Am I a Candidate for TADS?

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“TADS” refers to temporary anchorage devices. These devices can be used in conjunction with braces or clear aligners to correct certain orthodontic problems. They are especially helpful for patients with severe overbites or other issues that would otherwise need headgear. Our San Francisco orthodontist can help you decide if these devices are right for you.

With conventional orthodontic treatments, some teeth can be moved in undesired directions due to the forces placed on other teeth. TADS can eliminate this risk. These mini implant devices are used to anchor orthodontics and can allow conventional braces to move specific teeth without putting excess force on other teeth. TADS are similar to dental implants, which are used to replace teeth, and are made from biocompatible materials such as titanium.

During treatment, patients can brush and floss TADS just like they do their teeth. Keeping the area clean of bacteria and plaque is essential to avoiding inflammation and dental disease. Once orthodontic treatment has concluded, the TADS can be easily removed. TADS can be used in both kids and adults, and can significantly improve the outcome of treatment while reducing the need for headgear and similar appliances. Call our office today to find out more about TADS in San Francisco or to schedule an appointment.

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.

What to Do If You Think You Have Gum Disease

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During the early stages, signs of gum disease can often slip through the cracks. Occasional bleeding gums may not seem like a big deal, but they are actually an indicator of poor periodontal health. The good news is that mild forms of gum disease, such as gingivitis, are reversible and can be combated at home with good dental hygiene practice. Our LA periodontics expert is dedicated to helping patients reverse the signs of gum disease and maintain strong, healthy teeth.

If you experienced bleeding or inflamed gums, have bad breath, or notice pockets forming between your teeth and gums, it is possible you have gum disease. The danger with gingivitis is that the plaque build-up can turn into tartar if ignored. Your dentist is the only person who can remove tartar from your gum line, as it is a hardened substance.

Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to improve your oral health at home. Some methods include being more thorough with your daily brushing and flossing routine and making sure to attend regularly scheduled teeth cleanings. If you notice any residue on your gums, it is important to contact a dental professional right away. Our dentist can answer any questions or concerns you have about gum disease and help you protect your smile.

Three Advantages of Invisalign for Teens

Aligners Focus - 7Plenty of parents invested in the oral health of their kids want to know if braces are the only option. Still common after all these years, metal braces have undergone significant upgrades to lessen the visual stigma. However, with “clear” braces, parents and teens can now check that stigma off their list of concerns. Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth in near-invisibility.

Here are three advantages of Invisalign for teens:

Better visuals—as described above, Invisalign aligners are undetectable at a glance. While the sensitivity of teens about crooked teeth tends to be overstated, getting braces can make any sensitivity worse. Invisalign puts that fear to rest.

Lack of interference—with braces, you have to watch what you eat. Certain foods are blocked. This isn’t the case with Invisalign. You simply take the aligners out before eating. There’s also the benefit of leaving the aligners in while playing sports or playing an instrument—both of which are problems with braces.

Fast, easy treatment—except in severe cases, Invisalign completes its task in about a year. Braces can take twice that. As long as your child is disciplined and wears the aligners for the required 22 hours a day, a successful outcome is virtually guaranteed.
For more about Invisalign for teens, contact your Invisalign provider.

What is the Purpose of Scaling and Root Planing?

Woman at the dentistryWhen gum disease reaches a chronic stage, it can alter the fit of your gums. Your teeth may look elongated, which can be alarming. But they haven’t stretched—the gums around them have loosened. This creates a baggy effect known as periodontal pockets. When you have pockets, you make it even easier for bacteria to form at the gum line and destroy your teeth.

Once you’re at this point, it’s essential that you have scaling and root planing before something more dire is needed, like pocket reduction surgery. Also known as a deep cleaning, scaling and root planing happens in two phases. First, the existing pockets are cleaned using either ultrasonics or hand instruments. Since it’s so important that all the plaque deposits at the gum line be eradicated, our dentists in Northridge often likes to combine both the ultrasonic scanner and hand instruments for a more precise touch. The two can be used to check each other’s work, so to speak. We may also use lasers.

In the second phase, the dentist smooths the tooth roots to make it more difficult for bacteria to adhere. This is also done with a combination of digital and analog equipment.
Contact our office for more information.

So You Need a Root Canal

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Root canal therapy is a legendary procedure that once struck fear into the hearts and
mouths of its recipients. Much of this reputation has always been unwarranted. Especially by today’s dental standards, a root canal is routine. The procedure itself does not cause pain,so much as it provides relief from pain.

Root canals are named for the part of the tooth they’re meant to repair. Each tooth can
have multiple root canals, or smaller root systems branching off the main root. The root
canal itself is filled with a pulp that can become infected. If left untended, pus can form
below the root, causing extreme pain and risking abscess. This tooth must either be
extracted, or left in the mouth after a pulpectomy. This is the part of the root canal
procedure that removes all infected pulp and replaces it with a secondary material called gutta-percha.

Our endodontist is highly skilled, and can counsel you both on ways to prepare for the
procedure, and aftercare tips. All that should happen is a little bleeding, which you can
control with gauze. In the event of extended discomfort, you should alert your dentist right away—it’s abnormal.

Contact our root canal dentist in Los Angeles today.