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What You Can Do to Fix Your Smile

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When you notice any sort of inadequacy in your smile, it’s hard not to focus on it. Damaged teeth can cause a lot of future problems not to mention insecurity. If you have damaged, missing, or even imperfect teeth it’s likely that you’ll want to know your options when it comes to fixing your them. We’re a cosmetic dental clinic in Garden Grove, CA with plenty of experience in cosmetic dentistry. Read on to learn more about your available options when it comes to restoring your smile.

Cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

  • Teeth Whitening — Whitening your teeth is a fast and cost effective way to quickly brighten your smile. Plenty of available options are available for teeth whitening, some take place in your dentists chair while others can be done in your very own home. Teeth whitening is even an option if you have sensitive teeth.
  • Porcelain Veneers —  Veneers are a natural looking composite that is attached to the surface of your teeth to add strength and approve appearance.
  • Composite Bonding — A simple, composite bonding is often the most common solution for a chipped tooth. It is used to fill the fgap and improve the appearance and strength of the chipped tooth. They require a small amount of preparation and can be completed in a single visit.
  • Bridges — A dental bridge is exactly that, a bridge between one or more missing teeth. There are a number of different kinds of bridge, but the most basic dental bridge uses a crown on an implant or a tooth on which the bridge is attached.
  • Dental Implants — A dental implant is inserted in your jaw in order to hold a replacement tooth or bridge.
  • Crowns — Think about what a crown is. It fits over a king or queen’s head and makes the wearer more regal. Lofty metaphor aside, it’s the same thing for a dental crown. A dental crown fits over a tooth, covering it and restoring it to it’s appropriate size and shape.
  • Invisalign —  For teenagers and adults, a cosmetic dentistry solution that’s virtually invisible is in high demand. Fortunately, there are solutions like invisalign that allow you to improve your smile without the visual impact of conventional braces.
  • Tooth Reshaping — Tooth contouring and reshaping is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that gradually removes a small amount of your tooth’s enamel in order to change the shape, surface, or length of a particular tooth or set of teeth.

Were you looking for a cosmetic dentistry procedure that addresses a different condition? Worry not! There are even more options when it comes to cosmetic dentistry. If you’re located in or around Garden Grove, contact us today to learn more about your options.

 

The Many Kinds of Dentures

A guide to the many different kinds of dentures

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As a leading denture clinic in Garden Grove, CA — it’s not uncommon for patients to wonder about their options when it comes to dentures. Dentures are available in multiple different configurations, which might have an impact on your dental choices in the future. Read on and learn more about what you might be able to expect when it comes to dentures.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are a total replacement of your teeth, both upper and lower. Hence the name, “complete dentures”. Typically, complete dentures (and most other dentures) are made with an acrylic foundation, with teeth that are usually either porcelain or acrylic.

If all of your teeth are lost to gum disease, tooth decay, or an accident — you might need a complete set of dentures.  Complete dentures might  require implants if there is not enough bone support for the actual denture, this prevents discomfort. In more extreme cases, it can require bone-grafting.

Upper and Lower Dentures

If you only need to replace teeth on the upper or lower portion of your mouth — there are upper and lower dentures respectively, of course). Made from the same material as complete dentures, the only real different with upper or lower dentures is that they are slightly easier to adjust to. While upper dentures cover the whole roof of the mouth (like a retainer) they tend to be even easier to adjust to, considering they tend to have more available suction to successfully “stick” to your mouth. Lower dentures can sometimes require a small amount of denture adhesive.

Over-Dentures

Like conventional dentures, over dentures are a complete replacement for your teeth. However, not all teeth are extracted. With over-dentures, your dentist will use available natural teeth to support the denture’s base. This allows for much greater stabilization while chewing. One key benefit of the over-denture is its ability to keep the bone under the teeth active, which can reduce discomfort over time. While over-dentures tend to be more expensive and require more preparation, they are often preferable due to their greater comfort and stability.

Partial Dentures

When you want to fix gaps in your smile when you’re only missing some of your teeth, a partial denture is often the solution. By using metal attachments to anchor dentures to your existing teeth, partial dentures maintain tooth alignment with existing adjacent teeth. An added benefit of partial dentures is that they help prevent the loss of additional teeth to gum disease and decay.

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures are placed all at the same time after teeth are extracted.  This could potentially require that the dentures need additional adjustment over time, throughout the healing process. Immediate dentures ensure that you don’t have to live without teeth for any period of time, though it does take extra time for them to stabilize. After healing, they may require an occasional re-line to adjust their fit.

 

Implant Supported Dentures

Like an over-denture, where the denture is supported by your existing teeth, implant supported dentures use an implant to support the teeth instead. First, implants are inserted into the bone, wherein posts are added that will clip into the underside of the new denture. Implants are virtually invisible and add support and stability when it comes to chewing. An added benefit of implant supported dentures is that they help preserve the bone remaining under the denture . For some patients, “splints” are added to implants to help anchor and support the denture — making them feel even more comfortable and natural while chewing.

 

If you’re located in the garden grove area and you still have questions about dentures or denture implants, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. That’s what we’re here for.

The Most Common Dental Emergency: The Broken Tooth

You saw the impact coming. Whether you bit into something just a little too hard or slipped on the cartoonishly placed banana peel on the kitchen floor. You braced for the impact and were surprised when it happened, but knew exactly what it was when it did. First you thought, Oh. That didn’t hurt too bad, I think I’m okay. Then the throbbing started.

But remember: you are okay. 

If you chip or break your tooth, the first and most important thing to remember is that a chipped or broken tooth is imminently treatable. Don’t panic.

Your teeth are encased by enamel, the strongest substance in your body. However, there are ways to cause your tooth to chip or break. Many times — especially when your tooth chips or cracks while eating — this can be attributed to an underlying cavity that weakened your tooth in the first place. Other times, blunt force trauma directly to the face (such as with extreme sports and contact sports) can cause your tooth to break more drastically. If you’ve ever chipped or broken a tooth, you’re well aware of the sinking feeling it can cause.

Here at Garden Grove Dental Arts, we deal with broken teeth and dental emergencies a lot. Read on to learn some of the most important do’s and don’ts when it comes to emergencies with your teeth.

  • Not every chipped or broken tooth comes with pain. To help with pain, you may take over the counter pain relievers (NSAIDS) like acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
  • Did your broken or chipped tooth happen because of a fall? Be sure to use warm water to rinse your mouth out in order to wash  away debris or dirt that could be in your mouth from the initial impact
  • To help control pain and swelling you can also hold a cold compress (or the iconic “bag of peas”) on the affected area.
  • Are you able to contact your dentist immediately? If you can, call immediately and follow your dentist’s instructions. If you can’t reach your dentist immediately, try to cover the remaining piece of tooth with dental wax — which can be found at your local pharmacy or drug store.
  • Your tooth can break, fracture, crack, and chip. There are many injuries that can occur, and they all require a specific type of treatment. It’s important to remember that your teeth cannot fix themselves like your skin can. For your particular injury, your dentist may just need to smooth a chipped edge or place a filling.

Need we remind you again? Don’t panic! Your tooth is fixable. Contact your dentist as soon as you can. He or she will probably take an xray, determine the best course of action, and get your perfect smile back in action.

Do you have a broken tooth in or around Garden Grove, CA? We’re the experts and we’re happy to help.

 

 

 

What to Expect: IV Sedation for Wisdom Tooth Extraction and More

An Introduction to Anesthesia for Your Wisdom Tooth Surgery

If you’re getting your wisdom teeth removed, there’s a good chance your dentist or oral surgeon will take advantage of both a local anaesthetic (for inside your mouth) and a sedative that will put you to sleep for the length of the procedure.

First, we will discuss the most common types of sedation your dentist might use. 

Local Anesthesia

Your dentist or oral surgeon will definitely use a local anesthetic, which usually entails one or more injections with a small needle around the base of the teeth that will be removed. In the case of your wisdom teeth, all this takes is a numbing paste applied by your dentist, followed by a prick in the soft-tissue at the back of your mouth. While you might feel some pressure and movement, you shouldn’t feel any pain at all.

IV Sedation Anesthesia

With IV sedation anesthesia for your wisdom teeth, your dentist or oral surgeon will give you an intravenous (IV) line which will actively keep you unconscious during the procedure.

Many patients say they experience dreams during the procedure, while others simply wake up as if no time passed at all.

After sedation anesthesia takes place, your oral surgery team will also apply a local anesthesia to numb your gums and further prevent pain. 

Nitrous Oxide Sidation (AKA: Laughing Gas)

Many times your oral surgeon will use a mixture of nitroux oxide and oxygen, which is also known as laughing gas. This medicine is inhaled through a breathing device and allows the patient to remain conscious and in incredibly relaxed state. This option has both a sedative and pain-relieving affect. While laughing gas is not always used to put a patient to sleep, dosage can easily be controlled to do so if you become nervous or uncomfortable.

General Anesthesia

In some cases, you might be offered general anesthesia by your oral surgery provider. This is only necessary for procedures that involve a larger amount of work, such as facial or jaw adjustment or reconstruction. It is generally not used for the removal of wisdom teeth.

The Most Common Question about Anesthesia and Sedation for your Wisdom Teeth Surgery

“Am I going to embarass myself!?”

Most likely not. Anesthesia  is an incredible tool that makes what was once an incredibly painful procedure as simple as a nap in your doctor’s office. It’s truly incredible stuff.

That said, our bodies aren’t always used to it — which can cause some funny reactions.

Just remember this: before your doctor uses any anesthesia, he or she will make certain it’s something your body can handle. However, the harmless pain-relieving and sedative affects can lead to some pretty silly conversations and reactions when your doctor wakes you up for the recovery process to begin.

If it even happens to you, you’ll look back and laugh on it later, trust us (Hey, it might even get you on TV!).

Just think about it this way: everything you say and do is a result of the medicine doing it’s job — which means you’re not going to feel pain, and you’re already on you road to recovery. Just relax, pay attention to your doctor’s instructions, and keep taking care of your teeth.

Do you have questions about wisdom tooth extraction? We’re here to help. Browse our blog to learn more or schedule a consultation today.

 

 

Wisdom Teeth 101: Impacted Wisdom Teeth Surgery

A panoramic cross-section of 2 impacted wisdom teeth.

A panoramic cross-section of 2 impacted wisdom teeth.

So you have one or more impacted wisdom teeth: here’s what to expect

Surgery for an impacted wisdom tooth isn’t something to be afraid of. In fact, the most important thing to remember is that it must be treated. Waiting too long to treat an impacted wisdom tooth can have much more painful consequences than the actual removal.

When a wisdom tooth cannot “erupt” — or break through the gums normally — it is known as an “impacted” wisdom tooth. Depending on the available space in your mouth, a wisdom tooth can be fully or partially impacted, which means that just because you might have one impacted wisdom tooth — it doesn’t mean that they all will be. But generally, if you have one impacted wisdom tooth your dentist will choose to remove both, just to be on the safe side.

Will my doctor use anesthesia for wisdom tooth extraction?

If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, it is almost a certainty that your dentist will use both a local anesthetic and a sedative. Because the procedure for an impacted wisdom tooth is more involved (and takes longer) than an erupted wisdom tooth — sedation makes the procedure a lot less uncomfortable. All you should expect is to count backwards from 10, and slowly fall asleep. After the procedure, you’ll wake up none-the-wiser with just a few less teeth than you started with.

How common are impacted wisdom teeth?

About 90% of people have at least one wisdom tooth that becomes impacted. This occurs due to a lack of space in the jaw. However, it’s important to remember that even partially impacted teeth are still impacted and carry just as great a risk of causing pain, discomfort, and potential infection.

How are impacted wisdom teeth removed?

The impacted wisdom tooth surgery is actually fairly straightforward, first — your dentist or oral surgeon will make a small slit in the soft tissue of your mouth, gaining access to the tooth. Next, he or she will slowly grind away pieces of the tooth — removing it piece by piece from your jaw bone.

Is impacted wisdom tooth surgery painful?

The depth your dentist or oral surgeon has to go to successfully remove the impacted wisdom tooth will have a direct impact on the length and discomfort of your recovery. However, remember this: while patients are often prescribed painkillers for their recovery process, many find they do not need to use them for more than a couple days, and some don’t feel the need to use anything beyond an acetaminophen or ibuprofen pain reliever.

 

the Invisible Alternative to Traditional Braces

“Braces behind teeth? I didn’t know that was possible”

This is often one of the first questions we hear when a patient learns about lingual braces. Lingual braces, unlike traditional braces, go behind the teeth and are often referred to as incognito braces. Since this variety of brace is actually bonded behind the teeth, it’s incredibly difficult to even see them (unless you’re really looking for them.

Naturally, when a patient learns they’re a candidate for lingual braces, they have some questions. the first one typically being — “What makes a good candidate for lingual braces”

Which is a tough question to answer, because the only real surefire way to know if you’re a good candidate for lingual braces is to visit your dentist for a consultation. However, lingual braces are generally used to treat the same conditions as traditional braces.

What are the advantages of lingual / incognito braces?

The main advantage of “behind the teeth braces” is fairly obvious — they go behind the teeth! This makes them practically invisible, which is ideal for adults who would rather not flash a set of  iron-clad teeth in the middle of their next business meeting.

In addition to the obvious, invisible braces are also slightly more efficient when it comes to more intricate treatments, like correcting rotation, closing extraction spaces, and adjusting the height of teeth.

A final benefit of invisible braces actually becomes apparent after they’ve been taken off. While traditional braces present the risk of discoloration, even in the event of less-than-ideal oral care, white spots will be isolated to the inside of your mouth.

The Disadvantages of Invisible Braces

Of course, nothing is perfect. Invisible bracedo come with some downsides. The first of these disadvantages has to do with simply acclimating to having braces on the inside of your teeth.  It will take a few weeks to fully adjust to having braces rest against your tongue. At first, the small wires and brackets will feel rough and could slightly alter your speech — but these side affects will pass. As you might imagine, invisible braces are also a bit harder to clean. Typically, the backs of our teeth are often (accidentally) neglected the most, which means patients will have to remain extra diligent when it comes to oral care.

How much do invisible adult braces cost?

While lingual braces — like traditional braces — are made of wires and brackets, they are applied to the teeth in a much different way. This means that the components of your lingual braces must be custom manufactured to fit your mouth. On top of this, not every dentist is trained to install invisible braces — which means dentists that do will have gotten specialized training — which can also increase the cost of lingual braces.  To reduce costs, some patients elect to put invisible braces on the top (visible) row of their teeth, and clear traditional braces on the bottom row of their teeth — considering they’re much less visible

 

 

 

 

Everything You Wanted to Know about Veneers

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As a cosmetic dentist in Anaheim California, it’s needless to say that we encounter a large number of patients that simply want a perfect, new smile. One of the most common solutions to accomplish that is a porcelain veneer.

What is a veneer?

Porcelain veneers are a natural looking dental implant that patients can use to get the perfect smile they’re looking for, or to accomplish something as simple as restoring a damaged tooth to its former glory. In addition, veneers also help provide added strength and resilience that can be compared to the enamel of your natural teeth. For these reasons, veneers are a favorite material when it comes to making minor alterations and major adjustments to the shape, color, and size of a tooth (or multiple teeth).

What do veneers look like?

Veneers are wafer thin porcelain pieces which adhere to a tooth’s surface, enhancing the appearance of the smile. Well known LA cosmetic dentist Dr. Grace Sun tries on veneers pieces, previewing the smile with Tracy Ward before installation.

How are my veneers “installed”?

Dentists create veneers by using a special molding of your mouth made from dental plaster and a model of the particular tooth (or teeth) that are affected. Once this is complete, the veneers are installed on top of the tooth, and precisely fit to the patients mouth before they are bonded to the tooth with dental cement.

Do veneers hurt?  

It’s natural to wonder if it will hurt to get tooth veneers. As part of the installation process, your teeth must be prepared (or shaped) for the veneer. During this process, some discomfort can be expected while a small amount of the tooth is removed. It’s important to remember that only a small amount of tooth structure is being ground away. On the whole, most patients report only experiencing a small amount of discomfort.

How long does it take to get veneers?

As an experienced cosmetic dentist in Garden Grove, CA – we explain to all of our patients that it’s best to view porcelain veneers as a long-term investment. With that in mind, it should also be understood that they take time to do right. For this reason, Veneer patients around the world with bright, new smiles agree that the best results take just a little bit of patience.  Veneers generally require two visits to your dentist. Your first treatment involves measuring and preparing your tooth so that your custom veneers can be created. In this visit, you will receive temporary veneers to help you get used to your new smile and protect the prepared surface of the teeth. Your second visit to the dentist will be when your new veneers are securely bonded to your teeth – giving you the smile you’ve always wanted.

How long will veneers last?

Veneers are designed to be a long-term solution. However, this doesn’t mean you don’t have to be careful. Once your veneers are in place, they will withstand the punishment of your average diet. But nailbiters and reckless eaters beware. Porcelain is still glass, and while glass can be incredibly strong — it is also brittle. With this in mind, you should avoid eating or chewing anything that could give added stress to your veneer. For example, after you have your nice new smile — don’t go eat a candy apple.  Use common sense and your veneers will last a lifetime.

What do veneers feel like?

After your veneers are bonded to your teeth, it’s normal to experience a small amount of sensitivity to cold and heat. This is normal, because of the preparation process that removes a small amount of the tooth’s enamel. After a few days, this sensitivity should disappear and  your veneers will feel like your normal teeth.

 

Common Questions about Dental Bridges and Crowns

What is a dental crown?

Chances are, if you’re searching for information about dental crowns — you care about your smile. When you care about your smile, sometimes it’s necessary to get a dental crown to give a tooth it’s proper size and shape (and color). Not only will a crown instantly improve your smile, it will make the underlying tooth stronger and more healthy.

What is a dental cap?

The term “dental cap” is simply another (less regal!) name for a dental crown. We prefer crown.

What different kinds of dental crowns are there?

The American Dental Association provides a wealth of information about the various options available to you for dental crowns.  As one of the leading providers of dental bridges  in the Anaheim area, we strictly follow all ADA guidelines when it comes to dental crowns and bridges.  Use the following handy chart from the ADA to understand the various benefits and features of different crown materials.

FACTORS ALL-PORCELAIN (ceramic) PORCELAIN Fused to metal GOLD ALLOYS (high noble) BASE METAL ALLOYS (non-noble)
General Description Porcelain, ceramic or glass-like fillings and crowns. Porcelain is fused to an underlying metal structure to provide strength to a filling, crown or bridge. Alloy of gold, copper and other metals resulting in a strong, effective filling, crown or bridge. Alloys of non-noble metals with silver appearance resulting in high strength crowns and bridges.
Principal Uses Inlays, onlays, crowns and aesthetic veneers. Crowns and fixed bridges. Inlays, onlays, crowns and fixed bridges. Crowns, fixed bridges and partial dentures.
Durability Brittle material, may fracture under heavy biting loads. Strength depends greatly on quality of bond to underlying tooth structure. Very strong and durable. High corrosion resistance prevents tarnishing; high strength and toughness resist fracture and wear.
Resistance to Wear Highly resistant to wear, but porcelain can rapidly wear opposing teeth if its surface becomes rough. Highly resistant to wear, but porcelain can rapidly wear opposing teeth if its surface becomes rough. Resistant to wear and gentle to opposing teeth. Resistant to wear and gentle to opposing teeth.
Resistance to Fracture Prone to fracture when placed under tension or on impact. Porcelain is prone to impact fracture; the metal has high strength. Highly resistant to fracture.
Biocompatibility Well tolerated. Well tolerated, but some patients may show allergenic sensitivity to base metals. Well tolerated. Well tolerated, but some patients may show allergenic sensitivity to base metals.
Post-Placement Sensitivity
Sensitivity, if present, is usually not material specific.
Low thermal conductivity reduces the likelihood of discomfort from hot and cold. High thermal conductivity may result in early post-placement discomfort from hot and cold.
Color Color and translucency mimic natural tooth appearance. Porcelain can mimic natural tooth appearance, but metal limits translucency. Metal colors do not mimic natural teeth.

 

What is a dental bridge?

The name “Dental Bridge” does most of the talking here. A dental bridge quite literally “bridges” the gap between missing teeth and is constructed of two crowns on each side. Using these two teeth as anchors, a false tooth is inserted in-between to fill your smile.

Are there any downsides to a dental bridge?

While a dental bridge effectively replaces a missing tooth (or teeth)  and leaves you with a permanent and great looking solution that protects the teeth on either side of the bridge. The disadvantage is that preparation for a bridge damages the tooth. Considering the bridge is already improving your smile, this is generally not a problem for most patients. Other disadvantages include the potential for damaged nerves (which can lead to the potential for a root canal), a relatively long procedure, and some extra care when it comes to cleaning the bridge as part of your daily oral health routine.

Are there any alternatives?

While dental implants (like bridges) tend to to be the most effective and long-lasting option when it comes to restoring your smile, there are alternatives. The most common alternative is a tooth-supported fixed bridge, however it comes with a number of disadvantages, chief among them being the need to grind down healthy teeth in order to fit the bridge.

Another alternative to a dental bridge implant is a removable partial denture, which — while less expensive — also does not look quite as natural or perform as well as an implanted ceramic crown.

In many cares where the front teeth are affected a resin-bonded bridge (otherwise known as a ‘Maryland Bridge’) is considered as an option. The resin-bonded bridge is held in place with wings that attach to adjacent teeth, without the need to grind, prepare, or otherwise damage them. While this option looks better than a partial-denture, it is not nearly as strong and will not last as long.

 

 

When do You Need an Emergency Dentist?

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You’re at the movies enjoying the latest summer blockbuster and then it happens. There’s an explosion, a gunshot, a scream, and a crash. All standard movie fare, but they’re followed by a crunch that seems a little too perfect for modern surround sound and fancy acoustics. The sound of your rear molar, cracking under the pressure of a stubborn popcorn kernel.

The pain will flare up almost instantly  when chewing, drinking, and when exposed to cold or heat. It might also hurt when you release biting pressure. It’s possible that the pain will be sporadic, but for any dental emergency it’s important to visit your dentist to pinpoint the cause and find the most appropriate solution before it gets worth. Sometimes, same day emergency dental care is required.

Do You need to visit the dentist right away? Read on to learn more…

 

Bleeding

Your teeth, gums, and the soft-tissues of your mouth can bleed for a number of reasons. The most common cause of bleeding in the mouth is related to minor bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing, simply due to the sensitive nature of the gums, which can become easily inflamed.  You should only visit the dentist about bleeding if symptoms don’t improve after you’ve switched to a softer brush and a sensitive toothpaste.

What to do: Schedule a visit if symptoms don’t improve

Pain

Don’t ignore a toothache. This is the simplest advice we can give. Teeth can ache or get sensitive under certain conditions, but when a specific tooth begins to exhibit regular pain or throbbing, you should instantly assume that something needs to be addressed. There is a good possibility that something serious needs to be fixed. Unfortunately, when it comes to teeth — procrastination never helps.

You don’t need to rush to your dentist’s office, but schedule an appointment ASAP and use general, over-the-counter pain medication in the mean-time. If this pain medication helps to dull the pain, don’t rely on it and assume the problem has gone away. Left unattended, dental problems only get worse.

What to do: If the pain isn’t too severe, bring up your concerns with your dentist ASAP

A Crown Has Fallen Out

It is generally ill-advised to wait more than a week to have a crown recemented to your teeth if it has fallen out. Temporary crown cement is not as effective at protecting your teeth as the permanent variety. If left exposed for too long, the surface of your tooth can change over time — making it necessary to have an entirely new crown made to match the new, slightly altered surface.

What to do:Get a permanent crown replacement in under a week

Your Jaw is Locked

It can be very frightening to suddenly experience this strange sensation. However, it is fairly normal for the jaw joing to lock in a closed or open position. The first step is to stay calm. Next, try to gently ice and massage the muscles around your jaw in attempt to regain some motion. Follow up with your dentist as soon as possible to find a proper solution for preventing this condition in the future.

What to do:inform your dentist about this dental emergency and proceed as recommended.  

“I chipped a tooth!”

Chipped teeth are also a fairly common occurrence and can generally be repaired with relative ease. Chipping your tooth can be a scary experience, but don’t worry. Even the front teeth can be repaired if they chip, it’s just a matter of being careful to keep the repair in-place.

If the injury isn’t incredibly severe, it  might be possible to schedule a dentist appointment. However, if the injury is as severe as a knocked out tooth or severe chip, you should contact your dentist immediately. If the injury is accompanied by bleeding from anywhere such as the nose or ears, and loss of memory or confusion — visit the emergency room immediately. When it comes to chipped teeth, there are a range of severities.

What to do: 

For superficial cracks in the enamel, it’s not even necessary to schedule an extra appointment. Simply bring up your concern at your next scheduled dentist appointment.

For enamel fractures (where you can see the outer and middle layers of the tooth) you will usually see a small chop on the edge of the tooth and you might feel some irregularity on the tooth’s surface. It will probably be impossible to try and stop feeling this with your tongue. Try to resist and visit your dentist at your earliest convenience. To alleviate discomfort, try placing dental wax over the affected area.

For Broken Teeth 

If your tooth is broken and you can see light and dark yellow, brown, or red components visit your dentist within 24 hours. Your symptoms will likely be accompanied by moderate to severe pain. In the meantime, rinse with warm water, eat a soft-diet if possible, and call your dentist immediately.

As a provider of emergency dental care in Garden Grove, California — we understand that any dental emergency is a frightening one. When you need answers, we have them. Contact us today with any questions.

Is Invisalign Right for Me?

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. With that in mind, it’s not entirely surprising that the average person regularly has doubts or questions about his or her smile.

“Are my teeth crooked?”
“Could I use invisalign?”

All of these questions are common ones, but know this — the answers aren’t far away.  As a primary care dentist in Garden Grove California, we regularly help our patients find the solutions that give them the smile they’re confident with.

So, is invisalign right for you?

For many children and adults, invisalign is a fantastic way to get a straighter smile. It’s actually fairly easy to determine whether invisalign is an appropriate procedure for you.

The first thing to understand about invisalign is that it isn’t for everybody. But don’t lose hope! It is indeed a very powerful cosmetic dentistry tool that can help us  address a number of common dental problems.

Invisalign is one of the easiest and most convenient paths to a straighter, more even smile. For many, the greatest benefit of invisalign is that they can correct their smile without advertising the fact to the entire world. For this reason, invisalign’s transparent retainers are a sought after solution for patients of all ages.

1. Consult with Your Dentist

(Duh!) Why worry about whether invisalign is right for you? Before you get your hopes up, visit your dentist for a simple consultation. Invisalign is perfect for a number of patients, but not everyone. The easiest way to know where you fall is to simply schedule a consultation.

2. What are you fixing?

This is one of the most important factors when it comes to vetting a candidate for invisalign, because invisalign is best for correcting conditions that aren’t severe. Large overbites and misalignment might require a more extensive orthodontic solution, but for minor misalignment and crooked teeth — invisalign can be ideal.

Invisalign is a candidate for correcting minor and moderate cases of the following:

  • Gapped teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Crossbite
  • Crowded teeth

3. What kind of patient are you?

How hold are you? What’s your dental history? While invisalign is a great solution for adults and young adults, children and younger teenagers might not make ideal candidates because their teeth are still growing.

 

4. How Committed are you to getting a better smile? 

It’s true. Invisalign is easy. Once it becomes a part of your daily habit, your time with it will truly go by relatively quickly. However, one of the greatest advantages of invisalign is the fact that you can remove them — which isn’t true for many other orthodontic solutions.

This touches on one of the most common questions about invisalign: “Do I need to wear invisalign all the time?” And the answer is, kind of. You are actually required to remove your invisalign retainers at meals and while drinking (excluding water). The rest of the time, your invisalign retainers need to remain in your mouth. Remaining committed to this drastically shortens your treatment time.

 

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