It goes without saying that everyone wants a youthful and jubilant smile, as it is often a clear indication of one’s confidence and happiness. While some patients are fortunate to begin preventive care at a young age, others do not always receive that benefit. What’s more? It is important to recognize just how many factors influence your grin, including some of the foods and beverages you consume. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA dentist would like to provide important information to know about some of your holiday favorite treats, as well as how they influence tooth decay and infection.
Not everything about dental care has to be high tech. Manual toothbrushes and dental floss have been around for a long time, and they can be excellent tools for taking good care of your smile. A landline is useful: you can call us to make an appointment for preventive care every six months. But technology makes some great contributions to the way we care for your smile. When you come for your checkups, the advanced dental technology in our North Hollywood, CA office can do some surprising things. (more…)
While good dental hygiene and preventive dental cleanings can help you prevent most of the concerns that might impact your smile, not every concern is the result of oral bacteria buildup. For example, if you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from bruxism, then the uncontrolled grinding of your teeth against each other could be the biggest threat to your oral health. Today, we examine what uncontrolled teeth-grinding can lead to, and why it’s important to treat bruxism with a custom-designed oral appliance as soon as possible to avoid further complications.
What causes you to grind your teeth?
Grinding your teeth and having bruxism aren’t always the same thing. Sometimes, your teeth may clench or grind together in moments of heightened stress, when you feel pain, or as a nervous habit. The reason will determine the frequency, but when you have bruxism, the grinding of your teeth occurs much more frequently than you realize. The condition known as bruxism describes teeth-grinding that’s a result of one or more specific underlying issues. For instance, your bite may be misaligned, and as a result, your bite has developed the tendency to grind your teeth as it tries to get comfortable.
The damage your teeth experience
When you have bruxism, you might be able to consciously stop grinding your teeth whenever you notice that you’re doing it. However, the problem is that you won’t always notice it, and for many people, it will occur more often at night, while they’re sleeping. Because of this, one of the first and most prominent consequences of bruxism is the damage that it causes to your teeth’s structures. This will occur most notably on your teeth’s chewing surfaces, which can wear down under the continued friction of grinding together. It can also lead to more significant damage, including fractures or breaks in one or more teeth, if you don’t address your bruxism promptly.
The harm it does to your jaw joints
When you grind your teeth in your sleep, you have no control over the amount of pressure that your jaw joints and muscles generate as they force your teeth against each other. This means they can grind together with the full force of your bite, and the repetition of your teeth-grinding can wear down or damage your jaw joints (known as TMJs) before long. The development of TMJ disorder is often related to bruxism because of this pressure, and for some patients, treatment may require addressing both bruxism and the resulting jaw dysfunction.
Learn how to stop grinding your teeth
Uncontrolled teeth-grinding is a characteristic symptom of bruxism, and it can become a significant threat to several different aspects of your oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
The idea behind preserving your healthy, natural smile is usually a simple concept. If you brush your teeth twice and floss at least once, you can prevent excessive plaque buildup and the formation of tartar. If you visit your dentist regularly, you can consistently remove tartar that does calcify before it causes problems. However, not everyone’s dental health is the same, and your smile might face certain challenges that require more diligent attention and care to address. Today, we explain what it could mean to take good care of your smile, and why it’s important to take the state of your oral health seriously at all times.
Being proactive about preventive care
The oral bacteria that make up dental plaque are the most consistent threat to your smile. All they need to accomplish their goals of damaging your tooth structure and/or infecting your gum tissues is for you to give them enough time. If you skip brushing and flossing your teeth or visiting your dentist for a checkup and cleaning, then you have a much higher chance of developing tooth decay, gum disease, or more. The best way to avoid this is to remain diligent and proactive about preventing the excess buildup of bacteria-rich plaque and tartar on your teeth and gums.
Taking care of problems that already exist
The sooner you take steps to be more proactive about preventive dental care, the better. If you haven’t developed a problem yet, then you have a good chance of preventing one by taking better care of your smile. However, if you do have decay in one or more of your teeth, or the start of gingivitis in a certain area of your gum tissues, then taking good care of your smile now means addressing the issue as soon as possible. Such concerns are progressive, and the same way they can develop when you don’t do enough to stop them, they can also grow increasingly worse the longer it takes for you to address them.
Sticking to a plan for managing chronic concerns
Some oral health problems are more concerning than others, and some require ongoing maintenance and care if they’re allowed to develop. For example, if you develop gum disease in a certain area of your gums, then treating it and stopping the disease’s progression may not make the problem go away completely. After repairing any damaged gum tissues, you may need to stick to an ongoing schedule of periodontal care and maintenance to prevent the condition from progressing any further.
Learn how to take better care of your smile
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to taking good care of your oral health, but with consistent care, you can do a better job of preserving your healthy smile for life. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
When your tooth develops an infection, or decay, in its main structure, the most appropriate treatment for it is often to clean out the cavity and fill it with biocompatible material. This can stop the infection from progressing while also restoring the tooth’s overall health and integrity. However, more severe cases of tooth decay involve the infection of more than just your tooth’s main structure. When the decay reaches the inner pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth, endodontic treatment may be the more appropriate solution for saving the tooth.
When endodontic (or root canal) treatment matters
Endodontic treatment is more commonly known as root canal treatment because it involves cleaning out and fortifying the root canal of your tooth, as well as the main pulp chamber. The process of clearing an infection from the inner structures of your tooth is more complex than a milder tooth filling procedure. Yet, the goal is the same – to remove all traces of infection from your tooth and restore it by replacing the lost tooth structure and protecting what remains. Out of necessity, however, root canal treatment is a much more involved process.
The threat of an internal infection in your tooth
When decay starts to erode your main tooth structure, or dentin, the discomfort in your tooth can become severe. This can prompt most patients to seek treatment for their tooth decay early, while a tooth filling is still a viable solution for addressing it. When tooth decay reaches the inner chambers of your tooth, it isn’t just the main tooth structure that’s affected by it. The tooth’s nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues are housed within this chamber, and they run through your tooth’s root canal to connect the pulp with your jawbone structure.
How prompt endodontic treatment saves your smile
Treating tooth decay as early as possible is the best way to avoid the more severe consequences of it, including the need for endodontic treatment. However, if your tooth does become internally infected, then seeking root canal treatment as soon as possible can be imperative to saving your tooth and avoiding its loss. In extreme cases, the decay can erode too much of your tooth structure to restore, and extracting the tooth can be a last resort in preventing the infection from impacting the rest of your oral health.
Learn about the importance of treating tooth infection
Endodontic treatment could be the key to saving your tooth, and oral health, from the consequence of a severe, internal tooth infection. To learn more about treating it early, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
Root canal treatment isn’t exactly a popular restorative dental treatment option, though it is more common than many patients might expect. That’s largely because the severe tooth decay that it’s meant to treat can affect nearly anyone, especially if they don’t treat tooth decay as early as possible. Today, we examine why it’s preferable to save a severely infected tooth with root canal therapy if it’s still possible, and what could happen if you wait too long to seek treatment.
Why your tooth needs root canal treatment
One of the reasons why patients may hesitate at the thought of root canal treatment is because the procedure can sometimes seem like an extensive one. Root canal treatment, which is also referred to as endodontic treatment, involves cleaning the structures and tissues inside of your tooth’s inner chamber and root canal. This is more involved than a more conservative tooth filling procedure, which is the typical solution for addressing less severe tooth decay and cavities. If root canal treatment is necessary, it means that your state of tooth decay has reached a critically severe level, and the risks to your oral health are significantly higher.
Why extracting the tooth isn’t the better option
There are several reasons why treating a tooth that’s in trouble as soon as possible is important. Not only does addressing the problem alleviate any discomfort associated with it, but it also helps prevent any more severe threats to your tooth and oral health. For example, if you lose the tooth to decay or need to have it extracted, you’ll then have to deal with the problem of having lost the tooth and what that could mean for the rest of your oral health long-term. In extreme cases, tooth extraction might be necessary, but when root canal treatment is recommended, it means you still have the chance to save and restore your remaining healthy, natural tooth structure.
What else root canal treatment can help you avoid
When you seek root canal treatment for an internally infected tooth, the benefits to the comfort and function of your tooth are almost immediate. Yet, saving your tooth also has several benefits to your oral health, your bite function, your smile’s appearance, and much more. Stopping the infection in your tooth from becoming more severe will help you avoid any significant complications that could result from the spread of the infection. Also, avoiding the loss or extraction of your tooth will help you avoid having to replace the tooth in the near future.
Learn how to save your tooth with root canal treatment
If your tooth can still be saved with root canal treatment, then it’s typically the better option compared to extracting the tooth or waiting until it’s lost on its own. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
When a tooth becomes chipped or cracked, treatment is crucial for preventing the onset of cavities, infection, or even the loss of the tooth. In today’s blog, your North Hollywood, CA, dentist talks about how we repair teeth and handle common dental emergencies. If you injure a tooth, remember that we offer repair in a clean and safe environment.
If you fear visiting the dentist, then you’re likely to avoid routine visits for checkups and cleanings, which can allow minor problems like plaque buildup to lead to serious decay or infection, among other oral health issues. Instead of risking the loss of your natural teeth, why not talk to your North Hollywood, CA, dentist? We want to help you manage your anxiety with calming dental sedation.
A dental infection may arise due to an untreated cavity, or perhaps as a result of an injury to one or more of your teeth. When a tooth does develop an infection, treatment from your Burbank, CA, dentist is crucial for avoiding serious complications, such as tooth loss. How does a root canal procedure save infected teeth?