by Dr. Sepi Fatahi DMD
The teeth of a denture are typically made from various types of resin or porcelain. The latter was traditionally the preferred material because it was stronger and more durable. Porcelain is still used in some instances and has a number of advantages:
The main disadvantages of porcelain dentures, however, are that they’re breakable if dropped on a hard floor and they can wear down natural teeth if they bite against them. Porcelain is better used in full dentures than in partials for this reason.
More recently, however, acrylic resin has become the go-to material for denture teeth, according to a study published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), whose research aimed to derive a new technique of making durable dentures using injections of a hybrid composite of resin. Acrylic adheres more securely to the denture base, and is easier to adjust to achieve the correct occlusion than harder porcelain teeth. It’s also significantly less expensive than porcelain, and much lighter in weight.
The disadvantage of teeth made from acrylic resin is that they wear faster than porcelain teeth, which causes changes in the way the teeth make contact with one another. Dentures made from acrylic resin teeth may need to be replaced every five to eight years as a result, but they are still far stronger than the plastic items used in the past.
What are discount Dental Plans?
In general Dental plans are a low cost alternative to dental insurance. Dental care services become more affordable with discount dental plans for families in the lower income bracket. A dental plan is a kind of a club you join where we have a section of providers and consumers. In a discounted dental plan, the providers have agreed to provide the services at a discounted rate. As a consumer, one just has to display his or her membership card while visiting the provider. These discounted dental plans do not purport to insurance in any way, they are just discount programs.
Choosing a Dental Plan
While taking a decision on a discounted dental plan, it is important to be fully informed so that one can make a confident decision. The internet would be great tool to search for various plans in your area and compare them. Keeping the cost and benefits offered in mind, an informed decision can be made against the backdrop of your needs. Joining or enrolling in any of these plans is easy and quick; you just have to pay the fee using your credit card or electronic check and get the package online, in a matter of minutes. Many of these packages come with a 30 day money back guarantee, which means if you are not satisfied with the package or services, you can get your money back within 30 days without any questions being asked.
Many discounted dental plans offer ways to save on more than dental care, offering discounts on pharmacy prescriptions, vision etc. Keep these in mind while comparing the plans.
Using your discounted Dental plan
After you join a discounted dental plan you can start using the plan immediately without any waiting period. Benefits for most discounted dental plans are activated within 48 hours from enrolling.
When you use the discounted dental plan, make sure you call the empanelled provider dentist for an appointment. When you reach the dentist to keep your appointment, make sure you show the discount dental plan card to the receptionist to avoid confusion, it will ensure that you are charged the discounted rate in the first place.
The payment at the discounted rate is to be made at the time of taking the service. There are no hassles of paperwork and claims as in insurance plans.
TOOTH DECAY AMONG CHILDREN
By Dr. H. Kopel
According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention tooth decay is the leading disease among children in the United States. Tooth decay is preventable by proper oral hygiene, avoidance of foods containing sugar or starches, as well as sealants and fluoride treatments provided by your dentist.
A child’s baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they start erupting through the gums by the parents. This should include brushing and flossing. As soon as the child starts spitting out their toothpaste instead of swallowing it, professional and home fluoride applications may start. The most important time to clean the teeth is at night before bed. The teeth should be brushed, flossed and then any recommended fluoride solutions should be applied. Only water should be ingested afterwards. Small children should be weaned off of night time milk and juice as soon as possible.
During regular 6 month dental checkups and cleanings the teeth will be treated with a fluoride gel or varnish. For maximum protection of the teeth see your dentist for a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste or fluoride rinse for home care use. When the permanent molars erupt or when indicated by your dentist, sealants will be recommended to prevent decay from starting in the susceptible pits and grooves of the chewing teeth where fluoride is least effective.
Following these guidelines as well as any specific recommendations made by your dentist may eliminate or at least minimize any future tooth decay. Starting good hygiene habits at a young age can provide a lifetime of healthy teeth.