What Materials are used for Tooth Colored Dental Fillings


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When you have a cavity that requires a filling, your dental care provider has several options that can be used to replace the missing part of the tooth to keep your teeth strong and to prevent further damage. In the past, gold and amalgam fillings were popular. Made with various metals, these types of fillings are strong but are obvious and not very attractive, especially on front teeth.

Today, tooth colored fillings can be used to fill in cavities and damaged areas to resemble your natural tooth. These fillings are also called composite resin fillings. They are created with a special combination of plastic and glass. These dental fillings are applied in layers then allowed to harden. You can care for your tooth colored fillings in the same way that you care for your natural teeth.

While composite resin is a strong material, it is important that you do not bite on hard objects or use your teeth as tools, such as biting open packages. To make sure that you tooth colored fillings will stay secure for a long time, keep up with your regular dental care appointments with your provider.

What is the Best Age to get Invisalign?

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When it comes to getting your teeth straightened, there is no set age at which you can begin treatment. For most cases, it is best to delay treatment until after all baby teeth are gone and the second molars have at least begin to protrude from beneath the gums.

Your dental care provider will take a series of x-rays in order to determine the best course of treatment. As long as bone density is good and teeth can be adjusted with the aligners, treatment may be possible at just about any age once baby teeth are gone.

Compliance is a major factor in the results you can get from treatment. The patient has to be old enough to wear the aligners as directed, with the physical capability to remove and replace the aligners.

People who are in their teens may be able to get Invisalign clear plastic aligners. Those who are in their 80s and have their original teeth may also make good candidates for the procedure. As with any other type of dental treatment, it really is an individualized process. It is important to discuss your options and your goals with a qualified Invisalign provider.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

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There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common, and involves apneic events in which normal breathing is interrupted. Central sleep apnea involves apneic events during which no breathing is detected, sometimes for as long as 20 seconds.

Our expert in sleep apnea in Van Nuys lists the following as common causes of sleep apnea:

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Risk factors include being male, being middle-aged, being African-American, and having a large neck size. But these do not exactly cause sleep apnea. Directly, the breathing difficulty develops when the muscles controlling the airway relax too much. This relaxation, combined with excess fatty tissue—which is where the overweight part comes in—can produce apneic events.

Causes of Central Sleep Apnea

While rarer, central sleep apnea can be greater cause for alarm because of its neuropathological roots. Some data links it to disorders of the brainstem. In central sleep apnea, the asleep subject will stop breathing entirely simply because the brain isn’t telling them to. Sometimes, an underlying medical condition is to blame. The patient may exhibit affinity for Cheyne-Stokes breathing, which is a known associate of heart failure. More episodically, central sleep apnea may occur after a drastic change in altitude, or drug use.

A small group of patients have an apneic case that combines both obstructive and central sleep apneas. This is known as mixed or complex sleep apnea.

Contact our Van Nuys dentist for more information.

Smile Makeovers and What You Should Know about Them

Group of friendsYou have probably heard a lot about smile makeovers, especially recently. Increasingly popular, these cosmetic makeovers are designed to help you to achieve the best smile possible. Stronger, more attractive teeth are possible when you get the right type of work completed by your dental care provider.

You will first want to have a consultation with a dentist who is qualified in cosmetic procedures. Various cosmetic and orthodontic treatments can be used to create a plan that is customized to your unique desires. The first order of treatment will be to make sure your teeth are stable and healthy. Damage or decay of the teeth and gums will need to be addressed.

Once your teeth and gums are in good shape, other corrective enhancements can be made. If you only need whitening done, your smile makeover can be completed in no time. However, if you need a variety of services in order to get the smile that you want, such as one you may have seen in a smile makeover before and after picture, your series of procedures can be a much longer process in order to get the smile you want.

Can Teens get Invisalign?

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Patients can get orthodontics as young as ten years old, but both they and their parents often wonder if they are candidates for Invisalign. Many patients prefer Invisalign treatment over the bulky and visible traditional braces, and are eager to discover if they can correct their smile with this more comfortable appliance. Fortunately, there is an Invisalign treatment designed specifically for teens.

Invisalign Teen offers several benefits. The aligners themselves are actually built differently than aligners made for adults. They feature blue indicator dots, which will let the patient, parent, and our Invisalign specialist Beverly Hills know if they are being worn enough. This is important, as the teeth must be exposed to enough pressure for the treatment to be effective. The aligners can also expand to accommodate for growing jaws and incoming wisdom teeth.

One of the most important advantages of Invisalign Teen is that it offers up to six replacement aligners. This is in case any are lost or damaged, which can be common for teens and their busy schedules. Treatment may be prolonged, but it means you won’t have to pay more for a new aligner.

Schedule a consultation appointment today to learn more.

How Expensive is Getting Lumineers?

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Any kind of cosmetic dentistry can get expensive, especially considering a lot of it is not subject to insurance coverage. You may not know that Lumineers and other kinds of porcelain veneers are usually priced per tooth. So some patients prefer to only do front teeth, or only one arch.

Lumineers cost per tooth can vary based on the kind of coverage needed. Lumineers disguise teeth with chips, cracks, breaks, stains, or spacing/crowding issues. If your teeth are worse than the norm, the Lumineers process may be more complicated, meaning your price will go up.

Lumineeers pricing also depends on whether you live in a rural region as opposed to a beauty capital. And within these economic parameters, the pricing may split even further. For instance, how experienced is the provider? What kind of clientele does the provider prefer? How much overhead does the provider have, and what fees are involved with the laboratory?

If you do your homework, you can go into your Lumineers treatment with your eyes open—not just your mouth. Remember, most dentists offer discounts and financing options to qualified patients.

For more about Lumineers expense, ask your Los Angeles Lumineers provider.

Success Rate of Veneers

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Success rate of veneers is tracked in the industry in terms of survival rate. The nature of the product means it either passes or fails, and when it fails it must be immediately restored or replaced.

Common failures of veneers are structural or cosmetic, or simply loss of retention—meaning the veneer fell off.

It is reasonable to expect a high success rate from your veneers, as long as you understand that 100% retention is not likely. Veneers are not lifelong products. However, with proper care they can serve you up to 20 years without replacement.

The so-called Beier study of 2012 found that of the 84 veneers patients it followed for a 22-year period, 83 percent of them still had their veneers after 20 years. Ninety-four percent of them had full retention at 10 years.

Variables in veneer longevity include quality of material, and quality of service. Porcelain veneers tend to last longer than composite veneers, for instance. It is also important to hire a dentist or ceramist who has both experience in crafting veneers to order, and an adept visual sense.

Patients who smoke are more likely to find discolorations, and those with chronic bruxism (tooth-grinding) may also experience quicker defects.

Contact your veneers dentist in Los Angeles for more information.