TEETH WHITENING

As people age, their teeth can become naturally darker. The things you eat and drink and certain lifestyle factors

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s people age, their teeth can become naturally darker. The things you eat and drink and certain lifestyle factors may accelerate the process. If your smile is not as white as you want it to be, our Los Angeles teeth whitening expert can help.

Our expert in teeth whitening in Los Angeles offers a variety of solutions that can fit many different needs and budgets. You may be a candidate for teeth whitening if:

• Your teeth are yellow, brown, or gray.
• You have stains from coffee, wine, cola, tobacco, or other substances.
• You have certain types of intrinsic stains.
• Your teeth and gums are healthy.
• You want a whiter smile.

At-home teeth whitening is a great option for patients who are interested in a more subtle transformation. Our Los Angeles teeth whitening expert begins by creating a custom mouth tray. This tray will fit the curves and contours of your teeth and gums for a close, comfortable fit. We then provide you with a prescription-strength whitening gel and instructions for application. Using your whitening treatments as directed can whiten your smile gradually over the treatment period. Good dental hygiene can help you keep your smile white.

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If time is a concern or you want more dramatic results, in-office chair-side whitening may be the best option. Our expert in teeth whitening in Los Angeles uses a revolutionary light-assisted whitening treatment that combines a high-intensity light with a powerful bleaching agent to lighten your teeth eight shades in just one hour. You can maintain your results by avoiding staining substances and performing occasional touch-up treatments as recommended.

While whitening treatments are an easy way to boost the appearance of your smile, it may not be right for every patient or type of stain. We can help you learn if they are right for you or help you explore alternative options. If you are ready for the whiter smile of your dreams, we can help. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants have revolutionized the dental world. Before dental implants, great lengths were taken to try and

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ental implants have revolutionized the dental world. Before dental implants, great lengths were taken to try and “save” a tooth because the alternatives were too problematic. A patient could easily find himself going from specialist to specialist for second opinions, spending money over and over again, crowning and recrowning, taking antibiotics, doing root canals and repeat treatments of the failing root canal, and hoping and praying in the name of heroic dentistry – all while in constant pain.

Today, although a dentist’s main goal is still to preserve the natural dentition, we can also take long-term functionality into consideration. In some cases, better success rates are achieved with dental implants instead of doing multiple procedures on a single tooth that may not be salvageable. Removable partials, dentures, and bridges are not the only way to replace missing teeth anymore. No more having to floss under bridges and taking partial out at night. Implants are permanent, durable, long lasting, and are kept clean like any other tooth in the mouth.

What are dental implants?

Implant systems are composed of two parts: The implant is a bio-friendly titanium rod that resembles a screw and is surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw. The other part is a crown that sits on the implant above the gums. In other words, the implant replaces the roots of the teeth and is the anchor for a crown that looks and functions like a natural tooth. Dental implants can be used to replace any number of missing teeth, and are versatile enough to be placed in the front or the back of the mouth, and even esthetically in the smile zone. Implants can also connect to dentures for added retention, better speech, and improved ability to eat.

Who is a good candidate for implants?

As with most facets of general dentistry, only a professional dentist will be able to know for sure if dental implants are right for you. Dr. Elyassi is one of the top Los Angeles dentists who has integrated dental implants into their practices. He is familiar with both the surgical placement and restoration of implants, the various types of implants on the market today, and use of implants in conjunction with full dentures. In general, those with adequate quality and density of bone and good oral hygiene are good candidates for implants. Smokers, patients on certain medications like Fosamax and other bisphosphonates, or patients who are medically compromised may need to take additional precautions.

What can I expect?

There are three stages to the dental implant process: diagnosis, placement, and restoration. The treatment takes several months from start to finish. The diagnosis involves all the necessary X-rays, any additional 3-D CT scans, the creation of models of the upper and lower jaws, and photos. Placement of the implant can occur immediately after a tooth is pulled, or delayed until the extraction site has healed. Once the dental implant is surgically placed, bone will begin to form around it. Complete bone formation surrounding the implant usually takes 3-4 months. Once the bone has formed completely, the crown is made to fit the implant in the correct size, shape and color.

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Will it hurt?

Most patients experience mild discomfort after the placement of the implant that is usually well controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Discomfort during the procedure can be avoided by simply numbing the area where the implant is to be surgically placed, but for those who are more anxious, Wilshire Smile Studio offers intravenous sedation – you can wake up at the end of the procedure without having felt any discomfort at all.

I have a few missing teeth, but I am still able to eat well. Do I still need an implant?

The jaw supports your teeth, and once you lose a tooth, the bone begins to shrink in all dimensions. In other words, it starts to recede. The longer you wait to replace a tooth, the more bone is lost. And without a good foundation, future implant placement becomes more complicated and less predictable. Also, each tooth in our mouths is a placeholder and has a specific job in the mouth. When you remove a tooth with an extraction, you lose this placeholder, and the other teeth have to compensate and get overworked. In addition, the surrounding teeth will begin to shift, resulting in a change in your bite. This not only impacts your teeth, but also adds extra pressure on your jaw joint.

I have no teeth and wear upper and lower dentures. Going out to restaurants or talking with other people is very hard. Can implants help?

Millions of edentulous people have regained their confidence with the use of dental implants in combination with their dentures. Eating is improved, speech is clearer, and facial features are restored because when dentures are supported on implants, retention is optimum. The dentures do not move around or tip during speaking and eating. There is even an option of never having to remove your dentures at night. Permanent fixed dentures are the closest things to your previous dentition. Our dental professionals will be able to come up with the right treatment that is both affordable and suitable to your lifestyle.

LASER DENTISTRY

Laser technology has completely revolutionized many aspects of dentistry. Laser treatment allows for precise,

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aser technology has completely revolutionized many aspects of dentistry. Laser treatment allows for precise, non- invasive, deep treatment that minimizes discomfort and sensitivity and speeds healing time. Some procedures, such as laser whitening, can be completed in a single office visit.

Laser treatment can be used for:

• Killing bacteria and speeding recovery after deep cleaning treatments for periodontal disease
• Fast, in-office teeth whitening
• Early detection of cavities
• Removal of cavities
• Removal of benign growths and scar tissue
• Reshaping the gumline
• Normalizing dark spots on the gumline
• Reducing discomfort from TMJ
• Reducing pain and speeding the healing of fever blisters, ulcers, and cold sores without scarring
• Removal of the frenulum – the strip of tissue that connects the lip to the gumline –to help alleviate gaps
• Between the teeth, precent receding of the gumline, and improve orthodontic results
• Removal of bacteria-prone pockets of tissue around wisdom teeth
• Stimulation and restoration of damaged nerves

PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

The field of dentistry has changed tremendously over the past 50 years. Because the science was once poorly understood,

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he field of dentistry has changed tremendously over the past 50 years. Because the science was once poorly understood, emphasis was put on treating the disease rather than knowing how to prevent it. In other words, if you got a cavity, you went to the dentist to get a filling. Or you would wait until you had pain before you saw a dentist. What ended up happening was that the disease controlled us, and not the other way around.

Today, the emphasis is preventing the disease before it happens. Children in elementary schools are learning early on how to brush and why it’s important. Advancements have been made in dental biology; we now understand more about what causes tooth decay and gum disease, and even how our saliva can help with diagnosis of genetic or health problems. Advancements have also been made in the development of tools to prevent problems. At Wilshire Smile Studio, Dr. Elyassi has made it his mission to utilize state-of-the-art technologies and help patients get informed and get in control of their mouths.

Here is a list of the preventive services available to our patients:

Comprehensive Exam:The goal is to find potential problems early so treatment is as simple as possible and less costly. This includes looking at the teeth, gums, bones, and the rest of the mouth. Our Doctors will evaluate all existing work done to make sure any bridges, crowns, fillings, or implants are all intact. No topic is left unanswered, so if it’s snoring problems or bad breath that’s bothering you, our doctors will listen and provide solutions. We have a team of in-house specialists who provide their expertise whenever it’s needed. Wilshire Smile Studio is truly the multi-specialty dental group.

Digital X-rays:Quick, environmentally friendly, and with 90% less radiation exposure than conventional X-rays, digital radiographs are more accurate and clearer than processed films. Dentists can also easily email the x-rays to each other for better communication.

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Intra-Oral Cameras: Now you can see exactly what the dentist sees because, as the saying goes, a picture is truly worth a thousand words. A tiny camera captures images that are projected on a screen in front of you. This is a valuable educational tool that allows you to be fully involved in the decision-making process.

Cleanings: The cells in your mouth are the same type as the cells that make up the surface of your skin. So imagine if you get a cut on your hand and it gets infected. The area becomes red and swollen, hurts when you touch it, and may bleed. The same thing happens in the mouth when plaque is not cleaned properly. Plaque is soft and sticky and is made up of bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. Calculus is hardened plaque and is an indication of poor hygiene. Your hygienist will give you detailed instructions on how to keep your mouth healthy after your cleaning. Since education is the key, we’re happy to give you tips and reminders any time you come in.

Oral Cancer Screening: Mammograms screen for breast cancer, Pap smears screen for cervical cancer, and colonoscopies screen for colon cancer and abnormalities. In the same way, Vizilite screens for oral cancer. This system is quick and painless, takes just minutes for your hygienist to complete, and is accurate for detecting abnormal lesions in the mouth that may otherwise go unnoticed by the naked eye. Talk to our dental professionals about his recommended screening intervals for you.

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Sealants: Placed for children and teenagers on the chewing surface of the adult back teeth, sealants are clear plastic coatings that help prevent cavities. No injections needed!

Night Guard: For those that have a history of grinding or clenching that can cause them to wake up with sore jaw muscles and headaches, night guards are a preventive, comfortable, removable appliance that acts as a splint to protect the jaw joint. The concept is similar to a knee splint for a runner who doesn’t want to overwork his knee joint. It is worn either on the top or bottom arch and shields the teeth from scraping against each other. Most people who grind their teeth at night are not aware that they do it – it’s usually a significant other who hears the grinding going on. A dental professional will be able to tell you for sure by looking at the evidence inside the mouth. If needed, impressions are taken and a customized night guard is made. And don’t worry: night guards look and feel nothing like those bulky mouth guards football players and basketball players wear.

Facts about oral hygiene:

• Over 100 species of bacteria, fungi, and viruses take up residence in our mouths.
• Saliva contains 40 essential proteins.
• 50% of Americans do not receive regular oral health care.
• The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds per day. The recommended amount of time is 2 minutes, twice a day.
• It is possible to have periodontal (gum) disease with no warning signs or pain.

The hygienist’s role at Wilshire Smile Studio

The hygienist’s role goes beyond just a professional cleaning. Our hygienists are trained and licensed to deliver a wide range of services to our patients. These may include periodontal therapy (deep cleanings), laser therapy, periodontal screening and risk assessment, periodontal maintenance, home care guidance and instruction, oral cancer screenings, nutritional counseling, smoking cessation counseling, and screening for signs of eating disorders, acid reflux, and diabetes.

A brief note on tongue cleaning

Tongue cleaning is becoming more broadly recognized and recommended by dental professionals as an essential step for proper oral hygiene. As bad breath concerns have become a focus, the tongue has been recognized as a source that harbors a large percentage of the bacteria in the mouth, even after brushing and flossing. Studies indicate that although brushing the tongue is an effective way to remove the bacteria, using a tongue cleaner/scraper with a specially designed shape that conforms to the surface of the tongue and has a ripple edge is the most effective means for cleaning the tongue.

GENERAL DENTISTRY

The best way to avoid big problems down the road is to take care of your whole smile — teeth, gums, and jaw —

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he best way to avoid big problems down the road is to take care of your whole smile — teeth, gums, and jaw — right from the start. Fortunately, Wilshire Smile Studio makes it easy with years of experience and a caring, relaxed atmosphere that makes coming in for preventive dental care a pleasure.

Family Dentistry is a special pleasure for us at Wilshire Smile Studio. We enjoy being able to take care of your entire family. Our family-oriented practice can also be a time-saver for you, since you can bring everyone to the same place at once. Dr. Elyassi also enjoys family dentistry because he is particularly aware of the importance of giving children a solid foundation of good dental habits that will keep their smiles at their best for their whole lives.

If you’re a new parent, you should plan to bring your child in for his or her dental appointment at one year old — most toddlers have baby teeth by then, and there’s no better time to start your child with good dental habits that will last for a lifetime. At your child’s first visit at one year, Our Doctors will check the growth sequence of his or her teeth and talk to you about how you can protect your child’s dental health through good hygiene and proper nutrition. After that, you should bring your child in for regular check-ups every six months.

Dentures

When a tooth can’t be saved, dentures are often the best option for keeping a friendly and natural smile. We use the latest techniques to make sure your dentures are comfortable and suit the structure of your mouth and the natural lines of your face.

Properly fitted dentures shouldn’t slip too much or irritate your mouth. If you’ve been relying heavily on denture adhesives to keep your dentures in place, come see us at Wilshire Smile Studio for a consultation.

We offer several different kinds of dentures to serve a variety of needs.

• Conventional Dentures:These are full dentures that Dr. Elyassi will design for long-term use. Dr. Elyassi will carefully adjust your dentures to make sure that they feel good and fit perfectly. You’ll be able to speak, eat, and laugh with assurance, knowing that your dentures will stay in place and look natural.

• Immediate Dentures:You should never have to go a day without teeth! After you have had teeth removed, your mouth will need to fully heal before your permanent dentures can be crafted. Immediate dentures allow you to go about your normal life (and continue your normal eating habits) while your mouth recuperates. In fact, having immediate dentures in place can help speed the healing process. We’ll re-fit your immediate denture appliance every four to six weeks to make sure it fits well and stays comfortable.

• Over Dentures:If you’ve had implants put in or had teeth reshaped, we can craft over dentures to fit on top of them. They’ll help preserve the overall look of your smile.

• Partial Dentures:Were you aware that if your have missing teeth, your other teeth can shift out of alignment? Partial dentures are simple, strong appliances that attach to your natural teeth. They’ll help keep the lines of your smile where they should be, and usually aren’t even noticeable to someone else.

Getting Used to New Dentures

A new set of dentures always requires an adjustment period. You should get used to having them in within a week or two. It will help if you wear your dentures as much a possible and stick to soft foods at first. You can become more comfortable speaking in your new dentures by practicing reading out loud.

It’s not unusual to develop sore spots as you’re getting used to new dentures. Our Doctors will help by scheduling follow-up appointments to check your fit and, if necessary, make adjustments to help you feel more comfortable

Caring for Your Dentures

You will need to take your dentures out at night to let your gums rest. To keep them clean, brush them gently with a normal toothbrush — soft bristles are best. (You’ll also want to brush your gums with a soft-bristle toothbrush, morning and evening, to make sure plaque doesn’t build up.) As a rule, you should let full dentures soak overnight in denture cleaner. However, if you have partial dentures with metal clasps or framework, you should let them dry overnight. Be sure to rinse them before you put them back on in the morning.

Remember that it takes real training and experience to fit and adjust your dental appliance properly — you should never try to force your dentures, or to adjust the clasps yourself. If a clasp or a tooth breaks, give us a call. We’ll either be able to arrange for in-office repairs or have a new set sent from the laboratory within a few days.

Regular Checkups are Key

Even as an adult, the bones and gums of your mouth keep changing. Dentures that fit perfectly at first may be loose or less comfortable after a few years. Regular adjustments can help keep your smile looking and feeling its best.

Root Canals

Every tooth has a soft inner core made of nerves and blood vessels. This inner layer is called the pulp. The pulp can get infected if it’s exposed because of a large cavity, a broken tooth, or a broken filling. The pulp can also get infected because of injury to the tooth (whether you can see it or not,) or when a gumline infection spreads to the tooth.

The roots of your teeth have narrow channels called canals. Because the pulp extends downward through these canals toward the jaw bone, an infection of the pulp can be very serious and spread easily. A root canal protects your teeth, gums, and jaw by removing the infected tissue.

What Happens During a Root Canal

We can usually take care of a root canal during a single visit. As always, your comfort is paramount; we’ll give you a local anesthetic to make sure the area is completely numb. We then drill a small hole to reach the pulp. We’ll remove the pulp and completely clean and disinfect your tooth. We then add medication to the inside of the tooth and fill it with a manufactured replacement pulp to keep it from getting infected in the future. We’ll give you a temporary filling to seal the tooth, and then follow that up with a protective crown.

You should experience minimal discomfort, if any, and should be able to eat and drink normally with no pain shortly after your crown is put in place.

Extractions

When a tooth can’t be saved, it needs to be extracted to preserve the health of the rest of your mouth. You’re probably aware that a deep cavity or infection that can’t be treated with a root canal requires an extraction. There are other reasons for extraction that you may be less familiar with, such as advanced gum disease, broken teeth, or even crowding caused by extra teeth. Our dental professionals may also recommend an extraction before orthodontic work, or to improve the fit of dentures or partial dentures.

Fortunately, an extraction is no longer a procedure to fear. At Wilshire Smile Studio, your comfort is a priority. We offer a range of sedation techniques and numbing agents to make sure we suit your needs. We can provide local anesthetic injections, nitrous oxide, or full sedation, depending on your preferences and our doctor’s recommendations.

Wisdom Tooth Extractions

Many times, wisdom teeth, the final set of molars to emerge, are no problem at all; you just need to take a little extra care to make sure you reach them when you brush and floss. However, sometimes there isn’t enough space in the jaw for the wisdom teeth to come out. When that is the case, the wisdom teeth can become impacted, which means they are trapped by the jaw, gums, and surrounding teeth and are unable to grow properly.

Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful and are extremely vulnerable to infection. They can also cause bleeding and swelling of the gums and crowding of the other teeth, pushing them out of proper alignment. Impacted wisdom teeth can even cause bad breath and headaches. Dr. Elyassi can consult with you on whether a wisdom tooth extraction is right for you — it’s often better to go ahead and do them early, before the roots have fully bonded with the jawbone, and stop problems before they start.

What Should I Expect When I Have a Tooth Extracted?

As always, your health and comfort are our top priorities. First, our dental professionals will take X-rays of your mouth to make sure they have a clear understanding of your case. Then they will explain what needs to be done and give you a chance to ask questions about why they recommend an extraction and what will happen during the procedure itself. Our Dental Professionals will also talk about your options for anesthetics or sedation. You may prefer just a local (and highly effective) anesthetic, or you may decide you would rather have an intravenous injection and be fully sedated. Most patients recover in just a day or two.

What is a Bone Graft?

Teeth are anchored in your jawbone. When you have a tooth extracted, the bone that used to surround the tooth will start to decrease. Essentially, the foundation for properly anchoring a replacement tooth begins to disappear.

A bone graft solves that problem. If your dental professional determines a bone graft is right for you, our dental professional will place one inside the empty socket immediately after your extraction. This will stimulate bone growth. The bone graft will become a part of your new bone and will not need to be removed.

How Should I Take Care of my Mouth After I Have a Tooth Extracted?

After a your procedure, it’s normal to experience mild discomfort and swelling. You can help alleviate that by using an ice pack for about 20 minutes after the tooth is pulled. You may also experience some light bleeding. It will help to put some pressure on the area. Try rolling up some gauze, putting it over the empty socket, and biting down. Make sure you feel some pressure when you bite down, and leave the gauze in for about 45 minutes. If you prefer, you can try putting a moistened tea bag over the area instead. For the first two days, you shouldn’t drink through a straw or spit, and you absolutely must not smoke. Avoid hard or crunchy food like nuts and popcorn for the first few days as well.

24 hours after your procedure, you can start rinsing the area with warm salt water. You can also brush the area gently with a soft-bristle brush. And, of course, you should carefully follow the instructions for any antibiotics that Dr. Elyassi prescribes for you. Be sure to read the label and ask your pharmacist if you have any questions.

Porcelain Crowns

Crowns, also known as caps, fit over an entire tooth to restore (or improve) its original appearance. When a filling won’t help the strengthen a tooth enough, or when a cavity is too large for a filling to be useful, your dental professional may recommend a crown for you.

Metal-free porcelain crowns are becoming more and more widely used by experienced dentists because they work well and patients are usually highly satisfied with them.

Porcelain crowns feel more comfortable and natural in your mouth, are the easiest to match to the color of your natural teeth, and are easier to keep clean than other types of crowns. Because porcelain crowns have a tighter seal around the tooth than other types of crowns, plaque and bacteria are less likely to become trapped along their edges. That means they are also less likely to irritate the gums or foster gum disease.

You’ll also appreciate the fact that porcelain crowns require less drilling and have better strength and durability. They’re less likely to chip, and less likely to cause wear on the surfaces of adjoining teeth.

What Should I Expect When I Have a Crown Placed?

As a rule, you’ll come in for two appointments. First, we’ll take a mold of the tooth that will get the crown. We’ll use this mold to make a temporary crown to protect your tooth between your first and second appointments. We’ll administer your choice of anesthetic and then remove any decay and reshape your tooth, if necessary. We’ll make a second, very precise impression of your tooth to send to the lab. Your dental professional will put your temporary protective crown in place and then send detailed instructions to the lab so that they can use the mold to create a unique, custom-designed tooth that will fit you perfectly.

During the second appointment, we’ll remove your temporary crown and clean and inspect your tooth to make sure your permanent crown will fit perfectly — we’ll even take an X-ray to ensure that your fit is perfect. Once you approve the color match of your crown to the rest of your teeth, we will cement your crown to your tooth permanently.

As long as you take good care of your teeth, your crown can last for a decade or more.

Dental Emergencies

Life doesn’t always cooperate with scheduled appointments. Our dental professionals and staff are always available if you have questions or concerns. But just in case, here are some pointers on how to handle some of the most common emergencies so you’ll know what you can do until you can get into the office.

Loss of a Crown or Implant

Don’t worry! A little petroleum jelly (for example, Vaseline) or denture adhesive gel can help. Put a little bit inside the crown, put the crown back over your tooth (it should be easy to find the right orientation, as it will only fit one way), and gradually bite down. That should push the crown back into place.

Broken Tooth or Filling

Of course you should call our office right away. But you don’t need to do too much to the tooth before you get into the office. Just avoid chewing on that side of your mouth and avoid touching the tooth — even with your tongue. If your tooth hurts, an over-the-counter remedy like ibuprofen or Orajel should do the trick until you can get in to the office.

Broken Baby Tooth

Clean your child’s mouth with warm salt water and make sure your child has no signs of other facial injuries. Check to make sure the tooth is a baby tooth and not an adult tooth. If you think there’s a chance that it’s an adult tooth, put the tooth in milk and bring it with you to Wilshire Smile Studio when you bring in your child.

Knocked-out Adult Tooth

You will need to act quickly, but there is a chance to save the tooth. First, hold the tooth by the top (and not the roots) and try to put it back in its socket. If you can’t do that, put the tooth in milk or hold it gently in your mouth between your cheek and gum until you can get to the dentist’s office.

Tooth Pushed or Knocked Out of Alignment

Don’t try to push the tooth back into place yourself – you don’t want to risk shifting the alignment of your other teeth. Call our office for an emergency appointment and take an over-the-counter pain medication until you can get into the office.

Strong Pain and Swelling Outside of Office Hours

If over-the counter pain relievers aren’t working, call us. Your dental professional can prescribe a stronger pain medicine or antibiotics and call it directly into your pharmacy, and then get you on the schedule to be seen the next day.

Even though you may have heard of it as a home remedy, don’t put aspirin directly on your teeth or gums.

And remember: The best way to keep dental emergencies from happening in the first place is to get regular check-ups and take good care of your smile.

PERIODONTAL DENTISTRY

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ums are the mucosal tissues that cover the jaw bones and surround the teeth. Healthy gums are usually pink in color and should be firm and fit snugly around the teeth. If gums begin to bleed when brushed or flossed, if they look dark red or inflamed, or seem to be pulling away from your teeth, you may have periodontal disease. Our Los Angeles periodontal dentistry expert can help.

Preventing gum disease is our goal. Our expert in periodontal dentistry in Los Angeles can provide you with valuable information on keeping your gums healthy. Good dental hygiene is one of the best ways to do this. Brushing twice daily and flossing daily keeps plaque under control, reduces oral bacteria, and prevents tartar buildup. Regular visits for cleanings and checkups can also help keep your gums healthy. Other good dental habits include a balanced diet, regular exercise, and a tobacco-free lifestyle.

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If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, early treatment can help reduce the risk of more severe damage. Our Los Angeles periodontal dentistry expert offers a variety of noninvasive and minimally invasive treatments and procedures that can get the infection under control and reduce the risk of more serious dental disease. Deep cleaning procedures and topical antimicrobials may both be options for you. If the infection has spread deeper into your oral cavity, surgery may be necessary.

While you may think primarily of your teeth when it comes to your smile, your gums frame your teeth, which means that a balanced, harmonious appearance can be more flattering. Excess gum tissues can be trimmed and contoured while a receding gum line can be augmented to restore a more attractive appearance to your smile. Our expert in periodontal dentistry in Los Angeles can help you decide if cosmetic periodontal treatments are right for you.

Keeping your gums healthy may just be one of the most important things you can do for your smile. Give us a call today to learn more about periodontal dentistry or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.

DENTAL BONDINGS

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ental bondings are procedure in which composite resin is applied to teeth to repair damage or correct cosmetic flaws. It can be applied right in our office in a single appointment and can improve the appearance of your smile. Our Los Angeles dental bondings expert can help you decide if you are a candidate for dental bondings. One of the least expensive cosmetic and restorative treatments, dental bondings can be used to make a variety of changes to your teeth including:

• Changing the shape or color of your teeth
• Concealing chips, worn enamel, or other flaws
• Closing gaps between teeth
• Restoring cavities
• Have avoided dental treatment for years or waited until you were in unbearable pain to seek help
• Protecting exposed roots

If you are a candidate for dental bonding, our expert in dental bondings in Los Angeles will begin by matching the tooth-colored resin to your teeth. The resin comes in many shades so that it can match the exact shade of your enamel for a more natural look. Most patients need no anesthesia unless the bonding is being used to fill a cavity. Cavities will need to be cleaned and prepared before the bonding can be placed.

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Our Los Angeles dental bondings expert will then gently abrade the surface of the tooth to create a rougher texture which will help the bonding material adhere securely. Special priming liquid is then painted onto the tooth before the putty-like composite resin is applied, molded, and smoothed into the proper tooth shape. A special light cures the composite so that it is hard and securely bonded to the tooth.

Our expert in dental bondings in Los Angeles can further refine the shape and fit of the bonding to fit your bite and match your other teeth, and it can be polished to more closely resemble natural dental enamel. A single tooth can be bonded in about 30 minutes, but if you have several teeth that are being treated, we may recommend more than one appointment for your comfort. Contact us today to find out more about how dental bondings can improve your smile or to schedule an appointment with our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist.

SEDATION DENTISTRY

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ental anxiety and dental phobia are serious conditions that can interfere with you getting the treatment you need. Even patients with mild anxiety may avoid routine dental care and delayed treatments, but patients with more severe anxiety may skip dental care altogether which can result in years of neglect and serious, irreparable dental damage. Our Los Angeles sedation dentist expert offers an alternative.

Sedation dentistry is a type of dentistry that allows you to get the care you need without any anxiety, without any fear, and without any discomfort. We use special medications to ease your worries and fears and provide you with a calm, relaxed sensation. Our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles may recommend dental sedation if you:

• Have sensitive teeth or difficulty getting sufficiently numb
• Have a strong gag reflex
• Are afraid of dental treatment
• Have a history of traumatic dental experiences
• Have avoided dental treatment for years or waited until you were in unbearable pain to seek help
• Need several treatments or a complex procedure

Our Los Angeles sedation dentistry expert offers a variety of sedation options that can allow you to get the treatment you need without any of the fear, anxiety, or discomfort that you do not need. Inhaled sedation, or laughing gas, is a great option for those who need only a mild sedative. It goes to work quickly so that you can feel pleasantly warm, relaxed, and drowsy.

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Oral sedation is also a good option for patients who need mild to moderate sedation. If you are a candidate for oral sedation, our expert in sedation dentistry in Los Angeles will prescribe oral anti-anxiety medications before your appointment. You will need someone to drive you to and from your treatment since these medications will take effect before your care and can interfere with your ability to drive. Other sedation options may also be available and can be appropriate for patients with moderate to severe anxiety.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, you are not alone, but you do have options. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.

PORCELAIN DENTAL VENEERS

With their many uses in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain dental veneers are among the most popular procedures

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ith their many uses in cosmetic dentistry, porcelain dental veneers are among the most popular procedures chosen by patients whose teeth are flawed. Porcelain veneers, which are thin shells that are bonded to teeth, can be used to permanently conceal flaws involving structure or color. Here is more about this convenient treatment offered by our Los Angeles dental veneers expert.

Porcelain veneers work well for hiding problems such as discoloration, irregular shape, gaps, bad positioning, cracks, and chips. When teeth have been fractured, veneers provide a solution thanks to their ability to act as splints. Discoloration caused by antibiotics or decay, which does not respond to teeth whitening, is often completely concealable with this treatment from our Los Angeles porcelain veneers expert. Used to hide aesthetic issues of positioning or spacing, veneers can even be fast and affordable alternatives to orthodontics.

Porcelain Dental Veneers Los Angeles

Dental veneers are usually placed in two visits to our expert in dental veneers in Los Angeles. During the first visit, our dentist prepares the teeth for veneers by removing some of the enamel under anesthesia. After making dental impressions of the teeth for use in constructing the permanent veneers, our dentist places temporary veneers for protection. At the second appointment, our dentist removes the temporary veneers and places the permanent ones on the teeth under anesthesia before bonding them in place.

A majority of adult patients who are unhappy with how their teeth look are candidates for veneers. However, patients whose teeth or gums are currently affected by disease or decay may receive recommendations for restorative treatment by our expert in porcelain veneers in Los Angeles beforehand. Patients who require orthodontics will need to wait until after their teeth have been straightened before getting veneers.

Porcelain veneers can last for decades with routine care, including brushing and flossing at home and regular check-ups at the office of our dentist. Avoidance of coffee, tea, wine, and smoking can also help preserve the color of veneers. By scheduling a consultation with our Los Angeles cosmetic dentist, patients can learn more about porcelain veneers and find out if they are candidates for this procedure.

SLEEP APNEA

Los Angeles dentist Igal Elyassi, D.D.S., has found the best solution for the serious condition of sleep apnea. Over 20% of

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leep apnea is a common condition that can affect people of all ages. It can occur several or many times a night, and each episode can last up to 90 seconds. During an episode, a person’s airflow can become limited or completely stopped. Even milder cases can cause symptoms significant enough to disrupt your life while more severe cases can have life-threatening consequences. Our Los Angeles sleep apnea expert offers treatments that can help keep the airways open and reduce associated symptoms.

About 12 million people in the U.S. are believed to suffer from sleep apnea, according to the National Institute of Health. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. It occurs when there is a physical blockage of your airway. The lung muscles are working properly, but tissues have collapsed into the throat. This can occur when there is an excess of tissue in front of or around the throat, when the tongue is particularly large, when the airway is narrower than usual or when the throat muscles relax more than usual during sleep. Our expert in sleep apnea in Los Angeles will perform a physical exam and take a medical and family history to identify the problem and the best course of treatment.

Sleep Apnea Los Angeles

A visit to our Los Angeles sleep apnea expert may be necessary if you have any symptoms of sleep apnea, including:

• Loud snoring
• Daytime drowsiness
• Reduced reaction time
• An inability to focus, difficulty concentrating, or memory problems
• Irritability, anxiety, or depression
• Frequent morning headaches
• Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
• Decreased sex drive
• Waking frequently to urinate
• Waking with a gasp or choking sensation

Our expert in sleep apnea in Los Angeles will work with you to create a treatment plan that alleviates your symptoms. Lifestyle changes can be helpful along with the right oral appliance. Oral appliances are devices that help keep excess tissue out of the airway so that it stays wide open as you sleep. They are comfortable and easy to incorporate into your life. Many people prefer them to more invasive treatment options. Sleep apnea has been associated with depression, obesity, and heart disease. Treatment is essential to improving your outcome. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Los Angeles dentist.