Teeth Whitening at Home

Because yellow teeth can do such harm to your self-esteem, many people turn to whitening products. In addition to going to the dentist to have your teeth whitening done professionally, it is now possible to purchase whitening kits for at-home use.

While at-home kits are considered relatively safe for most people, it is still highly recommended to talk to your dentist before starting any at-home teeth whitening products. This is especially true if you have sensitive teeth or if you have had any dental restoration work done. Unfortunately, teeth whitening gels will have no effect on restoration work such as crowns, bonding, and dental fillings.

Tooth-whitening products for at home use come in a variety of choices. Whitening strips are one such choice, in which you wear a strip on your teeth for around thirty minutes at a time. In addition, whitening trays are also available. With this method, you fill a tray with the whitening gel and then place it onto your teeth. Unfortunately, at-home products use a one-size-fits-all approach to their tray designs, so leakage of the peroxide whitening solution becomes far greater than if you went to a professional to get it done. Because of this leakage, it is possible to suffer tooth sensitivity and even burns to your gums if you are not careful. There are also a variety of whitening toothpastes available as well.

While at-home whitening products can be safe and effective, it is still best to contact our expert in Los Angeles teeth whitening if you are interested in having this procedure done.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnosed?

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects millions of Americans every day, and it is estimated that millions more go undiagnosed. Part of the issue is that many people are unaware of how sleep apnea is diagnosed.

The first thing that you will want to do if you think you may have sleep apnea is to let your primary care doctor know. He or she will probably recommend that you keep a sleep journal to start the process of diagnosing it. In the sleep journal, you will keep track of when you go to sleep, when you wake up, the amount of times you wake up during the night, if you snore, and how sleepy you feel throughout the day. It can sometimes be hard to know if you snore or gasp for air at night, so our WeHo dentist recommends enlisting the help of a sleep partner or family member. You will also most likely receive a physical examination in which your medical provider will check your mouth, throat, nose, and soft palate to see what may be causing the obstruction. After this process has fully completed, and if your provider thinks you may have sleep apnea, then a sleep study will be ordered.

The only way to obtain a definitive sleep apnea diagnosis is by undergoing a sleep study at a sleep lab. During the study, you will go to sleep like normal, but you will be hooked up to a machine that will record your blood pressure, brain activity, heart rate, oxygen intake, chest movements, and other measurements that will help break down your sleeping patterns. Using this test, known as a polysomnogram, our expert in sleep apnea in West Hollywood will arrive at your diagnosis.

When are Dental Implants the Best Option?

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Replacing a tooth after extraction or loss is the best way to keep your smile stable, as well as reduce the risk of further tooth damage or loss. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide on the best restoration for your smile.

Dental Implants may be the best option for your smile if you:

• Have lost one or all of your teeth
• Have healthy teeth and gums
• Have sufficient bone structure to support the implant
• Want a permanent restoration that looks, feels and works exactly like a natural tooth

For the best results, your gums and any remaining teeth should be healthy. Any untreated dental disease might need to be addressed before proceeding with the implants procedure. Once your implants are in position and are firmly fused to the jaw, you can have permanent restorations attached. Crowns are generally used for individual lost teeth, while bridges may be used if several teeth in a row are missing. Those who are missing all of their teeth might instead benefit from implant-supported dentures.

If your smile is not everything it should be due to missing teeth, implants might be a good option to get your smile back on track. Call us to learn more about your candidacy or to schedule a consultation with our expert in dental implants in Santa Clara.

When Invisalign is a Good Option

Traditional metal braces have been used to straighten smiles for decades. While they are extremely effective in treating many different orthodontic problems, they are not always a popular choice. Patients may not like the metal brackets and wires appearance, and it can be hard to keep them clean. If you have orthodontic problems, then our North Hollywood Invisalign dentist may deem you a good candidate for another option: Invisalign.

Invisalign is a special type of treatment that uses clear trays called aligners. These aligners gradually adjust the position of your teeth painlessly and easily without the look of metal braces. They are removable, making it easier to keep your teeth clean and do strenuous activities without worry of damage.

Clear aligners may be a good option for you if you have mild to moderate orthodontic problems, such as crooked teeth, gaps, crowded teeth or bite problems. Invisalign can also be a good option for other more severe problems, as well. Treatment can be fully customized for you, where each stage of treatment will bring you one step closer to a new smile and a new you. Call us today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our North Hollywood dentist.

How Often Do You Need an Exam and X-Ray?

Most people need a dental exam about every six months, according to the American Dental Association. As with physical checkups, dental checkups are designed to monitor your general and oral health. During a dental exam, we will check your teeth, jaw, bite and gums for any abnormalities. We will also remove any buildup from your teeth, as well as polish them to help both your teeth and gums stay healthier. Our dentist may also recommend dental X-rays periodically.

Dental X-rays are a type of diagnostic tool that allows us to see things that we would not be able to see with the unaided eye. They can help us spot damage or dental disease, and plan treatment before more problems occur. Children may need more frequent dental X-rays than adults need, because their jaws are developing and their teeth are erupting. Your dental X-ray schedule will depend on your personal dental history and risk factors, though.

You may have X-rays taken once a year or as needed. Digital X-rays may be recommended to provide further information or highlight specific concerns. However, X-rays may need to be delayed if you are pregnant. If you have a history of certain dental problems or are in a high-risk category for certain dental problems, then you may need more frequent X-rays. Call us today to learn more about scheduling your next dental exam and X-rays.

Alternatives to Dental Extraction

Dental extractions can be used to remove badly damaged or decayed teeth. However, an extraction permanently removes the tooth from your mouth and leaves a gap behind. While an extraction might be the best option for some cases, choosing an alternative may be appropriate for others. Our Santa Clara dentist can help you decide if an extraction is right for you.

If your tooth is abscessed or has nerve damage, a root canal may be a better option. This procedure, also known as endodontic therapy, removes the soft tissues from the inner chambers of the tooth. The tooth can continue to function as it always has even without these tissues. Once the tissues are gone, we will cover the tooth with a porcelain crown to restore the way it looks, and to protect its function.

Once a tooth is extracted, it will generally need to be replaced. A dental implant, bridge or other restoration can be used in most cases. A root canal is a conservative alternative that can eliminate the need to replace the tooth, though, as long as the damage isn’t too severe to the tooth’s structure. Call us to learn more about extractions and root canals, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in dental extraction in Santa Clara.

Dental Implants Compared to Other Tooth Restoration Options

If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, a popular restoration option is the placement of dental implants. Given that there are other tooth restoration options also available, how do dental implants compare with some of those other choices?

Dental Bridge

With a dental bridge, a missing tooth is replaced with a prosthetic tooth that is anchored by the support of the surrounding teeth. In order to be fitted with a bridge, these healthy surrounding teeth need to be trimmed down so that they can act as the abutments for supporting the prosthetic tooth. This is not required with dental implants, as they are surgically placed directly into the spot where the missing tooth was located. Since dental implants are drilled directly into the jawbone, they actually stimulate the bone and keep it healthy. This is not the case with a bridge, unfortunately.

Removable Dentures

Dentures are designed to sit on top of the gums. This setup can make it difficult for the patient to chew and speak normally. Also, dentures are prone to causing soreness of the gums, as they can shift in your mouth and even fall out if you are not careful. With fixed bridges supported by dental implants, there is no moving around. They are secured tightly in the mouth, where they do not affect speaking or eating. Additionally, many patients find fixed bridges much more comfortable than removable dentures.

If you are wondering if dental implants are right for you, then contact our expert in dental implants in Beverly Hills to set up a consultation.