“Invisalign” – Getting the Facts Straight

2018-10-04T21:06:55-04:00General|

Very often we get a question from our patients : “What is Invisalign and how it works?”. Here are a few facts that can help you to better understands this genuinely revolutionary approach in the tooth repositioning process.

Invisalign is an alternative option to the traditional wire and bracket braces. A series of Invisalign retainers made from thermoplastic material are custom made for the patient’s mouth.  Every week or two, depending on the treatment plan, the patients switch to a new tray varying slightly from the last. Each aligner makes slight adjustments to the tooth position and as treatment planned by a doctor.  After a series of trays, the teeth are moved to the ideal position and then a retainer is made to wear at night.

The primary benefits of Invisalign retainers are that they are virtually invisible. Nobody may notice that you are wearing them, making […]

Dental X-Rays . . . Do I Really Need Them?

2018-10-04T21:07:20-04:00General, Oral Health|

Dentists and dental hygienists rely on x-rays to diagnose decay, periodontal disease, abscesses, etc. They are necessary as a part of the standard of patient care since only approximately 1/3 of the tooth can be seen clinically. It is our duty as dental professionals to provide accurate and competent care which can be done through assessing the teeth not only clinically, but also radiographically. In majority of situations patients undergo intraoral digital radiographs or Panoramic radiographs, depending on the doctors assessment and need in specific situation. More advanced suspected pathology or more complex dental procedures might require 3D imaging such as cone beam CT.

How often x-rays should be taken is based on an individual’s oral health, age, caries and periodontal risk assessment, past history of decay/periodontal disease, or other signs and symptoms of oral disease and conditions. This means that dental X-rays are not a “One Size Fits All” category […]

Dental Sealants

2018-10-04T21:08:15-04:00General|

Dentistry has shifted from only fixing problems to preventing problems. Dental sealants are one of the many preventive services that Carlisle Dental Studio offers. A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that covers the grooves and depressions of back molars.  Since grooves in teeth are more likely to attract plaque and bacteria causing cavities, sealants help protect those areas to prevent tooth decay.

Placing sealants is a quick and easy procedure. The sealant quickly bonds to the tooth and is hardened by a dental light.  Who needs dental sealants? Children are the main targets for dental sealants since their brushing skills are still developing and they tend to miss areas in the back of their mouths.  However, adults are candidates for dental sealants too if certain areas are prone to having problems. With proper dental care, literature has proven that dental sealants can last many, many years.

Many insurance companies cover […]

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

2018-10-04T21:08:27-04:00General, Periodontal|

When people come to the dentist, they strive to be cavity free. Often, they forget there is another aspect to dental health. Gum health is just as important as being cavity free. Bleeding gums are never normal, even when having your teeth professionally cleaned. Imagine if your scalp bled when you brushed your hair. It’s the same concept with teeth; bleeding gums are a warning sign that your dental health is at risk.

So what causes bleeding gums?  Most simply put, bacteria. Bacteria live in the dental plaque that accumulates on our teeth daily forming a biofilm. Without proper brushing at least twice a day and daily flossing, the bacteria can flourish and grow under the gumline. This bacterial infection of the gums causes inflammation, soreness and bleeding when brushing and flossing.

To prevent bleeding gums and gum disease, oral hygiene must be thorough with brushing 2 minutes twice a day preferably […]

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