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 cavities, or … [Read more...]

Restoration Choices: Fillings, Crowns, and More!

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 can … [Read more...]

Symptoms of Gum Disease

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

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?

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 tooth … [Read more...]

Do I Need a Crown?

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

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.

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 you. We … [Read more...]

Custom Arcadia Dentures and Partials

Do you need to replace several (or all) of your teeth at one time? At OF Dental Care, our dentist offers convenient full and partial dentures that are made to meet your precise needs. What’s the Difference in a Full and Partial Denture? If you’re missing all of your teeth or need to have them pulled, a full denture replaces everything at one time. Sometimes dentures are called “plates,” and they cover the entire roof of your mouth due to the size of the prosthesis. They can also be made to … [Read more...]

Choosing the Best Tooth Whitening System

Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest ways to boost your confidence and enhance your smile. At OF Dental Care, we offer two types of teeth whitening solutions from which you decide which one is best for your needs. Same Day Bleaching For fast results or an unexpected big event (such as a job interview) that leaves you short on time, you may want to consider the same day whitening treatment such as ZOOM! Whitening, which removes multiple shades of discoloration in about an hour. … [Read more...]

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