Tooth Colored Fillings and When They Should be Used

group of students at schoolDental fillings are only controversial when it comes to material. Both dentists and patients have argued for decades about mercury exposure due to metal fillings. This topic receded in recent years as metal fillings, while still in use, slowly took a backseat to white fillings—tooth-colored composites. Obviously, patients want their fillings to be inconspicuous and fillings that blend seamlessly with tooth color fit this bill entirely.

White fillings are preferred especially for back teeth, and are available in both direct and indirect modes. A direct filling rebuilds a cavity layer by layer using resins that are hardened by a light. An indirect filling is used when at least one corner of a molar is missing, and combines the resin composite with elements of porcelain. Our expert in dental fillings in West Hollywood uses advanced techniques to ensure the filling fits tightly against the neighboring tooth, so bacteria are kept out.

The only scenario in which tooth-colored fillings might not be advisable is a budget-conscious one. The quality and sensitivity of the materials make white fillings more expensive than amalgam fillings. Otherwise, most patients prefer the better visibility of tooth-colored composites.

For more about tooth-colored fillings, contact your West Hollywood cosmetic dentist.

What Do Cosmetic Dentists Do?

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A cosmetic dentist can help you improve your smile. Your smile is one of the most prominent features on your face, but if your teeth are damaged, discolored, crooked or otherwise flawed, you might feel less confident. Regular dentistry focuses on preventing and treating dental problems, but cosmetic dentistry improves the look of cosmetically flawed teeth.

Our team can use many treatments to address a variety of issues, including:

  • Lost teeth, which can be replaced with crowns and bridges, dentures or dental implants
  • Stained teeth, which can be lightened with teeth whitening or covered with porcelain veneers
  • Misshapen teeth, which can be reshaped with enamel contouring, dental bonding or dental veneers
  • Damaged teeth, which can be restored using porcelain veneers, dental veneers, inlays and onlays, dental crowns or other restorations
  • Crooked teeth, which can be improved with dental veneers, Invisalign or braces

We can address one or more smile flaws using one or several cosmetic procedures. Cosmetic treatments can even improve the health of your smile by restoring damaged teeth and improving the quality of your dental care. Call our dentist in West Hollywood today to find out more and to schedule your consultation.

What Is Snap On Smile Capable Of?

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It’s no secret that getting the perfect smile is going to be expensive. This is especially true if there are several dental issues that need to be addressed. Snap On Smile is the perfect alternative to correcting many costly cosmetic issues easily. They look just like the perfect smile you’ve dreamt of, able to snap on around your natural teeth.

Snap On Smile can effectively mask:

• Gaps and crowding
• Chips, cracks, and fractures
• Stains and discolorations
• Crooked teeth
• And more

This option is perfect for those who do not wish to pay for unnecessary multiple, different types of extensive treatments and procedures. It is also perfect for those who wish for a perfect smile in time for an important life event, such as a graduation, significant birthday, or reunion.

Our dentist can work with you to create the smile you want, using examples and shading samples. They are durable enough to be able to sustain everyday bite forces, and can be removed easily when needed. Most patients are candidates of Snap On Smile, however our expert will advise that serious problems are also addressed, such as gum disease and cavities, which may need to be corrected before getting this appliance.

Process of Dental Extraction

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Dental extractions are not typically a first line treatment for most problem teeth, but they are a necessary treatment for teeth that cannot be saved through other means. Our West Hollywood dentist may recommend a dental extraction if you have a severely damaged or decayed tooth, baby teeth that have not fallen out on time, impacted teeth, or teeth that are interfering with orthodontic treatment.

The process for having a tooth extracted is usually straightforward. Before the procedure, we will obtain a complete medical and dental history, as well as a list of all current over-the-counter and prescription medications. We then take an X-ray to determine the best way to remove the tooth. Some patients may need to begin taking antibiotics before the procedure depending on their needs.

During the procedure, we will give you a local anesthetic to completely numb the area around the tooth, meaning the process should be painless. This is to prevent you from feeling any discomfort. However, you might feel some pressure as the tooth is loosened. The entire process usually takes just a few minutes once the anesthetic has taken effect, and gauze will be placed over the extraction site to help stop bleeding.

A surgical extraction can be more complex. We will need to make an incision to access the tooth, but after the incision, the tooth is usually removed much like in a simple extraction. Stitches may be needed to close the incision. Call our expert in dental extraction in West Hollywood today to learn more about extractions or to schedule an appointment with our team.

Is Invisalign the Right Option for Me?

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Orthodontic treatments have come a long way over the years. Today, patients with crooked teeth or bad bites can choose from a variety of options for a customized treatment plan and a flawless smile. Invisalign is one of these options. Invisalign is comprised of clear aligners that straighten teeth in increments, with each aligner moving the teeth in stages until they are all in optimally balanced positions. Our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist can help you decide if Invisalign is the right option for you.


Some factors to consider before choosing Invisalign include:


  1. What are you addressing?

Invisalign is versatile and highly effective for many orthodontic problems, but it is not necessarily right for every malocclusion or misalignment. Invisalign is typically best for treating crowded teeth, gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.


  1. Are you committed to treatment?

Invisalign requires a high degree of commitment from its users. The aligners are easy to take out when you eat, drink, or participate in certain activities, but they must be worn for about twenty-two hours a day for maximum effectiveness. If you fail to wear your aligners as recommended, your treatment could be compromised.


  1. How old are you?

Invisalign is most appropriate for older teens and adults whose jaws are fully developed.


Call our office today to learn more about Invisalign and to schedule your consultation with our Invisalign dentist in West Hollywood.

Importance of Oral Health for Your Overall Health

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Did you know that your smile holds clues to more than just your mood? It also reveals secrets about your health. Protecting your dental health can help protect your body’s health, and protecting your body’s health might just help you take better care of your smile, too.

Your mouth is full of bacteria. Although most of these bacteria strains are harmless or beneficial, a few can be dangerous. Brushing and flossing keep the bad bacteria colonies under control. If plaque, a biofilm that contains these unhealthy bacteria, builds up to dangerous levels, you could be facing oral infections like gum disease and tooth decay.

Research has linked gum disease with pregnancy complications, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and other major health problems. Some physical problems have been shown to affect dental health, too, including diabetes, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and HIV/AIDS.

Your best bet is to practice good dental hygiene every day. Eating a healthy diet is good for your smile and good for your body. Schedule regular dental checkups, utilize preventive dentistry, and treat problems as they occur. Avoid tobacco use. Call our office today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment.

Dental Issues during Invisalign Treatment

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Dental problems are common during orthodontic treatment with traditional braces. This is because their design and permanence make it difficult to clean the teeth. You cannot brush underneath the brackets, which are bonded to the teeth, and the wires can block floss from important areas. Therefore, cavities and similar dental problems often arise for patients wearing braces. One of the reasons why patients and our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood love Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, which makes cleaning the teeth much easier.

It is important that patients take just as much care when cleaning their teeth during the Invisalign process as they did before they started, if not more so. This includes cleaning the aligners. It is possible to have dental problems during your Invisalign treatment. Your aligners do not protect your teeth against harmful bacteria and plaque. Be sure to brush at least twice a day, and floss at least once.

If you develop a cavity during your orthodontic process, it will be restored as normal. Any restorations to your teeth, such as crowns or fillings, may affect how your aligners fit. It is normal to have some soreness or discomfort in the area for a few days following.

When your treatment is over, you want to be able to enjoy a healthy smile as well as a straight one. Be sure to attend regular check-up appointments with our Invisalign provider in West Hollywood in order to maintain your dental health.

What You Should Talk about with Your Invisalign Dentist

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Many people know of the details involved with traditional metal braces because they have been the norm for so long. Invisalign is a newer orthodontic treatment, so some potential patients are not aware of the specifics of this treatment. Take a look at what you should discuss with your Invisalign dentist at your first appointment.

After a consultation, your Invisalign dentist in West Hollywood will be able to answer many important questions for you. They will first exam your teeth and bite, and inform you if you are a candidate for Invisalign. If so, they can likely give you an estimate on how long your treatment will take.

It is important that you understand exactly what will be required of you during your treatment process. Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing patients to eat and clean their teeth easier. However, this means that you are responsible for wearing them for the right amount of time per day – between twenty and twenty-two hours. It is also important to not lose or break your aligners, as this can stall your treatment. Talk with our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist about the best ways to ensure your aligners are being worn enough and stay safe.

What is Snore Therapy?

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Snoring affects millions of Americans and their sleeping partners every night. When you sleep, the muscles in your throat relax. This causes the airway to become narrower than it is during the daytime, and the tissues can be looser. Every time you breathe, the air rushes past these loose tissues. The resulting vibrations create the sound we call snoring. Snoring has been linked to excess weight, lifestyle habits, and sleeping position. In some cases, it can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnea.

While you might not have control over how you breathe when you sleep, you do have options when it comes to managing snoring. Snore therapy can be effective to stop snoring and helping you breathe easier while you sleep. Anti-snoring mouthpieces are a comfortable, easy-to-use option. These mouthpieces work similarly to mouth guards or retainers. The oral appliance is worn at night and repositions the jaw so that the airway is widened for better airflow. Oral appliances are custom-fit for the most comfortable and effective solution for you.

A complete evaluation can help you decide if an anti-snoring mouthpiece is right for you. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

Benefits of a Full Mouth Reconstruction

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If you are in need of extensive dental treatment to improve your smile, a full mouth reconstruction may be the answer. This involves treatments that are both restorative and aesthetic in nature.

In a full mouth reconstruction, dentists and specialists such as orthodontists, periodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons work together to transform a smile. Decayed teeth are restored. Missing teeth are replaced. Stained teeth are whitened. For those who are suffering from extensive dental issues, a full mouth reconstruction is life changing. Besides improving overall oral health, a beautiful new smile increases confidence and improves self-esteem.

Our expert in full mouth reconstruction in West Hollywood is able to address all dental issues, no matter how big or small. Here is a look at the treatments that can be utilized.

• Porcelain veneers to correct minor defects and improve appearance
• Porcelain crowns to restore teeth with more significant problems
• Dental implants or bridges to replace missing teeth
• Orthodontic braces to improve jaw alignment and reposition the teeth
• Root canal therapy to save natural teeth
• Tooth extractions to remove wisdom teeth or teeth that cannot be saved through root canal therapy
• Deep cleanings and other periodontal procedures to treat gum disease

To find out what a full mouth reconstruction can do for you, call to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood.