Periodontal Treatments

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Gum disease has two stages – moderate and severe, otherwise known as gingivitis and periodontitis. While gingivitis can be reversed with rigorous daily oral care, periodontitis is a serious condition. It can cause bleeding, tender, and bleeding gum tissue, as well as heart conditions, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, our Houston dentist can perform several treatments and procedures to eliminate periodontitis and reverse its effects.

The first method used to combat severe gum disease, other than increased at home care, is a deep cleaning. A deep cleaning is also called a scaling and root planing, or SRP. It involves removing built up plaque just above and just below the gum line.

If a scaling and root planing is not successful, a few different surgical methods can be used. Gum flap surgery is a more invasive way to remove plaque. Our expert in periodontics will make an incision in order to remove plaque from the tooth root surfaces. They can also use this time to mend the bone if the disease has led to jaw bone loss. A gum grafting can also be performed to replace lost gum tissue.

Our dentist will work with you in order to plan your gum disease treatment.

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Why is an Invisalign Retainer Needed?

Patients are sometimes surprised to learn that there is one last step after Invisalign treatment is over. But don’t worry – the last part is not nearly as involving as wearing your aligners for all those months. After you are finished with your main orthodontic treatment you will need to wear a retainer.

Invisalign retainers are very similar to regular aligners. They look and fit around the teeth in the exact same way. The main difference between the two is that retainers do not attempt to shift the teeth, but are designed to keep them in place.

Trusting the teeth will stay in their new spaces after orthodontic treatment is dangerous. The teeth actually tend to shift back into their old, unhealthy spots. An Invisalign Retainer helps to keep them where they should be, so as to not negate all of the hard work you and your smile have done.

Our dentist may recommend you wear your retainer as much as you did your aligners, or only at night. If you are instructed to wear them for at least twenty hours a day, we may later lessen that time after the teeth have had time to adjust. We recommend retainers for patients of Invisalign Express, Full, and Teen.

Invisalign Teen Vs. Braces

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The early teenage years are the best time for orthodontic treatment. This is because all of the permanent teeth are now completely grown in, but the jaw is not fully developed, and is therefore still easy to manipulate. Teens today often have two options available to them to straighten the teeth and correct the bite – braces and Invisalign Teen. As the latter offers many benefits, most choose it over braces.

 

Invisalign Teen vs. braces

Invisalign Teen offers all of the advantages that Full treatment does. The aligners are invisible, removable, and comfortable. These features make it easier for patients to eat, clean the teeth, and live their everyday life as normal. This is very different than braces, which are highly noticeable, not removable, and can irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.

On top of all of these benefits, Teen treatment offers advantages specifically designed for younger patients. The aligners come with blue indicator dots, which disappear with use. This informs the patients, patient’s parents, and our expert in orthodontics in Rocklin whether they are being worn enough each day. They are also equipped with expanders, to accommodate growing jaws and developing wisdom teeth. Furthermore, Invisalign offers up to six replacement aligners in case any go missing or become damaged. All of these features are not available with braces.

What Can Dental Bonding Fix?

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A bright smile can open doors and warm relationships. Smiling can make you look and feel younger and more attractive, and it can lower your blood pressure, relieve stress, boost endorphins and make you feel more positive. If you do not like the way your smile looks, you are unlikely to smile as often as you would otherwise. Our smile makeover dentist can help. We offer cosmetic treatments that can improve your smile.

One popular option is bonding. Bonding is a procedure that uses composite resin to make small changes in the appearance of one or more teeth. You might be a candidate for cosmetic bonding if your teeth are healthy with sufficient enamel to support the bonding and if you have minor cosmetic flaws.

Common issues that can be corrected by dental bonding include:

  • Small cavities
  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Discolored or stained teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Short or narrow teeth
  • Worn enamel
  • Enamel irregularities
  • Irregularly shaped teeth

The procedure is performed in our office and generally is completed in a single appointment. There is typically no need for anesthesia, and preparation is minimal. With good care, a bonded tooth can last for years. Call our office today to find out more about how dental bonding can transform your smile or to schedule your appointment with our team.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implantPatients who have had a tooth extracted or knocked-out have a few options available regarding replacement. Many patients choose dentures or dental bridges, which each have their benefits and may be best for the patient. Dental implants, however, are recommended most often for patients with otherwise good dental and oral health.

Dental implants offer many benefits to patients. They are beneficial in large part due to the fact that they become ingrained in the jaw. Our Orange County dentist inserts a post made of titanium into the jaw bone. This material is able to fuse with the bone tissue without causing infection or complications. This means the implant is much more stable than other tooth replacement options. This gives the patient the benefits of both stability and comfort.

Another very important benefit of dental implants regards the negative effects that occur during tooth loss. These negative effects include the movement of the adjacent teeth, which can necessitate orthodontic work, and jaw bone loss, which can affect facial structure. Dental implants not only stop these issues from occurring, but reverse them, as well.

For more information about the dental implant benefits, talk to our dental implant dentist in Orange County today.

When is Snoring an Issue?

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It’s not entirely true that snoring is not normal. Stigmatized in society, snoring is associated with obesity and aging. In fact, while weight gain and the aging factors that act specifically on the throat muscles can lead to increased snoring, basically everyone snores at least occasionally. Causes range from alcohol consumption, to heavy allergies, to a sinus infection.

Besides the overweight and the elderly, groups notorious for snoring are those with enlarged tonsils or adenoids—this group includes children. Others may snore because they have a deviated septum, or nasal polyps.

Sufferers across the snoring spectrum do not always know how much they snore. You’re asleep, obviously, and if you sleep alone there are no witnesses. People who snore infrequently often realize it when their obstructed nasal passages wake them up. Otherwise, those who snore while in a deep sleep stay oblivious. It’s important for these people, especially, to keep up with their sleep education.

If you snore a lot, you may have sleep apnea. This is a condition in which altered airflow creates what is called an apneic event, or sleep interruption. Chronic sufferers may wake up dozens of times per night because they stopped breathing. This condition can become quite serious if left untreated. So if you’ve been told you snore, we advise you to contact our expert in sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks.

What Invisalign is Like

While many are familiar with traditional metal braces are how they work, not everyone is as knowledgeable about Invisalign. If you are an orthodontic patient of our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist, and are currently deciding between which type of treatment to get, knowing more about the Invisalign experience might help you make up your mind.

At your first appointment, our dentist will take impressions of your arches. These impressions will be sent to a lab, which will use them to create your custom aligners. They work by applying pressure in order to slowly shift them into the correct, healthier spaces. The first set of aligners will be very similar to where your teeth are now, but each one will push them a bit more, until the final result.

Unlike braces, which remain on the teeth until the end of treatment, Invisalign aligners can be removed easily by the patient. They should be taken off to eat, drink liquids other than water, and clean the teeth. Patients are in charge of making sure they are worn for at least twenty hours a day. There will be fewer appointments to attend, as there are no wires to tighten, but you will need to see our dentist every four to six weeks so they can track your progress.

If you have more questions about the Invisalign experience, schedule an appointment with us today.