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.

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.

How Long Does Getting Veneers Take?

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Except for CAD/CAM veneers, which are made in small milling machines, veneers are not made at dental offices. Instead, they are made by hand at a dental laboratory before being sent to the office where they will be placed by a dentist. As a result, the full process can take one to two weeks. Here is more about how long the veneers process takes.

Preparation for Veneers

The first visit to our dentist for veneers involves having the teeth prepared. This involves removing some of the outer tooth enamel, ensuring that the addition of veneers will not result in excessively large teeth. Afterwards, bite impressions are taken for use in shaping the new veneers.

Veneers Placement

One to two weeks after their preparation appointment, patients return to our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles to have their veneers permanently attached. This involves bonding the veneers in place with composite bonding resin. Finally, the veneers are cured with a special light, and patients can immediately start enjoying their new smile.

Numerous dental flaws can be concealed with porcelain veneers, and the results can last for decades. Patients can contact our dentist to schedule a consultation and learn more about getting veneers.

Why Teeth Need to be Removed

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We are meant to keep all of our teeth for our entire lifetimes. Unfortunately, some cases require their removal. Furthermore, in some instances, a tooth may need to be extracted quickly. In emergency situations, our dentist can remove a tooth as well as replace it.

There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed at our emergency dentistry office. Poor dental health at home and an avoidance of regular check-ups can lead to weakened teeth that cannot function properly. Gum disease can also cause issues, such as loosened teeth that are better replaced.

Tooth removal requires a surgical process, often done with local anesthetic. Our dentist will shift the tooth in question back and forth in order to loosen it from connective tissues. Eventually, it can be pulled out with ease. If the case is more complicated, they may need to break apart the tooth and remove it in pieces.

We can work with you to decide which replacement would be best for you. Dental implants are best, and can be used for patients with otherwise good oral and gum health. Dental bridges can replace one or multiple teeth.

Be sure to keep our number close by in case of emergency tooth removal needs.

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.

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.