Common oral health problems, like tooth decay and gum disease, typically begin the same way for most patients. Both are caused by the excessive buildup of oral bacteria, or dental plaque and tartar, on your teeth and along your gum line. In each case, certain types of bacteria produce harmful substances that attack your teeth or gums. However, in the case of TMJ disorder, the cause of the condition, the specific nature of it, and the particular ways in which the jaw joints are compromised are not always the same for everyone. (more…)
Healthy, natural adult teeth can typically last for life with the right level of care and maintenance. Unfortunately, tooth loss remains a problem for a large number of adults, and it can become a significant concern for many different reasons. Today, we examine why tooth loss matters to your smile and oral health in the long run, and why it’s important to prevent it or address it as soon as possible if it occurs. (more…)
Being proactive about your oral health is a must for maintaining a life-long smile. This includes maintaining a regular schedule of brushing and flossing, in addition to attending your regularly scheduled examinations and cleanings. In the event you miss an appointment or two, the consequences could get exponentially worse, from developing cavities to even developing gum disease or worse. At Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, California, our practice affords us the capacity to treat a wide array of problems such as the ones mentioned above, and welcome our patients to come in for periodic deep cleanings, including scaling and root planing.
When you are tired during the day or having trouble paying attention, you typically assume you did not get enough sleep. But what if you did? What could be the cause of your exhaustion in that case? Usually, our minds do not jump to the conclusion that maybe it is a disorder related to oral health, such as that of sleep apnea, but something else that is disturbing our rest. Based on drowsiness alone, it can be difficult to tell what the cause is. Fortunately, Ivan Lapidus, DDS Inc in Los Angeles, California focuses on temporomandibular disorders and orofacial pain and can offer you important information regarding sleep apnea and the effects it can have on your day-to-day functioning.
Gum disease is one of the most common oral concerns for adults, though not everyone who has it knows it. Unfortunately, the longer it takes to identify and treat gum disease, the more harm it can cause to your gums and oral health by the time you do. Today, we take a look at what happens when you develop gum disease, including some of the symptoms that could warn you of it if you know what to look for and why it’s important to treat the condition as soon as possible. (more…)
If you lose even a single tooth, the potential impact to your smile’s appearance can be significant. In fact, this impact is what prompts many people to address the condition by replacing the lost tooth. However, some of the impacts of tooth loss aren’t visible at all at first, and many of them can have a greater impact on your oral health than just affecting your smile’s appearance. Today, we examine some of the more complicated impacts of losing teeth, and why it’s important to address the problem as soon as possible. (more…)
There are some dental concerns that are easy to identify, and because of this, they’re often successfully addressed before they have the chance to lead to any significant harm. However, that isn’t always the case, and sometimes, even easy-to-control conditions like tooth decay can become severe enough to impact more of your oral health than you realize. With TMJ disorder, however, the symptoms are rarely as obvious and clear as the signs of tooth decay or other common concerns. This is one of the most important things to remember about dealing with TMJ disorder and the discomfort that it can cause. (more…)
When treating most types of oral health concerns, one of the most important aspects of designing your treatment is keeping the extent of it as minimal as possible. For many conditions, this often means utilizing advanced technology and materials to create comfortable, minimally invasive treatment plans. Some of these plans can include the use of a custom-designed oral appliance, which can be crafted to accomplish a wide variety of highly specific treatment goals. Today, we examine a few conditions that you may be able to address with a custom-made oral appliance. (more…)
Over the years, patients who’ve experienced tooth loss to varying degrees have relied on different types of restorations to fully rebuild their smiles and once again enjoy the benefits of full, healthy smiles. Today, those benefits are more extensive than ever before, thanks largely to the use of highly advanced and biocompatible restorative materials and dental techniques. For example, many tooth loss patients can experience the most lifelike results by supporting their custom-designed restorations on an appropriate number of dental implant posts. Designed to replace lost teeth roots, dental implants can offer a higher quality of support for your replacement teeth, promoting a greater level of restoration for your smile and bite function. (more…)
In most cases, the most effective way to preserve your good oral health is to prevent the concerns that could threaten it. However, while common concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease, may be highly preventable, they can also form easier than you might expect, and before you realize it. If a concern does develop that could threaten your smile and oral health, then the most effective option for saving your smile will be to address it as soon as possible. Today, we examine what that looks like in the case of gum disease, and why treating its earliest stage (known as gingivitis) can be important to your long-term oral health. (more…)