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.

How is a Broken Tooth Fixed?

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Broken teeth can occur in many ways, including from accidents, assaults, and hard foods. Fortunately, these teeth can also be repaired in a variety of ways. Depending on how badly a tooth is broken and what the goal of the patient is, one of the following options may be recommended.

 

Bonding

This involves applying a custom-tinted, tooth-colored resin to the enamel, shaping, and then hardening it. This is likely to be advised for minor breaks, such as chips.

 

Reattachment

If a significant portion of a tooth is broken off and patients still have the piece in good condition, our dentist may be able to reattach it. Reattachment may also require root canal therapy even if it is possible.

 

Crown or Veneer

If a tooth is broken but the pulp is not exposed, a veneer may be used to hide the damage. On the other hand, a combination of a root canal and dental crown may be advised for a more severely broken tooth.

When a tooth is broken, treatment should be sought right away for the best prognosis. Prompt care may also prevent more expensive care from being necessary later. At a consultation with our Houston dentist, patients can learn more about our treatments for broken teeth.

How Veneers are Used in Cosmetic Dentistry

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Many people do not see a dentist for their cosmetic dental issues because they believe that the only option is complete restoration, which will be undoubtedly costly and time consuming. These patients are not aware that there is another option that can perfect their smile. Dental veneers are a simple and effective solution for most cosmetic dental problems.

Dental veneers are thin strips of porcelain that are bonded to the front surfaces of the teeth. They can effectively mask a wide variety of cosmetic issues. These include chips, cracks, and spacing issues, as well as crooked and misshapen teeth. Patients have the choice of whether to place dental veneers on all of their visible teeth, or just a select few.

Porcelain is a material often used in dentistry for several reasons. It is stain resistant, meaning patients do not need to worry about their favorite foods leaving their marks. It is also very strong and durable, just as our teeth. Furthermore, it naturally reflects light just as enamel does.

Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can use dental veneers as part of a larger smile makeover process. Talk to our porcelain veneers dentist in Northridge to learn how this option can benefit you and your smile.

Facts about TMJ

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Do you know where the TMJ’s are? The temporomandibular joints are the ones connecting the lower jaw to the skull. This joint can become damaged and inflamed, causing it to work improperly. This is called TMJD, or TMJ disorder. If you are suffering from this issue, or believe you might be, it is important you seek help from our Orange County dentist as soon as possible. It can also be helpful to know as much as you can about the disorder in the meantime.

While experts are unsure why the jaw joints react this way, we do know they can become damaged or inflamed due to physical injury, stress, poor posture, arthritis, and gum chewing. We also know that is it is a very complicated, yet useful joint, as it is able to move our jaws forward, up and down, and slightly side to side. It is comprised of a disk between the round jaw bone and joint socket. You might be experiencing TMJ due to displacement of this disk.

Common symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Pain in the jaw, head, neck, shoulders, and other surrounding areas
  • Tenderness in the side of the face
  • Stiffness in the jaw
  • Lock jaw, either open or closed
  • Clicking, popping, or grating sensations
  • A change in bite
  • Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear

To eliminate these symptoms and avoid further pain, be sure to employ the help of our expert in TMJ in Orange County.

Common Treatment Options for Periodontal Disease

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If you have periodontal disease, you’re in the majority. Most adults start having gum health issues after they turn 30. Gum disease is reversible in its early stages, but without care taken you can pass easily to chronic status, risking bone and tooth loss.

At-home care is your first periodontal disease treatment. Regular brushing and flossing are the bare minimum, and there are other DIY therapies. Oil pulling is a favorite among natural-health practitioners. Homemade toothpastes made from turmeric powder or baking soda are also effective in boosting gum health.

At the professional level, a deep cleaning may be necessary. The doctor will remove all tartar deposits from the teeth, and infection from between them. In a common practice called scaling and root planing, the dentist smooths both tooth surfaces and root surfaces to create bacteria-free zones.

Many patients develop periodontal pockets, which hold infection close to the bone. Gums fit looser around the teeth, allowing even more bacteria to enter. In a pocket reduction procedure, the dentist folds back the gum to thoroughly clean under it. The tissue is then resecured, but at its regular snugness.

In extreme cases, when tissue or bone has been lost, you may need grafting or regeneration. Ask our Los Angeles periodontist for more about these.

What is Dental Bonding?

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Dental bonding is an affordable cosmetic procedure used to hide many types of flaws. In many cases, it is also a faster alternative to other cosmetic or restorative procedures. Below is more about bonding, including what it can do and how long it lasts.

Application of Composite Resin

Bonding is basically the application of a custom-tinted, tooth-colored composite resin to tooth enamel. The resin is shaped, cured, and polished to ensure that it matches the shape of the surrounding tooth structure.

What Bonding Can Do

Our dentist can hide many aesthetic flaws with bonding, including chips, cracks, and unappealing tooth shape. Very heavy stains can also be hidden this way when teeth whitening does not resolve the problem. In some cases, bonding is even used to reduce gaps between teeth, making braces unnecessary.

How Long Bonding Lasts

Taken care of properly, bonding can last for years. Although bonded areas will not respond to whitening, they can be polished or replaced if stains develop.

Patients of all ages can receive bonding, which is also often used as part of a smile makeover. A consultation with our dentist in West Hollywood can be scheduled by patients who want to learn more about bonding and its applications.

Does Teeth Whitening Work for Everyone?

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It’s okay to be excited about teeth whitening, as long as you know the limits. Whether it’s over-the-counter whiteners or in-office care, no whitening can really be permanent. And for some teeth, there’s no escaping darker color.

Teeth may be naturally white, but they’re also naturally yellow. That’s the dominant color of the dentin, the core material underneath the blissy white enamel. It follows that as we age, our teeth become less white and more yellow—the enamel erodes, and the dentin starts to show.

This yellowing is exacerbated by poor dental hygiene and bad practices like smoking, using tobacco products, or not brushing faithfully. Over the years, two kinds of stains will develop. Extrinsic stains are the ones caused by smoking, and by eating and drinking high-stain items like coffee or berries. Intrinsic stains are in the dentin, and relate more to trauma, decay, or too much fluoride.

Whitening really will take care of your extrinsic stains, at least temporarily. For intrinsic stains, you may need to consider another treatment. Teeth discolored due to a dental trauma are usually beyond saving.

Contact your cosmetic dentist in San Fernando Valley for more.