Why Do I Need a Root Canal? | Northridge Dentist

Finding out you need a root canal is never fun news, but it can be prevented with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups. In fact, YOU are your first line of defense when it comes to tooth decay. And since knowledge is power, let’s talk about what exactly is causing your teeth to decay. If we know how to dodge the proverbial bullet, we will be less likely to have painful dentist visits. Here is a quick list:

  • Large cavities
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Facial trauma
  • A habit of clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Repeatedly damaged teeth

If left untreated, a tooth can become infected and won’t be able to heal properly, eventually leading to an abscess or even tooth loss. Abscesses aren’t just bad for our smiles, but the content in an abscess can spread to other areas in the body, causing further damage. If you find that you have developed one of these symptoms, it’s time to visit the dentist. It is likely you have developed a condition that can only be remedied by a root canal.

Don’t worry – root canals aren’t as scary as they are made out to be. In fact, their pain level could even be compared to getting a filling. Your dentist needs to remove all of the pulp and nerve causing the issue, then replacing it with a dental crown to make your tooth look good as new. But in the end, if you look after your teeth, you may never need one so make sure to properly brush and floss.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt, DDS by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt gladly accepts patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

How Crowns and Bridges Work

False Teeth (Denture, Crown, Bridge)Injury, disease and decay are all significant factors that may eventually lead to tooth loss. However, with proper treatment, such as by getting a dental crown or bridge, your smile won’t suffer as much. In fact, your smile may even look better than before as a result.

What Are Dental Crowns and Bridges?

Bridges and crowns are considered as ‘fixed’ dental prosthetic devices or appliances. Dental professionals, preferably prosthodontists, place them by cementing them right onto the affected tooth, or sometimes, to an implant.

Crowns are usually used to cover and strengthen a severely damaged tooth or ‘cap’ an implant. Meanwhile, bridges cover the gaps where a tooth or two once stood by cementing them to the teeth adjacent to the missing teeth.

Getting a bridge or a crown usually requires only two visits, but sometimes more may be necessary. During the first visit, the dentist simply prepares your teeth and gums for the bridge or crown and then takes an impression of the affected teeth or tooth. Then, the impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the crown or bridge is made by a dental technician.

After a few days or weeks, you’ll then be called in for the second appointment where the dentist will now place the crown or bridge on your teeth.

Benefits of Crowns and Bridges

Apart from strengthening damaged teeth and replacing missing ones, bridges and crowns can also help improve the appearance of teeth, by fixing its shape, alignment and bite.

For example, both bridges and crowns can help prevent the gaps left by missing teeth from causing the remaining teeth to shift and causing a bad bite.

How Long Do They Last?

Restorative work such as dental crowns and bridges can last for as long as 15 years with proper care. If you practice proper oral hygiene at home and visit the dentist regularly, your dental crown or bridge should last well into your twilight years.

In case the crown or bridge fails, like the crown falls out, make sure that you place it in a secure, zip-top plastic bag and schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In such cases, the crown or bridge may have to be replaced with a new, although the old crown can still be placed and used temporarily until the new one is available.

Note: NEVER EVER try to put a dental crown or bridge back in place yourself.

How To Take Proper Care Of Them

Taking care of dental bridges and crowns is no different from taking care of your natural teeth. Although, you may want to cut back on chewing on hard foods, such as ice and biting your nails, as both can cause damage to the crown or bridge.  Also, for added protection for your dental crown and/or bridge, be sure to ask your dentist for a night guard if you grind your teeth at night when you’re asleep.

Brushing twice a day, visiting your dentist regularly and following a proper oral hygiene will ensure that your crown or bridge will last you for a very long time – even until your death!

If you’re considering restoring your smile with the help of a dental crown and bridge, contact Dr. David Lunt, DDS at 818-885-7230 or visit www.davidluntdds.com for additional information regarding crowns and brides.

What are Crowns & Bridges? | Northridge, Ca Dentist

176997237If you’re dealing with moderate to severe issues and wonder what types of options there are for your particular problem, chances are your dentist will bring up either a dental crown or a dental bridge. If a tooth has a very large area of decay, can it be saved? What happens if the tooth is cracked through the middle? If the pulp of the tooth can be felt prior to going to the dentist, does that mean the entire tooth needs to be removed?

While the best answer to these questions will come from your dentist, two likely options that will be presented are crowns and bridges.

Dental crowns are often chosen when the original tooth is compromised – either weakened from decay, broken, or otherwise unable to maintain itself without assistance. Dental crowns are custom-made – molded to match your existing tooth and fit your normal bite – out of a variety of strong materials such as steel, resin, and porcelain. Like the name suggests, a crown is a shell that goes on top of the rest of the tooth – like a hat on a head, the crown fits snugly atop the base of the tooth, providing an artificial bite surface that is stronger and harder than the natural tooth.

Watch a video on what dental crowns: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–5HVnsmVs8

Unlike dental crowns, dental bridges are used in cases where the underlying tooth can not be saved. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Where a crown is affixed to a single tooth to provide strength, a dental bridge is used when the tooth in question must be fully removed. Like a crown, it will be designed by your dentist to match your existing teeth and bite, and then constructed in a lab. Unlike a crown, it will not sit atop a single tooth, but is generally attached to neighboring teeth (usually one tooth on each side of the removed tooth), providing a fake tooth surface where the missing tooth would have been.

Here is an informative video about dental bridges: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6Gw6vU9gsw

While crowns and bridges are typically only presented as options for patients with significant damage to one or more teeth, they are fairly common. Bridges and crowns are typically recommended as necessities, and as such, insurance will likely cover a portion of the cost. With proper care, bridges and crowns can last 5-15 years, or more, and will allow the patient to chew, drink and speak normally for many years.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

Is a Dental Crown for You? | Northridge, Ca Dentist

endodonticsDo you have a tooth or teeth that are in danger or breaking or are already broken? Dental Crowns are restorations that are placed over teeth to restore the strength and structure. So how do you know if you need a dental crown? Well if your tooth is in danger of breaking a dental crown procedure may be the right solution for you. A breaking or damaged tooth indicates that there is a significant amount of decay that causes the tooth to become frail. In order to restore your tooth to its natural strength, a dental crown will be used to improve the longevity and durability of your tooth. Discoloration on the tooth also indicates that you may need a dental crown. This can easily be solved with a dental crown that will not only improve your oral health, but give you a confident and radiant smile.

Below are some benefits of dental crowns:

-Dental crowns look extremely natural because the porcelain and composite resin crowns match the exact shade of your natural teeth. With dental crowns, you will not be able to tell the difference from your crowns and natural teeth.

-Dental crowns are stain-resistant. This is because dental crowns are made from porcelain, a material that is not prone to discoloration.

-Undergoing a cosmetic dental crown procedure can improve the look of broken or cracked teeth. If you are suffering from a loss of teeth, dental crowns are the solution to replace any missing teeth.

-With durable materials used for your dental crowns, dental crowns can last up to 15 years. With dental crowns, patients can go about their daily routines without constantly worrying about their dental crowns falling out of place.

-Dental crowns are restorative and preventive measures that improve missing or damaged teeth. Dental crowns also drastically decrease the amount of bacteria build-up that can lead to the loss of more teeth.

-Are you embarrassed of your missing or damaged teeth? Then dental crowns are the perfect solution to build your confidence!

Only your dentist can determine whether or not a dental crown is right for you so call today. Avoid living with damaged and discolored teeth because dental crowns may be the solution to your dental predicaments.

For more information on dental crowns or to make an appointment, please contact Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230 or www.davidluntdds.com.

Dr. Lunt  is proud to accept patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura, and surrounding areas.

Restorative Dentistry | Dental Crowns Improve Smiles | Northridge, CA

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Crowns are a type of restorative dentistry that address aesthetic needs, restore tooth function, and enhance the overall health of your mouth. Crowns and bridges can be made entirely of tooth-colored material, metal or a combination to provide optimal aesthetics.

If you suffer from worn or damaged teeth and would like to improve your smile, call the expert in restorative dentistry Dr. David Lunt DDS in Northridge, CA at 818-885-7230. Learn more his practice by visiting his website at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Accepting patients from Northridge, Burnbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

10 Advantages of Restorative Crowns | Northridge, CA

 

 

 

 

 

A crown is a cap placed over a tooth to restore its strength and appearance. Crowns have several uses such as to protect a weak or broken tooth. Also, crowns are used to cover a large filling or help support a bridge. Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA lists the top 10 advantages of restorative crowns.

  1. Natural Looking – Porcelain and composite crowns have the look and feel of natural teeth.
  2. Durable – Last up to fifteen years depending on their care.
  3. Stain Resistant – Made from porcelain
  4. Cosmetic – Improve the look of broken, cracked or discolored teeth
  5. Non-slipping – Crowns are cemented or anchored in place
  6. Protection – Crowns protect the tooth from further decay
  7. Restorative – Restores full function of your damaged tooth
  8. Comfort – Stable and do not irritate gums like partial dentures.
  9. Speech – Missing teeth and dentures can affect speech. Crowns replace the missing teeth and do not slip around, making speech sound more clear.
  10. Confidence – Damaged, discolored or missing teeth causes confidence issues. Crowns help to make your smile beautiful again.

If you have a broken, chipped, stained or damaged tooth, contact Dr. Lunt at 818-885-7230. Visit his website at www.davidluntdds.com.

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

A Bright New Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry | Northridge, CA

Cosmetic dentistry can create the bright natural looking smile you deserve. Whether you are interested in a complete smile design, restoring chipped teeth or want to whiten, we can improve your smile. Cosmetic Dentistry is composed of several different types of dental procedures. Dr. David Lunt DDS of Northridge, CA offers some information on the cosmetic procedures he offers.

Porcelain Veneers – Fingernail-thin shells are adhered to the front surface of the tooth. Veneers can fix several aesthetic problems with just one treatment.

Whitening – There are at home whitening kits and in office whitening treatments. At-home bleaching kits use carbamide peroxide solutions to oxidize and bleach your teeth.  In-office bleaching (also called chair side, light-activated or one-hour bleaching) uses hydrogen peroxide gels and a heat or light source; these treatments lighten your teeth by six to eight shades in one to three visits, and sometimes less.

Bonding – With the use of bonding, gaps, chips, broken teeth, spots and discoloration can all be repaired with bonding. You can regain your smile and confidence.

Crowns – A perfectly fitted restoration that repairs and strengthens a tooth that has fractured has a large cavity, an old filling that has failed, or has had root canal therapy. Unlike an inlay or onlay, a crown completely covers the tooth.

Whatever cosmetic procedure you are interested in, call Dr. David Lunt and make an appointment to get that beautiful smile you have always dreamed of, 818-885-7230 or visit his website www.davidluntdds.com.

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