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.

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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.

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.

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.