Is Toothache a Dental Emergency?

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Toothaches let themselves be known in a variety of different ways, but unfortunately, all involve pain. Because there’s no way for us to know what is causing a toothache, we should always treat them as dental emergencies. Sometimes even the littlest bit of pain can be a sign of a serious problem that needs to be treated right away by a toothache dentist in Los Angeles.

Most patients describe their toothache pain in one of a few ways. These types of pain can be symptoms of very specific underlying problems.

• Sharp pain can be the result of decay in the enamel. This occurs because cavities have damaged the protective layers surrounding the pulp of your tooth, where nerves and blood vessels lie. This pain typically occurs when eating, as the pressure effects the damaged nerves in the pulp.

• Throbbing pain may mean inflamed and/or infected nerve endings. This is normally cured with a root canal filling.

• Bouts of pain are usually a sign that an infection in your tooth has become aggressive. You may think that because the pain goes away at times the problem has subsided and cured itself, but in fact the opposite is true.

• Extreme pain means you should have already made plans to visit an emergency dentist in LA. Treatment can involve root canal fillings, extractions, and antibiotics.

Contact our office to consult with our dentist about other possible cases of toothache.

What You Should Expect during a Dental Exam

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Even the most basic dental exam can be a cause for stress for some patients. It may be helpful to know or to be reminded of what typically occurs during a dental exam. The following is a list of what you can expect your dentists to do when you go in for a visit:

  • Evaluate your overall health and hygiene
  • Evaluate any need for restoration and/or repair
  • Remove any stains or deposits on the surfaces of your teeth
  • Assess the need for fluoride
  • Evaluate risk of tooth decay, bone disease, and gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontal disease
  • Check for any jaw or bite problems
  • Demonstrate proper cleaning techniques

An expert in dental exam in Los Angeles will also likely perform an x-ray, in order to get a better look at your all of teeth. There are several ways they can get this x-ray. A bitewing is a cardboard-like device that you bite down on, allowing the dentist to get a good view of the crowns on your upper and lower teeth. A periapical x-ray allows for a good image of an entire tooth, including the surrounding bone. Other types of x-rays include occlusal, panoramic, and cone beam tomography.

Common Treatments Used for Restoring Damaged Teeth

A “damaged” tooth can refer to many different problems. It can mean a cracked or broken tooth, an infected and inflamed tooth, or a tooth that has become completely rotten. Most teeth that have sustained damage have done so due to lack of proper care that has led to loss of enamel, which has in turn lead to a weakened tooth.

A restorative dentist in Los Angeles will be equipped to employ different treatments dependent the particular cause of damage done. Some treatments commonly used are:

 

  • Crowns: used to cover the top of a tooth after damage caused by chips and cavities
  • Veneers: covers for the front surfaces of teeth to cover chips and cracks
  • Dental bonding: uses a putty-like material to restore teeth after chips, cracks, and decay
  • Inlays and onlays: to treat moderate decay on the molars
  • Root canal treatment: employed when the root of a tooth has become infected
  • Implants: usually used after a root canal treatment to replace the damaged tooth

 

Damages such as these to the tooth or teeth are not to be cast aside or taken lightly. You should contact a dentist right away. Even if you are not feeling any discomfort or pain, the damage can worsen, resulting in longer, more intense, and more costly treatment.

What Oral Surgeons Do

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There are many people who work in dentistry, but that does not mean they all do the same things. For example, an oral surgeon, or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is different than a dental surgeon. An oral surgeon completes four to six more years of training, and therefore has a wider range of specific skills. They can restore or repair not just teeth, but jaws and mouths, too.

Here is a list of some of the procedures an oral surgeon in Northridge is able to perform:

• Tooth removal: If you have had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are it was done by an oral surgeon.

• Jaw surgery: Oral surgeons can help to fix jaw realignment issues, or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction)

• Birth defect corrections: For example, cleft lips or pallets.

• Facial reconstruction: This may be needed after an accident that changes the look of your face or affects your dental health.

• Dental implants: If you have a missing tooth, or a tooth that is severely damaged, an oral surgeon is the one that will perform the actual surgical aspect of the implant process, before you return to your general Northridge dentist.

• Remove benign tumors, cysts, or work on cases involving oral cancer.

Extreme Cases of Dental Makeover

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Many of us have had a cavity filled, a crown placed, or even orthodontic work to improve the health and aesthetics of our teeth. When a patient needs extensive dental work to improve the appearance of their smile, it is considered an extreme smile makeover. As an internet search for extreme smile makeover Beverly Hills suggests, an extreme smile makeover simply means that numerous dental procedures will be performed to give you the smile you deserve.

Before an extreme smile makeover can begin, you will meet with your dentist to discuss the dental issues that are present and the treatment options that exist to correct these problems. Since there are a variety of treatment options to correct most issues and no two patients are exactly the same, you and your dentist will together determine the treatment plan that best meets your time and budget constraints. Treatments can be both restorative and aesthetic in nature. Among the procedures that could be a part of your treatment plan are the following:

• Dental Implants
• Porcelain Crowns
• Veneers or Lumineers
• Dental Bridges or Dentures
• Wisdom Tooth Extraction
• Root Canal Therapy
• Deep Cleaning
• Teeth Whitening
• Orthodontic Work

If you are considering an extreme smile makeover, contact our office for a free consultation to discuss the treatment options available to give you the smile of your dreams.

Wisdom Teeth and the Troubles They Cause

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Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars found at the very back of your mouth. They are the very last teeth at each end of your jaw, but aren’t necessarily ever seen. This is because wisdom teeth don’t grow in until between the ages of seventeen and twenty-one. Wisdom teeth can cause a lot of problems, and even if they don’t are usually removed fairly early on from an emergency wisdom tooth removal dentist in Los Angeles, once they start emerging or should start emerging.

Problems wisdom teeth can cause include:

• Only breaking through the gums half way, which can cause the gum to grow over them. This can lead to an infection.
• Growing in crooked or backwards, effecting other teeth
• Impaction in the jaw
• Lack of hygiene, due to not enough space to allow for cleaning
• Cysts, which damage your jawbone and/or roots

Symptoms to look out for are:

• Pain or stiffness in jaw
• Irritation
• Swelling in gums
• Teeth crowding
• Tooth decay
• Gum disease

If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above, you should contact emergency dentists in Los Angeles. These problems usually affect those between the ages of fifteen and twenty five who have not yet gotten their wisdom teeth removed.

Is the Cost of Clear Braces Different from Traditional Braces?

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If you are in need of orthodontic treatment in order to correct the alignment of your teeth, you may be trying to decide between clear braces and traditional braces. Part of that decision may be hinging on the cost difference. Although each individual case is unique, the cost of clear braces tends to be fairly comparable to that of traditional braces. Whichever type of braces you decide on, there are other factors that may more accurately help you get an idea of the cost.

The geographic location of where you will be receiving treatment will definitely play a role in the total cost. Major metropolitan areas and coastal regions tend to cost more than minor cities and rural regions. For instance, the cost of clear braces in Los Angeles will likely be more expensive than they are in Columbus, OH. The same holds true for traditional braces. The severity of your orthodontic issue will also affect the cost. Additionally, the level of experience of the provider you will be using for treatment will also impact the price, with more experienced providers tending to charge higher fees.

If you would like get a better idea as to the price of either type of braces in your particular case, contact our expert in orthodontics in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.