Treating a Tooth Infection

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An infected tooth can be a potentially serious dental problem that most commonly occurs when decay reaches the inner soft parts of the tooth. When the infection reaches the nerve of the tooth, the tooth can become extremely painful. You might develop an abscess, which is a collection of pus inside the tooth and gums. Left untreated, an abscessed or infected tooth can lead to systemic infection. Timely treatment is essential. If you suspect that you have an infection, our San Francisco dentist can help.

The pain of a tooth infection can be severe enough to wake you up at night and is not likely to go unnoticed. It might even require an emergency dental appointment. Our dentist will examine the tooth to find the best treatment options. You might need a root canal. A root canal treatment is often used to treat infected teeth. The infected material is removed from the inner chambers of the tooth, or the root canals, and the tooth is sealed. The tooth is restored using a porcelain crown.

Rarely, an infected tooth cannot be saved, and we will need to perform an extraction. If this is necessary, our dentist will explain your restoration options, which might include a dental implant, a dental bridge or denture. Because a dental infection can have severe consequences on your dental and overall health, prompt treatment is essential. Call today to schedule your appointment.

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Dental Bonding V Dental Crowns

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Cracked or chipped teeth can happen to the best of us. When it occurs, many patients are forced to consider the pros and cons of dental bonding versus dental crowns. Depending on your situation, one option may be significantly more effective over the other. This article will take a closer look at both dental bonding and crowns to help you decide which choice is right for you.

Dental bonding: Involves the application of composite material directly to the damaged tooth. This method is generally used as a less costly solution to fix small cracks and chips. Dental bonding material is known to stain and is not as strong as porcelain, so it is essential to avoid poor habits like smoking and chewing on pens or ice cubes.

Dental crowns: Crowns, or ‘caps’ can be used for more extensive restoration. Dental caps are coverings that are applied over the entire tooth. They are often made of porcelain, gold, or ceramic fused to metal. Crowns are a sensible option for patients with severely damaged teeth. Although the process for crowns is more costly and involved, they tend to be a stronger, more permanent solution.

For more information about restorative dental options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood.

Swollen Gums Sign of Gum Disease

If you’ve ever experienced swollen gums, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Fortunately, there are several easy ways you can address gum tenderness and reduce your risk of serious gum disease.

Inflamed gums, or gingivitis, can cause havoc on your oral health if you ignore it long enough. But the truth about mild gum swelling is that it is quite reversible. If you notice bleeding or puffy gums, there is a strong possibility you have gingivitis. There are several steps you can follow to stop this disease in its tracks.

Kick up your oral hygiene- Brush twice daily and floss daily to effectively clean your gums. Mouthwash will also go a long way in targeting those hard to reach areas.
Schedule regular cleanings- Our dentist will closely monitor your teeth and gums to remove any tartar present. Our expert in periodontics in LA will also make sure that there are no major warning signs, such as pockets forming between the teeth and gums.
Quit smoking- tobacco products can cause severe harm to teeth and gums. Removing this poor habit from your life will greatly reduce gum irritation.

Avoid sweets- excessive intake of sugary foods can create the perfect breeding ground for plaque to form.

Call our office for more information about gum disease or to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

Will I have to Replace Veneers?

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Among patients considering dental veneers, there is one overwhelmingly common question: How long will my veneers last? There are several factors to determine this answer, which will vary from patient to patient. However, it is true that through excellent dental hygiene and good habits, you can extend the life of your veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells placed on the front of teeth to transform their appearance. Our dentist will apply your veneers after removing a thin layer of existing enamel to create a more adhesive base. Next, our expert in Dental Veneers in Los Angeles will create a mold of your teeth and discuss your desired shade. When your permanent veneers are applied, you will have a beautifully enhanced smile that is easy to maintain.

You can expect your veneers to last at least ten to fifteen years if you practice good dental hygiene, and avoid teeth grinding or biting sharp objects. Your new veneers will be durable and stain resistant, so you will not have to worry about chipping your veneers. In the event you want to replace your veneers down the road, it will be a simple process similar to the initial application.

Call our office for more information or to set up a consultation.

How Expensive is a Smile Makeover?

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Smile makeovers incorporate various genres of dentistry, from cosmetics to restoratives. Exhaustive comparisons are made in consultation with your West Hollywood dentist and any specialists brought in on referral. Ultimately, the choice is yours—you have a dream smile that can be achieved. But patience and expense are always factors on the table. Questions about cost should always be at the top of your list, as staying within your means is important for any dental procedure.

First, your smile makeover team begins by assessing things like skin color, facial symmetry, and dental pathology. Your smile line and teeth proportions are also important, especially if what you desire involves major alteration. If you have amalgam fillings, you may start by replacing them with tooth-colored composites. If you want porcelain veneers to hide breakage or staining, your dentist or dentists can customize them for a more masculine or feminine appearance.

Achieving your smile makeover is easier to do if you have good dental insurance. If you’re not insured, you can always ask your dentist about patient financing. Smile makeover is a process that can be difficult to accurately price, since the range of dentistry is so broad. However, maintaining reasonable expectations is the best way to make sure you receive worthwhile treatment.

For more about smile makeover in West Hollywood, contact our dentist.

What is Endodontics?

 

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Endodontics is one of nine specialties recognized by the ADA. Whereas orthodontists do endless numbers of braces, endodontists do endless numbers of root canals. Official estimates have the average endodontist performing 17 root canals per week, as opposed to general dentists performing 2 or fewer.

 
That caseload generates a lot of experience. Furthermore, endodontists train for three years after dental school. They learn the intricacies of the inner tooth, and focus on pain management. Root canal therapy has a reputation for being painful. But improved training and practices over the last few decades have largely reduced that reputation to myth.

 
Thanks to our expert in endodontics in West Hollywood, your root canal procedure is relaxed and routine. Even root canal emergencies are handled with ease. It’s common for a root canal to become necessary after trauma, like a blow to the mouth. This can happen a lot to children or adolescents who sustain sports injuries or other accidents. If the tooth involved is a baby tooth, an endodontist would need to address the pulpal injury immediately in order for the tooth to be saved.

 
For more about endodontics, contact our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood.

Three Questions to Ask Your Root Canal Doctor

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A root canal procedure is no longer a source of dread—at least, if you do your research. Knowing exactly what goes down while you’re in the chair—everything from the history of root canals to the instruments used—can act tremendously toward your peace of mind.

If you’re at a loss for good questions, try the following:
Is a root canal preferable to a simple extraction?
In some cases, you may want to keep your tooth. There are concerns—some of them legitimate—about the inability to fully sterilize the affected tooth. No matter how thorough your specialist is, it’s not always possible to eradicate every microbe from the interior of the tooth. If this is a sticking point for you, ask your root canal doctor in Los Angeles about the advantages of extraction.

What are the chances my root canal will fail?
The most recent data projects the odds of root canal success between 85 and 97 percent. When procedures fail, it’s often because they were performed by general dentists instead of endodontists. General dentists who lack endodontic training may misuse tools or fail to irrigate or seal properly.

What do you replace the inflamed tissue with?
A secondary material called gutta-percha—used in the making of canes in the 1800s—is placed inside the tooth. As stated above, it is not always possible to remove all bacteria from the root canal. The goal is to preserve the tooth, and to limit leaks and the possibility of retreatment.