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SoCalSmiles has been improving patient’s smiles for over 40 years. We serve multiple generations of patients from young adults to the elderly. We are committed to providing a lifetime of optimum oral health for our patients and strive for relationships based on mutual trust. We only provide treatment for our patients that we would perform for ourselves or for our families. We measure success on the quality of the relationships we have, not just the dental care we provide. We believe that every patient deserves to be treated honestly and with respect.

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Dr. Shahkarami

Dr. Anoosheh Shahkarami graduated from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in 2003. Along with completing her continuing education requirements, Dr. Shahkarami has stayed current on cutting edge technology, applying innovative dental techniques and materials to her practice of dentistry. She excels in Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry, Dental Implant Restorations and Invisalign Orthodontics.

Dr. Shahkarami’s priority and passion is to take excellent care of her patients and to improve the quality of their lives while providing pain-free, aesthetically satisfying and state-of-the-art treatment.

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Dr. Chela Altman

Dr. Chela Altman earned her doctorate in dental surgery from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry in San Francisco, CA. Upon graduating from UOP, she was elected into the Tau Kappa Omega dental honor society for her outstanding academic and clinical achievements.

As a distinguished clinician with over a decade of experience, Dr. Altman focuses on Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. She maintains a high level of excellence in her work, and strives to create a comfortable experience for each of her patients. Her warm smile and friendly attitude truly embodies the caring and positive atmosphere that is sure to be a part of the patient's dental office experience.

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Dr. Otis Chong

Dr. Chong, DMD, MMSc is one of the few dual Ivy League Trained Endodontist in the state of California. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for his dental studies where he earned his DMD with Honors. Dr. Chong earned his Master’s in Medical Science and certificate in Endodontics at the prestigious Harvard University.

Dr. Chong holds a faculty position at the University of California, Los Angeles where he provides clinical based instruction on root canal therapy and lectures extensively to dental students.

Dr. Chong strives to provide cutting edge dental care in a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

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Dr. Natasha Yashar

Dr. Natasha Yashar received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the internationally recognized University of Southern California, School of Dentistry. Following her general dental training, Dr. Yashar completed her post-graduate residency program in periodontology at the University of Illinois, School of Dentistry. Dr. Yashar obtained the highest recognition for a specialist in the field of Periodontology and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, a distinction held by less than one-third of all practicing Periodontists. Dr. Yashar is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor of Periodontics at UCLA School of Dentistry.

Dr. Yashar applies her extensive expertise in periodontal field by providing all her patients with the highest quality dental treatment in a caring atmosphere.

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Procedures

A preventive program is a cooperative effort by the patient, dentist, and dental staff to preserve the natural dentition and supporting structures by preventing the onset, progress, and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. Preventing dental disease starts at home with good oral hygiene and a balanced diet. It is continued in the dental office by the efforts of your dentist and dental hygienist to promote, restore, and maintain your oral health. Prevention also includes regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays. Sealants and fluoride are also great preventive treatments that help protect the teeth. Prevention helps avoid serious and costly dental problems and is the key to having a healthy, confident, beautiful smile.

Cosmetic dentistry is an aspect of modern dentistry that allows us to conservatively restore your teeth back to their natural strength and beauty. It also allows us to enhance the appearance of your smile by closing gaps, straightening crooked teeth, lightening worn teeth, and whitening your teeth for a more youthful, clean and healthy looking smile.

Some Cosmetic treatment included: Teeth Whitening, Porcelain Veneers, Invisible Braces, Dental Implants, Dental Crowns and Tooth-Colored Fillings. It takes years of experience and advanced training to be able to design a natural looking smile. Dr. Shahkarami and Dr. Altman are able to combine artistry with science to create a smile that looks undistinguishable from nature for you.

Did you know that having straight teeth actually improves your overall oral-health? Straight teeth make brushing, flossing and taking care of your gums easier. Many adults think that either it’s unimportant or too late in life to worry about straight teeth. On the contrary, at any age Invisalign can potentially help you avoid more costly cosmetic, periodontal and restorative procedures in the future.

Invisalign is the amazing technology that straightens your teeth with a completely translucent aligner instead of metal braces. Invisalign is perfect for adults and teens while being quicker and less expensive in many cases than traditional braces.

The term “periodontics” refers to the dental specialty that pertains to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease that affects the gums and jawbone. Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adult which is why our goal is to recognize and treat periodontal disease in the early stages.

Research is also pointing to possible health effects of periodontal diseases that go well beyond your mouth. Studies are ongoing determining the relationship between periodontal disease and: increased risk of heart attack or stroke; increased risk of delivering pre-term, low birth-weight babies and difficulty controlling blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Your smile should last a lifetime. With dental implants from SoCalSmiles Dental Office, it will. Dental implants are changing the way people live. They are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth which look, feel, and function like natural teeth. People who have lost teeth regain the ability to virtually eat anything, knowing that their teeth appear natural, facial contours and adjacent teeth will be preserved. Patients with dental implants can smile with confidence.

Endodontic treatment is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess, swelling that may spread to other areas, bone loss around the tip of the root and drainage problems extending outward from the root.

There is a stigma that root canal treatment is a painful and excruciating procedure. But, the truth is that with modern technologies and anesthetics, root canal treatment today is virtually painless and in fact alleviates the existing discomfort cause by the infection.

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January 28, 2015

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General Dentistry in Tarzana

 

General Dentistry in TarzanaAs a provider of general dentistry in Tarzana, we seek to educate our patients about dental care and treatment options. We find that the more informed patients are, the more comfortable they are with dental treatments. As such, we take the time to discuss things in detail during consultations and answer any questions that our patients may have. During these consultations, we find that there are several common misconceptions about dentistry. Here is what you need to know.

Dental treatments can be completely comfortable.

In our dental office, we provide sedation dentistry for patients that have dental anxiety or fear. Millions of adults suffer from some form of dental anxiety due to a fear of having something in their mouth, being out of control or a bad experience as a child. Fortunately, most of these fears are nothing like the reality of getting dental treatments. They are more comfortable than most imagine and thanks to sedation dentistry, we can ensure that you remain comfortable and anxiety free during your entire appointment. If you suffer from dental anxiety, let us know when you schedule your appointment so that we can incorporate sedation into your treatment plan.

General dentistry in Tarzana is much more than cleaning teeth.

Many people think of a general dentist, and a dental cleaning comes to mind. This is normal, but a general dentist does far more than keeping teeth healthy. We can also perform treatments to heal infected teeth and gums, complete restorations and improve the appearance of your smile. This ranges from teeth whitening to deep cleaning gums and installing dental implants. Regardless of what is wrong with your teeth, visiting our office will give you the opportunity to feel well again.

You may need new restorations.

If you damaged a tooth and had it restored over ten years ago, you may need to replace the restoration. Dental crowns, veneers, bridges and implants are not designed to last forever. They can last for a decade or longer but as with anything, they can wear down over time. Likewise, restorations are just as susceptible to damage as natural teeth are so if you are in a car wreck, sports accident or injured on the job; your restoration could become damaged as well. If your restoration is older, we recommend that you schedule a consultation so that we can examine it and determine if it needs to be replaced before it has the opportunity to wear out and create discomfort.

We can help with sensitive teeth.

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth and by offering general dentistry in Tarzana, we can help to strengthen them and protect them. This way your teeth will no longer feel sensitive, and you can eat all of your favorite foods without pain. In order to do so we may use a bonding procedure or dental crowns. For those that think they are stuck with sensitive teeth, these are excellent solutions.

To learn more about dental care or to schedule an appointment, give our office a call.

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January 2, 2015

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Dentist in the Valley

 

Dentist in the ValleyAs you age, working with a Dentist in the Valley becomes increasingly important. Aging impacts virtually all areas of health, and while most people are concerned with things like heart and mental health, teeth can deteriorate with age as well, making a preventative care plan critical to ensuring good health.

We recommend that patients visit our office at least twice a year for a routine teeth cleaning and dental examination. This is a good best practice to implement throughout your life and the life of your children, yet as you age it becomes more critical to your overall health. These routine dental exams allow us to examine your teeth and gums to determine if they are in pristine health or need to receive treatment for a cavity, infection or gum disease. By identifying any of these conditions early, we can develop a treatment plan that addresses them quickly and comfortably. As with all medical conditions, early detection and treatment are key to ongoing good health.

In addition to regular dental exams, we recommend that you take certain steps to improve the overall health of your mouth, including:

  • Drink more water. As a Dentist in the Valley, we find that many of our patients don’t drink nearly enough water. This can lead to dehydration which is bad for the health of the entire body. Additionally, it can create challenges in other ways by increasing the risk of dry mouth. As people age, the chances of developing this condition only increases, and dry mouth can lead to bad breath. It is also a risk factor for cavities since it means that the body isn’t producing enough saliva to naturally wash away bacteria and plaque.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Good oral hygiene starts with what you eat. While you can brush away plaque, you can prevent it from occurring in the first place by improving your diet. We suggest that patients cut out the sweets from their diets so that things like soda, candy, cake, pie and sugary drinks are reserved for special occasions only. Simultaneously, it is important to eat plenty of healthy foods including green leafy veggies, crunchy vegetables, dairy products, and complex carbs. This will provide sustained energy while also helping to remineralize and strengthen your teeth.
  • Brush better. Buy an electronic toothbrush and start using it. The brush is completely worth it because by moving in a constant circular pattern more bacteria and plaque are displaced to be removed from the mouth. Be sure to brush for around two minutes at a time and do so gently to avoid irritating the gums. This is particularly important as you age since the risk of gum disease and gum recession is increased, and aggressive brushing can inflame the gum tissue.
  • Get the proper fit. If you are wearing dentures, make sure that they fit you properly. An ill-fitting pair of dentures can slip out of place and irritate your gum tissue.

To create your own preventative care plan with a Dentist in the Valley, call and schedule an appointment.

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December 30, 2014

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Cosmetic Dentist Tarzana

 

Cosmetic Dentist TarzanaWhen you visit a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana, you need to be able to clearly articulate what your goals and objectives are for your teeth and smile. In the past, the dentist had very few options for correcting damaged or imperfect teeth. Times have changed, and new technology has made it possible to address virtually any issue that someone may have with the appearance of their smile. As such, we can help you by completing a full smile makeover or address that one tooth that you can’t stand. Either way, the transformation is possible if we know what you want to be corrected.

It is important to consider what you like about your smile just as much as what you don’t like. Letting us know about features that you are comfortable with gives us a benchmark or starting point to work with. For example, you may like the shape of your teeth but not the color or position of them. By knowing these details, we can begin to craft a treatment plan that addresses what you don’t like without fixing things that don’t need to be addressed.

Think about your lifestyle, how busy you are and how physically active you are on a daily basis. Everything from what types of food you like to eat to whether you play sports needs to be accounted for in our conversations because it will impact the procedures that you get from a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana. For example, if you need to replace a tooth and are a lacrosse player, we will probably rule out dentures because they can fall out while running around and playing. A dental implant, however, would be a good solution because it behaves like a natural tooth. These lifestyle details are incredibly important to know when planning for dental care since your teeth can influence how well you enjoy life both now and in the future.

We may also ask you the following:

How white do you want your teeth? We have samples that you can look at in order to determine which shade of white is the perfect shade of white for you. This is important because if your teeth are either too bright or too dull it can impact how well you enjoy your teeth.

Do you like the size of your teeth? If you feel that your teeth are either too large or too small for your mouth, let us know. We can fix both issues so that you like what you see when you look in the mirror.

Are your gums the right size? When you smile, look at how much of your teeth are exposed. If your teeth appear too long, your gums may be receding. If they appear short, you may have excessive gum tissue. We can change the shape and size of your gums so that your smile looks beautiful.

Does anything hurt? If you are experiencing any discomfort, let us know so that we can correct any health issues before performing any optional procedures.

What questions do you have? During your consultation, we will answer any questions that you have about your oral health or the procedures that are available to you. As a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana, we want you to ask whatever you need in order to feel comfortable in your decisions.

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December 1, 2014

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Teeth Whitening

 

Teeth WhiteningWhen looking at teeth whitening products, know that the differences are far more than price or brand name. Advertisers have done an excellent job of presenting models with beautifully white teeth smiling like they don’t have a care in the world. It is understandable why everyone wants to look that way and to have amazing teeth. That doesn’t mean, however, that everyone can get white teeth by using their product. Each whitening product has a different level of bleaching agent and as such, will accomplish different results.

As a dentist, we like to warn our patients that not all whitening solutions are created equal. As such, if you use something that you bought at the store, it will probably work but to a lesser degree than if you had the procedure completed at our dentist office. This is because the solution is weaker, making it impossible to have the same level of results. This is important to note because many people overuse whitening products because they don’t like how their teeth look and think that doing it again will help. The challenge is that overuse can lead to sensitivity and discomfort. It is far better to see a dentist if you don’t like how your teeth look than to continue bleaching them at home.

If you do decide to try a teeth whitening product from the store, do so after considering how white you want your teeth to get. If you have already had a whitening treatment and simply want to keep them bright, try a teeth whitening toothpaste. This will do a good job at keeping your teeth looking fresh, but it won’t be very effective at removing dark stains in the first place. Another option is to use whitening strips. These look like a piece of tape and are placed on freshly cleaned teeth. They start to whiten and can do so by a couple of shades, just make sure to use them at home when you don’t have to talk. Otherwise, they can easily slip out of place.

Whitening trays are also a popular option. They are the most effective because the whitening solution is placed directly onto your teeth and held into place by the tray. We do, however, have one major warning. If you buy whitening trays from the store, they will not be customized to your mouth and, as a result, there is a high likelihood of the solution leaking out. On top of making you want to gag, this can be dangerous as the bleaching solution comes in contact with your gums. Many people experience irritation and discomfort as a result. We can create a teeth whitening tray by using a mold of your mouth so that the fit is perfect, and there is no risk of leakage.

As a local dentist, we understand the desire to have a white smile, and we can help you to get one. Just remember not to overuse whitening products and to chat with a dentist before getting started.

Posted on
November 25, 2014

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Periodontist

 

PeriodontistIf your dentist refers you to a periodontist, there is nothing to be alarmed about. While the name sounds imposing, a periodontist is a dentist that specializes in periodontal diseases that can range from simple gum inflammation to serious infections that can damage the gums and even cause tooth loss. Simply put, this specialist cares for the structures that support your teeth, including the roots, the gums, and the ligaments. Many adults in America have experienced some sort of periodontal diseases and are referred to a specialist during the course of their lifetime. Additionally, if you need dental implants chances are that you will end up seeing a periodontist. We are one and provide specialty treatments along with traditional dental care.

We have been trained to address both complex and simple problems that may cause oral distress, tooth loss, or discomfort. Some of these conditions can be prevented or solved with teeth cleanings and regular dental exams. Others, however, require oral surgery in order to correct them. This is why it is important to work with a specialist.

Here are examples of how we can help:

Millions of people around the world are affected by receding gums. There are several reasons why gums begin to recede. These include periodontal diseases, excessive and aggressive brushing, grinding and clenching of the teeth, insufficient dental care, piercing, and your genes. Additionally, over 30% of adults are susceptible to receding gums because of their genes. When the gums start to recede several things happen which can be corrected by a soft tissue graft. First pockets begin to form where the gums have receded, leaving gaps between the teeth, making it easier for bacteria to build up and cause an infection. Left untreated, this can result in severe gum disease and even tooth loss. The second thing that happens is the roots can become exposed. Roots, being extremely sensitive to heat and cold, can cause a great deal of discomfort if they are exposed to the elements. As a periodontist, we can provide relief for this common condition.

Additionally, as the gums recede the quality of a person's smile is greatly diminished. To correct the receding gums, we will perform what is known as a soft tissue graft. Essentially soft tissue is taken from a donor spot, typically the roof or palate of the mouth, and grafted or stitched to the area around where the gums have receded so as to cover the exposed root. This grafted skin will grow naturally and connect with the existing tissue to eliminate the challenges and discomfort a patient may be experiencing.

On the other hand, a gummy smile occurs where there is too much gum tissue in the mouth, which overwhelms the teeth and makes them seem small and disproportionate. Too much gum exposure is not medically harmful, but does hurt a persons' appearance, leading many people seek help. Correcting a gummy smile is a simple process called crown lengthening. In this procedure, we will remove the excessive gum tissue and sculpt what is left to give the gums the proper contour. As a periodontist, we can complete these procedures and more in order to keep your mouth healthy and looking great.

Teeth Whitening
 

If you live in Tarzana, CA, you can benefit from a teeth whitening procedure at our local dental office. At Socalsmiles Dental Office, we are known for improving the appearance of our patients’ smiles. Socalsmiles Dental Office is an expert cosmetic dentist and has multiple ways for doing so. We often recommend a teeth whitening procedure because it is by far the easiest way to transform your smile. After cleaning your teeth, we can complete this procedure in time for a special event or as part of your regular oral health routine.

People throughout California have their teeth whitened on a regular basis so that they can look and feel great. As people age, it is common for teeth to become dull and yellow. This is in part due to age itself and also due to what a person eats and drinks. Drinking coffee, tea and wine, for example, can stain your teeth. Smoking and eating foods that contain food coloring can also stain your teeth. Brushing immediately after eating and drinking can help to prevent stains but is typically not enough to remove the risk entirely. Fortunately, stained and yellow teeth don’t have to stay that way.

Types of Whitening

There are several types of teeth whitening that you can try. Many people in Tarzana start by using whitening toothpaste at home. This can help to brighten your teeth but is typically not enough to actually whiten them. We recommend toothpaste as part of an overall teeth whitening treatment but not by itself. After professional whitening, the toothpaste can help your teeth stay bright.

Many people throughout the 91356 area try over the counter solutions like whitening trays or strips. These treatments work but not as well as professional solutions. As with most things, what you buy in the store is simply not as strong as what you can get from a medical professional. Additionally, store bought whitening trays are designed to fit everyone’s teeth, not your teeth specifically. This means that they can become loose, and the solution can leak, leading to gum irritation.

We recommend that people in Tarzana, CA schedule an appointment with Socalsmiles Dental Office, instead. Our professional teeth whitening solutions can transform the appearance of your teeth in a dynamic way. This is partially due to the strength of the solution that we use. Professional grade whitening gel can whiten teeth by eight shades or more vs. around two shades with store bought solutions. If you are looking for immediate and dramatic results, in-office whitening is a far better option.

At Socalsmiles Dental Office, we provide patients with information on two main types of dental whitening. Some dental offices provide whitening services in the office while others focus on treatments that can be completed at home. An in-office treatment can be done at the same time as a teeth cleaning or during a separate appointment. It is typically completed within an hour and produces immediately white teeth. For many people, this is an ideal solution because of how quickly it is finished.

In our dental office, we also recommend whitening trays. This type of procedure is effective and puts patients in control over how white their teeth become and how often they are whitened. Socalsmiles Dental Office starts by having an impression taken of a patient's teeth. This impression is then used to create customized whitening trays in a dental lab. They fit securely around teeth and will not leak solution into the mouth. This is an ideal way for patients throughout California to whiten teeth because once they are created, they can be used at any time. Patients are provided with a whitening solution to use at home, and the trays need to be worn for a couple of hours every night for a week or more. Once teeth have reached the perfect shade of white, a patient can stop wearing the trays. This portable solution can be taken anywhere, making it possible for people to whiten teeth while on vacation, business trips or after moving to a new city.

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How It Works

When a whitening solution is applied to the teeth, the hydrogen peroxide inside of the solution penetrates through the enamel. It then starts the oxidation process where molecules are transformed to reflect less or no light. This makes them appear colorless, and teeth appear white. This process is typically extremely effective for eliminating stains and can be repeated frequently.

On occasion, the stains are too strong for a teeth whitening procedure to work. When this happens, Socalsmiles Dental Office can provide an alternative treatment. For example, patients in Tarzana can have dental veneers placed on the surface of teeth in order to cover dark stains. This is often preferable for patients that smoke since veneers are stain resistant and won’t yellow quickly like natural teeth. Still, it is wise to try a teeth whitening procedure first, before starting a cosmetic one.

At Socalsmiles Dental Office, we also recommend that patients have their teeth whitened before having other dental procedures completed. Most of the materials that are used in dental restorations or for cosmetic purposes are stain resistant and bleach resistant. For example, a dental crown won’t stain or bleach but should maintain its initial coloring with time. When a crown, veneer, bridge, or implant is created in a dental lab, they are created to match the shade of the surrounding teeth. If the surrounding teeth are yellow, these restorations will be created in a yellow shade. If the surrounding teeth are a brilliant white, the restoration will be as well. This makes the timing of teeth whitening procedures important. If you live in the 91356 area and know that you need a dental restoration, have your teeth whitening procedure scheduled first.

The procedure itself shouldn’t cause any discomfort and is relatively easy to complete. Before getting started, we simply recommend that patients schedule a dental exam with our Tarzana dental office. Socalsmiles Dental Office will then examine your teeth and gums to ensure that they are healthy enough for whitening. This way if any cavities or infections exist they can be treated first. To learn more or to get started, call 818-345-5286 and schedule your appointment.

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Cosmetic Dentist Tarzana
 

Socalsmiles Dental Office offers cosmetic dentistry services for patients throughout the Tarzana area. As an experienced cosmetic dentist, we make it possible for our patients to have the beautiful smile they have always wanted using a variety of modern dental techniques. Socalsmiles Dental Office is committed to high-quality patient care and works to ensure that patients are comfortable during their procedures and delighted with the results. This makes us the provider of choice for patients throughout California.

Socalsmiles Dental Office takes the time to get to know each patient and the goals that they have for their smile. This often involves correcting a problem with how a particular tooth, or teeth, appear. Thanks to modern dental techniques, we can help patients throughout Tarzana CA to accomplish these goals in a way that is painless while producing dramatic results. Gone are the days where people have to live with a smile that they don’t like or are embarrassed to show off. Even people with severe stains, crooked, damaged teeth, and gaps can experience the stunning transformations available when working with Socalsmiles Dental Office.

We work with adults of all ages and commonly hear that older patients feel like it is too late to improve their smile. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Seniors throughout the 91356 area frequently use our services and are delighted to find that there are many ways to restore their damaged teeth and replace missing ones. While, in years past, there may have been very few options available for replacing missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry has opened the door to solutions that are permanent, durable, and natural looking. To find out what procedures will work best for you, call 818-345-5286 and schedule a consultation.

The Truth About Cosmetic Dentistry

Some people hear the word cosmetic and assume that Socalsmiles Dental Office only treats people that are looking to create a Hollywood smile. While Socalsmiles Dental Office is a talented cosmetic dentist, this field of dentistry involves much more than creating a stunning appearance. It is true that most Hollywood stars have used cosmetic dentistry to improve their smile, but these procedures accomplish far more than that.

Beyond basic cosmetic procedures aimed at changing a persons’ appearance, cosmetic dentistry can restore the functionality of teeth and the self-confidence of our patients. People throughout California visit Socalsmiles Dental Office after they have been in an accident and have damaged their tooth. The American Dental Association reports that the majority of adults that damage their teeth do so while playing sports, meaning that anyone can have a tooth break or chip at any time – regardless of how careful they are. Car wrecks, slip and fall accidents, and workplace injuries are additional ways that teeth can become damaged and when they do, it is important to visit a dentist that understands how to restore teeth in a natural way.

Socalsmiles Dental Office has a reputation for completing restorations in a way that makes teeth appear so natural, no one can tell there was ever anything wrong with them. This is the sign of a talented cosmetic dentist. When no one knows that you were there – you did an excellent job. Socalsmiles Dental Office and the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office have earned this reputation for excellence, leading people throughout Tarzana CA to schedule appointments after damaging their teeth. This can be a lifesaver for people that want to live an active lifestyle and maintain the appearance they had prior to the accident. We do, however, recommend that if you damaged your tooth, you call 818-345-5286 to schedule an appointment right away. The faster you can come into our dental office, the more options you will have for restoring the damaged tooth. This is especially true if you had a tooth fall out and are trying to save it.

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Preventative Care

Cosmetic dentistry has also improved preventative care and how people are treated overall. In the past, old fashioned metal tools were used for everything. Now, as a cosmetic dentists, we look for ways to improve the patient experience and leverage technology in order to do so. Some new techniques involve using a laser while dentists keep patients comfortable and relaxed through sedation. Socalsmiles Dental Office treats patients in the 91356 area and does so with compassion and care. By identifying ways to improve the experience of every patient, Socalsmiles Dental Office and the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office continue to make visiting the dentist easier and more enjoyable. From painless teeth cleanings to performing major dental work in comfort, we make our patients our top priority.

As an experienced dentist, Socalsmiles Dental Office understands that when patients have healthy teeth, their teeth will be less likely to become damaged or to fall out. With over seventy percent of U.S. adults experiencing some form of tooth loss, preventative care is that much more important. We recommend that patients throughout California schedule an appointment with our local Tarzana office to have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year. During these regular appointments, we can remove surface stains, bacteria, and plaque that like to hide in hard to reach places. We can also look for signs of gum disease and cavities so that if any are present, they can be treated right away. Keeping teeth healthy is important because healthy teeth are strong teeth, and strong teeth are at less of a risk for falling out.

While cosmetic dentistry is typically viewed as a way to create a beautiful and perfect smile, taking the time to focus on preventative care is something that we are passionate about. The entire staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office takes the time to educate patients about what they can do at home to stay in good oral health and as a result, we are able to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease in patients throughout the 91356 area. Sometimes, taking these few extra minutes can make a positive impact on our patients’ oral health, and that is something that excites us.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana CA, schedule an appointment to visit Socalsmiles Dental Office. You will be delighted with the level of patient care that you receive along with the stunning results. You can schedule an appointment by calling Socalsmiles Dental Office at 818-345-5286.

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Periodontist
 

Missing teeth can be embarrassing, causing people to hide their smile and lose their self-esteem. The space created by missing teeth can easily become infected with bacteria, causing other teeth to shift out of place, and making it difficult for people to speak or eat correctly. Socalsmiles Dental Office and the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office are sensitive to the hardship a missing tooth can create. We provide dental implants so that our patients can regain their self-confidence, improve their health, and approach life boldly.

Installing dental implants is a complex procedure and patients throughout the 91356 area trust us to replace their missing teeth due to the stellar reputation of Socalsmiles Dental Office. We know that there are multiple dental providers to choose from so Socalsmiles Dental Office and the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office are constantly looking for ways to improve the overall experience of our patients. Our office is conveniently located in Tarzana and we treat patients throughout California, offering them the opportunity to restore missing teeth in a way that looks natural and beautiful.

The Process of Installing Dental Implants

If one or more of your teeth have fallen out, you may qualify for dental implants as a way to permanently replace the missing teeth. In order to find out, schedule an appointment with our Tarzana dentist office by calling 818-345-5286. Socalsmiles Dental Office will examine your mouth and jawbone to determine if the procedure is right for you. Before you can get started, your gums need to be healthy, and your jawbone needs to be strong. If, Socalsmiles Dental Office identifies any cavities or signs of gum disease, this will need to be treated first.

Once you are cleared for the procedure, the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office will take an impression of your mouth so that the new teeth can be created in a dental lab. Each tooth will be made to match the size and shape of the surrounding teeth along with having a perfect color match. This way your smile will appear completely natural once done. Patients throughout CA are delighted with the results since no one can tell the difference between which teeth are real and which ones are synthetic.

The next step in the procedure is to have a metal post implanted under the gum line. This aspect of the procedure is what sets dental implants apart from other forms of cosmetic dentistry and Socalsmiles Dental Office is a true expert at performing the procedure. The metal post is secured to the jawbone in order to create a durable, synthetic root system that rivals the strength of natural roots with one exception – metal can’t become infected. Over the course of a couple of months, the metal post and jawbone will fuse together. This creates a level of durability that cannot be replicated in any other type of procedure.

Afterwards, Socalsmiles Dental Office will secure the new synthetic tooth to the metal post at the surface of the gums. The new tooth is attached so securely, that patients can eat their favorite foods, maintain an active lifestyle, play sports, and more, without fear of their tooth becoming loose or falling out. Patients throughout CA enjoy the benefits that come from never having to worry about their tooth again.

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Patients in the 91356 area, trust Socalsmiles Dental Office and the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office to provide dental implants in a way that is comfortable and functional. With any type of surgical procedure, it is important to visit an expert and by doing so you will reduce your risk of complications or the implants not functioning properly. Socalsmiles Dental Office takes the time to make sure that every aspect of the procedure is completed correctly – the first time.

Caring for Dental Implants

Once dental implants have been installed, they are extremely easy to care for. We hear from patients throughout Tarzana with questions that range from “Do implants come out” and “How do I brush my teeth”. The answer is fairly simple. Since dental implants are installed by creating a synthetic root system, they are durable and secure and will not fall out or become loose. This means you can go play basketball, run in a 10k, and wrestle with your kids – without worrying about your tooth coming out.

In order to care for your dental implants, we advise patients throughout California to brush and floss their teeth throughout the day like they normally would. Additionally, it is important to schedule dental exams and cleanings with Socalsmiles Dental Office at least twice a year. The staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office will help to clean your teeth and ensure that they stay healthy. This step is incredibly important because while dental implants cannot become infected themselves, the teeth around them can. If, in the future, you suffer from a severe case of gum disease or a dental abscess, the infection can spread into your jawbone. This puts your dental implants in jeopardy because in order to stay secure, the jawbone must be in good health. If it becomes infected, your dental implants and all of your teeth will be in jeopardy.

If you currently have dental implants and your teeth start to hurt, call 818-345-5286 to schedule an appointment immediately. This way we can identify any infection and treat it before it can spread into the jawbone. As long as you follow these simple preventative care steps, your implants and natural teeth should remain in good health.

Consultation

In order to find out if dental implants are right for you, call 818-345-5286. Socalsmiles Dental Office and the staff at Socalsmiles Dental Office are friendly, welcoming, and will take the time to educate and inform you of all of your options. Patients throughout Tarzana CA trust Socalsmiles Dental Office to replace their teeth in the way that helps them to accomplish their lifestyle goals. That means that Socalsmiles Dental Office will make a detailed recommendation about which direction you should go for replacing your missing teeth. Just remember that you can have a beautiful and natural looking smile by working with a professional implant dentist, and if you are suffering from missing teeth, we can help you by transforming your smile. Schedule an appointment and let us transform your smile into something as beautiful as you are.

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At Socalsmiles Dental Office, we offer dental restorations so that patients throughout Tarzana can stay in excellent oral health. Socalsmiles Dental Office is an expert at completing restorations in a way that restores the functionality of a tooth while also looking completely natural. This is important for ensuring that once the dental work is complete, no one can tell your tooth was ever damaged. If your tooth is cracked, chipped or damaged in any way, call 818-345-5286 to schedule your appointment.

Why Dental Restorations Are Necessary

Patients throughout California frequently need to repair teeth due to accidents. An accident can happen at any time. Whether it is a car wreck, sports injury, playing with the kids, or falling at work – teeth are often the victim of daily accidents and when they are, it is important to fix the tooth right away. Otherwise, the area can become infected along with being uncomfortable.

Restorations are also needed after a tooth becomes infected. When a patient gets a cavity, or a root canal is necessary, Socalsmiles Dental Office can restore it so that the tooth can continue to function without needing to be removed. This is far better for your overall oral health since keeping your natural teeth is the best option in the long run.

Types of Dental Restorations

If you live in the 91356 area schedule an appointment with our dental office to learn more about the type of restorations that are available to correct your tooth. At Socalsmiles Dental Office, we don’t believe that there is a one size fits all solution, but offer customized treatment plans based on the needs of each patient individually. This means that the restoration that works for your spouse is not necessarily the one that we will recommend for you.

Here are some of the common dental restorations that we offer:

Dental crowns. When a tooth is missing a large portion of its enamel, a dental crown is the best type of restoration because it is a cap that completely surrounds the tooth. This way you can bite down with full force and not worry about being uncomfortable or damaging the tooth further. This is most frequently used after a root canal or when the tooth is severely cracked or chipped. Fortunately, they now come in all-ceramic and ceramic-on-metal in addition to the traditional all-metal material. This means that patients getting crowns for dental restorations can have natural looking teeth after the fact.

Dental veneers. If a tooth is only slightly damaged with a small chip or crack, a veneer can be used to restore it. A veneer is a thin shell that is placed on top of a natural tooth and frequently used for restorations of the front teeth. The process of placing a veneer is similar to that of a dental crown only with less tooth preparation. If you live in Tarzana, CA schedule an appointment so that we can discuss both options with you.

Tooth-colored fillings. At Socalsmiles Dental Office, we use tooth-colored fillings as a way to restore teeth that have had cavities. Once the decayed area of the tooth has been removed a filling is necessary to replace the missing enamel. Traditionally, this was done using silver amalgam but now we can complete dental restorations using materials that look natural so that when you smile, no one can tell that you had cavities.

Bondings. Those that need minor dental restorations can often benefit from a simple bonding procedure. This is popular in the 91356 area when restoring baby teeth. Children, for example, don’t need a dental veneer on a tooth that is going to fall out in short order. With this in mind, we can keep a baby tooth in place and ensure that it is functioning properly by restoring it using a bonding procedure. Socalsmiles Dental Office will use a tooth-colored material so that it looks completely natural.

At times, patients in Tarzana need dental restorations to replace teeth. Whether a tooth has been knocked out or has fallen out due to an infection, there are several ways that it can be replaced. In order to determine what procedure is right for you, call 818-345-5286 to schedule an appointment and consultation.

In many cases, dentures are worn temporarily while a patient decides how they want to permanently replace their tooth. These temporary dentures are held in place by a wire that is similar to wearing a retainer. They are not meant to be worn long-term but will help you to look normal while deciding which cosmetic dentistry procedure to use.

Dental bridges are popular for dental restorations. Patients throughout California use a bridge to replace a tooth without undergoing surgery. In this procedure, a dental crown is placed on the two teeth that surround the missing one. The crowns are used as anchors to hold a gum-colored bridge in place that the new tooth is secured to. The entire bridge is created in a local dental lab and will look completely natural by blending in with the surrounding teeth.

Many patients in Tarzana CA prefer to use dental implants instead. An implant is by far the most durable option for replacing a missing tooth. In this procedure Socalsmiles Dental Office implants a metal post under the gums and secures it to the jawbone. The bone and metal fuse together to create a synthetic root system that the new tooth is secured to. With this type of dental restoration, patients can maintain an active lifestyle without worrying about the impact on their new tooth.

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Expertise Matters

At Socalsmiles Dental Office, Socalsmiles Dental Office is a true expert at completing dental restorations and can do so in a way that is comfortable and natural looking. It is extremely important to work with an expert since it ensures that your restoration will blend in with your natural teeth. Patients throughout the 91356 area appreciate that once their tooth is restored, they can smile without worrying about how it looks. Additionally, working with an expert makes it possible to feel comfortable after a restoration. The restoration must be designed perfectly so that it fits with your existing bite and the surrounding teeth.

If you live in Tarzana, California call 818-345-5286 and schedule your appointment to experience why patients trust Socalsmiles Dental Office with all of their restoration needs.

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