Preventing Periodontal Disease

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“Everybody knows that it’s important to keep their teeth healthy.  We only get one adult set of them in our lives, so most people understand that it’s important to keep their mouth’s well-being a priority. Something many take for granted, though, is the fleshy pink membrane their molars are embedded in – the gums are one of America’s most overlooked organs in terms of hygiene and maintenance, which is ironic considering how much preventative measures can protect them in the long run.

 

The number one way to keep your gums healthy? Brushing thoroughly twice a day, same as you do for your teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and take care to massage all along the gumlines, where many types of gum disease lurk, at a forty-five degree angle.  Two other areas to take extra care with when brushing: the surface of the tongue and the roof of your mouth. Both places serve as petri dishes for bacteria when neglected. You certainly don’t want to skip either.

 

Flossing is another habit that many people assume only benefit your enamel, but this is far from the case. Not only does it clear out physical debris and plaque trapped in the gums, it also stimulates them and improves blood flow and circulation, enabling them to maintain themselves even more efficiently.  Removing the plaque found in those hidden spaces prevents build-up and inflammation, which can loosen the gum around the teeth and create opportune pockets of space for germs to hide and fester in.

 

Lifestyle also has a huge impact on one’s periodontics – tobacco is absolutely the number one thing to avoid as a whole, as the carcinogenic effects of the smoke can cause the delicate tissue of the gums to deteriorate and decay.  Age is another factor – the older you are, the more attention your mouth is going to need to stay in good condition. Genetics are also something to keep in mind, as certain types of people are more susceptible to some problems than others. And, of course, the things you eat also matter a great deal; avoiding as much sugar as possible and eating one raw, fibrous fruit or vegetable a day is what most dentists will recommend.”

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Do Veneers Feel Bulky?

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Are you interested in a glamorous, white smile but nervous veneers will make your teeth feel bulky and fake? Many patients express this concern at their initial consultation for veneers, yet end up incredibly happy with their results.

Veneers are thin shells that are attached to the front surface of the tooth. In order to place veneers correctly, our dentist will remove a thin layer of enamel. This process will ensure that your veneers feel normal and look natural. Other procedures, such as placing lumineers, are more likely to create a bulky feeling due to the fact that no enamel is removed.

Our Los Angeles porcelain veneer dentist recommends you receive 6-10 veneers at a time. If you receive too few, the difference in appearance and size of your teeth may seem slightly unnatural. During your consultation, our dentist can determine the correct number of veneers necessary for you. At your appointment, you will also discuss your desired results and our expert will help you find the proper shade to choose. Before you know it, you will have stunning, custom fit veneers that are simple to maintain.

Contact our office for more information on cosmetic dentistry or to schedule your 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.

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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.

Can kids get TMJ?

 

family having funWisdom isn’t the only thing to come with age. As we grow older, we become more susceptible to joint tenderness and conditions such as TMJ. However, it is possible for children to experience symptoms of temporomandibular disorder. Our Los Angeles TMJ dentist is dedicated to relieving patients of TMJ related pain, and giving them the tools they need to live active, high quality lives.

TMJ is pain centralized in the joint that connects the jawbone to the skull. Those most likely affected by TMJ are people with Arthritis, high levels of stress, a misaligned jaw, or who have experienced physical trauma of the mouth.  It can be tricky to diagnose children with TMJ because they are not typically affected. If your child experiences frequent facial pain, migraine headaches, earaches without a present infection, locked jaw, or ringing in the ears, you should talk to our TMJ dentist. Children and teens experiencing high levels of stress may grind their teeth, which can irritate the temporomandibular joint. Our dentist may prescribe a mouth guard and splints to protect your child’s teeth and jawbone. However, there are a variety of other options available. Talk to our dentist about any questions or concerns you may have regarding TMJ treatment.

What To Know about Emergency Root Canals

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All root canals were once considered emergencies, at least by patients. Education and technology have quieted those fears, and there aren’t many occurrences where root canal therapy is truly an emergency. It’s better to use the word urgent, as a root canal procedure can end the spread of infection and save a tooth from extraction. You’re always better off with a tooth than without it, making root canal practices some of the most important in endodontics and elsewhere.

The need for a root canal often announces itself with surprise pain or swelling, even if the infection was present for a while. Decay causes a lot of interior damage once it reaches the dental nerve, and this can be the key prompt for a root canal.

Root canals have a high success rate, but it’s also not uncommon for a patient to need endodontic retreatment. This can happen when the root has multiple or branching canals that weren’t properly irrigated, when debris is left at the dental site, or when the filling material extends past the root tip. The recurrence of inflammation or infection in a tooth already treated means you should immediately contact your expert in emergency root canal in LA.

For more questions, contact our endodontists in LA.

Teeth Whitening Trends

Friends having funWith the popularity of social media and the celebrities that post content daily, many trends come and go quickly. This is true of cosmetic dentistry DIY practices. Many stars, influencers, and regular users alike have been advertising teeth whitening tricks and products, leaving many followers to believe whether or not they actually work.

Oil pulling, a very popular trend, involves swishing coconut oil through the teeth for thirty minutes a day. While this seems like a very simple and healthy way to brighten the smile, the American Dental Association (ADA), has reported that there is no scientific evidence that oil pulling has any effect on the health or the look of the teeth.

Brushing activated charcoal on to the teeth is also another popular teeth whitening trend. Users have been seen having fun making their smile black all over, and claiming their teeth are immediately brighter afterwards. However, the ADA has not approved this at-home whitening trick, and are not aware of the side effects it may cause.

Our LA whitening expert encourages patients to opt for professional treatment if they would like to brighten their smile. Our dentist uses safe and tested materials and tools to ensure safety and noticeable results.