Because dental crowns are used to protect damaged teeth, it can be easy to have the mistaken perception that these appliances will last forever. While certainly strong and very durable, crowns can be damaged or they may need to be replaced over time.
Dental crowns are often referred to as caps. They serve to protect your natural teeth from further damage while giving you the look and function of real teeth. Meant to last for anywhere from 5 to 15 years with proper care, injury or normal wear and tear can cause damage or dislodging of your crown.
Dental crown emergencies can occur when the dislodged or cracked crown interferes with your ability to function normally or results in extensive pain. If too much of the pulp of your tooth is left exposed, this might create an immediate need for treatment to prevent further damage to your affected tooth.
If you have no real struggles, you may be able to wait until you can see your normal dentist. When you just can’t wait, selecting from the available Los Angeles emergency dentists means finding a professional who has extensive experience in handling emergencies situations with dental crowns.
Cosmetic dental trends pop up every few years, some better than others. One that has gotten a lot of opinions behind it lately is a unique way to whiten the teeth. Patients are excited about this inexpensive and healthy way to brighten the smile… but does it work?
Oil pulling involves wishing coconut oil in your mouth through your teeth. Instructions on the internet say that this should be done for half an hour every day to see results, which include eliminating bacteria, lessening sensitivity, and of course, whitening the teeth.
It is important to know that the American Dental Association has declared that they have not found any evidence that coconut oil pulling has any positive effect in any of these areas. In fact, it will be completely ineffective, at best. At worst, it causes an upset stomach and diarrhea.
Our whitening dentist in Los Angeles recommends a professional treatment for those looking to eliminate extrinsic dental stains and brighten their smile. There are several different types of treatments, meaning patients can work with our dentist to determine the best type for them. Patients will see results right away, sometimes up to eight shades brighter.
Braces have been the go-to appliance for straightening teeth since the practice began. Since braces have been used for so long, orthodontists are very adept at utilizing them to their full ability. While it may seem like braces are unnecessary and bulky, understanding how they work may make treatment easier.
Braces are comprised of metal brackets that are bonded to the fronts of the teeth using dental bonding, and a metal wire that is run through them. Patients must visit our orthodontist periodically throughout treatment to have these wires tightened. The pressure this creates works to pull the teeth together.
This method can correct virtually any orthodontic issue, such as crooked teeth, spacing issues, and bite misalignments. These bite issues include cross bites, open bites, overbites and underbites. For these cases, bands may be used, connecting the braces on the top and bottom arches.
Typical braces treatment lasts between twelve and eighteen months. Patients will need to visit our braces expert every couple of weeks for tightening, to pressure the teeth further into better positions. If you have more questions about braces and how they work, schedule a consultation appointment with us today.
Veneers are thin, translucent laminates that act as camouflage for bad teeth. They hide everything from heavy extrinsic stains to chips or cracks. Due to their thinness, veneers can mask with a high degree of subtlety. Tooth enamel is usually minimized beforehand to guarantee a lifelike appearance.
Front teeth are almost always included in veneer placement. Most patients want to clean up their smile zones, and not all patients show the same number of teeth when they smile. But front teeth are always shown, and veneers are often used to fix gaps in front teeth when the patient doesn’t want to use dental bonding.
For instance, a patient could have aging crowns on their two front teeth. Or their two fronts could clash with the rest of the teeth, due to uneven sizing or an injury. In the former scenario, our dental veneer dentist in Los Angeles might place new crowns on the two front teeth, and fit the adjoining teeth with veneers.
As part of their smile makeover, some patients may combine laser gum surgery with 4 to 8 veneers. This improves both smile quality, and contributes to oral health.
Lumineers are made from Cerinate, which is high-quality porcelain that looks natural and has high life expectancy. This component separates Lumineers from other veneers, most of which require drilling away enamel to guarantee fit. The thinness of the Cerinate means no modification and less time in the chair.
As expected, this process is not cheap. But Lumineers are priced per tooth, and you may be able to get by with as few as 4 laminates. The number of Lumineers you need depends on your smile zone, and our expert in Lumineers in LA can bring the rest of your teeth up to code with supplementary services like bonding and whitening.
The price of Lumineers can depend on geography and specialty. If you live in a major city, there’s probably higher demand for cosmetic dentistry. And the dentists are probably more qualified. Lumineers is a straightforward procedure, but requires high attention to detail.
Call our office today about Lumineers price in LA. Dental insurance typically won’t cover a veneer placement, but in cases of non-cosmetic improvement, exceptions do exist. Ask your dentist for more information.
Root canal treatment is highly successful, but rarely, a tooth may need to be retreated. This can occur if the treated tooth continues to hurt or fails to heal. Retreatment may also be necessary if the tooth becomes infected or painful again after a successful root canal treatment.
Our endodontist in Los Angeles may recommend endodontic retreatment if:
- The restoration was delayed, allowing the tooth to become reinfected after treatment.
- The restoration was damaged, allowing saliva or bacteria to contaminate the treated tooth.
- One or more canals were undetected and left untreated during the initial procedure.
- Narrow, curved or abnormally shaped canals were not properly treated during the initial procedure.
The cost of retreatment can vary depending on the complexity of the procedure. The removal of the restoration will add to the cost, and the treatment of the additional canals may also increase your overall costs. However, dental insurance will typically cover all or part of the cost of endodontic therapy. Talk to your insurer to determine your coverage limits and your out-of-pocket expenses for this type of care.
Call our dental office today to learn more about our endodontic retreatment cost in Los Angeles or to schedule your exam.
Severe gum disease is one of the most common problems dentists see today. In fact, over three million American adults are currently suffering from some form of gum disease. When gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into periodontitis. This is indicated by red, swollen gums that may feel tender and bleed when brushed. The teeth may also become more sensitive and appear longer. There are several treatments available from our dentist’s that can reduce the effects of periodontitis and even eliminate the disease altogether.
A scaling and root planing, or SRP, is often the first step in returning the gums to a healthy state. This involves a sharp tool that removes any plaque or small debris from just below and just above the gum line. This treatment, as with all of the others, should be performed in conjunction with improved at-home cleaning and care.
If a scaling and root planing is unsuccessful, our Los Angeles periodontics team will likely next perform a pocket reduction, to clean out and eliminate the gaps that have formed between the gum tissue and the tooth roots. Removing plaque and tartar from these pockets can significantly decrease inflammation.
Our dentist may recommend periodontal treatment before, or in conjunction with, a smile makeover. Schedule an appointment to learn more today.