What is Bruxism and Can It Hurt My Teeth?

What is Bruxism

“Bruxism” is a technical term used to describe chronic teeth clenching or grinding. While it might seem like an unbecoming habit, bruxism is very harmful to your teeth, existing dental work, and even your TMJ. Teeth are Strong, but They’re Not Invincible Healthy tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the entire human body. Yet, when enamel wears against enamel (when the upper and lower teeth are consistently grinding together,) it can cause your teeth to wear down. Over the … [Read more...]

Invisible Braces: Your Answer to a Straighter Smile

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A few misaligned teeth can cause more problems than just embarrassment when you’re posing for a photo. Crowded or crooked bites put you at an increased risk of serious dental concerns, like tooth decay, gum disease, or even broken dental work. “But I’m too old for braces,” you think to yourself. Not necessarily. Our dentist in West Hollywood has something that’s just as effective, without you ever having to wear metal brackets and wires. The Invisalign Advantage As a certified … [Read more...]

Denture Care To-Dos for a Fresh Smile

Denture Care To-Dos for a Fresh Smile

Whether you wear traditional or implant supported removable overdentures, you’re not off the hook when it comes to daily oral hygiene. Here are four things every denture wearer needs to know. Take Your Denture Out Nightly Excessive wear of your removable dental prosthesis can strain your jaw. In reality, the bone and the gums both need a rest, otherwise the bone anatomy can shrink (resorb) prematurely, causing a traditional denture to feel loose. Our dentist in West Hollywood advises all … [Read more...]

All-on-4™ Dental Implants Might be the Solution You Have Been Looking For

All-on-4™ dental implants in West Hollywood

If you need to replace all of your teeth at one time, our dentist in Arcadia has a great option to consider: All-on-4™ dental implants. What are All-on-4 Implants? Imagine a full mouth supported prosthesis that is a hybrid between a removable denture, extended bridge, and individual implants for every tooth. An All-on-4™ treatment uses as few as four implants to anchor a permanent, streamlined prosthesis that replaces all of the upper or lower teeth at one time. The “U” shaped … [Read more...]

Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings

Composite fillings in Arcadia

Silver fillings are a thing of the past, thanks to high quality white (composite) restorations that are safer and gentler on teeth. Composite fillings are made of glass ionomer and ceramic materials that come in a variety of different shades. So many, in fact, that no one except you and your dentist need to know that you’ve had dental work done. Aesthetically, white fillings are second to none. Our dentist in Arcadia uses quality composite materials that closely match the natural color … [Read more...]

What are the Signs That You Need a Root Canal?

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One of the most common things people say when our dentist in Arcadia recommends a root canal is, “But it doesn’t feel like anything is wrong with my tooth.” It’s true: sometimes a tooth with nerve damage will never hurt or exhibit symptoms. But the rest of the time, you should watch out for signs like these: Darkening of the Tooth Dying nerves mean that the tooth is no longer getting the circulation that it needs. As such, the enamel can start to become brittle and darker. It might look … [Read more...]

How Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

Do I Know if I Have a Cavity?

At OF Dental Care, we find that many people fear they have a cavity when they really don’t…and have cavities when they think everything is fine! What to Look For Not all cavities cause pain, sensitivity, or discomfort. However, there are a few common symptoms that you need to be on the lookout for, such as: Sensitivity to “sweet” foods, such as juice, soda, sugars, or sweetened tea/coffee. Pain when you’re biting down on a specific tooth. Feeling a rough or sharp area with your … [Read more...]

Options for Treating Dental Emergencies

Options for Treating Dental Emergencies

Our dentist in West Hollywood at OF Dental Care is always prepared for dental emergencies. When you’re caught off guard by a fall, athletic injury, or car accident…we’re ready to get you back on the mend. Many dental emergencies involve broken or knocked out teeth. When that’s the case, it’s important that you know what options are available. Emergency Extractions If you’re in severe pain or have a tooth that is no longer repairable (such as one that’s broken off) it’s usually in … [Read more...]

Invisalign vs. Veneers

Invisalign vs. Veneers

Are you considering what options you have to improve your smile’s appearance? If you’re tired of hiding your teeth in photos or are too embarrassed to go up and meet new people, a smile makeover with our highly experienced and revered dentist in Arcadia is a great place to start. Every smile makeover revolves around the teeth that people see first - the ones at the front of your smile. For the best-looking smile, should you straighten your teeth with clear braces like Invisalign, or just … [Read more...]

Tooth Decay Myths

Tooth Decay Myths

You wouldn’t believe some of the things our dentist has heard over the years. When it comes to caring for your smile, there is plenty of good advice — as well as bad — out there on the internet. Some are “old wives’ tales” while others are just plain myths. Speaking of myths, here are a few common ones that our dentist in West Hollywood wants you to look out for: “Re-growing” Tooth Enamel When You Have a Cavity Social media sites are flooded with tips on how to “heal” teeth with … [Read more...]