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Dental Implants, An Up-To-Date Effective Technology

dental implansThanks to the numerous efforts of today’s dental scientists, researchers and other experts, for the last few decades dental science and dental technology have been improving tremendously, especially in relation to every aspect of dental aesthetics and cosmetic dentistry. In particular, such modern technology as dental implants has become very popular and one of the most demanded dental services nowadays.

Undoubtedly, this amazing technology has something to do not only with cosmetic dentistry, but mainly as a great and very effective solution to such problem as tooth loss. This serious condition can be caused by such factors as traumas, injury, poor dental care and dental health, etc., and it brings a great deal of stress and discomfort, which can result even in serious lifestyle changes like a loss of job, a separation with the loved one, and many others. Fortunately, there is a solution known as dental implants, which means replacing a faulty tooth with a new artificial one, designed especially for a particular person and totally customized to the persons’ physical needs. Dental implants feel and look as 100 per cent natural real teeth!

The importance and significance of this dental technology can be understood after analyzing the following data. It is estimated that almost 69 per cent of modern people aged between 35 and 45 have suffered from a tooth loss at least once in their life. Moreover, it is estimated that more than a quarter of elderly people aged over 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth and suffer from the problem of being unable to chew the food they consume, not speaking about the impact of such severe dental problem on the way old people look and speak. Thus, the experts the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons recommend dental implants as an excellent and very successful dental treatment (it is estimated that the technology of dental implants enjoys as much as 95 per cent success rate).

The core of the technology is implanting special titanium posts which are supposed to bond with the jawbone of the patient and play a role of the base for further dental prosthetic devices (crowns, dentures, etc.) This gives an opportunity not to use any sorts of adhesive material and fix dental prosthetic devices much better. Placing dental implants does not require any sort of drilling or similar preparations which are usually scary to most of the patients. Despite the fact that the procedure of placing dental implants is named “surgery”, this involved only local anesthetic and is considered minor. Generally speaking, all patients who have enough of jawbone mass can go through the procedure and enjoy the benefits of dental implants. However, this procedure is considered very serious and it is necessary to select the dental specialist very careful for this kind of dental treatment.

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The Risks Of “Do It Yourself” Teeth Whitening

Dental WhiteningNowadays, more and more dental specialists around the world are talking about the risks and dangerous effects of using so called “do-it-yourself” teeth whitening systems, or those teeth whitening products which are supposed to be used at home by virtually every customer. It turned out that some products can harm our mouth as they contain dangerous chemicals and toxins. That is why numerous dental care experts advise to purchase only very high quality products for dental whitening from the best and the most reputable distributors of dental care merchandise (see here).

In particular, recently the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission called for total termination of supply of do-it-yourself teeth whitening products with high concentrations of such component as peroxide. Using such products is reported to cause serious damage and injuries to the customers. Sarah Cour, a representative of the Commission, said the following to the local mass media: “The ACCC is concerned that high concentrations of peroxides used in these products has resulted in injuries such as chemical burns to gums and the mouth.” That is why it is suggested to ban all dental whitening products which contain more than 6 % hydrogen peroxide and more than 18% carbamide peroxide, which impose a real danger to our dental health.

In addition to that, home teeth whitening can result in other sorts of traumas and injuries. Those are, for example, extremely increased tooth sensitivity and serious damage of tooth enamel which lead to absolutely terrible consequences including even loss of the tooth. Those are also various blisters or ulcers that can appear on the mouth and throat tissues, unnatural teeth coloration, as well as other common side effects of using certain medications: headaches, fatigue, minor digestive disorders, tissue numbing and tingling, and many more.

In order to avoid suffering from mentioned symptoms and conditions, it is necessary be extremely cautious and possibly even avoid using do-it-yourself teeth whitening. Also, dental specialists require changing the procedures of approving teeth whitening products, including changing the rules for labeling and making the content of peroxide be strictly controlled by authorized organs. The risks and dangers which Australian specialists of the Australian Dental Association are concerned about were heard by European specialists as well, and a special study on risk assessment was carried out. The findings were recently published in one of the journals by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Products.

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A New Trend For Child-Like Crooked Teeth

It is hard to believe that having perfectly aligned teeth can ever not be a dream and an ideal for all people, right? No, there are still millions of people who are spending thousands of dollars in order to have their teeth shiny white and evenly aligned. However, in modern Japan, there is a strong tendency to having child-like crooked teeth. This trend is developing so much, and it is known in modern Japanese society as the ‘yaeba‘ look, meaning something like ‘double teeth’.

yaeba lookLocal dentists in most cities of Japan are using a variety of techniques and methods to make the Japanese look like little vampires or like wild animals. The most common procedure usually includes using adhesive and non-permanent fangs. The cost for such innovative ‘cosmetic’ procedure varies, and in the most dental salons of Tokyo it is possible to ‘improve’ the alignment of your teeth for the price of about 300-400 USD.

There is a great deal of fans of the ‘yaeba‘ look, and many of them post their photos and promote the look quite actively. They consider that this little dental imperfection can make anyone look cute, pretty and much more sexy. Specialists suppose that the main driving force of this trend is our natural desire to look younger, because this alignment is linked in our minds to not only with animal-type teeth, but also with baby-type teeth. In addition, this alignment is associated with smaller mouth which is also considered prettier and more cute.

Western dental specialists and psychologists see some other causes on this interesting trend in today’s Japan. Some believe that it can be a result of too high standards for perfection in modern world. ‘The white standard got too white. The perfection standard got too perfect,’ Dr Marc Lowenberg, one of the most popular New York dental care specialists, comments to American mass media. Other scientists are sure that this tendency can be explained by our natural desire to have certain ‘perfect imperfections’.

kirsten dunstAt the same time, there are world-famous celebrities who also promote ‘yaeba‘ look. Actress Kirsten Dunst is known for her snaggle fangs which absolutely for sure add to her sensitivity and sexuality. Despite of the fact that the trend is becoming more and more huge in Japan, experts are sure that it will not spread around the world and become something global in the nearest future.