Kinds of Periodontic Treatments

dental bracesGums can become inflamed and infected by oral bacteria, which live in plaque and tartar. Early intervention can often halt the progression of periodontal disease and reverse the damage, but if you have suffered tissue loss, you might need more extensive treatment. Our cosmetic dentist in Houston will create a personalized treatment plan to restore your gum health. Several types of periodontal treatments can be used, including surgical and nonsurgical therapies.

Non-surgical treatments include:

Scaling and root planing

Antimicrobial therapy

Laser therapy

Surgical procedures can include:

Crown lengthening

Pocket reduction

Dental implants

Gum grafts

Tissue regeneration

Your treatment plan will be based on the stage of periodontal disease and the extent of the damage. Most patients will need to undergo scaling and root planing, or SRP, which is a deep cleaning procedure, intended to remove the plaque and tartar buildup above and below the gum line. This might be all that is necessary to address minor cases of gingivitis, but more advanced cases of periodontal disease will typically need additional treatment, which can include other minimally invasive or surgical therapies. Call our office today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist for periodontics in Houston.

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.

Is Tooth Bleaching Right for Me?

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Just about everyone these days seems to be getting their teeth whitened. If you haven’t yet taken the plunge, you might be wondering, is tooth bleaching right for me? Teeth get darker naturally over time, but they also accumulate stains as a result of what we eat and drink, as well as due to habits such as smoking. If your teeth are darker than they used to be, you might be a candidate for teeth whitening.

Professional whitening is the most common and effective way to bleach your teeth. At your consultation, we will assess your teeth to determine if bleaching is the best way to brighten your smile. Peroxide-based bleaching solutions are most effective for people with extrinsic stains. Extrinsic stains refer to those that are on the surface of the teeth, such as those caused by coffee, wine, soft drinks, berries, tobacco, and other substances.

Intrinsic stains, or discolorations that have occurred in the developing tooth, are often associated with antibiotic use and dental trauma. These stains do not typically lighten with conventional teeth whitening solutions. Restorations will also not respond to bleaching. If you have intrinsic stains or visible restorations, you might not be a candidate for teeth whitening. You also might not be a candidate for whitening if you have any untreated dental problems, such as cavities or gum disease.

Call our office today to find out if you are a candidate for bleaching or to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Northridge.

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.

Goals of Full Mouth Reconstruction

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Many patients come to us with many dental and oral issues, including cosmetic and structural problems. In these cases, our dentist often recommends a full mouth reconstruction. This process involves any treatments and procedures needed for each individual patient. Here is a look at what reconstructions typically address.

Gum health:

There are many issues that can arise in the gums. A gummy smile can make the mouth look big, yet the teeth too small. Gum disease, gingivitis or the more severe periodontitis, have many symptoms, including red, inflamed, and receding tissue. Gum disease can even develop into serious overall health issues, such as diabetes and heart conditions. We can reduce gum tissue, as well as treat disease with scaling and root planing, flap surgery, and other procedures.

Restorations:

For teeth that have suffered damage or decay, a dental crown or filling can restore both strength and look. Many dentists offer same day restorations that are perfectly made for each tooth. Porcelain and composite resin are often used, as they are both durable materials and match the color of the teeth.

Other issues that can be addressed during a full mouth reconstruction include poor structure, chips and cracks, and missing teeth. Talk to our dentist about how your smile could benefit from this option today.

Invisalign as a Part of Smile Makeovers

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Our dentist offers smile makeovers for patients who wish to address multiple dental flaws. Smile makeovers are comprised of treatments and procedures specific to each patient. Together you will work with our dentist to design your perfect smile, and determine the best methods to achieve it.

There can be many treatments and procedures involved in your smile makeover. Issues such as physical damage, staining, and too much gum tissue can be addressed with crowns and fillings, teeth whitening, and gum grafting.

Many patients also wish to perfect smiles that are suffering from orthodontic issues. This may include gaps between the teeth, overlapping teeth, and crooked teeth. Misaligned bites, such as over, under, cross, and open bites may also be an issue. Invisalign is often used in smile makeovers for these cases.

Invisalign offers a comfortable, discreet treatment that corrects orthodontic issues faster than braces. Patients can easily remove their Invisalign aligners to eat their favorite foods and brush their teeth without obstruction. Correcting even small issues, such as minor gaps or only slightly crooked teeth, can make a significant improvement in the smile.

Patients interested in getting a smile makeover or this orthodontic option can talk with our Invisalign doctor today.