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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Common Dental Implant Questions


Why choose dental implants to replace missing teeth?
There are a number of options for replacing missing teeth permanently, and dental implants , in many cases offer the best solution. Dental implants are integrated into your jawbone, making them a permanent replacement for your tooth root. In this way, dental implants offer the strongest, most secure and reliable method of tooth replacement.

What are some of the benefits of dental implants?
As mentioned above, dental implants offer a permanent solution for replacing missing teeth. In addition, dental implants:
·         Do not impact adjacent teeth
·         Prevent bone loss and jaw shrinkage
·         Will not slip or fall out of place
·         Can hold a dental crown matched precisely to adjacent teeth to provide an aesthetically pleasing appearance

How long do dental implants take?
Dental implants are placed over three office visits. During your first visit, a small site will be prepared in your jaw and the implant will be placed. This procedure is followed by a recovery period of several months while your jawbone accepts the implant as a natural tooth root.

Once your implant has been accepted you will return to our office to have the connection to the new crown placed. Recovery from this procedure takes just a few short weeks, after which you will return to our office to have your permanent crown placed.

The process for dental implants does take some time, but this is necessary to ensure the strongest and most secure results possible.

Who is the best candidate for dental implants?

Root form implants require sufficient jawbone to support the implant. If you do not have sufficient jawbone, additional bone can be placed to accept an implant. Your candidacy for this procedure will need to be determined in a one-on-one consultation with our experienced implant dentist.

If you have questions about dental implants and live in the area of Antioch, California, please contact Diablo Hills Dental Excellence to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Palano today.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What can Dental Bonding do for My Smile?


Tooth bonding, commonly known as dental bonding, is one of the fastest, simplest, and most effective treatments for a number of general and cosmetic dental problems. Using a composite resin, Antioch, California cosmetic dentist Dr. Charlie Palano can shape, color, and mold dental bonding to all surface areas of your teeth and provide you with a seamlessly beautiful, healthy smile in a fraction of the time required for many other procedures.

What Dental Bonding can do for You

Dr. Palano uses dental bonding to address general dental problems such as:
·         Root protection when gums receded
·         An alternative to metal or porcelain fillings to treat tooth decay
In addition, dental bonding can serve the dual purpose of restoring appearance and functionality to your smile by correcting issues including:
·         Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
·         Closing gaps
·         Correcting size and shape

Because it is colored meet your needs, dental bonding is also an alternative to tooth whitening for teeth that are severely discolored.

There are many benefits to dental bonding. During your initial consultation with Dr. Palano, your smile will be carefully evaluated and all of your options will be discussed with you in full.

If you live in or around Antioch, California and would like to learn what dental bonding can do for you, please contact Diablo Hills Dental Excellence to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Palano today.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Benefits of Porcelain Fillings


There are many reasons our Antioch, California patients look to white fillings made of porcelain or composit materials instead of traditional metal amalgam. One of the most obvious benefits is that porcelain fillings look and feel more natural than metal alternatives. This allows cosmetic dentist Dr. Charlie Palano to provide you with a seamlessly beautiful smile while still addressing the concern of tooth decay.

In addition to being a more aesthetically pleasing option, porcelain fillings offer a number of benefits including:
·         Porcelain and composite fillings do not expand and contract with heat fluctuations in the mouth. Metal filling will expand and contract with heat and cold, which could eventually lead to damage to your tooth structure

·         Porcelain and composite fillings are bonded to your tooth. Metal fillings are not bonded to your tooth, which can lead to more rapid decay

·         Porcelain and composite fillings do not contain mercury. While the science is still inconclusive, there is evidence to suggest that the mercury in metal fillings may be toxic and a health concern

·         Porcelain and composite fillings require very little natural tooth structure be removed than when placing metal fillings.

Diablo Hills Dental Solutions

Due to the many benefits of porcelain fillings, Dr. Palano does not offer metal alternatives to our patients. Combining the mounting evidence about the dangers of metal fillings with his years of experience, Dr. Palano strongly believes that porcelain fillings are more in line with our dedication to your comfort, safety, and satisfaction.

If you live in or around Antioch, California and would like to learn more about the benefits of porcelain filings, please contact Diablo Hills Dental Excellence to schedule an initial consultation today.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Is Invisalign® Right for Me?


Dr. Charlie Palano, cosmetic dentist in Antioch, CA is pleased to offer Invisalign as one possible solution to those patients unhappy with the appearance of their smile.  This system uses a progression of clear aligners to place teeth in their ideal position for the most pleasing and functional smile.

If you have only slight gaps or imperfections with your smile, an instant solution using porcelain veneers may be better. However, if your bite is misaligned or you suffer from both cosmetic and functional issues with your smile, Invisalign® may be a much better option for you.

Invisalign® is a highly customized alternative to braces. Antioch, California cosmetic dentist Dr. Charlie Palano is pleased to offer this aesthetically pleasing, more comfortable alternative to wire and bracket braces to our adult and older teen patients.

How Invisalign® Works
Invisalign® uses a progressive series of clear plastic aligner trays. During your Invisalign® consultation, computer imaging software will be used to determine where your teeth are currently, and where they need to be to allow a proper bite. Once determined, your aligner trays will be custom created to gently move your teeth over a period of about one year. During this time, you will return to our office once or twice a month to be fitted with your new set of trays and to ensure everything is progressing as it should.

Candidates for Invisalign®

Good candidates for invisalign are anyone unhappy with their smile because the teeth aren’t in proper position.  Invisalign is especially ideal to correct a variety of bite issues.  Additional benefits include much healthier gums due to straighter teeth.

Ideal candidates are those who want to advoid the embarrassment and inconvenience of braces but want a healthy and attractive smile.  During your initial free consultation Dr. Palano can determine if Invisalign is the best option for you.

If you live in the Antioch, CA area and would like to learn more about what Invisalign can do for you, please contact Dr. Palano, DHDE to schedule your free consultation.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

If you have ever looked in the mirror and been unhappy with the appearance of your smile, porcelain veneers may be your solution.  Antioch, CA cosmetic dentist Dr. Charlie Palano can use porcelain veneers to solve a variety of aesthetic problems including:

    Severely discolored and uneven shading of teeth
    Crooked or spacing between teeth
    Uneven or chipped teeth
    Lack of regular size and shape

Porcelain veneers can be used to achieve a simple smile enhancement involving one to several teeth.  Porcelain veneers are also employed in a smile makeover involving multiple teeth.  They provide the most aesthetic, longest lasting, natural looking and feeling replacement available.

Porcelain Veneer Candidates

To be a good candidate for porcelain veneers you should first be unhappy with the appearance of your smile. In addition, good candidates should:

    ·       Be free of periodontal disease
         Structurally strong teeth
         Not be missing teeth (other esthetic solutions are available for these cases

Most people are candidates for porcelain veneers on one or more teeth. If you require additional cosmetic or functional treatment, Dr. Palano can discuss your options for things such as a complete smile makeover or full mouth rejuvenation that can address all of your concerns. The best way to determine what cosmetic dental procedures will most benefit your unique smile is through a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Palano.

If you are considering porcelain veneers in or around Antioch, California, please contact Diablo Hills Dental Excellence to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Palano today.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Low Cost Individual Dental Plans

Affordable dental care without the benefit of employer based dental insurance is a challenge for most families. That is why we now have an affordable dental plan that has coverage for individuals, couples, and families. This plan entitles you to preventive services at no cost. Corrective services have co-payments that are far less than usual fees. Services covered at no charge include: exams, x-rays, adult cleanings, children's cleaning and fluoride treatment. Diablo Hills Dental is always looking for innovative ways to keep smiles healthy in East County. Call Cyndi today for information and no obligation brochure on our individual dental plan.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Saturday Appointments Now Available

In our quest to be serving the needs of our community we now have Saturday appointments available. At this time Saturdays are reserved for cleanings, check ups, and xrays only. If these appointments prove to be popular we may expand into full service soon. If you think that a Saturday appointment will help your busy schedule, give Cyndi a call to reserve your time. You can also visit our website and schedule online!

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