How to Care for Teeth with Dental Bonding

Beautiful young woman smiling. Isolated over white  background.Dental bonding is one of the quickest and easiest procedures you can have performed. It can be used to make minor repairs to your teeth, including closing small gaps between teeth, concealing discolorations on the enamel, and filling in small cavities. Typically, our dentist in Agoura Hills can complete the procedure between 30 and 60 minutes, so many patients find they can fit it into their busy schedule. Following the bonding procedure, your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of the bonding material. The bonding material can be customized to match the exact color of your teeth, so you do not have to worry about it standing out. It is possible that this material could stain, but you can clean it just like you would your natural teeth. You should brush and floss your teeth every day to remove stains and harmful bacteria that could lead to cavities. When properly maintained, dental bonding can last between five and seven years. You should continue to schedule regular dental exams with your dentist so that your teeth and restorations can be regularly looked at and cleaned. Talk to your dentist about your options since it may not be best for severe dental problems.

How is a Dental Implant Placed?

smiles (194)

There are numerous options available to patients who have lost a tooth. Although losing a tooth is not ideal, there are ways to restore it so that you can enjoy a fully functional bite. Dental crowns and bridges are just a couple of treatments provided by our North Hollywood dentist to replace a missing tooth, but many patients prefer getting a dental implant when possible. If you are interested in getting a dental implant, talk with our expert in dental implants in North Hollywood about the process.

Dental implants are biocompatible titanium rods that are inserted into the jawbone. Through a process known as osseointegration, dental implants will fuse with the bone and serve as an artificial tooth root. It often takes a few months for the implant to fuse, so in the meantime, you will have a temporary crown placed over it to replace the visible portion of the tooth. Some patients will need to undergo a bone grafting procedure if there jaw bone density cannot support an implant.

An abutment is placed over the dental implant, and the crown is placed over the abutment so that the entire tooth structure is being replaced. If properly maintained, you will be able to hang onto your implant for a lifetime.

Cost of Teeth Whitening

Beautiful young woman smiling. Isolated over white  background.When it comes to brightening your smile, you have many options to choose from. You can get an in-office teeth whitening from our teeth whitening dentist. Our dentist may also prescribe you a set of whitening trays that can be applied at home. And there are numerous over-the-counter strips and gels that make all sorts of promises about the wonders they can do on your teeth. When it comes to any dental procedure, one of the things that always comes up is price. And although cost is important, it can be difficult to put a price on good oral health and more self-confidence.

A treatment performed by our teeth whitening dentist will probably cost more than something you buy at the drugstore, but something to keep in mind is the results you will get with each treatment. Over-the-counter products tend to take weeks or even months to show results. And you may not get your teeth whitened to the shade you want. But an in-office treatment provides immediate results. You can walk right out of the office and show off your new smile. And your teeth will be up to eight shades whiter than they were before.

If you would like to discuss the cost of teeth whitening further, feel free to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

Jaw Surgery for Improving Gummy Smiles

smiles (232)

A gummy smile is often caused by excessive gum tissue extending over the natural tooth or a hyperactive lip muscle. These issues can often be corrected with a minimally invasive procedure in just one to two appointments. However, some types of gummy smile may need to be corrected with jaw surgery. Our Los Angeles periodontist can help you decide which option is best for you.

Jaw surgery is a more extensive procedure but may be needed if you:

  • Have an overbite or underbite that is responsible for the gummy appearance
  • Have an abnormally proportioned jaw
  • Have improperly erupted teeth

We will evaluate your smile and explore all your options. If you are a candidate for jaw surgery, it may be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as orthodontics, to create a more proportionate and attractive smile. Jaw surgery is a more invasive treatment than crown lengthening and other gummy surgery treatments, but these treatments may not be effective if your gummy smile is due to bone abnormalities.

Getting the healthy, attractive smile of your dreams can be a reality with the right treatments. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gummy smile jaw surgery in Los Angeles.

Effective Treatments for Black Gums


Gums can come in many different colors just like skin can, but most people are used to seeing pink, even-colored gums. Because of this, those with dark or discolored gums may feel self-conscious about the way their smile looks. Dark gums are usually a natural variation and not indicative of any more serious problems, but if you want your gums to look smooth, pink and healthy, we can help.

Our dentist offers a patented treatment for dark gums. These treatments can brighten your gums and eliminate brown, purple and black spots, streaks and stains. The treatments work well on both naturally dark gums and stained gums. Gums can become stained as a result of smoking, metal fillings, some medications and some lifestyle habits.

If you have dark gums, you do have options. You can undergo our special dark gums treatments, which can permanently lighten the color of your gums. It can be used on all types of dark gums and completed in a single appointment. Most people can even go right back to their normal daily activities. You do not have to settle for a smile that does not make you happy. Call us today to get started on your own black gums before and after journey or to schedule a consultation with our dentist.

Importance of Orthodontic Treatments in Children’s Dental Health


According to the American Association of Orthodontics, children should have their first orthodontic evaluation by the time they are seven. This evaluation can provide our dentist an opportunity to check your child for problems that could be treated at an earlier date.

Early orthodontics treatments may look different from later treatments. They can be used to guide the growth of the jaw and reduce the need for future orthodontic treatment. Most orthodontic problems are visible by the time a child turns seven and when the permanent teeth erupt into place. Bones are still growing, which allows us more options.

Most early orthodontics treatments are used in conjunction with more conventional treatments as well, such as braces. Call us today to learn more about available early orthodontic treatments or to schedule a
consultation for your child with our Cupertino orthodontics expert.

Treatment Options for Gingivitis


If you are wondering how to treat gingivitis, it is pretty simple as long as it is detected early enough. Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease while periodontitis is the more severe form. You will know you are at risk of gingivitis if you experience bleeding, swollen, red, or tender gums. But if gingivitis is allowed to progress, it can quickly lead to more severe symptoms like bad breath, abscesses, and teeth falling out. Talk to a periodontist in Los Angeles right away if you are at risk.

There are many ways to treat gingivitis, both in the comfort of your own home and at the dentist’s office. The best way to prevent gum disease in the first place is to brush and floss your teeth every single day. This habit cleans away bacteria and prevents new bacteria from accumulating. You can also rinse your mouth out with an antimicrobial mouthwash. You should also maintain a healthy diet that is high in Vitamin C and low in sugars.

When gum disease is already present in a patient, a dentist will need to determine how severe the condition actually is. When it is mild, it can generally be treated with a professional cleaning or scaling and root planing. When it is more severe, it may require actual surgery.

Do You Need Surgery to Place Veneers?


There are several ways to repair a damaged tooth. Some restorations can be fairly invasive. Dental implants are titanium rods that need to be integrated directly into your jawbone. Dental crowns require a majority of the enamel to be removed so that the crown can fit comfortably on top. But veneers are a minimally invasive procedure that removes far less enamel than crowns. Generally speaking, porcelain veneers only require about 0.5mm of enamel to be removed to fit properly.

You will not need surgery to place veneers, but our expert in porcelain veneers procedure in Pasadena will just need to numb the surrounding area to keep you comfortable during the removal process. Once the teeth have been altered, you will be given temporary veneers to wear while your permanent veneers are designed in a lab. The time between appointments is usually only a couple of weeks, so you will not have to wait long for your new veneers.

During the second appointment, your temporary veneers will be removed, and the permanent veneers will be put into place. Any minor alterations can be made to the veneers once they are in place to ensure they look as natural as possible. Once adhered, you will be able to walk out the office showing off your new smile.

Choosing the Right Sleep Apnea Treatment

Choosing the Right Sleep Apnea TreatmentSleep apnea affects millions of Americans, but many of those sufferers do not get treatment because they do not even realize they have sleep apnea. This sleeping disorder is often identified by loud, chronic snoring that is interrupted by pauses in breathing. These pauses can occur a few times a night or even hundreds of times. Regardless of the number, you need to see a Thousand Oaks sleep apnea doctor to get the right treatment.

The best treatment for you will depend on the severity of your condition. Mild cases of sleep apnea can often be controlled by making simple lifestyle changes like exercising more, quitting tobacco, avoiding alcohol, or sleeping in a different position. An expert in treatments for sleep apnea in Thousand Oaks may also give you an oral appliance to wear at night so that your airways have more room to be open.

Many doctors consider the most effective treatment to be a CPAP machine. This is a device that is hooked up to a mask that is placed over your nose, and it gently blows air through your throat so that you can breathe easier. For patients with extremely severe sleep apnea, surgery might be the only option.

Effects of Dental Sedation

Effects of Dental SedationMany people experience anxiety over seeing the dentist. Some people have such a severe phobia that they avoid seeing a dentist even if they are in extreme pain. Whether you need to see NoHo dentists for a routine dental exam or invasive treatment, your phobia should not get in the way. Whether you have a fear of the dentist or have trouble sitting in the dentist’s chair for long periods of time, talk to our expert in sedation dentistry in North Hollywood about your options.

The effects of dental sedation will depend on the exact kind you are getting. Dental sedation comes in varying levels depending on how severe your anxiety is. We offer nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, which is a very mild form of sedation. You will still be awake during the procedure, but you will be completely at ease. A more moderate form of sedation is taking oral pills. You may fall asleep, but you can easily be awakened.

And for patients with extreme phobias or for anyone about to undergo oral surgery, we offer general anesthesia. This will make you completely unconscious throughout your visit. You may feel out of it after the procedure, so you will need to arrange for somebody to drive you home.