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When is the Best Time to Get Dental Implants?

October 12, 2015

The best time to get dental implants is as soon as possible.

When is the Best Time to Get Dental Implants?If you have lost one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants. This is an excellent choice of restorative dental treatment that will allow you to chew and speak normally and smile with confidence. Dental implants will also help support your oral health, protecting you from the risk of losing additional teeth around your missing teeth.

Now may wonder…

When is the best time to get dental implants?

The answer is…

As Soon As Possible

One of the most worrisome issues surrounding missing teeth is bone loss in the jaw. Without a tooth root to…


How to Whiten Crowns and Veneers

October 11, 2015

The best way to whiten porcelain crowns and veneers is to replace them.

How to Whiten Crowns and VeneersThe good news is, porcelain crowns and veneers are highly resistant to staining. The bad news is, they are also resistant to teeth whitening treatment.

Here’s what you need to know about stains, whitening, and crowns & veneers:

Why teeth stain: Natural teeth can develop stains in two main ways. First, a layer of protein on the teeth can absorb coloration from the foods that you eat. Over time any discoloration in this layer can leach into the tooth enamel and cause more severe staining. Secondly, teeth may become stained due to damage to the tooth…


Why Ancient Pompeiians Had Better Teeth Than Most Americans

October 10, 2015

Researchers discover ancient Romans had surprisingly healthy teeth—and we think we know why.

Why Ancient Pompeiians Had Better Teeth Than Most AmericansIn 79 AD, the explosion of Mount Vesuvius buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii in ash, preserving thousands of citizens in an eerie tableau. Scientists have learned a great deal about what life was like in ancient Rome from Pompeii, and their latest discovery has to do with oral health.

According to researchers, initial CAT scans of the petrified bodies of 86 Pompeiians have revealed that the ancients were in surprisingly good dental health. The scanning work is still ongoing, and researchers hope to also learn the age and sex of…


Dental Care and Cancer Treatment

October 9, 2015

Prevent infection during cancer treatments with expert dental care

Dental Care and Cancer Treatment According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, over one third of cancer patients experience complications that affect the mouth, such as:

  • Mouth sores
  • Infection
  • Dry mouth
  • Sensitive gums
  • Jaw pain

In some cases, the oral infection can be serious enough to delay further cancer treatments. This makes it extremely important to take excellent care of your dental health before, during, and after cancer treatment.

Implement this Cancer Action Plan with your Dentist’s Help

1. Before Treatment: Get a Dental Checkup

Because cancer—and various cancer treatments—weaken your immune system, it is extremely important to have any oral infections under control before beginning treatment. As a…


What Can Cause a Crown to Fall Out?

October 8, 2015

Your dentist’s skill is a very important factor in determining the success of a crown.

What Can Cause a Crown to Fall Out?Crowns are a very useful dental restoration that can help save severely decayed or damaged teeth from extraction. While the average crown will last 10 years or more, unfortunately some people do need their crowns replaced sooner.

Let’s take a look at some of the possible reasons this may happen:

Decay: Perhaps the most common reason for a crown to fail and even fall out is that the patient has not kept the crown clean. Even in the case of a full crown that goes all the way down to the gum…


Try Before You Buy–for Teeth?

October 7, 2015

Learn why you should insist in on try-in paste for a first look at your veneers before they’re permanently bonded.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, porcelain veneers can provide an ideal solution in many cases. Veneers can be used to permanently conceal flaws from severe staining to chips, worn edges and minor gaps or to normalize the appearance of oddly shaped or sized teeth.

Try Before You Buy--for Teeth?However, in order to achieve a natural look with your veneers it is absolutely essential to choose the right product. Your dentist can help you with this decision, educating you about the differences between different brands and helping you to…


Can Brushing with Activated Charcoal Whiten Teeth?

October 6, 2015

Learn the facts behind the latest at-home whitening fad.

Can Brushing with Activated Charcoal Whiten Teeth?There are all kinds of home remedies out there for getting whiter, brighter teeth. One that has become increasingly popular over the past year is brushing with activated charcoal. Something about applying a pitch-black paste to make teeth whiter just appeals to people—probably because it almost seems to work like magic.

So what’s the deal? Does activated charcoal work? Is it safe?

The truth about activated charcoal is:

It works on some stains, but you should not brush with it.

Activated charcoal has natural adhesive qualities, which enable it to bind with materials that are causing surface staining on your teeth….


Researchers Develop New Method for Creating Artificial Teeth

October 5, 2015

New method results in an excellent match for internal tooth structure, but not for appearance.

Researchers Develop New Method for Creating Artificial TeethWhen it comes to restorative dentistry, one of the biggest challenges is ensuring that the restoration is not only functional, but also natural-looking. We have some very fine materials to work with when creating restorations, including porcelain. When used in restorations like crowns and veneers, appropriately color-matched porcelain is actually virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth enamel, because it reflects light in almost exactly the same way.

However, on a structural level, porcelain looks much different from tooth enamel. The natural structure of a tooth, including both enamel and dentin, actually consists…


5 Tips for Stronger Tooth Enamel

October 4, 2015

Prevent sensitivity and cavities with these 5 tips for strong tooth enamel.

5 Tips for Stronger Tooth EnamelTooth enamel is one of the hardest substances in the human body, but that doesn’t mean it is invincible. If you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself suffering from the many side effects of weakened or damaged enamel, such as pain, sensitivity, and tooth decay.

The good news is there are many ways to protect and improve the strength of your tooth enamel. Here are our top 5 tips.

Clean Your Teeth After Eating: The two main causes of tooth enamel damage are sugar and citric acid. Sugars—including both foods containing refined sugars and also…


Could Stem Cell Technology Replace Dental Implants?

October 3, 2015

Dental implants may not be the only way to replace missing tooth roots after all.

Could Stem Cell Technology Replace Dental Implants?If you are missing a tooth, it is vital that you replace it, both for the sake of your health and your appearance. Right now, the best option for tooth replacement is dental implants, because only dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, including the root. While advancements in stem cell technology could change this, you can’t afford to wait for this technology to become widely available. You need a replacement tooth now, so you need dental implants from California Dental Group.

Why Replace Missing Teeth

Obviously, a missing tooth is unattractive….