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.

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.

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.

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.

Full and Partial Dentures Benefits

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Nothing changes a smile more, in both health and look, than missing teeth. Not only does it leave a gap between the teeth, but the effects of tooth loss begin almost immediately. Our dentist offers both full and partial dentures as an option to replace knocked-out or extracted teeth.

Partial Dentures

When only a few teeth in a row are missing in an arch, partial dentures are available. These work to fill the gap between the teeth, restoring the look of the smile. They also work to even out bite forces. This prevents patients from only biting and chewing on one side of the mouth, which can lead to pain, unnecessary physical stress, and even TMJ.

Full Dentures

When most to all of the teeth in an arch are missing, our expert in smile makeovers may recommend full dentures. These are a great option for patients who either do not want to undergo an implant process, or do not have enough jaw bone tissue to support implants. Full dentures allow patients to eat healthy and smile confidently again.

If you require a tooth replacement, either as a singular task or as part of a smile makeover, talk to our full and partial dentures dentist about your options.

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.

How Long do Dental Veneers Last?

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Patients with cosmetic dental issues have a few options for correcting them. They can opt for individual treatments, such as orthodontics or teeth whitening. Alternatively, they can choose to get dental veneers. This option is relatively simple, and is much less costly and time consuming.

In addition to being quick, effective, and cost effective, dental veneers can also last a very long time. If treated correctly, they can remain on the teeth for fifteen years. Fortunately, treating your veneers correctly is very easy. Patients are instructed to care for their veneers just like their natural teeth. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and not using your teeth for anything they shouldn’t be. Of course, this also includes visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleaning, perhaps more often than before.

If you do not want a permanent addition to the smile such as this option, there may be a few other choices for you. For example, Lumineers are a type of dental veneer that can be removed if needed. This can be discussed with our veneers dentist at a consultation appointment. You can schedule one at our Los Angeles office today.

Materials Used for Dental Implants

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When a tooth is knocked-out or extracted, there is room for several dental and oral health issues to arise. For example, without the tooth to stimulate the underlying structure when chewing food, the jaw bone tissue can begin to diminish, greatly affecting the shape of the lower face. To avoid issues such as this, our smile makeover dentist might recommend a dental implant.

There are many materials involved when getting a dental implant. The process will begin with our dentist creating a hole in the area of the missing tooth. A titanium post makes up the main part of any dental implant. It is inserted into the hole and allowed to fuse with the jaw bone over the course of several months. Titanium is used because it is the only element that can fuse with human bone without being rejected and causing infection.

The implant will be temporarily covered with a dental crown until a permanent one can be placed after the healing process. The crown will most likely be made of porcelain or composite resin. Both of these dental materials are strong and match the natural color of the teeth.

Our dentist can discuss dental implant material options with you further, if needed.

How Orthodontic Work Helps the Smile

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If you have recently learned that you require orthodontic work, you might be disappointed. Hopefully, you will be able to choose what kind of appliance you want, such as Invisalign. Regardless of which you end up with, you should know that it will significantly benefit your smile.

Straightening the teeth does more than just perfect the look of the smile. Teeth that are overlapping can create spaces for bacteria and plaque to build up, as these can be difficult areas for a tooth brush to reach. This can lead to cavities and infections.

Orthodontic treatments can also correct a poorly aligned bite, such as a crossbite, underbite, overbites, and open bites. These can all negatively affect the jaw, causing pain, as well as difficulty chewing and speaking. Treatment with Invisalign, braces, or a type of braces can not only prevent or resolve such issues, and even change the shape of the face.

Your orthodontic treatment may be part of a larger goal – a complete smile makeover. Our smile makeover dentist will work with you to decide what treatments and procedures are best to perfect your smile. Orthodontics may be just one treatment, along with dental bonding, veneers, and whatever else you may need.

How to Know if You Have TMJ

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Do you know where the temporomandibular joints are? They are the ones that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Under some circumstances, one of these joints can become damaged and/or inflamed. This condition is referred to as TMJ disorder. If you are concerned about this disorder, here are the signs and symptoms to look out for.

The main symptom of TMJ disorder is pain in the affected jaw joint, as well as in the neck, shoulders, face, teeth, and head. It can be difficult to diagnose, because pain in these areas can be a sign of many different health issues. You might also be experiencing difficulty chewing and speaking, and the joint does not move as well as it used to. This can progress into regular cases of lock jaw, where the mouth is stuck open or closed.

A common sign of TMJ is a change in the bite. You might begin to notice a shift in your teeth and an altered way of speaking. Though tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can occur unprompted at times, it is a common sign of TMJ.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with our TMJ doctor as soon as possible.