March 2022

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Two Kinds of Laser Dentistry Advancing Modern Dental Procedures

The History of Laser Dentistry

Lasers. What are they, where did they originate from, and how are they changing dentistry? In 1917, Albert Einstein published a paper on the quantum theory of radiation, which set up the foundation for lasers. In 1959, Gordon Gould introduced the public to the idea of LASER, which is an acronym for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

In 1960, Theodore Miaman built the first laser. It was not long before dental researchers were trying to find ways they could use lasers to treat dental problems and in oral procedures. Today, the idea is just beginning to take hold, and it is groundbreaking.

In the past 20 years, the use of laser dentistry has exploded.

Just 20 years ago, dentists weren’t using lasers in their practices. But there has been a tremendous amount of research in the field of laser dentistry, and dental laser technology has advanced significantly in the past two decades. Now dentists have found numerous applications for dental lasers. There are several benefits of lasers over traditional dentistry, such as the fact that the treatments are less painful and less damaging to healthy tissue.

Two Kinds of Lasers

Dental lasers can be grouped into two general categories: soft tissue lasers and hard tissue lasers. At Bentz Dental Implant and Prosthetic Center, we use both. As the name implies, hard tissue lasers are used on the hard tissues. Three of the four tissues that make up our tooth—enamel, dentin, and cementum—are hard tissues.

Soft tissue lasers are used on the soft tissues, such as when treating gum disease, for deep cleanings, and as a tool in some oral procedures, such as crown lengthening and gum reshaping. If you’re wondering how dental lasers could benefit you, we’ve outlined some of the amazing uses for hard and soft tissue lasers.

Hard Tissue Lasers

Hard Tissue Lasers for Removal of Old Restorations

Thanks to hard tissue lasers, old veneers can be removed faster and much more effectively than before. The prosthodontist administers the laser to the base of the existing veneers, weakening the porcelain or composite resin materials, and, after a single drill down the center of the tooth, the veneer can pop right off. This is a much faster and easier way than having to grind down the entire old veneer. If you’re having an entire set of veneers removed, this will mean a lot less time in the dental chair. The same laser technique is also applied to removing old fillings.

Other Uses for Hard Tissue Lasers

The hard tissue laser enables your dentist to safely remove carious tooth material through ablation without damaging the surrounding tissues. Lasers can also be used for detecting cavities and diagnosing other dental diseases.

Another use for hard tissue lasers is teeth whitening as it is a very effective way to remove stains and discoloration.

Soft Tissue Lasers

Soft Tissue Lasers for Treatment of Periodontal Disease

If your gums bleed when you floss, there’s infection there. And when the calculus builds up, it dissolves the bone and the gums around the teeth. Soft tissue lasers are an excellent aid in the treatment of gum disease because we can precisely and neatly laser the diseased tissue away, preserving more of your healthy gum tissue.

Since the laser targets the pigment of the bad bacteria, it disinfects the tissue as well, cleaning out the infected area and reducing the chance of recurring infection. The energy from the laser also encourages biostimulation, a process that is extremely helpful in healing wounds.

The laser is then used at the root of the tooth to remove any calculus without damaging the surrounding cementum. What’s more, the laser can also help to seal up the tooth pockets without the need for sutures and with a lot less gum recession than there would have been using traditional methods.

Other Uses for Soft Tissue Lasers

There are other treatments for gums, such as gum contouring and removing ulcers and lesions from the gums and soft tissues in your mouth. Think about all the soft tissues in your mouth, from gums to the roof of your mouth to the connective tissues, like the frenum. All of these can be treated surgically with soft tissue lasers, reducing the pain caused by the usual surgeries with a scalpel, scissors or other instrument.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Lasers interact with your gum tissues in a precise and predictable manner, which produces reliable and more accurate results.

Lasers can provide relief from pain in complex treatments, and simple procedures can be done in a much less invasive manner. For some treatments where anesthetic is normally needed, laser treatment makes it unnecessary. Tissues regenerate more quickly with lasers than with conventional methods.

Faster, more comfortable, higher quality treatment is at your doorstep. If you want to learn more, reach out to Benz Dental Implant and Prosthodontist Center for a consultation on how laser dentistry can benefit you.

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Life After an All-on-4 Implant Restoration

Our teeth are an integral part of our overall health.

Tooth decay. Gum disease. These things eventually lead to tooth loss. Apart from your physical appearance and how you feel about yourself, tooth loss causes problems with chewing, speaking, eating, and can even affect your health systemically. Tooth loss is linked to medical problems ranging from nutritional deficiencies to diabetes and heart disease. And when a tooth is lost, the surrounding bone quickly starts to deteriorate.

If you’re one of the 120 million Americans who suffers from tooth loss, you have likely started to explore your tooth replacement options. You may have decided on an All-on-4 implant as only four implants are needed to place an entire arch of teeth. Restorative implants will preserve the bone density in the surrounding areas, and help you get your healthy smile back. So what can be expected during this process?

The Placement Process

At Bentz Dental Implant and Prosthodontic Center, a skilled prosthodontist will do the All-on-4 placement procedure. After you are given sedation, the surgery will begin. Any remaining teeth are removed, your bone is smoothed down, and the prosthodontist will place four small titanium screws into your upper or lower arch, depending on which one is being done. The prosthesis is then fitted onto the implants. The entire process takes 2½ hours, and your new set of teeth will be fitted on the same day.

Recovering from the Procedure

It will take a few days for your mouth to heal. It is important to put as little pressure on the site as possible, so don’t spit and don’t drink from straws.

When it comes to pain, you may be wondering what to expect. Everyone is individual in how much pain they experience. Some only need a little ibuprofen; others will need a hydrocortisone prescription. Oozing from the site in the first 24 hours and some bruising and swelling is to be expected. If you have a lot of abnormal bleeding, or begin developing a dry socket—where the blood clot dislodges from the tooth extraction site—contact your surgeon.

You may find that for the first three days, a cold compress and consuming cold liquids/ smoothies help to relieve that pain and swelling. After day three, switch to heat—warm foods and warm compresses.

When it comes to diet, stick to soft foods for the first few days. Avoid foods that are spicy, crunchy, or have seeds in them. After a few weeks, you can start eating whatever you like.

You have good things to look forward to.

After your restorative All-on-4 implant has been placed, you will begin to enjoy the freedom that comes with having a functioning set of teeth. These implants function very similarly to natural teeth, so the stability of the bones surrounding your teeth will be maintained.

With a full set of teeth, problematic speaking and chewing will be a thing of the past.

Perhaps one of the greatest advantages of your restorative implants is that you will be able to eat whatever you want. Because All-on-4 implants are strong and secure, there really are no restrictions to what you can and cannot eat.

But before you even get a chance to use your new teeth, you will be aware of the best thing about this All-on-4 implant—your smile. You will have a beautiful new smile that will boost your confidence, make you feel good about yourself, and transform your entire world.

Caring for Your New Teeth

Preventative maintenance is crucial for the success of your implants. While caring for an All-on-4 implant is quite similar to caring for natural teeth, there will be some notable differences in your oral hygiene routine.

The material is less prone to decay compared with natural teeth, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need brushing. You can use any soft-bristled brush and be sure to brush for two minutes. Gum care is especially important. Stimulate your gums to encourage a tight seal. Rubber tip stimulators and water picks are good tools for this; use the water pick every day at the gumline.

When it comes to cleaning in between the teeth, you can floss, however, it’s very important to floss gently and not as deeply as you would on regular teeth. Tiny shreds of the floss can become lodged in the gumline, weakening the seal of your implant. Use interdental brushes and your water pick to dislodge those tiny particles of food between your teeth.

You will still need to get your routine dental exams, go in for your regular cleanings, and maintain X-rays as directed by your dentist. It is very important that the bone density around the gums is monitored. Most of all, don’t forget to smile. Once you start, you won’t be able to stop!

Are you wondering if All-on-4 might be right for your smile? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentz to discuss your options. He can help you find the smile solution for you!

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20 Ways to Create New Life for Yourself This Spring

With spring right around the corner, adults of all ages are looking forward to green grass, sunny skies, and warmer temperatures. And since spring has long been known as the season of new beginnings, why not look for new activities to help you celebrate and enjoy your long-awaited retirement. There is never a wrong time to try something new and different.

Staying active in your retirement is good for your health.

While the flowers are blooming and the birds are returning, now is a great time to explore new things to do. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicates that it is vital to your health to stay active as you get older. Keeping active can help with the following:

  • Improving strength and balance to prevent injuries.
  • Lessening the risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, various types of cancer, and stroke.
  • Boosting your mood.
  • Improving your mental disposition and self-confidence.
  • Bolstering your ability to think, learn, and make well-informed decisions.

So now that you know just some of the benefits that physical activity can provide, the next step is to find some new activities for you.

Take your retirement to the next level this spring by trying something new.

Spring is a great time for cleaning and getting ready for fresh starts. But, sometimes, it is possible to fall in love again with an activity you enjoyed in the past. Check out this list of great activities for those who want to celebrate their retirement in the springtime. And be sure to toss that idea of been there done that out the door.

  1. Plant a new flower or shrub in your garden.
  2. Find a new walking trail and get out for a walk with a loved one or friend.
  3. Sign up for a sunrise yoga class in your community.
  4. Join an exercise club and try a new class. Chair yoga, resistance band training, bodyweight strength training, and dumbbell strength training are often great options for seniors.
  5. Not into spending too much time close to strangers post-pandemic? Come up with a new exercise routine of your own and try it at home.
  6. Find an indoor pool (it might still be a bit cool for an outdoor pool) and take a water aerobics class.
  7. Seek out a local farmer’s market and buy some new flowers for the kitchen table or some fresh veggies to go with your dinner.
  8. Explore a new park in East Norriton, find a spot in the sun (don’t forget your sunscreen), and read a few chapters from a novel, all while enjoying the fresh air.
  9. Find a local pond and feed the ducks.
  10. Sign up for Pinterest and discover a new craft to try with some friends or your grandchildren.
  11. Blow bubbles with your grandkids and capture some great photos of their beautiful faces behind the sudsy bubbles floating in the air.
  12. Visit the local animal shelter to check out volunteering opportunities.
  13. Not into animals or have an allergy? Contact your local Big Sister Big Brother chapter or religious organization to seek out mentorship or volunteer opportunities that benefit children in the community.
  14. Contact a pick-your-own farm or fruit orchard to see what fruits are ready for picking. Plan a trip to do some picking and then bake some pies, cobblers, or other delicious delicacies for your friends or neighbors.
  15. Talk to your dentist about a smile makeover and how prosthodontics can give you your smile back.
  16. Visit your local bookstore to get a bird-watching book and set your sights for the skies to see how many bird varieties you can identify.
  17. Check your local news and event sites to find the best opportunities to sample seasonal cuisine, local brands, and more. Look for local festivals and pay a visit.
  18. Reach out to a local photographer and coordinate an outdoor family photo session for you and your loved ones. Springtime is a great time to capture photos of the family together.
  19. Are you feeling handy? Visit your local home improvement store and pick up supplies to build a bird feeder or birdhouse. Then, contact the local parks and recreation department to find a park where the bird feeder or birdhouse can be posted.
  20. Call up a friend and take a weekend getaway or day trip to a place within two hours’ distance of East Norriton. Seek out a bed and breakfast or get fancy with a resort. Your getaway can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be.

Share your favorite springtime activity with us at your next dental cleaning and oral examination.

Whether you need preventive care or restorative dentistry, the team at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center wants a visit from you this spring. We love taking care of our patients’ teeth, and even more so, we love hearing how people are filling their time during the spring. If you’re due a trip to the dentist, give our office a call or request an appointment using our convenient online form. However we hear from you to set it up, we can’t wait to see you and talk about all things springtime.

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How Today’s Seniors Are Preventing Dental Diseases Longer

As we get older, we are more prone to unique dental challenges that can impact how we look and feel. Older adults often face ailments, such as untreated tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, oral cancer, and other chronic dental diseases, that can put them at higher risk for periodontal disease. However, with the appropriate attention and the invention of modern dental technology, these conditions are more treatable than ever.

5 Tips to Protect Your Teeth for Your Golden Years

We’ve learned a lot in recent years on how to better protect our teeth. And, the great news is that when it comes to your oral health, it is never too late to make vital changes that can aid in the prevention of dental diseases. Check out our list of 5 things you can do to protect your teeth so that you can keep them longer.

1. Don’t stop brushing and flossing.

Brushing and flossing is the best way to prevent dental diseases as it assists in the removal of dental plaque, a sticky film of bacteria on the surface of your teeth. When plaque builds up on the teeth, it causes tooth decay or gum disease. So, be sure to brush your teeth twice a day, ideally after breakfast and before bed, using a fluoride toothpaste. And, be sure to brush for at least two minutes at a time. Don’t forget to floss between your teeth every day too. If flossing is difficult for you, your family dentist can recommend a special brush or flossing pick.

2. Rinse with a fluoridated mouthwash.

Many people think that brushing and flossing is enough. But rinsing with a mouthwash serves an important purpose as well. Fluoride mouthwash strengthens your dental enamel and helps to reduce tooth decay and cavities. Further, since fluoride helps to protect the enamel, it can also help repair early stages of tooth decay.

3. Watch for changes in your mouth.

As we get older, our risks of developing oral cancer increases. And, we are at greatest risk once we reach the age of 45. Thus, it is important to pay attention to changes in your mouth and let your dentist know if any of these changes appear.

  • Unexplained swelling in your jaw.
  • A white or red patch of soft tissue in your mouth.
  • An uncomfortable or sore spot in your mouth, lip, or throat.
  • A lump or thickened area in your mouth, lip, or throat.
  • New trouble chewing, swallowing, moving your tongue, or moving your jaw.
  • Numbness in your tongue or mouth.
  • Pain in one of your ears not accompanied by hearing loss.

4. Stop the use of tobacco products.

Smoking, vaping, and chewing tobacco or snuff not only increase your risk of developing dental diseases like gum disease, but make you more susceptible to oral cancer too. If you use tobacco products, every day that you continue can be detrimental to your health. Your doctor or dentist can help with strategies and techniques to quit smoking and to aid in helping with nicotine addiction. The sooner you can make a change, the better your oral health will be.

5. Select tooth-friendly foods that are also good for your body.

Diet and nutrition play a significant role in our overall health. Be sure to eat a balanced diet daily, but also pay attention to foods that are better for your teeth than others. For example, cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, carrots, celery, almonds, and apples are all great tooth-friendly food choices.

How restorative dentistry can help prevent dental diseases.

Preventive dentistry aids in preventing dental problems and in keeping your mouth healthy. For example, when you go to the dentist every six months, your dental checkup will include important elements of preventive dentistry, such as an oral examination, dental X-rays, and a tooth cleaning. When you fail to get preventive dental care, it can lead to more costly and invasive restorative dentistry down the road.

This leads us to restorative dentistry, which focuses on restoring function and structure to teeth that are missing, damaged, or infected. Common restorative dental treatments include dental crowns, dental implants, and dentures. Dental implants and dentures, in particular, are designed to replace missing teeth so that the function and appearance of your mouth can be restored. Restorative dentistry can also help with traumatic dental injuries caused by a trip or fall.

Let Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center help you protect your teeth from dental diseases.

If you live, work, or are retired in East Norriton, Pennsylvania, and want to prevent dental illness or improve your smile with restorative dentistry, give us a call at Bentz Dental Implant & Prosthodontic Center. Or, request an appointment using our convenient online form. We look forward to meeting you and helping your teeth last longer.


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