Questions You Should Ask Your Dentist Before Undergoing a Dental Implant Procedure

A lot of people can have an extreme fear of visiting a dentist.

Besides the jarring, whizzing sounds of machines that send chills down your spine, there are also a million questions that come rushing to your mind when you undergo a procedure, especially if it is a procedure that is going to have visible effects on your teeth and smile.

Getting dental implants is one of these procedures, and it is absolutely important for you to consult your dentist and clarify any sort of doubts you may have so that you can get the best results.

Asking your dentists a few important questions is a must, however, you need to determine what those questions are.

1) First and most importantly, you need to ask them about the type of implants being placed, the material the implants are made of, and whether or not the implants come with some sort of guarantee.

A lot of the time, implants are made of titanium. It is a metal that does not rust and undergoes the process of osseointegration (bone-integration) so that over time it becomes one with the bone in your teeth.

2) The next essential question you need to ask them is the general healing time of such a treatment.

You need to know until when you are potentially going to have to stay on liquid or semi-solid food and when the treated tooth, or teeth, shall attain full recovery.

In most cases, the healing time is between 10-14 days, 14 being the upper limit. During this period, you will have rely on liquids for nutrition, but after that, you will be able to eat soft foods.

3) You must also inquire who is going to place the implant for you: the general dentist, oral surgeon or a periodontist.

It is essential to inquire about the expertise and experience of the person responsible for your procedure.

4) Are there any risks involved with the surgery?

This is important to ask because even though you are in the hands of experts, there are chances that something may go wrong in the surgery, and you need to be aware and prepared for that possibility.

Dental implants are generally considered a safe procedure. The success rate is high, hovering around 90 percent according to some estimates. So, you have little to worry about!

5) You may also ask the dentist to show you “before and after” pictures for the dental implant procedures they have done before.

This would help you get a better idea of the work this particular dentist and the team have done before and you can decide whether you want to go ahead with the procedure.

There is no doubt of the fact that dental implants have made way for an entirely new chapter in the field of cosmetic dentistry. However, it is essential that you closely check all aspects of the procedure you are going to receive so that you can have the best results.

Four Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

Dental implants are rods of titanium about half-an-inch long.

They are surgically placed inside your jawbone to replace the natural roots. When topped with porcelain crowns, dental implants look and function very much like natural teeth.

When Do You Need Dental Implants?

Dental implants are required when your teeth need to be replaced.

There are several situations where you may need a replacement: Inadequate nutrition – a lack of calcium in your diet can weaken your teeth, old age can take its toll, or an accident can damage them.

Four Reasons to Choose Implants:

Here are four reasons to opt for implants for a new look for your teeth and mouth:

1) Natural:

An implant is the closest thing to your natural teeth.

• You can eat popcorn, caramel, steak, and chew nearly any food with them.
• You do not have to take them out every night.
• You can brush your implants.
• Well placed implants are also robust.
• Lastly, they fuse with your jawbone, preserve it, and maintain some amount of sensation.

There are other ways to restore the look and shape of your teeth, but most of the time they do little more than sweep the real problem under the rug.

An implant fills the gap between roots. As a consequence, your jawbone does not deteriorate and you get an attractive smile as a result.

2) Long Lasting:

Dental implants can last a lifetime if they are placed by trained practitioners.

In fact, the success rate is more than 90 percent if your dentist is experienced.

According to some dentists, dental implants can last for as long as 40 years, or even more, if you follow proper oral care and visit your dentist regularly.


Other procedures are found not to last that long.

In fact, many of them can get broken or become unsuitable or unfit for your mouth in less than 10 years.

3) Safe:

Dental implants are not artificial.

It is safe to chew foods with them because you know they will never come out.

They will fill the gap between your jawbones and your dentist does not have to damage the teeth adjacent to the one receiving the implant.

In fact, implants undergo the process of Osseo integration-fusing with your bones—and become a part of your body.

4) Improved Speech:

Poor fitting dentures can slip in your mouth, causing you to mumble and/or slur your words. With dental implants, you do not have to worry about this issue.

An American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey has discovered that more than 9 out of 10 people in the U.S. value an attractive smile.

Dental implants can help you get that pretty smile if you have lost one or more of your teeth or if they have been damaged beyond repair.

A Hollywood-style smile can be yours. All you have to do is request a consultation with Dr. Shahin Safarian by calling him at (858) 755-8993, if you live in San Diego, or (619) 656-6785 if you live in Chula Vista. Your first consultation is free.

DIY Dentistry is Harmful & How to Afford a Dentist?

We love to do things ourselves. It is in our culture.

Growing up, each of us was taught the virtues of the do-it-yourself lifestyle.

For many of us, this advice sticks with us long into our adulthood.

DIY Products Market in the U.S.

U.S. consumers spent more than $27 billion on DIY products in April of last year, according to German research firm Statistics.

Though annual figures are not available, it is easy to deduce from the trends that yearly expenditure would easily top $300 billion.

Some Things are Better Left to Professionals

For all the advantages of a DIY lifestyle, it is equally important to know that some things are best left to the professionals.

Even though some British prisoners of war (POW) removed their appendices in Japanese jails, you will never think doing something that crazy on yourself or a family member today.

The same argument applies to airplanes. No airline will let you perform pre-flight checks unless you are a certified pilot.

Healthcare and high-stakes technology are a couple of the fields where taking things in your own hands is more likely to worsen the situation than improve it.

Yet, for some reason, many people take the risk.

DIY Dentistry Products

DenTek is a firm based in Maryville, Tennessee.

It sells DIY dentistry kits. Currently 250,000 of its kits are sold each year.

Though there is no reliable data available on how these kits are utilized, one cannot help but visualize hundreds of thousands of people as they wince while using this and other DIY tools to pull out their teeth, fill up fillings, straighten their molars, and trying to whiten their teeth’s surface.

Not surprisingly, the trend of DIY dentistry products is going up.

One in Five People say they can try out DIY Dentistry

It would be difficult to come up with equivalent statistics for the U.S., but a 2012 British Dental Health Foundation survey found that one in five Britons were prepared to take things into their own hands if they could not afford dental treatment—20 percent of people said they will either pull out an aching tooth themselves or ask a friend to remove it.

Those numbers are staggering.

Although in some emergency situations, you do not have a choice, but it is never advisable to use first aid kits as permanent solutions to your dental troubles.

Some Real World Cases:

The case of Ian Boynton in Britain is exceptional.

A Gulf War veteran, he pulled out 13 of his teeth with pliers because he could not afford dental treatment. The poor man is fortunate that he did not develop any side-effects.

Tina Hicks was not so lucky. Gap bands are a magical tooth straightening treatment offered by companies.

But, when Hicks tried it to fix the space between her two front teeth; she found gap bands “super painful.” In the end, she had to take them off.

There is even filling material available now.

Even though it can be used in emergencies—such as when you are on vacation and cannot locate a dentist, it can never replace professional treatment.

DIY Dentistry is Dangerous!

A lot of things can go wrong with other treatments, too.

In fact, they have gone wrong in more than one case, according to Dr. DeWayne McCamish of the American Association of Orthodontists.

But People Still do It… Because of Money!

According to major British newspapers, the main reason people take up DIY dentistry is money—or a lack of it.

Although I am not an expert on the healthcare system of that country, my advice is never to be your own dentist to save a few dollars because you may end up paying a heavy price later.

Don’t Let Dental Care Expenses Force you to be Your Own Dentist.

If it is money that is keeping you from visiting your dentist, use your Flexible Spending account.

It could decrease your dental expenses and make them more manageable.

It is part of our philosophy at our clinic to encourage our patients to save money. You can be one of those patients, too.

Contact Us for a Solution, First Consultation is Free!

Do not let expenses stop you from seeing a dentist. And never ever be your own dentist. It is dangerous.

Call my clinic at (858) 755-8993 if you live in San Diego or at (619) 656-6785 if you live in Chula Vista and we will try to find out a way to keep your teeth healthy without breaking your bank. First consultation is complimentary.


Does Extended Breastfeeding Cause Caries?

There is no simple answer because the scientific community is divided.

According to  the Asociación Española de Pediatría (Spanish Association of Pediatrics) “NO EXISTE EVIDENCIA CIENTÍFICA” — There is no scientific evidence [that claims extended breastfeeding leads to poor dental health].

Across the Atlantic in the U.S., the situation is different, where “there appears to be a consensus that extended breastfeeding increases the risk of early childhood caries, or ECC.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends mothers to only breastfeed their child until the age of six months and add soft foods to the child’s diet after that.

Every  woman is free to choose for herself once her child is a year old.

In the U.S., although many women prefer to provide their children with human milk for one or two more years, extended breastfeeding is still frowned upon.

Mothers who breastfeed their three-year-olds usually receive reactions that “run the gamut from mild confusion to serious discomfort.”

According to a Discover blog, it happens because many individuals think “that extended breastfeeding could be stunting his [a child’s] independence and emotional development.”

Other societies do not always think along the same lines.

In many traditional societies, it is considered normal for mothers to breastfeed their children until they are three, four, or even five years old.

Yet we do not usually hear about children in those societies developing ECC more often than our own children. A second argument can be made on historical evidence.

For more than a million years, human mothers have breastfed their children.

Yet, archaeologists have not up with convincing evidence that the teeth of children in ancient societies were in a worse shape than modern-day America.

Instead, newly discovered fossils show even Neanderthal females breastfed their children for more than a year and their teeth were in a good shape.

Does it mean you can breastfeed your child for as long as you wish? Not so fast, because it is here the story begins to get interesting.

According to Journal of Natural Science, Biology, and Medicine, prolonged contact with human milk softens the enamel around the child’s teeth.

Conditions can be particularly worse if there a child is fed just before sleep.

In everyday English, all it says that it is the time of breastfeeding that is the bone of contention. You increase the risk of your child developing caries if you breastfeed him or her just before sleep.

Saliva production goes down during night and lactose — a substance found in milk — stays in contact with teeth longer, nibbling at the enamel and giving birth to caries.

Does that mean it is safe to breastfeed during the day?

Perhaps, it is. But there is still no evidence that says extended breastfeeding is good or bad for your child’s oral health.

It is safer to consult a dentist to know when it is right in your particular situation to stop breastfeeding.

If you live in San Diego, you can arrange your free consultation with Dr. Safarian by calling on (858) 755-8993. You can also call him on (619) 656-6785 for his Chula Vista office.