Care After Root Canal

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Our patients often tell us that the phrase root canal causes feelings of fear. While it is true that no one enjoys dental procedures, the root canal has a reputation for being a painful and painful treatment.

In the past, much of the fear surrounding a root canal had merit. At this time numbing the area around the root canal was difficult. If a root canal is necessary, it is because the tooth and surrounding space contain dead nerves and blood vessels. The lack of nerves and blood vessels leaves nothing to transport the medication beyond the immediate site. Fortunately, dental advancements make preparing the root canal site more straightforward and the pain relief more efficient.

The root canal procedure is not complicated. We begin with anesthetic injections and once your mouth is numb, our dentist drills into the afflicted tooth and removes decaying pulp and any infected tissues. After cleaning your tooth, the empty area inside of your tooth receives a spongy substance called gutta–percha. The dentist permanently seals your tooth and may opt to put a crown on the tooth for protection.

Once your root canal is complete, you can focus on your recovery. Our Northridge dentist recommends that root canal patients plan to have some downtime following the procedure. The bare minimum our office suggests is to schedule the whole day off from work and other responsibilities. If you are able to have more time to rest and recuperate, it would be to your advantage.

In addition to resting, we suggest that our root canal patients use ice packs to help minimize facial swelling and to help relieve any pain. You will likely want to have over-the-counter pain medication on hand, but you may receive a prescription for stronger pain relief medication. Often, this is not necessary because many patients report a great deal of pain relief because the decaying and infected tissues and abscesses are gone. We also suggest that you have a supply of soft foods to eat for a day or two after your root canal. Additionally, avoid anything sticky or chewy while recovering from your root canal procedure.

While complications are infrequent after a root canal, please contact our office right away if you have excessive bleeding, fever, or extreme pain.


Treatment Options for Gum Recession

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We often speak with patients who notice changes in the appearance of their teeth. The teeth may be noticeably longer with less gum showing. This is a sign of gum recession, a treatable condition where your gums pull back exposing more of your tooth including the root. Gum recession is not only unsightly; it exposes your teeth and gums to decay and disease.

We treat a mild case of gum recession with a deep cleaning called scaling and planing. Our dentist or hygienist scrapes away built-up plaque and tartar on your teeth and below the gumline. Your gums go back into place, and you may receive an antibiotic to prevent bacteria growth.

Years ago, a gum graft was the solution to gum recession. Our dentist would suture donor tissue to your gums with the hope that the new tissue would attach, or graft, to your existing gum tissue and cover the exposed parts of your teeth. As you can imagine, this involved a recovery time which could be lengthy.

Fortunately, modern dentistry allows our dentist to offer you an alternative to the gum graft. A treatment which is known as Pinhole surgical technique or PST makes treating gum recession simpler with faster recovery time.

The PST procedure begins with local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding your receding gums. Then our dentist makes a tiny hole in your gum and inserts special dental instruments between your teeth and gums. Your gums are gently expanded and slid into their correct position, covering your teeth and roots.

Our patients give us positive feedback about the PST treatment especially regarding the fast recovery time and minimally invasive nature of the procedure. We also hear from patients who appreciate the fact that there are no grafts or donor tissue with the Pinhole surgical technique.

If you believe you may have gum recession, contact our office as soon as possible. Treating the condition at the earliest possible point in time will help to prevent damage to your teeth, roots, and gums. If you would like more information about PST, please reach out to one of our staff, we are always happy to help you.

What are One Visit Crowns?

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Our staff is pleased that advances in dentistry allow us to meet your needs efficiently while giving you the same high caliber of service you have come to expect from us. One of the best improvements that we frequently offer to our patients is the option for one visit crowns.

Until recently, when a patient needed a crown, we would create a mold and send it along with the specifications to a dental lab. Then we would fit a temporary plastic or resin crown for our patient to wear until the crown arrived. This meant two visits to solve one problem, and our patient wore an uncomfortable interim crown for a week or longer.

Our dentist in Huntington Beach has cutting edge technology which allows us to craft your permanent crown in the office while you wait. For you, this means, no unpleasant plastic crowns and no need to return for a second visit. Our one visit crowns are durable natural looking porcelain, which we will customize to blend in with your teeth. Additionally, these crowns are a type of porcelain which has similar characteristics and a finish which mimic your natural teeth.

The process for one visit crowns is simple and straightforward. Our dentist numbs the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. To prep your tooth for the crown, our dentist clears away diseased and decaying tissue, then shapes your tooth and carefully cleans it.

Once your tooth is clean and shaped, our dentist uses a small portable tool to create a digital impression of your tooth. The digital image goes to the milling section of our office where we make your new crown from a small individual block of porcelain. Once complete, the crown will match the size, color, and shape of your existing teeth. Our dentist then tests the crown’s fit to be sure you need no modifications and the bonds the crown to your tooth.

The one visit crown is a prime example of dentistry and technology working together. If you believe you need a crown, contact our office and make an appointment soon.

What You Should Know about Smile Makeovers


The term “makeover” brings images of clothing stylists weeding out a closet or make-up artists demonstrating colors and technique. A smile makeover from a cosmetic dentist is not altogether different from other makeovers.

When a patient comes to our office for information about a smile makeover, they are often burdened with several dental problems and genuinely do not know what to expect from a smile makeover. Here are a few key facts that our patients should find helpful when they are anticipating a smile makeover:

• Your smile makeover is as individual as you.

• Some smile makeovers may have multiple procedures involved. These makeovers will require numerous visits to our smile makeover dentist in Torrance.

• We will have an extensive consultation and find out what you do and do not like about your smile as well as your vision for your new smile.

• Our dentists will be realistic and honest with you. They will never promise what they cannot deliver.

Your smile makeover consultation is the most important part of your smile makeover. We understand that you may not know specifics about every aspect of your smile. Because of that, our dentist comes to the consultation with a list of questions to help clarify your wishes.

Here are some topics our dentist will ask you about during your consultation.

• Spacing and alignment- If you have gaps between your teeth or misaligned teeth, we can correct these problems through bonding, veneers, and orthodontics.

• Balance- We can contour a gummy smile, so you have an even appearance above and below the gum line. Chipped or cracked teeth can be evened out with bonding elements or veneers.

• Missing teeth- Missing teeth are both unsightly and unhealthy. We have numerous ways to replace missing teeth. Bridges, dentures, and implants are all options which are available to you.

• Tooth color- Often our patients are unhappy with their tooth color. If you have no existing dental work, teeth whitening treatments are an excellent way to brighten your smile. If you do have dental work in place, we can work with you by replacing older metal fillings. Additionally, we can change older dental work to refresh its appearance, place veneers, add crowns, and composite bonding.

Whatever work your smile makeover requires, we are ready to assist you in getting your perfect smile.

How Effective are Dental Implants?

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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.

Taking Care of Your Teeth after Teeth Whitening

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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.

Benefits of Same Day Dentistry

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For individuals suffering from advanced cosmetic degeneration in one or more teeth beyond the help of a simple cleaning or whitening, more drastic measures of improvement may be required. This prognosis can certainly be an unwelcome one, as many of the cosmetic procedures in this category require a significant time commitment on the part of the recipient to give your dental lab an adequate window of time in which to manufacture your crown, bridge, implant, or set of veneers. Same day dentistry is a revolutionary new way of working that allows your dental care provider to evaluate your mouth, collect the relevant data using special equipment, and actually have the restorative implement made in-office that day, allowing them to perform the procedure with no waiting period required.


During the appointment, our dentist will clean out any debris. Measurements will be taken and instead of an x-ray you will be put through a much more accurate CT scan, capable of gathering much more data about your mouth and teeth than technology of the past. This information will be fed into a 3D printer, and once the machine is done making your new implant or crown a reality, the rest of the process is a simple as having it placed and cemented to your teeth.


Those with active adult lives probably stand to benefit the most from a same day workflow when it comes to enhancing their smiles. A same day procedure eliminates the hassle of endless trips to and from the office and less time wasted in the chair. It also makes the need for temporary measures of protecting exposed, sculpted teeth with non-permanent crowns and retainers obsolete, minimizing the risk of bacteria complicating any part of the process. A same day procedure also requires less long-term planning, which makes it ideal for individuals whose teeth have become lost or damaged unexpectedly, such as in the case of a car accident. A same day restoration will allow you to walk out of the office with teeth just as radiant as they were before.

Porcelain Crowns and Their Uses

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When a tooth has become fractured or is deeply decayed, extraction may be the first solution that immediately comes to mind. In some cases, however, action this drastic is not necessarily required; if our dentist believes that there is a possibility of saving the tooth in question, he may suggest the possibility of having one or more porcelain crowns placed in your mouth.


Dental crowns are restorative fixtures that are placed over badly damaged teeth that are still firmly rooted in the gums. Our dentist will remove a portion of the outer enamel of the tooth to accommodate the bulk of the crown, clean the area, and set the crown with a special type of light-sensitive cement; in many cases, there will be a waiting period between your initial appointment and the final placement of the crown. In scenarios like this, the patient will most likely be given a temporary crown to protect the tooth of contention.


The applications dental crowns are suitable for span from the practical to the purely cosmetic. While some people may elect voluntarily to have one placed in their mouth, there are plenty of cases that may require that a tooth be protected for medically necessary reasons, as well. A patient who is interested in changing the size, shape, or color of an otherwise undamaged tooth can absolutely do so through the use of a dental crown. In the case of a tooth which has sustained physical damage and has become chipped, cracked, or fractured completely, a crown can be used to both protect the delicate inner membrane of the tooth and also to hold it together in place, salvaging it and saving you the trouble of needing to replace it through more invasive means, such as a dental implant. The same can be said for a tooth that is crumbling in decay and is too painful to leave fully exposed. Dental crowns can also be used to support other cosmetic fixtures present in the mouth; for example, a crown can serve as the abutment on either side of a dental bridge, restoring multiple teeth in the process. They can also be used to cover a dental implant.


If you feel that your particular case could possibly benefit from a dental crown, consult with our dentist in Torrance at your next appointment. We will no doubt be able to guide you to the most suitable solution for what you wish to improve about your smile.

Longevity of Dental Implants


If you’re in the market for an implant, or have already undergone the procedure to replace one or more teeth, you may have questions concerning the future of your newly-restored smile. Naturally, any person who has taken the time and made the investment to have an implant installed will want to do all they can to ensure that their new tooth lasts as long as possible. Our Beverly Hills dental implants dentist has all of the information you seek and the expertise needed to help you keep your implant safe, healthy, and in tact.

A dental implant consists of three main components: a titanium screw is drilled down into the bone and acts as the main body of support for the false tooth that will eventually be placed over top. Between the top and the screw is a base used to connect them, acting as the tooth to which the eventual dental crown bearing the false tooth will be placed and affixed. It is generally understood that if an implant is going to fail, it will do so immediately following the procedure, as opposed to performing well for an extended period of time only to break down later on down the line. Modern breakthroughs in the technology and technique surrounding the procedure, however, have made rejection less of a possibility than ever, making this a safer and more effective means of replacing teeth with every advancement.

The longevity of your implant will also depend on the condition your mouth was in when you had the procedure done; poor health in the mouth and body of the patient may make your bones and gums less capable of healing properly under the new imposition of the implant.

As far as a hard number in terms of the amount of time the average implant will last usably, most dentists will agree that a properly-maintained implant will remain undamaged enough to perform the same tasks as a regular tooth for decades, upwards of forty years if the patient takes care of it meticulously and doesn’t skip any in-office appointments to check up on it. What is a more pressing issue than the failure of the implanted screw itself is the possibility of the crown on top deteriorating, falling out entirely, or cracking under the pressure of day-to-day activity. This is a problem much more easily solved by your dentist than replacing the implant as a whole.

Types of Dental Bridges

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If you are missing one or more teeth, there are a few dental restoration options available to you. There are dental implants and there are also dental bridges. Average adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have three decayed or missing teeth. There are four types bridges that are used today that help bridge gaps and improve your smile.


The first type of bridge is a traditional bridge, which is the most popular. These are made up of one or more fake teeth and are held in place by a dental crown. The crowns are cemented onto the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth or tooth for support. These bridges are great for patients who have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth. These bridges are even strong enough to replace molars.


Cantilever bridges are also another option for replacing teeth. However, with this bridge the fake teeth are supported with a crown only on one side rather than both sides. If there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be used. Much like the traditional method, the adjacent tooth will need to be prepared by removing its enamel.


A more conservative option is a Maryland bridge. These bridges consist of false teeth held together by porcelain or metal frameworks. The framework is bonded to the backs of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. Since there is no crown used during this method, the adjacent teeth do not need to be filed down. Of note, the strength of the bridge is limited by the strength of the resin that holds it in place. It’s important to take special care of this type of bridge since the strength of it is limited.


There’s also implant-supported bridges to replace teeth. These can be used if you have more than one missing teeth. Instead of using crowns or frameworks, these bridges are supported by dental implants. There is usually one implant placed for each missing tooth. The series of implants holds the bridge in place. If it’s not possible to place one implant for every lost tooth, the bridge may be suspended between two-implant supported crowns.


Talk to our Northridge dentist about improving your smile. We can examine your teeth and gums and choose the best restoration option possible. If you have one or more missing teeth, there are multiple options available to you. We can improve your smile and make it look as natural as possible. Schedule a consultation with us today.