Keeping Up with Your Periodontal Health

Group of friendsPeriodontal disease affects the majority of Americans over 35, but it is not inevitable. Keeping up with your periodontal health can help you keep your gums healthy and avoid this common dental problem. Our North Hollywood dentist can help you design a preventive periodontal strategy to protect your gums and your smile.

1. Use the right tools.
Many people use a toothbrush that is too rough. A soft-bristled toothbrush is ideal because bristles that are hard or stiff can injure your gums and leave them vulnerable to infection.

2. Brush properly each time you brush.
Technique matters as much as frequency. Clean your teeth using small tooth-length strokes with your brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gums, and spend about two minutes at a time brushing.

3. Clean between your teeth.
The toothbrush cannot reach between each set of teeth, so you do need to use a special tool to clean in this area. Floss is perhaps the most common tool of choice, but you can also use floss picks, dental flossers or interdental cleaners to clean between your teeth. Whatever you choose, just remember to clean between your teeth at least once a day.

4. Eat a healthy diet.
What you eat matters, too. Brushing and flossing perfectly is not going to help your teeth very much if you eat a starchy, processed diet low in nutrients. You have to feed your teeth and gums plenty of healthy foods to keep them strong.

5. Visit us.
Regular dental cleanings and checkups on a recommended schedule will always be important because they help us monitor your teeth and gums for early signs of problems and give you important advice on how to improve your dental routine.

Call our periodontist in North Hollywood to schedule your next appointment.

Lumineers Technology

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Teeth that need coverage for non-medical reasons need a chance to shine. Lumineers are so good at this coverage, the entirety of the no-prep dental veneer market is typically referred to as “Lumineers”—whether or not it’s another product. Insisting on the real thing ensures you get the full benefit of Lumineers technology, which is brought to you by Cerinate porcelain.

This porcelain is unusually strong. It is also the thinnest available veneer, at approximately the width of a contact lens. Since it’s so slim, the laminate can go right over the desired tooth. This is what we mean by “no-prep” veneers. The slimness of the product means the tooth doesn’t have to be trimmed or edited to accommodate it. This is not true of other veneers, and theoretically means Lumineers are reversible, because your teeth stay in their original states.

Keeping your Lumineers means you keep your smile the way you always wanted it—free of chips, cracks, or stains. At your consult, your Lumineers dentist in Los Angeles will analyze your smile zone and tell you how many veneers would make the most impact, and in which places. Not everyone shows the same amount of teeth when they smile, so in some cases one or two strategically-placed Lumineers make all the difference.

Call our office for more.

How Does Acceledent Work?

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Once you make the decision to undergo orthodontic treatment, you will be excited to see the results of your new smile. With Acceledent, that may happen sooner than you would expect. Acceledent is an FDA-approved device that can significantly speed orthodontic treatment. Our cosmetic dentist in San Francisco can help you decide if this treatment is right for you.

During orthodontic treatment, continuous pressure is applied to the teeth through braces or invisible aligners. Acceledent uses vibrations that can speed the bone remodeling process. You will wear the Acceledent mouthpiece for 20 minutes a day. During this time, you simply bite down on the appliance while you read, watch TV or relax. The gentle vibration will help the tissues adjust to treatment so that your teeth move more quickly. There is never any pain or discomfort associated with Acceledent, and the vibrations are mild enough that the system can even be used for patients with low pain tolerance.

If you want to unveil your new smile faster or simply speed your orthodontic treatment, Acceledent might be an appropriate solution for you. Call to schedule your consultation today to learn more about Acceledent in San Francisco.

Discreet Orthodontics

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Traditional metal braces can be distracting to patients who are on the self-conscious side. Fortunately, with the advancement of orthodontic solutions, there are now several discreet treatment options available.

If you are an adult who is interested in braces, you are not alone. Many teens and adults consider Invisalign as their treatment of choice because of the clear aligner trays. With clear aligners, your friends, family and co-workers will not be able to tell you receive orthodontic treatment. You can go about your routine without the potential embarrassment of visible wires and brackets. Lingual braces are another great choice because they are attached to the back of your teeth and offer the same level of privacy. Our Los Angeles orthodontist will help you decide which treatment best fits your lifestyle.

Patients will see gorgeous results from orthodontic treatment if they commit to good dental hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing daily. Our orthodontist emphasizes the importance of paying close attention when flossing between dental brackets. It is also essential to keep up with regular dental cleanings, as well.

Call our office for more information about discreet orthodontic methods or to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals.

What does getting Dental Implants Cost?

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When it comes to tooth loss and damaged teeth, chewing, speaking and smiling with confidence can be close to impossible. Our Beverly Hills tooth implant dentist is devoted to helping patients regain high quality of life.

For those in need of implants, there are numerous facts to consider. Dental implants are replacement fixtures placed into the jawbone to hold ceramic crowns into place. There are two different types of implants. Endoseal implants are inserted directly into the jawbone, while subperioseal implants are a metal frame that rests on the jaw. Dental implants will improve your mouth’s overall appearance and help maintain the alignment of already existing, natural teeth. The cost of getting dental implants will vary depending on the patient’s choice of crowns. Although ceramic caps are commonly used, you may opt for porcelain fused to metal, which create a stronger, more permanent bond. Implants are a suitable option for patients with one or more healthy teeth in their upper or lower jaw Although they can be more expensive than dentures, implants provide a more natural looking smile and allow patients to chew with ease.

Dental implants can be installed over the course of a few short weeks. It is important to discuss with your dentist which type of implant is most suitable for you.

How to Know if You Have TMJ

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Facial pain and tender jaw can unhinge a variety of medical problems and side effects. For those suffering from TMJ, even the most basic task of chewing can be a major challenge. Our dental professionals have superior solutions to reinstate temporomandibular joint function and restore patients’ quality of life.

Temporomandibular joint syndrome is pain in one or both of the joints that connect your jaw to your skull. There are a variety of causes for this disorder, injury to the mouth or jaw, stress, poor posture and gum chewing. Symptoms that can occur as a sign of this disorder include tenderness of the jaw joint, neck, shoulders, and ears when eating or during speech. Likewise, other signals include ‘locked jaw,’ facial swelling, tooth aches, and difficulty opening the mouth. If you hear a popping or grating sound when you open your mouth to talk or chew, there is a possibility you have temporomandibular joint syndrome. Fortunately there are numerous treatments to prevent the side effects of this disorder, including physical therapy, night guards and splints, and muscle relaxers. If a patient experiences any symptoms of this disorder, it is best to seek treatment early in order to reduce risk of any painful side effects.

When Should Dentures be Used?

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Dentures are commonly thought of as being only for the toothless. But both full and partial dentures are used regularly to fill out and revitalize patient smiles. Whether you’ve lost teeth to illness or neglect, or are having the remaining teeth extracted, dentures have been modernized enough to ensure you still have a full life.

Dentures rest naturally on the alveolar bone, the thick ridge that forms the teeth sockets. This is true of both the upper and lower arches.

To begin your denture process, exhaustive molds and measurements are taken. This requires a few appointments over several weeks. Your expert in dentures in Van Nuys then takes several “try-in” sessions to guarantee perfect fit. Dentures that don’t fit exactly can cause slippage, breakage, and discomfort. Even with the correct fit, they take getting used to, and the human jawbone shrinks over time as well—almost guaranteeing you’ll need follow-up fittings or “relining”.

Upper dentures can be especially tricky. The plate can touch parts of the tongue or teeth and cause gagging, especially if you have a high reflex. But the period of adjustment should be minimal.

If you’ve suffered catastrophic tooth loss or are experiencing a steady drip of tooth loss, ask our dentists in Van Nuys if dentures are right for you.