Regular Dental Exams Are Important

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It goes without saying that it’s imperative for everyone to visit their dentist regularly. When plaque is left to linger, it can turn into tartar. This may lead to gum disease and as we all know, this is a great indicator of your bill of health. Poor oral hygiene can cause a litany of health issues. It can increase risk of stroke or heart attack. Visiting a dentist’s office can also ensure individuals keep their teeth for many years.

It can even have profound effects on something like pregnancy. Gum infections like periodontitis can cause the body to release chemicals that can reach the womb and cause complications. That’s why regular visits to the West Hollywood cosmetic dentist are so important. There can be underlying issues that people aren’t even aware of. Preventive measures are always better than trying to fight something off.

Being at a perfect bill of health may very well start with the teeth. Make sure you don’t have to go through painful procedures, like root canals or getting fillings. If decay progresses too far there isn’t much anyone can do about it. Make sure to reinforce that impenetrable smile. That way you and the rest of the world can enjoy it for years to come.

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Dental Bonding V Dental Crowns

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Cracked or chipped teeth can happen to the best of us. When it occurs, many patients are forced to consider the pros and cons of dental bonding versus dental crowns. Depending on your situation, one option may be significantly more effective over the other. This article will take a closer look at both dental bonding and crowns to help you decide which choice is right for you.

Dental bonding: Involves the application of composite material directly to the damaged tooth. This method is generally used as a less costly solution to fix small cracks and chips. Dental bonding material is known to stain and is not as strong as porcelain, so it is essential to avoid poor habits like smoking and chewing on pens or ice cubes.

Dental crowns: Crowns, or ‘caps’ can be used for more extensive restoration. Dental caps are coverings that are applied over the entire tooth. They are often made of porcelain, gold, or ceramic fused to metal. Crowns are a sensible option for patients with severely damaged teeth. Although the process for crowns is more costly and involved, they tend to be a stronger, more permanent solution.

For more information about restorative dental options, contact our office to schedule a consultation with our expert in dental crowns in West Hollywood.

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.

Possible Complications with Dental Implants

As part of their modernity, dental implants have a high success rate—98 percent. This still allows for random failure, which is not to say you should be cautious about getting an implant—only that top-notch training and quality medicine is sometimes still not enough. Mistakes are made, or an allergy exists.

Implant complications can be broken down into four categories: procedure-related, treatment-related, anatomy-related, and “other”.

Procedure-related complications

These may include patient aspiration or ingestion of harmful product, or contamination of the implant before insertion. Tissue can also be fatally harmed if too much heat occurs during drilling.

Treatment-related complications

It’s essential that the specialist uses the right angle of insertion. If not, the implant can end up visually bad, and even become biomechanically unstable. Immaculate location is required as well. Our expert in dental implants in West Hollywood takes precise measurements to guard against crossbites or undue stresses on the implant.

Anatomy-related complications

Most complications come from this category, whether it’s nerve damage, sinus perforation, or devitalization of adjacent teeth.

Other

Human error does occur, especially if your implantologist is inexperienced. A general dentist just branching into implants may not have the skill set right away.

For more about possible implant complications, contact your dentist in West Hollywood.

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.

What a Root Canal Does to a Tooth

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Root canal therapy is essentially a radical cleaning of a tooth’s interior. A slightly darker vision is that it prepares a dead tooth for viewing by embalming it. This is not necessarily true, although necrotic tissue can be one of the reasons root canal is needed.

When performing a root canal, the dentist aims to rid the tooth entirely of any contaminate that may cause further infection or injury. This seems like a straightforward process, but it isn’t always. The root canal of a tooth can branch into more and more intricate canals that are hard for a dentist to detect, let alone clean and seal. Because these subsidiaries of the main canal are so hard to reach, they make perfect habitats for breeding bacteria. This is how a tooth can explode into pain without warning, as infection spreads throughout the main canal toward the tooth roots themselves.

Our root canal dentist in West Hollywood aims to clean and seal your infected tooth so you can avoid an extraction. They remove all the infected pulp, and replace it with a benign material called gutta-percha. This enables the tooth to stay in the mouth even after the loss of so much living tissue.

For more about root canals, contact our West Hollywood dentist.