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 Dental Bridges Replace the Teeth

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Our teeth are supposed to remain in place for the entirely of our lives. Unfortunately, they sometimes need to be extracted due to poor health, or become knocked-out due to physical accident. There are a few different ways that these teeth can be replaced, once of which is with a dental bridge.

Dental bridges are comprised of pontics, or artificial teeth, and dental crowns. One or more pontics are used to fill in gaps left in the smile left by missing teeth. They are connected to one another, as well as dental crowns on either side. The crowns are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth on either end of the gap.

It is important to replace teeth as quickly as possible, as this can lead to serious dental, oral, and overall health problems. Without the teeth, the underlying jaw bone is not being stimulated. Over time, this can lead to diminished bone tissue, and ultimately, an altered facial structure. Our emergency dentists in Los Angeles may therefore recommend a dental bridge immediately after tooth loss.

To learn more about emergency dental bridges, talk to our professionals or visit our website today.

Dental Restoration Options

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When a tooth is decayed or damaged, a restoration will be used to restore the tooth’s strength, shape, size, and appearance. Our dentists in Torrance will choose a restoration based on the extent of the damage and your needs.

Several types of restorations are available, including:

1. Dental bonding
Dental bonding is typically used for cosmetic restorations, such as discolorations or small chips. This is a fast, affordable restoration that can typically be performed without anesthesia, and offers aesthetically pleasing results.

2. Dental filling
A filling is usually needed when a tooth has a cavity or small area of damage. The filling is placed to strengthen the tooth, restore the lost structure, and protect from additional damage.

3. Inlay and onlay
An inlay or onlay is used when the tooth is too damaged for a filling. These restorations are made in a dental lab much like a crown but require less preparation, which means they are a more conservative option.

4. Dental crown
A crown is used when a tooth has been badly damaged and must be fully covered. This can happen when a tooth is broken near the gum line, cracked, or has had a large filling or root canal treatment.

Call our dental office today to learn more about the best dental restoration for your smile or to schedule an appointment with our team.

How to Make Your Smile Beautiful

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If you have a typical dental exam coming up, it is likely you will be seeing a cosmetic dentist. The job of this professional is to ensure your teeth are as beautiful looking as possible. While the health of your teeth and mouth take top priority, your smile can suffer some damage that is only cosmetic in nature. Here are some treatments that our Torrance dentist employs to perfect your smile.

Teeth whitening: Our teeth are supposed to be semi-translucent and white. Certain foods (berries, red sauce), drinks (energy drinks, tea), and lifestyle choices (smoking) can cause the teeth to become dark or yellow. Teeth whitening treatment uses a liquid or gel to break up these spots and return the teeth to their bright nature.

Dental bonding: Chips and cracks can have a hugely negative effect on the look of the smile. Cracks of a certain size can also cause tooth sensitivity, which can be rather painful. Dental bonding is a material that can be applied to these areas and hardened with a special light. This material matches the color of the teeth, and both mends and protects the tooth.

For information about these or other parts of cosmetic dentistry, schedule an appointment with our office today.

Do Braces Always Work?

happy friendsSome patients who are getting ready for braces may still wonder if treatment will work for them. Every patient is different, but all can count on receiving major improvements from orthodontics. Here is more about why this is true and some specifics on how well orthodontics will work for you.

Orthodontics Always Work

The efficacy of orthodontic treatment has been shown repeatedly over decades. Some patients have mild bite irregularities, while others have severe orthodontic problems, but bite correction works for all of them. No matter how crooked your teeth are right now, you can count on healthier, better-looking teeth after treatment.

How Will Your Teeth Look?

Preview images have reduced some of the uncertainty that many patients feel at the outset of orthodontic treatment, but there is still no way to know exactly how the teeth will look afterwards. While the basic proper positions of teeth are similar, the end results that patients enjoy remain unique to them.

The changes that orthodontics brings can be amazing. With straighter teeth, patients tend to gain greater confidence and lower dental costs. By scheduling a consultation with our dentists in San Fernando Valley, you can find out how well orthodontic treatments can address your goals.

Dental Bonding and Its Uses

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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.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Junge Frau setzt lächelnd Zahnspange in den MundInvisalign treatment is the most preferred orthodontic option of patients today. It updates the process of straightening the teeth and correcting the bite by eliminating the problems involved with more traditional methods, such as metal braces. If you are interested in Invisalign, it can be helpful to understand how it works.

Your process will begin with one of our LA orthodontists taking impressions and pictures of your teeth. This will be used to create a 3D image of your teeth and their projected progression, and sent to the Invisalign lab so your aligners can be made.

Experts have found that the teeth are best moved very slowly. This is why all orthodontic treatments take from months to years. Invisalign Full usually takes an average of twelve to eighteen months to achieve the desired results. Whereas braces work by pulling the teeth into place, Invisalign aligners push them into position.

Each aligner will get closer and closer to the final result aimed for. They will apply pressure to the teeth consistently in order to slightly straighten and align them. After the main orthodontic process is complete, our orthodontist will supply you with a retainer, which should be worn to keep the teeth in their new, healthier places.

How Successful are Veneers in Improving Tooth Appearance

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Veneers are one of the most effective cosmetic restorations available today. These thin customized layers of porcelain are bonded over the fronts of teeth to improve their aesthetics and protect them from damage. Most veneers are made to improve the shape, size, color, and length of teeth to improve the overall look of a smile. In order to ensure a comfortable fit, a small part of the tooth must be trimmed, which means that veneers are a permanent restoration.

Because veneers are permanent, many people are concerned about their effectiveness. If you choose porcelain veneers, you can be confident in your choice. Veneers are made to look just like natural teeth, and can cover many flaws, including:

• Worn enamel
• Stains and discolorations
• Chips and fractures
• Enamel flaws
• Misshapen teeth
• Crooked and gapped teeth

We can design, create, and bond veneers to teeth in just two to three dental visits. Once the veneers are in place on your teeth, they can last for fifteen or more years. Good dental care is essential for maximizing the lifespan of your new smile. Call our Los Angeles veneer expert today to learn more about a smile makeover with veneers or to schedule your consultation with our team.

Dental Care After Teeth Whitening

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After professional teeth whitening treatment, your teeth will likely be sparkling and bright. You might just find yourself looking for excuses to show off your shiny new smile! Our cosmetic dentist in Torrance will help you keep your smile looking newly whitened longer and protect your investment.

1. Avoid dark or deeply colored drinks for up to three days following your treatment
Following a whitening treatment, your teeth will be more porous than usual, which will make them easier to stain. Avoid coffee, tea, wine, energy drinks, cola, and similar beverages until your teeth are back to normal. You might also need to avoid some foods, including blackberries, raspberries, cherries, tomatoes, mustard, soy sauce, tomato sauce, and curries.

2. Do not smoke
Tobacco is a major cause of stains on teeth. Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco after you have had your teeth whitened to protect the look and the health of your smile.

3. Follow aftercare recommendations
Practicing good dental hygiene and avoiding anything that could stain your teeth will help keep your teeth looking good, but you might also need to use touch-up kits occasionally for the best results. We will explain the best use of these products so that you can get the most out of your new smile.

Call our office today to schedule your appointment with our teeth whitening dentist in Torrance.

How Do Veneers Work?

beauty womanVeneers are a popular cosmetic restoration that combines beauty, versatility, and comfort. With veneers, you can cover virtually any cosmetic flaw without compromising the health of your teeth. Our Los Angeles dental veneer expert can help you decide if veneers are right for you.

How veneers work is one of the top questions we hear from our patients. Veneers are similar to an artificial nail. They fit over the natural tooth and create a new visible surface for the tooth. They are typically made of porcelain, which reflects light much like dental enamel and can be made in shades matching your teeth or in lighter shades for a new, brighter look. Because veneers cover the visible part of the tooth, they can hide flaws such as chips, worn enamel, discolorations, fractures, gaps, small misalignments, and similar issues.

Dental veneers are often as thin as a contact lens, but they do usually require some preparation. This means that some enamel will need to be trimmed, making veneers a permanent restoration. With good care, veneers can last fifteen years or more. Call our office today to find out if you are a candidate for veneers and to schedule your consultation.