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Titanium vs Zirconia Dental Implants
03/06/2014: By Mina Levi, DDS - San Francisco
Dental implants are a great, and probably the best, option for patients looking to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are metal or Zirconia anchors, which act as tooth root substitutes. They are surgically placed into the jawbone. Small posts are then attached to the implant, which protrude through the gums. These posts provide stable anchors for artificial replacement teeth. For most patients, the placement of dental implants involves one surgical procedure and oftentimes teeth can be placed immediately. The dental implant is a good alternative to full dentures or partial dentures, since it acts like a real tooth. Once a person and their cosmetic dentist have decided that dental implants are the right choice for them, the next big question is which implant to go with, titanium or Zirconia. In this article, we highlight the pros and cons of metal-free Zirconia implants to compare them against traditional titanium implants and give you the cosmetic dentistry knowledge you need to make an informed decision.
Topics San Francisco Implant Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, Zirconia Implant, Dental Implants, Titanium Implant, Cost of Dental Implants, Dentures, Partial Dentures, Missing Tooth, Missing Tooth Replacement, Cosmetic Dentist
02/27/2014: By Mina Levi, DDS - San Francisco, CA
Snoring has always been associated as more of an annoyance rather than a medical concern for most people. However, frequent and loud snoring can be a sign of a disorder called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops periodically throughout sleep. Sleep apnea is treatable, but can easily go without being identified or diagnosed. In this article, we discuss symptoms, causes, and treatment of sleep apnea.
Topics Sleep apnea, sleep apnea treatments, snoring, sleep apnea symptoms, San Francisco Dentist
The Difference Between Zoom! Whitening and Take-Home Tray Whitening
02/20/2013: By Mina Levi, DDS - San Francisco, CA
Teeth whitening is a popular choice for those who wish to enhance their smile cosmetically. The teeth whitening procedure has been around for thirty to forty years, and does not damage the structure of the tooth in any way. Today, there are two main teeth whitening options at the dental office of Dr. Mina Levi, DDS. The first is traditional tray whitening, and the other is the new Zoom! LED light in-office whitening. In this article, we discuss the procedures in detail with pros and cons of both.
Topics: teeth whitening, tray whitening, zoom whitening, dental office visit, cosmetic dentistry, does teeth whitening damage my teeth?
Be Informed About Oral Piercings
02/13/2014: By Mina Levi, DDS - San Francisco, CA
Many people get piercings, but there are risks to your dental and oral health involved in getting an oral piercing that you need to know about before deciding on getting one. In the article below, we discuss risks and other information associated with oral piercings so that you can be as informed as possible.
TopicsDentist San Francisco, Oral Piercing, Risks of Oral Piercings, Oral Health, Gum Damage, Tooth Loss
02/06/2014: By Mina Levi, DDS - San Francisco, CA
A common worry that patients have when considering getting porcelain veneers put on as a cosmetic choice is the amount of healthy tooth structure that has to be removed in order to do so. Traditional porcelain veneers are thick, so a good amount of tooth structure must be shaved down in order to ensure that the veneers look natural and do not turn out too bulky and stick out. This is a credible concern and causes many patients to turn away from having their dream smile. However, Den Matís Lumineers are thin like a contact lens, and allow for a minimally invasive veneer experience. In this article, we talk about what Lumineers are and how patients can benefit from this option.
TopicsLumineers, porcelain veneers, cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic options, Lumineers dentist San Francisco