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Posts for: June, 2016

June 27, 2016
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Despite everyone’s best efforts, one of your child’s primary (“baby”) teeth has become decayed to the point it might be lost prematurely. Saving it would require extensive treatment like capping it with a crown or performing a pulpotomy, similar to a root canal treatment.

You may be thinking: since it’s going to come out eventually, why go to the expense of trying to preserve it longer? Actually, there are good reasons to save a baby tooth depending on your child’s age — for now and for the future. Here are 4 of them.

They’re important for nutrition. Baby teeth are quite similar to permanent teeth — not only do they look like them, they perform like them too, enabling a growing child to chew and digest food needed to boost their development. Even the loss of one tooth for an extended period makes effective chewing harder.

They’re important for speech development. With their first words, children develop speech patterns rather quickly. Their baby teeth play an important role in this: just like permanent teeth, they provide the tongue with points of contact for making a variety of sounds. A missing tooth for a prolonged period could interfere with making certain sounds and could have a stunting effect on their speech development.

They’re important for permanent teeth eruption. Baby teeth also serve as placeholders for their successors, the permanent teeth that are in development just under the gums. A baby tooth normally remains until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt within the path set by the primary. If they’re lost prematurely, the permanent tooth may not erupt as it should; and adjacent permanent teeth can drift toward the empty space and out of alignment.

They’re part of their smile. Baby teeth help children fit in socially with adults and other children — they help them look normal. A missing tooth stands out when they smile — and not in a good way. This could impact the way they interact socially with others, extending even into adulthood.

If you would like more information on dental care for your child, 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 “Importance of Baby Teeth.”

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By Z Dentistry
June 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Z Dentistry
June 10, 2016
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  
You can improve your smile’s appearance with dental veneers.
Are you happy with your smile? Is it affecting your social life or self-esteem? If so, then it might be time to talk to our Reno dentist Dr. VeneersGeorge Zatarain about dental veneers and how you can improve your smile.
What are dental veneers?
Veneers can change the color, shape and size of your smile. Veneers are made from porcelain, they are thin tooth-shaped shells that are applied to the front surface of your teeth to mask unsightly cosmetic issues like discolorations, chips and cracks, misshapen or worn down teeth, gaps between teeth and teeth that are crooked or overlapping.  
What does it take to get dental veneers?
At Z  dentistry, we can do a mock up to show you exactly the change veneers can make for you.  Once you and Dr. Z decide to go forward, the first visit will be to prepare your smile for your new veneers. One of the perks of getting veneers is that it doesn’t require a lot of tooth preparation. 
To prepare the teeth we will lightly buff them to remove a very small amount of enamel. Some enamel must be removed in order to allow for the size of the veneers.
Next, photos and an impression are taken of your teeth and sent to our lab where your custom veneers are made. You will leave this appointment with temporary veneers.  It will take up to a week for your veneers to be created and received at our office. 
You will come back for a second appointment to receive the final veneers.
How do you care for dental veneers?
Soon you’ll realize that your veneers are very similar to regular teeth. You’ll actually treat them the same way - brush at least twice a day and floss daily. You’ll also want to keep up with those regular dental cleanings and exams to make sure that your veneers and all your teeth remain healthy.
Could you be the perfect candidate for dental veneers? Come in and find out! Turn to Z Dentistry in Reno, NV for all of your cosmetic and general dentistry needs.