When is a Dental Bridge Recommended?

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Bridges are a slightly more conservative restoration than implants, which not all patients qualify for anyway—implants require lots of healthy bone, for example. As an alternative to implants, bridges also cost a lot less. Our expert in dental bridges in North Hollywood recommends dental bridges for anyone looking to save both money and time, while maintaining a high standard of replacement.

There are three kinds of bridges. First, there’s the standard bridge that uses crowns and a pontic. The crowns are for the supporting teeth, to either side of the lost tooth, and require the supporting teeth to be modified slightly. The pontic connects to the crowns and is inserted where the natural tooth was.

Second, there’s a cantilever bridge. You need this kind of bridge if your lost tooth was on an edge and so has only one abutment tooth. The abutment tooth will still need to be modified and crowned.

Third, there’s a Maryland bridge. This is considered the most conservative bridge, and involves bonding the pontic to the abutment teeth with resin or metal clips. This eliminates the need for tooth modification, but is obviously less secure.

For more about dental bridges, contact our North Hollywood dentist.

When is Extracting a Tooth Necessary?

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Despite the range of preventive and restorative medicines in modern dentistry, it’s not always possible to save a tooth. Injury or illness can undermine a tooth’s health immediately or over time. In the latter case if you don’t take care of it the tooth could be damaged irrevocably.

In severe cases of periodontitis, bone integrity can deteriorate and lead to active tooth loss. Teeth may be preemptively pulled in this event. Less severely, when preparing the mouth for orthodontics like braces, certain teeth may be pulled to eliminate crowding.

If you have a broken tooth, there’s a good chance the break extends below the gum line making a filling or crown impossible. And even the smallest fracture can destabilize the root.

Extreme infection, such as an abscess, can leave a tooth too badly damaged for root canal therapy. Our expert in dental extraction in North Hollywood also extracts teeth as a precursor to dental implants. The extraction site can be prepared for implantology as soon as the procedure is finished, in most cases.

Once it’s determined you need an extraction, there are two kinds—simple and surgical. A simple extraction removes the tooth with forceps. A surgical extraction may be necessary if access is restricted and bone or soft tissue must be cut through first.

Contact our dental office in North Hollywood for more information.

How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Health

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Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans. It affects not just your sleep, but also many other aspects of your life and health. If our dentists determine that you have sleep apnea, treatment is essential for relieving your symptoms and restoring your health.

Consequences of sleep apnea can include:

  • Daytime fatigue as a result of repeated awakenings that prevent healthy restorative sleep
  • Moodiness, depression, irritability, and difficulty concentrating due to sleep deprivation
  • High blood pressure due to repeated and sudden drops in blood oxygen levels
  • An increased risk of atrial fibrillation, heart attack, and stroke as a result of cardiovascular strain
  • An increased risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes

Sleep apnea can also affect partners and loved ones who do not suffer from the condition due to the loud, chronic snoring preventing them from getting the sleep they need, too.

Proper treatment, which may include lifestyle changes, the use of a sleep apnea oral appliance, or the use of a positive airway pressure machine, can improve your health and your quality of sleep. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule an evaluation with our sleep apnea dentist in North Hollywood.

What is Done in Preventive Dentistry?

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Preventive dentistry is designed to prevent dental problems. Dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are the leading causes of tooth loss, but they are both highly preventable with the right dental care. Our North Hollywood dentist offers treatments and preventive strategies that can help you keep your smile healthy and happy.

Good dental hygiene forms the basis of any good preventive strategy. We provide our patients with information about the best techniques and tools to eliminate plaque and bacteria from their teeth. Brushing and flossing alone are not enough to eliminate the risk of dental disease. You also need regular dental checkups.

Preventive exams are used to examine your mouth for any signs of dental disease, including early symptoms that can be easy to miss at home. We will clean and polish your teeth, and recommend specific treatments as needed.

Other preventive treatments include fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Both of these are designed to reduce the risk of decay. Sealants protect the biting surfaces of your teeth from the attacks of oral bacteria, while fluoride helps harden the enamel to make it more resilient against bacterial acids. Orthodontics can also be used in preventive dentistry, used to treat malocclusions that could increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorders, and other common dental problems.

Call our office today to learn more about preventive treatments, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in preventive dentistry.

What are the Benefits of Smile Makeovers?

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Our smile is our most important feature, and we all want to look our best. It is no wonder, then, that smile makeovers are so popular.

When more than one dental procedure is needed to improve your smile, the overall process is generally referred to as a smile makeover. Procedures utilized in a smile makeover can be restorative or purely cosmetic, with the overall goal being to improve the appearance of your smile. They can range from simple treatments like teeth whitening to complex procedures such as dental implants. There are a number of benefits to getting a smile makeover.

Corrects Many Dental Issues

Are your teeth stained? Do you have visible chips or unsightly gaps? Do your teeth look crooked or oddly shaped? No matter your issues, a smile makeover can fix it.

Variety of Procedures

With dental implants, bridges, porcelain crowns and veneers, bonding, teeth whitening, orthodontics and many other treatments at our disposal, a smile makeover can be created to match the budget, time parameters and personal needs of any patient.

Confidence Boost

No longer any need to hide your smile out of embarrassment. Hold your head high and proud with your beautiful new smile. A smile makeover will increase your confidence and improve your life.

To learn what a smile makeover can do for you, contact our North Hollywood cosmetic dentist today.

Tips for Preventing Dental Problems

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Have you ever had a cavity? If you are like most people, the answer to that question is yes. Thankfully, though, it is relatively easy to prevent cavities, tooth decay and other common dental problems. If you answered yes to the proceeding question, read on for some steps you can take to help avoid these problems in the future.

• Brush your teeth for two minutes at least twice a day, and preferably after every meal, with a fluoride toothpaste. Ideally, use an electric toothbrush.
• Floss your teeth every day to clean food particles from the areas your toothbrush cannot reach.
• Rinse daily with a fluoride based mouthwash. This helps to kill bacteria and keeps your teeth strong.
• Eat nutritious meals. Foods that are high in sugar or starch contribute to plaque buildup, so limit your intake of these foods, and when you do eat them, brush your teeth as soon as you can.
• Schedule regular appointments with your dentist for professional cleanings and oral exams. Preventative dentistry is the best way to prevent dental problems from occurring in the first place.

Our North Hollywood dentists can help prevent problems before they start. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Why Dental Treatments are Important for Children

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Children lose their primary teeth by the time they are teenagers. Even so, these “baby teeth” serve a very important function in the development of permanent teeth. Without the aid of primary teeth, the permanent teeth would not come into proper alignment, requiring orthodontic treatment later. Therefore, proper care for primary teeth is essential for a child’s oral health.

In early childhood, primary teeth have immature enamel, making these teeth less resistant to cavities and decay. Therefore, caring for a child’s baby teeth should begin even before the teeth appear. Parents can help keep an infant’s mouth bacteria free by wiping the gums off with a clean, damp cloth every day. Once teeth appear, they should be gently brushed with an infant toothbrush after every feeding.

Dental appointments should begin early in childhood for proper fluoride cleanings and to monitor teeth for problems. If a cavity appears, it is important that it be caught early and treated, so that the tooth can be saved. To prevent and treat tooth decay in children, our dentist in North Hollywood provides services including sealants, fillings, crowns and root canals.

To protect the health of your child’s teeth today and for years to come, contact our pediatric dentist in North Hollywood today.