Types of Dentures and Their Uses

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Dentures are one type of teeth replacement, used when several teeth have been knocked-out or extracted. While dental bridges and implants are not removable, some dentures are placed in such a way that they can be taken off. Depending on how many teeth you have lost, you may need full or partial dentures.

Full dentures

When you lose all or most of your teeth, many unhealthy changes can occur. The jaw bone is no longer stimulated, which means it will begin to diminish, and the facial muscles will begin to sag. It becomes difficult to eat hard, solid foods, so your health may decline due to poor nutrition. This can also lead to weight gain. Full dentures can help fill out the face, and make it much easier to speak and eat. Not to mention, they will give you the appearance of a complete and healthy smile.

Partial dentures

If even just one healthy tooth remains in an arch, our dentist in SFV might choose to provide you with partial dentures. These are made specifically to fit around any remaining teeth in order to keep your smile as healthy and natural as possible.

Talk to our expert in the San Fernando Valley to learn more about full and partial dentures.


Cheek Enhancement Options

Many are familiar with the fear of aging signs in the face. But what most do not consider along with age spots, sun damage, and wrinkles is sunken and hollow cheeks. The check can also look less than full naturally, due to natural facial structure. Our San Fernando Valley skin doctor offers several different check enhancement options for those looking to revitalize and round out the face.

Cheek implants are a great option for restoring or introducing fullness to the cheeks. This method requires surgery, but will allow you to achieve the exact results you want to see, and offers a permanent solution.

Soft tissue fillers are a popular option lately. This method can not only add volume to the cheeks, but eliminate creases, wrinkles, and folds. There are several different types of fillers available, and you can work with our expert in cheek enhancement in San Fernando Valley to decide which one will work best for you. The effects can last up to two years.

Other dermatological options include forehead lifts, surgical and non-surgical rhinoplasty, and eyebrow lifts. Call our office to see what options might be right for you.

Do Lumineers Get Stained?

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Lumineers, which are made with Cerinate porcelain, are highly resistant to stains and are unlikely to become stained. The porcelain has a special glazed finish that repels stains, so you can continue eating and drinking the foods you love. However, while the Cerinate porcelain will not stain, your teeth can still become discolored. Good dental habits can help reduce the risk of staining and keep your teeth looking beautiful.

1. Brushing and flossing
Properly cleaning your teeth will reduce the risk of any stains developing. Brush twice a day, floss daily, and use an antimicrobial rinse to remove plaque and bacteria.

2. Non-abrasive toothpaste
Abrasive whitening toothpastes can damage the glazed finish on the porcelain, which can allow stains to seep into your veneers. Brush with a super-soft brush and a gentle fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth without causing damage.

3. Regular checkups
Regular professional cleanings remove minor stains from teeth and help keep your teeth and porcelain restorations looking bright and beautiful. These checkups can also catch symptoms of dental diseases at an earlier stage, which helps to reduce the risk of long-term complications.

Call us to schedule your appointment with our cosmetic dentist in San Fernando Valley.

Calificaciones de un buen dentista

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Encontrar el dentista puede parecer un gran trabajo. Pero, de hecho, puede que no sea tan difícil como parece. Un buen dentista puede ser sólo unos pocos clics de distancia gracias a Internet. Usted puede hacer rápida y fácilmente su investigación una vez que entienda los requisitos de un buen dentista, lea acerca de la experiencia de otros y encontrar el sistema más adecuado para sus necesidades.

1. Credenciales
Esto puede ser uno de los requisitos más importantes. Su dentista debe haber sido educado por una escuela dental acreditado y debe ser comprometido a mantenerse al tanto de las últimas técnicas y procedimientos a través de la educación continua. Él o ella puede ser un miembro de varias organizaciones dentales, tales como la Asociación Dental Americana.

2. El conjunto de habilidades adecuadas
Un dentista general es como un médico de atención primaria para su sonrisa. Él o ella será capaz de proporcionar el tratamiento dental básica que incluye atención preventiva, atención de restauración, tratamientos de conductos, y otros procedimientos. Muchos dentistas generales también ofrecen tratamientos cosméticos y otros similares, también. Si necesita atención especializada, es posible elegir una práctica multi-especialidad que hace que sea más fácil conseguir la atención que necesita en un solo lugar.

3. Flexibilidad
Las horas de oficina, opciones de pago, opciones de seguros, y la conveniencia de programación pueden parecer pequeños detalles, pero todas estas cosas pueden hacer una gran diferencia cuando se trata de encontrar su nuevo hogar dental. También desea un dentista que es amable, compasivo, y entiende sus necesidades individuales de tratamiento. Haga preguntas a su consulta o en la búsqueda de un nuevo dentista para que sepa usted está encontrando un dentista que satisfaga sus necesidades con mayor eficacia.

Llámenos hoy para obtener más información o para programar su cita con nuestro dentista en San Fernando Valley.

Benefits and Disadvantages of Sedation Dentistry

For some patients, going to the dentist for even the most routine of procedures fills them with intense levels of dread. It may even cause them to not seek treatment when it is medically necessary. Sedation dentistry was developed in order to provide a more comfortable setting for patients who suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia. As with all medical and dental procedures, there are benefits and disadvantages associated with sedation dentistry.

The main benefit of sedation dentistry is to ease the anxiety that dental procedures cause in some people. The fact of the matter is that an infected tooth can potentially be fatal if it is not treated within a reasonable time frame, as it can spread throughout the body. Sedation dentistry allows such a patient to be able to have the infected tooth treated without consciously being aware of it. Mild sedation to general anesthesia is available, and the level of sedation that is administered by our San Fernando Valley dentist usually correlates to the invasiveness of the procedure.

One of the disadvantages associated with sedation dentistry is that receiving sedation usually increases the cost of the procedure that is being done. For oral sedation, it can be hard to gauge the exact level of sedation administered. It is much easier using IV sedation, but some patients have a fear of needles. Our sedation dentist in San Fernando Valley also requires that pre-arranged transportation plans are made after your appointment, as driving yourself home afterwards is not advised after receiving sedation.

How to Clean Teeth with Lumineers

Lumineers are a fantastic option for providing patients with the Hollywood smile of their dreams. Cleaning them is easy, as it is done in much the same way as you would clean your natural teeth.

The best way to clean your Lumineers is to brush and floss like normal. This means at least twice a day or after meals. While Lumineers are made out of porcelain and therefore resistant to stain and decay, the teeth underneath the Lumineers are still susceptible to decay. That is why in addition to regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, it is still important to visit our San Fernando Valley cosmetic dentist every six months for a professional exam and cleaning.

While Lumineers are resistant to staining, that does not mean that they are stain-proof. It is best to avoid drinking coffee, red wine, tea, and soda, or to at least consider drinking these beverages through a straw instead. Also, avoid biting on hard objects with your Lumineers, and wear a mouth guard at night if you suffer from bruxism.

If you are interested in seeing if you make a good candidate for Lumineers, contact our expert in Lumineers in San Fernando Valley to set up a consultation.

Different Types of Dental Extraction

In many cases of decay or trauma, a tooth can be saved through a root canal treatment. Unfortunately, there are some cases where your tooth will not be able to be saved. In these instances, your tooth will need to be extracted. Depending on the case and severity of the tooth, simple extraction and surgical extraction are the two different types of dental extraction that can be performed.

A simple extraction is done when the dentist is able to see the entire crown of the tooth in the mouth. For this type of extraction, usually only local anesthetic is necessary. However, for some patients, our San Fernando Valley dentists may administer a mild sedative, as well. During this procedure, the dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth. Forceps are then used to pull the tooth out of your mouth.

A surgical extraction is required when a tooth has broken off at or near the gumline, or when a tooth has not yet fully erupted through the gums. Patients will be given a local anesthetic and a heavier dose of sedation for a surgical extraction. Sometimes general anesthesia is even used in this procedure. The dentist will then make an incision in your gum and lift it back to remove the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be removed in pieces.

It is always important to follow the aftercare instructions of your dentist as soon as you have had a tooth extracted. This is the best way to prevent a painful condition known as dry socket.

If you have a tooth that you think may require extraction, contact our expert in tooth extractions in San Fernando Valley to set up a consultation.