IT’S IMPORTANT TO VISIT YOUR DENTIST IN TORRANCE

Having to visit your dentist in Torrance every six months isn’t the appointment you look forward to, we get that. The only thing worse than having to go to the dentist is driving to work on Monday morning, in the rain, when you have to give a presentation at 10:00 a.m.

Even though you don’t look forward to it, it is important that you keep that six-month checkup, it is for your own good. Skipping out on your checkup because of anxiety, cost or any other factor puts you at risk. You can wind up paying much more for a treatment that could have been avoided by simply seeing your dentist in Torrance every six months.

The James W. Mellert dental office offers a myriad of treatments and services for our patients. But one of the most helpful treatments in general dentistry is professional teeth cleaning. Before any other treatments are suggested, teeth cleaning should be done.

Teeth Cleaning

Teeth Cleaning

As carefully and regularly you may brush your teeth, you can never do as thorough a job as your dentist. Even daily flossing cannot always remove the hardened tartar that builds up below the gumline. You might have strong and clean teeth, but you are still at risk for gingivitis.

Not only do we provide thorough teeth cleanings, we are also the eyes that detect early signs of other problems. For example, the ability to detect and treat periodontal disease during the early stages is critical to your overall health and the longevity of your teeth.

Don’t put off something that can potentially save you both time and money. Call and schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning today.

Dental X Rays

Dental X-Rays

Our dentists want to provide the best possible dental care to our patients. A visual examination is a good start, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Thanks to dental x-rays, we can accurately diagnose and treat dental problems in their early stages, before they become serious, painful and expensive. After reviewing your x-rays, rest assured we have seen the whole picture.

X-rays are used to check for cavities and evaluate the extent of decay. And because x-rays show the whole tooth, including the root, the presence of cysts and other masses can be seen and diagnosed. The presence of bone loss due to periodontal disease can be seen through x-rays as well.

Fillings

Fillings

You brush and floss every day and try to avoid sugary snacks between meals, but sometimes you just can’t avoid tooth decay. It happens to the best of us. According to the National Institutes of Health, tooth decay is the number one chronic disease in children and adults in America. If you reach age 17 and have never had a cavity, you should be very proud of yourself. By this age, just 22 percent of the population has never had a cavity.

Dentists have been treating cavities the same way for a very long time. Dental fillings are a time-tested and effective way to keep tooth decay from causing further damage. Fillings seal up the small hole caused by tooth decay. If left untreated, the decay won’t go away. In fact, it will spread deeper into the tooth and reach nerve tissue. The result is then tooth pain, infection and even the loss of the tooth.

As you can see, it is far better to stop decay now with this simple procedure.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

Everybody wants to keep their teeth for a lifetime, but sometimes circumstances arise that prompt your dentist to recommend removing a tooth for the greater good of your overall dental health.

Teeth are usually removed due to disease, trauma or overcrowding. When a tooth cannot be repaired with a crown or a filling because of extensive decay or due to an accident, an extraction may be the best recourse.

When you have an extraction, it is natural that you will notice some changes in your mouth. It is important that you talk with your dentist if you have questions or concerns.

L-PRF™- L-PRF™ is basically a bandage that is created by your own blood. It is placed on the surgery site to promote healing. Blood is collected in a tube, just like when you donate or when it’s needed for testing, and your dentist uses an Intraspin™ system to separate and concentrate important cells and active proteins. A bio-active clot of your blood is then created and used after you have had a procedure, like a tooth extraction for example. 

When the clot is placed on the surgery location, it releases your body’s own healing proteins and creates a more efficient healing process. Learn more right here

Crowns

Crowns

When you look at the multitude of dental treatments that are routinely done, there are few procedures that have stood the test of time as impressively as dental crowns.

Dental crowns are coverings made from metal or ceramic that protect broken or decayed teeth. Sometimes a filling just isn’t enough to repair a tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown instead. A dental crown can also help bite issues, control fractures and correct alignment.

The beauty about crowns is that they leave you in control of how your smile looks. You can choose a tooth-colored ceramic crown and be discreet or you can be obvious and choose a gold or silver metallic crown.

Small cracks in your teeth can progress into larger ones. These become more painful over time. Sometimes, even after fillings or root canals, the tooth still isn’t properly protected. Leaving it be, a weakened tooth could break. A dental crown gives the damaged tooth the reinforcement it needs to stay strong while you eat.

Gum Disease

Gum Disease Treatment

Periodontal (gum) disease is a common condition that will affect almost half of all Americans over the age of 30. Gum disease is a bacterial infection caused by the accumulation of plaque on your teeth. It is critical that you get this treated right away to prevent it from getting worse.

Your gums are made of soft tissue that forms a tight seal around your teeth. Your gums support the bone and protect your teeth from bacteria. Poor oral hygiene can lead to the formation of plaque on tooth surfaces. This plaque is removed when you have your teeth cleaned at our dental office. But if you neglect these cleanings, plaque can turn into gingivitis which in turn leads to gum disease that can slowly destroy the bones and gums around your teeth.

The effects of gum disease range from mild redness and swelling of the gums to the complete destruction of the tooth’s bony support structure which leads to tooth loss.

It has also been found that people with periodontal disease to be at a higher risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease respiratory disease and complications with pregnancy. It is important that you do your best to reduce your risk of gum disease.

Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants

Practicing good dental care is an excellent way to prevent cavities and protect your teeth. But no matter how well you care for your teeth, you can’t possibly reach every nook and cranny around your teeth with a toothbrush and floss. There must be a way to better protect your teeth from bacteria.

A dental sealant is a clear, thin coating that is applied to teeth. The coating covers each tooth and seeps into the grooves to help protect against cavities.

For school-aged children with permanent teeth, sealants have been found to reduce the cavities in their back teeth by as much as 80 percent in the first two years. And dental sealants continue to protect their teeth for up to five to ten years.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by a missing tooth or missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns on either side of the gap with a false tooth in between.

All of your teeth play an important role in chewing, speaking and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. A tooth loss doesn’t always occur as you age, but if it does, they should be replaced for proper function of your mouth.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

Dental implants are metal posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once the implants are in place, your dentist in Torrance will mount replacement teeth onto them.

Because implants infuse to your jawbone, they are super stable and make an excellent support for artificial teeth. They feel more natural than conventional bridges and dentures and are more comfortable as well.

Some people suffer sore spots, poor ridges and gagging with ordinary bridges and dentures. Ordinary bridges must also be attached to teeth on either side of the missing tooth, which can cause problems. Implants don’t need the support of other teeth.

The natural erosion of bone begins as soon as a tooth is lost. If nothing is done, you could suffer the loss of other teeth and a sunken look in facial features. Dental implants can help prevent bone loss in the jaw. Dental implants integrate with the bone, providing the stimulus needed to keep the jawbone from deteriorating. This helps you maintain a youthful facial structure that not only boosts confidence, but leads to better overall oral health as well.

There is also the longevity of implants that need to be taken into consideration. When properly cared for, patients can expect dental implants to last a lifetime. This makes them a great investment for long-term tooth replacement.

In addition to the common advantages of dental implants including comfort, longevity and functionality, dental implants don’t need special adhesives or cleaners. Unlike dentures, dental implants don’t need to be glued into place every morning.

To better understand all of the advantages of dental implants, contact James W. Mellert today.

Gum Grafts

Gum Grafts

If you have recently been told by your dentist in Torrance that you are in need of a gum graft, don’t freak out. Gum surgery sounds pretty bad, but it sounds much worse than it really is.

A gum graft may be needed to protect your teeth from the damaging effects of receding gums. You might also choose to have a gum graft to improve your smile.

Gum recession is when the tissue that surrounds the teeth pulls away and exposes more of the tooth. This can lead to damage to the supporting bone. It affects as much as 12 percent of the population and often goes unnoticed until it gets rather severe.

It is such a gradual process that you might not know it is happening. As the gums recede, you might start to notice tooth sensitivity, especially while eating or drinking hot and cold food and beverages. If your receding gums aren’t treated, it can lead to tooth loss.

There is a variety of gum grafts available and the type of surgery you need depends on the extent and severity of your individual needs.

In a gum graft, tissue will be removed from the roof of your mouth or from nearby healthy gum tissue and attached where your gums have worn away.

Sticking to your regular dental visits is the best way to properly monitor your oral health and look after your gums. It’s not a bad idea to take a look at your own gums from time to time to see how they look, but the ultimate goal is not to self-diagnose but rather look for signs that you should see your dentist.

Keep in mind that it is common to experience bleeding gums after brushing or flossing and to suffer a little tooth sensitivity after consuming hot and cold drinks and food. But they are also red flags for gum disease.

If you want more information concerning gum grafts, contact James W. Mellert.

Dental Cone Beam CT

Dental Cone Beam CT is a special type of x-ray equipment that can be used when regular dental x-rays are simply not sufficient. Your dentist might utilize this technology to produce a 3-D image of your teeth, nerve pathways or soft tissue.

The procedure is much like a regular x-ray and requires no special preparation. 

Cone Beam technology is becoming increasingly important in the treatment planning and diagnosis in implant dentistry. In fact, CBCT scanners are finding many uses in dentistry. 

The CBCT scanner rotates around the patient’s head and obtains nearly 600 distinct images. The scanning software collects the data and reconstructs it into a three-dimensional image. 

Dental X Rays

Digital X-Rays

It is impossible to think about the practice of dentistry without x-rays. X-ray pictures allow dentists to diagnose and treat problems that are not visible to the naked eye. This includes gum disease, early stages of tooth decay, abnormal growths and abscesses.  

There is no question at all that this tool has prevented countless people from suffering and saved an enormous number of teeth. Now, digital x-rays have made the technology even safer and far more beneficial.

Digital x-ray technology uses a small sensor that is placed on the mouth of the patient to capture an image. This image can be instantly called up on a computer screen. Digital x-rays host a lot of advantages over traditional x-ray film. For example, they cut the amount of radiation exposure by as much as 90 percent.

In addition to minimizing radiation exposure, digital x-rays require no chemical processing, offer a clearer picture and they are easy to share and store. 

For more information, contact James W. Mellert.