What Tooth Pain Means

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Do you suffer from tooth pain, but you are not quite sure what it could mean? Here you can read about the most common types of tooth pain to best guide you with your future appointment with our Huntington Beach office.
If you frequently feel intermittent sharp jabbing sensations each time you eat or drink something, or each time you open and close your mouth, then this is usually a big indicator to a possible crack, cavity, or an abscess.
If every time your mouth and teeth are exposed to an extreme change in temperature, such as eating ice cream or drinking a hot cup of coffee, you feel a sharp tooth pain, this can also be another indicator to a crack in the tooth or multiple teeth as well as possible cavities.

 

Dull nagging tooth pain is the most common type of toothache. Though usually this type of pain is mild, it is deep and persistent. This is a general indicator of nerve damage or a rotting tooth. This is commonly seen in individuals who grind their teeth.

 

The main indicator for tooth abscesses is feeling extreme throbbing pains. Abscesses are pockets of infection below or to the side of the tooth. Essentially, it is like a cyst in your mouth. Abscesses require antibiotic treatments and a surgical treatment to be removed. Therefore, if you suspect you have a tooth abscess please contact our dentist as soon as possible.
If you only feel pain while eating, then that is a big indicator of tooth decay or a tooth fracture. The pain can usually be controlled with over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen.
Regardless of what kind of tooth pain you are suffering from, it is never a good thing to have. Your mouth should never hurt, so when it does make an appointment with our dentist in Huntington Beach as soon as possible.

 

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Uses of CAD/CAM Technology

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Anybody who has been the recipient of one or more cosmetic dental implements over the course of their life is probably more than aware of how long and drawn-out the process can be. While the final result is always pristine, there is usually more than a bit of back and forth to and from the dental office. The most significant waiting period is probably the time between being measured for the new addition and the time spent waiting for it to be physically produced in a dental lab. Technological breakthroughs in recent years, however, have made this inconvenience completely obsolete. With the advent of CAD/CAM technology, our dentists are now able to outfit your smile with the appropriate enhancements in less time than ever before.

 

In the past, an initial consultation appointment with out dentist was required to both go over the goals of the patient and also to prepare the mouth for the fixture and take the impressions an off-site dental lab would use to manufacture your new crown, bridge, or onlay. Once the fixture was ready, you had to go back to the office to have it placed. The CAD/CAM workflow streamlines the process, allowing our dentists to restore your teeth with much less unnecessary waiting.

 

CAD/CAM technique involves special equipment that enables our dentists to complete the process entirely in our own office and in one visit. After the tooth or teeth in question have been cleaned, sculpted, and prepared in anticipation of the coming procedure, a highly-accurate scanner is used to gather as much data as possible about them, and a digital 3D model of the patient’s mouth will be generated. From this model the appropriate measurements will be taken. This data is then used to instruct a built-in, extremely precise milling chamber on what to build and how to build it. Using this information, your new fixture will be hewn from either composite resin or porcelain. When the machine has finished producing the implement, the rest of the process is as simple as having it placed, set with cement, and adjusted within the context of your bite.

Types of Invisible Braces

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Are you interested in getting invisible braces? There are a few different types to choose from and we’re here to help you figure out which one is the best option for you. The most popular types of invisible braces are ceramic braces, clear aligners, and inside braces. Here’s a little bit of information about each type.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces, also known as “clear” braces, are similar to traditional braces, but differ in that they use white or clear brackets in place of the metal ones. They’re made with a porcelain-like material that is a little bit weaker and more brittle than the metal brackets are. Ceramic braces are also larger than metal ones and use small ligatures (rubber bands) to fasten them. These ligatures are changed at each appointment (usually monthly). Ceramic braces remain on your teeth until your treatment is complete.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are removable aligners that are almost completely invisible, minimally invasive, and do not have wires or brackets. Our dentist will take a three-dimensional impression of your teeth in order to custom make them and give you the best possible fit during treatment. Clear aligners are removable, which makes the wearer more comfortable when they are eating, drinking, and attending special events. Another plus? Clear aligners are resistant to clouding, even if you’ve had them for years. They are worn in sets, and you’ll wear each set for a specific amount of time during each stage of treatment. Common brands of clear aligners include Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

Inside Braces

Also known as “iBraces” or lingual braces, inside braces are attached to the back of your teeth, hiding them from view. iBraces are custom brackets that are created using scans of the back of your teeth. They are attached to the insides of your upper and lower teeth. Like ceramic braces, iBraces are not removable and make use of elastics during treatment. iBraces are also called incognito or Harmony braces.

If you’d like more information about invisible braces, talk to our dental office today. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you determine what type of invisible braces work best for you.

Types of Dental Veneers

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When considering the possibility of having a set of dental veneers placed on your teeth, the sheer amount of information can feel more than a bit overwhelming at first. For every patient, however, there is in fact a viable path to a more youthful, radiant smile, and your dental veneers dentist has all of the answers to any questions you may have about which option is correct for your particular case.

Dental veneers generically are wafer-thin tiles designed to mimic the look of natural teeth; after removing a portion of the existing enamel, the teeth in question will be cleaned and scored, and the veneers will be set with a special type of light-sensitive adhesive. Veneers function exactly as the original teeth did before, while also improving the size, shape, hue, and overall appearance of the patient’s smile. They are safe and virtually painless.

One of the big decisions to consider when deciding how best to revitalize your smile through the use of dental veneers is choosing which type is right for your particular set of complaints and lifestyle – the different varieties offered nation-wide run the gamut, and each offers a unique profile of pros, cons, and potential long-term considerations to keep in mind when choosing which one is right for you.

Veneers made of composite resin are among the most commonly administered, both because they come with the added benefit of being able to be fully placed in as little as one appointment, and also due to the fact that they are quite a bit less expensive than other materials available. They are ideal for filling in chips and cracks, and can also be used to close gaps existing between teeth, as well.

Porcelain veneers are the best option for those seeking a final product that most closely resembles that of a real set of teeth; they are customized for each patient and as such will require multiple appointments with your dentist to complete the process of installation front to back.

Instant veneers are veneers which come in several pre-manufactured shapes, sizes, and colors; your dentist will present all of the different options at your disposal, and the one which most closely resembles the type of change you wish to make will be chosen. After that, it’s as simple as having them placed and sculpting them to fit as beautifully in your mouth as possible.

Adults and Orthodontic Treatments

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More and more adults are seeking orthodontic treatments to improve their smile. Fortunately, there are advances in orthodontics that allow individuals to get braces that are more convenient than traditional methods. We understand that getting braces as an adult can be inconvenient, as adults (unlike children), are busy and may not want braces on for a lengthy period of time.

 

Getting adult braces does not have to be a daunting process. Now there are many options available to older individuals who want to speed up this process and make it more suitable to their lifestyles. If you choose to go the inexpensive route, you can opt for traditional braces, which include metal brackets and wiring. While they don’t look very glamorous, they are now lighter than ever before and very effective in correcting most orthodontic issues that plague adults.

 

There are also options that look less visible on the teeth such as lingual and ceramic braces. Lingual braces are worn on the back of the teeth so they are not seen from the front. However, this option isn’t the best for everyone. Often lingual braces are for people with more minor corrections. Ceramic braces are much like the traditional option except they are lighter in weight and the color of enamel. This is great because they are less visible than traditional methods.

 

There is also another orthodontic treatment options called Invisalign. This method is very popular for improving the smile because they are not braces at all. Instead, our experts can fit you with clear plastic aligners that can be removed at any time. They are virtually invisible so you can smile with confidence. This is also very convenient because they can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and sleeping. As your teeth move and shift into place, the aligners are switched out (usually every week). Often, the length of time these are worn is much shorter than the other methods listed above.

 

The length of time for any orthodontic treatment will depend on your case. It could be as little as six months up to a couple years before treatment is complete. If you have crooked teeth, crowding, overbite, underbite, or misaligned teeth, talk to our dentist in North Hollywood. We can discuss the best orthodontic options available to you so that you can improve your smile. Schedule a consultation with us to get started.

What Teens Should Know about Invisalign

Life as a teenager can be tough. There are a lot of pressures at school, in sports and with friends. Not to mention, there’s extra pressure to look your best! Getting braces can only add to the pressures a teen faces. But there are treatment options available to teenagers that are more convenient than traditional braces. Your teen should be able to go about their day with confidence while their smile is improved.

 

Our experts in orthodontics can discuss Invisalign Teen with you as a better alternative. Invisalign aligners are designed to improve the smile without interrupting a teen’s life. They are completely removable and virtually invisible.  Teens can continue to enjoy sports, foods and other activities without the interruption of traditional braces. The brackets and wires can be distracting especially on the field. Teens playing sports may feel the brackets hit the inside of their mouths, which can be painful. But with Invisalign, there’s no need to worry.

 

The clear plastic aligners will fit right over your teen’s teeth. Then, they will gradually move and shift the teeth into place. The aligners are removed for eating, drinking and brushing teeth. The aligners will be switched out for new ones about every two weeks as the teeth move and shift into place. Watch as their smile is transformed! The SmartTrack material speeds up this process by 50%.

 

Oral hygiene is still very important for your teen. Make sure they brush and floss at least twice a day for two minutes. Best part is, the aligners can be removed, and so your teen doesn’t have to worry about flossing in between brackets and wires. The aligners can also be cleaned with lukewarm water before bedtime and after brushing. There are so many benefits to having properly aligned teeth. According to the American Dental Association, straight teeth carries many benefits beyond a confident smile. With Invisalign, your teen can reduce their risk of tooth decay, gum disease, jaw problems and increased wear on the tooth enamel.

 

Talk to our experts about the best options available to your teen. Schedule a consultation so we can see if Invisalign is right for them. The length of your teen’s Invisalign process will depend on their specific case. We can go over their case and make sure to match them with the best system.

Invisalign Options

If you need braces but you don’t like the traditional options that include metal brackets and wiring, Invisalign may be an option for you. Patients with a wide range of orthodontic issues such as gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, open bites, overly crowded teeth and crossbites are great candidates for this alternative form of braces.

 

 

Correcting your smile has never been more convenient. You will wear clear plastic aligners that are custom-made just for you. They will fit right over your teeth and are removable for eating, drinking and sleeping. Enjoy the convenience of removable retainers as you go about your day. As the teeth move and shift into place, you will receive new aligners. It’s very possible that with weekly aligner changes, you can achieve an amazing smile even faster.

 

 

Talk to our orthodontist in Torrance about your orthodontic needs. Using these clear plastic aligners make it super comfortable to correct your smile without wearing brackets and wires. Our experts will monitor your tooth movements such as rotations, extrusions and significant root movements as you wear these retainers. This will ensure that you get the best results possible. Aligners should be worn for most of the day except when eating, drinking, brushing, flossing and sleeping.

 

 

Good oral hygiene is a must while using these aligners. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes along with flossing. When you take care of your teeth and gums, you avoid issues such as cavities, plaque buildup, tooth decay, and periodontal disease among others. While we help correct your smile, you can be diligent about your oral health.

 

 

Unlike traditional braces, this option is great for very active people. If you play sports, you don’t have to worry about brackets hitting the sides of your mouth on the field. These plastic aligners are made of lightweight material and fit right over your teeth for ease and comfort. If you have a special occasion coming up, you can take them out and pop them back in when you’re done! It’s a very convenient option for so many active people.

 

 

It’s our goal to give you the best smile possible so you can go about your day with confidence. See what more than four million patients have experienced using this system. The SmartTrack material is proven to fit better and more comfortably in the mouth. Schedule a consultation today and talk to our experts to see if this alternative is right for you.