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Teeth Whitening Options Explained by Philadelphia Dentist Dr. Len Tau

teeth whiteningIf you are like most Americans, having a bright white smile is an important aspect of how you like to present yourself. It’s perfectly natural for teeth to become stained or yellowed by our favorite foods and drinks—coffee, tea, and red wine are among the worst culprits. But once those stains are there, it’s not always easy getting rid of them. Toothpastes that claim to whiten are only in contact with your enamel for a few minutes of each day, and store-bought whitening systems don’t always deliver the results they promise.

To get rid of stubborn pigment stains, we at the Pennsylvania Center for Dental Excellence recommend one of our professional quality whitening treatments, such as the KöR Whitening™ system.

How is KöR Different from Drug Store Whiteners?

All teeth whitening systems utilize the stain fighting properties of hydrogen peroxide, but the difference is in how the ingredients are applied to the teeth. When high concentrations of peroxide are applied properly to the teeth, they bring oxygen down into the surface of tooth enamel to break up the pigments that have accumulated over the years. When the concentration of hydrogen peroxide is low, the results are lessened. When the chemical integrity of the peroxide is poor, the results can be unimpressive. KöR is different from lower quality whiteners because it uses stronger ingredients and has a special handling and delivery system that ensures outstanding results.

The Problem with OTC Whiteners

There are three problems with store-bought whiteners that make them the less effective choice for brightening your smile.

They do not fit your teeth well – Because whitening strips and trays are one-size, they often slip loose or allow the gel to migrate to the gums. This allows the ingredients to become diluted by saliva and makes them less effective at whitening.

They are not stored in optimal conditions – Off the shelf products are not always stored, transported, or handled in optimal conditions. The wrong environmental temperatures or expiration period can cause the chemical composition of the peroxide to degrade. Some batches may be older than others or are left in hot conditions, so the results you see with these products can be incredibly inconsistent.

They can cause discomfort – When peroxide is in contact with your gums it can cause a painful burning sensation. Not only is this unpleasant, but it usually makes you less inclined to wear the products long enough to see results.

Are Store-Bought Whiteners Bad for Your Teeth?

Although all commercial whiteners are safe for your teeth when used as directed, there is some danger of harming your enamel with lesser quality whiteners, since marginal results encourage longer periods of use.

If you use drug store whiteners and get only minimal results, you may be tempted to keep using them indefinitely. By using a stronger, prescription strength whitener for a shorter period of time, you give your enamel time to remineralize itself by its natural processes.

How KöR Deep Bleaching Works

This system uses higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, a standardized storage and handling system, and a unique type of whitening tray to deliver the bleaching gel. It is recognized by many as the most effective form of teeth whitening available, as it can even remove stains caused by tetracycline. Because the gel delivery trays are extremely thin and form fitting, they form a seal around your teeth. This allows the high-quality peroxide gel to stay in place and work its magic. The gel does not migrate to the gums and cause discomfort or become diluted by saliva.

If you’ve tried other teeth whitening products and were disappointed by your results, we guarantee you will be amazed by what KöR can accomplish in just a short period of use.

Call our Philadelphia dental office at 215-515-0909 to make an appointment with Dr. Tau if you would like to try this safe and effective whitening system. We look forward to helping you smile with confidence again!

Philadelphia Dentist Offers CPAP-Free Sleep Apnea Treatment

sleep apnea treatmentGetting a good night’s sleep is crucial to good health. If you suffer from snoring or diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you know that a full eight hours of sleep doesn’t always mean you awake feeling alert and refreshed. Poor quality of sleep that results from constant gasping and waking during the night can lead to poor mental function, memory problems, an inability to concentrate, and unstable moods. It is also associated with a number of medical conditions, most notably cardiovascular disease—the number one killer of Americans.

For patients with diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), using a CPAP machine is not always the best solution. While continuous positive airway pressure machines are the most often prescribed treatment for OSA, they can be noisy, uncomfortable, and unwieldy. If you can get used to a CPAP, it’s a highly effective treatment. But many patients do not get used to a CPAP, and are hesitant to tell their doctors that they aren’t using them. The good news: in many cases an oral appliance from Dr. Len Tau can keep your airway open just as effectively, and give you the full restorative effects of a peaceful night’s sleep.

An Oral Appliance – How It Works

An oral appliance is a small, custom-made mouthpiece that you wear at night to slightly re-position the way your upper and lower jaw fit together. By bringing the lower jaw slightly forward, it encourages the airway to stay open after you have fallen asleep. If you have ever worn a retainer or night guard, it will feel similar. Since the appliance is customized to fit the dimensions of your mouth, it is far more comfortable than any one-size night guards or snore guards you may have tried in the past.

For many patients, an oral appliance is much easy to get used to than a CPAP, and significantly reduces the number of apnea events during the night. In the more severe cases of sleep apnea an oral appliance may not be enough, but it can help you reduce your CPAP settings significantly, allowing you a quieter environment and greater ease of falling asleep.

How Come I Haven’t Heard of This Before?

If you have OSA, you have likely already seen a sleep specialist and done a sleep study or home sleep study. Because of its effectiveness at treating OSA for every form of apnea, mild to severe, CPAP machines are the gold standard recommendation from most doctors. Many doctors are aware of oral appliances, but they always want patients to try to use a CPAP or surgery first.

However, there is overwhelming evidence that oral appliances are a viable alternative for the majority of mild-to-moderate OSA cases. They are so well accepted that many insurance plans (and Medicare) cover them if you have a positive OSA diagnosis. After viewing a copy of your sleep study, Dr. Tau will be able to assess whether an oral appliance is a good choice for you.

An Oral Appliance Can Treat Snoring

If you do not have a positive diagnosis of OSA, but are chronic snorer, an oral appliance can help you with that, as well. The same issue that causes OSA is also what causes snoring: airway obstruction. By keeping your airway more open at night, the oral appliances address the root cause of both these conditions.

Do you have a problem with snoring or diagnosed OSA? If so, call 215-515-0909 today to schedule your appointment at our Philadelphia, PA office.

The Truth About Root Canal Therapy from a Philadelphia Dentist

root canal therapy patientPhiladelphia general dentist Dr. Len Tau explains the truth behind the procedure that intimidates many: root canal therapy. This procedure is very similar to receiving a dental filling and is meant to relieve discomfort. When a sensitive tooth root is exposed to harmful bacteria, it can become infected and lead to severe pain. Once the bacteria have penetrated the tooth roots, it can no longer be repaired with just a dental filling or dental crown. The only way to fix the issue is to seek out root canal therapy from Dr. Tau. During your treatment, he will remove the bacteria and seal the area to prevent future infection from reaching the root.

If you’re interested in learning more about root canal therapy, contact our office today. An experienced staff member will answer any questions you have about the procedure, as well as put your mind at ease about this procedure. Call 215-515-0909 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Tau.

Why Do I Need a Root Canal?

Before explaining why you need root canal therapy with Philadelphia general dentist Dr. Tau, it’s important to understand the basics of tooth anatomy. Your tooth has multiple layers. The outermost layer is your tooth enamel. The purpose of hard enamel is to protect delicate structures below the surface. Directly below tooth enamel is dentin. This layer is much softer than enamel and protects the pulp of the tooth. The pulp is housed in the core of the tooth, and consists of nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues.

Bacteria from decay or gum disease can break down enamel and dentin, exposing the sensitive pulp. When bacteria infect the pulp, it becomes inflamed. You may experience swelling, sensitivity to temperature, and pain in your tooth and gums. This is when you need root canal therapy with Dr. Tau. Root canal therapy can save a tooth by eliminating the need for a tooth extraction.

Root Canal Therapy Treatment

Before he begins your procedure, Dr. Tau will administer a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. He can also provide oral sedation to calm your nerves. We have found that this helps patients have a more positive experience. Once you are comfortable, Dr. Tau will carefully make a small opening in the top of the tooth. Through this opening, he will remove the infected pulp from the chamber. Next, he will clean out the inside of the tooth, removing any infection, harmful substances, and tissues. He will use a disinfectant solution to thoroughly clean the inside of the tooth.

When the internal part of the tooth is thoroughly disinfected, Dr. Tau will fill the inside of the tooth with a rubbery material known as gutta-percha. This will help the tooth maintain its natural shape, while also sealing the opening from further bacteria from entering. Dr. Tau he will then place a temporary crown over the newly shaped tooth. At a follow up dental visit, the temporary crown is removed and a permanent one is bonded in its place. A dental crown serves to protect the tooth and restore structure, function, and appearance.

After your root canal therapy, you may want to refrain from applying pressure on the tooth for a few days. However, within the week, your tooth will once again act and feel natural.

How to Prevent Root Canal Therapy

Practicing good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent root canal therapy. Simply brush your teeth thoroughly each morning and night. Although many patients find it tedious, flossing every day is important for maintaining a healthy mouth as it remove bacteria that sticks between teeth. Aside from removing bacteria and promoting oral health, good oral hygiene keeps breath fresh and teeth white. We also recommend attending routine cleanings and examinations biannually where Dr. Tau can detect the earliest signs of tooth decay.

Do you need root canal therapy with Dr. Tau to restore the health and function of your mouth? If so, call 215-515-0909 today to schedule your appointment at our Philadelphia, PA office.

Philadelphia Dentist Explains CEREC One-Day Crowns

same-day crowns with tauPatients shouldn’t have to wait when it comes to correcting dental issues. Traditional crowns take two dental visits to complete, however with CEREC technology Philadelphia general dentist Dr. Len Tau can place a ceramic crown in a single visit. There are various advantages with this technology, the most apparent one being that patients receive a beautifully created restoration in a single day. Crowns effectively restore the appearance and function of a cracked, decayed, or otherwise damaged tooth.

To learn more about the CEREC process, schedule an appointment today with Dr. Tau in Philadelphia, PA. Call 215-544-3864. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have on dental crowns and CEREC.

What Are CEREC Crowns?

Dr. Tau has invested in learning and incorporating CEREC technology in our dental office because it allows patients an easier restorative appointment. Rather than multiple visits and an unstable temporary crown, CEREC creates a custom-made restorative device on the spot. You can expect the entire process to take approximately two hours.

Before your crown crafted, Dr. Tau will prepare your tooth for your crown by removing a thin layer of tooth enamel to help the crown sit flat against the tooth. This will also help the crown blend with surrounding teeth. Once the tooth has properly been prepared, he will take a digital impression of your teeth. This is where the change in the dental crown process happens. Rather than using a putty impression, we incorporate digital imaging technology to improve patient comfort and clinical precision.

The digital impression will be sent to our CEREC milling machine, where a CEREC Bloc will be chosen. The block of ceramic will match the shade of your teeth, to provide an unnoticeable restoration. Our CEREC machine will sculpt a crown that fits perfectly over your damaged tooth. This step takes an hour.

In the final step, Dr. Tau will place your custom-made ceramic crown over the prepared tooth and bond the crown in place, which will create a long-lasting restoration.

Advantages of CEREC

Philadelphia general dentist Dr. Tau chose to invest in CEREC technology for the many advantages that accompany it. Rather than taking messy dental impressions, we take a digital impression. Although a putty impression provides the same information, a digital impression is more precise, has no flavor, and does not cause gagging.

In traditional dental crown procedures, patients have a temporary crown placed over the newly prepared tooth until the off-site lab sends the permanent one. With CEREC technology, the permanent crown is created at your initial visit, which means there’s no need for a follow-up visit to bond the permanent restoration in placed.

CEREC uses highly durable dental ceramic to create your crown. This material allows for a seamless blend with surrounding teeth. It’s cosmetically appealing, so your dental crown won’t stand out from the rest of your smile. With proper care, your ceramic crown can last 20 years or longer.

Disadvantages of CEREC

There are a few disadvantages of CEREC, but they’re insignificant when compared to the advantages. For example, the machine only works with ceramic; therefore if you require zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, or metal, CEREC isn’t a viable option for you.

Call 215-544-3864 to schedule your appointment today. Philadelphia general dentist, Dr. Tau will assess the damage on your tooth and determine if CEREC is the best treatment for you.

Philadelphia Dentist Talks About Invisalign®

Invisalign on womanIf you’re looking for a way to drastically improve your smile, but don’t want to be tied down to a lengthy treatment, Philadelphia general dentist Dr. Len Tau has a simple solution. Invisalign aligners offer discreet orthodontic treatment for adults. The aligners are removable, which makes them easy to take care of. Traditional orthodontics are often uncomfortable because they poke and prod your sensitive gums, which causes irritation. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners require no diet restrictions, so you’ll still be able to enjoy your favorite foods. Invisalign is an extremely popular choice for adults, due to its convenience, less noticeable appearance, and faster treatment time.

Philadelphia general dentist Dr. Tau offers Invisalign for patients who want an easy, comfortable, and non-restrictive smile correction. Schedule an appointment today. Call 215-600-1920.

What is Invisalign?

The plastic aligners are designed to snuggly fit over your teeth. An off-site lab will create multiple sets of aligners for you that are custom-made to meet your unique correction needs. Created from BPA-free soft plastic, the aligners are clear and removable.

You can expect to switch your aligners each two weeks, which is an easy task. Just slip the old set out and pop in your new aligners. Every time you change sets, you’re advancing to the next step in your treatment.

Invisalign aligners gradually shift your teeth into a more desirable position. Dr. Tau can give you a perfect, picture-worthy smile in a short amount of time.

Philadelphia general dentist Dr. Tau will take x-rays of your teeth, as well as create a dental impression. He will show you exactly what your teeth will do at each step of your personalized treatment plan. He will also determine the exact length of your treatment.

Invisalign is Comfortable, Convenient, Discreet

Traditional braces are made up of wires, which are uncomfortable and hard to keep clean. Invisalign aligners are soft and smooth; therefore they won’t irritate or rub against the inside of your mouth. You can remove your aligners for dinner time and big events. But, it’s important to wear the clear braces for the majority of the day, in order to achieve the intended results.

With wire braces come dietary limitations. You can’t enjoy hard candies or popcorn. Invisalign braces are removed during eating, which eliminates the need for restrictions. Many patients forget that they’re wearing their braces because they fit so seamlessly in your mouth.

The clear braces are so discreet, your family and friends may not even notice that you’re undergoing orthodontic care. You’ll feel more comfortable knowing that you’re perfecting your smile imperfections, without reducing your appearance in the process.

Invisalign Has Dramatic Results

Patients who invest in aligners can expect to wear them for 9-15 months. Dr. Tau will determine the length of your treatment after fully assessing the condition of your smile. After your treatment is complete, you can expect to see dramatic results. Your smile will appear more balanced and be healthier in the long run. With a straighter smile, you can clean better between each tooth, which will reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. After orthodontic treatment, your new smile will turn heads.

Dr. Tau recommends that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day. You have the freedom to remove your aligners for major events, however, in order to produce the best results, you should expect to wear your braces almost all the time.

Don’t wait another day to begin correcting your smile imperfections. Invisalign is the perfect way to perfect an unattractive smile. Call Dr. Tau today at 215-600-1920 to schedule an appointment.

Why Half of Americans Need to Know About Periodontics

philadelphia periodonticsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, periodontal (gum) disease affects 47.2% of American adults. Roughly one in every two adults will develop this non-curable disease. Gum disease plagues healthy gum tissue and destroys the health of your mouth. Many patients are surprised to discover that periodontal disease negatively affects overall health, as well as oral health. The disease has been linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Periodontics includes the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of this undesirable disease. Philadelphia general dentist, Dr. Len Tau helps patients manage their symptoms of gum disease to minimize damage, as well as educates patients on the warning signs of periodontal disease.

If you believe you might suffer from gum disease, schedule an appointment today with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau. After a complete dental examination, he will recommend the best treatment plan for you. Call 215-987-2630.

All About Gum Disease

Periodontal disease presents itself in two forms: gingivitis and periodontitis. The lesser form of this disease (gingivitis) often results in redness, swelling, and tenderness. Gingivitis can also cause:

  • Frequent bleeding when brushing teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Loose teeth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Chronic bad breath

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tau today. He will perform a full examination of your mouth and determine the best treatment plan for your condition. He will recommend tips on how to prevent your gingivitis from developing into periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the more severe form of gum disease. It is non-reversible and can lead to tooth loss, bone loss, and gum recession. If you notice your gums pulling away from your teeth, or red or swollen gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tau. Gum recession can lead to the creation of pockets, which allow disease and bacteria to nest below the gum line and damage both the tooth roots and the jaw bone. If this happens, you may require root canal therapy or a tooth extraction. Untreated, gum disease can lead to unwanted health conditions, such as tooth loss, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Prevention

The most effective way to prevent gum disease is good oral hygiene. Philadelphia general dentist, Dr. Tau recommends biannual dental checkups and professional cleanings. At a checkup, he will thoroughly assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and bone to determine the presence of gum disease, tooth decay, or damage. If you’re unsure how to properly brush or floss your teeth, Dr. Tau can demonstrate the correct techniques to help you get the most out of your daily oral hygiene routine.

At a professional dental cleaning appointment, we will clean between each tooth, removing any food particles, plaque, or tartar that resides in the tight spaces. One of our friendly, experienced hygienists will floss between each tooth and polish the teeth. Your teeth will feel smooth and shiny after this deep cleaning.

Along with routine dental visits, Philadelphia general dentist, Dr. Tau encourages patients to brush their teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush. Bacteria quickly build up on old toothbrushes; therefore the American Dental Association suggests that your toothbrush should be replaced every three months, or every 90 uses.

After brushing the front, backs, and sides of each tooth, you should floss. It’s beneficial to floss after each meal, however if you can’t commit to that, we recommend you perform this act at least once a day. When flossing, be sure not to irritate your gums by flossing too hard. Gently slide the dental floss between each tooth, creating a C-shape with the floss, and pull down. This method will effectively remove food particles and bacteria.

For more information about periodontics and prevention, schedule your appointment today with Philadelphia, PA general dentist Dr. Tau. Call 215-987-2630.

These Are Not Your Mother’s Braces: Clear, Removable Orthodontics

If you can’t embrace that gap between your two front teeth, clear braces might be the best solution for you. Invisalign® aligners straighten teeth, while giving you the freedom to remove your braces on special occasions. Enhance the appearance and function of your smile with clear, removable braces. Philadelphia dentist Dr. Len Tau offers this updated form of orthodontics for adults and older teens who wish to perfect their smile without the hassle of wires and brackets.

Don’t waste another day being unhappy with the appearance of your smile; schedule an appointment with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau today to discuss if Invisalign is right for you. Call 215-987-2530.

What is Invisalign?

Made from clear, thin plastic, these orthodontic aligners are custom-made to effect gradual changes to the alignment of your teeth. For patients with mild-to-moderate misalignment or crowding, Invisalign will provide the same results as traditional braces, while sparing you the juvenile appearance of stainless steel wires and brackets. The aligners will gently shift your teeth into a more balanced position, improving the appearance of your smile. Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign doesn’t irritate your gums and cheeks because it’s made with thin plastic, which provides a comfortable fit inside your mouth.

With Invisalign, you have the freedom to occasionally remove your braces for special events. If you have a big presentation and don’t feel comfortable wearing your braces, you can easily slip them out of your mouth for the duration of the presentation. To keep your aligners functioning optimally, remove them at meal and snack times and when you’re drinking any beverage that isn’t water. To keep your teeth healthy and bright, you will need to brush and floss after you eat before replacing the aligners in your mouth.

Dr. Tau recommends that you wear your removable orthodontics for 20-22 hours a day, in order to achieve the most beneficial results. Aligners should be switched every two weeks. Every time you begin wearing a new set of aligners, you are advancing to the next stage in your orthodontic treatment.

Benefits of Removable Orthodontics

Although there is a long list of Invisalign benefits, the biggest one is their discreet appearance. Aligners are made from BPA-free plastic that is thin and clear, meaning your peers won’t notice when you’re wearing your braces. We find that most patients really enjoy this feature. They can perfect the appearance of their smile, without altering their appearance in the process.

Invisalign aligners are very easy to care for. Unlike traditional braces, you won’t have to worry about food getting stuck in between your braces, nor will you have to limit the foods that you eat. During mealtime, simply remove your aligners and place them back in your mouth when you’re done eating.

Clear braces are more comfortable than traditional braces because they don’t require the use of sharp brackets and wires. The plastic fits snuggly in your mouth and doesn’t rub or irritate your gums or the insides of your cheeks.

For patients who choose to receive Invisalign orthodontics, Dr. Tau recommends that they see him every six weeks for routine checkups. This gives him the opportunity to assess your progress and make sure that you’re getting the most out of your orthodontic treatment.

Each case is different; therefore the duration of your treatment depends on the placement of your teeth. However, you can expect to wear your clear braces for roughly 9-15 months. After deciding that Invisalign is the right option for you, Dr. Tau will take radiographs (digital pictures) of your mouth, along with dental impressions. During this appointment, Dr. Tau will assess your dental needs and provide you with a unique treatment plan. Your impressions will be sent off to the Invisalign lab, where your custom-made aligners will be created.

If you think Invisalign is the best solution to fix your smile, schedule an appointment with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau today. Call 215-987-2630.

3 Ways Dentures with Dental Implants Will Change Your Life

 

dental implant dentures on older coupleIf you’ve made the decision to get implant-retained dentures with Philadelphia dentist Dr. Len Tau, then you’ve already taken a big step toward changing your life. Toothless grins may be cute on little children, but as adults they cause serious dental issues, such as shifting and rotating in your remaining teeth. Missing teeth also cause changes in your bite, reducing your ability to chew effectively, and preventing you from socializing with family and friends due to embarrassment. These fears diminish with the addition of dental implants to stabilize your dentures.

If you haven’t taken the first step to get dental implants with Philadelphia dentist, Dr. Tau, schedule an appointment today. We’re happy to get you all the information you needed to make an informed decision. Call 215-515-7941.

Dental implants improve your quality of life in a multitude of ways, however we want to discuss the top three: eating, smiling, and speaking.

Dental Implants, Dentures, and Dinner 

One of the most basic joys in life is enjoying a delicious meal. Dentures shouldn’t limit you from feeling this joy. Dental implants stabilize your prosthetic teeth and provide extra support for biting and chewing. Your dentures won’t fall out when you bite into your dinner. In fact, implant dentures promote a more efficient bite and improve your ability to chew. Your false teeth will feel natural in your mouth, eliminating the need to stay away from your favorite foods.

Dr. Tau surgically imbeds the dental implants into your healthy jawbone, to provide a durable attachment site for your prosthetic teeth. With implant-retained dentures, you’ll regain the freedom to eat what you want, while abandoning the fear of embarrassingly losing your teeth during dinner. Foods that may have been off limits, such as corn on the cob and whole apples, will be back on the menu.

Look At That Smile! 

When you made the decision to get dentures, you knew that the appearance of your smile would be restored. But, what you may not have known is that your oral health will be restored also. Tooth loss causes undesirable changes in your mouth and leads to the spread of bacteria. Dental implants promote healthy bone structure by recreating a connection between your dentures and your jawbone. Unlike with traditional dentures, there’s no risk of facial collapse due to bone deterioration.

If a healthy mouth isn’t enough reason to smile, implant-retained dentures fit comfortably in your mouth. Dr. Tau will take impressions of the structures in your mouth and create a customized set of false teeth for you. Implant dentures don’t rub against gum tissue; therefore they cause little to no irritation in your mouth. Along with that, you’ll smile bigger knowing your toothy grin is natural looking and comfortable.

Speak with Ease

Lisps and whistling noises occur when you attempt to talk with missing teeth. Dental implants secure your false teeth in your mouth, which eliminates potential slipping. Of course, you’ll need time to get used to your dental implants and dentures, but once you do, you shouldn’t experience any trouble communicating with your friends and family.

Many patients adapt to their implant-retained dentures quicker than they do with traditional false teeth. This is because the teeth feel natural in their mouths, providing them with the feeling they had before losing any teeth.

Dr. Tau diligently works to ensure that your dental implants heal properly and fully before he attaches your dentures. After your procedure is complete, you will regain full function of your teeth, leading to the ability to speak with ease.

With many other benefits, dental implants are an excellent way to restore dental function and improve your quality of life. Schedule your appointment with Philadelphia dentist Dr. Tau today by calling 215-515-7941.

The 5 FAILS of Traditional Dentures

five fails of denturesNot only is losing a mouth full of teeth an uncomfortable ordeal, but it can prevent you from eating healthy foods, enjoying life to the fullest, and smiling confidently. With advancements made in the dental industry, there are now a variety of teeth replacement options, including dental bridges, dentures, and implant-supported restorations. How do you know which one is right for you? Although traditional dentures have been around the longest and do provide an affordable option to repairing your smile, they are not always the best solution.

Outlined below are the five fails of traditional dentures to help provide information on why another tooth replacement option may be better suited for you. If you have recently experienced extensive tooth loss, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau to review the teeth replacement options available. You can also call (215) 584-4452.

Dentures Can Hurt

Because dentures rest directly on your gums, they have a tendency to rub against the soft and hard tissues of your mouth. This can cause mouth sores, discomfort, and difficulty eating. Over time, as the dentures continue to rub, bone degeneration is inevitable. This bone loss condition causes the hard tissues within the jawbone to breakdown and be resorbed by the body. Bone degeneration can lead to chronic jaw pain and deformity.

Dentures Need Relining

When first designed, the gum-colored base of your denture will fit snuggly against your gums. However, as the bone tissue within your jawbone continues to breakdown, it can cause the base of your denture to fit uncomfortably. When this occurs, your dentist will recommend a soft or hard relining to add depth and cushion. Although beneficial for improving the fit of your denture, this will need to take place every year and can become costly.

Dentures Can Slip and Wobble

Dentures can slip and wobble even when designed from the most precise impressions by the best lab technicians. Patients with traditional dentures often find that they can slip out of place or create an awkward clicking sound when eating or talking. Because they are only held in place with suction, gravity, and an adhesive, there is nothing permanent holding your denture in place other than keeping your teeth closed, which is virtually impossible when going about your day.

Dentures Can Fall Out

In worst-case scenarios, dentures can completely fall out, especially if biting down on something hard. Even if it’s never happened to you, just knowing that it’s possible can cause anxiety, especially when out in public.

Dentures May Break if Dropped

Each night your denture will need to be removed for cleaning, and to give your jawbone a break while you’re sleeping. If you’re tired when removing your denture, or simply just not paying close enough attention, just one misstep of placing the denture too close to the edge of the counter could put your denture in danger. Although dentures are made from durable materials, the materials used are not hard enough to withstand a drop. When dentures are dropped, there is a possibility of them being broken, or at the very least damaged.

Make an Appointment

For more information on choosing the best tooth replacement option for you, schedule a consultation with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau today. You can contact us online or by calling (215) 584-4452.

Dr. Tau Explains Everything You Need to Know About Tooth Stains

 

Couple after professional tooth whiteningTeeth stain for many reasons. Sometimes, you don’t have to do anything to get stains on your teeth-they just kind of appear. As you get older, your teeth can develop stains from years of accumulated food and drink residue, leaving you unhappy with the appearance of your smile. Other factors, such as medication and tobacco products can also lead to discolored teeth. Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Len Tau uses KoR Whitening to remove even the toughest stains. Professional tooth whitening can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile, causing you to feel more confident.

Schedule your tooth whitening appointment with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau today to eliminate those hard to remove tooth stains. Call 215-584-4452.

Types of Stains

There are two main types of tooth stains: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic stains are hard to remove on your own, while store bought products can reduce the appearance of extrinsic stains.

Intrinsic Stains

As the name suggests, these stains occur deep within the structure of your tooth. Intrinsic stains affect the dentin, which is a sensitive tissue found below tooth enamel, on the inside of your tooth. These stains were once thought to be impossible to remove; however with KoR Deep Bleaching, Dr. Tau can easily eliminate these stains. Intrinsic stains are often caused by tetracycline exposure. Tetracycline is found in antibiotics that are often used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. These hard to remove stains can also be the result of physical tooth trauma, such as a sports injury to the mouth, or an impact from a bike accident.

Extrinsic Stains

Extrinsic stains are easier to remove from tooth enamel. These stains are harder to avoid because they can easily appear due to consuming staining foods and drinks. Red wine, coffee, tea, and soda are common causes of extrinsic stains. These beverages are dark in color; therefore they can leave lines and pigment stains on tooth enamel. Consuming red pasta sauces and dark berries can also result in extrinsic staining.

Store bought tooth-whitening products, such as whitening toothpastes and mouthwashes can reduce the negative appearance of extrinsic stains. These products work to gradually lift the topical stains from your tooth enamel, improving the color of your teeth in the process. For more profound, longer lasting results, it’s important to seek out professional tooth whitening from Philadelphia dentist, Dr. Tau.

Aging

Aging is a common factor for discolored smiles. As you get older, your dentin darkens and tooth enamel thins. These events cause your teeth to stain more easily. Younger teeth are easier to whiten for this exact reason. Dr. Tau can brighten up your smile with tooth whitening, but if you’re still unhappy with your smile after receiving whitening treatment, he can recommend porcelain veneers, dental crowns, or bonding to further enhance that state of your smile.

Professional Tooth Whitening

Dr. Tau uses KoR Whitening to permanently whiten the appearance of teeth by eliminating unattractive stains. This type of professional tooth whitening is the most effective and reliable form, removing stains that were once thought to be impossible to eliminate. KoR Deep Bleaching seals the whitening ingredients inside the tray, so that gel doesn’t seep into your mouth while wearing them. This prevents the whitener from being diluted by saliva and reduces sensitivity to your teeth and gums. Dr. Tau will recommend that you wear your whitening trays every night for two weeks to receive the most beneficial results.

KoR Whitening differs from other tooth whitening techniques because it reestablishes your teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. The deep bleaching gel used in KoR Whitening works hard to dissolve the molecular component of stains, completely removing them, and leaving you with a radiant smile. Most patients experience little or no tooth sensitivity with KoR professional whitening.

For more information on comfortable, permanent teeth whitening, schedule your appointment with Philadelphia, PA dentist Dr. Tau today. Call 215-584-4452.