Dental Extraction Expectations

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Pulling a tooth is not as traumatic as the clichés. Knowing what to expect can mellow your anxieties before your appointment, and make sure no surprises arise. Remember, reports of pain during extractions are rare.

Your dentist begins by delivering a local anesthetic thru an injection. This numbs the extraction site so you won’t feel much except the occasional pulling sensation. There is the noise factor to consider, which is why so many dentists suggest you listen to music through headphones or earbuds. A dental extraction can be loud, as the tooth being rocked back and forth produces a lot of cracking.

Sometimes, the cracking sound really is something breaking—occasionally the tooth root. The pressure needed to extract a tooth is only slightly less than the pressure that fractures a tooth. If your root breaks, our expert in dental extractions in Los Angeles is trained in crisis management—which usually consists of finding the displaced root and extracting it along with the tooth. Typically, all this adds to the procedure is time.
Some bone may break during the extraction. This is also fairly routine, and the fracture heals with the extraction site itself.

For all your extraction concerns, contact our Los Angeles dentist.

Parents of Invisalign Teens

Aligners Focus - 1Invisalign Teen is the successful spinoff of the industry-changing program Invisalign. This program straightens teeth using thermoplastics. The patient wears aligners so clear they’re not noticed at a glance. Teeth are straightened in relative privacy, and without many of the inconveniences of traditional braces.

When it comes to Invisalign Teen, patients need to oversee their child’s usage. Kids are busy, especially teens. Invisalign has a schedule that needs following, and any deviation can slow the straightening process. The aligners are designed to be worn in a certain order, for a certain length of time—usually 2 weeks.

Parents need to make sure their teen wears their aligners for the required 22 hours per day. This means meals and snacks are the only exception. It’s acceptable for teens to wear their aligners while playing sports or being in band—in fact, that’s one of the draws of Invisalign. But busy teens can also lose their aligners really easily. Invisalign Teen offers extra aligners, but it’s still important to stay on track. Helpfully, each aligner has a blue indicator that fades with wear, demonstrating to your Beverly Hills Invisalign provider that the patient is in compliance.

Encourage the patient to keep their aligners clean, and practices regular hygiene.

How Do Dental Veneers Work

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With the major buzz surrounding Hollywood solutions to white teeth, many patients are asking about the benefits of dental veneers. For those who are unfamiliar with this cosmetic dental solution, it can be difficult to decide whether this is a viable option toward the perfect smile.

Dental veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are applied to the front of the teeth. Our expert in dental veneer will first remove a thin layer of the patient’s enamel to make sure the veneer will properly join the natural tooth. She will also take a mold of the patient’s smile to get an accurate measurement of his teeth. This mold will be sent away so that custom veneers can be designed. Our veneers dentist will also determine the appropriate shade after discussing with the patient their desired results. After approximately two weeks, the custom veneers will be ready for application. In the meantime, our expert will attach temporary veneers to the patient’s teeth.

Veneers are exceptionally durable and easy to care for. To maintain your veneers, it is important to have good dental hygiene; brush twice daily and floss daily. Also, you will want to avoid foods and liquids known to stain, such as beets, coffee, tea, soda and red wine.

Call our office today to learn more about dental veneers or to schedule a consultation.

Are Dental Bridges Better than Dentures?

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Replacing lost teeth can restore the look, function and confidence of your smile. You may have the choice of bridges or dentures. Which one is right for you? Our Orange County dentist can help you choose the best restoration for your smile.

Dental Bridges
A bridge is typically used when one or more teeth are missing. You must have healthy teeth on both sides of the gap that can support the bridge. If you do not have healthy teeth to support the bridge, implants can be placed to support the bridge instead. Bridges last 5 to 7 years on average but can last longer when maintained properly, and they keep your teeth properly spaced while giving you a beautiful looking smile.

Dentures

Dentures are most commonly used when you are missing a complete arch of teeth, but a partial denture can be used in those who are missing just a few teeth. Partial dentures are similar to bridges but are removable. They have clasps or attachments to keep them in place. Removable dentures must be made to fit precisely so that they stay firmly in position, and they need to be cleaned and brushed as do your gums.

Call our office today to find out whether bridges or dentures are the best choice for you.

Types of Dental Bridges

AttractionBridges are made to fill the gaps between teeth when one or more teeth are lost. If you have lost teeth and are a candidate for a dental bridge, our Agoura Hills dentist will help you find the best bridge for your smile.

There are several types of bridges are available, including:

1. Traditional bridges
These bridges are supported by abutment teeth or dental implants, and the artificial tooth is suspended between two crowns. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used bridges and are typically made of porcelain or porcelain that is fused to metal for the most aesthetic results.

2. Maryland bridges
Maryland bridges are typically used to replace missing front teeth. The pontics, or artificial teeth, are attached to thin, metal bands, which are then bonded to the abutment teeth using resin. They are more conservative than conventional bridges, but they are also not as strong, which means they have a higher failure rate especially when used to replace multiple teeth.

3. Cantilever bridges
If you are missing a tooth with natural teeth on only one side, a cantilever bridge might be necessary. The cantilever bridge has a design similar to traditional bridges but uses only one crown for support.

Call us to learn more about dental bridges in Agoura Hills or to schedule your appointment.

Adults Prefer Invisalign

Doctors Showing Aligners - 6For anyone who has undergone long-term orthodontic treatment, there is nothing worse than learning your teeth have shifted because you didn’t wear your retainer. Many adults seek orthodontics later on in life to correct alignment issues previously fixed in adolescence. If wear adult braces, there is nothing to be ashamed of. In fact, with methods such as Invisalign, your co-workers and family members will not even notice you are correcting your teeth. Our Invisalign expert in San Fernando Valley is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful smile and rebuilding your confidence.

Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that fit over your teeth to shift them into proper placement. Every two weeks, you will receive new trays and your smile will improve with each passing day. Adults prefer this discrete orthodontic method because the trays can be removed before meals and do not disrupt standard dental hygiene. It is important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day to receive optimal results. Most adults with minor to severe dental issues are strong candidates for this orthodontic method.

If you want to avoid feeling self-conscious of traditional metal braces, Invisalign may be the best option for you. Contact our dentist with any questions you may have, or to schedule a consultation.

How is Periodontal Disease Treated?

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According to dental professionals, gum disease can sneak up on the best of us. But what should you do if you experience tender, inflamed gums? There is no reason to panic, as the early stages of gingivitis are easily reversible. However, if you ignore the signs of poor gum health, such as bleeding, bad breath, and pocket formations between the teeth and gums, you may require a more in-depth solution.

There are several surgical procedures to combat the advanced stages of periodontitis. For patients with bacteria below the gum line, it may be necessary to perform a pocket depth reduction. This method involves opening up the gum tissue to remove disease-causing build up. Our dentists will then reposition the gum tissue so that it is easier to clean and maintain. For some patients, it may be necessary to perform a soft tissue graft or regeneration to properly cover and protect root surfaces. To avoid scaling, root planing, or surgical procedures, you should focus on good dental hygiene. Floss at least once a day and brush at least twice.

As always, it is important to attend regularly scheduled dental cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Talk to our periodontists about any questions or concerns you may have, or to schedule an appointment.

When is Tooth Contouring Recommended?

0249.jpgSmall chips and enamel defects are not necessarily enough to compromise your teeth’s health, but they can affect the way your smile looks. If you find your eyes drawn to chips and other small irregularities, our cosmetic dentist may recommend enamel reshaping or contouring.

Contouring can be used to address a variety of minor cosmetic problems, including overlaps, pointy teeth, flattened teeth, irregular tooth length and chips. At your appointment, we will examine your teeth and determine the best way to help you accomplish your goals. In some cases, dental X-rays can be necessary to protect the pulp and maintain a healthy bite.

During the procedure, only the outer coating, or enamel, is sculpted and then polished. This tissue contains no nerves, so you will not necessarily need an anesthetic. You should feel no pain, but you might feel some vibrations as your tooth is shaped and contoured. Tooth contouring can be performed alone or in conjunction with teeth whitening, bonding or other conservative procedures to brighten and improve the look of your smile.

Call our dental office today to learn more about your options or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Houston.

Important Questions to Ask Your Veneers Dentist

beauty womanBefore getting veneers, you can prepare yourself by asking certain questions at our office. Our dentist can tell you everything you need to know about your new veneers. Below, you can see some of the most important questions to ask.

Do you need preparatory treatments?

In some cases, treatments need to be performed before patients can get veneers. For example, decayed teeth may require fillings or other restorations first. Bonding, gum reshaping or another treatment may also be recommended.

Which kinds of veneers will meet your needs?

Depending on your goals, you may do best with composite veneers, porcelain veneers or minimal-prep veneers. While composite veneers are more affordable, porcelain veneers are longer lasting and more resistant to stains. Minimal-prep veneers are thinner and thus cannot hide some heavy stains.

How should you take care of your veneers?

Our dental veneer dentist can tell you how to keep your veneers in good condition. Good oral habits, including oral hygiene techniques and products, can be recommended. Our dentist will also explain your professional care options after you get veneers.

Veneers can last for decades when they care cared for correctly. When you visit our dentist for a consultation, you can learn more about this amazing treatment.

How to Clean Invisalign Aligners

Doctors Showing AlignersCleanliness is a factor of Invisalign health some patients underestimate. Unlike dentures, you don’t take your aligners out to soak each night. You’re meant to wear your aligners while sleeping, so the only chance you get to do any soaking is during meals. Some patients like to leave their trays in solutions of either water and hydrogen peroxide, or water and Efferdent. Hydrogen peroxide is a notorious bacteria killer, and Efferdent is a denture cleaner.

If you want to go high out of pocket, Invisalign markets an official cleaning product that leaves your aligners looking less cloudy than other products. However, this is purely a value judgment, and this more expensive product is not necessarily better for the condition of your aligners.

Some specialists, including our Beverly Hills Invisalign dentist, recommend brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and liquid soap—either hand or dish—instead of toothpaste. If you want to use toothpaste, make sure it’s one that does not have whitening agents. And never bleach your trays.

Maybe the first rule to recognize is never to eat, drink, chew gum, or smoke with your aligners in. This creates stains and toxins, and could make your treatment less effective.