Why Dental Exams are Important

Group of friendsYour dental exam may seem skippable simply because it doesn’t happen very often. By this reasoning, if seeing the dentist were essential, more than one or two per year would be required. But this regularity is just right for keeping up with your dental status, and not making your appointment could be a setback.

Your dentist establishes a baseline of care at the start of your treatment, one that extends throughout your time as a patient. To maintain this baseline, the doctor needs you to stay relatively on course—by brushing and flossing, and watching your diet. The exam performs an important function simply by confirming the status quo.

The dentist wants to be aware of any changes in lifestyle—like quitting smoking, for example, or going vegan. A lot of your exam will happen in conversation.

Of course, our San Fernando Valley dentist also performs a full head and neck exam, in addition to looking at your mouth. Checking your head and neck can alert the doctor of any irregularity, like a cyst or swollen lymph node.

The oral exam itself is not just a cavity check—the doctor is always on the lookout for signs of oral cancer or other pathology.

Call today to schedule your next dental exam in San Fernando Valley.

When are Dental Bridges Used?

When are Dental Bridges Used?Having a gap in your smile can do more than just affect your self-confidence. It can also put you at greater risk of developing gum disease, and it can cause the surrounding teeth to shift out of position to accommodate for the additional space. There are several ways to replace a missing tooth, and our San Fernando Valley dentist will help you figure out which treatment is best for you.

Dental bridges consist of two abutment crowns that are placed on the teeth that are on both sides of the gap. The adjacent teeth are used to hold the bridge in place while a replacement in the middle of the bridge fills in for the missing tooth. A bridge will prevent your teeth from drifting out of position, and it will help you chew and speak easier.

Getting a bridge is often recommended when you need to replace a tooth but cannot support a dental implant. You also need to take good care of your bridge to make sure it lasts as long as it can. When properly maintained, dental bridges can last up to 15 years, and protecting your bridge is easy as long as you follow the instructions given to you by the expert in dental bridges in San Fernando Valley.