Many of our patients want to know more about dental implants and why they are important. Contrary to the beliefs of some, dental implants are not purely cosmetic. Much more than a great-looking smile comes from getting implants.
Explaining the cosmetic benefits of dental implants is easy. The majority of people who lose a front tooth are eager to find a way to fill the gap because it looks so unsightly. However, when patients lose a back tooth, they are not always ready to plan a replacement. This is because it is much more difficult to notice than a front tooth.
Our dental implants dentist in San Francisco understands the importance of dental implants and is happy to share the information.
Many of the benefits of dental implants happen below the surface of the gumline. In each tooth socket, nerves and blood vessels detect the presence of the tooth roots and deliver vital nutrition to the bone and tissue surrounding the socket.
When a tooth is missing from its socket, the nerves sense this and tell the brain not to send nutrition because the area appears dead. After a bit of time, the lack of nutrition leads to bone loss in the area surrounding the empty tooth socket. Eventually, the area of bone loss will become worse, and the facial begins to shrivel and takes on a hollow and sunken appearance.
When the titanium screw (for the implant) goes in the empty socket, the nerve endings notice this. The renewed stimulus causes the brain to resume providing nutrition to the area. Bone loss stops and, in many cases, reversed.
If you are missing teeth or are planning extractions in the future, please feel free to contact our office. Our dentist and the rest of our staff are happy to share information to help you make a decision. You can also make an appointment for a no-obligation consultation with one of our dentists.
Orthodontic patients who visit our office have several choices of Invisalign treatment. We offer the full Invisalign alignment system which consists of 20 to 30 alignment trays and normally takes a year and a half for complete treatment. For our younger patients, we have the Invisalign Teen option. The treatment time varies, but this type of Invisalign has modifications to make the alignment trays suitable for teens with growing jaws and erupting molars. Another exciting option for patients who are interested in Invisalign treatment is Invisalign Express.
Invisalign Express is a treatment designed to benefit patients who have minor complaints about their smile. These are sometimes naturally occurring problems the patient has not addressed. Relapsing after braces is another common issue that Invisalign Express remedies.
The Invisalign Express alignment system works just like the full Invisalign alignment trays. It gently guides teeth out of alignment into the best position and gives our patients beautiful smiles they are proud to share with the world. Patients wear the clear alignment trays for 20-22 hours a day. The express trays come out before eating or drinking anything (except plain water), and patients must brush their teeth before putting the alignment trays in their mouths.
Patients can be self-conscious about misalignments that are not significant enough to warrant the time and expense of a full Invisalign course of treatment. In these situations, the modified express course of Invisalign treatment is the best way to perfect a smile without requiring a patient to spend a year following the treatment protocol. Our dentist often recommends the Invisalign treatment as a part of a complete smile makeover.
If you have minor misalignments, you would like to straighten, or you would like to reposition teeth relapsing to incorrect positions after past orthodontic care, please contact our office. Our staff can schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist to help you determine if Invisalign Express is an excellent treatment choice for you.
When one of our patients loses a tooth, they typically visit our dentist if the missing tooth left a noticeable empty space in their smile. Otherwise, many patients incorrectly believe there is no harm if an unseen tooth falls out.
Numerous unseen things are happening under your gum line that makes losing a tooth more than a cosmetic problem. The roots of your teeth stimulate nerves in the sockets which send signals to your brain. Once the brain gets the signal, it supplies the area with necessary nutrients. However, when you lose a tooth, the lack of nerve stimulation makes your brain believe the area is dead and no nutrients arrive. After a period of time, you start to lose bone in your jaw. Once enough time passes, your face begins to sag because there are no bone structures to support the skin. Eventually, you develop a sunken face and the tooth loss that seemed insignificant matters a great deal.
When our dental implants dentist in Huntington Beach places a dental implant, a small titanium rod fills the space that held the root of the tooth. The rod’s presence stimulates the nerves in the socket, and the brain believes the area needs nutrients again. As time goes on, the titanium rod fuses to the jaw through a process called osseointegration. The body continues to supply necessary nutrients to the area with the dental implant, and this prevents bone loss.
As the area around the missing tooth is no longer at risk for bone loss because of the placement of the dental implant, you are not going to experience any facial sagging or sinking because the skin has supportive structure to hold it in its place. An added benefit to the dental implant is that you will be able to efficiently chew your food and eat nutritious fruits and vegetables that were difficult to eat while missing a tooth.
If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to know more about dental implants, feel free to contact our office. Our staff will arrange a no-obligation consultation so you can explore your implant options.
Dental crowns are a common treatment many of our patients need at one time or another. Crowns are an excellent way to improve the structure and the look of a tooth while protecting the delicate root beneath.
Aside from necessitating multiple visits for treatment, the thing our patients say is the biggest drawback about getting crowns is the time spent waiting on the new crown to arrive from the dental lab so the temporary crown can go.
This is why our cosmetic dentist is pleased to offer one visit crowns. These crowns are every bit as well made and aesthetically pleasing as the crowns made in the offsite dental lab. However, because of advances in Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM), you only need a single office visit.
The same day crowns made in our office, allow our dentist to cultivate perfection in one visit. A machine designs the crown based on schematics received from the scans our dentist takes of the tooth that needs repair. After completing the design, a milling machine uses the information to carve your crown from a single piece of porcelain.
The procedure for getting a crown made on the same day is not much different than the traditional method of getting a crown.
You start out with an examination and general health questions. The process for one visit crowns is quite straightforward.
• Anesthetize the area around the tooth
• Carefully clear away any decaying tissue
• Re-shape the remainder of the healthy tooth, so the crown fits
• Use a special device to create a digital impression of your tooth. This will be the basis for the crown design
• Send the information to our in-house lab technician who creates your crown from a single block of porcelain
• Test the fit of the crown and make any necessary adjustments
• Secure your new crown in place
• Smooth and polish your crown
Patients love having their crown complete in a single office visit. If you would like more information about our same day dentistry, please call our office.
Our dental office encourages patients who are missing teeth to consider dental implants. While not each and every patient is a good candidate, a large number of our patients receive implants.
Dental implants are extremely helpful to patients; the American Dental Association (ADA) believes implants are one of the most helpful newer products available. Our expert in dental implants in Van Nuys agrees with that assessment.
Prior to the arrival of dental implants, a patient missing a tooth, or several teeth, had few options. A dental bridge could fill in empty spots left after losing a few adjacent teeth. Our Van Nuys dentist frequently would place an individual false tooth to fill in the space for a single missing tooth.
While these efforts improved the appearance of patients’ smiles and their ability to eat, bridges and false teeth were unable to impact patients’ overall dental health in the same way dental implants can.
Part of what makes dental implants so revolutionary is the fact that the small titanium screw responsible for holding the visible part of the implant sits directly in the empty tooth socket. Filling the empty socket is important because, when a tooth falls out, the brain gets no stimulation from the tooth root and therefore does not send nourishment to the empty socket. Eventually, the lack of nutrients causes bone loss, and a caved in look to the face.
Placing a dental implant means that the titanium screw will act as the tooth root and send signals to the brain that the socket needs care. Over time, any bone loss reverses as a process known as osseointegration fuses the implant into the socket as though it were a natural part of the body. The fusion of the screw into the tooth socket greatly impacts the strength and stability of the new tooth. The majority of patients tell us they can eat foods they enjoy without concern of dentures or bridges loosening.
To learn more about dental implants, please contact our office. We have abundant information and can also set up a free consultation where you can learn if dental implants are an option for you.
Our patients are often surprised to learn that the sleep apnea patient’s dentist initially discovers the majority of sleep apnea cases. So many of the early signs of the disorder show up in the mouth; it is difficult for a trained professional not to notice something is not right. Our dentist in Huntington Beach is well aquatinted with the sleep apnea indicators and is certain to check for any tell-tale signs of sleep apnea.
An important fact that many people do not realize is sleep apnea is a significant health problem. Over 10-million people experience some form of sleep apnea. Many of those who have the disorder experience a mild case, but there are tens of thousands of sleep apnea patients who struggle with other significant health problems linked to sleep apnea.
Our sleep apnea dentist is quick to point out that sleep apnea is much more than an inconvenient series of nights filled with loud snoring. Sleep Apnea has links to major health problems. Some of these health problems include:
• Heart Disease- The cycle of frequent waking after you stop breathing, puts tremendous stress on the cardiovascular system. The body has a difficult time trying to adjust to continual drops in blood oxygen levels. As a result, patients with sleep apnea are likely to experience irregular heartbeats or heart attacks.
• High Blood Pressure- When the body senses the brain, and other organs are not getting enough oxygen (because of the poorly oxygenated blood) hormones secrete to raise the blood pressure, with the hope of getting more oxygen.
• Obesity- Lack of deep sleep that accompanies sleep apnea leads the body to release a hormone called ghrelin. It is also known as the hunger hormone. When the hormone pairs with the constant fatigue seen in sleep apnea patients, the patient is prone to overeating and eventually obesity.
• Mood and Cognition Disturbances- Lack of sleep disrupts the natural patterns of sleep the human body needs to think clearly. Additionally, depressed mood is a frequent problem seen in sleep apnea patients.
If you believe that you may have sleep apnea, please tell our dentist right away. We have various options to help end your sleep apnea problems for good.
We frequently see patients with various kinds of jaw problems as well as worn or cracked teeth. While our patients may not be aware of it, our dentist in North Hollywood knows immediately that sleep apnea is the most likely culprit behind these symptoms.
Dentists are nearly always the first members of the medical community to notice sleep apnea symptoms and refer patients to doctors for a formal diagnosis. The referral is necessary because only a doctor specializing in sleep disorders can “officially” diagnose the problem.
For many years, sleep apnea was believed to be a mere inconvenience, loud snoring disrupting sleep. Our sleep apnea dentist in North Hollywood will tell you that the disorder is more than an annoyance. Over ten million people suffer from sleep apnea; many do not know they have the problem. Not every sufferer experiences life-threatening complications because of sleep apnea, but the disorder ties to serious illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Additionally, those with sleep apnea must endure multiple medical problems such as oxygen deprivation and significant sleep deprivation.
The oral problems frequently caused by sleep apnea are not widely publicized. Although through patient education, more people are learning about the link between sleep apnea and dental issues.
Here are some symptoms of sleep apnea we frequently see.
• Tooth grinding (also called bruxism)-We see many patients who show signs of tooth grinding such as worn teeth. Patients with bruxism often also have chipped or cracked teeth because of the tremendous pressure the jaw exerts. Researchers tell us that the link between bruxism and sleep apnea is that a patient begins grinding their teeth as a way to wake the body and breathe.
• Temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ)- Sleep apnea and TMJ relate to each other through tooth grinding and jaw clenching. It is very common for a patient with sleep apnea to wake with extreme headaches radiating from their jaws.
• Dry mouth- Patients who complain of dry mouth, especially upon waking, tend to be apnea patients who mouth- breathe during the night.
If you notice any of these symptoms, please contact our office. There are many types of treatments our dentist can suggest that can make a huge difference in your sleep and your life.