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Besides your regular cleaning, what is the most common reason you go to the dentist? Tooth hurting? Well, it's a good time to make an ap...

Monday, December 28, 2015

Dental Waste Management-safe disposal of silver/mercury amalgam fillings

Quite a lot of patients still have silver/mercury amalgam fillings from either back in the day when this was the only option or from more recent times, since some dental offices still offer these. The issue of mercury waste from removed fillings impacts nearly every dental office, but very few talk about this. Research in the United States and other countries has repeatedly demonstrated that dental offices play a significant role in releasing mercury into the environment. Much of the concern is due to the fact that when mercury is released into the environment it is known to poison the ecosystem for years, thereby harming plants, animals, water, and soil.
Many cities and counties have mandated separators in all dental offices, and many more are considering doing so, unfortunately Orange County isn't one of them. Amalgam Separators can remove over 99% of the mercury from the waste water of a dental office before it gets released into the environment and eventually ends up in our water and food. Aliso Viejo Dental has taken the initiative to install an Amalgam Separator in our office to minimize the impact of toxic waste. These filters are changed annually to maintain maximum performance and the bigger debris in traps are safely disposed monthly.
Together with the special suction tips we use when removing silver/mercury amalgam we have created a safe environment for patients and our staff. Please contact us if you need more info about safe removal and disposal of silver/mercury amalgam fillings.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

LASER Teeth Whitening

There are so many ways to brighten up your pearly whites these days that it might sound confusing for some and hard to chose for others. The best way to do it is in the Dentist's office, since they are the most qualified and have all the "tools" you can think of. There are "at home" or "to go" kits too and most of them work fine but it best to use them periodically in addition to your "in office" teeth whitening.
In the Dental office most whitening techniques apply a gel on your teeth, usually in a tray, that gets activated by Zoom or LASER and cleans the "pores" in your enamel making it translucent and so it appears whiter. Easy, right? Well, it depends on the gel, how log you apply it and how hot the activation light is, besides other factors. The Zoom system was popular for a while and it did a good job, people would put up with high sensitivity and time spent in Dentist's chair just to get a beautiful smile and more compliments from their friends. But things have evolved and these days you can achieve more, faster with LASER and a better gel.
When the LASER shines on the teeth patients experience a warm sensation, but it is not painful or discomforting, it shines on your teeth for only short, 30-second intervals, compared to other light-based in-office whitening systems (like Zoom) that shine a heat-producing lamp for several minutes at a time.
Our teeth naturally lose their white color as we age, from external influences such as smoking, coffee, tea, red wine, soy sauce, caramel color, chocolate, etc. The whitening procedure will have a lot of cosmetic and medical benefits on your teeth. The increased awareness for a healthy smile rapidly increases the user's hygiene. As a result, patients generally have significant improvements in oral and systemic health from whitening thier teeth! "Having your teeth whitened makes you feel good, it's like wearing a great outfit or a wonderful accessory!"

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