Placement of Dental Bridges

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Are you missing teeth? If so, you understand the embarrassment that can come from having a large empty space in your smile where a tooth should be. Dental bridges are a common treatment choice for those wishing to replace one or more adjacent teeth that have been lost. A bridge consists of several connected false teeth, normally made of porcelain and resembling crowns, that are used to fill in the empty space in the mouth. This can be done in either of two ways.

Using the Natural Teeth

In the most common scenario, the natural teeth on either side of the empty space are used to anchor and support the bridge. To accomplish this, our expert in dental bridges in West Hollywood prepares the teeth by removing some of the enamel. The teeth of the bridge can then be placed on top of the natural teeth, resembling the fit of a crown, and the remaining teeth fill in the empty space.

Implant-Supported Bridge

When multiple teeth are missing in a row, dental implants can be used to anchor a bridge. In this case, one implant is placed at each end of the empty space, and the bridge is attached to them to fill in the space entirely with false teeth. Implant supported bridges have numerous advantages over traditional bridges, but this treatment does take significantly longer to complete and may have a higher initial cost.

To learn more about dental bridges or to find out which approach is best for you, schedule a consultation with our West Hollywood dentist today.

Placement of Dental Bridges

OTC Teeth Whitening

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Everyone wants a white smile these days. But not everyone can afford professional whitening treatments. Fortunately, there are a number of over-the-counter whitening products on the market today. While they take several weeks to work, they, too, can produce good results, for a fraction of the cost of a professional treatment.

Whitening Strips

Whitening strips are placed on the front surface of the teeth for a specified amount of time. They contain peroxide, which bleaches the teeth by breaking down stains on and under the surface of the teeth, whitening the teeth over time.

Whitening Gels

A peroxide-containing whitening gel is placed into a tray that fits over the teeth. The tray is worn for a specified amount of time, often overnight. OTC kits come with a one-size-fits-all tray, which can be less effective if it does not fit the teeth correctly. For better results, many patients get a customized tray from their dentist that is custom-made to fit their mouth.

Whitening Toothpaste

Whitening toothpastes do not generally work like other whitening treatments. Most do not contain peroxide, the bleaching agent, so they do not actually “bleach” the teeth. Instead, they contain abrasives that scrub the teeth and can remove minor surface staining. As a result, they are used more as maintanence to preserve white teeth after other whitening treatment has been performed.

For help finding a whitening treatment that fits your budget, contact our tooth whitening specialist in Beverly Hills.

OTC Teeth Whitening

When is Removing Wisdom Teeth Necessary?

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When our baby teeth fall out, our adult teeth take their place. These are the teeth we will likely spend the rest of our lives with, granted they are taken care of properly and do not suffer from a physical accident. A few years after these, our wisdom teeth come in. They are called ‘wisdom’ teeth because they emerge around the age when a person is considered grown up, or wise. Sometimes these teeth cause problems, and sometimes they do not. Here is a look at when removing them is necessary.

For many people, these third molars do not have enough room to come through. Sometimes the wisdom teeth come in crooked, or even horizontally. These circumstances can cause pain and crowding, which can lead to more dental issues. Other times, the teeth are not able to emerge through the gums. These teeth then become impacted within the jaw, which can also lead to serious pain. Wisdom teeth that are only able to partially emerge create a passageway that, due to it not being easily accessible, can draw in bacteria, which leads to gum disease and oral infections.

A dentist in Los Angeles may decide your wisdom teeth do not need to be removed if they are:

• Completely healthy
• Positioned correctly
• Fit correctly with their opposite counterparts (the ones on the top jaw bite well with the ones on the lower)
• Grown in completely
• Able to be cleaned just as easily as your other teeth

If you are unsure of your wisdom teeth should be removed, it is best to refer to an expert in wisdom teeth removal in Los Angeles.

When is Removing Wisdom Teeth Necessary?

What are the Options for Treating Toothache?

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Toothaches can arise from a variety of dental issues. The specific treatment will depend on the cause of the toothache.

If you have a toothache, it is important to see your dentist right away. A thorough oral exam will be needed to determine the cause of the toothache. Common treatments used by our expert in treatment of toothache in Los Angeles include:

• Dental fillings: If the toothache is caused by decay, or if an existing filling has broken, a dental filling may be all that is needed to treat the tooth.
• Crowns: If decay is more extensive or if the tooth has broken, the tooth may need to be restored with a crown.
• Root Canal: If the tooth is infected or if decay has reached the pulp, root canal therapy may be needed to save the tooth.
• Extraction: If damage is severe and root canal therapy cannot save the tooth, the tooth may need to be removed.

The only way to know what is needed is to visit your dentist. Over-the-counter pain relievers can provide temporary relief while you are waiting to see your dentist. Rinsing with warm saltwater or applying heat or ice compresses to the sore area may also help.

There is no reason to live with tooth pain. If you are experiencing any pain, contact our emergency dentist in Los Angeles for relief today.

What are the Options for Treating Toothache?

Different Types of Dental Sedation

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Dental sedation exists so people with dental phobia do not have to neglect their oral health. Dental phobia is very real, with its sufferers staying away from the dentist because of a childhood memory or a sensory trigger. With sedation, these patients can schedule exams and procedures knowing the experience will not be traumatic.

The following four types of sedation are widely used:

• Inhaled minimal sedation – The patient receives nitrous oxide through a mask, which brings a feeling of relaxation or even euphoria. The effects wear off quickly.

• Oral sedation – A pill from the Valium family is given before the procedure, inducing calm along with a general sense of sleepy well-being. Patients unfamiliar with the effects of this drug may even drift off for a nap.

• Intravenous moderate sedation – IVs work much faster than pills, and can be used as long as the patient does not also fear needles. Using an IV allows our expert in sedation dentistry in Beverly Hills to adjust the flow of medication as needed. Note that a pill may also be used for moderate sedation, depending on dosage. Under moderate sedation, the patient may have no memory of the procedure.

• Deep sedation/general anesthesia

• The patient is fully unconscious for the duration of the procedure.

For more about sedation dentistry, contact your Beverly Hills dentist.

Different Types of Dental Sedation

What are Tooth Colored Fillings Made of?

A cavity in a visible tooth no longer needs to wreck your life. Gone are the days of silver fillings. Today, tooth-colored fillings are available that can be matched to your natural tooth color to discreetly fill a cavity in a front tooth.

Most tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material. The composite consists of a plastic and glass mixture. While in a soft consistency, it is fitted into the cleaned out cavity space and shaped to match the anatomy of your tooth. It bonds chemically to the tooth and, using a special light, is hardened into place in a matter of seconds. Finally, it is smoothed and polished to blend in with the surrounding natural tooth enamel. The composite material is so effective at blending in with the natural tooth color that our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist can also use it to repair chipped or cracked teeth, fill in gaps, whiten teeth and other minor aesthetic issues.

Several tooth-colored alternatives to composite fillings exist. Porcelain inlays provide a durable material for filling cavities. Due to being hardened before being placed into the tooth instead of after, inlays are especially preferred for large cavities or for otherwise fragile teeth. Compomers and silicate and glass ionomers are also available, though they are less durable and used infrequently.

If you have a cavity but do not want everyone to know, contact our expert in tooth colored fillings in West Hollywood to discuss which of these discrete options is best for you.

What are Tooth Colored Fillings Made of?

How Do Mini Implants Function?

Our teeth are the strongest bones we have in our body. They need to be tough in order to rip, tear, and chew away at the food we eat. They even have a layer of protective covering called enamel that makes sure they are as strong as they need to be. But sometimes accidents occur, or we fail to take the appropriate measures needed to care for our teeth, and we lose them. In these cases, a dentist might suggest dental implants. In certain cases, they may recommend mini dental implants.

Mini dental implants, or MDI’s, are narrower than regular implants, and are used if smaller teeth or incisors are missing. They are also used when a patient needs stabilization in the lower jaw, a replacement in a narrower area, or for a pre-molar tooth. They generally function in the same fashion as full sized dental implants, by supporting artificial replacement teeth.

Some main differences between mini implants and regular implants include:

  • Mini implants are less costly options.
  • Mini implants are about half the width of their regular implants.
  • Mini implants are solid, and do not contain a screw.
  • An implant is not fully submerged during a narrow implant procedure.
  • Should implant failure occur, the small size (think the size of a toothpick) means grafting is not necessary.

For more information, contact our office.

How Do Mini Implants Function?