When to Choose Dental Implants

Dental implants are regarded as the ideal option for replacing lost teeth. Supported by posts that are inserted into the jaw bone and actually exceed the stability of natural tooth roots, implants look great and perform flawlessly. Here is a look at when you should choose implants.

You Want Tooth Replacements That Look Natural

Like real teeth, implants are seated into the gums and do not show any signs of artificiality. This is in contrast to bridges, which require external hardware for anchoring to adjacent teeth. Furthermore, implants lack the sometimes unusual appearance of denture teeth, which sit atop the actual gums. Of course, the artificial teeth attached to implants are also shaped and tinted to match real teeth precisely.

You Want Absolute Comfort and Consistent Performance

The posts beneath dental implants actually bio-integrate with the jaw bones, resulting in unequaled stability. While bridges are also stationary, they cannot match the sturdiness of implants because they do not directly extend into the jaws. Compared to dentures, which can shift and click when patients eat or speak, implants can be counted on to stay put constantly so recipients never feel self-conscious about their smile.

You Want The Convenience of Real Teeth

All tooth replacements offer a good measure of aesthetic and functional restoration after tooth loss, but alternatives cannot match implants in the level of convenience they offer. Dentures require cleaning and soaking to keep free of accumulated food and bacteria, and bridges need extra brushing because of external hardware that can trap grime. Meanwhile, implants need only regular brushing and flossing.

Implants do require a longer healing period compared to other tooth replacements, but this is easily offset by their lifelong benefits for a majority of patients. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist in Canoga Park to find out if implants are right for you.

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When to Choose Dental Implants

Periodontal Treatment Options

Periodontal disease is a serious chronic infection that attacks the supporting structures of your teeth and can lead to tooth loss as well as other problems in your smile and throughout your body. Our Huntington Beach dentist offers a variety of periodontal treatment options, including:

1. Deep cleaning
Scaling and root planing are common first line treatments when it comes to gum disease. This treatment is used to remove any plaque and tartar buildup so that your gums can heal.

2. Antimicrobial treatments
Antimicrobial agents may be administered through fibers directly applied to the periodontal pockets, but they may also be administered orally or through topical mouthwashes. They combat oral bacteria to create a healthier oral environment.

3. Pocket reduction surgery
This procedure is designed to tighten the gum tissue around the teeth and reduce the depth of the periodontal pockets.

4. Bone or gum grafts
Once gum and bone tissue has been lost, they cannot be restored without grafts or guided tissue regeneration. We can use these procedures to create a healthy, more attractive smile.

5. Dental implants
Implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost to periodontal disease.

Call us today to find out more about how you can manage periodontal disease or to schedule an appointment with our expert in periodontal treatments in Huntington Beach.

Periodontal Treatment Options

Recognizing Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

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Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a potentially serious disorder that causes both daytime and nighttime symptoms, but those symptoms are often blamed on other issues. Our dentist in Northridge offers treatments that can ease the symptoms of sleep apnea. Recognizing your symptoms may just be your first step towards a better night’s sleep.

1. Snoring
You may snore quite loudly, and your snoring is likely to be frequent or chronic. It may be loud enough to wake others or even yourself, and you may occasionally wake feeling like you are choking or gasping for air.

2. Waking up feeling bad
Many people with sleep apnea wake up with a headache or dry mouth, or their throat hurts in the morning.

3. Struggling to get through the day
Daytime sleepiness, irritability, depression and anxiety are all common symptoms of sleep apnea and are linked to the inability to get a good night’s sleep as well as the stress on your heart and brain when you stop breathing at night.

4. Not sleeping well
You may wake frequently to use the bathroom, or you may feel like you have insomnia.

Because the long-term effects of sleep apnea can be serious or even deadly, treatment is vital. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our expert in sleep apnea in Northridge.

Recognizing Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

What You Should Know about Invisalign Express

For patients who are experiencing minor orthodontic issues, Invisalign Express can be a great treatment option. Invisalign Express works very much like traditional Invisalign does, but it is designed for patients who do not require as extensive of a treatment.

Just like traditional Invisalign, Invisalign Express works by using a series of clear plastic aligners to straighten your teeth. The main difference is that while traditional Invisalign can take between 20-30 aligners in order to finish the treatment, Invisalign Express is reserved for those issues that can be corrected in 10 aligners or less. Certain requirements must also be met in order to qualify for Invisalign Express. First of all, you must only require a minimal amount of tooth rotation in your treatment. You also must have less than 1.5 millimeters of dental expansion required per row of teeth. Additionally, you must have less than 2 millimeters of spacing or crowding per arch. And finally, needing less than 2 millimeters of midline correction is also a requirement for treatment. Our Invisalign dentist will let you know if you meet the requirements at the time of your consultation.

If you are interested in learning if Invisalign Express is the right option for you, contact our expert in Invisalign Express in Pasadena to schedule a consultation.

What You Should Know about Invisalign Express

Benefits of Same Day Inlays and Onlays

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Advances in dental technology have made it possible to complete even complex restorations in a single appointment. In the past, inlays, onlays and similar restorations could take two to three appointments to finish, but today, we can have your tooth completely restored and ready to use in one day. Our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist may recommend one if you have a large filling that needs to be replaced or a tooth that is heavily damaged or decayed.

Same day inlays and onlays have many benefits for your smile, including:

1. A conservative alternative to dental crowns
The tooth will require less preparation, which means that more of the natural structure can remain in place. An inlay can be used to repair the center of the tooth while an onlay may be needed to repair damage that includes one or more cusps.

2. A fast process
You will walk through our doors with a damaged tooth, but when you leave, you will have a beautiful new restoration that is ready to use.

3. A more comfortable restoration
There will be no need to return for additional treatments, no temporary inlay and no additional anesthetic shots.
Call us today to learn more about the benefits of same day dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our expert in same day inlays and onlays in Agoura Hills.

Benefits of Same Day Inlays and Onlays

When are Dental Veneers the Better Option?

If you are suffering from imperfections in your smile, there are several cosmetic options available to you for addressing these concerns. Veneers and crowns are usually considered the best options, but there are instances in which veneers are clearly the better option.

Veneers are always preferable to crowns because they require less preparation of the tooth. For placing veneers, it is necessary to shave about a half millimeter of your enamel away from the tooth. In order to place a crown, around two millimeters of your tooth will need to be removed on each side. That is why when given the option, it is usually better to choose veneers.

In some cases, though, the placement of a dental veneer may not be possible. If tooth decay has caused a significant amount of loss in your tooth structure, then a crown may be your only option. Likewise, if you have undergone root canal therapy, the placement of a crown will be the necessary procedure. Also, if you have to replace a crown that has been damaged, it can only be replaced with another crown. But if you have the necessary amount of too structure intact and are only trying to improve the shape and color of your teeth, then a dental veneer is definitely the better option.

If you are interested in finding out if veneers are right for you, contact our dental veneers dentist to set up a consultation.

When are Dental Veneers the Better Option?

Common Causes of Tooth Pain

Tooth pain can develop gradually or suddenly. You may notice an increased sensitivity that gets worse over time, or you may experience a sudden, sharp pain when biting down on something. Tooth pain should be checked out by our Huntington Beach dentist because it could be a sign of a dental problem.

The most common causes of tooth pain include:

• Enamel erosion, which is a common result of a diet high in acid or aggressive tooth brushing
• Gum recession, which can happen with age or periodontal disease
• Untreated decay, which can leave the dentin exposed
• A damaged or worn restoration, which can allow decay to develop beneath the filling or crown
• A cracked or broken tooth, which can lead to nerve exposure or damage
• Infection or abscess, which can destroy the tissues inside the tooth

If the pain began suddenly, floss gently around the tooth to dislodge any debris that could be causing irritation, and swish with warm salt water. If the pain continues even after carefully brushing and flossing, it needs to be checked out to identify the cause. Teeth that are simply sensitive often respond well to desensitizing toothpaste, which blocks the painful sensations. Call us to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in treatment of tooth pain in Huntington Beach.

Common Causes of Tooth Pain