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It’s that time of year again! Midtown Dental is continuing its involvement and support of Chalk It Up! Chalk It Up! is an annual festival in Sacramento that takes place in Fremont Park during the Labor Day Weekend. Dr. Jenny Apekian, DDS of Midtown Dental, proudly partners with this event to support Youth Arts. All volunteers and supporters help in the goal to achieve donations and small grants for individuals, groups, and art organizations throughout the Sacramento Region.
A Dental Implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into the jaw bone. It replaces the function of the tooth root and, once fused, can be used by your dentist to secure an Implant Crown (Dentistry). The dental implant, along with the abutment and crown, will replace a missing Crown (tooth). When multiple teeth are missing, your dentist can plan for an implant-supported fixed bridge or implant-supported denture, which will not slip or move with function. Your dentist can determine if you have adequate bone and gums to be a good candidate for implant treatment. Even if you’ve been told you are not a candidate in the past, it may be a good idea to check again since implant treatment has evolved significantly over the last decade.
An often overlooked, but important aspect to protecting your teeth and maintain good oral health is the use of athletic mouthguards. Whether you are an athlete or your kids play sports causally on the weekends, a good mouthguard is critical. Mouthguards provide valuable protection for the jaw, face, tongue, lips, and of course, the teeth.They can also help prevent more serious problems such as concussions and cerebral hemorrhages.
Third molars, often referred to as “wisdom teeth” erupt between 17-21 years of age. However, most of us have limited space for their eruption, which is why they are commonly impacted. Impaction of wisdom teeth may cause the following symptoms…
When you eat ice cream or have a cup of coffee, do you experience any pain or discomfort? Or maybe when you brush or floss? If so, you may have sensitive teeth. You get sensitive teeth when the surface beneath the teeth gets exposed. When this happens, it allows hot, cold, or sweet food to reach the nerve in your tooth, which results in the pain you feel.
A person’s biting force can be as much as 300 pounds per square inch in the first molar region of our mouths. How much force is that? Our jaws are as powerful as a walnut cracker! At Midtown Dental in Sacramento, we don’t recommend that you use your mouth to crack walnuts, but this gives you some idea of the biting force exerted upon our teeth!
Many of our basic daily activities, such as speaking, smiling, chewing and even smelling are dependent on having good oral health, which can be ensured only through proper oral hygiene. Gum disease is a very serious condition, that over time, can progress until the gums detach themselves from the teeth, forming pockets and eventually leading to tooth and bone loss.
For our patients in Sacramento, teeth whitening is an important confidence-building treatment that always makes a person feel better and more attractive. A bright, beautiful smile conveys youth, good health, happiness, warmth, and confidence. In fact, research by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that more than 99 percent of adults believe their smile is one of their most important “social assets.”
Maintaining good dental hygiene is essential for more reasons than you might guess. The pain that comes from cavities and infection are reasons enough to maintain good dental health; but poor dental health affects not only your mouth, it actually affects the health of your entire body. At Midtown Dental in Sacramento, CA, we recommend the five following guidelines to ensure good dental hygiene.
There are few innovations that truly change and revolutionize the day-to-day practice of dentistry. However, by becoming a CEREC dentist in Sacramento, we have dramatically improved the dental crown experience for our patients in Sacramento, CA. At Midtown Dental, we recently acquired the CEREC 3D CAD/CAM technology, which makes “one-visit crowns” a reality for our patients.
When it comes to choosing the best dentist in Sacramento, there are many choices, and it can be difficult to understand what really sets one dentist above all the others.
Most of us can grasp the idea of tooth decay, but we often forget that the gums supporting the teeth can also get infected and be of equal importance to our dental health. Gum or periodontal disease is mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. In its early stage, called gingivitis, the gums can become swollen and red, and they may bleed. In its more serious form, called periodontitis, the gums can pull away from the tooth, bone can irreversibly be lost, and the teeth may loosen or even fall out.
Dental implants are the best option for strong, natural looking replacements for single or multiple missing teeth. Dr. Jenny Apekian can help those patients in Sacramento, California who wish to replace a missing tooth with a more long-lasting and natural feeling option than dentures or bridges. Typically made from titanium, dental implants are utilized for the restoration of missing teeth. These implants are being placed within the jawbone and serve as a platform to retain the implant crown, thereby restoring the missing tooth.
Getting straight teeth may be easier than you think. Gone are the days of metal wires and painful adjustment appointments. Now, Invisalign in Sacramento offers a nearly invisible, painless path to perfect teeth.
Invisalign offers Sacramento a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligner trays created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you…
There was a time, not too long ago, where whatever smile we were born with was the one we were destined to stay with, for better or worse. The lucky ones got white, straight teeth. Braces came on the scene and could correct crooked, misaligned teeth. However, many problems still remained. Perfectly nice teeth would become discolored due to the use of tetracycline during childhood. Accidents during play and in sports would chip and break teeth. Tooth decay and gum disease brought a plethora of problems with them, and aging had as little mercy on teeth as on the rest of the human body.