Evolution of Dental Implants

The evidence says that for over a thousand years, civilizations have tried to solve the issue of tooth loss by implanting some kind of foreign material into the jawbone. Archaeologists have found pieces of seashells and carved stones embedded in the jaws of some ancient Mayans back in 600 A.D. In some instances it has also been discovered that these early implants were fused to the bone.

Evolution Dental Implants

Dental implants have made a lot of progress since then. In the 1950s, the most significant advancement occurred in this field with the discovery of the fact that titanium has an inherent property which helps it to form a direct physical bond with living bone tissues. This discovery was done by a Swedish Orthopedic Surgeon when he found accidentally that he is unable to remove the titanium optic chambers he had implanted sometime before in the leg bones of a rabbit. This bone fusion was later coined and in today’s date, it serves as the biological basis for the incredible success of modern dental implants.

Titanium has the unique feature of fusing directly into the bone, so it started to shape itself like the root of the tooth. Today, many implant manufacturers in the world create the root form of dental implants. It comes in different widths and lengths, but the underlying width is the same.

In these 40 years, it has been found that the surface attribute of titanium implant affect the speed with which it fuses into the bone. Earlier, dental implants were surfaced smooth, but now with improved understanding, it has been found that bone likes to grow against a roughened surface. So, now the implant process takes just six weeks with roughened surface instead of earlier smooth implants which took around 6 months.

If you require dental implants, at Dental Dimensions we have the best services of implants by our professional dentists. Get your teeth fixed today by booking an appointment with us.

6 Tips to Find the Best Dentist in West San Jose, CA

Meeting with a dentist can be a daunting experience, and particularly children feel scared and painful about going to the dentist. People choose dentists because they restore their oral health and transform their lives. Many people might have had a painful and truly forgettable dental experience that has stopped them completing the treatment they needed. People should never have a bad experience.

What to look for in a Dentist

Your oral health remains a critical part of your overall health. You have to rethink your standards and expectations for dentists. We can help people choose the best dentist to deliver a positive dental experience and make your visit more productive. Here are six tips to consider when looking for a dentist in West San Jose for you and your family.

  1. Dental Benefits

    When choosing a dentist, define your dental goals and choose the treatment which is best for your needs and budget. Regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene is the key to a healthy smile. A dental exam, full set of X-rays, a general cleaning, and other dental procedures will be performed by the dental professional to check for cavities and remove plaque and tartar your teeth.

  2. Get a Referral

    Referrals are one of the best ways to choose the right dentist. Ask friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations. Ask your family doctor or local pharmacist. If you’re moving, ask your current dentist or your health insurance provider or the local hospital to make a recommendation. Contact your local or state dental society.

  3. Dentist’s Credentials & Affiliations

    Dentist’s educational background, skills, and credentials are important considerations in finding the right dental care provider. Verify the dentist’s professional qualification, dental school accreditation, and a valid license to practice. Don’t be shy in checking the dentist’s credentials before setting your first appointment.

  4. Schedule an Appointment

    Meet the dentist and staff with whom you feel comfortable and get the care you deserve. Schedule your consultation time with the dentist before making an appointment.

  5. Pricing

    Pricing can be a deterrent for getting proper dental care. People have a hard time finding an affordable dental care service provider. A dental savings plan is the best option to find affordable dental care. Dental practices that offer low-cost health coverage and discount plans are also one of the best ways to find affordable care.

  6. Location & Accessibility

    For a dentist, choose the location of the clinic that is near your workplace or home. It is easy to find a dental office with parking spaces when it comes to choosing your clinic location.

    Ultimately, you have to do your research in finding the right dentist. Follow the golden standard and make your decision about the right dentist for you and your family.

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Give us a call or schedule your appointment to fix your all dental problems. At Dental Dimensions, we recognize and give you the right dental treatment that make your smile better.

How to Maintain Your Child’s Oral Health Regimen

What your dentists in South and West San Jose want you to know

When you take care of your child’s oral regimen, you are helping to maintain the oral health of your child. When you help the oral health of your child, you are also taking an important step to guard your child’s overall health too!

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How do you take care of your child’s oral regimen? Your dentists at The Dental Dimensions are here to help answer that question. They have two convenient office locations in San Jose, CA, to serve your family’s needs.

Your child is never too young to benefit from oral hygiene. In fact, your child is at risk for tooth decay right after the first tooth erupts. That’s why it’s important to remember to never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice because your child’s teeth will be bathed in sugar all night long!

Ideally, your child’s oral regimen should include brushing after meals and before bed. You can teach your child to brush by taking a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Tell your child not to swallow the toothpaste. Stand behind your child with both of you looking in the mirror. Using a gentle, circular movement, brush all surfaces of your child’s teeth and along the gumline while your child is looking in the mirror. Your child should demonstrate the technique back to you.

Flossing can be taught around the age of four when your child has better hand dexterity. Your child should watch you floss and then try flossing while looking in a mirror. Floss picks are often helpful when your child is first learning how to floss. Floss picks are available in kid-friendly shapes and sizes. By the age of eight, your child should be flossing independently on a daily basis.

Taking care of your child’s oral regimen is an important and rewarding part of maintaining health. For more information about pediatric and family dental health and treatment, call your dentists at The Dental Dimensions in South and West San Jose, CA. Call today!

Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

Dental technology and treatment techniques have made leaps and bounds in the last few decades, and as a result, more people are keeping more (and in many cases all) of their natural teeth for most of their lives, well into old age. But despite the progress, the American Dental Association (ADA) estimates that close to half of all American adults are missing at least one tooth, with millions more living with complete tooth loss. But the good news is that gum disease – the leading cause of tooth loss in adults – is largely preventable with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental care. The dentists at The Dental Dimensions in San Jose and Cupertino, CA, recommend visiting a dentist at least twice a year for a dental exam and professional cleaning.

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Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in South San Jose, CA

Tooth decay and gum disease, like many health problems, are largely preventable and treatable when caught in the early stages. The first step in protecting your teeth and gums is to brush and floss every day, avoid smoking, which can increase the risk of developing gum disease and make dental problems harder to treat, and to eat a healthy diet. When combined with yearly dental check ups and cleanings, your oral hygiene routine is the most important factor in keeping your teeth and gums healthy year after year. But the good news is that it is never too late to commit to a solid oral hygiene routine. Even if you have neglected your dental health in the past, picking back up where you left off by scheduling an appointment with a dentist and incorporating flossing into your daily routine will help to get you back on track.

Find a Dentist in South San Jose, CA

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best insurance policy against tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. For more information and to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and professional cleaning, contact our office by calling 408-225-6815 for our South San Jose office, or 408-252-3212 for our West San Jose/Cupertino location.

Are You Using the Right Toothbrush?

Buying a new toothbrush can be difficult with so many different shapes, sizes and styles to choose from. Which toothbrush you use and how often you replace your toothbrush, however, is important for maintaining good oral health and a radiant smile. Here are some basic recommendations from Dental Dimensions to consider when selecting a toothbrush:

Right Toothbrush

  • Your toothbrush should be the right size for your mouth and teeth; it should not be uncomfortable to clean your teeth.
  • Your toothbrush should have bristles that stand up straight.
  • Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles that are gentle on your teeth and gums.
  • Select a toothbrush with a handle that is easy to grip and long enough so as not to make the action of brushing awkward or difficult.
  • Your toothbrush should have a marginally small head so it can fit comfortably between the teeth and cheek. The head of the toothbrush should be small enough to clean the back molars and other hard to reach areas.

How to Care for Your Toothbrush:

  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months, or when the bristles look worn or bent.
  • After an illness, throw away your old toothbrush and buy a new one to avoid re-infection.
  • Never share toothbrushes as this increases the risk of infection and illnesses.
  • After brushing, thoroughly rinse your toothbrush with water to remove remaining toothpaste and debris.
  • Allow your toothbrush to air-dry by storing it in an upright position.

When you choose the toothbrush that is the right size and style for your mouth and dental care needs, you’ll be able to clean your teeth more completely and help prevent the development of plaque and other dental diseases. If you need assistance deciding on the best toothbrush for your oral health needs, discuss your choice of toothbrush with our San Jose office.

Create Your Perfect Smile with Veneers

Tired of putting up with pesky gaps in your teeth? Want to get rid of stained, misshaped or crooked teeth once and for all? Veneers might be a good option for you if you’re ready to repair nature’s mistake or the results of an injury.

Perfect Smile with Veneers

For the ultimate smile makeover, veneers are ideal for enhancing the color, shape and size of your teeth. Removing minimal tooth structure, this safe procedure involves adhering strong, thin, tooth-colored shells to the front of your teeth, and can be completed in just a few appointments.

At Dental Dimensions, we recommend veneers for:

  • Dull or discolored teeth
  • Teeth that are worn down or aged
  • Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
  • Misaligned or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Closing gaps between teeth

Because veneers are fabricated with a durable and highly stain resistant material (such as porcelain), they usually last longer than most other cosmetic dental procedures, which mean fewer appointments for replacements and repair. Once your veneers are in place, they’ll essentially become part of your teeth, resulting in a more shapely, white and natural looking smile!

If you are looking to enhance your smile and dramatically improve the overall appearance of your teeth, veneers could be the perfect option to help your reach your goals.  Speak with one of our dental professionals at Dental Dimensions in San Jose for more information, and find out if veneers are right for you.

At Dental Dimensions, we offer many smile-enhancing cosmetic treatments. So whether you desire the complete smile makeover, a quick repair of a minor imperfection or a routine check up and cleaning, patients can feel confident knowing that our experienced San Jose dentists will help them achieve their most beautiful, healthy smile.

How To Ease A Toothache

A severe toothache can be difficult to bear, often times preventing you from participating in your daily activities or keeping you up through the night. The severity of a toothache can range from chronic and mild to sharp and excruciating. It’s common for the pain to be aggravated by chewing, or sensitive to foods and beverages which are hot and cold.

Ease Toothache

Relieving Toothaches

When tooth pain comes your way, you’ll want to know what steps you can take to alleviate the pain until you can see your dentist. The following tips from Dental Dimensions may provide temporary relief, but it’s always best to contact our San Jose office for any dental problems, including a toothache. Numbing the pain is never a good substitute for professional dental care.

Here are a few simple remedies to cope with the pain until you can see your dentist.

  • Schedule an appointment with our San Jose office. Putting off treatment for tooth pain can lead to more serious dental problems.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications to reduce the pain and swelling, but never place the medication directly on the affected tooth. Always consult with your dentist or physician first.
  • Apply a cold compress to the side of your cheek.
  • Floss to remove particles that may be lodged between your teeth causing the pain.
  • Elevate your head to reduce the pressure on the affected tooth.
  • Rinse with a mixture of salt and water to remove any food particles or debris that may be irritating your tooth.
  • Avoid foods that intensify the pain, such as foods with extreme temperature or foods that are hard to chew.
  • Take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly, and visit your dentist for routine check ups. This is the best way to avoid dental pain and keep your teeth healthy.

While it’s possible to manage tooth pain, you should seek professional care from our San Jose office whenever you experience dental pain or unusual symptoms. In most instances, a toothache is caused by a dental problem, such as a cavity, a fractured tooth, or an infection. A thorough oral examination from Dental Dimensions can help determine the cause. Based on the problem, we can administer the appropriate treatment to ease your pain.

Cavities: Avoiding Tooth Decay for a Healthy Smile

Cavities. You know you want to avoid them. Maybe you’ve even had one or two in your lifetime. But do you really know everything you need to know about cavities, including how to detect and prevent them?

Cavities Avoiding Toth Decay

At Dental Dimensions, we believe educated patients are better equipped to care for their teeth and gums. That’s why we focus on preventative care for each of our patients in order to avoid dental problems that are often caused by cavities and decay.

What is a Cavity?

To put it simply, cavities are decayed areas of your teeth that develop into small openings or holes- a process that occurs over time. Also called tooth decay, cavities are caused by a combination of factors, including poor oral hygiene and the frequent snacking of sugary foods. When bacteria, acid, food particles and saliva combine to form plaque, it clings to the teeth, and when not removed by regular brushing, begins to dissolve the enamel surface of the teeth. Inside your teeth, decay can gradually destroy the inner layer, or pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. Left untreated, the long-term decay process can lead to infections in your gums and can eat away at the bone structures under the teeth.

You might have a cavity if…

The signs and symptoms of cavities vary depending on the extent of decay and the location of the cavity. In its early stages, a cavity may not present any symptoms. As the decay progresses, the following symptoms may indicate a cavity:

  • Toothache
  • Tooth sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold drinks
  • Pain when chewing or biting
  • Visible pits or holes in the teeth
  • Pus surrounding a tooth

Red, tender and swollen gums; unexplained bad breath; loose teeth; and changes in your bite are also signs of serious dental problems and should be examined by our San Jose office.

How can I prevent cavities from developing?

Dental Dimensions recommends the following steps to help prevent tooth decay:

  • Brush at least twice a day to keep teeth clean, especially after eating and drinking
  • Floss at least once a day to remove food particles and plaque in hard to reach areas
  • Avoid frequent snacking and sipping of sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit our San Jose office for routine cleanings and check ups. Professional cleanings can remove plaque and tartar build up that a regular toothbrush cannot

Cavities are very serious. Left untreated, a cavity can destroy your tooth and kill the delicate nerves at its center. Once an abscess forms, the only treatment options may be a root canal, surgery or extracting the tooth. The best way to detect and prevent cavities is by visitingDental Dimensions regularly, as we can detect a cavity in its earliest stages. By practicing good dental care at home and visiting our San Jose office regularly, you’ll help your teeth stay cavity free!

It’s Not Wise to Wait for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, generally erupt between the ages of 17 and 25 according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Some people go their entire lives without ever getting their wisdom teeth, while others can develop up to four, one at each end of the upper and lower gums.

It's Not Wise to Wait for Wisdom Teeth Removal

Why is Extraction Necessary?

  • When the mouth isn’t large enough to accommodate the third molars, they can become impacted (trapped within the jaw)
  • Partially erupted wisdom teeth are very susceptible to tooth decay, infections and even gum disease
  • Misaligned wisdom teeth can shift or damage adjacent teeth
  • Cysts can form and destroy bone, nerves or tooth roots

Early Removal for a Quick Recovery

A patient’s age and the position of the wisdom teeth will determine the relative ease in which they can be extracted. Removal before the third molars have a chance to emerge is generally recommended in order to maintain proper alignment of the teeth. When wisdom teeth are impacted, extraction becomes more difficult and may require a more involved surgical procedure.

Younger patients typically have an easier time with wisdom teeth removal because the tooth roots are not fully developed and the bone is less dense, making extraction less complicated. As a result, recovery time is generally shorter.

Not everyone’s wisdom teeth need to be extracted. If the third molars are aligned, healthy and functional, dentists may let the teeth remain, but continue to monitor their movement. Patients experiencing jaw pain or inflammation should have their wisdom teeth evaluated by a dentist.

If you haven’t already, visit our San Jose office to learn more about your wisdom teeth. At Dental Dimensions, routine check ups can help us monitor the development of your third molars and recommend an appropriate time for removal, should it be necessary.

What Your Mouth Says About Your Health

Your mouth is the gateway to your body. An unhealthy mouth may increase your risk for serious health problems, including heart attack, diabetes and preterm labor. Research shows that more than 90 percent of all systematic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers or excessive gum problems. Here’s a look at some of the diseases and conditions that may be connected to oral health.

  • Diabetes – Due to elevated blood sugars, diabetes increases your risk of gum disease, cavities, tooth loss, dry mouth, and a variety of oral infections. Conversely, because diabetes can reduce the body’s resistance to infection, it can be difficult to control.
  • Heart Disease – According to research, poor oral health can increase the risk for developing heart disease as studies have shown a link between the bacteria found in both diseases.
  • Premature Birth – Studies have found that expectant mothers with periodontal disease are up to seven times more likely to deliver premature, low-birth-weight babies.
  • Your mouth can reveal other clues about your state of health as well including respiratory conditions, oral cancer and osteoporosis.

To keep your mouth and body healthy:

  • Provide our San Jose office with a complete health history — illnesses and medication use — even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.
  • Brush and floss regularly to help remove bacteria from the mouth that could potentially travel through your body.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet to keep your immune system strong.
  • If you smoke, talk to your dentist about options for quitting.
  • Visit Dental Dimensions for routine checkups and professional cleanings to prevent problems and detect potential issues in their early stages.

The signs and symptoms of many potentially life-threatening diseases appear in the mouth first. Since most people have regular oral examinations, the dentist is often the first to identify a health problem in its early stages. Dental professionals are trained to look for many systemic diseases simply through your regular oral exam.

Make it a priority to practice good oral hygiene every day. You’re making an investment in your total body health, not just for now, but for the future, too.