Tooth fillings have long been the most common solution to dealing with common cavities, and today, they can effectively treat cavities with more lifelike results than ever. However, even with more advanced materials and dental treatment techniques, modern tooth fillings are still limited in what they’re able to accomplish. In cases of more severe tooth decay, a filling may not suffice to remove the infected tooth tissues and fully restore the tooth’s health and integrity. Today, we examine what tooth fillings can do, why they can’t treat severe levels of decay, and what you should do if your decay has gotten that severe. (more…)
The point of endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, is to address a tooth infection that has become so severe, the nerves and soft tissues of the tooth have been affected by it. This tissues rest in the pulp chamber, which lies at the center of the tooth’s main, most dense structure (dentin). However, it might also be recommended to prevent such an infection if your tooth has become fractured and broken severely enough to expose the pulp.
Like a tooth filling, but deeper
Tooth infection, or tooth decay, is progressive, and in most cases, it’s detected and treated in its mild to moderate stages. The cavity that forms from the decay can be filled with a tooth-colored, biocompatible material, stopping the decay and restoring your tooth. However, in cases of internal infection, a filling isn’t enough. Your dentist will have to clear out the infected tissues as well as the infected tooth structure, and then fill the pulp and root canal as well as the cavity in the dentin.
It’s better than tooth extraction
Many patients who experience internal tooth infection consider extracting the tooth to be done with the pain. However, doing so just raises further concerns related to the tooth loss, and the need for more extensive treatment to replace it. By contrast, saving the tooth with root canal therapy enables you to regain your bite function, alleviate your tooth discomfort, and preserve your healthy, natural tooth.
Benefit from Modern Endodontic Treatment
Endodontic (root canal) treatment can provide a convenient and minimally invasive way to relive severe tooth infection, as well as the debilitating toothaches that come with it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Modern Smile in North Hollywood, CA, today at 818-763-9353. We also proudly serve patients who live in Burbank, Toluca Lake, and all surrounding communities.
If you are in the entertainment business such as modeling or acting which requires you to be photographed often, then consider the effect lighting will have on your smile. Bright lights create more shadows and emphasize discoloration, spaces, crowded teeth, or any other defect or flaws present in the mouth. Remember you are in a business where your smile may make the difference between getting or not getting that dream job, so maximize your ability to have not just a nice smile, but a dynamite smile! But don’t automatically think that “capping” or crowning is your best bet. Now a days you have many different options to correct shape, shade, or size of your teeth without needing a crown. This is where cosmetic dentistry can be a great asset in improving how those bright lights reflect of your teeth.
Here are a few tips for before and after the camera
- Have one of our cosmetic dentists at Modern Smiles dental office do a smile analysis and cosmetic contouring to make sure the shapes of your teeth are as attractive as possible. Remember that tooth shape and position are more important than color.
- Don’t go overboard with whitening or pick the whitest color possible in the shade tab for your veneers. Teeth that are too light may look false and unnatural.
- Don’t go for perfectly straight across upper teeth. They can make you look older and look like you have worn them down over the years. The cutting edge of your upper Teeth should follow the curve of your lower lips when you smile. Porcelain veneers, Invisalign clear aligners, composite fillings, or a combination of them can be used to achieved this look.
- Widening your arch by doing either a short Invisalign therapy or Veneering your teeth can help get rid of black corridors that appear in the corners of your mouth when you smile.
- If you’re being closely photographed and will be smiling, be sure not only your teeth look good but also your GUMS! Puffy, red gums can be a sure “turn-off” when your picture is viewed by others. A dental cleaning with one of our hygienist or laser gum recontouring and reshaping may be all that is needed to get your gums ready for the flashing lights.
- Metal fillings (Amalgam) or crowns can reflect unwanted light into the camera. Alert your photographer in case there a better angle to photograph you or allow one of our cosmetic dentists replace those fillings for you with biomimetic white resin fillings to match your natural tooth’s shape and color.
If you are interested in learning more about how cosmetic dentistry can help transform your smile we encourage you to schedule a free consultation either online or calling us at 818.763.9353. During this one-on-one appointment with you can explain your cosmetic concerns, explore your options, and decide which treatment or procedure is best for achieving your goals!
Dr Tajik and his entire team are at Modern Smiles are a pleasure to work with. Not only do I wait no more than 3 minutes once I arrive, but they have been able to get me in last minute visits. I recommend them now to all of my friends looking for a dentist neary, and if you’re reading this I recommend them to you too!
Displaying too much gum tissue can either be the result disease or it can be normal for some people who have a high lipline. If the problem is due to periodontal disease, the overgrowth is usually thick , swollen, puffy, and may bleed. The inflammation is generally treated with scaling and root planning by your hygienist or dentist. After the tissue responds as much as possible, it will be re-evaluated for potential future surgery. In either case of cosmetic gummy smile enhancement or periodontal surgery, one of several types of corrective treatments are likely to be suggested:
- Gingivectomy – a cutting away of the gum tissue which can help enhance the size and shape of your teeth and gummy smile without having to do veneers any permanent alterations to your tooth structure. This technique is only used if an adequate amount of attached gum tissue will remain in place.
- Gingivoplasty – a reshaping of the gum tissue. It can improve the shapes of the gums around the teeth. The results of this treatment are visible immediately and is often done with a dental laser in 30 minutes or less with very little discomfort.
- Crown Lengthening Surgery – a peeling away of the gum tissue to the surgeon to treat the underlying bone and surrounding tissue. The flap may then be reattached at the higher point to permit less gum tissue to show when smiling.
If you are interested in gummy smile correction or evaluating your option please call our office at 818.763.9353 or make an online appointment for a free consultation at our dental office in North Hollywood.
My experience here is always great! The doctor is professional and kind and the staff is always friendly. Thank you so much for taking care of me.
We are happy to announce that we have recently upgraded our office with Itero 3D Color Digital Scanner! No more messy impressions.
The Itero Digital Scanner is an intraoral scanner that creates a 3D model of your mouth by capturing 6000 frames per second to create a high precision simulation of your teeth and gum tissue. The scanner is so accurate that it can virtually replace those messy and uncomfortable impressions. Itero scanner makes it easier and faster to capture impressions for things like crowns, bridges, implant crowns and Invisalign clear aligners! It can also create a diagnostic cast model of your dentition for digital record keeping. It comes with the industry-leading 3D technology which makes it easier for your provider to show you exactly what can be done in your treatment and even show what your teeth will look like once the treatment is completed!
Here at Modern Smiles state of the art facility in North Hollywood we strive to give our patients a more comfortable experience through using latest technological advancements in dentsitry. Our doctors stay up to date with latest advancements in orthodontic and imaging technology so you can have the best possible results. Call us today at (818) 763 – 9353 or book online to schedule your complimentary consultation!
We are pleased to announce that Modern Smiles is now offering medical aesthetic services that focuses on facial and body rejuvenation with non-invasive procedures such as Dysport, Botox, Dermal fillers (i.e. juvederm, restylane) and Rejuvapen Micro Needling facials to treat scars, acne scars, lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks, and to improve skin texture and tighten the skin. These services can enhance the appearance of your smile and boost your confidence in a short and painless appointment.
You are cordially invited to Modern Smiles for a talk on medical aesthetics by Dr. Raheleh Sarbaziha (Rahi) on October 25th at 6 pm (6-8 PM). Light refreshments and Hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Dr. Rahi is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her post graduate training program at the University of Southern California. Dr. Rahi’s philosophy is that health and beauty start from the inside out. She believes that with the combination of lifestyle changes, supplements, Eastern and Western Medicine you can achieve your optimal health. Dr. Rahi’s focus is providing the most noninvasive approach to healthcare with each patient receiving a unique and individualized treatment plan.
Please stop by to learn more on this growing area of medicine and have all your questions/concerns answered! We will also be doing a raffle for a free Rejuvapen facialtreatment and one area of Dysport or Botox cosmetic treatment.
Whether your teeth are worn, crowded or discolored due to the natural aging process or years of teeth grinding and clenching, our expert cosmetic dentist at Modern Smiles can design a comprehensive treatment plan for rejuvenating your smile. One of the most common questions we get asked is whether to use Invisalign Clear Aligners or Porcelain Veneers to restore your beautiful smile. The answer is not always a clear choice and sometime both treatments are necessary to achieve the ideal result. While Invisalign treatment can correct the positioning of your teeth, alignment and jaw function through a series of clear aligners, they can do little to correct their size, color or shape. Porcelain veneers on the other hand can correct most imperfections on your teeth by refacing them with a contact lens thin layer of porcelain that look completely life like, however without healthy teeth in proper position the results are not lasting or predictable. Most often, a combination of both treatments can be used to reinforce tooth structure, lengthen the teeth, and create a healthier, more proportionate appearance.
So depending on your smile goals and initial assessment by our American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry trained cosmetic dentist, the best course of action will be outlined and presented to you. The causes of your worn or crowded teeth will play an important role in determining the course of your treatment. It is vital that we identify the underlying cause and forces from an imbalanced bite in order to create an environment that will be suitable for long lasting cosmetic dentistry.
If you are considering cosmetic dentistry with either Porcelain Veneers or Invisalign clear aligners and would like to find out which procedure can better enhance your smile, please contact our office online or by phone 818.763.9353 to schedule a free consultation.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has published a clinical evidence based research study recommending topical fluoride as a preventive measure for reduction of caries in children, adolescents and adults. An expert panel of dental professionals “evaluated the collective body of scientific evidence on the effectiveness of professionally applied topical fluoride for caries prevention.” and here is a summary of the panel’s conclusions, based on the evidence:
Fluoride Varnish is effective in preventing caries
Patients who are at higher risk of developing caries may benefit the most from Fluoride treatment.
There are a considerable amount of reserach data proving caries reduction as a result of professionally applied topical fluoride varnish treatments of four minutes or more.
Fluoride varnish applied every six months is effective in preventing caries in both primary and permanent teeth.
Two or more applications of fluoride varnish per year are effective in preventing or arresting caries from developing in susceptible teeth.
From the evidence presented it was determined that Fluoride Varnish treatment is most beneficial to people with moderate to high risk of caries. High risk is defined by combination of factors such as previous history of tooth decay, presence of multiple incipient or cavitated primary or secondary carious lesions during the last three years, low saliva flow or other factors such as smoking and diabetes.
Here at Modern Smiles Dental Office in North Hollywood, our goal is to prevent our patients from ever reaching moderate or high risk categories. Proper oral care with periodic periodontal maintenance in conjunction with good home care and Fluoride treatment can lower your risk for caries and periodontal disease. Furthermore, topical fluoride applications can be applied to treat hypersensitivity in some patients, especially when large calculus deposits are removed during scaling and root planing (Deep Cleanings).
At Modern Smiles our number one priority is our patient’s well-being and we are continuously striving to raise the bar when it comes to our level of service. We believe that in today’s fast paced world and busy schedules our ability to provide excellent care in a timely and convenient manner is the key to our success. It is with this mission in mind that we like to announce our new dental specialty services at our dental practice in North Hollywood. By becoming a Multi-Specialty practice we will be giving our patients the ability to have all of their dental needs met right here at at our dental office in North Hollywood and eliminate the need to have to commute to various offices to have specialized treatment. Now, in one visit to our friendly and modern dental facility, not only will you be able to have your X-rays, exam and teeth cleaning completed in your first appointment, but also consult with a cosmetic dentist, an endodontist and an oral surgeon. Normally, to receive such comprehensive care our patients would have to visit multiple locations and obtain multiple referrals. By taking care of more of your dental needs under one roof, we can save you valuable time that would have otherwise been spent making appointments, transferring records, and traveling in traffic. Here is a short list of our services provided at our facility:
- Dental Emergencies and 24/7 Access to an On Call Doctor
- Dental Implants and Bone Regeneration
- Sedation Dentistry
- Invisalign Adult, Teen and now offering Invisalign Express for those who need minor corrections at half the usual price.
- Oral Surgery Services such as Wisdom Teeth Extraction for Erupted, Partially Erupted, or Impacted 3rd Molars.
- Periodontal Examination and Treatment with Diode Lasers for Guided Tissue Regeneration
- Root Canal Therapy
If you are interested in any of our comprehensive dentistry services we have specialists in our office to meet all of your needs ranging from preventive checkups to Impacted Wisdom Teeth extraction and Sedation Dentistry. We see patients of all ages, so your entire family is welcome. For more information or to schedule your next visit, call Modern Smiles in North Hollywood, Ca, at 818-763-9353.
The American Dental Association, ADA, has sponsored a campaign called National Children’s Dental Health Month every February to raise awareness about the importance of stopping childhood caries and developing good oral hygiene habits at an early age. Not only can this noble effort lead to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums in our children today but also in the future generations leading to thousands of dollars of savings in preventable dental care. This year’s campaign slogan, is “Choose Tap Water for a Sparkling Smile” to highlight the benefits of fluoridated tap water over sugar-sweetened beverages. Fluoridated water has the added benefit of preventing tooth decay and at Modern Smiles we emphasize the importance of regular oral checkups along with preventable methods such as fluoride.
When is the best time to start cleaning my child’s teeth?
This is one of the most often asked questions at our dental office in North Hollywood and the short answer is: As soon as you see one! The earlier you can start establishing an oral hygiene routine with your child the better. For premature baby teeth that have not fully emerged from the gum you can use a clean moist wash cloth or special baby tooth brush that has very soft bristles to clean them. For teeth that have fully emerged and erupted in the mouth, use a soft bristle, child-sized tooth brush at least twice daily with just a dab of fluoridated toothpaste. Although fluoride is important in preventing tooth decay, swallowing too much of it can cause an upset stomach in young children.
Can baby teeth get cavities?
Any teeth, baby or adult, is susceptible to decay causing bacteria especially if they are routinely exposed to fluids or foods that contain sugar such as Milk, formula or even breast milk. These drinks all contain sugars, that if allowed to stay in contact with your baby’s teeth for long periods of times, such as sleeping with a baby bottle, facilitate development of childhood decay. Anything but water is a high risk of causing decay, and juices are even worse as they contain both sugars and acids.
Can my baby have sweets once in a while?
Short answer is YES! It’s not realistic to make your kids avoid sweets completely but having sweets once in a while under supervision is preferable. Try to make it far and in between and its better to have deserts or candies immediately after a meal followed by brushing or rinsing to prevent sugars from building up around their teeth. Soda drinks should just be avoided at all costs. There is just no benefit in them, only harm!
When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
As soon as you see teeth in their mouth! Our professional dentist at Modern Smiles, Dr. Tajik, recommends having the first visit be in year one. Baby’s mouth starts collecting bacteria as soon as the first tooth erupts and there is a lot we can do at that first visit to ensure good oral health. At Modern Smiles we will do everything possible to make sure your child’s first visit to the dentist is a positive one! This will help set an important trend for many more visits to come and their overall perception of dental care. We’ll also answer any specific questions you may have and provide hands-on training and instructional manuals on how to care for your little one’s teeth and gums.
If you would like more information about your child’s oral health, please call us at (818) 763-9353 or schedule an appointment online for a consultation.