When is a Root Canal Treatment Necessary?

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When damage occurs to the inner portion of a tooth, called the pulp, a dental filling is not sufficient to protect the tooth and eliminate the pain caused by the decay. In these situations, it is usually necessary for our dentist in Los Angeles to perform a root canal treatment.

A root canal treatment is the last resort to save a tooth from needing to be extracted. This treatment is designed to remove all the infected material inside the tooth to stop the decay in its tracks. Because the pulp inside of the root canal leads directly to a central nerve, it can be extremely painful when bacteria takes over this area and a root canal is designed to eliminate this pain as well.

The tooth structure that is left over after the root canal treatment is performed will need to be protected. To do so, our expert in root canal treatment in Los Angeles typically suggests covering it with a porcelain crown. This will not only protect the tooth but allow it to function fully again as well.

If you have a cavity that has gotten so bad you are in great pain or have been told the tooth needs to be removed, schedule a consultation with our dentist today to learn more about how it can be saved with a root canal treatment

What is Zoom Whitening?

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One of the most common complaints we get from our patients whose oral health is in excellent condition is that they wish their teeth were whiter. Lucky for them, our dentist in Torrance offers a procedure called Zoom whitening which is an advanced teeth whitening treatment available today.

Zoom whitening combines a powerful proprietary peroxide bleaching gel with a special UV activating light to achieve dramatic results. Often, in as little as one hour, our expert in Zoom whitening in Torrance is able to whiten teeth up to eight shades brighter.

The soft tissues in the patient’s mouth will be protected by a rubber sheet before our dentist applies the peroxide gel. Once the peroxide bleaching solution is carefully applied to all the surfaces of the teeth, the UV light is shined onto them. This light starts a chemical reaction that causes the whitening to occur. The process is called oxidation and it works similar to the way stains are removed from clothes except that the reaction happens in the dentin of the teeth where the deepest stains live.

After about 15 minutes, the solution will be rinsed off of the patient’s teeth to prevent over-bleaching. This process will be repeated 3-4 times within a one hour period. After we are finished, the results will be immediately noticeable and our patients are always extremely surprised with the effectiveness of Zoom whitening.

To find out if you are a candidate for this incredible new whitening treatment, call today to schedule a consultation.

Common Teeth Whitening Methods

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Our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist uses several different teeth whitening methods to remove the stains that inherently affect almost everyone’s teeth. For those who wish to brighten their smiles as much as possible in a short period of time, their best option is and in-office procedure. Patients who prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own home can be prescribed a take-home kit instead.

In-Office Procedures

The teeth whitening procedures performed in the dentist’s office allow for teeth to be whitened up to eight shades in as little as one hour. They combine a powerful peroxide bleaching solution with an activating UV light to penetrate deep beneath the tooth’s enamel to remove even the toughest stains.

Take-Home Kits

A take home kit prescribed by the dentist will work much better than those that can be bought in stores. This is not just because they use a more powerful peroxide solution, but also because the application tray that is worn is custom fit to each patient’s smile so that it will cover as much of the teeth as possible.

If you are interested in enhancing your stained teeth with either of these procedures, contact our expert in teeth whitening in Los Angeles today to learn more.

What are the Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings?

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Some of the most common dental procedures performed by our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist are dental fillings. Dental fillings are used to fill in teeth that have minor cavities, are chipped, or are cracked. In the old days, dental filling were made of metal and were therefore very noticeable, especially when used to fill the front teeth. Today, our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles uses tooth colored fillings because they offer many advantages over previous types.

Tooth colored fillings, as their name suggests, are made to match the exact color of a patient’s natural teeth. They are usually made of fiber glass or composite resin. These materials are also stronger and lighter than metals that were used in the past. Plus, they adhere to the tooth for a longer lasting solution.

In order to fill in a cavity, our dentist will first apply a small amount of anesthesia to the nerve so that the patient can remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Once the patient is relaxed, the cavity will be drilled out to remove the bacteria that are causing the tooth to decay, and the hole will be filled with the tooth colored resin.

If you have a cavity that needs to be filled or an old, unsightly metal filling that needs replacement, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

Zoom Compared to Conventional Whitening Treatments

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Our cosmetic dentist in Beverly Hills has noticed that one of the most common issues people have with their smiles are the stains that appear on them. For these patients, our dentist usually recommends a teeth whitening procedure to remove the stains. There are many different ways to whiten teeth including products bought in stores like trays and toothpastes and take-home kits prescribed by the dentist. The most effective teeth whitening treatment, however, is the Zoom whitening procedure that our dentist performs in his office.

Zoom whitening offers several benefits over conventional whitening methods. Zoom uses a powerful peroxide bleaching gel that is painted on by the dentist before a special light is shown on the teeth to activate the chemicals that start the bleaching process. It is this light, along with the proprietary peroxide gel, that makes the Zoom whitening treatment better than any other.

With Zoom whitening, the effects are immediately noticeable after the treatment is performed. Often, patient’s smiles can be brightened up to eight shades in one treatment that lasts as little as an hour.

If you are interested in this revolutionary new way to brighten your smile and enhance its overall appearance, contact our expert in Zoom whitening in Beverly Hills today to schedule a consultation where we can help you determine if this procedure is right for you.

What is the Purpose of Dental Bridges?

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A bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is not only used to fill the gap from missing teeth, but it also helps to keep remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

There are many reasons that teeth need to be removed. Missing teeth result in a gap that can allow for the buildup of plaque and bacteria that can lead to decay and gum disease. Remaining teeth can slip toward the gap, causing improper bite and functioning of teeth.

Dental bridges are similar to partial dentures only they are more permanent in nature. Artificial teeth are created to imitate the missing teeth and are then attached to a crown on either side. The remaining teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crown placement. The bridge is then attached by the crowns to the teeth on either side of the gap and affixed for a long term solution for missing teeth.

With proper care, a bridge can last for many years. Schedule an exam with our dentist in North Hollywood to see if a bridge might be a good option for you.

What are Holistic Dental Treatments?

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A holistic approach to health is one that focuses on the cause and effect of a health problem instead of only treating its symptoms. A holistic dentist focuses not just on your oral health but on your total body health that is so closely related to your teeth. Our holistic dentist in Los Angeles strives to create complete balance of the mind, body, and soul in each one of our patients.

While many oral health issues like tooth decay and periodontal disease must be treated in more traditional ways, the root cause of the issue can be addressed through holistic means. In order to bring your entire body into balance, including your smile, our Los Angeles biological dentist may recommend treatments that are not usually associated with dentistry. These can include treatments like massage therapy, aromatherapy, meditation, and an adjustment to your diet and nutrition. Also, instead of prescribing pharmaceutical medications, our dentist may suggest herbal supplements or even acupuncture to help patients deal with pain and discomfort.

If you, like so many other people in Los Angeles, are interested in leading the healthiest, most active lifestyle possible, consider a visit to our holistic dentist next time you are in need of a dental checkup.