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Bridges are made of false teeth, and are commonly used to replace one or more missing
teeth. The false teeth are known as pontics. Bridges can be permanent or removable.
If a patient has missing teeth, this can cause several problems that bridges can
help prevent, such as bad bite, gum disease or tooth decay. Also it can improve
your smile giving you a beautiful appearance that can last up to ten years or more
with the correct care. Van Nuys Dentists use three types of dental bridges: Traditional
bridges, Cantilever bridges and Maryland bonded bridges.
CAD/CAM Dentistry, (Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Manufacturing in Dentistry),
is a technology that fabricates all-ceramic inlays, onlays, crowns, bridges and
veneers in one visit. The CAD/CAM system is simple to manage, multitalented and
precise. This system takes a picture of your tooth that should be fixed, the picture
is entered in the computer and can be seen in 3D; it is sent to a milling machine
that makes, for example, the filling or the ceramic inlays/onlays the patient needs.
CAD/CAM dentistry can help reduce time in the dentist office, in particular the
need to return for multiple visits.
Cantilever bridges are commonly used on front teeth when there is only one tooth
on the side of the missing tooth.
A Captek (capillary technology) Crown is made out of a high purity gold, platinum
group metals and silver. They are strong, durable, resistant and healthy. Captek
Crowns match your natural tooth color and with the use advanced gold material they
help to reduce the bacteria in your gums. They are a good option if you want to
have a healthy and attractive smile.
Computerized injections are a system used by dentists in Van Nuys to control
the amount and speed anesthesia given to the patient, resulting in a pain-free injection.
Basically it is a computer assisted delivery system that is designed to introduce
the fluid at such a slow rate that it is almost undetectable by the patient. The
pain associated with injections is mostly caused by soft tissue expansion. The machine
delivers drops within a definable parameter that prevents soft tissue expansion.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a variety of dental treatments focused on improving
the appearance of your teeth and overall smile. Patients look for cosmetic dentistry
because they want to change aspects of their teeth to have a more desirable smile
and overall appearance.
There are different cosmetic dental procedures such as: dental fillings, dental bonding,
teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental implants,
dental crowns, orthodontics, gum reshaping, dental bridges,
tooth contouring, dental caps, root canals,
cosmetic gum surgery, reshaping dentures, to mention a few.
Cosmetic dentistry in Van Nuys offers a great variety of options to help people
obtain a radiant, beautiful and attractive smile. A charming smile can improve a
person's self-esteem and self-confidence as well as how they are perceived by others.
There are different factors that may contribute to erosion, cracking and breaking
of your teeth, such as age, fillings or tooth decay. In cosmetic dentistry, crowns
are used to solve these kinds of problems. Dental crowns cover the entire surface
of the affected tooth adding strength, durability and stability.
Basically, there are three types of crowns our Van Nuys dentist uses: those made
out of metal ideal for the back teeth; porcelain, recommended for front teeth; and
porcelain fused with metal that are strong and have a natural appearance. Dental
Crowns can help to improve the appearance and health of your teeth, and they provide
protection for future cracks or tooth decay.
A dental implant is the best solution for a missing tooth (or teeth). Dentists all
over the word recommend this procedure to patients because it is simple, virtually
painless, and efficient. The main advantage of dental implants is being able to
perfectly replace lost teeth. The patient won't notice the difference between his
natural teeth and the implant. It avoids having to wear prosthesis, and with proper
care it will last forever.
Dental Implants are fabricated roots that are placed in the jawbone. The procedure
doesn't hurt, however the patient may experience discomfort in the following days.
The pain can be managed with common analgesics. Dental implants can enhance your
self-esteem by providing a healthy and brighter smile that leaves you with an improved
Dentures are an artificial and removable extension that is used to cover the partial
or total lack of teeth. Dentures can be removable or fixed and can also be complete
or partial. Complete dentures are used on patients that are missing all of their
teeth, while partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth still remain.
Dentures replace missing teeth and can help recover a beautiful and attractive smile
providing a natural appearance. Dentures will last up to ten years.
Fillings are materials dentists use to seal cavities after they clean out the decayed
part of the tooth. They are also used to repair broken or cracked teeth. Fillings
protect, preserve your teeth from expanding decay; they will also alleviate the
teeth from any pain associated with this decay.
Amalgams (silver fillings) are usually placed in molars and are used in deep cavities.
This type of filling is very resistant, strong and durable. It is the least expensive
type of restorative material. Because of interest in cosmetics, composite fillings
which are fillings made of a resin material that match the color of your natural
teeth are being used more commonly in liu of amalgam. Composite fillings are also
less sensitive to temperature changes. Gold fillings are another option sometimes
used in the back molars because of their durability and stability.
Fluoride is a mineral that helps teeth against tooth decay protecting them from
cavities. Using fluoride is considered important for having healthy and strong teeth.
You can find fluoride in toothpaste, water, food, rocks, air, soil and plants. Our
Van Nuys Dentists recommend the used of fluoride because it strengthens tooth enamel
and makes the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria,
thus preventing tooth decay. If you visit your dentist, he/she may apply a fluoride
treatment of higher dose than is found in commercial products to help give extra
protection against tooth decay and/or to alleviate tooth sensitivity.
Invisalign is a new method used to straighten teeth without using traditional braces.;
Clear aligners help correct the position of your teeth in a period of six to twelve
months. The Invisalign method has many advantages. The aligners are clear so people
won't notice you are wearing them. The clear molds are removable so you can take
them out whenever you desire. You can eat, brush and floss with out any inconvenience.
Furthermore, they are less irritating than traditional braces because they are not
made of metal wires. Millions of patients, general dentists and orthodontists wear
and recommend Invisalign.
Intravenous sedation (IV Sedation) also known as sleep dentistry is a procedure
in which the dentists use a proven, safe medication to keep the patient relaxed
while he/she completes the dental procedure. This drug is injected with a thin needle
into a vein; it can be injected in the arm or in the back of your hand. The patient
will remain conscious and will be able to respond to the dentist at all times, but
will be much more relaxed.
Lumineers is a brand name for a type of veneer. Cosmetic dentists recommend lumineers
because they are safe, painless, strong and thin. If a patient has chips, cracks,
uneven tooth alignment, spacing between teeth, worn and discolored enamel or stained
teeth, Lumineers is the solution they need to have a perfect, beautiful and radiant
Maryland Bridges are made of a false tooth fused by a metal band. This type of bridge
is commonly used when there are front gaps.
NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION
Nitrous oxide sedation is a non-toxic and colorless gas that helps people overcome
their anxieties. This Nitrous oxide is also known as laughing gas; it is safe, doesn't
irritate and it removes by itself. Dentists use this gas on patients that need to
be relaxed while they execute the dental procedure, particularly children. The patient
stays completely conscious and can respond to the dentist at all times.
ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION
Oral conscious sedation consists of taking one sedative pill one hour before the
dental appointment. This drug makes the patients feel free of anxiety and fears,
helping them to relax. This safe pill may last up to six or seven hours; the patient
is completely conscious and can respond to the dentist's instructions. Common oral
sedation medications are: Halcion, Valium, Dalmane and Versed.
PERIODONTAL TREATMENT (GUM DISEASE)
Periodontal treatment is performed when a patient has gum disease. This disease
is caused by plaque and tartar which are bacteria and particles that are deposited
on teeth. When bacteria causes inflammation in the gums or an infection it is called
Gingivitis. This can cause red and swollen gums, pain, bleeding and itching. You
can cure gingivitis by exercising good dental hygiene; brushing and flossing your
teeth correctly multiple times throughout everyday, and visiting a professional
(dental hygienist) regularly. If the gingivitis is not taken care of correctly,
it can become periodontitis. Periodontitis is an inflammation of the gums around
the tooth. Plaque accumulates below the gums affecting the tissues that surround
and support the teeth, causing them to fall or loosen out and supporting bone to
Porcelain crowns cover a tooth and restore it to its normal color, size and shape,
improving its appearance. They are used when fillings can’t solve the dental problem.
Cosmetic dentists use porcelain crowns in the because their appearance a more like
a real tooth than their metal counterparts. They can be used in the front or back
teeth to give a more natural appearance.
PORCELAIN FUSED TO METAL
Porcelain fused to metal is a crown with a metal base and a porcelain cap. It is
strong and resistant. The main disadvantage of PFM’s to all porcelain is that sometimes
a dark line can be seen in the bottom edge of the crown.
ROOT CANAL - ENDODONTISTS
Root canal therapy is a treatment that can help save your teeth from extraction.
This procedure is performed when the nerve and vessel in the interior of the tooth
is injured or infected. The dentist will clean ducts, apply disinfectant inside
the tooth and fill it with resin or gutta-percha. The root canal therapy will leave
your tooth clean, uninfected and without any pain. When this treatment is completed,
a crown is placed on the tooth. No pain is suffered as the dentists use local anesthesia.
Many people are afraid to go to the dentist because of all the pain and suffering
that had been traditionally associated with dentistry. Sedation dentistry is a type
of anesthesia used to make your anxiety disappear. Dentists in Van Nuys are using
sedation dentistry with nervous patients, or on those who want to be relaxed (almost
asleep), while the dental procedure is being executed. There are different sedation
methods such as: intravenous sedation, nitrogen oxide sedation, oral medications
and general anesthesia. With Sedation dentistry you won't feel any discomfort. You
will be completely relaxed and your smile is going to look attractive without any
pain or suffering.
TEETH WHITENING - ZOOM WHITENING
If you want to have a brighter, whiter and more radiant smile don't waste your money
with cheap whitening methods. Zoom Whitening is the best technique. Zoom whitens
your teeth in less than an hour. If you smoke, drink wine, coffee, tea or cola chances
are your teeth are going to develop a brownish or yellowish tint. The Zoom Whitening
procedure provides an average improvement of up to eight or ten shades. The method,
which is performed by a professional dentist, is long lasting, painless, and safe.
This 45-minutes procedure uses hydrogen peroxide gel and an ultraviolet lamp. You
can relax while Zoom makes your smile radiant and makes you look and feel younger.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), occurs when the joint that attaches the
upper jaw and lower jaw is not working properly. People with TMJ may have a clicking
sound when opening or closing their mouth impeding the correct functionality. This
syndrome can cause headaches, tooth sensibility, neck, shoulder and mandibular muscle
pain. Temporomandibular disorder affects the muscles that control chewing and the
articulation of the jaw.
As the name states, are the most common bridges dentists use on patients. They are
made up of a pontic (false tooth) in between two porcelain crowns.
Veneers are thin laminates designed to cover the front surface of teeth. They are
used to improve your smile. They help with uneven tooth alignment, spaces between
teeth, chips, cracks, worn and discolored enamel or stained teeth. There are two
types of veneers: one is made out of porcelain and the other is made out of acrylic
resin. This thin shell can create a fantastic and bright smile; and with proper
care, can last up to fifteen years. Veneers are an excellent choice in cosmetic
dentistry. Patients love them because they can see the results in their appearance
Dental X-Rays are pictures of the teeth and surrounding bone that dentists in Van
Nuys use to evaluate and diagnose problems that could be present on patients' teeth
and cannot be detected by a simple oral examination. With X-Rays dentists can diagnose
cavities, fractures, tooth decay, bone loss, gum disease, infections, tumors, etc.
Because of the changing conditions of the mouth, it is important to update X-Rays
as is recommended by the dental professional.