All Coast Dental

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Dentures


All Coast Dental located in Pacific, CA, takes pride in helping patients achieve their best, confidence-boosting smile. For patients with missing teeth, we offer both full and partial dentures. Dentures are designed to replace missing teeth as well as the surrounding tissues. They are custom made, removable, and significantly improve the function and appearance of your smile. You can even eat and sleep with them! Your trusted Pacific dentist will ensure that your new dentures fit your mouth properly and comfortably.


 


Full dentures are either “conventional” or “immediate.” Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been completely removed from the gum tissue and the healing process has had a chance to begin. After that time, this type of full denture is placed in the mouth for eight to twelve weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advance and can be positioned as soon as the teeth are removed. This is a great alternative to conventional dentures because the wearer doesn’t have to go without teeth during the healing process. Partial dentures are also removable and are used when one or more teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw. This type of denture requires crowns on the teeth on either side of the space to attach artificial teeth and a cemented-in bridge. Partial dentures fill in the open spaces so that the remaining teeth cannot shift, and they appear more natural-looking than full dentures.


 


Other benefits of full and partial dentures include:


 


- Facial muscle support


- Allows patients to eat food they couldn’t eat without teeth


- Improves the ability to chew, eat, and speak


- Improves appearance and smile


- Improves self-esteem and confidence


 



Do you think you could benefit from dentures? We are happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.


 



Thursday, July 16, 2020

How Sugar Affects Your Teeth


Sugar impacts your teeth in a big way. All Coast Dental in Pacific, CA, takes pride in educating patients about the importance of restricting sugary foods and drinks. It’s ideal to cut out this kind of food from your diet completely, but we understand that sometimes there’s nothing better than a crisp soda on a hot day. More attention should be paid to, say, how many sugary beverages you consume in a day or week. Is it really adding up? If so, consider restricting your intake for the sake of your teeth.


 


Sugar easily coats the surface of your teeth and attracts the “bad bacteria,” such as Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus. These destructive bacteria feed on the sugar and disturb the natural pH of your mouth, to the point where the acidity is too much for your teeth. Over time, the enamel on your teeth is broken down little by little. This isn’t ideal since tooth enamel cannot be replaced. Once that natural barrier is gone, it’s gone for good. Improper dental hygiene only speeds up this destructive process.


 


If you can’t give up sugar completely, then consider these tips to fight tooth decay:


 


-Watch what you eat and drink. Make sure to incorporate healthy options, such as fibrous vegetables.


-Restrict the sugar. Try drinking more water, your teeth will thank you (and so will your body).


-Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing two to three times a day.


-Visit your dentist regularly. Your dentist will be able to take a closer look inside your mouth, monitor anything suspicious, and give your teeth a good professional cleaning. 


 


Do you need a routine checkup or cleaning? We are happy to assess your mouth and advise you on your dental health. All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.




 


 


 


 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

How are Gap Teeth Treated?

People commonly seek treatment for gaps between their upper front teeth. Often, the gap is closed with orthodontics during childhood, sparing the patient from having to whistle while they speak. But sometimes gaps, or diastema, can recur or there may be situations in which orthodontic work is not ideal. We at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach want our patients to know we can help them with cosmetic and bite problems, but the treatment strategy will depend on the gap’s cause.


Orthodontic work is done in late childhood after most of the patient’s adult teeth have erupted, but before their skull bones completely solidify. That means it is easier to guide teeth into different positions if the patient incurred a gap by sucking their thumb or pushing their teeth with their togue. It may not be too late for adults to get orthodontics, but they will need to see an ear, nose, and throat specialist if they are involuntarily thrusting their tongue forward when they swallow. Children who suck their thumbs can also sometimes benefit from psychological counseling to find healthier ways to self-soothe.


Occasionally, a gap might be caused by a person having a high labial frenulum. This means that the vertical strip of flesh connecting the inside of their upper lip to their upper jaw is interfering with the teeth coming together. If that’s the case, the frenulum might be surgically reduced when orthodontic work is nearly finished. It’s also possible for the teeth to shift positions somewhat after orthodontic work, particularly if other teeth have been removed. This is why it’s important to wear a retainer, and why our office will work with patients to replace missing teeth as quickly as possible.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Inlays and Onlays


All Coast Dental in Pacific, CA, is committed to making sure you have a smile that you can be proud of, which is why we offer cosmetic dentistry services to help rebuild your smile. Dental inlays are used to replace a small portion of a tooth that is missing, which is similar to how fillings are used, only now inlays are made of tooth-colored ceramic or porcelain instead of gold. Inlays fit inside the tooth and undergo a bonding process that improves the overall strength of the tooth. Like inlays, dental onlays also fit inside the tooth except they extend to the chewing surface at the back of the tooth to replace a missing cusp. Onlays were also made of gold, undergoing a similar bonding process.




The procedure begins by removing the decayed material from the tooth. A mold is then taken and sent to the lab to create the inlay or onlay. It takes about two to three weeks for the inlay or onlay to be made, so in the meantime, a temporary inlay or onlay is placed on the tooth. When the process of making the inlay or outlay is completed, it is set on the tooth with cement.




Prevention is the best way to avoid sitting under the drill. Regular flossing and brushing will decrease the chances of needing these procedures done since cavities and tooth decay are at the root of these issues. 



Do you think you can benefit from inlays or onlays? We would be happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. All Coast Dental is located at 2180 Garnet Ave., Suite 1-K, in Pacific, CA 92109. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please visit allcoastdental.net or call 858-270-4904.


 



Thursday, May 28, 2020

Understanding Mouthwash

Mouthwashes are popular products, and many of them are approved by the American Dental Association as safe and effective. But as with toothpaste, there are so many varieties available that a person may be confused about which they should use. At All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, we can provide patients with more individualized advice, but there are a few things about using mouthwash everyone should understand.


No mouthwash is meant to replace brushing and flossing, but when used to supplement ordinary oral hygienic care, mouthwash can reach places that are difficult for toothbrushes. Over-the-counter mouthwashes may be therapeutic, meaning that they help remove plaque and kill harmful bacteria, or they may be cosmetic, which means they only reduce bad breath. Stronger therapeutic mouthwashes may require a prescription and would be used in cases such as when a patient has a dry socket.


Most mouthwashes contain alcohol and are not recommended for children under the age of six. They may also contribute to dry mouth. However, many mouthwashes also contain fluoride and can help prevent tooth decay by reinforcing enamel. People who have oral lesions may also benefit from using mouthwashes that are approved as pain relievers. As with brushing and flossing, the key to success with mouthwash is to use it frequently, rather than trying to cram a day’s worth of benefit into a single dose.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Preventing Osteonecrosis

Complications following tooth extractions are rare, but to prevent them, we at All Coast Dental require the cooperation of our patients. If a patient is taking certain medications, one of the potential hazards of a tooth extraction is osteonecrosis of the jaw. This does not mean those patients cannot receive treatment, but we need everyone to understand why it is so important for them to disclose their medical history and medication use to us.


Osteonecrosis is the death of bone tissue from lack of blood supply. It can occur in the jawbone when the gum is unable to close over an empty socket, leaving the bone at the base of the socket exposed. A person may experience it if they are taking large doses of antiresorptive medications, which people usually take intravenously for cancer. There is a lesser, but possible risk to people taking oral antiresorptives for osteoporosis. Smokers and people with diabetes are also at greater risk.


If a person develops osteonecrosis, we can provide antibacterial washes and painkillers until their healing process is complete. Usually, conservative treatments are all that are necessary. But osteonecrosis is painful, and we want patients to be able to avoid it. If they have an infected tooth and have already started antiresorptive medication, we may be able to save the tooth with a root canal instead of extracting and replacing it. We may also want to stagger tooth extractions in patients who are getting extensive restorations, or use bridges or partial dentures to avoid extractions entirely.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sealants for Extra Protection

We highly value preventive care at All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach. Since children are especially at risk for developing caries, they are often provided with sealants to protect their teeth. But sealants can work for people of any age, which is why we want our patients to understand what they are and why they may need them.


Tooth decay is caused by bacteria consuming food debris and excreting acid. The longer food remains in contact with the teeth, the more decay can occur. Our chewing teeth, the molars and premolars, are especially at risk because food gets lodged in the indentations in between their cusps. Although regular brushing should be sufficient to remove the food debris in most people, children are not always good brushers, and people with certain conditions, such as dry mouth, may experience tooth decay at faster rates.


A sealant is a plastic coating that protects the enamel from acid. After the patient is numbed and their teeth are mildly etched to increase their surface area, the liquid coating can be painted on. It is then hardened with a blue light, and the patient can expect to resume eating normally the following day. A person still needs to brush and floss their teeth thoroughly to avoid tooth decay, but sealants are also effective against the acidic content of drinks such as soda and citrus juices and can provide supplementary protection for years after being applied.


Drs. Julie and Joseph Boulos operate All Coast Dental at 2180 Garnet Ave, Suite 1-K, Pacific Beach, California, 92109. To schedule an appointment, call 858-270-4904 or visit All Coast Dental and fill out a contact sheet.