Are Dental Veneers Uncomfortable?

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Many are resolving their dental issues these days with veneers. They come in a litany of colors and materials. But the process is perhaps what concerns patients most of all. Before the procedure begins, and the dentist sets to removing enamel, the surrounding area is usually numbed. This ensures that discomfort is kept at a minimum. The process can be simple. Now how about actually wearing the veneers themselves?

Though a Los Angeles veneers dentist will tell you the placement procedure is typically pain-free, it never hurts to ask. Even those with sensitive teeth can get through it without too much discomfort. The big thing is resuscitating that smile.

A common discomfort comes from the change in a patient’s bite. Post-op pain comes from putting pressure on the veneers. Contacting the dentist can help in changing the bite and adjusting everything so it sits comfortably. Gum tissue can also be sensitive for a time. If there is lots of irritation, there could be a problem with the nerves or the pulp in the tooth. An endodontist may need to be consulted. Nerves have a penchant for becoming agitated after dental veneers are put on. Be vigilant and make sure to get that smile back.

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A Guide to Inlays and Onlays

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When tooth decay damages the structure of the tooth, the enamel cannot repair itself. Small areas of decay can be treated effectively with a dental filling, but if the decay progresses and causes considerable damage, our dentist in Huntington Beach might recommend a more extensive treatment. Inlays and onlays are restorations that cover a larger part of the tooth.

Inlays and onlays cover more of the tooth than a filling but require less preparation than a crown. The tooth does not need to be reshaped or dramatically reduced for a crown to fit over the top of it. Instead, an inlay or onlay is carefully designed to fit into the damaged area precisely. Inlays and onlays are made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain, and they fit seamlessly into the tooth for a comfortable restoration.

The process for getting an onlay or inlay is straightforward and similar to the process for getting a crown. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, an impression is made. The onlay or inlay is made in a lab, and while you wait, a temporary restoration is attached to the tooth to protect it. The permanent restoration is fitted and bonded into place at a second appointment.

Good dental hygiene is the best way to protect your dental health and keep your restorations in good condition. Call our dentist to learn more about getting inlays and onlays in Huntington Beach or to schedule an appointment with our team.

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.