Can a Chipped Tooth be Fixed?

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Your teeth, and the enamel that protects them, are some of the hardest substances of your body. Unfortunately, despite their strength, they can still be damaged, broken, and chipped.

Teeth can be chipped due to many different reasons. They can be caused by physical accidents, such as playing football without a mouth guard, mistreating your teeth by eating ice or other hard foods, or simply not practicing good dental health habits, like brushing your teeth regularly. Failing to take care of your teeth can lead to decay and erosion, leaving teeth weak and more susceptible to damage like chipping.

Fortunately, a chipped tooth can be fixed by our LA dentists. An expert in treatment of chipped tooth in Los Angeles will have several different ways to restore your damaged tooth. Your treatment may be dependent on the severity of your case.

Some of these treatments include:

  • Crowns are the most common form of restorative treatment. Crowns are like caps that are placed on the top of your tooth.
  • Bonding, which involves conditioning liquid, a putty-like substance, and an ultraviolet light to harden.
  • These are covers for your teeth that hide any damage.
  • Root canals, which are employed when a crack is big enough to have affected the root of a tooth.

 

And others. Consult with our dentist to learn more.

How are Dental Crowns Placed?

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A dental crown is a tool used for a tooth that is badly damaged or decayed. It is used when a filling cannot replace enough of the tooth, or will not make it strong enough to function properly. Your expert in dental crowns in Beverly Hills may also use a crown to aid a dental bridge. Other purposes of crowns include cosmetic reasons, such as covering misshapen or badly covered teeth.

The entire process of getting a crown placed occurs over the course of only two visits to your dentist in Beverly Hills. During your first visit, they will assess the tooth in question. If it is severely damaged or broken, they may need to fill it in order to make room, or make it the right shape for the crown. After this is achieved, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth and the teeth surrounding it. At the end of this first visit, you will receive a temporary crown, in order to protect your tooth until the real one is made.

The impression will then be sent to a lab, where they will make a crown out of the specific material you and your dentist have decided on. It is custom made for you and the shape of your tooth. During the second visit, the temporary crown is removed, and the new one is positioned and fastened with a special adhesive.

It may take a few days for you to get used to the feel of your crown, but it will be your toughest protection against any further damage or decay.

Process for Getting Dental Fillings

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There are three steps to getting a filling on a tooth that is suffering from decay. The process takes place over the course of just one appointment, which can last between twenty minutes to an hour.

 

Step One – Preparation

Our expert in dental fillings in Los Angeles will apply a numbing gel and local antiesthetic to the area. They will also likely place a rubber dam over your mouth and around your teeth to isolate the area and create a barrier. If not provided, you can ask for a bite block, which is a rubber device that helps patients keep their mouth open during the procedure with less stress on the jaw.

 

Step Two – Removing decay

Several tools will be used to remove the portion of your tooth that has been affected by the decay. These tools include a high-speed hand piece and a high-volume suction to eliminate an initial large portion of decay. A slow-speed hand piece is then used to refine the area, and remove any remaining areas of decay. Then several smaller hand instruments will be employed to continue refinement. And air and water unit is used throughout the process, to alternately wet and dry the tooth.

 

Step Three – Filling

The empty, now decay-free areas will next be replaced with either an amalgam or composite filling. The process required for the two materials differs slightly, but both will be formed and smoothed to complete the shape of your tooth. A blue light will then be used to harden the resin in a process called “curing”. You will be asked to bite down on a piece of carbon paper to check that your crown is shaped appropriately.

For more information, patients can look into smile makeover before and after pictures, or contact our Los Angeles dental fillings expert.

How Much Do Braces Cost?

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Braces are considered a childhood staple in our society, possibly even for those who never had to wear them. But at that age, you did not have to worry about the price tag. However now, you may be looking into the cost for braces for your child. More and more adults are starting to get braces, so you might even be considering them for yourself, and want to know more about the price.

The truth is there is no one set price for braces. There are several factors that come into play that can affect their cost. Some of these factors include:

• Location: the price for the treatment in bigger cities tends to be higher than the price in rural areas.
• Length: be sure to ask Los Angeles orthodontists how long they estimate your treatment will take. The longer your teeth need to get to the right places, the more appointments you will have to pay for.
• Experience: orthodontists with more experience will likely charge more than an orthodontist with less.
• Type: Are you getting traditional, ceramic, or lingual braces? The costs of different types of braces vary.

Be sure to ask your orthodontist any questions you might have about your treatment, as many factors can affect the price.

Cost of Invisalign Treatment

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If you are in need of orthodontic treatment, you may be considering using Invisalign to straighten your teeth. You are also probably curious as to the cost of Invisalign. The typical cost of Invisalign treatment will depend on a variety of factors.

The first factor to take into consideration is the severity of your orthodontic issue. When undergoing treatment, you will wear a set of aligners for two weeks and then replace that set with a new one. Each new set is designed to move your teeth one step closer to your overall treatment goal. The more complex your case, the more aligners required to reach your overall treatment goal. The more aligners required, the higher the cost will be. You will also want to take into consideration your geographic location. Major metropolitan areas and coastal regions tend to cost more than minor cities and rural regions. For instance, the Invisalign cost in Los Angeles is likely to be more expensive than it is in Cleveland, OH. You will also want to keep in mind that dental insurance covers Invisalign in much the same way as it covers braces. So you will want to determine if your insurance includes orthodontic benefits or not.

If you are interested in learning more about your Invisalign treatment cost, contact our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist to schedule a consultation.

What Makes Ceramic Braces Different

Smart businesswomanCeramic braces could be the answer for those who highly dislike the look and/or feel of traditional metal braces. If you suffer from needing minor adjustments to the teeth, such as realignment or straightening, then ceramic braces dentist in Rocklin may suggest them as the right choice for you and your dental health.

Some benefits of ceramic include:

• Reportedly less pain caused by the metal wires and brackets of traditional metal braces

• Semi-translucent or “tooth colored” brackets that match your teeth, making the braces less noticeable to yourself others

• Considerable strength. Ceramic braces are high quality, and won’t usually break unless under extreme pressure or being mistreated.

• Less staining. Due to the design of the ceramic, the braces do not stain easily, and can look clean for longer.

While these types of braces are only beneficial for those with minor adjustments to be made, they may take slightly longer to work. But some prefer to endure the treatment longer if it means that their dental appliance is less noticeable, due to the translucent or white brackets available. The absence of pain might be worth it to you, as well. Contact our Rocklin orthodontics expert to find out if ceramic braces are a good option for you.

Severe Sleep Apnea and Its Consequences

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There are many negative consequences to an untreated severe sleep apnea disorder. Sleep apnea is a condition wherein the sufferer’s airways become obstructed during sleep. This can lead to loud snoring, pausing of breath while asleep, cardiac arrhythmias, low blood oxygen levels, and waking multiple times during the night, often without realization.

The consequences don’t cease while awake, however. Lack of sleep or quality sleep means that those with the disorder do not reach the fifth cycle of sleep, or REM, also known as Rapid Eye Movement sleep. This can lead to altered behavior during the day, behavior such as the body’s cravings for caffeine, sugar, and fatty foods in effort to keep itself awake and energized. This can lead to an influx of weight. Severe sleep apnea can natural also cause serious fatigue, morning headaches, listlessness, and moodiness throughout the day.
In the worst case, untreated severe sleep apnea can lead to hypertension, heart failure, or stroke. However there are many ways that this disorder can be treated, including mouth guards, PAP machines, and even surgery.

If you are suffering from, or think you may be suffering from severe sleep apnea, contact our sleep apnea dentist in Thousand Oaks for more information.