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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Veneers can be a great way to get the smile that you have always wanted. However, it is important that you are in good oral health in order to be a good candidate for veneers. While certain conditions may prevent you from getting veneers, if the situation is corrected you may be able to get the procedure completed. It is important to discuss your ideas with a porcelain veneers dentist in Los Angeles to find out more.
If you have extensive tooth decay, brittle teeth, or weakened tooth enamel, you may not be able to get veneers. Veneers are attached to the fronts of the teeth with cement. A portion of your tooth’s enamel will need to be removed before veneers can be attached. If you do not have sufficient tooth material, you may not be a good candidate for the procedure.
If you have gum disease, you may want to consider other options. The placement of veneers near the gum line creates an ideal setting for bacteria to collect. This can exacerbate any existing gum conditions. An expert in smile makeover in Los Angeles can evaluate your situation and discuss your options.