Preparing Your Child for Their Dental Exam

Five young friends standing outdoors smilingVisiting the dentist can be a scary and anxiety-inducing situation. For a child, this can be the things nightmares are made of. The sounds, the lights, the strangers, and not to mention the tools in their mouths can all have a nasty impact. Of course having the right pediatric dentist in Van Nuys can help. But as a parent, it’s also important to prepare a child for their dental exam.

First, schedule dental exams at a time when the child will be better rested or more likely to cooperate. Be positive and try not to use words that have negative connotations, while still being honest about the experience. Remind them that their parents visit the dentist too. Encouraging them to share their fears will also help counteract any apprehension. Make them part of the experience, not just the unwitting victim of it. Always take the time to improve their idea of the dental experience and take an active role in improving their oral health.

A child is only as prepared as a parent. And if grown-ups are forthcoming, yet compassionate, it shouldn’t be a hassle getting children into a dental exam. From infants to teens, oral care is a must.

For more, contact our Van Nuys dentist.

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How Dental Bridges Work

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Though it seems pretty obvious, dental bridges are specifically prepared prosthetics that bridge the gap created from one or more missing teeth. For years, dental bridges in Agoura Hills have been a standard for patients needing to return order to their faces and smiles. But many patients don’t understand the procedure.

It works by attaching crowns to other, healthy teeth and then spanning the gap with a false tooth or teeth. The procedure begins with Dr. Shindler, Agoura Hills dentist, injecting local anesthetic into the gums. Then the dentist reshapes the teeth that will house the caps or crowns. They need to fit securely so the bridge rests comfortably in place. An impression will then be made of missing teeth. A bridge will be customized to the individual. Until this permanent one is set, a temporary will be put in place. A follow-up visit will then be necessary where the permanent dental bridge is inserted. The dentist will take care to ensure nothing interferes with the patient’s bite.

Good care of these prosthetics can help the bridge last for many years. One general cause for failure is the forming of cavities on crowns. As usual, proper oral hygiene will keep that bridge work in perfect order.

Orthodontics For Adults

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Yes, even adults need braces. It may come as a painful surprise, but what can’t be negated is the fact that getting orthodontic work done will prevent issues in the future. Fixing a cross-bite or twisted tooth can save you from painful procedures in the future. It also lessens the risk of having to pull teeth due to lack of alignment. More often than not, of course, adult patients want braces in order to fix their smile. It’s the first thing we greet people with. It’s the first thing we see in the mirror every morning. There’s no reason it shouldn’t be perfect.

Now there are several options to choose from. Standard braces use gentle pressure to move teeth over time. Usually, orthodontist visits occur every four to six weeks. Ceramic braces might suit you better, as they are the same color as teeth and blend in better. For less extreme cases, people are using clear aligners. These see through plastic trays fit right in and are easily removed for meals or brushing.

The only way to ensure dental and oral health is by keeping your teeth and jaw aligned. What can’t be debated are the advantages that come out of such a procedure. Avoid periodontal disease and win back your smile.

For more, contact our orthodontists in Los Angeles.

Getting Full Mouth Dental Implants

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Oral hygiene is a sore subject for many people. If you suddenly find yourself needing full mouth dental implants, it’s important to know what is involved. This procedure can be rather trying, but in the end, quite liberating. They provide the full function of natural teeth, while still looking proper. Implants framed in full bridges or dentures are more comfortable and stable than the traditional kind. This could become necessary with a patient who has experienced bone loss, resulting in recession of the jaw and a collapsed or unattractive smile.

Implants involve the insertion of small metal posts into the gums. These abutments, or connecting devices, help you chew, smile, and also speak. A dental professional should be the only one creating a treatment plan. Anchors allow the dentures to be snapped on and off.

Permitting the gums to heal is a big part of the procedure as well. But reviving one’s smile seems relatively priceless. Several months are involved in the procedure. Bones must meld and the gums must heal. This is because the new work will replace some of the tooth roots, helping to preserve healthier bone. The best treatment is more personal and should be taken on a patient-by-patient basis.

Do Veneers Feel Bulky?

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Are you interested in a glamorous, white smile but nervous veneers will make your teeth feel bulky and fake? Many patients express this concern at their initial consultation for veneers, yet end up incredibly happy with their results.

Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front surface of the tooth. In order to place veneers correctly, our dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel. This process will ensure that your veneers feel normal and look natural. Other procedures, such as placing lumineers, are more likely to create a bulky feeling due to the fact that no enamel is removed.

Our Los Angeles porcelain veneer dentist recommends you receive 6-10 veneers at a time. If you receive too few, the difference in appearance and size of your teeth may seem slightly unnatural. During your consultation, our dentist can determine the correct number of veneers necessary for you. At your appointment, you will also discuss your desired results and our expert will help you find the proper shade to choose. Before you know it, you will have stunning, custom fit veneers that are simple to maintain.

Contact our office for more information on cosmetic dentistry or to schedule your appointment.

Teeth Whitening Expectations 

Group of friendsTeeth whitening is one of our most requested procedures, but a brilliantly white, sparkling smile is not achievable for all of our patients. Having realistic teeth whitening expectations can ensure you are completely happy with your results. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help you find the right procedure based on your dental health and habits so that you can achieve your results. 
 
Stains occur for many reasons and often appear as a result of what you eat and drink. Exposure to cola, tea, coffee, wine berries, tomato sauce, curry and other strongly colored foods and drinks will leave teeth discolored. Tobacco use and excessive fluoride exposure can also discolor teeth. Less commonly, trauma and certain medications can discolor teeth. 
 
Most extrinsic stains, or stains caused by external factors like foods and drinks, respond well to conventional teeth whitening treatments. These treatments use peroxide to oxidize the stains in the enamel and dentin and lighten the color of teeth. Intrinsic discolorations, or stains located inside the tooth’s structure, will not usually respond to conventional teeth whitening treatments. We may recommend dental veneers to cover discolored teeth.  
 
Pregnant women, children under 16, people with active gum disease, people with untreated cavities and those with extremely sensitive teeth might not be candidates for teeth whitening. Additionally, teeth whitening treatments will not leave your teeth unnaturally white. Call our dentist today to schedule an appointment for teeth whitening in Northridge.

Dental Implants Expenses

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Dental implants are the most trusted product in modern tooth replacement. They create a natural smile, with no reduction in tooth functionality. The success rate is as high as 98 percent for qualified patients.

While not cheap, this product compares favorably with other, older replacement options. There is also dental insurance to consider. Add the fact that you’re essentially making a lifetime investment, and most potential patients don’t let budget affect their decision.
Dental implant cost is complicated. There are many hidden fees, so be sure to ask for a complete breakdown. The more experienced your dentist, the more you can expect to pay—but with a procedure this intricate, you can’t afford to get it wrong. Some laboratories charge more than others, which is written into your upfront quote.

An implant consists of a titanium root, a crown, and an abutment that connects the two. These materials are all priced separately. And if you need more than one implant, the cost goes up.

If you have missing teeth that are close together, you may get by with one implant. Implants are also often combined with dentures and fixed bridges, which may be cheaper options.

Contact your implants doctor for more.