Teeth Whitening and Cavities

It is not uncommon for patients to have more than one issue with their teeth. Our dentist will be sure to address and correct each issue, whether it takes just one appointment, or several over a longer amount of time. However, sometimes the order of what is treatment is important. We will typically address dental and oral health issues before cosmetic ones. This is the case for those who have cavities, but are also looking to whiten their teeth.

This is especially true if there are any cavities or areas of decay on the biting surfaces of the teeth. This is because the material used in the whitening process is abrasive in order to remove stains. The abrasiveness will likely make the decayed areas worse. It can also cause the material to enter the inside of the tooth, which can cause irritation and weakness. Filling a cavity will also ensure that a whitening tray will fit over the teeth perfectly.

This situation is also the case for other dental and oral health issues, such as gum disease or diminished enamel. After the issue or issues are addressed, our Los Angeles whitening dentist will discuss what treatment will be best for you and your smile.

How Sedation Dentistry Can Help

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Dental fears are common even in the age of lasers, ultrasound, and pain-free procedures. Most of these fears do not occur in a vacuum, but date to a traumatic experience in childhood or are related to mental illness. For these patients who would rather die than see a dentist for anything short of incapacitating pain, sedation dentistry can mean the difference between that avoidable result, and getting the regular care you need.

Sedation dentistry involves either ingestion of nitrous oxide or a mild sedative, or receiving medicine intravenously. Which one is used can depend on your level of anxiety, physical characteristics, or type of procedure. In extreme cases, the patient may request sedation for something as simple as a cleaning, which our Los Angeles dentists can accommodate at their discretion.

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it’s been known for decades, merely takes the edge off the patient and allows them to feel safer in the chair. Taking a pill, typically from the Valium family, will relieve even more layers of anxiety and induce extreme drowsiness depending on the dosage. Intravenous medication, the flow of which is carefully controlled by the doctor, may be used for the most serious cases, or for a patient with special needs.

Ask our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles if these practices are right for you.

Dental Implant Process

Dental implants in the gum - Isolated on whiteThere are several ways to replace a tooth that has been extracted or knocked-out. These include dental bridges and dentures, both of which are relatively simple to apply. Many patients and dentists, however, prefer dental implants. This is due to the stability and health benefits they offer. Here is a look at the process of getting a dental implant.

This procedure begins with our dentist in San Francisco creating a hole in the gum and jaw bone tissue. A screw-like post made of titanium is then inserted. Titanium is a material that the human system does not reject, meaning it can fuse with the bone without causing infection. This post will be topped with a temporary cap while it heals, a process that can last between three and nine months.

Once the implant is solid and fused into place, the patients will return to our office for an abutment and dental crown. Our dental implants dentist in San Francisco will ensure that the implant fills in the smile and matches in color perfectly. After this appointment, the patient can use their new tooth replacement just like their other teeth. It should also be brushed and flossed as the others are, as well.

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.

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.

Benefits of Dental Implants Compared to Other Tooth Restoration Options

Dental implantMany treatments, including dental implants, are available for dental restoration today. Treatments vary in terms of aesthetics, longevity and other factors, so it is worthwhile to compare options for restoration. Here is how dental implants compare to alternatives at our dental office in Houston.

Other Tooth Replacements

Teeth can be replaced with traditional dentures and dental bridges as well as with implants. Compared to dentures, dental implants are stationary and can last for life rather than just a few years. Compared to bridges, implants lack any external hardware and are longer lasting. Unlike either of those treatments, implants replace tooth roots, which allows them to preserve the jaw bones over time.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal is another common restorative option for badly damaged teeth. Root canal helps remove the damaged tissue in an around the tooth and can be used to save the damaged tooth. However, the treated tooth is still susceptible to damage and further decay if not cared for properly. Dental implants, on the other hand, completely replace the tooth and its root, and cannot ever decay or become infected.

Dental implants compare favorably with other popular dental restorations. Depending on the patient, implants may be the best choice by far. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dental implants dentist in Houston to learn more about what implants offer compared to other restorations.

Pros and Cons of Dental Veneers

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Are you unhappy with cosmetic flaws in your smile? If so, you might be considering dental veneers. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the teeth surfaces to mask aesthetically displeasing aspects. Our Los Angeles dental veneers dentist can inform you of everything you need to know about this option, but in the meantime, here are some pros and cons of the treatment.

Pros

Dental veneers can effectively mask a wide variety of cosmetic issues, including stains, chips, cracks, gaps, and crookedness. They are made specifically for each patient, using impressions to ensure they fit over the teeth perfectly and mask what they need to. Furthermore, they are made using porcelain, which offers many benefits. It is durable, stain resistant, and looks very similar to dental enamel.

Cons

Possibly the only con regarding veneers is that they are permanent. A thin layer of enamel must be removed in order to place them, so that the teeth do not look too big afterwards. The teeth will therefore not be strong enough on their own, making the veneers necessary from that point forward.

If you are looking for more information about porcelain dental veneers, schedule a consultation appointment with our dentist today.