How Invisalign Works

Invisalign offers the same benefits metal braces do, but it achieves this without using brackets or wires. How does this discreet, comfortable treatment manage this? Here is a look at the way Invisalign works and how it is used.

Personalized Aligners

The foundation of Invisalign treatment is are aligners, which are designed on an individual basis from X-rays and bite impressions. For every patient who visits our orthodontist in Rocklin, a set of unique aligners is created to be given individually throughout the treatment. Each aligner is worn for a few weeks, and straightens the teeth more than the previous.

Invisalign Process

Patients return to our office throughout their Invisalign treatment to get new aligners until completion, which takes one to two years on average. Afterwards, patients get retainers, which look similar to aligners, in order to keep their teeth from reverting to their old positions. Recommendations for retainer use can vary with the individual, but many benefit from wearing theirs every night indefinitely.

The design and number of aligners can vary, but the Invisalign process remains the same among patients. Oral health, comfort, and appearance all benefit from Invisalign. At a consultation with our expert in Invisalign in Rocklin, patients can learn more about this treatment and how it works.

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Getting a Root Canal

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If your tooth has suffered decay or injury to the point that it has affected the pulp, a root canal procedure will be the only way for you to save it. Alternately, you can have the tooth extracted and replaced with an implant, but it is always best to try and save your natural tooth.

If you are getting a root canal, the first step will be to have an X-ray done on the affected tooth to assess the extent of the damage. The dentist will then administer a local anesthetic and isolate the tooth from moisture using a dental dam. The decay will then be removed and an access hole will be drilled through the crown of the tooth. Using special instruments, the dentist will then remove the damaged pulp. The root canals will then be flushed and cleaned. If an infection is present, antibiotics will be administered at this point. The tooth will then be filled with a rubbery substance called gutta percha and topped with a dental filling. A dental crown will ultimately be used to restore the weakened tooth, with a metal post being used to support the crown if the tooth has been particularly weakened. This whole process can take anywhere from one to three visits to the dentist, depending on the specifics of your case.

If you are having tooth pain and believe you may need to have a root canal done, contact our dentist in Northridge to schedule an appointment.

One Visit Dental Crowns

A dental crown is used to give strength to a tooth that has been weakened by injury or decay. A crown can also be used to make a cosmetic improvement to a tooth that is discolored or misshapen. It used to be that two visits were required in order to have a crown placed. On the first visit, the tooth was prepared, impressions were taken and then sent to the lab, and a temporary crown was then placed. A recent development in modern dentistry now allows dentists to place crowns in just one visit.

The first step is that the tooth in question is prepared so that it can be fit with a crown. Next, the dentist uses a special tool to digitally scan the tooth. The data is then sent to a computer that is connected to a milling machine. The milling machine uses the data to carve a crown out of a block of porcelain. Once the crown has been manufactured, it is placed onto the prepared tooth at the same visit. As a result, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.

If your tooth is in need of a crown and you would rather not do it over the course of two visits, contact our expert in same day crowns in Agoura Hills to schedule a consultation.

Pros and Cons of Dental Bonding

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Dental bonding utilizes composite resin in order to fix chips, cracks, and discolorations of the teeth. It can also be used to lengthen teeth and to fill in cavities after they have been treated. As with most dental procedures, there are pros and cons associated with dental bonding.

One of the biggest pros of dental bonding is that it is very aesthetically pleasing. Bonding can be made to match the color of your natural tooth. When a cavity is filled with a tooth-colored filling, it is bonding material that is being referred to. Dental bonding is also one of the more cost effective procedures in dentistry. Most issues, such as chipped teeth and lengthening teeth, can be done by our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood during the course of a single appointment.

One of the cons of dental bonding is that it is not resistant to stains. Especially on front teeth, dental bonding may stain over time as it is exposed to coffee, tobacco, and carbonated beverages. When it comes to filling cavities, bonding is not as strong as amalgam or gold fillings. This may result in bonding needing to be replaced more frequently. Additionally, if you plan on having your teeth whitened, it will not be able to whiten the bonding. This will result in the rest of your teeth being whiter, but your bonding staying the same color.

If you are interested in learning if dental bonding is the right cosmetic option for you, contact our expert in dental bonding in North Hollywood to schedule a consultation.

Treatment Options for Gum Disease

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Gum disease is the result of plaque and tartar that have been allowed to accumulate and cause decay. There are stages of gum disease, and the earlier it is caught and treated, the better your chances of avoiding serious health concerns.

The first stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. It is characterized by red, swollen gums that tend to bleed easily during regular brushing and flossing. At this point, gum disease is highly treatable and reversible. In some cases, better oral hygiene practices at home, along with more frequent professional dental cleanings can effectively treat gingivitis. For others, scaling and root planing may be necessary. Scaling involves our West Hollywood dentist scraping all the plaque and tartar away from above and below the gumline. Root planing involves the dentist removing the rough bacterial deposits that form at the root of each tooth.

Periodontitis is the next stage of gum disease, and it is characterized by deep periodontal pockets, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. Sometimes scaling and root planing is able to treat periodontitis, but surgery is often necessary. Flap surgery is when our gum treatment dentist in West Hollywood surgically lifts back the gums to remove the plaque and tartar. If there are any bone irregularities, they are smoothed out. In other cases, bone or gum graft surgery is required to restore the tissue loss that occurs during this stage of gum disease.

What Does a Periodontal Surgeon Do?

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A periodontal surgeon is a surgeon that specializes in performing surgeries on the gums. Gum disease is typically the main reason for needing the services of a periodontal surgeon.

When gum disease has reached the periodontitis stage, it is common for the patient to have developed rather deep periodontal pockets. Usually pockets that are deeper than 5mm are considered to be particularly problematic. These periodontal pockets are the perfect safe haven for plaque and tartar to proliferate and cause damage to the bone and surrounding tissue, sometimes resulting in tooth loss. Pocket reduction surgery is one such example of a surgery that a periodontal surgeon would perform. During this surgery, the gums are surgically lifted back and the tartar is removed. Any irregular surfaces on the bone are also smoothed out. When the surgery is finished, the gums are closed back up so that they once again fit snugly against the tooth. For gums that have receded, another common procedure that our periodontist in Los Angeles would perform is a gum graft surgery. A periodontal surgeon may also perform a bone graft or a guided tissue regeneration surgery in order to promote better periodontal health.

If you are suffering from particularly bad gum disease, it is recommended that you contact our periodontal surgeon in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

Tips for Your Kid’s Orthodontic Treatment

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The American Association of Orthodontists recommends bringing your child to an orthodontist for an evaluation by the time they are seven years old. At this point, the orthodontist will be able to get a good idea as to how their mouth is going to develop and whether or not they will need braces. If it is determined they need braces, you will want to follow a few simple tips during the course of their treatment.

Your child will be visiting the orthodontist rather frequently when they are undergoing orthodontic treatment with braces. As a result, you will want to make sure that your child gets along with the orthodontist. Sometimes it is helpful to get recommendations from people who already know you and your child, such as a pediatrician or a family friend.

It is also important that you keep a close eye on their oral hygiene habits during their orthodontic treatment. Braces make it harder to brush and floss properly, often resulting in food and debris getting caught in between the brackets and wires. Food and debris that is not removed can cause decay. Some patients find that inter-dental brushes work well for cleaning their teeth with braces. A good orthodontist will be able to instruct your child on the best methods for maintaining good oral hygiene.

If your child is over seven and you have not yet taken them in for an evaluation, contact our kids orthodontist in Torrance to schedule a consultation.