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5 Types of People Who Will Love All-on-4 Dental Implants

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Missing teeth are a problem for a wide variety of people, whether you’re a professional athlete or work in a cubicle. If you’re missing most or all of your teeth, this can be especially problematic when it comes to your job, as well as hobbies and other daily activities. While dentures are the most popular tooth-replacement solution, they aren’t ideal for people with certain lifestyles. All-on-4 dental implants are a different story. Here are five types of people who will enjoy a life-changing experience from All-on-4 (aka Teeth in a Day):

1. Foodies

There’s nothing quite like biting into a juicy, well-seasoned steak, buttery corn on the cob or indulgent caramel apple. If you have dentures, however, you won’t be able to enjoy these foods, or anything else that is hot, sticky or hard. With All-on-4 dental implants, however, there are no diet restrictions. You can try out all the new restaurants and test recipes at home without worrying about your teeth breaking.

2. World Travelers

Whether for business or leisure, people who travel a lot don’t want to deal with inconveniences. With dentures, you’ll have to worry about adhesives, cleaning solutions and where you’re going to store them. With Teeth in a Day, you can care for them like your natural teeth and focus on enjoying your travels.

3. Selfie Aficionados

More and more people enjoy taking selfies with their phones these days. Whether it’s you or a close friend or family member, you want to be able to smile with confidence and enjoy being part of the memory. Missing teeth or dentures can affect your self-confidence, but All-on-4 can put even the biggest selfie aficionados at ease.

4. Athletes

Dentures are notorious for shifting and slipping, which is problematic for people who enjoy running, skiing, biking, CrossFit and other athletic activities. Teeth in a Day, on the other hand, stay securely in place during rigorous situations.

5. Socialites

With All-on-4, you can enjoy all the parties and social activities you want without worrying about dentures slipping or falling out. Put simply, Teeth in a Day are perfect for anyone looking to avoid an embarrassing situation.

Are you ready to make the change? Call Dr. Matiasevich today to schedule! Now taking new patients from Santa Cruz and beyond.

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How Computers Simplify Dental Implants

It’s no secret that people are relying more and more on computers these days. After all, computers are getting so advanced that they’re beating humans at chess and defeating past champions on Jeopardy! Even the dental industry is starting to utilize computers for the efficiency and precision they provide. Specifically, dentists are using computers to make teeth, dentures and even dental implants.

How Computer-Aided Dental Implants Work

Known as computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (aka CAD CAM), the computer-aided dental implant process is making it easier for dentists to identify the specific needs of each patient. Here’s how it works:

1. The dentist uses a computer to scan your mouth and create a customized image of your teeth.
2. The computer aids the dentist in determining the ideal position for your dental implants.
3. The dentist creates a virtual tooth using a computer and sends it to the milling machine.
4. Using a block of ceramic or resin, the computer-aided milling machine creates a real tooth/prosthesis.
5. The dentist places the dental implant in your mouth.

Not only do computers aid in planning and executing the dental implant procedure, they have a variety of other benefits as well.

The Benefits of Using a Computer to Design Dental Implants

According to a recent report from the Dental Health Channel of the Ivanhoe Newswire, “the CAD CAM process takes much less time than a conventional procedure, which can take weeks… it costs about 30% less as well.” Here are some of the other benefits of using a computer to design dental implants:

• It creates a better fit since the dental implant has an optimal shape.
• It results in a more beautiful dental implant that more accurately reflects the look of your natural teeth.
• It can correct or replace the mistakes of conventional procedures. If you have a previous dental implant that’s uncomfortable, broken or placed improperly, computer-aided implants can replace it with a proper one.
• It allows for multiple implants to be placed in the same session.

Computers are changing the way things work and dental implants are no different. If you’d like to know more about dental implants and if you’re a candidate, schedule an appointment with us today!

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4th Annual Dentistry From the Heart – Robert Matiasevich Jr., DDS

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Join us for the 4th Annual Event.

Dentistry from the Heart. Free Dental Care.

Event Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

This is the day when we give back to a community that has been so wonderful to us.

Choice of Filling, Extraction or Cleaning will be performed for those 18 years and older who can’t get dental care elsewhere.

Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and to bring chairs, blankets, waters, snacks, etc as they may be outside waiting to be seen.

  • Arrive Early – Registration Starts at 7:30 AM
  • Event Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

First 60 patients are guaranteed to be seen!

For more information please contact: (831) 476-7272

1775 Dominican Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
http://www.santacruzdentist.com

 

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Caring for Dental Implants After Surgery

For people in Santa Cruz, getting dental implants is big decision. You have to think about things like cost, convenience and what your new smile will look like. More importantly, however, you have to think about what happens after the procedure. Dental implants involve surgery after all, so ensuring your mouth heals properly is of utmost importance.

Caring for Dental Implants After Surgery

As with all surgical procedures, you’re going to have a wound after getting dental implants. During the first 24 hours after surgery, it’s especially important to avoid contaminating or irritating that wound. Here are some other care instructions for patients in Santa Cruz to think about:

Smoking: If you do smoke, you should wait at least two weeks after your dental implant surgery to resume, as smoking both increases the risk of infection and the risk of your implant failing to integrate.
Eating/drinking: Try to drink plenty of water and eat soft foods shortly after getting dental implants. Once you’re confident in your chewing ability, you can begin to start eating normal foods again.
Taking antibiotics: Dr. Matiasevich will prescribe certain antibiotics to prevent infection, as well as an oral rinse that you’ll use two times a day, preferably after eating.
Dealing with pain: If you do encounter soreness or pain after the surgery anesthetics wear off, you can begin taking over-the-counter medications.
Bleeding: It’s normal to experience bleeding during the first 24 hours after surgery, so use gauze pads and pressure as needed until bleeding lessens.
Swelling: You should also expect some swelling, which you can minimize with ice packs and keeping your head elevated. You should also try to avoid strenuous activity.

These are just a few care tips to think about after dental implant surgery, whether it’s a single implant or All-on-4 dental implant system. Dr. Matiasevich gives customized instructions to all of his Santa Cruz dental implant patients.

How Long Do Dental Implants Take to Heal?

Every dental implant patient is going to heal at a different rate. It’s usually dependent on the health of your mouth, any surgery complications and how well you care for your wound using the instructions in the section above. You should see immediate healing within the first one to three days. With proper hygiene, dental implants usually fuse to the jawbone and the mouth fully heals in three to six months. To learn more about dental implants, contact us today for a consultation.

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