Providing Patients With Dental Fillings and Implants
If your tooth is damaged, a dental filling may be necessary to repair it. At Encino Family Dental, we use tooth-colored fillings or bonding to help restore both the appearance and functionality of teeth.
Bonding involves the application of a composite resin to a discolored, chipped, or otherwise damaged tooth. Compared to amalgam fillings, bonding produces aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking results. It can be used to fill in the gaps between teeth, repair small tooth fractures, fill cavities, and even change the color and shape of teeth.
Crowns, Onlays, and Bridges
A dental crown serves as a replacement for a tooth that is cracked, broken, misshapen, decayed, worn down or severely discolored. When the damage is too much for a filling to address, this may be the most suitable option.
An onlay or partial crown is a good choice when only a portion of the tooth is compromised. This is a much more conservative alternative to a full crown. Since only the affected area of the tooth is incorporated into the restoration design, the rest of the natural tooth structure is relatively untouched.
This is an appropriate option when you are missing one or more teeth. This is similar to a crown but involves bridging at least three teeth as opposed to just a single tooth. Please note that the teeth in front as well as behind the missing tooth may need to be involved to ensure proper restoration.
Dental implants are the next best thing to real teeth. They look and feel very natural, and their function is as close to that of your teeth as possible.
An implant is a small metal screw that serves as an anchor for a replacement tooth. It is placed by making a tiny cut into the gums above the site of the missing tooth. The implant is screwed into the jawbone and the cut is sewn shut. When the implant has fused successfully into the jawbone, the replacement tooth can be placed.
Dental implant surgery is done by dentists with specialized training, and the success rate is approximately 98%. Proper maintenance can help implants last a lifetime.
Your Child’s First Dental Checkup
If you’re wondering about the right time to bring your children in for a dental checkup, we can help. We recommend that you schedule an appointment for your child within their first 6 to 12 months. You can also bring them once their teeth first come in.
The Benefits of Early Dental Care
The earlier you bring your child in to see a dentist, the sooner you can start preventing cavities. This also has the added effect of helping your child get used to going to the dentist, making him or her less likely to become fearful of dental work. Aside from these benefits, we can also share tips and tidbits of information that may help you look after your child’s oral health.
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We usually treat patients who live in the neighborhoods of Tarzana and Encino in California. Schedule an appointment with us today!
Comprehensive Periodontal Treatment Options
Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that is focused on the structures that support the teeth and the diseases that affect them. The oral care professionals at Encino Family Dental are more than capable of addressing any and all of your periodontal needs.
What Is Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease is characterized as a bacterial infection affecting the gums and bones in the mouth. Often, patients do not realize they have it because they do not experience pain or other distressing symptoms. However, if left unchecked, periodontal disease can result in tooth loss and severe damage to the gums.
At Encino Family Dental, we take this disease very seriously. Our dental professionals will do everything they can to prevent this from happening to our patients. We urge all of you to practice good oral hygiene and visit us regularly.
Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
The Need for a Root Canal
The most common cause behind needing a root canal is an untreated cavity. If it has become very large and reaches the tooth root, a root canal is often necessary. Another reason is facial trauma. For example, accidents while playing sports can result in a fractured tooth that requires a root canal to address.
Pain Is Not Part of the Plan
Contrary to popular belief, a root canal is not extremely painful. Technology has come a long way, and our dental professionals are up to speed on the latest techniques.
Root canals can typically be completed in one session. However, depending on the severity of your tooth’s condition, we might have to schedule additional appointments.
We will walk you through the entire process and answer your questions before your root canal appointment, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. You can be confident knowing that we will do all that we can to make the procedure as stress-free as possible.
Reasons for Extraction
Your teeth may need extraction for several reasons. It might be because they are badly decayed, broken or damaged by severe periodontal disease. A tooth may also need to be removed because it is positioned in such a way that it is difficult to clean, which is often the case with wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are your third molars, and they typically do not serve a purpose. Often, they end up causing problems such as cavities and bone loss. The reason for this is because wisdom teeth are located so far back in your mouth and in such an inconvenient position that they are almost impossible to clean properly. If there isn’t enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, often push their way through, causing movement and crowding.
Also known as laughing gas, this is a powerful yet safe tool used to eliminate the stress that comes with being in the dentist’s chair. This can be used on patients of any age, reducing their anxiety and making the experience less stressful for their parents.
The effects of this substance are short-lived and easily reversible. Once the dental work is completed, all you have to do is inhale pure oxygen for a few minutes, and you’ll be able to return to your normal routine.
Anti-anxiety medication in the form of a small tablet can be taken shortly before a dental treatment. Its effects range from relaxation to mild amnesia. We can talk about this option with you. Our goal is to make your time in the dentist’s chair as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Dentures are a good option for patients that have lost or about to lose many or all of their teeth. They are a common, quick, and more affordable way for patients to replace multiple missing teeth at the same time. They are typically made out of a type of acrylic and they are made custom to fit the contours and spaces of your mouth. They are also designed to improve speech and function as much as is possible, all the while providing you with a beautiful smile. A full denture is made for someone who is missing all their natural teeth. A partial denture is made for someone who is missing only some teeth. An immediate denture is fabricated for placement “immediately” after the teeth are removed to allow for some function as well as to aid in the healing process. Implants can often be incorporated into the plan for dentures to provide additional stability and support of the denture. It is important to keep in mind that while dentures are a great alternative for people that are missing teeth, there is a learning curve that goes with wearing dentures. They do not feel or function like natural teeth, so patience is crucial to making wearing dentures a positive and successful experience. Furthermore, the mouth is constantly going through changes, especially when teeth are lost. So even if you’re wearing dentures you still need to come in for regular dental checkups so we can evaluate not only your dentures but your mouth as well. A healthy mouth is more than just teeth!