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By Digiorno Dental Fitness
March 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

Find out how porcelain veneers can completely transform your smile.veneers

While it might seem as if the perfect smile is so far out of reach, you may actually be surprised to hear otherwise. Our Sacramento and Folsom, CA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Julianne Digiorno, prides herself on crafting beautiful smiles, no matter what smile you were born with. While Digiorno Dental Fitness offers a full range of dental services, find out how dental veneers could help improve your smile.

What can dental veneers do for your smile?

These super thin tooth-colored layers of porcelain are each custom-made to cover the front surface of a tooth to improve color, shape or length. You may choose to get a single dental veneer or you may want to give your smile a complete makeover with veneers. The sky is the limit!

Dental veneers can be a great way to hide stains and discolorations that teeth whitening won’t be able to remove. Veneers can also cover chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, minor crowding and crookedness, as well as misshapen or uneven teeth. If your teeth have been worn down from teeth grinding or jaw clenching in the past, then dental veneers can also help make your teeth appear longer.

What should you know about getting dental veneers in Sacramento and Folsom, CA?

What makes dental veneers such an appealing option for most people looking to enhance the shape or appearance of their teeth is that they don’t require a lot of fuss or tooth preparation beforehand. Most people love the idea of getting a smile makeover but hate all the time it can take. Getting veneers is fairly simple. Here are the steps you can expect from the treatment process:

Consultation: This is where we make sure that your smile and goals align with what veneers can offer. We will also check to make sure your smile is healthy enough for veneers.

Tooth Prep: While this isn’t invasive or painful, it is necessary if you want to get traditional veneers. If you are getting no-prep veneers, then this process will most likely not be necessary. During tooth preparation, we will remove a very minute amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. This allows extra room for your new veneers.

Impressions: We will also need to take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will give the lab the measurements they need to craft your veneers.

Placement: It’s pretty easy to place your porcelain veneers. We will bond the veneers in place, make sure you are completely happy with the final product and then harden the bonding resin so your veneers are now your beautiful new smile.

If you are ready to get cosmetic dentistry in Sacramento and Folsom, CA, then it’s time you turned to the smile-making experts at Digiorno Dental Fitness to get dental veneers or any other dentistry you are looking for. Call us today!

By Digiorno Dental Fitness
March 17, 2017
Category: Oral Health

It's no secret that many of Hollywood's brightest stars didn't start out with perfectly aligned, pearly-white teeth. And these days, plenty of celebs are willing to share their stories, showing how dentists help those megawatt smiles shine. In a recent interview with W magazine, Emma Stone, the stunning 28-year-old star of critically-acclaimed films like La La Land and Birdman, explained how orthodontic appliances helped her overcome problems caused by a harmful habit: persistent thumb sucking in childhood.

“I sucked my thumb until I was 11 years old,” she admitted, mischievously adding “It's still so soothing to do it.” Although it may have been comforting, the habit spelled trouble for her bite. “The roof of my mouth is so high-pitched that I had this huge overbite,” she said. “I got this gate when I was in second grade… I had braces, and then they put a gate.”

While her technical terminology isn't quite accurate, Stone is referring to a type of appliance worn in the mouth which dentists call a “tongue crib” or “thumb/finger appliance.” The purpose of these devices is to stop children from engaging in “parafunctional habits” — that is, behaviors like thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, which are unrelated to the normal function of the mouth and can cause serious bite problems. (Other parafunctional habits include nail biting, pencil chewing and teeth grinding.)

When kids develop the habit of regularly pushing the tongue against the front teeth (tongue thrusting) or sucking on an object placed inside the mouth (thumb sucking), the behavior can cause the front teeth to be pushed out of alignment. When the top teeth move forward, the condition is commonly referred to as an overbite. In some cases a more serious situation called an “open bite” may develop, which can be difficult to correct. Here, the top and bottom front teeth do not meet or overlap when the mouth is closed; instead, a vertical gap is left in between.

Orthodontic appliances are often recommended to stop harmful oral habits from causing further misalignment. Most appliances are designed with a block (or gate) that prevents the tongue or finger from pushing on the teeth; this is what the actress mentioned. Normally, when the appliance is worn for a period of months it can be expected to modify the child's behavior. Once the habit has been broken, other appliances like traditional braces or clear aligners can be used to bring the teeth into better alignment.

But in Stone's case, things didn't go so smoothly. “I'd take the gate down and suck my thumb underneath the mouth appliance,” she admitted, “because I was totally ignoring the rule to not suck your thumb while you're trying to straighten out your teeth.” That rule-breaking ended up costing the aspiring star lots of time: she spent a total of 7 years wearing braces.

Fortunately, things worked out for the best for Emma Stone: She now has a brilliant smile and a stellar career — plus a shiny new Golden Globe award! Does your child have a thumb sucking problem or another harmful oral habit? For more information about how to correct it, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “How Thumb Sucking Affects the Bite.”

By Digiorno Dental Fitness
March 02, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Dental implants to replace teeth are a popular choice as much for their durability as their life-likeness. Most implants last for decades, which can result in lower long-term maintenance costs than other replacement options.

But to achieve this longevity, you must take care of your implants. You should brush and floss them daily right along with your remaining natural teeth — and continue regular semi-annual dental visits for cleanings and checkups.

You may be wondering, though: if they're made of inorganic materials, why worry with brushing them? It's true that bacterial plaque, the thin film of food particles most responsible for dental disease, doesn't affect them.

Your implants, though, don't exist in a bubble: they're imbedded in real bone, surrounded by real gum tissue and placed next to real teeth. All these other living tissues are susceptible to infection caused by plaque, even from plaque on non-organic implants.

The bone and tissues around an implant can even have a higher susceptibility to infection. This is because an implant's attachment in the jaw differs from that of natural teeth. An implant is imbedded directly into the bone; a natural tooth, on the other hand, maintains its hold through an elastic gum tissue between it and the bone called the periodontal ligament. Tiny fibers from the ligament attach to the tooth on one side and to the bone on the other.

Besides holding the tooth in place, the ligament also contains blood vessels that supply the tooth and surrounding tissues not only with nutrients but also antibodies that help fight infection. Due to the absence of a ligament connection, an implant doesn't enjoy the same level of protection from infection.  It's much easier for tissues and teeth around an implant to become infected, and harder to stop it.

That's why prevention through daily hygiene is so important. So, be sure to brush and floss all your teeth — including implants — every day, and keep up your regular dental visits. And at the first sign of a possible infection — swollen, red or bleeding gums — see us as soon as possible for an examination.

Consider your implants a long-term investment in both your smile and dental health. Taking care of them will pay dividends for many years to come.

If you would like more information on taking care of your dental implants, 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 “Dental Implant Maintenance.”