Tuesday, 24 January 2017

How Dental Implants Keep Your Other Teeth Healthier

Dental implants are the modern solution to missing teeth. In addition to improving your smile and, in the process, your entire facial appearance, they can improve your dental health — and even your general health. Here are some of the primary advantages dental implants have over other prosthetic devices:

•    Permanence: Unlike dentures, implants are permanent and can be treated like natural teeth.
•    Strength: Dental implants are attached to the bone, which avoids the problems associated with dentures.
•    Comfort: Dental implants feel like real teeth and, once in place, will soon go unnoticed by the wearer.

Although teeth are more durable than most other parts of your body, they are usually not perfect. Ravaged by decay or damaged by accident, one or more teeth of them may have to come out. The loss of even one tooth can cause surrounding teeth to shift, resulting in their misalignment, and can also cause gum problems. Dental implants make it possible to restore your full set of teeth after such a loss.

The implant will serve as the root of whatever is being used to replace the missing tooth. Normally made of titanium, the implant is inserted directly into the jawbone. Through the process of osseointegration, it will soon become part of the bone. This technique will also help promote bone growth, which is good for the rest of your mouth. Additionally, it will make the replacement crown or bridge permanent.

The procedure is done in two steps, the first of which involves the placement of the implant itself. After a healing process that may take from four to six months, the artificial tooth or teeth will be attached to the implant. If you have lost any of your teeth, you should consider a dental implant procedure at Studio City Dental Center.

We can fill those gaps in your teeth and give you a beautiful smile! Schedule an appointment at 818-762-2977.

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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Mistakes to Avoid in Caring for Your Teeth

There is a lot of advice out there on what to do for your teeth. A simpler approach might be to let you know which mistakes are the worst and how to avoid them. Here is a list of things to avoid, with useful links to more in-depth information:

Forgetting to Clean Your Gums
Gingivitis results in diseased, inflamed, bleeding, and sore gums. Gingivitis is reversible if it is treated. If left untreated, it will turn into periodontitis, which is not reversible.

More on Periodontal Disease

With all the advice to floss, brush, use waterpiks, chew gum, drink water, avoid sugar, and use mouthwash, we hear a lot about what to do, but seldom about how best to do it.

It’s important to know how to brush gums adequately. The best method for brushing teeth at the gum-line is with a soft-bristled toothbrush with rounded bristles and at a 45-degree angle.

Moving the toothbrush in small circles helps to dislodge bacteria and food particles from the gum-line and helps to prevent and reverse gingivitis.

Allowing or Advancing Yellowing of Teeth
Yellowing teeth are a huge concern for some people. There is a never-ending selection of teeth-whitening products on the market, and they’re also available at the dentist.

However, you hardly find anyone who tells you how to avoid yellowing of the teeth beyond avoiding foods and drinks that can stain your teeth.

For instance, brushing your teeth immediately after you have any acidic food or drink will strip away your enamel, which makes your teeth more susceptible to yellowing. It’s best to wait 30 minutes after eating and drinking to brush your teeth.

How to Choose the Right Toothpaste

Don’t Underestimate Water
Whether you ingest water or use it to rinse your mouth, you may not be doing either enough. Waterpiks are especially useful in blasting away bacteria around the teeth and gums, but simply rinsing your mouth works wonders too. Drinking an adequate amount of water helps to keep saliva at a low viscosity, which helps to prevent bacteria from forming plaque. The average American doesn’t drink the right amount of water. Try having 8 cups of water a day.

More on Beverages and Brushing

There are many things to do for your teeth, but aim at the basics of brushing, flossing, and try to use a waterpik to adequately clean your mouth.

Remember to visit Studio City Dental Center twice a year to avoid dental issues down the road. Click here to schedule an appointment today.

Source URL: http://studiocitydentalcenter.com/mistakes-avoid-caring-teeth/

Save Your Smile: Oral Hygiene Best Practices

One of the most important aspects of your health is having good oral hygiene. It results in healthy teeth and gums, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful, long-lasting smile. Here are some easy steps to take to ensure that your teeth are the healthiest they can be.

Brush Your Teeth Twice Per Day
Brushing your teeth twice a day is important. It will eliminate plaque and prevent cavities as well as help fight bad breath and gum disease. When you brush your teeth, be sure to also brush your tongue. Doing so will eliminate even more bacteria.

Floss at Least Once a Day
Floss at least once a day to eliminate excess bacteria from between your teeth. It will prevent bacteria from getting under your gumline and minimize the amount of plaque in your mouth.

Drink Plenty of Water
One of the reasons you may have bad breath is that your mouth is too dry. Drinking plenty of water may help to prevent this problem. Six eight-ounce glasses of water are recommended each day. You should also cut down on drinks like soda and coffee, which can dry out your mouth.

See Your Dentist Regularly
You must always keep up on regular checkups with your dentist. Appointments should be scheduled once every six months. The dentist will take X-rays of your teeth, examine them, and give you a thorough cleaning. He or she can also perform additional procedures if necessary.

Limit Sugar Intake
Of course, sugar can harm your teeth if you eat too much of it. To avoid cavities, limit the amount of sugar you eat. This may be difficult if you have a sweet tooth, but a sugary snack should only be eaten as an occasional treat. And if possible, always brush your teeth after eating a sweet treat. The sooner you get that sugar off, the better!

Need a checkup and cleaning? Studio City Dental Center can help you out. Click here to schedule an appointment today.

Source URL: http://studiocitydentalcenter.com/save-smile-oral-hygiene-best-practices/

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Dental Implants: Possibly the Perfect Solution for a Healthy, Youthful Smile

As we get older, we tend to lose things — memory, muscle mass, and most noticeably, teeth…

Teeth, however, are among the easiest to keep young. If a tooth falls out or becomes too decayed from lack of care, dental implants can be perfectly solid replacements.

Cosmetic dentistry implants from Studio City Dental Center are a great solution for many patients. Dr. Zareh Kouyoumdjian and the entire dental staff are leaders in this particular field. Dr. Kouyoumdjian has extensive training in esthetic dentistry, and has been recognized for research and education in oral implantology.

What are some of the benefits of implants over dentures?

Permanent.
Dentures are removable. Implants are attached permanently and can be treated more like actual teeth rather than an accessory.

Sturdy.
Our implants are made mostly of titanium and are attached solidly to the bone. They’re not going to break, and they’re not going anywhere.

Natural feel.
Implantations catalyze additional bone growth in the area surrounding the implant, meaning your whole mouth will grow accustomed to the implant. Implants can be easily forgotten about after the implantation process is complete. Dentures, on the other hand, are a constant reminder of missing teeth.

If implants are the best solution for replacement teeth, they are worth it given the longevity of the solution and the overall benefits.


Source URL: http://studiocitydentalcenter.com/dental-implants-possibly-perfect-solution-healthy-youthful-smile/

Not Your Grandfather’s Dentist

Scared of going to the dentist? Don’t be.

It’s not the 1950’s, and Studio City Dental Center is not your grandfather’s cosmetic dentist.

Any contemporary dentist in Studio City should have the most up-to-date comforts and amenities to ensure patients are as comfortable as they can be. We are no exception. In fact, we go out of our way to make sure our patients are relaxed and at ease from the moment they walk in to the moment they leave.

How do we do that?

It starts with our friendly dental staff, committed to both professional expertise and individual attention. Whether it’s helping with forms or keeping you informed, we believe patient education is the key to your peace of mind. We’re always here to answer any questions you have about any dental conditions or proposed procedures.

What do our patients say about us?

Don’t just take it from us; you can read our patient testimonials here:

Or, you can see what they say on Yelp:

What’s stopping you?

Still apprehensive? Chances are there’s some underlying reason for your feelings. We can help; call our receptionist and talk about your concerns. Chances are we have a solution that will help you manage your apprehension and get you the dental care you need. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to feel comfortable about the process.



Monday, 26 September 2016

How We Create a More Attractive Smile with Just One Appointment

What can be done in just one dental appointment?

Lots, as it turns out …

A Good Old-Fashioned Checkup and Cleaning
At Studio City Dental Center, you can get your standard checkup and teeth cleaning. We’ll provide:

Fluoride-based cleaning
Removal of any plaque we can see
Tooth enamel polish
Gum disease and cavity check
Usually, we can fix any problems we find that same visit. But sometimes we see problems bigger than an everyday cavity…

… And we are also often able to fix those in the same visit, too!

CEREC

Our dental office here in Studio City employs CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics, or CEramic REConstruction) for teeth that are damaged and need additional protection.

This technology uses 3-D imaging and computer-assisted design and manufacturing for several types of dental restorations, allowing the procedures to be quickly crafted by our experts right here in our office, even before you go home.

At the end of the appointment, the patient walks out with a durable, natural-looking restoration.
So don’t let time be your excuse anymore! Contact us today to make your next appointment.


What Else Is There Besides Brushing and Flossing?

Teeth are essential. They help us chew food (for survival), they help us talk (for communication), and they help us smile (for photographs). They’re typically pretty strong, unless we neglect them.

A lot can go into caring for your teeth. Brushing and flossing are of course the two most important things you can do.

But if you want to keep your teeth truly healthy and bright, here are three ways you can go the extra mile for your mouth:

1) Add Mouthwash to the Mix
Mouthwash has a reputation as a breath-freshener, but it’s for more than just minty exhalation. Mouthwash is great for teeth in a number of ways.

There are two types of mouthwash: cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes come with added benefits of super-fresh breath and possibly even whiter teeth.

Therapeutic mouthwashes, though, provide additional protection against cavities and gum disease. When choosing a mouthwash, you don’t necessarily need to avoid those cosmetic benefits, but make sure you get a mouthwash that indicates it protects against germs, gingivitis, plaque, etc.

One other thing: keeping mouthwash beside the toothbrush has a psychological effect of increasing the chances you won’t skip brushing and/or flossing your teeth, even if you’re running late in the morning or really tired at night.

2) Drink More Water
Just about any medical professional from any field would advise us all to drink more water. For dental professionals, water is a great solution to many common issues, especially those arising from drinking coffee or tea.

As noted previously, coffee and tea are acidic beverages that wear away your teeth. Water is a great counterbalance, helping rinse away that acid, especially if you drink water at the same time.

It can also be somewhat dangerous to brush your teeth immediately after drinking coffee, so a glass of water with, or after, your coffee helps rinse away that acid and clear the enamel for a proper brushing.

3) Eat More Vitamin-Rich Foods
According to Live Science, your teeth will be able to stay strong and healthy using nutrients that you can easily consume. Cheese for calcium, eggs and fish for phosphorous…the list goes on.

Quick note — the first thing they recommend is tea. Of course, we don’t recommend not drinking coffee or tea, but do pay attention to the advice above — drink more water with your tea and keep your teeth’s enamel strong!

And, as always, the best advice comes straight from your dentist, so schedule an appointment at Studio City Dental Center today!