How Are TMJ Disorders Treated?

How Are TMJ Disorders Treated?

The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is one of the most vital joints in your body. It connects the lower part of your jaw to the rest of your skull, and allows the mandible to move left, right, up and down. A fully-functional TMJ is necessary for proper speech and food digestion.

The TMJ is vulnerable to a wide range of disorders. If a problem with your bite has led to TMD, or a temporomandibular disorder, dental treatments like braces, dentures or veneers may be necessary. If the TMD results from a head or neck injury, non-invasive and non-surgical treatment is a possibility. This includes a cold or hot compress, a head brace to restrict movement, anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers. Simply avoiding food that is hard to chew can also solve the problem.

Sometimes, more drastic measures are necessary. Injections to the facial muscle that is affected may be needed to stimulate the healing process. f all else fails, surgery is also an option.

If you suffer from pain and swelling in the side of your face, lack of jaw motion, a clicking sound or feeling when you open your mouth or any other TMJ disorder symptoms, please call our TMJ specialist.

Lumineers vs. Veneers

Lumineers Vs. Veneers

If you are looking to improve your smile, there are a couple of ways to go about it. Your pearly whites are very important, and it can cost a lot of money to have them cosmetically fixed. In order to find the best cosmetic system that is right for you, check out the different procedures available through our Los Angeles Lumineers expert.

Two different procedures to choose from are the newest Lumineers and the traditional veneers. The traditional veneers can be made of thick material and require acrylic temporary teeth in between visits while your permanent veneers are crafted. Our dentist must shave down the existing tooth (which is irreversible), before veneer placement. But with Lumineers, the procedure is less extensive and invasive. The Lumineers are basically as thin as a contact lens and are placed over your existing teeth without damaging them.

Our dentist can provide you with more information about these treatments and help you choose the one that is best for you.

Best Reasons for Getting Your Teeth Whitened

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Your smile is invaluable. It is a gateway into your soul. Not having the smile you deserve, or the smile you want, can affect your confidence and self-esteem, seeping into your social or professional life and having dire consequences. One of the ways in which your smile can be compromised is having unsightly stains on your teeth.

Fortunately, there are many options for getting rid of those stains. Our Los Angeles teeth whitening dentist offers in-office services so you can walk out the same day with teeth significantly brighter than they were before.  This usually involves a simple tooth cleaning, then the application of a light-activated solution to break up the stains. After that, you will receive a fluoride treatment to clean your teeth once again.

Some stains may not go away with the light treatment. In these extreme cases, veneers may be an option. Stains may arise from a variety of things. Smoking can stain your teeth, as well as dark liquids like tea or black coffee. Dark, heavy sauces can also cause problems. Even lighter liquids, like white wine or sports drinks can be problematic because their high acidity breaks down your enamel and allows stains to form.

If you have any questions about teeth whitening, feel free to contact our office.

Tooth Colored Fillings and their Advantages

Tooth Colored Fillings and their Advantages
Cavities or small areas of damage must be cleaned and restored to preserve the health of your smile and reduce the risk to adjacent teeth. Our Northridge cosmetic dentist may recommend tooth-colored fillings, which have several advantages over traditional amalgam, or silver, dental fillings.

In the past, fillings were made of an amalgam of metals, including tin, copper and liquid mercury. These fillings would protect the damaged teeth, but they were unsightly, and many patients were concerned about the potential health risks of the mercury. Tooth-colored fillings offer an excellent alternative.

Tooth-colored fillings are generally made of a composite resin material that can match surrounding teeth precisely. They are completely free of metal and are just as strong as metal fillings. Teeth are unlikely to suffer from post-treatment sensitivity, and the filling can even restore the strength of a damaged or decayed tooth by bonding chemically with it. A composite resin filling may take slightly longer to place, but it is hardened by the time you leave the dental office for a more convenient experience.

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, you may benefit from a tooth-colored dental filling. Contact our office today to learn more about your treatment options or to schedule a consultation with our expert in tooth colored fillings in Northridge.

Who are Candidates for Invisalign?

Who are Candidates for Invisalign?
A crooked smile can be charmingly unique, but you may also feel self-conscious about its appearance. You may not want to smile around new people or even feel uncomfortable around those you know and love. In some cases, crooked or improperly spaced teeth can create excessive strain and wear on your jaw joint and teeth and can increase your risk of dental disease because they are hard to clean. If you have misaligned teeth, our cosmetic dentist in Westlake Village can help.

Invisalign is one option that many teens and adults appreciate. It can straighten teeth without the discomfort or embarrassing appearance of metal brackets and wires. You may be a candidate for Invisalign if you have teeth that are closely spaced, widely spaced or gapped, crooked, uneven or your bite is off-balance. Clear plastic aligners are used to gently move teeth into the proper position. Patients need to wear aligners constantly unless they are eating or brushing their teeth, which means that compliance is critical to positive results. Children and younger teens may not be candidates because their jaws are still growing, and some types of more severe malocclusions may need additional treatment for the best results.

Contact our Westlake Village Invisalign provider today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.