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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Mini Dental Implants

The doctors at Fullerton Dental are excited to offer the latest dental products, and want patients to know that mini dental implants make treatments possible for patients who could not benefit from traditional implants.  Mini dental implants are about half the diameter of a traditional dental implant. This allows them to be used in narrow spaces where regular implants were not an option.  Mini implants are used both to anchor restorations and aid in installing a full set of dentures.


The small size of these new implants makes it possible for them to be inserted right through the gums into the bone. No incision means no stitches, and eliminates the need for a recovery period. This means the restoration or denture can usually be placed right away or shortly after.  Mini implants can also be used to install a full upper or lower denture. Between 4 and 6 mini implants are placed along the gum line to serve as the base for securing the denture. Any of our doctors can tell you a mini implant is the right solution for you. 


To learn more about mini implants and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Invisalign

Invisalign is the invisible alternative to traditional braces for adults and teens, and the doctors at Fullerton Dental have seen Invisalign transform smiles for patients of all ages.  Invisalign is recommended to correct mild to moderate spacing or crowding of the teeth.  Any severe misalignment may require another method, so always consult your dentist.  An Invisalign treatment plan consists of a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that are custom-made for your teeth, and a typical treatment plan can be completed in less than a year.


To straighten your teeth with Invisalign, we begin with an examination. A dentist can determine if Invisalign will be effective in achieving the smile you want. Impressions or scans of your teeth are used to create a full set of aligners customized to your teeth and your treatment plan. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, depending on your individual treatment plan.  The aligners should be worn at least 20 hours a day. You should remove the aligners to eat, and to brush and floss.


To learn more about Invisalign and all the services provided at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Causes of Bleeding Gums

With expert periodontists on staff at Dr. Eric Meyer’s Fullerton office, there’s no need for patients to tolerate bleeding gums. Although a bit of blood seeping out during brushing and flossing may be a normal sight to some people, it’s a sign of a problem which may require a dentist’s attention.


Bleeding gums are generally due to the accumulation of plaque and tartar on patients’ teeth near the gum line. The bleeding is caused by irritation to soft tissue by acid stuck to the tartar. Tartar should only be scraped away by a dental hygienist, but patients may be able to prevent further bleeding or plaque accumulation by brushing for a full two minutes with fluoridated toothpaste twice each day, which is recommended for everybody. However, it is possible that the toothbrush is contributing to the problem if its bristles are too hard; only soft-bristled toothbrushes should be used on teeth.


Gingivitis is especially likely to develop if the patient suffers from dry mouth. There are medications which can cause this, as well as ones which are blood thinners, which weakens gum tissue. Smokers are also at increased risk for bleeding gums, as are pregnant women.


Eric M. Meyer, DDS, operates at 2720 North Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, California, 92835. To schedule an appointment, call 714-879-7943 or visit FullertonDental.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Pain Around Fillings

At Dr. Eric Meyer’s Fullerton dental office, bonding and white fillings have saved countless people’s teeth. When patients suffer from caries, our skilled dentists remove the decayed material and seal over the gap so that bacteria can’t recolonize it. This may cause sensitivity, but discomfort shouldn’t last for more than about two days. If it does, or discomfort returns, the patient should schedule an appointment right away.


A poorly-made filling may be “high,” which means it is misshapen in a way that causes it to prevent the patient from biting down. It also may not be large enough to fill the gap created by the drilling away of decayed material, which would allow bacteria back in. This typically happens if the filling or sealant was made from a material that shrinks. We don’t expect that to happen at our office, but even the best fillings and bonding will break after about ten years. If an old filling is becoming painful, it could be because the seal is cracking. When this happens, the filling must be replaced. Of course, it is important to replace a filling sooner if it has already come loose, or else more drilling and a larger restoration may be required.


Eric M. Meyer, DDS, operates at 2720 North Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, California, 92835. To schedule an appointment, call 714-879-7943 or visit FullertonDental.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Mouth Ulcers

When patients at Dr. Eric Meyer’s Fullerton office are suffering from mouth ulcers, they can count on us to provide treatment and information. Although ulcers usually go away on their own after about a month, the irritation they cause can be difficult to manage without proper guidance and patients will want to know what caused their malady.


Cold sores are a common type of mouth ulcer caused by the herpes simplex virus-1. This virus spreads very easily; most people get it as children by sharing cups and straws. Although it never leaves its host, the virus can only spread during a cold sore outbreak, so people experiencing one should be careful not to touch their eyes after touching their mouths.


Cankers are large white ulcers that most often are found in teenagers. Although some studies link them to stress, they have no firmly established cause. Other ulcers can be caused by misalignments in the patient’s bite causing their teeth to injure the soft tissue lining inside their mouths. This kind of ulcer would reoccur until the teeth’s alignment can be corrected, but other types of ulcers can be treated with topical creams and antibiotics.


Eric M. Meyer, DDS, operates at 2720 North Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, California, 92835. To schedule an appointment, call 714-879-7943 or visit FullertonDental.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Back to School Cleaning

As children go back to school, too many of them will be troubled by tooth aches. The consequences of untreated tooth decay can be devastating for a child’s academic achievement and social development, as well as their health, which is why there’s no better time than now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Meyer’s office.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent study showed that 20% of preteens and 13% of teens have untreated dental decay. Children are the age group most likely to get caries, and decay can delay their speech development and cause them to lose sleep and avoid eating, making them fatigued, irritable, and unable to concentrate. As decay progresses, it causes the gums to become inflamed and bleed and can spread to the pulp of the tooth, at which point it would require a root canal to remove.


Biannual check-ups are intended to help us catch decay before it progresses enough to cause major problems. The less decay is present, the less intrusive a restorative technique is necessary. Dr. Meyer and his associates can also use the check-up as an opportunity to provide the child with sealants, making their teeth more resistant to decay throughout the academic year.


Eric M. Meyer, DDS, operates at 2720 North Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, California, 92835. To schedule an appointment, call 714-879-7943 or visit FullertonDental.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Breastfeeding and Your Baby’s Teeth

Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS understands that breastfeeding is a very special time for a new mother. The act itself has many nutritional benefits for a child as breast milk helps your baby fight off viruses and bacteria and lowers your baby’s risk of developing asthma or allergies. Breastmilk is not only beneficial to your child’s overall health; it can also be very helpful in developing a child’s smile.


Breastfeeding reduces the risk of baby bottle tooth decay – a condition that is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. This is because breast milk contains a unique blend of nutrients, live organisms, antibodies, and enzymes that formula cannot duplicate. Additionally, because the act of breastfeeding requires a baby to use their jaw and tongue in a sophisticated manner, breastfeeding is critical for a baby’s jaw, dental, and airway development.


If you have concerns about pediatric oral care, please give us a call. To learn more about the services provided at the practice, visit www.fullertondental.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Eric M Meyer, DDS, in Fullerton CA, call 714-879-7943.