Posts Tagged ‘tooth loss’

Cavities: Left Too Long

So what happens to cavities if you just leave them there? Well, cavities in their early stages cannot be felt by the person, but they can be spotted visually by the dentist. It’s a fairly uncomplicated fix at this point — a filling and regular cleanings to prevent further damage. But if the cavity has worn its way through to the dentin, the tooth is noticeably sensitive to heat, cold, or touch. At this point, a barrier must be laid over the damaged dentin, and then filling material to cover and seal the opening.¬†If a cavity is yet still left untreated, the tooth’s nerve and pulp become infected and immense pain is experienced. A full root canal is required to clean out and seal off the tooth, along with reconstruction and reinforcement to rebuild the tooth’s strength, and a crown to replace the tooth loss.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles


Recovering from the Annual Sugar Nightmare (a.k.a. Halloween)

Each year seems worse with the ever-increasing boatloads of candy the kids are bringing home? Not only do parents find the effect of sugar on their children’s energy/noise levels an annoyance, but also the fact that candy is terribly bad for their growth, development, and long-term health. The idea that sugar rots your teeth has been around for a long time, and it is true to a certain point; but keep in mind that tooth degeneration begins from inside the body. That means the health of your teeth is very much related to your overall health and quality of your diet.

So watch what you eat, because it comes back at you! There’s a reason behind every negative symptom you experience, from headaches to fatigue to cravings for more sweets. Limit your kids’ candy eating by keeping it a special treat to be eaten only after a healthy meal. Monitor the youngsters’ brushing routine more carefully to make sure they are cleaning the remnants out. They will thank you for their pearly whites later on!

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

TMJ and Cosmetic Dentistry

Are these two related at all? They are in some ways!

The biggest correlation between the two that comes to mind is TMJ ruining teeth or the alignment of teeth, therefore creating unsightly gaps, crookedness, chips, scratches, wearing, or even tooth loss. Cosmetic dentistry is to the rescue; but if these issues were caused by TMJ, they will continue as they have been and cosmetic repairs, such as implants or veneers, will be at risk for damage. TMJ may take a long time to treat, and it might be more practical to wait to “pretty up” until the root problems are solved.

However, if you have or think you have TMJ, always, always, always consult your dentist or a TMJ specialist before doing ANYTHING. It will save you great amounts of time, money, and hassle. Who knows? Maybe your case isn’t terribly severe and you can get that crooked tooth fixed faster than you anticipated! Yet if cosmetics are on hold because of undergoing surgery, the rewards of a beautiful, functionable smile are wonderful, even if you must wait a bit for the healing process to run its course.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles

Dental Implants

(Taken from my website):

“A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone and serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth. Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. Dental implants preserve the integrity of the facial structure and reduce the inconvenience associated with tooth loss.”

Implants are great if you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth. I am a member and graduate of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. Check out the website for abundantly more information about dental implants.

Dr. Sperbeck, West Los Angeles