29Sep

If you are living with dental damage or infection, our Santa Monica dentists are here to encourage you to contact your dentist for an assessment and to put together a treatment plan. The sooner that you are able to do this, the better your long-term dental prognosis will be. Waiting too long can ultimately lead to additional infections and increased damage.

Your smile can become damaged in a number of different ways. You may develop cracked or chipped enamel due to bruxism or injury. You may find that what was once an errant spot on your tooth has now become noticeable and uncomfortable.

No matter what your specific situation may be, modern comprehensive dentistry can help you reclaim a smile that is healthy and attractive.

Any restorative treatment that we provide is designed to be aesthetically pleasing as well. Dental crowns, for example, which are used to rebuild and repair teeth, are made out of custom-shaded porcelain to mimic dental enamel. Composite resin for dental bonding, likewise, is shaded to match your exact enamel shade.

If you have already lost teeth, dental implant technology can restore your smile with permanent replacement teeth that look and feel natural. Dental implants use small titanium posts or screws to replace the root of your missing tooth as well as the crown.

Your specific treatment plan will be customized to suit your aesthetic goals, treatment timeline, budget, and long-term oral health objectives. Every patient is different, which is why we encourage you to schedule a personal consultation with our Santa Monica dentists. Once we assess your smile, we can give you a better idea of what your treatment plan may look like. Give us a call to get started!

 

15Sep

Providing optimal oral health care begins with the foundation of your smile—your gum tissue. If your gum tissue is not strong and healthy, your entire smile will suffer as a result. Today, our Santa Monica dentists are sharing some information about oral health problems related to gum disease, and what you can do to protect your smile.

What causes gum disease?

The short answer is—oral bacteria. The same harmful bacteria infect teeth and cause cavities, can also infect your oral tissues and cause gum disease. Bacteria actually feed on sugars and refined carbohydrates, so every time that you indulge in sweet goodies you are giving bacteria a boost.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum infections can develop asymptomatically in their earliest stages. However, as time goes on you will likely notice a few unwanted symptoms including:

  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding tissue
  • Tender gums
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Gum tissue that pulls away from your teeth (forming gaps that are called periodontal pockets)
  • Teeth that feel loose or teeth that shift along your gum line

The key is to pay attention to any changes that you notice with your oral health. If your gums look redder than usual, or if you know you are experiencing increased gum sensitivity, you should reach out to your dental team for an oral health assessment. If left untreated, gum disease will become more severe periodontal disease. The infection may even spread to your jawbone and the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place.

How can I treat gum disease?

Our team will recommend treatments depending on the current state of your smile and the severity of oral infection. You may benefit from:

  • Treatment that removes diseased tissue
  • Upgrades to your at-home oral hygiene routine (specific toothpastes, mouth rinses, or tools)
  • Frequent professional cleanings to clear away plaque and tartar
  • Gum grafts to rebuild lost tissue

The first step in the treatment process is to complete a consultation with our Santa Monica gum disease dentists. We are here to help you!

01Sep

With all of the information, and frankly misinformation, available on the internet, it can be hard to know which tips and tricks are useful, and which are misleading. That is why our Santa Monica dentists are here to debunk some common myths about dentistry and oral health. We have found that when our patients are armed with accurate, up-to-date information, they are better able to care for their smiles effectively!

Myth 1: Gum bleeding is unavoidable

If you notice that your gum tissue is bleeding when you brush, floss, or eat abrasive things, you want to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you. Bleeding gum tissue often indicates that your gums are infected with oral bacteria. The good news is that these types of infections are usually easily treatable in their earliest stages. So, there is no need to panic! But, you definitely want to talk to your dental team about steps you can take to strengthen your gum tissue and kill bacteria.

Myth 2: Sugar causes cavities

In the strictest sense, it is untrue that cavities are caused by sugary treats. Cavities, as well as gum disease, are actually caused by harmful oral bacteria. However, these bacteria need fuel to flourish, and, you guessed it, they use sugars and refined carbohydrates as fuel. When you are consuming a lot of sugar, you are essentially turning your mouth into an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and spread.

However, it is also important to know that acidic substances can likewise ramp-up bacteria production. You don’t want to only focus on minimizing sugar consumption, at the risk of ignoring equally important oral health threats.

If you are ready to learn more about caring for your smile, our Santa Monica dentists are here to help. Give us a call to schedule a consultation—we look forward to speaking with you!