Is Surgery Necessary for Dental Implants?

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If you are receiving a dental implant in order to replace a missing tooth, then you will need to do undergo at least one surgery. In some cases, additional surgeries may be required.

Dental implants require that a patient has enough strength and density in their jawbone in order to be able to support the implants. If you do not have enough support in your jawbone, then a bone graft surgery will first be necessary. It can take up to nine months to fully heal from this surgery.

Assuming a patient has enough support in their jawbone, the first surgery is the one in which our Los Angeles tooth implants expert will place the implant into your jawbone. At the start of this surgery, the doctor will make an incision into your gums at the point where the missing tooth was located. Once the bone is exposed, the doctor will drill a hole into it. The metal post portion of the implant will then be placed into this hole and covered back up. It can take several months to heal from this procedure.

If the abutment was already in place, then no additional surgery is needed. If the abutment needs to be attached, then there will be one more surgery required. Our expert in dental implant surgery in Los Angeles will cut the gum open again to reveal the implant. The abutment will then be attached, and the gum will be closed around the implant. The final step, regardless of the amount of surgeries, is for the implant to be topped off with a crown.


How are Teeth Restored?

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When teeth fail, dentists rely on a variety of restorations. Depending on how catastrophic the loss is, restorative dentistry can give you back your smile with only a minimum of invasion.

Fillings are perhaps the easiest option, for cavities and light decay. Modern fillings are made from a tooth-colored composite designed to blend into the natural shades of your smile.

When a tooth cracks or wears down, or needs a root canal, a crown may be in order. This is a tooth-shaped cap that fortifies the structure of the tooth.

Our expert in restorative dentistry in Los Angeles may also prescribe full or partial dentures in cases where multiple teeth are missing. Dentures are custom-molded to your mouth, and can prevent vacancies from adversely affecting the other teeth.

A bridge is similar in function to dentures, in that it stops gaps in your toothline. Adjacent teeth are used as abutments for a false tooth, or pontic, in the middle.

If you have sufficient bone density, you may qualify for dental implants. These are maybe the most radical restoration, as they involve at least two different surgical procedures over a span of months. A titanium root is given time to fuse with the jawbone, and a prosthetic tooth is made to fit over it. Implants are sometimes used in combination with bridges and dentures.

For more about ways to restore teeth, contact our dentist office in Los Angeles.

Are Veneers Stain Resistant?

0149.jpgPorcelain veneers are stain resistant by nature, but that does not mean they are stain-proof. As long as you follow some simple guidelines, your veneers should remain white throughout their lifespan.

One of the most important things you can do to prevent your veneers from staining is to stop smoking. While the nature of porcelain prevents many stains from clinging to the veneers, the chemicals found in cigarette smoke can stick to the veneers. And if a layer of stain is allowed to settle, it will be easier for other stains to also attach.

It is also important to avoid using whitening toothpaste. These types of toothpaste contain abrasive ingredients and can weaken the glaze that contributes to porcelain being stain resistant.

Lastly, it is good to remember that the natural tooth behind your veneer can stain, and if the tooth behind it stains, it can show through the veneer. Dark liquids like coffee, tea, and red wine should be avoided. If you feel like you cannot do without one of these beverages, our Beverly Hills veneers expert recommends that you drink them through a straw to avoid the liquid from coming into contact with your teeth as much as possible. If you do consume a liquid or a food that has a tendency to stain, you should try and brush your teeth as soon as possible to get rid of the stain. In fact, regularly brushing and flossing, along with biannual visits to your dentist for a professional cleaning, go a long way in keeping your veneers white.

How Long Lumineers Last

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Lumineers are a special kind of dental veneer that are made out of an ultra-thin porcelain. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers do not require our cosmetic dentist in Northridge to remove any enamel from your teeth in order to be placed. Properly maintained Lumineers can last for over 20 years.


In order to ensure their longevity, it is important to make sure that you are taking proper care of your Lumineers. The best way to do this at home is to regularly brush and floss your teeth. While the porcelain Lumineers are resistant to decay, the teeth behind them are still vulnerable to the effects of decay. Along with practicing proper oral hygiene at home, it is recommended to visit the dentist every six months for a dental exam and cleaning.


It is also a good idea to avoid foods that stain your teeth. While Lumineers are resistant to staining, they are unfortunately not completely stain-proof. Over time, wine, tea, coffee, and smoking can start to dull your Lumineers if you are not careful about it. Also, if a tooth behind the Lumineer gets stained, it can shine through and affect the color of the Lumineer. And while the porcelain used in Lumineers is particularly durable, it is still best to avoid biting on hard items like ice cubes, pen caps, and fingernails.

If you are interested in learning if Lumineers are the right cosmetic dental option for your needs, contact our expert in Lumineers in Northridge to schedule a consultation.

How Invisalign Braces Should be Cleaned

While undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign braces, it is important to make sure that you keep the aligners clean. There are a few different methods you can use for keeping your aligners in good shape.

One of your options for cleaning your aligners is to purchase the cleaning crystals that are sold by Invisalign. You simply add these crystals to water and they help remove the accumulated dental plaque from your aligners. While Invisalign recommends using their cleaning crystals, there are other methods that you can also use. For instance, you can use cleaning solutions that have been made to clean retainers or dentures.

You can also utilize a variety of household methods. A toothbrush is more than capable of cleaning your aligners, but you will want to avoid using toothpaste with it. Most toothpastes contain abrasive elements that can ruin your aligners. That is why it is recommended to use a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent instead. For best results, use a separate toothbrush than the one you use to brush your teeth. And no matter what you do, make sure to avoid using heat or hot liquids to clean your aligners, as heat can bend them out of shape.

If you have any additional questions about maintaining your Invisalign braces, contact our Torrance orthodontist for more information.

Average Length of Orthodontic Treatments

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The average length of treatment time for metal braces usually ends up being around 2 years, whereas the average length of treatment time for Invisalign ends up being around 18 months. That being said, the exact length of orthodontic treatment time will be different on a patient-by-patient basis. There a variety of reasons why it is hard to gauge an exact treatment time for any given orthodontic case.

The length of treatment time will largely depend on the severity of the case. A patient with very minor spacing issues may only require six months of orthodontic treatment, while a patient with severe malocclusion may take longer than two years. Only your orthodontist will be able to give you a better idea of how long treatment will likely be in your particular case.

Other issues can also come into play. If a patient received early intervention treatment, then their subsequent treatment may be shorter. If a patient is not diligent about taking care of their braces or aligners, or if a patient misses several of their appointments with the orthodontist, it could cause a delay in treatment. The same holds true if a patient experiences oral health issues during treatment, such as gum disease.

How to Find Out if You Are a Candidate for Dental Implants

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Most people in good health who have lost one or more teeth would be considered good candidates for receiving dental implants. There are a few notable exceptions, though.

As mentioned above, it is important to be in good health if you wish to have implants placed. Unfortunately, certain systemic conditions like uncontrolled diabetes or cancer may prohibit someone from being able to receive dental implants. The reason for this is because one or more surgeries are required to place the dental implants and these people may not be able to heal properly from these procedures. It is also true that if you suffer from uncontrolled gum disease, you would not be considered a good candidate. This is because your gums and bone would not be able to support the implants. If the gum disease is brought under control, then that same person may be considered a candidate once again.

Bad candidates for dental implant placement surgery include patients who have suffered jawbone loss. It is necessary for your jawbone to have enough strength and density in order to support dental implants. For these patients, a bone graft procedure can be done to supply them with adequate bone support. It usually takes several months to heal from this procedure before a patient is able to receive dental implants.

The best way to determine your candidacy is by consulting with a dentist. If you are interested in learning if you would make a good candidate, contact our tooth implants dentist in Los Angeles to set up a consultation.