily avoidable by utilizing the teeth replacement options available at your dentist’s office. However, dental implants are the only teeth replacement option that restores both your missing tooth and its root. Find out more about dental implants and how they can benefit your smile with Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA.
What is a dental implant?
Though other options can also replace your missing teeth, they cannot replace your tooth’s root. A dental implant uses your jawbone’s natural healing abilities to anchor an implant’s fixture into place permanently in the bone itself. The fixture lies below the gum line to act as a foundation for the replacement tooth which lies above the gum line. The two connect using a small piece called an abutment, allowing your dentist to replace or repair a damaged prosthetic tooth without needing to remove the fixture as well.
What kinds of implants are available?
Since implants stand alone and do not rely on the natural teeth to stay in place, they are highly versatile. Implants can replace a single tooth using a single implant. If you have several teeth missing in a row, an implant on either side of a bridge can replace two or more teeth at once. Patients missing all or most of the teeth on an arch may benefit from an implant-supported denture held in place by four or more implants.
Am I a candidate for dental implants?
A good candidate for dental implants has an adequate amount of bone volume left in the area of their implant to support the implant’s fixture. A good candidate also has an excellent at-home oral care routine which will keep their teeth and implants healthy and decay-free. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once coupled with routine, biannual examinations, and cleanings with your dentist.
Dental Implants in Rancho Mirage, CA
Dental implants can turn your smile around and help you look and feel great. If you think you could benefit from dental implants, your dentist can help you make an informed decision and ensure that this is the best course of treatment for you.
For more information on dental implants or what they can do for your smile, please contact Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros at Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA. Call (760) 444-3202 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
Has your smile gradually become duller over the years? The problem may be due to stains from foods and beverages. Dentists Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros of Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA and serving Palm Desert, explain how teeth whitening can remove stubborn stains and brighten your smile.
Strong whitening agents dissolve stains
Dark pigments found in tobacco products or certain foods or beverages tend to stain teeth. These small pigments become stuck in tiny pores in your tooth enamel and can't be removed simply by brushing your teeth. You may be more likely to develop stains if you regularly drink tea, coffee, cola or wine, or eat foods that contain dark pigments, such as berries, tomato sauce or popsicles.
Thanks to the stain-busting properties of hydrogen peroxide, your teeth will become up to eight shades lighter in just one whitening session in our Rancho Mirage office. Hydrogen peroxide, applied to your teeth as a gel, breaks apart stain-causing pigments. Although hydrogen peroxide is found in both over-the-counter and professional whiteners, professional whiteners contain stronger formulations of the chemical compound.
Teeth whitening is a simple process
Before we whiten your teeth, we'll perform a thorough dental examination. Since problems with your teeth increase the risk of sensitivity, this step is essential for your comfort. It will also ensure that you receive the appropriate treatment if you happen to have a cavity or other dental issue. You'll also receive a dental cleaning to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. If these substances remain on your teeth, your smile may look speckled after whitening.
After your teeth are cleaned, a protective gel will be applied to your gums and roots, and retractors will be used to draw your lips and cheeks away from your teeth during your whitening session. These precautions help reduce the risk of sensitivity.
At-home whitening is also available. If you choose this option, you'll receive custom-made whitening trays and a supply of whitening gel.
In most cases, the effects of whitening will last two or three years. Avoiding smoking and the foods and beverages that cause stains may help your smile stay whiter even longer.
Ready to whiten your smile? Call dentists Drs. Ray and Sheri Cros of Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert, CA, at (760) 444-3202 to schedule an appointment.
Patients who have missing teeth or major tooth and gum problems often have questions about dental implants. Implants are the modern solution for replacing teeth and are now often preferred over other solutions like dentures and bridges. Here are a few of the most common frequently asked questions about dental implants, answered. Having more knowledge of this dental treatment may inspire you to take action and call your Cros Dental dentist to see if you’re a candidate for this procedure.
How Do Dental Implants Work?
Dental implants are designed to serve the same purpose as the root of a tooth. They are small titanium devices that resemble screws that are inserted into the bone tissue below the gumline. When the implant heals into the bone, which may take several months, an abutment and permanent crown are placed on the top. With a porcelain or ceramic crown, the implanted tooth is indistinguishable from your other teeth.
Why Are Dental Implants the Best Solution?
The main reason why dental implants are the ideal solution is that they are permanent. Once they’re installed, they’re no different than any of your other teeth in terms of function and appearance. They also help keep the bone tissue healthy and strong. When you get dentures or bridges, the bone tissue can degrade over time.
Who Can Get Dental Implants?
Only patients who have generally good dental health can get dental implants. Viable bone tissue is needed to ensure that the implants will stay rooted. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist for a tooth implant as early as possible. In some cases, a bone grafting procedure can help improve a patient’s chances of having a dental implant integrate successfully.
How Long Will Dental Implants Last?
For patients of a certain age, a dental implant has a good chance of lasting for a lifetime. The crown part of the implant can last for up to 15 years before it may need to be replaced. Seeing your dentist at least two times every year for professional cleanings and becoming meticulous about at-home dental care will ensure that the implant (and your other teeth) stays strong and healthy.
Contact your Dentist
Dental implantation is a straightforward and effective procedure that can help improve your dental health and the appearance of your smile. Call your Ceos Dental dentist to schedule an appointment.
When planning for your new smile, we look at more than the condition of individual teeth. We also step back for the bigger “bite” picture: how do the teeth look and interact with each other?
If we have a normal bite, our teeth are aligned symmetrically with each other. This not only looks aesthetically pleasing with the rest of the face, it also contributes to good function when we chew food. A bad bite (malocclusion) disrupts this mouth-to-face symmetry, impairs chewing and makes hygiene and disease prevention much more difficult.
That's where orthodontics, the dental specialty for moving teeth, can work wonders. With today's advanced techniques, we can correct even the most complex malocclusions — and at any age. Even if your teen years are well behind you, repairing a bad bite can improve both your smile and your dental health.
The most common approach, of course, is braces. They consist of metal or plastic brackets bonded to the outside face of the teeth with a thin metal wire laced through them. The wire attaches to an anchorage point, the back teeth or one created with other appliances, and placed under tension or pressure. The gradual increasing of tension or pressure on the teeth will move them over time.
Â Braces are versatile and quite effective, but they can be restrictive and highly noticeable. Many people, especially older adults, feel embarrassed to wear them. There is an alternative: clear aligners. These are a series of clear, plastic trays that you wear in sequence, a couple of weeks for each tray. When you change to the next tray in the series, it will be slightly different than its predecessor. As the trays change shape guided by computer-enhanced modeling, the teeth gradually move.
If you're interested in having a poor bite corrected, the first step is a comprehensive orthodontic examination. This looks closely at not only teeth position, but also jaw function and overall oral and general health.
With that we can help you decide if orthodontics is right for you. If so, we'll formulate a treatment plan that can transform your smile and boost your dental health.
If you would like more information on the cosmetic and health benefits of orthodontics, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
Find out if you could benefit from an oral cancer screening in Rancho Mirage.
Are you at risk for developing oral cancer? Do you know what the risk factors are? Despite its prevalence, it’s amazing how many people don’t seem to know much about oral cancer or that they should be getting regular screenings from our Rancho Mirage, CA dentists Dr. Ray Cros and Dr. Sheri Cros. Find out more about these screenings and why they are important.
Who should get oral cancer screenings?
The simple answer is everyone. Even if you aren’t at risk for oral cancer it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen. These screenings should occur once a year during your routine checkup. By getting an oral cancer screening annually we can detect issues right away when cancer is still in its early stages and easily treatable. Without these screenings, oral cancer may go undetected until it has already begun to spread.
You may need to get oral cancer screenings more regularly if you have these risk factors:
- You are a smoker or use tobacco products
- You are a heavy drinker
- You are over the age of 55
- You have poor nutrition
- You’ve had oral cancer in the past
Of course, even if none of these factors apply to you it’s still important to visit our Rancho Mirage general dentist every six months for cleanings so that once a year we can also screen you for oral cancer.
What does the screening process entail?
Getting screened for oral cancer is quick and painless. All we do is thoroughly examine your mouth to check for any suspicious growths, lumps or other areas that could be warning signs of oral cancer. If we do find something that concerns us we will take a sample for testing.
If you need to book your next appointment with Cros Dental in Rancho Mirage, CA then give us a call today. During your next routine cleaning, we would be happy to perform an oral cancer screening.
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