Posts for: December, 2017

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
December 21, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You don't have to live with a yellowed, dull smile. Refresh your self-confidence with professional teeth whitening from Dr. Cesar Acosta. Dr. teeth whiteniingAcosta and his staff are passionate about your oral health and also want you to feel good about your smile aesthetics. Many of their patients brighten their teeth with effective professional teeth whitening in Turlock, CA.

It's a fact of life

Our teeth darken, yellow and lose their luster as we age. But honestly, other factors play into a dingy smile--things such as:

  • Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco
  • Dark foods and beverages (wine, coffee, colas, blueberries, soy sauce)
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Some prescription drugs such as antihistamines, blood pressure medications and more

While some store-bought toothpastes and rinses help with light stains, intrinsic discolorations require professional help. That's where Dr. Acosta comes in. He fully evaluates his prospective cosmetic dentistry patients to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy. Then, he recommends treatments which brighten enamel, repair small defects, correct alignment and more. Teeth whitening is one of his most sought-after aesthetic services.

Why is teeth whitening so popular?

In fact, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry says that professional teeth whitening is by far the most popular aesthetic dentistry service because of its dramatic results and affordable cost. Dr. Acosta offers both in-office and at-home versions. Both use powerful hydrogen peroxide gel which literally lifts staining organic matter out of tooth enamel.

The in-office version takes just about an hour, allowing qualified teens and adults to come into the office, relax during the procedure and leave with a smile that's up to eight shades whiter. If a patient chooses at-home whitening, he or she applies the gel with custom-made acrylic trays, wearing these comfortable appliances for a specified amount of time each day for a week or so. The results are equally dramatic.

Keeping that white smile

Your renewed look will last indefinitely if you:

  • Avoid tobacco (that's good for your overall health, too)
  • Keep up routine brushing and flossing each day to avoid build-up of plaque and tartar
  • Do occasional whitening touch-ups with Dr. Acosta
  • Get your semi-annual cleanings at the dental office
  • Limit beverages and foods which stain enamel

Come see us in Turlock

Dr. Acosta can tell you if professional teeth whitening in Turlock, CA can work for you. Please contact his office team to arrange your cosmetic dentistry consultation today: (209) 250-2560.

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
December 20, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: antibiotics  

If you’ve had a total joint replacement or similar procedure, you will want your surgeon to decide if you need to take an antibiotic before you undergo dental work. This is a precaution to prevent a serious infection known as bacteremia.

Bacteremia occurs when bacteria become too prevalent in the bloodstream and cause infection in other parts of the body, especially in joints and bone with prosthetic (replacement) substances. It’s believed that during invasive dental procedures bacteria in the mouth can enter the bloodstream through incisions and other soft tissue disruptions.

Joint infections are a serious matter and can require extensive therapy to bring it under control. Out of this concern, the use of antibiotics as a prophylactic (preventive measure) against bacteremia once included a wide range of patients for a variety of conditions and procedures. But after an in-depth study in 2007, the American Dental Association concluded that the risks for many of these patient groups for infection triggered by a dental procedure was extremely low and didn’t warrant the use of antibiotic premedication therapy.

As a result, recommendations for antibiotic therapy changed in 2009, eliminating many groups previously recommended for premedication. But because of the seriousness of joint infection, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons still recommends the therapy for joint replacement patients about to undergo any invasive procedure, including dental work. It’s especially needed for patients who also have some form of inflammatory arthritis, a weakened immune system, insulin-dependent diabetes, hemophilia, malnourishment or a previous infection in an artificial joint.

The guidelines for antibiotic premedication can be complex. It’s best, then, to speak with both your orthopedic surgeon and us about whether you should undergo antibiotic therapy before you undergo a dental procedure. The ultimate goal is to reduce the risks of any disease and to keep both your mouth and your body safe from infection.

If you would like more information on the use of antibiotics in dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Premedication for Dental Treatment.”

By Cesar Acosta, DMD, Family Dentistry
December 05, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: local anesthesia  

A lot of people don’t like dental work because they believe it will be painful or uncomfortable. There’s an anatomical reason to back up that concern — the mouth with its dense network of nerves in the teeth and gums is one of the most sensitive parts of the human body.

But modern dentistry has helped solve much of the problem of pain with advances in local anesthesia. Using substances that temporarily block electrical impulses within the nerves of a selected area of oral tissues, there’s a good chance you’ll feel little to no discomfort even during moderately invasive procedures.

Unfortunately, you might have heard some complaints from others about local anesthesia that might make you wary of it. Many of these complaints, however, aren’t fully based on all the facts. So, let’s set the record straight about local anesthesia and what you can expect.

No need to be afraid of needles. Nobody enjoys the painful prick from an injection needle, and some people are highly fearful of them. But although it’s necessary to use a needle to deliver anesthesia to deeper levels of tissue, it’s possible you won’t feel it. That’s because we’ll typically apply a topical numbing agent to the skin surface that deadens the top layers where we insert the needle.

That numb feeling afterward won’t last long. One of the chief complaints in the past about local anesthesia was the irritating numbness that could long linger after a procedure. Today, however, with more advanced anesthetics and formulae, we’re better able to gauge the duration of the medication’s effect.  This has greatly reduced the length of time afterward your mouth might have that awkward numbing sensation.

Anesthesia isn’t necessary for every procedure. Unless you have hypersensitive teeth, a lot of dental procedures don’t require anesthesia. Your enamel, for example, has no nerves and actually serves as a kind of “muffler” for sensations to lessen their effect. Cleaning your teeth or removing portions of the enamel can normally be performed without the need for numbing medication.

For procedures, though, where pain could be a factor, local anesthesia can make all the difference in the world. In these cases, anesthesia is your friend — it can help you receive the dental care you need without the discomfort.

If you would like more information on pain-free dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”

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Cesar Acosta DMD, Family Dentistry

(209) 250-2560
1065 Colorado Avenue Ste 3 Turlock, CA 95380