When Oral Surgery is the Best Option

Oral surgery can sound scary, especially if you are one of the millions of Americans who struggle with dental anxiety. While most dental problems can be treated with conservative, non-invasive or minimally invasive procedures, some issues may only be addressed through dental surgery.

Our dentist may recommend oral surgery if:

1. You have an impacted wisdom tooth.
Wisdom teeth and other teeth can become impacted if there is insufficient room in the jaw to accommodate them or if they are badly positioned. The tooth can become trapped in the jaw and gum tissue, and this can cause swelling, inflammation, pain and eventually infection. Surgery may be needed to remove the impacted tooth.

2. You have periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease can destroy the gum and bone tissue and cause tooth loss. Bone and soft tissue grafts can restore the lost tissue and stimulate your body to produce healthy new tissue.

3. You are a candidate for dental implants.
Implants are placed during a surgical procedure. They offer a permanent, attractive alternative to more conventional restorations, such as dental bridges or dentures.

Dental surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with or without dental sedation, depending on your needs. In some cases, general anesthesia may be recommended, though. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our oral surgeon in Long Beach.

What Does Invisalign Express Do?

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Invisalign Express works just like conventional Invisalign, but it is meant to get the job done faster. Traditional braces can take anywhere from 18 to 24 months, while the average Invisalign treatment case usually takes between 12 and 18 months. Invisalign Express is there to straighten your smile in just six months. You may be a candidate for Invisalign Express if you have minor crowding or spacing issues, orthodontic relapse or other minor orthodontic problems.

The treatment process works the same as the conventional aligners do, but Invisalign Express uses only about 10 stages of aligners. With our cosmetic dentist, each aligner is worn about two weeks at a time before you move to the next aligner in the series. For the best results, you may need manicuring to create more space between the teeth or buttons. This allows us to apply highly focused pressure on specific points of the teeth. These specialized treatments help Invisalign Express work quickly and efficiently.

During your treatment, you will need to maintain good dental hygiene, but you will not need to change your diet. Since you can take your aligners out when you eat and put them back in after you brush and floss, you can still enjoy your favorite foods and snacks. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in Invisalign Express in Long Beach.

Treatment with Invisalign

Treatment with InvisalignFew of us are born with perfect smiles, and if you suffer from misalignments, an improper bite, overcrowding, or an overbite, it can take a toll on your self-esteem. But before you resign to using metal braces to correct your smile, talk to our Long Beach cosmetic dentist about getting Invisalign, one of the most popular orthodontic treatments on the market today.

Our expert in Invisalign in Long Beach will use 3D imaging to create you custom Invisalign aligners. These aligners are ever so slightly straighter than what your teeth already are, so through the use of targeted pressure, they gradually straighten your teeth over the course of the treatment. Every four to six weeks, you will see our dentist and get your next set of aligners. Our dentist will also monitor your progress to make sure you are on track to finish the treatment on time.

There are numerous advantages to be gained by using Invisalign. The aligners are completely removable, and you only need to wear down for 22 hours every day. This means you can take them out during meals and while you brush your teeth, causing no inconveniences to your everyday life. And they are virtually invisible, so no one will even know you are going through the treatment.