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We believe that we can provide the highest quality dentistry when our patients are an active part of the decision-making process. Answering your questions isn't just a courtesy – it gives us an opportunity to explain things to you in such a way that you feel confident and understand what it means to you and the direction of your oral health care. No question is too small, and the only silly question is the one that isn't asked.
We've shared a few of the questions we hear most often below. You probably have plenty of your own, though, so please don't ever hesitate to contact our Allentown dental office, and we'll find the answers you're looking for.
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Yes! We offer all our patients an opportunity to actively participate in creating a personalized treatment plan. At Evolve Dental Care, you are always a part of the decision-making process. When discussing your proposed treatment, we will talk to you about your concerns, priorities, and financing arrangements. We can provide you with the most effective dental care when we work together as partners in your oral health.
We encourage you to share your questions and concerns with us. After learning more about your personal goals for your dental health, we can discuss your options and create a timeline that fits all your needs. We won’t ever pressure you into making a decision, and we try to be as flexible as possible in planning the course of your treatment. Ultimately, you always have the final say in the way we proceed. Our mission is to improve your life by improving your oral health, and we want you to understand that we always have your best interest in mind.
If you’re interested in learning more about our personalized treatment plans, please contact the team at our Allentown dental office. We’ll be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our doctors so we can get started!
We recommend to visit a dentist every 3-6 months depending on your needs. We take necessary radiographs, perform oral cancer screening, clean and check your teeth. Frequent visits help in detecting problems at early stages. As a result, simpler and more affordable treatment.
The main reason for getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis is to remove plaque buildup. Even if you are diligent about home care and brush and floss regularly, bacteria builds up in your mouth.
There are parts of your mouth that are very difficult to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss, particularly if your teeth a close together. A professional can do a much better job of cleaning those areas.
If you skip multiple dental cleanings, you give plaque the opportunity to turn into tartar, a mineral buildup that occurs above the gumline. Although plaque is a colorless film of bacteria you cannot see, it’s pretty easy to spot tartar. Once tartar has formed, the only way to remove it is by having your teeth professionally cleaned. Leaving tartar buildup puts you at a high risk for developing gum disease and receding gums.
Another reason not to skip multiple cleanings: Visiting the dentist on a regular basis gives you the opportunity to share any oral health issues you might be having. It also gives the dentist the opportunity to detect problems while they are still small and easier—and less expensive and invasive—to fix.
Don’t risk your oral health by skipping routine dental cleanings. Visit your dentist in Allentown, PA twice each year!
You must have heard the terms ‘dental plaque’, ‘calculus’ and ‘tartar’ many times on TV ads. These terms often appear in health and dental hygiene books. Do you know what is meant by dental plaque and calculus? In the paragraphs below, we will explain what is meant by dental plaque and calculus. First, we will talk about each one of them and then talk about their differences.
Dental plaque is the soft sticky layer of food debris that starts accumulating on our teeth immediately after we eat or drink. Formation of plaque is virtually a continuous process. It starts forming the moment you finish cleaning your teeth. Brushing twice a day and flossing regularly removes most of the plaque. If we are not regular and thorough in our oral hygiene, plaque layer will thicken. The layer normally turns yellow if allowed to accumulate and give a very unseemly sight.
Dental plaque is the source of most dental and periodontal problems. Disease-causing bacteria thrive in the plaque and convert food remnants adhering to the teeth into acid. This acid weakens the protective action of the saliva and permits erosion of the enamel on your teeth. Continued erosion leads to cavities, pain and other dental problems which may ultimately lead to teeth loss. Bacteria in the plaque can also generate toxins which cause early stages of gum disease, starting with inflammation of gums. Untreated gum disease will ultimately lead to advanced gum disease, bone loss and even loss of teeth.
It is possible that despite all your personal efforts you are unable to clean the plaque from your teeth completely. Plaque can remain like spots on the surface of your teeth, or in between the teeth where it is difficult for the brush or floss to clean effectively. It can also lodge along the gum line. Complete cleaning of plaque is possible through regular dental exams and cleaning every six months.
If plaque is not cleaned and is allowed to accumulate over the teeth, it hardens over time and becomes calculus or tartar. Calculus also provides a safe breeding ground for harmful bacteria which promotes gum and periodontal disease. This marks the initial stages of a periodontal disease which involves swelling of the gums and detachment of fibers that attach the gums to the jaw bone. Calculus starts forming in the space between teeth and the gums which will deepen as the calculus formation increases. Bacteria thrive there aggravating the gum disease to the stages called periodontitis and advanced periodontitis. The immune system of the body reacts and in the ensuing battle, also attacks the gum flesh and the jaw bone. The result of untreated advanced periodontal disease is loosening and ultimately, loss of teeth.
Difference between calculus and plaque
Plaque is relatively fresh and soft and can be mostly cleaned with routine brushing. Calculus is the harder form of plaque. Calculus at the gum line can be removed by regular cleanings at a dentist office. If calculus is present on the root surfaces, it can only be cleaned by a dental procedure called deep cleaning or scaling and root planing. Deep cleaning involves the removal of calculus from the teeth by using ultrasonic scalers and periodontal curettes. The tip of ultrasonic scalers vibrates at very high frequencies which help in plaque and calculus removal.
At Evolve Dental Care, we like to schedule a child’s first dental exam at our Allentown, PA dental office by age three, because this is typically when all their baby teeth have emerged.
Baby teeth may be temporary, but don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re unimportant. They play a significant role in your child’s future oral health development, so we need to keep them healthy until permanent teeth are ready to take their place at about age six or seven.
A child’s first dental visit may include an examination where our dentists look in their mouths and check their teeth, gums, jaws, and bite. Since baby teeth fall out, we don’t usually take x-rays, unless we suspect your child has a cavity or other underlying problem.
Setting Your Child up for Success
Our Allentown, PA children’s dentists will review brushing and flossing techniques with you to ensure that your little one’s teeth are getting as clean as they need to be. Your child won’t be able to handle a toothbrush by themselves until they’re about six years old, so you will need to help and monitor their efforts until then.
We also provide parents with support and guidance in areas like nutrition, thumb-sucking habits, and bottle-feeding. Depending on how your child responds to this new experience, we may also perform a gentle cleaning to remove plaque and tartar and polish their teeth.
If it’s your child’s first experience with a dentist, don’t worry; we will devote as much time as needed to help them feel safe and secure with our team and the new surroundings.
Children's Dentist in Allentown, PA
Please call our Allentown, PA dental office to schedule your child’s first dental exam. We look forward to welcoming them!
Crowns & Bridges
In most cases, it takes two to three weeks, from start to finish, to place a durable porcelain dental crown
While the materials and techniques used have improved dramatically over the years, the steps involved with getting a new dental crown in Allentown are basically the same as they have been for decades.
The Steps for Getting a New Dental Crown
- The first step is to prepare your tooth to receive the crown. Since the restoration adds bulk, we need to remove an equal amount from the tooth so that the crown fits well and looks natural.
- Next, we take impressions of your teeth that we use to create a model. We then use the model to create a temporary crown, and a top custom dental lab in our area uses it to fabricate your new all-porcelain dental restoration.
- In about two weeks, your final crown will be ready, and you will return to Evolve Dental Care. Our dentists will check the restoration for fit, ensure that it doesn’t interfere with your dental bite, and cement it securely in place on the prepared tooth.
If you have been considering a new dental crown in Allentown but need more information, please call Evolve Dental Care for an appointment. Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your needs, answer your questions, and explain your options.
If you have recently gotten a new dental crown, you know that it’s an investment in time and money. But you’ve probably also found that the rewards of being able to laugh and smile confidently are well worth the effort!
Once your dental crown is in place, it looks and functions similarly to a strong, healthy tooth. Well-made porcelain dental crowns in Allentown, PA that are properly cared for can last as long as 15 years.
Here are a few guidelines to help you get the most longevity from your new dental restoration:
- Be sure you’re brushing twice a day and flossing at least once and that you keep current with your six-month dental exams and cleanings. These visits allow our dentists to check your restoration to make sure it’s stable and in good condition.
- If your oral hygiene skills are a little rusty, ask your dental hygienist for tips on stepping up your game. Your crown can’t decay, but the tooth beneath it can, which will require further treatment.
- Avoid foods like nuts and crunchy bread that can chip your new dental crown. Likewise, chewing on ice can also damage your restoration. Also, stay away from gummy or sticky candies that can pull your restoration off.
If you’re considering getting a porcelain dental crown in Allentown, PA, please call Evolve Dental Care to arrange a consultation with one of our dentists.
When you invest in a dental crown to protect damaged teeth, the hope is that it will do its job for ten years or longer. So if the restoration is continually popping off your tooth, one of several things might be happening.
A crown may come loose because it's been placed on a tooth that doesn’t have enough structure to stabilize it. In some cases, we can perform additional treatments to build up the tooth and provide enough structure to support a dental crown successfully.
In the case of an older crown, it could be that decay in the tooth beneath it has compromised the seal of cement that secures the restoration to the tooth. If the tooth is beyond repair, however, we will recommend extraction and replacement with a dental implant or bridge.
If your crown comes off, try to place it back on the tooth and call us to make an appointment. Just remember that this is a temporary fix as the crown's likely to come off again, and the last thing you want is to accidentally swallow it!
The Best Way to Keep a Dental Crown in Place
The best way to keep dental crowns in Allentown, PA intact and secure is to schedule exams and cleanings every six months at Evolve Dentistry. During these appointments, we’ll check all your restoration to make sure they’re secure and in good shape.
In this case, a dental crown may be your best option for restoring the tooth. It’s natural for older fillings to start to deteriorate, weakening the tooth. If steps aren’t taken to strengthen the tooth with some type of restoration, it may become more damaged and possibly even fracture.
Porcelain crowns placed at Evolve Dental Care are durable and beautiful. We’ll create your new crown out of a ceramic material that looks similar to your natural dental enamel. The result is a restoration that blends in perfectly with surrounding teeth.
Placing a crown from start to finish usually requires two to three visits. At your first visit, we’ll begin by preparing the tooth so that your new crown fits perfectly. Next, we’ll take impressions of the prepared tooth. The impressions are used to create a model that’s sent to our dental lab where your new crown is constructed. Using the same impression, we also create a temporary crown.
About two weeks later, you’ll return to our office for your new crown. We’ll check the crown carefully for fit and make any necessary adjustments. Finally, the crown will be polished and cemented securely to your natural tooth.
If you’re worried about fillings that are failing, please call our Allentown dental office. We’ll be happy to set up a consultation so we can make appropriate recommendations.
As the years go by and you have dental work done, you may need to have one or more teeth filled. Dental fillings don’t last forever, of course, and we will eventually need to replace them. Tooth-colored composite fillings last about five years, and amalgam fillings last about ten years.
But how many times can you replace a filling? And at what point does a filled tooth require a dental crown? This is a great question! The answer is that if the decay or damage involves more than half the width of the tooth, we need to cover it with a dental crown at our Allentown, PA dental office.
When the tooth has reached this stage, it has been significantly weakened and is prone to fracture or cracking. In some cases, our dentists may recommend a dental crown if an older filling has cracks or shows signs of stress.
Dental Crowns to Protect Teeth
The purpose of a dental crown is to restore form and function to a decayed or damaged tooth. When we place it on your tooth, the crown absorbs chewing forces to protect the tooth from further damage. It also restores your appearance, because our all-porcelain dental crowns blend beautifully with your smile.
If you’re concerned about a large filling and think you might need a dental crown, please call our Allentown, PA dental office to schedule a dental appointment.
Dental crowns are a type of restoration that fully encloses a tooth to protect and strengthen it. There are many instances where we may choose a dental crown:
- Protect and strengthen a tooth after a root canal procedure
- Support a fixed dental bridge
- Restore a tooth after placement of a dental implant
- Conceal a large, discolored metal filling
- Provide a new shape for a tooth that is poorly sized or proportioned
- Cover cosmetic imperfections like large chips and broken or discolored teeth
Placement of a dental crown at Evolve Dental Care is a straightforward process. First, we reshape the tooth, preparing it for placement of the new crown. Next, we take impressions of the tooth that will be sent to our lab and used to create your completely customized crown. While we wait for your final crown to be finished, we’ll fit you with a temporary to ensure that your tooth functions properly.
After about two to three weeks, we’ll have you return to our Allentown dental office where we’ll fit, place, and polish your new crown. Our dental crowns look completely natural, and no one will suspect that beautiful tooth is not all your own!
If you’d like to learn more about crowns and their uses, please give us a call.
A dental bridge is an oral appliance made to replace one or more missing teeth. It can be made to attach to your natural teeth or to two dental crowns on either side of the gap in your mouth. It is made to look very much like your natural teeth. A bridge will also restore your ability to chew properly.
If you are missing one or more teeth, it’s critical that you fill in the gap left behind. Although it might not seem like a big deal, an open space in your mouth will lead to the rest of your teeth shifting. This will have a negative impact on your bite and will likely lead to even more tooth loss.
Bridges will last a good number of years if you take good care of your oral hygiene. One of the major reasons for bridge failure is that cavities occurs in the teeth supporting the bridge. It’s important to pay attention to your dental hygiene and floss and brush regularly. Be sure to visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.
Getting a dental bridge is a relatively simple procedure that takes place over a few dental appointments. For more information on dental bridges in Allentown, call Evolve Family Dental.
We refer to fillings and dental crowns in Allentown, PA as restorations because they “restore” the health, beauty, and function of a damaged tooth. With the durable materials available today, both porcelain dental crowns and tooth-colored fillings will protect and strengthen the tooth. But there are situations where one is preferable to the other.
The main difference between a dental crown and a tooth-colored filling is the extent of damage they can adequately address. Dental fillings are an excellent solution in many cases, but they have their limitations.
When to Use a Crown vs a Filling
For example, we can use a filling to repair a cavity, but if damage has compromised too much of the tooth structure, it wouldn’t be enough to protect it. In this case, our dentists would recommend a porcelain dental crown.
Another situation where we might recommend a dental crown instead of a filling is after root canal therapy. Removing the infection from inside a tooth makes it brittle and weak, and our dentists would recommend a durable porcelain crown to protect it and restore function.
Dental Crowns and Fillings in Allentown, PA
At Evolve Dental Care, we want you to know that you have options. But in many cases that involve a damaged tooth, a porcelain dental crown in Allentown is the best possible choice.
Please call us to learn how a porcelain crown might benefit you.
The foundation of a dental implant is the post that an oral surgeon places in your jawbone. As it heals, the post fuses with surrounding bone and tissue. It becomes part of your dental anatomy and, with proper care and attention to gum health, the implant post should remain in place for a lifetime.
The dental implant restoration that Dr. Mojahed places on your implant after healing could be a crown, bridge, or denture. However, since they’re all prosthetics, they eventually need to be replaced.
There are a couple of variables that affect the success of implant placement:
- Conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, or a compromised immune system, cause slower healing, and the implant may not integrate fully with the jawbone.
- Gum disease is also a contributor to implant failure. The implant itself won't’ get infected, but a gum infection can develop into a condition called peri-implantitis that weakens the structures that hold the implant in place.
- Smoking is a habit that compromises your implant, and studies indicate that the implant failure rate for smokers is 15 percent or higher, compared to non-smokers where the failure rate was only one percent. If you are a heavy smoker, we would most likely not recommend dental implants.
If you live in the Allentown area and are considering dental implants, please call Evolve Dental Care to make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny.
When choosing tooth replacement, dental implants are by far the most effective option. If you are a suitable candidate, it’s certainly worth considering dental implants over alternatives like a dental bridge or dentures.
However, good things are worth waiting for, and dental implants are no exception. Before you commit to implants, you need to be aware that the entire process—from placement to restoration—can take as long as six to eight months to complete. The good news is that patients with dental implants report that the results were well worth the wait!
The Dental Implant Process
Placing the dental implant post in your jaw is not complicated, and a specialist can usually perform the procedure in one to two hours during an in-office appointment. The part that tests your patience is the wait for the implant to heal in your jaw, and the length of time that takes is different for everyone.
Proper healing is critical to the long-term success of your implant because it is during this period that the implant gains its strength and stability. As the gums and bones heal around the post, they integrate fully with it. The result is an artificial tooth root that supports a restoration such as a crown, bridge, or denture.
If you’re considering tooth replacement in Allentown, PA, please call Evolve Dental Care to arrange a commitment-free consultation with one of our doctors.
At our Allentown, PA dental office, we use only the safest and most effective materials. Titanium has been used safely for medical and dental applications for over 50 years. During that time, titanium has become the first choice for a variety of prosthetics. Today, titanium is used for neurosurgery, joint replacement, and now, dental implants.
The main reason that titanium is so effective for use in dental implants is that it is a biocompatible element. This means that it is compatible with the growth of bone and bodily tissue.
Dental implants are composed of a tiny titanium post placed surgically in your jaw. Using titanium provides the stability that is the most significant benefit of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution.
Once the implant is placed in your jaw, surrounding bone and tissue start to grow around the implant as if it were a natural part of your body. Through a process known as osseointegration, the implanted post becomes one with the bone. This creates a solid base that acts as a root replacement for a missing tooth.
Dr. Mojahed will be happy to take the time to discuss the safety of titanium in dental implants with you. Please contact our Allentown dental office if you’d like to arrange an appointment.
If you know someone with older dentures, you have probably heard awful stories about how uncomfortable they are. But dental technology has made tremendous strides in recent years, and we are pleased to tell you that Dr. Mojahed can use dental implants to create stable dentures that look better and, more importantly, are far more comfortable than ever before.
One of the problems with older dentures was their design. They were made of a rigid material that really didn’t conform well to the jaw. Dentists did the best they could with materials they had available, but at Evolve Dental Care, we can design dentures that are more pliable and conform naturally to the shape of your jaw.
Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth
Dental implants in Allentown, PA are a great innovation that has helped many people who have missing teeth. Since they act as a replacement root, we can use implants to hold dentures and partial dentures securely in place.
Dr. Mojahed will arrange to have your implants placed in your jaw so they can be attached to your dentures. Using implants as a base for securing your dentures means that the dentures won't move which results in a significant increase in comfort and stability.
Please call our office to arrange a consultation to learn more about implant-retained dentures at Evolve Dental Care.
Dental implants are a type of tooth replacement that looks, acts, and feels the most like a natural tooth. The secret to the success of dental implants is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. The titanium used for implants is the same medical-grade material that has been used successfully for years as replacement joints.
Titanium is biocompatible - this means that the body accepts this man-made material, allowing the titanium post to integrate with the jawbone and tissue fully. Once healing is complete, the implant becomes part of the structure of your jaw.
After a Dental Implant is Placed
This provides the stability that you can't find with other tooth replacement options. When the implant has fully integrated, Dr. Mojahed completes the process by creating a dental crown and attaching it to the implant. The result is a strong, durable tooth that functions and looks like a natural tooth.
While dental implants are a remarkable solution for missing teeth, they may not be the right option for you. Please contact our Allentown dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a consultation so we can explain all your options and make recommendations that fit your specific needs.
Implant-assisted dentures solve the well-known problem of unstable dentures that slip, shift, and even fall out unexpectedly. They take the best features of full and partial removable dentures – restored appearance and functionality – and combine them with the stability of dental implants that are rooted in your jaw bone.
Here’s how it works.
Once you and Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny determine whether a full or partial denture is right for you, the first step is to have one or more implants placed surgically in your jaw bone in the area of the missing tooth or teeth. The implants will be left to heal for several months so they can fuse securely with surrounding bone and tissue.
While your implants heal, we’ll work with you to design a full or partial denture that complements your unique facial shape and skin and eye coloring. The dentures will also be designed with attachments that snap onto the implants that have healed in your jaw.
The result is a full or partial denture that fit and function every bit as well as natural teeth. The denture remains stable and won’t shift or move causing embarrassing moments.
Patients who have had implant-assisted dentures placed at our Allentown, PA dental office have discovered the confidence and freedom that comes with knowing they can laugh, eat, and speak without worry.
Please call Evolve Dentistry to request an appointment with Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny to learn more about implant-assisted dentures.
A dental implant is a tiny titanium post that is placed surgically in your jaw bone and left to heal. Once it does, it functions similarly to a natural tooth root. The implant provides stability for a replacement tooth or teeth and helps prevent deterioration of bone in the jaw that’s common with tooth loss.
Dental implant restorations are the part of the replacement tooth that’s attached to the implant after it heals. They’re also the part that you use to chew, and that’s visible when you smile.
Before we place your implant, Dr. Amir and Dr. Sunny will talk to you about the type of restoration that best fits your needs. If we are replacing one tooth, we would recommend a dental crown; if you have multiple missing teeth, we would suggest a dental bridge or full or partial dentures.
We create beautiful dental implant restorations in Allentown, PA, and our patients are always thrilled with the results. Whether you get a crown, bridge, or denture, you can be confident that we will design a natural-looking restoration that allows you to eat, speak, and smile again with confidence.
Please call us today to schedule a consultation to learn more!
A dental implant is comprised of three pieces - post, abutment, restoration - that work together to provide a full tooth replacement from root to crown. The implant replaces the lost root, and the restoration attaches to the abutment and replaces lost function and forms the visible part of the implant.
First, you and Dr. Mojahed will talk about the type of restoration that best fits your needs. He would recommend a crown to replace a single tooth, a bridge to replace several teeth, or a full or partial denture if you are missing several teeth.
Next, you will work together to design your restoration so that the color, shade, and shape will look natural once we place it in your mouth. This step is especially critical with dentures, and we will take the time to make sure that the result meets your expectations.
After it is fabricated at a custom dental lab, you will return to our office where Dr. Mojahed will make final adjustments as necessary and then place your restoration in your mouth.
If you have questions about dental implant restoration in Allentown, PA, please call Evolve Dental Care to arrange a consultation. Dr. Mojahed will be happy to meet with you to evaluate your needs and help you decide which type is most appropriate for you.
Missing teeth can make you feel awkward and so embarrassed that you don’t feel like smiling at all. Replacing missing teeth isn’t just good for your oral health – a whole and healthy smile will improve your appearance and help you regain your self-confidence. If you’re missing a tooth, it may also be difficult to chew and speak clearly.
Do missing teeth cause you embarrassment and discomfort? At Evolve Dental Care we offer several options for replacing your missing teeth:
- Dental implants are a full replacement tooth that includes an artificial root. Once your implant is placed, we can use a crown, bridge, or denture to restore function.
- Bridges replace missing teeth. A bridge requires the support of neighboring teeth to hold it in place.
- Full or Partial Dentures are still an effective option for replacing multiple missing teeth, but today they look more natural and realistic than ever before. We create beautifully customized dentures that are comfortable and compliment your appearance.
There is no single solution for tooth replacement that is right for everyone. There’s a lot to consider when looking for the best solution that fits your needs. Budget, time constraints, and even lifestyle should all be part of the decision.
If you have missing teeth and are ready to restore your smile, please call our Allentown dental office. We will be happy to arrange a complimentary consultation to explain all your tooth replacement options.
A dental implant has two main parts – the post that’s placed surgically in your jaw and the restoration that is visible when you smile. When replacing a single tooth, our doctors recommend a crown to restore function and aesthetics. For multiple teeth, we would help you choose either a bridge or full or partial denture.
Protecting your implant is a priority and must include a commitment on your part to excellent oral hygiene and preventive visits as recommended by our doctors. The longevity of your implant depends on healthy gums, so you must commit to keeping them disease free. If you do, your implant could last a lifetime.
You also need to keep your restoration in good condition. A dental crown, for example, will need to be replaced at some point but can last ten years or longer if you care for it properly. Routine visits with our doctors allow them to check your restoration to make sure it’s in good shape and make sure you get the most longevity out of it.
If you’re considering dental implant restoration in Allentown, please call Evolve Dental Care to arrange a consultation with Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny.
Full & Partial Dentures
- Remove your denture after each meal and rinse it with water. Make sure to remove food particles and debris from the denture.
- It is important to keep your denture moist. Remove your denture at night, Brush it with a denture brush and soak it in water overnight. Toothpaste should be avoided because of having high abrasiveness. We recommend denture cleansing products.
- Brush your denture gently with a denture brush. If you are using adhesive, make sure all of it is removed before soaking it in water overnight.
- Clean your mouth. Use a soft toothbrush to clean your natural teeth, tongue, cheeks and your palate.
What is a denture?
Denture (also know as `plates` or `false teeth`) is a removable appliance that replaces your teeth. Periodontal disease, injury, extensive decay are reasons for losing natural teeth. A complete denture replaces all of your natural teeth and Partial denture replaces some of your natural teeth.
Types of complete dentures
Before extracting your natural teeth, impressions of your jaw and teeth will be taken. Then there might be several steps prior to your dentist extracting your natural teeth and immediate denture will be inserted. This is a good option for patients who do not want to be without teeth after removal of their natural teeth.
Immediate denture should be relined or replaced six months after extractions because these dentures will not fit properly and will be loose causing ulcers and soreness in the mouth. This should not be confused with soreness and ulcers that happen immediately after the denture is placed. If soreness and ulcers happen after the denture is given to the patient, you will need to see your dentist for adjustments. The average post-op visits after delivery of dentures is three visits.
Conventional dentures are full coverage dental prosthesis. It is indicated for patients with old complete dentures or for patients with immediate complete denture after six or more months of delivery. Conventional dentures are recommended when there are no natural teeth in the mouth and all healing of gums and bone have taken place. Impressions are taken of the jaw. There will be several steps in between impressions and delivery of dentures which include jaw relations, teeth selection and a wax try-in of the denture teeth. Once dentures are delivered, you will need to see your dentist for post-op visits to adjust dentures where they are causing ulcers and soreness (“digging in the gums”).
Overdentures, as the name implies, are dentures that sit over something. This could either be existing tooth/teeth or implants. There are two kinds of overdentures: Tooth supported overdentures or implant supported overdentures.
Tooth supported overdentures:
When there are a few firm and stable teeth in the mouth they can be used as abutments to retain the denture. Keeping teeth or root stumps helps with the preservation of bone. This is important for the retention and stabilization of the denture. It also gives the patient satisfaction that they have existing natural teeth in their mouth. Tooth supported overdentures are a cost effective alternative to implant supported overdentures.
Implant supported overdentures: This is where dental implants are integrated into the jaw bone. The denture is supported by the implants, bone, and gum. Implant supported overdentures are recommended for patients who are suffering from denture instability and have enough bone to support implants. A minimum of two implants for the lower jaw (mandible) and four implants for the upper jaw (maxilla) are recommended. However, you will need to consult your dentist and your surgeon to see how many implants are right for you.
All the dentures noted above should be removed by the patient at night. Dentures must be cleaned with a denture brush and must be placed in a denture container with water when not in use.
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If there are no teeth present in the upper and lower jaw, you will need to see your dentist on a yearly basis for examination of your gums, see how the dentures are fitting and to see whether or not there are ulcers in the mouth. Yearly oral cancer screening is a must. However, if there is even one tooth present in the mouth, you will need to see your dentist every six months for a check up and oral cancer screening.
If you aren’t sure if you are a good candidate for Invisalign invisible braces in Allentown, PA, the best place to start is with a commitment-free consultation with one of our doctors. They will talk to you about your concern and help you understand all your options so you can make a decision about treatment that you’re comfortable with.
In general, however, Invisalign is an adult orthodontic treatment system that is suitable for people who have healthy and strong teeth and who do not have any dental bridges. It can correct many mild to moderate orthodontic problems including overcrowded and overlapping teeth, as well as closing up or minimizing unsightly spaces in between teeth. Invisalign can also be useful in correcting issues such as open bites, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
You may find Invisalign beneficial if you wore braces as a child but have since had an orthodontic relapse where your teeth have drifted out of place. Invisalign can be very useful in treating cosmetically oriented problems that affect only the front teeth. Patient compliance is essential with Invisalign, and you must be committed to wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours each day for the duration of your treatment. Ideally, Invisalign trays should only be removed for brushing and flossing and for mealtimes.
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Everyone is different with regards to the length of time it takes to achieve the desired results with Invisalign. On average, treatment time for adults is about 12 to 15 months; for teens and young adults, the length of treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces.
Invisalign is an almost invisible progressive orthodontic system that was developed to straighten your teeth without using traditional braces. Dr. Mojahed will develop a treatment plan that shows us how your teeth will move during treatment. Based on his findings, a series of customized aligners are designed to gently nudge your teeth into proper alignment.
When your aligners are ready, we will have you return to our office and give you instructions to wear each set for about two weeks. Each time you move to the next set of aligners, you will notice that they are a bit snug and gradually become more comfortable as the days go by; this means that your teeth are responding and gradually moving into the desired position.
Having your teeth straightened with Invisalign in Allentown, PA is a big decision, and at Evolve Dental Care we’re here to help. Please call our office to arrange a convenient visit for a consultation. At that time, Dr. Mojahed will be happy to explain Invisalign treatment and help you decide if it’s the right approach for you.
If you're worried about diet restrictions during Invisalign treatment, you will be pleased to know that since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can continue to eat all your favorite foods without worry. Many adult patients appreciate the freedom of continuing to eat whatever they choose!
Eat Anything with Invisalign
Invisalign treatment is unique because unlike traditional orthodontics, you don't have to wear brackets that are attached to your teeth. Instead, Invisalign moves your teeth into the desired position with a series of clear removable plastic aligners. You wear each set for about two weeks and then graduate to the next set in the series.
You will continue to wear and switch your aligners until all the sets are used and your treatment is complete. The number of sets required to straighten teeth varies from person to person, but on average, it takes about 20 to 30 sets to provide the desired results.
In addition to being removable for meals, you can also take your trays out to brush and floss your teeth or for special occasions. But you must be sure to wear your them for at least 22 hours a day and commit to taking the aligners out only when necessary. Invisalign treatment is fast, but only if you wear your aligners as instructed by Dr. Amir or Dr. Sunny. Also, remember that wearing your retainer after treatment is necessary if you want to maintain the results!
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign treatment in Allentown, PA, please call Evolve Dentistry to arrange a convenient consultation.
Choosing to straighten your teeth with Invisalign can be exciting because you know you’re on your way to a straighter, healthier smile. But treatment with Invisalign is different than other types of orthodontics, so here are a few things you should expect.
- No brackets and wires – Invisalign uses crystal clear aligners to gently move your teeth into the desired position. Since you don’t have brackets and wires on your teeth, there are no food restrictions, and oral hygiene is a breeze.
- No uncomfortable adjustments – Unlike metal braces that require adjustments, Invisalign clear aligners gently and comfortably move your teeth into the desired position.
- No metal to mar your smile – Most adults don’t want to announce that they’re having orthodontic treatment, and with Invisalign, you don’t have to. The aligners fit your teeth perfectly and are so clear that most people won’t notice you’re wearing them.
- No long, drawn-out treatment – Many of our patients who choose Invisalign see results in as little as 12 months, compared to years with metal braces.
These are just a few benefits of Invisalign in Allentown, PA, and we would be happy to arrange a consultation with Dr. Mojahed so he can review Invisalign treatment and help you decide if it’s right for you.
If you want to protect your Invisalign investment and maintain the results you worked so hard to achieve, you must wear a retainer. In all likelihood, Dr. Amir will instruct you to wear your retainer every day for a few hours or more depending on your individual needs.
Retainers are required after orthodontic treatment to keep your teeth in the desired position. Your teeth have the potential to move throughout your life, and if you don’t follow through and wear your retainer, your teeth will start to drift back into their original, crooked position.
The Importance of Retainers
Rather than thinking of a retainer as another inconvenience in your life, look at it as the second phase of your Invisalign treatment. Getting your teeth straight was the first step, and wearing your retainer is the second. If you came to us for treatment because you didn’t wear your retainer as a child and your teeth have relapsed, you already know how important the retainer phase is!
We want you to get the most out of your Invisalign treatment in Allentown, PA and help you understand how important it is to protect your investment by wearing your retainer. Please call our office to arrange a consultation with Dr. Amir so he can explain the Invisalign process and how retainers help keep your smile straight.
Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss today. Untreated gum disease causes tooth loss because it’s an infection that attacks your gums and the bones that hold your teeth in place.
If you have gum disease, one of the first things you’ll probably notice is that your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat hard, crunchy foods. Other symptoms to look for are:
- Chronic bad breath that remains even after brushing or using mouthwash
- Puffy or inflamed gums that are tender to the touch
- Teeth that feel like they’re coming loose
One of the big problems with relying on noticing the signs of gum disease is that the disease can progress to severe stages without presenting any symptoms at all. This is why routine exams and cleanings are crucial – they’re the best way to catch gum disease in its early stages before too much damage has been done.
If you do have advanced gum disease, don’t worry – we offer effective treatment that can eliminate the infection and get your oral health back on track. Please call our Allentown dental office to arrange your next cleaning so we can make sure your mouth is healthy and free of disease.
In the early stages, periodontal disease can be reversed simply by reinforcing proper oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. At later stages, while periodontal disease can be checked by intensive treatment, the damage already done cannot be reversed. Some of the symptoms of gingival and periodontal disease are as follows:
- Swollen and bleeding gums - Swollen gums are an early sign of initial stages of gum disease. At this stage, a resumption of thorough oral hygiene along with a cleaning at the dental office should suffice to cure it and prevent any damage.
- Tender gums - Tenderness of gums will normally accompany their swelling due to early gum disease.
- Reddish Gums - Reddened gums are another sign of periodontal disease.
- Receding gums - Periodontal disease loosens the gums and makes them recede towards the root. Because of this, teeth look longer than normal. Part of the root becomes bare.
- Spaces between your teeth - Receding of gums causes spaces to appear between the teeth. These spaces are not between the tops but lower parts of the crowns and the bared parts of the roots.
- Pus between your teeth and gums - In later stages when infection bacteria have taken hold, pus may appear between the gums and the teeth.
- Bad breath - Diseases tissue of the gums gives off bad odor in addition to the pus.
- Bad taste in your mouth - Pus from the diseased tissue gives a bad taste in the mouth in addition to the bad odor.
- Loose teeth - This happens in advanced stages of the disease, jaw bone starts deteriorating, and the ligaments holding the teeth become weak, the teeth become loose in the sockets.
- A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite - Loosened teeth may move or get misaligned. The mating between upper and lower jaws is no more perfect. We say the ‘bite’ has changed.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a progressive oral condition that gradually attacks the gums around your teeth. It is caused by a buildup of bacteria-filled plaque and tartar that collects at or below the gum line. Nearly half of all US adults over age 30 have some degree of gum disease.
Gum disease treatment is essential to protect the integrity of the structures that support your tooth. Scaling and root planing at our Allentown, PA dental office is the procedure we recommend for advanced gum disease.
If we see you soon enough and catch gum disease early, treatment involves a thorough dental cleaning with our skilled hygienist and a review of correct oral hygiene skills.
Advanced Gum Disease Treatment
If you miss several appointments, gum disease has a chance to spread. Advanced gum disease requires scaling and root planing at our Allentown, PA dental office. During a deep cleaning procedure, we remove plaque and tartar from all the surfaces of your teeth above and below the gum line.
Next, we smooth the root surfaces of your teeth. Bacteria collect on rough spots, and removing them gives them one less place to hide.
Periodontal disease is a serious condition that threatens your gums and ultimately, the bone that supports your teeth. Preventive dental exams and cleanings at Evolve Dental Care are your best insurance against gum disease. Please call us today to schedule.
Routine dental exams are an essential part of any good oral health care routine. Exams combined with a healthy diet and conscientious oral hygiene are your first line of defense against decay and infection.
Every routine exam by our dentist in Allentown begins with dental charting. This involves listing and describing the health of each tooth and noting any conditions that need attention. Your chart is an integral part of your dental record because it provides us with important information that is easily accessible in one simple format.
We believe strongly in patient education, so we use an intraoral camera to show you problem areas. The tiny camera is guided over your teeth, and the image is immediately displayed on your chairside monitor. Understanding the need for treatment is much easier when you can see what we see!
During your exam, we will also examine your gums for signs of infection and note periodontal pockets that have formed around your teeth. And since we care about your well-being, every exam includes a visual screening for oral cancer.
Semi-annual dental checkups are essential if you want to enjoy a healthy smile. If it’s time for next exam, please call our dentist in Allentown to arrange a convenient appointment.
For decades, they have been the subject of bad jokes and horror stories, but it’s time to put to rest the myth that root canals are a painful procedure. In the hands of a skilled dentist, a root canal is no more complicated than having a tooth filled.
Root canals have gained a terrible reputation, not because of the procedure, but because the intense pain of an infected root canal before treatment is what most people remember about the experience.
Root Canal Treatments in a Comfortable Environment
Our team performs gentle root canals in Allentown that patients remember as being more comfortable and far less complicated than they imagined. You can rely on the experience of our skilled doctors to perform stress-free root canals that eliminate your discomfort and preserve the health of your tooth.
We can also minimize any anxiety you might feel by offering gentle nitrous oxide sedation. Time will seem to fly by during your procedure, and you will remember little or nothing about it when it’s over. After the appointment, you will be able to resume your usual daily activities with no lingering side effects.
Putting off a root canal can ultimately result in tooth loss. Please call us for an appointment so we can provide the critical care you need to save your smile
When you decide to have your teeth professionally whitened, you can dramatically change the look of your smile in just one appointment at the dentist. Here are some of the benefits you will enjoy with professional teeth whitening.
Smile with confidence. When you like the way your smile looks, you tend to show it more often. This can actually make you happier—and it can make those around you feel happier as well.
Get a more youthful-looking smile. As we age, our teeth naturally lose some of their whiteness as part of the aging process. When you get your teeth professionally whitened, your smile looks more youthful—and you look years younger.
Take better care of your teeth. If you are proud of your smile and you like to show it, you tend to take better care of those pearly whites. This can translate to better oral health.
Results are long-lasting. Although over-the-counter products such as whitening toothpaste and whitening strips can remove some of the surface stains from your teeth, they do not provide the dramatic results you can get with professional whitening.
Whitening is safe. Professional teeth whitening is safe, and your Allentown PA dentist will protect your gums and lips before the process starts so you won’t experience any sensitivity.
One of the most crucial things to remember about healing after an extraction is that you do not want to disturb the clot that forms at the extraction site. This clot is an important aspect of post-extraction healing.
Immediately after the extraction, your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite down on. This will help control bleeding and with the formation of the clot.
When you get home after the procedure, be sure to get plenty of rest for a day or two. Eat only soft foods such as yogurt, applesauce, and pudding that first day. Eventually, you can introduce more solid foods into your diet, avoiding anything sharp or crunchy that could get stuck at the extraction site.
You can brush your teeth, taking care to keep your brush away from the extraction site and rinse with warm water. If you are experiencing any pain, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Use an ice pack over your cheek near the site to help reduce any swelling.
When you visit a top dentist in Emmaus, such as Evolve Family Dental care, your extraction will be handled by caring, experienced professionals. If you have questions about taking care of yourself after an extraction, be sure to give us a call!
In recent years, there has been an enormous improvement in the types of materials available for dental restorations. One that has been especially beneficial for our patients is tooth-colored dental composite, a blend of plastic and glass particles that closely resembles natural dental enamel.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored composite fillings are an excellent choice because of the benefits they offer:
- Natural appearance – Not only do composite fillings have the same aesthetic qualities as dental enamel, but we can also customize the shade to blend perfectly with surrounding teeth. The result is a repair that’s so seamless even you won’t be able to tell where the filling meets your teeth.
- Preserves tooth structure – Our goal is to preserve as much of your healthy tooth for as long as possible. The composite material allows us to create a durable filling because it is bonded directly to the remaining structure of your teeth.
- Long-lasting – With the proper preventive care that includes diligent oral hygiene and six-month checkups at Evolve Dentistry, a composite filling should last at least five years.
We would be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our doctors to review your needs and answer your questions about tooth-colored fillings in Allentown. Please call us so we can get started!