What is a Smile Makeover?

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Smile makeovers can correct a wide variety of dental issues such as chipped or cracked teeth, crooked or uneven teeth, stained or discolored teeth and gaps between teeth. They can include treatments that are restorative and cosmetic in nature. Multiple treatment options are available to address most dental issues. Cost and length of treatment depends on the specific treatments chosen. Any dental treatment can theoretically be part of a smile makeover, but here are some of the most common.

• Porcelain veneers
• Tooth-colored fillings
• Porcelain Crowns
• Dental implants
• Dental bridges
• Teeth Whitening treatments
• Orthodontic treatments

A smile makeover can improve your smile and restore your confidence. But that is not all. Those who have a smile makeover enjoy improved oral health. This is because any smile makeover includes treatments to remove existing tooth decay and gum disease, improving the health of the teeth and gums. In addition, those who undergo the time and expense of a smile makeover are extremely motivated to maintain their oral health by taking good care of their teeth at home.

To learn how a smile makeover can improve your smile, schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles to discuss your case.

How is Root Canal Surgery Done?

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If there is one main misconception in the field of dentistry, it is that root canal treatments are incredibly painful. This is, in fact, not true. Before your dentist or root canal surgeon in Los Angeles begins the treatment, they use a numbing agent at the affected area of the mouth, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the appointment.

Next, they will create an opening in the tooth, so they can access the canals. This is where the pain you are experiencing is sourced. The pulp of the tooth, or the insides of the tooth connected to its roots, is infected with decay, and must be removed. This is done using special tools, perfectly designed for the small areas. Once the canals are free of the infection and decay, those now empty spaces are filled with dental filling material called gutta percha. This restores strength and functionality to the tooth, so it can handle chewing and facing other forces. At the end of this process, the tooth will be capped with a crown, which will protect it from decay and damage.

To learn more about endodontics in Los Angeles, talk to our expert.

Health Conditions You Should Discuss with Your Dentist

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Certain health conditions raise risks of dental problems and may affect treatment recommendations. In some cases where these conditions are known, extra preventive care can help keep complications at bay. Here are some of the main health issues that you should talk about with our expert in dental exam in Northridge.

Heart Disease

If you have heart disease, your heart health could be further compromised by gum disease or other oral infections. Our dentist may recommend supportive treatments for your gum health and may prescribe antibiotics before and after certain procedures.

Uncontrolled Diabetes

When diabetes is not controlled, high blood glucose and immunosuppression can result. Both of these place the teeth and gums at higher risks of problems, making preventive care extra important.

Dry Mouth

Whether it results from aging, medication side effects or another cause, dry mouth deprives the teeth and gums of saliva. Without the antibacterial action and mineral content of saliva, gum disease and cavities are more likely to develop. Special treatments may be given to help offset this risk.

Our dentist personalizes oral care plans to help patients have healthy, great-looking teeth and gums. During a consultation at our dental office in Northridge, you can tell our dentist about any conditions you have and find out what preventive measures are available.

Emergency Cases for Dental Implants

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Losing a tooth or needing one removed by a professional is considered and emergency situation. Emergencies require immediate attention, so it is very inconvenient to have to wait for a replacement tooth. In the past, implants took months to be completed, as the jaw requires time for healing. Thanks to modern technology, however, we are now able to provide dental implants in cases of emergency in just one appointment.

Same day dental implants are available from our emergency dentists in Los Angeles for a single tooth, multiple teeth, and even all of the teeth. Waiting for an implant can be dangerous. The empty space can cause the surrounding teeth to fill it, thus affecting all of the teeth in the jaw. Bone loss or bone resorption is also a common problem. By replacing the tooth or teeth as soon as possible, you are taking vital steps toward restored dental health. With the opportunity of same day implants, you will not have to wait before your smile is back to the way it should look and function.

Our expert in emergency dental implants in Los Angeles can ensure you walk out of your appointment with a replacement tooth that will help you eat, speak, and smile.

How Fast Does Invisalign Express Work?

Where traditional braces require metal brackets and wires, Invisalign is comprised of clear trays, called aligners, that are shaped just like mouth guards. These aligners apply slight pressure to the teeth, which gradually move into place. Patients switch aligners about every two weeks. For some patients, our expert in Invisalign Express in Los Angeles may recommend Invisalign Express.

The typical Invisalign treatment process typically lasts about a year, requiring twenty to thirty aligners. Patients who require a lesser amount of, or less intense, treatment may be able to employ Invisalign Express. This truncated treatment usually requires about ten aligners, and lasts only six months.

Good candidates for Invisalign Express include those who have:

• Less than two millimeters of gap or crowding to be fixed per arch
• Less than two millimeters of midline correction required
• Only minimal rotation of the cuspids, bicuspids, or incisors needed
• Less than 1.5 millimeter of dental expansion required per arch

Patients considering Express from an Invisalign dentist must know that the speed of the treatment is dependent on the aligners being worn the appropriate amount of time. Any less than twenty hours a day means that the aligners will not have the appropriate amount of time to work, and patients may then require more time for the intended effect.

When is a Dental Extraction Necessary?

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As a general rule, dentists and patients alike want to avoid the loss of a tooth. But sometimes tooth extraction becomes necessary to preserve overall oral health. A tooth extraction can be an isolated event, or it may be part of the overall treatment plan for a smile make over in Los Angeles. There are a number of reasons that a tooth may need to be removed.

• Badly damaged tooth: If a tooth is too badly damaged from decay or trauma to be restored, it will need to be removed.
• Overcrowding: Sometimes, prior to orthodontic treatment a tooth needs to be extracted if the jaw is too small to accommodate all of the teeth.
• Impacted tooth: If there is not enough space for a tooth to break through the gumline completely, it may need to be removed.
• Infected tooth: If an infected tooth cannot be treated by root canal therapy, it will need to be removed to prevent the spread of infection. This can occur in cases of severe infection or when there is a fracture in the tooth.
• Loose teeth: If teeth become loose due to periodontal disease, they may need to be extracted.

If you need to have a tooth removed, ensure the extraction is performed by someone with experience. contact our expert in dental extraction in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.

History of Porcelain Veneers

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Veneers are a commonly used cosmetic and restorative treatment in dentistry. They are made of either composite resin or porcelain, and are set to the surfaces of the teeth. They have two main purposes – to cover any flaws or damage, to protect the teeth from any further damage. Porcelain veneers are often preferred by most dentists and patients, as they are able to resist stains and imitate the look of natural teeth best. Patients with porcelain veneers enjoy a fortified smile that is protected from cavities, stains, and other many dental issues.

Veneers were invented in 1928 by California dentist Charles Pincus. They were originally used in Hollywood to change the way actors teeth looked for movies. They evolved in 1937 when the dentist made an acrylic version, which were again only used temporarily, using denture adhesive. In 1959, Doctor Michael Buonocore was inspired to combine the idea of Pincus’s veneers and the recently invented etching process. The research and experimentation of Buonocore was continued in 1982 by Simonsen and Calamia, who discovered that etching with hydrofluoric acid would strengthen the bond, allowing them to be placed on the teeth permanently. Today, we use cements and bonding agents that are a little more improved, and are able to last between ten to thirty years.

For more information on porcelain veneers, their history, or their uses contact our dental veneers dentist in Beverly Hills.