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August 13th, 2012
The only way to know if you can benefit from Invisalign is to seek an evaluation from an experienced dentist or orthodontist. Using x-rays and other diagnostic means, a dentist can see the positioning of your teeth and jaws, and determine whether your bite can be improved with Invisalign.
The following are good indications that you are a candidate for Invisalign or orthodontic treatment, because these issues signal problems with the alignment of your teeth:
- Gaps between your teeth
- Teeth crowded together
- Crooked teeth
- Discomfort while chewing
- Difficulty speaking
There are also aesthetic motivations for wanting Invisalign. You may be unhappy with the way your smile looks, and Invisalign may be a good way to straighten your teeth. If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile, you may benefit from Invisalign.
If you have been considering Invisalign or braces, the dentists at Strober Dental can help you determine whether these types of treatments can achieve the goals you have for your teeth and smile.
In you live in or nearby San Diego, California, and if you are interested in Invisalign, please contact Strober Dental to schedule a consultation.
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July 25th, 2012
If you need to replace a full set of teeth, dentures are a practical and popular option. Dentures will not only help you eat and chew easily again, they are also an important way of preserving your facial structure. Teeth are an important factor in clear speech, as well. Dr. Strober can help you decide on the best brand and style of dentures to meet your needs and fit with your lifestyle.
Having a full and complete smile is essential for many reasons. Apart from the obvious health concerns, your smile plays a vital role in your personal and professional life. For this reason, we recommend implant-supported dentures as a reliable teeth replacement option that keeps both the function and the look of your smile in mind.
Implant-supported dentures rest on titanium roots that are fused directly to your jawbone. This eliminates the need for adhesives, making your dentures less messy and less prone to slipping while you are wearing them. Implant-supported dentures are the most stable option for replacing a full set of teeth, and they can be fully customized.
If you have missing teeth and are looking into dentures options, please contact Strober Dental today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Strober. We serve patients in the San Diego, La Jolla, and Coronado areas of California.
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July 18th, 2012
Having a properly-aligned bite is about more than just a straight, winning smile. Research shows that straightening your teeth with Invisalign® also has a positive impact on your overall dental health.
For example, if you have teeth that are crowded or widely spaced, your gums can become red and swollen, eventually leading to periodontal (gum) disease. Meanwhile, if your teeth are aligned properly, your gums will fit more securely around them, giving you a stronger defense against oral infections and tooth decay.
Invisalign® also offers considerable health benefits during the treatment process, especially when compared to traditional braces:
- Easier cleaning – Food particles become easily trapped in bracket-and-wire braces, but the simple plastic teeth aligners used during Invisalign® treatment can be removed whenever you need to brush and floss, making oral hygiene a cinch.
- Less soft tissue irritation – Braces can irritate your gums and inner cheeks, causing inflammation and other issues. Invisalign®’s smooth, clear plastic aligners are designed for your comfort, neatly avoiding this issue.
If you would like more information about the health benefits of Invisalign®, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rod Strober. Strober Dental serves patients in the San Diego, La Jolla, and Coronado areas of California.
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June 18th, 2012
If you think smile makeovers are a luxury reserved for celebrities, think again. Modern cosmetic dentistry has made smile makeovers more practical and accessible than ever. During an initial consultation, Dr. Strober will examine your teeth and listen to the specific frustrations you have with your smile, then recommend the cosmetic dentistry procedures that would best meet your needs.
Your smile makeover may include:
Whatever treatment(s) you agree on for your smile makeover, you can rest assured that our experienced San Diego smile makeover team will keep your comfort a priority at all times. If you suffer from dental anxiety, we offer conscious oral sedation dentistry to help you feel at ease in the dental chair.
If you are dissatisfied with your smile, there is no reason you shouldn’t transform it through a custom smile makeover. Please contact Strober Dental today to set up an initial consultation. We serve patients in the San Diego, La Jolla, and Coronado areas of California.
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June 11th, 2012
Stained and darkened teeth can compromise an otherwise attractive smile. While teeth whitening can solve most cases of discoloration, understanding why teeth darken at all is important if you want to avoid letting your teeth get stained again in the future.
Teeth can darken due to several different factors, such as:
- Food and drink – Coffee, wine, tea, soda, and certain fruits and vegetables can easily stain teeth if they are consumed on a regular basis.
- Tobacco – Nicotine is one of the most common causes of dark teeth stains.
- Poor dental hygiene – If you fail to brush and floss regularly, plaque and other staining substances can build up on your teeth, causing discoloration.
- Age – Your enamel will start to wear away as you get older, eventually revealing more of the yellowish dentin layer of your teeth.
- Medication – Antibiotics like tetracycline and doxycycline can discolor teeth if they are given to children before the age of 8. Certain antihistamines (like Benadryl) can also cause discoloration.
- Disease – Some diseases affect your teeth’s enamel and dentin layers, making them yellow. Disease treatments like chemotherapy can also affect tooth color.
If you have darkened or stained teeth, please contact Strober Dental today to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced San Diego teeth whitening team. We serve patients in the San Diego, La Jolla, and Coronado areas of California.
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June 4th, 2012
Dental implants are the most durable and effective tooth replacement method available. By supporting your replacement teeth with an artificial root that is fused to your jawbone, dental implants make your smile strong and fully-functional again.
A dental implant is made up of three main components:
- The titanium root – A threaded cylinder that replaces your natural tooth root at the site of your missing tooth.
- The abutment – A small metal piece that serves as an extension of the root and supports your replacement tooth.
- A dental crown – Dr. Strober will create a custom-made dental crown that matches the color of your surrounding teeth. This is the only part of the dental implant that will be visible in the end.
In order to successfully place dental implants, the titanium root must be surgically inserted into your jawbone and allowed to fuse during a process called osseointegration. This fusion process can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months to complete. Once the root is anchored into place, your new dental crown can be placed.
Dental implants have no expiration date. With proper care, they can last a lifetime, restoring your smile and protecting the rest of your teeth for decades to come.
If you are considering dental implants, please contact us today to schedule a consultation with experienced San Diego implant dentist Dr. Rod Strober at Strober Dental.
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May 30th, 2012
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants are the best possible way to replace them. Not only will dental implants restore your smile, they will also protect the health of your teeth in the future, preventing bone loss and keeping your overall facial shape intact. Dental implants function just like normal teeth, and can be crafted to seamlessly match your smile.
However, you must meet a few basic qualifications in order to be a candidate for dental implants. For example, you must have:
- Enough bone left at the site of your missing tooth to support an implant
- No periodontal (gum) disease
- Strong overall health
- No bruxism (teeth grinding)
If your jawbone has dissolved too much where your tooth is missing, a bone grafting procedure can supplement it. If this option is available, Dr. Strober will discuss it with you during your personal consultation. Meanwhile, bruxism can be addressed with a custom mouthguard that Dr. Strober can create for you.
Being in good health is especially important. Conditions like diabetes or osteoporosis can compromise the results of dental implants. Additionally, if you smoke, we strongly recommend that you quit before having dental implants placed. Smoking can drastically interfere with your mouth’s healing process, which is the most important factor in a successful dental implant procedure.
If you have further questions about dental implants, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with experienced San Diego cosmetic dentist Dr. Rod Strober at Strober Dental.
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May 23rd, 2012
If you suffer from chronic tension headaches, neck and back pain, or clicking and popping in your jaw, you may be a victim of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ / TMD) – a common neuromuscular condition that affects millions of people nationwide. TMJ occurs when your jaw’s ball-and-socket joint is misaligned. Since this joint is closely associated with your nerves, tendons, and muscles, all of them will experience stress and strain if the joint is out of place.
To determine whether or not TMJ is the source of your pain, Dr. Strober will use a device called a TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Neuro Stimulation) to stimulate your facial muscles, allowing your jaw to relax back into its natural position. Once your correct jaw position has been determined, Dr. Strober can help you develop a treatment plan.
TMJ / TMD treatment can take a variety of forms, depending on the severity of your jaw’s misalignment and your own specific needs. In general, the first step is for Dr. Strober to stabilize your bite. To accomplish this, he will custom-create an orthotic appliance that is designed to fit around your teeth and hold your jaw in place while you sleep. Once your bite has stabilized and your symptoms are gone, he may recommend a more permanent treatment, such as Invisalign®.
If you live in San Diego, La Jolla, or Coronado and would like more information about TMJ / TMD treatment, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Rod Strober. We can help you find relief from your painful symptoms.
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May 16th, 2012
Sleep apnea is an all-too-common sleep disorder that occurs when you stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. These moments of non-breathing can last up to a minute in severe cases, depriving your body of necessary oxygen and forcing your brain to wake you up into a semi-conscious state. Some sleep apnea victims suffer from hundreds of breathing interruptions a night without even realizing it.
The combination of sleep deprivation and reduced oxygen levels can lead to serious health problems. If sleep apnea is left untreated, patients are at risk for:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart rhythms
One of the most telling symptoms of sleep apnea is loud, frequent snoring. If your bed partner has complained about your snoring, or if they have heard you choking or gasping for breath in your sleep, you should see a sleep apnea specialist as soon as possible to be tested for the presence of this dangerous disorder. If you do have sleep apnea, Dr. Strober can help by providing you with an oral appliance that will open your airways while you sleep, enabling you to breathe freely and easily again.
Contact our San Diego sleep apnea treatment team today if you have further questions about diagnosing and treating this disorder. We can help you get a good night’s sleep again.
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May 9th, 2012
Even a single missing tooth can create serious problems for the health and stability of your other teeth. If missing teeth are never replaced, you can potentially experience:
- Shifting of your remaining teeth
- Impacted food in the tooth’s empty socket, causing infection
- An unbalanced bite
- Increased vulnerability to gum disease
- Future bone loss, leading to further tooth loss
For all of these reasons, your best course of action after losing a tooth is to replace it with a dental implant as soon as possible. With a 98% success rate, dental implants are one of the most reliable dental procedures available. Implants look and function just like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, chew, and speak normally again. Best of all, implants require no special care. As long as you brush and floss daily – and schedule regular bi-annual check-ups with Dr. Strober – your dental implants can last for a lifetime.
If you are missing a tooth (or several teeth), please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with experienced San Diego implant dentist Dr. Rod Strober. We can determine whether or not you are a candidate for this valuable procedure.
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