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November 16, 2017


Guide to Tooth Extraction and Recovery

While permanent teeth have the potential to last a lifetime, decay or damage can create the need to extract some of the teeth. In other instances, the mouth is crowded and extracting teeth will help to prepare a patient's mouth for orthodontics that properly aligns the teeth.

Tooth extraction can also occur as a result of infection or even if there is a risk of infecting a particular tooth. The extraction of wisdom teeth and periodontal disease (gum disease) can also lead to tooth extraction. Here is a review of the extraction process and recovery period.

The Basics of Tooth Extraction

Both oral surgeons and dentists can perform various levels of tooth extractions. The dentist will provide the patient with a local anesthetic prior to the extraction. This injection numbs the site of the tooth removal. If the tooth in question is impacted, then the dentist cuts away at the gum tissue and even the bone tissue that covers the tooth.

A dentist will use forceps to grasp onto the tooth and move it back and forth so it loosens. Once the tooth is sufficiently loose from the ligaments and jaw bone, the professional will then extract the tooth. However, if the tooth proves difficult to remove, the dentist may need to remove the tooth in pieces.

After extracting the tooth, a blood clot will likely form within the socket. The dentist then packs a gauze pad into the socket. The patient bites down on this pad to suppress bleeding. The dentist might also place some self-dissolving stitches to close the edges of the gums over the site of extraction.

Precautions

While the extraction of a tooth is quite safe, the procedure has the potential to let harmful bacteria into the patient's bloodstream. Gum tissue can also become infected. A patient who has a condition that puts him or her at a high risk of severe infection might need to take antibiotics prior to and after the extraction.

Patients should report their full medical history, medications and even the supplements they take to the dentist/oral surgeon prior to the extraction.

Recovery

The recovery period lasts a few days. If the pain is too great, then the patient can ask about taking painkillers. It helps to gently bite on a gauze pad to minimize bleeding and spur the formation of a clot within the tooth socket. Leave the pad in place for the amount of time advised by the dentist. The application of an ice pack to the affected site will help minimize swelling. Patients are encouraged to relax for at least a full day after the tooth extraction.

Do not rinse or spit in the six hours following the extraction so the clot remains intact. Refrain from smoking as it can prevent healing. Consume soft foods like yogurt, jello, pudding and soup for a full day after the extraction. Solid foods can incorporate as the extraction site gradually improves. Call Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS at (818) 752-7525 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

 November 2, 2017

 

 

Tips For Choosing a Dentist

If you are looking for a dentist, do not simply schedule an appointment with the dentist closest to your home or office. Location is only one factor worth considering. Here's a look at everything else you should consider when selecting a dentist.

Considerations When Selecting A Dentist

Hours of Operation

Anyone who lives far away from the dentist that he or she is considering, the hours of a dental office will also be important to consider. Ideally, an individual will select a dentist who is fairly close to his/her home or office. However, if the best local dentist is somewhat far away, then the individual should still consider the individual's work schedule and the dentist's office hours. Some dentists are open on weekdays. Others extend their office hours to weeknights as well.

Personal Comfort is Extremely Important

If an individual is not comfortable interacting with the dentist and his or her staff, then the individual will dread going in for treatments. The individual should feel perfectly comfortable asking questions, posing concerns and requesting assistance. If the individual feels as though the staff or the dentist lack social graces, then it is best to move on to the next candidate.

Cost

While the cost of dental appointments is an important factor, it should not be a deal-breaker. Insurance can be a determining factor in which dentist one chooses. By calling us ahead of time, we can help determine if the patient has the correct insurance or explore other options.

Furthermore, it is important to find out if the insurance provider requires referrals for treatment with specialists and whether the dentist in question can provide such referrals.

Keep in mind that it might be worth the extra money to obtain treatment at a dental practice with comparably high prices. Those who offer extremely cheap pricing often provide low-quality treatment or require the patient to wait extended periods of time to be seen.

The Issue of Emergency Care

Get a gauge as to how prospective dentists will respond when the patient needs emergency treatment. Find out if they will provide assistance at night, on weekends or during regular office hours. The bottom line is a dentist should not refer patients to a hospital emergency room for treatment.

Is the Dentist Qualified?

Find out about the dentist's credentials and experience. The office should have this information readily available. Furthermore, the office should provide prospective patients with information pertaining to infection control. If staff members are uneasy answering such questions or if the patient is uncomfortable with their responses, move on to the next candidate.

If the patient cannot reach the office on the phone and the website is lacking in information, reach out to the insurance carrier or the local dental society for more information about the dentist's qualifications.

Drop on by

When in doubt, schedule an appointment for a cleaning and an evaluation of the dental office. Take a look around, interact with the staff and evaluate the office's merit. If the patient finds the practice is messy, has numerous patients waiting to be seen or exhibits unprofessional practices, do not return for a subsequent visit.

  

 

October 16, 2017

A Gum Care Treatment Can Improve Your Oral Health

When you want to improve your oral health, visit Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS for gum care treatment. We can care for your gums and teeth in order to prevent gum disease, and we can also diagnose and treat your gums if you already have gum disease. We will ensure through a variety of treatments that we will maintain your great oral hygiene. 

The execution of our treatments depends on the state of your gum disease if you have it at all. If you have had earlier treatments, those will also be taken into consideration to determine if we need to use a more extensive method. Our gum care treatment ranges from nonsurgical cleaning to restorative laser or traditional gum surgery. If you do not already have gum disease, it is important to consider receiving preventative cleaning and therapy to reduce the growth of bacteria on your gums and teeth. 

Non-surgical Gum Care Treatment

We offer non-surgical gum care treatment and more invasive gum care treatment as necessary. Our more common non-surgical treatments are listed below. 

Dental Cleaning: This may sound simple, but a dental cleaning is incredibly important to your oral health. During your checkup, we will remove plaque and any tartar that has built up. Tartar is a hardened plaque that if left alone will cause gum disease. We will remove bacteria and tartar from your teeth and under your gumline. You should have your teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year. 

Scaling and Root Planing: Our scaling and root planing gum care treatment is used to remove tartar from deep below your gum line and from around your roots. We often perform this treatment with you under a local anesthetic when we believe gum disease is developing. We will also remove and smooth tartar from your teeth. This will prevent mild gum disease from growing more severe and turning into periodontal disease. 

Surgical Gum Care Treatment

We can also discuss surgical gum care treatment when it is necessary. If needed, we may suggest that you visit an oral surgeon.

Flap Surgery: This form of surgery, also known as pocket reduction surgery, is used to lift gums and remove tartar. This is performed when tartar has grown too deep and too hard for a simple scaling and root planing to take care of. Removing the tartar will allow your gums to rest more smoothly against your teeth again, preventing them from loosening and receding. 

Bone and Tissue Grafts: These procedures involve replacing bone and gum tissue that has been destroyed by gum disease. We will access new tissue from a variety of places to fill in areas that have been weakened or lost. 

Tissue regeneration and even more extensive procedures can also be performed if you need them. Our gum care treatment is all-encompassing, so you know you will have the healthiest gums possible after a visit to our North Hollywood office. For more information about how we can help you improve your oral health, call us at (818) 752-7525 or visit.

 

 October 02, 2017


My Tooth Bonding Has Fallen Out

If your tooth bonding falls out, it is important to replace it as quickly as possible. Patients generally get tooth bonding because they crack or chip a tooth. This means that the tooth structure underneath is still damaged and susceptible to infection. You will experience discomfort if the bonding material eventually becomes loose and falls out of place. Replacing it immediately is the best option for preventing what can be a severe infection due to leaving the tooth exposed.

Fortunately, it is easy to replace bonding material. Patients need to visit us immediately to examine the tooth, take X-rays, clean the area, and place the bonding material. We can match the composite resin to the surrounding tooth structure to ensure that it blends in and no one can tell the tooth is not completely natural and healthy without a restoration.

What to do before coming in

If there is a delay between the bonding material falling off and a patient visiting our office, we recommend taking several steps to avoid the risk of infection and to improve comfort levels. First, it is necessary to find out where the bonding material went. If it is still in the mouth, spit it out and avoid swallowing it.

Next, patients need to rinse their mouth with warm salt water. Rinsing the mouth out is a natural way to stave off infection. To reduce any discomfort, one can take ibuprofen as long as it is according to the dosage requirements on the box. People need to avoid aspirin at all times since it can thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding during the dental appointment.

Finally, ice or a cold compress can help reduce swelling and increase comfort. We can numb the area for patients who are experiencing discomfort when they arrive or receive anesthesia as necessary, to dull the area and reduce the pain. By restoring the tooth quickly, it will be possible to become comfortable again.

Decide how to replace it

Once at our office, patients have an important decision to make. They can replace the old bonding material with new composite resin that matches the current shade of the teeth or replace it using a dental crown. Sometimes, a crown is preferable because it can last longer and is more durable. Since a crown surrounds the tooth entirely, it is less likely to be damaged or fall out of place.

This makes it an ideal solution for someone who is interested in long-term results. However, it can take several appointments for the crown to be completely placed which presents its own level of inconveniences. Tooth bonding, on the other hand, is something we can place in just one appointment, making it possible to visit our office and to leave with a completely-restored tooth.

Learn more about this option

To learn more about tooth bonding, call our office. If you have a dental emergency where it has fallen out of place, let us know so that we can get you in immediately and get to work replacing the bonding material.

  

 September 16, 2017

The 48 Hours After Your Wisdom Teeth Have Been Removed

If you need your wisdom teeth removed, you are in good company. The majority of people do not have room in their mouth for this third set of molars and must have them either pulled or surgically removed, as a result. It is fairly common for people to have this done in their late teens while many adults that do not find themselves uncomfortable and needing to have them taken out until they are older. Ironically, these teeth can continue to grow with time so even if you made it through your twenties without irritation something like pregnancy can create the need for their removal.

Being Ready for Wisdom Tooth Extraction

If an individual's wisdom teeth break through the surface of the gums and are growing in straight, then the individual can simply have a dentist remove them through traditional dental methods. It is fairly easy, especially with sedation. Thanks to sedation, patients can remain comfortable during the entire procedure. Unfortunately, people have wisdom teeth that grow in sideways or impacted. These teeth may never break through the surface, or only a portion of them may show through. This can put additional pressure on the back molars as the teeth push them. For those that have had braces to straighten their teeth, this can create damage and undo some of the previous work that was done to perfect the spacing of teeth.

If a patient requires oral surgery to remove the wisdom teeth, it is important to understand what to expect in the 48 hours after the surgery. As a dentist, we will work to ensure we accurately complete the procedure while the patient is under sedation and can remain entirely comfortable. With that in mind, the patient will not have to worry about the procedure itself and can focus on the recovery afterward. Since the patient will still feel some effects of the sedation following the procedure, the patient will feel sleepy and generally out of it. As such, we recommend that the patient asks someone else to drive him or her home, to remain safe and avoid an accident. The most effective way to spend the recovery time is getting rest and relaxing at home.

Prepare for the recovery process

It helps to prepare one's home the night before by placing extra pillows onto the bed to recline on. We also suggest buying water bottles, ibuprofen and soft snacks like Jello cups that one can place on the nightstand. This way, the patient can continue to relax in bed and will not need to walk back and forth from the kitchen. It is also beneficial to have a friend or family member stay and help for the first 24 hours, that is preferable. Patients can also ice their face for 15 minutes at a time to keep the swelling down. Just be sure to rest the face for a full 15 minutes between icing. The discomfort should be greatly reduced by keeping the swelling under control.

Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS will also give you gauze when you leave so that you can use it control any bleeding. We may provide you with antibiotics to take as well so that you can prevent an infection from setting in. Otherwise, rinse with salt water after the first 24 hours to reduce the infection risk and keep your mouth clean.

  

 September 02, 2017

Visit Our Restorative Dentistry Office If You Damage Your Dental Crown

As a restorative dentistry office, we treat teeth that have been damaged in an accident or due to infection. We can also repair dental restorations that have become loose, cracked, or chipped. If you have received a dental crown in the past, it can last for 15 years or longer. However, they are not immune to becoming damaged. Just like your natural tooth, your crown can become chipped if hit by a fastball, a steering wheel, etc. Your crown could even become damaged if you bite on ice. If this happens, give us a call at (818) 752-7525.

Signs you should visit our restorative dentistry office.

When an individual runs his or her tongue along the teeth, feel if there are any rough edges or obvious signs of a crack or chip. If one of these signs is on a front tooth, then the individual will be able to see the damage in a mirror. The back teeth can be more difficult to diagnose, so the individual has to rely on the feel of the teeth to notice anything. Patients should also watch for a crown that feels loose. This can actually be more urgent than one that is chipped because a loose crown can fall off and the individual can swallow it while sleeping.

How we can help you in our restorative dentistry office.

When visiting Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS, we will examine a patient's teeth and damaged crown to determine the extent of the problem. We will probably take X-rays to determine if the damage is to the crown, the tooth underneath, or both. The treatment plan will depend on the location of the damage. If the patient only slightly damages the crown, we might be able to smooth it out and correct the damage with a bonding material. When the crown is beyond repair, we have to replace it.

However, if the damage is to the tooth underneath, we will most likely need to remove the crown and address the tooth. This will involve removing the infected portion of the tooth. When the tooth is beyond saving, we will recommend extracting it and replacing it with either a dental bridge or a dental implant.

Different approaches for effective results

These two procedures can both replace the tooth, but they are drastically different in their approach. A dental bridge is a non-surgical procedure that requires two healthy teeth to be on either side of the missing one. A dental crown is placed on these two teeth to serve as an anchor to hold a new bridge and tooth in place. The result is a durable replacement tooth that looks natural. A dental implant, however, is the most durable tooth replacement option, because we surgically replace the root system as well.

A titanium post is implanted under the gums and secured to the jawbone. The bone and metal fuse together through the process of osseointegration. Once complete, a new tooth will be secured to it for a restoration that is incredibly durable. Many dental implants also come with a lifetime warranty, giving you the confidence you need to proceed.

Regardless of how your dental crown is damaged or what solution is best for you, we can help.

  

 August 15, 2017

The Difference Between a Family Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist 

A pediatric dentist and a family dentist can both provide quality care for your family. The biggest difference between the two is who they treat and how they approach dental care. Consider it as a different methodology, even though the ultimate result is the same - to keep patients' teeth and gums healthy. A pediatric dentist specializes in treating infants and toddlers, who need professional care to grow up with healthy teeth.

Treating children at a young age

The biggest difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist is in the ages that they treat. A pediatric dentist may treat children as young as one year old and continue treating them until they are eighteen or twenty. This makes a pediatric dentist the best option for parents who want to start their children on a regular dental care routine before getting into school.

The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist as soon as they have their first teeth. This can ensure that they remain healthy since a dentist can begin to clean teeth from a very early age. Many parents are unaware that toddlers can experience tooth decay just like older children can. In fact, Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is incredibly common.

Visiting a pediatric dentist early can help to prevent decay, even if a family dentist is selected for care later on. It is important to note that a pediatric dentist can continue providing a continuity of care until patients are in college but not afterward.

What does the family need?

On the other hand, a family dentist can treat everyone in the family but may not begin providing treatment until a child has reached elementary. For families who want to have their children treated at the same office that they are, a family dentist is going to be a better solution. Everyone can schedule their appointments for the same day to make life more convenient.

There is no end date for when a family dentist will stop providing treatment. Children, parents, and grandparents can receive treatment in the same local dental office. The only issue is that a family dentist may not provide care for younger members of the family, so they will need to seek treatment elsewhere.

Sedation

Both offices may offer light sedation like nitrous oxide. However, if a young child needs significant medication or to be put to sleep, a pediatric dentist is going to be the best solution. Most family dentist offices do not offer this level of medication to younger patients.

Office atmosphere

A family dentist treats patients of all ages so the office atmosphere is going to have a variety of things to cater to them. There may be books for younger children, magazines for teens and reading materials for older adults. The atmosphere is generally comfortable but more subdued. A pediatric dentist office may be more colorful and is likely to be decorated with cartoon characters, animals and other fun things that could interest a child.

They may have more toys and the overall atmosphere is likely to be noisier due to children playing. This is ideal for anyone with young children but may be uncomfortable for families with teens only.

Oral surgery

If a child needs oral surgery, it is important to find out if a local pediatric or family dentist offers it. A family dentist may not perform surgery on young patients where a pediatric dentist will.

Pediatric dentist vs. a family dentist

You can expect to receive a high level of care from both a pediatric and family dentist so select the one that best meets your family's needs.

  

 

August 1, 2017

 

Why You Should Visit an Implant Dentist to Replace Your Tooth

As an implant dentist, we can help to restore your quality of life by preventing tooth loss. Let’s face it, tooth loss can be severely traumatic, especially for a young patient who has to face many years of dealing with prosthetics. While there are many solutions, and most are tried and true, there are no solutions quite as sophisticated as the one provided by an implant dentist.

Options for replacing lost teeth

There are three choices for any adult who loses a permanent tooth. The individual can learn to change his or her lifestyle and deal with the challenges of living without a tooth. The individual can get one of the older technologies like dentures or bridges. Or, the individual can select dental implants. Dentures or bridges work fine but do nothing to address the root of the problem.

Traditional methods can lead to having a system of wires or dental cement holding the new teeth in place. A dental implant provides a tooth the stability it needs to function properly. Dental implants not only mimic the functionality of a natural tooth but can also be aesthetically pleasing.

We place a tiny titanium screw in the jawbone, which acts as the root and allows us to secure a fake tooth, also known as a dental crown, to the screw. The dental crown gives patients a perfect replica of their original teeth without any of the wiring or cement.

The importance of dental implants

Unfortunately, many people view implant dentistry as an extension of cosmetic dentistry. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant has the stigma of only looking real. In reality, dental implants provide patients the full functionality that patients need. While we can certainly understand why someone might consider getting a perfect tooth, or set of teeth, to be aesthetically driven, as an implant dentist we know that there is far more to it.

We actually give the patient a prosthetic device that functions in harmony with the rest of the mouth. The jawbone depends on stimulus from the tooth to prevent it from undergoing resorption. When the tooth falls out and one replaces it with a device that does not stimulate the jawbone at all, the jaw can continue to deteriorate.

Ultimately this can cause problems with the facial structure and loss of other teeth. An implant prevents this by developing a symbiotic relationship with the bone and providing the stimulus it needs.

A growing trend...

Millions of Americans have already switched to dental implants, but the need for them remains. There are still many millions of Americans who are using bridges, dentures, and other means of replacing teeth. As the word spreads about the most natural looking, and long lasting prosthetic in the dental world, we hope that more people will visit our implant dentist office in North Hollywood.

 July 15, 2017


Can Sleep Apnea Impact Kids?

At our sleep clinic, we treat sleep apnea and know that this condition can impact virtually anyone. It is significantly more common in adults and can be exacerbated by being overweight or drinking alcohol before bed. Still, children have been known to develop obstructive sleep apnea, as well.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

If a child is constantly snoring, gasping for air, or making choking noises in their sleep, they could have obstructive sleep apnea. Some children with sleep conditions also have difficulty sleeping soundly, wet the bed even after being potty-trained, or are restless sleepers. If their bed looks like they have been tossing and turning all night and they are sleepy, regardless of how much rest they received, they could have obstructive sleep apnea.

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea forms when the lower jaw falls backward during sleep and the tongue falls back as a result. When the tongue blocks the airway, it becomes impossible to breathe clearly, and so the body spends the night struggling for oxygen. This is why many people will snore or make noises in their sleep. Granted, a child can also be making these noises due to the common cold or a sinus infection.

Rule these out first, and if the problem persists, the parent needs to seek a medical professional. This is a serious condition that can impact their quality of life and even their performance in school. This is because the body needs oxygen to function. If a child does not get enough of it, they will be too tired to function properly, to concentrate in school, and to fight off illnesses.

How do you treat sleep apnea?

Our solution is non-invasive, making it an ideal treatment for children. If we determine they do have sleep apnea, we will make an impression of their mouth and take measurements. We will send this information to the dental lab to create a removable oral appliance. This device will be made of plastic and look similar to a retainer. All they need to do is slip it in place before bedtime and fall asleep like normal.

It may take a few nights for them to get used to wearing it, but the appliance itself is comfortable and should not cause any problems or disruption to their sleep. Instead, it should help them to receive the high quality of rest they need to feel refreshed, energized, and ready to go about their day.

When you visit our sleep clinic, we may recommend that your child have an at-home sleep study to determine whether or not they have this condition. We can show you how to use the machine to test their quality of breathing or if you prefer, we can refer you to the hospital for an overnight sleep study. Most children prefer the at-home test, but we can discuss these options with you further during their examination.

 July 1, 2017


Why Routine Dental Visits are Important

Have you ever wondered why routine dental visits are important? Most people are familiar with dentists recommending that a person makes an appointment once or twice a year. Many people go without doing so because of a lack of understanding of why it actually matters. After all, if it is simply a dentist trying to draw in patients, what is the point of visiting twice per year?

The truth is that dental visits are incredibly important because they are the only way to truly maintain healthy teeth and gums and to prevent oral health problems.

Patients are the biggest winners

Patients are the ones who win when it comes to scheduling routine dental visits. If we can reduce oral health problems, the likelihood of suffering from dental discomfort also goes down. Simultaneously, it is far less expensive and faster to have teeth cleaned and examined twice per year than to wait to visit the dentist until a major health problem has occurred.

For example, a dental infection can lead to tooth loss and the need for costly replacement solutions such as a dental bridge, dentures or dental implants. However, with ongoing and routine maintenance, we can often prevent tooth loss and avoid it all together.

What happens during routine dental visits?

When a patient visits our clinic, we will begin by examining their teeth and gums. During this physical examination, we will be looking for signs of decay. These are typically soft spots that form in the tooth and they may be discolored.

We will also look to see if there is any swelling in the gum tissue or if the gums have been receding since this can indicate that a patient has gum disease. On occasion, we will also take x-rays to see if there are any health problems with the tooth roots or jawbone.

Why they matter

When we identify tooth decay early on, we are able to remove the decayed portion of the tooth while it is relatively small. This can be done before a patient even realizes they have decay or a cavity. Once a decayed portion of the tooth is gone we will clean the area and then fill it. We can even do so using a tooth colored filling so that no one will be able to tell the tooth was ever damaged.

Doing this step on a regular and frequent basis allows us to maintain the health of a patient's teeth before a level of decay is reached that causes serious discomfort or spreads to the point of requiring a root canal. This is highly beneficial for patients since it is difficult to live with dental pain and these routine appointments can go a long way in preventing it.

Prevention is possible and easy

Simultaneously, gum disease is a common problem that can lead to tooth loss but is possible to prevent. Typically, gum disease occurs because there is a buildup of plaque on the tooth underneath the gum tissue. Regular dental visits and cleanings allow us to remove plaque from the teeth and around the gum tissue before it has the opportunity to become trapped there. Patients who visit the dentist twice a year are very unlikely to develop gum disease.

Essentially, visiting our clinic for regular dental visits can prevent discomfort and dental damage, save patients money and be more convenient than waiting until an infection has formed.

 June 15, 2017

Three Things You Should Know About Orthodontics

OrthodonticsIf you are considering straightening your teeth with orthodontics, we encourage you to visit our North Hollywood dental office for an examination and consultation. We can conduct a physical exam, take X-rays, and discuss what you do not like about your smile in order to come up with a game plan for how to address those issues. In our office, we can straighten your teeth with orthodontic solutions or use cosmetic dentistry.

Cosmetic dental solutions provide you with numerous options and the opportunity to select the procedure you feel will work best for your lifestyle and your smile goals. Before your consultation, here are three things you should know about straightening your teeth:

Orthodontic Process

The process takes time. There is no magical solution for straightening the teeth. If the patient wants to move them into the correct position and align the jaw, it is important that the procedure follows a natural course. If teeth are pushed into position too quickly, it could lead to root and tooth damage, future sensitivity or irritation.

Our goal is to achieve the desired results safely, and that means sticking with a set treatment plan. When we examine the patient, we will give the patient an idea of how long it may take to straighten the teeth correctly.

Orthodontic Options

Patients do not have to wear metal braces. Typically, when people think of orthodontics, they think of metal braces with brackets secured to each tooth. While this is a highly effective and dependable solution, it is no longer the only option. If one wants to straighten the teeth discreetly without everyone noticing, then the best option is Invisalign®. Wearing clear aligners can straighten the teeth and align the jaw without being obvious.

They are also easier to wear and easier to remove while eating or brushing the teeth, making this solution far more convenient than wearing braces would be. We highly recommend this solution for busy professionals and those concerned about their appearance.

Orthodontics and Health

Straight teeth are beneficial for one's health. If a patient is looking for another reason to straighten his or her teeth, look beyond the appearance to one's overall health. Crooked teeth are more likely to trap food, plaque, and tartar between them. This increases the risk for developing both cavities and gum disease, in addition to having bad breath.

Also, when the teeth are crooked or the jaw is out of alignment, there is a chance of more pressure on some teeth. This can lead to premature wear and even soreness in the jaw or face.

If you are interested in straightening your teeth, visit our office to learn more about orthodontics. Keep in mind that if you want to improve your smile but are concerned that orthodontics will take too long, we can present you with other options. This includes using dental veneers to make your teeth appear straighter, even if they are technically in the same position. We can also use bonding, teeth whitening, and dental crowns to improve the appearance of your smile quickly. Call today to learn how.

June 1, 2017 

Start Invisalign® Your Senior Year and Get Ready for College

InvisalignIf you are interested in Invisalign® as a way to straighten your teeth, we encourage you to call and schedule a consultation. Invisalign® is typically used for adult patients but if you have all of your permanent teeth, you could be an excellent candidate for treatment. This is by far the easiest and most discreet way to straightening your teeth and improve your smile.

Unlike traditional metal braces, there are no brackets or wires to secure to your teeth. This means that you can go about your day without your friends noticing that you are using orthodontics.

There are many benefits to straightening your teeth with Invisalign®, including:

You can eat what you want

Once challenge with braces is having to adjust eating habits. With braces, it is difficult to bite into a sandwich or hamburger since food can easily stick between the brackets. Snacking on something like popcorn or trail mix can also pose a challenge since nuts can cause the brackets to move or a wire to break.

While metal braces are still an excellent treatment option, they make eating terribly inconvenient. With clear aligners, patients can eat whatever they want since the clear aligners are removable while eating. All one needs to do is keep them in a safe place while eating and put them back in after brushing the teeth.

It is easy to keep your teeth clean

All one needs to do is brush and floss like a normal hygiene routine. We recommend that a patient carries a travel toothbrush to use after lunch but otherwise, the process does not require much else. Since aligners come off when the patient brushes his or her teeth, the patient does not need any special tools. Using Invisalign® will not increase the amount of time it takes to care for one's teeth or increase the likelihood of stains. Thus, this process makes it a more convenient option than braces.

Invisalign® is discreet

Perhaps the best thing about this solution is that you cannot see it. As long as you keep your teeth and aligners clean, they should remain virtually clear. This means that you can smile and go about your day without people noticing that you are straightening your teeth.

 May 15, 2017

Healthy Eating Tips from a General Dentist Office

 

As a general dentist in North Hollywood, we know that what you put in your mouth is vital to your oral health. There are certain foods that can strengthen your teeth while others weaken them. Since you only have one natural set of permanent teeth, taking steps to protect them is necessary to ensure that they last a lifetime. Otherwise, you could end up with early tooth loss and the need for restorations.  

Regardless of how old you are, it is never too late to start eating healthy. You can make changes now. While these changes will not erase past damage, they can prevent the damage from becoming worse. As an adult dealing with teeth sensitivities or struggling with cavities, these steps are even more important and urgent.

Suggestions for what you can do today to improve your oral health.

Avoid acidic food and drinks

While most people are aware of the risk posed by eating too much sugar, few consider how damaging acid can be for the teeth. It can directly lead to the erosion of enamel, which increases your risk of getting cavities and also creates tooth sensitivity. You only have a set amount of enamel, and once it has started to erode, you could be dealing with sensitive teeth for the rest of your life unless steps are taken to protect them. For this reason, do not suck on lemons or limes, eat sour candy, drink a lot of soda, etc. If you do, be sure to rinse your mouth immediately afterward and then brush your teeth gently after a few minutes.

Eat a balanced diet

If you eat healthy foods, you can remineralize your teeth or strengthen them. You should include green leafy vegetables, crunchy vegetables, nuts, dairy products, and lean protein in your diet. As a general dentist, we know that this type of diet can strengthen your teeth, and it is also good for your health overall.

Drink more water

Some oral health problems can come from a dry mouth. This is a condition where your body does not produce enough saliva, making it unable to naturally wash away food particles and plaque. This can also lead to stale or bad breath. In order to improve your health, drink lots of water. This will decrease your risk of cavities and improve your breath, especially if you are replacing sugary drinks with water (something we highly recommend).

Take a calcium supplement

Throughout your lifetime, your body is constantly adjusting for bone loss. Your body can deposit material to a bone or leach calcium from it. To keep your jawbone healthy and strong, take a calcium supplement. As a general dentist, we know that a strong and dense jawbone is crucial for your appearance and for supporting your teeth. Keep your jaw as strong as possible. This also means that if you do lose a tooth, you need to have it replaced quickly to prevent resorption.

For more information and tips on how you can practice healthy eating for your teeth, visit Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS today.

 

May 1, 2017 

Find a Dentist in North Hollywood to Answer Your Questions


If you need to find a dentist in North Hollywood we are here to help. In our family dental office, we provide preventative dental care in order to help you avoid getting cavities or gum disease. We also provide restorative and cosmetic dentistry which enables us to treat most, if not all, of the dental challenges you may face. While conducting dental exams, we are always open to answering questions. If you want to learn more about oral health, we invite you to schedule an appointment. In the meantime, here are some of the frequently asked questions and our answers to them.

I hear a lot about gum disease. What are the signs that I need treatment?

Gum disease is a serious condition that impacts millions of adults and even children. It is more common for people that do not receive proper dental care, people who smoke, or people who have diabetes since these conditions also restrict blood flow to the gums. If it is left untreated, the condition could lead to tooth loss, something that most people want to avoid.

This is why it is important to watch for the symptoms and schedule an appointment right away if one notices them. Patients need to watch for swollen gums, bleeding, red or irritated gums. If they are bothering the patient for a day or two, it may have been due to aggressive brushing. If, however, there is a pattern, or the symptoms are ongoing, the patient needs to visit us right away.

I’m looking to find a dentist in North Hollywood to treat my entire family. Can you help?

Yes, we are happy to treat the entire family. We believe that proper oral health starts at home and will take the time to show each family member how to brush and floss the right way, discuss eating healthy for a patient's teeth and more. This way, the family can stay in good oral health all year long.

Will you be able to fix a loose crown or filling if you weren’t the dentist that placed it initially?

Certainly, if we did not place the initial restoration, that is okay. We can examine the tooth to determine the problem. If the filling or crown needs replacement, then we can do so while keeping the patient comfortable throughout the process.

I need to find a dentist in North Hollywood to fix a chipped tooth. Do you offer this type of repair?

Yes, we are a restorative dentist and want to examine a chipped or cracked tooth as soon as possible. Many people make the mistake of thinking that a damaged tooth is strictly an appearance problem. This is simply not the case. If you damage your tooth, it will become susceptible to infection since bacteria can enter the tooth through the crack, etc. We can fix it using a variety of dental procedures that include bonding, a dental veneer, or a dental crown. During your appointment, we will make a recommendation for which solution we feel will be the most effective way to restore your tooth. 

 

April 25th, 2017 

A 13,000 Year Old Human with Dental Fillings found in Italy!

Scientists suspect the tooth was drilled with hand held tools. The teeth had large holes and were drilled down to the pulp layer! But the dental work was more advanced then you would expect! Inside the tooth cavities, were traces of bitumen, a tar-like substance that might have been used as an antiseptic or a filling to protect the tooth from getting infected, the researchers said.  

Archaeologists discovered a 13,000-year-old skeleton with two front teeth that have big holes in the surface that reach down to the tooth's pulp chamber.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/04/25/earliest-dental-fillings-discovered-in-13000-year-old-skeleton.html 

 

The Process of Wisdom Teeth Extraction

April 17, 2017

Needing wisdom teeth removal is a common problem many people face. Wisdom teeth often come in at a sideways angle and are impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth often stay underneath the gum line or just above it. This pushes on the other teeth in the mouth, and we will often recommend that you have wisdom teeth extraction surgery and remove them so they cannot continue to cause problems with the rest of your mouth. Impacted wisdom teeth are prone to pushing other teeth into a misaligned position, being slightly exposed and leading to infections or decay, or eventually causing you to have some distress. Once any of these things start happening, it is time to consider a wisdom teeth extraction from our North Hollywood dental office.

The wisdom teeth extraction procedure

A skilled oral surgeon will be the one to perform the wisdom teeth extraction. The process usually can be complete in the comfort of the dentist office and under the provisions of local anesthesia. Naturally, where and how we perform the wisdom teeth extraction depends on a few factors. These factors include the condition of the teeth themselves, how many teeth we need to remove and if there is a complication or infection. Typically, if the patient is having all the wisdom teeth extracted at the same time, we recommend that the patient has the procedure in the hospital. If there is an infection, the dentist will order antibiotics so the infection can be cleared up. We do not perform a wisdom teeth extraction surgery with an active infection. If the patient has an infection, then the patient can expect to have the process pushed back a few days.

On the day of the wisdom tooth extraction, it is best for the patient to not eat or drink for at least 12 hours before the process. While we can often do the procedure under a local anesthesia, there are times when a stronger general anesthesia may become necessary. We do not want the patient to have food in the digestive tract. General anesthesia will put the patient to sleep, making sure that he or she is unaware of any of the procedure. Once we are sure that the patient is asleep, the procedure for wisdom teeth extraction will begin.

To remove wisdom teeth, we will cut open the gum tissue and expose the tooth and bone. Any bone covering the tooth will also need to be removed. If the tooth is connected to the bone, we will remove the connecting tissues in order to remove the tooth itself. During a wisdom teeth extraction surgery, we often have to cut the tooth into smaller pieces to make it easier to remove. Once we remove all the pieces of the wisdom tooth, we will close up the opening with self-dissolving stitches. The stitches will dissolve after a couple of days.

Pain medication and gauze to place over the site will be prescribed by Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS, and you can expect to have discomfort for a few days after your wisdom teeth have been removed.

Learn How Single Tooth Dentures Can Restore Your Smile

April 3, 2017

 

 

Our North Hollywood dental office offers single tooth dentures to replace a tooth that you have lost to an accident, infection, or age. The most noticeable effect of one or more missing teeth is usually aesthetic. The way you look influences the way you feel. The psychological and social consequences of tooth loss can have negative effects on a person's self-esteem. However, a missing tooth does not just cause unsightly gaps, it can also have a damaging effect on your overall dental health.

Even the loss of one tooth may cause the other teeth in your mouth to shift and the facial muscles to sag, creating an older appearance. The alveolar bone that supports the teeth needs stimulation from adjoining teeth to maintain its form and density. When a tooth is missing, the lack of stimulation causes the bone to lose its external width, height and bone volume. When the alveolar bone starts to lose density, the basal bone (or jawbone) beneath it also begins to dissipate, causing facial muscles to collapse over time. Fortunately, we can replace missing teeth.

What Are Single Tooth Dentures?

A single tooth denture, also known as a partial denture, is a simple method for replacing a missing tooth. Single tooth dentures consist of artificial teeth with a pink or gum-colored plastic base. Single tooth dentures are held together at the base by metal framework that keeps the denture in place when it is in the mouth. A partial denture is detachable and consists of metal clasps that attach to the adjacent teeth, similar to an orthodontic retainer. A single tooth denture should be removed daily for cleaning and sleeping.

What Are the Advantages of Single Tooth Dentures?

Single tooth dentures are a popular option for many people because of how cost-effective they are, especially in comparison to implants or fixed bridges. It is the most non-invasive option for replacing one or more missing teeth and can be beneficial to anyone who may be medically compromised or cannot handle a more invasive dental procedure. While a single, partial denture does rely on neighboring teeth for support, the condition of the surrounding teeth does not necessarily affect its success. In the event, a single tooth denture sustains any cracks, chips or sustains damage, repairing or replacing it is a reasonably simple process and costs very little.

What Do New Dentures Feel Like?

New dentures may feel a little strange and loose for the first few weeks until the tongue and muscles within the cheeks learn to keep them in place. It is quite common for many people to feel some minor soreness initially, but these problems soon go away as the mouth adjusts.

Routine actions, such as eating, with a new, single tooth denture may take a little practice and can be initially uncomfortable for some denture wearers. To get used to the new denture, start with soft foods and cut them into small pieces. It is best to chew slowly using both sides of your mouth. As you get used to new dentures, introduce other foods until you return to your normal diet. Be cautious with extremely hot or hard foods and sharp-edged bones or shells. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard, like candy or gum, since these may stick to the denture and prove difficult to get out.

Some people may have trouble pronouncing certain words and should practice saying the difficult words out loud until they become accustomed to speaking properly with their new denture. If while talking, the denture makes a clicking sound, you may need to have it adjusted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Veneers are tooth colored material placed on the outside portion of the front teeth to enhance their shape, color , form and generally the smile. Veneers are different from Lumineers. Mostly to do veneers there's a minor reduction of the enamel surface about 0.5 mm. This provides more natural look of final results for teeth that have natural size with no space between them. 
In choosing between veneers and Lumineers one should consider the goal or the final result. Lumineers are more preferred with small size teeth or pace between the teeth. Thus The final result are usually enhanced  sized teeth. 
One thing most people don't know about veneers is that if they have heavy grinding or clenching issues they should consider getting a night guard to protect their veneers from coming off later as well as their opposing teeth from future wear. Also oral hygiene, flossing and brushing and protecting gums just as one should do with all natural teeth is very important. After all healthy smile is combination of healthy gums, and healthy teeth.

 

 

 

 

   

Straighten Your Teeth With Invisalign® Braces 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                     March 15, 2017 


InvisalignInvisalign braces can help you straighten your most stubborn teeth. The Invisalign technology is an improved, attractive alternative method of teeth straightening as opposed to the undesirable option of braces. With the same straightening power of braces, Invisalignhas more to offer you in the areas of aesthetic value and convenience. Do not hesitate to straighten your teeth because you do not want to deal with the unattractive hassle of metal braces when we can offer you a better, more beautiful way to straighten misaligned teeth.

What are Invisalign® braces?

Invisalign® is a cutting edge process that allows us to straighten patients' teeth without the distracting aspects of metal braces. We can provide patients with a strong plastic aligner that is so clear most people call it invisible. We personalize each aligner to fit the needs of the individual patient's teeth. Each patient will receive a new aligner every two weeks that will gradually straighten the misaligned teeth. People will barely be able to tell you are wearing the aligner. The most effective and efficient way to achieve the best results is to wear the aligner for at least 20 hours a day, only removing it to eat and brush one's teeth.

Are Invisalign® braces cost effective?

We will help patients to determine the best treatment route for their finances. Invisalign® is very cost effective, and most insurance companies will help to cover the costs. Over time, patients will save money because we will help correct the misaligned teeth to create teeth that are so straight they will not harbor bacteria nor cause dangerous conditions for oral health.

Will I need to wear a retainer after my treatment?

Whether or not one needs to wear a retainer will depend on how misaligned the teeth are, prior to the procedure. We usually encourage everyone to wear a retainer after treatment just to ensure the longevity of newly straightened teeth. A retainer will not be necessary at all times, mainly just as one sleeps. We will let an individual know how essential a retainer may be for oral health.

Will I wear my aligner during mealtimes?

Patients need to remove their aligner any time they eat, even if it is just for snacking. Any unnecessary pressure on the aligner can risk damaging it. Food particles can also get caught in the aligner if patients place it in without cleaning the teeth first. If the patient is in a convenient location, it is truly best to brush the teeth before putting the aligner back. Do not forget also to clean the aligner daily with clean water and a toothbrush. No toothpaste is necessary for the cleaning process.

Invisalign braces can offer you a seamless straightening journey with the Invisalign technology. You will be able to display your teeth proudly during and after your treatment. You won't have to worry about unattractive or uncomfortable braces. We know you will enjoy wearing your aligners, and you will be thrilled with the results that follow.


Tips From a Family Dentist for Encouraging Good Oral Health

March 1, 2017
 

Family Dentist

As a family dentist in North Hollywood, an expression that we share with patients is “a family that brushes together, visits the dentist less”. This very effectively sums up how we feel about families who make an effort to instill healthy, best practices in their children. The better we are at teaching our children great oral habits, the less likely they are to spend a lot of time in the dentist's chair. There is certainly no magic formula for avoiding certain types of tooth and gum diseases, but the one thing we know for sure is that the more you care for your teeth at home, the less likely you and your family are to need substantial treatments later on. Believe it or not, we would prefer to see you two times a year, once for a cleaning and once for an additional annual checkup in our North Hollywood dentist office.

A Family Dentist for the Entire Family Through the Years

We can be a great resource for your family. Having your children grow up with the same dentist that you visit, and having them see the same dentist from a very early age, provides a great deal of benefit and advantage for your family. For one, we will have an intimate first-hand knowledge of your child's teeth, past dental problems and what treatments are effective. This, in turn, serves a dual purpose, allowing us to easily diagnose the current oral health issues. Second, it gives us an edge in treating any potential problems early. It is for these reasons that we encourage parents to bring their child into our office before they reach school-age. Bringing your child in early to see the dentist will also help to establish a rapport and trust between our team and your child. This rapport will help to offset and alleviate any fears the child might have of dentistry later in life.

Make the Oral Hygiene Routine Fun

Aside from bringing the child in early, there are a few recommendations that we make as a family dentist, to help your child have great oral hygiene and develop healthy habits. These include making the oral hygiene routine fun. No child enjoys brushing his or her teeth. The more fun you make it, the greater chance you have of them actually engaging in the process. One technique that we have heard works extremely well for younger children is to make brushing and flossing about story time. Since we live in a high-tech world, and as such children are fascinated by gadgets. Many electric toothbrushes are not as expensive as they used to be, so getting your child an electric toothbrush may be the key to getting them to brush their teeth more often. For older, more troublesome, children this could be the winning touch for you.

Finally, the old adage, monkey see monkey do, applies very well to children who will imitate your behavior. Children who see their parents brushing twice a day, using floss, and rinsing after meals are more likely to follow this example and will subsequently spend less time having cavities treated at our North Hollywood family dentist office.


 

February 15, 2017

 The Process of Straightening Teeth From an Invisalign® Dentist

 

What Is Invisalign®?

Most problems people have with crooked, misaligned or protruding teeth can be successfully treated by an Invisalign® dentist. Invisalign®, which resembles the plastic trays that whiten teeth, is a preferred alternative to metal braces. Fitted by an Invisalign® dentist, these transparent plastic trays (aligners) fit snugly over the teeth and, over a period of time, incrementally move the crooked teeth into the desired position.

The length of treatment depends on how serious the problem is. In most cases, Invisalign® works in less time than traditional metal braces. Most adults wear these aligners from anywhere from six months to a year or, perhaps a little more. 

How Does Invisalign® Straighten Teeth?

At your initial consultation at our dental office in North Hollywood, we will evaluate your dental problems in detail. The assessment will include taking X-rays and impressions of your teeth that will later be developed into a 3D model. This 3D model enables us, as an Invisalign® dentist, to create an individualized treatment plan. That includes a series of smooth, thin, clear aligners that are specially made for your mouth.

An aligner is worn for approximately two weeks at a time until replaced with a new one. Every set of aligners is shaped slightly differently, which causes teeth to shift slowly into a new position, which is one small step towards the final goal. By the end of your treatment period, your teeth will have moved into a straighter, and more attractive position, creating your perfect smile.

The Benefits Of Invisalign®

While there are several types of braces available, for a number of reasons Invisalign® is often the preferred method to straighten teeth. The most obvious being that the clear plastic is virtually invisible. Also, unlike traditional metal braces, Invisalign® is removable, making it much easier to drink and eat anything you like for the entire course of your treatment.

The aligners used with Invisalign® can also be removed when you brush your teeth, making it easier to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth them. One of Invisalign's® best features is that well before you start your treatment, a 3D virtual model enables you to 'see' the final result as planned by our dentist office. We will go over the plan at our North Hollywood dental office before the treatment even begins to give you a glimpse into your beautiful future.

How Long Does Invisalign® Take To Work?

The time in which your treatment takes depends on a variety of factors including the condition of your bite, and how crooked or crowded your teeth are. On average, for most adults, the treatment process is about a year but can last up to two years. Aligners need to be worn faithfully for approximately 20 to 22 hours every day, for the entire duration of your treatment. The results greatly depend on how consistently you do so.

Why Choose Invisalign®?

Since 1997, when it was introduced to the market, more than 3 million happy smiles have been attributed to Invisalign® and the number keeps growing. Because of its ease of use, Invisalign® is the number one choice for most people looking to straighten their teeth. It causes little or no interference with daily life, and there is virtually no pain or discomfort during the treatment period. As an Invisalign® dentist in North Hollywood, we can help you obtain the smile you desire.

  


February 1, 2017 

 Why You Need a Dental Cleaning in North Hollywood

 

If it has been a while since you had a dental cleaning, we recommend that you give us a call and schedule an appointment right away.  It is important to keep your teeth and gums in excellent health, both for your mouth and for the rest of your body. As a dentist, we understand that your teeth and gums influence more than the appearance of your smile. Here are a few examples.

Your heart

People may not realize that the same plaque that can clog one's arteries is the plaque that people find on the teeth. There is a clear link between gum disease and heart disease with the majority of people that are treated for heart disease having both. While the research is still being conducted to determine the full extent of the connection, it is clear that if one wants a healthy heart, then healthy gums will be a contributing factor toward that goal.

Your comfort

In order to prevent an unpleasant toothache, it is important to receive ongoing dental care. The teeth and gums are one area of the body that people need to attend to even if there are no symptoms of something being wrong. While seemingly counterintuitive, this is the only way to prevent the discomfort of a toothache or other oral health problems. Upon scheduling a dental cleaning with our North Hollywood dental office, we will remove the plaque that has built up between the teeth, around the gum line and in all of the hard to reach places that people are not able to get to with regular brushing at home.

Most oral health problems do not happen overnight. Rather, they occur over time as the plaque is left in place and allowed to attack the teeth. Only by scheduling a professional cleaning can one be sure that his or her teeth are completely clean.  Additionally, if we identify any signs of cavities or gum disease, we can treat the condition before one experiences any discomfort.

Your teeth

Scheduling a dental cleaning twice a year will help patients to retain their natural teeth as they age. Adult tooth loss is incredibly common, impacting over 70 percent of the population. Whether a patient loses one tooth or all of his or her teeth, the patient is bound to be impacted by tooth loss unless the patient takes steps to prevent it. The best thing that a professional teeth cleaning does for the patient is that it allows us to remove plaque from around the gums. When plaque and tartar become trapped under the gum line, it can create gum disease. This, in turn, causes the gums to become red and swollen.

If gum disease is allowed to spread, then the gums will recede, and pockets will be created in the gum tissue. Bacteria can gather here and attack the tooth and roots, leading to loose teeth and the teeth eventually falling out. Fortunately, this is entirely preventable with ongoing dental care. 

To learn more about how preventative care can help you to remain healthy, call us at (818) 752-7525 and schedule an appointment. 

 

 January 17, 2017

Snoring & Sleep Apnea: How They are Connected

 

As sleep specialists, our North Hollywood dental office can help you with snoring & sleep apnea.  If this is something that you struggle with, it can be incredibly inconvenient. Snoring poses a problem since it can cause you to wake yourself up at night, preventing you from getting necessary rest.  It can also cause problems with a partner, forcing them to wear ear plugs or even sleep in another room.  Even if snoring does not particularly bother you, it can negatively impact your partner’s sleep, your relationship and quality of life.  This makes it an important condition to address, regardless of how trivial it may seem.

The connection between snoring & sleep apnea –

If you snore, it is important to consider why you snore.  As with most things, there is a trigger and for many patients that trigger is obstructive sleep apnea.  This is a condition where the lower jaw falls backwards at night due to a lack of muscle strength.  As the jaw falls backwards, the tongue goes with it. The result is that the tongue will block your airway as you sleep.  Since the body needs oxygen, it responds by doing whatever it can to move the tongue out of the way.  This can create snoring and choking sounds.  This is completely different than the snoring that is caused by a sinus infection or annual cold.  While upper respiratory infections do cause snoring, this is temporary and should go away as soon as you feel better. The snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea will not go away unless you treat the condition by keeping your airways clear while you sleep.

How we treat snoring & sleep apnea –

Fortunately, it is relatively easy to treat obstructive sleep apnea so that you can stop snoring and start sleeping better at night.  If your partner has been complaining, do not ignore their request.  We have a non-invasive, comfortable, and simple method to solve the problem that will allow both of you to sleep better.  All you need to do is to schedule a consultation so that our North Hollywood dental office can examine you and set you up with an at-home sleep study.  We will give you a small machine to take home along with instructions on how to hook it up so that we can get a report of how well you are or are not sleeping at night.  This is a more relaxing way to complete the test since you can do it from the comfort of your own home.  The next day, you will need to bring the results back so that we can review them and determine if you do indeed have sleep apnea.  If the test is positive, we will make an impression of your mouth and take measurements.  This information will then be sent to the lab so that a removable oral appliance can be created.  This device is small like a retainer and needs to be worn at night.  Unlike a bulky and loud CPAP machine, an oral appliance can fit in your pocket and does not make any noise, making it incredibly discreet.  It will hold your jaw in the forward position and, as a result, you can sleep better without the snoring.

 

 

 

 

 January 3, 2017

Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures That Can Improve Your Smile


If you have crooked, discolored, misshapen, or unevenly spaced teeth, our cosmetic dentistry procedures in North Hollywood can help. Having teeth you are uncomfortable with can cause self-consciousness and dental health problems. If you would like to avoid these mental and physical maladies, we can provide you with the proper cosmetic dentistry procedures necessary to make the important improvements you need.

Teeth Whitening:

Our whitening or bleaching techniques gently lighten your teeth. Teeth can be stained due to many factors, including food and drink, age, smoking, or even injury. Depending on your particular needs, we will develop a teeth whitening strategy for you to follow that will effectively whiten your discolored teeth, creating a healthier and more beautiful appearance.

Composite Fillings:

Our cosmetic dentistry procedures include tooth-colored, composite fillings that are more preferred by clients than the more traditional amalgam, or “silver,” fillings. If you are unhappy with the fillings you have, we can replace them with more attractive and natural looking tooth-colored ones. If you have chipped or broken fillings already, we can also replace them with those of better quality.  

Bonding:

Our bonding, a material similar in color and structure to our tooth-colored fillings, can be used to fill in chips and cracks and to improve the surface color of teeth.

Porcelain Veneers:

Our veneers are thin porcelain shells that are custom-created to cover your individual dental imperfections. These tooth-colored layers are bonded to the fronts of your teeth to create a more attractive smile. They can also restore damaged, uneven, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Our veneers require minimum alteration of your natural tooth.

Crowns:

Our crowns, also referred to as “caps,” are a tooth-colored protection that encases your entire tooth. These are custom-made for each tooth. Crowns can restore damaged teeth, cover vulnerable teeth, and protect teeth that have been cracked from further breakage. They can also be used solely for cosmetic improvements. If you have a drastically discolored or damaged tooth, we can provide a crown that will look like the nearby healthy teeth and provide a whole, even smile.

Dental Implants:

Our dental implants are a permanent replacement for missing teeth. We implant a titanium rod into your jawbone structure that will result in artificial roots securely anchored in place. Your bone will fuse with the metal rod, which will provide a strong, stable, and permanent root for a prosthetic crown to cover. The final dental implant product will look and feel permanent and provide an attractive improvement for missing teeth.

These are a few of the many cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer to improve and complete your smile. When you are looking for the most long-lasting, attractive, and resilient results that also look incredibly realistic, visit our office for a consultation. Our North Hollywood dental office can combine any of the above procedures for a complete smile makeover that you will love and that will last for decades.  

 

 

December 16, 2016 

Implant Supported Dentistry Provides Numerous Options for Tooth Replacement

Implant supported dentistry is one of the fastest growing trends among people who have lost all of their teeth. You have probably heard how dental implants can give you completely natural looking teeth on an individual basis. This is an amazing tooth replacement option if you still have ay of your other teeth. However, for many of our patients this is not the best options since they have lost an entire set of teeth. In cases like this we would typically be looking at a denture, often a removable set. There are inherent challenges with placing a denture in a patient's mouth, challenges that have led to implant supported dentistry which is an important change in how dentures are placed, the impact they have on your quality of life, and how they interact with the rest of your mouth. 

Before implant supported dentistry, our North Hollywood dental office only had the option of using a traditional denture when replacing a large number of teeth. While this was often an economically viable solution, there were challenges. For example the dentures were loose fitting and left the patient with a sense of uncertainty about how secure the dentures were. This looseness could cause them to slip when a person was eating or speaking and not only made the person uncomfortable but could also cause damage if they slipped at the wrong moment. From a dentists' perspective dentures slowly wore down the bony ridges that supported the teeth, by pressing down on them. All of these issues led us to search for a better solution - implant supported dentures, giving rise to the idea of implant supported dentistry at the same time. 

Dental implants are tiny titanium screws that are placed directly into the jawbone. They do a number of things for you. First, they provide a stable base on which we can then attach a new tooth or your dentures. The implants act like the root of your teeth, providing the dentures with a strong foundation and also acting in concert with your jawbone. The titanium in the implants bond with the jawbone, replicating the kind of symbiotic relationship that the root of a tooth has with the jaw. With regard to implant supported dentistry what this does is give you a strong, viable, and invisible way for us to attach your dentures. 

Dentures that are supported by dental implants are placed on top of the implant, meaning that they do not press directly onto the bone, and hence minimize the amount of pressure on the bone. Additionally, they are actually attached to the dental implant, which means there is no chance of them slipping around while you are trying to eat or speak. This gives a person an immediate boost in confidence. These dentures can still be removed from the mouth for cleaning and maintenance, something you should do on a regular basis if you have a removable denture. 

With implant supported dentistry, our North Hollywood dental office has several ways to replace your teeth, including individually and by providing a base for your dentures.  To discuss all of your options in detail, call (818) 752-7525 and schedule an appointment.

 December 2, 2016

Your Gums Can Benefit From Visiting Cosmetic Dentist, Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS 

As a cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood, we have a myopic focus on the aesthetics and appearance of your teeth. We have found that there is a case to be made for ensuring that your teeth look as good as they function. Smiles are considered a powerful tool in your tool chest. The better your smile, the higher your advantage at work and in social settings. As such, we have perfected a number of different techniques and procedures to ensure that your teeth and the rest of your mouth, remain in optimal condition aesthetically.  With the vast array of knowledge on the internet, what a cosmetic dentist does has become well known to the general public.

Our bread and butter, or daily, procedures consist of things that you have either heard of, read about or know someone that uses them. These include teeth whitening for brighter, whiter teeth, braces to straighten teeth, dental implants and dentures to replace lost teeth, and dental crowns of veneers to fix cracked and broken teeth. There are also a few procedures that Hollywood Smile Dental: Nadia E. Taheri, DDS performs that are not as well known, outside of cosmetic dentist circles. One of these involves the gums and is instrumental in improving the appearance and the health of a person’s mouth. 

As a cosmetic dentist, we know that your gums are as important to how you look as your teeth are. Additionally gums are critical to the health, wellbeing, and sustenance of your mouth. Unfortunately, gums come under frequent attack from gum diseases. One disease, periodontitis, caused the gums to become separated from the teeth. This unnatural separation leads to the formation of deep pockets within the gums themselves. The reason these pockets need to be removed is that they are unsightly and because they provide an ideal hiding spot for plaque. It is extraordinarily hard to brush away the plaque in these deep crevices, which in turn means that you will have a buildup of plaque bacteria inside these pockets which could lead to additional infections or diseases based on your already weakened immune system.

Removing the pockets is the only option. To do so, we will first numb your gums with a local anesthesia that is injected directly into the gums. Once the gums are sufficiently numb, we will remove the excess loose gum tissue and contour the gums so that they do not lose their shape. Finally, we may place putty over the gums to allow them protection and sufficient time to heal. 

Gum contouring is another one of those procedures that we do to make sure that your mouth looks its very best. Sometimes a person has gums that are too long. This can have the effect of giving you a gummy smile, which can be fixed by removing the excess gum tissue. At other times, we need to graft to the gums because they gums are too short. Gum contouring is an easy way to make sure you have the right shape and length of gum, which can be accomplished in our clinic under local anesthesia. As a cosmetic dentist, these are two of the many ways we can improve how your gums look while also keeping them healthy.  To learn more, we invite you to call (818) 752-7525 and schedule a consultation.


Kids' Orthodontics in North Hollywood Works to Solve Overcrowding Issues

November 15, 2016
 

Kids OrthodonticsWe provide kids orthodontics in North Hollywood, and one of the most common concerns parents have is if their child has overlapping or overcrowded teeth. This tends to be a particularly common issue, as children are in the process of losing their baby teeth and gaining their permanent ones. We have solutions to address this issue as part of an overall orthodontics treatment, and in some cases, we work to create more space before ever putting braces on. Here is what you need to know about our process.

Overcrowding can happen for a variety of reasons, but the most common are:

#1 - Teeth shifting due to early tooth loss

When your child loses a tooth on the playground or loses one due to decay, it can create a problem. Baby teeth serve an important role in helping your child develop their speech patterns and for helping them properly chew their food. Teeth perform another important duty: holding space for their adult teeth. If a baby tooth is lost too early, the remaining teeth can begin to adjust their position and encroach upon the open space. Once the adult or permanent tooth is ready to come in, the spot will no longer be available. To reduce the likelihood of this happening to your child, maintain good oral hygiene at home, have a child's teeth cleaned by a dentist twice a year, and have them wear a mouth guard while playing sports.

#2 - Their palate is simply too small

If your child does not have a large enough palate to accommodate a full set of teeth, we will need to enlarge the palate. Enlarging the palate takes work and assistance from our orthodontics solutions. Fortunately, it is entirely possible to solve this problem.

As a provider of kids orthodontics in North Hollywood, we can address this issue using several methods:

  • Spacers. We can place small metal bands around their teeth. These bands will work to create space, and if they are on several teeth, more room will be created so the teeth can move into the correct position. This works well for minor overcrowding issues or in combination with an expander.
  • Expander. To widen your child's palate, we can place an expander on the roof of his or her mouth. This expander will be adjusted on a daily basis so it slowly pushes outward. As it does, the palate is forced to expand, room is created, and their teeth may begin to move or adjust accordingly. It is very effective.
  • Extraction. We prefer to use non-invasive solutions. However, if you would like to explore extracting some of your child's teeth, this is certainly a way to create space.

When you bring your child to visit us for kids orthodontics in North Hollywood, we can examine them, take X-rays, and let you know what solutions would work best for their particular situation. In some cases, parents select an option based on cost, while others select the least invasive method. Whatever you choose, we will incorporate it into their treatment plan so your child can end up with a beautiful smile and teeth that are perfectly positioned.

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Kids Dental Cleaning and Examinations: Have them in Early and Often

November 1, 2016
 

Kids Dental CleaningIf you are in need of kids dental cleaning and examinations, give us a call.  We help children from a very young age to develop healthy oral hygiene and the habits necessary to stay in excellent oral health as they age.  Education should begin early, and kids as young as one-year of age can begin to appreciate brushing their teeth.  It simply takes education, effort and consistency – three things that we can help you with.

At our office, we recommend that you bring your child in for teeth cleaning while they are still very young.  We can make sure that their teeth are growing in correctly and clean them in order to reduce their risk of developing cavities.  Tooth decay (cavities) is a significant problem.  In fact, it is so common that the CDC has labeled tooth decay as a leading infectious disease and a number one reason for kids missing school.  This is a problem and one that we can help to solve.  By simply cleaning our patient's teeth, we can remove built up plaque and tartar that can cause these health problems.  Here is how it works:

  • When your child eats, they are putting sugar onto their teeth
  • Sugar reacts with the bacteria in the mouth and plaque is created
  • Plaque can secrete acid so the longer that it remains on the teeth, the more likely it is that acid will begin to attack the teeth
  • After a while, the acid finally breaks through the layer of enamel and tooth decay begins
  • Decay can and will spread if left untreated, this is why your child should have decay removed immediately.  Once it has spread the process of removing it is far more significant

*If we can perform kids dental cleaning and examinations, we can remove plaque and tartar early on and prevent the formation of cavities in the process.

  • If your child does develop decay, we will need to numb that area of their mouth and then remove the decay before cleaning and restoring it.  Doing so quickly is critical for ensuring that they do not experience any unnecessary discomfort or irritation like a terrible toothache.

Kids Dental Cleaning and Examinations North Hollywood

Teeth cleaning appointments are relatively fast.  We can clean your child's teeth in thirty minutes when we have to and this will give you plenty of time to get them back to school or to leave on your family road trip. Given how quickly we can complete a cleaning, there is no reason not to schedule one.  When you consider the health problems that a cleaning can prevent, it becomes even more important to come on in. We are confident that your experience will be positive when you do.

Schedule an appointment with our dentist office today.  We can clean your child's teeth, examine them, and ensure that they are in excellent oral health today and that they will be twenty years from now. However, it all begins with regular cleanings and examinations.

Live in North Hollywood, CA and have questions about kids dental cleaning and examinations? Give us a call at (818) 752-7525.

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North Hollywood Dentist Answers Frequently Asked Questions

October 17rd, 2016
 

North Hollywood DentistAs your North Hollywood dentist, I answer a large number of questions during regular dental checkups and exams. I am happy to answer any questions a patient has since the answers can help fuel the patient's interest in oral health. The more you know about your teeth and gums, the easier it will be to keep them in good health. I encourage you to call the office and schedule an appointment for your own exam. In the meantime, here are answers to some of these frequently asked questions.

How often should I buy a new toothbrush?

I recommend that you change out your toothbrush every three months. However, if you notice that your toothbrush smells funny, looks stained, or the bristles are fraying, you should throw it away and buy a new one. Another reason to buy a new toothbrush is if you have been really sick. Brushing with the same toothbrush will only put germs back into your mouth.

What kind of toothbrush should I buy?

It is best to purchase an electronic or battery-powered toothbrush if you are able to choose since they will provide you with the cleanest teeth. Otherwise, I suggest a soft toothbrush. The enamel on your teeth can easily break down if you use a hard toothbrush or brush too aggressively. Using a soft toothbrush will clean your teeth in a safe manner.

How often should I floss?

As a dentist, I recommend that you floss your teeth on a daily basis. Flossing is the most important thing you can do at home to prevent gum disease. You need to be sure to floss all the way down so that you can remove the plaque from between your teeth and gums.

Why do I need to visit the dentist regularly?

No matter how hard you try to keep your teeth clean, there will be areas inside of your mouth where plaque and tartar become trapped. When you receive a professional teeth cleaning, we can remove any plaque and tartar to significantly lower the chances of you developing a cavity or gum disease. Additionally, these visits allow us to identify any oral health problems while they are small and before they cause you any discomfort.

Are root canals uncomfortable?

Not with the right dentist and the right medication. We complete root canals quickly and efficiently in our office after numbing the area to help you relax. You will feel some pressure but any discomfort will be minimal. A root canal is an important procedure that has gotten a bad reputation, primarily because of how the tooth feels when it is infected, before treatment. You will feel pain when the tooth is still infected opposed to after a root canal. After the procedure, your tooth may be sensitive for a few days but that can easily be controlled with medication.

Does teeth whitening really work?

Yes, teeth whitening works incredibly well. We can whiten your teeth in our dentist office to remove surface stains and deep discoloration. With professional teeth whitening, we can help your beautiful smile shine through.

If you have more questions, call and schedule an appointment with our North Hollywood dentist office.

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Our North Hollywood Dentist Office Can Provide You With More Than a Children's Dental Cleaning

October 3rd, 2016
 

Children's DentistWhen you visit our North Hollywood dentist office for a childrens dental cleaning, we will remove the plaque and tartar on your child's teeth, but that is only the start. The cleanings are incredibly important because it allows us to remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on their teeth, in an effort to prevent both cavities and decay. Doing so twice a year is the best way to keep your children in excellent oral health. However, there is more that must be done. When you bring them to our office, we will also recommend:

#1 - An examination

Our North Hollywood dentist office always examines our patients' teeth to identify any signs of early decay. Waiting until a full blown cavity has developed is unnecessary and unwise. We can look at your child's teeth and find areas that are getting soft and identify any locations that could turn into decay. By applying fluoride, we may be able to reverse course. If we cannot because a cavity is already forming, we can remove the decay, clean the area, and provide them with a dental filling. The key is to identify and treat these issues early before your child ever feels a toothache. We view this as incredibly important for developing a positive view of dentistry and for keeping your child or children comfortable.

#2 – A fluoride treatment

After we are done with a children's dental cleaning, we typically recommend completing a fluoride treatment. This is the easiest way for us to strengthen their teeth and combat erosion. Many people are unaware that by simply eating, drinking soda, and brushing teeth too aggressively, the enamel on the teeth may start to erode. When it does, the teeth become more susceptible to getting cavities or becoming infected. By applying a fluoride treatment, we can strengthen the teeth to reduce this risk. In fact, this simple treatment can actually reduce your child's risk for developing cavities by 30 percent. That is certainly significant, especially when you consider that this treatment is cheap and easy for them.

#3 - Dental sealant

If we notice that your child has deep ridges on the chewing surfaces of their teeth, we may recommend that to place dental sealant on them. A dental sealant is a plastic-like substance that we place onto the teeth. It only takes a couple of minutes per tooth, but once it hardens, it creates a barrier that will prevent food and plaque from actually touching the teeth. As a result, food will not get stuck, children can easily brush their teeth, and their overall oral health will drastically improve.

To keep your family in good oral health, visit our dentist office for a children's dental cleaning today. We will clean their teeth, examine them, and then discuss the preventative care solutions that we recommend. We will also spend time showing your child how to brush and floss properly while discussing healthy choices they can make for what to eat and drink on a daily basis.

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Why Regular Visits to Your North Hollywood Dentist Matters

September 15, 2016
 

DentistWhile not having your teeth cared for can lead to a variety of future problems, many people still do not grasp the importance of regular trips to your North Hollywood dentist. A dentist can help you lead a long, healthy life, free of many ailments.

The list below is just a short snippet of what regularly visiting your dentist can do for you.

Early Detection of Cavities

Early detection of cavities is one of the main reasons it is important to visit the dentist on a regular basis. When you visit every six months, your dentist will be able to spot potential dental problems before they become dangerous. Early detection will help your treatment become less expensive and less intensive

Prevention of Cavities

The prevention of cavities is much easier when you have a knowledgeable dentist on your side. If you are “cavity prone,” a dentist can work with you to determine the best regimen for preventing cavities. When you visit a dentist, you'll learn how to care for your teeth by flossing and brushing. If you are still cavity prone after proper dental hygiene is implemented,  you may even be prescribed toothpaste with additional fluoride in it to help protect your teeth.

Detection of Medical Conditions

A dentist can discover some medical conditions or diseases, like cancer, by symptoms that appear in your mouth. Whenever you visit the dentist, your mouth will be checked for sores, lesions, and swollen areas that can lead to discovery and treatment. People can prevent the risk of mouth cancer and ease the treatment process by catching the symptoms at a dentist early on.

Gum Disease Prevention

Periodontal disease, better known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums and tissues that support your teeth. Gum disease starts as a milder form called gingivitis. When plaque builds up, it hardens and becomes tartar. Tartar buildup will inflame and infect your gums. If they are not immediately treated it could lead to severe gum disease. You will know you have gum disease by bleeding and swollen gums, persistent bad breath, and tenderness. Untreated gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth, gum recession, and the weakening of your jaw bone and dental structure. Visiting your dentist on a regular basis will help prevent gum disease, and if you are developing gum disease already, you can receive treatment sooner to prevent long term problems.

Confidence Improvement

Much of a person's confidence is based on how comfortable they are with their smile. If you have excellent teeth, you will be inclined to smile more often, and you will most likely be happier overall. A quality dentist can help keep your teeth white, strong, healthy, and beautiful. A dentist can also recommend a reliable orthodontist if you need to have your teeth straightened, and they can keep your teeth clean and healthy throughout orthodontic treatment.

There are even more reasons to visit the dentist in addition to these. For the best smile and the healthiest lifestyle, make regular dentist visits a priority in your life.

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3 Reasons to Have Dental Surgery to Replace Missing Teeth

September 1, 2016
 

Dental SurgeryOur North Hollywood dental office can perform dental surgery to give you back the full functionality and appearance of your smile after tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth is a critical process for improving the outward appearance, bone health, speech, ability to eat, and self-confidence. Whether or not to replace teeth is not an option. The main option that you will want to consider is how you want to replace them. With standard options like dentures and dental bridges, many people instantly gravitate toward what they know. However, there is a third option that is far more durable and better for your health: dental implants. Surgically placing them in the jaw, dental implants are worth learning more about.

Here are the top three reasons our patients replace their teeth using dental surgery to acquire dental implants:

#1 - They want a new tooth that does not go anywhere.

Dentures may look like natural teeth, but they are designed to be removed on a nightly basis. That means your teeth can move out of place or become loose at any time. If you are trying to enjoy a nice big steak, that can be incredibly inconvenient. If you are running a marathon, it can be embarrassing. If you want teeth that stay in place no matter what, you need implants.

#2 - Implants stop resorption.

Within the first year of losing a tooth, you will start to experience resorption — at a rate of 25 percent in a single year. Resorption is when the body begins to leach calcium from your jawbone because it believes that your jaw is no longer doing its job of supporting your teeth. The more calcium your jaw loses, the less dense it will be. Resorption puts your remaining teeth at risk and can cause your face to have a sunken appearance, making you look far older than you are. Dental implants provide your jaw with the stimulation it needs to stop the resorption process. During the dental surgery, the surgeon attaches the implant to the jawbone so osseointegration can take place.

#3 - They're looking for a solution that looks natural.

Dental implants are the most natural-looking way to replace teeth because a dental lab creates the tooth portion to your exact specifications and measurements. The lab can even match the shade of white necessary to blend in with your surrounding teeth. Since the tooth is secured to your implant, it is not connected to your other teeth in any way. There are no visible wires or hooks like with dentures and no dental crowns to worry about, like with a dental bridge.

Dental Surgery Is Your Best Option

When it comes down to convenience, appearance, health, and durability, nothing compares with the benefits that come from dental implants. When you use implants to replace your teeth, you can eat all your favorite foods, maintain a healthy lifestyle without worrying about your teeth, exercise, laugh out loud, and do anything you would with a full set of natural teeth. There are no restrictions beyond taking care of your smile. To learn more about the many benefits, call and schedule a consultation with our North Hollywood dental office.

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Answers to Questions About Acid and Erosion From a North Hollywood Dentist

August 15, 2016
 

North Hollywood DentistAs a North Hollywood dentist, we answer a lot of questions about how to keep teeth healthy.  Patients  ask about risk factors and what they need to avoid in order to prevent teeth infection.  One of the common risk factors is acid reflux.  Many patients are unaware that acid reflux can directly impact the health of teeth.

Here is what you need to know about how the two are related:

How does acid reflux work?

When acid moves backwards up through your esophagus and into your throat and mouth, you will start to feel a burning sensation in your stomach, chest, and throat.

What is reflux-induced erosion?

When the acid enters your mouth, it will start to attack your teeth and wear them down, one layer at a time.  As a North Hollywood dentist, we try to catch the condition early so that we can strengthen and fortify teeth before they become too damaged.  Erosion can at first lead to sensitivity and later, to bone loss.

What are the risks to my health?

As the enamel on your teeth starts to wear away, your teeth will become sensitive, possibly making it painful to eat and drink. This is because underneath the enamel is dentin and nerves to your tooth.  When food and drink touch the nerves, the pain signal can be sent to your brain. If the erosion continues, it can lead to bone loss and some people report getting holes in their teeth.  Others live with teeth that are weak and thin, susceptible to breaking.

What are the treatment options?

You can treat the actual acid by taking a doctor prescribed medication on a daily basis in addition to using antacids.  If the damage has already occurred, we can treat erosion and tooth sensitivity by performing a bonding procedure but this only works in the early stages of the condition.  Dental crowns strengthen and protect teeth that have become eroded to the point where they are weak and brittle.  Even teeth with holes in them may be able to be saved by using a dental crown. This is a common solution for damaged teeth but if the erosion goes too long without intervention, the tooth may be lost.

What can I do to reduce the damage?<

>After an acid reflux attack, rinse your mouth with baking soda.  The baking soda will help to neutralize the acid, and if you have attacks on a regular basis, you may want to switch to a toothpaste that contains it.  If you don't have baking soda, rinse with plain water or antiseptic mouthwash.  Don't brush your teeth for an hour after as it can further erode your enamel.  You can also drink a glass of milk or use an antacid to feel better.  We also recommend avoiding acidic foods since eating things high in acid like lemons, can only further irritate your teeth.

To learn more about this condition or to schedule a visit with our North Hollywood dentist office, give us a call.

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A North Hollywood Dentist Can Keep Your Teeth Healthy During Retirement

August 1, 2016
 

DentistAs a North Hollywood dentist office, we find that many adults make the mistake of visiting the dentist less frequently after retiring.  Perhaps it is the change in daily routine, but many retirees do not have their teeth examined or cleaned as often as they should.  This is unfortunate because oral health plays an important role in overall health, regardless of how old you are.

In our dental office, we have identified some common health concerns that those over 65 tend to face. Gum disease is at the top of the list.  Gum disease is an extremely common condition that develops due to a lack of oral hygiene, failure to visit the dentist, and a person's health.  For example, those with diabetes are at a greater risk of getting gum disease.  This is something we can identify and treat in our dental office, and if we catch it immediately, a deep cleaning may be all that is necessary for eliminating the symptoms of the disease.  If, however, gum disease is left untreated, it can cause the gums to recede and pull away from the teeth.  Pockets are then created in the gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth structure and roots. If the gums continue to pull away, the risk of getting an infection or experiencing bone loss. For this reason, gum disease is notorious for increasing the risk of tooth loss.

Patients of our North Hollywood dentist office can decrease the risk of gum disease and tooth loss by having teeth cleaned twice a year.  During these appointments, we can not only clean the teeth but also identify any signs of cavities, infections or erosion.  In older adults, enamel erosion is a common problem, even before retirement age.  Due to eating acidic foods, brushing too aggressively, a lack of dental care or age, enamel can wear away. When it does, the dentin and nerve endings underneath become exposed.  This can create sensitive teeth and incredible amounts of discomfort.  During routine exams, we look for erosion and can offer solutions such as dental crowns to protect teeth if necessary.

Replacing Missing Teeth

As a North Hollywood dentist, we can both restore and replace any teeth that you have lost due to age or infections.  We recommend scheduling a consultation to start the process and during your visit, we will examine your teeth and gums while also taking x-rays.  We will then discuss your lifestyle and the goals that you have for your smile.  The more information you provide, the more customized our recommendation and solution can be.  For example, if your lifestyle is incredibly active with you traveling, playing sports, etc. you may want a dental implant since this is the most durable and permanent solution.  However, if you are looking to replace all of your teeth and don't want to pay as much attention to your oral health, a full set of dentures may be a preferable solution.  As your local dental office, we can discuss all of your treatment options while also helping you to remain in excellent oral health as you age.

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How Do I Know if Cosmetic Dentistry Is the Right Option for Me?

July 20, 2016
 

cosmetic dentistryIf you want to know if cosmetic dentistry can help you, call and schedule a consultation with our North Hollywood office. We focus on improving the appearance of teeth while helping our patients stay in excellent oral health. Our goal is to give you a smile that is beautiful and natural-looking. We know you have multiple options when it comes to selecting the type of dentist you want to see. It is important to note that the biggest benefit of visiting our office is that we can perform the procedures you need in a way that blends in with the surrounding teeth. This way, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to tell which tooth was ever damaged in the first place.

If you want to know if cosmetic dentistry can help you, call and schedule a consultation with our office. We focus on improving the appearance of teeth while helping our patients stay in excellent oral health. Our goal is to give you a smile that is beautiful and natural-looking. We know you have multiple options when it comes to selecting the type of dentist you want to see. It is important to note that the biggest benefit of visiting our office is that we can perform the procedures you need in a way that blends in with the surrounding teeth. This way, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to tell which tooth was ever damaged in the first place.

Cosmetic dentistry can help if you …

Have discolored or stained teeth. Due to how easy it is to stain teeth, this is a common complaint. Even eating certain healthy foods can be bad for your teeth. Blueberries, for example, can stain your teeth and so can antibiotics. Unfortunately, stains and discoloration can make your teeth and your face look older. We can help by whitening your teeth using our professional-grade solution. As it penetrates the enamel, the process of oxidization begins, and the molecules inside of the teeth begin to reflect less light and appear colorless.

See gaps in between your teeth. If you look in the mirror and see large gaps in between your teeth, we can help by solving the problem without the need for orthodontics. This means we can close any gaps you have in one or two appointments. If the gaps are small, we may recommend dental bonding. If they are larger, dental veneers may be a more durable solution for you. In any case, your appearance will be greatly improved while your time is saved.

One tooth is longer than another. We can shape any teeth that are a different size than the surrounding ones. Also, if your teeth are generally too large or too small for your frame, we can shape them using dental bonding and improve your appearance. The other options are dental veneers and dental crowns, but these two take longer to place.

Your teeth are crooked. We can correct your crooked teeth just like we can close gaps in between them. We still recommend you use orthodontics if your jaw is misaligned or you have numerous issues with your teeth. Orthodontics is incredibly effective, but the challenge is that the procedure takes a long time. Other procedures will not change the position of your teeth, but they will make them appear straight, and dental veneers are our preferred method for doing so.

One of your teeth is damaged. As a cosmetic dentistry office, we can restore your damaged tooth in a way that looks natural, while still being fully functional. We prefer to do this right away so your teeth are not exposed to infection.

To learn more about our solutions, call and schedule a consultation with our North Hollywood office.

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What You Need to Know About Dental Extractions

July 1, 2016
 

dental extractionsDental extractions, the removal of one or more teeth from the alveolar bone, are far more feared than most other dental treatments like fillings or veneers. Most people simply dread the prospect of having a tooth pulled. However, knowing exactly what to expect during the process may help to relieve anxiety, while knowing what to do afterward will help speed up your recovery.

But first, why does a tooth have to be removed?

Why Dental Extractions Become Necessary

Although permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted. For example:

  •     Severe Damage: If one or more of your teeth have been damaged or decayed to the point that repair is simply not possible.
  •     Periodontal or Gum Disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth. Should this have advanced to a point where the diseased gum has caused one or more teeth to become loose, it may become necessary to remove the teeth
  •     Extra Teeth: Occasionally, some people have extra teeth in their mouth, which are very likely to keep regular teeth from erupting or cause problems with the bite.  
  •     Impacted Teeth: An impacted tooth is one that, for one reason or another, has either failed to erupt or has emerged only partially. This is a problem common to one's wisdom teeth, especially when there is insufficient room in the back of the jaw. While not all impacted teeth cause discomfort, sometimes swelling, pain, and infection of the gum tissue can result.
  •     Orthodontic Treatment: Misaligned or crooked teeth can be straightened with braces. However, on occasion, the teeth are crowded, and space has to be made in the jaw so the remaining teeth can be aligned properly.

What to Expect During a Dental Extraction in our North Hollywood office

Most tooth extractions are a relatively simple procedure performed under a local anesthetic, which has to be injected into the gum. While there is some discomfort associated with the injection, a numbing agent is usually applied to the surface of the gum, so you do not feel much of the prick of the needle. If you are very nervous, additional local anesthetic can be preceded by oral medication that keeps you calm or nitrous oxide that causes you to feel slightly euphoric. Both are highly effective ways to alleviate mild to moderate anxiety.

As the medication begins to take effect in about three to five minutes, you may notice your tongue, cheek, and/or lip have lost feeling. If you have been in pain with a decayed or traumatized tooth, you will feel blessed relief at this stage. After the area is completely numb, the tooth can be extracted.

Most people are under the impression that their teeth are set in the bone like a pole is set in concrete. This is far from the case. The tooth is attached to the alveolar bone by connective fibers called the periodontal ligaments. The tooth has to be rocked back and forth to loosen it from the bone and detach the ligaments that hold it in place, a motion you may feel.

Feeling and Sound

Because local anesthetic only works on nerve fibers, you will feel both pressure and movement while the tooth is being removed. However, under normal circumstances, there will be no pain. And in case you do begin to feel some, you can always signal you would like a little more pain medication.

Also, you may hear a snapping or breaking noise, which is nothing to worry about, being usually caused by one of the roots of the tooth breaking. This is a minor issue, and the remaining part of the root will be removed separately.

In most cases, dental extractions take between five and 15 minutes. You will be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze until the bleeding stops and may be prescribed an antibiotic to discourage any infection.

Our North Hollywood dental office will also discuss what you should and should not eat and drink until the wound is completely healed.

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Interesting Facts About Orthodontics

June 29, 2016
 

orthodonticsIf your teeth need straightening, you should visit a certified orthodontics office for treatment. Orthodontics is a field of dentistry specifically concerned with straightening crooked or crowded teeth, treating malocclusions, correcting abnormalities in the mouth cavity, and fixing bite and jaw alignment. Having your teeth corrected can give you a more attractive appearance and a healthier mouth. If you are considering receiving straightening treatment in North Hollywood, you may be intrigued by these interesting facts about orthodontics.

  • Only 5 percent of dentists practice orthodontics.
  • Orthodontists receive years of specialized education in which they correctly learn how to straighten teeth. This additional education is required for all forms of orthodontics. If your general dentist suggests they can effectively straighten your teeth, visit our orthodontics office instead. Most orthodontists receive seven years of education following high school.
  • Our orthodontics office in North Hollywood is up-to-date with the latest technology regarding the best methods for teeth straightening. We are constantly acquiring more knowledge regarding the best orthodontic practices.
  • The American Association of Orthodontists suggests that children see an orthodontist by age seven at the latest. The earlier your child receives treatment, the sooner their growth development can be successfully and permanently corrected.
  • Some adhesives used for attaching the brackets of braces actually release fluoride that can help strengthen and remineralize your teeth.
  • If you do not go through a retention phase after having your braces removed, you are more likely to need braces again, as your teeth were not correctly and permanently repositioned without this phase.
  • Some braces include the material nickel-titanium, which was actually developed by NASA scientists for its shape memory abilities.
  • Lingual braces, a form of braces placed so they are invisible to others, were actually first called couture braces. Lingual braces work the same way as traditional braces, but the brackets and wiring adhere to the backside of your teeth.
  • “Clear braces” are very similar to metal braces, but they blend in better with your teeth due to the ceramic components. Clear braces are translucent, so your natural tooth color shows through, eliminating most of the distracting metal that some patients dislike.
  • There are actual floss picks created for braces wearers to make cleaning easier. You can also use a water pick to squirt out lodged food particles from in between teeth without having to navigate around your braces wires and brackets.

There are many factors that go into the potential success of orthodontics treatment. Age and health, genetics, bad habits like nail biting and teeth grinding, diet, missing teeth, stress, and responsibility of the patient can all affect the progress of orthodontics and the final result of a permanent straightening. These are reasons why it is so important to follow the instructions of your orthodontist faithfully and to make your investment count by following a treatment plan fully.

These are only a few of the interesting things you can learn about orthodontics. For more information about the services we provide in North Hollywood and the history of braces, visit our office for an appointment. You will soon have the beautifully straightened teeth you want!

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Teeth Whitening Services in North Hollywood: Know Your Options

June 1, 2016
 

teeth-whiteningWhen you are considering teeth whitening services in North Hollywood, it is important to know your options. You should visit our professional office for help determining what kind of teeth whitening service is right for your teeth. Once we get to know a little about your dental background, we can examine your teeth and talk with you about your options. All of our teeth whitening services in North Hollywood work wonders for a dull or stained smile.

Before Teeth Whitening Service

There are many reasons you should consider whitening your teeth. One of the most important reasons is the boost it can give your self-confidence. Without realizing it, many people feel unattractive and begin avoiding social and business interactions when their teeth are stained. Don't let stained teeth dictate your life when you can receive treatment now. As you age, your teeth begin to look duller and more yellow. Teeth whitening service can improve your appearance, making you look younger and more vibrant. Even when you have excellent oral hygiene, the appearance of yellow teeth can make it look like you don't. Having your teeth whitened will make you look more hygienic and approachable. These are just a few of the reasons you should have your teeth whitened. When you want to make a good impression in your career and your daily life, it is high time that you consider reversing the evidence of years of staining.

Why Your Teeth Are Stained

It can be hard to understand how your teeth have become stained, especially when you practice good oral hygiene. Surface stains and discoloration on the inner layers of your teeth are very common. There are many reasons why your teeth may have stains. Like mentioned above, with age your teeth naturally appear more stained due to the enamel thinning that occurs after years of use. Using tobacco and smoking are also big contributors to teeth staining. If you smoke, removing stains from your teeth will be an ongoing process. Darkly pigmented, and acidic foods and drinks can also cause staining— coffee, wine, tea, soda and bright colored candies are just a few examples. Damage to your teeth from root canals, chips, or even using too much fluoride while your teeth were developing can cause deeper stains. Finally, oral hygiene plays a big part in the discoloration of teeth. If you have plaque build up, your teeth will have a yellow tinge that will not change until you have your teeth professionally cleaned.

Our Teeth Whitening Services in North Hollywood

We offer a variety of services to fulfill your whitening needs. We offer bleaching and non-bleaching remedies that vary in intensity and results. Most of our whitening solutions contain a whitening agent in the form of carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide that will allow us to reach surface stains as well as stains on a deeper level. The concentrations of these chemicals vary, but we have developed the perfect combinations of these agents and other substances to offer you the best teeth whitening services available.

All of the teeth whitening options we offer in North Hollywood are safe for use on your teeth. Keeping your teeth in the best condition possible is our priority, and this involves whitening your teeth to the best shade they can be!

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What Life is Like with Braces

May 20, 2016
 

BracesAt our practice, we use braces to give our patients a beautiful and straight smile. Orthodontics can change your life by making you proud of your smile. Whether it's closing a gap, straightening teeth, or correcting a misaligned bite, we can help.

In order to determine if you are the right candidate for orthodontics, and to learn how they can help you, schedule a consultation. During your initial exam, we will evaluate your teeth and jaw then discuss what your goals are prior to making a recommendation. We believe in educating and empowering patients so that they can take an active role in their treatment. Once it is determined that braces will accomplish your goals, it is time to get started!

On the day that your braces are installed you will be sitting in the dental chair for a while. A metal bracket needs to be placed on each of your teeth than a wire will be threaded through the center of each bracket, connecting them together. Once the wire is in place, a rubber band will be attached to each bracket in order to hold the wire in place. The rubber bands come in multiple colors so you can stand out with hot pink or use a clear rubber band to become more inconspicuous. Your teeth will feel sore for a few days so you should keep pain medication on hand and stock up on soft cool foods. Things like ice cream and popsicles will feel great for the first couple of days.

Once the soreness has gone away, you can go back to eating as before, with a few exceptions. You will want to avoid eating things that are too hard or crunchy like nuts because they can damage your braces. You should also avoid foods that are sticky and high in sugar. Keep in mind that any food or drinks that can stain your teeth will have an even easier time doing so when you are wearing braces because it is more difficult to brush now. Another thing that will take some getting used to is eating with a metal spoon or fork. Initially, it will seem strange to have anything metallic in your mouth but this will fade over time.

It is important to protect your braces and to care for them properly. Instead of only brushing in the morning and evening, carry a soft toothbrush with you and brush after every meal. This will start to feel natural because food can easily get stuck in between your braces, and brushing is the easiest way to remove it. There are also special brushes that are small with a point to brush around your brackets, which is useful for removing plaque. Flossing is also imperative so make sure to do this on a daily basis.

By properly caring for your teeth, you can help the orthodontics treatment to go smoothly. You can also prevent cavities and stains by proper at home care along with regular dental exams and teeth cleanings.

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The Facts About Dental Crowns

May 02, 2016
 

Dental CrownsWhen a tooth needs strengthening, dental crowns are an excellent option. Many patients are unaware of their uses and how they can work to protect and strengthen teeth. They are essentially a cap that is placed over a tooth to cover the top and sides of it. This creates a protective barrier that is also extremely durable.

Dentists always use them after a root canal has been performed on the posterior or back teeth. In a root canal, the dentist removes the dental pulp which is the soft center of the tooth. A filling is placed into the tooth, but it still may not be strong enough to sustain constant and powerful biting and chewing. This requires an additional step in order for patients to have the full functionality of their tooth.

A dental crown is able to provide patients with the strength and durability they cannot get from a filling alone. Where a filling simply closes a gap or hole, a crown surrounds the tooth and prevents bacteria and plaque from reaching it. The crown also enables people to eat and bite down like they normally would without fear of harming the tooth.

Previously, dental crowns were only made of metal materials. To this day, many people walk around with metal crowns still intact. They are very durable and strong but look unattractive. This has prevented many patients from crowns. Fortunately, technology has improved so that now a patient can have the benefits of a dental crown without the appearance of one. They can be made of porcelain-on-metal, all-porcelain, and all-ceramic. All three of these options will deliver a natural looking crown, but the porcelain-on-metal combines the best of both worlds by being strong and looking good. They can be used on all teeth and are extremely effective.

Dental crowns are also used when a patient needs to have a tooth replaced. A dentist can create a bridge, and in order to do so, a crown is placed on either side of the missing tooth. A “bridge” is created, and the new tooth is able to be attached to it. This is a non-surgical solution for giving people the appearance and functionality of a tooth and is easy to care for once in place. Dental implants are another good option.

We work with patients that need to have their teeth restored, strengthened, and replaced. During the initial consultation or dental exam, we will find out what a patient's goals are for their smile and start to discuss options for achieving it. We believe in educating, informing, and empowering patients to make dental care decisions that work for their lifestyle goals. When a crown is the best solution for achieving those goals or protecting a tooth, we will inform you and start to discuss the procedural steps.

Call us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about dental crowns!

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A Sleep Apnea Dentist is Connected to Your Overall Health

April 26, 2016
 

Sleep Apnea DentistIf you have difficulty breathing at night, visiting a sleep apnea dentist can be incredibly important. We understand how critical getting rest can be to your overall health and quality of life. Those that struggle to get enough air at night may find that they live in a constant state of exhaustion that makes it difficult to engage in normal daily activities. Some people find that they cannot stay awake even in the afternoon or evening but are constantly dozing off or fully falling asleep. If this sounds familiar, you may have obstructive sleep apnea.

This condition, unlike many health issues, has a fairly straightforward cause and solution. Many patients find it incredibly frustrating to visit a doctor with symptoms and not arrive at a clear course of treatment. This is not the case with sleep apnea.  While around