When a Tooth Extraction is Necessary

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Our teeth are meant to last us our whole lives, but sometimes issues occur that requires the removal of a tooth. Our Houston dentists will always recommend keeping your tooth and restoring it over any other option, but if it is unhealthy beyond proper and/or full repair, it is better if it is extracted.

Tooth extraction is necessary if a tooth has suffered physical damage that has affected its inner layer, where the pulp (nerves, tissue, and blood vessels) resides. It is also necessary if it has become infected and a root canal treatment has not been successful. Furthermore, a tooth can suffer so much decay that it is no longer strong enough, on its own or with a restoration.

Dental extraction is a fairly simple process. Our expert in tooth extraction in Houston will use a tool to clamp the tooth, and move it from slide to side. This loosens it from its ligaments gradually until it can be removed. Teeth that are difficult to extract may need to come out in pieces. Several restorations may be available to replace the tooth, including partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants.

If you have a tooth that is not healthy enough to function properly, it may need to be extracted. Contact our office today.

When are Dental Crowns Used?

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Because they sit right at the overlap between restorative and cosmetic procedures, crowns are one of the essentials of modern dentistry. They fix existing problems and guard against future ones, all while keeping your smile at full strength.

Today’s crowns are made of such resilient material they can act as strong and as reasonable as the teeth they cover, or replace. The most common materials are stainless steel, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, and ceramic.

Probably the most known use of dental crowns is to protect a weak tooth that is in danger of breaking. Crowns provide excellent defense against encroaching decay, and salvage the parts of the tooth that are the most vulnerable.

More recently, crowns are the final step in getting dental implants, which are replacement tooth roots made of titanium. After the implant takes effect by fusing biocompatibly with the jaw, the doctor fits you for a crown. This serves as the entirety of your new tooth.

Crowns are used particularly in children, especially those who appear at risk of poor dental health in adolescence and adulthood. If a baby tooth is too damaged to support a filling, the tooth will be crowned.

Occasionally, a permanent tooth will have less surface area than a filling requires. A crown builds that space back up, making it easier to accept the filling.

For more about crowns, contact our local dentists.

What is Tooth Bonding?

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Patients will be happy to know that tooth bonding is the easiest and least expensive dental treatment today. It is used in the field of cosmetic dentistry to correct aesthetic issues and perfect the look of the teeth.

Our cosmetic dentists in Houston will recommend dental bonding for several reasons. It can be used to change the shape of the teeth, such as to make them longer or wider. Bonding can also be used cover damage, such as dips and crevices in dental enamel, as well as cracks and chips. It is also a great way to fill in spaces between teeth without utilizing an orthodontic appliance. Teeth that feature intrinsic stains can be covered with dental bonding when teeth whitening treatment won’t be effective.

The dental bonding material is a composite resin that matches the color of dental enamel. Our expert in tooth bonding in Houston molds and shapes it in order to fill in space properly and flush. After it is in place, they polish it to match the natural sheen of the teeth.

After your teeth are perfected with tooth bonding, it is best to avoid smoking, as well as staining foods and drinks, as composite resin can become discolored.

Is Dental Sedation the Right Option for Me?

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Not everyone feels completely calm and comfortable in the dental chair, but with sedation dentistry, relaxation is a possibility. Our dentist in Huntington Beach offers sedatives that can give you a pleasant, painless dental experience without any of the discomfort you may have come to expect from a trip to the dentist.

You may be a candidate for sedation dentistry if you have:

• Dental phobia
• A history of unpleasant dental experiences
• Needle phobia
• Sensitive gag reflex
• Extremely sensitive teeth
• Difficulty getting numb
• A history of dental neglect
• Anxiety
• Certain physical problems that affect your ability to sit for long periods
• Scheduling issues that require you to have several procedures completed in a single appointment

Several types of sedation are available, including inhaled and oral sedation. Inhaled sedation is administered through a mask that is placed over the nose. It consists of nitrous oxide mixed with oxygen, and the effects are felt almost immediately. Oral sedation is administered through anti-anxiety medications. Many people can benefit from sedation dentistry, especially if they struggle with anxiety, dental phobia, or other issues that have prevented them from seeking dental care in the past. Call our expert in dental sedation in Huntington Beach to learn more about your sedation options.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

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Good dental hygiene alone may not be enough to keep stains off your teeth. If you drink coffee or wine, eat curry or are simply getting older, your teeth might be turning yellow. Stains are a natural part of life, but you don’t have to live with them. Our Los Angeles tooth whitening dentist offers several teeth whitening treatments that can remove stubborn stains and give you back your bright smile.

There are several benefits of teeth whitening. You can feel more self-confident when you smile, and you will not feel the urge to cover your smile with your lips or your hand. You no longer need to feel embarrassed about your stained teeth but can instead smile and feel proud of the way you look. Professional teeth whitening is safe and effective, and it is also fast, which means that you can have it done on your lunch hour or after work without taking too much time away from your busy schedule.

Finally, teeth whitening can actually improve your dental health. To keep your smile looking as good as the day you whitened it, you will need to brush and floss carefully, which helps keep it healthy and free of dangerous bacteria. Call us today to schedule your whitening appointment.

What to Do In Case Your Tooth is Broken

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Although teeth are generally durable, they can still break under the right circumstances. When this occurs, you can encourage the best possible recovery by taking certain steps. Here is what to do right away and what type of treatment options you might have for a dental emergency in Houston.

What to Do Immediately

As soon as you can, contact our dentist to schedule an emergency appointment. If your tooth has been knocked loose or if a large piece has broken off, put the tooth or piece in your cheek to keep it moist and protected until your visit. Use ice or anti-inflammatory medication to control pain.

Possible Treatment Options

A tiny chip may only require bonding, but more severe breakage is an emergency and will need more treatment. An onlay, crown, or root canal may be recommended to seal and protect the tooth. Some knocked-out teeth can be put back in place. Finally, some severe breakage may make tooth extraction necessary.

Getting the treatment you need without delay is often key in preventing complications from tooth breakage. Fortunately, a full range of treatments is offered at our office to address breakage of any severity. You can contact our dentist for treating a broken tooth in Houston to learn more about addressing these situations.

Steps in Root Canal Treatment

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The life of a tooth is found in the root canal. In it, connective nerves curate the growth of the tooth early in its development. When something goes wrong inside the tooth due to inflammation or infection, that life material, called pulp, can turn quickly into death material. It needs to be extricated entirely or you could risk losing the tooth altogether. Root canal therapy safely removes all infection from the tooth, and carefully replaces it with another substance.

Our expert in root canal in North Hollywood begins the procedure with an anesthetic that numbs the area. They access the root canal by drilling a tiny hole either in the biting surface of a back tooth, or through the back of a front tooth. The dentist then cleans the tooth and its root canals. This involves threading a highly complex tangle of nerves and ligaments, and you could end up with a lot of soreness if the doctor accidentally nicks something. To minimize risk and guide their efforts, our well-trained North Hollywood dentists rely on digital, ultrasonic, and microscopic technology.

After all root canals are cleaned and filled, the dentist will set you up with aftercare instructions and a referral for a restoration—a crown that will fully seal the top of the tooth. Your tooth should be back to full functionality within a week or two.