Different Dental Implant Options

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The American Dental Association believes that dental implants are one of the most significant advances in modern dentistry. Our dental office sees many patients who are considering dental implants to improve their smiles and their overall health.

Not all patients who visit our North Hollywood dentist office realize that dental implants are not strictly for cosmetic purposes. Because the implants go into the empty socket where a tooth once was, they prevent bone loss and promote correct tooth alignment. Over time, the implant fuses with your jaw bone; and although it is an artificial tooth, you may have some limited sensation.

Our dental implants dentist in North Hollywood generally recommends one of three different types of dental implants, depending on a patients’ specific needs.

ENDOSTEAL IMPLANTS: This implant is inserted into the jawbone, taking the space that the missing tooth occupied. After the tissue surrounding the implant heals, our dentist does another surgery to attach a post to the implant and then connects the tooth to the post. The endosteal implant is our most common type of dental implant surgery, and our patients rave about their results.

SUBPERIOSTEAL IMPLANTS: These implants are different in that they do not attach to the jawbone. The dentist slides the subperiosteal implant frame under your gum but above your jaw. Four small posts extend out of your gums and will hold the implant in place. This type of implant is best for people with a shallow jawbone and cannot rebuild it.

TRANSOSTEAL IMPLANTS- This third kind of dental implant is the most complex of available implants. To implement this treatment, our dentist surgically implants a single piece into the submental skin. While this type of dental implant requires more surgical intervention than the other dental implants, the results are excellent, and the transosteal implants are the most durable of the dental implants.

If you are wondering which dental implants are right for you, contact our office. We would gladly consult with you and give you the necessary information to make the best decision for you.

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What Makes Veneers Effective

Beautiful smiling woman .Veneers are one of the most commonly requested cosmetic treatments. Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood can use veneers to correct many flaws, including discolorations, chips, cracks, worn enamel, gaps, misshapen teeth, enamel defects, and other common problems.

They are fairly conservative compared to other types of restorations because they only cover the fronts of teeth. The porcelain is strong and durable, and attached to the front surface of the tooth using a bonding material. This allows veneers to strengthen and enhance teeth while repairing minor damage and improving functionality. The shape, color, and overall appearance of the teeth can all be changed to improve the look of your smile.

To place veneers, a small amount of enamel must be removed. The porcelain veneers are then shaped to fit over your teeth precisely. They are about as thin as a contact lens for maximum comfort, and have a lifelike luminescence that allows light to penetrate the porcelain and bounce off the underlying layer, just like our natural dental enamel.

You can get the smile of your dreams in about three dental visits with dental veneers. Call our veneers dentist in North Hollywood today to learn more about veneers or to schedule your consultation with our team.

Different Periodontal Treatments

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Gum health and tooth health are inextricably linked. Poor gum health can lead to tooth loss, so if you have gums that are inflamed, swollen, or bleeding, taking action now could ultimately save your smile. Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood offers a variety of periodontal treatments that can preserve, improve, and restore your gum health.

1. Scaling and root planing
Also known as SRP, this is a deep cleaning procedure that focuses on cleaning all buildup from your teeth so that your gums can heal without the interference of bacterial toxins. By removing plaque and tartar both above and below the gumline, we can create a healthier oral environment. For many people, SRP and improved dental hygiene are all that are needed to address early stages of periodontitis.

2. Pocket reduction surgery
As gum disease progresses, gum tissues become loose, forming pockets around the teeth. These pockets allow even more plaque to accumulate, and over time, the infection can drive deep into the oral cavity. Pocket reduction surgery is typically performed in conjunction with deep cleaning procedures and is designed to reduce the size and depths of periodontal pockets.

3. Gum grafts
Gum tissue can be destroyed by periodontal disease. Gum grafts can help restore lost tissue and regenerate healthy new tissue.

Call our office today to learn more about available periodontal treatments in North Hollywood or to schedule an appointment with our team.

What Does it Mean to Need a Bone Graft?

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Despite the fact that the bones in our mouth (such as our teeth and jaw) are very strong, there are still unfortunately many things that can go wrong. Our teeth can be knocked-out and our jaw tissue can diminish and loose its strength. In this latter case, our North Hollywood dentist might recommend a bone graft.

Bone grafts are usually needed after a patient has lost a tooth, whether due to accident or extraction. This is because the jaw bone tissue is no longer stimulated by the tooth or teeth in that area, and therefore begins to resorb.

In order to replace the tooth or teeth with implants, or to correct the shape of the face, a higher density in the jaw bone is needed. A bone graft can accomplish this in one of three ways. Most commonly, bone is taken from elsewhere in your jaw or your body, such as the hip. Some patients prefer synthetic material to replace jaw bone tissue. Donor tissue is also an option.

The recovery process is fairly routine. You will be given instructions and antibiotics, and told to avoid certain foods. The new tissue or material will fuse with your jaw bone tissue over the course of several months and stimulate growth, at which point you will become a candidate for dental implants.

Steps in Root Canal Treatment

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The life of a tooth is found in the root canal. In it, connective nerves curate the growth of the tooth early in its development. When something goes wrong inside the tooth due to inflammation or infection, that life material, called pulp, can turn quickly into death material. It needs to be extricated entirely or you could risk losing the tooth altogether. Root canal therapy safely removes all infection from the tooth, and carefully replaces it with another substance.

Our expert in root canal in North Hollywood begins the procedure with an anesthetic that numbs the area. They access the root canal by drilling a tiny hole either in the biting surface of a back tooth, or through the back of a front tooth. The dentist then cleans the tooth and its root canals. This involves threading a highly complex tangle of nerves and ligaments, and you could end up with a lot of soreness if the doctor accidentally nicks something. To minimize risk and guide their efforts, our well-trained North Hollywood dentists rely on digital, ultrasonic, and microscopic technology.

After all root canals are cleaned and filled, the dentist will set you up with aftercare instructions and a referral for a restoration—a crown that will fully seal the top of the tooth. Your tooth should be back to full functionality within a week or two.

When Should a Tooth be Extracted?

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Although our goal is to preserve natural teeth whenever possible, dental extractions are necessary and even unavoidable in some cases. Our dentist in North Hollywood offers a variety of treatments designed to preserve and restore the natural tooth, but significant trauma, advanced decay, and certain treatment needs can necessitate the removal of the tooth to save the other teeth.

You might benefit from an extraction if you have:

• A tooth that has been too badly damaged to save
• A tooth with severe decay or cavities
• An impacted tooth
• A diseased or impacted wisdom teeth
• An infected tooth
• A tooth that is threatening the health of nearby teeth
• Teeth that have been loosened or damaged by periodontal disease

Some candidates for orthodontic treatment might also benefit from extractions if they have badly crowded teeth and a jaw that cannot be properly expanded.

In most cases, an extraction can be performed under local anesthesia. Today’s technology enables us to complete this procedure safely, effectively, and comfortably. We can discuss your restoration options at the time of your extraction. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental extraction in Hollywood.

When to Use Dental Veneers

Three young people smilingDental veneers are capable of correcting a wide range of cosmetic imperfections involving your teeth. Some of the more common uses for dental veneers are to conceal teeth that are chipped, stained, cracked, and gapped. Veneers can even be used as a form of instant orthodontics. As opposed to going through years of orthodontic treatment with braces, veneers can oftentimes be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are crooked in as little as two appointments to our North Hollywood cosmetic dentists.

Veneers are placed over your natural teeth in much the same way as press on nails are placed over your fingernails. Unlike press on nails, though, veneers are capable of lasting up to twenty years. They are effectively a permanent smile solution. Taking care of them is easy, as all that is required is regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, along with a visit to the dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning. If you have bruxism, you will be required to wear a night guard, as the clenching and grinding forces can affect the longevity of your veneers.

If you are interested in learning if veneers are the right solution for your cosmetic dental needs, contact our dental veneers dentist in North Hollywood to schedule a consultation.