When are Inlays and Onlays Used?

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If you need your teeth repaired due to cracks and fractures, our dentist can help. Talk to our experts about the repair options available to improve your smile. Sometimes when the teeth are too damaged or decayed, fillings are just not enough to fix them. If you have sufficient healthy tooth remaining, you may opt for inlays and onlays. This procedure is used for mild to moderate forms of decay or cracks in the teeth.

 

This form of tooth repair allows our dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure. This is also a great option when a crown is not appropriate to use. This alternative is made from tough materials that can last up to 30 years. They can help strengthen your original tooth up to 75 percent unlike metal fillings, which might actually reduce the strength of teeth. It can also help prolong the life of the tooth and prevent the need for more dental work down the road.

 

If you choose to get this procedure done, our dental experts will first remove any old fillings you might have during your first visit. They will take an impression of the teeth that need to be repaired, and send the impressions to a lab. The new inlay or onlay is made from a mold in porcelain, gold or composite material. During a second visit, our experts will cement them into place and then polish them to ensure a smooth and attractive finish.

 

Both visits to our office will take about an hour. The first appointment may take a little longer due to the preparation process. Once the procedure is completely done, there may be a little discomfort as the new tooth will feel a little odd. But soon you will get used to the new surface and how it feels and looks in your mouth. The tissue around the treated tooth or teeth may be a little sensitive or sore, but this will subside in a few days. You can take over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate and discomfort.

 

Long-term maintenance includes proper oral care. Make sure to brush and floss twice daily along with scheduling routine checkups with our experts. Maintaining good oral health will only ensure the longevity of your teeth and gums. Talk to our office about repairing any broken, fractured or decaying teeth you might have. We can discuss the different procedures available to you in order improve your smile.

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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.

Who Needs Dental Sedation

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Dental sedation is the use of anti-anxiety medication to calm and relax you before and during dental treatment. It can be used for routine dental care or more extensive procedures, such as root canal treatments or dental extractions. Sedation can be especially helpful for complex or lengthy processes like full-mouth reconstructions.

Our Huntington Beach dentist may recommend dental sedation if you:

  • Have dental anxiety that makes it difficult for you to seek dental care
  • Have dental phobia
  • Delay or avoid dental care entirely
  • Need extensive dental care
  • Have a sensitive gag reflex or sensitive teeth
  • Have difficulty getting numb
  • Struggle with neck, jaw, or back pain that interferes with your ability to sit through dental treatment
  • Have difficulty controlling movement
  • Have a history of traumatic dental experiences

During your initial consultation, we may ask about any medical conditions you have and medications you take to ensure your safety. We will determine the best sedative based on this and other information. Inhaled sedation and oral conscious sedation are the two most common and safest sedation options and are generally effective for most patients.

If you struggle with dental anxiety and have been avoiding dental care, sedation can help you comfortably and safely get the care you need. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dental sedation dentist in Huntington Beach.

Having All Teeth Replaced with Dental Implants

Having All Teeth Replaced with Dental ImplantsCan you have all of your teeth replaced with dental implants? While most people think about kids when it comes to losing teeth, American adults still lose teeth at an alarming rate, usually due to periodontal disease. Losing teeth as an adult can lead to serious dental and physical problems as well as reduced confidence. Our Huntington Beach dental implants expert can replace your lost teeth with dental implants.

Previous tooth restoration options included dental bridges, which could only replace one or two lost teeth, or dentures. Dental implants offer another alternative. Instead of relying on your gums or other teeth for support, implants are secured by your jawbone. In fact, the jawbone heals and grows around the implant to create a new root for your replacement teeth. When you have all your teeth replaced with dental implants, we can place the implants at strategic points in your mouth. Abutments will be attached to the implants, and then a denture will be designed to snap on to these abutments. The results are natural-looking, comfortable, and permanent.

Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures will not need to be regularly adjusted, and your bone structure will be kept strong and healthy. Call us now to find out if you are a candidate or to make your appointment with our expert in full mouth dental implants in Huntington Beach.

How Effective is Zoom Whitening?

How Effective is Zoom Whitening?Many people dream of getting a perfect smile, and that dream is finally a reality due to advances in cosmetic dentistry options. Many people want a bright, white smile, and there are numerous options for removing stains. Over-the-counter strips and gels can easily be found in any pharmacy, but the results are minimal, and it can take a while to see any effects. You can also get take-home trays, but again, it can take several weeks to see a brighter smile. If you want impressive results in a short amount of time, pay a visit to our expert in Zoom whitening in Huntington Beach.

Zoom whitening uses a powerful hydrogen peroxide gel to remove stains in less than an hour, and the results are immediate. You will be able to walk out the office flaunting a smile that is eight shades whiter than before. It is important to remember that the results are not permanent, and your smile could once again become stained over time. That is why our cosmetic dentist in Huntington Beach will give you aftercare instructions to give you the most out of your treatment. Touch-up kits are available to help you keep your smile shining for many months.