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!
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
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.