Will I have to Replace Veneers?

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Among patients considering dental veneers, there is one overwhelmingly common question: How long will my veneers last? There are several factors to determine this answer, which will vary from patient to patient. However, it is true that through excellent dental hygiene and good habits, you can extend the life of your veneers.

Porcelain veneers are thin shells placed on the front of teeth to transform their appearance. Our dentist will apply your veneers after removing a thin layer of existing enamel to create a more adhesive base. Next, our expert in Dental Veneers in Los Angeles will create a mold of your teeth and discuss your desired shade. When your permanent veneers are applied, you will have a beautifully enhanced smile that is easy to maintain.

You can expect your veneers to last at least ten to fifteen years if you practice good dental hygiene, and avoid teeth grinding or biting sharp objects. Your new veneers will be durable and stain resistant, so you will not have to worry about chipping your veneers. In the event you want to replace your veneers down the road, it will be a simple process similar to the initial application.

Call our office for more information or to set up a consultation.

Three Questions to Ask Your Root Canal Doctor

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A root canal procedure is no longer a source of dread—at least, if you do your research. Knowing exactly what goes down while you’re in the chair—everything from the history of root canals to the instruments used—can act tremendously toward your peace of mind.

If you’re at a loss for good questions, try the following:
Is a root canal preferable to a simple extraction?
In some cases, you may want to keep your tooth. There are concerns—some of them legitimate—about the inability to fully sterilize the affected tooth. No matter how thorough your specialist is, it’s not always possible to eradicate every microbe from the interior of the tooth. If this is a sticking point for you, ask your root canal doctor in Los Angeles about the advantages of extraction.

What are the chances my root canal will fail?
The most recent data projects the odds of root canal success between 85 and 97 percent. When procedures fail, it’s often because they were performed by general dentists instead of endodontists. General dentists who lack endodontic training may misuse tools or fail to irrigate or seal properly.

What do you replace the inflamed tissue with?
A secondary material called gutta-percha—used in the making of canes in the 1800s—is placed inside the tooth. As stated above, it is not always possible to remove all bacteria from the root canal. The goal is to preserve the tooth, and to limit leaks and the possibility of retreatment.

Awake with Sleep Apnea

Fed up man blocking his ears from noiseWithout a proper night’s rest, the world can be an irritating place. Disorders such as sleep apnea can wreak havoc on patients with active lifestyles. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to combat the symptoms and effects of sleep apnea and gain control of your schedule. Our sleep apnea doctors are seasoned professionals dedicated to helping you fight the signs of this condition.

Sleep apnea is characterized as one or more pauses of the breath during sleep. There are three different types of sleep apnea: obstructive, central and complex. Obstructive sleep apnea is when the throat muscles relax. Central involves complications with your brain sending signals to the muscles in charge of breathing. Complex, or mixed sleep apnea is a combination of the two. If you find that you have difficultly staying asleep, jolt up in the middle of the night, or are known to snore loudly, you may have sleep apnea. The good news is there are several treatments for this condition. Our doctors may recommend appliances to reposition the jaw, airway pressure symptoms or potentially surgery.

It is important to treat this condition to avoid any serious health side effects. Contact our doctor with any questions you have about sleep apnea or to set up an appointment.

Are Snap On Smiles Durable?

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If you dream of the perfect smile but cannot imagine financing porcelain veneers, it may be time to consider an alternative to enhance your teeth and boost your confidence. Certain cosmetic procedures can be painful, irreversible and expensive. For many patients, an instant solution is more practical than having to endure several steps of planned procedure. Our expert in Snap-On Smile in Los Angeles is dedicated to giving patients the confidence of a gorgeous smile.

A Snap-On Smile is a removable partial arch made of hi-tech dental resin which fits over your teeth for the appearance of a perfect smile. The consultation for your new Snap-On Smile could not be simpler, as you pick your desired dental shade, have your dentist make an impression of your teeth, and come in for a final fitting approximately three weeks later. One of the major benefits of Snap-On-Smile is you can eat and drink with them in. They are a completely painless solution that can give you several years of perfect teeth. Patients interested in improving the appearance of their teeth without all the hassle are impressed by how easy it is to take care of their Snap-On-Smile. You can contact our Snap-On Smile dentist with any questions you way have about this cosmetic dental solution.

Does Teeth Whitening Affect Enamel

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When it comes to teeth whitening methods, dentists are constantly asked one question: “Will teeth whitening harm my enamel?” For everyone on the edge of their seat, there is great news. Fortunately, tooth whitening does not harm or weaken existing tooth enamel.

A common misconception about tooth whitening is that the agents applied to the teeth are used to whiten the enamel. Tooth enamel is one of the strongest forms of tissue in the human body. When your dentist whitens your teeth, she targets the tissue beneath the enamel, known as the dentin, which absorbs stains. As this process occurs, you may experience mild sensitivity to certain foods. The discomfort is not due to weakened enamel, but surface dehydration as the whitening substance transitions from active to inactive. Because of this dehydration, dentists caution patients from drinking or eating any foods that may stain following the procedure. In the following days, your teeth will be just as strong as before, and whiter than ever. To maintain your results, it is important to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.

Our Los Angeles tooth whitening expert, who provides patients with gorgeous smiles and long-lasting results, can answer any questions you may have about tooth whitening.

Safety Measures During Teeth Whitening Treatment

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Many of us would like a better looking, brighter smile. This can be achieved by eliminating the extrinsic dental stains caused by highly pigmented foods and drinks. There are many whitening treatments advertised today, some simpler looking than others. But it is important to remember that safety is important during this process.

Our expert in tooth whitening in Los Angeles stresses the importance of professional treatments, or ones at least recommended by your professional dentist. During a whitening appointment at our office, we will protect the gums and other soft tissues of the mouth with a plastic guard. This is needed because the gel and activating light are abrasive and can damage soft areas. We are also sure to use just the right amount of whitening gel. Too much can cause the elimination of too much dental enamel, which leads to tooth sensitivity and damage.

We may recommend an at-home kit as opposed to an in-office one. It is important to follow the instructions of the kit provided, in order to prevent any negative effects or results. Be sure to not over-use the materials and whiten too much, too often, as this can also lead to damage.

To learn more about the safety measures taken during teeth whitening treatment, talk to our dentist today.

How to Keep the Teeth Clean After Teeth Whitening

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The only approved way to brighten the smile and eliminate extrinsic dental stains is through teeth whitening treatment. Our dentist offers several different types of tooth whitening to our patients, to ensure they are confident in showing off their smile.

Our dentist will apply a liquid or gel directly to each tooth, and activated with a special light or laser. This will abrade the teeth in order to remove extrinsic stains. Some treatments offer results up to eight shades brighter, however some patients may return for another to get to the level of brightness they desire.

There are some ways that patients can ensure their smile stays white after their whitening appointment. Our dentist recommends avoiding certain foods and drinks that are highly pigmented. This includes berries, pasta sauce, hard candies, and chocolate, as well as tea, coffee, energy drinks, and dark sodas. Bad lifestyle habits will also be harmful to the look of the teeth, such as smoking tobacco. Naturally, cleaning the teeth by brushing and flossing is vital for removing left over food debris and bacteria.

For more information about how to keep the teeth bright, or recommendations on whitening products, talk to our dentist before or during your whitening appointment.