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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!

September 17, 2018
Category: anti aging
Tags: botox   juvederm fillers  

botox vs juvederm fillersPerhaps you are considering a Botox injection or a dermal filler the next time you visit Dr. Marina Funtik at Oasis Prosthodontics but first need to decide which procedure is right for you. She understands that patients are likely to have a lot of questions and wants you to feel comfortable in your choice. As a cosmetic dentist and certified medical professional offering cosmetic enhancements, it’s Dr. Funtik’s goal for every patient to look and feel their best.

Understanding Botox Injections

Botox, the shortened name of botulinum toxin, is a purified and natural protein that helps to reduce the appearance of aging by smoothing out lines and wrinkles on the face. It does this by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles that lead to wrinkling in the first place. In addition to cosmetic purposes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved Botox for several medical purposes.

Botox enjoys a high name recognition factor and level of trust among consumers. It has been used for decades and has been subject to extensive testing. It is completely safe and most patients experience only minor side effects. The most common ones include swelling and bruising at the treatment site. However, this disappears quickly and it’s easy to cover with make-up in the meantime. You can resume your normal activities immediately after leaving Oasis Prosthodontics.

Conditions Best Suited for Botox

Most patients opt for a Botox injection to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It’s also ideal to remove moderate to severe crow’s feet around the sides of the eyes as well as deeply-set frown lines between the eyebrows. Dr. Funtik will let you know if you’re a good candidate for Botox after performing an evaluation and listening to your specific cosmetic concerns. People with certain conditions should not have Botox. This includes those with joint or muscle issues as well as pregnant women and women who are currently breastfeeding.

What to Expect from a Botox Procedure

Before starting your Botox injection, Dr. Funtik gives you a light anesthesia or numbing cream. Any discomfort is extremely minimal and short-lived. Once she’s certain that you feel comfortable, Dr. Funtik will inject the Botox into locations on your face that she previously identified with a marking pencil. She takes her time to identify the precise location for each Botox injection to ensure that you receive the most favorable results. The results from a single session typically last three to six months.

What Are Juvéderm Fillers?

Juvéderm is the brand name for a popular dermal filler used primarily for cosmetic purposes. It’s normal for your skin to become thinner and drier as you get older. It can also be more challenging for the skin to repair itself quickly as it did when you were younger. This occurs due to the loss of hydraulic acid that happens with aging. Hydraulic acid supports the skin, and the loss of it means a greater likelihood of wrinkles and deep lines.

What to Expect from a Juvéderm Injection

When you opt to have a dermal filler injection with Juvéderm, Dr. Funtik injects hydraulic acid into the treatment area on your face using a tiny needle. Like Botox, the treatment session is quick and any side effects or discomfort is minimal. The procedure does not leave any scars behind and you and others will notice a difference in your appearance right away.

You should expect to remain at the office of Oasis Prosthodontics for 30 to 45 minutes while receiving a Juvéderm treatment. Patients who experience side effects typically only have mild bruising or swelling as with Botox. Most importantly, the results from a single session can last for up to 18 months. People who choose Juvéderm usually have concerns about the fullness of their face and undergo the procedure to add volume and to define their facial features better. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid Juvéderm. However, it’s safe for nearly everyone else.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

Whether you want to improve the appearance of your smile, diminish the effects of aging, or both, Dr. Marina Funtik can help. Please contact our office at 719-574-2417 to set aside time for your consultation today.

The fact that aging is a natural and inevitable process for all humans, does not necessarily mean that all the undesirable impacts of aging must simply be accepted as a matter of course. Staying active mentally and physically can significantly delay the effects of aging, so any person who keeps active can look and feel younger than their true age.

Along those same lines, it's also possible to retain a more youthful appearance, and for a much longer time, by addressing some of the most prominent signs of aging, which are the wrinkles, folds, and crow's feet which can appear around the facial area. One of the best ways to effectively combat those signs of aging are with Juvederm, an injectable gel which adds volume to the skin and virtually makes wrinkles fade away.

In a short period of time, Juvederm has become one of the most popular anti-aging, non-surgical treatments in this country, per statistics issued by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Here are some of the reasons why Juvederm has become the choice of so many people, all of whom are seeking to present a younger-looking appearance to the rest of the world.

Advantages of using Juvederm

First of all, Juvederm treatments are extremely safe and require no surgery at all, so treatments are easy for both doctor and patient. Because the process is simple and relatively free of risk, there is usually no recovery time needed, so it's usually possible to resume normal activities immediately after a treatment. There are several other injectables which can be used to accomplish the reduction or elimination of fine lines and wrinkles, but Juvederm has proven to be one of the most effective, in part because of the smooth consistency of its composition. Some other injectables are more granular in composition, which causes their results to be less smooth and less natural-looking.

One of the most attractive features of Juvederm is that it's mostly composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally and abundantly in the human body. Hyaluronic acid has some beneficial properties of its own, increasing skin hydration while adding volume to both underlying skin tissue and the skin itself. Since Juvederm is not obtained from animal tissue, it does not require any kind of testing before usage in cosmetic enhancement.

More benefits

Juvederm results also tend to be much more long-lasting than some other injectables, and as a result, it has received FDA approval for its exemplary safety record and its efficiency. It is also an injectable that is suitable for people of all skin colors, which is something that cannot be said for some other treatment gels.

Receiving a Juvederm treatment is a process which takes only around 15 or 20 minutes, and as previously mentioned, it is a non-surgical process in which the gel is injected directly into specific target areas on the skin. Results are often immediately obvious, and the enhancement to the facial area can be literally stunning. There are also several different types of Juvederm which can be used to address the various severity levels of aged-looking skin.

In short, some truly amazing results can be achieved in the facial area by using an injectable filler like Juvederm, but those results are always subject to the artistry of the skilled practitioner doing the work. To achieve the very best results possible for your specific circumstances, you should seek out a qualified cosmetic enhancement specialist who has demonstrated exceptional ability in this field, and who has earned the respect of both peers and industry organizations.

Where to get Juvederm treatments  

For anyone living in the state of Colorado, the place to begin the process of reversing that aged look in the facial area should be at Oasis Prosthodontics, which is located in Colorado Springs, CO. There you will be treated by Dr. Marina Funtik, who is both an award-winning specialist in several dental procedures, and an artistic master of restoring beautiful smiles and facial aesthetics. Contact Oasis Prosthodontics today so you can inquire about the Juvederm process, or so you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Funtik.

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.

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