Waterpiks do a great job of flushing food and debris out from between teeth, under braces and arch wires, and especially under and around fixed (non-removable) bridges. They are also helpful in washing away accumulated bacterial toxins in hard to get and chronically under-cleaned areas around restorative dentistry , tight spaces between teeth, or shallower periodontal (gum) pockets. Unfortunately, they DO NOT remove plaque (bacterial colonies) like floss does because effective flossing literally “wipes” the sticky plaque off teeth and Waterpiks can only “rinse” these areas. However, combining both flossing and Waterpiks can achieve great results! Folks with dexterity problems or people who will just never floss will greatly benefit from Waterpik use and it is definitely better than doing nothing to clean in between your teeth. If you are not a flosser and are unwilling to put forth the effort to floss daily, then Waterpik use is a hugely beneficial alternative to just brushing, which does not clean in between your teeth where most dental disease occurs. And if you have fixed bridges you will find that regular Waterpik use will make your breath smell fresher, your food taste better, your mouth feel cleaner, and your bridgework last longer! [Read more…]
We use only the best American dental laboratories and the best, highest quality materials for your crowns, bridges, veneers and dentures. The latest trend in dentistry is to outsource dental labwork to other countries to save on labcosts. Many dentists are using labs in China, Vietnam and India that will do dental labwork for 1/4 the cost of American labs. There is no regulatory oversight for these labs and you have no idea what kind of metals or ceramics are being used. As with most things, you get what you pay for.
We are extremely "picky" about who does our labwork, and our standards are very high. Since our reputation rides on all the restorative dentistry we place in your mouth, the choice of labs is 100% determined by the quality of the restorations, and 0% determined by the labfees our office pays. Anything else just doesn’t work for us.
We use the best dental materials from such proven American companies as 3M, Kerr (Romulus, MI based) and Kodak. There are cheaper generics for almost everything. We don’t use them.
Until next time,
Mark W Langberg, DDS, MAGD