Living with Dental Implants

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Implantology is a high-level practice that introduces a foreign agent to the mouth, much like other kinds of transplants. Rejection rate is practically a non-issue. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of between 95 and 98 percent depending on the study. Usually, the implant fails because proper care wasn’t taken. So all you have to do is make sure you follow a natural and consistent dental schedule, just as you would to preserve your natural teeth.

The major benefit of implants is their high functionality, not to mention their beautiful aesthetic. Once the implant is crowned, usually six to eight months after placement of the implant, your tooth will look vibrant and natural. Bite force will be what it was before, although you should still exercise caution. With or without implants, it’s never wise to crack ice, nuts, or hard candy, or open packaging with your teeth. Teeth are not intended to be tools, prosthetic or otherwise.

Brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once a day, to ensure your implants stay at full strength. Visible erosion can occur near the gum line if you neglect flossing, so this is particularly important. Ask your implants dentist in Beverly Hills about your brushing and flossing technique.

How a Smile Makeover Can Affect You

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Your smile affects everyone around you, not just you. If your smile is compromised by age or lifestyle, you may notice your reception cooling, especially by strangers. And if your job revolves around making a strong first impression, your teeth can be either your best friends or your worst enemies.

Sometimes smile makeovers are necessary in emergencies or after illnesses. However, they remain an excellent resort for dental patients who need to either restore their smile to old heights, or risk losing quality of life. Damaged smiles come in all forms and for all reasons: poor diet, bad hygiene, genetic proclivities, smoking, and more.

Our smile makeover expert in Beverly Hills, CA can install a treatment plan with multiple resources. These may include whitening, scaling and root planing, flap surgery, dental veneers, dental implants, or orthodontics like braces and headgear.

Some smile flaws happen naturally with age, like discoloring or enamel loss. Others are due to malformations that need deeper treatment. Malocclusion, or bad bite, can harm the relationship of your teeth, and lead to pain and erosion.

A smile makeover doesn’t have to just lift your spirits. It can also improve your life and your career. Call today for a consult.

Am I a Candidate for Invisalign?

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Making the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is a big step, but choosing the type of treatment is a big step, too. There are many types of treatments available, but one of the most popular treatments for teens and adults today is Invisalign. These smooth clear aligners are comfortable and easy to wear, and they are virtually invisible.

Are you a candidate for Invisalign? These questions can help you decide.

1. How bad is your orthodontic problem?
Invisalign is designed to address mild to moderate orthodontic issues. If you have more severe problems, they may not be adequately addressed by clear aligners.

2. How old are you?
Younger patients whose jaws are still growing are not necessarily good candidates for Invisalign. For the best results, your jaw should be finished growing. Teens and adults get the best results from treatment.

3. How committed are you?
Invisalign uses invisible aligners, which are removable, so for the best results, you will need to be fully committed to treatment. If your aligners are not in place at least 20 to 22 hours a day, or at all times unless you are eating, drinking, brushing or flossing, they might not work.

A complete evaluation is needed to determine if you are a candidate. Call our Invisalign provider in Beverly Hills today to find out if Invisalign is right for you.

Mini Dental Implants and Their Benefits

Mini Dental Implants and Their BenefitsUnlike full dental implants, mini dental implants do not require multiple dental visits or extensive invasive procedures. Mini implants are shorter and narrower than conventional implants, reducing the need for long recoveries and making it possible for us to fit and place implants and dentures in a single day.

The implants are made of titanium, a strong biocompatible metal, and coated with calcium phosphate to promote faster healing. They are topped with ball-shaped heads that allow the denture to be snapped into place quickly and easily. Once the denture is in position, it will be stabilized, meaning it can withstand significant bite forces and pressure without shifting or sliding.

The benefits of mini implants are extensive. They allow you to bite and chew easily, as well as speak more clearly. They make it easy for you to brush and clean your teeth. Mini implants also ensure your dentures will fit comfortably and securely without wobbling, slipping, or sliding. The results are permanent – your implants can last a lifetime with good care.

Call our tooth implants dentist today to learn more about the different types of implants that are available or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Can Veneers be Removed Later?

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Patients who seek the amazing aesthetic results of veneers may still wonder if the treatment can be reversed later. In fact, veneers generally cannot. However, some types of veneers can potentially be removed. Here is what to remember about the removability of veneers.

Veneers Require Enamel Removal

Conventional veneers require preparation of teeth before placement. In order for the veneers to not add excessive thickness to teeth, a fair amount of enamel must be removed. Without this enamel, teeth are sensitive and vulnerable to decay. As a result, veneers cannot later be removed without problems.

Minimal Prep Veneers May Allow Removal

Minimal-prep veneers, such as Lumineers, are thinner than traditional veneers. This means that they often require no enamel removal before placement. As a result, these veneers can be a better choice for patients who think that they may want their treatment to be reversed someday.

Veneers offer permanent improvements to teeth, but not every patient will necessarily want to go this route. When removability remains a concern, patients may want to explore Lumineers instead. Patients can schedule a consultation with our veneer provider to learn more about the permanence of traditional veneers and alternatives, such as minimal prep veneers.

Porcelain Veneers and Smile Makeovers

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Often patients come into our office with multiple cosmetic dental issues. In these cases, our dentist may recommend a few different solutions. One of these may be a complete smile makeover. A smile makeover is the combination of several treatments and procedures used to correct any cosmetic flaws in a short period of time. One of these treatments may be the application of dental veneers.

Dental veneers are thin shells, typically made of porcelain, that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth. They are used to mask flaws such as chips, cracks, and stains, as well as teeth that are crooked, misshapen, and poorly spaced. Patients can complement their new veneers with dental bonding, crowns, and fillings.

This option also offers extra benefits. For example, porcelain is stain resistant, meaning patients can worry less about the foods and drinks they love creating a lasting effect on the teeth. Porcelain is also strong and durable, and looks very similar to natural dental enamel.

Patients are often surprised at just how much porcelain veneers can transform and perfect the smile. Learn more about Beverly Hills dental veneers at our office. Our dentist can work with you to determine the best smile makeover treatments for you and your smile.

Types of Veneers

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If you decide that dental veneers are the right choice for your smile makeover, you may have several options. Our veneer dentist can help you explore those options and pick the one that will best fit your smile and your lifestyle.

Composite veneers are one of the more affordable types of veneers. They can conceal chips, gaps, cracks and stains just like porcelain veneers, and they typically require less preparation, which conserves more natural tooth structure. However, composite veneers may not last as long as porcelain veneers, and they can stain over time.

Porcelain veneers might be the best-known type of veneer. They are made of porcelain and cover virtually any flaw. While they do require more preparation than composite veneers, they also tend to last longer. The glazed surface repels stains, and the porcelain reflects light much like dental enamel, ensuring a beautifully lifelike appearance.

No-prep veneers are a type of porcelain veneer. There are several brands of no-prep veneers, including Lumineers. This type of veneer is made to fit over the natural tooth without any preparation, or enamel removal, and can last for 20 years or more. They offer all the benefits of porcelain veneers but are reversible.

Call our dental office today to find out which type of veneer is best for your smile.