Upper right implants with sinus lift and bone graft placed on 1/10/2015
The best option for replacing missing teeth are dental implants. Even when a bridge is doable, it should be avoided for the following reasons:
1-Traditional bridges and partial dentures will damage the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth because they have to be shaved down to create room for bridge abutments. You want to replace your missing tooth but you end up losing more teeth in a few years.
2-The average time a bridge lasts is five years whereas dental implants can stay your lifetime.
3- Dental implant preserves bone. If there is not a tooth or an implant in the bone, it resorbs over time and affects the function and appearance of your teeth.
What is the difference between Lumineers and Veneers? Which one is better?
I have been asked this questions several times and here I am trying to explain the myths and facts about Lumineers without using technical terms.
What are Veneers?
What are Lumineers?
There is a dental lab in California called Denmat. They, like all other dental labs in the united states, make veneers. They use basically the same material and techniques as other labs. They brand it Lumineers and advertise their brand so that you think only Lumineers can be done without shaving down your teeth or only Lumineers can be as thin as 0.3mm.
Are Lumineers better than Veneers?
The short answer is no. However. this question does not make sense because Lumineers is brand name used by a certain dental lab for their veneers. They use basically the same material and techniques as other labs.
Which one is thinner or can be done without shaving down my teeth?
Please write your comments or questions to discuss this subject in more detail if your are interested.
Dr. M H Zadeh DDS AACD
Parmer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
Five things to look for when looking for a new dentist
Knowing a dentist graduated from a reputable dental school and is a member in good standing of professional organizations such as the American Dental Association, helps you have more confidence that you are going to be in good hands. Also, more experience helps a dentist have more knowledge and refined clinical skills. You also want to make sure that they are up to date with latest technologies and treatment methods.
2-Is the dentist in network with your insurance? What if you don't have insurance?
If a dentist is in network with your insurance, the preventative dental work such as exam, X-rays and cleaning will in most cases cost you nothing additional out of pocket as the insurance typically covers them at 100%. Most PPO dental insurance plans will cover 80% of restorative work such as fillings. Most importantly, the PPO in network fees are greatly reduced, saving you a lot of money if you need should treatment on multiple teeth. If you don't have dental insurance ask if they offer any other discounts and/or payment plans.
3- Modern Technology
Your dentist should be offering the latest in dental technology. Digital x-rays allow the office to not only be more efficient and accurate in the diagnosis of any potential issues, but also emit far lower levels of radiation than the traditional film x-ray. There are no chemicals to dispose of either, making them a much more environmentally friendly option. Intra-oral camera will allow your dentist to show you actual pictures of any teeth in need of additional care.
You may need several visits for your dental treatment and follow-ups. You want to choose a dentist office which is not very far from your home and has convenient location and parking.
4- Hours of Operation
If you are like most people and work 9am to 5pm, having a dentist who works evenings and weekends helps you not having to take many days off work.
After your first appointment you can ask yourself the following questions
Did the dentist explain everything, give you all the options and answer all your questions?
Did the dentist and office team try their best to make you feel comfortable and have a good experience?
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Parmer Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
We Love to See You Smile
9900 W Parmer Ln
7817, Austin, Tx