Leading Los Angeles Dentist Explains The Many Values Of Dental Bridges

As a Los Angeles dentist, I often see patients with missing teeth who are embarrassed who show a full and confident smile,

As a Los Angeles dentist, I often see patients with missing teeth who are embarrassed who show a full and confident smile, but don’t realize the other consequences of letting the gaps remain:

*Chewing becomes more difficult.
*The adjacent teeth will naturally lean in to close the gap, which will cause other teeth to move and result in misalignment.
*New areas are created that can trap food particles, resulting in fast growth of the bacteria that cause periodontal disease, ultimately detaching the gums from the teeth, so more may be lost.
*Teeth support the cheeks and lips—without them, the cheeks look hollow and lips thinner.
*Since teeth play an important role in speech, loss makes it more difficult to pronounce words right.

The ideal solution for lost teeth are dental implants, permanently anchoring realistic replacements for each into the jaw. For those who aren’t able to have that done, an affordable and quicker alternative (weeks vs. months for implants) would be dental bridges. These can be made of porcelain, precious or non-precious metal alloys or plastic, depending on the budget and priorities of the patient.

Dental bridges can be fixed: one with an artificial tooth in the center is attached to the natural teeth or implants on either side of the gap and these can last many years. Alternatively, a bridge can be removable, known as a “partial,” which is not as strong, but easy to clean. In either case, the patient can have a temporary made while a top dental lab crafts a personalized, comfortable permanent bridge.

As a Los Angele dentist, I have found dental bridges to be the most popular way to stop further loss of teeth, prevent gum disease, and support the face, a cost-effective anti-aging program.

You can learn more about related issues such as cosmetic dentistry, gum disease, and dental implants at
www.LADentist.com.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

Los Angeles Dentist Tells No Need To Fear Tooth Extraction

As a Los Angeles dentist, I know many patients who have never had a tooth extraction are afraid of having it done. Others

As a Los Angeles dentist, I know many patients who have never had a tooth extraction are afraid of having it done. Others who had a bad experience years ago aren’t aware that it should never be painful.

What I tell them is that at Wilshire Smile Studio we have all the latest tools to make this a routine procedure:
*First, we take a digital x-ray (which uses a very small amount of radiation) to show us what the problem tooth looks like under the surface of the gum. It might turn out that extraction isn’t the ideal solution. The shape of the tooth might require a special approach. It may reveal that the jawbone under the tooth needs a graft to provide support.
*Second, we can take a 3-D CT scan to provide a more detailed view of the teeth and nerves to determine the exact course to take in surgery.
*Before surgery, you can have a local anesthetic injected, full sedation with an intravenous drip, or have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) administered. Afterward, you will be prescribed the appropriate pain medication to be taken for a short time before switching to over-the-counter options.

When should you consider having a tooth extracted?

*When a tooth has been broken and can’t be repaired.
*When a large filling or a crown has come off and the tooth underneath is too decayed to make a replacement advisable.
*When teeth are too crowded to be easily cleaned or they are creating misalignment.
*When the wisdom teeth, the last one on each side of the upper and lower, become impacted (not come in properly).

Our Los Angeles dentist and extraction team can answer any questions you might have, such as how to care for the area while it heals and what your options are to replace the tooth, such as a dental implant or bridge. If a tooth falls out, rather than being removed, the gap needs to be filled as soon as possible or the teeth will begin to move out of proper alignment, leading to gum disease.

You can learn more at www.LADentist.com

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

Leading Los Angeles Dentist Explains

As a Los Angeles dentist, I’ve found that many people have outdated ideas about dentures that were placed years ago:
* They were

As a Los Angeles dentist, I’ve found that many people have outdated ideas about dentures that were placed years ago:

* They were probably uncomfortable.
* They were so unlike real teeth that wearers were embarrassed to smile.
* They may have not have performed well in chewing and often came loose.
* They didn’t do a great job of providing structure for the face (teeth play a surprisingly important role in supporting the muscles that keep it looking youthful).

Today, there’s no reason anyone of any age who has lost many teeth for any reason can’t be perfectly happy with new dentures that can last 5-10 years with proper care. But a lot depends on getting the right type made with the best materials, using the latest adhesives.

Even more important is an expert team to adjust the appliance over the months before a permanent fit, since dentures need to gradually conform to new bone growth and healing of the mouth after the remaining natural teeth are (painlessly) extracted. Our Los Angeles dentist and denture specialist team understands the critical importance of working with a local dental lab of master craftsmen to get a perfect, personalized fit (too many dental offices have this work done overseas to save a little money, with poor results for the patients).

There are several types to choose from, including conventional, full ones for both top and bottom; over-dentures that can be placed on top of dental implants to stabilize the entire jaw; and partials, which can be fixed permanently to natural teeth or be made removable. In addition, immediate dentures can be made to provide you with a temporary appliance so you can feel confident when you eat and smile until the new one is finished.

You (or a loved one) may have been afraid to visit a dentist because of past bad experiences. But what definitely doesn’t hurt is to have an exam to determine the state of your oral health and find out about the optimum options available with the latest denture technology.

Learn more at www.LADentist.com.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.

Leading Los Angeles Dentist Gives Straight Talk About Invisalign

As a Los Angeles dentist, I have a special perspective on the importance of having a healthy smile, including one that doesn’t have gaps

As a Los Angeles dentist, I have a special perspective on the importance of having a healthy smile, including one that doesn’t have gaps or crowded and crooked teeth, or an over-bite or under-bite. All kinds of jobs in Hollywood, where Wilshire Smile Studio is located, put a premium on having employees with a nice smile, even when their business has nothing to do with entertainment. And Hollywood smiles now set the standard everywhere.

In fact, a recent survey of U.S. adults showed that 92% of those who had “orthodontic treatment” (the technical term for straightening teeth) would recommend it to others because of the improved self-confidence it gave them, in both their careers and their personal lives.

And this treatment no longer has to be a big inconvenience or an embarrassment because traditional wire braces are unattractive and require dietary restrictions and special cleaning procedures. Wilshire Smile Studio can now provide nearly transparent Invisalign aligners that snap on and off easily, like wearing a very light, customized mouth guard whenever you want. Self-conscious teens particularly appreciate the advantages.

Initially, our Los Angeles dentist and staff specialist team make a 3D image of your teeth and give you the first sets of aligners, which you change every two weeks to gently nudge the teeth towards your optimum smile. You only need to come in every 6-8 weeks for a checkup and the next sets. The whole process takes 9-15 months, far shorter than with braces.

What is often overlooked when considering whether to straighten teeth is the vital health benefits. When teeth are not properly aligned, they are traps for tiny food particles at the gum line which attract bacteria. This results in gum inflammation that you don’t even feel. If you don’t have perfect brushing and flossing habits and don’t have a dental hygienist clean your teeth several times a year, your gums can detach from the teeth, which you might lose. The infection can also spread into the jaw, which might require expensive bone grafts. Gum infection also significantly raises the risk of everything from heart disease and diabetes to cancer and pregnancy difficulties.

For more information, go to www.LADentist.com.

Disclaimer: Obviously, every patient’s case is different, and needs to be properly diagnosed and treated by a healthcare professional. Please see your healthcare professional or contact us for an appointment.