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Don’t procrastinate about dental work!

July 26th, 2017

When you have dental issues or just need routine care, you may try to put off making an appointment at American Canyon Dental Care. Common reasons for procrastination are not having the time or fear of pain. Avoiding Dr. Julia Villa is not a good idea, though. Putting off dental care can turn small problems into large ones. Short appointments turn into long ones with significantly more work and expense.

What happens when you wait?

The small cavity that could have been filled easily has turned into a large cavity. The larger the cavity, the more work required to fill it. However, this is only a minor problem compared to more advanced issues. The minor toothache you are trying to ignore could be a small fracture or an abscess. Small fractures can sometimes be repaired, but if you wait and the fracture increases, you may need to get a crown.

An abscess can be treated in the early stages. Ignoring an abscessed tooth may lead to root damage and the need for a root canal. Infection can spread to other teeth, which multiplies the damage. These treatments will require more of your time than you would have spent taking care of the problem early.

Perhaps you are just putting off a routine cleaning. Even if you brush, rinse, and floss the way you are supposed to, you need a professional cleaning at American Canyon Dental Care. Plaque that is left behind hardens into calculus or tartar that you cannot remove by yourself. A build-up of calculus can also lead to gum disease.

Unfortunately, avoiding appointments due to a lack of time may mean that you have to give up substantially more time later on. You also can experience needless pain from tooth problems. It’s always best to visit Dr. Julia Villa for regularly scheduled cleanings and exams to ensure your smile stays healthy and beautiful.

Personal Testimonial: Invisalign at American Canyon Dental Care

July 21st, 2017

Just over a year ago, I began Invisalign treatment with Dr. Villa of American Canyon Dental Care. As a middle-aged man who had undergone traditional braces as an adolescent, I was hesitant to start this process again later in life. Dr. Villa and her staff were persistent and informed me that a new process known as Invisalign was both affordable and unobtrusive. In short, I would benefit greatly from having the alignment of my teeth corrected. This would have the tangible reward of better appearance, which as a teacher is quite appealing. But more importantly, better alignment is conducive to maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

My decision to start the Invisalign process was lengthy, and the staff at American Canyon Dental Care were respectful of my hesitancy to begin this treatment. In hindsight, I wish that I had started the treatment sooner as the reward of having perfect teeth has been a very positive experience. In just a very short time my smile was transformed.

Invisalign has significant advantages over traditional braces. The process is essentially painless and the aligners, as the name suggests, are virtually invisible. Not once did anyone notice that I was wearing the aligners and those who knew that I was undergoing treatment could not tell when the aligners were in place.

Dr. Villa and her staff are among the kindest and most courteous dental professionals in the Bay Area. The expertise and proficiency of American Canyon Dental Care is beyond reproach. It is without hesitation that I wholeheartedly recommend Invisalign treatment with Dr. Villa. In just a few short months you too will be rewarded with a superior smile along with healthy teeth and gums.

Post-Procedure Care

July 19th, 2017

As with any surgery, post-procedure care is of utmost importance after getting periodontal surgery. Bleeding, pain, swelling, and other sensations are common and should be expected to a degree. This can manifest as small amounts of blood in your saliva, pain after anesthesia wears off, and swelling around the lips and cheeks. However, these symptoms should start improving after a several days.

Below you'll find recommendations from Dr. Julia Villa on what you should do to make your post-procedure experience as quick and painless as possible:

Don't smoke - After your surgery you should definitely not smoke. Smoking will inhibit your body's ability to heal the surgical site.

Don't drink alcohol - If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers, don't drink alcohol. And it is a good idea in general to avoid alcohol after surgery, since excess alcohol consumption suppresses immune system function and slows the healing process.

Take pain medication as prescribed or an alternative - Pain is to be expected for at least the first week after your procedure. If you choose to take the prescription medication that is prescribed to you, do so as directed. However some patients have found over-the-counter pain medication works for them. You may also consider natural herbs instead of pharmacological solutions. Try turmeric, arnica, or white willow bark (which is what aspirin is derived from, so the same warnings for aspirin apply to white willow bark.)

Eating with your surgical site in mind - It is best to chew on the other side of your mouth for the first several days so as not to irritate the surgical site. Avoid overly cold or hot foods as well. Softer foods like mashed potatoes, oatmeal, and fruit will be more comfortable to chew.

Avoid brushing the surgical site - You can start brushing and flossing your teeth the day after the procedure but avoid the surgical site.

Don't rinse for the first 24 hours - After the first day has passed you can rinse with a mild mouthwash to keep your mouth, dressing, and surgical site clean.

We're here to answer any questions you have after your procedure and will help you as best we can. Pay special attention to any excessive bleeding or discomfort. Contact our American Canyon, CA office immediately if you have tried addressing the issue on your own but are still having trouble.

Dental Implants vs. Natural Teeth

July 12th, 2017

If you're considering getting an implant, you'll most certainly have questions for Dr. Julia Villa. You might be wondering how a dental implant compares to a real tooth. Let's look at some of the differences between implants and natural teeth.

It should be noted that one of the primary goals of implant dentistry is to try to provide the same form and function as your natural teeth. However, with that in mind, know that an implant is not a tooth. An implant does not decay and does not have dental pulp or periodontal membrane like teeth.

An implant won't always work in every case, but they do have some great advantages when they are called for. Some advantages of an implant:

  • Often last for decades without needing to be replaced
  • Create a functional and aesthetically pleasing replacement for your missing tooth
  • Don't require surrounding teeth for support
  • Do not decay like natural teeth
  • Can be fixed or removable
  • Are able to replace single tooth or multiple teeth

There are downsides to implants where natural teeth win out. The disadvantages of implants include:

  • Higher cost compared to traditional dentistry
  • It's a surgical procedure which requires a period of healing afterward
  • Fracturing of fixtures and loosening of screws can occur (only in about 5% of patients)
  • Since there is no cushion between the implant and the bone, fracturing of crowns and bridges is more common with implants than with natural teeth, though this is rare.

It's best to speak with Dr. Julia Villa about your options regarding implants. Let us know what you want to achieve and we'll work with you as best we can to accomplish that. And don't hesitate to contact our American Canyon, CA office for further questions about the procedure.