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...]

Restoration Choices: Fillings, Crowns, and More!

Dentist in Arcadia

Do you need to have a tooth repaired? Our dentist in Arcadia offers a variety of different restorative options to best fit your needs and priorities. In most situations, they fall into three different categories: fillings, crowns, or inlays and onlays. How do you know which one is right for you? White Fillings The best way to treat tooth decay is to prevent it. But when that can’t be done, you want to treat it early, before it spreads deeper into your tooth. With a small white filling, we … [Read more...]

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Dentist in West Hollywood

Gum disease (periodontitis or periodontal disease) is the primary cause of adult tooth loss. It’s also a strain to your immune system, making you more at risk for problems like stroke, heart disease, or even infertility. How do you know if you have gum disease? Here are signs to watch for: Gums that bleed easily Bleeding isn’t normal or healthy, especially if it’s your gums; it’s a sign of infection. Brush your gums gently twice a day and floss daily, and you should see an … [Read more...]

5 Signs You Need a Root Canal

Root Canal Treatment

There’s something feeling a bit “off” about your tooth, and you’re not quite sure if a filling is all that’s needed to fix it. When you fear the worst, it’s best to see your dentist. A root canal can help save your tooth from the inside out, that way you don’t need to have it pulled. When is a Root Canal Necessary? Here are 5 examples: There’s an abscess along the gumlines A bacterial infection inside of your tooth will drain out the tip of the root, causing a “pimple” along the … [Read more...]

When Should I Have an Inlay or Onlay?

West Hollywood Inlays & Onlays

If you’ve been told that you need a dental crown, we may have another option for you to choose from: inlays and onlays. Compared to fillings and crowns, inlays and onlays offer a mid-level restorative solution to teeth that need more extensive repair, yet are still structurally capable of withstanding most biting forces. A Minimally Invasive Alternative to Crowns Where a crown covers your entire tooth surface above the gumline, inlays and onlays only cover or fill 2/3 to 3/4 of the … [Read more...]

Do I Need a Crown?

West Hollywood Porcelain crowns

Crowns are sometimes referred to as “caps,” as they cover your entire tooth like a miniature helmet up to the gumlines. Their design is to protect your tooth against the everyday wear and tear of food, bacteria, and pressures placed against them. A crown will help extend the lifespan of teeth affected by: Large cavities Old, failing fillings Root canal therapy Hypersensitivity Cracks or fractures Irregular anatomy Why Can’t I Just Fill the Tooth? A filling is similar to a patch, … [Read more...]

4 Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental Implants in West Hollywood

Missing teeth can wreak havoc on your smile, especially when you’re trying to look your best. Even if your problem area is hidden somewhere toward the back of your mouth, an open space can trigger other teeth to start shifting out of place. Fortunately, dental implants can help! Here are 4 reasons why: Implants look and feel like real teeth. There is no other type of tooth replacement that functions as a stand-alone tooth. With implants, artificial root that supports a fixed … [Read more...]