Bad breath: why does it happen and where to find treatment options in Beverly Hills

Maybe your perfect date ended abruptly at the first kiss. Perhaps your best friend recoiled when you leaned close to whisper a private comment. That’s when you realize that your bad breath is worse than you realized. Now your top priority is figuring out what caused it and finding an effective treatment. Where should you turn? If you are in or near Beverly Hills, CA the answer is Dr. Sanda Moldovan. As a Periodontist and Nutritionist, she is an expert in two of the most common causes of bad breath.

Bad breath explained

Known medically as halitosis, bad breath is a common problem affecting an estimated 25 million Americans. Wearing a mask during COVID-19 times actually increases bad breath. Where does the odor come from? There are two possible sources:

  • Mouth – Odors originating from the mouth are usually associated with bacteria. These microorganisms release stinky VSCs (volatile sulfur compounds) into your mouth, which mix with breath when you exhale.
  • Lungs – Sometimes the smell is present before breath reaches the mouth. These odors are generally caused by chemicals released from the bloodstream to the lungs, as part of the body’s natural waste elimination processes.
  • Stomach – chronic conditions like SIBO and constipation can result in bad breath

How your diet affects your breath

We all know that fried onions for lunch can be a recipe for bad breath all day. This type of halitosis is harmless and temporary. Brushing and flossing well after a pungent meal can help, because part of the problem may be lingering food particles. However, when you digest foods such as onions or garlic, the odor-causing compounds enter your bloodstream, only to be expelled via the lungs. The smell continues until it works out of your system.

Another, lesser-known dietary cause of halitosis is not attributed to a specific food, but rather your overall nutritional choices. Weight loss has a plethora of benefits, but it can have the very unpleasant side effect of bad breath. Specifically, this is a common issue for those on low carb diet plans. Ketosis (fat burning) releases smelly ketones in several ways, including via the lungs and saliva.

Oral health

Here’s the bad news: there are billions of bacteria in your mouth. The good news is that many of them are helpful, and some help keep odor-causing varieties in check. If your mouth is healthy and clean, there won’t be enough problematic bacteria to cause bad breath, but there will be a few. They can multiply quickly, so bad breath can crop up when you haven’t brushed in a while. If it happens too quickly and frequently, or if cleaning your teeth doesn’t clear up the problem, there are a few possible reasons:

  • Ineffective hygiene – Crowded teeth, fixed orthodontic braces, and other conditions can make brushing difficult. You might not be getting all the plaque and bacteria.
  • Decay – Tooth cavities are home to thriving colonies of bacteria.
  • Dry mouth – A healthy salivary flow is essential for maintaining a healthy oral environment. Many health conditions or side effects of medication can contribute to dry mouth syndrome.
  • Periodontal disease – This is one of the most common reasons for chronic bad breath, and it also has potentially devastating health implications. Periodontal disease begins with plaque along the gumline, leading to tissue inflammation, and then progressing to chronic infection. Because the bacteria colonize below the gumline and in soft tissue, you can’t remove them by brushing. Besides emitting a foul odor, this type of infection can destroy ligaments and bone that support your teeth. Furthermore, gum disease has been linked to heart failure and many other serious health conditions.

Finding the right treatment

As you can see, breath mints might mask the odor temporarily, but they aren’t likely to cure bad breath. Orasana Probiotic Mints may help you turn around bad breath. An effective solution begins with an accurate diagnosis. From gum disease treatment to nutritional guidance, you can count on Dr. Sanda Moldovan for a solution that leaves you smiling. Call us at (310) 692-7855 to schedule an appointment. 

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Our anti-inflammatory, anti-cavity cleanings are tailored to a patient’s individual need. A unique blend of natural antioxidant and immune-supporting products makes us one of the only offices in Southern California to offer this. Since ozone is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, we believe in investing the extra expense to ozonate our water (a practice more common in Europe) for the best teeth and gum care, which translates into whole body wellness.

While most offices traditionally scrape and polish teeth, without much cutting–edge change, Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness cleanings offer the exclusive combination of Air Flow Therapy — with either anti-inflammatory fighter glycine that helps remove biofilm for healthier gums and smaller pockets, or erythritol for an anti-cavity treatment. This ensures that each cleaning is tailored to what a patient needs. Each session ends with the protective ozone to help heal gums.

According to a published NIH review, ozone has been around for 150 years, combating 114 diseases, inactivating viruses, bacteria and yeast and activating the immune system. It’s used in cutting edge dental practices because it’s important for healing wounds, fighting bacteria and helping to boost the immune system.

Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness is one of the few practices that offers teeth cleanings that use the powerful combination of natural and state-of-the-art products, such as lasers, to help remove bacteria. Ozonated water is piped throughout the practice for all procedures, giving gums added protection and disinfection.

There are two tiers of dental cleanings — one that ends with ozone in its gaseous state, and for those on a budget who still want our first-class cleanings not offered anywhere else in this area, ozonated water is used throughout the cleaning. So either way, you’re getting the benefit of ozone in each session.

As a practice that strives to be holistic in its philosophy as citizens in a global sense, at the end of each session, patients are given a sustainable bamboo toothbrush with charcoal bristles, instead of handing out toothbrushes made of non-recycled plastic.

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It’s not uncommon for many people to look for the slightest excuse to put off a visit to the dentist. I could fill a blog with some of the more creative ones. The COVID pandemic, rightfully so, has made a significant portion of the population steering clear of dental appointments. According to a June 15 survey by the American Dental Association, patient volume has decreased to 65 percent since COVID struck.

It’s important that you look after your oral health as seriously as you tend to other medical concerns and not wait for a painful problem to hit your mouth before you take action. Don’t skip regular cleanings and other procedures for fear of COVID and/or an underlying fear of the dentist. With the right questions answered to your satisfaction you can be assured a safe experience.

All dentists in the U.S. are being required to put new procedures in place, but not all dental professionals are going the extra mile as we have done at Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness. We are making it our number one priority to provide a safe and healthy environment. I suggest you refer to our protocols mentioned here when calling the dentist of your choice to see if they are providing the same or similar means of patient care during this difficult time.

Of course we follow the universal guidelines of frequent handwashing and sanitizing of all patient areas, but we’ve also equipped each operatory with an ozone/UV air purifier, and offer ozone water as a rinse. Recent reports indicate very favorable results using ozone against bacteria and viruses. Our ozone dental cleanings ensure that no bacteria from the mouth is aerosolized in the rooms, as well as gives your mouth and immune system an anti-aging boost. The ozone purifier acts as a safeguard for aerosol droplets, especially important during teeth cleanings. Our hygienists and doctors have been schooled on how to provide the safest environment for your visit.

We also check everyone’s temperature as patients walk in our doorway, require all patients and visitors to wear a mask as all of our staff does, and monitor our waiting area for compliance with social distancing.

These are the areas you need to explore with the receptionist or office manager when booking an appointment, and don’t be shy about asking and insisting on any protocols that will keep you safe. You are your own advocate.

My staff likes to say we are the safest place on earth right now and while I can’t believe there is any place safer than staying at home, that’s not always practical, as our lives have to move forward. Stay safe and don’t forget to step outside, get your vitamin D in the sun and take deep breaths to oxygenate your lungs.

Finding out that you need to have a tooth extracted can be a scary moment. However, many adults will have this conversation with their dentist. Dr. Sanda Moldovan is a trusted dentist in Beverly Hills, CA, who has helped many patients understand why a tooth may need to be removed, how the tooth extraction procedure works, and tips for post-procedure oral health care.

Common reasons for extraction

  • Wisdom teeth: These teeth, which typically erupt during a person’s teen years are simply an extra set of molars.  In some cases, an individual may not have enough room in their mouth for the additional molars and the remaining teeth may become crowded. In other instances, the teeth never fully break through the gums, which can cause pain due to gum inflammation and future problems for the neighboring teeth. For these reasons, many dentists suggest having their wisdom teeth removed to prevent future issues.   
  • Decayed or damaged teeth: Teeth can be damaged for a number of reasons, including a cavity that goes undetected for too long, a filling that breaks, or a fall or trauma to the face. If a tooth is damaged, the dentist will first try to save the tooth with fillings, cosmetic bonding, or a dental crown. However, in some cases, the tooth cannot be saved and must be extracted and replaced with a dental restoration such as in implant.
  • Infected root canal treated teeth:  Root canal treated teeth are dead teeth and thus more susceptible to bacterial presence inside or around the tooth and in the jaw bone.  These chronic infections can be completely free of symptoms, but can be a big burden on the immune system.   Such infected root canal treated teeth can contribute to inflammation, fatigue, and sinus problems.   Dr. Sanda Moldovan recommends these kind of teeth to be extracted and the area disinfected with ozone.  

The tooth extraction procedure

In our biological dental office we don’t simply “pull teeth”. Our doctors make sure that the periodontal ligament and associated infected tissue is always removed and the area disinfected with ozone.  Once the patient is numb, the dentist will use a piezo electrical machine to gently loosen the tooth from the socket, then thoroughly debriding the area using the piezo with ozone water. Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is placed in the area and sutured in place.  This contains growth factors and concentrated stem cells from patient’s own blood to promote healing and prevent infection. Cold laser therapy is also done at the end of the procedure to minimize pain and enhance healing.  The patient experience is key during an extraction procedure. Dr. Moldovan offers various levels of anesthesia (laughing gas) and sedation (oral and IV)  to ensure that patients feel calm and relaxed during the procedure.

Caring for the mouth after tooth extraction

Patients should be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions following tooth extraction to lessen any pain or discomfort and improve their healing time. In most cases the dentist will recommend the following:

  • Keep pressure on the gauze that covers the extraction site as long as instructed. 
  • Take pain / homeopathic medication as prescribed. 
  • Apply ice immediately to minimize swelling.
  • Rest and allow your body time to heal. You will be able to increase your activity level after a couple of days.
  • Avoid using a straw, forceful rinsing, or spitting, which can dislodge the blood clot that has covered the extraction site.
  • Eat foods that are soft, such as smoothies, and creamed soups.

For more information about tooth extraction, call Beverly Hills Dental Health and Wellness today at (310) 692-7855.

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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:

  • Smoking
  • 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. 

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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.

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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
  • Stress
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure
  • Stroke
  • 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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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