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SoCalSmiles has been improving patients' 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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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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August 24, 2015

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Teeth Whitening

 

Teeth WhiteningWe can provide you with a teeth whitening service that will turn your smile into something truly glamorous. We know how much our patients look forward to special days like their wedding. In fact, most people will visit us beforehand to have their teeth cleaned. This is certainly an important step because it ensures their smile is healthy and clean in time for their special day. By cleaning teeth, we can remove plaque that makes them look dirty and even stained. This does not, however, make teeth a bright shade of white. For that, you need a second quick and highly effective treatment.

Teeth whitening is growing in popularity because of how effective it is at producing stunning results. This is perhaps the fastest way to transform your smile because it allows us to remove the deep stains and discoloration that has settled into your teeth. If you are an avid coffee drinker, wine lover or use a lot of soy sauce, there is a good chance your teeth are severely discolored. If you love all three, then you may really be in trouble! Fortunately, we can help.

When you visit us for a teeth whitening service, you can expect two things: your smile will be instantly brighter, and you will be comfortable during the process. We know there are many options when it comes to teeth whitening. All you have to do is visit your local drugstore to find an aisle devoted to it. These solutions can work well if your teeth are already white but have some surface level stains. However, if you have deep discoloration and staining, you will be disappointed by the results you receive from an over-the-counter product. This is because they are designed to target surface stains only. As a result, most people experience whiter teeth by a few shades, but they remain slightly yellow. Our solution is different because it is designed to penetrate your enamel and start the process of oxidization so the actual molecules inside of your teeth start to change. They will begin to reflect less light and appear colorless. This is what gives you the appearance of a bright, white smile. The results are truly stunning, and our patients are delighted by how beautiful their smile appears when we are done. If you are getting married, this is one treatment you should absolutely schedule.

Another thing to keep in mind when deciding if you want to try something from the store or to call us for a teeth whitening service is your comfort level. If you are someone who has a strong gag reflex or gets antsy when something is in your mouth, you should visit a dentist. What you buy in the store is designed to fit a variety of people, so there is a high likelihood that some of the solution will leak. The trays and strips may also be uncomfortable and loose, making it difficult to relax during the process. This is not a problem when you visit our office since everything we do is customized per patient. Scheduling an appointment with our office will ensure your smile will look amazing and you will be relaxed during the transformation.

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July 28, 2015

 

Teeth-WhiteningIf you want the best at home teeth whitening kits, we encourage you to visit our dental office. How you whiten your teeth is key to the results you will receive. It is easy to walk through the drug store and select something from the shelf. With all of the advertisements on television, it is also easy to think that something you buy will produce stunning results. Unfortunately, this is very often not the case. Teeth whitening works incredibly well for removing stains and turning yellow teeth into bright white ones – if you use the right product.

When considering what type of kit to buy, it helps to understand more about the process in general. When you whiten your teeth, a solution must be placed on them. How that solution is placed makes a difference in the effectiveness of the procedure and the results. If you use a whitening pen or toothpaste, for example, your results will be negligible because the solution will not remain on your teeth for very long. If you use whitening strips, the results will be better, but many people complain of them slipping out of place. Whitening trays are the best option for use at home because they allow the solution to remain on your teeth long enough to do its job. However, the best at home teeth whitening kits are purchased from a dentist because this is the only way to get a whitening tray that fits securely. Anything you buy in the store is designed to work for a wide variety of people. It is not designed for you individually. When you get a whitening kit from our office, the trays have been created using an impression of your mouth, so they fit tightly and securely. This will prevent any leakage and the discomfort and irritation that comes with it.

The best at home teeth whitening kits also contain a professional-grade solution. The whitening solution itself will vary from product to product. Most of them contain some level of peroxide, but the type of peroxide and the specific chemical makeup of the solution will be different. Most store products will only remove the surface stains on your teeth. They do make a difference in how your teeth appear, but the results are not necessarily dramatic. On the other hand, a professional-grade solution will penetrate the enamel on your teeth and begin the process of oxidization so the molecules inside of your teeth begin to reflect less light and appear colorless. This is beneficial for your smile because it makes it possible to remove the deep stains and blanket yellowing on your teeth. You can get this type of kit from our dentist office, but typically cannot buy it in the store.

As a dentist, we can also be sure that your teeth are healthy enough for the whitening process. If you apply the solution to teeth that are damaged or infected, it can cause unnecessary discomfort and sensitivity. For more information, call today.

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July 3, 2015

 

root-canals-and-crownsWe use root canals and crowns to save teeth that have become infected or injured. While root canals are typically associated with a tooth that has become severely infected and is sore, they are also performed when a root has become damaged due to dental trauma. Understandably, when a tooth is damaged in a car wreck, sporting accident, or workplace injury, the exterior of the tooth will show the damage but the interior (roots) may be irritated as well. This is one reason that we take x-rays when a dental trauma has occurred. We need to see what is happening inside of the tooth so that we can take it into consideration and address it during the course of the treatment.

The Process of Getting Root Canals and Crowns After an Accident

After examining your tooth and determining the best course of treatment, we will numb the area. Next, a small hole will be created in the tooth so that we can remove the infected portion of it. If your root canal is not to remove an infection, but to smooth out the root, we can do that as well. The key is to visit an experienced dentist that knows how to access the interior of the tooth with minimal disruption to it. Once done, we will seal up the hole with a rubber-like substance. This will prevent anything from entering the tooth and at times we will recommend a course of antibiotics as a precautionary measure. Next, we will begin the process of restoring the tooth.

Before a crown can be placed, the tooth must be prepared. This is done by removing a portion of the enamel from around the tooth so that when the cap (crown) is placed, it does not disturb the surrounding teeth. To prevent any unnecessary discomfort, we will provide you with medication and numb the area first. Afterwards, you can expect to feel some discomfort and sensitivity. This can typically be controlled with ibuprofen. Since it takes time for the dental lab to create a crown, we will place a temporary crown around the tooth to prevent anything from touching it. This is secured in place using a removable, water-based glue, so it is important to be careful with what you eat and how you eat to prevent it from slipping out of place. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will come back in for it to be bonded in place. You will then be able to eat like normal.

Recovering From Root Canals and Crowns

The process of root canals and crowns is easier and more comfortable than ever before. Still, this is a major procedure that changes the tooth. Keeping that in mind, you should prepare to experience some level of irritation and take ibuprofen to feel better. You can also use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. You will want to be careful with what you eat for a few days while your teeth are getting used to the crown. For example, you may not want to eat something that requires biting down with excessive force. This, however, is only temporary, and you will be back to normal in short order.

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June 29, 2015

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Periodontist

 

PeriodontistA periodontist is a dental professional who is educated and experienced in the treatment and diagnosis of periodontal disease. A periodontist also has extensive knowledge in performing dental implants and treating gum inflammation. If you are in need of dental work in one of these areas, our office should be your next stop. We know the most up to date and effective techniques to use to treat your periodontal disease. Our procedures to improve the health of your smile will create amazing results.

Periodontal Disease Explanation

When you begin developing gum disease, it will start as gingivitis. This is the least threatening form of gum disease. When you have gingivitis, you will notice that your gums are red and swollen. You may also notice that they bleed easily when you brush and floss. In most cases, gingivitis does not cause discomfort. Because it causes so little irritation at the beginning, it is important to keep an eye on your gums for the signs listed above. At this stage of gum disease, it can be easily reversed by a professional cleaning in our office and proper at-home oral hygiene. Don't wait to have your gingivitis treated because it can develop into a more serious form of gum disease called periodontal disease.

When the bacteria and plaque from gingivitis continue to grow and spread under your gum line, you are developing periodontal disease. At this stage, the plaque under your gum line will begin to harden into tartar. The constant presence of tartar and bacteria will irritate your gums until they become chronically inflamed, and they begin breaking down. Your gums will start to recede and your teeth with become loose and displaced. Symptoms of periodontal disease include gum inflammation, bleeding, receding, and the development of pockets between teeth. Eventually, your teeth may become loose and even fall out. You may also notice that you have chronic bad breath and an unpleasing taste in your mouth. Fortunately, visiting our periodontist office can help to stop the progression of the disease.

Periodontal Disease Treatment

Our periodontist office offers a variety of effective treatments, such as scaling and root planing. During a scaling and root planing, we will thoroughly clean out the infection from under your gum line with gentle precision. We can also perform a root surface debridement. During this procedure, the damaged tissue around your roots is removed. These are two of our most commonly used procedures to remove the damage caused by periodontal disease.

If you have more extensive damage due to periodontal disease, we can perform a variety of surgical procedures. We can perform a gum graft to improve the appearance of receding gums, laser treatment for more severe periodontal disease, permanent dental implants to improve the look and function of your dental structure, and many other effective surgical procedures.

If you have noticed that you are developing any of the symptoms we listed you should visit our periodontist office as soon as you can for treatment. It is important to get rid of periodontal disease in its earliest stages to prevent detrimental damage to your dental structure. We can help to treat your gum disease and we can help to improve your smile if you have experienced damage from it.

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June 3, 2015

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Cosmetic Dentist Tarzana

 

Cosmetic Dentist in TarzanaAs a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana, we can help you to have a better summer this year. If you are one of the many millions of Americans who is not confident with your smile, for any variety of reasons, visit us for a consultation. Summer is a time of year when people turn their attention to more fun things. With the pall of winter passed, the winter jackets are replaced with swimsuits and the roar of a living room fire is replaced by the sounds of a bonfire on the beach. Summer is truly a time for sun, sand, and smiles. When you consider that over 88% of all American families will pack their bags and head out for vacation during the summer, it is easy to understand why people might be smiling more. The challenge with this for a lot of folks is that they are just not comfortable with their smile. Many of the patients that come in to see us know that there are going to be photographs taken all over the place this summer, and they want to have the confidence of a perfect smile. If you are one of these people, we can help make this summer memorable.

As a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana, we can help to work magic for your teeth. We can make them straighter, whiter, and more attractive but in order to any of this we need you to partner with us. There are things that you need to understand about making your teeth more beautiful, and the first thing is that there are both short term fixes and long term solutions. Depending on what your goals are in terms of what you want to achieve and how quickly you want to achieve them will help to schedule the path forward. One of the first things we can help you achieve is a brighter smile.

Most people have been exposed to teeth whitening. As a multi-billion dollar industry, you can get products that claim to whiten your teeth at the grocery store and do it yourself whitening kits are a dime a dozen. There is an exact science that goes into whitening teeth properly, which is why you should see us, as a cosmetic dentist in Tarzana if you want to make sure that your teeth are whitened correctly. As professionals, we can work the science in your favor, and use solutions not available at your local drugstore.

Teeth whitening works on a principle of light reflection. All natural light is white, so the brain sees color based on the angle at which an object reflects light. In the case of your teeth, we want the tooth itself to be as translucent as possible, which allows the light to reflect in its most natural and hence brightest white state. When stains or discoloration are formed on your teeth, they change the angle of the reflection to appear more yellow or brown. Using a peroxide-based solution we can cause the release of free radicals in the enamel of the tooth, which causes the tooth to revert to a more translucent state and, in a matter of hours, appear to be whiter.

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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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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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