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Top 10 recommendations to maintain good dental health and have a perfect smile

There is a growing awareness that good oral health is essential in the preservation of our health. You may have heard that health begins in the mouth and not only with what we eat, but also with maintaining good oral care habits.
Oral diseases can become a major obstacle to a healthy life, and about 95% of Spaniards suffer from tooth decay. This is why it is important to establish regular oral hygiene habits. In this article we give you 10 recommendations to maintain good dental health.

1. Pay close attention to tooth brushing.

Brush your teeth properly: Pay attention to brushing technique.
In the ABCs of oral care the number one spot is undoubtedly for tooth brushing. However, it is not always done well. That’s why we give you the guidelines you need to develop a proper brushing technique.
Place the toothbrush horizontally to the gum line (at a 45 degree angle). Brush in a horizontal motion, then brush from the bottom up gently from the gum towards the tooth to remove all the dirt.
Remember to brush the inside of the teeth. Then, brush the molars in all directions and to complete the brushing, use dental floss to reach all the interdental spaces and remember to clean your tongue well.
Remember that the recommendation is to brush your teeth two to three times a day, especially before going to sleep, and for at least two minutes so don’t be in too much of a hurry.

Don’t forget to brush your tongue
Tongue hygiene is one of the most important and yet one of the most forgotten. If we do not clean it daily, residues are concentrated that can lead to bacteria and bad breath.
Some people brush their tongue with the same toothbrush and a little toothpaste, but sometimes it can be a bit annoying. There are more comfortable elements for tongue hygiene in pharmacies that will allow you to drag those dirt remains from your tongue and make it cleaner and more hydrated.
A tongue cleaning in the morning to remove the remains of plaque is as important as at night to remove the remains of food that passed through it during the day.
To achieve a good tongue cleaning follow these simple steps:
1.Place the cleaner on the back of the tongue and gently drag it across the surface of the tongue toward the front.
2.Slide the cleaner across the tongue several times at different angles.
3.Remove excess food or dirt from the tongue by rinsing with water.
4.Rinse the tongue cleaner every time you use it to keep it hygienic and clean.

Don’t forget interdental cleaning: Use dental floss or interdental brushes in addition to your toothbrush.
It is equally important that after brushing you take care of the interdental spaces with dental floss and special interdental brushes, since failure to do so leads to food debris that cannot be removed with a normal toothbrush, and can cause cavities and bacteria.

Use appropriate toothbrushes and toothpastes.
Try to use toothbrushes that are of good quality and are neither too hard nor too soft. Try to remove as much toothpaste as possible after each brushing to prevent the toothbrush from becoming damaged too soon or concentrating bacteria.
It is also advisable to renew the toothbrush approximately every 3 months, so do not stretch its useful life more than necessary.

2. Complete your hygiene with a mouthwash

Eliminates bad breath
The last step of your oral hygiene routine is to make a rinse that protects teeth and gums from bacteria. It also removes bacteria from the palate, cheeks and mouth parts that we don’t normally brush and are exposed to bacteria on a daily basis. Therefore, it gives us good breath and improves our health by keeping our gums healthy.

3. Visit the dentist regularly: at least once or twice a year.
Having good oral hygiene habits does not prevent us from having to go to the dentist at least once a year for a preventive check-up. It is important that the specialist can detect possible problems early and prevent them from becoming more serious.

4. Taking care of your diet
The food we eat passes through our mouth and teeth in the first instance, so it is important to keep this in mind to avoid those that can damage our oral health.

Hydrate
It is important to hydrate well every day since not doing so would alter the PH of the saliva and could affect the enamel on the teeth and the proliferation of bacteria on the tongue and gums. Saliva is considered a protector of our teeth and also an effective disinfectant. Therefore, lack of hydration would also lead to a lack of saliva and less protection for your teeth.

Eat a balanced diet.
Try whenever you can to eat a healthy diet and avoid sugars whenever possible, thus preventing the appearance of cavities.

Reduce the consumption of dark drinks such as coffee and tobacco.
It is advisable not to drink dark drinks such as coffee frequently as they alter the color of the teeth and their whiteness may be affected.

5. Have a dental hygiene treatment at the dentist.
It is important to have a thorough dental cleaning once a year, so don’t put off your annual visit too long to prevent any problems that you can avoid by going to the dentist on time.

6. If you are not happy with the white of your teeth go to your dentist for a teeth whitening treatment.
Do not suffer from a shy smile because of those yellowish teeth, ask if it is feasible to have a teeth whitening treatment. Always do it in the hands of specialists, do not rely on home tricks that can hurt your enamel.
Keep in mind that you should stop smoking or reduce this bad habit as much as possible so that this treatment can be more effective.

7. Protect your teeth when playing sports. Avoid possible trauma.
Try to use protective splints for your teeth when playing sports that may put them at risk.

8. Avoid the nervous habit of chewing on objects.
In addition to breaking that object, you will be wearing down your teeth. So, better get yourself an anti-stress ball to channel your nerves in another way.

9. Don’t put ice cubes in your mouth, let alone bite them.
Try not to bite ice cubes, as you can injure your gums and awaken tooth sensitivity that lasts for days.

10. Correct your oral problems
In the reviews you have at your dentist, try to follow the treatment recommendations of the specialist to address problems as soon as possible and not let them worsen. There are many recommended treatments, such as dental veneers and dental caps to improve the appearance of your teeth, Invisible Orthodontics to improve their position or dental implants in case you need them. Let us advise you and put yourself in the hands of specialists.
In Medidentwe have the best dental treatments for dental beautification and get your best smile. Contact us for an initial consultation and we will advise you of the recommended treatments for your particular case.

Top 10 recommendations to maintain good dental health and have a perfect smile2022-05-03T10:11:02+02:00

Dental bone regeneration,
When is it necessary and its advantages

If you have had or are considering dental implant treatment, you may have heard about the existence of dental bone regeneration treatments. Bone regeneration consists of several techniques that are necessary to ensure that the jawbone has the right volume to support dental implants. In this article we tell you what it consists of and the details of this treatment.

What exactly is Dental Bone Regeneration?

Dental bone regeneration consists of recovering the level of bone mass that may have been lost in the jaws due to different causes. This technique is mainly used in implantology when the final dental treatment is the placement of artificial teeth. Before the treatment is performed, studies are carried out to evaluate the patient’s needs and jaw condition. Afterwards, the oral surgery specialists will choose the most appropriate technique according to the results obtained and will adjust the treatment according to the particular needs.

What are the main causes of dental bone loss?

There are several causes that can lead to dental bone loss. Over the years we can have loss of bone mass in the jaws, due to different causes, such as diseases like periodontitis or osteoporosis, infections, atrophy or trauma, maxillary pathological processes such as cysts or tumors, aggressive or abrupt dental extractions, surgeries or poorly fitted prostheses.
When placing implants it is important to have good bone tissue so that they can remain in the patient’s mouth for a long time. Therefore, if we have lost bone tissue due to any of the causes described above, bone regeneration techniques will be necessary.

What are the cases in which bone regeneration should be performed?

Dental bone regeneration is indicated in all the above cases. In addition, there are anatomical circumstances, such as a large maxillary sinus or jaws with little width or height, or with unfavorable proportions in the spaces, which may also require some type of regenerative treatment to place the implants.

What alternatives exist to achieve dental bone regeneration?

There are two main techniques to achieve the correct osseointegration of an implant: membranes and grafts.
Grafts are small “bone transplants”, which can be fragments of the patient’s own bone (autografts), of another species (xenografts) or with synthetic materials, such as crystalline ceramics. The most preferable option is always the patient’s own bone, but this is not always possible. When the tissues of the mouth have healed completely, the dentist can proceed to place the implant. These grafts make it possible to increase both the width and height of the maxillary or mandibular bone where the implant is to be placed.

In many cases, the integration of the bone graft in the maxilla does not happen easily, and the implantologists must resort to the use of membranes to keep it immobile until it is integrated in the rest of the bone. These membranes can be synthetic or made of biological molecules, such as collagen. Again, the more similar the chemical composition, the better the results and the better the healing.

How is the procedure carried out to achieve bone regeneration?

Dental bone regeneration by bone grafting consists of a surgical intervention that seeks to replace lost bone. The transplanted bone can belong to the patient himself, be from a donor or from commercialized bone substitutes (of animal, vegetable or synthetic origin), as long as they are compatible with the patient.
On the other hand, the Plasma rich in Growth Factors technique consists of using the patient’s blood to obtain the proteins found in the plasma. These are applied to the area in order to regenerate.
The growth factors stimulate the production of blood vessels, the multiplication of cells, prevent the multiplication of bacteria and modulate inflammation. With this procedure, the bone around the implants is regenerated, improving its consolidation. It also helps the healing of wounds.

What are the most important aspects to take into account for optimal bone regeneration?

The most important thing is to perform the necessary care after the intervention:

  1. Rinses with antiseptics such as chlorhexidine or warm salt water, 24 hours after the intervention to favor the correct formation of a clot and avoid bleeding.
  2. Application of cold in the operated area as a very useful anti-inflammatory. You can use bags of gels sold in pharmacies or ice applied directly to the area.
  3. Sleeping with the head slightly incorporated the first days after surgery.
  4. Follow a soft food diet to avoid pain and try to preferably eat warm or cold food to prevent bleeding from the operated area.
  5. Limit physical exertion and sports activities during the days immediately after surgery to prevent the surgical sutures from opening.
  6. Avoid smoking and alcohol, which can hinder healing and cause the appearance of bacteria and infections.

What are the main benefits of dental bone regeneration for the patient?

Bone regeneration allows dental implants to be properly placed in patients with bone problems in the jaw. Therefore, it allows the placement of implants in patients with previous pathologies and dental problems, who without this technique would not be able to benefit from improving their oral health.
In addition, bone regeneration favors less food accumulation, facilitates oral hygiene and, esthetically, provides a better oral harmony being able to have the necessary implants for each patient.

Frequently asked questions

If I don’t have enough bone, can’t I have implants? Why?

If you have the problem that you do not have enough bone, since there is not enough bone base to anchor an implant, the chances of failure of such dental implant are much higher, making you waste your time and money. If there is not a solid base of natural or enhanced dental bone with this technique, the implant and crown will not be fixed properly and will not be able to withstand the chewing forces and pressure of our teeth.

How long does it take to achieve dental bone regeneration?

Once the bone regeneration treatment has been performed, we must wait between 8 or 9 months to place the implant, since this is the time it takes for the new bone to form. After this period, we will wait between 3 or 4 more months after the implant placement to be able to start making the implant crown.

What is the recovery process like after bone grafting surgery?

Once the intervention has been performed, the patient has to wait a few months while the graft helps the growth helps the generation of new bone.
The patient, in this course of time, should make visits to the dental specialist so that he/she can make the respective revisions of the intervention and thus prevent possible infections or problems.

What is the price of dental bone regeneration?

The price of this treatment ranges from approximately 280€ to 800€. The cost of bone regeneration varies according to the extent of the area to be treated and the number of implants required. Each case has its particularities and each specialist will adjust the budget based on the dental needs required by the patient.
In Medident we are specialists in dental bone regeneration treatments, if you need advice on treatments consult us. Our clinic has the best experience and specialists to help you get the healthy and beautiful smile you always wanted.

Dental bone regeneration,
When is it necessary and its advantages
2022-04-01T11:17:09+02:00

How to maintain and care for your dental implants

The placement of dental implants is one of the most frequent surgeries in dental clinics and they do not present complications in most cases.
Taking care of the mouth and smile is a necessary health and esthetic factor and care must be kept up to date. Dental implants are the most frequent treatment if any dental piece is missing, allowing patients to achieve a better functional chewing, a more beautiful smile and to feel better about themselves. To maintain the implants properly after surgery it is necessary to take into account certain care and hygiene routines that we describe below with these recommendations and will ensure the survival of the implant in the long term.

Important care after implant surgery


The procedure requires local anesthesia in the patient’s mouth, so that after its effect, it is common to feel slight discomfort or feel localized swelling. Both symptoms subside within a few days. The professional who has performed the operation may prescribe specific medication for the patient, in order to mitigate the possible postoperative effects and remit unwanted discomfort. And it is always necessary to take into account the particular recommendations that the professional will specify for the care of the implant.

Soft diet after surgery


After surgery it is advisable to wait a minimum of two hours after surgery to drink or eat something.
After that time it is advisable to eat soft and cold food to reduce swelling. Above all, try not to chew in the area where the surgery was performed.
You should drink plenty of fluids and, if possible, cold drinks. Do not rinse your mouth with them, but swallow normally.

Don’t smoke


Avoid smoking, since tobacco is a factor that can cause complications after the implant, both in the short and long term.
It is advisable to eliminate or reduce as much as possible the consumption of tobacco during the week before and after the intervention. In this way, the patient will avoid problems of infection, scarring or tissue irritation.

Do not drink alcohol


Although it is advisable to drink cold beverages after dental implant surgery, alcohol should not be drunk.

Avoid mouthwashes


After the operation, even if you feel more salivation and a strange sensation in the area, try not to rinse your mouth or spit immediately after the operation. This may remove the clot necessary for healing or damage the stitches if there are any, and thus increase bleeding.
In any case, rinses must be done days after the implant placement, they must be soft rinses with a mouthwash prescribed by the professional who performed the intervention.

Main recommendations for the care of your dental implants


The duration of dental implants is very long, but it is necessary to follow a correct care with a good oral hygiene.
Try to follow the advice of the professional after the intervention to keep in good condition and extend the durability of the implants without problems in the long term.

Dental hygiene


The first thing to do is to brush your teeth after every meal. It is advisable to use medium-hard brushes, whether you use an electric toothbrush or a manual toothbrush.
It is also necessary to take care of the hygiene of the tongue by brushing or shaving the surface of the tongue, as it is a storehouse of bacteria.
We recommend you to complete your hygiene in the small interdental spaces, in the case of dental implants there are special brushes that allow you to reach all spaces.

Attending check-ups


It is very important to attend the check-ups established by the professional in order to monitor the state of the implants periodically.
In addition, it will be possible to detect and deal with any unforeseen complication that may arise with the implants in time.
Generally, with two visits a year, that is, one every six months, the patient can check with the specialist that the mouth is in good health and that the hygiene guidelines are being followed.

No smoking


There are habits that if you have oral problems we recommend you to eliminate, such as tobacco consumption. In addition to staining the teeth and implants, it can harm the process of integration of the implant in the bone and favor the appearance of bacteria in the gums.

Caution with some medications


After the intervention, your surgeon will explain the doctor’s instructions regarding medications such as anti-inflammatory and antibiotics, and do not interrupt the treatment prematurely.
If you take other medications, you should warn the professional to take them into account and only take them when it is essential, since the unregulated consumption of some of them can alter your implants.

How to properly clean fixed dental implants


Oral hygiene will be essential to take care of the implants and the complete health of your mouth, so we leave you these tips so that you do not neglect it.

Brushing 3 times a day


It is advisable to brush three times a day after each meal, make sure that the toothbrush is in good condition and do not neglect tongue hygiene.

Interdental cleaning
Use accessories to reach the interdental spaces such as dental floss to clean the most inaccessible areas.

Mouthwash


Use a good mouthwash, or the one recommended by the professional who assists you, to eliminate the bacteria that accumulate in the oral cavity on a daily basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can you eat after having an implant?


After a dental implant in the postoperative period, soft and cold food should always be eaten after two hours.

Is it possible to exercise after getting an implant?


It is not advisable to do sports the same day of the surgery in which the implant is placed, it is better not to make sudden movements and rest.
It is recommended to suspend sports activities for a few days during the first week after surgery.
After a dental implant you can work if the work is seated but not if it involves movements. This way, you will avoid problems related to bleeding, inflammation or pain.

Is there rejection in dental implants?


The truth is that there cannot be a “rejection” per se, but rather a poor healing of the gum and not an immune reaction against the titanium.
This can occur due to different factors: the appearance of peri-implantitis, complications during osseointegration, smoking or insufficient oral hygiene, among others.
Depending on the cause, the professional will have to assess which is the most appropriate solution for each patient, although the most common is to remove the implant and replace it.

What is the usual price of dental implants?


The budget for an implant operation must be personalized for each patient, since the price may vary depending on the patient’s oral health and the number of implants needed.
Currently, the cost of a complete single dental implant (including surgery, screw and crown) is around 1,200-1,500 euros.
At Medident Dental Clinic we have a great team of experienced professionals and we will advise you on what you need to know for your oral treatments. Contact us and book your first appointment with us, we want to help you.

How to maintain and care for your dental implants2022-03-01T14:57:30+02:00

All On Four: Everything you need to know about this revolutionary dental implant technique

The loss of one or more teeth is no longer a problem. Thanks to dental implants we can provide a functional and esthetic solution and restore the smile of most people. But what happens if you have lost all your teeth or if it is necessary to extract them because they have lost their function or esthetics? This is where we have the All on Four technique that allows you to enjoy fixed teeth from day one.
In addition to reducing waiting times, the All On Four technique reduces surgical interventions and offers an effective, reliable and safe restoration. If you still do not know this technique and want to know what it consists of and what are all its advantages, keep reading!

What is the All On Four technique and why is it called this way?

The All On Four technique, All-on-4, or even All-in-4, is an advanced implantology technique that consists of placing a prosthesis on four osseointegrated dental implants for each of the two arches. These 4 implants are placed two in parallel in the center and two more perpendicular (inclined up to 45º) at the ends.
In this way, a fixed dental prosthesis with 4 implants is achieved without the need to make a full mouth. Grafts are not necessary either, since the implants placed at an angle at the ends allow to save those posterior sectors where bone is normally lacking.
This technique, invented in the 1990s, was called All On Four, which literally means that all the teeth are supported by four dental implants. Today, the technique has been perfected allowing the patient to leave the clinic with a fixed and complete set of teeth in a single intervention.

What does the All in 4 technique consist of? How is it performed?

Do you want to know how the All on Four technique is performed in our dental clinic in Torremolinos?
The first step is to plan the All on Four technique by performing a panoramic X-ray to have a first look at the bone. In this way we can assess whether the person is a good candidate for the All on Four system or if, on the contrary, it is advisable to perform a conventional implant technique.
Once we have performed a 3D study of the jawbone to be treated and we have made sure that this technique is the most suitable, we proceed to the following All on Four protocol in a single surgical session:
– We perform the extractions of the remaining dental pieces, but that due to their functionality or aesthetics are of no use.
– Next, we carry out a correct preparation of the area that will house the dental implants.
– Once we have the area prepared, we place the 4 implants in the most optimal position. To do this, we have previously planned their placement by means of an implantological study and 3D radiography. The usual All on Four technique is to place two implants parallel in the center and the other two perpendicularly at the ends.
– Once the implants are in place, we take the measurements of the mouth and design the new smile digitally. All this digital information is sent to the laboratory so that they can make the fixed dental prosthesis that we place on the four implants on the same day.
As you can see, the application of the all-on-4 dental implant technique allows you to live a practically normal life from the same day of the intervention. In addition, the definitive All on Four prosthesis surpasses the esthetics and functionality of the previous denture, improving the patient’s quality of life and self-esteem.

When is the All four technique used or recommended?

Originally this technique was only indicated for patients who had no bone in the posterior maxilla or mandible and did not want to undergo bone regeneration.
Nowadays, the range of patients who can be fitted with a prosthesis on four implants is very wide. Above all, it is a very useful technique for those who have been wearing a full prosthesis for a long time and are tired of the inconveniences and limitations that this causes them. It is also a technique indicated for patients with severe periodontal disease.
In short, it is an optimal technique for those people who want to replace all the teeth of the upper or lower jaw with the smallest number of implants possible, in the shortest possible time.

Is it a reliable technique and does it work over time?

If you are thinking of having the All on Four technique performed, you may be wondering if this technique is effective and long-lasting.
To answer this question, we must consider that it is a technique that has been developed since the late 90s, so the experience in the thousands of cases performed supports its safety and lasting effectiveness.
However, as is logical, the fact that the prosthesis on four implants will last for many years will depend on good maintenance. This requires proper hygiene on the part of the patient and a visit to the dental clinic at least once a year so that the dentist can lift the prosthesis and clean it properly.

How is the rehabilitation after this procedure?

As with traditional implants, your dentist will recommend a series of care for rehabilitation after All on Four. These recommendations include following a soft diet hours after surgery, as well as taking antibiotics and painkillers under medical prescription to avoid possible infections and pain.
It is also necessary to stop drinking alcohol and smoking, and to undergo the periodic check-ups indicated by the professional in order to be able to assess how the fixation or osseointegration process is going.

Types of all on four implants

In order to achieve the adequate adaptation of the treatment to each patient, there are different modalities of All on Four:
– Standard All on Four. This is the appropriate technique for those patients who have a normalized situation and have sufficient bone in the upper jaw. In this case 4 standard implants are placed.
– Hybrid All on Four. In the case of bone loss in the posterior part of the maxilla, it is recommended to place two standard implants in the frontal part and two zigoma implants in the posterior part.
– All on Four Zigoma: If the maxillary bone is totally lost, we can proceed with the placement of 4 zigoma implants. In this way, with this type of All on Four system, the most complex cases can be rehabilitated without the need to resort to bone grafts.

How much do all four implants cost?

We know that price is always something that matters when making certain decisions. However, it is a more affordable treatment than other types of dental implant procedures.
This is because the all-on-4 technique is based on a minimal amount of implants, which allows you to save time and also money.
However, the final price must be adjusted to each case, so it is best to make a customized estimate.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the All in 4 technique?

The All on Four benefits are multiple and varied:
-It is a graftless procedure. By tilting the posterior implants using the available bone, we reduce the need for bone grafts. In addition, it allows anchorage in better quality bone, which makes the use of longer implants possible.
-It allows to rehabilitate complete arches immediately, in a single intervention and dispensing with other surgical interventions.
-It avoids waiting times ranging from 3 to 6 months to get a prosthesis with fixed teeth, depending on whether you have to wait for bone grafting.
-You will be able to enjoy fixed teeth from day one. This will allow you to forget about the uncomfortable situation of being without teeth. You will see how this new situation allows you to improve your self-esteem and your social and work relationships.
But besides knowing its enormous benefits, you should also take into account the disadvantages of All on Four:
-Possibility of prosthesis breakage. Since part of the posterior implants are angled, this causes the prosthesis in the molar area to remain without any support. This overhang that remains, with the passage of time, use and poor hygiene, can end up breaking.
-As it is only a fixed prosthesis on 4 implants, if any of the implants fail, you will have to undergo a new surgery to place the dental implants.

Summary and conclusions

As you can see, if you are missing most of your teeth and you have little bone and you have been told that you cannot have implants, the All on Four technique offers you the possibility of having fixed teeth in a single surgery.
This advanced technique of implantology is based on only 4 implants in each arch on which the dental prosthesis is placed with your new teeth digitally designed to the millimeter for you. And all in a single surgical intervention, which saves time and costs.
If you have any doubts and want to find out if the All-on-4 system is for you, now is the time to find out. At Medident we are specialists in cases with little maxillary bone and we can help you determine which is the most appropriate dental treatment for your particular case. Contact us and we will answer all your questions without obligation!

All On Four: Everything you need to know about this revolutionary dental implant technique2022-01-31T15:24:49+02:00

What is invisalign invisible orthodontic treatment, how does it work and its different types?

Invisalign orthodontics has become one of the most requested dental treatments in recent years. The advantages of Invisalign and its good results in aligning teeth have revolutionized oral health. If you want to know what Invisalign is, how it works and what benefits it provides, this article is of interest to you.

What exactly is Invisalign treatment?

You may have already heard about this advanced orthodontic treatment, but many people still don’t know what Invisalign is.
Invisalign is an orthodontic system with greater advantages and comfort than conventional braces. Its success, as an alternative to braces, is based on the fact that it is a removable system that aligns your teeth comfortably, dispensing with traditional fixed braces.

What does Invisalign consist of?

As we said, Invisalign treatment consists of removable and transparent corrective splints. These aligners are made of transparent polymer suitable for use in the mouth. They are custom-made, with computer-assisted design and manufacturing.
Used individually in sequence, these splints or aligners, which can be removed and changed, exert a slight pressure on the teeth to produce a slight tooth movement. Gradually, as the aligners are replaced, deficiencies or malocclusions are corrected until the teeth are correctly positioned.
To align the teeth, it is necessary to wear the aligner throughout the day, except during meals and while brushing your teeth, for which you can remove the splint without any problem.
In addition to the treatment splints, Invisalign treatments consist of refinement splints and maintenance splints. The latter can be worn at night to prevent the position of your teeth from shifting once the treatment is completed. Remember that teeth “have memory” and, if there is nothing to prevent it, they will gradually return to the initial position they were in before orthodontics began.

How does Invisalign work?

Before we explain how Invisalign works, let us tell you that this orthodontic process begins by scanning the inside of your mouth to obtain digital images that Invisalign will use to produce a complete 3D image that virtually represents how you move your teeth with Invisalign at each stage of the orthodontic process.

At Medident we use 3D technology to develop your personalized orthodontic plan and create your individualized aligners for each stage of the process.
Once you have your kit with all the aligners, you will only have to replace them sequentially every 2 or 3 weeks, depending on each case and the initial position of the teeth. As you change aligners, the teeth will move and adjust progressively to the final image shown by the computer in the initial study.
We recommend that you wear your Invisalign aligners for an average of 20-22 hours a day and only remove them to eat, drink, brush and/or floss your teeth.
Make sure the aligners are not out of your mouth for more than 2 hours at a time. And if one day you have exceeded the recommended time, we advise you to extend the use of that set of aligners for one more day for each day that you do not comply with the recommended hours.

Duration of Invisalign treatment month by month

At Medident we know that you are impatient to show off your new smile and surely you want to know how long the Invisalign treatment lasts. The answer varies depending on each particular case. What we can assure you is that with Invisalign month by month you will notice small changes in your teeth. From the fourth month of treatment, the changes will be visible to others.

Different types of Invisalign treatments

Depending on your case, we can opt for different types of Invisalign. To give you an idea, these are the most common options:

What is Invisalign full.

This is the most complete Invisalign treatment. It includes unlimited treatment and refinement splints. It is the recommended Invisalign treatment for the most complex cases, as it corrects both alignment and bite.

What is Invisalign Lite?

Another type of Invisalign is Lite, which is recommended for less complex corrections, such as malpositions, rotations or slight deviation of teeth. It is also an ideal treatment for those who have received previous orthodontic treatment, but have experienced tooth movement due to various factors, such as wisdom teeth, not having used retainers…

What is Invisalign Teen?

Teenagers can also benefit from Invisalign treatment to show off a beautiful smile without wearing unsightly braces. Invisalign Teen features an eruption compensation system that makes room for the new tooth in the aligner. In addition, it offers a wear time indicator that allows parents and orthodontists to check the use of the aligners.

What is Invisalign Express or Invisalign i7?

This is the type of Invisalign treatment indicated for very mild cases or small relapses. It offers a maximum of 7 aligners and the case must meet certain clinical criteria.

Summary and conclusions to take into account when choosing your Invisalign treatment

As you can see, there are different types of Invisalign treatment, but all of them have the advantages of being invisible, very comfortable, allow proper hygiene and adapt to your lifestyle allowing you to eat or drink freely and smile throughout the treatment.

If you have any doubt about which is the best orthodontic system for your case, contact us or leave us your doubts in the form. Currently, Medident is an Invisalign Diamond Provider. Do you know what Invisalign provider is? It is the highest distinction that you can get a clinic being a provider of Invisalign treatments. This award certifies that we perform and complete more than 150 Invisalign treatments per year. But the most important thing about this award is that we have maximum experience in accurately diagnosing your problem and making decisions regarding your treatment.

Fill out this form and we will contact you to explain what the Invisalign treatment consists of, and which type is the most suitable for your case. By means of 3D images we will show you, before starting the treatment, how your smile will look like.

What is invisalign invisible orthodontic treatment, how does it work and its different types?2022-01-03T17:51:44+02:00

WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE THERE?

We think that dental implants are something new that technology has been offering us for a few years now, but there is information about dental implants made from pieces of shell from the time of Ancient Egypt.
Since then, and especially in the last few years, dental implants have evolved a lot, becoming a common practice for clinics and dental practitioners.
A study carried out by Key-Stone reveals that Spain is one of the countries where more implants are placed in relation to the population. Approximately 1.6 million implants were placed in 2019 and it is understood that at least 17 million Spaniards have a dental implant. Therefore, we are talking about the fact that in Spain Implantology shows very high levels of development and therefore we have great specialists in the field.
At the Medident Dental Clinic in Torremolinos, our Dr. Álvaro Medina, together with his team, carries out implantology treatments with the latest techniques in dental implants. Our aim is that, in addition to a beautiful smile, your new dental implant will give you quality of life when chewing, speaking or laughing. In short, it will give you self-esteem and confidence in your daily life.

How do Dental Implants work?

First, we will define dental implantology as the replacement of dental pieces through the surgical placement of a dental implant in the maxilla or mandible.
The causes that can lead to the loss of these dental pieces are various: trauma or dental fracture, caries or infection that reaches the bone level and there is no other solution.
The evolution that has taken place in recent years has led us to new dental implant techniques, benefiting from new materials that do not generate immunological rejection and saving time in treatments in favour of the patient’s quality of life.
How do dental implants work?: It is a very simple system, the screw that we insert acts as a root, holding the artificial tooth which has the same appearance and functions as a real tooth. In this way we achieve a solid support for new teeth. And we carry out this operation in a completely painless way. Thanks to our equipment that guarantees a correct sedation and/or local anaesthesia, so the patient does not suffer during the process.
If you have any doubts about this treatment or to find out which would be the ideal solution for your case, do not hesitate to contact us, we offer you a state-of-the-art clinic with the latest technology.

What are Dental Implants like? How are they made?

If we consider what material dental implants are made of, the most commonly used is titanium. The latest generation of dental implants use this material, which is very similar in colour to steel, but much lighter and more mouldable. It is a material that fuses with the jawbone, preventing slippage, strange noises or damage to the patient. In addition, titanium has a very high percentage of compatibility with the human body. Through osseointegration, bone cells adapt to the screw, creating new bone around the implant.

What are dental implants made of in cases where there is incompatibility with titanium? The material used in these cases is zirconium, a ceramic material that is also used in other dental aspects such as dental crowns, bridges, root canals or brackets. Analysing the components of a dental implant, and with the idea of eliminating metals, zirconium is gaining more and more strength as it is a mineral with a high degree of resistance and biointegration.

Although it will take many years to prove that zirconium can replace titanium, in the meantime, the best dental implants will continue to be made of titanium.

 What is the procedure for the placement of a Dental Implant?

The procedure for a dental implant begins with the first visit to the patient, during which the individual case is studied and the client is informed of the various steps involved in placing a dental implant.
The protocol for the placement of dental implants determines the step-by-step procedure for a dental implant:

  • First, the damaged tooth is removed.
  • Once the gum has healed, the dental implant operation follows, placing the titanium screw in the bone.
  • Finally, the dental crown is coloured to imitate a real tooth.

How long does it take to get a dental implant? The time can be around 3-4 months, and will depend on how long it takes for the gum to recover after the extraction of the damaged tooth.
Dental implants last between 15 and 25 years. The difference between a dental implant lasting longer or shorter is the patient’s oral hygiene from the very beginning. Daily cleaning and the non-accumulation of bacterial plaque will have the function of maintaining the fixation of the implant. In certain cases it may be the case that the dental implant remains in perfect condition and it is only necessary to replace the dental crown that may have suffered wear due to use.

Types of Dental Implants

When we propose a dental treatment, we question whether it will last long or not, but if, in addition, the treatment is a dental implant, then the question is whether we can have quality of life at an aesthetic and functional level during the treatment. And by quality of life we mean that the patient is comfortable, can lead a normal daily life, eat and smile.

low-bone dental implants

Certain patients present us with cases of dental implants without bone. The lack of bone is due to gingivitis or periodontitis, or that they have been late in attending the clinic to remove the tooth that is in poor condition.
At Medident Dental Clinic we are specialists in dental implant treatments when there is no bone. Thanks to 3D digital radiography or “3D DENTAL CT” we carry out a complete study for each case.
With this innovative tool, we can carry out a digital study and even place the implant virtually before the surgical procedure. In this way, the day we perform the dental implant with bone graft, we have everything perfectly studied and prepared for the operation to be a success. If you think that, in your case, a dental implant does not apply due to lack of bone, do not hesitate to consult us, we are experts.

Immediate load dental implants

With immediate load dental implants, we treat one or more teeth that need to be replaced because they are in poor condition or have fractured. It involves placing dental implants without surgery, and in the same session we remove the teeth, heal the area and place the implants in the same clinical session. In most cases it is also possible to leave a fixed dental prosthesis in place, the technique known as “immediate loading”.
Our team is a specialist in this technique, so we ensure that the patient feels comfortable and safe from the first moment of treatment.

Dental implants in one day

With the ALL ON 4 “TEETH IN ONE DAY” technique, Dr. Alvaro Medina is a specialist in placing dental implants in one day.
Do you think it is possible to place dental implants for the whole mouth in just one day? With the implantological study and the 3D X-ray that our team carries out in advance, yes, it is possible.
This technique is applied in cases where all the teeth have been lost or it is necessary to extract them because they have lost their functionality or are not aesthetic. We start with the extraction of the remaining teeth, prepare the area and place the dental implants with screws.
From there, the measurements and design of the smile are taken and transferred to the laboratory so that the fixed prosthesis can be made and fitted to the patient on the same day.
In this way we achieve immediate dental implants, thanks to technology and our specialists.

Other types of dental implants

Bar dental implants, metal-free dental implants, dental implants with graphene, zirconium dental implants, hybrid dental implants… you will have heard of all kinds of dental implants.
We are going to distinguish the types of dental implants according to different variables:
By the material they are made of:

  • Titanium dental implants: currently the most widely used by dentists due to their osseointegration and optimum treatment results.
  • Zirconium dental implants: we have already talked about them in the explanation, a material that is increasingly in use and widespread in the treatment of dental implants.
  • Graphene dental implants: a material that has recently begun to be studied for use in dental implants due to its strength, structural stability and flexibility. A material we are sure to talk more about in the future.

How they are placed:

  • Osseointegrated: they are placed directly in the bone. In this case, the dental implant with screw is the most common.
  • Subperiosteal: a way of placing implants that is increasingly out of use as they are used in cases where there is practically no bone. We have already seen that nowadays there are easier solutions than this system to overcome the problem of the lack of bone.

By techniques for placing the implant:

  • CSP technique: this is applied if there is bone and consists of making a simple hole in the gum to place the implant correctly.
  • All on 4 technique: already mentioned above, one of our specialities for placing several implants in a single session.

By techniques for placing the tooth on top of the implant:

  •  Screw-retained prosthesis: the tooth is screwed to the implant.
  • Cemented: cement is used to attach the prosthesis to the implant.
  • Mixed technique or hybrid dental implant: consists of cementing the prosthesis on a screwed abutment.

Summary and conclusions

As we have been saying throughout the article, the benefits of dental implants are numerous: it is a completely painless intervention with which you will recover your self-esteem and quality of life.
Daily activities such as talking, eating or smiling will once again be something you can do naturally, without forcing or hiding anything.
The evolution in materials and techniques has even led us to the technique of dental implants in one day, with all the comforts that it represents for the patient to leave the clinic with teeth on the same day that the treatment is carried out.
We remind you that at the Medident dental clinic, the team specialising in Implantology, led by Dr. Álvaro Medina, is at your disposal for any queries you may have.

WHAT TYPES OF DENTAL IMPLANTS ARE THERE?2021-11-29T11:44:48+02:00

Amalgam fillings

Amalgam fillings

Did you know that in Spain 8 out of 10 people have amalgam fillings to cover the gap that remains in the tooth after the elimination of caries? They are also known by other names such as mercury or silver fillings.

In today’s article we tell you everything you should know about them, their side effects, how to remove them correctly or the possible dangers they have, all here in the Medident Torremolinos Clinic Blog.

Empastes amalgama que son

What exactly are they?

This kind of fillings are formed by amalgam by 50% while the other half is composed of silver, copper or tin. Its use in the field of dentistry has more than a century and, eventually, is still used today.

It is true that in recent years a great controversy has been opened because of the dangers to our health that the materials that make them up have. Here we detail everything.

Hazards of mercury amalgams

Mercury is a metal that when subjected to temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius reaches to produce steam that is sucked by the person and comes into contact with the bloodstream.

Empastes de amalgama

In addition to this, a tiny percentage is also assimilated by our saliva, ending up in our intestine and can get to intoxicate the person. This intoxication by dental amalgam is not immediate, but occurs over the years.

For example, among the side effects of this type of fillings are exhaustion and fatigue, as well as headache and even lack of memory. Also different kinds of allergies or pains of all kinds in the joints of the body or diseases related to the liver.

Empastes de amalgama como quitarlos

How to remove amalgam fillings correctly

The first thing to say is that it must be carried out by qualified personnel, as all possible precautions must be taken. In Medident Clinic we follow a strict process that we list below:

  1. In a first contact we study the clinical history of the person, to be able to know in the best possible way which fillings are the ones that should be removed and in what order.
  2. We keep these dental amalgams very cold during all phases.
  3. Later we used a type of large volume suction device.
  4. We give an air source for both our medical equipment and for the totally alternative patient.
  5. We proceed then to eliminate the alloy of mercury.
  6. We thoroughly clean the patient, always keeping the air in our room in a pure state.

Empastes de amalgama y su sustitución

How we replace these silver fillings

For the substitution of this kind of fillings we always use highly aesthetic materials at the same time that they are 100% biocompatible. For example, composite resin fillings can be used depending on the individual case of the person. Without a doubt it is the best option for those known as dental fillings.

In other cases, dental incrustations are then performed, which are a type of prefabricated filling for placement. They are made with porcelain mostly.

Another totally valid option is the use of porcelain veneers, perfect for dental aesthetics, improving and much the smile of the person.

So if you have amalgam fillings, at our Dental Clinic we will immediately resolve it.

Amalgam fillings2018-10-01T11:25:21+02:00

Types of Dental Prostheses

Types of Dental Prostheses

Today we are here to talk to you about the types of dental prostheses that currently exist, what each of them is for and for whom one or another kind of prosthesis is better.

As you know, a dental prosthesis is a device whose main function is to replace and replace all those teeth that have been lost for whatever reason.

And to know better which of them is the best in each situation we list you, from our Dental Clinic Torremolinos, the classes that exist next, so that you have a clear idea of ​​them.

Tipos de prótesis dentales

Classes of dental prostheses currently

Today we can differentiate into 2 large groups, known as complete or partial, which, in turn, are also divided into fixed or removable.

Let’s see more in depth below.

Fixed prostheses

They are those that are placed in a dental clinic by the professional dentist and can not be removed by the patient at home, with a look very similar to our teeth.

Within these, we can differentiate between:

Fixed prostheses on implants

Prótesis fijas sobre implantes

They are placed directly on the dental implants. For its correct placement, the first thing is to take the measurements of the person’s mouth and tooth color, so that the prosthesis appears to be natural teeth.

They can even replace the entire upper or lower arch of the patient. They are usually made by metal and ceramic, achieving a 100% natural appearance.

Fixed prosthesis on teeth

These, on the contrary, settle directly on the natural dental pieces of the person and for their correct placement, the teeth are lowered. They stick directly on them and is perfect in cases where they have suffered from tooth decay or some type of dental trauma.

They are also made with ceramic and metal.

Removable prostheses

As its name suggests, are dental prostheses that can be removed by the patient to perform proper dental hygiene among other things. They are placed on the person’s own teeth and are fastened through a type of metal fastener.

We can also differentiate up to 3 different types.

Removable partial prosthesis

Prótesis dentales parcial removible

Placed on the gums, they are prostheses that are used less and less in the world of dentistry since, thanks to advances in technology issues in this field, dental implants are usually used.

To get hooked correctly are used a few devices known as retainers.

Removable complete prostheses

As you may well have discerned by name, they completely replace a person’s teeth, either in their lower or upper arch and they are placed directly on the palate of the patient or on the mucous membranes.

Likewise, they are increasingly used less, except in extraordinary cases in which dental implantology is not possible for various reasons.

The main handicap they have is that they are very unstable both when they eat or when they talk.

Removable and mucoimplant-supported dental prostheses

They are used in those cases in which the person to be treated has lost bone mass, so the placement of the correct number of dental implants becomes very complicated. They are fixed directly on said implants.

Prótesis dentales removibles y mucoimplantadas

The patient can remove them to perform their daily oral hygiene and barely moves when eating or talking.

Types of Dental Prostheses2018-10-01T11:14:13+02:00

What is the pain in the teeth?

What is the pain in the teeth?

If you want to know what is the cause of tooth pain, in this article of our Blog we tell you everything. And is that dental pain is, without a doubt, the main reason why a person goes to a Dental Clinic.

It is usually quite annoying and whose origin is given from the nerve endings that are located in the dental pulp of the tooth root. It is a very intense and piercing damage that gets to despair the person.

A qué se debe el dolor de dientes

In addition, it can be increased when drinks or foods that are either too hot or too cold are taken, suffering from what is known as tooth sensitivity.

There are several causes why you get to suffer from this pain in the teeth. Let’s see which of them are the most important.

Main Causes

One of the many conditioning factors of suffering from this disease in the teeth can have its origin in an abscess or phlegmon. Basically, the abscess is made when the root of a tooth has been infected by bacterial plaque.

Another cause is what we call pulpitis, which is the inflammation of the dental pulp itself (it is the place where we can find the blood vessels or the nerve endings that we have discussed at the beginning of this article) generated by bacterial infection.

Dolor de dientes y bruxismo

Even suffering from Bruxism or teeth grinding is another factor that causes pain in the teeth. The person, unconsciously, grinds his teeth, especially during the night, arriving to be able to produce this kind of suffering.

The decay also affects negatively, how could it be otherwise. In these cases, the dental tissue is destroyed by the action of caries, causing pain.

Other causes also derive from periodontal diseases such as periodontitis or gingivitis, among others. Or, even a malocclusion can lead to tooth pain at the same time.

Better ways to relieve dental pain

There are certain treatments and medicines aimed at eradicating that pain that the person suffers in their teeth. We always advise you to put yourself in the hands of a dentist for a correct diagnosis.

Dolor de dientes alivio

It is true that there are a number of natural and home remedies that can be applied and that also have many benefits for our health, such as mouthwashes with sodium bicarbonate or salt.

To use, just mix a spoonful of any of these 2 substances with a glass of warm water and rinse 2 to 3 times a day.

There are certain generic medications such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (you’ve probably taken them more than once) that help a lot against toothache, for example.

It is also very advisable to clean interdental spaces and your own gums very well, using dental floss to eliminate any possible food, which are a focus for bacteria.

Dolor dental

But remember, even if you apply any of these home remedies that we just listed and that refers the pain, go to your favorite Dentist as soon as possible, because it can be the beginning of more severe dental problems.

What is the pain in the teeth?2018-10-01T17:06:52+02:00
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