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What dentists are doing to improve services for older adults

As people are living longer and enjoying good health for many years, dentists are increasingly offering improved services to recognize the special needs of older adults.

This growing segment of the population is wearing fewer dentures and they are keeping their natural teeth longer. They are also concerned to maintain good health and a great smile for many years.

However, patients in this group sometimes require special consideration because reduced mobility and dexterity may make daily oral hygiene difficult.

And certain medical conditions and impairment may make them more anxious when visiting the dentist.

For example, problems with vision or hearing loss may cause worry. Always let the dentist and staff know if you have any concerns so that they can adjust their treatment and their pace to meet your needs.

Older patients can sometimes put up with problems such as toothaches, bleeding gums and clicking dentures because they are not aware of the wide range of treatments and techniques now available.

Dentists are increasingly sensitive to the special needs of and the importance of dental health in the older patient.

As many older patients are more health conscious than ever before, regular visits to the dentist ensure their oral health is an important part of their overall health.

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Your saliva and why its so important

You probably don’t give too much thought to the saliva in your mouth but, if you think of it like a bloodstream you’ll realize how important it is.

Like blood, saliva helps build and maintain the health of the soft and hard tissues.

It removes waste products from the mouth and offers first-line protection against microbial invasion that might lead to disease.

Saliva is derived from blood and therefore can also be used to detect disease.

Saliva enhances enamel protection by providing high levels of calcium and phosphate ions. It contains the minerals that maintain the integrity of the enamel surface and helps protect against caries.

When salivary flow is reduced, oral health deteriorates – much in the same way body tissues suffer if blood circulation is disrupted.

Patients with dry mouths (xerostomia) experience difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing. A major cause of dry mouth is medication – almost eighty percent of the most commonly prescribed medications lead to dry mouth.

Chewing gum after a snack or meal stimulates salivary flow, clearing food from the mouth and neutralizing plaque acid.

Your saliva is important to your oral health both for preventing disease and in helping to diagnose problems.

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How to overcome problems with teeth grinding

When under stress, many people find themselves grinding their teeth or clenching their jaws.

This habit actually has a name – bruxism – and often it’s something we do when we sleep.

It can be caused by stress and anxiety and it can also be due to sleep disorders, an abnormal bite or missing and crooked teeth..

It can lead to symptoms such as dull headache or a sore jaw.

Your dentist can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sleep.

Severe grinding can lead to painful or loose teeth and this can lead to fractures in your teeth.

Taking stress out on your teeth in this way can lead to long term damage so, if stress is the cause, you need to find a way to relax!

Relaxants, counseling and even exercise may help reduce stress and tension and can be a big help to your teeth.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.