General Dentistry - Maintaining a Brilliant Smile
Enhancing the beauty of your smile is our focus. Healthy teeth are always the first step in achieving or maintaining a brilliant smile. Using state-of-the-art technology in a warm, relaxing environment, we are able to provide the most comfortable and pleasant visit for every patient at our general dentistry in Los Angeles. Children and adults alike, find our office to be the right place for services needed from a dentist in Los Angeles. Santa Monica, Brentwood or Beverly Hills – people and families from all over the area trust and rely on our competent, high quality dental care and advanced knowledge of all that this entails.
Through improved techniques and modern technology, we are now able to offer more options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function. Should your teeth ever require a restorative treatment, you can rest assured knowing we will always discuss with you the available options. Our accomplishments in cosmetic dentistry allow us to provide knowledgeable recommendations of what we believe to be the most comfortable and least invasive treatment. Providing you with excellent care is our number one priority when creating your beautiful smile.
To achieve the best smile for each patient, Dr. Nader Nikman created a new approach to general dentistry in Los Angeles called Brentwood Center for Cosmetic Dentistry & it's all about your Smile. Our Los Angeles general dentistry provides you the best dental services like Invisalign, Fillings and Crowns, Zoom Teeth Whitening, Braces (Orthodontics), Dental Implants and more. When you visit our general dentistry in Los Angeles, you will be able to choose a wide range of options to improve the look and function of your teeth & also will be treated in a comfortable, luxurious environment.
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
- Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
- Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
- Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line, and can only be removed with special dental instruments..
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
- Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling. For the brightest smile possible though, you may find that teeth whitening is the solution for some staining from smoking and eating.
Fillings / Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The filling material will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitive to hot and cold when fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
A crown procedure usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your custom crown. A mold will also be used to create a temporary crown which will stay on your tooth for approximately two weeks until your new crown is fabricated by a dental laboratory.
While the tooth is numb, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and shaping the surface to properly fit the crown. Once these details are accomplished, your temporary crown will be placed with temporary cement and your bite will be checked to ensure you are biting properly. At your second appointment your temporary crown will be removed, the tooth will be cleaned, and your new crown will be carefully placed to ensure the spacing and bite are accurate. You will be given home care instructions and encouraged to have regular dental visits to check your new crown.
Porcelain Fixed Bridges
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time. You will receive home care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.
Night Guards Prevent Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Bruxism is the clenching together of both the upper and lower teeth. Clenching can cause pressure on the muscles, tissues, and other surrounding structures of the jaw, and can cause jaw joint disorders, headaces, neck pain, jaw pain, ear pain, tense muscles, and excessive wear on the teeth. Collectively, these symptoms are referred to as temperomandibular joint (TMJ) problems. Bruxism can cause damage to the TMJ joint (the hinge that connects the lower jaw to the upper jaw) if not treated. Bruxism is a common problem, it is estimated that 30-40 million Americans are affected by it.
A large number of people who clench also tend to grind their teeth. Grinding is when you slide your teeth over each other in a back and forth, sideways movement. Often the grinding is a subconscious behavior that is not realized by the bruxer. A partner or significant other is often the first to hear the noise of the bruxer's teeth grinding at night. If not treated, excessive grinding can wear down your teeth. The cause of bruxism is not completely known, but many agree that stress and anxiety play a major role.
The fabrication of a night guard usually requires two appointments. Your first appointment will include taking several highly accurate molds (or impressions) that will be used to create your nightguard.
If you have any more questions about our general dentistry Or DR Nader Nikman or his dental services, call our offices at (310) 312-0505.
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