Periodontal disease is a chronic infection that affects the gums, periodontal ligaments, and other structures that support the teeth. It is caused by oral bacteria, which live in plaque. Our Los Angeles periodontist may recommend non-surgical periodontal treatments to restore health to your gums.
1. Scaling and root planing
This is a deep-cleaning procedure that removes even the buildup below the gum line. We then smooth the roots of the teeth to make it difficult for bacteria to attach to them and to promote healing.
2. Antimicrobial treatments
Topical antimicrobials or more traditional antibiotic therapies may be needed to control the infection and combat bacteria.
3. Laser treatments
Laser treatments are an advanced form of periodontal therapy in which a laser is used to eliminate oral bacteria and stimulate healing in the gums.
In some cases, non-surgical treatments may be all that is needed to control the infection and stop the damage. However, non-surgical treatments can also be performed in conjunction with surgery to ensure the best possible outcome and restore your smile’s health. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in non-surgical periodontal treatments in Los Angeles.
Having a gap in your smile can do more than just affect your self-confidence. It can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease, and it can cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of position to accommodate for the additional space. There are several ways to replace a missing tooth, and our San Fernando Valley dentist will help you figure out which treatment is best for you.
Dental bridges consist of two abutment crowns that are placed on the teeth that are on both sides of the gap. The adjacent teeth are used to hold the bridge in place while a replacement in the middle of the bridge fills in for the missing tooth. A bridge will prevent your teeth from drifting out of position, and it will help you chew and speak easier.
Getting a bridge is often recommended when you need to replace a tooth but cannot support a dental implant. You also need to take good care of your bridge to make sure it lasts as long as it can. When properly maintained, dental bridges can last up to 15 years, and protecting your bridge is easy as long as you follow the instructions given to you by the expert in dental bridges in San Fernando Valley.
Great personal hygiene can only do so much to benefit oral health without professional deep cleaning visits. Unless there is a condition present that causes gum recession, sticky bacteria usually does not penetrate beneath the surface. Neglecting to take care of the outer plaque buildup can cause more advanced complications that come from the destructive bacteria. A patient with gum disease needs to take extra care to have a deep cleaning performed by the dentist in Canoga Park every few months to prevent infections and gum recession.
According to the expert in deep cleaning in Canoga Park, there is no way for a patient to brush enough to eliminate the need for professional visits. Sticky bacteria are able to hide between teeth and form a thin layer that simple brushing can miss. After a while, it solidifies into tartar that is impossible to remove without a scaling tool. Skipping a few deep cleaning appointments puts a patient at an increased risk of developing gum disease that must be treated with regular bacteria removal to prevent periodontal disease. Oral neglect may not seem to be a major risk until you find one day that your gums have started to recess in response to concentrated bacteria.
Dental crowns are a great restoration for restoring the appearance and function of a tooth. However, most crowns will not last forever, and you will probably need to get yours replaced at some point. Sometimes a crown can fall out unexpectedly, and when this happens, you should see our expert in emergency dental crowns in Los Angeles right away.
Crowns require a tooth to be filed down so that it can fit comfortably on top. A lot of the enamel will have to be removed, so the innermost part of the tooth is exposed. If the crown falls off, the remaining tooth structure will be susceptible to increased sensitivity and bacterial buildup. When a dental crown falls off a tooth, it needs to be replaced immediately before further injury or infection occurs.
An impression will need to be taken of the altered tooth so that a permanent crown can be designed in a lab, but our emergency dentists in Los Angeles can provide you with a temporary crown to wear until your permanent crown is ready. Once your temporary crown is adhered to the tooth, the dentists will give you instructions to keep it safe until you can receive your permanent crown.
Dental implants are one of the most popular ways to replace a missing tooth. A large reason why they are so popular is because they replace the entire tooth. Other restorations only replace the visible portion of the tooth, which makes the smile look whole, but the jawbone suffers. The root of a tooth stimulates the jawbone to keep it healthy, but if the root is lost, the bone will deteriorate, negatively impacting your facial structure. A dental implant is integrated directly into the jawbone, so your new tooth will stay firmly in place. Following the treatment, our expert in dental implants in West Hollywood will give you instructions on how to take care of your implant.
For the most part, dental implants can be treated just like your natural teeth. You should continue to brush and floss your teeth twice a day to prevent an infection. You should also avoid any habits to could damage your oral structures. Chewing on ice cubes, chewing on your fingernails, and grinding your teeth can lead to various dental problems. Since the implant is secured in the jawbone, it can remain functional for a lifetime if you stay in good health. Our West Hollywood dentist may need to replace the crown on top at some point, but implants are exceptionally durable.
A root canal is a vital procedure that removed infected tooth pulp from inside the tooth. Many patients realize they need a root canal when they begin to experience extreme sensitivity, pain when pressure is applied to the tooth, swelling in the gums, or discoloration in the tooth. If a root canal is not performed promptly, the only way to save your oral health will be through a dental extraction. Our dentist prefers performing a root canal since more of your natural tooth structure will be preserved.
The actual root canal procedure is fairly straightforward, but you should set aside some time after the treatment is complete for recovery. For the first few days following the procedure, the affected tooth may feel a bit more sensitive. This is normal and should go away shortly. If you are experiencing any pain following the treatment, you can take any over-the-counter pain relievers, or our expert in root canal in Long Beach can prescribe you something stronger.
Many times, a dental crown will need to be placed over the tooth in order to strengthen it and protect it from further damage. It can take a couple weeks for your permanent crown to be designed, so in the meantime, you will need to wear a temporary crown to protect the tooth. Your dentist will give you advice on how to protect this crown until you can have the permanent one placed.
Our Burbank Invisalign dentist is proud to offer Invisalign aligners to patients who qualify. Invisalign offers many advantages over traditional braces. Both orthodontic treatments are effective at straightening teeth, but Invisalign uses aligners that are virtually invisible, so they offer much more discretion. The aligners are also completely removable, so you can take them out during meals or while you brush and floss your teeth.
You will wear a new set of aligners every two weeks until your teeth are in the desired positions. Each set of aligners you receive will be slightly straighter than what your teeth currently are. Over the course of two weeks, your teeth will be marginally straightened so that they match the aligners. The set of aligners you get after that will be slightly straighter than the last. You will continue wearing these aligners until your last set, which will provide you with exceptionally straight teeth.
Our expert in Invisalign braces in Burbank requires you to wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours every day. It is important to only remove the aligners while you eat or take care of your teeth; otherwise, your teeth may not get the straightening they require.