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.
Here are some things to keep in mind after extraction:
You should start feeling back to normal within a week after having your tooth removed. Should you need pain relief medication, we suggest taking ibuprofen. If you still feel discomfort, let us know. We can prescribe something stronger to help you manage the pain.
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.
Installing a crown, onlay, or bridge typically takes a couple of visits to our office. The first one involves:
You will then be sent home with a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready to be placed.
Once your permanent replacement is ready, your second visit can be scheduled. During your appointment, we will:
Helping You Choose the Most Appropriate Option
All of our treatment methods include an in-depth process wherein we determine the most appropriate option for you. We typically suggest that you choose a more conservative alternative that preserves your natural teeth structure.
Connect With Us
If you have any questions about any of our procedures we performed, reach out to us. We look forward to hearing from you.
This is a dental device that functions similar to braces. The main difference is that Invisalign is virtually invisible, hence the name, and removable. This makes it incredibly convenient because it places control in the hands of the patient. Aside from that, it is also comfortable and — in many cases — more affordable than traditional metal braces. Invisalign also allows you to see what its results will be even before getting started. If you have any questions about this wonderful innovation, we would be more than happy to answer them.
What They Are
Veneers are thin ceramic shells that bond to the front of your teeth, masking imperfections such as stains, chips, and discolorations. They are generally placed on any one or a combination of a person’s six to eight front teeth. We offer diverse shapes and shades. Our team wants you to be completely satisfied with the results!
Installing veneers is a conservative procedure, often done with minimal tooth cutting. The installation process requires a precise and patient hand. Fortunately, our dental professionals are more than capable of performing this task.
Your teeth darken due to different factors, such as age, smoking, diet, and the use of certain medications. Professional teeth whitening is a simple and safe way to address tooth discoloration caused by these habits, making your smile even brighter than it is now.
How It Works
We typically use agents that have either hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide as the main active ingredient. However, our formulations may also contain potassium fluoride, which helps make teeth stronger, fights against cavities, and minimizes sensitivity.
Customized Whitening Tray
We first create a whitening tray that is customized just for you by taking one or two impressions of your mouth. Afterward, we provide you with a whitening agent that you can use on your teeth when and where it’s most convenient for you. This gives you control over when, where, and how much you whiten your teeth. Whenever you need more of the whitening agent, just let us know. We won’t have to take another impression because you’ll already have your own personalized whitening tray.
Your Whiter Smile Is on Us
If you are consistent when it comes to your recommended checkups and cleanings with our dental professionals, then your teeth whitening is on us! Your whitening tray will be free of charge, and we’ll even give you the whitening agent every six months. This is our way of thanking you for taking care of your dental health.
Easing Dental Anxiety
Visiting the dentist is known to evoke feelings of stress and anxiety in some people. Although we always strive to create a comfortable environment, sometimes patients still find it difficult to relax. Not to worry! We have various options that will help patients reduce their dental anxiety and stress.
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.