Dental Veneers or Lumineers

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Are you happy with your smile? Or are you bothered by multiple cosmetic flaws? Patients with this problem have a few options available to them. They can address their dental flaws with individual treatments, such as orthodontic work and teeth whitening. This choice, however, can be time consuming and costly. Patients may find a better solution with dental veneers or Lumineers.

Dental veneers are thin shells made of porcelain that are bonded to the front sides of the teeth. They can effectively mask many cosmetic issues, such as chips, cracks, and stains, as well as crooked and gapped teeth. One negative aspect of dental veneers is that it requires our Los Angeles veneers dentist to remove a thin layer of enamel. This is so the teeth do not look too big once the veneers are placed. It also means that they are permanent additions to the smile.

Lumineers are very similar to dental veneers. They can be placed in one appointment, and mask every flaw that regular veneers can. The main difference between the two is that Lumineers are a bit thinner, so no enamel needs to be removed. This means that they can be taken off if necessary.

Full Dentures and Their Advantages

When you lose your teeth, you also lose your ability to bite and chew many different foods. Your facial appearance can change, and your jawbone can decrease in density. Full dentures can replace an entire arch of teeth and restore your biting and chewing ability and give you a thousand watt smile.

A denture consists of prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. The base is designed to fit securely over your gums. They can last for many years with good care, but due to normal wear-and-tear, they will occasionally require professional attention. You will still need to schedule checkups to ensure your gums and other oral tissues stay healthy, and that your dentures continue doing their job.

With a full denture, you can enjoy improved biting and chewing ability, and fewer restrictions on your diet. You will be better able to speak and smile confidently without worrying about any unsightly gaps. Dentures will properly support your facial muscles and prevent facial collapse, and can be easily removed for cleaning purposes. Call our dentist today to learn more about how dentures can restore your smile or to schedule an appointment.

Process of Replacing All Teeth with Implants

Dentures have been the main option for replacing all of the teeth in the mouth. Today, implants can be another option. Dental implants can be used with either dental bridges or dentures to replace all of your teeth. Our tooth implant dentist may recommend dental implants if you have good oral and general health, as well as sufficient bone tissue to support the implants.

You can replace your teeth with full mouth implants in a few different ways, including:

• Using implants with fixed dental bridges to replace all of your teeth• Using implants to support dentures

• Using all-on-four implants to support dentures

• Using mini implants with dentures

All-on-four implants can typically be placed and restored in a single day, and mini implants are good for patients who have lost bone density or height, but who are not candidates for bone grafts. Each implant solution offers specific benefits for individual patients but might not be right for every patient or every situation.

Dental implants can replace your teeth, provide you with a strong and stable foundation, and protect the jaw bone. Call our dental office today to find out more about how you can get a new smile with implants or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Invisalign and Dental Crowns

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Dental crowns are restorations that cover the visible part of the tooth. They are needed when a tooth has suffered serious damage or been badly decayed. Our Invisalign specialist in Los Angeles may recommend Invisalign if you have dental crowns and need orthodontic treatment. Because Invisalign straightens teeth without the need for bonded brackets, it can straighten your crowned teeth with minimal risk of damage to your teeth. In some cases, patients may need small bonded buttons attached to their teeth to fine tune their results, but this puts only slight pressure on their teeth.

You might be a candidate for Invisalign if you have:

  • Healthy teeth and gums
  • Slightly to moderately misaligned or improperly spaced teeth
  • Properly and securely crowned teeth

During Invisalign, the roots of your teeth will move through the jawbone as they shift into their new positions. Each aligner tray moves your teeth a little closer to your final smile. The clear trays are almost invisible when you wear them, and they are easy to remove when you eat, drink, brush and floss. Call our dental office today to find out more about how Invisalign can transform your smile or to schedule your appointment.

Dental Veneers Candidates

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Dental veneers are a great way to create your perfect smile. They are thin shells made of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can effectively mask many cosmetic flaws, such as chips, cracks, and stains, as well as misshapen and crooked teeth. While this is a great option for many, some do not make good candidates.

Dental veneer patients should have otherwise good dental and oral health. Issues such as decay or gum disease should be treated beforehand. Patients should also not have bruxism, or the habitual clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. This could potentially damage both the veneers and teeth, leading to further cracks and chips.

Another qualification for dental veneers is a healthy layer of enamel. To place veneers, our Los Angeles veneer dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel. This is so the teeth do not look too big once the additions are made. If the patient does not have enough enamel, the teeth may not be strong enough to sustain bite forces, as well as cause tooth sensitivity.

To find out whether or not you are a candidate for dental veneers, schedule a consultation appointment today.

Can Anyone Get a Dental Implant?

Dental implantNearly anyone can be a candidate for dental implants if they have lost one or more teeth. For the best results, you should be in good dental and general health, and your jawbone should be healthy. Your jawbone should also be finished growing. Our Beverly Hills tooth implants expert can help you decide if implants are right for you.

To determine your candidacy, you will need a complete dental evaluation. During this evaluation, we will take your medical and dental history. Some conditions can affect your healing, including diabetes and leukemia. Tobacco use can also affect your healing. These factors do not necessarily mean you will not be a candidate, but they can affect your treatment plan.

If you have lost substantial bone or gum tissue, you might need additional procedures, such as gum or bone grafts, to ensure a successful outcome from your procedure. This can lengthen the dental implants process, but it can also improve the success rate.

With proper care, an implant can last a lifetime and has the lowest rate of complications and failures of any tooth replacement. Call our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our team.

The Process for Getting Same Day Inlays and Onlays

Two women hugging and smilingSame day inlays and onlays are the fast, easy way to get your badly damaged teeth restored. Unlike other major restorations, these inlays and onlays can be made and placed in just one dental visit. We can eliminate the wait and second visit and reduce your chair time by using same-day dental restorations.

The process is simple, and it begins much like any the process for other restoration. Our dentist will evaluate the broken or decayed tooth to ensure an inlay or onlay is the right choice. Next, he will prepare the tooth, which includes numbing it, removing any decayed tissue and reshaping it. Next, an impression will be made.

Unlike the typical impression, which uses a sticky compound that solidifies as it is in your mouth, we will use a digital impression. Our dentist uses a small, handheld wand to take a picture of the tooth, and the 3D image of your tooth and surrounding tissues are sent to the computer. We will use a special program to design your new inlay or onlay. This design is sent to the on-site milling unit to create your restoration. In the final step, we will bond the restoration to your tooth, providing you with a natural-feeling, beautiful-looking tooth.

Call our dental office today to learn more about same day restorations or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist.