dental implants

Too much goo?

If you are a denture wearer and use an adhesive regularly, be aware of the contents in your adhesive!  Many denture adhesives contain zinc, which is a mineral that is needed in the human body, but it can turn toxic if too much is ingested.  The intake of excess zinc can have adverse neurological effects.  When applying your adhesive, it is important to follow the instructions in order to not overuse the adhesive.  Overuse of the denture adhesive can cause you to ingest toxic levels of zinc over time and create a copper deficiency.

If you have found yourself using more and more denture adhesive, it could be due to the fit of your denture.  Over time, the bone underneath the denture recedes or shrinks and will effect the fit of your denture, making it wobble or rub in certain places.  This is a time where patients tend to use more denture adhesive than recommended  to get the denture to stay in place.  To maintain the proper fit of your denture, you should see a dentist every six months to have it evaluated.  The average life expectancy is around 10 years and in this time, you should expect to need to have your denture relined to refit your changing mouth about every 3 years.

With a conventional denture, you will have naturally occurring bone loss no matter how often you see your dentist.  The use of dental implants to avoid the bone loss and retain the denture has become more and more popular.  The implantsact as roots and retain the level of bone longer.  This fit allows the denture to stay in place without the use of denture adhesives.

Teeth In a Day!!

It has been said that people would rather have bad teeth than a good denture.  When I first heard that, I was not so sure that I believed it.  However, the more I thought about it, the more I do believe it.  (Think about all the people we see with bad teeth).  Dentures are a poor substitute for teeth.  In reality, they are only a substitute for no teeth.   Then, if you factor in the emotional stress of loosing your teeth, it is easy to see why people are reluctant to trade their bad teeth for a denture. What if someone with bad teeth could trade in their bad teeth for  replacement teeth that are attached to implants and cannot be removed.  What if this trade could be made in just several hours.  This is what Teeth in a Day is all about.   I spent this past weekend in San Antonio at the dental school learning how to preform this procedure.   What is so amazing about this procedure is that so many people are candidates for these Teeth In a Day!!

In the coming weeks and months, I will be talking more about this wonderful treatment that can help so many people.  With Teeth In a Day  people won't have to decide between  bad teeth and a good denture.

Valentine's in Vegas

I go to Las Vegas 8-10 times every year.  I am on the faculty of the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and go out to Las Vegas to teach other dentists to perform complex treatments.  Also, there are a lot of dental meetings in Las Vegas.  I just returned from an implant meeting at the Bellagio, and because it was Valentine season, my wife, Sharon went with me.  She usually only makes 1-2 trips per year and this seemed like a good trip to make. People always think about the casinos in Las Vegas, but 20 of the 24 largest hotels in the world are within 2 miles of each other, up and down the strip in Las Vegas.  Each of these giant hotels house many fabulous restaurants.  Sharon and I are not big gamblers, but we do love to visit these great restaurants. 

On this trip, we had the pleasure of eating at 3 fabulous places.  The first was Alize at the top of the Palms Hotel.  Alize is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in North America and the view was stunning from the 56th floor.

Another great restaurant that we sampled was Japonais at the Mirage.  http://mirage.com/restaurants/japonais.aspx  This restaurant started in Chicago and New York and now has gone west.  Japonais, where "Modern Day Japan meets European Elegance" was just fabulous.

We feel like we saved the best for last when we entered Sensi at the Bellagio. http://www.bellagio.com/restaurants/sensi.aspxThis restaurant has its kitchen in the middle behind glass.  The food was superb and it was very cool to see the chefs working behind the glass.

Sharon and I had a great time in all 3 places and it was a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day.  (Oh, by the way, I also learned a lot about dental implants!!) I want to wish a Happy Valentine's Day to everyone.

Diamonds Are Kanye's Best Friend?

Kanye West shows off diamond teethRapper Kanye West recently showed off his new grill on The Ellen Degeneres Show. He’s replaced his bottom teeth with gold and diamonds.

“I just thought that diamonds were cooler,” the 33-year-old hip-hop musician told Ellen. “I replaced my bottom row of teeth. I guess there’s just certain things that rock stars are supposed to do.”

When Degeneres asked if it was a removable grill, West said no. “It’s my real teeth. I replaced my bottom row of teeth.” he explained, giving a curious new meaning to the phrase “real teeth.”

Kanye West shows off diamond teethWest has suggested that he had diamonds inset in his lower teeth, but there’s been buzz about whether he entirely removed his lower teeth. West may have gotten titanium dental implants crowned with gold and diamonds, or he could be sporting a diamond-encrusted dental bridge or gold crowns over his lower teeth. Diamonds can also be applied directly to teeth with an adhesive, or small holes can be drilled and the diamonds inset.

Many of West’s teeth were lost or damaged during a 2002 car accident. Prior to his most recent dental makeover,  his lower front teeth appeared to be rotting.

Dentists, not surprisingly, are not much in favor of this sort of cosmetic dentistry.   While gold is a well-accepted dental restorative material, diamonds are quite another matter. As they’re harder than teeth, the diamonds could in fact wear down his other teeth. Risks include broken teeth, bleeding gums and gum disease.

The appearance was West’s first public interview since his much-publicized tantrum at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, when he stormed the stage during pop country singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech to protest her win, insisting that Beyonce should have taken the prize for “Best Female Video” instead.

West is certainly no stranger to controversy. After Hurricane Katrina, he famously stated on live television that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”

Cost estimates for his new cosmetic dentistry range from $60,000 to over a million dollars. West has said his are diamonds, not merely cubic zirconia.

But… am I the only one who thinks they kind of look like braces??

It’s hard to imagine this sort of thing going mainstream, but West is a prominent figure, admired by many young people. And some of them may want to follow his lead and get diamond teeth of their own… So tell me: How many of you would want this type of dentistry?