Jaw cavitations are serious oral health problems that are not well understood by a large part of the dental community. Many patients who have cavitations do not have easy-to-diagnose symptoms, and may not even have pain in the area of cavitation, which can lead to many fruitless dental visits, frustration, and pain. At Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness in Beverly Hills, CA, periodontist Dr. Sanda Moldovan is experienced in identifying and providing effective treatment for jaw cavitations — even when you have vague symptoms — so you can get out of pain and back to your normal life.
What are jaw cavitations?
Most people have heard of dental cavities and think a jaw cavitation is the same thing, but it isn’t. While a dental cavity is a hole in a tooth caused by decay, a jaw cavitation is a hole in the bone that typically develops in the spot where a tooth has been previously extracted and bacteria/parasites/fungus can coexist. During extractions, small pieces of periodontal ligaments, or infected tissues can be left behind in the tooth socket, which prevents the bone from properly healing. This leads to the development of a “hole” in the bone that is cut off from the nutrient-rich blood supply and prevents new bone from growing in that area, making the bone look spongy or hollow in the affected area. Over time, cavitation can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, and toxins that can affect multiple biological processes in the body, such as enzyme and protein absorption. Blood flow to the area can become cut off and lead to further necrosis of the bone. Left untreated, jaw cavitations can lead to bone damage, pain, systemic inflammation,chronic fatigue and exacerbation of other chronic conditions, such as Lyme disease and autoimmune issues.
While anyone can develop a jaw cavitation, which is also called “ischemic bone disease,” there are certain risk factors that increase your chances of developing one, which include:
- Gum disease
- Prior wisdom tooth removal, other dental extraction, or root canal
- Taking bisphosphonates (often used to treat or prevent osteoporosis) in low doses
- Bone cysts
- Clotting disorders
- Traumatic injury to the mouth
- Use of steroids
How jaw cavitations are treated
Many patients who have cavitations are not even aware they have them. Cavitations cannnot be deteced properly on traditional x-rays. That’s why Dr. Sanda Moldovan and the team at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness use advanced imaging techniques, a digital cone beam scan, to diagnose this problem, in combination with a thorough evaluation of your dental history, medical history, and symptoms.
If you are diagnosed with a cavitation, then the best way to treat it is with a conservative but effective cavitation surgical procedure. The purpose of the surgery is to remove the affected area of bone to eliminate the source of infection and toxins so that your body can regenerate healthy new tissue and facilitate healing. First, we will numb the area so that you are completely comfortable for the duration of your treatment. Once you are numb, a small incision is created in your gums and the dentist will use an advanced dental laser to precisely eliminate the affected bone until only healthy bone remains. Ozone water sanitizes the area to remove disease-causing bacteria. We also use platelet rich fibrin (PRF) treatment and low level laser therapy to help stimulate your immune system, expedite healing, and restore health to your oral tissues. Sutures are used to close up the wound. A biopsy sample of the site is taken to identify the kind of microorganisms present. Usually, patients can manage the pain post-surgery with over-the-counter painkillers or homeopathics. IV nutrition is also recommended following this procedure.
Call us to learn more
Jaw cavitations do not always cause pain or discomfort but can wreak havoc on your overall health and wellbeing, which is why it is important to regularly see your dentist for check-ups. At Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness, we know how an issue like a jaw cavitation can affect your entire body and offer gentle, effective treatments to restore your mouth to health. If you have been feeling “off” or like something is not quite right, or if you are simply in need of your regular cleaning and exam, we encourage you to call our Beverly Hills, CA office at (310) 692-7855 today. Existing patients can reach us at (310) 275-4180 .
Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness offers effective treatment of jaw cavitations. Call our Beverly Hills, CA office at (310) 692-7855 to learn more.
Did you know that sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, yet many are unaware they even have the condition? Sleep apnea is a serious disorder, negatively affecting the quality of sleep, and putting patients at risk for severe health ailments . While common, the condition often goes unnoticed until patients are made aware of their excessive snorting from a partner. The good news is that relief can come quickly, in the form of a simple oral appliance. At Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness, we help many patients find relief from snoring and sleep apnea.
What is sleep apnea?
As mentioned above, sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and can have serious health consequences. While there are several different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea is the one we see most frequently. With obstructive sleep apnea, the patient’s airway becomes partially or fully blocked when the muscles in the back of the mouth collapse, prohibiting the ability to breathe normally. The abrupt stopping and starting of breathing causes the brain and other organs to be deprived of oxygen. The episodes also cause patients to startle awake and then normal breathing resumes. A person with sleep apnea can experience hundreds of these episodes every single night.
The negative impact of sleep apnea
Aside from daytime sleepiness, sleep apnea can have a profound impact on total wellness, increasing the risk of the following:
- Disruptive snoring
- High Blood Pressure
- Heart Failure
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Depression and Anxiety
- An increase threat of accidents due to fatigue
Diagnosing sleep apnea
If you have noticed that you wake up feeling completely exhausted, or your partner has indicated that your snoring is frequently disrupting his or her sleep, it may be time for a sleep apnea evaluation. Your doctor will request a sleep study, done either at home or in a clinic, to determine if you have sleep apnea.
Finding relief from sleep apnea
In the past, the most common treatment for sleep apnea was a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. The machines are extremely effective at keeping the airway open to ensure that your body is not deprived of oxygen. The downside is the burden of using the machine itself. CPAP machines can be bulky, requiring the use of a face mask that many patients find clalustrophobic to sleep with. Additionally, the machine can be loud, which can impact your sleep or your partner’s. In the end, many patients discontinue use of the CPAP machine and continue to suffer from the negative effects of sleep apnea.
From a dental perspective, we can offer a more comfortable alternative to the CPAP machine. Custom oral appliances can be just as effective at treating mild to moderate sleep apnea without the bulky, loud CPAP machine. Like a sports mouthguard, dental appliances keep the lower jaw positioned slightly forward to prevent the soft tissue from blocking the airway, allowing you to maintain normal breathing. The oral appliance is created specifically for your mouth from dental impressions.
The benefits of oral appliance therapy include:
- Keeps airway open without the need for a CPAP mask
- Its custom made and comfortable
- Only needs to be worn at night while sleeping
- Does not make loud noises
Candidates for oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea
If you found that CPAP treatment was not the right option for your sleep apnea, you may be the perfect candidate for oral appliance therapy. The treatment has been approved by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine as a tier one treatment for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. For individuals with severe sleep apnea, a CPAP machine may still be recommended along with oral appliance therapy for optimal results.
Sleep better with oral appliance therapy in Beverly Hills
If you are ready to stop suffering and find relief from disruptive snoring and sleep apnea, you should call the team at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness to discuss oral appliance therapy. During a consultation, we’ll be able to determine if your level of sleep apnea can be addressed effectively through oral appliance therapy. We’re happy to answer any questions you have so you can feel confident you’ve made the right decision to continue down the path to a better night’s sleep. To book an appointment, give us a call at (310) 692-7855 today.
Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness helps patients find relief from sleep apnea and snoring with oral appliance therapy. Give us a call at (310) 692-7855.
For a long time in history, dentures were the only tooth replacement option available to patients. However, now, dental implants are considered one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth because they offer unparalleled functionality, strength, and durability, and they look and feel just like a natural tooth. Titanium is the material most commonly used for dental implants, but non-metal dental implants, made of ceramic — or zirconia — dental implants have also been on the rise in recent years. Below, Dr. Sanda Moldovan, dentist in Beverly Hills, CA, explains what ceramic implants are and how they are different from titanium.
What are ceramic implants?
While titanium implants were first used starting in the mid-1960s, ceramic implants are a newer technology that have been in use for about 20 years. They are designed to be an alternative for patients who are allergic or sensitive to titanium, have autoimmune disease or galvanic reactions to metals, or who simply do not want any metals in their body.
Ceramic implants are also often called “zirconia implants” because they are made from a tooth-colored ceramic material called “zirconium oxide,” which is a crystalline version of zirconium that is inert when used in the body. Zirconia is very strong and has been used in other medical applications, such as orthopedic surgery for hip ceramic implants.
How are ceramic implants different from titanium?
Both zirconia and titanium are considered biocompatible materials and integrate with the jawbone in the process of osseointegration to provide a strong and stable foundation for your replacement tooth. They both come in a two piece design today, consisting of the implant body and a screw retained abutment/crown, using a carbon fiber screw. However, there are several key differences between zirconia and titanium implants.
- Perhaps one of the biggest differences is that ceramic dental implants are non-conductive and resistant to corrosion. They do not release any ions.
- Titanium is a metal that can sometimes lead to a grayish coloration in the gums of patients who have thin gums, whereas zirconia implants are tooth-colored and do not cause grayish look of the patients’ gingival line
- Zirconia has a lower plaque affinity as compared to titanium implants.
- Better blood circulation is observed around the gums of a zirconia dental implant as compared to titanium. This translates into more nourishment of the tissues surrounding the implant.
Other considerations about ceramic implants
The US FDA has approved both ceramic and titanium dental implants and both are considered safe options. Ceramic implants do cost more than titanium implants due to two main factors: the way they are manufactured and the way that they must be placed in your mouth. While the zirconia implants available today are stronger than they were in the past, they do carry a risk of fracturing, which is important to be aware of, especially if you grind and clench your teeth or have particularly powerful jaw muscles. In addition, because ceramic implants are typically one piece versus two pieces for titanium implants, the dentist has less flexibility in how they can place them in your mouth, so the quality of your jawbone and the number of implants you need may affect whether titanium or zirconia is best.
The team of dentists at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness is here to help you decide whether zirconia implants are right for you and will discuss any other considerations that you should take into account when making your treatment choice.
Learn more in your personalized consultation
The most important takeaway point is that if you are facing a dental extraction or are missing a tooth, you have options! Whether it is a titanium or ceramic dental implant or another type of dental restoration, Dr. Sanda Moldovan and the dental team at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness can restore your teeth in a way that looks and feels natural so that you can smile with confidence again. Call our Beverly Hills, CA office today at (310) 692-7855!
Learn what ceramic implants are and how they are different from titanium. Call Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness in Beverly Hills, CA (310) 692-7855
Dental technology has come a long way since the time-consuming, painful x-rays that you probably remember from when you were a child. While x-rays can provide basic information about what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth, they are limited in what they can tell a dentist about the true health and structure of your mouth. This is because they only provide one angle, which can obscure underlying conditions or prevent an accurate diagnosis from being made. For this reason, Dr. Sanda Moldovan in Beverly Hills, CA recommends that her patients receive dental CT scans. Below, she answers commonly asked questions about this effective imaging technology.
What is a dental CT scan?
The best way to think of a dental CT scan is this: whereas an x-ray gives a 2-dimensional image, a CT scan gives us a 3-dimensional image of your mouth. A dental cone beam CT scanner uses a combination of x-ray images and computer processing to generate these 3D cross-sectional images. This enables Dr. Moldovan to accurately view within your jawbone, each individual tooth, and your airway. They can be extremely useful in accurately diagnosing dental issues and planning the proper treatment strategy for a patient.
When would a dental CT scan be needed?
There are several indications that may lead to the need for a CT scan. When we are able to view the exact dimensions of your teeth and jaws, see the extent of an infection or abscess in a tooth, or visualize abnormal growths such as lesions, tumors, or cysts, we are better able to provide the highest quality of care with the best chance of recovery possible. Common reasons for getting a dental CT scan include:
- Monitoring a child’s oral growth and development
- Planning the location of one or more dental implants prior to surgery
- Evaluating teeth for a root canal treatment
- Determining how badly a tooth is infected and whether it is treatable or broken beyond repair
- Planning treatment for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders or other issues with the jaw or joints
- Determining the extent of periodontal disease and decay
- Diagnosing suspected disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea
- Investigating suspicious lesions or lumps to determine what they are and if they are cancerous
Is it safe? What about the radiation?
Cone beam CT scans have, on average, about 10 percent of the amount of radiation that conventional x-rays do. This is due to the cone shape of the x-ray beam. A little-known fact is that there is x-radiation always present in our environment, and we are continually exposed to very low doses of it, which is called “background radiation.” A cone-beam CT scan exposes you to a dose of radiation that is approximately equivalent to six to 30 days of background radiation.
With the reduced radiation exposure in comparison to traditional x-rays, the benefits of the CT scan outweigh the risks in the vast majority of patients. It has the additional benefit of reducing the time needed to take the scan as well!
How much time does the procedure take?
About 20 seconds! One of the reasons patients love CT scans is that they are quick, painless, and easy. Bite-wing x-rays can be uncomfortable and need to be held in a precise location in the mouth, where they can cut into your gums while you wait for the x-ray to be taken. With a dental CT scan, you do not need to hold anything in your mouth. You simply sit still while the image is being taken.
How long does it take to get the results?
No time at all! The results are instantly available. Dr. Moldovan is able to view the results digitally and enhance them for an even more detailed look at what is happening in your mouth. She can also integrate the CT images with diagnostic and treatment software to provide the most precise care possible.
How do I schedule an appointment with Dr. Moldovan?
Whether you need a routine dental check-up and professional cleaning or are in pain from a dental issue, Dr. Sanda Moldovan has the skill and expertise to comfortably and effectively treat you. Her dental practice is located at 465 N Roxbury Drive, #911, Beverly Hills, CA, and can be reached at (310) 692-7855.
For most computer users, the “undo” button is a dear friend. Something important gets deleted, and you can bring it back with a click. If only real life were so simple. Wouldn’t you love to “undo” that knocked out tooth? If so, then you can understand why dental implants are becoming so popular. Beverly Hills Dentist, Dr. Sanda Moldovan, has a reputation for exceptional cosmetic outcomes, with a uniquely health-oriented approach to dentistry. Therefore, many people with missing or badly damaged teeth come to her for smile restoration – and they are not disappointed!
The importance of replacing missing teeth
Some people question the necessity of treatment. Maybe the individual isn’t bothered by the gap, or maybe it isn’t even visible. There are several answers to that question, including:
- A missing tooth can negatively impact your ability to chew food properly.
- Chewing patterns will naturally change in order to avoid the gap. This causes excess wear and tear on other teeth.
- The roots of teeth are integrated with the underlying bone. When a tooth root is lacking, then bone tissue in that area begins decreasing.
- Other teeth will gradually shift, due to lack of support. Crooked teeth are not only unattractive but also difficult to clean, increasing the risk of cavity-causing plaque and tartar buildup.
What about dentures and bridges?
Implants are certainly not the only option for replacing missing teeth. However, they are the only replacement option for tooth roots. To understand the significance of this fact, we need to understand the basic anatomy of a tooth. About half of it resides above the gumline. That part, called the crown, is essential for chewing, speaking, and aesthetics. The hidden portion, the root, is equally important. It is responsible for maintaining bone health, and for stabilizing the tooth.
A denture or bridge won’t stop the bone loss that follows tooth loss. Furthermore, without roots, they need alternate methods of stabilization. In the case of a dental bridge, that is accomplished by attaching it to crowns, which are in turn attached to natural teeth. Of course, that puts a lot of strain on the supporting teeth. It is also challenging to floss around a bridge. A full denture is easier to clean because it’s removable. However, it can be difficult to eat with, because there is nothing but suction and adhesive to keep it in place.
The benefits of our implant treatment
Why choose implants? Why choose Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness?
- A smile that dazzles – Implants, in combination with custom-made porcelain restorations replicate the appearance of natural, healthy teeth. This procedure, coupled with Dr. Moldovan’s well-known cosmetic dentistry skills, results in a gorgeous, natural looking smile. No one will ever guess that you have any “false” teeth.
- Healthy bone – Implants recreate the anatomy of a tooth so well that your own body can’t tell the difference. Bone tissue bonds to implants and retains its strength as if the tooth were still there.
- Treatment that fits your busy lifestyle – Sometimes implant treatment takes weeks or months to complete. However, there is a faster way. Dr. Moldovan offers mini implants, which can be placed and restored in just one day. While this technique is not appropriate for every patient, most are good candidates.
- Metal free options – The most common dental implant material is titanium, which is exceptionally strong and generally considered safe. However, a few people are allergic to it. Additionally, many of our patents request metal-free dentistry. Fortunately, zirconia implants rival titanium in the strength and longevity of the treatment. We offer both options, to effectively meet the varying needs and preferences of our patients.
- Comfort and convenience – Your new teeth will be just as strong and functional as the ones they replaced. You won’t need to change your diet, struggle to chew properly, or worry about embarrassing mishaps. Additionally, implant supported restorations are cleaned by brushing and flossing, just like natural teeth are.
- Long lasting solution – Your new smile is here to stay. In patients with consistently good oral health, implants can easily last for life.
Find out for yourself what has Beverly Hills smiling! Call (310) 692-7855 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Sanda Moldovan and find out if implants are right for you.
From an office that feels like home to a staff that feels like family, Board-certified gum disease specialist, and nutritionist, Dr. Sanda, and her team have created an environment that improves your dental experience while quelling the fear and other concerns that stand between you and the dentist! Since “your mouth is the gateway to your health,” dental visits are necessary for a healthy body and overall well-being.
Sedation dental services in Beverly Hills CA perfectly complement Dr. Sanda’s gentle methods, techniques, and technologies. Also, the answer to the question of “What is dental sedation?” can differ dramatically at other offices because Dr. Sanda has demonstrated the training and qualifications to offer sedative options that go beyond what other dentists offer. There is an option to make your treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible, because it is tailored to your specific needs, procedures, and level of dental fear.
Calming common fears
Depending on where you look, anywhere from 9 to 36 percent of the population suffers from some form of dental anxiety. While anxiety is often lumped together with dental phobia, which could account for conflicting statistics, phobic patients generally have a heightened level of fear and much poorer oral health than their anxious counterparts. Dental fear is frequently rooted in negative experiences as children. Dr. Sanda and her team have minimized or eliminated the four “S” words that trigger anxiety or panic: Sight of needles
- Sound of the drill
- The sensation of dental instruments
- The smell of dental products
Sedation dentistry is one of the ways that Dr. Sanda helps patients who fear needles, drilling, and the sensations and scents of the dental office.
Worry-free sedation that works for you
Sedative options generally bring about a low awareness of the environment and decrease your responsiveness to outside stimuli. You may be familiar with “laughing gas.” Commonly used to relax patients during dental treatment, nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask. Oxygen neutralizes the effects of this gas, so it’s considered a minimal option for patients with mild fear or anxiety. Patients can even drive home after the procedure.
Dr. Sanda is qualified to offer oral conscious sedation, which allows you to take a relaxing medication by mouth at home as directed by the dentist prior to treatment or as soon as you get to the office. The type of pill taken to relax you in this way is determined, in part, by your medical history. Today’s options are fast-acting and quickly leave your body, so they are a viable and safe alternative even for younger patients. Many patients who are afraid of the sight and sensation of needles and numbing shots appreciate the non-invasive nature of oral conscious sedation. It’s common for patients to fall asleep, and to have some degree of amnesia about treatment afterward, which again is favored by those individuals who associate procedures with negative experiences from childhood.
Dr. Sanda is also licensed to administer a deeper level of sedation than what pills can provide: IV sedation. A sedative medication is administered intravenously and can be adjusted throughout treatment to increase or decrease relaxing effects. IV sedation generally bridges the gap between mild calming methods like nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation, and general anesthesia that puts patients completely under.
Similar to oral conscious sedation, a calming medication is customized to your needs. You receive the sedative gently and safely through a vein. IV sedation induces a state between consciousness and unconsciousness. Those triggers that inspire anxiety or fear float away.
As much as sedation dentistry aids individuals with dental fear and anxiety, it’s also applicable to an even wider range of patients. Your dentist may recommend one of these sedative options if you:
- Have a very low tolerance for pain.
- Fidget a lot during treatment.
- Experience extreme tooth-related sensitivity.
- Have strong gag reflexes.
- Require lengthy treatment.
- Are combining several procedures in a single appointment.
Whether you’re undergoing a full-mouth makeover or need to make over your perception of modern, gentle dentistry, Dr. Sanda and her team are here for you! Call (310) 692-7855 to discuss your options.
Beverly Hills, CA area patients who are faced with snoring issues may be dealing with more than just a nagging, chronic noise. Instead, they may be diagnosed with a condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition is a sleeping disorder associated with a blockage in the airways causing patients to stop breathing hundreds of times a night – and deal with snoring! Patients who visit Dr. Sanda Moldovan and her team at Dental Health and Wellness Beverly Hills are welcome to ask about the advantages of using a dental device for sleep apnea and snoring.
What is obstructive sleep apnea?
Dr. Sanda Moldovan describes obstructive sleep apnea as a sleeping problem that results in a blockage in the airway. This may be caused by the tongue falling back into the throat or even excess fat around the neck that obstructs the airway. A primary physician often performs a sleep study to properly diagnose the condition, and many doctors will encourage patients to use a device called a CPAP machine. However, many of them do not comply with treatment because CPAP can be noisy, uncomfortable, and difficult to travel with. Instead, patients may want to speak to their dentist about using a dental device to reduce the symptoms of the disorder.
How does obstructive sleep apnea differ from snoring?
Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea, but it doesn’t mean that a patient has OSA. It is important to visit a doctor to determine whether the sleeping disorder coexists with the snoring or if the snoring is the sole problem. Snoring, no matter how it is caused, can be addressed with a special oral appliance that keeps the airways open and reduces the friction caused in the airways by the soft tissues – resulting in the unwanted noise as patients sleep.
What does a dental device accomplish?
A dental device helps keep the jaw aligned, the tongue down, and the airways open to reduce snoring and address blockages that often cause obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Sanda Moldovan and her team encourage patients to find out if a dental appliance can be used instead of a CPAP machine for a patient’s specific condition, because it is:
- Easy to use
Many patients prefer the use of an oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, for comfort and ease of use.
Who is a candidate for oral appliance therapy?
To determine candidacy for these special dental devices for sleep apnea and snoring, patients need to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Sanda Moldovan. She can perform an initial evaluation and discuss concerns with patients to decide if oral appliance therapy is a positive way to continue with treatment for OSA or chronic snoring. This allows patients to avoid the use of a CPAP machine and move forward with a less cumbersome alternative.
How much does oral appliance therapy cost?
The special dental devices used for OSA and snoring are relatively affordable. Many patients will find that their dental insurance may cover part of the cost, or all of it, depending on their specific policy. Our front office team can help patients determine if they have coverage for oral appliance therapy. They encourage patients to bring their dental insurance cards to their appointment for further information.
Do dental devices work for snoring?
Yes! We find that many patients are happy with the results of consistent use of their dental device. If patients do not wear their oral appliance, they may be at risk for the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, and they may upset their sleeping partner with their continued snoring!
Interested in discussing solutions for snoring?
Whether you are a chronic snorer or are dealing with a condition such as obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Sanda Moldovan has a solution for you! Beverly Hills, CA area patients are welcome to book an appointment at Dental Health and Wellness Beverly Hills to learn about the options available to them, including oral appliance therapy. Her practice can be reached by calling (310) 692-7855, and it is conveniently located at 465 North Roxbury Drive, Suite #911.
When patients are interested in straightening their teeth, they often believe that braces are the only way to achieve a more attractive smile. Luckily, traditional braces are not necessary for many patients in the area of Beverly Hills, CA. Instead, patients are encouraged to ask Dr. Tevan Oganesyan of Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness about the advantages of moving forward with Clear Aligner treatment.
Clear Aligners Explained
Dr. Tevan Oganesyan is a provider of Clear Aligners who is proud to offer this solution for patients who are faced with misaligned teeth. Clear Aligner is a method of treatment that differs from traditional braces. This method uses transparent aligners worn over the dental arch to reposition the teeth instead of using metal brackets and wires. Many patients prefer this method because it is more discreet than conventional options. Clear Aligners works! It is best for patients with mild to moderate misalignment of the teeth or bite.
Clear Aligners VS. Braces
There are many reasons patients choose Clear Aligners when compared with traditional solutions. Clear Aligner is:
- More comfortable. Clear Aligner trays are made with smooth, medical-grade plastic that is worn on the teeth.
- Easy to clean. Aligner trays are removed by patients to eat and care for their smile. Once removed, these trays can be easily cleaned by patients with brushing or soaking in aligner cleaning solutions as needed.
- Better for periodontal health. With traditional braces, patients must attempt to brush and floss around brackets and wires over their teeth. This can result in poor oral hygiene. Instead, with Clear Aligner, patients can remove their trays and then brush and floss as they normally would. This improves oral health throughout treatment.
- Affordable. Many patients find that Clear Aligner is a similar cost to that of conventional braces, making it the “clear choice.”
- Discreet. Speaking of clear, the trays used for Clear Aligner treatment are completely clear and difficult to distinguish from the natural teeth. This ensures patients can have a straighter smile without having to deal with the appearance of conventional braces on the teeth for months or years.
Are Clear Aligners Right For Me?
The best candidates for this treatment are those who want to straighten their smiles without braces and have mild to moderate misalignment. Patients with bite alignment issues may also find Clear Aligner to be an appropriate option for them. Dr. Tevan Oganesyan and his team can assess a patient during an initial consultation appointment and evaluation to determine if they are a candidate for Clear Aligner and discuss the process.
What Is The Process For Obtaining Clear Aligner Trays?
First, patients are assessed during their evaluation appointment with Dr. Tevan Oganesyan and his team at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness. Candidacy is determined before impressions are taken of the smile in its current state. A computer system digitizes these to develop a series of numbered trays that are fabricated by the Clear Aligner laboratory for the patient. These trays are sent to the dental office and patients return to pick up their trays. Clear Aligner trays are intended to be worn at all times, day and night, except when removed for eating or cleaning. When patients comply with treatment, they will enjoy the benefits of faster results. Without compliance, patients may experience extended treatment times and may incur extra fees for new trays. It is best for candidates to understand the importance of complying with tray use for optimum results.
Schedule a visit with the team at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness to discuss Clear Aligner as an option for your smile!
Dr. Tevan Oganesyan and his staff are here to assist patients in the Beverly Hills, CA area with their dental concerns, including teeth that are misaligned. With the use of Clear Aligner, patients can achieve the smiles of their dreams without having to cover their teeth with metal brackets and wires. We encourage patients to take the time to learn about alternative solutions such as this. Contact our team by calling (310) 692-7855 or visiting the office located at 465 North Roxbury Drive, Suite #911.
People who have one or more missing teeth can choose dental implants to restore the mouth’s full functionality as well as a natural looking smile. Dental implant supported crowns and dentures can serve as the closest possible replacement to natural teeth.
Endosseous fixtures, which are popularly known as dental implants, are designed to provide an artificial tooth root. The implanted root creates a solid base to place a dental crown and restore a full smile. The artificial tooth roots are made of titanium or ceramic and look like small screws that fuse with the jawbone in the precise location of the missing tooth.
When an implant dentist in Beverly Hills has placed a tooth implant surgically into the jawbone, they will allow it to go through a natural process of osseointegration and fuse with biological bone tissue. As a result, the implant will be naturally integrated into the patient’s oral anatomy, providing tooth integrity similar to that of a natural and healthy tooth root. Once the implant is firmly in its place, a dental crown will be custom crafted and fixed over the implant to complete the tooth structure.
As per each patient’s individual needs:
- A dental crown can be secured using a single implant
- Multiple crowns or a bridge may be secured using multiple implants
- More than one implant may be strategically placed to secure dentures on the upper or lower arch, or both.
Patients who are considering dental implants should have the following attributes:
- No pre-existing periodontal conditions
- Jaw should have adequate dense bone tissue, or the patient should be prepared for a bone grafting procedure prior to implants
- Should be a non-smoker or should be open to giving up the habit, especially at the time of osseointegration
- Maintain good oral health and general well-being
- Should be willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle, regularly practice oral hygiene and maintain periodic dental appointments
Benefits of dental implants
As the implant post fuses with the jaw tissue, it virtually becomes a part of the patient’s body. Patients who receive dental implants do not need to perform any special daily maintenance of the implant. Patients who use them to secure their dentures experience far better stability and comfort with their dentures. However, to ensure complete success and predictable results, it is vital to choose the right implant dentist in Beverly Hills.
Restore function and aesthetics
Dental implant posts replace teeth roots and create a stable foundation for the placement of a crown, bridge, or denture. This ensures that the patient can perform oral functions such as chewing, speaking, or biting just as they would do with their natural, healthy teeth.
Dental implants that are fabricated using high-quality materials create an aesthetically appealing and natural smile. They appear attractive and quite real, sometimes even better than the patient’s natural teeth.
Improved oral health and continued bone retention
The real tooth roots perform an important function of not just helping one bite and chew, but also in signaling the brain that the jawbone requires support to keep the teeth strong. As a result, the calcium and phosphorus are extracted from the food and delivered to the jawbone to keep it replenished and strong. This process is called piezoelectric effect that can be mimicked by prosthetics as implant posts replace the natural roots.
Traditional crowns, bridges, dentures, and partials do not integrate with the natural jaw anatomy. As a result, the brain does not receive the signal to deliver nutrients to the jawbone.
The bone density starts to suffer due to lack of phosphorus and calcium in the jaw. This gradual degradation shrinks the jaw’s size and gives the face a gaunt appearance.
The most significant benefit of getting dental implants is that natural teeth are left untouched as they do not have to be prepared or reduced to place the implant.
Dental implants can sustain for decades if the patients keep up their regular oral care and maintain routine dental visits. In case the implant prosthetic suffers wear and tear or sustains damage, it can be replaced. An experienced implant dentist in Beverly Hills can restore your smile with safe and sustainable dental implant treatment.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells created from medical-grade ceramic that has similar translucence properties to natural tooth enamel. Dental veneers are attached to the front of the affected teeth to create a beautiful smile. This safe and sustainable solution for your smile is customized for each patient.
According to experts, porcelain veneers are highly resilient and can last for up to 15 years with proper care. There are also some more advanced variants of porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills that have a lifespan of up to 20 years. The patient, however, must follow a proper oral care routine to extend the life of their porcelain veneers. Lack of maintenance will lead to either repair or replacement, depending on the level of damage or wear and tear.
Since veneers mimic your natural teeth, their lifecycle may be compromised by the same poor oral hygiene habits that are harmful for your teeth in general. Biting on hard foods or other items like ice can cause the veneer to crack or chip. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), you must also avoid frequent exposure to teeth staining materials like wine, coffee and tea that can cause discoloration at the margins.
Tips to maintain your porcelain veneers
Patients must always follow proper oral hygiene to maintain the longevity of their teeth. However, once the porcelain veneers have been put into place, practicing good oral hygiene and care becomes even more necessary. Never miss a dentist’s appointment and follow healthy oral practices. This will help maintain your porcelain veneers, while enabling good oral health, as well.
Preventing tooth decay
For the veneers to last 10 to 15 years or more, one must follow a special type of care. Simple dentist visits alone will not make the cut. Patients must also brush and floss their teeth regularly to maintain their veneers. Even though the porcelain is decay-proof, not following a regular routine of oral hygiene may lead to cavities in the natural tooth structure. At the same time, it can compromise the essential integrity of the porcelain veneer. In such cases, despite the removal of the cavity, the tooth could lose its strength to support the veneer.
Keeping gums healthy
Oral care is necessary to keep your mouth healthy and prevent conditions such as cavities and gum disease. Improper upkeep may lead to gum recession that will eventually impact the veneers’ appearance too. As your porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills are positioned along the gum line, when the gum tissue recedes, it exposes the edge of the veneer. In this case, the veneers may have to be replaced and the entire process would have to be repeated from scratch.
Avoid the use of force
Nail biting, opening bottles with teeth, chewing ice, etc. are some of the worst things one can do to their teeth. These habits can lead to tooth erosion, cracks, and chips. Even though porcelain is quite sturdy, it is not as strong as natural tooth enamel. Therefore, these habits can have an adverse impact on patients with porcelain veneers. People that are suffering from bruxism must first undergo treatment for their condition and then get veneers.
Preserving the color of veneers
The dental veneers are made of non-absorbent material that makes them resistant to staining. However, the dental cement used to secure them in place may be susceptible to discoloration. Staining of this material can make the edge of the veneer appear yellow and unsightly. To prevent this from happening, patients should avoid consumption of foods and beverages that cause staining such as wine, tomato sauce, tea, berries, and coffee.
It is advisable for patients to ask the dentist or the dental lab about the ceramist and the source of their veneers. For best cosmetic results, it is important to only choose high quality fabricators. Patients should always choose to work with reputable dental professionals who can provide proven and sustainable porcelain veneers.
Porcelain veneers in Beverly Hills are an excellent solution for a beautiful smile. However, to maintain them, it is important to care for them properly. Being careless can result in expensive repairs and poor oral health.
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