February 12, 2018
From your gum line, this strong and majestic structure boldly rises with a sense of assuredness and command. Possessing a protective nature, it almost has an air of royalty about it, but what is its name? Fittingly, it’s called the crown, and your dentist in downtown Los Angeles has information on how to maintain it after a procedure to replace it. He will also discuss how long your new fixture will normally last. Read on to learn more about this restorative procedure.
January 20, 2018
When it comes to improving your smile, dentists have truly shown to have the expertise and technology to meet your demands. Whether it’s teeth-whitening, bonding, veneers, or another treatment, you can expect the best from your dentist in downtown Los Angeles. Getting multiple treatments isn’t an issue either thanks to smile makeovers. Today, we’ll be going over what exactly that means and how you’ll build a treatment plan with your dentist.
January 10, 2018
Can’t stop snoring? Afraid you have sleep apnea? Your dentist in downtown Los Angeles has the information you need on finding relief in this week’s blog post.
December 12, 2017
If your smile has lost some of its former glory, whether due to oral health conditions or injury, you might be thinking about getting dental implants in downtown Los Angeles to replace your missing pearly whites. You have an exciting journey ahead of you! However, it’s important to pick the right dentist to perform your implant procedure. We strongly urge you to choose a prosthodontist. What exactly is a prosthodontist, and why are they especially qualified to restore your smile?
December 4, 2017
Your tooth has been compromised, and not only are you feeling pain, you also know that it will have to be extracted and replaced. While this isn’t the best news, you’ve heard that there are good solutions for replacing a failing tooth with dental implants. How do you find the right implant dentist? Here are some questions to ask your dentist in Los Angeles about implant dentistry.
March 4, 2017
A full-mouth reconstruction, also described as a “Smile Makeover” can drastically improve a patient’s smile and chewing function. Here is an example of a patient that was referred to our office by another dental professional who was busy with their patient load, and the needs of this patient were more complex than they wanted to take on.
February 19, 2017
This patient presented to our practice after surgical removal of a tumor in the left side of his lower jaw. Because of the large size of the tumor, many teeth were sacrificed during the surgery. After reconstruction of the jaw bone with bone grafts, 3 dental implants were placed. A permanent, 4-tooth dental implant bridge was designed to replace the missing teeth which allowed the patient to chew and properly function again.
April 24, 2016
The American Dental Association has found it is no longer necessary for most dental patients with orthopedic implants to have antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infection.
March 20, 2016
Poor oral health care and gum disease have been linked to cognitive decline among Alzheimer’s patients, but it may simply be a correlation.
November 16, 2015
Tooth loss is a bigger problem than you might think
Losing a tooth may not seem like a big problem, especially if it is a tooth in the back of your mouth. You might say, “nobody can see it and I function just fine without the tooth.” In fact, there are 178 million US citizens who have lost one or more teeth. Public health data show that the number of these patients will continue to increase over the next 15 years to more than 200 million individuals. Tooth loss affects the majority of US adults, and as a result, there is a great need for tooth replacement.
Why should I replace my tooth or missing teeth?
Tooth loss can cause major problems to your bite, creating a big expense to correct. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth begin to shift and collapse into the empty space that the tooth once occupied. See the case below. There are 2 options to correct the extreme shifting of these back teeth. 1. Using orthodontics (braces) to reposition the teeth. The disadvantage of this option is that it is extremely difficult and time consuming to move large molar teeth back into the correct position. 2. The second option would be to remove the shifted teeth and place dental implants or partial dentures to restore the bite. This option is a much quicker and dental implants are very similar in feel and function to natural teeth.
The final treatment for this case included 4 dental implants and 5 implant crowns to create natural appearing teeth and a comfortable biting surface. The patient is now able to chew efficiently and eat the foods she enjoys.