What Can Snap On Smile Do?

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Perhaps the best service Snap On Smile provides is backup for the dentally compromised who can’t get the usual cosmetic or orthodontic treatments. This might be because of financial hardship, a pre-existing medical condition, or dental phobia.

If your teeth are fatally flawed because of too much rotation, staining, or spacing, Snap On Smile gives you the chance to go on smiling with no interference or embarrassment. This is because the Snap On Smile prosthetic camouflages your smile zone, just by being itself. You put in the device as you need to, and wear it all day if you want. Or you can take it out as it suits you.

The device is made from the same non-toxic resin NASA uses in its cabinetry. It’s durable, flexible, and custom-fit based on your own dental impressions taken by your Snap On Smile dentist.

Because of its removable and transient nature, Snap On Smile is ideal for special occasions. A photo opportunity you were dreading, or the day of a big presentation, can be made stress-free with your newly customized smile device.

Ask our West Hollywood cosmetic dentist if you qualify for Snap On Smile.

What Can Snap On Smile Do?

How are Dental Bridges Placed?

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Modern restorative and cosmetic dentistry offers several options for replacing missing teeth. The primary method recommended by professionals is typically dental implants, which are surgically inserted into the jaw bone. Older patients often choose dentures, as they require less invasive methods and support. Dental bridges offer the best of both worlds.

Dental bridges are comprised of two main components – pontics (or artificial teeth) and crowns. The pontic or pontics are attached to dental crowns at both ends, which are then placed onto the adjacent teeth.

This tooth replacement option provides stability from the neighboring healthy teeth, working around the need for jaw bone integration and the months-long process required with it. You might be a candidate for a bridge if your teeth and gums on either side of your gap are healthy and stable. Your bridge will be custom created, specifically to you and your needs. While there are a few materials that can be used, porcelain is often preferred, as it offers several benefits. These benefits include stain resistance and a similar look to dental enamel.

It is important to not procrastinate if you are missing a tooth, as the effects of tooth loss are often serious. If you are looking for more information about dental bridges, contact our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood today.

How are Dental Bridges Placed?

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 Dentists Examine the Teeth

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A lot happens in the process of one visit to an expert in dental exam in West Hollywood. Your dentist takes this time to do a proper, full examination of your teeth and overall dental health. What does this involve? It is good to know what to expect before you go in to your dentist. This can help prevent any stress or fear, and also help you compile any questions in advance that you may need answers to.

The first thing your dentist will do is evaluate your overall oral health and hygiene. Dentists can tell a lot just by a simple look inside your mouth. They will then assess any risk of tooth decay, root decay, gum, or bone disease. They also make a point in checking your jaw and jaw joints, as well as your bite, as your orthodontic health deeply affects your dental health.

Much of your visit will be spent cleaning – removing stains and/or deposits. If they feel you will benefit from it, your dentist will demonstrate proper brushing and other oral hygienic techniques. They may also decide whether or not you require fluoride.

If you require more information about basic dental examinations, you should not hesitate to contact a dentist in WeHo for more information.

How Dentists Examine the Teeth

How Dentures Work

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Dentures are an exceptionally common dental device used by our dentist in West Hollywood to restore a smile after significant tooth loss on one or both jaws. They come in both complete and partial denture varieties, depending on the needs of the patient.

If the patient has some natural teeth remaining, partial dentures are called for, as they will incorporate the real teeth into their structure and help keep them in place. When there are no natural teeth, complete dentures are needed, but the stability provided by natural teeth can be mimicked by the use of dental implants. In this instance, the dentures will snap into place over the implants.

However, all dentures mimic the functionality of real teeth, allowing the patient to look and eat normally. Dentures are custom made for each mouth and are designed to be set on the gums completely. By hugging the contours of the gum line, they gain their stability and their functionality using suction. At times, however, a dental adhesive may be needed. Additionally, gums without teeth will slowly recede, and the jaw bones will deteriorate. This natural process, which is only halted by the presence of natural teeth or implants to mimic them, requires that dentures be regularly adjusted to ensure they fit tightly and comfortably in the mouth.

To learn more, contact our dentures dentist in West Hollywood to schedule an appointment to discuss options available to you.

How Dentures Work

Different Teeth Whitening Procedures

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Teeth whitening is currently one of the most popular procedures offered by our cosmetic dentists in West Hollywood. It is no wonder, given the focus put on social media. There are several different teeth whitening procedures that are currently available. While the techniques vary slightly, they all require that the soft tissues of the mouth are covered during the procedure, so that only the teeth are exposed.

Zoom whitening is a popular type of procedure that utilizes a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel. After the gel is applied, a special light is used to accelerate the bleaching process. The gel and light treatment is administered in three, 15-minute intervals. A fluoride paste is used after the treatment to reduce sensitivity. Total chair time is around an hour.

Opalescence Boost uses a 38 percent hydrogen peroxide gel, but does not utilize a light in its whitening process. The gel is particularly viscous, though, and contains a unique mixture of potassium nitrate and fluoride. It takes around one to two hours.

Sapphire Professional Whitening by Den-Mat is a 25 percent hydrogen peroxide gel that is used in conjunction with a desensitizing agent. After both of these have been applied to the teeth, a special light is used for 30 minutes to enhance the whitening process. Chair time is around an hour.

If you would like to learn more about which whitening option is right for you, contact our expert in teeth whitening in West Hollywood for more information.

Different Teeth Whitening Procedures

What Do General Dentists Do?

Along with regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, your general dentist is your first line of defense against poor oral hygiene. When you go in for a routine exam and cleaning, it is a general dentist that you are seeing. While we may not pay too much attention to how they have become the dentist we are seeing, these professionals have actually completed four years of undergraduate coursework, as well as four additional years of dental school.

A general dentist is trained to give comprehensive oral exams. During these exams, they will check for cavities, signs of gum disease, and oral cancer. If a cavity is found, your general dentist will drill out the decayed portion of your tooth and then replace it with a dental filling. When decay has penetrated the tooth deep enough to affect the root, a general dentist can save your tooth using a root canal procedure. During this procedure, the pulp of your tooth is carefully removed from the root canal. Your tooth is then filled and restored with a crown. Crowns are the most common restoration used after a root canal treatment, but your general dentist can also provide other restorations, such as dental bridges.

It is important to see a general dentist at least twice a year for an exam and cleaning. With routine exams, your dentist will be able to catch many early dental problems before they become too severe. If you have not been to the dentist in a while, then contact our general dentist in West Hollywood to set up an appointment.

What Do General Dentists Do?