Ridge modification is a surgical procedure used to re-shape the jaw bone in preparation for dental implants. In most cases, patients are ready for dental implant placement within four to eight months of this surgery. A variety of conditions can make ridge modification necessary, and the results include improved appearance for many patients.
When Is Ridge Modification Performed?
Ridge modification may be performed when either the upper or lower jaw is poorly shaped or too small for implants. This may occur due to developmental defects, injury, gum disease or long-term use of dentures. To ensure that dental implant surgery is successful, patients in this group must undergo ridge modification and wait until the bone has developed sufficiently before proceeding.
How Ridge Modification Is Performed
Our dentist begins ridge modification by making incisions in the gums to reveal the jaw bone. Next, bone graft material is added to the defective area to increase its size. Although most patients require a period of healing afterwards, some can receive implants in the same appointment.
Certain patients have better results from implants, in terms of both appearance and functionality, after receiving ridge modification. By scheduling a consultation with our dentist, patients can find out whether they need ridge modification in order to receive implants.
There are many reasons that teeth may need to be extracted. However, in some cases, the tooth can be saved through other measures. One of the ways to save a tooth involves the placement of a tooth covering called a crown.
Dental crowns are often used on teeth that are decayed or damaged in order to prevent an extraction. They are often used to cover teeth that have large fillings or after a root canal procedure. Crowns are beneficial to cover and protect teeth that are weak, cracked, or otherwise damaged in order to help preserve the tooth for as long as possible.
Crowns are also used as a part of fixed dental bridges. On each side of the bridge, a crown is used to securely attach the bridge to the teeth that surround the gap that will be filled with the dental bridge.
Before crown placement, the affected tooth will need to be filed down and treated if necessary. The crown is attached securely with special cement for long-term wear.
Our North Hollywood dentist can give you recommendations that are appropriate for your needs regarding tooth preservation options based on your individual needs.
Teeth whitening is performed on patients whose teeth have been stained by factors related to diet and lifestyle. In-office teeth whitening involves stronger chemicals than those included with over-the-counter whitening systems, giving patients better results that last longer. Here is a look at how teeth whitening treatments work.
Better than At-Home Whitening
Our whitening treatments use prescription-only whitening gel and mouth trays customized to fit each patient’s teeth. By contrast, store-bought whitening kits include only generic trays and weaker whitening gel. Teeth whitening received at our office also includes supervision by our expert in teeth whitening in Los Angeles, improving safety and results.
How Teeth Whitening Treatments Work
Patients who qualify for treatment have their teeth cleaned before whitening begins. After protecting the teeth and gums with a barrier, our dentist applies a peroxide whitening gel to the faces of the teeth. Depending on the treatment used, a curing light may be used to activate the chemicals or the patient may wait up to an hour for the gel to work. The process may be repeated if necessary, and a fluoride solution may be applied to prevent sensitivity afterwards. Patients who do not qualify for whitening treatment can choose to pursue other options, such as porcelain veneers or Lumineers, from our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles.
Lumineers are a newer alternative to veneers for correcting a variety of cosmetic dental defects. Both options can align, lengthen, widen and straighten teeth as well as eliminate flaws such as chips from the faces of teeth. However, the two treatments do have a number of important differences to consider.
Comparison Between Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers
Porcelain veneers are natural-looking shells that are bonded to the fronts of teeth. To ensure that porcelain veneers fit, our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist has to remove the enamel from teeth. Traditional porcelain veneers tend to look more natural compared to Lumineers.
Lumineers are not as thick as porcelain veneers, which means that patients get to keep their enamel. Placement is more comfortable, and great results are ensured by customization of the Lumineers for each patient. Lumineers can be removed at a later point if necessary. Translucency, due to the thinness of Lumineers, means that some patients may require additional treatment to prevent dark teeth from being visible through the Lumineers.
According to our expert in porcelain veneers in Los Angeles, each procedure may be more appropriate for some patients than others. A consultation with our dentist can identify the need for veneers or Lumineers and determine which procedure may offer the best results for individual patients.
Dental bonding is used to conceal unsightly stains, chips and wear on teeth. This is accomplished through application of resin that matches the color of teeth. Here is more about how dental bonding works.
According to our expert in dental bonding in Los Angeles, only one appointment is usually necessary for dental bonding. Although anesthesia is unnecessary in most cases, it may be used when bonding is performed in the treatment of cavities. After choosing a bonding material of similar color to the patient’s teeth, our dentist removes decay, uses abrasion to improve the tooth’s ability to receive the resin and prepares the tooth with a liquid that promotes a strong bond once the resin is applied. Next, our dentist in Los Angeles applies the resin to the tooth carefully in order to match its shape and contours. Finally, the bonding resin is cured with a special light, trimmed and polished.
For most patients, dental bonding requires only about 30 minutes from color selection to polishing. The procedure’s simplicity and affordability makes it a popular option for fixing cosmetic issues affecting the surfaces of teeth. By brushing and flossing daily and avoiding dietary and lifestyle factors that may stain the bonding material, patients can keep their bonded teeth looking great long after restoration takes place.
More patients are choosing sedation dentistry to ease their anxiety about dental care. However, sedation is also beneficial for other patients, such as those with gag reflex problems, resistance to local anesthesia, neurological conditions or other medical problems. In fact, even patients who are fairly resistant to dental fear report a more comfortable experience with sedation. Here is more from our dentist in Los Angeles about how certain patients can benefit from sedation dentistry.
Gag Reflex Problems
Having a gag reflex is normal, but a severe gag reflex can make dental treatment difficult or impossible. Sedation dentistry calms the body to prevent this reaction from disrupting dental care.
Some patients experience panic at the thought of dental care, causing them to avoid dentists and suffer oral health problems in the long term. Sedation dentistry is the key that can let these patients enter a new world of better oral health.
Patients with neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy and autism, may experience symptoms such as muscle spasms, hyperactivity and hypersensitivity, which can complicate treatment. Sedation dentistry can make dental treatment a breeze for these patients.
Sedation is available in minimal, moderate and deep categories. These involve oral medication or nitrous, stronger oral medication and IV sedation, respectively. To determine the best level for specific circumstances, patients should speak with our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles.