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.

Safety Measures During Teeth Whitening Treatment

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Many of us would like a better looking, brighter smile. This can be achieved by eliminating the extrinsic dental stains caused by highly pigmented foods and drinks. There are many whitening treatments advertised today, some simpler looking than others. But it is important to remember that safety is important during this process.

Our expert in tooth whitening in Los Angeles stresses the importance of professional treatments, or ones at least recommended by your professional dentist. During a whitening appointment at our office, we will protect the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth with a plastic guard. This is needed because the gel and activating light are abrasive and can damage soft areas. We are also sure to use just the right amount of whitening gel. Too much can cause the elimination of too much dental enamel, which leads to tooth sensitivity and damage.

We may recommend an at-home kit as opposed to an in-office one. It is important to follow the instructions of the kit provided, in order to prevent any negative effects or results. Be sure to not over-use the materials and whiten too much, too often, as this can also lead to damage.

To learn more about the safety measures taken during teeth whitening treatment, talk to our dentist today.

How to Keep the Teeth Clean After Teeth Whitening

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The only approved way to brighten the smile and eliminate extrinsic dental stains is through teeth whitening treatment. Our dentist offers several different types of tooth whitening to our patients, to ensure they are confident in showing off their smile.

Our dentist will apply a liquid or gel directly to each tooth, and activated with a special light or laser. This will abrade the teeth in order to remove extrinsic stains. Some treatments offer results up to eight shades brighter, however some patients may return for another to get to the level of brightness they desire.

There are some ways that patients can ensure their smile stays white after their whitening appointment. Our dentist recommends avoiding certain foods and drinks that are highly pigmented. This includes berries, pasta sauce, hard candies, and chocolate, as well as tea, coffee, energy drinks, and dark sodas. Bad lifestyle habits will also be harmful to the look of the teeth, such as smoking tobacco. Naturally, cleaning the teeth by brushing and flossing is vital for removing left over food debris and bacteria.

For more information about how to keep the teeth bright, or recommendations on whitening products, talk to our dentist before or during your whitening appointment.

What Supplies are used in Teeth Whitening?

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Teeth whitening is not the same everywhere. Some dentists prefer to use a certain type or brand of treatment. Most will share which they prefer to use on their website, so patients can read about it and do further research, if they like. Here is a look at some common materials used.

In-office

Professional tools are used during teeth whitening treatments in our office. We will use either a liquid or gel, with carbon peroxide as the main ingredient. This will be painted onto the teeth with a light brush. It will then be activated by a dental light or laser, usually for a few fifteen minute increments. A mouth guard made of rubber is used to protect the gums and other soft tissue of the mouth from the abrasive material.

At-home

Our tooth whitening dentist may recommend an at-home kit, for patients who wish to accomplish a brighter smile on their own. These kits involve either strips or liquid. Be sure to follow all of the instructions provided by the kit and our dentist in order to maintain safety during the process.

For more information about the teeth whitening process and the supplies used, visit our website or call our office today.

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.