For many, cosmetic dental treatments are seen as procedures that impact only the look of the smile, offering no contribution to the overall health and dental function. However, cosmetic dental procedures take on a hybrid approach, providing patients with multi-faceted solutions that improve their entire smile and benefit their future oral health. Consider the restorative benefits of the following procedures:Composite FillingsRecommended in the case of cavity, chips, or minor fractures above the gum line, composite fillings offer a cosmetic solution that prevents further damage. Unlike traditional metal amalgam fillings, which contain trace amounts of mercury, composite fillings are made of tooth-colored resin, therefore matching the rest of the tooth.As composite fillings are metal-free, patients do not need to worry about their filling expanding or contracting when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. Not only does this eliminate the sensitivity typically associated with traditional fillings, but it also prevents the tooth from cracking or undergoing further damage.Porcelain CrownsOften used to reinforce teeth following root canals or other restorative treatment, porcelain crowns offer a natural looking alternative to metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns. Crowns sit like a cap on top of damaged teeth, restoring function while preventing additional damage from compromising the patient’s overall oral health. As these crowns are highly durable, they can also be used to restore molars that have been compromised by damage or decay.At Willow Glen Dentistry, we use CAD/CAM technology to digitally create porcelain crowns in office. By using CEREC® technology to take digital impressions then manufacture your unique crown, our team is able to provide patients with a customized cosmetic restoration that fits naturally with the rest of the smile.Dental ImplantsDental implants and implant-supported restorations offer several aesthetic and functional benefits for patients. From a health perspective, dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth without compromising the health of neighboring teeth. As treatment requires implant posts be fully integrated into the underlying jaw bone, implants also have the added benefit of stimulating healthy bone density and preventing further tooth loss.Aesthetically, dental implant restorations are designed to look, feel, and function just like natural teeth. Depending on the number of teeth that are being replaced, crowns, bridges, or fixed overdentures can be made to ensure your smile looks as natural as possible.Learn More TodayOur team is dedicated to creating long-term solutions tailored to your unique needs. By combining effective cosmetic procedures with efficient restorative treatments, our patients are able to enjoy a beautiful smile without compromising their oral health. To learn more about which treatment will most efficiently help you achieve your ideal smile, please contact Dr. John Pisacane today to schedule your consultation.
Brushing and flossing aren’t most kids’ favorite hobbies. However, a number of studies suggest that the earlier children are introduced and become involved in their oral health, the healthier they will be throughout their lives. In fact, research indicates that establishing good brushing habits before the age of three can help children reduce their chances of tooth decay and cavities in both primary and permanent teeth.As a parent, you can help your children establish positive oral health habits that will follow them into adolescence and adulthood. By incorporating a little fun into the dental health routine, you can help your kids develop a commitment to and appreciation for oral hygiene. These five techniques can help you encourage your kids to brush both properly and often.Brush TogetherOne of the easiest and most beneficial ways to encourage proper brushing is if your children and you brush your teeth together in a group. Prime tooth brushing time (early mornings and right before bed) can be some of the most stressful times of the day. By brushing together every day, you’ll establish a routine that will make these stressful times more predictable. You’ll also get to serve as a role model for your children, showing them the importance of dental hygiene. Additionally, by brushing together, you’ll be able to identify and gently correct what they’re doing wrong.Use “Fun” Brushes and PastesRather than relying on basic toothbrushes and toothpastes, allow your child to select their own themed toothbrush and flavored toothpaste. You can find your child’s favorite princess or superhero on the handle of a brush or flosser designed for little mouths in your local drug store. These tools can help you get your kids interested in brushing and flossing. When they’re motivated to use their special brushes and pastes, they’ll be excited enough to remember to brush and floss and interested enough to take their time.Play DentistYou want to instill a sense of independence in your children, but you still need to check their teeth when they brush. To accomplish this without a fight, brush your teeth in front of your child (modeling good oral hygiene techniques), and then ask them to be the dentist and check them. Next, you be the dentist and ask your child to be the patient while you check their teeth. This way, you’ll not only get to check your child’s teeth, but you’ll also be able to give wise brushing advice in a way that is fun rather than nagging.Sing a Brushing SongEven with character toothbrushes and colored toothpastes, most kids want to rush through brushing so they can get back to their toys. To help them take the time they need, teach them to brush while singing a certain song in their heads. When the song is done - so are they! Are popular choice is “Happy Birthday,” though you might need to ask your children to sing it two or three times if they tend to pick up the tempo.Earn and LearnRemind your children that they need to brush and floss every day with a rewards system that recognizes them for their efforts. For very young children, a simple sticker chart can do the trick. Older children might be more impressed with a reward chart that promises a larger prize if they brush and floss every day for a week or two. Choose a reward your child will love, such as a day at the beach or a stuffed animal, but don’t choose candy. This will only undermine your aim of helping them develop a healthy smile.Great oral hygiene and health starts at home. With a few of these time-trusted techniques, you can encourage effective, independent oral care. However, it’s still important for your child to regularaly see a dentist for professional cleanings. Regular dental checkups can keep your kids motivated, your teeth clean, and dental problems at bay. Schedule an appointment today at Willow Glen Dentistry, and we’ll work with you to help you keep your children smiling.
The gums are a critical component of a patient’s smile. In addition to influencing a patient’s health, the gums can also enhance or detract from the overall aesthetics of a smile. For patients unsatisfied with how their smile looks, innovative gum contouring treatments have provided patients with a versatile, minimally invasive treatment capable of transforming their smiles.What is Gum Contouring?Simply put, gum contouring or re-shaping is the use of a specialized soft-tissue dental laser to reshape and realign the position of the gums in relation to the teeth. Given the versatility of the treatment, there are a number of conditions where gum contouring may be recommended. At our San Jose dental practice, we recommend gum contouring to correct gummy smiles.The Innovation behind Gum ContouringPart of the benefit of this treatment comes from the tools used to reshape the gums. Unlike traditional surgical tools, soft tissue diode lasers use an extremely narrow beam of light energy to remove extra tissue from the surgical site. As the instrument cauterizes the tissue during the treatment, there is limited post-procedural bleeding, reducing discomfort during the recovery phase. Additionally, by encouraging coagulation in-treatment, soft tissue lasers lower the risk of bacteria entering the point of incision, reducing the likelihood of post-treatment infection.In recent years, soft tissue lasers have been used as part of a periodontal treatment therapy. During this procedure, the lasers eliminate bacteria from within the periodontal pockets while sterilizes the tissue. Similar to the re-contouring procedure, the coagulation that is stimulated by the laser helps to accelerate healing while also encouraging reattachment of the gums to the tooth. As a result, soft tissue lasers are quickly becoming the preferred treatment method for efficiently treating the gums.Who is a Candidate for Gum Contouring?As mentioned, this cosmetic treatment is often recommended for patients unsatisfied with an abundancy of gum tissue, creating the appearance of a gummy smile. Gum reshaping may also be recommended as a regenerative procedure for patients suffering from gum recession as a result of periodontal disease.At Willow Glen Dentistry, our San Jose dentist Dr. John Pisacane works with patients to identify points of improvement in their smile and to develop comprehensive solutions for helping individuals achieve their idea smile. For patients seeking extensive gingival treatments, our dentist collaborates closely with area periodontists to ensure consistency in treatment and post-treatment care. For more information about gum contouring in San Jose, please contact the Willow Glen dental team today.
Hello, and welcome! We're excited to announce the official launch of the Willow Glen Dentistry blog. We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.Dr. Pisacane built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us; we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients. If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Willow Glen, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post.Here's to your best oral health ever!
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