Short of getting a full crown, one healthy procedure that amends tooth damage while looking aesthetically pleasing to the rest of your mouth are inlays and onlays. This term is very self-explanatory. Inlays and onlays are composite materials respectively applied to the interior and exterior of the affected tooth. If the damage is confined to the cusps of the tooth, you may receive an inlay. If the damage extends significantly outside the cusps to the biting surface, then you may receive an onlay.
Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are typically made from tooth-colored composite to blend naturally with your existing tooth. Inlays and onlays are both highly durable and stain-resistant. It is because of these features that they are one of the most endorsed techniques of our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist.
Our expert in inlays and onlays in Los Angeles is eager to match your inlays or onlays to your exact tooth color. To prepare, the dentist will first clean the affected tooth and remove the deteriorated areas. Impressions are then taken of your tooth, and the results are sent to a lab for fabrication. While inlays and onlays are considered a less extensive fix than dental fillings, they do require an additional step due to their artisanal nature.
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It is recommended by the American Association of Orthodontists that children should have an orthodontic screening by the age of seven. At this point in life, the jaw is still growing, and problems with future teeth eruption can be foreseen more easily. If crowding issues are identified, measures can be taken beforehand to make room for the permanent teeth to come in properly.
Some of the main issues that early orthodontic treatments seek to address are crossbites, crowding, and protruding front teeth. If these issues are being caused by an upper dental arch that is too small, then a device known as a palatal expander can be used to expand the upper dental arch and create more room. For an adult, the jaw is finished growing, meaning that this is not as easy of an option to do. Creating more room will not only help ensure that the teeth come in properly, but it should also limit the number of extractions that are needed for any future orthodontic work.
Early orthodontic treatments are referred to as Phase One, which usually begins around the age of eight. If further treatment is required, then Phase Two usually begins around the age of eleven or older. It may be possible for our orthodontist in San Pedro to determine that your child is not going to need orthodontic treatment in the future, but it is still wise to get them screened as recommended to save time and money later.
Whether they are being used to replace single teeth or several teeth, implants are inserted individually into the jaw. With this in mind, patients can even choose implants as an alternative to full-mouth dentures. When used this way, this treatment from our expert in dental implants in Beverly Hills offers a level of appearance and function similarly associated with real teeth.
Avoidance of Denture Problems
Dental implants prevent patients from having to deal with the movement and additional cleaning that dentures bring. In many cases, denture recipients feel self-conscious about their removable teeth when they eat or speak, because of them slipping and clicking. In contrast, implants stand firm in the mouth just like natural teeth.
Preservation of Jaw Health
Dentures sit on the top of the gums and leave holes in the jaws underneath. Over time, this can lead to deterioration of the jawbone and consequent drooping of the facial muscles. Dental implants fill those holes, preventing degradation of the jaws. This allows letting patients avoid needing plastic surgery to address associated issues later.
Another advantage to choosing implants over dentures is that implants rarely require replacement, while dentures normally require multiple replacements as jaw shrinkage occurs. At a consultation with our expert in full mouth implants in Beverly Hills, patients can learn more about how this treatment compares to alternatives.
During orthodontic treatment, your teeth are forced to shift out of their old position and into their new positions. Over time, the bone in the jaw will be molded to accommodate the position of the new teeth. Until that time, though, you will need to wear a retainer. Some people may need to continue wearing a retainer even longer, depending on the severity of the movement. Teeth can continue to shift and change position over the course of a lifetime, so it is important to actively wear the retainer to prevent this. Our dentist in Long Beach may suggest using an Invisalign retainer to keep your teeth in position.
Invisalign retainers are made using the same advanced technology and clear thermoplastic materials that Invisalign aligners use. We custom make your retainers using an impression of your teeth to ensure a precise and comfortable fit. The material is strong and durable, and it resists breaking, cracking or warping. This means that you can be confident it will hold your teeth where they need to be.
Wearing your retainer as prescribed is critical. You may need to wear it both day and night initially, but most patients are able to decrease their wear time to the night only or just a few days a week. Call us today to learn more about how retention can keep your smile healthy and attractive, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in Invisalign retainer in Long Beach.