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...]

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...]

Red Carpets. White Smiles.

Dental Implants in West Hollywood

Looking to turn heads with your smile? Our dentist in West Hollywood can help, thanks to the latest advancements in dental care. Brighten Your Natural Teeth If you love coffee, red wine, or smoke now and again, you could have a significant layer of stain coating your teeth. Even people with extremely clean teeth that schedule checkups every six months can suffer from tooth discoloration. You can easily whiten your smile to erase the stains that food, age, or even genetics have given to … [Read more...]

Benefits of White Composite Fillings and Bonding

White Composite Fillings

Have you been considering changing out your old metal fillings with crowns or porcelain veneers in West Hollywood? You may have another option and that is - white composite fillings and bonding. Unlike a crown or veneer, these tooth-colored restorations can restore the damaged structure of your tooth without covering the entire surface. Less drilling is needed, if it’s needed at all. This allows you to leave as much healthy tooth enamel as possible. In fact, some types of bonding treatments … [Read more...]

Is Dental Bonding Right for You?

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is an inexpensive method to conduct minor dental repairs. If a patient has a stained, chipped or broken tooth, bonding can improve the look and feel of the tooth without being as expensive as other remedial dental procedures. In addition, this procedure may be covered by insurance, making the total expense affordable for the patient. What Is Dental Bonding? A procedure of cosmetic dentistry, dental bonding involves using a compound material that is the same color as natural … [Read more...]

Why Regular Visits to the Dentist are Important

advantage of regualr dental checkup

Proper dental care is one part of the foundation for a healthy life. One of the key steps to maintaining good oral health and hygiene is schedule regular appointments with your dentist for a routine examination and cleaning. The problem is that many people will only perform their basic home care and put off going to the dentist until they have a problem. Regular checkups from your West Hollywood dentist will not only keep your teeth clean and healthy, but it can help you to avoid a range of … [Read more...]