Are Dental Implants Right for Me? | Northridge, CA

Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA specializes in implant dentistry. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. Dental implants are natural-looking and feeling and under proper conditions, such as placement by a diligent patient maintenance, implants can last a lifetime.

What do Dental Implants Do?

  • Replace one or more teeth
  • Support a bridge and reduce the need for a partial denture.
  • Provide support for a denture, making it more secure and comfortable.

Types of Implants

  • Endosteal (in the bone): Most commonly used type of implant. Screws, cylinders or blades are surgically placed into the jawbone.
  • Subperiosteal (on the bone): These are placed on top of the jaw with the metal framework’s

Dental Implants vs Dentures or a Bridge

Esthetically dental implants look and feel like your own teeth. Since dental implants integrate into the structure of your bone, they prevent the bone loss and gum recession that often happen with bridgework and dentures.

Neighboring teeth are not changed to support the implant as with a bridge. More of your own teeth are left untouched, a significant long-term benefit to your oral health.

Dental implants are secure. You don’t have to worry when speaking or eating. No messy pastes and glue. You will go about your daily routine with confidence and comfort.

The success rate of dental implants is highly predictable. They are considered an excellent option for tooth replacement.

To find out if dental implants are right for you, contact Dr. David Lunt DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit his website

 Dr. Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and surrounding areas.


Custom Fitted Mouthguards, the Safer Choice | Northridge, CA

VAIL, Colorado — The field of sports dentistry continues to grow as more and more people participate in extreme sports popularized by events such as the X-Games.

Sports dentistry is essentially the prevention and treatment of oral and facial injuries. Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injuries for athletes and the majority of these injuries are actually preventable.

The first and most critical message is that the “boil and bite” mouthguards are not thick enough in the most vulnerable areas and do not provide optimum protection in the prevention of dental injuries and concussions. This is unfortunate because athletes and their parents purchase these items expecting a certain level of protection, which is simply not there. While the store-bought varieties are relatively inexpensive and represent over 90 percent of the mouthguards purchased today, they can also fit poorly and interfere with speech, breathing and swallowing. Therefore, they are less likely to be worn.

Athletes can also see a dentist for a custom-fit mouthguard. These guards can be somewhat more expensive, but they are made to fit very accurately to the athlete’s mouth with minimal interference to speech, breathing and swallowing. These types of guards can be made to an ideal thickness in order to properly reduce or prevent dental injuries and concussions.

The American Dental Association estimates that mandatory use of athletic mouthguards prevents approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. A properly-fitted mouthguard must be both comfortable and resilient, but it must also be of sufficient thickness to serve the intended purpose. Research completed by the Academy of Sports Dentistry has demonstrated that stock mouthguards simply have minimal effectiveness in the prevention of both tooth injuries and concussions, especially when compared to custom-fitted mouthguards.

A third area of the mouthguard industry is also developing at a rapid pace, the so-called “performance mouthguard” is designed as much for increased strength, balance and overall improved athletic performance as it is for tooth protection. These guards utilize repositioning of the bite to better align the athletes head, neck and spine for this increased strength. While this is not necessarily a new concept, it is an area of sports dentistry that is being hotly debated.

The bottom line is that a tooth that is knocked out of the mouth and not reinserted in the first few minutes has virtually no chance of successfully being saved and the cumulative effect of multiple concussions can lead to lifelong medical problems. These two very scary topics make it imperative that athletes and their parents understand the importance of properly-fitted and fabricated athletic mouthguards to prevent injuries.

Don’t risk injury to your teeth or your child’s teeth. Make an appointment today to be custom fitted for a proper mouth guard. Contact Dr. David Lunt DDS 818-885-7230.

Dr. Lunt also proudly serves Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and surrounding areas.


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