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Tooth-Colored Fillings

December 17, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Westside Dental Associates @ 6:59 pm

Dental caries, popularly known as tooth decay, is the destruction of tooth structure as a result of bacterial activity in the mouth. The specific microorganism involved in the process of decay is called Streptococcus mutans. This bacterium has the ability to generate acid that dissolves tooth enamel. The acid is produced via metabolism of sugar from diet. The main symptom of tooth decay is nothing, no pain.   If left untreated, the decay gets bigger and bigger decay reaches the nerve or pulp.  This creates an infection which requires a root canal or possibly an extraction.

ANALYSIS

It is extremely important for a tooth to be restored once there is apparent decay. Tooth restorations can be made from either metal or tooth-colored material. Metal fillings are made from amalgam. Amalgam restorations are the silver-colored fillings dentists traditionally used before the advent of modern tooth-colored fillings. Most dentists have stopped using amalgam restorations due to their unaesthetic appearance.

The other fillings are those made of tooth-colored materials. Tooth-colored fillings are bonded to the tooth structure so their hold on the tooth is much stronger than that of a silver filling. The combination of esthetics and bonding are some of the advantages that make tooth-colored fillings much more popular than silver-colored fillings.

CANDIDACY

Tooth-colored fillings are recommended for patients who have mild to moderate tooth damage. The damage can be from tooth decay or from trauma.

TREATMENT COMPARISON

Dental fillings are recommended if there is enough tooth structure left to support the filling material. However, if the decay is so extensive that the filling gets to be more than a third to a half of the width of the existing tooth, the tooth has to be considered for a crown or onlay. Crowns and onlays can reinforce a badly-broken down tooth much more effectively than a filling.

LIMITATIONS

The main limitation of a filling material is that it cannot fix an extensively-damaged tooth. Even if the damage is due to trauma instead of decay, a crown or onlay is still indicated if too much tooth structure has chipped off.

With regards to complications, a filling can sometimes cause the restored tooth to feel sensitive afterwards. Sensitivity to hot or cold is usually short-lived with the involved tooth returning to normal within days. Also, if the patient does not take care of the restored tooth properly, it can develop recurrent decay around the edges of the filling.

RECOVERY

Placement of any kind of dental filling requires no downtime at all. Some sensitivity may be experienced but it is nothing that can hinder the patient’s normal activities. Patients can go back to their daily routine right after the treatment. Some dentists would advise not to eat or drink anything for an hour.

MAINTENANCE

Tooth-colored fillings might get a little bit darker over time. The change in color will occur faster if the patient consumes coffee, tea, or any other dark-colored foods on a regular basis.

Whitening will have very little effect on the restoration. It cannot whiten a stained restoration and it cannot be done to match the color of whitened teeth. If the patient plans to undergo teeth whitening, he or she will need to have the whitening done first. Otherwise, there is a chance that the tooth-colored filling will appear darker than the natural teeth and need to be replaced.

FINAL THOUGHTS

How long a tooth-colored filling lasts depends on the size of the restoration. For most people, the results last 10 years.  In some cases, the filling may last for up to 20 years or longer. The most common reason for replacing a restoration is the presence of decay around it. Patients should consult with an experienced dentist.

Written by Cosmetic Town Editorial Team- AA

Based on an exclusive interview with Les Latner, DDS in Los Angeles, CA

– See more at: http://www.cosmetictown.com/doctor/Les_Latner

We’ve Got One Secret For Fighting Tooth Decay

December 15, 2015

dentist los angeles caAs your dentist in Los Angeles CA, I want your teeth to be as healthy as they are beautiful. That’s why I’m happy to have this blog to share important, up-to-date information about your oral health. And today, I’ve got one big tip for fighting tooth decay: vitamin D. Keep reading to learn why, and how you can incorporate more into your diet.

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The Hidden Messages Behind Your Teeth: An Infographic

December 11, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — Westside Dental Associates @ 3:32 pm

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Top Four Reasons You Need Los Angeles Invisalign

December 8, 2015

los angeles invisalignIf you’re dealing with the damaging, stressful effects of imperfect teeth, the last thing you want to do is mar your smile even further with noticeable metal braces. Thankfully, there’s a better option for busy adults and teens: you can choose Los Angeles Invisalign at the office of Dr. Les Latner. They’re clear plastic aligners that straighten teeth invisibly, and — well, keep reading for the top four reasons you need Invisalign in 2016!

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Porcelain Veneers: The Faster Way to Straight Teeth

December 4, 2015

porcelain veneers los angelesDoes the appearance of your teeth stress you out more than this year’s holiday shopping? Have you always wanted to flash that confident smile all your peers seem to enjoy? Well, your friends weren’t blessed with extra-good genes. In fact, I’ll let you in on their secret — porcelain veneers in Los Angeles. Veneers are dramatic smile enhancers that can transform a smile in just two visits to Westside Dental Associates. Keep reading to learn more today!

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Westside Dental: Your Los Angeles Pediatric Dentist

November 23, 2015

los angeles pediatric dentistsYou want the absolute best for your children, and that certainly includes their dental care. Dr. Les Latner at Westside Dental Associates is the Los Angeles pediatric dentist so many already trust with the smiles of their little ones. He understands that children need special dental care, and that a calming, compassionate presence can help them set aside their fear of the dentist. And what’s better? With a wide range of dental services, he’s the dentist you can trust for your whole family. Keep reading to learn more about your family dentist in Los Angeles today.

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West Los Angeles Cosmetic Dentist Creates Flawless Smiles

November 17, 2015

west los angeles cosmetic dentistI want you to do something for me right now: look in the mirror and smile.

What grade would you give your teeth? A perfect 10? A more modest 8? If it’s anything less than that, we want you to know something. You deserve better. As your West Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, Dr. Les Latner truly believes everyone should have a flawless smile. Having beautiful teeth is good for your health, confidence and self-esteem — and that’s why the doctor loves providing excellence in cosmetic dentistry for all of Los Angeles. Read on to learn how Dr. Latner is exceptionally qualified to transform your smile — because you deserve teeth you feel great about.

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Cosmetic Dentist Los Angeles: Benefits of Dental Implants

November 11, 2015

Cosmetic Dentist Los AngelesIf you’ve got missing teeth, it doesn’t matter if they’re in the very back or right in the front — I know those gaps in your smile causing you a lot of stress. Whether you’re missing one or several teeth, you’re likely dealing with difficulty eating and speaking, not to mention lower self-confidence in the smile department. Did you know that dental implants can completely transform an incomplete smile? Or that they’re by far the best replacement solution available? Learn more from Dr. Les Latner, your cosmetic dentist in Los Angeles today.

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Dentist in Los Angeles Discusses Your Teeth & Fluorosis

November 5, 2015

dentist los angelesFluoride is a vital component for tooth health. The mineral prevents decay by strengthening tooth enamel, and it’s proven to be such a benefit for oral health that many US cities have added fluoride to their water supply. But sometimes, we can get too much of the mineral — and when children are overexposed to fluoride, it can lead to the cosmetic condition known as fluorosis. Your dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Les Latner, is in today with more about fluorosis, or the tooth stains caused by fluoride, its causes, treatment and prevention.

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Your Go-To Los Angeles Dentist for Root Canal Therapy

October 13, 2015

Historic root canal therapy not quite what you should expect from your los angeles dentistIn ancient civilizations, people believed that root canal infections were caused by a worm that lived within a tooth, and that killing the worm healed the tooth. When this belief was debunked, historical documents indicate people believed these infections were caused by poorly aligned humors (blood, phlegm, black and yellow bile), and the method for curing root canal infection was extraction and bloodletting. Ironically, both infection removal and tooth extraction are still used to treat root canal infections today. The difference is that modern dental practitioners understand the cause of root canal infection, and can better treat the problem and remove the associated discomfort. At Westside Dental Associates, Dr. Les Latner and his skilled dentistry team help patients relieve the pain of root canal infection, and keep their smiles happy and healthy.
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