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How Do Medications Affect Dental Health?

Your dental health, like your physical health, is of great importance; however, some medications that may be prescribed by a medical physician can lead to negative effects on the teeth. As a result, I often treat patients who wish to restore their smile to a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. When visiting my Beverly Hills practice, I am sure to inquire about any and all medications that are being taken in order to recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.

Some of the most common side effects of certain medications include dry mouth, abnormal overgrowth of gum tissue, and enamel staining. As a result of an overly dry mouth, the pH is decreased in the mouth, which can increase the plaque formation and the risk of tooth decay. Abnormal gingival growth can be caused by several calcium channel blockers, a class of medications very commonly used in treating hypertension. Some anti-seizure medications can also cause this side effect. A component of tetracycline can cause enamel stains. In order to treat/prevent these negative features, patients should drink plenty of water throughout the day and maintain dental check-ups every three or four months. Staining can be reversed with whitening treatments, porcelain veneers, or crowns.

If you would like to learn more regarding your options in dental care, you may visit my website for further information. I look forward to helping you attain a more beautiful smile.

Dental Emergency Beverly Hills

Dental Emergency

There are several factors that can cause a dental emergency – trauma, severe pain, obtrusions, swelling, and/or loss of a filling or crown. Because each individual case is unique, I am sure to thoroughly examine the patient’s mouth and teeth in order to determine the most appropriate course of action. When visiting my Beverly Hills practice, you will be treated with the utmost in care and professionalism.

Some of the most common dental emergencies include persistent tooth pain, a broken tooth, an accidental tooth loss due to trauma, and swelling in or around the mouth. Pain and swelling can be due to an infection in the gums, which may be remedied with a deep cleaning, medications, and regular check-ups. A chipped/broken tooth or tooth loss must be examined in order to ensure that no further damage to surrounding teeth or the root has been caused. A replacement tooth (porcelain veneer or crown) can repair damage and provide you with a natural-looking smile. Based on the severity of trauma, patients may require multiple visits to achieve a full reconstruction.

It is recommended that you visit a dental professional immediately if you feel you have a dental emergency. You may gain further information regarding cosmetic dentistry treatments when visiting my website. An appointment may be scheduled as well.

TMJ Treatment Beverly Hills

Can Cosmetic Dentistry Treat TMJ?

Do you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)? If your jaw is misaligned and causes you pain, then you may be an ideal candidate for TMJ treatment. At my Beverly Hills practice, I offer the most up-to-date techniques for patients who want to alleviate this problem. Through cosmetic dentistry, a person’s jaw can be repositioned and TMJ symptoms can be diminished.

When meeting with patients, I thoroughly examine their oral structure and take X-rays in order to determine the cause of TMJ. Oftentimes, teeth grinding (bruxing) and clenching can lead to tension in the jaw, which may swell and cause difficulty when opening and/or closing the mouth. To relieve joint pain and protect the teeth from enamel attrition, patients are recommended to wear occlusal guards. These can prevent the teeth from grinding at night and wearing down the enamel; in some cases, this guard may be necessary during the day time. In addition, a dental makeover may be another step to correcting TMJ symptoms. Braces or Invisalign ® trays, porcelain veneers, dental implants and crowns are available at my practice.

You may learn more regarding these procedures by browsing my website. We can discuss your options during an initial consultation in order to create a personalized treatment plan.

Tel: (310) 273-0111

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Request an appointment for a complimentary consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Sands, or feel free to call our Los Angeles (north of Orange County) office at (310) 273-0111 for more information.