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Dental Crowns – IPS e.max vs. traditional PFMs (Porcelain-Fused-to-Metal)

There are some great dental innovations with dental crowns. Dental crowns are often the best answer for deep-stained, damaged or deformed teeth. They go over teeth to recreate new and improved smile. It all starts with a precise mold, whether traditional mold or digital one. Often, patients are fitted with a temporary crown while they wait for the permeant one to be designed in the lab by the qualified lab technician.

There are 3 types of crowns:

  • gold alloy (mixture of gold and other metals)
  • ceramic metal mix (so called PFM crowns)
  • all ceramic (IPS e.max and zirconia)

Gold crowns are the most expensive and least esthetic type of a crown. Usually they are only used in the back of the mouth, if at all today.

PFM crowns are considered the traditional crown. They are on the way out since they tend to chip off and porcelain tends to fracture off exposing the metal making them un-esthetic and weak. They are the old technology and due to poor esthetics are now sparingly used.

All-ceramic crowns are highly esthetic, and their strength far exceeds strength of veneered porcelain in the old PFM crowns. IPS e.max is lithium disilicate type of crown and have moderate strength. Zirconia crowns are not as esthetic but are very strong type of a crown, usually used in the back of the mouth due to their strength.

IPS e.max  Crowns & Zirconia Crowns

When the right kind of tooth preparation design is done by your dentist (smooth preparation design with no sharp corners or angles), these kinds of crowns can last a very long time. They are also highly esthetic. Zirconia crowns are the strongest crown we have and strides have been made to make them more esthetic.  Zirconia is now used not only for crowns on the teeth but also on implants. Zirconia is also being used for hybrid prostheses on implants and has shown superior esthetics. 

You deserve the E.max Crown Treatment

Don’t let your smile continue to make you unhappy. You can do something about it, and we can help.  A new smile can be a gateway to giving you the confidence at home, work or school.

Here at Oasis Prosthodontics, we can help make you smile again. Your smile is OUR specialty.

 Contact us today!

Anew Smooth Threads

Anew Smooth threads is used to help smooth crepey, wrinkled skin with the addition and replacement of elastin and collagen. This is administered to damaged areas and can restore a healthy foundation to your skin.

With the use of sterile hypodermic needles preloaded with an absorbable PDO suture thread which is absorbable and will build your own natural collagen and give you glowing skin through biostimulation.

What Happens to The Threads?

The thread is completely absorbed within about four to six months for results that can last up to twelve to twenty-four months. The Anew Lift and Smooth Threads are very often used with dermal fillers. As well as platelet rich plasma (PRP). They create a scaffold under your skin which provides multiple short and long-term benefits.

There are 2 ways that the Anew PDO ThreadLifts work.

  1. By building your own collagen through the body’s natural healing process.
  2. By creating biostimulation so your skin develops better blood flow which will tighten your skin and improve the skin texture and look.

Anew Smooth

Place under the skin in a hashtag pattern, Anew Smooth – Smooth threads brings back the lost blood flow to the area which will repair and tighten skin. It will also build collagen to the specific area. The threads will build a solid foundation for collagen production providing natural and amazing results.

Anew Lift

Used to produce an immediate and visible result, Anew Lift – Lifting threads reduce the visible result of sagging skin which will over time get much better. Designed to pull up and re-drape the skin Lifting threads are designed to restore a beautiful V shape to your face. While at the same time providing the benefits of smooth threads. The intent is to give you the immediate benefit that increase over a 6-month period.

Reverse Gravity

Reverse the prolonged impacts of gravity with natural results from Anew Lift. Marina Funtik and her team at Oasis Prosthodontics can help renew your face and give you a new lease on life. A non-surgical answer to sagging skin. Using PDO treads and dermal fillers, it lifts and smooths.

Embedded threading is a treatment that includes the utilization of PDO, polydioxanone, sutures that are infused into the hypodermis of the skin, giving a lifting and smoothing impact. The different string lengths give the Doctor a wide scope of treatment choices, that break down in a reliable and characteristic way over a course of months, while orchestrating new collagen generation in the treated zone. This treatment enables the skin to introduce smooth and splendid, bringing about less wrinkles consequently improving the skin's general surface and energy.

The PDO threading treatment is very easily endured by patients, and there is no requirement for anesthesia.

The availability of PDO (Polydioxanone) threading at Skin Renewal centers is growing rapidly due to the success and popularity of the treatment. As well as the great results it provides. Contact Oasis Prosthodontics today for more information or to schedule an appointment!

What to Look for in a Dentist

Having a smile you feel dissatisfied with can impact your quality of life more than you realize. Whether you have stained teeth, a chipped tooth, a wide gap between your two front teeth, or another common cosmetic dentistry issue, it can affect your self-esteem and hold you back from smiling. Others may perceive you as unfriendly when this isn’t the case at all. Fortunately, most cosmetic dentistry procedures are fast, painless, and can make an immediate difference in how you present yourself to the world.

Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentist to Complete Your Procedure

In some ways, deciding to move ahead with a procedure such as teeth whitening or dental veneers is the easy part. It can be more challenging to select the most qualified cosmetic dentist for the job. At Oasis Prosthodontics, we recommend that you start by making sure that the cosmetic dentist has an impressive portfolio of education, experience, and accomplishments.

Dr. Marina Funtik has been in the dentistry field since she was 19 years old. This is when she completed her local training to become a certified dental assistant. She then received a full scholarship to St. Lawrence University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She graduated in the top one percent of her class.

For dental school, Dr. Funtik attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. She obtained specialty training in prosthodontics while a student here and received an award for demonstrating outstanding clinical skills. You can learn more about Dr. Funtik’s awards and accomplishments here.

Ask for a Portfolio and References

A good cosmetic dentist should feel proud of his or her work and happy to show pictures to anyone who asks. One way to get a feel for the quality of a dentist’s work is to ask to see before and after pictures of patients who have completed the same procedure that you’re considering. Of course, the dentist will need to protect patient privacy by only showing the mouth in pictures but that should be enough to help you make your decision.

Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask for personal references from past patients and even other dentists who have worked with him or her. Online reviews are often an excellent method for determining what you can expect from a dental staff or clinic because they’re completely unsolicited. Oasis Prosthodontics currently maintains a five-star rating with no negative reviews posted at all.

Look for Modern Technology in the Dental Office

A high-quality cosmetic dentist continually invests in new technology and training. After all, he or she can’t produce the same results as a competitor using equipment that’s more than a decade old. When you visit a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, ask about the type of equipment he or she will use for your procedure. Digital X-rays are a good example of modern dental technology that greatly surpasses conventional film X-rays in terms of accuracy, convenience, and processing time. From Cone Beam CT Imaging to Intra-Oral Cameras, we’re heavily invested in offering the latest dental technology at Oasis Prosthodontics. You can learn more about each technology here.

A Patient-Focused Dental Team

You should always feel that the dentist and his or her assistants listen to you and take your concerns seriously. A dentist who interrupts, talks over you, or dismisses your questions as unimportant is not one you want to see a second time. When you schedule an appointment for a consultation, you should expect the dentist’s complete and one-on-one attention the entire time. While distractions are sure to arise, look for a dentist who explains that he or she will deal with those issues after finishing the appointment with you.

It’s also important to work with someone who offers a customized treatment plan. You may want the exact cosmetic procedure as a friend, but that doesn’t mean your dentist should approach it the same way. Look for indications that the dentist is willing to create a treatment plan for you as the unique individual that you are.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Funtik at our office in Colorado Springs by contacting Oasis Prosthodontics at 719-574-2417. We think you will find that she meets all of the above qualifications and then some.

Metal Mouth. Railroad Tracks. Cheese Grater. Tin Grin. Tinsel Teeth.

Any of those nicknames sound familiar? Does your mind go to pictures of teenagers with big, metallic smiles, or even to complicated headgear?

Well, traditional braces are still around, even for adults. But if you’re an adult interested in straightening your teeth, then Invisalign is usually the most effective choice. In fact there are many adults who choose to straighten their teeth in their thirties, fourties, and even fifties and beyond, and that's just fine!

Options for Adults

For most adults, Invisalign is the treatment that makes the most sense. This system uses customized clear polyurethane plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, gradually shifting your teeth over the course of a year or two.

Treatment begins with a non-invasive 3D digital scan of your teeth, so no uncomfortable teeth molds. Then, based on these images, your orthodontist will work with Invisalign to create a plan of how your teeth will be adjusted over time. You’ll also be able to see how your teeth will look once the your treatment is done, just like taking a time machine into the future to see your new smile.

From there, your aligners will be custom-fit for your mouth. They will fit your gums perfectly. Then when they are ready, you’ll come into the office and pick up your aligners. You may need some attachments, which are ridges colored like your enamel and placed on your teeth. These attachments help Invisalign with moving your teeth in a more effective manner.

Your doctor will let you know what to expect from your treatment. Usually, you’ll get a new set of aligners once every one to two weeks, and you will wear your aligners from 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You’ll want to schedule check-up appointments every six to eight weeks.

What Invisalign Is Not

You may also have heard of other kinds of aligners that you can use at home with a remote orthodontist. And it’s true that those are cheaper alternatives to Invisalign. But you’ll be missing out on the in-office care and guidance of your orthodontist.

Aligners, just like braces, gradually move your teeth into a straighter smile, so it’s important to make sure that your smile is on track. In-office visits with your orthodontist will make sure that your smile is on point and fabulous. And, if you’re having any sort of issues with pain or discomfort, you can be treated by a doctor instead of "seen" by a remote physician.

How to Get the Best Results with Invisalign

One major benefit of Invisalign is the convenience. You won’t have painful popped wires or irritation from the metallic materials of traditional braces. Here are some tips to make the best out of your Invisalign treatment.

  1. Brush your regularly. This will help prevent your aligners from staining. It’ll also help to keep food particles from becoming stuck in your teeth and gums, which can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and other dental issues.
  2. Keep your aligners clean. This will again help your oral health. You can wash them in several kinds of solutions including just water, Invisalign's own cleansing tablets, or even a mild denture cleaner. If you have more questions about keeping your aligners clean, talk to your orthodontist.
  3. Be disciplined with your aligners. Because they are removable, you may be tempted with keeping your aligners out of your mouth for longer than the recommended two hours. But remember that your teeth have a mapped-out plan for alignment through Invisalign. To keep your teeth alignment on schedule, you must use them at least 20 hours a day.

It's never too late to get the smile you've always wanted.Contact us today at 719-574-2417 to schedule an appoint with our board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Marina Funtik, DMD, MS, FACP.

botox and dermal fillers in colorado springsAs we age, our skin begins to wrinkle and could eventually sag in certain places. This is particularly true with facial skin, which can begin to appear less resilient and healthy than it did in the past. Fortunately, advances in medicine provide a solution for the deterioration of skin. Botox and dermal fillers continue to be the top choices among anti-aging treatments to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

What is Botox?

Botulinum Toxin type A, or Botox, is created by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. In essence, Botox is a muscle relaxer that works temporarily to treat several conditions. Medically, Botox is used to treat migraines and other neurologic conditions. As a cosmetic treatment, Botox is used as a treatment for dynamic wrinkles.

How Does Botox Treatment Work?

Many of us have naturally-occurring wrinkles around the eyes and mouth that become more pronounced with age. Botox relaxes the muscles surrounding those wrinkles, which restricts the movement of the muscles and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

When you have a Botox procedure, the material is injected with a fine needle, and you will feel little to no pain. It generally takes up to seven days to receive the full effect of the treatment, and it's best if you avoid alcohol and anti-inflammatory drugs in the week leading up to the procedure.

The Benefits of Botox

Botox is an excellent treatment for certain types of wrinkles and those who choose it find that it offers several benefits. Among them are:

  • Youthful appearance. Botox can take years off of your life and provide you with a more youthful appearance.
  • Preventative treatment. Botox not only treats wrinkles but can prevent further development.
  • Treats more than wrinkles. Botox can be beneficial for other health concerns such as migraines, muscle spasms, and heavy sweating.
  • Retrain muscles. If you get repeated Botox treatment, there can be a gradual relaxing of the muscles, which could lead to your treatments lasting longer.

What are Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are another type of injectable substance used to treat facial wrinkles and fine lines. The fillers are composed of natural and synthetic materials, the most common of which is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a tissue-friendly gel that is also a naturally-occurring substance in the body. HA breaks down in the body over time, which causes a loss of moisturizing and results in wrinkles or lines.

How Dermal Fillers Work

Dermal fillers don't relax the muscles around wrinkles or restrict muscle movement like Botox. Instead, they pump up the areas that have wrinkles or depressions by "filling" them in.

Dermal fillers involve an injection into the skin, similar to Botox. The treatment takes just 30-45 minutes to perform, and there is minimal, if any, discomfort associated with the procedure. The aesthetic results of dermal fillers are experienced immediately, and you will not have any scars from the treatment.

The Benefits of Dermal Fillers

There are many benefits associated with opting for dermal fillers for the treatment of different areas of the face. Among them are:

  • Choices in products. There are several different types of fillers that can be used to treat different areas, such as fine lines, deep skin depressions, and adding volume to lips.
  • Long-lasting. Dermal fillers can last as long as 24 months, although most treatment effects are noticeable for as long as 18 months.
  • Immediate benefits. You don't have to wait to see the results of the treatment. As soon as you have the fillers, you can view the transformative results.
  • Skin rejuvenation. In addition to subtly changing your appearance, dermal fillers are also good for your skin because they add hydration.

Choosing Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

While Botox remains the most popular treatment for facial wrinkles, dermal fillers are a close second. If you're trying to decide between the two, speak with your skin care professional about making the best choice for your needs. In general, Botox treatments are used to treat lines in the upper part of the face and as a means of stopping further wrinkle growth. Fillers have the advantage of treating firmly established wrinkles, so may be a better option for someone over the age of 40.

In some cases, a combination of Botox and dermal fillers can provide the optimum treatment for your needs. You can speak with the cosmetic specialist at OASIS Prosthodontics about choosing the right treatment to meet your goals.

Dr. Marina Funtik is a certified medical professional who happily serves clients throughout the Colorado Springs area. Contact our office now to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.