What Does a Gummy Smile Look Like?

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A gummy smile is a smile with an imbalanced tooth-to-gum ratio. You may look like you have abnormally short teeth or too much gum tissue. Your lip may pull up and away from your teeth and gums when you smile, also. This can lead to an appearance of excess gum tissue.

I have a gummy smile.

Is your gummy smile is affecting your self-confidence? Do you find yourself hiding your smile? Do you avoid talking or smiling in public? Do you put your hand in front of your face while laughing or choose to smile with your lips closed? Having a gummy smile should not hold you back. Treatment options are available for you.

The problem is not just that you have extra gum tissue, but that the proportions of your smile are imbalanced. We will examine your teeth and gums to determine the extent of the gum tissue, the size and shape of your teeth, the position of the jaw and teeth related to the skull, and the way your upper lip moves. Sometimes just one factor creates the look of a gummy smile, but sometimes multiple issues are involved. The treatment plan we design for you will address your specific needs for a comprehensive solution and for overall satisfying results. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in periodontics in Los Angeles.

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Titanium Vs. Zirconia Dental Implants

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Society in ancient times tried to replace lost teeth using shells or other items inserted into the empty socket. These historic implants may have been more for cosmetic purposes than functional purposes. Luckily, today’s dental technology has advanced, allowing us to create implants that are remarkably like natural teeth in look, function and design. Using biocompatible materials that your body easily accepts and incorporates helps the function and design. Our Beverly Hills dental implant expert can help you decide if a dental implant is right for you.

Titanium is the most commonly used material in dental implants today. It is a special type of metal that is easily incorporated into the bone tissue. It can last many years without complication, but some patients have sensitivities that can affect their candidacy for titanium implants. Additionally, titanium implants have prosthetic connections that can harbor potentially dangerous oral bacteria.

Zirconia implants are made of ceramic, or a highly biocompatible material that will not corrode in the mouth. The bone grows into and around the zirconia implant just like it does with the titanium implants. Zirconia implants can be made as a single unit, much like natural teeth, and this eliminates the need for components that could harbor bacteria. Additionally, the full-ceramic design allows for a more natural appearance without the risk of metal showing through the restoration. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Beverly Hills dental implant expert.

Importance of Emergency Dental Care

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Accidents are a part of everyday life, but when an accident affects your mouth, what you do in the moments after the injury may mean the difference between saving your smile and losing a tooth. We offer emergency dental work in Los Angeles to stabilize and protect your dental health no matter what.

Common dental emergencies include knocked-out teeth, cracked or broken teeth, dislodged teeth, bitten soft tissues, toothaches, objects stuck between teeth or in other tissues and abscesses. In most cases, these emergencies require immediate treatment. We can quickly and efficiently evaluate your situation and take steps to stabilize the tooth or soft tissues and prevent further damage.

After stabilizing your tooth and providing any necessary care, we may recommend specific follow-up care. Following these recommendations is vital to achieving a positive outcome. Without emergency dental care, a dental emergency could lead to the loss of a tooth. An abscess could become a life-threatening infection, and untreated dental disease could cause widespread bone or tissue loss. We recommend a prompt evaluation of any dental emergency and will ensure you get the care you need.

Reduce your risk of dental emergencies by wearing mouthguards when engaging in contact sports, using appropriate tools for opening packages and avoiding chewing on non-food items such as ice, pencils and fingernails. Call us to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our LA emergency dentist.

Can I Afford Getting Dental Implants?

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Dental implants can be costlier than other forms of dental restorations, which is why many people worry about whether or not they can afford them. Even though they offer many physical and emotional benefits, insurance coverage can be scarce, leaving you facing higher out-of-pocket costs. Our goal is to provide you with more affordable dental implants in Los Angeles so that you can get the care you need.

Although more dental insurance companies are covering dental implants today, that coverage may still be limited. Many plans cover implants under major dental work, and that coverage may cover up to half the costs of your implants. Some plans also have a cap on the amount they will cover. This may leave you facing higher out-of-pocket costs.

Maximizing your coverage is one way to get the treatment you need while still sticking to your budget. We will work with you to identify the best way to proceed with your implant procedure. You can also use health savings accounts or flexible savings accounts to save pre-tax dollars that can then be used to offset your implants costs. Finally, a variety of financing options are available that can be used to cover out-of-pocket expenses. Some of these are interest-free if paid off within a specific period while others have varying interest rates based on the terms, your credit rating and other factors.

We will work with you to save your smile and your budget. Give us a call to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dental implant expert.

Teeth Whitening and Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be an exciting time in a woman’s life, but there are so many questions that often come with it. You may be unclear about what can and cannot be done during this time, and your doctor and dentist will be there for you to walk you through this time. Certain health concerns need to be addressed immediately, but certain cosmetic procedures should be deferred until after pregnancy. One of these procedures includes tooth whitening.

There are numerous ways to brighten your teeth, including over-the-counter strips and gels as well as in-office procedures. Both of these forms of tooth whitening include hydrogen peroxide, which the American Dental Association has found no significant oral or systemic health concerns to women who took it during pregnancy. However, these women took below the recommended amount of hydrogen peroxide, so the jury is still out on whether or not whitening your teeth during pregnancy will carry any significant long-term health effects.

The best advice is to not risk it. Whitening your teeth should not be an immediate concern during this time, but you should still see a dentist to receive routine dental examinations. Your teeth and gums can still be cleaned while you are pregnant so that harmful bacteria do not get a chance to build up and create oral health problems.

Teeth Whitening Options

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Teeth whitening are amongst the fastest and most flexible cosmetic dental solutions available. Multiple teeth whitening systems are available, and other options within these systems may also be offered. Here is a look at the choices patients may be able to receive from our Beverly Hills smile make over expert for brightening their smile.

Different Teeth Whitening Systems

A variety of teeth whitening systems are distinguished by their bleaching formulas, activation methods and potential for repeat applications. In addition to traditional teeth whitening, which uses Hydrogen Peroxide, patients can choose Zoom whitening. Zoom whitening includes Carbamide Peroxide and can be performed again to increase results.

In-Office and At-Home Teeth Whitening

Patients may be given a choice between having their teeth whitened in our office and at home using a professional system. In both cases, patients benefit from the expertise and supervision of our dentist as well as from personalized trays that fit over the teeth. However, in-office teeth whitening can work more quickly than at-home options.

Regardless of the teeth whitening system chosen, patients can help their results last longer by brushing and flossing regularly. Avoiding heavily pigmented foods and beverages, or other factors that can stain teeth can also help. Patients can learn more about their options in this category during a consultation with our expert in teeth whitening in Beverly Hills.

Is Sleep Apnea the Same as Insomnia?

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There are numerous sleeping disorders people can become afflicted by. In order to determine which disorder you suffer from and the best way to treat it, you will need to undergo a sleep study performed by a Los Angeles sleep apnea specialist. Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleeping disorders, and if left untreated, it can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. Another symptom of sleep apnea is insomnia, but insomnia is its own disorder and needs to be treated as such.

The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud, chronic snoring that is punctuated by pauses in breathing during sleep. These pauses can occur a few times a night or hundreds of time, and either way, they result in drops in blood oxygen levels. This is what ultimately leads to cardiovascular problems. Some of the other issues that can occur are irritability, memory problems, and daytime fatigue.

Insomnia is another common sleeping disorder, but it occurs when someone is unable to fall asleep or stay asleep. A big difference between the two is that many people are unaware they have sleep apnea, but in contrast, people with insomnia will know they have it. In order to treat either condition, you need to get a comprehensive evaluation performed.