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...]

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...]

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...]