Dentures can provide patients with a simple solution for replacing missing teeth.
There are so many ways to replace missing teeth that you may be a bit indecisive when it comes to choosing the right treatment for you. Fortunately, our Long Beach, CA, dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, understands the importance of choosing the ideal solution based on your lifestyle, health, and budget. If you are considering undergoing tooth-replacement treatment, here are the different types of dentures that can restore your smile:
Full dentures are used in cases when you need to replace all of your teeth. Sitting on top of the gums where they naturally suction to the tissue, these dentures can be placed on the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or both. In order to place full dentures our Long Beach, CA, dentist will need to take impressions of your mouth to get the exact measurements. These measurements will ensure that the dental lab creates dentures that fit just perfectly. This creation process can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks.
Partial dentures are used when a patient has some missing teeth but still has some healthy teeth remaining, as well. This oral prosthetic attaches to the healthy neighboring teeth to hold the false teeth in place. The false teeth are on a pink plastic base designed to look like gum tissue. Since partial dentures require healthy teeth to hold them in place, this type of dentures is removable. By wearing these dentures every day, you can prevent the rest of your teeth from shifting into the open gap in your smile.
We know that no one wants to be without teeth; however, if a tooth needs to be extracted, we will need to wait until the gums have fully healed before placing your custom dentures; however, immediate dentures can be placed the same day as your extraction so that you don’t have to be without teeth. It's important to note that immediate dentures are not a permanent solution, just a way for patients to have teeth while their mouth heals.
Dental implants can also be placed along the arches of the jawbone to hold dentures in place. Some patients find that their full dentures shift and move around when eating or speaking. To prevent this from happening and to make your dentures function and feel more like real teeth, our Long Beach, CA, restorative dentist can place implants into the jawbone to support your dentures.
Tooth loss can be overwhelming—let your dentist, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, make it easier. Here at our Long Beach office, we offer a wide range of tooth replacement options and we will be happy to talk to you about your options when you dial (562) 424-8537.
Rejuvenate your smile with cosmetic dentistry. Procedures are available for addressing a wide range of cosmetic concerns, such as repairing cracked or chipped teeth and brightening teeth that are dull or discolored. Our Long Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Joseph DuRoss can recommend the right procedures for addressing your cosmetic concerns.
Bonding is a procedure for repairing cracked or chipped areas of teeth. It can be used to cover cracks or fill in chipped areas. A tooth-colored resin material is applied to the problem area. The resin bonds with the tooth as it dries. Once dry, the resin blends in and looks like part of the natural tooth. Bonding can also be used to cover stains and discolorations or to close small gaps between teeth.
Composite fillings can rejuvenate your smile in several ways. Composite fillings can be used as a tooth restoration if you have a cavity, and they can be color-matched to your teeth so they blend right in. Composite fillings can also be used to to improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored, badly shaped, or poorly aligned. Your dentist in Long Beach can help you decide if composite fillings are the right choice for you.
You can completely transform your smile by concealing imperfections with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are paper-thin covers placed over the front surface of teeth to create a flawless new look. Since porcelain closely resembles tooth enamel, veneers look completely natural once they are placed on the teeth. Porcelain veneers can be used to cover chips, cracks, stains, and discolorations. They can also be used to improve the appearance of teeth that are oddly shaped, as well as to close small gaps between teeth.
If you are not completely happy with your smile, rejuvenate it with cosmetic dentistry. A dentist can recommend the right procedures to help you improve your smile. To schedule an appointment with Dr. DuRoss, your Long Beach, CA, dentist, call the office at (562) 424-8537.
Are there things that you wish you could change or improve about your smile? You aren't alone! From stains and discolorations to chips and gaps, feeling unhappy or insecure about how your teeth look is a common problem for both men and women of all backgrounds. Fortunately, Dr. Joseph DuRoss, your dentist in Long Beach, CA, offers porcelain veneers to help fix these aesthetic issues and more!
Upgrade Your Smile with Dental Veneers
Veneers are razor-thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the surfaces of teeth and molded to fit the unique size, shape, and color of your smile. The porcelain matches the texture and color of a natural tooth, so the results are both discreet and aesthetically attractive.
Veneers are a good option to correct a number of common cosmetic issues to the front teeth, including:
- Deep stains and discolorations that originate at the dentin layer but can't be removed with surface whitening treatments
- Small to moderate chips and cracks
- Gaps and spacing
- Uneven or misshaped teeth
- Strengthen a fractured or weak tooth
A thin layer of the tooth's enamel usually has to be removed to make room for the veneer. Most veneers last a very long time with good oral hygiene and proper follow-up care. Whether you'd like to fix one or two damaged teeth or makeover your entire smile, veneers are a fast and effective option for common dental imperfections.
Call our Long Beach Office Today!
For more information about dental veneers and other cosmetic dentistry options, contact our Long Beach office today at (562) 424-8537 to schedule an appointment with Dr. DuRoss.
Periodontal disease can develop when the gums become infected by lingering bacteria in the mouth. Some signs of infection include tender, swollen, or red gums. It is important to see a dentist for treatment if you develop any signs associated with periodontal disease. A dentist can begin periodontal therapy to stop the spread of infection and restore the health of your gums. Dr. Joseph DuRoss is your dentist in Long Beach, CA, for the treatment of periodontal disease.
Cause of Periodontal Disease
The chewing surfaces of the teeth contain numerous tiny pits, grooves, and crevices. Food debris and bacteria can become easily trapped in these spaces. Trapped bacteria left lingering on teeth can result in the formation of plaque and tartar buildup, as well as the development of gingivitis. Left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is best prevented by developing and maintaining good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice daily, limiting sugar consumption, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams.
Signs of Periodontal Disease
There are several signs that you may have periodontal disease. Individuals who develop any of the signs should see their Long Beach, CA, dentist for treatment. The dentist can take measures to restore the health of your gums. Signs of periodontal disease include:
- Gums that are swollen, tender, or red
- Gums that are sensitive and bleed easily
- Gums that are beginning to recede
- Severe toothaches
- Chronic bad breath
Periodontal therapy includes several methods for stopping the spread of infection and restoring gum health. Some common methods for treating periodontal disease include:
- Scaling and root planing
- Gum grafting
- Periodontal plastic surgery
Gum grafting is a technique used to replace lost gum tissue worn away by periodontal disease. Replacing gum tissue provides support for exposed teeth. Scaling and root planing are techniques for thoroughly cleaning teeth below the gum line. Cleaning the teeth down to the root creates a healthy surface so the gums can reattach as they heal from infection. Periodontal plastic surgery is used to reshape gum tissue for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
There are several signs that you may have periodontal disease, such as receding or sensitive gums that bleed easily. For the treatment of periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. DuRoss, your dentist in Long Beach, CA, by calling the office at (562) 424-8537.
There are several restorative procedures that can help rejuvenate and strengthen your smile, but dental implants are the best. If you're interested in a natural-felling and stable tooth replacement, Dr. Joseph DuRoss can provide you with dental implants from his Long Beach, CA, office.
Dental implants are one of many restorative procedures, like dentures and bridges, and consist of several parts:
- A titanium post inserted into the jawbone
- A screw that secures an abutment
- A crown matching the rest of your teeth
They have several advantages, including restoring full biting and chewing function, lasting a lifetime, and filling gaps to give you a wider, fuller smile. They mimic the look and feel of natural teeth, are biocompatible, and have a 95 percent success rate.
Your Long Beach dentist surgically inserts a titanium post into your jaws to replace your missing tooth root. This piece provides stability and strength while preventing any weakening or shrinkage of the jawbone. After inserting the titanium post, the dentist seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration to occur. Following this period, your dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw and secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
You need to take proper care of your dental implants. Some preventative measures include brushing your teeth for at least two minutes twice a day while holding the brush at a 40-degree angle, daily flossing as well as avoiding tobacco and drinking too much coffee and/or tea.
Professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months to remove hardened plaque are also essential.
Give Us a Call!
If you have more questions or concerns about dental implants, call Dr. DuRoss's Long Beach office at (562) 424-8537.
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