What Do Endodontists Do?

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In our practice, we find that many patients are unsure about the field of endodontics. It seems to be one of those terms many people have heard, but do not understand. Unlike the discipline of orthodontics, which most people instantly recognize, endodontics is not well understood.

Endodontics is the dental specialty focusing on the inside of the teeth. One of the most common procedures endodontists perform on a regular basis is root canal. As far as dental treatments are concerned, the root canal is the most disliked. The dislike is often from reputation and not experience or facts. Years ago, root canals were painful, sometimes exceptionally so. The pain came from the problematic nature of trying to numb the area full of dead and decaying nerves and blood vessels. Without a good technique, endodontists at that time did the best job they could do at numbing the tooth and surrounding area. Fortunately, dental technologies are much more advanced now, and the majority of patients are pleasantly surprised at how simple, and pain-free the root canal is these days.

Endodontists do more than root canal procedures. Because they care for the area inside of your teeth, endodontists frequently care for teeth that have sustained a traumatic injury. Also, an endodontist would be the most likely choice for caring for a cracked tooth, surgically removing cysts or growths, and performing surgery to transplant a tooth.

To become an endodontist, a student must first earn a dental degree and go on to attend an accredited endodontics program. The postgraduate endodontic education usually will take between two and three years to complete.

The vast majority of dental problems fall under the expertise of our dentist in Tarzana. However, in the event that you should have a complicated dental problem, our highly skilled endodontist is here to help.

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What Can Invisalign Do?

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The Invisalign alignment system is one of the most requested treatments at our office. Although its use goes back more than 20 years, many of our patients still have uncertainties and misconceptions about what the system can and cannot do.

There are very few orthodontic situations that Invisalign is unable to correct. In years past, the Invisalign system had narrow parameters and many issues that it did not correct. Because of advances in technology, most of the old restrictions are no longer a consideration. Our Invisalign provider in Tarzana recommends the alignment system for numerous problems including:

• Adjusting open bites, crossbites, overbites, and underbites.
• Closing gapped teeth
• Realigning protruding teeth
• Spacing crowded teeth
• Straightening crooked teeth

If you do have an issue which Invisalign is unable to treat, our cosmetic dentist in Tarzana can talk with you about viable treatments.

The Invisalign system consists of a series of clear and lightweight plastic alignment trays, also called aligners. The aligners fit snugly on top of your teeth and put gentle pressure on your teeth guiding them into the correct position.

During your initial visit to our office, our dentist will get impressions of your teeth. These are used to make the customized aligners. The Invisalign engineers use computer models to project the path and movement of your teeth as well as to create a series of 20 to 30 trays for you to wear during your treatment.

While removability is a popular feature of the Invisalign system, we want to remind you that you will get the best results quickly by wearing your alignment trays for at least 22 hours each day. However, you should remove them when you are eating or drinking anything except water.

Because of the consistent pressure from the alignment trays, you will need new trays about every two weeks. The new trays pick up where the previous trays stopped, and they continue moving your teeth to the planned position.

To find out if the Invisalign system may be right for you, contact our office and schedule your consultation so you can learn more about how Invisalign can help your smile.

When is Smile Makeover a Good Option?

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Our practice sees numerous patients who have a variety of issues with their smiles. It is very rare for someone to have a single cosmetic dental problem. In order to help our patients, achieve their best smiles, we often suggest a smile makeover.

Often, patients are familiar with the term smile makeover but are not entirely sure what it really means. A smile makeover is a grouping of elective cosmetic dental procedures. It is performed to give a patient the smile of their dreams.

A smile makeover is a good option when a patient has several dental issues that they would like us to correct. Our Tarzana cosmetic dentist develops an individual care plan for each patient’s makeover. The individualized plan is necessary because no two patients will need precisely the same procedures to create their perfect smile.

It is essential for our patients to understand that a smile makeover can be a lengthy process and it will not be complete in one or two visits. It is not uncommon for a makeover to take several weeks. If dental implants are a part of the makeover, the process may take months because of the healing time involved in the process.

For smile makeovers, all of the cosmetic dentistry treatments are available. Our dentist will talk with you about available treatments and expected results during your consultation. The options you can choose from include:
• Bridges
• Crowns
• Dental Bonding
• Dental Implants
• Porcelain or Resin Veneers
• Teeth Whitening
• Tooth Colored Fillings

After your initial consultation, our dentist will schedule the stages of your smile makeover. Remember that this is an estimated time frame which is affected by things such as healing time and longer than expected waits for components made in the dental lab. As you get closer to the complete makeover, you will be amazed at the changes you see. Once our dentist completes your makeover, you can share your beautiful smile with the world.

If you are interested in learning more about smile makeovers and what our dental staff can do to make you proud of your smile, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.