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People have been using a variety of materials for dentures for hundreds of years. Done In One™ Atlanta takes a brief look back into the history of these early forms of dental replacements. Learn about all the materials dentures have been made of (just in case you wanted to know)!

A SHORT HISTORY OF DENTURES

THE FIRST FALSE TEETH

There is some evidence of rudimentary dentures in many different cultures all around the world. In fact, it’s been discovered that ancient Egyptians would take human teeth and gold wire to fill in gaps made by missing teeth. And some ancient tribes in Mexico seem to have replaced lost teeth with those from animals, including wolves.

Japan has the claim to the oldest known pair of complete dentures, believed to have been crafted for the priestess Nakaoka Tei. The replacement teeth were created from a species of tree called Japanese Box, and are shaped similarly to modern dentures. Wood was used as a primary form of tooth replacement in Japan until the 1800s.

USING IVORY AND MORE

Replacement teeth were made from a variety of materials throughout the centuries. Animal teeth were a common replacement, as were teeth from other humans. But, the ancient Mayans used stones and shells to fill the space. In the 1700s, ivory from hippos and elephants became a popular material to use in dentures. Most of us know how George Washington wore dentures for most of his life, but contrary to popular belief, they were made from ivory, not wood.

AN INTERESTING BREAKTHROUGH

While ivory was the preferred material for many years, it had several drawbacks. It stained easily and was expensive to use. In the 1840s, a much easier material was created by the Goodyear family (of Goodyear tire fame). This material, called vulcanite, was a hardened rubber that could be molded to fit a person’s gums. Vulcanite was used as the base of the dentures, with the replacement teeth crafted from porcelain and painted to look more white.

20TH CENTURY PROGRESS

In the the 20th century, dentists continued to develop new technologies to make dentures more comfortable and functional than ever. Plastics became a cheap and efficient material for many purposes, including replacement teeth. Dentists used acrylic resin and other types of plastic to offer affordable dental options for their patients.

 

21ST CENTURY CUSTOM TECHNOLOGY

What materials are dentures made of? Today you will find dentures made from a custom milled nanoceramic bridge bonded to a custom milled titanium framework.

But now, the 21st century offers true denture customization. The Done In One™ hybrid bridge is a custom milled nanoceramic bridge bonded to a custom milled titanium framework. Our highly skilled master ceramists handcraft the final finishing touches on your hybrid bridge. And with some artistic shading of the gums with glazing, your new teeth are ready for life!

DON’T BE EMBARRASSED BY YOUR TEETH

The Done In One™ procedure helps those suffering from ill-fitting dentures, dental disease, failing or missing teeth with a revolutionary full mouth reconstruction in just two days! No temporary teeth or uncomfortable dentures! First and final implant teeth, digitally designed for you in 48 hours. Schedule your consultation today.

The All on 4 Dental Implant procedure is an option for patients who need numerous teeth replaced, or even a whole upper or lower set of teeth. The technique offers an incredible number of advantages over traditional dental implants. By using just 4 dental implants instead of one implant per tooth, the procedure is minimally invasive and can replace an entire set of teeth without the need for repeat surgical visits.

 

TRADITIONAL DENTAL IMPLANTS

With traditional dental implants, patients that required a new set of teeth were looking at having as many as 10 implants surgically placed per jaw! That’s 20 in total for oral rehabilitation of both the upper and lower jaw. This not only costs patients an exorbitant amount of money, but it also requires multiple surgeries. As a result, patients can spend up to 18 months in and out of surgery and in and out of recovery. The associated costs of all the consultations, surgeries and time off from work also add up. As a result, traditional dental implant techniques became an option that only a few could afford.

 

ALL ON 4 DENTAL IMPLANTS

What are all on 4 dental implants? Today you will find dentures made from a custom milled nanoceramic bridge bonded to a custom milled titanium framework.
All on 4 dental implants, as the name suggests, only requires four dental implants per jaw to support a fully customized prosthetic dental bridge. And a total of eight implants for both jaws can quite easily be placed in a single surgery, in a single day. With only eight implants and a single surgery required for patients to get a brand new set of permanent teeth, the all on 4 patient saves a lot of money, not to mention all the pain, discomfort and inconveniences associated with multiple surgeries.

DON’T BE EMBARRASSED BY YOUR TEETH

Learn more about all on 4 dental implants today. The Done In One™ procedure helps those suffering from ill-fitting dentures, dental disease, failing or missing teeth with a revolutionary full mouth reconstruction in just two days! No temporary teeth or uncomfortable dentures! First and final implant teeth, digitally designed for you in 48 hours. Schedule your consultation today.

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By 1st Choice Dental Care
April 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: porcelain veneers  
TransformingYourSmilewithVeneersStepbyStep

Dental veneers are a great way to transform a smile without the expense or effort often required of other restorations. These thin layers of dental material adhere to the front of teeth as a "mask" to cover chips, heavy staining or other blemishes.

Still, veneers require attention to detail for a successful outcome. Here's a step-by-step look at changing your dental appearance with veneers.

Step 1: Considering your options. While most veneers are made of dental porcelain, composite resin materials are increasingly popular. Although more prone to chipping or staining, composite veneers don't require a dental lab for fabrication. Another option, depending on your dental situation, are ultra-thin veneers that require little to no tooth preparation. Your dentist will help you decide which options are best for you.

Step 2: "Test driving" your new smile. We can help you "see" your future smile with special software that creates a computer image of your teeth with the planned veneers. We can also use composite material to fabricate a "trial smile" to temporarily place on your teeth that can give you the feel as well as the look of your future smile.

Step 3: Preparing your teeth. Unless you're getting no-prep veneers, we'll need to modify your teeth before attaching veneers. Although only 0.3 to 0.7 millimeters thick, veneers can still appear bulky on unprepared teeth. They'll look more natural if we first remove a small amount of enamel. A word of caution, though: although slight, this enamel removal permanently alters your teeth that will require them to have some form of restoration from then on.

Step 4: Attaching your new veneers. After the planning phase (which includes color matching to blend the veneers with the rest of your teeth), a dental lab creates your veneers if you've opted for porcelain. After they're delivered, we'll clean and etch the teeth with a mild acidic gel to increase the bonding effect. We'll then permanently attach the veneers to your teeth with a very thin but ultra-strong resin luting cement that creates a unified bond between the veneers and teeth.

Following these steps is the surest way to achieve a successful outcome. With due care you're sure to enjoy the effects for a long time to come.

If you would like more information on changing your smile with veneers, 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 “Porcelain Veneers: Your Smile—Better than Ever.”

By 1st Choice Dental Care
April 08, 2019
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth decay   gerd  
ManageYourGERDSymptomstoPreventEnamelErosion

Most dental problems arise from tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. But they aren't the only source of danger to your teeth—gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) could be just as damaging to your tooth enamel as dental disease.

GERD usually occurs when a ring of muscles at the top of the stomach weaken, allowing stomach acid to enter the esophagus. This resulting acid reflux can make life unpleasant and pose potential health dangers—over time it can damage the lining of the esophagus and cause ulcers and pre-cancerous cells. It can also erode tooth enamel if acid enters the mouth and raises its level of acidity.

This can be a problem because acid can soften and dissolve the mineral content of tooth enamel. This is the primary cause of tooth decay as acid produced by oral bacteria attack enamel. The more bacteria present, often thriving in dental plaque, the higher the potential levels of acid that can damage enamel. Stomach acid, which is strong enough to break down food, can cause similar harm to enamel if it causes higher than normal acidity in the mouth.

There are some things you can do to protect your teeth if you have GERD, namely manage your GERD symptoms with lifestyle changes and medication. You may need to avoid alcohol, caffeine or heavily acidic or spicy foods, all known to aggravate GERD symptoms. Quitting smoking and avoiding late night meals might also ease indigestion. And your doctor may recommend over-the-counter or prescription drugs to help control your acid reflux.

You can also boost your teeth's enamel health by practicing daily brushing and flossing—but not right after a reflux episode. The enamel could be softened, so brushing can potentially remove tiny particles of mineral content. Instead, rinse with water mixed with or without a little baking soda to help neutralize acid and wait about an hour—this will give saliva, the mouth's natural acid neutralizer, time to restore the mouth's normal pH level.

And be sure you're using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens enamel—in fact, your dentist may recommend topical fluoride applications to boost the effect.

These and other tips can help minimize the effects of GERD on your dental health. With an ounce of prevention, you can keep it from permanently damaging your teeth.

If you would like more information on managing your dental health with GERD, 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 “GERD and Oral Health.”

CosmeticQuestionstoAsktoGetYouontheRightPathtoaBetterSmile

For some time now, you’ve noticed things about your teeth and gums — your overall smile — that you would like to change. But you’re in unfamiliar territory: you don’t know where to begin.

Here, then, are a few basic cosmetic dentistry questions you should ask yourself and us to get you moving in the right direction.

Am I a candidate for cosmetic dentistry? Invariably, the answer is yes — there’s always a way to enhance your appearance, starting with basic hygiene or whitening. But whether you’re a candidate for a particular procedure will depend on a full examination of your mouth — a “smile analysis” — to assess its current condition and needs, and what cosmetic options would best fit those needs.

Are my expectations realistic? That will first depend on what we find with your smile analysis. It will, however, also include studying the bigger picture — how certain changes might affect not only your smile but your overall facial appearance. Your wants and desires are extremely important in this process, but they should also be balanced with a dose of reality — some things may not be in your best interest health-wise to undertake, or are not in keeping with basic aesthetic principles of beauty.

Will I be able to have an idea beforehand how the changes will look? We’ve come a long way in providing patients ways to preview their new smile before undertaking a procedure. It’s often possible to “see” your proposed smile through computer simulation, or in some cases “test drive” it with temporary (provisional) crowns or veneers. For restorations involving porcelain crowns, it may be possible to take your input and fine-tune the shape and color of the permanent crown before it’s completed.

What will it cost? This will depend on the treatment plan we develop. Some treatments like teeth whitening are relatively inexpensive, while procedures like dental implants or orthodontics are major investments. You should also consider the costs to your time — some treatments require only a single visit, while others may take months or even years to complete. Depending on your financial means and comfort level, cost will need to be factored into the final plan, as well as your expectations.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry, 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 “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for a Change.”





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