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By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
February 12, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: teeth whitening  

A dull smile may not affect the health of your teeth but it can impact your self-esteem. Fortunately, it's easy to brighten your smile with teeth whitening offered by Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care.

How can teeth whitening help me?

Whitening your teeth offers many benefits. When your teeth are dull, yellow or stained, you may feel less confident in social situations. Unfortunately, if you smile less in an attempt to hide your teeth, people may assume that you're not friendly or open to meeting new friends.

How does whitening work?

Life has a way of turning your once-bright smile dull. Teeth naturally become duller with age, but are also affected by foods, beverages and even smoking. Foods that are dark or brightly colored, such as cola, coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce and berries, deposit pigments in microscopic pores in your tooth enamel. As the pigments accumulate, your teeth begin to look a little gray or yellow.

Hydrogen peroxide gel, used by your Costa Mesa dentist during teeth whitening, breaks apart stains embedded in your tooth enamel. Treatments only take about an hour but leave your teeth three to eight shades whiter. (Take-home trays are also available if you prefer whitening at home.)

Before your treatment begins, tartar and plaque will be removed from your teeth. If you whiten your teeth without removing these substances, your teeth may look speckled. Safety is the priority during whitening treatments. Your gums will be covered with a protective gel, and you'll wear plastic retractors to gently pull your cheeks and lips away from your teeth during your treatment.

Whitening results generally last about two to three years. You keep your teeth looking whiter longer simply by eliminating or reducing stain-causing foods and beverages from your diet.

Boost your smile power with teeth whitening! Call Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon, your Costa Mesa, CA, dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care, at (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
November 13, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantAre you wondering whether your smile could benefit from dental implants?

If you are an adult who is faced with tooth loss then chances are good that you are doing a little online research to figure out what dental treatment would work best for you and your needs. Here in Costa Mesa, CA, our cosmetic dentists Dr. Sanacore, Dr. Kunert, and Dr. DeBourg-Shilaimon are happy to sit down with you and discuss your options. One amazing way to replace one or more teeth is through a long-term tooth replacement known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

Simply put, an implant is an artificial tooth root. Of course, the implant doesn’t look like real tooth roots but rather it’s a small metal post that is surgically placed into the jawbone where it functions like tooth roots. An implant provides the perfect, stable foundation from which to support a false tooth, making sure that the tooth doesn’t move or shift around.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Dental implants offer a variety of unique and wonderful benefits that you too can enjoy if you get this tooth loss treatment in Costa Mesa, CA. Here are just some of the benefits of dental implants:

  • They are the next best thing to a real tooth
  • They could last the rest of your life
  • They fully restore chewing and speaking
  • They can withstand your jaw’s powerful chewing forces
  • They are easy to maintain and care for
  • They preserve your jawbone and prevent bone loss
  • They also preserve your facial structure
  • They prevent teeth from shifting into the open gap

As you can see, dental implants offer a myriad of advantages for your oral health. It’s important that you don’t wait to seek treatment from one of our Costa Mesa, CA, general dentists, as tooth loss can easily lead to other problems such as bone loss. The sooner you start evaluating your treatment options the better.

Who is a good candidate for dental implants?

Most healthy adults will find that dental implants are right for them. We will need to make sure that you are in good health and that you maintain great oral health. Smokers, those with a weak immune system, and women wanting to become pregnant are not ideal candidates for implants.

Here at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, we are dedicated to helping you achieve the perfect smile, no matter whether that’s through a simple teeth whitening or by placing dental implants. If you are interested in learning more about dental implants and whether you’re an ideal candidate for treatment then schedule a no-risk consultation with us today.

By Harbor Mesa Dental Care
September 10, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Dental ImplantThere are many side effects to tooth loss. The cosmetic issues are an obvious concern for many adults, but living with prolonged tooth loss can also have consequences for your oral and general health. The dentists at Harbor Mesa Dental Care in Costa Mesa, CA, recommend dental implants for full or partial tooth loss.

Dental Implants in Costa Mesa, CA

Implants act like a prosthetic that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The implant is made from a small, biocompatible titanium screw surgically placed in the socket of the missing tooth. Once in place, the implant begins to fuse with the bone tissue in the gums to prevent bone loss and spur the growth of healthy new bone tissue in a process known as osseointegration. After a short healing period, a cosmetic crown is attached, completing your smile. Implants are the only dental restoration that replaces the tooth's root and helps to prevent bone loss and the onset of periodontal (gum) disease.

Implants can accommodate varying degrees of tooth loss, from replacing a single tooth to supporting a set of dentures (with just a few implants). Although nothing can take the place of a natural tooth, implants can be described as the next best thing.

Am I Eligible for Dental Implants?

Implants are available for adult patients in good general health. In order to qualify, you'll also need enough bone density to support the implant. Implants generally have a very high success rate, but you must be able to maintain a rigorous oral hygiene routine at home and regular follow up care with the dentist.

Find a Dentist in Costa Mesa, CA

If you are ready to fix your smile and improve your oral health in the process, contact Harbor Mesa Dental Care to learn more about dental implants by calling (714) 825-0025 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists today.