Dental Procedures in West Hills, CA – Medical Center Dental Care
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Cosmetic DentistryProtect your teeth and improve their appearance with cosmetic dental solutions. Our West Hills dental office specializes in dental veneers to restore and renew tooth surfaces.
Dental veneers are thin layers of restorative materials placed on the tooth surface. Compare them to a “false fingernail.” They add a beautiful covering to the tooth surface. Porcelain and composite elements are used to create your new, natural-looking smile.
Choose Composite or Porcelain VeneersComposite veneers are typically formed on-site during your dental appointment. Occasionally, a composite veneer is designed in a dental laboratory, delivered to our office, and bonded to the tooth at your appointment.
Porcelain veneers are unique. Each is designed and milled exclusively in one of our select dental labs before being delivered prior to your appointment.
Make-Over Potential “Hollywood” StyleVeneers provide a variety of cosmetic dental solutions to improve the color, shape and symmetry of your teeth.
- Restore a single tooth that’s fractured or discolored.
- Replace multiple teeth that are damaged or unattractive.
- Close small or large tooth gaps.
- Renew teeth that appear misaligned, aged, and crooked.
- Lengthen worn, shortened teeth.
- Solve gum recession issues.
Lumineers®Lumineers® are a type of dental veneer. If you qualify as a candidate for Lumineers®, they have certain advantages over traditional veneers. The main advantages of Lumineers® are that you do not require dental “shots” and your teeth are not drilled on. Lumineers® are ultra thin veneers that are placed on your existing teeth, and they are reversible.
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There are more options to improve your appearance if necessary.You can correct dental imperfections with:
- Dental crowns
- Composite resin bonding
- Cosmetic dental contouring
Non-permanent dental veneers are now availableEach are crafted from flexible resin, molded to your existing teeth and can be removed and reused.
Ask about our do-it-yourself home impression kit. Take your own impressions, send it to a designated lab and receive your veneer directly in the mail.
Dental CrownsTreat your damaged and decayed teeth. Dental crowns cover your teeth with a natural-looking cap.
Replace extensive damage to your teeth with a stronger alternative. Crowns strengthen the tooth structure better than a dental filling and can hold your dental bridge in place.
Cover and improve the appearance of misshapen or discolored teeth. Crowns are an appealing cosmetic alternative.
Understanding Dental CrownsMany crowns are prefabricated and custom-designed in a selected dental lab. Prefabricated crowns are made of plastic or stainless steel and provide a temporary restoration while your permanent crown is being customized for you.
Traditionally, metal, porcelain fused to metal (PFM), and ceramic materials are used in the design of our crowns. Metals used include gold alloy, alloys such as palladium, or a base-metal alloy (nickel or chromium).
All-metal or PFM crowns are sometimes indicated. In many cases, where space is limited, this type of crown is a better choice for your back teeth.
Ceramic crowns are an attractive crown option. Each is designed to look like your natural teeth.
Now you have the option of metal free cosmetic crowns.
- They provide a beautiful cosmetic appearance.
- They are more “friendly” to your gums.
- No “dark line” where your tooth and gum meet.
- Smile confidently without feeling self-conscious.
Crowns are an excellent investment in your oral health. Many can last 7 years or longer and some up to 40 years.
Preparing for Your CrownOften a crown requires advance treatment. Sometimes, endodontic or root canal therapy prepares the tooth and treats extensive decay, infection, or injury to the nerve of the tooth.
But not everyone who needs a crown requires a root canal.
A dental build-up is sometimes necessary. This treatment builds a supportive foundation for the crown.
Large areas of decay, damage, or missing natural tooth structure require build-up. Crowns that follow a root canal are prepped with a post-and-core foundation.
We will prep (shape the tooth to receive a crown) the tooth to make room for the crown. An impression will be taken. This process takes approximately five minutes and assures that the crown provides you a proper bite.
You will receive a temporary crown while your permanent one is being prepared at our selected lab. This protects your tooth and surrounding structure from damage and allows your new crown to seat precisely.
It’s important to understand that a temporary crown isn’t designed to be a permanent fix. You could experience further decay if the temporary remains in your mouth for an extended period.
We will remove the temporary crown at a second visit to our office. The permanent crown will then be tested on your tooth.
Once the crown in position and before it’s permanently seated, we will assure that you’re pleased with the color and how your teeth bite together. When you’re satisfied, your new permanent crown will be fixed in place.
What to Expect From Your New Crown
- A comfortable and natural fit. Some adjustment to hot/cold sensitivity will occur. Contact us if you experience any ongoing sensitivity when chewing or biting. This can usually be eliminated at our office.
- Ongoing maintenance if any chipping occurs. We will make necessary repairs in our office and replace your crown if necessary.
- Easy in-office or at-home care. If your crown is loose or falls out, contact our office. You can temporarily replace the crown with denture adhesive or temporary dental cement until you can visit our office.
Dental ImplantsReplace your missing tooth or teeth. A prosthetic dental implant supports oral restorations and is an attractive excellent alternative for missing teeth.
What Is an Implant?Typical implants consist of a titanium screw. This strong core replaces your tooth root for a lifetime of natural use.
How Do I Receive my Implant?Implants are applied surgically under general anesthesia, conscious oral sedation, nitrous oxide sedation, intravenous sedation or local anesthesia. Trained and certified clinicians, general dentists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, periodontists and endodontists can perform your implant surgery.
Your Implant ProcedureTreatment planning includes accurate placement diagnosis, radiography, CT scans, or 3-D imaging technology to map placement. A stent guides implant placement and positions it on the jaw bone surface.
At our state-of-the-art facility, Medical Center Dental Care, West Hills, we have a 3-Dimensional CT scanner in our office that allows us to diagnose and plan treatment for your case very efficiently. The amount of time for implant surgery depends on case difficulty and practitioner.
Healing time varies. Your gum tissue must be allowed to adapt and heal around the implant site.
Generally two to six months is required for thorough healing and adaptation to occur.
Implant success relies on precision, quality and quantity of available bone structure, and your oral hygiene.
Generally, dental implants have experienced a 90% success rate over a 30-year period. In fact, dental implants can actually be more cost efficient in the long-term. Sometimes, even if dental implants appear more costly initially, considering their success rate and longevity, they can be more cost effective than alternative restorative options.
Dental implants are an excellent choice for patients who are unsatisfied with their dentures. Many patients with complete dentures can experience up to 90% loss of their chewing efficiency making eating a meal challenging. The chewing effectiveness of a denture retained with dental implants, can be almost the same as your natural teeth.
With implant retained dentures, patients report they can comfortably eat foods like apples, steak, nuts and corn on the cob. For these patients dental implants have been a life changing experience.
Dental BridgesReplace missing teeth using your available tooth structure. A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is an effective treatment for restoring your smile and confidence.
Bridge types differ. Each is fabricated according to how it anchors to your adjacent teeth.
The crowned teeth that hold your dental bridge in place are called the abutment teeth. Pontics are the false tooth/teeth that fill the gap/gaps for your bridge treatment.
Your teeth pattern determines how your bridge is fabricated. Teeth on either side of the missing teeth are reduced in size to form a supportive abutment that holds your bridge securely in place.
The size, fit, alignment, and appearance of your bridge are designed to match your original teeth. Gold, porcelain fused to metal, or porcelain are used to create your new bridge.
Supportive (abutment) teeth are reduced in size depending on the materials used. And it's important to carefully clean and maintain your new bridge appliance.
Removable Partial DenturesReplace your missing teeth with an appealing and functional alternative to a fixed dental bridge. A removable partial denture (RPD) is the perfect solution if you lack supportive teeth or necessary financial resources.
Though a removable partial denture cannot stop bone loss around teeth ridges, it is easily removed and replaced. Expect lower appointment costs too for a removable partial denture versus a fixed bridge.