For some of our patients, tooth loss is an unfortunate reality. Whether tooth loss is because of injury or periodontal disease, the patient should address the lost tooth as soon as possible. While false teeth and other dental devices can help cosmetically, the missing root has detrimental effects. After some time with a tooth missing, the body senses no need to supply the area with sustaining nutrients and bone loss begins. With enough bone loss, patients with missing teeth will encounter changes to their facial structure as their jaw gradually erodes.
The good news is that bone loss, and the adverse changes it brings, are avoidable. Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants. The American Dental Association calls dental implants dentistry’s most significant advancement in forty years and calls implants a superb long-term solution to replace lost teeth.
Critics questioned the effectiveness of dental implants almost immediately, believing that implant material could not convince the body to sustain the jaw. However, when patients with dental implants had checkups, the dental implants were accepted by the body in place of the root of the missing tooth.
There are several reasons implants are chosen over permanent crowns, bridges, or false teeth.
- Dental implants are stable, and once they attach to the jaw, implants can support other dental work.
- Patients with dental implants are highly satisfied with the look and feel of their new teeth. Most of our patients say they feel just like their natural teeth and once our dentist in Agoura Hills restores the dental implant with a crown or bridge, it looks just like a natural tooth.
- Dentists like the fact that implants do not need any hardware or wires because these are places prone to plaque build-up.
- You can care for your dental implants the same way you care for your natural teeth. There are no special procedures or tools needed.
Remember, replacing a missing tooth is not a cosmetic pursuit; it is a medical necessity. Choosing dental implants gives you the best opportunity for a perfect outcome. If you have concerns or questions regarding the procedure, our dentist is happy to talk with you and address your concerns.
Cosmetic dentistry has been a blessing to many people. Before the invention of such treatments, it was difficult to correct or treat tooth diseases and bacteria that affected the appearance of the smile. Different teeth whitening options are available, and aftercare is important to protect your teeth and ensure the results last for as long as possible.
You should take time to review your previous oral health routine. If you are not sure of a better way of doing it, it is good to work closely with our dentist in order to have an oral routine which will help your teeth to remain in better shape than before. Some of the basic things you might require to do are proper brushing, flossing and anything else that your dentist might recommend.
If you want to prevent future discoloration and staining you should as well reconsider the level of coffee, sugar and tobacco intake. If anything, you can decide to do away with them all together because they are the top contributors to staining and discoloration of your teeth. They are also some of the hardest stains to get rid of. It is therefore important to choose a healthy lifestyle which will not affect the health of your teeth or any other part of your body.
In general, everyone wants a beautiful smile. Nonetheless, not everybody is blessed with natural white teeth. The good news is that there are treatments which can help everyone achieve the whitest teeth ever. Consult with our teeth whitening dentist in Agoura Hills to learn more.
Bridges 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.
If you are not happy with the way one or more of your teeth look, you might be a candidate for dental bonding. Bonding is a special procedure in which tooth-colored composite resin is used to repair damaged teeth and conceal cosmetic imperfections. Composite resin is a pliable, putty-like material that is easy to manipulate on the tooth, and when it has been shaped and contoured, it can be cured with a light, making it strong and durable.
Our cosmetic dentist in Agoura Hills may recommend bonding if you have:
• A chipped or cracked tooth that affects the way your smile looks
• A receding gum line or exposed roots, especially if your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks
• Stains or discolorations that do not respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments
• Abnormally short or misshapen teeth
• Worn teeth
• Gaps or slightly misaligned teeth
Bonding is not necessarily the right choice for every patient or every smile, but for the right candidates, it can be a great way to brighten and improve a smile. It is affordable, fast, and highly effective. Call our dental office today to learn more about bonding or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.
Dental crowns are used to cover and protect teeth that have suffered damage, to typically to physical accident or decay, and are no longer strong enough to function on their own. Our Agoura Hills dentist will likely recommend a dental crown for you if you have a tooth that:
- Has a large filling
- Has just undergone a root canal treatment
- Is cracked, or has cracked tooth syndrome
- Has broken cusps
- Suffers from excessive wear
Many experts recommend porcelain restorations, especially when it comes to crowns. This is due to the several advantages the material offers. Patients benefit from its strength and durability, making it able to endure the everyday bite forces required of chewing and similar actions. It also reflects light in the same way that our natural dental enamel does, so it looks no different than the rest of our teeth. This means that this restoration is rarely noticeable.
Porcelain crowns can last as long as fifteen years with good care before needing to be replaced. The process may be able to be performed in just two appointments. It requires taking a physical impression or digital scan, which is used to design and create your restoration. You can return for another appointment to have a temporary crown replaced with your custom permanent one.