California Smile Design - Cosmetic Dentistry FAQ

1. What are wisdom teeth? When should I have my wisdom teeth removed?

Wisdom teeth are the upper and lower third molars, located at the very back of the mouth. They are called wisdom teeth because usually they come in when a person is between 17 and 21 years or older old enough to have gained some wisdom.

In general, it’s best to have wisdom teeth taken out between ages 16 and 22. Like other teeth, wisdom teeth develop in the jawbone. The crown of each tooth is formed first, and it’s pushed up when the root of the tooth develops. In young adults, “the formation of the root is not complete, so there are fewer complications and risks.”

Many dental professionals will recommend having your wisdom teeth pulled if you experience the following problems:

  1. Your wisdom teeth don’t fit in your mouth
  2. Your wisdom teeth don’t come in straight.
  3. A cyst forms around the wisdom tooth.

In modern dentistry, wisdom teeth extraction is very simple, so you can do it without any hesitation. 


2. Are you aware of Dental Crown? Do you think it is Painful?

Dental crowns ("tooth caps") are one of dentistry's most versatile restorations. Beyond just offering a way to rebuild and strengthen damaged or compromised teeth, they also provide a way by which a tooth's overall appearance (color, shape and even apparent alignment) can be vastly improved.

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking
  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  3. To cover misshape or severely discolored teeth
  4. To cover a dental implant

Dental crown is not at all a painful process as you think. Most of the cases dentist uses anesthesia to make you feel comfortable.

3. Is Replacement of Teeth necessary? Why should you go for it?

In a normal, healthy mouth, chewing function is well balanced since each upper tooth has proper contact and function with corresponding lower teeth. Because of this natural proper balance, undue strain or irritation on the gum tissue and bone is non-existent. But, this natural proper balance is quickly destroyed when a tooth is lost.

Missing teeth are linked to a poorer diet. Quality of life clearly suffers when individuals are forced to limit food choices, and the foods chosen do not provide optimal nutrition.

The teeth replacement is vital for the following reasons,

Mainly, it affects Chewing and general health. The smile can be destroyed. The bite also gets affected.

There are many options available in California Smile Design Dental Group for patients seeking a permanent solution to missing teeth. These options may include implant placements, bridges, partials or full dentures. In all cases the result is so natural, they look, feel and function just like natural teeth, and they can be matched in color precisely to existing teeth and with proper care can last indefinitely. 


4. Do you want to make your teeth appear whiter?

Most of us want to have clean, bright and white teeth. But nowadays it is more difficult. Because things like smoking, coffee and junk foods are become more common.

The people who uses above get teeth stain quickly and their teeth becomes yellow. So if you want to keep your teeth cleaner and whiter, you can do teeth whitening or bleaching. It is done in various methods like trays, whitening strips, Paint-on teeth whitening, and Zap Whitening etc.

The advantage of teeth whitening is, it improves your smile a lot and it gives you more confidence. It is the perfect way to improve your appearance regardless of your budget. The teeth bleaching are not a expensive one. It is very much low when compared to other ones.

There is no age bar and any other conditions for teeth whitening. The teeth bleaching are suitable for all, and one who wants a whiter teeth and bright smile.    

5. What is TMJ? What are the symptoms of TMJ?  

The temporomandibular joints connect the jawbone to the skull. Within the TMJ, there are moving parts that allow the upper jaw to close on the lower jaw. This joint is a typical sliding "ball and socket" that has a disc sandwiched between it.  Located at the sides of the head near each ear, these joints play an essential role in eating, speaking, and making facial expressions. The temporomandibular joints are complex and are composed of muscles, tendons, and bones. Each component contributes to the smooth operation of the TMJ.

TMJ disorders are a group of complex problems of the jaw joint. TMJ disorders are also sometimes referred to as myofacial pain dysfunction and Costen's syndrome.

The following are the most common symptoms of TMJ.

They are migraine-like headaches, which seem to come from behind the eyes or the side of the head. Also, there are the headaches or neckaches, which occur at the back of the head right where the neck attaches to the skull. The pain often radiates down into one or both shoulders. Another type of headache associated with TMJ disfunction may occur in the area of the cheekbones, resembling a "sinus headache."

At California Smile Design for TMJ, each patient is assessed and customized treatment can be designed to restore balance and comfort. These options may include bite appliance, semi-permanent splints, comprehensive orthodontics, and tooth restorations.