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What Is The Dental Implant Procedure Like?

A dental implant is the best way to permanently restore a missing tooth. Interested in an implant, but not sure what to expect from the procedure? Get all the details here.


The Implant Placement Procedure

Once you’ve been approved for a dental implant, your dentist will use images and x-rays of your mouth to build an implant placement plan. Then, you’ll come in for your first appointment.

Your mouth will be cleaned and numbed, and you can also be sedated, if you wish. Then, your dentist will make a small incision in the gums and jaw bone, where your implant will be placed. Next, the implant is placed precisely in this opening, based on the implant placement plan.

After the implant has been placed, the area will be cleaned and sutured shut. Then, you’ll be sent home to heal and recover.


Recovering And Building Your Implant-Supported Restoration

The initial healing process after dental implant placement will take about a week. After a week or so, you should no longer feel any pain or discomfort, and after two weeks, your mouth will likely feel completely normal. Most of our patients report some soreness the night after but the next day they don’t even notice it! Follow your dentist’s instructions for post-operative care.

However, your mouth must heal for 3-6 months before your permanent implant-supported restoration can be attached. This is because the titanium must bond permanently with your gums and jaw. This process, called “osseointegration” takes quite a while.

During this time, you may need to see your dentist a few times to have impressions of your teeth taken. These impressions will be used to create your restoration, such as a dental crown (false tooth).


Placing Your Restoration And Finishing The Implant

Once your mouth has healed, you’ll come in for the placement of your implant-supported restoration. You may need to come in for an appointment a week or two in advance to open up the gum tissue, expose the implant, and attach an “abutment.” This abutment is where your restoration will attach to the implant.

At your final appointment, your dentist will check your implant-supported restoration to make sure it fits. If everything looks good, it will be permanently attached to your implant, completing the procedure and restoring your smile.


Take The First Steps – Learn More About Implants Today!

Getting a dental implant takes several months and multiple appointments, but your implant will last 30+ years with proper care. So don’t wait. Take the first step, and contact an implant dentist such as Dr. Grey F. Kantor at Kantor Dental now.


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How To Brush Teeth With Manual Or Electric Toothbrush

Hello there, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor at Kantor Dental Group, Aesthetic Dentistry and Implantology. Today I’m here with my hygienist, Gina Kapriellian, otherwise known as @gcarpri. She is an excellent hygienist and will help us talk about brushing our teeth.

One thing I always like to tell my patients is that cleaning your teeth isn’t just brushing and flossing. Patients will tell me all the time, “I brush and floss. Why am I getting cavities?” Well, I like to relate to building a house. When somebody says, “I built a house.” They don’t say I hammer and nail a house. You can hammer and nail all day; you’re not going to build a correct beautiful home. Just like if you brush and floss your teeth, you’re not going to thoroughly clean your teeth unless you’re doing it in the correct way. So, an important way is to get that technique down and that’s what we’re showing you today.

One thing I want to start off with right off the bat is the length of the simple things, right? Length of time is two minutes, right? It’s very important to brush for two minutes. That make sure you have enough time to get all the surfaces of your teeth. The amount of toothpaste to use – this in this picture you’re way too much. Oh, you know, I’m sure the toothbrush com… the toothpaste companies want you to be using that much. But you can literally use, you know, everything to the left of my finger here. Just a pea sized deposit is what they say. Pea sized deposit of toothpaste, excellent for brushing your teeth. Plenty, you don’t need any more than that.

For your child, it’s going to be much less than that, right? You just get just a little teeny bit on there and brush their teeth. Those are kind of the two main things to work with. We were going to talk about manual brushing your teeth with a standard toothbrush and then we’ll also, so we’ll talk a little bit about electric toothbrush.

So, if you have a manual toothbrush, I know a lot of times people are told, you have to brush it at 45-degree angle. Well, that can mean so many different things to so many people. Is it really 45 degrees when you feel it? Can you see it? You don’t know. So, another way to think about it is basically taking the flat surface of the toothbrush. The main flat portion and resting it directly on the gums. So, instead of placing it directly against the teeth you want it at the gum so that the size of the bristles or what contoured the teeth. And actually, that allows the bristles to get further around the teeth and further below the gum line. Which gives you a more deeper, more thorough clean.

So, with a manual toothbrush, you want to maintain that position and you want to do small tiny circles so that you’re pulsating of the tooth paste in between these areas. But you don’t want to move out of that position. You want to stay where it’s really contouring the teeth and getting down in there. So, you want to do the same for all corners of all of the teeth. So, you want to spend about 15 seconds, one section, 15 seconds another section. Out of the four in your mouth, it will be about two minutes.

So, another area that builds up a lot of tartar and deposit are the lower front teeth because you have your celebriduck just below your tongue that extremes all the minerals from your saliva and mixes with a plaque that’s there. So, it glues it onto your teeth like this really tough deposit that if you even brush it really well it won’t come off. So, you want to prevent that buildup from happening in the first place by spending a little extra time on those lower front teeth. So, take your toothbrush and the tip of it, hold it vertically against the tongue side surface of these lower back teeth. And you want to actually go up the tooth with a little bit of pressure. Maybe small little circles as you come up as one extra chance to kind of clean up that tongue side surface a little bit further. But also, that 45-degree position or the flat portion touching the gums and the side of bristles touching the teeth. You want to do that one extra time for those lower front teeth area in the front portion of it as well. So, same with your top teeth too.

You know we see a lot of deposits of those lower front teeth. And those are also some of the early teeth to be lost in older age. So, definitely something to keep an eye on.

So, some of the areas that build up the most deposit that I see typically every day is the furthest back are the last molars on the tongue side surfaces mainly. So, I know your tongue is there in the way, but try to, try to spend a little extra time or maybe start brushing your teeth in these areas so that you know you’re reaching all the way back and all the way down. And then come towards the easier to reach areas near the front of your mouth. Also, on the cheek side of the upper teeth, especially if you have wisdom teeth, make sure you’re feeling the gums a little bit as you’re brushing so you know you’re getting that right position. And I would suggest again starting furthest back on the last molars and working your way forward on that.

The only difference with an electric toothbrush, you’re still doing the 45 degree as she spoke about. And you’re still, you know, going the same amount of time throughout. Some benefits the electric toothbrush obviously counts to the two minutes and also beeps each time you get to one of those quadrants, right? Four on bottom, four on top, total of eight areas that you want to think about. But the thing you do, you don’t do the little circles. That’s the main difference with electric, you’re just basically holding it there. So, it’s, we’re all used to moving to brush around. You got to change that paradigm thought when you’re brushing your teeth, you got to just simply hold it there and you’re just moving it. Slowly around the teeth.

I actually prefer the electric toothbrush, especially this Sonicare. They have a pattern on their technology, their vibration technique. And it’s supposed to be vibrating the toothpaste thoroughly from the cheek side surface all the way to the tongue side surface and vice versa. While other electric or battery powered toothbrushes don’t have that same capability. So, it doesn’t very through deep clean as long as you do what Dr. Grey said, to hold it down at the gum line and just let it vibrate. It does a really good job getting it nice and clean.

And if you have any more questions, you can comment below and you can also come and see us here at Kantor Dental Group in San Rafael, California.

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What’s The Best Material For Dental Implants?

If you’re interested in restoring one or more of your missing teeth, you may be exploring dental implants, and wondering which material is the best for implants. Read on, and get all of the information you need.


Understanding The Basics Of Dental Implants

Dental implants consist of two basic parts. The implant itself is a small, rod or screw-shaped piece of material, and it is implanted directly into your gums and jaw bone, where your missing tooth used to be. Then, it heals, and bonds permanently with the underlying bone tissue.

Once the implant heals, an implant-supported restoration like a dental crown (false tooth) can be applied. This restoration is permanently attached to the implant, restoring your tooth.

Together, the implant and implant-supported restoration function as an artificial root and tooth, restoring your smile permanently.


Titanium Is The Best Material For Dental Implants

Titanium has been used in dental implants since they were first developed in the 1960s. Titanium is extremely strong and durable, and resistant to corrosion. But the biggest reason that titanium is used for dental implants is because it can “osseointegrate,” and become a permanent part of your mouth.

Osseointegration refers to the ability of a metal to bond with surrounding bone. When implanted into your jaw, the titanium of your implant will bond with the bone permanently, and become part of the natural structure of your mouth. This provides an extremely strong, durable hold.


Zirconia (Ceramic) Is Becoming More Popular At Some Practices

Zirconia is a special type of ceramic material, and it’s gaining popularity as an alternative to titanium. However, it is not yet widely considered to be as durable or versatile as titanium. While it is effective, zirconia is more brittle and does not “osseointegrate” with the bone as effectively.

In the future, some types of zirconia may become a better option, compared to titanium implants. But for now, titanium is still a superior option for the vast majority of implant cases.


Ready To Learn More? See If You’re A Good Candidate For Dental Implants!

An implant from Kantor Dental may be the best way to restore your smile, your bite, and your self-confidence after tooth loss. So don’t wait. Start exploring your options for smile restoration today.

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Teeth Cleaning With Laser

Hello. Today I want to talk about lasers. I’m Dr. Greg Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implants allergy. Today I’m here with Gina Kapriellian otherwise known as @gcapri. She’s our hygienist here she’s excellent gentle and knows a lot about lasers.

The reason lasers are good with your teeth cleaning is it disinfects the gums and helps the gums grow back if they’ve had some bone loss. What we’re talking about here is, your dentist ever told you that you’ve had periodontal disease? That you’ve had gingivitis? These are reasons to disinfect your gums.

So, inflammation is a lot of times chronic. It’s going on because you have a lot of plaque and bacteria buildup. So, to remove that effectively it’s also embedded inside the gum tissue layer. So, the laser helps clean out the affected gum layers by different processes where we attract the pigment in the bad bacteria and remove that as well as all the infected gum tissue. So, it gives you a fresh start and it also promotes healing of the regeneration of the cells to promote fibrous connections back to the teeth. So you get more of a shrinkage in the pocket and less inflammation because you’re moving what’s causing that, going on at the gum level. So, it’s more of a thorough cleaning process than just a game of debridement off of the wound.

I like that the fresh start. Yeah. So, next time you go to your dentist and they say 3, 2, 3, 3, 2, 3, 5, 6 even. Maybe a 7. These are good times, even some 4’s, these are good times to get laser treatment. Really disinfect that area.

So, even in the 4-millimeter pockets, if you have some bleeding going on, there’s active infection. So, using the laser can help reduce that and help firm up the gums and promote health and rebuild the structure as well. So, I think it’s useful in any case that you get bleeding. It’s always an active state of inflammation that can be resolved with laser use as well.

And if you’re more interested in lasers, come, lasers come visit us at Kantor Dental Group. You can also like this video we have a lot of videos that come out. Put some comments down in the comments section about your laser experience and please subscribe.


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What Is Dental Laser Treatment?

Hello. Today I want to talk about lasers. I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here at Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology. Today I’m here with Gina Kaprielian and otherwise known as @gcapri. She’s our hygienist here, she’s excellent, gentle and knows a lot about lasers.

So, what is the experience like when you get a laser treatment?

It’s great because, it’s essentially painless. You go in through the gums and you feel like a warm sensation. But if you feel like you might have more sensitive gums we can totally numb you up. It makes it so you don’t feel anything. We just have you are some cool glasses. And just sit back relax and get refreshed.

Well what does the device look like?

It’s a neat little device. It’s very small so you hardly feel anything going in. And it just goes slightly underneath your gums. It’s this tiny tip that goes through and emits the beam to attract the best pigment, cleans up your gums with it.

And there’s also the studies that I that I just read in California Dental Journal that healthy gums can reduce Alzheimer’s, right. Reduce neurodegenerative diseases has been shown or at least connected to a reduction in neurodegenerative diseases. That’s a big deal. None of us want to have Alzheimer’s.

So, getting rid of all the bad bacteria in the mouth is going to make it so that the rest of your body is healthy as well. Because everything kind of starts in your mouth and it can go past that. So, we want to make sure we stop it in its tracks and so we don’t get any systemic, overall body issues. This way you get inflammation down in your mouth and everywhere else as well.

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When Should Your Child First Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

Though most adults are well aware of the importance of regular visits to the dentist, they often do not realize how early their children should begin seeing a pediatric dentist. In fact, the recommended age for first dentist visits may be quite a bit earlier than you think.


Children should begin seeing a pediatric dentist by age 1, or within 6 months of their first tooth’s appearance. Since most children get their first tooth around 6 months old, these points tend to coincide.

Though primary teeth (or baby teeth as they are sometimes called) will be lost naturally later in childhood, it is important to keep them healthy in order for them to serve their intended functions.

Healthy primary teeth allow children to achieve proper nutrition, as they enable proper chewing. If a child’s teeth are causing them pain, they’re less likely to eat a well-balanced diet as chewing may be uncomfortable. Early habits are difficult to break, so it’s important that your child doesn’t develop unnecessary aversions to certain foods due to discomfort.

Additionally, primary teeth allow children to develop proper speech. If these teeth are damaged or not properly cared for, it can result in speech impediments since children will not learn how to properly form words. These issues can be mitigated later in life, but it’s much easier to take preventative steps and keep your child’s teeth healthy from the start.

Perhaps most importantly, beginning your child on regular visits to a pediatric dentist at a young age creates a healthy relationship with oral care for them. Later in life, this translates to less reluctance over visiting the dentist, and therefore your child will be more likely to catch dental issues early once they reach adulthood.

By instilling your child with the sense that oral health is an important part of overall physical well being, you set them up for a greater level of future comfort, and shield them from one of the most common health-related anxieties: visiting the dentist.

If your child is nearing that 1 year mark or they have sprung their first tooth and it’s time for them to begin seeing a pediatric dentist, contact us today to keep your child as healthy as possible now, and set them on a path of lifelong oral health.


How to Prevent Acid Erosion On Your Teeth

Everyone knows that what you eat and drink has a large bearing on the overall health of your teeth, and this is largely due to acid. Acid erosion is one possible byproduct of consuming certain foods like oranges and sour gummies; it results in a number of unsavory side effects, but there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent acid erosion.


Avoid acidic snacks

Rather than reaching for an acidic food to tide you over between meals, try to save those items for meal times. This is a good habit to take on because the less acidic foods in your meals are more likely to neutralize the effects of acid on your teeth without requiring special care from you.

Though conventional wisdom dictates that fruit is a healthy snack option, try to avoid particularly acidic ones.


Try to drink water

This is a fairly obvious tip echoed by health professionals in every field, but it’s an especially good habit if you’re concerned about acid erosion on your teeth.

Drinking water alongside acidic foods will help wash away some of that acid before it has a chance to wreak any havoc on your teeth. Choosing water over more sugary drinks will further protect your teeth from acid erosion.


Don’t get too eager when brushing

Though you can rinse your mouth with water directly after consuming something acidic, wait at least half an hour before brushing.

Brushing immediately after eating acidic foods can actually cause more damage due to the fact that acid weakens enamel, meaning it’s easier to cause damage through brushing right after eating something acidic.

Some other simple habits to adopt to avoid acid erosion are drinking wine through a straw so it doesn’t come into much contact with teeth, and trying to avoid sugar as it encourages the growth of bacteria that create acid. Try to swish some tap water after consuming acid, and before brushing.

The early signs of acid erosion are discoloration and sensitivity, while cracks and cupping indicate a more advanced state of acid erosion.

If you’ve noticed that your teeth have been feeling extra sensitive or looking yellower, reach out and take action to prevent further erosion before you begin experiencing more serious pain or aesthetic issues.

For future dental inquiries, and any questions you might have, reach out to us at Kantor Dental for consultations and advice!

Questions To Consider When Considering Home Orthodontics

Hello, I’m Dr. Grey Kantor here with Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology. Today I want to talk about dentist guided orthodontics versus orthodontics that’s not guided by a dentist.

I am in favor of orthodontics being guided by a dentist due to the fact that I am a dentist. But I think it’s very important because a dentist is taking into account the healthy your teeth, your bite, as well as the overall aesthetics in the back, your back teeth. Aesthetics do matter in your smile.

For example, let’s take a look at my smile. If you notice when you look at my smile you only see my front six teeth. The reason for that is my back teeth are constricted. I have a “square arch“. A square arch doesn’t show all of your teeth very well. In my case you can see I’m a little misalignment in the front teeth, but I also have a square arch. For my treatment, I’m widening the back teeth as you can see; do it back and forth very quickly. And I’m of course taking away the miss alignments in the front teeth. That will make it so that you see more teeth and my smile, giving it a more aesthetic smile.

But there’s more than just aesthetics, there’s the health of our teeth. My bite is also going to be extremely helped by that wider arch because I’ll have the appropriate vertical forces on all my teeth when I chew. This will reduce recession or reduce wear on my teeth. And also reduce any jaw pain that you might have. It’s a really healthy way to make us smile better.

The third thing that it helps with is tongue space. You notice, look how little space I have for my tongue here while at the end I have a lot more space for the tongue. A significant amount more going back and forth. You can see looking at the tongue space.

Tongue space is important because it enables you to sleep better. When we sleep, if we’re snoring or having sleep apnea our tongue is being pushed down our throat. A lot of times due to the constriction of our arch in our mouth. That constriction is very, puts a lot of pressure on your tongue. Shoving your tongue down your throat. We can reduce snoring and reduce the need for sleep apnea a device by widening the arch and creating more space for the tongue. I think this is one of the biggest parts of sleep apnea and snoring that we can have a big effect on through orthodontics.

A non-guided orthodontics, something that isn’t guided by a dentist, like a direct smile club. These clubs, they’re not taking into account your back teeth. Let’s look at this case here. Similar to my case, you have a constricted back arch and misaligned front teeth. Now you look, they straight in the front teeth, but you also see that the back teeth aren’t being moved at all. Let’s look at that again. So, the back teeth. Watch the back teeth not being moved at all.

So, it’s important for you to see a dentist with orthodontics not only for aesthetics but also for the health of your teeth and the room for your tongue. These are, I think, huge reasons that it’s worth the extra time and effort to go actually see a dentist to do your orthodontics.

Hopefully this helps, if you have any questions definitely call us here at Kantor Dental Group, aesthetic dentistry and implantology. We’re located in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe and if you want to press that little like button at the bottom of the video that really helps. Thanks, and have a great day.

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Best Home Treatment Options for Canker Sores

Canker sores can be incredibly painful and unsightly. Dealing with them on a regular basis is never enjoyable, and running out in public to grab ointment is even less enjoyable. Luckily, there are a few wonderful ways to treat them from the comfort of your own home!


Canker sores can happen to the best of us, and it’s important to know that natural remedies are an option. They’re a nuisance for sure, but they don’t have to last for weeks. Here are a few of our favorite home treatments…


Rinse Your Mouth With Baking Soda


Baking soda neutralizes the acids in your mouth because it’s a naturally alkaline base. Since the acids present in your mouth have a tendency to irritate canker sores, baking soda can work wonders for healing them quickly. Also, it will kill unwanted bacteria in your mouth. All you’ll have to do is mix one teaspoon of baking soda in about four ounces of warm water.


Use a Saltwater Rinse


Ah saltwater, a wonderful natural disinfectant and a super remedy for canker sores. As soon as you think you might be getting a canker sore, swish with one teaspoon of sea salt in four ounces of warm water.


You will experience almost immediate pain relief and the healing process will speed up. When finished, spit and rinse with fresh water.


Drink Plenty of Chamomile Tea


Not only is chamomile tea delicious and great for promoting relaxation, but it contains antiseptic abilities. This is a wonderful option for speeding up the healing process, while aiding in healthy digestion and ridding the mouth of bacteria.


Use Clove Oil


Essential oils are at the forefront of holistic healing. Clove oil has an amazing ingredient called eugenol, and it actually acts as a natural painkiller. You are able to apply clove oil directly to your canker sore to feel immediate relief.


To do this safely, use a carrier oil like olive oil or coconut oil. Apply half a teaspoon to a cotton pad and then top it off with a couple of drops of clove oil. Press it on your canker sore for five to ten minutes.


To cut the healing time you may also want to step up your oral hygiene and avoid acidic foods while treating your canker sore.

For future dental inquiries, and any questions you might have, reach out to us at Kantor Dental for consultations and advice!

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Dental Erosion and Severe Tooth Decay Related To Sugary Drinks

Today I want to talk about a very important topic to me and that is drinks! And how drinks, sugary drinks can affect your teeth.

Hello there. I’m Dr. Grey Kantor from Kantor Dental Group aesthetic dentistry and implantology. We are located in San Rafael, California.

Today I want to talk about a very important topic to me and that is drinks. And how drinks, sugary drinks can affect your teeth. Things like Pepsi, Gatorade you know and those energy drinks. Especially Gatorade or sports drinks can be extremely malicious because you’ll be working out for say two hours, or play a basketball game, a soccer game. And you’ll be working out and playing for two hours, three hours. And the whole time taken little sips of your drink. What that’s doing to your teeth is just bathing your teeth and sugar causing a constant acid attack on your teeth the entire time of the sport activity. Pretty much the biggest way really healthy people can have bad and bad teeth with a lot of calories.

This is an important topic to me because young people drinking their energy drinks throughout maybe a party or just with their friends and sipping on their energy drinks or playing computer games. It’s, you know, you could be damaging your health not just by sitting there or by drinking the alcohol but by the sugary beverage bathing your teeth in that sugar.

So, you know, if you want to prevent cavities. A big, big way is to keep on your beverages, how long you’re spending with those beverages, especially if they have sugar in them, even a little bit of sugar. Like a little bit of, a little bit, just a teeny bit of honey in your tea or honey in your coffee and then sipping that coffee all day. You’re still bathing your teeth in sugar so, keep an eye out for those examples or any time that you have sugary beverages on your teeth because that can be a big cause of cavities.

Any other questions why you might be having cavities, definitely come see us here at Kantor Dental Group. Located here in San Rafael, California. Please subscribe.

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